Linux News for Jan 30, 2009
Installing PowerDNS (With MySQL Backend) And Poweradmin On Ubuntu 8.10 (Jan 30, 2009, 23:33)
HowtoForge: "This article shows how you can
install the PowerDNS nameserver (with MySQL backend) and the
Poweradmin control panel for PowerDNS on an Ubuntu 8.10 system.
PowerDNS is a high-performance, authoritative-only nameserver - in
the setup described here it will read the DNS records from a MySQL
database (similar to MyDNS), although other backends such as
PostgreSQL are supported as well. Poweradmin is a web-based control
panel for PowerDNS."
Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux (Jan 30, 2009, 23:03)
eWeek: "The updates to the free Solaris-based
OS shows that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take
over the platform space once dominated by Unix."
OpenChange, KDE bring Exchange compatibility to Linux (Jan 30, 2009, 22:33)
Network World: ""We're working with the
Microsoft Exchange protocols and work it mostly does," Hards said.
"Mail is easy the stuff, what is hard is the address book,
calendar, free-busy lists, and notes. These are a big deal in the
Displaying Weather on the Desktop with ConkyForecast (Jan 30, 2009, 22:03)
Linutop Mag: "But besides the usual stuff like
RAM usage, processor load, and wireless signal strength, you can
use Conky to display something more interesting like the current
weather conditions and a four-day forecast complete with snazzy
All About Swap Part 1: Introduction (Jan 30, 2009, 21:33)
Idea Excursion: "On the most basic level, swap
acts as storage space auxiliary to system memory. Fortunately for
developers, modern systems need not know or care about swap."
AccessApps: The Braveheart Of Computing (Jan 30, 2009, 21:03)
Raiden's Realm: "All muddy-faced and
wild-haired, Aussie Mel growls in his best faux-Scots accent: "They
may take our lives, but they'll never take our FREEDOM!""
OLPC XO-2 to be open source hardware (Jan 30, 2009, 20:33)
Heise Online: "According to a report from the
Guardian, the next version of the OLPC (XO-2) will be open source
A glimmer of hope from whitehouse.gov (Jan 30, 2009, 20:03)
Free Software Magazine: "The new US
presidential website shows some promise that indeed, we now have a
US president who isn’t afraid of the future."
Pandora open-source handheld console inching closer to debut (Jan 30, 2009, 19:33)
ars Technica: "The long-awaited Pandora
open-source handheld has inched one step closer to completion, as
the OpenPandora team has put on display the nearly finalized case
design. We review what we know about Pandora to date, and what the
project is hoping to accomplish."
Even Microsoft's anti-Linux message isn't this bad (Jan 30, 2009, 19:03)
The Open Road: "This anti-Linux Microsoft "ad"
hit the Web a few weeks ago, but I just came across it last night
and thought it was funny."
Off-line GMail: one more step to the Google desktop (Jan 30, 2009, 18:47)
Cyber cynic: "No, no, Google isn't getting
ready to release a full desktop with office suite. Not them. Yeah.
Fonality CEO Discusses Digium Rivalry, Asterisk And Open Source (Jan 30, 2009, 18:33)
The VAR Guy: "The big picture: Is Fonality
really an open source company?"
Unix and Linux Humor - Inspirational Posters (Jan 30, 2009, 18:03)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "After this week,
we probably all need a laugh (I'm being presumptuous in assuming
your week was at least 51% miserable, too)"
IT Management Slideshow:
10 Areas Where Open Source is Open for Business (Jan 30, 2009, 17:33)
CIO Insight: "The recession is helping to drive
home the fact that open source is enterprise-ready in a lot of
areas. Flexible pricing and mature products make the once-exotic
software ready for prime time."
How can companies that rely on technology consistently not pay for it? (Jan 30, 2009, 17:03)
Linux Journal: "...how can companies, that rely
on technology to make money, continue to fail to spend the money
necessary to keep that technology not only functional, but
26 Open Source Security Apps with Commercial Support (Jan 30, 2009, 16:33)
Datamation: "A little over a year ago, we took
a look at 10 Commercial Open Source Security Vendors. As we set out
to update that list, two facts jumped out: 1) the number of open
source security apps with commercial support has grown
substantially and 2) the line between open source and commercial
applications continues to blur."
Easy image resizing and rotating in Ubuntu (Jan 30, 2009, 16:03)
IT Wire: "Easy, quick and simple image resizing and rotating is important to many people. When using Windows, you're able to download and install the Image Resizer "PowerToy". You can then manipulate images directly from Windows Explorer. But how do you do the same task in Ubuntu?"
Linux Is In Business and Business Is Good (Jan 30, 2009, 15:33)
Blog of Helios: "Not every business makes a
high-profile public announcement like Ernie Ball did early in the
century. Most businesses don't migrate in one fell swoop...their
adaptation of Linux and Open Source is subtle and measured."
When Hackers Are Funny (Jan 30, 2009, 15:03)
Datamation: "Zombies ahead . . . the end is
near . . . run for cold climates!"
Cray and atsec Achieve CC Security Certification of Cray Linux Environment (Jan 30, 2009, 14:33)
CNN Money: "Cray Inc. and atsec information
security announced today that the Cray Linux Environment (CLE) has
been certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership's
(NIAP) Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme as
conformant to EAL3+"
Canonical's $30 Million and Redmond's Gathering Storm (Jan 30, 2009, 14:03)
TechNewsWorld: ""Microsoft has been "completely
overvalued for a long time because their main asset is customer
relationships, but it's a scary and abusive relationship and
everyone who knows there's something better out there would like
desperately to leave..."
S&P Endorses Linux, Raising Red Hat (Jan 30, 2009, 13:33)
24/7 Wall St.: "You do not see too many
upgrades in corporate credit ratings during this part of the
business cycle, let alone in technology and software. But Red Hat,
Inc. was just raised by Standard & Poor's ratings today on the
corporate credit side. You might even wonder if S&P is almost
endorsing Linux after all these years after you look through the
Thin clients now as flexible as PCs, claims Igel (Jan 30, 2009, 13:03)
Network World: "Yeo said that Linux-based
clients, used as "desktop appliances", are by far the majority of
Igel's shipments, with Linux being particularly popular in its home
market of Germany."
OpenOffice.org - The Fun Has Gone? (Jan 30, 2009, 11:33)
Heise Online: ""When the anthropologists look
back on the 1980s and 1990s and do the archaeological digs, and get
their calipers and brooms and microscopes out, they will blame the
massive reduction in productivity during the 1980s and 1990s
entirely on Microsoft Office.""
KDE 4.2: I'm tired of Pundits, Here's MY Take (Jan 30, 2009, 10:03)
Random Technical Outbursts: "I've been using
KDE since around the time version 2 came out, and while KDE 4.2 is
not perfection, it is better than the 3.5 series, and as of right
now 4.2 is easily my favorite Linux desktop... and this rant will
address some complaints I've seen and to dissect which complaints
are warranted and which are not."
Old School Keyboard Control and HTML Character Entities On Linux And Unix (Jan 30, 2009, 08:33)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Basically, what
we want to do in this part of today's post is prevent folks with
physical access to our Linux machines from rebooting them by
hitting the control-alt-delete keys. Most people just disable this
behaviour in /etc/inittab and use echo to issue a stern warning. I
like to take it a bit too far ;)"
Convert DVDs to xvid (avi) using dvd2xvid in opensuse (Jan 30, 2009, 07:03)
SUSE & openSUSE: "Dvd2Xvid is free
opensource simple easy to use utility to convert DVDs into Xvid
video formats. dvd2xvid is a simple GUI for MEncoder aimed at
converting DVDs to xvid formats."
EnterpriseDB and Sun Reaping Benefits from Open Source Databases (Jan 30, 2009, 05:33)
OStatic: "In Sun's case, some of the folks who
questioned whether $1 billion was too much to pay for MySQL should
take a second look."
JBoss Portals and AJAX - Part 1 (Jan 30, 2009, 04:33)
Packt: "In this article by Ramanujam Rao, we
rich user interface design is commonly called, has gained wide
acceptability in traditional web applications, and portals are no
exception to this."
JBoss Portals and AJAX - Part 2 (Jan 30, 2009, 04:03)
Packt: "Special tags are added to layout JSPs
that facilitate the placement of AJAX features on a page.
Similarly, renderers are used to interpret the tags and to render
AJAX-driven content. The obvious advantage is the in-built support
for the auto-creation and control of AJAX components on portal
AMD Catalyst 9.1 Brings OpenGL 3.0 (Jan 30, 2009, 03:03)
Phoronix: "...what's there to get excited about
in Catalyst 9.1? Well, first and foremost there is improved
Composite support during video playback, Hybrid CrossFire support,
and a number of fixes. Oh, and there's also OpenGL 3.0
How To: Build A Read-Only Linux System (Jan 30, 2009, 01:33)
Logic Supply: "From time to time, we receive
questions from customers looking to make their Linux platforms
read-only in order to maximize the longevity of their flash
devices. I thought I'd take the opportunity to create a blog post
describing one way to do this."
Migrating Away From Windows: It All Starts With Linux (Jan 30, 2009, 00:03)
Linux Today Blog: "I have friends who go nuts
at the ice cream shop when they don't get enough colored sprinkles,
but when it comes to computers they go all shy and stupid. "Awww, I
don't mind wasting tons of time and money on this junk, it's just
the way it is." The tech industry needs a whole lot more customer
spunk and consumer rights advocacy."