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Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 31, 2008

  • The 7 Best Closed-Source Apps for Linux (Aug 31, 2008, 21:33)
    Intranet Journal: "With all of the noise going back and forth about how open source software is "better" for the end user, I am of the mind that this is clearly in the eyes of the beholder."

  • Universities That Do Not Use Free Software: Time for a Boycott? (Aug 31, 2008, 21:03)
    Linux Magazine: "I did investigate the university of the student and found that Microsoft was indeed a sponsor of the University. In fact, the university had a large banner on the front page of their web site talking about Microsoft as a partner."

  • Splert: A Custom Answering Machine and more for Pidgin (Aug 31, 2008, 20:03)
    My Technophilic Musings: "This is a simple tool I wrote a few months ago to turn Pidgin, everyone's favourite multi-client Instant Messenger...into a customized answering machine (and more) when you are away from your computer.

  • Photo Digikam Tutorial 1-3: White balance (Aug 31, 2008, 19:33)
    uga's blog: "In this third part we will continue addressing the light issues, but we will target color issues rather than brightness issues."

  • How to Get a Refund for Windows in Poland? (Aug 31, 2008, 18:03)
    Polish Linux: "Reading the Slashdot article about Dave Mitchell from Great Britain, who got a 47 pounds refund from Dell for returning his copy of Windows was an inspiration for me to check, if it is possible in Poland, too. This is my success story."

  • Using MediaTomb With a PlayStation 3 (Aug 31, 2008, 16:27)
    Volatile Int: "I recently got a PlayStation 3 from my wonderful girlfriend, and one of the reasons I wanted one was for its great possibilities of being a media center. I installed MediaTomb on my Linux machine (Gentoo) and after half an hour of configurations, it was ready to stream content to the PS3."

  • Wish List: 10 Improvements for KDE 4.2 (Aug 31, 2008, 10:03)
    Linux.com: "KDE 4.1, released last month, brought a great number of improvements to the popular desktop environment. It's the best desktop I've ever used -- but that doesn't mean it couldn't be better."

  • Track Your Investments With Grism (Aug 31, 2008, 08:03)
    Linux.com: "Grism, written in Ruby, is the tool my dad now uses to easily follow the changing market trends. It allows you to create watchlists and portfolios and offers charts to help you gauge the performance of particular stocks."

  • How To Shrink VMware Virtual Disk Files (.vmdk) (Aug 31, 2008, 04:03)
    HowtoForge: "This guide shows how you can shrink the virtual disk files (they have the extension .vmdk) of your VMware virtual machines so that if you zip them, they will use much less space. It is then easier to upload and share them with other people."

  • More Funny Unix, Linux and Mainframe Error Messages (Aug 31, 2008, 02:03)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie:
    "OHHHH.... I give up
    >
    >Core dumped"