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Linux News for May 29, 2009

  • Ten top Linux distros for your netbook (May 29, 2009, 23:34)
    Enterprise Open Source Toolkit: "Why settle for an operating system that does not suit your netbook when numerous alternatives can create a laptop-like experience, asks Jack Wallen."

  • The Free Software Alternative (May 29, 2009, 23:04)
    ServerWatch: "There are free software alternatives to most of the commercial ones that you use, and they're compatible with their commercial counterparts. These free alternatives cover the gamut of desktop and server software from word processing to graphics to high-end web application services. There's no need to dip into your life's savings to equip your business with high-quality software."

  • Using iSCSI On Fedora 10 (Initiator And Target) (May 29, 2009, 22:34)
    HowtoForge: "This guide explains how you can set up an iSCSI target and an iSCSI initiator (client), both running Fedora 10. The iSCSI protocol is a storage area network (SAN) protocol which allows iSCSI initiators to use storage devices on the (remote) iSCSI target using normal ethernet cabling. To the iSCSI initiator, the remote storage looks like a normal, locally-attached hard drive."

  • Linux New Media Launches Ubuntu User Magazine (May 29, 2009, 22:04)
    Linux Magazine press release: "Linux New Media USA, LLC, announces the launch of a new print publication, Ubuntu User magazine."

  • Light, low-cost e-reader runs Linux (May 29, 2009, 21:34)
    LinuxDevices: "A U.K. startup called Interead will soon ship a Linux-based e-book reader claimed to be about 40 percent lighter than an Amazon Kindle 2, and over $100 cheaper. The "Cool-er" is equipped with a 400MHz ARM9 Samsung processor and a six-inch E-Ink Vizplex display."

  • Testing Out The SSD Mode In Btrfs (May 29, 2009, 21:04)
    Phoronix: "Will the Btrfs SSD mode cause this new Oracle-sponsored file-system to be the best for non-rotating media? We have benchmarks in this article, but the results may not be what one would expect."

  • Novell's Linux Business Still Not Profitable? (May 29, 2009, 20:34)
    InternetNews: "Novell is managing to grow its Linux business despite a difficult economy, but is it profitable? The answer, according to both Novell's CEO and its CFO, is not yet."

  • Data Formats: File Formats and Their File Extensions (updated) (May 29, 2009, 20:04)
    Webopedia: "In the table below, search for a file extension by the letter it starts with or you can view the complete list of more than 3,700 file extensions."

  • The MIPS Processor and the $150 Linux Netbook (May 29, 2009, 19:34)
    O'Reilly Blogs: "The technology that once powered supercomputers now is found in embedded devices. In recent years both MIPS32 and MIPS64 cores have been found powering everything from routers to the Sony PlayStation."

  • Fedora 11 release date slips to June 9th (May 29, 2009, 19:04)
    InternetNews: "Fedora Linux 11 was originally scheduled to be out this week (May 26th), but that got bumped to June 2nd and now is being pushed back another week to June 9th."

  • Linux finds a role in Australian prison cells (May 29, 2009, 18:34)
    IT Wire: "Cybersource's Linux-based PrisonPC secure desktop system has been installed at another Australian prison. Almost 60 units, plus associated servers, have been installed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre correctional facility in the Australian Capital Territory."

  • Big Mess o' Wires Homemade CPU (May 29, 2009, 18:04)
    Big Mess O' Wires: "Big Mess o' Wires 1 is an original CPU design. It does not use any commercial CPU, but instead has a custom CPU constructed from dozens of simple logic chips. Around this foundation is built a full computer with support for a keyboard, sound, video, and external peripherals."

  • Linux on tap in netbook, nettop (May 29, 2009, 17:34)
    DesktopLinux: "HP has upgraded its Linux-ready "Mini" netbooks, offering its new "HP Mini 110 with Mi" at a much lower $280 pricetag than the previous Mini 1000. Meanwhile, Shuttle switched from an Intel Atom to Via's 1.0GHz Nano U1700 processor for its latest, low-power Shuttle XS29F nettop."

  • The Ext4 Linux file system (May 29, 2009, 17:04)
    The H Open: "Development of Ext4 started in 2006 with two changes to the Ext3 file system: block number size was increased to 48 bits and indirect block addressing -- in which the data blocks making up a file are stored in a long list made up of individual block numbers -- was replaced by extents, consisting of ranges of data blocks."

  • Novell fattens net in bad financial times (May 29, 2009, 16:34)
    Practical Technology: "The company saw its biggest growth in its Open Platform Solutions area, which, for all intents and purposes, is Novell's Linux business. Open Platform showed $39 million revenue, and $37 million of that was from its Linux Platform Products."

  • Tiny 1% Linux = Big Microsoft Terror (May 29, 2009, 16:04)
    Linux Today Blog: "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:"

  • US Military Technology Paradox: Cutting Edge & Clueless (May 29, 2009, 15:34)
    TechTreasures by Ron...: "To be honest, my perception of the military would be more in line with the recent announcement that US Army was updating its 700,000 desktops at the end year, not with Windows 7 and Office 2010, but with Vista and Office 2007. So how is it that the military can be by turns cutting edge and clueless?"

  • PC/OS 10 Open64 Workstation edition released (May 29, 2009, 15:04)
    The H Open: "PC/OS Developer Roberto J. Dohnert has announced the release of PC/OS 10 Open64 Workstation. The desktop distribution designed for 64-bit systems is based on Ubuntu 9.04 and includes all of the latest security and bug patches up to the 25th of May."

  • Realeyes IDS 0.9.5 Released (May 29, 2009, 14:34)
    Realeyes Technology: "There is a new download available for the Realeyes IDS version 0.9.5. Read the release notes for details, but essentially, this release is about new user interface features."

  • Linux Mint 7 "Gloria" - It Just Keeps Getting Better (May 29, 2009, 14:04)
    Jamie's Random Musings: "I have now loaded the new release of Linux Mint on all four of my laptop and netbook computers. It loaded absolutely smoothly on all four of them, including both HP 2133 netbooks, with no problems and no special "tricks" required"

  • How to enqueue audio files into Rhythmbox playlist on GNOME/Ubuntu (May 29, 2009, 13:34)
    Seemanta: "Nautilus is the default file manager in Gnome for Linux. And Rhythmbox is the official Gnome music player. So the other day, I had an idea to find a way to directly enqueue an audio file into the rhythmbox play queue."

  • Weekly Ten: Sand Into Microchips, Wine is Bad/Good, No More YouTube Porn (May 29, 2009, 13:04)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "Some of America's leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world's population and speed up improvements in health and education."

  • Radical Idea: Charge Vendors for Software Deployed in Schools (May 29, 2009, 12:34)
    Khaotic Musings: "Many years back, when I had the time to make the rounds at various government education departments, I asked the brass why on earth they didn't charge software vendors (like Microsoft, Adobe et al) for software the government's schools put in front of students?"

  • Canonical support (May 29, 2009, 12:04)
    OA - Ubuntu: "Let's introduce a subject that I've rarely seen discussed on planets or forums: Canonical paid-for support. At Oxford Archaeology we have been paying customers for almost a year, and I think it is a good time to look back and see if it was worth it, what worked well, and what could be improved."

  • Another superb collection of Linux games (May 29, 2009, 10:34)
    Dedoimedo: "Once again, we have several interesting candidates. The FPS category is probably the most actively and most thoroughly developed genre of games for non-Windows platforms. This is mainly because of the open-source, freely redistributable Quake engine, created by id Software, an ever-Linux friendly company"

  • Unlocking the cloud (May 29, 2009, 09:04)
    The Economist: "Open-source software has won the argument. Now a new threat to openness looms."

  • Eclipse Survey: Linux More Popular as Deployment Platform (May 29, 2009, 07:34)
    Linux Developer Network: "That's the case with the Eclipse Project, which conducted an extensive survey of its user base in April, and this week released the results of that survey to the general public. The big conclusion in 2009: Linux is making significant strides against Windows as a development platform and has outpaced Windows as a deployment platform."

  • Create Print Ready Business Cards with Inkscape.org (May 29, 2009, 06:04)
    Worldlabel.com: "This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a business card template using Inkscape. The steps in this tutorial will work for Inkscape versions 0.46 and 0.47."

  • Quick and dirty linux GUI programming (May 29, 2009, 04:34)
    HandleWithLinux: "I've been experimenting with GTK2 for a while and reading the tutorials a bit. I started a while ago by reading the source code for some perl GUI programs I found on my system. More specific I've been playing around with the podviewer and I was thinking about adding some functionality to it, to learn from the process."

  • In Search of Linux (May 29, 2009, 03:04)
    Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "I'm in search of Linux--which sounds odd since it seems that I should be able to find all the Linux I'd ever want but I want to know about your favorite Linux gadget, project, invention, software, innovation or appliance."

  • Another Simple Way to End the Patent Threat: Monetary Punishment and Rewards (May 29, 2009, 01:34)
    Raiden's Realm: "This is a simple, yet novel way to end the patent threat to Linux, FOSS and generally anyone that the big corporations want to destroy or mess with. If you look at the patent fee schedule at the USPTO, you'll see that it's outrageously expensive to file a patent."

  • Linux 2.6.30 Kernel Benchmarks (May 29, 2009, 00:04)
    Phoronix: "With the Linux 2.6.30 kernel being prepped for release in early June, we have set out to provide a few benchmarks of this latest Linux kernel to see how it compares to its two earlier predecessors."