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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 sense..."

  • 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 entertainment."

  • 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 frames."

  • 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."