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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 24, 2008

  • Introduction to Linux: Desktop Environments (Jul 24, 2008, 23:35)
    TechWare Labs: "You undoubtedly notice that, although the functionality seems to overall be similar (with a few minor exceptions), everything seems to use a different name and/or is in a different place. If you've explored more than one distribution, this may even seem to be the case between Linux distributions. I'll be covering the more mainstream desktop environments, as well as suggested programs to replace the ones you've come to rely on in Windows."

  • 30 Gnome Themes to Enhance Your Ubuntu Experience (Jul 24, 2008, 23:05)
    Cats Who Code: "To be honest, I never really liked Human, Ubuntu’s default theme, and seems that many other people don’t. Happilly, on GNU/Linux systems it is easy to customize everything, even the buttons aspect or the windows borders. Here’s a list of 30 Gnome themes of all styles, from the Windows XP look-a-like to the very original skin, to enhance your Ubuntu experience."

  • Lighten up Your Desktop (Jul 24, 2008, 21:35)
    IT Toolbox: "LXDE is a new project aimed to provide a new desktop environment which is lightweight and fast. It's not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim enough, and keep the resource usage low. Different from other desktop environments, we don't tightly integrate every component. Instead, we tried to make all components independent, and each of them can be used independently with few dependencies."

  • Linux HOWTO: Video Editing Magic with ffmpeg (Jul 24, 2008, 19:35)
    Linux Journal: "Non-linear video editing tools are great, but they're not always the best tool for the job. This is where a powerful tool like ffmpeg becomes useful. This tutorial by Elliot Isaacson covers the basics of transcoding video, as well as more advanced tricks like creating animations, screen captures, and slow motion effects."
    This is a 10-minute video tutorial-- ed.

  • Using Adobe Flash and Other 32-bit Applications on 64-bit Linux (Jul 24, 2008, 18:35)
    Linux.com: "And finally we have Java, the "write once, run anywhere" language that brought us our first taste of client-side Web interactivity. Sadly, Sun doesn't seem to think "anywhere" includes 64-bit machines, at least for Web applets. Sun's JRE is available for 64-bit Linux, but does not include a working browser plugin. However, the IcedTea Java plugin will run under 64-bit Linux."

  • Computers With Ubuntu Coming to All Major Retail Stores (Jul 24, 2008, 13:30)
    The VAR Guy: "Essentially, all major computer retail stores will carry computers with Ubuntu pre-installed by the end of 2008 or early 2009, predicted a Canonical manager who met with The VAR Guy at OSCON. But this isn’t another Linux desktop PC story. In this case, the computers are Netbooks (also known as sub-notebooks)."

  • VMware Feels Microsoft Effect, Gives ESXi Away (Jul 24, 2008, 12:30)
    IT Business Edge: "Virtualization leader VMware is feeling the Microsoft effect. In hopes of countering the demand for Microsoft’s $28 Hyper-V hypervisor Windows Server 2008 plug-in, VMware has just announced that it will change the price on its competing ESXi hypervisor on July 28 from $495 to $0."

  • Can the Linux Desktop Best the Mac Desktop? (Jul 24, 2008, 12:00)
    Computerworld: "Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux, wants desktop Linux to "shoot beyond the Mac." Can it?"

  • Mandriva and PTech Announce Low-cost Desktop with Mandriva Linux (Jul 24, 2008, 11:30)
    Press Release: "Paris, 21st July 2008- Mandriva and Precedent Technologies ("PTech"), announce a new partnership, working together on the release in September in the United States of a new low-cost desktop, with Intel Atom CPUs and Mandriva Linux preinstalled on these machines."

  • Interview With Mandriva KDE Developer Helio Castro (Jul 24, 2008, 10:30)
    How Software is Built: "There are two main views of open source in Brazil. The first view is that government is moving it forward, by embracing open source and simply dropping commercial software. This is not entirely accurate, because government does a lot of talking, and after five years or so, they finally start to make some progress–it’s slow moving."

  • Ubuntu Netbooks vs. Ubuntu Mobile Internet Devices: What's the Difference? (Jul 24, 2008, 09:00)
    Workswithu: "The company has at least two Ubuntu software projects — one for Netbooks, the other for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) — that sound strikingly similar. So what’s the difference between Ubuntu for Netbooks and Ubuntu for MIDs?"

  • SCO Group: Its Future is All Used Up (Jul 24, 2008, 00:03)
    Network World: "I've now been writing about SCO for five years -- how time does fly when you have someone to despise. In my first column about SCO's decision go into the lawsuit business rather than having to do all the hard work of making a product that someone might want to buy, I thought that someone would just buy the slime off. I was wrong -- I guess there is some truth to the punch line of the old joke that "there are just some things a lawyer won't do." I guess IBM's lawyers could not stomach the idea of rewarding such repulsive behavior."