Linux News for Apr 29, 2010
Some notes from the Collaboration Summit (Apr 29, 2010, 23:33)
LWN.net: "Your editor has just returned from
the Linux Foundation's annual Collaboration Summit, held in San
Francisco. LFCS is a unique event; despite becoming more
developer-heavy over the years, it still pulls together an
interesting combination of people from the wider Linux
Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD (Apr 29, 2010, 23:03)
Lifehacker: "Plenty of utilities can recover
deleted files, but what if you can't boot your computer, or the
whole drive has been formatted? Here's how to dig deep and recover
the most elusive deleted files, or even whole partitions."
ZaReason Ships Ubuntu 10.04 Systems (Apr 29, 2010, 22:33)
WorksWithU: "Each time Canonical ships a new
Ubuntu release, Iâ€™m inclined to reach out to
two specific PC companies: ZaReason and System76. Both companies
focus intensely on Ubuntu netbooks, notebooks, PCs and
SCO: The Real Legal Argument Revealed (Apr 29, 2010, 22:03)
Help Desk: "I really don't understand why SCO
is still here."
Microsoft marches on Android and Linux (Apr 29, 2010, 21:33)
Cyber Cynic: "Microsoft has never proven, or
even attempted to prove, any of these claims. That hasn't, however,
stopped Microsoft from using the threat of Linux patent lawsuit to
force companies like Amazon into paying them off."
jQuery: Novice to Ninja (Apr 29, 2010, 21:03)
A Million Chimpanzees: "Who should read this
book? There was the usual blurb in the book's front matter about
"If you're a front-end web designer looking to..." which I
expected, but what are the minimal qualifications the reader should
have before shelling out his or her hard earned dough for this
Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx Linux OS Debuts With an Eye on ISVs (Apr 29, 2010, 20:33)
Serverwatch: "What's really exciting is the
ecosystem support that we've seen around this release," Canonical
CEO Jane Silber said on a conference call announcing the release.
"With over 80 vendors announcing support for about 100
applications, that's significant and a recognition of the long term
support nature of this particular release."
Critics' Choice Review: HTC Incredible Dubbed 'Best Smartphone' (Apr 29, 2010, 20:03)
Enterprise Mobile Today: "If you have the
audacity to name your new smartphone Incredible, it had darn well
better live up to its name. Based on the reviews from CNET, LAPTOP
magazine, PC Magazine, and PC World, the new HTC Droid Incredible
does just that."
Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Office Apps (Apr 29, 2010, 19:33)
Tom's Hardware: "Having covered Linux
installation, running Windows XP in Ubuntu, Internet applications,
and a handful of open source communications titles, Adam Overa is
back with a comprehensive look at office apps for Windows users
considering a switch to Linux."
Firefox Mobile - Review (Apr 29, 2010, 19:03)
Thoughts on Technology: "I've been using
firefox as the primary browser on my N900 since just prior to it's
1.0 release, the following are my summations of what I think of
Mozilla's mobile browser."
Symantec Acquires PGP, GuardianEdge (Apr 29, 2010, 18:33)
eSecurity Planet: "Symantec is ramping up its
encryption software portfolio with the acquisitions of PGP and
GuardianEdge for $300 million and $70 million, respectively."
CCIA Releases Economic Study Calculating Value of �Fair Use� (Apr 29, 2010, 18:03)
CCIA: "Industries that rely on fair use
exceptions to copyright law grew faster than the rest of the U.S.
economy from 2002 to 2007, expanded 5 percent and accounted for 23
percent of real economic growth, according to a new economic
Apple: Worse for open source than Microsoft? (Apr 29, 2010, 17:33)
My Broadband: "The times are changing, however,
and Microsoft is neither the primary nor the only enemy of free
software. The new number one enemy could well be Apple."
Good and Bads of LXDE (Apr 29, 2010, 17:03)
A Doctor`s Linux Blog: "KDE4 has given much to
the computing world at the cost of its bloated composition. GNOME
is fast & flexible but mostly liked by hardcore conventional
Linux users. LXDE is a relatively new and highly adoptable free and
open source desktop environment."
The Top 12 Native Linux System Monitoring Tools (Apr 29, 2010, 16:33)
Daniweb: "To assist those weary SAs in their
quest to conquer their Linux systems, I've devised this list of 12
native Linux system monitoring tools that are always at my
What does this USE flag do? (Apr 29, 2010, 16:03)
Gentoo: "Today I ran world update and saw that
the kernel sources have a new USE flag: deblob. What does deblob
Why Mobile Patents are Such a Mess (Apr 29, 2010, 15:33)
Datamation: "Microsoft announced this week that
it has inked a deal with Taiwan-based High-Tech Computing (HTC).
Under the agreement, HTC will pay royalties to Microsoft for phones
that run Google's Android platform. Wait, what?"
Ubuntu 10.04 Hit By Major Bug; ISOs Now Being Re-Spun (Apr 29, 2010, 15:03)
Phoronix: "Rather than the Canonical crew and
Ubuntu developers around the world spending today celebrating the
release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, they are busy re-spinning some of the
ISOs due to a new "critical" bug."
gThumb: The Free Software IrfanView (Apr 29, 2010, 14:32)
InaTux: "Before recently my answer was always
"You can't use IrfanView, as it's only available for Windows, and
there isn't a good IrfanView equivalent for GNU/Linux." Well, I'm
happy to say as of version 2.11.3 that I can now tell people that
gThumb is as good as IrfanView, if not better."
How-To: Grep Tricks for Linux Users (Apr 29, 2010, 14:02)
IT World: "The first of these tricks allows you
to create a list of files that contain whatever string you are
looking for. It uses the -l (list just the file names, not the
matched content) option plus the -r option for recursing through
Using The Debian Alternatives System (Apr 29, 2010, 13:32)
segfault.in: "The Debian system has mechanism
to install somewhat overlapping programs peacefully using
update-alternatives(8). The Perl script update-alternatives
provides a way of ensuring that all the files associated with a
specified package are selected as a system default."
Why Ubuntu excites me more than Windows or Macintosh (Apr 29, 2010, 13:02)
Times Online: "When you ask it to do something,
and it thinks about it, and then it keeps thinking, and then you go
off and make a cup of tea, and it's still thinking, and you want to
headbutt the wall, again and again, until gets all smeared and red
and bloody and bits of your brain are raining down on to your
Australian National Library uses open source for treasure Trove (Apr 29, 2010, 12:32)
Computerworld: "The National Library of
Australia has opted for an open source platform to drive its newly
unveiled search engine."
A Few Words About 'NoSQL' and Other Unstructured Databases (Apr 29, 2010, 12:02)
CIO Update: "No one likes this term. Attempting
to describe something by what it isn't typically doesn't work
— and, to make matters worse, this is about data-store
relationships and not about SQL at all. Yet NoSQL databases have
significant advantages, including:"
Get Slack! (Apr 29, 2010, 10:32)
Nocturnal Slacker: "The oldest Linux
distribution in existence is Slackware. It's about time that I
actually posted something about my favorite Linux distribution on
Creating Custom Routes with the Zend Framework (Apr 29, 2010, 09:02)
WDVL: "Manipulate your Web site URLs any way
you please using the Zend Framework's powerful custom routing
Microsoft Contributes to Open-Source Joomla Project (Apr 29, 2010, 07:32)
eWeek: "Now, Iâ€™ve got my
own issues with the GPL as I think that it strips the consumer of
all of their rights but thatâ€™s for a different
The Sad Story of XOOPS: Governance Fail (Apr 29, 2010, 06:02)
OStatic: "The Dutch Court has rejected its suit
against former project manager Herko Coomans and allowed Coomans to
keep funds totally more than €15,000 held in a fund earmarked
for the project."
Six Cool PHP Tricks You May Not Know (Apr 29, 2010, 04:32)
PHP Builder: "Over the years I've come across
some useful tricks in PHP that are not obvious, but are worth
mentioning. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the
useful tricks that you can do with PHP."
Tech trouble causing Computer Stress Syndrome: study (Apr 29, 2010, 03:02)
Yahoo News: "Crashing machines, slow boot
times, and agony dealing with technical support have Digital Age
people suffering from Computer Stress Syndrome, a study available
online Tuesday found."
SCO Files Motion for Judgment As a Matter of Law, or For a New Trial (Apr 29, 2010, 01:32)
Groklaw: "SCO has filed its "renewed" motion
for judgment "as a matter of law", with its supporting memorandum.
They ask the judge to rule over the heads of the jury and decide
that the jury "simply got it wrong" when it ruled that SCO didn't
get the copyrights in 1995 from Novell. In the alternative, they'd
like a new trial."
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS adds business and ease-of-use tools (Apr 29, 2010, 00:02)
Computerworld: "The latest version of this
Linux OS is aimed straight at businesses looking for enterprise
tools and a simple interface."