Linux News for Apr 27, 2010
How Cloud Computing Security Resembles the Financial Meltdown (Apr 27, 2010, 23:33)
Datamation: "How do you know if a cloud
computing vendor is secure? When they make claims about their
nearly absolute level of safety, should you just...take their word
for it? "
The Complexities to Creating Real Electronic Health Records (Apr 27, 2010, 23:03)
Linux Journal: "But with all of this focus on
streamlining and digitally electrifying health records, I began to
wonder where did the Open Source community stand and where is its
input? There is certainly a lot of money sitting out there for
someone who wants to try to build the better mouse trap."
New Nvidia Video Driver for Linux Supports X Server 1.8
(Apr 27, 2010, 22:33)
Softpedia: "Nvidia announced a few days ago, on
its forum, a new version of its proprietary driver for the Nvidia
graphics cards. Nvidia 195.36.24 adds support for new GPUs, and
fixes a few issues. But the most important thing is that Nvidia
195.36.24 has support for X Server 1.8."
Say Cheese: Building a Photo App for Your Android Device (Apr 27, 2010, 22:03)
Linux Magazine: "Learn how to snap a picture
and display it in your application "
Dilbert: That Lost 4G Phone (Apr 27, 2010, 21:33)
Scott Adams blog: "So here now, exclusively for
you blog readers, the totally unfinished first drafts of those
comics. You will never see these in newspapers."
Computers Seized at Home of Gizmodo Reporter Who Wrote About iPhone, Gawker Media Says (Apr 27, 2010, 21:17)
New York Times: "Under both state and federal
law, a search warrant may not be validly issued to confiscate the
property of a journalist"
Raiders of the Lost iPhone (Apr 27, 2010, 21:03)
MacNewsWorld: "Will Gizmodo's Jason Chen land
in the cooler for his part in leaking Apple's next-gen iPhone to
the world? Or did Silicon Valley's High Tech Task Force violate
legal protections established to shield journalists when they
raided the editor's home?"
Most Influential Women in Technology 2010: Pamela Jones (Apr 27, 2010, 20:33)
Fast Company: "Groklaw is an attempt to get
geeks and lawyers together, so they can help each other understand
the other's world, with the goal of ideally getting better court
results based on technical realities"
Ubuntu 10.04: Where Ubuntu goes from here (Apr 27, 2010, 20:03)
Cyber Cynic: "The new Ubuntu release is almost
here and I like the Ubuntu 10.04 desktop a lot. As a Linux expert,
it's a little too simple for my personal tastes, but it's the best
beginner Linux out of the box I've ever seen."
3 KDE Add-ons Worth Trying (Apr 27, 2010, 19:33)
MakeTechEasier: "Ever so often, I look around
for rather random add-ons that make my desktop experience more
pleasant or occasionally even serve a meaningful purpose. They
range from full applications to very basic widgets. In no
particular order, here are a few that I have recently encountered
and are worth mentioning."
Linux Takes a Share of Spam from Windows (Apr 27, 2010, 19:03)
Symantec press release: "In the current spam
climate, this index shows that relative to its market share, any
given Linux machine is five times more likely to be sending spam
than any given Windows machine."
Cross Compiling Options
(Apr 27, 2010, 18:33)
Linux Journal: "What is your strategy on cross
compilation toolchains? Here we explore a few options:"
New distributions added to waiting list (Apr 27, 2010, 18:03)
Distrowatch: "GnackTrack. GnackTrack is an
Ubuntu-based distribution and live CD designed for penetration
Top 10 technology mistakes (Apr 27, 2010, 17:33)
PC Authority: "From the Mars Climate Orbiter to
overheating batteries and floating point errors, we look at the
history of famous technical mistakes"
X.Org Project Has Five New Summer Projects (Apr 27, 2010, 17:03)
Phoronix: "Back in March we talked about the
possible X.Org projects this year during Google's Summer of Code,
for which X.Org is a veteran participant (in the past items like
the ATI R300 Gallium3D driver and generic GPU video decoding have
been tackled), but the list of accepted projects for this summer
have now been announced."
EasyPeasy and the Challenges of Linux Netbook Design (Apr 27, 2010, 16:33)
Datamation: "Should a netbook be treated as
more as a mobile device than as a laptop? Should developers assume
that netbooks are used for light computing such as social
networking, rather than for productivity?"
Canonical announces an Ubuntu certification scheme (Apr 27, 2010, 16:03)
The H Open: "The joint programme with the LPI
had been very successful, but there was great demand for a pure
How to Use KDE�s Clipboard and Klipper App (Apr 27, 2010, 15:33)
MakeTechEasier: "KDE has an advanced clipboard
system, largely due to a small program called Klipper, which can
store more than one piece of data. KDE also has the ability to copy
and move files with copying and pasting, and automatic creation of
files using clipboard data."
The Ultimate Tar Command Tutorial with 10 Practical Examples (Apr 27, 2010, 15:03)
The Geek Stuff: "In this article, let us review
various tar examples including how to create tar archives (with
gzip and bzip compression), extract a single file or directory,
view tar archive contents, validate the integrity of tar archives,
finding out the difference between tar archive and file system,
estimate the size of the tar archives before creating it"
Keeping 1000 devs focused: new Debian leader speaks (Apr 27, 2010, 14:33)
IT Wire: "Ten days back, the new leader of the
Debian GNU/Linux project, Stefano Zacchiroli, began his term as the
only elected leader of a free software project. But that's not the
only thing that makes Debian unique in the FOSS space."
Speak to us, oh great and wise computer (Apr 27, 2010, 14:03)
Motho ke motho ka botho: "In the category of
"silly tricks that you can do at the console that don't really make
any progress but are kind of fun anyway," here are two things you
might not normally combine: the fortune package inherited from the
Unix of Long Ago, and the espeak tool."
Gazing at Scientific Linux
(Apr 27, 2010, 13:33)
Distrowatch: "Apparently several readers find
Scientific a good OS for their machines at home and run it on
everything from servers, to desktops, to netbooks.... everything
except the family toaster. Honestly, I was a bit surprised."
Vancouver City Hall's Open Data Experiment (Apr 27, 2010, 13:03)
The Tyee: "The transparency push is a year old
and working, but you can't call it wide open, yet."
Linux Mint 9: Desktop backgrounds (Apr 27, 2010, 12:33)
The Linux Mint Blog: "I'm posting about the
artwork again to follow-up on the contest and the desktop
backgrounds for Linux Mint 9. Wallpapers included by default: The
following wallpapers will be included by default in Linux Mint 9
(click on the pictures to see them in full size)."
An Eye-Opening Experience (Apr 27, 2010, 12:03)
The Linux Critic: "Recently, I was able to get
outside the circle of Linux users and perform a live demonstration
of Linux (and LXDE) to a group of professionals in a conference
setting. Here's my story."
Setting Up Tunneling With a VirtualBox Guest Machine (Apr 27, 2010, 10:33)
Serverwatch: "I regularly use VirtualBox, which
allows you to set up and run virtual machines (VMs) on your own
desktop. It's a very nifty bit of software, but one drawback is
that by default, the guest VM is invisible to the host or any other
machines on the network."
6 of the Best Free Linux Simple Backup Software (Apr 27, 2010, 09:03)
LinuxLinks: "Now, let's explore the 6 backup
tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page,
providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together
with links to relevant resources and reviews."
Google Nixes Verizon Edition of Nexus One (Apr 27, 2010, 07:33)
EnterpriseMobile Today: "Google has quietly
canceled plans to release a Verizon version of its Nexus One phone
and is instead steering customers toward the HTC Incredible, a
phone described as a "Nexus One on steroids" by one analyst."
The case of the overly anonymous anon_vma (Apr 27, 2010, 06:03)
LWN.net: "The holdup in this case was a nasty
regression which occupied a number of kernel developers nearly full
time for days. The hunt for this bug is a classic story of what can
happen when the code gets too complex."
Git 1.7.1 released and available in my repository for Ubuntu Jaunty and Ubuntu K (Apr 27, 2010, 04:33)
My Thoughts: "Git 1.7.1 was released on
Saturday, 24 Apr 2010. It's available in my Ubuntu repository for
Ubuntu Jaunty and Ubuntu Karmic."
Free NVIDIA Fermi Cards To Open-Source Developers (Apr 27, 2010, 03:03)
Phoronix: "Prior to launching their
next-generation graphics processors, NVIDIA dropped their
obfuscated open-source driver and have said they will not provide
any open-source support at all for their GeForce GTX 400 "Fermi"
Using graphical su in Fedora (Apr 27, 2010, 01:33)
Ian's Thoughts: "There are times that I would
like to open an app as root user without having to use the command
line in order to do that. I learned of a nice app in the Fedora
repos called beesu..."
Why Making Money from Free Software Matters (Apr 27, 2010, 00:03)
The H Open: "Later still, free software also
became a way of making serious money – something that
Stallman has repeatedly said he is quite happy with, contrary to
much FUD claiming otherwise."