Linux News for Jul 26, 2006
NewsForge: Mark of the Microsoft Beast (Jul 26, 2006, 23:15)
"If you've looked for a Linux laptop lately on any of the major
OEM Web sites, you've seen it: the mark of the beast..."
Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show (Jul 26, 2006, 22:30)
"Chris & Bryan from The Linux Action Show tell us why they
switched to Linux from Mac..."
O'Bryan: Why I Ditched My Mac for Linux (Jul 26, 2006, 21:45)
"Based on the title of this treatise of mine you are, likely,
safe in your assumption that I am about to tell you all, using the
bestest words my mind can muster, why I stopped using MacOS X and
switched over to Linux..."
KernelTrap: Linus On The Extensible Firmware Interface (Jul 26, 2006, 21:00)
"A recent patch posted to the lkml contained the following
description, 'this patch adds an efi e820 memory mapping,' in
response to which Andrew Morton asked, 'why...?'"
All About Linux: Kubuntu 6.06 LTS--An Excellent Linux Distribution Based on KDE (Jul 26, 2006, 20:15)
"At the time of the official release of Ubuntu Dapper Drake, I
happened to visit the site of Kubuntu--the alter identity of
Yet Another Linux Blog: ClarkConnect--Enterprise Linux for Your Home (Jul 26, 2006, 19:30)
"It's interesting also that their routers didn't do a whole
heckuva lot other than route traffic... without throttling or
Regan: Gospel of Tux Unearthed (Jul 26, 2006, 18:45)
Humor: "In the beginning Turing created the
CNET News: Wiki Start-up Taps Open Source to Lure New Users (Jul 26, 2006, 18:00)
"A wiki software start-up is releasing two products into open
source to help get more developers familiar with its commercial
internetnews.com: Vyatta Pushes Open Source Routing (Jul 26, 2006, 17:15)
"But Vyatta, an open source startup, thinks it can take open
source routing a step further with its Open Flexible Router
Wired News: Server Farms Live Off Open Source (Jul 26, 2006, 16:30)
OSCON: "To the many oft-sung virtues of
open-source software you can add this: it saves electricity..."
KernelTrap: Software Suspend Status Report (Jul 26, 2006, 15:45)
"Rafael Wysocki posted a status report on swsusp, 'the part of
the kernel that deals with the suspend to disk...'"
Linux Pipeline: Brazilians Reap Benefits Of IBM's Long-Haul Linux Strategy (Jul 26, 2006, 15:00)
"Big Blue's developer outreach efforts could benefit everyone,
in an emerging market where both challenges and opportunities
TechWeb: Trojan Spoofs Firefox Extension, Steals IDs (Jul 26, 2006, 14:15)
"An identity-stealing keylogger that disguises itself as a
Firefox extension and installs silently in the background was
discovered Tuesday by security vendor McAfee..."
USA Today: Sun Microsystems Posts Quarterly Loss but Revenue Tops Estimates (Jul 26, 2006, 13:30)
"Computer maker Sun Microsystems Tuesday swung to a quarterly
net loss due to charges related to restructuring and job cuts,
while revenue topped analyst expectations, sending its shares
higher in after-hours trading..."
CRN: Scalix To Open Source E-Mail (Jul 26, 2006, 12:45)
"Components of Scalix Community Edition will be available under
a license modeled on the Mozilla Public License (MPL). That will
enable the legal use of third-party code not licensed under the MPL
to coexist with commercial code..."
SearchOpenSource: Vmware, Xen Plug-Ins Boost Open Source Systems Management (Jul 26, 2006, 12:00)
"Systems management was given a virtual boost today as open
source project openQRM received plug-in support for the Xen, VMware
and Linux VServer virtualization from parent company Qlusters
vnunet: Nigeria Orders 1m OLPC Laptops (Jul 26, 2006, 12:00)
"Nigeria has officially ordered and paid for one million of the
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) devices, the Nigerian Vanguard
newspaper reported earlier this month..."
LinuxDevices: PalmSource Offers Early Access to Linux Phone Stack (Jul 26, 2006, 11:15)
"Developers interested in porting applications to PalmSource's
Linux implementation for mobile phones are invited to a special
'PalmSource Developer Day' at this year's LinuxWorld Expo in San
Linux.com: Review: Xandros Server (Jul 26, 2006, 10:30)
"One might wonder, what's the point of yet another
server-oriented distro when the server market is already
LinuxDevices: Linux App Converts Speech Files to Searchable Text (Jul 26, 2006, 09:45)
"Wizzard Software is shipping speaker-independent voice
recognition software aimed at adding large-vocabulary, offline
voice-recognition capabilities to server-based Linux
SearchOpenSource: Migrating Applications from Linux/Unix to Windows (or Vice Versa) (Jul 26, 2006, 09:00)
"Operating systems are useless unless applications will run on
them. Luckily, both Linux and Windows support a broad variety of
applications--many of which are compatible with both
Linux.com: Live Migration of Xen Domains (Jul 26, 2006, 08:15)
"Virtualization is all the rage these days. Advances in x86
performance, as well as the increasing energy requirements of
servers, make efficiently provisioning machines a necessity..."
developerWorks: PHP Encryption for the Common Man (Jul 26, 2006, 07:30)
"Get an overview of what it means to encrypt and decrypt
information, as well as some practical examples involving passwords
and other data, using PHP's built-in functionality..."
NewsForge: Does (Password) Size Matter? (Jul 26, 2006, 06:45)
"Does size matter? The question has arisen lately on
Security-Basics, a computer security mailing list hosted by
SecurityFocus.com. As usual, the question comes down to physical
size or mental prowess..."
XYZ Computing: Building a Socket 939 Workstation (Jul 26, 2006, 06:00)
"Overclocking and gaming are both fun, but from time to time
everyone needs to get some work done..."
SearchOpenSource: Server-side Windows vs. Linux: Considering Today's Differences (Jul 26, 2006, 05:15)
"Not long ago, choosing Linux in the data center meant a
tradeoff. You had to give up some capabilities in exchange for
freedom from Microsoft lock-in. But that has changed..."
ClusterMonkey: Building A Virtual Cluster with Xen (Part One) (Jul 26, 2006, 04:30)
"So how do you try that new version of your favorite program
before committing it to the production cluster? A cheap and
convenient possibility is to build a virtual cluster..."
Advisories, July 25, 2006 (Jul 26, 2006, 03:45)
Today's security advisories: Wireshark and Samba (Gentoo Linux);
perl-Net-Server (Mandriva Linux); php, kdebase, and samba (Red Hat
Linux); and firefox and mozilla-firefox (Ubuntu Linux).
10 Gadgets: My Review of Switching to Linux (Ubuntu) (Jul 26, 2006, 03:00)
"Over the years, I have seriously considered switching to Linux,
and even tried a few times. The first time I did was around 3 years
ago, and I installed Fedora Linux in dual boot with Windows
Entropy: The Only Danger to GNU/Linux (Jul 26, 2006, 02:15)
"Different words can convey different meanings, sometimes even
in a very drastic manner. The GNU/Linux operating system is a prime
example of how a simple nomenclature-related mistake leads to
several greater issues..."
McAlister: Open Source Software as a Customer Capture Tool (Jul 26, 2006, 01:30)
"I just started messing around with a product called SugarCRM
which is an open source sales contact management tool much like
Linux Journal: Audio And 64-bit Linux, Part 1 (Jul 26, 2006, 00:45)
"As I mentioned at the end of my last entry I've preparing
myself for my first excursion into the world of 64-bit
The Linux Extremist: Darth Linux (Jul 26, 2006, 00:00)
"Darth Vader is a genuinely entertaining personality and a
master of the deadpan remark (e.g., 'I find your lack of faith
disturbing'), while Bill Gates is about as fun to listen to as an
accountant on codeine reciting a poem on the virtues of watching