Linux News for Nov 25, 2008
One Guy, 3 Netbooks (Nov 25, 2008, 23:04)
Datamation: "Netbooks are a new category of
laptop computer, defined mostly by their small size and cheap
price. The category started only a year ago and has evolved
drastically since. I tried the first netbook, an Asus Eee PC with a
7-inch screen and didn't like it; the keyboard and screen were much
too small. But many disagreed with me, and the popularity of that
first Eee PC led to dozens and dozens of imitators."
Manage Your Music With ID3 Tag Editors (Nov 25, 2008, 22:34)
Linux.com: "I checked out half a dozen of the
more popular and stable graphical ID3 tag editors available for
Linux. I found that going from no tags to great tags requires
keeping more than one of these editors on hand."
Free as in Freedom, Not Free as in Freeloader (Nov 25, 2008, 22:04)
LinuxPlanet: "There is one other major point
that goes hand-in-hand with free as in freedom, and that is that
ethics matter. All decisions have an ethical basis. We hear "leave
the zealotry and politics out of it, and just make a purely
technical decision." There is no such thing, and if you don't make
a consciously ethical decision then it will be made for you."
Recession Proof Your Enterprise With Linux-Based Virtualisation (Nov 25, 2008, 21:34)
IT Wire: "Businesses everywhere are looking to
cut costs in the grip of reduced consumer spending, decreased
advertising and a general slowdown of trade. Linux can aid you in
cutting your infrastructure costs - no matter your platform of
A Recovery Plan for a Superbad Superblock
(Nov 25, 2008, 21:04)
ServerWatch: "Linux therefore has multiple
copies of the superblock in different locations. Thus, even if you
get a "bad superblock" error, you can still rescue your filesystem,
as described here."
How to Check Package Dependencies With apt-rdepends on Ubuntu (Nov 25, 2008, 20:34)
Ubuntu Geek: "By default, apt-rdepends shows a
listing of each dependency a package has.It will also look at each
of these fulfilling packages, and recursively lists their
Open Mobility? (Nov 25, 2008, 20:04)
Linux Magazine: "...when people did talk about
"Openness", it had the focus of "It is great that your product is
open, but why should I open up mine?""
Google Layoffs: 10,000 Jobs Being Cut, Report Claims (Nov 25, 2008, 19:34)
PC World: "Google may be preparing to lay off
thousands of workers, if a Silicon Valley information service is to
be believed. WebGuild cites anonymous inside sources as saying up
to 10,000 Google jobs could be on the way out, with smaller scale
layoffs already underway."
Novell needs a recount: Red Hat still leads in certified applications (Update)
(Nov 25, 2008, 19:04)
The Open Road: "Novell has been doing a lot of
good things lately in its Linux business, but counting certified
applications is apparently not one of them. Novell on Monday
announced that it has taken the lead in certified applications
vis-a-vis Red Hat, with more than 2,500."
Observations on Power Management (Nov 25, 2008, 18:47)
Matthew Garrett: "The "powersave" and
"performance" CPU governors in the Linux kernel are misleadingly
named. Powersave will generally not save you energy. Performance
will generally not provide you with extra performance."
On Technology (Nov 25, 2008, 18:34)
Linux Journal: "I did a very informal survey
and discovered that most people do not carry any bills in their
pockets on most days, relying instead on their debit cards."
Closed Linux Driver Problems Described (Nov 25, 2008, 18:04)
LinuxDevices: "Binary-only Linux drivers will
never work for the majority of Linux users, Harald Welte told
hardware developers at a Taipei conference. The Linux kernel's lack
of an ABI and intentional lack of stable APIs make binary drivers a
losing battle purely for technical reasons, he suggests."
Fedora 10 Released (Nov 25, 2008, 17:47)
Linux Format: "Fedora 10 has just been released
to the waiting masses. Andy Hudson takes the distro for an early
test run, exploring the new features and seeing how it stacks up
against the other major players in the Linux league..."
Photo Management on Linux - Part 1 (Nov 25, 2008, 17:34)
Jamie's Random Musings on Video IM: "As
Thanksgiving falls particularly late this year, we opted for the
weekend before, and had 20 or so people for dinner Saturday. That
resulted in a lot of digital pictures being taken, which brought my
attention back to photo management on Linux."
No Accounting Software for Linux? (Nov 25, 2008, 17:04)
Managing L'unix: "There is no OSS
accounting...solutions worth a hoot. This is the main reason we
still run so many Windows machines in the office. Of course this is
the main drawback of any OSS adoption. There is a serious lack of
osCommerce is Dead: Long Live the NEW osCommerce Project (Nov 25, 2008, 16:47)
ECommerce-Guide: "Fed up with waiting for eight
long years with no final product in sight and no visible
development activity, a splinter group of osCommerce programmers
has left the dormant project and officially formed a new osCommerce
First Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) Alpha Hops Into View (Nov 25, 2008, 16:34)
ars Technica: "A particularly exciting
community-driven effort for Ubuntu 9.04 is the jump to Mono 2.0, a
major update of the open source .NET implementation that was
recently released by Novell."
Killer Open Source Monitoring Tools (Nov 25, 2008, 16:04)
InfoWorld: "In the real estate world, the
mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server
administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility,
visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are
doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind. Sooner or
later, you're going to meet with disaster."
The Vi Input Mode for Kate is "Done" (Nov 25, 2008, 15:34)
Erlends hjem i skyene: "I just marked the Vi
input mode ("V.I.M."? :) ) for the Kate kpart as done in the
feature plan for KDE 4.2. It feels a bit weird to mark it as done,
though, as there are tonnes of things I want to implement after KDE
Is the Era of Open Source Legal Stupidity Over? (Nov 25, 2008, 15:04)
Linux and Open Source: "I would love to go
through 2009 and never have to use the tag "legal" on an open
source blog post."
Getting Better Results With WUBI (Nov 25, 2008, 14:34)
James Selvakumar's Blog: "WUBI dramatically
reduces the gap that prevents windows users to try Ubuntu...Yes,
with WUBI, installing Ubuntu is just like installing Firefox or
Thunderbird on a windows machine.:
AWK: The Linux Administrators' Wisdom Kit (Nov 25, 2008, 14:04)
Oracle: "The AWK utility, with its own
self-contained language, is one of the most powerful data
processing engines in existence — not only in Linux, but
anywhere. The limits to what can be done with this programming and
data-manipulation language (named for the last initials of its
creators, Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan) are
the boundaries of one's own knowledge."
Better Firefox in KDE4 (Nov 25, 2008, 13:34)
Abhishek Rane's Weblog: "Well I simply love
KDE4 but one thing that really annoyed me was the way firefox
looked in KDE4 and so after googling a bit I found some simple
solutions to make firefox look more Kde4ish."
ASUS CEO Says Linux Netbook Returns On Par With Windows (Nov 25, 2008, 13:04)
OStatic: "Shen says four million EeePC netbooks
have been sold this year, with models offering pre-installed
Windows versions rolling out in the later quarters. He says ASUS
has found the return rates for the Linux and Windows models are
WFTL Bytes! for Nov 24, 2008: SCO is over, for now, It's Jaunty Jackalope Already, Don't Go Online (Nov 25, 2008, 12:45)
WFTL Bytes!: "This is WFTL Bytes!, your
occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, November 24,
2008, with your host, Marcel Gagne. Stories for today include the
end of the road for SCO, (honest, finally, really) first tenuous
hops from Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope, a brighter than bright future
for ASUS, Google and Apple netbooks, and why you aren't safe
Replacing High-End Unix With Enterprise Linux? Not so Fast (Nov 25, 2008, 11:34)
Computerworld: "Some customers are finding they
have a place for both, and that Linux isn't necessarily an economic
A Tale of Two Forks (Nov 25, 2008, 11:19)
While I was writing last Friday's editor's note, "Linux Should Copy Amiga", I kept thinking what a different story it would have been if Amiga had been released under a Free Software license. I'm sure I'm not the only one with that thought. Then I ran across osCommerce is Dead: Long Live the NEW osCommerce Project. While the circumstances are different, this is also a story of a software project in trouble. But it has a different ending, because osCommerce is licensed under the GPL.
TuxMobil Surpasses 8,000 Linux Installation Guides Available (Nov 25, 2008, 10:04)
PRWeb: "TuxMobil, the largest current web
directory of Linux and mobile hardware, announced this month that
it has surpassed the unrivaled milestone of 8,000 different
installation guides in one place to help users install Linux on
their laptop and notebook computers."
The Internet License Plate Gallery (Nov 25, 2008, 09:34)
WebReference: "The Internet License Plate
Gallery showcases automobile license plates with an Internet theme.
Plates like NET GOD, and HTMLGAL qualify, and EMILY and UMGOBLU do
not. The brainchild of Richard Wiggins owner of Michigan's INTRNET
license plate, the gallery came about after he heard Andy King
owned a vanity Net plate WEBMSTR. Rich figured that there were lots
of people with these things, why not make a gallery?"
DataForm Adds Efficient Input to OpenOffice.org Calc (Nov 25, 2008, 08:34)
Linux.com: "Spreadsheets might be called
databases for the timid, since they're more user-friendly than
databases and do a good job working with limited amounts of data.
Some tools for databases can work well with spreadsheets too. Take
for instance DataForm, a new OpenOffice.org Calc extension that
provides a form-like interface designed to make entering and
finding spreadsheet data easier."
Cabletv.sh For Linux or Unix - Final Blog Update (Nov 25, 2008, 07:04)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "For this week's
Monday Linux/Unix bash shell script continuation, we're finishing
up the blog version of our cabletv.sh script from last week. If you
liked that one, and want to check out other versions, please
revisit last week's cabletv.sh script, and that page will link back
to all the other versions of the script hosted on this blog."
Migration from Apache to Lighttpd (Nov 25, 2008, 05:34)
Packt: "In this article by Andre Bogus, we will
be focusing on migrating from Apache to Lighttpd web server.
Lighttpd is the perfect solution for every server that is suffering
load problems, as it has a small memory footprint compared to other
web-servers, effective management of the cpu-load, and advanced
feature set, such as FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, Output-Compression,
URL-Rewriting, and many more."
VBoxHeadless - VirtualBox 2.0 On A Headless CentOS 5.2 Server (Nov 25, 2008, 04:04)
HowtoForge: "This guide explains how you can
run virtual machines with Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0 on a headless
CentOS 5.2 server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage
your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop
environment. Fortunately, VirtualBox comes with a tool called
VBoxHeadless that allows you to connect to the virtual machines
over a remote desktop connection, so there's no need for the
Pointillism Meets Pixelation: Using the Java 2D API to Animate Art (Nov 25, 2008, 02:34)
IBM Developerworks: "Paul Reiners shows how to
animate images in unexpected and artistic ways using the Java 2D
API and cellular automata. In the process, he demonstrates
implementation of an image operator in Java code and explains
cyclic space, a type of 2D cellular automaton. You can use the
ideas from this article to create your own image operators and
artistic programs using Java technology."
Linux Users Unite ...And Riot: More Funny Fake News (Nov 25, 2008, 01:04)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: ""They're such
NICE young men," said 78 year old Mildred Matthews, walking her dog
nearby. "They would pet my dog, and we'd talk about Art Bell, Deep
Space Nine and the X Files. I think they just got tired of being
repressed and kept down by The Man..."
15 Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes for FOSS Developers to Ponder (Nov 25, 2008, 00:34)
Tech Source From Bohol: "It's a known fact that
Free and Open Source software developers are inspired by the words
of Stallman and Torvalds, but I think it won't hurt if they will
also reflect on some of these great quotes by Steve Jobs:"