Infrastructure Linux News for Nov 29, 2010
What We Do (and Don�t) Know about the Novell Patent Sale (Nov 29, 2010, 23:03)
Standards Blog: "Ever since the proposed
acquisition of Novell by Attachmate Corporation there has been much
curiosity, but almost no information, relating to the other major
piece of the deal: the acquisition of 882 patents by a consortium
led by Microsoft for $450 million."
Ghosts of Unix past, part 3: Unfixable designs (Nov 29, 2010, 22:33)
LWN.net: "In the second installment of this
series, we documented two designs that were found to be imperfect
and have largely (though not completely) been fixed through ongoing
New Linux User's Guide to Managing Your Files (Nov 29, 2010, 21:03)
Blog of Helios: "When we install computers for
our kids at The HeliOS Project, one of the main sources of
confusion is the differences between Windows and Linux file
Creating Custom Styles and Formatting in OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice (Nov 29, 2010, 20:33)
Linux.com: "If you are a user of OpenOffice.org
or LibreOffice you might be familiar with styles and formatting.
These are pre-defined text formats that you can select from in
order to change various aspects of your text."
Hands-on: a first look at Diaspora's private alpha test (Nov 29, 2010, 20:03)
ars Technica: "The Diaspora project has
launched a private alpha test of its open source social network. It
is opening up its own hosted instance of Diaspora to a select group
of testers, starting with people who contributed financial support
when Diaspora was first getting off the ground."
Triaging a trio (Nov 29, 2010, 19:33)
Distrowatch: "A little while back I did a
rapid-fire review of three distributions in one set. A few readers
e-mailed to ask if I would do this again with new projects and this
seemed like a good time to honour those requests. I grabbed three
distributions which had recently been added to the DistroWatch
waiting list and gave them each a one-day test run. Here are my
first impressions of these projects in no particular order."
How a "Welded-to KDE 3.5 User" Began a Move to KDE 4.4 - Part 2 (Nov 29, 2010, 19:03)
LXer: "In this second part of a two part guest
editorial and tutorial Dr. Tony Young (an Australian Mycologist by
trade) shares his trials, tribulations, successes and
disappointments in working with the new version of KDE. In this
installment he configures media players, K3b, Crossover Office,
Lucid and Post Script and his final thoughts on his
Yes, Novell Owns Unix (Nov 29, 2010, 18:33)
Linux Planet: "Novell is selling over 800
patents to Microsoft, but not their Unix copyrights."
DRBD, raid-1 through the net (Nov 29, 2010, 18:03)
Linuxaria: "You may need to have information
replicated between two computers that actually are part of a
cluster, in addition to"software" replica mechanisms such as Rsync
you can use a product that is stable and included in the standard
Facebook looks to trademark the word 'face' (Nov 29, 2010, 17:33)
BBC News: "The social networking giant Facebook
is a few steps away from trademarking the word face, online
Linux Radio : broadcasting the Linux kernel, one source file at a time! (Nov 29, 2010, 17:03)
Linux Radio: Listen to the listen kernel.
Seven Improvements Needed in KDE (Nov 29, 2010, 16:33)
Datamation: "I use it about two-thirds of the
time, with the rest of my desktop usage divided between GNOME,
Xfce, and occasionally other desktops like LXDE. You could call me
a generally happy user -- but, as with any desktop not designed for
me personally, KDE has one or two quirks or deficiencies that make
my computing less than ideal."
Weekend Project: Linux Filesystem Tune-up (Nov 29, 2010, 16:03)
Linux.com: "If the thought of getting up at 3AM
on "Black Friday" and dragging yourself across town to stand in
line for sales doesn't fill you with the holiday spirit, why not
spend your weekend doing something more meaningful, like cleaning
up your Linux filesystems?"
Fedora 12 approaches end of life (Nov 29, 2010, 15:33)
The H Open: "Fedora Project developer Kevin
Fenzi has issued a reminder that Fedora 12, code named
"Constantine", will reach its end of life (EOL) on Thursday, the
2nd of December, 2010."
The best netbook distro of 2010 revealed - Linux User group test (Nov 29, 2010, 15:03)
Linux User and Developer: "Linux User &
Developer magazine reviews four of the best netbook distros
currently available in a bid to uncover the ultimate open source
user experience for your netbook computer"
A history of viruses on Linux (Nov 29, 2010, 14:03)
Neowin: "We recently gave you a brief history
of viruses on the Mac and as requested by a user we wanted to give
you a history of viruses on Linux. Given the tight security
integrated into Linux, it is difficult to take advantage of a
vulnerability on the computer, but some programmers have found ways
around the security measures"
Moving Desktop Windows users to Linux (Nov 29, 2010, 13:33)
Linux Made Easy: "I manage our computer systems
at work and never tried to convert user Pc's to Linux, instead
sometimes I showed them some of the nice stuff and played with them
when their windows system crashed, or simply because network
printers stopped working."
Best Linux backup software: 8 tools on test (Nov 29, 2010, 13:03)
TechRadar: "Have you been burned before and
lost important data? Or do you lose sleep because of the fear of
one day joining the ranks of those who have? Fear not, worried and
jaded souls – there's a range of Linux backup tools that can
KDE 4.6 Beta 1 � a first look (Nov 29, 2010, 11:03)
everyday linux how2s: "The first beta release
of KDE SC 4.6 was released yesterday. OpenSUSE had packages up
almost immediately, so being curious as to what's new, I've
downloaded and upgraded to the new release. These are my
impressions thus far."
Toshiba spins shake-and-bake hard disk drives (Nov 29, 2010, 03:03)
LinuxDevices: "Toshiba announced a pair of
2.5-inch hard disk drives it claims offer the industry's widest
temperature range for 24/7 operation. Suitable for ATMs, digital
surveillance, automation, and other embedded devices, the
MK1060GSCX and MK8050GACY spin at 4,200rpm and offer 100GB or 80GB