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Linux News for Jan 29, 2008

  • Is MySQL's Fate the Future of Open Source? (Jan 29, 2008, 23:30)
    Linux Journal: "It's not every day that the entire technical press goes bonkers over news in the open source world, but that's what happened last week, when Sun announced that it was buying MySQL..."

  • Potential Impact of Nokia's Trolltech Acquisition (Jan 29, 2008, 20:30)
    Roundup: Trolltech and Nokia in a Scandinavian acquisition-fest. You just know people have something to say about that.

  • Software Patent Case Defendant Seeks Support of FOSS Community (Jan 29, 2008, 19:45)
    Linux.com: "Barracuda Networks is actively seeking the support of the free and open source software community in its battle against a patent suit brought against it by Trend Micro

  • The Red Hat Community Architecture Team (Jan 29, 2008, 19:00)
    LWN: "Inside of Red Hat, March 1 is always a magical date, because that represents the beginning of a new budget year..."

  • HP Debuts Linux-Based Thin Client (Jan 29, 2008, 18:15)
    LinuxDevices: "Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first new thin clients since acquiring Neoware last fall. Among the new products is a Debian- based 't5735' model featuring a CPU and GPU (graphics processor unit) from AMD, which acquired GPU specialist ATI recently..."

  • SpringSource Has Acquired Covalent Technologies (Jan 29, 2008, 17:30)
    451 CAOS Theory: "The rate of open source M&A continues apace, this time involving two open source software vendors. SpringSource has announced plans to acquire Covalent Technologies for an undisclosed fee..."

  • Black Duck Opens Code Center (Jan 29, 2008, 16:45)
    internetnews.com: "Tracking which software licenses are being used as part of an application development lifecycle is an important activity. Developers need to know where code is being used and whether or not it has been approved for use..."

  • The World According to Linus (Jan 29, 2008, 16:00)
    Computerworld Australia: "Computerworld catches up with the man behind Linux, Linus Torvalds, at Linux.conf.au..."

  • Nokia's Trolltech Grab Hurts Rivals (Jan 29, 2008, 15:15)
    BusinessWeek: "The software acquisition bolsters Nokia's perch in the mobile device arena, could further dismantle Motorola, and puts pressure on Google..."

  • 'We're Huge in Finland!' Firefox Hits New High as IE7 Lags (Jan 29, 2008, 14:30)
    Wired: "Mozilla Firefox continued its slow but steady march against the worldwide dominance of Microsoft Internet Explorer in 2007..."

  • 23,000 Linux PCs Forge Education Revolution in Philippines (Jan 29, 2008, 13:45)
    Computerworld Australia: "Linux still cheaper than heavily-subsidized Microsoft products..."

  • Desktop GIS for Linux: An Introduction (Jan 29, 2008, 13:00)
    Linux Journal: "This article provides an overview of Linux-based tools for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including a quick take on the ESRI's ArcReader..."

  • New Approach To ATI Linux Driver Installation (Jan 29, 2008, 11:30)
    Phoronix: "With two new driver options that will be formally introduced next month in Ubuntu's packaging scripts for the Catalyst 8.02 Linux driver, the installation process of the ATI fglrx driver on Ubuntu will become several steps easier..."

  • Trolltech: Another Open Source Company Gets Gobbled Up (Jan 29, 2008, 10:59)
    Today Nokia announced their intention to acquire an open source tools manufacturer, Trolltech.


  • Celebrity Advice on Keeping Your Linux Desktop Secure (Jan 29, 2008, 10:00)
    Linux.com: "Everyone knows you need to add extra security to try to keep a Windows desktop safe, but what do you have to do to accomplish the same thing on Linux...?"

  • Linux Detecting/Checking Rootkits with Chkrootkit and rkhunter Software (Jan 29, 2008, 08:30)
    nixCraft: "Most rootkits use the power of the kernel to hide themselves, they are only visible from within the kernel. How do I detect rootkits under CentOS or Debian Linux server...?"

  • Tweaking Hidden Ubuntu Settings With Ubuntu Tweak (Jan 29, 2008, 07:00)
    HowtoForge: "Ubuntu Tweak is a tool that lets you change hidden Ubuntu settings..."

  • ATI Linux & X-Plane: It Works (Jan 29, 2008, 05:30)
    Phoronix: "X-Plane is marketed as the 'most thorough, flexible, and realistic flight simulator available for personal computers' and ships not only for Windows and Macintosh platforms but also for Linux..."

  • Arch: Pros Only, But Not Bad (Jan 29, 2008, 04:45)
    The DistRogue: "Arch Linux is one of the few distributions to be optimized for an i686 processor--in other words, it's really fast without having to compile anything..."

  • First Look at Parsix GNU/Linux 1.0r0, Ramon Edition (Jan 29, 2008, 04:00)
    Linux Love: "Linux distributions keep on updating, and upgrading and releasing new editions and basically getting better, faster, stronger and more usable, otherwise they will just be dead with no one to miss them..."

  • Examining the XO Activities and Durability (Jan 29, 2008, 03:15)
    Blue-GNU: "Having thrown around a few initial impressions about the OLPC XOs, I thought I would take a more in-depth look at the user interface and some of the activities kids can engage in..."

  • Review: gOS 2.0 Beta (Jan 29, 2008, 02:30)
    Raiden's Realm: "Then there's America, where Everex's range of PCs featuring the upstart Linux distribution known as gOS have been selling out faster than they can make them. But can cheap and cheerful also mean innovative and interesting...?"

  • Splunk 3.1: A Log-Monitoring Gem Shines Brighter (Jan 29, 2008, 01:45)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "Many moons have risen since we last gushed about Splunk, so what better way to reinvigorate our personal buzz than to install the latest version and write a how-to..."

  • How Linux Users Should React in a Windows World (Jan 29, 2008, 01:00)
    OSWeekly: "Many Linux users find themselves working in Windows-based environments. More often that not, this is not something that can be avoided, and to be honest, I cannot actually say for certain that it should be..."

  • You Used Perl to Write WHAT?! (Jan 29, 2008, 00:15)
    CIO: "We all know that when faced with a job to do, we usually tend to reach for the most familiar tool in our belt. And while perl is certainly a versatile tool, it isn't the right tool for every job..."