Linux News for Apr 29, 2009
Getting Into Linux the Easy Way (Linux for Beginners) (Apr 29, 2009, 23:02)
LinuxPlanet: "Installing Linux is pretty easy,
but what options are there for users who want Linux already
installed on a computer? Carla Schroder reveals several excellent,
affordable options, plus tips and tricks for learning Linux
Why so few developers are using Firebird SQL? (Apr 29, 2009, 22:17)
/dev/Kico: "But there's something about
Firebird that always bothered me: why so few developers actually
know and use Firebird? Basically (at least here in Brazil) I only
see it being used among Delphi developers. Why isn't it as popular
as MySQL or PostgreSQL?"
Mozilla Firefox updates to 3.0.10 and 3.5 Beta 4 (Apr 29, 2009, 22:02)
Netstat-vat: "Mozilla is updating both its
stable version of Firefox as well as its in-development version.
The new stable Firefox version 3.0.10 is a bit of surprise
considering that Mozilla just issued 3.0.9 last week."
One on one with Ric Shreves of water&stone (Apr 29, 2009, 21:32)
FCM: "The enterprise space holds the greatest
unrealized potential for open source. I think everyone agrees that
true enterprise capable solutions have been the weakest point in
the open source cms space. That is, however, changing."
If Everything Was Made by Microsoft (Apr 29, 2009, 20:47)
Cracked: "We asked you to show us what the
world might look like if it really did run on Microsoft. The winner
is below, but first the runners up."
/dev/null And /dev/zero On Linux And Unix: What's The Difference? (Apr 29, 2009, 20:02)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Most folks, at
least initially, consider /dev/null and /dev/zero to be virtually
equivalent. And, even though the names make that conclusion seem
self-evident, the truth is actually quite the opposite. The two
files differ quite drastically, although not in every aspect."
Has the GPL out-lived its usefulness? (Apr 29, 2009, 19:17)
Cyber Cynic: "Things have been calm lately, but
recently, Eric S. Raymond, co-founder of the OSI (Open Source
Initiative), has thrown a match on the gasoline again in an essay
entitled, The Economic Case Against the GPL."
An Open Letter to Larry Ellison about OpenOffice.org (Apr 29, 2009, 18:32)
OpenOffice.org Training: "I'm sure there are
many reasons for Oracle buying Sun. You might not be having
meetings this week about OpenOffice.org. You might be having
meetings next week about spinning it off into a foundation. But if
you keep interest or control over OpenOffice.org, please consider
The Bash declare Statement (Apr 29, 2009, 17:47)
Linux Journal: "Although rarely used, the bash
declare statement does have a couple useful options. It can mark a
variable as read only and also mark it as being a number only."
HP Laptops come with SuSE Linux ED 11 pre-installed (Apr 29, 2009, 17:02)
ItRunsOnLinux: "HP is launching a new line of
inexpensive business laptops, the ProBook s-series. These laptops
can be ordered with Novell Inc's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
Genie To Bottle Microsoft (Apr 29, 2009, 16:17)
EW Blogs: "How far should Microsoft feel
threatened by Linux? Quite a bit, if ARM's CEO Warren East is to be
Linux out, Windows in at Electoral Commission
(Apr 29, 2009, 15:32)
NetworkWorld: "We can't test whether Linux is
compatible with hardware and compatibility can be problematic with
How to choose the best Linux distro for you (Apr 29, 2009, 14:47)
Tux Radar: "At the time of writing, there are
three hundred and twenty three distributions being tracked on
distrowatch.com. There's one called Ehad. And another is called
Estrella Roja. Many include the letter 'X' in their name, and many
feature hand-drawn mascots and disparate communities. Not all are
Linux-based, and not all are actively development, but the
overwhelming majority are. This is the world of choice, and it's a
world made possible by free and open source software."
History of Sun Microsystems Quiz (Apr 29, 2009, 14:02)
Technology & Business: "How much do you
know about where the company is today and where it has come
FLISoL Bogota 2009 - The good, the bad and the ugly (Apr 29, 2009, 13:32)
Technology FLOSS: "There were roughly 30
installers overall. 121 machines got worked on. Roughly 100 of them
got a GNU/Linux installed/updated on them. 55 of them were Ubuntus
(and such), 21 of them got Debians (no love for RPMs here in
Bogotá, guys.... sorry), 12 of them got Mandriva, 4 of them
got OpenSuSE, 2 got Fedoras plus a few others."
WiFi cards to offer Linux drivers (Apr 29, 2009, 13:02)
LinuxDevices: "Socket Mobile has joined the
trend of offering Linux support for WiFi cards by announcing Linux
drivers for its Go Wi-Fi SDIO WLAN cards and modules. The drivers
will be offered via a partnership with Embwise, which is porting
its SDIOWorx stack to the devices."
Boot Speed War: Xubuntu 9.04 vs. Fedora 10 vs. PCLinuxOS 2009 (Apr 29, 2009, 12:32)
Tech Source From Bohol: "The freshly released
Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" is said to have significantly
improved its boot speed. So I got curious and decided to compare
its boot performance to Fedora 10 and PCLinuxOS 2009."
GE Brings Holographic Storage to Life (Apr 29, 2009, 12:02)
EnterpriseStorageForum: "Three-dimensional data
storage has been a dream since the early 1960s, but GE thinks it's
the company to finally make the technology realize its
Red Hat Fedora 11 Focuses on the Linux Desktop (Apr 29, 2009, 10:32)
InternetNews: "Fedora 11 includes new open
source technologies that accelerate the Linux desktop from a number
of different perspectives. Boot time is improved, as is device
connectivity, while server-side installations will benefit from a
new Linux filesystem and enhanced virtualization capabilities."
Frugal Tech Show: Ubuntu, Swine Flu, Windows 7, MariaDB and MySQL (Apr 29, 2009, 09:02)
Frugal Tech Show: "Frugal Networker Ken Hess
and I discuss Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, the effect of Twitter
on Swine Flu news dissemination..."
Office 2007 adds Open Document support (Apr 29, 2009, 06:02)
CNet: "The service pack includes a collection
of stability and performance updates as well as support for more
file formats including Open Document Format (ODF) and Portable
Document Format (PDF) files. Microsoft had said last May that it
would add support for the additional file formats."
5 Popular Tips to Customise Nano Editor (Apr 29, 2009, 04:30)
TuxArena: "It does not compete with advanced
development environments like Vim or Emacs, but it's fast and easy
on resources. Here are five (popular, I hope) tips for customising
Nano and changing its default behaviour."
GCC 4.4 improves open source compiler with Graphite (Apr 29, 2009, 03:03)
Netstat -vat: "One of the most popular open
source programs (technically Free Software) in the world got a
major boost this week. GCC 4.4 adds in lots of new features the
biggest of which is the Graphite Framework."
Announcing VirtualBox 2.2.2 for Linux (Apr 29, 2009, 01:33)
Softpedia: "The popular, open-source,
virtualization software VirtualBox reached yesterday, April 27th,
version 2.2.2. Being a maintenance release, there weren't any new
major features added to it. The following list includes bugfixes
and added items that apply to the Linux client:"
Pragmatic Version Control Using Git (book review) (Apr 29, 2009, 00:03)
Linux Today blog: "We're going to take a look
at "Pragmatic Version Control Using Git" by Travis Swicegood, which
I believe is the first printed Git book by a major publisher. But
before we look at the book, let's take a quick stroll down memory
lane because the birth of Git is a fascinating story, all full of
thunder and drama."