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Infrastructure Linux News for May 26, 2010

  • The behavioral economics of free software (May 26, 2010, 23:32)
    We'll see: "People who use and promote free software cite various reasons for their choice, but do those reasons tell the whole story? If, as a community, we want free software to continue to grow in popularity, especially in the mainstream, we should understand better the true reasons for choosing it—especially our own."

  • Why Can't We All Use Chromium Instead of Google Chrome? (May 26, 2010, 23:02)
    Tech Drive-In: "This is something I always asked myself. How is Google Chrome different from Chromium. Apart from the logo, there is hardly any difference visually between the two. So I decided to dig further. Here are some of the interesting facts you should know."

  • Bad Stuff About Facebook, But Not What You Think (May 26, 2010, 22:32)
    Ubuntu User: "I'm going to start this Ubuntu-User blog entry with an apology combined with a bit of an explanation. I'm going to talk about Facebook. Yes, me too -- I'm sorry"

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed (May 26, 2010, 21:32)
    Tom's Hardware: "Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is pinning its hopes of OEM acceptance on the Lucid Lynx. We've put the screws to this new Long Term Support (LTS) release, comparing it to Canonical's previous LTS release, 8.04 Hardy Heron, to look for progress."

  • Apple Passes Microsoft as World�s Largest Tech Company (May 26, 2010, 20:50)
    Wired: "Apple's market capitalization officially passed Microsoft's this afternoon, making the Cupertino company, for the first time, the largest technology company in the world."

  • LightZone review (May 26, 2010, 20:32)
    Linux User and Developer: "Features include RAW support, layers, Zones, and Regions. It's a great deal for the price, and probably the best option for Linux users"

  • Exploring Lilliput: Is the Cloud Replacing Tiny Linuxes? (May 26, 2010, 19:47)
    Linux Planet: "Emery Fletcher has been exploring small-footprint Linux distributions like Damn Small Linux, SliTaz, and Puppy. Since even small mobile devices have lots of RAM and storage these days, and cloud apps are everywhere, are these small Linuxes still worthwhile?"

  • Novell openSUSE 11.3 and Build Service near release (May 26, 2010, 19:02)
    Netstat -vat: "Novell's openSUSE developers have been a busy bunch this week. Today openSUSE 11.3 milestone 7 is out which is the last stop ahead of a Release Candidate in June and a final release in July"

  • Guitars to Goat Festivals -- Ubuntu For All! (May 26, 2010, 18:02)
    akgraner: "Stan, who was also involved in the American Dairy Goat Association Festival, talked to the other planners about Ubuntu. Why you ask?"

  • Work underway to keep Xen support in Fedora 13 (May 26, 2010, 16:32)
    Network World: "But there's good news/bad news for those of you who love Fedora, but prefer Xen as your hypervisor. Bad news: Xen was dropped from Fedora a few releases ago, says a Red Hat spokesperson and it hasn't come back in 13. Good news: But Fedora 13 still supports Xen guests and, better still, Xen.org hasn't abandoned you."

  • Google Chrome 5 Hits Stable Status on Linux, Mac (May 26, 2010, 15:32)
    Datamation: "Google's Chrome 5 Web browser is now available as a stable release for Mac and Linux, extending the availability of a stable version of the service to the three major operating systems."

  • Can OpenOffice.org regain momentum? (May 26, 2010, 15:02)
    ZDNet: "I'm less of a Google or Apple fanboy than I am an OpenOffice.org fanboy. It's one of the greatest values in consumer open source, ever."

  • Newly open source BitTorrent protocol aims to unclog tubes (May 26, 2010, 13:32)
    ars Technica: "The company behind the BitTorrent technology has opened the source code of its uTorrent Transport Protocol (uTP). A production-ready implementation of the protocol code in C++ is now available from GitHub under the MIT license."

  • Fedora 13 � Linux for Applephobes; Polish without the Ubuntu (May 26, 2010, 13:02)
    The Register: "With its music store and cloud syncing services, Ubuntu 10.04 tends to eclipse Fedora in the minds of many. Not that Fedora project leader Paul Frields minds. He's told me in the past that Fedora is intended "first and foremost for users interested in and capable of contributing to open source.""

  • Personalizing Vim (May 26, 2010, 12:02)
    Packt: "In this article,by Kim Schulz, author of Hacking Vim 7.2, we will introduce a list of recipes that will help you personalize Vim in such a way that it becomes your personal favorite."

  • SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Review (May 26, 2010, 07:32)
    Desktop Linux Reviews: "The last time I looked at SimplyMEPIS was the 8.0 release. In this review I'll be taking a look at the latest version, SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.5. SimplyMEPIS is based on Debian, and it uses KDE as its desktop environment."

  • Fedora 13 Linux "Goddard" Takes Flight (May 26, 2010, 06:02)
    CIO Update: "The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project today officially released the Fedora 13 Linux distribution, codenamed "Goddard," with improvements aimed at both new and experienced Linux users."

  • Why GNU+Linux is > GNU/Linux and > just Linux (May 26, 2010, 04:32)
    Inatux: "Let's look at it mathematically, "GNU / Linux" means GNU divided by Linux. How does that make any sense? At best it implies Linux is dividing GNU, making it harder to work and communicate with contributors; which is simply not true."

  • Bordeaux on PC-BSD Screenshot tour (May 26, 2010, 03:02)
    Wine-Reviews: "This is a Bordeaux on PC-BSD 8 Screenshot tour. This tour will show you how easy it is to install Bordeaux on PC-BSD and start installing Windows Applications and Games. Bordeaux has a single dependency on Zenity once Zenity is installed"

  • The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.04 (May 26, 2010, 00:02)
    Howtoforge: "This tutorial shows how you can set up a Kubuntu 10.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware"