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Linux News for Mar 30, 2009

  • TomTom & Microsoft Settle..."ensures TomTom's full compliance...under the GPLv2" (Mar 30, 2009, 23:31)
    Groklaw: "According to the Microsoft press release, TomTom will remove functionality regarding the FAT patents within two years, which is no big deal, frankly, and in the meantime, they are covered "in a manner that is fully compliant with TomTom’s obligations under the General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2)":"

  • fuser, files, and processes (Mar 30, 2009, 23:01)
    Tip of the Trade: "Sometimes you may want to know which process is accessing a particular file or filesystem -- for example, if you get a "device is busy" error message. fuser will provide this information."

  • Amarok 2.0 - Better Than 1.4? (Mar 30, 2009, 22:31)
    Echoes: "Amarok always had the reputation of being the most popular and powerful audio player available on the Linux platform, and it really deserved that position. I myself am a fan of Amarok for over three years now, and there was nothing I could think of which Amarok 1.4 did not have. "

  • 10 Must-Have Linux Applications (Mar 30, 2009, 22:01)
    Intranet Journal: "So to assist in helping those making the switch, I'll provide a roundup of the applications for the casual Linux desktop that I feel are must haves."

  • Moblin V2 vs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs. Ubuntu MID (Mar 30, 2009, 21:31)
    Phoronix: "Last week Intel had pushed out a second alpha release of Moblin V2 and now it boots even faster, which means they are down to the point of being able to boot in just a few seconds."

  • Red Hat Stands Alone, For The Better (Mar 30, 2009, 21:01)
    Information Week: "It's not that I think Red Hat isn't a great company, or that their stock value doesn't reflect their actual worth. I'm objecting to the largely unspoken assumption that the best thing that can happen to any company that deals in open source is for them to be acquired somewhere down the line."

  • ext4 File System: Introduction and Benchmarks (Mar 30, 2009, 20:35)
    Linux Magazine: "Destined to become the default file system for the more popular Linux distributions, ext4 is out of experimental mode and gearing up for production environments. Here’s what you need to know."

  • 100% cure for Conficker (Mar 30, 2009, 20:01)
    Cyber Cynic: "On April 1st, the Conficker worm, perhaps the most wide-spread malware program in history, is set to activate. We don't know what Conficker will do, but it's a safe bet it won't be anything nice to the hundreds of thousands of Windows PCs that have been infected with it."

  • Review: Dolphin 1.2.1 File Manager (Mar 30, 2009, 19:34)
    TuxArena: "Dolphin was intended to replace Konqueror as the default file manager in KDE 4. The scope of Dolphin was to only provide a compact and easy-to-use file manager, without all the features and uses Konqueror has."

  • Sync and Share Virtual Machine with DropBox (Mar 30, 2009, 19:04)
    LinuxHaxor: "DropBox is an online storage and sync service that can be used over multiple platforms: Linux -- Mac and Windows. Since Dropbox relies on Amazon S3 storage services, its as reliable as any online storage services out there."

  • Linus Torvalds -- One of the Greatest Men Alive? (Mar 30, 2009, 18:34)
    Softpedia: "Given the recent release of Linux kernel 2.6.29 and the ever-growing number of new Linux users, we thought it would be nice to talk a little about the man that started it all: Linus Torvalds."

  • Adobe Flash Cookies: Yes They Are Dangerous, and More Cool Linux Hacks (Mar 30, 2009, 18:04)
    LinuxPlanet: "Are Flash cookies dangerous? Of course they are-- to your privacy and personal data security. Carla Schroder shares some additional helpful information submitted by readers on what Flash cookies really do in part 3 of this series, and more cool Linux ways to manage them."

  • Bad News: Microsoft Gets its Way with TomTom (Mar 30, 2009, 17:32)
    Open Enterprise: "Well, the question as to how the great Microsoft vs. TomTom suit would finish has been answered:"

  • SUSE 11 vs Windows 7: no contest (Mar 30, 2009, 17:02)
    IT Wire: "SUSE Linux 11 has been out less than 10 days but already there are comparisons of the distribution to Windows - all of which are being accepted as compliments."

  • Red Hat Fedora reveals details on intrusion attack (Mar 30, 2009, 16:32)
    Netstat -vat: "Last August, Red Hat's Fedora project announced that its servers had been compromised -- now 6 months later (after an exhaustive investigation), Red Hat has revealed exactly what happened."

  • Introducing pointy-haired bosses to FOSS (Mar 30, 2009, 16:02)
    The Beez' Speaks: "Mike Dailey tries to convince us gave me the impression that moving to Linux is an all-or-nothing proposal. That's plain ridiculous. An undertaking of that scale is a gigantic project, which no CIO will endorse."

  • The GPL - not fade away (Mar 30, 2009, 15:32)
    The H Open: "So it is surprising to see a re-emergence of the argument that "we don't need the GPL anymore", (the "we" refers to "open source" developers, and more specifically, to the Linux kernel developers), and that the argument is underpinned by the hoary suggestion that business is "afraid" of the GPL."

  • "60 Minutes" freaks out over Conficker. Where's John Hodgman when you need him? (Mar 30, 2009, 15:02)
    TV Barn: "I love "60 Minutes," but sometimes it just makes you scratch your head. Isn't anyone working there who has any sophistication when it comes to technology? Lesley Stahl just finished a 15-minute freakout on the dangers of the Conficker virus..."
    Link fixed--ed.

  • Has Sun been holding Java back? Red Hat Thinks So. (Mar 30, 2009, 14:32)
    InternetNews: "In the beginning (1995), Java was created by Sun Microsystems. Then Sun saw that Java was bigger than just Sun and opened up the process of building Java with the Java Community Process (JCP) in 1998. Yet now with rumors of IBM acquiring Sun swirling, the Java community could undergo its most significant change in a decade."

  • 21 of the Best Free Linux DVD Tools (Mar 30, 2009, 14:02)
    Linux Links: "This article focuses on selecting the best free software which relies on the DVD format. We select the best of breed Linux software to play DVD multimedia, to create DVD videos, software to write to them, as well as applications that copy video content from DVD media to a hard disk."

  • GNOME vs. KDE: Which Has the Evolutionary Advantage? (Mar 30, 2009, 13:32)
    Datamation: "Still, Wallen's blog entry and various recent episodes in my own quest for a perfect desktop got me thinking: How do GNOME and KDE compare in spring 2009?"

  • The Death of the Linux Debate: A Eulogy (Mar 30, 2009, 13:02)
    Dailymuse: "As you can expect, some from the Linux community are upset with my views. Linux and open source can be a battle cry for some and an outright religion for others."

  • Leaked memo says Conficker pwns Parliament (Mar 30, 2009, 12:32)
    The Register: "The House of Commons IT systems has reportedly been infected by the infamous Conficker superworm, which has previously infected millions of Windows PCs and affected the operation of hospitals, military and large corporate systems."

  • Building From Source using Apt-get in Ubuntu (Mar 30, 2009, 12:02)
    William Jennings Bryan on Tech: "Compiling from source can often yield huge performance gains over just installing binaries provided by your distribution. Luckily, the apt-get system provides users the ability to compile from source just as Gentoo users can."

  • 10 things a web designer would never tell you (Mar 30, 2009, 10:02)
    Boagworld: "Working with web designers is a nightmare. You will never meet a more opinionated bunch of snobs. They are always going on about 'white space', 'composition' and how they went to art college (like that counts as a proper education!). When it comes to choosing the design of your site, they are the last people you should listen to."

  • The world beyond Microsoft (Mar 30, 2009, 06:02)
    Polish Linux: "Some time ago I read an article on how some Microsoft developers call for some of their leaders to be replaced. Not that I actually care too much, but I started looking at the possible courses of action to happen if Microsoft vanished. What would a Microsoft-free world look like ?"

  • Xubuntu 9.0.4 ScreenShots Beta (Mar 30, 2009, 02:02)
    Linux Dynasty: "My 2nd set of ScreenShots, this time it is Xubuntu 9.0.4 Beta based on the New Jaunty Jackalope Beta Release of Ubuntu 9.0.4. I absolutely love Xubuntu since it uses the very light and efficient Xfce 4.6. Granted usually I am praising the fancier Ubuntu based distros, but I do love the simpleness and the fast loading of Applications in Xubuntu."