Linux News for Sep 29, 2008
Mounting ISO Images with Furius ISO Mount on Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop (Sep 29, 2008, 23:32)
HowtoForge: "This guide shows how to install it
on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop."
What Does the Economic Crisis Mean for the Tech Sector? (Sep 29, 2008, 23:02)
Tech Treasures: "The last time we went through
economic free-fall, it involved companies like Enron and WorldCom
and Sarbanes Oxley, which called for strict SEC oversight of
company accounting policies, was passed and gave rise to a whole
new market for content management vendors."
Gufw - Simple GUI for ufw (Uncomplicated Firewall) in Ubuntu (Sep 29, 2008, 22:32)
Ubuntu Geek: "Gufw is an easy, intuitive, way
to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as
allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or individual
ports port(s), and many others!"
Verify Your Email Security With tcpdump (Sep 29, 2008, 22:02)
LinuxPlanet: "...being an untrusting soul as
all wise network administrators are, I can use tcpdump to verify
that encryption is working. Here is what a plain unencrypted POP
mail session looks like. This is an abbreviated example showing
only the initial three-way TCP handshake. You can do this yourself
by firing up tcpdump, then checking mail. Ctrl+C stops it:"
MEPIS Linux 8.0 Nears Release (Sep 29, 2008, 21:32)
DeviceGuru: "A new version of MEPIS Linux, one
of my favorite KDE-based distributions, is nearing final release.
Roughly a year after the arrival of version 7.0, distribution
founder and maintainer Warren Woodford has just released MEPIS 8.0
beta 2, based on a Debian Lenny core."
Are Ubuntu Server and Desktop Editions At Odds? (Sep 29, 2008, 21:02)
WorkswithU: "Instead of concluding that Ubuntu
is great on the desktop but not so good on a server, or vice-versa,
businesses are using it in both environments."
Four Expert Tips on Installing New Linux Apps (Sep 29, 2008, 20:32)
IT Business: "Under Linux, installing new
applications isn't a particularly hard task, but installations do
come in several different varieties, so it's worth understanding
the differences and what you'll need to know to make them
Linux Distro to Newbies: Adapt or Leave! (Sep 29, 2008, 20:02)
Datamation: "A uniform computing experience: is
it really all that much to ask for?"
New GNOME 2.24 is an Incremental Improvement (Sep 29, 2008, 19:32)
Linux.com: "Last week marked the release of
GNOME 2.24. Those who already use GNOME will appreciate the new
additions, but there's nothing compelling enough in the new version
to convince fans of other desktop environments to make a
Intellectual Property Bill Passes in the House (Sep 29, 2008, 19:17)
CNet News: "The House of Representatives on
Sunday cleared the intellectual property enforcement bill that
would create an "IP coordinator" position in the White House."
Another Reason for Open-Source in Web Apps: Data Flow and Syncing (Sep 29, 2008, 19:02)
Linux Loop: "A recent Free Software Magazine
article lays out the case for open-source and free software in web
applications. I agree with the arguments, but I also want to add
another one that I feel is important."
Atheros Releases ath5k HAL Code (Sep 29, 2008, 18:32)
LWN: "As part of our commitment to help support
all of our Atheros devices under Linux we'd like to announce the
release of our Atheros HAL for our 802.11abg chipsets under the ISC
And Walmart Makes Three: Another Music Service Plans to Shut Down DRM Support (Sep 29, 2008, 18:12)
Deeplinks Blog: "Walmart's been selling
DRM-free music since February, but anyone who bought music before
that date will not be able to transfer those songs to "unauthorized
computers," or access the songs after changing operating
Who's Really Contributing to Linux? (Sep 29, 2008, 18:02)
Cyber Cynic: "That, as Kroah-Hartman pointed
out, means Canonical "did 00.10068% of all of the kernel
development for the past 3 years." In other words: almost
Improving Boot Time on a General Linux Distribution (Sep 29, 2008, 17:32)
Frederic Crozat blog: "We have just just
released Mandriva Linux 2009 RC2 (with GNOME 2.24 final version,
among new features ;), as well as reduce boot time on a lot of
systems. I thought it would be interesting to explain the various
things we tried to save some seconds when booting, since it is a
hot topic these days, with impressive results from various
The Fastest OpenOffice.org Edition (Sep 29, 2008, 17:02)
OpenOffice.org Ninja: "OpenOffice.org comes in
several editions produced by different groups. Each edition has its
own features, performance improvements, bug fixes, and new bugs.
Go-oo in particular boasts performance as a feature with its the
slogan, "Better, Faster, Freer," but is there truth in advertising?
Let's pit four OpenOffice.org editions against each other in a
scientific speed smackdown."
Top 5 Linux References in Pop-Culture (Sep 29, 2008, 16:32)
The Linux Distillery: "That ubiquitous Linux!
It's on your computer, your mobile phone, your handheld GPS. What's
more, it's also in movies, cartoons, comics and books around you
too! Here are my top 5 Linux references as found in popular
The Most Important Open Source System: Voting (Sep 29, 2008, 16:02)
Linux and Open Source: "The last two
presidential elections proved that our system of voting is either
broken or corrupt."
Keyboards Must Die (Sep 29, 2008, 15:52)
The computer of the future is almost here. It's a small handheld device with some pretty good built-in muscle and storage, and that depends on the network for most of its functionality. But it won't really be practical until the keyboard goes away and we can talk to our computers.
The 14 Best Linux Distros (Sep 29, 2008, 15:32)
Techradar: "Given the number of Linux distros
out there, how did we pick just 14? Some were obvious..."
Android -- It's not about Sex, Excitement, or Cool (Sep 29, 2008, 15:02)
Tech Broiler: "Sex? Excitement? Cool? We are
talking about digital convergence devices, not a week on tour in
Amsterdam with Gene Simmons and his roadie crew."
21 of the Best Free Linux Financial Software (Sep 29, 2008, 14:32)
Linux Links: "This article selects quality
software that help individuals keep track of stock market
movements, analyse the markets, and identify stock worth buying. In
this article, we also feature the best personal finance software
available for Linux, as well as covering the corporate end of the
market with accounting software and business solutions."
On-Line Applications "Just Work"; Why Worry About the Freedom of the Licence? (Sep 29, 2008, 14:02)
Free Software Magazine: "If the software we are
using is not run on the computer on our desk/lap/hand what does the
licence matter? For some time now I've been reading predictions
where the browser will be the computer. Does this future have space
for free software?"
Windows 7: Can Closed Source Really March Forward? (Sep 29, 2008, 13:32)
The VAR Guy: "Does the old closed-source model
of bug chasing and alpha, beta and gold product development
releases still work?"
Why I Choose Copyleft For My Projects (Sep 29, 2008, 13:02)
Free Software Magazine: "Terry Hancock seemed
to raise a few hackles when he presented case recently that
"copyleft has no impact on project activity?!)". I'm not certain
why, because it seemed he was just asking a question really..."
100 Reasons Linux Beats Windows (Sep 29, 2008, 12:32)
The Linux Distillery: "That's right; you heard
me. Here are â€" count 'em â€" one hundred
reasons why Linux beats Windows."
Gettin' it done: Simple Instructional Video Creation on Linux (Sep 29, 2008, 12:02)
JBCobb: "In this story I will share a simple
process for creating instructional videos on a fairly common
Ubuntu-ish desktop. They needed to be easily played on a variety of
platforms and the creation process itself should require little
research or new skills to accomplish."
IBM's New "I.T.Standards Policy" - and a Call for Wider Reform (Sep 29, 2008, 11:02)
Standards Blog: "The principles would also mean
that IBM would push for more global participation in standard
setting, work for rules reform to avoid undue influence by vendors,
push for ensuring that open standards will be set under policies
that will ensure that they can be implemented in open source
software, and regularize and optimize IPR policies themselves."
The Mother Of All Urban Legend Chain Emails, A Little Something For Star Trek Fans (Sep 29, 2008, 08:02)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "The first joke
is a fake chain letter which combines some of the finest elements
of the Internet's most memorable legend and/or chain emails. If it
doesn't make you laugh, it will scare you to death."
Linux Kernel Magic SysRq Keys in openSUSE for Crash Recovery (Sep 29, 2008, 04:08)
SUSE & openSUSE: "The Linux Kernel offers
you something that allows you to recover your system from a crash
or at the least lets you to perform a proper shutdown using the
Magic SysRq Keys. The magic SysRq key is a select key combination
in the Linux kernel which allows the user to perform various low
level commands regardless of the system's state"
Converting PI To Binary - More Linux/Unix Humor (Sep 29, 2008, 00:08)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "So I leave you
with this pun, that both begs to be written and, at the same time,
put out of its misery: You can't have your Pi and eat it..."