Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 23, 2008
Return of the InstallFest...It Starts Here (Jul 23, 2008, 22:00)
Blog of Helios: "As far as the events for
Lindependence in Felton go, Saturday’s event might be
Lindependence’s last event before the formation of a LUG and
an on-the-ground GNU/Linux presence in the area, but the spirit of
Lindependence and movement itself are currently snowballing into
something that will be felt in these parts, and happening at a rate
faster than I had expected."
OSCON: Canonical's Shuttleworth Calls On Linux to Overtake Apple (Jul 23, 2008, 20:15)
The VAR Guy: "Mark Shuttleworth, founder of
Canonical and Ubuntu, delivered the keynote address at OSCON this
evening. Here’s a recap of his presentation, which explored
how free software can drive innovation — and how the Linux
desktop has to become a piece of art that leapfrogs Apple within
Killing the Desktop Metaphor with GNOME (Jul 23, 2008, 15:00)
Open-Source.ecchi.ca: "One of the most
significant problems I can see with the idea of having contents on
a "desktop" is that most of the time, that desktop is hidden by
multiple windows. To access your contents, you need to minimize a
bunch of stuff, or hit ctrl-alt-D, or use the "Show desktop" panel
applet, and when you are done, raise all your windows again. You
keep moving things out of the way and putting them back in the way,
all the time!"
Do We Need to Wipe the Slate With x86? (Jul 23, 2008, 14:00)
ZDNet: "While today’s entry-level
x86-based systems are hundreds, nay, thousands of times more
powerful than the original IBM PC, in theory you can still run OSes
on them bare metal that last saw the light of day on a production
system in the early 1990s or even earlier."
Beyond the Desktop With KDE4 (Jul 23, 2008, 13:30)
Tectonic: "Lately, there has been quite some
bitching on the fringes of the KDE project about KDE4 and the
direction it takes. Some people go as far as saying: “Give us
back our old desktop!” I beg to differ. The old desktop has
served us well for thirty-odd years since its invention by Xerox.
It is beyond its due date by now. We need something new that meets
the reality we are living in now."
ISO is Being Challenged (Jul 23, 2008, 12:45)
Arnaud's Open Blog: "Essentially, the ISO and
IEC courts of appeal are made of a jury composed of a subset of the
very same parties that judged OOXML in the first place. Now,
I’m not a law expert by any means but it doesn’t take
much expertise to figure out that such a set up is bogus."
OLPC Wins International Design Excellence Award- 2008 (Jul 23, 2008, 12:00)
International Design Excellence Awards:
"Brilliant design for an even better cause. From the physical
design to the sociological impact, every element of this laptop is
exemplary of true innovation."
Open Source Cloud Computing Service 10gen Gets $1.5 Million (Jul 23, 2008, 09:30)
OStatic: "Union Square Ventures, the venture
firm that funded such names as Del.icio.us, FeedBurner, Etsy and
Twitter, is investing $1.5 million in open source cloud computing
service 10gen. 10gen's software stack is roughly comparable to
Google App Engine..."
Fancy Globbing With Zsh On Linux and Unix (Jul 23, 2008, 08:00)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today we're
going to look at some stuff that's probably not much of an
education for the zsh aficionado, but that I find pretty cool... I
did what I could to verify that this stuff only works with zsh"
Linux Tip of the Day - Reset MYSQL Password (Jul 23, 2008, 06:30)
dralnux: "If you forgot your mysql password and
you have root access in your linux box, just follow this
Linux Tools to Convert File Formats (Jul 23, 2008, 05:00)
Linux.com "The easiest way to transfer data
between systems is by using plain text files or common formats like
comma-separated value (CSV) files. However, converting such files
from Windows or Mac OS results in formatting differences for the
newline characters and character encoding. This article explains
why we have these problems and shows ways to solve them."
Face Off: Windows vs Linux Real World RAM and Disk Tests (Jul 23, 2008, 02:00)
IT Wire: "How do Windows Vista and Linux really
compare against each other? It’s one thing to talk about the
familiar applications available to Windows users contrasted with
the rich suite of free open source apps for Linux, but something
totally different to actually compare the loads of the two
operating systems as they perform functionally identical