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
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
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 itâ€™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
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
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 Foundationâ€™s
fundamentally flawed organization and the high skepticism of its
motives, Mr. Ramji revealed a bit of the true motives behind the
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
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
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
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
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
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"