Linux News for Jan 29, 2009
NVIDIA CEO: Atom Is Going to Hurt Software Industry (Jan 29, 2009, 23:33)
OSNews: "Currently, NVIDIA is really missing
out on the netbook market, which is dominated by all-Intel platform
designs. NVIDIA has finally woken up to this reality, and the
outspoken cofounder, president, and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang,
has launched an all-out campaign to promote his company's Ion
platform - and he isn't shy of flinging some poo to Intel and
netbooks in general."
Linux also affected by hole in Ralink's Wi-fi driver (Jan 29, 2009, 23:03)
Heise Online: "The flaw discovered in Ralink's
Wi-fi drivers for Windows last weekend also affects the Linux
drivers -- as already suspected."
Is Linux at the Precipice or at the Crossroads? (Jan 29, 2009, 22:33)
Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "Those of you who follow
the state of Linux may realize that Linux is now at the precipice
or "jumping off place" as an operating system. Linux, to others, is
viewed as being at the crossroads for success. What's the
difference, for Linux, in teetering at the precipice and standing
at the crossroads?"
Debian Founder Murdock Now Sun's Cloud Strategist (Jan 29, 2009, 22:03)
Linux Magazine: "Debian Linux founder and
former OpenSolaris chief Ian Murdock is taking over the role of
chief strategist for cloud computing at Sun Microsystems."
Acer plans Linux, SSD version of 10-inch netbook (Jan 29, 2009, 21:33)
ZDNet: "Acer has confirmed it plans to release
a Linux version of its 10-inch Aspire One netbook, even though its
initial announcement of the upcoming machine said it would be
Google lets users search for Internet blockers (Jan 29, 2009, 21:03)
WebTechGeek: "Google Inc on Wednesday unveiled
a plan aimed at eventually letting computer users determine whether
providers like Comcast Corp are inappropriately blocking or slowing
their work online."
Apache Basics, Visited (Jan 29, 2009, 20:33)
Webreference: "The Apache Web server is a
highly specialized software application used to serve billions of
Web pages daily. The Apache Web server is the single most used Web
server on the Internet today."
How to Use BitTorrent in Linux (Jan 29, 2009, 20:03)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Though file sharing is
extremely widespread nowadays, it amazes me that lot of people
still don't know how to use a BitTorrent client or perhaps don't
know what to do with a '.torrent' file...Because of this, I decided
to make a quick and easy tutorial on how to start downloading files
via BitTorrent in Linux."
The Net Net of Netbooks (Jan 29, 2009, 19:33)
Open Enterprise: "The sample size is small
(1,545) and the report short, but it contains some suggestive
statistical nuggets. For example:
Tight economy drives popularity for low-cost netbooks. The average
price of the top 10 netbooks on PriceGrabber.com is $379"
Moblin2 first impressions -- wow, does it boot fast! (Jan 29, 2009, 19:03)
Desktop Linux: "A lot of notebooks and even
netbooks these days run Windows, but also offer a minimalist Linux
environment that boots in seconds. Now, with the Intel-sponsored
Moblin project's alpha release of Moblin 2 Monday, it looks like
insanely fast boots will become a standard feature of full-featured
Linux desktops, too."
KDE 4.2: Usability Makes a Comeback (Jan 29, 2009, 18:33)
Datamation: "Linus Torvalds may have switched
too soon from the KDE 4 desktop because of usability problems. Less
than a week after he made his off-hand comments, KDE 4.2 has been
released, adding many of the customization settings that Torvalds
and others complained were lacking in the KDE 4 series."
Antitrust: How Microsoft Schemed to Derail Dell GNU/Linux (Jan 29, 2009, 18:03)
Boycott Novell: "As we've already shown,
Microsoft's strategy has less to do with self improvement &
development but more to do with targeted sabotage against attempts
of competitors to... well, just to compete"
Phenom II Breaks 6.5GHz, Enables New 3DMark Record (Jan 29, 2009, 17:33)
Softpedia: "Soon after their official release
at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the
processors were used in yet another demonstration, where one of
AMD's Phenom II products was pushed to record clock levels and was
used to break the Futuremark 3DMark05 record."
Linux tablet emerges from blogosphere (Jan 29, 2009, 17:03)
The Linux Newb: "Technology blog site
TechCrunch has prototyped a WiFi-enabled tablet PC device that runs
Linux. The "Crunchpad" is equipped with a Via Nano processor, 1GB
RAM, 4GB flash, and a 12-inch, 1024x768 touchscreen, and appears to
be aimed at Web-curious couch potatoes"
Where are the Designed for Linux stickers? (Jan 29, 2009, 16:33)
Toolbox for IT: "Lets face it, when it comes to
marketing, microsoft is the best. They are the only company that I
know of which has successfully marketed a product that would not
pass the lowest quality controls of any other products
Bind Security: Transaction Signatures (TSIG) Configuration (Jan 29, 2009, 16:03)
nixCraft: "How do I configure BIND9 name serves
with TSIG (Transaction SIGnature) mechanism to secure
server-to-server communication? How do I use secret key transaction
authentication for DNS (bind nameservers)?"
Migrating Away From Windows: It All Starts With Linux (Jan 29, 2009, 15:52)
Whenever a person or business is thinking of migrating away from Microsoft Windows to Linux, or to FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, or some other FOSS operating system, the two most important considerations are:
1. Take the long view. The idea is to build a sustainable, future-proof computing infrastructure.
2. It all starts with the operating system. Sure, there are a lot of wonderful FOSS applications that run on Windows, such as OpenOffice, Firefox, Audacity, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Gimp, and many more. But that doesn't address the fundamental flaws of the Windows OS; it's like using more and better dung polish.
CrunchBang is a Speedy, Dark-Themed Linux Desktop (Jan 29, 2009, 15:33)
Lifehacker: "CrunchBang, an Ubuntu-based Linux
distribution that sports a snappy, low-drag interface and is
perfect for thumb drives, live CDs, or speed-obsessed Linux
Location-aware software comes to the Linux platform (Jan 29, 2009, 15:03)
"Several powerful open source software frameworks aim to bring
mapping and geolocation capabilities to the Linux platform. Ars
takes a look at this emerging technology and how it is being used
in several popular desktop applications."
How To Choose The Best Linux For Your Business (Jan 29, 2009, 14:33)
bMighty: "For IT decision makers in small and
midsize businesses, Linux is all about choice. But the dizzying
array of different distros, service, and support options can make
the choice a challenge. This guide to understanding the differences
will help you pick the distro your business needs."
Eyeon Fusion for Linux makes its mark on several films (Jan 29, 2009, 14:03)
Broadcast Engineering: "Two box office
successes, "Twilight" and "Changeling" as well as "The Imaginarium
of Dr. Parnassus," which is scheduled for a March release, relied
on eyeon Fusion on Linux to provide a seamless workflow for
facilities that have invested in the platform for render farms and
Telstra says Android platform not robust (Jan 29, 2009, 13:33)
ZDNet: "Google's Android mobile platform wasn't
robust, Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo said in an interview
published yesterday, where he also disclosed he owns an Apple
iPhone, among other handsets."
Initial ext3 vs ext4 Results (Jan 29, 2009, 13:03)
gmr on pgsql: "We've started to do some
internal benchmarking of ext3 vs ext4 at myYearbook.com to see if
what we've seen and heard about ext4 was really true."
How Vista's total failure hurt Linux (Jan 29, 2009, 12:03)
Cyber Cynic: "Once I got a good look at Vista,
I knew desktop Linux was in for good times. Vista was, and still
is, a disaster of an operating system. I was right too. When
netbooks started coming out, it was Linux, not Vista, that
A Primer to AGI: Asterisk Gateway Interface (Jan 29, 2009, 10:33)
Packt: "Asterisk AGI enables an IVR developer
to develop IVR structures that are sometimes, bordering on the
absurd, as applications tend to become more and more complex by
using AGI. However, there are some scenarios where common dialplan
practices are no longer applicable, and the use of an external
logic is a must. Enter AGI!"
GNU/Linux ALREADY Kicks Windows to the Curb (Jan 29, 2009, 09:03)
Boycott Novell: "Forty percent of servers run
Windows, 60 percent run Linux..."
--Steve Ballmer (September 2008)"
Embed Lua for scriptable apps (Jan 29, 2009, 07:33)
IBM Developerworks: "The Lua programming
language is a small scripting language specifically designed to be
embedded in other programs. Lua's C API allows exceptionally clean
and simple code both to call Lua from C, and to call C from Lua.
This allows developers who want a convenient runtime scripting
language to easily implement the basic API elements needed by the
scripting language, then use Lua code from their applications."
5 Things Mark Shuttleworth Has Learned about Organizational Change (Jan 29, 2009, 06:03)
CIO: "Mark Shuttleworth is not your average IT
manager. A few weeks ago, he posted a question on an Ubuntu list.
Not an order. Not a policy decision. A question:"
Beginner Linux articles posted (Jan 29, 2009, 04:33)
Desktop Linux: "A relatively new website
devoted to laptops has posted several articles that may interest
beginning Linux desktop users. One offers advice on identifying
malicious script commands, while another offers advice on
installing software packaged in various different formats (deb,
rpm, tar.gz, etc)."
Sun Slows Losses Thanks to Strong Storage Sales (Jan 29, 2009, 03:03)
Enterprise Storage Forum: "Sun Microsystems
fared better than expected in the sharp fourth-quarter economic
slowdown, cutting its cash burn by more than half as its open
storage efforts continued to gain traction"
Is KDE 4.2 the Answer to the Linux Desktop? (Jan 29, 2009, 01:33)
InternetNews: "Is the Linux desktop ready for
mainstream users? The developers behind the latest KDE Linux
desktop release would probably say yes, that it lives up to the
promise of the first KDE 4.0 release a year ago."
V.i. Labs Announces CodeArmor Intelligence Support for Linux Platforms (Jan 29, 2009, 00:33)
V.i. Laboratories press release: "Software
Vendors can now Gather Piracy Intelligence and Recover Lost Revenue
for Applications Developed in both Linux and Windows
Set Up A Linux PlayStation 3 Media Server (CentOS 5.2) (Jan 29, 2009, 00:03)
HowtoForge: "Although several other open source
media servers exist, I chose to use Fuppes due to its ease of use
as well as built in support for transcoding. By following this
howto you will be able to create a server that will allow you to
play digital media stored on the server via a DLNA capable device
such as the Sony PS3, Nokia N95, etc."