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Linux News for Apr 27, 2009

  • Defending Firefox from Interest-based Ad Cookies (Apr 27, 2009, 23:17)
    eSecurity Planet: "However, when Google started the rollout of a new cookie-based tracking system last month, it seemed time to take a new look at cookies with the goal of protecting privacy."

  • The Closing of the European Internet (Apr 27, 2009, 22:32)
    Open Enterprise: "Unfortunately, it's an openness that is fairly subtle for non-technical people; above all, it's not at all obvious to politicians, who seem to assume that apparently minor tweaks won't change things much."

  • Wine 1.1.20 released (Apr 27, 2009, 22:02)
    ItRunsOnLinux: "The Wine development release 1.1.20 is now available. With Wine it's possible to run Windows applications on top of Linux."

  • Which Vendors Were Mentioned in Stories about Ubuntu last week? (Apr 27, 2009, 21:17)
    ITDatabase: "With Microsoft posting its first quarterly loss last week, lots of people are looking for reasons (beyond just the economy). One of the reasons that some people point to is the rise of Linux."

  • Jaunty Jackalope: Are Alarm Bells Ringing in Redmond? (Apr 27, 2009, 20:51)
    Linux Blogosphere: "When it came right down to it, though, it seemed people mostly just wanted to talk about Ubuntu 9.04 -- Jaunty Jackalope, that is, the successor to Intrepid Ibex. It soon became clear that the release was a very, very exciting one, if the discussions were anything to go by."

  • Linus on Linux: The Linus Torvalds Interview Part 2 (Apr 27, 2009, 20:32)
    Linux Magazine: "In part 2 of our interview, Linus talks about the process of managing kernel developer commits, selecting a revision control system and how he personally uses git."

  • How many billions is open-source software worth? (Apr 27, 2009, 19:47)
    Cyber Cynic: "Thanks to a Linux Foundation study, we know that creating the Fedora 9 Linux distribution would have cost $11.5-billion in conventional software costs. So, given all that, what do you think OSS (open-source software) as a whole is worth? How's about $387-billion?"

  • In a Desert, TV-Browser is an EPG Oasis (Apr 27, 2009, 19:02)
    Free Software Magazine: "...it was with both surprise and disappointment that I nearly drew a blank in my search for an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for GNU/Linux. Yes, Freevo and MythTV have this feature built in, but installing and configuring them just to get your mitts on an EPG looks like overkill. I wanted a simple, stand-alone EPG programme. I got TV-Browser and I got a hell of a lot more than I bargained for."

  • HP Officejet Pro 8500 - Happy with Mac, Linux and Windows XP (Apr 27, 2009, 18:17)
    ZDNet: "Similar software for Linux can't be found directly on the HP website. It is necessary to chase some links to another website, a site that HP won't vouch for. It points out that it assumes no responsibility for software on that site."

  • Pulitzers, Broadcasters and Digital Denial (Apr 27, 2009, 17:32)
    LinuxInsider: "This year's Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were awarded as layoffs and cutbacks threatened to suffocate the print news industry, and the honorees stood like the last warriors in their tribes. The lack of recognition for online-only pubs, however, did not go unnoticed. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, broadcasters continued to argue about how to bring their part of the industry into the digital age."

  • Open Source in Cloud Computing Really "Under the Radar" (Apr 27, 2009, 16:47)
    Linux Developer Network: "Clearly, the underlying technology of cloud computing will be based on open source software--that is, if the three cloud infrastructure hopefuls addressing a standing room-only crowd of more than 350 venture capital firms, large company CTOS and CIOs, and other cloud hopefuls--are as successful in their efforts as the show's judges and audience anticipated."

  • Official Novell/Microsoft Web Site (MoreInterop) Calls Moonlight "Microsoft Moonlight" (Apr 27, 2009, 16:02)
    Boycott Novell: "Moonlight is now being called "Microsoft Moonlight" and this is not a joke. Novell is becoming an attractive takeover target for Microsoft."

  • EDE 2.0 alpha released (Apr 27, 2009, 15:17)
    SourceForge: "Equinox Desktop Environment is a complete graphical desktop for X Window systems licensed under GNU GPL. It is based on a FLTK (Fast Light Toolkit). Main features of EDE are speed and responsiveness, low resource usage, usability, and a familiar look and feel."

  • Netbooks 2.0: another PC upheaval on its way? (Apr 27, 2009, 14:32)
    Reuters: "A new class of cheaper, smaller netbook computers might upset the IT establishment this year and potentially usher in new players in a hotly competitive market."

  • Report: First Android Netbook to cost $250 (Apr 27, 2009, 14:02)
    Crave: "The first Netbook running Google's Android operating system is expected to be available in the next three months and cost about $250, according to a Computerworld report."

  • Code Project: Build an Ncurses UI with Python (Apr 27, 2009, 13:32)
    TuxRadar: "In this coding project, we're going to solve this problem - and have fun along the way! We'll show you how to write a dialog-based program that gives you options one-by-one so that you don't need to consult the man pages."

  • 'Maddog' Hall: How open-source software can dominate the world (Apr 27, 2009, 13:02)
    Tech Flash: "Open-source guru Jon "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International, spoke to an overflow crowd this morning at LinuxFest Northwest in Bellingham, making the case that open-source software is as relevant and critical now as ever."

  • Analysis of Git and Mercurial (Apr 27, 2009, 12:32)
    Google Code: "This document summarizes the initial research for adding distributed version control as an option for Google Code. Based on popularity, two distributed version control systems were considered: Git and Mercurial. This document describes the features of the two systems, and provides an overview of the work required to integrate them with Google Code."

  • Distributions: From Ubuntu to Mandriva and Fedora (Apr 27, 2009, 12:02)
    The H Open: "Mandriva is also on it's own home stretch. A second release candidate is already available for Mandriva 2009.1 "Spring" which is expected to be released on the 29th of April."

  • Sharpening the Intel Driver (Apr 27, 2009, 10:02)
    Keith Packard: "This week, we finished up our 2009 Q1 release of the Intel driver. Most of the effort for this quarter has been to stabilize the recent work, focusing on serious bugs and testing as many combinations as we could manage."

  • The InNOTvators (Apr 27, 2009, 06:02)
    a.k.a. Dinotrac: "Episode one: Whatcha talkin' about, Vincent? Vincent David's lonely quest to protect an innovative world from the clutches of free software."
    A very relevant blast from the past. Enjoy!-- ed.)

  • File Systems, Disk Defragmentation and more. (Apr 27, 2009, 02:02)
    Another day in development...: "Diskeepers' target market caters to the hosting and virtualization end of computing. Their idea is to offer disk defragmentation software. But why? I can see how this may be optimal in a Microsoft Windows environment as the NTFS file system is a horribly designed file system."