Linux News for Jan 28, 2010
Apple iPad Has a Little Trademark iProblem (Jan 28, 2010, 23:34)
Hardware Central: "Though Apple has finally
unveiled its widely rumored, long-expected iPad tablet PC, it's not
out of the woods yet: Other companies are claiming ownership of the
Create Your Own Local Ubuntu Repository (Jan 28, 2010, 23:04)
BeginLinux: "There are several reasons you may
want to create a local repository. The first is that you want to
save on bandwidth if you have multiple Ubuntu machines to
Doonesbury on the iPad (Jan 28, 2010, 22:47)
Slate: "The geeks are calling the new device
the 'Jesus Tablet'"
Apple’s iPad vs Notion Ink’s Adam tablet with Ubuntu: battle of two (Jan 28, 2010, 22:34)
sola's blog: "We can safely say that the Apple
iPad is received with mixed feelings by the IT-savvy community. The
main problem is that the tablet is just not as revolutionary as
many expected it would be"
What's the Future of Linux and Solaris at Oracle? (Jan 28, 2010, 22:04)
Serverwatch: ""I love Linux. We're big
supporters of Linux, [but] Solaris is an older and more capable
operating system," Ellison said."
Tech Tip: Use gxmessage for Displaying GUI Messages from Scripts (Jan 28, 2010, 21:34)
Linux Journal: "There are many dialog programs
out there, Zenity, Kdialog, xdialog, etc. I love programs like
these. They make it so easy to spice up a shell script with a
little GUI action. Today I'm going to go look at a dialog program
OpenOffice.org Extensions for Business Users (Jan 28, 2010, 21:04)
WorldLabel: "OpenOffice.org is an excellent
all-around productivity suite as it is, but you can add a few
useful features using extensions to make it better suited for use
in a business environment. Here are a handful of extensions worth
considering if you are using OpenOffice.org as a business
Tracking Time with Rachota (Jan 28, 2010, 20:34)
Linux Pro Magazine: "There are quite a few time
tracking solutions out there, including the nifty Rachota utility
which not only makes it easy to track time spent on different tasks
but also helps you to analyze the collected data."
Make Pretty GUI Apps Fast with Python-Qt (Jan 28, 2010, 20:04)
Linux Planet: "KDE users love the look of all
those pretty applications. The key is the toolkit KDE uses: Qt.
Akkana Peck uses a poker game to show how quickly you can create a
nice-looking graphical application."
6 of the best desktop search tools for Linux (Jan 28, 2010, 19:34)
TechRadar: "Do desktop search tools spell the
end of grep?"
FOSS Feats and Follies: Q&A With Red Hat Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields (Jan 28, 2010, 19:04)
LinuxInsider: "Paul Frields, Red Hat's Fedora
Project Leader, talks about FUDCon, what lies ahead for the next
generation of FOSS, and how to address some of the lingering
problems of Linux communities."
The Importance of Fitting In (Jan 28, 2010, 18:34)
Linux Magazine: "Is the success of Linux
directly proportional to its ability to integrate with existing
proprietary systems like Windows? If so, should free software
developers be spending more time integrating with it instead of
building better software for free platforms?"
Anything the iPad can do, Linux can do better. (Jan 28, 2010, 18:04)
Cyber Cynic: "The Apple iPad has finally
arrived, and, as I predicted a while back, it's really just a big
iPod Touch. That's great. I love my iPod Touch. But, really, is
there anything here that Linux can't do just as well for less
LCA: Cooperative management of package copyright and licensing data (Jan 28, 2010, 17:34)
LWN.net: "Kate Stewart is the manager of the
PowerPC team at Freescale. As such, she has a basic customer
service problem to solve: people who buy a board from Freescale
would like to have some sort of operating system to run on it. That
system, of course, will be Linux; satisfying this requirement means
that Freescale must operate as a sort of Linux distributor."
A Look at KDE 4.4 (Jan 28, 2010, 17:04)
IT News Today: "The latest version of my
favorite desktop, KDE SC 4.4, is due to be released in just a
couple of weeks. Even though it’s still in beta, I just
couldn’t keep my hands off of it, being the desktop geek that
I am. Let’s take a quick look at how KDE 4.4 is shaping up
during the last leg of its development phase."
Dear Netflix (Jan 28, 2010, 16:34)
PetitionOnline: " We, the undersigned, are
current or prospective subscribers of Netflix that would like the
"Watch Now" feature available to Linux users."
GNOME Activity Journal Shows Your Recent Computer Work (Jan 28, 2010, 16:04)
Lifehacker: "Linux only: It's still a work in
progress, but GNOME Activity Journal already offers a nice
at-a-glance look at your file work over the last few days, offering
usage charts, image previews, and quick file access."
20 Ubuntu Karmic Annoyances (Jan 28, 2010, 15:34)
Rocky Hillside: "If you are mounting shares
from disks on your network and you are using wifi, the shares don't
unmount when you try to shut down. This is a major pain. (The pain
is amplified because folks keep marking the bug "fixed" when it's
Linux Audio Plugin Update (Jan 28, 2010, 15:04)
Linux Journal: "LADSPA is the senior player in
the Linux audio plugin field. Its API (applications programming
interface) is stable, but development is no longer as lively as
when it first appeared. Nevertheless, some significant LADSPA
plugins have shown up in the last few months."
The choices inside Ubuntu (Jan 28, 2010, 14:34)
Linux Pro Magazine "Hearing that the next
Ubuntu release will use Yahoo! as the default search engine in
Firefox leaves me with a twinge of uneasiness. My misgiving -- and
it's a small one -- is not so much with the decision as with why it
MonitoringForge.org Reaches 2,000 Registrants and More Than 2,000 Projects in its First Four Months (Jan 28, 2010, 14:04)
MonitoringForge press release: MonitoringForge
(www.MonitoringForge.org), the epicenter of all open source
projects that relate to IT monitoring, announces its 2,000th
registered member and more than 2,000 projects since its launch in
September 2009. In addition to its expanding membership base,
MonitoringForge has established an advisory board of monitoring
gurus, and implemented new updates to the platform.
Using Brasero for data backup and ISO burning (Jan 28, 2010, 13:34)
Linux.com: "From command line to stand alone
GUI to fully desktop-integrated tool, you can get your data (or
ISO) onto a CD or DVD in many ways. One such way is the Brasero
CD/DVD burner. Brasero is the default burner for the GNOME
Zap Provides Open Source Wireless Testing (Jan 28, 2010, 13:04)
EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: "Ruckus has
released the Zap source code under a modified BSD license to
provide the tool to the world, and hopefully spur development of
this and other related analysis tools. Zap measures performance,
statistically, to provide insight into the true nature of how a
network can perform."
And the best Linux desktop distro of all is... (Jan 28, 2010, 12:34)
IT World: "When it comes to Linux, there is no
one size fits all answer. But, unlike other desktop operating
systems, Linux doesn't try to squeeze you into a system's that's
too large or too small. Instead, Linux offers a wide variety of
distributions and one of them is likely be the right one for
Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 2) - Storage (Jan 28, 2010, 12:04)
The H Open: "Extended discard support means
that Linux now supports ATA TRIM, which can increase SSD lifespan
Solid State Drives Get Faster with TRIM (Jan 28, 2010, 10:34)
Enterprise Storage Forum: "More companies are turning to the TRIM command, a subset of the data set management features within the latest ATA specifications, to help them improve the speed of SSD drives and ultimately boost the drives' overall read and write performance."
What's Next for Firefox? Electrolysis (Jan 28, 2010, 09:04)
Datamation: "One of the key new features that
the Lorentz branch of Firefox 3.6 will aim to include is a
technology that rival browser Google Chrome helped to popularize
– out of process plugins."
9 Hilarious USB keys (Jan 28, 2010, 07:34)
Uphaa: An oldie but goodie, featuring Barbie, a
real thumb drive, and a teddy bear.
Just what is “Linux”? (Jan 28, 2010, 06:04)
Ghacks: "The central issue that I have is that
this issue causes great confusion with newbies and anger with power
users. To that end, I thought I would put forth a few ideas that
could solve this issue. It’s confusing, it’s
frustrating, and it’s rooted in years of heavy geek war. So
read on and chime in."
What Would Life Be Like Without Windows? (Jan 28, 2010, 04:34)
PC World: "What would life be like without
Microsoft Windows? To listen to the free open source software
crowd, the demise of Windows -- and by extension, Microsoft's
hegemony over the PC universe -- would signal a kind of rebirth for
Installing the Elgg Social Networking CMS (Jan 28, 2010, 03:04)
Webreference: "Open Source CMSes are the latest
rage it seems, and we've tried out dozens. One that stands out
above the rest for small businesses and personal networks is the
Elgg open source "social engine," which can be used to create
Goodbye KDE, Hello XFCE (Jan 28, 2010, 01:34)
Doug in Real Time: "This past weekend I
uninstalled KDE4 from my Desktop. When I first started playing
around with Linux, my first desktop was KDE 1.something. Even
though it didn't have the polish of Windows, I could see that it
had a lot of potential."
Meetings, Minutes, and Mootbot (Jan 28, 2010, 00:04)
Ubuntu User: "I found out the #ubuntu-meeting
Channel on Freenode uses mootbot. This great little bot that makes
keeping track of action items and gathering meeting minutes/notes