Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 29, 2008
Convert Filenames to Lowercase (Jul 29, 2008, 23:30)
Linux Journal: "I was going to claim I wrote
this yesterday but the timestamp on the file is 22 Nov 1998.
Nothing new, nothing fancy but it does the job."
Bordeaux 1.4 Released with Microsoft Office 2003 Support (Jul 29, 2008, 23:00)
Wine-Reviews: "...version 1.4 comes with
support for Microsoft Office 2003, Visio 2003 and Project 2003.
Version 1.4 has improved Office 2000 menu support and Cellar
support fixes. There has also been many small bug fixes and tweaks
on the backend to improve the speed and reliablity of all the
supported applications and games."
SplashTop "Instant-On Linux" Gets Hacked (Jul 29, 2008, 22:00)
Phoronix: "...members of the Phoronix Forums
have hacked SplashTop. They have been able to run SplashTop from a
USB stick on non-ASUS motherboards, boot SplashTop within a virtual
machine, run custom applications, and launch a terminal within this
proprietary Linux environment."
What's on Your Bookshelf? (Jul 29, 2008, 21:00)
Linux Today Blog: "Paper is good. It's easy on
the eyes, portable, easy to hold, and requires no power to read. It
can't be infected with DRM, and the vendor cannot flip a remote
kill switch and make it unreadable..."
Using Sysctl To Change Kernel Tunables On Linux (Jul 29, 2008, 20:30)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "...sysctl is a
very versatile command and can be used either in its standalone
form, or through the modification of the /etc/sysctl.conf file.
First, we'll take a brief look at what the sysctl standalone
command can do. It doesn't have too many options, so explaining
them quickly upfront will make the rest seem like it makes more
KDE 4.1 Rocks the Desktop (Jul 29, 2008, 19:00)
Linux.com: "KDE 4.1 was finally released to the
public today. After all the controversy since the release of KDE
4.0, I'm happy to announce that KDE 4.1 simply rocks."
Sleipnir Browser Straddles Firefox & IE Rendering (Jul 29, 2008, 18:00)
OStatic: "...it's an extremely customizable
browser, and it allows you to choose whether you want to use
Firefox's Gecko rendering engine or Internet Explorer's. If you, as
I do, primarily work in Firefox but keep Internet Explorer on hand
when you run into trouble such as rendering problems, this browser
presents an interesting solution."
Will a $19.99 Ubuntu Succeed Where the Free Version Hasn�t? (Jul 29, 2008, 16:00)
Datamation: "...if I take my experience of
Linux as a benchmark then what I've found is that if things go OK
and you only see the happy face of Linux, then the world is a happy
place. But if things start going wrong, and for one reason or
another Linux shows you its Mr. Yuk face, then things get real
ugly, real fast."
Wine @ Work: Running MS Office and IE on Linux (Jul 29, 2008, 14:00)
Linux Magazine: "King Solomon called wine a
mocker and the same can be said of Wine: The software package that
runs Windows software under Linux. It mocks the way we think about
platform-specific programs and applications -- blurring the lines
between Windows and Linux."
The Blender Foundation's "Big Buck Bunny" is a Peach! (Jul 29, 2008, 12:00)
Free Software Magazine: "The Blender
Foundation’s second free-content movie, Big Buck Bunny, is
the product of the foundation’s “Peach Open
Movie” project, and the results are impressive. Like the
previous Elephants Dream movie, this film pushes the technical
envelope for the “Blender” free software 3D rendering
and animation application; unlike it, it succeeds as pure
Create video animations with Inkscape, ImageMagick and FFmpeg (Jul 29, 2008, 11:00)
Nuxified: "Want to create an animation on
GNU/Linux and then convert it to a video file? Well here is one way
to do it that does not involve GIMP Animation Package (GAP). While
there is nothing wrong with the GIMP GAP method, you might just
find it useful to know about an alternative way of doing it that
might just work for you. Maybe you are running into problems with
GAP or you wish greater flexibility and control over your
Shell Script To Emulate A Thesaurus For Linux or Unix (Jul 29, 2008, 09:30)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today's
Linux/Unix bash shell script is for those of us who sometimes get
lost for words. This happens to me at least a few times a day as I
seem to talk, and type, way too much. Every now and again, I'll
find myself facing a sentence that is not only redundant, but also
seems to repeat its central message more than once ;) Sometimes
redundancy is a good thing, though. If you've ever listened to an
instructional or motivational speaker, you've probably noticed that
a lot of them like to hit on the "rule of 3's" (sometimes 4's and
5's, with the annoyance factor increasing commensurate to the
occurrence of repetition..."
SourceForge Award Winners Announced (Jul 29, 2008, 05:00)
IT World: "Linux took the title for "Most
Likely to Change the World," prompting me to wonder whether it's
really fair to give a "most likely" award to something that has
already done what it's "most likely" to do."
CrossOver Games 7.1.0 Released (Jul 29, 2008, 03:30)
Wine Reviews: "I am happy to announce that we
have now released version 7.1.0 of CrossOver Games, for both the
Mac and for Linux."
Make Your Desktop Rotate as a Cylinder or Sphere (Jul 29, 2008, 00:30)
Maketecheasier: "For Linux users those who like
to impress their friends with the the awesome Compiz eye candy and
desktop effects, here is another new trick that you can show: make
your desktop rotate as a cylinder or sphere."