Linux News for Aug 31, 2008
It's a Joke: In a Linux World Without Walls Who Needs Windows? (Aug 31, 2008, 23:03)
IT Wire: "Most of the details are still scarce
at this stage but what has been confirmed is that Bill Gates will
make an appearance as well as various others, with Jerry Seinfeld
as the headline act."
Free-Software Activist Speaks on Moral Duty to Share (Aug 31, 2008, 22:03)
The Rice Thresher: ""Today we have what we
didn't have 20 years ago - powerful enemies," Stallman said."
The 7 Best Closed-Source Apps for Linux (Aug 31, 2008, 21:33)
Intranet Journal: "With all of the noise going
back and forth about how open source software is "better" for the
end user, I am of the mind that this is clearly in the eyes of the
Universities That Do Not Use Free Software: Time for a Boycott? (Aug 31, 2008, 21:03)
Linux Magazine: "I did investigate the
university of the student and found that Microsoft was indeed a
sponsor of the University. In fact, the university had a large
banner on the front page of their web site talking about Microsoft
as a partner."
Why Linux...? You Might be Surprised (Aug 31, 2008, 20:33)
Blog of helios: "With the proliferation of
Lindependence and upcoming events for that effort, HeliOS Solutions
and HeliOS Solutions West will publish some basic and informative
articles to guide the New Linux User."
Splert: A Custom Answering Machine and more for Pidgin (Aug 31, 2008, 20:03)
My Technophilic Musings: "This is a simple tool
I wrote a few months ago to turn Pidgin, everyone's favourite
multi-client Instant Messenger...into a customized answering
machine (and more) when you are away from your computer.
Photo Digikam Tutorial 1-3: White balance (Aug 31, 2008, 19:33)
uga's blog: "In this third part we will
continue addressing the light issues, but we will target color
issues rather than brightness issues."
Sun Naming Confusion: Is OpenSolaris an OS or a Project? (Aug 31, 2008, 19:03)
Polish Linux: "Over three years, the
OpenSolaris project has gathered some community under Sun
Microsystems Inc. (SMI) guidance. The whole project resides at
www.opensolaris.org and is focused on the open flavor of Solaris
operating system, licensed under CDDL."
How to Get a Refund for Windows in Poland? (Aug 31, 2008, 18:03)
Polish Linux: "Reading the Slashdot article
about Dave Mitchell from Great Britain, who got a 47 pounds refund
from Dell for returning his copy of Windows was an inspiration for
me to check, if it is possible in Poland, too. This is my success
Interview: FreeNAS for No-Cost Network Attached Storage (Aug 31, 2008, 17:03)
OStatic: "The BSD licence is the most open
license from my point of view. I didn't have time to read (and
understand) all the concepts in the GPL, and I needed a simple
Using MediaTomb With a PlayStation 3 (Aug 31, 2008, 16:27)
Volatile Int: "I recently got a PlayStation 3
from my wonderful girlfriend, and one of the reasons I wanted one
was for its great possibilities of being a media center. I
installed MediaTomb on my Linux machine (Gentoo) and after half an
hour of configurations, it was ready to stream content to the
Microsoft Investment Shows All is Not Well at Novell (Aug 31, 2008, 16:03)
ITWire: "In the same period, Red Hat has shown
impressive growth and gone from strength to strength."
Your Wise Oldtimers Are Not Eternal (Aug 31, 2008, 15:41)
I heard a snippet of a story on the radio about the trauma of losing older workers. I didn't hear much, but I'm pretty sure they were talking about retirement, both forced and voluntary, and occasionally moving to a different job. The staff who were left behind were all traumatized- the old coots are gone, and all of their ineffable wisdom with them! Now what will we do!
I've run into this several times in my consulting career. This probably reveals too much of my cranky, impatient nature, but the script always runs the same way- they act like employees getting older and moving on is an unforeseeable event, and act all surprised and betrayed and the foundations of the universe are cracking. I always wonder- don't they teach planning ahead and how to recognize the obvious in those spendy college business programs?
Dynamically Manage XML Schema Variations in XMLBeans Apps (Aug 31, 2008, 14:03)
IBM Developerworks: "Apache XMLBeans does not
inherently support multiple versions of an XML schema. For
applications that need this type of support to manage
compatibility, this limitation is serious. But there is a solution,
and in this article, you'll learn how dynamic class loading
techniques can help.:
Spring: A Lightweight Application Framework for Day-to-Day Business Applications (Aug 31, 2008, 12:03)
BobCares: "Spring is a Lightweight Application
Framework which covers all levels of your day-to-day business
applications. It helps you write, debug and maintain enterprise
applications much easier and faster. It can also be integrated with
other commonly used frameworks and greatly simplify your
Wish List: 10 Improvements for KDE 4.2 (Aug 31, 2008, 10:03)
Linux.com: "KDE 4.1, released last month,
brought a great number of improvements to the popular desktop
environment. It's the best desktop I've ever used -- but that
doesn't mean it couldn't be better."
Track Your Investments With Grism (Aug 31, 2008, 08:03)
Linux.com: "Grism, written in Ruby, is the tool
my dad now uses to easily follow the changing market trends. It
allows you to create watchlists and portfolios and offers charts to
help you gauge the performance of particular stocks."
Novell's Linux Business is Booming (Aug 31, 2008, 06:03)
Practical Technology: "On a superficial level,
Novell's third quarter, which ended July 31, 2008, didn't look that
good. A closer look reveals though that Novell did quite well in
general and extremely well with its Linux business."
How To Shrink VMware Virtual Disk Files (.vmdk) (Aug 31, 2008, 04:03)
HowtoForge: "This guide shows how you can
shrink the virtual disk files (they have the extension .vmdk) of
your VMware virtual machines so that if you zip them, they will use
much less space. It is then easier to upload and share them with
More Funny Unix, Linux and Mainframe Error Messages (Aug 31, 2008, 02:03)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie:
"OHHHH.... I give up
LyX 1.6 is Ready For Release (Aug 31, 2008, 00:03)
Linux.com: "Occupying a position somewhere
between a word processor and a mark-up editor, LyX is designed to
meet the needs of professional and academic writers by allowing
them to focus on their content rather than formatting and