Linux News for Nov 24, 2008
Debug Your Shell Scripts With bashdb (Nov 24, 2008, 23:33)
Linux.com: "The Bash Debugger Project (bashdb)
lets you set breakpoints, inspect variables, perform a backtrace,
and step through a bash script line by line. In other words, it
provides the features you expect in a C/C++ debugger to anyone
programming a bash script."
The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux (Nov 24, 2008, 23:03)
Register Hardware: "Episode Three-- Considering
that Linux netbooks are designed to present a simplified interface
that can be used by complete newbies, it's amazing how buzzy
hackers have become about them. Even people who wouldn't consider
themselves hardcore techies love to tinker under these machines'
OLPC Giveaway Program Hits Oz (Nov 24, 2008, 22:33)
Builder AU: "The Australian subsidiary of the
non-profit One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organisation today said it
would commence a local "Give 1, Get 1" program on November 30 that
would deliver the machines to both geeks and disadvantaged
I've Got A Penguin in My Briefs (Nov 24, 2008, 22:03)
Linux Magazine: "The practice of law is a
knowledge, information, and document-intensive profession. In many
respects, lawyers ply their trade in the same way independent
programmers do: we sell our expertise, experience and technical
skill in using what is, essentially, the aboriginal "open" source
code -- the code of laws and courtroom procedure."
IE, Firefox, and the Add-on Security Problem (Nov 24, 2008, 21:43)
The Open Road: "Microsoft blames add-ons for
its Internet Explorer security woes, according to InternetNews, yet
in separate news from TechCrunch Mozilla's Firefox just hit its one
billionth add-on and yet delivers better security, according to
Switching from FrontPage to KompoZer (Nov 24, 2008, 21:33)
LinuxPlanet: "As so many wise persons say,
migrating from Windows on your computer desktop to Linux is all
about having the right applications. Eric Geier introduces KompoZer
as a good option for users wanting to find a Microsoft FrontPage
Open-Source Mod for Grand Theft Auto (Nov 24, 2008, 21:03)
Linux Magazine: "Today we are marking a new
milestone in the history of Multi Theft Auto [...] we have made the
decision to re-launch Multi Theft Auto as an open-source
The Little SCO That Cried Wolf (Nov 24, 2008, 20:43)
Cyber Cynic: "...the big, bad wolves--IBM, Red
Hat, and Novell--had attacked it with their big nasty Linux penguin
buddy, Tux the Destroyer! And-oh no!--they had stolen SCO's picnic
basket of Unix intellectual property goodies."
Fedora 10: the GNU/Linux Desktop Steps Forward (Nov 24, 2008, 20:33)
Datamation: "Any release of a GNU/Linux
distribution marks a milestone in a continuous cycle of software
development. However, Fedora 10 promises to be a larger milestone
than most, both for its development community and users, according
to Paul W. Frields, the Fedora leader and chair."
Linux Community To Redmond - Do The Right Thing (Nov 24, 2008, 20:03)
Blog of Helios: "Microsoft IS paying attention
to what the Linux Community writes...it's come to a point where
they can no longer ignore the obvious. With their stockholders on
the verge of revolt and their numbers falling quickly, to do
otherwise would be financial suicide."
Linux Has Moved Away From Geekdom (Nov 24, 2008, 19:33)
IT Toolbox: "Linux has made some very big
improvements over the past few years and I have always said that it
is ready for everyone to use, if they can only get out of the
Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris vs. FreeBSD Benchmarks (Nov 24, 2008, 19:03)
Phoronix: "We had begun by providing Ubuntu
7.04 to 8.10 benchmarks and had found the performance of this
popular Linux distribution to become slower with time... In this
article, we are now comparing the 64-bit performance of Ubuntu 8.10
against the latest test releases of OpenSolaris 2008.11 and FreeBSD
McDonald's Sandwich Patent (Nov 24, 2008, 18:33)
Open... "The present invention relates to a
sandwich assembly tool and methods of making a sandwich, which may
be a hot or cold sandwich, quickly by pre-assembly of various
sandwich components and simultaneous preparation of different parts
of the same sandwich."
SCO v. Novell is Final -- For Now (Nov 24, 2008, 18:03)
Linux Journal: "Way back in July, the word rang
out that SCO - the arch-villains bent on squeezing every dime they
can out of Linux - had been vanquished by the valiant legal team at
Novell to the tune of $2.5+ million. Now comes word that the
victory is final - or at least, as final as can be expected."
Sounds of Crashing Hard Drives (Nov 24, 2008, 17:33)
O'Reilly Digital Media: "That's all it is.
Links to recordings of hard drives crashing."
Microsoft, Rob Enderle, and Their Conflicting Perceptions of Reality (Nov 24, 2008, 17:03)
Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog: "Judging from the
e-mails, however, people at Microsoft aren't always interested in
his advice. The exchanges provide a rare glimpse of back-channel
communications in the technology industry -- and illustrate how
they can go awry."
The Sad Story of the em28xx Driver (Nov 24, 2008, 16:33)
LWN.net: "What we have here is a classic story
of an impedance mismatch between a developer and the development
community. In the process, this long story has helped to give the
Video4Linux development community a bit of a reputation as a
dysfunctional family - a perception which those developers are only
now beginning to overcome."
On the Death and 441-Year Life of the Pixel (Nov 24, 2008, 16:03)
OSNews: "However, there are exceptions - and
this is one that really boggles the mind: the pixel? One of those
little dots on your screen? It's well over 400 years old."
Defending the Flame of Linux Freedom (Nov 24, 2008, 15:33)
TechRadar: "Increasingly we're seeing big
business jump on the Linux bandwagon, as companies wake up to the
money that can be made out of a community of developers working for
Advanced Linux Distributions You Should Try (Nov 24, 2008, 15:03)
Internetling: "Some people will argue with me
in that these GNU/Linux distributions are as advanced as you want
them to be. Well, of course Linux is all about choice. I took the
user base perspective though and what I have for you today is a few
distros which do not hide the manual (or for people like me,
beautiful) underlying configuration"
Why Apple and Google Need to Get Into the Netbook Business (Nov 24, 2008, 14:33)
Tech Broiler: "...I feel that Ubuntu Netbook
Remix is probably not the ideal OS to hand to your typical netbook
consumer who really just wants the device to "just work".
World's Smallest Humanoid Robot Can Run Linux (Nov 24, 2008, 14:03)
LinuxDevices: "Mobisense is shipping a
Linux-ready, robot-targeted "MBS270-520" single-board computer
(SBC) that can control small robots such as Tomy's i-Sobot. The
6.5-inch-tall i-Sobot has been dubbed "the smallest humanoid robot
in production" by Guinness World Records, says Tomy."
My latest project: OpenBSD on the Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 (Nov 24, 2008, 13:33)
Click: "I'm getting ready to give the $0 Laptop
(Gateway Solo 1450) to our daughter to run her educational games
(Childsplay, Gcompris, TuxPaint) on Ubuntu Hardy... To replace that
machine for me, I pulled a Toshiba Satellite 1101-S101 laptop from
Linux Has Been Tick Boxed (Nov 24, 2008, 13:03)
IP Pro: "...MSI has had a lot more netbooks
returned with Linux installed, than Windows. What is interesting is
that there is a recent report that Asus has found no skew in the
number of returns in either way. Very interesting indeed - so what
does this say?"
OpenLDAP Quick Tips: Get Your Own Private Enterprise Number for LDAP Schemas (Nov 24, 2008, 12:03)
Suretec: "The golden rule: Under no
circumstances should you hijack name space belonging to
Another Simple Scriptlet To Make The Unix And Linux CLI More User Friendly (Nov 24, 2008, 10:03)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today we're
going to shoot out another quick scriptlet that might be useful (or
distracting ;) from time to time. It's a bit of a follow up on our
post from earlier this week on using bash to produce fancy user
names for folks logged into your machine, although it's a little
bit longer. Once again, if you go by the 65 character rule, this
isn't a one liner, even though it's all going on one line ;)"
PhoneReminder 1.0, Appointment Reminder Software for OpenEMR, Released (Nov 24, 2008, 08:03)
LinuxMedNews: "OpenEMR HQ, a small software
startup in NE Oklahoma, announced the release of PhoneReminder for
OpenEMR. PhoneReminder is add-in software to the OpenEMR medical
records package that allows users to automatically notify patients
by phone (voice or text message) of upcoming appointments."
Common GCC 4.4 Build Problems (Nov 24, 2008, 06:03)
Journal of Martin Michlmayr: "Martin Michlmayr
built the Debian archive with a snapshot of the upcoming GCC 4.4
and described common build failures: some failures are caused by
stricter preprocessor checks in GCC 4.4 and many by missing
LIFE Photo Archive Available on Google Image Search (Nov 24, 2008, 04:03)
Google Blog: "The Zapruder film of the Kennedy
assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass
plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire
works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred
Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen. These are just some of the
things you'll see in Google Image Search today."
No More Microsoft Internet Explorer for the 2010 Soccer World Cup (Nov 24, 2008, 02:03)
dwayne's blog: "If you are planning to be at
the soccer world cup in 2010, planning to deliver your web content
to a 2010 audience, then these trends are very important. They
influence what technology decisions you need to make today to
deliver to your 2010 audience."
The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 8.10 (Nov 24, 2008, 00:02)
HowtoForge: "This tutorial shows how you can
set up an Ubuntu Studio 8.10 desktop that is a full-fledged
replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software
that people need to do the things they do on their Windows
desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without
DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best
thing is: all software comes free of charge."