Linux News for Oct 31, 2008
New Qt Creator IDE From Qt Software (Oct 31, 2008, 23:31)
KDE.news: "News emerged recently that Qt
Software (formerly Trolltech) were working on their first IDE for
Qt, code named Project Greenhouse. Today saw the release of the
first technical preview under the name Qt Creator."
Editor's Note: Does Linux Deliver For Small Businesses? (Oct 31, 2008, 23:01)
The answer is Yes, it does, though with some qualifications. The
short answer: it's all in the implementation. The long answer
starts with taking a look at Canonical's successes in opening new
doors for Linux deployments.
Drupal Revealed as 2008 Open Source CMS Award Winner (Oct 31, 2008, 22:31)
Packt: "Packt's annual Open Source Content
Management System (CMS) Award reached its climax today with the
announcement that Drupal has won the Overall category, collecting a
first prize of $5,000. Three months after it was launched and a
staggering 20,000 votes later, Drupal finished ahead of Joomla! and
DotNetNuke to retain the Award it won in 2007."
OpenSUSE Starts Steering its Own Course (Oct 31, 2008, 22:17)
LinuxPlanet: "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports
that it's not easy for a Linux company to let go the reins of
control over its community Linux distribution. Just ask Red Hat,
which started to let go of Fedora and then decided to keep managing
it. But, now Novell is loosening its apron strings on its community
Review: Ubuntu 8.10 Is The Real Deal (Oct 31, 2008, 22:01)
ChannelWeb: "Without much fanfare, developers
of Ubuntu Linux have delivered the latest version of the open
source operating system that scores higher than Windows Vista in
performance testing, does a better job than Windows in making
wireless connectivity easy and, overall, leaves fewer reasons to
stick with Windows than any other previous release of Linux."
11 Simple Ways To Recover Your Screen on Linux and Unix (Oct 31, 2008, 21:31)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "And, now, just
to keep you on your toes, I'll include a hyperlink back to the
original article on 9 simple ways to recover your screen in the
same sentence that I let you know that this post is virtually the
same material, only bigger, better and with extra sauce ;)"
Bash Tips: Speedy Keyboard Shortcuts (Oct 31, 2008, 21:01)
LinuxPlanet: "I've been using bash for years,
and I still haven't come anywhere close to mastering the full range
of available command line keyboard shortcuts. I've found the best
way to get more under my fingers is to note a few on a Post-It
stuck to the monitor, and then swap it for another one at
Xubuntu 8.10 Released (Oct 31, 2008, 20:31)
Xubuntu: "The Xubuntu team is happy to bring
you the latest and greatest software the open source community has
to offer. This is their latest result: Xubuntu 8.10, which brings a
host of excellent improvements built on the rock solid Xfce 4.4.2
Linux Continues to Define the Future of Computing While Microsoft Follows (Oct 31, 2008, 20:01)
Jim Zemlin's Blog: "It is hard for the
executive director of the Linux Foundation to feel bad for
Microsoft, but they are having a bad week while Linux continues to
move forward in innovative ways into new markets for computing.
Let's take a look at the difference between Microsoft and Linux
Fedora 7 to 10 Benchmarks (Oct 31, 2008, 19:31)
Phoronix: "Earlier this week we published
benchmarks of all Ubuntu releases from 7.04 to the release
candidate and had found the performance degraded with time, at
least with the test system we used. As part of our testing to
explore this issue, we had repeated many of the same tests on
Fedora with all of their releases going back to Fedora 7. Has
Fedora's desktop performance degraded too?"
15 Scariest Tux Icons for Halloween (Oct 31, 2008, 19:01)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Since it's Halloween,
let me give you a treat by sharing to you all some of the scariest
tux icons in existence. Before going on, let me warn those with a
weak heart that what you are about to see could be dangerous to
Why I Don't Like Canonical (Oct 31, 2008, 18:31)
adamw's very own blog: "So, I've just been
(implicitly) quoted bashing the Mark Shuttleworth / Canonical
business model... I thought it was worth expanding my point from my
own tiny pulpit."
Laptop Lite With Windows XP (and Soon Linux) (Oct 31, 2008, 18:01)
New York Times: "Hewlett-Packard is getting
small. A gaggle of miniaturized notebooks, announced this week and
collectively called the Mini 1000, will be available in various
configurations that begin at $379."
FSlint - Utility to clean up your File System in openSUSE (Oct 31, 2008, 17:31)
SUSE & openSUSE: "FSlint is a simple yet
very easy to use utility to find and clean various forms of lint on
a filesystem. i.e., unwanted or problematic cruft in your files or
file names. For example, one form of lint it finds is duplicate
files. FSlint operates in both GUI and Command Line mode and the
GUI is very straight forward to use especially there isn't much of
hidden menu options."
NVidia Fan Speed Revisited (Oct 31, 2008, 17:01)
Linux Journal: "One of the comments to my last
post about adjusting the fan speed on your NVidia graphics card was
that what was needed was a script to adjust the speed based on the
temperature. The script presented here does just that."
The Bilski Decision Is In: Buh-Bye [Most] Business Methods Patents - As text & updated 3Xs (Oct 31, 2008, 16:31)
Groklaw: "Pop some champagne! The Appeals Court
decision [PDF] is in on Bilski: I'm still reading it, but on first
quick reading, one thing is clear: it's a win! Eligible patent
matter just got smaller."
Fedora Moves the X Server (Oct 31, 2008, 16:01)
LWN: "Testers of the Fedora 10 beta (or
Rawhide) have recently noticed that the X server has been moved
from its traditional home on virtual terminal 7 to VT1. This move,
which has spawned a lengthy flame war (OK, two lengthy flame wars)
is motivated by a desire to speed the boot process by avoiding the
VT switch. It seems like a relatively small change, but our
community has a strong sense of tradition, apparently."
Research on BBC Content for GNU/Linux (Oct 31, 2008, 15:31)
BBC Internet Blog: "This week, we're really
happy to be sharing some work we've commissioned to deliver BBC
content (mainly radio shows from the BBC Audio & Music team) on
demand for users of GNU/Linux."
Using Your Linux Computer As A Media Center (Part 1) (Oct 31, 2008, 15:01)
Makeuseof: "If you are like me who is a Linux
user and owns a huge collection of music, videos and pictures, the
world is not over for you yet. There are many open-source
applications that you can use to turn your Linux machine into a
lean, mean media center."
Linux Kernel Regression in Ubuntu 8.10. Upgrade Now! (Oct 31, 2008, 14:31)
Softpedia: "A regression was discovered last
night, right after the launch of Ubuntu 8.10 (codename Intrepid
Ibex), in the Linux kernel packages. Do not be alarmed, as this is
not a security flaw! It's actually a bug in 2.6.27 Linux kernel
How to Make Money With Free Software... (Oct 31, 2008, 14:01)
SPE IDE - Stani's Python Editor: "The goal of
the competition was not to design a building, but the new 5 euro
commemorative coin with the theme 'Netherlands and Architecture'.
The winner will be rewarded with a nice price, but most of all with
the honor: his design will be realized and will be a legal coin
within the Netherlands."
Ubuntu Open Week for Jaunty. Rock On. (Oct 31, 2008, 13:31)
jonobacon@home: "Folks, we are really pleased
to announce...Ubuntu Open Week! Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC
tuition and Q+A sessions all about getting involved in the
rock-and-roll world that is the Ubuntu community."
Wal-Mart's G1 Phone Discount Irks Early Android Adopters (Oct 31, 2008, 13:01)
OStatic: "This caterwauling and gnashing of
teeth is reminiscent of the mudslinging that went on after Apple
reduced the cost of the iPhone by $200 only months after it came
out. Here's what people are saying, and why the G1 ought to arrive
at even lower price points."
The Windows 7 GUI From a Linux User's Perspective (Oct 31, 2008, 12:31)
TGDaily: "Today, hard core Linux users were
able to view for the first time some of nifty GUI features in
Microsoft's next generation desktop operation system - Windows
Desktop Linux Tidal Wave Alert (Oct 31, 2008, 12:01)
Cyber Cynic: "In 2009, more Linux-powered
desktops will sell then will Windows-powered ones. Sounds crazy
doesn't it? Think again."
Ubuntu's Enterprising Ibex Springs Into Release (Oct 31, 2008, 11:01)
Enterprise Networking Planet: "Canonical is
stepping up its Linux assault on the enterprise with the launch of
Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition. Code-named Intrepid Ibex, the latest
version of the Ubuntu server operating system was made available
for free download on Wednesday by the distribution’s London,
Graphical Remote Control Desktops for Linux (Oct 31, 2008, 10:01)
LinuxPlanet: "A. Lizard takes us on a tour of
secure remote graphical Linux administration over the Internet;
through firewalls, routers, dynamic home IP addresses, Wake-on-LAN,
and other perils. We will learn how to securely administer both
Linux and Windows remotely. The journey begins with today's part 1
of three parts."
Update Twitter and FriendFeed From the Linux Command Line (Oct 31, 2008, 09:01)
IBM Developerworks: "Learn how to use GNU Wget
and cURL to send status updates to Twitter and FriendFeed without
the use of a Twitter desktop application, and follow feeds from
both Twitter and FriendFeed right from the Linux® command
Pulling Info From IMDB Part One: Goofy Movie Titles (Oct 31, 2008, 07:31)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "We're going off
the range here today (while we leave another script on the oven to
simmer for 24 hours ;) and moving along to finding the best way to
strip "random-yet-connected" data from any online source."
Automatic And Up-To-Date Fedora 9 Installations With Kickstart And Novi (Oct 31, 2008, 06:01)
HowtoForge: "The problem with Kickstart is that
it usually uses the distribution's packages from the time the
distribution was released, i.e., it does not consider updates which
means you would have to update each system manually after the
Kickstart installation. This guide explains how you can do
up-to-date Kickstart installations with the help of a tool called
Python Data Persistence Using MySQL (Oct 31, 2008, 04:31)
Packt: "This article by Yuli Vasiliev will walk
you through the process of building a simple Python application
that interacts with a MySQL database. In a nutshell, the
application picks up some live data from a web site and then
persists it to an underlying MySQL database."
10 Reasons to Not Upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 (Oct 31, 2008, 03:01)
Intranet Journal: "Before it is even released
(at the time of this writing), I have already found a number of
reasons why I will not be upgrading my various computers to Ubuntu
Parallel SSH Execution and a Single Shell to Control Them All (Oct 31, 2008, 01:31)
Linux.com: "If you want to increase your
productivity with SSH, you can try a tool that lets you run
commands on more than one remote machine at the same time. Parallel
ssh, Cluster SSH, and ClusterIt let you specify commands in a
single terminal window and send them to a collection of remote
machines where they can be executed."
Keep Tab On Home Security With A Webcam And Twitter (Oct 31, 2008, 00:01)
Shantanu's Technophilic Musings: "Worried about
someone breaking into your house in your absence? Or just need to
keep a tab on who enters your room while you are away? Well, all
you need is a webcam, a linux PC/laptop and a twitter account."