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IT Management Linux News for Jul 25, 2008

  • How Dell is making Ubuntu more attractive (Jul 25, 2008, 21:30)
    Computerworld: "Dell was the first of the major computer manufacturers to support pre-installed Linux, but it's not just pre-installing Linux. The Austin, Tex. company is also adding functionality to Ubuntu Linux on its desktops and laptops."

  • VIA Appoints Open Source Champion (Jul 25, 2008, 21:00)
    The Inquirer: "VIA has contracted Harald Welte, known within the free software community as a hacker of the Linux kernel and for his activities in enforcing the GNU General Public Licence, as the company’s Open Source liaison officer."

  • Network Monitoring with Zenoss: A Reluctant Administrator's Guide (Jul 25, 2008, 20:30)
    Free Software Magazine: "Now I am the victim of my own success: my household now has four physical computers, one of them dual boot. All are on a single internal Local Area Network (LAN) with five real users plus sundry administrative ones on each. Some of the computers are also running services. I also have two computers sitting in a box, which will probably be added to this mess soon, plus my wife plans to get a laptop. Like it or not, I now manage a network bigger than many small businesses!... Surely, there must be a way to automate this mess?"

  • Shuttleworth's View on Patents (Microsoft and all) (Jul 25, 2008, 19:30)
    InternetNews: "Who's afraid of patents? Not Mark Shuttleworth founder of Ubuntu Linux and CEO of Canonical. He figures he's 'REALLY' got it covered."

  • Review: Think small with Linutop 2 (Jul 25, 2008, 16:00)
    Computerworld: "Software is Linutop 2's strongest suit. It comes with Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (a.k.a. Hardy Heron), Open Office 2.4 and enough utilities to work well out of the box. In five minutes, I was nosing around the Web, playing YouTube videos, listening to Internet radio and viewing Adobe Acrobat files. Plus, the system can use and save in Microsoft Office .doc, .xls, .ppt and other popular formats."

  • Dell's Ubuntu 8.04 Offering—Technical Details (Jul 25, 2008, 14:30)
    Direct2Dell: "We have added Fluendo GStreamer codecs for mp3, wma, and wmv playback. This will allow you to play media of those types in your favorite media player on the system..."

  • Laptops with Solid State Drives: Pros and Cons (Jul 25, 2008, 12:30)
    Datamation: "With Apple's sexy MacBook Air thrusting them into the limelight, laptops with built-in solid state drives (SSDs) are suddenly all the rage. Now they are also available from a variety of Windows OEMs including Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell. While the drives can offer higher performance than conventional rotating storage, they also add about $500- $800 to the base purchase price of laptops, and can be almost ten times as expensive as a standard hard disk."

  • Seven Practices for Healthier Software Development (Jul 25, 2008, 11:00)
    IBM Developerworks: "In this article, learn about seven practices that can reduce overtime, cut costs, and speed up production on your software development project. Create a solid foundation for healthier development, and increase your chances of meeting deadlines with less stress."

  • Networking 101: Understanding IP Addresses (Jul 25, 2008, 05:05)
    LinuxPlanet: "Networks don't work without addresses: Whenever you are sending something, you need to specify where it should go and where it came from. To be an effective network engineer or administrator, you need to understand IP addresses backward and forward: you need to be able to think on your feet. If something breaks, likely as not some address assignment has been screwed up. And spotting the problem quickly is likely to be the difference between being the hero, or the guy who "takes a long time to fix the problem.""