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Linux News for Sep 29, 2009

  • DropBox hits two million Windows, Mac and Linux users (Sep 29, 2009, 23:34)
    IT Wire: "DropBox is a solid example of how the cloud can bring efficiencies in this modern ultra-connected world. It's also a service that has genuinely changed my life for the better."

  • Weekly Ten: Free software is dead, Steal passwords, Top 10 Movie Sound Effects (Sep 29, 2009, 23:04)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "Have you ever noticed that whenever animals appear in a film sequence that they are making a lot of noise? What many people don't realize is that the sound effects we hear in movies are usually added later and very often don't signify reality..."

  • Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Mandriva 2009.1 (Sep 29, 2009, 22:34)
    Howtoforge: "Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Mandriva 2009.1 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support."

  • Arguments For Patents for Business Methods and Software-Implemented Inventions - And Some Against (Sep 29, 2009, 22:04)
    Groklaw: "I asked if it would be possible for the law firm of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks to write an article defending business methods and software patents for Groklaw, and they were nice enough to agree to do it."

  • 9 of the Best Free Linux Groupware Software (Sep 29, 2009, 21:34)
    LinuxLinks: "In an organisation, productivity rests on the intranet, and a groupware or collaboration server is what helps to make the intranet productive. This type of software provides critical services like email and address books, and establish communication via instant messaging."

  • Why Software is not treated fairly (Sep 29, 2009, 21:04)
    My Gnu/Linux: "This is unfair because many freedoms that you have when you buy other items are taken away simply because they managed to convince the rest of the world that this it is how it’s suppose to work and there is no other way."

  • Cracking Open the SharePoint Fortress (Sep 29, 2009, 20:34)
    Open Enterprise: "If you wanted proof of the continuing ability of Microsoft to find new ways of gaining/retaining control of enterprise software markets, look no further than SharePoint."

  • 3G-ready e-book reader boasts 8.1-inch display (Sep 29, 2009, 20:04)
    LinuxDevices: "Irex Technologies is readying a Linux-based electronic book (e-book) reader with an 8.1-inch, 1024 x 768 display. Based on Freescale's ARM11-based i.MX31, the Irex DR800SG communicates via the Verizon Wireless 3G network, supports the open ePub publishing standard, and offers built-in support for the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, says Irex."

  • 40 Years of Unix (Sep 29, 2009, 19:34)
    Cyber Cynic: "Unix is 40 years old. 1969, the summer of love for most, was the summer of not having enough computer resources for AT&T Bell Lab employees Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie."

  • My ongoing Kafka-esque nightmare of dealing with Palm (Sep 29, 2009, 19:04)
    JWZ: "My ongoing Kafka-esque nightmare of dealing with Palm and their App Catalog submission process."

  • Advanced Tips for Search-and-Replace in Linux (Sep 29, 2009, 18:34)
    LinuxPlanet: "With regular expressions you can perform some mighty fine-tuned search-and-replace in text files, such as changing all the US-style date references (09/22/09) to UK style,(22.09.2009). Juliet Kemp open her vast tips and tricks toolbag to share a number of useful and excellent examples."

  • The Time Is Now: Cross-platform Competitors to Microsoft Office (Sep 29, 2009, 18:04)
    Linux.com: "Purely coincidentally or not, while Microsoft grapples with big legal issues around the Windows-specific MS Office, household names like IBM, Intel, and Sun are particularly busy these days beefing up software for rival office productivity suites that run across Linux, Windows, and OS."

  • Network Monitoring Appliance (Sep 29, 2009, 17:34)
    Howtoforge: "The appliance is based on Ubuntu Jeos LTS (8.04.3 at the time of this writing). Almost all used components are from the related repositories. This tutorial shows how the appliance was implemented."

  • NVIDIA Publicly Releases Its OpenCL Linux Drivers (Sep 29, 2009, 17:04)
    Phoronix: "It's been no secret that NVIDIA has been working on an OpenCL Linux driver for their graphics processors just as AMD has been doing, but up until now their beta drivers were only available to registered NVIDIA developers"

  • Dell releases ‘Latitude ON’ alternative Linux OS for laptops (Sep 29, 2009, 16:34)
    APC mag: "Tiny system-on-a-chip module combines fast-boot Linux OS and ARM processor to check email, browse the Web and run for days on a standard laptop battery."

  • Graphical Disk Usage With Baobab (Sep 29, 2009, 16:04)
    Tip of the Trade: "A really useful graphical alternative is Baobab, which is installed by default in most Gnome-based Linux distros (including Debian and Ubuntu). It's also available for Mac via DarwinPorts."

  • Mark Shuttleworth's Community Has No Women (Sep 29, 2009, 15:44)
    A few people took Mark Shuttleworth to task in their blogs for making exclusionary and sexist comments in his keynote at last week's LinuxCon. Such as Open Letter to Mark Shuttleworth, A followup on the Shuttleworth incident, and On Keynotes and Apologies

    Mr. Shuttleworth has remained silent when asked for comment, saying only to watch the video and judge for ourselves. The video is now up, thanks to Linux Pro Magazine and the Linux Foundation.

    I watched it. I kept score. Everyone keeps saying what a nice guy Mark is. Well, maybe so, but even nice guys have their blind spots. I don't believe that nice guys belittle and exclude women, and that is what happened in this keynote. I believe that an apology is in order, both for the unfortunate thread of exclusion and sexism that runs the entire length of the talk, and for not understanding that dumb stuff like that distracts from the talk itself. That is unfortunate, because if you take away the dumb stuff it is an important and excellent presentation.


  • How Will Users React to GNOME 3.0? (Sep 29, 2009, 15:34)
    Datamation: "GNOME 2.28 was supposed to preview GNOME 3.0. But it hasn't quite turned out that way, and whether what is visible will leave users eagerly anticipating or uneasy and rebellious is still anybody's guess."

  • Linux and the Licensing Two-Step (Sep 29, 2009, 15:04)
    CertCities: "When it comes to writing Linux applications, there are two licenses you need to be aware of: the GPL and the LGPL."

  • Codeplex Foundation Motivations Revealed (Sep 29, 2009, 14:34)
    Mono NoNo: "In responding to the devastating criticism of the Codeplex Foundation’s fundamentally flawed organization and the high skepticism of its motives, Mr. Ramji revealed a bit of the true motives behind the Codeplex Foundation:"

  • F/OSS Marketing: Attracting Users AND Contributors (Sep 29, 2009, 14:04)
    pleia2's blog: "Now my talk focused on getting more people to contribute to F/OSS, in part, by attracting contributions from people who traditionally may not have been involved, more stay at home moms, professional usability experts, Joe the Plumber testing your point of sale project running on Linux."

  • Open Source vs. Proprietary – Free’s Not Free (Sep 29, 2009, 13:34)
    Flex-CIO: "You're planning to replace a key piece of business software and you're faced with a dilemma: the tech team wants to go with an open source application but your CFO says it has to be proprietary. You're about to step into the middle of a "religious" debate reminiscent of the PC vs. Mac wars."

  • Why Microsoft won't fight moblin (Sep 29, 2009, 13:04)
    Tech-no-media: "More interesting is the news released by Microsoft's Silverlight team that they will develop Silverlight 3 for Moblin. Unlike Moonlight that is a Novel sponsored open source rewrite of Silverlight available for all Linux distribution, this looks like a binary only package that will be developed directly by Microsoft and made available only for Moblin."

  • Google throws the �open� out of �open-source� by shutting down Android mod (Sep 29, 2009, 12:34)
    ThinkDigit: "And now, the company has gone ahead and issued a 'Cease and Desist' (C&D) order to one of the most popular Android mods around, CyanogenMod."

  • Pidgin store passwords in clear text!!!! (Sep 29, 2009, 12:04)
    Unixmen: "For pidgin users , there is a security issue regarding storing passwords in pidgin, so this program stores the passwords in archives .xml in clear text without any encryption."

  • 10 things that rocked the Linux world (Sep 29, 2009, 10:34)
    IBM Developerworks: "The Linux technology, development model, and community have all been game-changing influences on the IT industry, and all we can really do is stand back and look at it all, happy to have been along for the ride for developerWorks' first 10 years. The Linux zone team has put together this greatly abbreviated collection of things that stand out in our minds as having rocked the world of Linux in a significant way."

  • Get network versatility with SSH tunneling and netcat (Sep 29, 2009, 09:04)
    Linux and Open Source: "Vincent Danen explains how to use netcat with SSH tunneling when you need to create a secure connection to a server from a remote location."

  • Wine 1.1.30 released (Sep 29, 2009, 07:34)
    ItRunsOnLinux: "The Wine development release 1.1.30 is now available. With Wine it's possible to run Windows applications on top of Linux."

  • Global Conference on Open Source (GCOS) will be held in Jakarta, on 26-27 Octobe (Sep 29, 2009, 06:04)
    GCOS: "Global Conference on Open Source (GCOS) aims to bring the global open source community together in order to address the growing demand for open source technology in every social spectrum."

  • Fat or Fit? The Penguin's Bulging Waistline (Sep 29, 2009, 04:34)
    Linux Blog Safari: "Bearded or bloated -- or both? LinuxCon was a hugely satisfying event for many conference attendees, but it also brought out some discontent."

  • Reduce Linux power consumption, Part 2: General and governor-specific settings (Sep 29, 2009, 03:04)
    IBM Developerworks: "In Part 2, follow a step-by-step guide on the general settings of the Linux CPUfreq subsystem and get more details on the five in-kernel governors -- performance, powersave, userspace, ondemand, and conservative -- and their settings."

  • Installation guide for eGroupware on Ubuntu Server (Sep 29, 2009, 01:34)
    TechRepublic: "Although eGroupware is not the easiest to install, it doesn't come close to the complexity of installing Zimbra. And eGroupware has all of the features users and administrators would expect of a powerful groupware suite:"

  • Are Schools Giving Students The Wrong Idea About Technology? (Sep 29, 2009, 00:04)
    IT News today: "I am currently in college. The facility I attend is a popular on-line school with a preference to closed source standards, such as Microsoft Office and their closed source document format for Word. In fact, several assignments even require Internet Explorer"