Linux News for May 23, 2008
Getting Open Source Right (May 23, 2008, 22:30)
Editor's Note: "...Microsoft's Director of
Standards made some assumptions about what the real value of open
source software is for governments. Like most assumptions about
open source from Microsoft, a big piece of the overall picture is
conveniently left out..."
Ubuntu to Announce its Mobile Linux in June (May 23, 2008, 21:00)
Underexposed: "Canonical will announce Netbook
Remix, its version of Ubuntu Linux tailored for mobile devices, in
two weeks, Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth said..."
No More Desktop Icons in [KDE] 4.1 (May 23, 2008, 19:30)
aseigo: "I just committed a change to the
default desktop containment that removes desktop icon
OLPC Spinoff in Talks with Four Laptop Makers (May 23, 2008, 18:00)
Crave: "Case in point: Walter Bender, who just
left the OLPC initiative to start up its open-source software
spinoff, is reportedly in 'informal discussions' to get its Linux
operating system on low-cost laptops made by four
OOXML Backwards Compatibility Led Microsoft to ODF (May 23, 2008, 16:30)
ZDNet: "Microsoft's decision to add support to
Office 2007 for the Open Document Format instead of its own OOXML
office file format is due to backwards compatibility issues with
OOXML, it has emerged..."
Linux Sales Grow 22 Per Cent in China (May 23, 2008, 15:00)
vnunet: "The commercial Linux market in China
has seen sales value increase 22.6 per cent over the past year,
according to new research..."
South Africa Appeals OOXML Adoption (May 23, 2008, 13:30)
ConsortiumInfo: "SABS, the National Body member
of ISO/IEC JTC1 for South Africa, has filed a formal appeal with
both ISO and IEC, challenging the Fast Track adoption of
QGtkStyle Makes KDE Apps Fit in With GNOME (May 23, 2008, 12:00)
#open.ended: "Trolltech developer Jens
Bache-Wiig is working on a new style engine for Qt that can
leverage the user's default GTK+ theme..."
Become A System Rescue Guru With Linux, Part 2 (May 23, 2008, 10:30)
LinuxPlanet: "Last week we learned how to
rescue a failing hard drive by copying files to a second local hard
drive. You can also copy files over the network, which is useful
for nearly any problem, whether it's software or hardware..."
Using Last To Its Full Potential On Linux (May 23, 2008, 09:00)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Granted; the
last command doesn't offer too much in the extra-functionality
department, but it does have one very useful feature..."
Windows-Linux Integration (May 23, 2008, 07:30)
informIT: "The use of Linux is no longer the
sole preserve of IT administrators and tech-savvy computer
AMD Catalyst 8.5 For Linux (May 23, 2008, 06:00)
Phoronix: "All of the Catalyst Linux driver
releases this year have been... well, boring..."
GCC 4.2.4, Bug Fix Release (May 23, 2008, 04:30)
KernelTrap: "Joseph Myers announced the
availability of GCC 4.2.4 saying, 'GCC 4.2.4 is a bug-fix release,
containing fixes for regressions in GCC 4.2.3 relative to previous
Comparing Linux USB Flash Disk Distros (May 23, 2008, 03:00)
Linux.com: "The recent success of the ASUS Eee
PC has shown that running Linux from flash memory is now
commercially viable in the consumer market..."
Why Open Source Needs an Attitude Adjustment (May 23, 2008, 01:30)
Tech's Bottom Line: "The first quarter of the
year saw a record $203.7 million of venture capital flow to young
open source companies. You'd think that would be a cause for
celebration, but for too many members of the open source community
money is, well, icky..."
Google Carves an Android Path Through Open-Source World (May 23, 2008, 00:00)
Underexposed: "Google didn't invent open-source
programming or pioneer the mobile-phone software market, but when
it comes to its Android project, don't accuse Google of playing
follow the leader..."