Linux News for Dec 30, 2008
Tales From The Support Crypt (Dec 30, 2008, 23:32)
Help Net Security: "Dear Sirs: I am a client of
yours. Given that I cannot disinfect my computer's DVD drive, I
have enclosed it for you to clean it and send it back to me."
Great Linux Innovations Of 2008 (Dec 30, 2008, 22:47)
Phoronix: "Among the innovations named this
year were KDE 4, NetworkManager 0.7, new hardware companies
standing behind open-source support, and the Video Decode and
Presentation API for Unix."
Debian, Philosophy, and People (Dec 30, 2008, 22:02)
Thoughts by Ted: "More blood's been spilled by
the militant adherents of prophets of change than by any other
group of people down through the history of man."
Will 2009 Be Open or Closed? (Dec 30, 2008, 21:17)
Linux Journal: "Instead, I'd like to discuss a
matter that is related to these larger questions, but which
focusses on issues particularly germane to Linux Journal: will 2009
be a year in which openness thrives, or one in which closed
thinking re-asserts itself?"
Gedit Runs on MacOSX (Dec 30, 2008, 20:32)
Club Silencio: "In its war to dominate the
World GTK+ has just won another battle:"
Unix And Linux Easter Eggs For The Wrong Holiday (Dec 30, 2008, 19:47)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today, since
it's just past Christmas and almost New Year's, I figured this
would be a great time to trot out some Linux and/or Unix Easter
eggs. Actually, it doesn't make sense at all, but if you can put
aside your burnt-in sense of the chronological order of the
holidays, these can still be fun ;)"
25C3: Dan Kaminsky Invokes DNSSEC (Dec 30, 2008, 19:02)
Linux Magazine: "Dan Kaminsky, front man of the
DNS attacks band the middle of 2008, has delivered a retrospective
at the 25th annual Chaos Communication Congress (25C3) on the
background and process of DNS vulnerability. But he also set his
sights on the future. And outside-the-box thinker Dan J. Bernstein
also had a thing or two to say."
How To/Roundup: Installing Widgets on Ubuntu (Dec 30, 2008, 18:17)
Linux Loop: "Windows Vista has gadgets, Mac OS
X has widgets, KDE users have plasmoids, but what if your an Ubuntu
user? Don't worry, you have a number of opinions, you just have to
install them yourself."
AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D Code (Dec 30, 2008, 17:32)
Phoronix: "It has taken longer than expected
for AMD to complete and release this information, but it's now
available. AMD has released the fundamental Linux code needed to
begin fostering the development of an open-source R600 3D driver.
Furthermore, this code also concerns the latest R700 series of
graphics processors! The microcode for the newest GPUs has also
Windows 7, the KDE 3.5 Wannabe? (Dec 30, 2008, 16:47)
Internetling: "Aside from the removal of some
annoying Vista bells and whistles and the new Peek and Snap
window-management enhancements, it is difficult not to notice the
resemblance between Microsoft's much-touted revamped Aero and the
excellent, now 3-years old, KDE 3.5.x."
Windows to Unix With PuTTY and Xming (Dec 30, 2008, 16:03)
Tip of the Trade: "Using PuTTY (the best
Windows SSH client going) and Xming (a free X Window server for
Windows) enables you to log in from a Windows box to your Unix box,
and then run an X session remotely."
Gettin' it Done: a Goldmine of Linux Information at Your Fingertips (Dec 30, 2008, 15:17)
JBCobb.net: "This article will show you an easy
way of quickly uncovering a lot of documentation that is sitting
right on your system that I will bet you don’t even know that
Interclue and the Pitfalls of Going Proprietary (Dec 30, 2008, 14:32)
Linux.com: "The Interclue extension is supposed
to give you a preview of links in Firefox before you visit them,
saving you mouse-clicks and, with a little luck, allowing you to
move quickly between multiple links on the same page.
Unfortunately, the determination to monetize the add-on and keep
its source code closed results in elaborations that make the basic
idea less effective, and its constant pleas for donations make
Interclue into nagware."
Perl PR: There's More Than One Way to do it (Dec 30, 2008, 13:47)
ZDNet: "The Perl Foundation tried a little PR
experiment over the holiday. Good idea, but there’s more than
one way to do it. Dave Cross blogged about putting out a press
release on Perl 5 development moving to a Git repo. Not a bad idea,
but probably not the most effective way to spread the news."
We Already Had the Year of the Linux Desktop (Dec 30, 2008, 13:03)
Cyber Cynic: "I love the illustration for a
Linux Haxor story, Obligatory Year-End Positive Linux Predictions.
It features Bart Simpson at the school blackboard, which is covered
with "Year of the Linux desktop.""
How to Use SSH Via HTTP Proxy Using Corkscrew in Ubuntu (Dec 30, 2008, 11:33)
Ubuntu Geek: "If you want to ssh your vps
server or your home computer from your work place (assuming you are
using http proxy).You need to use Corkscrew. corkscrew is a simple
tool to tunnel TCP connections through an HTTP proxy supporting the
Former Microsoft Shill Openly Confesses, Alleges Microsoft Still Does This (Dec 30, 2008, 10:03)
Boycott Novell: "It could be argued that
Microsoft's unethical Technology Evangelism (TE) practices are "old
news"--i.e., that Microsoft stopped using these questionable TE
practices long ago. This is very unlikely to be the case, for at
least three reasons"
pv (Pipe Viewer) - Shell pipeline element to meter data passing through (Dec 30, 2008, 08:33)
Debian Admin: "pv (Pipe Viewer) can be inserted
into any normal pipeline between two processes to give a visual
indication of how quickly data is passing through, how long it has
taken, how near to completion it is, and an estimate of how long it
will be until completion."
Sugar Labs Joins the GNOME Foundation (Dec 30, 2008, 07:03)
OStatic: "Yesterday the GNOME Foundation
announced that Sugar Labs is coming onboard as part of GNOME's
Advisory Board. Sugar Labs will be represented on the board by
executive director Walter Bender."
One Laptop Per Hacker Program (Dec 30, 2008, 05:33)
EeePC: "Emtec has launched a new program called
“One Laptop Per Hacker."(named after the "One Laptop Per
Child" project) The goal is to build a more robust developer
community around the upcoming Gdium netbook platform."
WFTL Bytes! for Dec 29, 2008: Bad Economy Is Good, Predictions and Cool Things (Dec 30, 2008, 04:03)
WFTL Bytes!: "This is WFTL Bytes!, your
occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, December 29,
2008, with your host, Marcel Gagne. This is episode 41. In today's
stories, we get to speculate about the coming year (that would be
2009) for Linux and FOSS, make lists of things we thought were
pretty cool (or will be), and look back on where we went wrong, and
reflect on just how pointless it is to make predictions."
Hands-on Linux: New versions of Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE Push the Envelope (Dec 30, 2008, 02:33)
Computerworld: "When you're talking Linux,
three big names always pop up: Canonical's Ubuntu, Novell's
openSUSE and Red Hat's Fedora. Ubuntu has ridden a groundswell of
both consumer and commercial support to its current ranking as the
most popular Linux distribution."
10 Linux Predictions for 2009 (Dec 30, 2008, 01:03)
Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "Everyone wants to know
what's going to happen in the new year as if anyone can accurately
predict these things. However, one can deduce, with reasonable
accuracy, that there will be innovations that are designed to get
our attention. This is my list of Linux-oriented predictions for