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Developer Linux News for Nov 19, 2009

  • Ubuntu's Canonical and Google partner to create Chrome (Nov 19, 2009, 23:47)
    Cyber Cynic: "Some people may see Google's Chrome operating system as competing with existing Linux desktop distributions. Canonical, the company behind popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, isn't one of them. They're working with Google to make Chrome."

  • Liveblog: Google Chrome operating system arrives (Nov 19, 2009, 23:33)
    Computerworld: "Today, November 19th, we're finally going to get a good look at Google's Chrome desktop operating system. Join me as I give a live overview."

  • What Does a User Cost? (Nov 19, 2009, 23:03)
    OStatic: "Godin writes today about embracing the "lifetime value" of a customer. Open source projects may not have customers, but it pays to think about the lifetime value of users as well."

  • Freeing disk space with ">" (Nov 19, 2009, 18:03)
    APLawrence: "I wrote this up after a forum discussion in which several posters didn't really understand why ">" can free disk space when "rm" cannot."

  • Fedora 12 lets unprivileged users install packages (Nov 19, 2009, 13:03)
    LWN.net: "Fedora bug #534047 contains an interesting Fedora 12 surprise: "PackageKit allows you to install signed content from signed repositories without a password by default. It only asks you to authenticate if anything is unsigned or the signatures are wrong."

  • Gerrit: Google-style code review meets git (Nov 19, 2009, 12:03)
    LWN.net: "Gerrit, a Git-based system for managing code review, is helping to spread the popular distributed revision control system into Android-using companies, many of which have heavy quality assurance, management, and legal processes around software."

  • Metasploit 3.3 Expands Open Source Vulnerability Test Framework (Nov 19, 2009, 10:33)
    InternetNews: "When it comes to IT security, is the best defense a good offense? That's the thinking behind the open source Metasploit vulnerability testing framework, which is out with its new 3.3 release this week..."

  • Fedora 12 LXDE Spin withdrawn (for now) (Nov 19, 2009, 07:33)
    LWN.net: "I have just asked the website admins to remove the Fedora 12 LXDE Spin from the BitTorrent Tracker because we found a major bug that makes the images unusable."

  • New to Java programming? (Nov 19, 2009, 06:03)
    IBM Developerworks: "New to Java programming? This page provides an overview of Java™ technology basics and explains how the technology fits into the context of contemporary software development."

  • CodeWeavers releases CrossOver Games 8.1 for MAC and Linux (Nov 19, 2009, 04:33)
    Wine-Reviews: "Latest "Zombie Mallard" Release Features Support for Left4Dead 2; Free PC Giveaway"

  • The Birth of the SGIP (Live from Denver) (Nov 19, 2009, 03:03)
    Standards Blog: "In a short while, an important vote will be taken in downtown Denver, Colorado. If as expected that vote is in the affirmative, a unique and important public-private partnership will spring into being."

  • Why Ubuntu release schedules should be changed (Nov 19, 2009, 01:33)
    IT Wire: "Since the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution kicked off five years ago, it has been churning out release after release every six months."

  • Providing useful feedback (Nov 19, 2009, 00:03)
    Dissociated Press: "Release early, release often. That mantra has served open source really well because it provides an opportunity for developers to get in and provide feedback (and patches) through the lifecycle of a project, and not when something is completely finished and would require huge amounts of efforts to fix problems that could be caught early."