Linux News for Jul 30, 2009
Venezuela to Provide Children with 50,000 Mini Laptops (Jul 30, 2009, 23:34)
Venezuala Analysis: "This week the Venezuelan
Education Ministry began its program, dubbed Project Canaima, to
provide primary schools with mini laptops, and incorporate the
technology into the education system."
Make the most of large drives with GPT and Linux (Jul 30, 2009, 23:04)
IBM Developerworks: "Once a faraway problem, an
important barrier in disk storage is fast becoming a reality: the
venerable master boot record (MBR) partitioning scheme can't fully
handle disks larger than 2TB."
Canonical to offer Ubuntu desktop support (Jul 30, 2009, 22:34)
Cyber Cynic: "Well, in either case, you're
going to want to check out Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent
company, latest desktop support offerings: Starter, Advanced and
10 IT flame wars that will never go away (Jul 30, 2009, 22:04)
10 Things: "In this article, you may very well
find the flame war that has been a part of your IT world. If not,
let us know what your favorite troll bait is."
Microsoft says Intel, HP 'Actively' Working with Linux (Jul 30, 2009, 21:34)
Channelweb: "Microsoft went out of its way to
write an additional line in its annual report detail what it
perceives as a risk to its business: "Partners such as
Hewlett-Packard and Intel have been actively working with
alternative Linux-based operating systems,""
Patent reformer becomes troll, sues defunct OSS company (Jul 30, 2009, 21:04)
ars Technica: "Dave Garrod, a lawyer who leads
patent reform group PubPat's initiative against false marking, is
now playing the part of the patent troll. He filed a patent
infringement lawsuit against a number of tech companies, including
a small Texas software company that went out of business years
Hands-on: Linux appliances made easy with SUSE Studio (Jul 30, 2009, 20:34)
ars Technica: "Novell has launched a new
service called SUSE Studio that makes it easy to build software
appliances. Ars gives it a spin and find it's an excellent tool for
building virtual appliances."
When Three Tribes Go To War (Jul 30, 2009, 20:04)
Gartner Blogs: "In their eyes a patent is not
simply a government-granted exclusive right designed to encourage
innovation. Oh no! It’s a rentable asset to be bought and
sold on an open market."
Beyond the hype: Where open source actually saves you money (Jul 30, 2009, 19:34)
The Open Road: "But is that always the case?
And, if so, what are the necessary preconditions for saving
GNU Emacs 23.1 has been released (Jul 30, 2009, 19:04)
Emacs-devel: "GNU Emacs 23.1 has been released.
It is available on the GNU ftp site at ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/. See
http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html for a list of mirrors."
Microsoft Forges 3 New Security Tools (Jul 30, 2009, 18:34)
LinuxInsider: "Microsoft offered some details
on three new security projects at the Black Hat security
conference. It also unveiled the progress it's made with some of
the projects it announced at last year's event."
Open-Xchange Server 6.10 breaks the silos of isolated social networks (Jul 30, 2009, 18:17)
Open-Xchange press release: "Social OX is
designed to bring the contact information stored in e-mail and
social networks closer together, allowing the user to control
everything from a single platform."
Shill-Shocked: The Dark Side of Community Discussion (Jul 30, 2009, 18:04)
Linux Blog Safari: "What makes someone a
"shill"? Does concern over negative criticism and even ostracism
cause some people to keep their good ideas to themselves?"
7 Tasks You Shouldn’t Use a GUI For (Jul 30, 2009, 17:34)
Nixtutor: "Sometimes the GUI is just too slow.
Learn how to resize images, add drop shadows, splice mp3s, clone
hard drives and more with the command line."
[CentOS] Open Letter to Lance Davis (where are you, and where is the money?) (Jul 30, 2009, 17:04)
CentOS: "Please do not kill CentOS through your
fear of shared management of the project."
Linux Doomed to Virus Plague. (Again.) (Jul 30, 2009, 16:35)
As sure as spam levels rise so does the misinformation about computer security. Regular readers are probably tired of me griping at news stories that say "Computer virus" instead of Windows virus, and even worse articles that pretend to be fair and balanced by claiming that Linux and Mac are just as prone to compromise too, except their tiny market shares make them unattractive targets. And neener neener, when Linux market share climbs above 1% then haha we'll be drafted into the World Wide Botnet too.
That's dumb and wrong on several levels, which we already know. But it always pays to be cautious-- what will happen as Linux continues to grow, and especially as it reaches increasing numbers of unsophisticated users? Doesn't common sense dictate that it will suffer increasing levels of attack and compromise?
Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer � "I've Had Enough" (Jul 30, 2009, 16:34)
Slashdot: "After a stern criticism from Linus,
the long-time kernel hacker Alan Cox has decided to walk away as
the maintainer of the TTY subsystem of the Linux Kernel, stating
'...I've had enough. If you think that problem is easy to fix you
fix it. Have fun."
Virt Manager 0.8 sports new cloning, management wizards (Jul 30, 2009, 16:04)
TechWorld AU: "Virtual Machine Manager
(virt-manager) has reached release 0.8 which includes a new
graphical wizards for cloning disk images adding devices to
existing VMs, and a new system tray icon."
Get started with HomeBank (Jul 30, 2009, 15:34)
TuxRadar: "With HomeBank you can automate
recurring transactions, set reminders for future transactions,
assess your future account balance so you can plan your spending
sprees and manage your expenses expertly."
Dell: New Ubuntu Desktop PC Coming Soon (Jul 30, 2009, 15:04)
The VAR Guy: "Tick... tick... tick. Fast
forward to the present — it's been 20 days since the
ComputerWorld report — and still no sign of the new Dell
Inspiron desktop running Ubuntu."
MicroHoo: Good or Bad for Open Source? (Jul 30, 2009, 14:34)
Open Enterprise: "I would also expect to see
more Microsoft technologies rolled out across Yahoo sites –
in particular, Silverlight. That's definitely bad news for open
source, since it is patent-encumbered and very closely tied to
Microsoft's other products."
Omega: Fedora For The Rest of Us (Jul 30, 2009, 14:04)
Linux Magazine: "The Fedora Project is one of
the most popular Linux distributions, however its position on
non-free software and proprietary codecs isn't for everyone. But
thanks to Fedora's ability to create Remix versions of the disto
with anything you like, Omega attempts to bridge the divide."
Waddling Past The Windows (Jul 30, 2009, 13:34)
Linux Journal: "One of the great sources of
frustration — and more than a few jokes — for geeks is
the legendary instability of the Windows operating system. If
you've ever had to rescue a box that's crashing more often than a
demolition derby car, the latest offering out of Active Media
Products may help you keep your cool."
Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo – The Bahoo Bonanza (Jul 30, 2009, 13:04)
Tech Czar: "Its sad to see one of the earliest
Internet companies lose the integral piece that made them famous,
but it was even harder to see Yahoo turn into "altavista". Yahoo
has been in a state of flux, with the only constant being their
decreased market share."
10 ergonomic keyboards that actually do their job (Jul 30, 2009, 12:34)
10 Things: "Many keyboards claim to be
ergonomic — and some of them actually do work and work well.
In this article, I will highlight only the ones that do actually
make good on their claims."
Debian is NOT switching to time-based releases (Jul 30, 2009, 12:04)
Matt Zimmerman: "Both the Debconf presentation
and the announcement were quite clear, but a number of news
articles and blog posts on the subject seem to have misinterpreted
Of Spiders and Scrapers: Decomposing Web Pages 101 (Jul 30, 2009, 10:34)
Linux Magazine: "Not all sites proffer slick
RESTful interfaces and XML feeds. In those cases, collecting data
requires some good, old-fashioned scraping. This week, let's look
at some of the tools and techniques required to scrape a site."
Review of the System76 Starling Netbook (Jul 30, 2009, 09:04)
Jane Hadley: "I wanted a netbook for traveling.
I plan to use it primarily for checking e-mail, browsing the
Internet, writing documents, listening to music and watching
movies. I may also at some point use it as an e-book reader and
The Gap moves from Windows to Red Hat Linux (Jul 30, 2009, 07:34)
Software, Interrupted: "Red Hat recently posted
an interesting case study on how retail giant The Gap moved from a
Unix and Windows based e-commerce infrastructure to one based on
Red Hat Linux with support for Microsoft's Active Directory via
Ubuntu and Alfresco: A Sign of Things to Come (Jul 30, 2009, 06:04)
WorksWithU: "Alfresco Software Inc, the leader
in open source enterprise content management (ECM), today announced
that Alfresco Community Edition 3.2 is available as an
easy-to-install package from the Ubuntu software repositories."
The Mystical Magical Secure Shell, Part 1 (Jul 30, 2009, 04:34)
Cooking With Linux: "The secure shell is much
more than a simple way to keep your passwords to yourself. Logging
securely certainly qualifies as the basics for OpenSSH and it's
certainly useful, but there are some seriously cool SSH features
that should make you wonder why you would use anything else to
Virtualbox 3.0.2 bridged network bug workaround (Jul 30, 2009, 03:04)
Linux Blog: "VirtualBox 3.0.2 has a nice and
easy bridge network configuration GUI. But it does not work."
How to have a lightweight, beautiful, functional terminal (Jul 30, 2009, 01:34)
Tux Training: "I’ve done a lot over the
past few months to make my time spent on the command line a bit
more enjoyable and easier to use. Hopefully you’ll find these
steps useful as well"
How to: Buy a Wireless Router (Jul 30, 2009, 00:04)
Wi-Fi Planet: "A diminishing few of us can
still remember a time when you had to talk on a phone whose handset
was tethered to the phone itself with a six foot cord."