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Linux News for Dec 29, 2009

  • Abusing Copyrights to Silence Critics, Control Customers, and Crush Competition (Dec 29, 2009, 23:32)
    Linux Today blog: "Hardly a day goes by without yet another news story about creative uses of copyright, the DMCA, and generic attack lawyers to stifle free speech, criticism, and competition."

  • Best of 2009 (Dec 29, 2009, 22:47)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The new year is almost upon us, so it's a good time to wrap up the year 2009 and ruminate over the best open source software and hardware this year brought us. So without further ado, let me present my personal "Best of 2009" list in no particular order."

  • How to Troubleshoot and Repair Your PC (Dec 29, 2009, 22:02)
    Small Business Computing: "Random PC lockups, slow performance and BSOD occurrences lead many people to assume that the problem lies with Windows, but that's not always the case. Many times it's faulty hardware"

  • Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So (Dec 29, 2009, 21:17)
    Open Enterprise: "Once you've got past the entertaining "top of mind" and "complete left to right understanding" phraseology, this reveals something incredibly important about the current thinking at Microsoft: that OpenOffice.org now figures almost as largely in the competitive landscape as does GNU/Linux."

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.5.7 will fix updates and top crash (Dec 29, 2009, 20:32)
    Netstat -vat: "Mozilla developers are now testing the next stable build of the Firefox 3.5.x series. Firefox 3.5.7 is now available as a beta build for testers to try out."

  • A little know but very powerful tool for homeschooling: Free Software (Dec 29, 2009, 19:47)
    Stop: "One would expect Free Software to be very popular among homeschoolers, due to their own philosophy: how could an homeschooling advocate not love software that is all about being "free as in freedom" and doing things by yourself? "

  • Linux Gaming: Are We There Yet? (Dec 29, 2009, 19:02)
    Anandtech: "Linux is commonly overlooked as a viable gaming platform in most communities. Our intention today is to shed some light on what does and does not work inside Linux, as well as give solid performance data for those looking for another option in the gaming world."

  • Configure Samba with Gadmin-Samba (Dec 29, 2009, 18:17)
    Ghacks: "But for those that prefer to do things the GUI way, there are plenty of tools available for you as well. One such tool is the gadmin-samba tool from the Gadmintools suite of GUI Linux administration tools."

  • The Future of Unix Standards: Unix 10? (Dec 29, 2009, 17:32)
    Serverwatch: "For the last 40 years, Unix operating systems have helped to power mission-critical IT operations around the globe. Now, as Unix enters middle age, its backers are busily developing the new specifications that they hope will carry the OS forward into the next age of computing"

  • Western Digital�s Advanced Format: The 4K Sector Transition Begins (Dec 29, 2009, 16:17)
    Anandtech: "We had a chance to talk to Western Digital last week about a new hard drive technology they have coming down the pipe called Advanced Format."

  • Court orders three H-1B sites disabled (Dec 29, 2009, 15:32)
    Computerworld: "A New Jersey judge has ordered the shutdown of three H-1B opposition Web sites and seeks information about the identity of anonymous posters."

  • Psystar Drops Mac Clones for Linux (Dec 29, 2009, 14:43)
    PC World: "The company also said it would resume selling systems "in the coming days." Those machines will run Linux rather than Mac OS X."

  • Most Popular Tips and Tricks of 2009 (Dec 29, 2009, 14:03)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "We are about to say goodbye to 2009, so it's only fitting to recap some of this site's most in demand posts of the year."

  • Random Number Between Two Integers (Dec 29, 2009, 13:17)
    Safe Coding: "This is a topic that is quite easy and doesn’t need much explanation but still many people manage to mess it up. Not going into a hyperbole, I’ll get straight to the point."

  • Abusing Copyrights to Silence Critics, Control Customers, and Crush Competition (Dec 29, 2009, 13:13)
    Hardly a day goes by without yet another news story about creative uses of copyright, the DMCA, and generic attack lawyers to stifle free speech, criticism, and competition. It seems that money can buy all kinds of creative "justice." For example, in the increasingly bizarre Apple vs. Psystar drama, in which Psystar commited the awful crime of selling a tool to help customers install Mac OS X on the hardware of their choice, Apple have prevailed yet again in court, and Psystar cannot do this anymore. Linux Today readers, as usual, offer clear insights:

    What They've Twisted Copyright Into

    "The whole case with Psystar just underlines what big business has twisted copyright into. The so-called 'DRM' in Apple's operating system isn't to prevent copying of the software, but to prevent installation on a non-Apple machine."


  • Problem with continuous monitoring of files with tail command (Dec 29, 2009, 12:29)
    Shantanu’s Technophilic Musings: "If you can’t get tail command to continuously monitor a file, then read on."

  • Mean Time to Repair (Dec 29, 2009, 11:37)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The other day I read an article on the web that said that "Firefox, Adobe top buggiest-software list" and which stated that Firefox had reported the most "vulnerabilities" of all the "application programs"."

  • How Google and the cloud changed my company (Dec 29, 2009, 09:37)
    Fonality blogs: "A couple of years ago, I made one of the hardest calls I have ever had to make as a CEO... I asked my employees to pull the Microsoft feeding tube out of their noses and move to The Google."

  • 3 Wonderful Open-Source Games to Install After Installing Ubuntu (Dec 29, 2009, 07:37)
    Tuxarena: "Battle for Wesnoth is one of the most popular turn-based strategy games for Linux, if not the most popular. Completely free and open-source, it provides both singleplayer campaigns, as well as online multiplayer, hotseat or LAN support."

  • Globalize your Web Applications: PHP's Locale Formatting Classes (Dec 29, 2009, 05:37)
    WebReference: "Today, we'll be covering PHP's two remaining I18N Libraries, the I18N_Number and I18N_Currency classes, both of which are subclasses of the I18N_DateTime function."

  • Complete database administration package MySQL Workbench (Dec 29, 2009, 03:37)
    Ghacks: "Although this is sad news for a tool that had recently become my standard for working with databases, this death knoll has lead me to another, even better, tool MySQL Workbench."

  • Inkscape - A noteworthy open source vector graphics software (Dec 29, 2009, 01:37)
    All About Linux: "Inkscape is an open source, feature-full vector graphics environment with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator. Inkscape uses the W3C standard SVG file format. It supports many advanced SVG features like markers, clones, alpha blending and so on."

  • Evangelism is War -- The Mono/Moonlight Agenda (Dec 29, 2009, 00:17)
    Pwnage: "After reading the information contained in the documents I am even more convinced that Mono and Moonlight do nothing but help Microsoft win against competing platforms."