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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."