Linux News for May 28, 2009
Anti-U.S. Hackers Infiltrate Army Servers
(May 28, 2009, 23:33)
Information Week: "Investigators believe the
hackers used a technique called SQL injection to exploit a security
vulnerability in Microsoft's SQL Server database to gain entry to
the Web servers."
KOffice 2.0.0 released (May 28, 2009, 23:03)
KOffice.org: "The KOffice team is extremely
pleased to finally announce version 2.0.0 of KOffice. This release
marks the end of more than 3 years of work to port KOffice to Qt 4
and the KDE 4 libraries and, in some cases, totally rewrite the
engine of the KOffice applications."
Tiny 1% Linux = Big Microsoft Terror (May 28, 2009, 22:47)
I don't believe that the desktop Linux market share is barely 1%. I think it is a lot higher. I have no good data to share; I base my assessment on experience and knowing the industry. There is something else that is even more persuasive, and that is how Microsoft behaves. If Linux is so insignificant, why do they pay so much attention to it? Like this new ASUS/Windows Eee PC "It's Better With Windows" ad campaign:
It's Better With Windows
"Windows helps you quickly and easily get online and connect to your devices and services-- without dealing with an unfamiliar environment or major compatibility issues."
Netbook Wars: Linux, Android, Windows 7 (May 28, 2009, 22:33)
Datamation: "Not all that along ago, I was
hearing rumors that the release of Windows 7 will spell the death
of Linux on tiny notebook type computers called netbooks. At the
time the argument was that people expected Windows on their PCs and
that familiarity would win out over anything that desktop Linux
distributions can dispense in response."
FOSS Gems Sparkle in the Summer Sun (May 28, 2009, 22:03)
Linux Blog Safari: "And if you're a Linux geek,
there's apparently no time like the summertime to indulge in the
sheer pleasure of playing with cool stuff in the Linux universe.
Some generous bloggers have tagged some of the shiniest treasures
for us. What other gems are out there, friends? We'd love to
GiftWrap - Debian packages creator is out (May 28, 2009, 21:33)
Always Right: "You follow the wizard, click
here and there, et-voila ! You have a nice installer ready to be
shipped wherever you want."
Fedora 11's best five features (May 28, 2009, 21:03)
Cyber Cynic: "Fedora, Red Hat's community
Linux's arrival has been delayed until early next week, June 2, but
the release candidate is already looking mighty darn good."
Linux Netbook Reviews: What the Wall Street Journal Missed (May 28, 2009, 20:33)
WorksWithU: "The Wall Street Journal today (May
28, 2009) published a review of multiple Linux netbooks running
Ubuntu, Mi and Moblin Linux. Overall, I think the review offers
fair, balanced coverage of what's right -- and wrong -- with the
Linux netbook market today. But there was one line in the review
that I found completely misleading and shortsighted."
Graphical Python Programming part 2: Write Your Own Screensaver (May 28, 2009, 20:03)
LinuxPlanet: "In part 1 ace coder Akkana Peck
taught us how to use Python and PyGTK to bring up a window and draw
lines and circles. Today we'll expand on that humble beginning and
draw some pretty graphics."
NAS system houses 2.5-inch drives for up to 6TB (May 28, 2009, 19:33)
LinuxDevices: "Qnap Systems announced a
2.5-inch drive variation on its Linux- and Intel Atom-based
network-attached storage (NAS) devices, called the SS-439 Pro Turbo
NAS. In other NAS news, Asus is readying an Eee-branded NAS device,
similarly running Linux on an Atom, says an industry report."
What's new in Linux Mint 7 Gloria? (May 28, 2009, 19:03)
Linux Mint: "Based on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty
Jackalope, Linux 2.6.28, Gnome 2.26 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 7
"Gloria" features a lot of improvements and the latest software
from the Open Source World."
Linux Revamped for Netbooks (May 28, 2009, 18:33)
New York Times: "Q. My netbook came with SUSE
Linux, but I want to use Ubuntu Linux. What's the easiest way to
Romania Gives Big Deals To Microsoft Without Bids (May 28, 2009, 18:03)
eWeek Europe: "Contracts are drafted to exclude
any alternatives and hand the money over to Redmond, say local
Using and Extending Kojoney SSH Honeypot (May 28, 2009, 17:33)
LAMP Security: "Kojoney is a wonderful low
interaction SSH honeypot written in Python. Honeypots are systems
that are set up in a deliberately vulnerable state in order to
capture and observe intruder behavior. There are many reasons to
run a honeypot, but for the purposes of this discussion we will
assume that you want to run a honeypot to observe post compromise
behavior in order to fingerprint patterns."
Kiwis give Microsoft the finger (May 28, 2009, 17:03)
IT Wire: "One of the money milking machines in
Microsoft's stable has just gone dry. It's a little teat but
significant in that it shows the way for other, bigger teats to be
pulled out of the Redmond suction pump."
Sunspot: A Solr-Powered Search Engine for Ruby (May 28, 2009, 16:33)
Linux Magazine: "Search can make or break your
website. Sunspot and Solr give you an intuitive engine that maps
directly to your Ruby objects."
ASUS Linux insult will be Intel and Dell's gain (May 28, 2009, 16:03)
Linux Distillery: "ASUS has effectively
abandoned Linux and stated a power user would use Windows instead.
This backflip stands against the history of their successful Eee
netbook line. Nevertheless, ASUS' loss will be the gain of more
SouthEast LinuxFest: Linux in the GNU South (May 28, 2009, 15:33)
SouthEast LinuxFest: "SouthEast LinuxFest is a
community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and
Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference,
and part social gathering. Like Linux itself, it is shared with
attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips, ideas, and to
benefit all who use Linux/Free and Open Source Software."
Reviewed: Yoggie Open Firewall SOHO (May 28, 2009, 15:03)
Tux Radar: "Here's a device that started out as
a firewall and ended up as a powerful embedded development
platform. It's based around an ARM CPU and includes an SDK to let
you develop your own tools. An attractive price, but how good is
it? Read on for our verdict..."
Microsoft Has NASA Block GNU/Linux Users (May 28, 2009, 14:47)
Boycott Novell: "Summary: Microsoft touches
NASA and turns public data into privilege of proprietary software
NASA embraces Microsoft format -- but adds an open-source twist (May 28, 2009, 14:33)
Tech Flash: "NASA is processing immense sets of
images and data from Mars and the moon into a special Microsoft
format for viewing in the Redmond company's WorldWide Telescope
C/C++ reference counting with atomic variables and gcc (May 28, 2009, 14:03)
Alex on Linux: "Lets say we have a data
structure that manages objects and we would like to manipulate the
data structure and the objects from two or more threads. To achieve
maximum performance we have to distinguish between mechanism that
we use to protect the data structure itself, and the mechanism that
we use to protect actual objects."
TED Open Source: How we went live with our electricity use (May 28, 2009, 13:33)
Energy Circle: "As promised, below you will
find our recipe for the TED, The Energy Detective hack that enabled
us to publish our electricity use on the Energy Circle site,
starting Earth Day."
5 Best Pen-Test Linux Distributions (May 28, 2009, 13:03)
Linuxhaxor: "Linux distributions are often
customized to perform many specialized tasks cater to a particular
industry, hobby or business. Security Penetration testing is one
such niche where professional (and hobbyists) use customized Linux
distributions with the whole purpose of doing security tests on
networks and personal computer"
Open source virtualisation - worth the wait (May 28, 2009, 12:33)
Tectonic: "Open source may have had a late
start in the realm of enterprise virtualisation, but the meticulous
and attentive development of this technology has led to better
products in the long run."
Review: System76 Pangolin Performance laptop (May 28, 2009, 12:03)
Ghacks: "System 76 is a company, founded in
2005, dedicated to the spreading of Linux and open source. They are
so dedicated to this cause they sell Linux-only hardware. You might
be saying to yourself "It's been tried before and it failed.""
8 Great Linux Apps Worth Bragging About, part 2 (May 28, 2009, 10:33)
LinuxPlanet: "Last week we took a look at four
great Linux/FOSS applications that are as good as any of their
competitors, FOSS or proprietary. Today I'll wrap up with four more
fine applications that I think are excellent and bragworthy, and
that have not already been reviewed to death."
Little Laptops With Linux Have Compatibility Issues (May 28, 2009, 09:03)
Wall Street Journal: "Linux on netbooks isn't
going away though. In fact, software and hardware companies have
been making big investments to improve Linux netbooks. For the past
week, I've been using several flavors of Linux running on netbooks
-- Ubuntu, Hewlett-Packard's Mi (which is based on Ubuntu) and
Moblin, created largely by Intel and not yet available
User Personalization with PHP:
The Final Scripts (May 28, 2009, 07:33)
Webreference: "Part six of this series looks at
the last scripts that make up the main section of the application.
We will look at how to add, remove and change bookmark information,
Specto: Get Instant Notifications In Your Linux Machine (May 28, 2009, 06:03)
MakeUseOf: "What if you want to monitor more
than just a blog, such as a static website, your email account, a
file and you are a Linux user? In that case, Specto could come in
Highlight Domain & Subdomain for SSL websites in Firefox (May 28, 2009, 04:33)
SUSE & openSUSE: "However, if the website
doesn't host a Extended Validation certificate then the website URL
(link) in the address bar is not highlighted or in otherwords shows
as a normal website URL."
Snooping For Usernames And Passwords Over SSH Using Strace On Linux (May 28, 2009, 03:03)
The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Well, SSH is
pretty secure - as advertised ;) However, I found that, if you have
the root privilege to snoop an interface for username and password
traffic, you can just as easily trace SSH processes using
Advanced String Processing - How Regular Are Your Expressions - The ABC's of PHP - Part 9 (May 28, 2009, 01:33)
PHPBuilder: "We've looked at strings, and
numbers and all sorts of types of data, but we've not yet seen how
to do something really important, and that's to look for and pull
interesting parts out of the data we have, to do that where going
to use some magic from the Perl world called "Regular
ZaReason Preparing New Ubuntu Server, Netbook (May 28, 2009, 00:03)
WorksWithU: "ZaReason is preparing to expand
its portfolio of Ubuntu systems -- including a new server and
netbook, according to CEO Cathy Malmrose. But that's not all.
US-based ZaReason also continues its push deeper into the European