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
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
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
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