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Linux News for Mar 30, 2010

  • Weekly Ten: LEGO automatons, Linuxy Contenders to the iPad, Red Hat has Fat Profits (Mar 30, 2010, 23:33)
    Tech Source: "Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat announced fourth-quarter financial results showing a 15 percent increase in revenues year-over-year."

  • KDE SC 4.4.2 arrives with various bug fixes (Mar 30, 2010, 23:03)
    The H Open: "The KDE developers have released version 4.4.2 of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC), the latest bug fix release for the popular Linux desktop. In addition to several translation updates and stability improvements, the second KDE 4.4 update addresses a number of issues found in the previous 4.4.1 release."

  • Novell Beats SCO in Unix Jury Trial (Mar 30, 2010, 22:41)
    Datamation: "The jury decision from the District Court of Utah ruled in favor of Novell, which could serve to end SCO's legal actions against Novell, IBM and the broader Linux community."

  • Open-Source Software Shortcut, Excluding Directories From Grep (Mar 30, 2010, 22:33)
    Serverwatch: "I work on a project on which I regularly want to grep the directory tree for a particular word but without including the cvs/ and doc/ directories. Happily, grep has an exclude-dir option to do just this:"

  • OpenSSL 1.0.0 released (Mar 30, 2010, 22:03)
    LWN.net: "The OpenSSL project team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.0.0 of our open source toolkit for SSL/TLS. This new OpenSSL version is a major release and incorporates many new features as well as major fixes compared to 0.9.8n."

  • Ubuntu in its own words (Mar 30, 2010, 21:33)
    Tux Radar: "To kill the time between now and the announcement of what's to come in the next version, we decided to take a look at the keywords used to describe previous Ubuntu releases to see how priorities have changed over the years"

  • Breach of Trust (Mar 30, 2010, 21:03)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "Find out why you can’t trust your web browser or certificate authorities."

  • Emulation of windows sucks on Linux (Mar 30, 2010, 20:33)
    Technology & Life Integration: "Nevertheless there are a great many windows programs which run quite well, sometimes better, using the WINE developed libraries. Yet I sometimes wonder if it is too little too late."

  • Novell Wins Again - Jury Rules Copyrights Didn't Go to SCO (Mar 30, 2010, 20:07)
    Groklaw: "It's over. The jury has found that the copyrights did not go to SCO under the APA or anything else. The verdict is in."

  • SUSE Studio is powerful OS instance builder (Mar 30, 2010, 20:03)
    IT World: "Today, Novell's SUSE Studio is a Web-based virtual appliance/ISO image creator using SUSE Linux. It has no parallels that we can find for building operating systems instances."

  • Linux - a supercharged development environment (Mar 30, 2010, 19:33)
    Linux User and Developer: "Linux has come a long way from being just a geek’s operating system. But there is no doubt that Linux is still the best operating system for geeks and developers."

  • Meet the New Apps Getting Ready for Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 (Mar 30, 2010, 19:03)
    Tech Drive-in: "But apart from these eye candy, in a more subtle way, a number of new applications are also in the pipeline. Let's explore these new comers."

  • The Basics of SQL Joins in MySQL (Mar 30, 2010, 18:33)
    Developer.com: "After all, pulling data from a single table is easy, but what if you need to query for data spanning three, four, or even eight different tables?"

  • Hacker vows to fight Sony PS3 update, restore Linux support (Mar 30, 2010, 18:03)
    ars Technical: "He praised the hardware for its security, but now that Sony has responded by removing the Linux capabilities of the PlayStation 3 entirely, the hacker has decided to fight back..."

  • Set up a Personal Blog in 5 Minutes with Tonido Thots (Mar 30, 2010, 17:33)
    Linux Beacon: "While there are quite a few services that offer free blog hosting, there are situations when you’d want to run a blog on your own server. This approach has its advantages, but setting up a server and then installing and configuring a blog system can be a daunting proposition – unless you choose to use Tonido, that is. This solution offers everything you need in one neat , easy-to-install package."

  • The Alexandria Project, Chap. 11: Have I got an App for You! (Mar 30, 2010, 17:03)
    Standards Blog: "While CIA Agent Carl Cummings was being taught to heel, Frank was sitting at his kitchen table, tapping away at the cramped keyboard of a cheap netbook connected to a neighbor’s unsecured WiFi network. Even this was risky, he reminded himself, so this brief session would have to be his last until he moved on."

  • Break TrueCrypt Dard Drive Encryption Quickly (Mar 30, 2010, 16:33)
    Help Net Security: "The latest version of Passware Kit Forensic has become the first commercially available software to break TrueCrypt hard drive encryption without applying a time-consuming brute-force attack. It was also the first product to decrypt BitLocker drives."

  • Creating Plasmoids (Mar 30, 2010, 16:03)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "We take a peek at how to create your own plasmoids for the latest KDE desktop, giving you the power to build the perfect active desktop environment."

  • Google vs. China: Cyber World War I (Mar 30, 2010, 15:03)
    Datamation: "Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn't go down quite as many of us expected."

  • Users Sound Off on Droid Android 2.1 Update Delay (Mar 30, 2010, 14:33)
    Enterprise Mobile Today: "The delayed Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid is starting to tarnish the successful launch of Verizon's first smartphone to run on Google's open source mobile operating system, according to posts at Motorola's Facebook page."

  • Pretty penguin: five great themes for the GNOME desktop (Mar 30, 2010, 14:03)
    ars Technica: "GNOME has attracted a vibrant community of open source artists who are collaborating to produce aesthetically sophisticated visual styles for the desktop environment"

  • A community of FOSS lawyers? (Mar 30, 2010, 13:33)
    Opensource.com: "There is a fairly common perception among FOSS hackers that there is no community of FOSS lawyers. Scratch the surface, though, and it turns out that- despite our handicaps- the FOSS legal community is there and growing."

  • Report: Malware capital of the world is Shaoxing, China (Mar 30, 2010, 13:03)
    ZDNet: "Computer security firm Symantec announced on Monday that Shaoxing, China was malware capital of the world last month. "

  • Learn To Use Functions (Mar 30, 2010, 12:33)
    Begin Linux: "Functions are a script within a script which can be defined by the user and stored in memory, allowing you to reuse the function repeatedly. This also provides a modular aspect that allows you to debug one function at a time by disabling functions."

  • 7 Cool Firefox Ad-ons (Mar 30, 2010, 12:03)
    The Linux Box: "One of the coolest things about Firefox is its extensibility. Everyone has their collection of favorite Firefox add-ons and I thought I would share mine. Some provide improved organization, some have a certain "WOW!" factor, and others just look pretty."

  • Is Opera 10.50 Really the Fastest? (Mar 30, 2010, 11:03)
    Linux Magazine: "Opera is finally making with the snapshots for 10.50 on Linux, but is it really as fast as they claim? Opera’s upcoming release gets a shakedown this week, and the results might surprise you."

  • Open Source MongoDB Gets Commercial Support (Mar 30, 2010, 09:03)
    Database Journal: "One of the key elements that helps to enable open source software applications to gain broader enterprise usage is the availability of commercial support options. In the case of the open source MongoDB NoSQL database, that commercial support is now coming from project backer 10gen."

  • Document Freedom Day 2010 in The Netherlands (Mar 30, 2010, 07:03)
    LXer.com: "Document Freedom Day is a global day for document liberation. It will be a day of grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Open Document Formats and Open Standards in general"

  • Quanta Plus review (Mar 30, 2010, 05:03)
    Linux User and Developer: "Pros: Quanta Plus is fast, stable, and filled with very useful features. It’s probably the best web IDE for Linux available today"

  • BAR - Backup archiver program (Mar 30, 2010, 03:03)
    Ubuntu Geek: "BAR is backup archiver program to create compressed and encrypted archives of files that can be stored on a hard disk, CD, DVD, or directly on a server via FTP, SCP, or SFTP. A server mode and a scheduler are integrated for making automated backups in the background. A graphical front end that can connect to the (remote) server is included."

  • Novell vs. SCO and the fate of Unix is in a jury's hands. (Mar 30, 2010, 01:33)
    Cyber Cynic: "I've given up on predicting when the zombie movie series staring the undead SCO monster is finally going to stay quietly in its grave Still, this week a jury is deciding whether SCO or Novell owns Unix's intellectual property rights."

  • Midgard 8.09.8 released (Mar 30, 2010, 00:03)
    Midgard: "The Midgard Project has released the eighth maintenance release of Midgard 8.09 Ragnaroek LTS. Ragnaroek LTS is a Long Term Support version of the free software Content Management Framework."