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Infrastructure Linux News for Dec 22, 2010

  • Editor's Note: Another Year Gone Already? (Dec 22, 2010, 23:03)
    Where did 2010 go? I was just getting used to it!

  • A Very Chrome-y Christmas (Dec 22, 2010, 22:17)
    ZDNet: "The Cr-48 and Google's Chrome OS makes a great light vacationing computer. But can it and will it replace tens of millions of PCs? I think the answer is yes."

  • Kunlun platform aims for sub-$100 Android phones (Dec 22, 2010, 20:47)
    Linux Devices: "Wind River announced a partnership with Chinese telecommunications firm Via Telecom to develop low-cost Android phones using Wind River Platform for Android."

  • 10 Server Hardware Highlights of 2010 (Dec 22, 2010, 20:02)
    ServerWatch: "From Oracle's acquisition of Sun to Cisco releasing servers to SSDs going mainstream, 2010 was an eventful year for server hardware. Here are the 10 most notable milestones."

  • Microsoft, Standards, and Incompatibility: 1991-2010 -- And a Novell Smoking Gun (Dec 22, 2010, 19:32)
    Groklaw: "Another gruesome exhibit is now finished as text in our collection of Comes v. Microsoft exhibits, Exhibit 1116 [PDF]. It's a Microsoft memo from 1991, regarding a suggested attack plan to beat out IBM's OS/2, written by Joseph Krawczak, currently group program manager for Outlook at Microsoft. Here are just three damning sentences from the confidential memo:"

  • Review: Bria Android Edition VoIP Client (Dec 22, 2010, 19:02)
    WiFi Planet: "While VoIP over Wi-Fi is no longer leading edge, VoWi-Fi on a mobile phone is still pushing the envelope a little - VoIP over 3G even more so."

  • Editing Batches of Photos Easily on Linux (Dec 22, 2010, 17:02)
    Linux Planet: "Akkana Peck introduces David's Batch Processor, a Gimp plugin that makes editing big batches of photos a breeze. Resize them for the Web, make them lighter or darker, crop, rotate-- DBP does it all."

  • How to safely create a partion inside an already partitioned device (Dec 22, 2010, 16:32)
    Open Help: "A partition is a means of dividing the storage capacity of a device, such as a hard disk, into several parts which can then be treated as separate storage devices ("logical devices"). Each logical device is seen by the operating system as a distinct device, and thus is treated as an independent disk."

  • Ultimate List of Open Source Software (Dec 22, 2010, 16:02)
    Datamation: "This list of open source software applications covers the gamut – and then some. After all, 'tis the season to overindulge, and in honor of the occasion we've put together a list with more open source software than anyone can digest in one sitting. Gulp."

  • 10 Bash Tips for Working Faster With the Shell (Part 1 of 2) (Dec 22, 2010, 15:32)
    Tuxarena: "This command is used to bring back and automatically execute the last command in history. It is the same as pressing C^P followed by Enter). Here's an example:"

  • "What's this 'DEEE-bee-en' you write about?" Or will Linux ever make its move on the desktop? (Dec 22, 2010, 15:02)
    Click: "Just this weekend, somebody asked me, "What's this 'DEEE-bee-en' you write about?" Would the question be any different with the word "Ubuntu" in there?"

  • 5 Biggest Tech Winners for 2010 (Dec 22, 2010, 14:32)
    Insurance Networking News: "Among large-cap tech vendors, the biggest winners of 2010 by market capitalization growth came from five different areas of the IT-related landscape: a chip company, a software-as-service provider, a virtualization specialist, an integration provider and a commercial open source vendor"

  • EC Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Openness (Dec 22, 2010, 13:32)
    Standards Blog: "But the EC took two steps backward in every other way as it revised its definition of "open standards," presumably reflecting IT industry efforts to preserve the value of software patents."

  • How the Android stole Christmas; a holiday tale of no tablets (Dec 22, 2010, 13:02)
    It World: "During CES 2010 we saw prototypes of a heck of a lot of Android tablets, a good number of which were based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset. 2010 was going to be the Year of the Tablet and we'd soon see a deluge of Android models hitting the market. Those were heady days for Android fans."

  • My Top Five Favorite Distributions for 2010 (Dec 22, 2010, 11:02)
    OStatic: "In any case, here are my top five favorite Linux distributions for 2010, in no real order."

  • The battle for our data: a holiday allegory (Dec 22, 2010, 07:02)
    IT World: "While many software developers and enthusiasts have been focusing on the push for open source software, did we miss the fact that somewhere along the line companies got a hold of something even more important: our personal data?"

  • WarMUX - Free Clone of Worms for Linux (Dec 22, 2010, 05:02)
    TuxArena: "Previously known as Wormux, WarMUX is a free, open-source clone of the popular game Worms, with completely new, free-licensed graphics and music/sounds, available for Linux, Windows and Mac."

  • Interview with the creator of Doudoulinux (Dec 22, 2010, 03:02)
    Linuxaria: "Recently I discovered a new kind of Linux: DoudouLinux. It is not a new distribution, but a Debian is a tailor-made for children,"