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Linux News for Dec 29, 2008

  • Cussing and Praising Kubuntu (Dec 29, 2008, 23:47)
    LinuxToday Blog: "I took the plunge and decided to upgrade my two Gutsy boxes to Hardy. These are real working PCs, not experimental test boxes, so I was hoping for a straightforward dist-upgrade that preserved all of my settings and applications. Doing a complete wipe-n-reinstall on real working PCs is for Windows luzers; real geeks dist-upgrade forever. I have never had a successful Kubuntu dist-upgrade, so I had low expectations..."

  • Gurlz Just Wanna Be Geex (Dec 29, 2008, 23:02)
    Blog of Helios: "In 2008, it happened on more than one occasion. Three times actually. We had to retrieve some of the computers we donated from pawn shops. Lowlife live-ins or other ner-do wells sometimes find an opportunity to score a few bucks by hocking the kid's computers."

  • Spirits of Metropolis game Compatible with WINE (Dec 29, 2008, 22:17)
    WineHQ: "What works: Literally everything. The game runs very fast with a slight fps downgrade from Windows, however configurable in-game options can completely rectify this issue"

  • The Linux Robot - Progress, Software & a Video (Dec 29, 2008, 21:32)
    Adam's Tech Talk: "Over the past week I've made a couple of hardware improvements, as well as building the majority of the software library, a TCP server and making a good start on a client."

  • Linux4one Ubuntu for the Acer Aspire One (Dec 29, 2008, 20:17)
    EeePc: "The Acer Aspire One netbook comes with the Linplus (customized Linux) Operating System pre-installed, which isn't that good. Linux4one - a modified Ubuntu - offers a good alternative for Linplus."

  • Intel UXA Acceleration Performance (Dec 29, 2008, 19:32)
    Phoronix: "Subsequent to the introduction of the Graphics Execution Manager earlier this year, Intel had introduced a new acceleration architecture. UXA, or the UMA Acceleration Architecture, was developed as a temporary solution based upon the EXA architecture but with support for the kernel-driven GEM memory management. How though does the UXA performance compare to that of EXA? In this article we have ran some benchmarking looking at the Intel graphics performance."

  • Recording the Linux Desktop -- the Hard Way (Dec 29, 2008, 18:47)
    Cyber Cynic: "Our intrepid Linux fan tries to record 3 different distros for a video -- and finds himself hitting some hard walls."

  • Five Open Source Predictions That Didn't Come True In 2008 (Dec 29, 2008, 18:02)
    The VAR Guy: "The VAR Guy often crows about his successful predictions. But some of his blog posts -- including a few about emerging open source solutions like Google Android and Ubuntu Server Edition -- missed the mark badly in 2008."

  • An Exclusive Interview With Martin Nordholts (GIMP Developer) (Dec 29, 2008, 17:17)
    Linux Photography: "I decided he was the man and bugged him for an interview. So here is one of the core contributors to GIMP telling us about the current state of affairs, helping us to understand what is going on deep inside the GIMP (and GEGL) as well as lifting a corner of the veil about what is to come."

  • Vespa: My Pink Dell Mini9 w/ Ubuntu (Dec 29, 2008, 16:32)
    pleia2's blog: "I've wanted a pink laptop for ages, this Christmas a few of my friends got together and pitched in to buy me the pink Dell Mini9 I'd been drooling over for months. Wow! Thanks again guys, you rock."

  • Linux 2.6.28 Kernel Benchmarks (Dec 29, 2008, 15:17)
    Phoronix: "The Linux 2.6.28 kernel was released this past week in time for the holidays. This quarterly update to the Linux kernel brought the stabilization of the EXT4 file-system, the Graphics Execution Manager, a host of new drivers, and a variety of other updates. For some weekend benchmarking we had tested the latest Linux 2.6.28 kernel along with other recent kernels using the Phoronix Test Suite."

  • Will Trademark Impact Linux Netbooks? (Dec 29, 2008, 14:32)
    The VAR Guy: "Apparently, Psion Teklogix holds a trademark on the netbook term and is sending cease and desist letters to some folks."

  • Obligatory Year-End Positive Linux Predictions (Dec 29, 2008, 14:02)
    LinuxHaxor: "Almost every year end, most blogs - magazines - publications and so called "Linux gurus" makes mostly positive predictions about the future of Linux and it's market share. Following this tradition, it's only fair that I too share with you my Linux predictions for 2009."

  • The NetSlave Quiz - Unix And Linux Humor (Dec 29, 2008, 13:32)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Todays Unix and Linux humour find brings back a lot of memories from the dotcom days for me. Humungous Stock Option incentives, constant excitement about a possible IPO (Coupled with constant worry about getting laid off next week ;) and, of course, the frequent (and often mandatory) drinking on the job"

  • Cussing and Praising Kubuntu (Dec 29, 2008, 13:19)
    I took the plunge and decided to upgrade my two Gutsy boxes to Hardy. These are real working PCs, not experimental test boxes, so I was hoping for a straightforward dist-upgrade that preserved all of my settings and applications. Doing a complete wipe-n-reinstall on real working PCs is for Windows luzers; real geeks dist-upgrade forever.

    I have never had a successful Ubuntu dist-upgrade, so I had low expectations. Amazingly, it was successful on my computer...


  • Preloaded Linux. Simply Excellence (Dec 29, 2008, 13:02)
    Linux and Other Rants: "Well, since then I've been approached by a combination of friends and family members, looking for computer help or advice. Below are the general details:"

  • Open source business models must be voluntary (Dec 29, 2008, 12:02)
    ZDNet: "Entrepreneur Dave Rosenberg has a Christmas wish for you...Dave wants to make everyone pay for open source in 2009."

  • Speed Up Multiple SSH Connections to the Same Server (Dec 29, 2008, 08:02)
    Linux Journal: "If you run a lot of terminal tabs or scripts that all need to make OpenSSH connections to the same server, you can speed them all up with multiplexing: making the first one act as the master and letting the others share its TCP connection to the server."

  • Real Web 2.0: Battling Web spam, Part 2 (Dec 29, 2008, 04:02)
    IBM Developerworks: "This two-part installment provides a thorough guide to anti-spam techniques. This second article discusses content analysis, the problem with spam in linkbacks, and how to share in the anti-spam effort with a community of other Web site managers through blacklists and anti-spam services."

  • The Window Manager Dilemma (Dec 29, 2008, 00:02)
    Raiden's Realm: "Now I'm not here to scream at the developers and say how much of a fool they were to have released KDE4 so early, and so broken like others are apt to. I'm here instead to attack this issue from another angle. That angle is the dilemma we have with the wide array of existing Linux (and BSD) window managers."