Linux News for Sep 30, 2008
"Geen Stijl" is a Communist Website! (Sep 30, 2008, 23:34)
The Beez' speaks: "Later on it states that
"Everyone who uses Linux supports terrorism, atomic weapons, high
oil prices and the destruction of the earth"."
Top 5 Least Popular Linux Distributions That Could (Sep 30, 2008, 23:04)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Let's focus on the
following Linux distributions that some of us may consider least
popular, but are highly capable of becoming way bigger than what
they are today"
Linux for Older PCs : From Ubuntu to Vector Linux (Sep 30, 2008, 22:34)
My Take on Technology: "This week, I tried
Vector Linux, a slackware based distro, known to be fast and
stable, ideal for older machines like mine and yet never
compromising on the features. Read on, to see if it delivered what
Three Little Tweaks to Make Your Ubuntu Desktop Beautiful and Productive (Sep 30, 2008, 22:04)
Quick Tweaks: "What I liked about GnomeDo is
its ability to learn. Suppose, if you have installed Avant Window
Navigator, aMSN and Amarok and you regularly use Amarok, hitting A
will bring you Amarok but not other applications."
Script To Get Weather Forecasts For Your Zip Code (Sep 30, 2008, 21:34)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today's
Linux/Unix bash shell script is probably not the last follow up to
the growing stable of scripts we've written to mine the knowledge
on tap online. Today's info is grabbed from WeatherBug.com."
Cloud Computing is a Trap, Warns GNU Founder Richard Stallman (Sep 30, 2008, 21:04)
Guardian UK: "The concept of using web-based
programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity", according
to a leading advocate of free software."
Backing Up Your OS With dd (Sep 30, 2008, 20:34)
Rootninja: "I love dd. Why mess with the
clutter and bloat of backup software when all you really want is a
simple image for those times when you accidentally wipe out
something important or a hard drive goes plonk."
Make a Multi-polaroid Image out of jpegs With ImageMagick's Montage (Sep 30, 2008, 20:04)
Rootninja: "You can take several regular
pictures or other image files and put them together into one image
that looks like they’re all polaroids laid out on a desk
using ImageMagick's montage tool. If you have a dual monitor setup
you can easily fit 8 across your screens at once without even
Survey Says: Windows and Open Source Play Well Together (Sep 30, 2008, 19:34)
LinuxInsider: "Through its Open Source Census
initiative, OpenLogic hopes to gain a clearer picture of the OSS
landscape. Now in its ninth month, the census has found a sizable
presence of OSS among Windows users, European governments and the
4 Easy Fun Useful Things You Can Do With Linux (Sep 30, 2008, 19:04)
LinuxPlanet: "In this ENP classic, learn how to
colorize and test your Bash prompt, run your own local timeserver,
deliver customized MOTDs that change, and create elegant ASCII
art---the easy way."
gOS 3: Is it better than Ubuntu? (Sep 30, 2008, 18:34)
The How-To Geek: "Combining the best parts of
Mac OS X and Ubuntu, gOS is truly a worthy competitor in the OS
wars. It has simplicity, a well designed interface, a rock solid
linux core and web apps. But is it good enough? Is it 'a Linux for
the rest of us!' ?
The G1 Quandary: Open Yet Locked (Sep 30, 2008, 18:04)
Datamation: "When can something be locked yet
still be open? When it's a mobile handset sold by a wireless
carrier concerned about security and bandwidth issues..."
When Linux Goes Bad: the e1000e Ethernet bug (Sep 30, 2008, 17:34)
Cyber Cynic: "I know some people think I only
say wonderful things about Linux and bad things about Windows.
Wrong. I call them like I see them. Most of the time, while wearing
my operating system umpire's cap, I see Linux making the right
hits... Most of the time. Sometimes, though, Linux strikes
5 Ways to Know You're Ready for Virtualization (Sep 30, 2008, 17:04)
Linux Magazine: "To help you avoid those
opportunists who jump on new technologies like cockroaches pouncing
on freshly fallen cake crumbs--gobbling up the sweet bits and
running off into the dark when the lights come on, I've compiled 5
simple questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge."
Zen and the Art of the Six-Figure Linux Job (Sep 30, 2008, 16:34)
Datamation: "You've heard the stereotypes and
the misconceptions. Since Linux is free software, the developers
who create it are paid next to nothing, right?"
Linux Speaks Your Instant Messaging Dialect (Sep 30, 2008, 16:04)
IT Wire: "Pidgin is multi-lingual. It will
communicate with, and manage, your MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, AIM and other
accounts all in the one package. There's no need for loads of
different IM clients. You can control each and every one from
1 Million Classmates Headed to Venezuela (Sep 30, 2008, 15:34)
ZDNet Education: "In the latest success for
this model, Venezuela has just ordered 1 million second-generation
Classmates from the same local OEM (J.P. Sa Couto) producing
Classmates for Portugal."
The XO Files Part III: Re-imagining the OLPC Distribution (Sep 30, 2008, 15:04)
OLPC News: "Concern over the original
distribution plan was what got me writing for OLPCNews.com. The
belligerent anti-pilot-project attitude, the requirement to buy the
laptops in lots of 1million units, and the hushed discussions about
the costs beyond the "$100" laptop. Rapid, bulk deployment is not a
good model to introduce technology, particularly in a
Review: Intellectual Property and Open Source (Sep 30, 2008, 14:31)
LWN: "Regardless of one's own feelings in the
matter, the fact remains that the legal system exists, it affects
our lives, and that we can only be better off if we understand it.
To that end, O'Reilly has published Intellectual Property and Open
Source by Van Lindberg."
Wall Street's Collapse May be Computer Science's Gain (Sep 30, 2008, 14:01)
Computerworld: "The collapse of Wall Street may
help make computer science and IT careers attractive to students
who abandoned these fields in droves after the pop of the last big
bubble, the dot-com bust of 2001."
Linux alternatives to Windows SBS part two (Sep 30, 2008, 13:31)
IT Wire: "Yet, it's not just cut down on price
but cut down on features too. It has deliberate built-in
limitations. You don't have to put up with this. Here are a range
of Linux-based options that give you greater functionality and at a
VLC Goes to Nine Point Two (Sep 30, 2008, 13:01)
Linux.com: "Sometimes I get the feeling that I
only know about 5% of what VLC can do. Everyone knows it's a
dependable, free, cross-platform media player...the new VLC exposes
a lot more of that functionality."
Motorola Building Up 350-Person Android Team. Nokia Also Sniffing Around. (Sep 30, 2008, 12:31)
TechCrunch: "The iPhone may be the only game in
town for serious mobile Web developers right now, but that won't
last long. Next year, the iPhone will see some serious competition
from Google's Android platform."
Omega 10 Desktop Linux (Sep 30, 2008, 12:01)
OSNews: "The Omega 10 Beta release is roughly
equivalent to the Fedora 10 Beta to be released tomorrow, but
integrates multimedia support not found in Fedora."
Save a Web Page for Later With Read It Later Extension (Sep 30, 2008, 11:31)
Linux.com: "At first sight, the Read It Later
(RIL) extension looks redundant -- after all, you can use Firefox's
own bookmarking functionality to save Web pages for later reading.
But dig deeper, and you'll discover that it offers enough nifty
features to make it a must-have tool for most users."
Keyboards Must Die (Sep 30, 2008, 11:01)
Linux Today Blog: "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."
Tools for Editing Vector Graphics in GNU/Linux (Sep 30, 2008, 10:31)
Linux.com: "Free software includes a number of
options for working with vector graphics, including several simple
ones: OpenOffice.org's Draw, KOffice's Karbon14, and Inkscape,
which is currently the premier vector graphic editor in free
Live DVD for Linux Games (Sep 30, 2008, 09:01)
LinuxHaxor: "lg-live is a live Linux DVD
pre-installed with some of the top linux games out there. You just
boot from your dvd, select your game and start playing."
Tip of the Trade: Make Perl Scripts More Readable With perltidy (Sep 30, 2008, 07:31)
Serverwatch: "I am of course sure that everyone
reading this is well aware of scripting best practices and always
writes beautifully neat and well-set-out scripts that will still
have meaning when you return to them in six months time. You might
not then need perltidy for your own scripts."
Midgard 8.09.0RC "Ragnaroek" released (Sep 30, 2008, 06:01)
Midgard CMS: "The Midgard Project has released
first 'Release Canditate' release of 8.09 "Ragnaroek LTS"
generation of the Midgard Content Management System. Midgard is a
mature Free Software CMS package targeted for mid-to-high-end web
Postfix Stress Test With smtp-source and top (Sep 30, 2008, 04:31)
PostfixMail: "In order to evaluate the load on
your box you can run smtp-source and combine that with snapshots of
top to evaluate the load on the server."
Install open-vm-tools on Debian 4.0 (Etch) (Sep 30, 2008, 03:01)
Debian Admin: "VMware Inc. released an
OpenSource version of their VMware-Tools, called open-vm-tools.
While they’re quite easy to install on Gentoo (emerge
open-vm-tools), it’s not that easy having them installed on a
Debian Etch (4.0) if you want to go the proper way."
Kubuntu: How To Turn The Touchpad Off And On With One Shortcut Key (Sep 30, 2008, 01:31)
HowtoForge: "...but nothing worked in my
Kubuntu environment for whatever reason...Therefore, facing all
these 'downers' I set out to find another method using the code
that did work in my system."
Installing Google Android SDK 1.0 On Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop (Sep 30, 2008, 00:01)
HowtoForge: "This guide explains how you can
install the Google Android SDK 1.0 on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. With
this stable release of the Android SDK, you can now develop
applications for Android smartphones (like T-Mobile's G1) and offer
them on the Android Market."