Linux News for Jan 28, 2009
Are we really wasting $1 trillion dollars a year on proprietary systems? (Jan 28, 2009, 23:34)
Michael Tiemann's blog: "... judging by the
various blog postings that have been generated in reaction to that,
I estimate that fewer than 20% have any quibbles at all with that
Small Universe: Lincity-NG 2.0 (Jan 28, 2009, 23:04)
Linux Magazine: "Lincity-NG (the NG means Next
Generation) is a graphical and game-oriented city planning
simulation, now updated in version 2.0, that not only includes
graphic enhancements but provides entire ecosystem simulation."
Systems administrator's role changing via the cloud (Jan 28, 2009, 22:34)
ZDNet: "The uptake of cloud computing was
rendering many traditional systems-administrator functions
obsolete, tech author and Google sysadmin Tom Limoncelli told
attendees at Linux.conf.au (LCA) in Hobart this week."
Reading Compressed Files With less (Jan 28, 2009, 22:04)
Tip of the Trade: "A straightforward
alternative is zless, which will deal seamlessly with gzip,
compress, or pack files, allowing you to page through them without
having to unzip them."
Adventures In External Media With Kubuntu (Jan 28, 2009, 21:34)
LinuxPlanet: "Uncertainty over hardware support
is a perennial Linux bugaboo--even when vendors claim to love the
penguin, it isn't always true. Rob Reilly risks his own money and
peace of mind testing various external storage devices on his Asus
Kubuntu laptop, including an antique Zip drive, and reports his
OpenOffice 3.0.1: Bug Fixes and Grammar Checking (Jan 28, 2009, 21:04)
Linux Magazine: " With a bug fix release the
OpenOffice team has enhanced its free open application suite and
added a few features in the mix."
A New Day, A New Dot (Jan 28, 2009, 20:34)
KDE Dot News: "As I am sure many of you know,
although the old KDE Dot News has served the KDE community very
well, it was beginning to show its age. Because of that a number of
people including myself took it upon ourselves to modernise the
OpenOffice.org Impress: Preparing a Slide Show (Jan 28, 2009, 20:04)
Linux Journal: "Slide transitions are the bits
of built-in animation that play when you switch slides during a
presentation. You can set transitions any time you want, but
leaving them until you've finished adding slides helps you to focus
on content instead of diverting your attention to format."
Why Windows is winning the netbook war (Jan 28, 2009, 19:34)
TechRadar: "In the beginning, there was the
Asus Eee PC. And the masses looked at it, and they found that it
was good. Verily, they said, this Linux thingy isn't half bad."
I am Linux (and so can you!) (Jan 28, 2009, 19:04)
Community, Incorporated: "...the Linux
Foundation is sponsoring a "We're Linux" video contest to drum up
videos from Linux users about what Linux means to them. The grand
prize is a trip to Tokyo for the Japan Linux Symposium in October
Motorola ditching Windows Mobile? (Jan 28, 2009, 18:34)
Bit-tech: "Rumour has it that Motorola is
ditching the Windows Mobile platform for its smartphone handsets in
favour of Google's new Linux-based Android."
Knoppix 6.0 released (Jan 28, 2009, 18:04)
Heise Online: "Knoppix 6.0 has now been
released with several new features and updates. The last update to
Knoppix was in March of 2008 with version 5.3.1."
Australian University Migrates IT Systems to Red Hat Solutions (Jan 28, 2009, 17:34)
TMCnet: "Their existing HP Tru64 UNIX system
was not able to cope with the increasing needs of the University as
it expanded and demanded more from its technology
Say goodnight, Geode (Jan 28, 2009, 17:04)
Linux Devices: "The story quotes AMD spokesman
Phil Hughes as saying "There are no plans for a follow-on product
to today's available AMD Geode LX products, but we expect to make
this very successful processor available to customers as long as
the market demands.""
Emtec debuts Linux-based Netbook with removable SSD (Jan 28, 2009, 16:34)
CNet: "Emtec, a supplier of laptop peripherals,
is setting up a new Netbook based on Madriva's flavor of Linux
called the Gdium."
Intel Moblin V2 Core Alpha: It Boots Fast! (Jan 28, 2009, 16:04)
Phoronix: "Intel has been at the forefront of
producing hardware for netbooks and other mobile devices thanks to
their Atom processor family, but they are also looking at being a
key part of the mobile software ecosystem. Back in 2007 we
witnessed the launch of the Moblin project, which is Intel's
open-source venture for creating a complete stack of software for
these mobile devices."
Microsoft's metered pay-as-you-go patent: Trusted Computing Mark Two (Jan 28, 2009, 15:34)
Free Software Magazine: "When you first read
about Microsoft's proposed patent you are suffused with the glow of
righteous anger but before you get carried away, stop. Stop and
think. This patent might just be, to mix my metaphors, a Trojan
Horse and the straw that breaks the Camels' back."
Linux vs. Unix Values Evident in Red Hat, Sun Market Valuations (Jan 28, 2009, 15:04)
ServerWatch: "Sun sells more than $13 billion
of goods and services per year, while Red Hat sells a little over
$600 million. So which is worth more?"
If Open Source Doesn't Succeed, Don't Blame the Teachers (Jan 28, 2009, 14:34)
OStatic: "Datamation's Matt Hartley has a
completely different take on why open source can't get a foothold
in American classrooms, and he claims it's largely because teachers
and school IT professionals are "misinformation junkies.""
Kuki Linux 2.0 for the Acer Aspire One (Jan 28, 2009, 14:04)
EeePC: "Kuki Linux (pronouced "cookie") is a
new Linux distribution, optimized for the Acer Aspire One
Healthy Goals for 2009 + Must-have Geeky Exercise Machines (Jan 28, 2009, 13:34)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Sure you can
accomplish plenty of tasks if you spend most of your time in front
of the computer and never ever care to have some physical workout.
However, if you keep on doing this, you will become less and less
productive and may end up being dumb and lazy. Believe me because
this is happening to me right now."
KDE 4.2 Is The Answer (Jan 28, 2009, 13:04)
IT News Today: "It's surely been a long time
coming, but KDE 4.2 (code named "The Answer") is finally here, and
I was absolutely floored by the number of improvements it contains.
Of course, I found some minor issues, but no desktop is perfect,
Apache Security: A Watched Bot Never Spoils (Your Server) (Jan 28, 2009, 12:04)
Enteprise IT Planet: "In my last article I
introduced the idea of having robots.txt be a dynamic document,
rather than a static text file. The reason for this was to allow it
to respond in real-time to the particulars of the robot that was
making the request..."
Users Turn To Grid Computing for Performance (Jan 28, 2009, 10:34)
Grid Computing Planet: Interactive marketing
services firm Acxiom is using Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the
standard operating system for its grid processing environment"
Web Developer's Virtual Library: "Welcome to
strap-on your thinking cap and open your favorite text editor,
because it's time to get started."
Excellent Linux Hardware: Liteon External DVD Writer, Kill-A-Watt (Jan 28, 2009, 07:34)
Linux Today Blog: "At any rate both dogs gave
me their best "You can complain, or you can do something
constructive. Like come outside and throw the ball a few thousand
times" looks. So I threw the ball a few dozen times, and then came
back inside and decided to write about some of my Linux hardware
10 ways to help users transition to Linux (Jan 28, 2009, 06:04)
TechRepublic: "There’s no reason why
switching to Linux should be traumatic for your users (or stressful
for you). As Jack Wallen explains, you can set them up to succeed
if you approach things the right way."
Google I/O 2009, Developer Conference
(Jan 28, 2009, 04:34)
Google Code Blog: "I'm excited to announce
Google I/O 2009, our two-day developer event that will take place
May 27-28, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Last year, over
3,000 developers participated in I/O and they attended 90+ sessions
across all of our developer products"
Asterisk Gateway Interface Scripting with PHP (Jan 28, 2009, 04:04)
Packt: "In this article by Nir Simionovich, we
will develop our first ever AGI script using PHP scripting
language. This article deals with the most basic elements of AGI
scripting and the information contained within. So, take time to
familiarize yourself with this article, especially if you intend to
use a language different from PHP."
The Proper and Improper Use of Versions (Jan 28, 2009, 03:04)
Linux Loop: I think it is important that we
think about when multiple versions make sense and when they don't,
so that open-source projects don't fall down the same hole that
Armchair Quarterbacking the OLPC (Jan 28, 2009, 01:34)
OStatic: "Four years on, many are analyzing the
choices the OLPC made, and some contend it was a bad idea all
Essential Java resources (Jan 28, 2009, 00:04)
IBM Developerworks: "In this article, the
author (a solid contributor to that overwhelming sea) tacks through
the vast tides and presents a list of the key resources any
up-and-coming Java developer should have."