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Developer Linux News for Dec 11, 2009

  • What should we do with Free Software users who don't contribute to it in any way? (Dec 11, 2009, 23:03)
    Stop!: "This page was born as an answer to an Italian article titled "Open Source, I want everything now and I won't give anything back"."

  • 802.11n: Fast Wi-Fi's long, tortuous road to standardization (Dec 11, 2009, 19:33)
    Computerworld: "For a technology that's all about being fast, 802.11n Wi-Fi sure took its sweet time to become a standard. In fact, until September 2009, it wasn't, officially, even a standard. But that didn't stop vendors from implementing it for several years beforehand, causing confusion and upset..."

  • French military contributes to Thunderbird (Dec 11, 2009, 15:03)
    Yahoo news: "A new email client unveiled by Mozilla this week contains code from an unusual source -- the French military, which decided the open source product was more secure than Microsoft's rival Outlook."

  • Project Renaissance Impress Improvements - Found the required slide layout yet? (Dec 11, 2009, 13:03)
    GullFOSS: "As indicated in the previous posts, we have started to redesign a few really basic interactions in OpenOffice.org Impress in order to reduce the overall complexity of the UI. Currently, we focus on navigation through slides in various contexts, the visual appearance of different slide selection states and the handling of slide layouts."

  • Ubuntu Lucid To Get Windows Aero Style Look Thanks To Enhanced GTK+ (Dec 11, 2009, 12:33)
    OMG!Ubuntu: "Lucid may not be getting a new GTK theme but it will still be getting an entirely new look."

  • the x86 instruction proprietary extensions: a waste of time, money and energy (Dec 11, 2009, 12:03)
    Anandtech: "Agner Fog, a Danish expert in software optimization is making a plea for an open and standarized procedure for x86 instruction set extensions. Af first sight, this may seem a discussion that does not concern most of us."

  • Gear6 Expands Memcached to the Cloud (Dec 11, 2009, 11:03)
    Datamation: "Memcached, the open source distributed memory-based object caching system that enables Web 2.0 application to scale in order to meet the needs of highly traffic production usage, is headed to the cloud thanks to commercial IT services vendor Gear6."

  • Mono and C# 4.0 (Dec 11, 2009, 07:03)
    Marek Safar's (b)log: "I am very happy to announce that the Mono C# compiler is now C# 4.0 feature complete."

  • #61 Jazz, Jazz Standards, and Open Source (Dec 11, 2009, 05:03)
    Standards Today: "But that only leads us to a different mystery: what did all the software programmers do before there was software to program?...He gave me a pitying look, and stated what to him was obvious: "They were car mechanics and jazz musicians."

  • The Malware Problem (and a solution) (Dec 11, 2009, 01:33)
    Amarok Blog: "Some of you might have heard about the Malware incident that recently has hit our friends from gnome-look.org... Noone could tell until it's too late."