Linux News for Mar 27, 2009
Editor's Note: All About Nothing, All About Everything (Mar 27, 2009, 23:02)
Well here we are again, another good week gone by, and another
welcome Friday. I'm tired and brain-dead, and looking forward to
napping in the warm sun this weekend. I am definitely not
complaining-- unlike 18% of the people in my county I have a job
and a roof over my head.
AMD Catalyst 9.3 Brings OpenGL Composite Support (Mar 27, 2009, 22:32)
Phoronix: "While the Catalyst driver for
Windows was released a number of days ago, the Catalyst Linux
driver was missing. It has, however, been released today."
Migrating the enterprise to Linux, 10 things clarified (Mar 27, 2009, 22:02)
Handle With Linux: "While I welcome the
criticism, I think it's to bad the author has taken it upon himself
to try to take down all arguments. This pushed him to the point
where he had to come up with arguments which can't be taken
Windows and Linux on USB III (Mar 27, 2009, 21:32)
Softpedia: "Placing Windows on a USB and
booting it is not as easy as it may seem, mainly because Windows
was not built for live sessions. For some GUI addicted users the
result may not be at all what they expected, plus the functionality
is cut off drastically."
Dell acknowledges recession/depression with sub-$500 laptop pricing ... plus an equipment rant (Mar 27, 2009, 21:02)
Click: "Dell is trying to earn your business,
and right now (and through April 2) the company is running a "9
great systems under $499""
Hey, your distro sucks! (Mar 27, 2009, 20:32)
Larry the Free Software Guy: "In short, their
schtick is simple: Your distro/software/hardware sucks and you're
pretty lucky I'm here to tell you why."
10 Things I Hate About Tech (Mar 27, 2009, 20:02)
CIO: "Sure, spyware, spam and wireless routers
that have the lifespan of a mosquito annoy us all. But what do we
really hate about technology? Here's my current top 10 list:"
Getting Rid of Nasty Adobe Flash Cookies the Cool Linux Way (Mar 27, 2009, 19:32)
LinuxPlanet: "In Part 1 we learned about the
not very well-known Adobe Flash cookies, how to find them on your
Linux system, and how to use Adobe's Web-based Flash cookie
manager. Today Carla Schroder is going to show us how to deal with
Flash cookies using ordinary Linux commands, which unlike the Adobe
manager are nice and fast and don't require an Internet
Kernel developers squabble over Ext3 and Ext4 (Mar 27, 2009, 19:02)
H Online: "A number of senior kernel
developers, including Linus Torvalds, Ted Ts'o, Alan Cox and Ingo
Molnar, have been squabbling over the sense or otherwise of
journaling and delayed allocation in Ext3 and Ext4."
Multi touch for any,all synaptics touchpad (Mar 27, 2009, 18:32)
Ubuntu Snippets: "Multi-touch became trendy
after iphone came up with it. We are seeing many new laptops with
multi-touch. At hardware level, there is nothing special that you
need, to make multi-touch work."
Linux Puzzle Games to train your intellectual skills (Mar 27, 2009, 18:02)
Worldlabel: "But if you prefer to train your
intellectual skills instead of blasting monsters or conquering the
world, there are a few high-quality puzzle games, too. In this
article we will take a look at some of the best puzzle games for
Why IPv6 Is Like Broccoli (Mar 27, 2009, 17:32)
InternetNews: "The Internet is at crossroads.
The current IPv4 address space is nearing exhaustion, while the
next-generation IPv6 (define) addressing system dramatically
expands the available address space. Yet, to date, it hasn't been
Rocks Don't Need to Be Backed Up (Mar 27, 2009, 17:02)
Enterprise Storage Forum: "My wife and I were
in New York's Central Park last fall when we saw a nearly
4,000-year-old Egyptian obelisk that has been remarkably well
preserved, with hieroglyphs that were clearly legible — to
anyone capable of reading them, that is. I've included a couple of
pictures below to give you a better sense of this ancient artifact
-- and how it relates to data storage issues."
First Look at Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" Beta (Mar 27, 2009, 16:32)
Lifehacker: "The name's ridiculous, but "Jaunty
Jackalope," the next release of the popular Linux distribution
Ubuntu, is seriously focused on the user experience. Dig what's new
and improved in the beta of Ubuntu 9.04, released today."
Microsoft Internet Explorer vs. Firefox brief comparison guide (Mar 27, 2009, 16:02)
Nathan's Toasty Technology page: "This is a
brief, slightly demented comparison guide of the features of the
MSIE for Windows and Friefox web browsers to show you just how
great Microsoft Internet Explorer really is. Consult a doctor
before reading. Use of this list for any real use would be stupid.
If you think this list is supposed to be serious or logical in any
way then you are the one who is insane."
Ten ways to smooth the switch to Linux (Mar 27, 2009, 15:32)
ZDNet UK: "Moving users to Linux can be tricky,
but Jack Wallen has some practical measures that should ease the
Parsix 2.0 ScreenShots, Lean and Beautiful (Mar 27, 2009, 15:02)
Linux Dynasty: "Parsix is a beautiful OS which
is derived off of Kanotix and based off of Debian. The install was
quite simple and intuitive, though not as simple as Ubuntu based
distributions. What grabbed my attention immediately was the
beautiful artwork that was part of the default LiveCD and the
Avoid Typing with Autokey (Mar 27, 2009, 14:32)
Linux Magazine: "Imagine how much time you
could save if you had a tool that could help you to avoid typing
static text like "Kind regards" or your address. Like the idea?
Then you'll most certainly appreciate the Autokey text expanding
Link fixed-- ed.
Five Essential Ubuntu Modifications (Mar 27, 2009, 14:02)
WorksWithU: "Some of these modifications are
essential to get certain features to work, one of them is something
I couldn't do without. Here are my five essential Ubuntu
Who cares if XP support is ending? (Mar 27, 2009, 13:32)
ZDNet Education: "I wish I could agree with
fellow ZDNet blogger, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, that the April 14th
demise of free XP support from Microsoft would help bring people
into the open source fold and encourage them to look at Linux when
7 still isn't widely available and Vista is still a sad little OS.
Unfortunately, I just don't think it matters at all."
The case for a secondary motherboard OS (Mar 27, 2009, 13:02)
The Tech Report: "It seems like every year,
someone thinks that Linux is on the verge of making real inroads on
the desktop. And every year, the alternative operating system's
desktop market share fails to grow significantly. Yet Linux
continues to pop up in new places, one of which should be of great
interest to enthusiasts."
RIM, Red Hat Send Tech Stocks Soaring (Mar 27, 2009, 12:32)
InternetNews: "Red Hat fared even better,
soaring 17% on better than expected earnings, and Best Buy surged
12.6% after its quarterly results and outlook both topped
Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Beta released (Mar 27, 2009, 12:02)
ClubUbuntu: "Hello clububuntu readers, I have
great news for you! Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Beta is now
available for download."
Diagnose and fix network problems yourself (Mar 27, 2009, 10:32)
TuxRadar: "A recent and typical case of Linux
network failure was the friend who rang up to say his "network had
stopped"... Luckily, Linux has a goodly collection of network tools
to help us figure out exactly what had gone wrong. (To eliminate
any stress-inducing suspense, let me reveal that we eventually
discovered that he had been disconnected by his ISP as a result of
forgetting to renew his subscription.)"
Firefox Looking To Lose The Flab - And The Flaw
(Mar 27, 2009, 09:02)
Linux Journal: "Memory leaks and code exploits
are a fact of life for both browser developers and their users --
regardless of the specific browser in question. For the developers
at Mozilla, both issues have been on their minds this week, as
browser bugs of both sorts have been all over the news."
Is Using Linux Too Frugal? (Mar 27, 2009, 07:32)
Serverwatch: "But who listens to such rubbish?
Apparently, a few do and they seem to be in the minority-a solvent
Mule - The Open Source Enterprise Integration Solution (Mar 27, 2009, 06:02)
Developer.com: "In order for enterprises to
realize the benefits of SOA, the enterprises will need a robust
infrastructure like Enterprise Service Bus (or simply ESB)...The
ESB forms the backbone of the SOA system and provides necessary
infrastructure for building SOA applications. It acts as a transit
system or bus through which different applications talk to each
other using different protocols and message formats."
No more Java 7 (Mar 27, 2009, 04:32)
Stephen Colebourne's Weblog: "So, what has this
to do with the end of Java SE 7? Well, as I said, I'm specifically
referring to Java the specification. Now many people don't realise
this, but as well as the JSRs for Servlets, EJBs and JMS, there are
also JSRs for the whole of Java EE and for the whole of Java
Htop, a tip-top ncurses interactive tool for system monitoring your desktop (Mar 27, 2009, 03:02)
Free Software Magazine: "This article will show
you how to configure and use htop to monitor system resources and
how to use this dinky interactive application to manage running
applications and processes on your desktop."
Intel CEO says Sun was shopped around (Mar 27, 2009, 01:32)
CNet News: "During an employee Webcast earlier
this week to discuss Intel's stock options program, the chip
giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, shed a little background on Sun
Microsystems' pursuit to find a buyer."
Microsoft Rules Netbooks Now, But ARM/Linux Threat Grows (Mar 27, 2009, 00:02)
NetworkWorld: "Microsoft today sits comfortably
atop the growing netbook market with Windows garnering 90 percent
of netbook sales in November, December and January, according to
research firm The NPD Group. What about Linux?"