Linux News for Feb 26, 2009
Video: Ted Ts'o on Ext4, BtrFS and first steps with Linux (Feb 26, 2009, 23:34)
Linux Magazine: "Ted talks about the improved
acceleration of ext4 and the difference between ext4 and BtrFS. He
explains who actually pays him, and why he's on assignment from
IBM. Subsequently, Ted reminisces about what he did with Linux when
he first discovered it in the 1990's."
Server Sales Fall 14 Percent in Q4 (Feb 26, 2009, 23:04)
ServerWatch: "Linux server sales were down 7
percent, while Windows server sales fell 17.8 percent. Unix server
revenues account for 36.2 percent of quarterly server spending,
compared with 35.3 for Windows and 13.6 percent for Linux."
Novell's Open Source Rex Talks Linux (Feb 26, 2009, 22:34)
InternetNews: "It's not all about the code in
the Linux ecosystem. Any Linux project needs leadership. Markus Rex
is one such leader."
Weekly Ten(2-23-2009): The unknown hackers, SteamPunk Frankenstein, Greatest Science Fiction Movies (Feb 26, 2009, 22:04)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Not many
Linux-come-latelies know this, but Linux was actually the second
open-source Unix-based operating system for personal computers to
be distributed over the Internet."
Music Executive Ridiculed at Pirate Bay Trial (Feb 26, 2009, 21:34)
Wired: "Laughter filled The Pirate Bay trial
here Wednesday when John Kennedy, the chief executive of the
International Federation of Phonographic Industries, testified that
people would have purchased every music track they got free file
Windows = Antivirus = Pollution? (Feb 26, 2009, 21:04)
Technology FLOSS: "... but then the next even
more obvious question was "then how much pollution is produced by
the usage of antivirus?""
Freescale Plans Reference Design for Linux ARM Netbooks (Feb 26, 2009, 20:34)
Linux Magazine: "When will power-saving and
affordable ARM netbooks become available? Freescale Semiconductor
has ventured into an advanced standard..."
Three Node Replication Using DRBD 8.3 (Feb 26, 2009, 20:04)
DRBD refers to block devices designed as a building block to form high availability (HA) clusters. This is done by mirroring a whole block device via an assigned network. DRBD can be understood as network based raid-1. This howto details how to set it up on Debian Etch.
Opening the phone (Feb 26, 2009, 19:34)
The H Open: "How do you take a project with 40
million lines of code that's shipping on millions of devices around
the world and make it open source? That's the Everest of a problem
facing the Symbian Foundation as they start to deliver on the
promises made when Nokia brought Symbian under its wing."
Tour the Linux generic SCSI driver (Feb 26, 2009, 19:04)
IBM Developerworks: "Computers control and
transfer data to SCSI devices via SCSI commands. In this article,
the author introduces some of the SCSI commands and methods of
executing SCSI commands when using SCSI API in Linux. He provides
background on the SCSI client/server model and the storage SCSI
command. Next, he explains the Linux generic SCSI driver API and
offers an example of using a system that focuses on executing the
inquiry command using the generic driver."
Jones and Updegrove on Microsoft vs. TomTom (Feb 26, 2009, 18:26)
Andy Updegrove IAL (is a lawyer) and Pamela Jones is a
paralegal, so here are their comments on Microsoft vs. TomTom:
"A new guy at the wheel, letting the marketplace know that they
better not take him for granted."
"Have I lost my cotton-pickin' mind?"
Novell-Red Hat Conundrum: What's a FOSS Supporter to Do? (Feb 26, 2009, 18:02)
Datamation: "When you are a free and open
source software (FOSS) supporter, life often seems black and white.
You are for user freedom and shared source code, and against
proprietary software and companies -- especially Microsoft. But
sometimes things get more complicated."
Distro Review: Sabayon 4.0 (Feb 26, 2009, 17:32)
Adventures In Open Source: "I've had mixed
feelings about it in the past, I found 2.2 Professional to be very
bloated, capable of interesting innovations but overall slightly
disappointing. It's a Gentoo based distro from Italy and it seems
there's no love lost between the Gentoo and Sabayon camps. I wanted
to see how it had developed now they'd reached version 4.0, so here
UK government backs open source (Feb 26, 2009, 17:02)
BBC News: "Tom Watson MP, minister for digital
engagement, said open source software would be on a level playing
field with proprietary software such as Windows."
trixbox CE Functions and Features (Feb 26, 2009, 16:32)
Packt: "Every commercial PBX system has its own
set of advanced features that are activated by key commands, also
known as vertical service activation codes. In this article by
Kerry Garrison, we will look at the standard and advanced features
of trixbox CE. We will even look at how to add our own custom
features to the system."
Red Hat throws down gauntlet in virtualisation battle (Feb 26, 2009, 16:02)
Tectonic: "The move will not only position Red
Hat strongly against industry leader VMWare but will also better
position Red Hat against Microsoft which also has a line of
Corporate Investment the price of Linux's freedom (Feb 26, 2009, 15:32)
IT Pro: "Recently Alan Cox, a key Linux kernel
developer, moved from his job at Red Hat to Intel. This move may
have been surprising to some, but it makes a lot of sense for
Intel, for Cox, and for Red Hat."
Ext4 (Kernel Newbies Overview) (Feb 26, 2009, 15:02)
Kernel Newbies: "In many ways, Ext4 is a deeper
improvement over Ext3 than Ext3 was over Ext2. Ext3 was mostly
about adding journaling to Ext2, but Ext4 modifies important data
structures of the filesystem such as the ones destined to store the
file data. The result is a filesystem with an improved design,
better performance, reliability and features."
Could Server Netbooks Reshape the Market? (Feb 26, 2009, 14:32)
ServerWatch: "What this failed to recognize is
that many potential buyers don't actually need vast amounts of
computing power, storage space or memory. For web browsing, word
processing and spreadsheeting, the power of an Intel Atom processor
is enough, as is a fairly moderate amount of RAM (512Mb) and a tiny
(by modern standards) 8Gb of storage."
Red Hat Recruits Middleware Experts From Oracle, Sun and IBM (Feb 26, 2009, 14:02)
The VAR Guy: "A few weeks ago, The VAR Guy told
readers Red Hat's JBoss middleware business would eventually be
larger than Red Hat’s Linux platform business."
Ubuntu Makes Cloud Strategy a Big Joke (Feb 26, 2009, 13:32)
ServerWatch: ""... bear with me" (geddit!?) "A
good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her
head is in the clouds." (Very droll.) "Wouldn't it be apt for
Ubuntu to make the Amazon jungle (aaaagh!) as easy to navigate as,
Is Microsoft finally taking Linux to court? (Feb 26, 2009, 13:02)
Cyber Cynic: "Once a year, Microsoft president
Steve Ballmer, would proclaim that Linux violated some of Microsoft
patents. Then, he wouldn't do anything about it. Now, perhaps, he
State of the Computer Book Market 2008, Part 2: The Technologies (Feb 26, 2009, 12:02)
O'Reilly Radar: "In this second installment
(the first post is found here), we look at computer book sales in
specific technology categories. Remember that we've organized the
data into six "Category Families" -- Systems and Programming, Web
Design and Development, Business Applications, Digital Media
Applications, Consumer Operating Systems and Devices, and
Parted Magic 3.7 Is Here (Feb 26, 2009, 10:32)
Softpedia: "Just ten days after the Valentine's
Day release, Patrick Verner announced today the immediate
availability of his Parted Magic 3.7 Linux distribution. This new
version fixes several bugs, adds some new features and updates a
few software packages."
Back To Basics: Getting File Information Using Perl's Stat Function (Feb 26, 2009, 09:02)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today we're
going take a (somewhat) beginner's look at extracting lots of
useful information from files on Linux or Unix using Perl. More
specifically, we'll be using Perl's stat() function."
The Falcon Programming Language: a brief tutorial (Feb 26, 2009, 07:32)
Free Software Magazine: "The Falcon Programming
Language is a typeless language born for rapid development,
prototyping, and ready-made integration. We may also describe
Falcon as a "scripting" language with features that enable the
programmer to create even complex multi-threaded applications."
Linux - Find latest file in a directory (Feb 26, 2009, 06:02)
UNIX BASH Scripting: "I have a huge set of(more
than 300) log files(nmn_log.*.txt) in one of my logdir. I had to
find out the latest log file name."
X Server 1.6.0 Has Been Released (Feb 26, 2009, 04:32)
Phoronix: "It's arriving about two months later
than originally scheduled (and didn't arrive in 2008 like Intel
wanted), but X Server 1.6 has been officially released this
afternoon and it wasn't 212 days late like the infamous X Server
WFTL Bytes! for Feb 23, 2009: Govt. Needs FOSS, Microsoft Acquires Buddies, OpenSUSE "Troubled" (Feb 26, 2009, 03:02)
WFTL Bytes!: "This is WFTL Bytes!, your
occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, February 23,
2009, with your host, Marcel Gagne. This is episode 52. On today's
newscast . . . we ask why government isn't saving big with FOSS,
what constitutes good personal marketing, who's buddying up to
Microsoft, why are things so tough over at OpenSUSE, and who put
the ram in the ramma lamma ding dong?"
How to install OpenOffice.org 3 on Ubuntu 8.10 (Feb 26, 2009, 01:32)
To a free world: "Ubuntu is coming by default
with OpenOffice 2.4, so, I decided to upgrade to version 3. To do
this, there are two methods, either install it from
"http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main deb"
repository or manually from files directly downloaded on the
OpenOffice web site. I started by trying the installation from the
repository because it's much simpler."
Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims (Feb 26, 2009, 00:10)
TechFlash: "Microsoft filed suit against TomTom
today, alleging that the in-car navigation company's devices
violate eight of its patents -- including three that relate to
TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel."
8 of the Best Free Linux Blog Software (Feb 26, 2009, 00:02)
LinuxLinks: "Software that provides a method of
managing a website is commonly known as a Web Content Management
System (or WCMS). Many blogging software programs are considered a
specific type of WCMS. In this feature we have included some of the
best WCMS software which also make great blogging tools"