Linux News for Feb 20, 2009
Add a Binary Payload to your Shell Scripts (Feb 20, 2009, 23:31)
Linux Journal: "Generally when we think of
shell scripts we think of editable text, but it's possible to add
binary data to your shell script as well. In this case we're going
to talk about adding a binary payload to the end of your shell
ACCESS Linux Platform 3.0 unveiled (Feb 20, 2009, 23:01)
ars Technica: "ACCESS has unveiled the next
major version of its Linux-based mobile software platform. The
ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) 3.0 brings a significant user interface
overhaul with support for rich visual effects. It also boosts
interoperability by delivering LiMo compliance."
A Review of the ASUS Eee PC with Xandros Linux pre-installed (Feb 20, 2009, 22:31)
Another day in development...: "Yesterday I
finally received my ASUS Eee PC 901 pre-installed with Xandros
Linux. Note that Xandros is a Debian-based distribution. I was
really excited to start playing with this new toy. Almost from the
beginning I was experiencing problems and after doing some Internet
searching, I realized I was not the only one. All problems though
were related to the operating system and not the hardware."
The Perfect Server - Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0) [ISPConfig 2] (Feb 20, 2009, 22:01)
HowtoForge: "This tutorial shows how to set up
a Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0) server that offers all services needed
by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail
server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server,
MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. In the end
you should have a system that works reliably, and if you like you
can install the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig 2 (i.e.,
ISPConfig runs on it out of the box)."
Connecting to Windows servers from GNU/Linux using pyNeighborhood (Feb 20, 2009, 21:31)
Free Software Magazine: "Need to connect to a
Windows server from a computer running GNU/Linux? pyNeighborhood
gives you an easy and graphical way to do just that."
HP Mini 1000 Mi Comes With Friendly Linux Distro (Feb 20, 2009, 21:01)
eNews: "HP has recently announced a
sought-after Linux version of its popular Mini 1000 consumer
netbook. Basically, much of the internals are similar to the other
versions of the Mini 1000. However, the selling point of the Mi
version, which stands for Mobile internet, is the Linux OS dressed
up in nice clothes by HP."
25 Tutorials To Get You Started With Blender (Feb 20, 2009, 20:31)
LinuxHaxor: "If you are an aspiring Graphic
designer you should be already familiar with blender by now, but if
you are thinking about being a game developer or a graphic designer
you should know that Blender is not only the best free and open
source choice but also rivals all commercial 3d applications out
Ubuntu 9.10: Karmic Koala (Feb 20, 2009, 20:01)
The Fridge: "Mark Shuttleworth has announced
Ubuntu 9.10: Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Karmic
Koala, the newest member of our alliterative menagerie."
An open letter to the openSUSE Community (Feb 20, 2009, 19:31)
LWN.net: "As you may know, recently Novell made
the decision to reduce the workforce in their organization in the
wake of our current economic outlook which is affecting everyone
globally in all sectors of life. Unfortunately, this has also
impacted some members of the openSUSE Community who were employed
by Novell when, earlier this week, they were laid off."
Announcing: Keryx 0.92, the Dubious Dingo!
(Feb 20, 2009, 19:01)
keryx Forums: "Introducing Keryx 0.92, the
Dubious Dingo! Do not let the name scare you away from testing this
release. Though there have been a very small number of fatal Dingo
attacks on humans, they are mostly shy and aloof around us
Take Windows 7 for a spin with VirtualBox (Feb 20, 2009, 18:31)
Computerworld: "Everyone likes to try new and
shiny technology toys like the Windows 7 beta, but when the price
is having to replace your existing operating system, that's too
much for most people. That's when being able to use a
virtualization program can come in darn handy."
The ugly side of Apple (Feb 20, 2009, 18:01)
IT Wire: "Another is taking recourse to
draconian legislation like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in
order to prevent others from competing. When companies do this, it
is generally because there is always an underlying fear that, no
matter how good their product is, someone else may cut into their
Sun Studio 12 vs. GCC3 vs. GCC4 Benchmarks (Feb 20, 2009, 17:31)
Phoronix: "Following that article being
published, Sun Microsystems had requested some compiler tests since
they were confident the results would be different had their Sun
Studio compiler been used. Well, in this article we now have some
OpenSolaris benchmarks from the same AMD setup using GCC 3.4, GCC
4.0, and Sun Studio 12."
Knoppix: live CD par excellence (Feb 20, 2009, 17:01)
IT Wire: "While the bigger and better-known
Linux distributions tend to get more than their fair share of
publicity, there are other bright stars that light up the FOSS
firmament and rarely get a mention."
Washington Times releases open source projects (Feb 20, 2009, 16:31)
Washington Times: "The Washington Times has
always focused on content. After careful review, we determined that
the best way to have the top tools to produce and publish that
content is to release the source code of our in-house tools and
The tanner's ugly daughter - or - Musings about a modern GTK+ theming
(Feb 20, 2009, 16:01)
Federkiel: "But there's one thing almost
everyone would agree to: that GTK+ isn't pretty."
10 iptables rules to help secure your Linux box (Feb 20, 2009, 15:31)
10 Things: "Even after you gain a solid
understanding of the command structure and know what to lock down
and how to lock it down, iptables can be confusing. But the nice
thing about iptables is that it's fairly universal in its
protection. So having a few iptables rules to put together into a
script can make this job much easier."
Windows 7 Vs. Linux: The Battle For Your Desktop (Feb 20, 2009, 15:01)
Information Week: "There's fierce debate in the
air about what 7 means for both Windows and Linux. Microsoft's last
gasp? Linux's formidable new enemy? Closer inspection shows us it's
not really either of those things. Linux has made strides of its
own on the desktop and made it possible to build netbooks at low
cost--and while Windows 7 will almost certainly take a bite out of
that market and impress existing Windows users all the more, Linux
has also become its own animal"
Hulu's Hollywood overlords force Boxee block (Feb 20, 2009, 14:31)
The Register: "I cannot watch them on a box. I
cannot watch them without Fox"
Do you have an itch? Scratch it! (Feb 20, 2009, 14:01)
Toolbox for IT: "How many times have you used a
program that does almost all that you want but there is just a
single maddening missing function? If you have ever felt any of
these things then you have felt the "itch"."
Can Cellphones Grow Up to Rival PCs? (Feb 20, 2009, 13:31)
New York Times: "Cellphones are growing up, and
they just might pose a new threat to the Intel-Microsoft based
personal computers. Coming by the end of this year are a new crop
of small inexpensive notebook computers, known as netbooks, based
on the ARM microprocessor design and running one of several
versions of Linux, including perhaps Google's Android cellphone
Has IE lost the hearts of IT people? (Feb 20, 2009, 13:01)
W3Schools.com: I have been tracking one site
that's devoted to web subjects and that's not inclined towards one
browser or another. It's www.w3schools.com and the statistics from
it are... well, very different from hitslink's.
Linux comes to Windows users' rescue (Feb 20, 2009, 12:01)
Cyber Cynic: ""Meanwhile, I discovered a great
tool called Unison and I've mounted my Windows drive and I am using
Unison to back up everything to a 300-gig external hard drive
before I start tearing Windows apart... just in case. I guess I
have my afternoon's plans made.""
Getting Girls Into Tech (Feb 20, 2009, 10:31)
Linux Today Blog: "The number of women entering
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers is
declining. There are programs at the college and professional
levels that try to attract women and racial minorities into these
fields, but they're not all that successful. I think it's because
college is too late. What sort of future do you want for your own
girls-- a wide-open future full of possibilities? Or more of the
same old "you can't do that"?"
The Follow-Up: Absorption Of Knowledge In The Computer Age (Feb 20, 2009, 09:01)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Just for the
record, I prefer to read books on paper. Not because reading online
makes me lose control like Patty Duke in the presence of a hot dog,
but I find that reading a computer screen is generally either
uncomfortable or outright painful"
Either you are a Nickelodeon addict, Mr. Mike, or an old
Make Vim as Your Bash-IDE Using bash-support Plugin (Feb 20, 2009, 07:31)
The Geek Stuff: "sc will insert the case
statements and places the cursor next to the case statement in
INSERT mode as shown in figure 5. Like this you can use all the
mentioned short cut keystrokes to get the appropriate statement in
the table 1."
Alternative to dos2unix, unix2dos - linux flip command (Feb 20, 2009, 06:01)
UNIX BASH scripting: "I was struggling to
install unix2dos and dos2unix(debian tofrodos package) on my debian
box, then I came across "flip" command which does the same
Userful and ThinNetworks Announce World's Largest Desktop Virtualization Deployment - 356,800 (Feb 20, 2009, 04:31)
Press release: "Userful and ThinNetworks today
announce that they have been selected to supply 356,800 virtualized
desktops to schools in all of Brazil's 5,560 municipalities."
Video: Mark Shuttleworth - We are our own worst enemy - Interview (Parts One and Two) (Feb 20, 2009, 03:01)
golem.de: "Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth
thinks that Linux needs to get more beautiful. His company
Canonical works on that task. In an interview with Golem.de
Shuttleworth talks about MacOS X as a role model and problems of
the Linux desktop."
Libre Graphics Meeting launches community fundraising campaign (Feb 20, 2009, 01:31)
Press Release: The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM)
is an annual workshop for developers and users of free software
graphics applications to collaborate and advance the cause of
high-quality free graphics software. From now until April 22, you
can help support this event by making a donation to the LGM 2009
community pledge drive.
DragonFly Release 2.2 - 17 February 2009 (Feb 20, 2009, 00:01)
DragonFly BSD: "The DragonFly 2.2 release is
here! The HAMMER filesystem is considered production-ready in this
release; It was first released in July 2008. The 2.2 release
represents major stability improvements across the board, new
drivers, much better pkgsrc support and integration, and a brand
new release infrastructure with multiple target options."