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Developer Linux News for May 25, 2010

  • Is VP8 open source? (May 25, 2010, 23:32)
    Netstat -vat: "With VP8, the promise from Google is a video codec on par with H.264 that will be available royalty-free. It's a good idea, but there might be a problem."

  • Damian Conway on Perl and its future (May 25, 2010, 23:02)
    O'Reilly GMT: "We often hear people saying that Perl is dead. I assume that you don't agree, but what do you say to people who try to tell you that?"

  • The kernel column by Jon Masters #87 (May 25, 2010, 21:32)
    Linux User and Developer: "The past month saw steady progress toward the final 2.6.34 kernel release, including the announcement of initial Release Candidate kernels 2.6.34-rc1 through 2.6.34-rc4. The latter had an interesting virtual memory bug that added a week of delay..."

  • VIA's Linux Strategy Takes A Turn With Hidden Driver (May 25, 2010, 16:02)
    Phoronix: "Yesterday we reported on VIA's Linux dreams not materializing with their GEM/TTM memory management support still missing even though we are half-way into 2010 -- more than two years after VIA announced its most recent open-source initiative."

  • Hacking through the Software Patent Thickets (May 25, 2010, 15:02)
    The H Open: "Most people in the hacking community are well aware that patents represent one of the most serious threats to free software. But the situation is actually even worse than it seems, thanks to the proliferation of what are called patent thickets."

  • Ubuntu's Unity Desktop: Reality vs. Rationales (May 25, 2010, 14:32)
    Datamation: "Over the past year, Ubuntu has become one of the centers for usability design on the Linux desktop. You might criticize this effort because it takes place in the distribution, rather than as contributions to the GNOME desktop, but at least it is happening."

  • Open Source Innovations on the Cutting Edge (May 25, 2010, 13:32)
    InfoWorld: "Open source doesn't innovate -- so goes the old saw. Proprietary software vendors, including Microsoft, would have you believe the open source movement has produced nothing but knockoffs of existing products and cast-off code that couldn't cut it in the free market."

  • Welcome to Pearson Computing's fork of KDE3.5, codename Trinity! (May 25, 2010, 09:02)
    Trinity: "This project aims to keep the KDE3.5 computing style alive, as well as polish off any rough edges that were present as of KDE 3.5.10."

  • VIA's Linux Dreams Are Not Materializing (May 25, 2010, 06:02)
    Phoronix: "VIA had joined the open-source driver bandwagon after having abandoned previous open-source attempts. However, for the past two years, this has largely been a media bluff."

  • Recent changes in dpkg (May 25, 2010, 04:32)
    Debian-devel-announce: "The versions 1.15.6 and 1.15.7 of dpkg introduced several important changes. Let's skim over them:"

  • First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared (May 25, 2010, 00:02)
    StreamingMedia: "VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn't substandard, so that's not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth. See for yourself."