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Linux News for Aug 27, 2009

  • Free pre-release board from Intel (Aug 27, 2009, 23:32)
    Intel announcement: "Intel, in conjunction with the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance (Intel® ECA), is accepting customer applications for the Intel® Embedded Pre-release Seed Board Program."

  • Git gets demystified and Subversion control (Aug 27, 2009, 23:02)
    IBM Developerworks: "Distributed version control systems (DVCSs) offer a number of advantages over centralized VCSs, and for Subversion users looking to explore this model, Git is a great place to start. Using Subversion as a baseline, this first of two articles shows how to install Git, set up a remote repository, and begin using basic Git commands."

  • Saving Linux cash on Vista clunkers (Aug 27, 2009, 22:32)
    Cyber Cynic: "My friend Joe Eckert recently penned a short, funny piece entitled, "Does Tech Need a Boost? How About "Cash for Vista?". After I got done smiling at it, I thought: why not offer desktop Linux to people with Vista clunkers? Seriously, why not?"

  • Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7 (Aug 27, 2009, 22:02)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "Mac OS X 10.6 (also known as Snow Leopard) will ship on August 28,2009. From Microsoft, Windows 7 has already been released to manufacturers, with general retail availability set for October of this year. Representing Linux, Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is also slated for an October 2009 release."

  • How to Find Free Linux Ebooks and Courseware (Aug 27, 2009, 21:32)
    MakeTechEasier: "One nice side effect of this is the abundance of free Linux related information available to anyone. That’s good for us, as we’ll be covering just how to find all this great material."

  • Open source stars for Mac OS X: Part 2 (Aug 27, 2009, 21:02)
    The H Open: "Part 2 of this 2 part feature takes a look at alternative audio, video, burning and encryption applications and much more."

  • xTuple Open Source Summit For Business and Government (Aug 27, 2009, 20:37)
    xTuple press release: "What: Open Waters is a one-day educational event. Attendees will learn business benefits, implementation tips, and best practices for open source."

  • Secure VoIP, GNU SIP Witch, and replacing Skype with free software (Aug 27, 2009, 20:17)
    LXer Feature: "For a number of years I have been when possible working on what is called the GNU Telephony Secure Calling initiative to make communication intercept a thing of the past, whether for individuals, private organizations, or national governments, and to do so entirely using free software."

  • FSF and GNOME Calling Women of Community (Aug 27, 2009, 20:02)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNOME Foundation are targeting higher women's participation in the community. The first step is a "mini-summit" on "Women in Free Software.""

  • SCO Will Try Again (Aug 27, 2009, 19:32)
    Linux Journal: "To hear some tell it, SCO has emerged triumphant, Novell is vanquished, darkness shall reign in the whole of the land, and male pattern baldness will engulf us all."

  • A Little Empathy For Pidgin (Aug 27, 2009, 19:02)
    Linux Magazine: "Telepathy is a new framework which provides a means of real-time communication on the Linux desktop. The interface is provided through the D-Bus messaging system, which is available for any application to take advantage of."

  • Bash Quoting (Aug 27, 2009, 18:32)
    Linux Journal: "Quoting things in bash is quite simple... until it isn't. I've written scripts where I'd swear 90% of the effort was getting bash to quote things correctly."

  • Microsoft's New Tollgate: exFAT on Flash Media (Aug 27, 2009, 18:02)
    Linux Today Blog: "What is exFAT and why should you care? Because the SD Card Association made exFAT the standard file system for the new SDXC cards, and because exFAT is a Microsoft filesystem that claims to be like so totally interoperable, but it isn't."

  • Canonical Unveils The Ubuntu Software Store (Aug 27, 2009, 17:32)
    Phoronix: "Canonical does have some grand plans for the Ubuntu Software Store and in this article we have some screenshots of what it looks like currently and how it functions along with some of their plans for the future."

  • Iomega unveils new Linux-based, entry-level NAS server (Aug 27, 2009, 16:32)
    Computerworld: "The Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS server, based on EMC's AX line of low-end arrays, runs on Linux and can be set up in in a few minutes via four mouse clicks, according to the company."

  • Nokia's First Linux Phone Looks Good (Aug 27, 2009, 16:02)
    PC World: "After several unofficial leaks, Nokia on Thursday officially unveiled the N900, the company's first Linux phone. It's a good first step to rejuvenate Nokia's smartphone line, but will the N900 have what it takes to go head-to-head with the iPhone and Android Phones?"

  • Compiz 0.9 is nearing a Beta release (Aug 27, 2009, 15:44)
    Compiz+Fusion: "We are pretty close to a 0.9 Beta now in terms of functionality."

  • Microsoft Seeks Patent for CAPTCHA-Based Ads (Aug 27, 2009, 15:04)
    InternetNews: "Microsoft is seeking to patent a method for using a popular human-verification technology on the Web to deliver advertising to a captive audience."

  • The i4i-Microsoft Appeal - HP and Dell Ask to File Amicus Briefs in Support of Microsoft (Aug 27, 2009, 14:32)
    Groklaw: "They will say their businesses will be deleteriously affected if they can't ship Word, and the world as we know it will halt if the judge doesn't turn this around and block the injunction at least until the appeal can be heard."

  • Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks (Aug 27, 2009, 14:02)
    New York Times: "Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program and trace its origins and purpose, exposing serious weaknesses in the world’s digital infrastructure."

  • Fade Out Images with GIMP (Aug 27, 2009, 13:42)
    Tux Tweaks: "There’s no need to go out and buy Adobe Photoshop and take Photoshop classes. Just follow this simple GIMP tutorial to learn how to fade out the edge of an image."

  • Open vs. Fauxpen (Aug 27, 2009, 13:04)
    Linux Journal: "Tristan Louis gives weight to new term that I like a lot: fauxpen. Faux in French means "false" or "fake". So fauxpen means fake open."

  • 2000 ISVs Embrace Novell SUSE Appliance Program (Aug 27, 2009, 12:34)
    The VAR Guy: "More than 2,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) have signed up for the SUSE Appliance Program — which is less than a month old. Pretty darn impressive, assuming those ISVs move forward with Novell."

  • Reviewed: Scribus 1.3.5 (Aug 27, 2009, 12:04)
    TuxRadar: "Thankfully, after two years of solid development, these woes have been banished. Well, mostly - read on to find out what's changed..."

  • Installing MySQL And phpMyAdmin On FreeNAS (Aug 27, 2009, 11:04)
    Howtoforge: "This howto was written when I needed to run some php based web applications and the only system around was FreeNAS. Although many people are using php and MySQL on a FreeNAS box successfully I couldn't find any simple tutorial for the purpose, so I wrote one in case anyone needs it."

  • Microsoft's New Tollgate: exFAT on Flash Media (Aug 27, 2009, 10:16)
    Tuxera announced yesterday that they have joined Microsoft's exFAT Program and are developing their own exFAT drivers:

    "Tuxera exFAT for Embedded Sytems will be first available for Linux."

    What is exFAT and why should you care? Because the SD Card Association made exFAT the standard file system for the new SDXC cards, and because exFAT is a Microsoft filesystem that claims to be like so totally interoperable, but it isn't.


  • Weekly Ten: Beatles Coming to iTunes, Recycled Paper Camera, Virus Protection For The Mind (Aug 27, 2009, 07:04)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "However we’re not so careful when it comes to protecting our own minds with the, often devastating, effects our own thoughts can have on it."

  • Drupal Gains Ground Down Under (Aug 27, 2009, 03:04)
    Computerworld: "The CMS powers several new high profile websites including the Prime Minister's site, launched last month and designed by Canberra-based company OPC IT and ABC's three digital radio websites – Dig Music, ABC Jazz and ABC Country. Internationally, it is used by organisations as diverse as Obama's administration in the US to Greenpeace to McDonalds."

  • Red Hat quietly open sources Windows virtualisation drivers (Aug 27, 2009, 01:34)
    Computerworld: "In another sign interoperability between virtual Linux and Windows operating systems is gathering pace, Red Hat has quietly released a set of drivers to improve the performance of Windows guests hosted on Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor."

  • Fedora 12 Alpha Announcement (Aug 27, 2009, 00:04)
    Fedora: "Fedora 12 "Constantine" Alpha release is available! What's next for the free operating system that shows off the best new technology of tomorrow? You can see the future now at: http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease"