Linux News for Jul 28, 2009
Mutt on the Android G1 (Jul 28, 2009, 23:33)
Tip of the Trade: "I prefer to access my email
via Mutt and SSH (I know, a little old-school ...): I can do this
via ConnectBot, but I wanted something a bit more direct. Happily,
Lauren Weinstein has written an adapted version of ConnectBot to
10 of the Best Free Linux Chess Apps (Jul 28, 2009, 23:03)
LinuxLinks: "For each application we have
compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth
analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to
relevant resources and reviews. Start playing one of the greatest
games ever devised. Have fun, play chess!"
Buying with the Penguin (Jul 28, 2009, 22:33)
Cyber Cynic: "I have to confess I like this new
affinity Visa Platinum credit card that's being issued by the Linux
Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating
the growth of Linux."
MySQL Sandbox: Treat MySQL Instances like Virtual Machines (Jul 28, 2009, 22:03)
Linux Magazine: "Install isolated side-by-side
MySQL instances right the first time with this time-saving virtual
BROWN?! Brown? Really, Ubuntu's Brown?
UBUNTU’S ORANGE!! (Jul 28, 2009, 21:33)
Jacob Lludkrab's Personal Weblog: "I can not
believe how many people think Ubuntu’s brown, Ubuntu is not
brown! It’s ORANGE!"
Last Chance to Help a Child Get a Good Linux Computer (Jul 28, 2009, 21:03)
Linux Today Blog: "Ok so it's not your last
chance ever, but it is your last chance to support Linux Against
Poverty's Austin install fest. This coming Saturday, August 1 2009,
in lovely Austin, Texas, USA"
System monitoring with Conky (Jul 28, 2009, 20:33)
Linux and Open Source: "One of the nice
advantages to Conky is that it can operate in a window-less mode,
so it persistently anchors to the desktop, preventing it from being
moved or closed."
Organize your writing with Writer’s Cafe (Jul 28, 2009, 20:03)
Ghacks: "This piece of software is a very
powerful suite of writer’s tools that is available for Linux,
Mac, and Windows and has a HUGE feature set perfect for making your
writing task much easier. In this article we will be discussing the
Linux version of the software."
A distro odyssey - looking for the best fit, part 1 (Jul 28, 2009, 19:33)
Distrowatch: "My trusty desktop, the PC I spent
more time with than any other machine in the house, failed. It was
time to replace it. My natural impatience and need to be up and
running again led me to buy a new box that day, but even before I
had it home I was beginning to wonder: what Linux should I use on
Pro Git book released (Jul 28, 2009, 19:03)
Linux Weekly News: "I've been working on a book
on Git being published by Apress called "Pro Git", which is being
licensed under a CC 3.0 license and as I've just finished some of
the final reviews, I've put the entire content of the book
Support the Linux Community Every Time You Shop (Jul 28, 2009, 18:33)
Linux.com: "All funds raised--down to the last
penny--from this program will go directly toward providing
community technical events and travel grants for open source
community members in order to advance Linux innovation."
Calibre 0.6 Adds More E-Book Formats (Jul 28, 2009, 18:03)
Linux Magazine: "Developer Kovid Goyal
introduced many new features in version 0.6.0 of his Calibre e-book
suite. With the 0.6.1 update, he also fixed numerous bugs."
Microsoft on the Cusp (Jul 28, 2009, 17:33)
Open Enterprise: "When Microsoft made its first
proposal to the European Commission to settle the latter's
investigation of Microsoft for possible anti-competitive behaviour
in the browser sector – which was to provide a version of
Windows 7 *without* any browser – I noted that this was
intentionally useless, and must be the opening gambit in its
regulatory chess match."
Weekly Ten: Bacteria Computers, the MySQL Soap Opera, Machines are Smarter Than People (Jul 28, 2009, 17:03)
Tech Source From Bohol: "A team of US
scientists have engineered bacteria that can solve complex
mathematical problems faster than anything made from silicon."
Last Chance to Help a Child Get a Good Linux Computer (Jul 28, 2009, 16:35)
Ok so it's not your last chance ever, but it is your last chance to support Linux Against Poverty's Austin install fest. This coming Saturday, August 1 2009, in lovely Austin, Texas, USA.
Linux Against Poverty is rehabbing PCs for schoolchildren who can't buy their own. LAP has a Donations FAQ and some minimum hardware requirements:
Specific hardware needs:
LCD Monitors (We already have a surplus of CRTs)
Computers with the following specs:
Ram: 512 minimum, preferably 1GB
Processor: AMD 2200+ or Intel Pentuim III 900 mghtz or better
Harddrive: 40 gigs
Video: preferably cards 3D video/GL capabilities -- Both Intel chipsets as well as the Nvidia or ATI cards.
Visit the site for information on laptops and Mac computers and other ways to support LAP, and how to sponsor or host your own LAP event.
GNOME, KDE, and Xfce: Which Desktop is Right for You? (Jul 28, 2009, 16:33)
Datamation: "How do you choose which GNU/Linux
desktop to use? No easy answer exists, because the choice is so
full of difficulties."
Run, the Communists are coming! (Jul 28, 2009, 16:03)
Linux and Free Software: "GNU/Linux gets
attacked from so many different angles. It is hilarious to read
some of the comments and allegations that are made against it. I
find one particular allegation hilarious and it equates GNU/Linux
to Communists. So, here we go..."
Tech Tip: Some Useful Vim Options (Jul 28, 2009, 15:33)
Linux Journal: "Vim is one the more popular
choices of text editors for Linux. For vim, there are a few
non-default options that may be useful whether editing config files
or writing scripts in your favorite language."
Say 'Cheese': OpenSolaris' Time Slider (Jul 28, 2009, 15:03)
Serverwatch: "Whenever an operating system
— however obscure — comes up with a killer feature,
it's worth sitting up and taking notice. And there's no doubt that
OpenSolaris' Time Slider feature is heavily armed and
My Sys-Con Nightmare (Jul 28, 2009, 14:33)
Aral Balkan: "A tale of intellectual property,
identity, libel, and online bullying."
Palm webOS: The Other Linux Phone Platform (Jul 28, 2009, 14:03)
Linux Magazine: "From my view in the cheap
seats, Palm has come out swinging with its new mobile operating
Upgrading from Windows XP to a Linux desktop (Jul 28, 2009, 13:33)
Bob Sutor: "If you are going to wipe your hard
drive, but before you pay a dime for Windows 7, try a Linux desktop
distribution. If you don't like it, what's the worst that's going
Ubuntu Netbooks: Strong Demand at System76 (Jul 28, 2009, 13:03)
WorksWithU: "As I scour the market for a
potential Ubuntu netbook purchase, I've stumbled onto two
interesting tidbits of info: First, Ubuntu netbook demand recently
exceeded supply at System76. Second, another niche Ubuntu PC maker
will introduce a netbook this August."
Wiki founder hopes win over Apple bodes well for online freedom and Linux (Jul 28, 2009, 12:33)
Computerworld: " The founder of a wiki site
that attracted the force of Apple's legal team hopes that his stand
against Apple will create a precedent that will encourage online
freedom in the future."
Graffiti Tutorial (Gimp Howto) (Jul 28, 2009, 12:03)
Gimp-Tutorials: "Today we are going to create
some realistic graffiti in the Gimp. This tutorial is partially
inspired off of Photoshop tutorial by DreamDealer v5.0 at
DreamDealer.nl Let's get started!"
KDE 4.3 Shaping Up Nicely, KWin Needs Work (Jul 28, 2009, 10:33)
OSNews: "For a very long time now, I've been on
the hunt for a distribution that really put a lot of effort into
their KDE4 implementation. This has been a frustrating search, full
of broken installations, incredibly slow performance, and so many
visual artifacts they made my eyes explode."
Does Linux Have a 'Safe Mode'?
(Jul 28, 2009, 09:03)
Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "Umm, I think I broke it
already. I can't get it to come up. It's there at a blue
Limiting the CPU usage of applications on Linux (ubuntu, debian, fedora etc.) (Jul 28, 2009, 07:33)
Linux Tips: "Linux can prevent other
applications to consume these resources and the applications work
properly within a cpu limit."
Tether an Android Phone Using Proxoid (Jul 28, 2009, 06:03)
Linux Magazine: "Well, that's how the theory
goes, anyway. In practice, however, these applications require root
access to your phone's system, so you have to "root" your phone
before you can tether it."
On Pi Approximation Day, Flying Pigs and DRM (Jul 28, 2009, 04:33)
Linux Blog Safari: "The problem with DRM is
that "it inconveniences the people who generally pay for things,
while not actually preventing any of the piracy"
Palm Pre Is the Most Open Mobile Platform on the Market (Jul 28, 2009, 03:03)
PC World: "You're lucky that you missed the
review I had written of Palm's Pre after working with it for six
weeks. I couldn't see the attraction."
20 “Really Cool” Tux Icons for Sports Enthusiasts (Jul 28, 2009, 01:33)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Before, we've posted
here several cool and funny tux icons and some scary ones too. This
time, we will showcase some of the finest tux icons that sports
fans/Linux-users may love."
OSCON interview snippets (Jul 28, 2009, 00:03)
TuxRadar: "...the TomTom case is the tip of the
iceberg, because, as I've talked about earlier, it's rare things
make it all the way to litigation. It's the tip of the iceberg: we
know they are out there enforcing against other people who settled
out of court. So they are going around shaking down people for
patent licences on the FAT patents..."