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
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
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."