Linux News for Oct 31, 2006
Free Software Magazine: What's Wrong with Software Patents? (Oct 31, 2006, 23:30)
"I know that many people come to the FFII--as I did--because
they feel a deep sense of injustice at how the smaller players in
IT are consistently squashed by special interests and
Motivational Linux: Linux 2.0--The Rise Of Capitalism (Oct 31, 2006, 22:45)
"Do you want to compete and get paid? Pick your area of
expertise and serve customers better than Red Hat, Oracle, or
LinuxInsider: Open Source Security Player Sourcefire Going Public (Oct 31, 2006, 22:00)
"The IPO is a rarity in that it involves a security company, as
well as a company that relies on open source development and
software for its security..."
CNET News: GPL Enforcer Bemoans Code Quality (Oct 31, 2006, 21:15)
"Open-source programmer Harald Welte spends a lot of time
enforcing provisions of the General Public License, taking legal
action when companies include GPL software in products without
releasing their versions of the underlying source code..."
LinuxPlanet: Will Oracle's 'Standardization' Offset Linux Fragmentation? (Oct 31, 2006, 20:30)
"Yet is it possible that Oracle's newly minted membership in the
standards group might actually help to dispel industry
internetnews.com: Microsoft Opens PHP Door (Oct 31, 2006, 19:45)
"Microsoft is officially helping to fund a joint effort with PHP
vendor Zend to ensure that PHP works well on Microsoft's server
IT Week: Gartner Urges Users to Test Oracle's Linux Support (Oct 31, 2006, 19:00)
"Red Hat customers should perform compatibility tests and pilot
one or two mission critical systems on Oracle's new Unbreakable
Linux support for Red Hat Linux, according to analyst firm
All About Linux: What is Free Software?--An Interview with Richard M Stallman (Oct 31, 2006, 17:30)
"In recent times, if you ask me to name one personality in the
free software community who has been as much reviled as being
adored, I would say it is Richard M Stallman..."
Andrew Morton: Linux 2.6.19-rc4-mm1 (Oct 31, 2006, 16:45)
Incremental changelog, links within.
InfoWorld: Oracle's Red Hat Support Spells Trouble for Sun (Oct 31, 2006, 16:00)
"It wasn't the Oracle-branded Linux that many were expecting. In
a way, it was something much worse..."
Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.19-rc4 (Oct 31, 2006, 14:30)
"-rc4 is mostly some driver (scsi, and random smattering of
other stuff) and architecture (avr32, power, arm, with some mips
and x86 noise) updates, with various random fixes thrown in..."
AP/BusinessWeek: Red Hat Seen Generating Strong Cash Flow (Oct 31, 2006, 13:45)
"...[J]umped in morning trading on Monday after an analyst
speculated that even if the company does cut prices on some of its
services, it will still have healthy cash flow..."
Linux.com: How to Share a Scanner on Your Network (Oct 31, 2006, 12:15)
"Start with SANE (Scanning Access Now Easy), the scanning suite
for Linux and other Unix-like systems. Check the project's list of
supported devices. If your scanner is listed, most of the job is
NewsForge: Brazilian Government Faces Challenge Over Proprietary Tax Software (Oct 31, 2006, 12:00)
"The Free Software Foundation--Latin America (FSFLA) is
campaigning against the Brazilian government's regulations that
some citizens must use non-free software for paying taxes..."
SearchOpenSource: Exporting Data from an OpenOffice.org Base Database (Oct 31, 2006, 11:30)
"I think somebody on the OpenOffice.org database development
team has a mystery fetish..."
Linux.com: CLI Magic: Command-Line Contact Management (Oct 31, 2006, 10:00)
"My requirements for an address book and contact manager are
simple. I just want to be able to search and view records whenever
I need them, from the command line and a text editor..."
Linux Journal: Manipulating Lists in OpenOffice.org Calc (Oct 31, 2006, 08:30)
"When asked to explain the purpose of spreadsheets, most people
think of calculations first. And it's true that spreadsheets like
Calcs have hundreds of different functions for performing
Zmanda: How to Setup and Verify a Backup Solution for MySQL in 15 Minutes (Oct 31, 2006, 07:00)
"For our 15-minute challenge, we will backup a MySQL 5.0
database on Linux. We will only use freely downloadable open source
software for the solution..."
Linux Journal: LDAP Series Part III--The Historical Secrets (Oct 31, 2006, 05:30)
"The origins of LDAP begin with the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) based in Geneva..."
Advisories, October 30, 2006 (Oct 31, 2006, 04:45)
Today's security advisories: qt-x11-free (Debian GNU/Linux); and
PHP and Asterisk (Gentoo Linux).
All About Linux: A Brief Look at a Couple of New Features in Firefox 2.0 (Oct 31, 2006, 04:00)
"Firefox ver 2.0 was released a few days back and naturally it
is loaded with a host of new features some of them prominent and
many more rather subtle..."
Cigan's Random Thoughts: Xubuntu's Edge First Impressions (Oct 31, 2006, 03:15)
"So as soon as the Xubuntu page updated, which was sadly after
both Ubuntu and Kubuntu, I ran in and grabbed the shiny new 6.10
Free Software Magazine: Does Free Software Taste Great, or is Open Source Less Filling? (Oct 31, 2006, 02:30)
"Which do you like best: the satisfying, rich taste of principle
in free software? Or do you prefer the less morally filling and
pragmatic goodness of open source...?"
The R Zone: Call to Arms: Two System Management Applications We Sorely Need in Linux Land (Oct 31, 2006, 01:45)
"Diagnosing server (and desktop, and network) load issues is
always tricky. When an application misbehaves for short bursts of
time, it's often a matter of guesswork to find out which..."
Open Addict: Ten Reasons Linux and BSD are Vastly Superior to Windows--Part I (Oct 31, 2006, 01:00)
"Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows in every way.
Don't believe me? Read on, my friend. Read on and realize the folly
of your MS ways..."
The R Zone: Linux is Ready for the Desktop, and This is No Longer a Debatable Matter (Oct 31, 2006, 00:15)
"While I do agree with most of what the writer says, I
definitely would like people to stop beating the dead horse. Linux
is, in fact, ready..."