Infrastructure Linux News for Nov 20, 2008
Via Panel PC Resists Shock, Liquids (Nov 20, 2008, 23:33)
LinuxDevices: "Via announced a fanless panel PC
that runs Linux, and resists both liquids and dust. The "VIPRO
VP7710" includes Via's Eden or C7 processors, a 10.4-inch
touchscreen display, gigabit Ethernet, three serial ports, and two
USB 2.0 ports, the company says."
Straight Talking About the Unspeakable ACTA (Nov 20, 2008, 23:03)
Open Enterprise: "Even more outrageously, those
doors are nonetheless being opened for representatives of trade
organisations who wish to see their own agendas pushed through, but
not for ordinary citizens, who seem to have no rights in this
Why Firefox Rocks: Great Firefox Tricks, Part IV (Nov 20, 2008, 21:33)
LinuxPlanet: "Firefox is cram-full of hidden
treasures, as we have learned in this series. Today Akkana Peck
exposes Firefox's expertise at handling those ridiculously long
URLs that plague the Web-- email clients mangle them, copy and
paste is a nightmare-- but Firefox has some special tricks that
make them easy."
Sheep-Throwing Marsupial in the "Yo Frankie" Game (Nov 20, 2008, 21:03)
Linux Magazine: "If you've ordered the DVD,
you're probably already busy throwing sheep and beating up rats in
a lovely virtual countryside."
The 7 Deadly Linux Commands (Nov 20, 2008, 20:33)
Tech Source From Bohol: "If you are new to
Linux, chances are you will meet a stupid person perhaps in a forum
or chat room that can trick you into using commands that will harm
your files or even your entire operating system."
FashionYourFirefox: Mozilla's (Partial) Effort to Push Extensions (Nov 20, 2008, 19:33)
OStatic: "In an effort to coax more users to
take advantage of the many extensions for its Firefox browser,
Mozilla has just launched FashionYourFirefox.com. The site is
divided up into categories, which cater to individual interests and
"online lifestyles," according to Mozilla's announcement."
Why Doesn't Everyone Just Run Linux? (Nov 20, 2008, 19:03)
The Linux Distillery: "Linux rocks; if you have
a netbook, a GPS, a portable media player or any of a number of
gadgets chances are it's running Linux under the hood. That's
because Linux is reliable, it's versatile, it's robust and it has
no licensing fees. So why isn't it mainstream in the desktop
TMI Google? (Nov 20, 2008, 18:33)
Neowin: "But if they were to hit Google, they
would be getting much more that just names and credit card numbers
and an address - they would essentially be getting everything that
makes us... us. Search history, emails, friends lists, past
conversations, pictures and even a voice sample"
Ubuntu Muslim Edition 8.10 Released (Nov 20, 2008, 17:03)
Softpedia: "The hard working team behind the
UbuntuME (Ubuntu Muslim Edition) project announced today a new
version of their Linux-based operating system. Ubuntu Muslim
Edition 8.10 is based on Intrepid Ibex, also known as the Ubuntu
8.10 operating system."
64-Bit Linux Adobe Flash Player: Surprisingly good (Nov 20, 2008, 14:33)
Cyber Cynic: "Talk about a change in
priorities! When Adobe decided it was time to start work on a
64-bit Flash Player, they didn't release the first test version on
Windows or Mac OS X. No, they released it on Linux and Solaris.
Mozilla Revenues Hit $75 Million - Hello IRS (Nov 20, 2008, 14:03)
Netstat -vat: "Mozilla Chief Wrangler Mitchell
Baker today reported Mozilla's financial position which shows 2007
revenues of $75 million up by 12 percent from 2006 revenues of $67
million. Though Mozilla is on the upswing, Baker's report shows
some areas of potential future financial concerns."
Take Five (Nov 20, 2008, 13:33)
Realeyes Technology: "Jazz fans will recognize
the title of this post as one of the most famous jazz pieces ever
written. It was composed and performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
and was part of the album Time Out, which contained several pieces
in unusual time signatures."
Sun Wrestles Itself With StarOffice 9 (Nov 20, 2008, 13:03)
Linux.com: "StarOffice 9 reminds me of the
classic Monty Python skit in which Graham Chapman wrestles himself.
Although StarOffice is being aggressively presented as an
alternative to Microsoft Office, it seems to be equally marketed
and bundled to compete against OpenOffice.org, the free software
project that is sponsored by Sun and that shares a common code base
with StarOffice. The trouble is, the differences between the two
have diminished with each release, until, with StarOffice 9, you
have to wonder who the potential customers might be."
Phoronix 2008 Linux Graphics Survey (Nov 20, 2008, 07:03)
Phoronix: "This year we're hosting the survey
again to allow the development community to get a better
understanding of the video hardware in use, what open-source and
closed-source drivers are being used, and other relevant
Good (Linux) Things on the Horizon (Nov 20, 2008, 00:03)
Jamie's Random Musings on Video IM: "We seem to
be in a particularly good period for Linux at the moment. We've
recently gotten the Mandriva 2009.0 and Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
releases, and both of them seem to be very good. There will be a
number of new releases coming in the next few weeks, as well:"