Linux News for Feb 25, 2009
Develop a GPS-aware application for the Nokia N810, Part 3: Finish the job (Feb 25, 2009, 23:34)
IBM Developerworks: "This series of articles
shows how to build a global positioning system (GPS)-aware
application using the Linux-based Nokia N810 Internet Tablet and
its built-in GPS receiver. In this last of three installments,
you'll put the final touches to the GPS trip tracker and get it
ready for release."
Jurassic Web (Feb 25, 2009, 23:04)
Slate: "It's 1996, and you're bored. What do
you do? If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you
probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online. Crank up
your modem, wait 20 seconds as you log in, and there you
ZaReason: An Amazing Attack of Linux Cluefulness (Feb 25, 2009, 22:34)
LinuxPlanet: "ZaReason is an independent Linux
systems vendor, and I think one of the best. They "get it". Which
is not something you can say about a lot of Linux vendors. Like the
ones who plaster "We Recommend Windows Vista!" all over their Linux
Ballmer: Linux Bigger Competitor than Apple (Feb 25, 2009, 22:04)
OSNews: "You'd think Apple was their number one
competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other
competitors as their primary adversaries."
Nouveau Becomes The Default Driver In Fedora 11 (Feb 25, 2009, 21:34)
Phoronix: "Among a horde of other features to
be introduced with Fedora 11 (a.k.a. Leonidas), the Nouveau driver
will become the default NVIDIA driver on this Red Hat distribution.
This is a fairly bold move on the behalf of Red Hat, which recently
hired Ben Skeggs, one of the Nouveau developers."
The Windows-versus-Linux server face-off (Feb 25, 2009, 21:04)
InfoWorld: "Linux certainly has established
itself as a prominent server OS these days, pushing Unix into the
background. But the open source OS shares the stage with commercial
software giant Microsoft, which remains a dominant player with
Fedora 10 regains Linux fans (Feb 25, 2009, 20:34)
Cyber Cynic: "In 2007, Fedora, Red Hat's
community Linux distribution, hit an all-time low. Users were
leaving it behind in favor of Ubuntu and openSUSE Well-known Linux
evangelist Eric S. Raymond, after looking at the latest release,
Fedora Core 6, dismissed Fedora as junk."
Adobe Flash gets patch for critical flaw (Feb 25, 2009, 20:04)
Computerworld: "Adobe Systems has updated its
Flash multimedia software to eliminate five flaws affecting
Windows, OS X and Linux systems."
Carmack: Quake Live on Mac, Linux 'high on my priority list' (Feb 25, 2009, 19:34)
joystiq: "Don't worry Mac and Linux gamers:
Though the public beta of Quake Live that opened its doors
yesterday only supports Windows, id Software's John Carmack tells
Joystiq that "it's pretty high on my priority list to have the Mac
and Linux support.""
Ubuntu 9.10 will have special focus on Netbooks (Feb 25, 2009, 19:04)
EeePC: "The Ubuntu Netbook Edition will make
more improvements for small screens & tuned to work even better
on screens that are vertically challenged"
Top 50 Linux Alternatives To Popular M$ Apps (Feb 25, 2009, 18:34)
JJMacey Dot Net: "Linux is quickly gaining
popularity, but there are still many users afraid to convert as
they are not familiar with the applications. Today our Linux guru
Blair Mathis is back to introduce fifty of the most popular
applications on this OS"
Adobe AIR 1.5.1 Released (Feb 25, 2009, 18:04)
Adobe AIR Team Blog: "Today we released Adobe
AIR 1.5.1, a relatively minor update that includes a number of bug
fixes. The new builds are available for Windows, Mac and Linux on
the Adobe AIR download center."
Update on today's Gmail outage
(Feb 25, 2009, 17:34)
Official Gmail Blog: "Lots of people around the
world who rely on Gmail were disrupted during their waking and
working hours, and we're very sorry. We did everything we could to
restore access as soon as possible, and the issue is now
Attack on SSL Users Discovered, Tool Sources Released (Feb 25, 2009, 17:04)
Linux Magazine: "SSL won't come to a rest: the
newest attack isn't about encryption or errors in the Secure
Sockets Layer protocol, it's about the weakest link in the chain --
HeliOS Project Brings Linux Technology to the East Side (Feb 25, 2009, 16:34)
Blog of helios: "It's called Space12. What was
once a place that only the bravest would tread, is now a place
where you can find good things."
Ubuntu 9.04's New Login Screen
...and other features (Feb 25, 2009, 16:04)
Softpedia: "Ubuntu 9.04 is getting closer and
closer to the final release and we thought that it would be nice to
give you guys a sneak peek at some of the upcoming features. The
new version of Ubuntu will be released in less than two months, on
April 23rd, and it will be dubbed Jaunty Jackalope."
Novell plays Casablanca in Virtualization Wars (Feb 25, 2009, 15:34)
Practical Technology: "On February 24th, Novell
made an important virtualization announcement, but it wasn't the
one some of us thought it would be. Instead of announcing that it
would be partnering closer with Citrix and Microsoft, Novell
announced that it would be working with VMware to help ISVs
(independent software vendors) build SUSE Linux Enterprise-based
Stupid Geek Tricks: Watch Movies in Your Linux Terminal Window (Feb 25, 2009, 15:04)
The Howto Geek: "In these days of high
definition videos everywhere (even YouTube), only the truly geeky
would decide to watch their movies in ASCII text in a terminal
window. The surprising thing is that some videos are even fairly
From Vista to Linux (It was a lot easier than I thought) (Feb 25, 2009, 14:34)
CW: "Like many I had been looking for a way to
get my office computer off of Windows for some time. I had played
around with various Linux distros and even Mac for about 5 years,
but I always had some excuse as to why I couldn't just make the
The EeePC as a low-power music player (Feb 25, 2009, 14:04)
LWN.net: "For a long time, your author has been
searching for a low power music playing computer for use in an
off-grid solar and wind powered mountain cabin. The desire was to
have a player with capabilities that were similar to the
grid-powered system used at home. This consists of a library of
over 5000 FLAC-encoded audio files that are either randomly or
sequentially played by one of several Python scripts."
The Beginner's Guide to Linux, Part 1: Finding the Right Distribution (Feb 25, 2009, 13:34)
MaximumPC: "We are certain that many of you
want to try Linux to see what it is like, but have no idea where to
start or how to get into it. This article is the first installment
in a four-part guide that will gradually introduce you to the Linux
environment and how to adjust to it if you are a new user."
How patches get into the mainline (Feb 25, 2009, 13:04)
LWN.net: "Once upon a time, the way to get a
patch into the mainline kernel was to email it to Linus Torvalds. A
hopeful developer would then wait for Linus to release a new kernel
tree to see whether the patch had been included or not."
Kindle's Feeling Reviewers' Love (Feb 25, 2009, 12:04)
InternetNews: "As Amazon ships the second
version of its popular e-reader Kindle, the reviews flowing in so
far are waxing warm and fuzzy about device enhancements -- even
though they are nearly silent on price."
You do know you can't rely on Gmail, right? (Feb 25, 2009, 10:34)
Cyber Cynic: "The first news I heard this
morning was that Google's Gmail had been down last night. It was
also the second, third, and fourth news I heard this morning. Come
on already! What did you expect?"
Marvell hopes $50 'plug computers' will Web-enable our hard drives (Feb 25, 2009, 09:04)
Computerworld: "Can a computer get any smaller
and cheaper than a netbook? Marvell Technology Group Ltd. thinks
Review: Python Web Development with Django (Feb 25, 2009, 07:34)
A Million Chimpanzees: "I'm already sold on the
relative simplicity and power of Python based on my attempts to
hammer away with the language, so this book, at least as far as the
topic is concerned, is everything I could ask for. But can the same
be said for the content of the book?"
Nautilus Property Page now included in Gnome MPlayer (Feb 25, 2009, 06:04)
Kevin's World: "So I started working on it and
within about 4 hrs had something functional. It may not be finished
yet, but it seems to fit the bill."
The Perfect Desktop - Debian Lenny (Feb 25, 2009, 04:34)
HowtoForge: "This tutorial shows how you can
set up a Debian Lenny desktop that is a full-fledged replacement
for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people
need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The
advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM
restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing
is: all software comes free of charge."
View from the Trenches: an Interview with HL7's Charles Jaffe, M.D. (Feb 25, 2009, 03:04)
Standards Blog: "The number of standard setting
organizations (SSOs) from which specifications have been drawn to
create Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are legion, due to the
complex nature of these goal. Some of the standards utilized are
generic, and common to any sophisticated Internet-enabled
Need Help with Submission: Does Copyright extremism affect open source development? (Feb 25, 2009, 02:05)
I'd be interested in any (first or second hand) experiences
where copyright extremism has affected open source projects.
India: Bloggers can be nailed for views (Feb 25, 2009, 01:34)
The Times of India: "A 19-year-old blogger's
case could forever change the ground rules of blogging. Bloggers
may no longer express their uninhibited views on everything under
the sun, for the Supreme Court said they may face libel and even
prosecution for the blog content."
Debian Lenny: Returning Home to the Mothership (Feb 25, 2009, 00:04)
Linux Today Blog: ""A rising tide lifts all
boats", and I think Canonical has done a great job at raising the
visibility of Linux. But my first Linux love was Debian, and with
the release of Lenny I have gone back."