Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 27, 2009
AntiX MEPIS 8.2 Released (Jul 27, 2009, 23:32)
Softpedia: "The team behind the AntiX project
recently announced, on July 24th, the final release of AntiX MEPIS
8.2, a fast and lightweight Linux distribution based on SimplyMEPIS
and Debian Testing, including some features of sidux as well."
Schmoozing 101: Tips for shy techies (Jul 27, 2009, 23:02)
Computerworld: "Not to worry. Networking can be
learned. Here are some steps for those who aren't naturally
Why aren't schools adopting open source? (Jul 27, 2009, 20:32)
Linux and Open Source: "Recently I had a bit of
a run-in with my daughter's high school. She was undergoing an
eShool class over the summer titled "Computer Applications" and it
turns out the class only actually "covered" Office Suites - namely
Microsoft wins 'emotiflag' patent, despite Lotus Notes precedent (Jul 27, 2009, 20:02)
TechFlash: "A few years ago, Microsoft made
headlines for seeking a patent on the email "emotiflag" -- an
emoticon, chosen by the sender, that appears along with the subject
line in the recipient's inbox."
Multicore Video Decoding with MPlayer, Part 1 (Jul 27, 2009, 19:02)
Linux.com: "In this two-part article series
I'll look at two ways to possibly improve your h264 playback with
MPlayer: using multiple CPU cores and using the GPU to offload the
decoding. I'll include benchmarks so you can see the effect each of
these has on performance."
Play Windows games on Linux with Crossover (Jul 27, 2009, 18:32)
TechRadar: "With only a few notable exceptions,
including the amazing World of Goo, there are very few native Linux
conversions of recent games. Which leaves you with two possible
Parsing the Microsoft - EU Interoperability Commitment (Jul 27, 2009, 17:02)
Standards Blog: "Looking at the first question:
why is there no reference to future versions of OOXML/IS 29500?
Does this indicate that Microsoft intends to abandon its own XML
Insecure by design: MS Office formats (Jul 27, 2009, 16:47)
Cyber Cynic: "There's no surprise here.
Microsoft Office is a set of security holes that masquerades as an
Life is Better With a Dropbox (Jul 27, 2009, 16:02)
Spice Mines of Kessel: "As long as you have a
connection to the Internet, your files can be with you wherever you
Howto install Cherokee web server with MySQL, PHP support on Jaunty (Jul 27, 2009, 15:32)
Ubuntu Geek: "Cherokee is a very fast, flexible
and easy to configure Web Server. It supports the widespread
technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, SSI, TLS and SSL
encrypted connections, Virtual hosts, Authentication, on the fly
encoding, Load Balancing, Apache compatible log files, Data Base
Balancing, Reverse HTTP Proxy, Traffic Shaper, Video Streaming and
Even a 2 Year Old Can Use Linux (Jul 27, 2009, 15:02)
Really Linux: "I appreciated the stories and
articles that showed Linux as easy to use and beneficial, although
sometimes with a reserved cynicism." But when I left for a few
minutes yesterday to go use the toilet and returned to find my own
2 year old daughter playing it up on a Centos test machine -- I
Antitrust: How Microsoft Came up with Windows Bundling (Jul 27, 2009, 14:32)
Boycott Novell: "The first item, Exhibit
PX00982 (1991) [PDF], shows how Microsoft was scheming to bundle
with OEMs in order to block competition. That was almost 2 decades
ago. Microsoft later compared OEMs to its "delivery people"."
From Russia with Linux (Jul 27, 2009, 14:02)
The Beez Speaks: "First, if the EU started
similar proceedings, that could mean the end of the Microsoft Tax,
which is a good thing in itself."
Top 25 OpenOffice Extensions You May Want To Know
(Jul 27, 2009, 13:32)
Zyxel: "The latest stable release is OpenOffice
3.1. You may want to know how to install OpenOffice 3.1 in Ubuntu.
Now let us take a look at the list of extensions you could use in
Random musings on GPL and Microsoft (Jul 27, 2009, 13:02)
Technology FLOSS: "Microsoft representatives
have stated in the past that GPL is viral and that it attaches
itself in their IP. Look, pal... GPL doesn't attach itself."
2 reasons why small package repository is better than large (Jul 27, 2009, 12:32)
Alex on Linux "When comparing Ubuntu and CentOS
packaging systems, first thing that crosses my mind is that, well,
size matters. Ubuntu has nearly 70000 packages. CentOS has around
Quod Libet - A Different GTK Music Player (Jul 27, 2009, 07:02)
TuxArena: "Quod Libet is a GTK music player
written in Python with support for various audio formats, including
Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, WAV, MP4 and WMA. Quod Libet has a different
interface and a slightly different approach compared to players
like Rhythmbox or Banshee, for example."
The Ongoing "CentOS 5.3 On A Netbook" Saga (Jul 27, 2009, 03:02)
Ever Increasing Entropy: "I was very pleased
when Dag Wieërs, a CentOS developer and long time packager and
maintainer of an excellent repository of additional packages for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, posted in the comments section with some
useful suggestions and a request that I document how to get the
netbook completely functional in the CentOS wiki."