Linux News for Feb 24, 2010
In-depth documentation of openQRM available
(Feb 24, 2010, 23:32)
LinuxPR: In-depth documentation of openQRM
available A complete technical documentation about the concepts,
architecture and internals of openQRM including use-cases is now
Use open source? Then you're a pirate! (Feb 24, 2010, 23:03)
Computerworld UK: "This year the Special 301
watchlist targets governments that use open source"
Why I Will Not Sign the Public Domain Manifesto (Feb 24, 2010, 22:33)
FSF.org: "The Public Domain Manifesto
(http://www.publicdomainmanifesto.org/node/8) has its heart in the
right place as it objects to some of the unjust extensions of
copyright power, so I wish I could support it. However, it falls
far short of what is needed."
Microsoft Plays Catch-up -- Sub-$70 Linux Virtual Desktop (Feb 24, 2010, 22:03)
Userful: "Microsoft recently announced it's own
multi-seat solution, Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010,
seven years after Userful pioneered the technology on Linux back in
2002. Another classic case of Linux vs Windows, only this time
Linux has the upper hand with Userful having already sold 750,000
Open Source vs. the White Supremacists (Feb 24, 2010, 21:33)
Linux Today Blog: "A man who claims to be the
head of the Aryan Nations says he wants to move their national
headquarters into my little hometown in Eastern Oregon...But even
though we are a rural area that has been especially hard-hit by the
recession, we have some powerful tools that our predecessors did
not have. Like Facebook."
John Carmack Gets Lifetime Achievement Award (Feb 24, 2010, 21:03)
Tom's Hardware: "John Carmack, one of the
geniuses in 3D gaming technology will be recognized in March at
2010 Game Developers Choice Awards for his lifetime of
A preview of Ubuntu 10.04 (Feb 24, 2010, 20:33)
PC Report: "Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) is only
in the Alpha stage of testing at this moment. It doesn’t look
extremely different from the current version of Ubuntu but there
are a few noticeable differences."
Sens. Push for Government Cybersecurity Authority (Feb 24, 2010, 20:03)
eSecurity Planet: "The senators backing
sweeping and controversial legislation to overhaul U.S.
cybersecurity policy pressed their cause Tuesday, signaling in a
hearing that they have no intention of backing down from a dramatic
expansion of executive authority to respond to an attack on the
nation's digital infrastructure."
Getting to Gno GNU Utilities (Feb 24, 2010, 19:33)
Linux.com: "In this tutorial, I'll cover a few
of the utilities that you can use to measure file system usage,
verify the size of files, and take a peek into larger text files
like Apache logs."
7 of the Best Free Linux Configuration Management Tools (Feb 24, 2010, 19:03)
LinuxLinks: "In a nutshell, Configuration
Management software enables administrators to automatically manage
the entire configuration of one or multiple computers."
HTC Hero Review (Feb 24, 2010, 18:33)
Raiden's Realm: "I have a HTC Hero since it was
launched, and I have been satisfied with it, and think it can fill
most people's needs. However, this phone also has a lot of faults,
especially hardware-wise. But the android operating system makes
this phone a great one, and the sense UI from HTC makes it even
World's Funniest Computer Pictures (Feb 24, 2010, 18:03)
Tech Source: "I would expect that some of you
may have already seen a few of these images, but I still hope that
you'll have a good time. Without any more delay, here are some of
the world's funniest computer pictures:"
10 Ways to Prevent or Mitigate SQL Injection Attacks (Feb 24, 2010, 17:33)
Enterprise Networking Planet: ""Failure to
Preserve SQL Query Structure (aka 'SQL Injection')" appears at
number 2 in the CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors
list published on February 16. And for good reason: SQL injection
attacks pose a massive potential threat to your organization."
My Dinner With Bill (Gates, That is) (Feb 24, 2010, 17:03)
Skeptic blog: "...listening to Bill Gates hold
forth on matters of business, economics, finance, world health,
education, and nutrition and physical fitness in a dinner arranged
by John Brockman’s Edge.org during last week’s TED
gathering in Long Beach was a memorable experience
Seeking the One True Linux: Is Linux Distro-hopping a Thing of the Past? (Feb 24, 2010, 16:33)
Linux Planet: "Haven't most Linux distributions
reached a state of polish that makes distro-hopping unnecessary?
Brian Proffitt wonders if distro-hopping shouldn't be
Top 15 Wallpapers for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid from Ubuntu Artwork Pool (Feb 24, 2010, 16:03)
Tech Drive-In: "This is a collection of 15
beautiful wallpapers for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx from Ubuntu
Mandriva Joins ARM Connected Community (Feb 24, 2010, 15:33)
Mandriva press release: Mandriva, Europe's
leading Linux publisher, today announced it is a new member in the
ARM® Connected Community, the industry's largest ecosystem of
ARM technology-based products and services.
The Spy at Harriton High (Feb 24, 2010, 15:03)
Stryde Hax: "This investigation into the remote
spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion
represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the
toolchain used to accomplish spying."
10 Best Minimal / Low-Footprint Linux distros (Feb 24, 2010, 14:33)
Simple Thoughts: "With the emergence of
netbooks there is an increasing demand for lightweight and faster
OS with minimal/low-footprint. Google promises Chrome OS for
netbook to be a fastest and lighweight. But, as Bill Gates
suggested it's just another Linux."
Judge Stewart Denies Novell Motion in Limine No. 7 - More Orders Put SCO in a Real Pickle (Feb 24, 2010, 14:03)
Groklaw: "So, what I'm saying is, that as far
as I can determine, Novell just got told no, period, final answer.
It's up to the jury now."
Federal judge orders Pa. schools to stop laptop spying (Feb 24, 2010, 13:33)
Computerworld: "A federal judge yesterday
ordered the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on its
students to stop activating the cameras in school-issued MacBook
When using open source makes you an enemy of the state (Feb 24, 2010, 13:03)
Guardian: "The US copyright lobby has long
argued against open source software - now Indonesia's in the firing
line for encouraging the idea in government departments."
Open Source vs. the White Supremacists (Feb 24, 2010, 12:55)
A man who claims to be the head of the Aryan Nations says he wants to move their national headquarters into my little hometown in Eastern Oregon. This is alarming news, because we don't care to have organized crime, hatred, and intolerance invade our little community. He thinks we share his values and won't mind.
The Aryan Nations and related groups have been chronic thorns in the sides of the residents of Northern Idaho for decades. Oregon's own history is scarred by these groups; for one example, back in the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan had great influence in the state legislature, and to this day we're still finding their messes and cleaning them up.
But even though we are a rural area that has been especially hard-hit by the recession, we have some powerful tools that our predecessors did not have. Like Facebook.
OpenSUSE 11.3 hits second milestone, features KDE 4.4 desktop (Feb 24, 2010, 12:33)
Desktop Linux: "OpenSUSE 11.3 Milestone 2 also
debuts the new KDE 4.4 desktop, which adds a netbook interface,
plus new tabbing and social networking features."
SCaLE 8x Report
(Feb 24, 2010, 12:03)
Linux Journal: "After a long weekend at SCaLE
8x with some of my favorite people, Linux Journal's Kyle Rankin,
Bill Childers and Shawn Powers, I have officially become a huge fan
of the annual Southern California Linux Expo."
Will open source ever be completely free? (Feb 24, 2010, 11:03)
The Open Road: "In various markets, open source
has relentlessly driven prices down while boosting performance and
customer value, as detailed by The 451 Group. Even as traditional
vendors have struggled with a tight economy, open-source vendors
LXDE: Smaller, Faster than KDE or GNOME (Feb 24, 2010, 09:03)
Datamation: "Three years ago, the Lightweight
X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) was a faltering project -- so much
so that, when I wrote about it, one commenter questioned whether
the project was still alive. However, since then, accounts of
LXDE's death have proved greatly exaggerated, and the project is
once again flourishing."
Update on Controlling Konsole via DBUS (Feb 24, 2010, 07:03)
Linux Journal: "As I've begun to use that
script for setting up my konsoles I, like others, have discovered
that the tab title that you set with dbus doesn't stick. This short
note shows you a workaround to make your tab titles stay put."
Linux Partitioning Explained (Feb 24, 2010, 05:03)
Geekride: "You got a new hard drive and attach
it to your laptop/desktop but before you can use it, you need to
partition and format the hard drive. This can be done with a series
of easy steps. This is a small and easy tutorial which will show
you how to use fdisk, one of very famous utility for disk
VeriSign Debuts New Online Trust Seal (Feb 24, 2010, 03:03)
eSecurity Planet: "How do you know that the
site you're visiting isn't infected with malware? VeriSign is
trying to make the answer easier for users to know with the
introduction of its new VeriSign Trust Seal."
Of the powers we choose to lose (Feb 24, 2010, 01:33)
Libervis: "I used to be what is sometimes
called a "Free Software purist". "Free" here refers to "free as in
freedom" according to Richard Stallman's Free Software Philosophy.
As such I was opposed to all proprietary software licensing."
Laptop launched to aid computer novices (Feb 24, 2010, 00:03)
BBC News: "People confused and frustrated by
computers can now turn to a laptop called Alex built just for