Linux News for Mar 18, 2009
The Squirrel portable shell and scripting language (Mar 18, 2009, 23:32)
IBM Developerworks: "If you don't want to
commit to the idiosyncrasies of a specific shell running on a
particular platform, try the Squirrel Shell. The Squirrel Shell
provides an advanced, object-oriented scripting language that works
equally well on UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows systems. Write a
script once, and run it anywhere."
Red Hat Certified Engineer program turns 10. Certs matter. (Mar 18, 2009, 23:02)
Netstat -vat: "There was a time when having an
IT certification was the key to getting a job -- that time may be
Linux Command Line Terror! But....Why? (Mar 18, 2009, 22:39)
One of the strangest mind-benders these days is hearing Linux users going all Barbie and vowing "I will never touch the command line! You'll pry my GUI from my cold dead hands!" Where are these strange people coming from? Why are they using Linux if they don't want to learn anything new?
Database Security (Mar 18, 2009, 22:32)
Realeyes Technology: "If all goes well you can
make SQL injection very difficult or even impossible . The reason I
say difficult, because it all depends on how well the SQL injection
Thread-happy telecom chip gains CG Linux (Mar 18, 2009, 22:02)
LinuxDevices: "Amid rumors that Sun may be
acquired by IBM, Sun announced a port of Wind River's Carrier Grade
Linux (CGL) to its multi-threading UltraSPARC T2 processor. Sun
says Wind River Linux 3.0 is available on several Sun UltraSPARC-T2
World's greenest PC? (Mar 18, 2009, 21:32)
Desktop Linux: "CompuLabs is a month from
shipping what may be the smallest, most energy-efficient PC ever.
The Fit-PC2 is based on an Atom processor up to 1.6GHz, and can be
ordered with Ubuntu 8.04 pre-installed on a 160GB SATA drive or
Cloud computing with the Android Linux software stack (Mar 18, 2009, 21:02)
IBM Developerworks: "Designed to be highly
efficient on battery-powered devices like the T-Mobile G1
smartphone, at heart, Android is Linux, and there are several
layers to the Android programming model that permit the creation of
secure applications tailor-made for cloud computing."
Open Source Hadoop Cloud Gets Commercial (Mar 18, 2009, 20:32)
InternetNews: "Scaling systems on a distributed
basis to handle petabytes of information is no easy task, though
it's one that the open source Apache Hadoop project delivers for
such big names as Facebook, Google and Yahoo."
Sun Launches 'Open Cloud' as Merger Rumors Swirl (Mar 18, 2009, 20:02)
Enteprise Storage Forum: "Sun announced today
that it has tapped open source backup provider Zmanda to provide
data backup and recovery services for the Sun Cloud, Sun's public
cloud service. Sun Cloud Storage Service and Sun Cloud Compute
Service will be at the core of the Sun Cloud, which will also be
based on Sun's Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris and Open Storage
Managing your log files (Mar 18, 2009, 19:32)
Tux Radar: "If so, it's important to monitor
the health of these machines, and the log files are perhaps your
first port of call. Log files can tell you if things are
misconfigured, alert you to break-in attempts, or simply reassure
you that all is well."
The quiet Ubuntu Netbook revolution (Mar 18, 2009, 19:02)
The Open Road: "Revolutions don't always roil
and boil toward a noisy, violent fracas. Sometimes they don't even
ripple the surface. Such is the Ubuntu Netbook revolution, which
makes waves in the Linux community--and really nowhere else."
Ten obscure Linux applications you need to try (Mar 18, 2009, 18:32)
ZDNet: "With thousands of Linux tools
available, it is inevitable that some of the best ones get lost in
the crowd. Jack Wallen introduces apps that more admins should know
Vote early, vote often: Linux Foundation "We're Linux" voting begins (Mar 18, 2009, 18:32)
Community, Incorporated: "The Linux Foundation
"We're Linux" contest is entering its final stages. This weekend,
the submission phase wrapped up and now it's time for the larger
community to do what it does best: Submit the work to as many
eyeballs as possible to find the best entries."
Open source digiKam hits 0.10.0 for KDE4, Windows (Mar 18, 2009, 18:02)
TechWorld: "After months of development and
hundreds of bug fixes, the open source photo manager digiKam has
reached a significant milestone with the 0.10.0 final release for
KDE4 and Windows."
Configure Bacula for Open Source Backups (Mar 18, 2009, 17:32)
Enterprise Networking Planet: "Since we covered
installation and a very basic initial run the last time we looked
at Bacula, let's look at some of the more specific configuration
options and capabilities this time."
The rise of the Blue Sun: IBM and Sun (Mar 18, 2009, 17:02)
Cyber Cynic: "The news broke this morning,
March 18th, that IBM is talking to Sun about buying the company.
Sources from both companies tell me that such a deal is in the
works and it may be completed as early as this week."
Play Games Inside Your Linux Terminal (Mar 18, 2009, 16:32)
MakeUseOf: "Feeling bored? How about some
command line games? Yep, there are some oldies but goldies you can
delve into for a little recreation on the terminal."
Will half-baked Ubuntu Linux netbooks ruin the OS for consumers? (Mar 18, 2009, 16:02)
The ToyBox: "What he doesn't like, however, is
Dell's in-house version of Ubuntu that came installed on the
DIY Laptop v2 (Mar 18, 2009, 15:32)
Chris Fenton: "This project was born of a
desire to see how far I can push the lowly Picaxe microcontroller.
A friend of mine likened it to "spending over a year to reinvent
the square wheel.""
Linux File Systems: Ext4. Btrfs. Do we understand what we need? (Mar 18, 2009, 15:02)
Another day in development... "What frustrates
me about all these articles is the lack of understanding in what
the file system is attempting to accomplish/address. You have file
systems that are catered to Flash devices, to desktop usage,
enterprise class computing while others resort to compression
methods as a space saving technique."
IBM Sun acquisition : Good for Unix. Good for Linux. Bad for HP (Mar 18, 2009, 14:31)
Netstat -vat: "IBM is reportedly in talks to
acquire Sun for a whopping $6.5 billion. At this early stage, its
not known whether this is a fact or just a rumor."
5 Technologies that will shape the future of Linux (Mar 18, 2009, 14:02)
Handle With Linux: "Following a small list of 5
technologies that will in my opinion shape the future of linux:
1. The rise of the MID"
Where Ubuntu Fits Between Apple and Microsoft (Mar 18, 2009, 13:32)
WorskWithU: "The experience reminded me: Ubuntu
fills a growing niche where (A) Apple won't compete on price and
(B) Microsoft hasn't competed on quality."
How to Lie with Maps: When Open Source and National Security Collide (Mar 18, 2009, 13:02)
Linux Journal: "On Friday, I received an
article that was published by C|NET and reprinted on CNN entitled
California lawmaker wants to blur Google Earth. I spent the weekend
driving around my county with a set of maps and a GPS device,
plotting and ground truthing a variety of sites where we can put
operators for an upcoming drill...it really has me wondering if
Assemblyman Anderson has taken leave of his senses."
Top 10 Reasons I'll Never Use Ubuntu (Mar 18, 2009, 12:32)
Ubuntu Productivity: "Itâ€™s
too fun. Computers were never meant to be fun. When they become fun
they become dangerous."
PuTTY: Extreme Makeover Using PuTTY Connection Manager (Mar 18, 2009, 12:02)
The Geek Stuff: "PuTTY CM displays multiple
PuTTY sessions in Tabs. In this article, let us review in detail
the 5 powerful features of the PuTTY Connection Manager that will
make PuTTY more enjoyable."
Record Installed .deb Packages In A Text File (Ubuntu/Debian) (Mar 18, 2009, 10:32)
HowtoForge: "This short guide shows two methods
of recording all your installed .deb packages in a text file that
you can then use on another computer to install the same packages
there. This is useful if you want to install the same set of
packages on more than one computer."
Securing Your trixbox Server (Mar 18, 2009, 09:02)
Packt: "Any access to system services, such as
HTTP or SSH, should only be done via a VPN or using a pseudo-VPN
such as Hamachi. The best designed security starts with being
exposed to the outside world as little as possible. If we have
remote extensions that cannot use VPNs, then we will be forced to
leave SIP ports open, and the next step will be to secure those as
Scalable Vector Graphics and bitmap rendering using Flex (Mar 18, 2009, 07:32)
IBM Developerworks: "Making SVG work with
bitmap data requires an understanding of complex concepts like
matrix rotation, transparency, and so on. Enter Flex. This article
introduces you to the fascinating world of SVG in Flex. Create
custom graphics and build appealing flashy components just by
Weekly Ten (3-16-2009): Jon Stewart Exposes Apple, Rocket Scientists Shoot Mosquitoes, more (Mar 18, 2009, 06:02)
Tech Source From Bohol: "...Jon Stewart of the
Daily Show continued his warpath aimed at irresponsible financial
reporting by CNBC, specifically calling Jim Cramer out for his
comments on how easy it was to profit from misinformation aimed at
Gran Canaria Desktop Summit Call for Participation (Mar 18, 2009, 04:32)
Gnome Foundation press release: This year's
conference represents the first time that Akademy and GUADEC will
be co-hosted, the core theme of the conference is "the Free
TOYA Boys Fight Linux Flow (Mar 18, 2009, 03:02)
Blog of Helios: "It's perfectly understandable
for companies "with some skin in the game" to get defensive, but
what about those villagers who rally to Castle Redmond's defense?
Sure they are Microsoft Windows users but what point is there in
them trying to stop others from at least trying Linux?"
Two Cow Jokes: The Science Fiction ones (Mar 18, 2009, 02:11)
Practical Technology: "Harlan Ellison - You
have no cows, but you must moo."
Knoppix 6.0 on Netbooks Redux (Mar 18, 2009, 01:32)
Linux Magazine: "Although Knoppix detected all
key hardware components such as the webcam, the wireless cards, and
the microphone, there were a few things that needed tweaking to
make this distro run smoothly on the netbook. So here are a few
simple tricks that can help you to get the most out of Knoppix on
your Eee PC."
Linux Printing Tips (Mar 18, 2009, 00:02)
Linux Today Blog: "I've always liked CUPS, the
Common Unix Printing System that is the standard printing subsystem
for Linux, though a lot of my geeky friends rail and grumble
against it, and pine for the olden days of LP and LPR. (Right, and
hauling water from the creek is another long-lost pleasure.)"