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Developer Linux News for Dec 01, 2008

  • Linux on the iPhone: Penguin Poop in Apple's Walled Garden (Dec 01, 2008, 23:04)
    ars Technica: "An iPhone hacker has successfully ported the open source Linux kernel to Apple's popular mobile device. Although the port is still at a very early stage of development and currently only supports a slim subset of the iPhone's capabilities, it demonstrates the versatility of the Linux kernel and the ingenuity of iPhone modding enthusiasts."

  • The State Of The Tux3 File-System (Dec 01, 2008, 18:04)
    Phoronix: "Btrfs has received much of the limelight on Linux when talking about file-systems since it promises to compete with Sun's ZFS file-system and introduce several features not found in the commonly-used EXT3 and EXT4 file-systems. However, work on other Linux file-systems hasn't halted. EXT4 should be stable with the Linux 2.6.28 kernel and work on the Tux3 file-system continues."

  • The 2008 Guide To Open Source Hardware Projects (Dec 01, 2008, 17:34)
    Wired: ""What is open source hardware? Briefly, these are projects that creators have decided to completely publish all the source, schematics, firmware, software, bill of materials, parts list, drawings and "board" files to recreate the hardware - they also allow any use, including commercial. Similar to open source hardware like Linux, but hardware centric."

  • Proprietary Firmware and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel (Dec 01, 2008, 16:34)
    Datamation: "The GNewSense team was the first to point out that the Linux kernel contained proprietary firmware blobs, and that many kernel drivers depended on external proprietary blobs, and has dedicated itself to producing an operating system with all this material removed."

  • Ride the D-Bus, Control Your Linux Desktop From the Shell (Dec 01, 2008, 15:04)
    Foss Boss: "Many utilities nowadays are implementing D-Bus connectivity. It is especially interesting (well for me anyway) to script some GUI elements like for example my KDE-4 desktop from the command line. This would help automate some tasks and is cool anyways. Let's see how to begin talking on the D-Bus."

  • Val Henson meets the Honeywell H316 Kitchen Computer (Dec 01, 2008, 12:17)
    Val Henson's Homepage: "Hello! It is 1969, and my wonderful husband has bought me a Honeywell Kitchen Computer to help me with my cooking! It is a $10,000+ status symbol from the Nieman Marcus catalog. It will replace my unwieldy and difficult to use recipe box. How I love my Kitchen Computer! And my husband!"