Linux News for Nov 25, 2009
Editor's Note: Saffire on Linux, KDE on Windows, No Gimp in Ubuntu (Nov 25, 2009, 23:03)
I like to leave a clean desk for a holiday, so I'm going to
clear up a few loose ends: further adventures of using the
excellent Focusrite Saffire Pro on Linux, KDE on Windows is cool,
and when did having to learn anything become a criminal
SSDs,Coming Soon to a Server Near You (Nov 25, 2009, 22:33)
ServerWatch: "Oh, right, the downside. You're
right; it's the price tag. They currently range in price from two
or three times for smaller drives (about 30GB) to more than 10
times that for drives in the 120GB to 250GB range."
Does Metasploit Have a Future? (Nov 25, 2009, 22:03)
EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: "The future of
Metasploit, the highly respected, open source penetration testing
framework founded by renowned security expert H.D. Moore, was
plunged into doubt last month following the announcement that the
project had been acquired by Rapid7."
Exclusive: Former MySQL boss Marten Mickos talks open source (Nov 25, 2009, 21:33)
Silicon: "Why Microsoft could become one of the
"biggest friends of open source" and why Oracle getting its hands
on MySQL could be "one of the biggest open source coups ever"
Why Does Everyone Hate Ubuntu (Nov 25, 2009, 21:03)
Datamation: "Yet this popularity has a flip
side. If Ubuntu is the most popular distribution, it is also the
Mobile Web Applications (Nov 25, 2009, 20:33)
Linux Magazine: "The mobile web is maturing
— but be careful to not stuff your application chock-full of
Putting Trust in the Cloud (Nov 25, 2009, 20:03)
Linux Foundation: "If you have any gold in your
portfolio, then you are indeed a fortunate soul. With gold at an
all-time high, upwards of US$1,100 per Troy ounce, lots of people
with this precious metal are feeling quit flush right now."
K Desktop Environment is Dead: Long Live KDE (Nov 25, 2009, 19:33)
OStatic: "Following in the footsteps of KFC,
the KDE Project is rebranding and getting rid of the full name "K
Linux in 5 Easy Steps (Nov 25, 2009, 19:03)
Daniweb: "Hey Windows fans, would you like to
take Linux for a spin to see what everyone's buzzing about? It's
easy to do in just five easy steps. You can test Linux for yourself
without having to setup multibooting, worry about partitioning or
installing over your current Windows system."
Rambus EU Settlement Appears Near (Nov 25, 2009, 18:33)
Standards Blog: "According to Reuters, one more
thread in the long-running saga of Rambus and the JEDEC SDRAM
standards abuse saga appears to be reaching an end."
The Un-Scary Screwdriver (Nov 25, 2009, 18:03)
The GNOME Journal: "Cathy Malmrose gives a
glimpse into a project where seven year old girls build desktops
with Ubuntu for their grandparents."
Review: Goggle Wave so far (Nov 25, 2009, 17:33)
A Million Chimpanzees: "Thank you for signing
up to give us early feedback on Google Wave. We're happy to give
you access to Google Wave and are enlisting your help to improve
Giving up the GIMP is a sign of Ubuntu's mainstream maturity (Nov 25, 2009, 17:03)
ars Technica: "During a planning session at the
Ubuntu Developer Summit last week, a decision emerged to remove the
GIMP from the default Ubuntu installation. Although this decision
has generated a bit of controversy, it's a sign of Ubuntu's growing
maturity as a mainstream platform for regular users."
Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.32 (Part 4) - Driver (Nov 25, 2009, 16:33)
The H Open: "The forthcoming Linux version
2.6.32 comes with numerous new and improved drivers – for
instance for the Hauppauge HVR 2200 and 2250, for some ThinkPad
notebooks by IBM/Lenovo, and for the MSI Wind's fingerprint
Mastering Characters Sets in Linux (Weird Characters, part 2) (Nov 25, 2009, 16:03)
LinuxPlanet: "In Part 1 Akkana Peck talked
about Unicode, character sets and encoding -- how accented and
special characters are transferred in email and web pages, and why
you see funny characters. But can you fix it when it goes wrong?
And if you're a programmer, how should you be handling all these
How To Upgrade From Fedora 11 To Fedora 12 (Desktop & Server) (Nov 25, 2009, 15:33)
Howtoforge: "This article describes how you can
upgrade your Fedora 11 system to Fedora 12. The upgrade procedure
works for both desktop and server installations."
Mollom: A solution to comment spam (Nov 25, 2009, 15:03)
CMS Report: "However, allowing for anonymous
comments also invited my site into a war against comment spam. My
latest weapon to do the fighting for me in this war is Mollom."
Five things Chrome OS isn't (Nov 25, 2009, 14:33)
Cyber Cynic: "Some people still seem a little
confused about what Chrome OS is, and isn't, so here's my quick
guide on what's really what with this forthcoming operating
Will U.S. Government Embrace Canonical Landscape and Ubuntu? (Nov 25, 2009, 14:03)
worksWithU: "Opportunity is knocking in the
government market for Canonical's Landscape, a systems management
and monitoring tool for Ubuntu systems."
Ubuntu 9.10 on SSD (Nov 25, 2009, 13:33)
Linux Pro Magazine: "I've been thinking about
replacing the hard disk on my production notebook with a
solid-state disk (SSD) for quite a while. So when I stumbled upon a
good offer on Kingston 64GB SSDNow V series SSD I decided to take
Create a Database and Data Entry Form in OpenOffice.org Base (Nov 25, 2009, 13:03)
Linux.com: "For many people the mere thought of
having to create or use a database sends shivers down the spines of
many users. But it doesn't have to. Creating a database and adding
data to that database is actually a simple task in OpenOffice.org
KOffice 2.1 released, ups Microsoft Office compatibility (Nov 25, 2009, 12:33)
TechWorld: "KOffice, a cross-platform open
source office suite, has reached version 2.1 with the import and
export of Microsoft Office on the list of big improvements."
FInally, FreeBSD 8.0 Released (Nov 25, 2009, 12:03)
Phoronix: "The much-anticipated FreeBSD 8.0
release is finally available, albeit it's arriving more than a
Google Chrome OS. Or, how KDE and GNOME managed to shoot each other dead (Nov 25, 2009, 10:33)
Free Software Magazine: "A lot of people at the
moment are immensely intrigued by Google Chrome OS...To me,
however, the change about to happen shows us what many people have
refused to believe for a long time: KDE and GNOME shot each other
LCA 2010: The art of the matter (Nov 25, 2009, 09:03)
IT Wire: "Heather Buchanan isn't organising
anything very technical for the next Australian national Linux
conference. But her contributions will remain with the delegates
much longer than those of the other volunteers."
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Has 100 Paper Cuts Again (Nov 25, 2009, 07:33)
Phoronix: "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will have ten
rounds to fix 100 (or more) paper cuts in time for the Lucid Lynx
before it is released in April."
Use MP3 Diags in Linux to repair your MP3 collection (Nov 25, 2009, 06:03)
Ghacks: "Do you have a massive MP3 collection
that contains files with problems? Don't you wish you had a program
that could search through that collection, find problems with those
files, and fix the problems?"
Combining Flexibility with Control: Managing the "Complexity Hell" of Customized Linux Platforms (Nov 25, 2009, 04:33)
Linux Magazine Webinar: "OS groups are under
pressure to tailor off-the-shelf Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other
OS platforms — but, today, it’s flexibility at the
expense of control."
Britain's new Internet law -- as bad as everyone's been saying, and worse. Much, much worse. (Nov 25, 2009, 03:03)
Boing Boing: "The British government has
brought down its long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it's
perfectly useless and terrible. It consists almost entirely of
penalties for people who do things that upset the entertainment
Some Reasonable Defaults for MySQL Settings (Nov 25, 2009, 01:33)
Linux Magazine: "Out of the box, MySQL
isn’t exactly tuned for resilience on a busy network where
things occasionally go haywire."
Learn to use Git version control for added flexibility (Nov 25, 2009, 00:03)
Techrepublic: "Vincent Danen introduces Git, a
distributed version control system that gains extra flexibility
from being free of a central server, like Subversion or CVS. Here
are some of the features that set it apart."