Linux News for May 26, 2010
The behavioral economics of free software (May 26, 2010, 23:32)
We'll see: "People who use and promote free
software cite various reasons for their choice, but do those
reasons tell the whole story? If, as a community, we want free
software to continue to grow in popularity, especially in the
mainstream, we should understand better the true reasons for
choosing it—especially our own."
Why Can't We All Use Chromium Instead of Google Chrome? (May 26, 2010, 23:02)
Tech Drive-In: "This is something I always
asked myself. How is Google Chrome different from Chromium. Apart
from the logo, there is hardly any difference visually between the
two. So I decided to dig further. Here are some of the interesting
facts you should know."
Bad Stuff About Facebook, But Not What You Think (May 26, 2010, 22:32)
Ubuntu User: "I'm going to start this
Ubuntu-User blog entry with an apology combined with a bit of an
explanation. I'm going to talk about Facebook. Yes, me too -- I'm
Monitor Servers from Your Android Device with httpmon (May 26, 2010, 22:02)
Linux Magazine: "Checking whether a specific
Web server is up and running is as easy as issuing the ping command
in the terminal, but if you are looking for a more versatile tool
that you can use while on the move, try httpmon for Android."
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed (May 26, 2010, 21:32)
Tom's Hardware: "Canonical, the company behind
Ubuntu, is pinning its hopes of OEM acceptance on the Lucid Lynx.
We've put the screws to this new Long Term Support (LTS) release,
comparing it to Canonical's previous LTS release, 8.04 Hardy Heron,
to look for progress."
SGI advances Linux on the HPC front (May 26, 2010, 21:02)
The Inquirer: "Silicon Graphics International
(SGI) represents how a once fiercely proprietary company has been
able to leverage open source for High Performance Computing (HPC),
much to its benefit."
Apple Passes Microsoft as World�s Largest Tech Company (May 26, 2010, 20:50)
Wired: "Apple's market capitalization
officially passed Microsoft's this afternoon, making the Cupertino
company, for the first time, the largest technology company in the
LightZone review (May 26, 2010, 20:32)
Linux User and Developer: "Features include RAW
support, layers, Zones, and Regions. It's a great deal for the
price, and probably the best option for Linux users"
The best-kept secrets of UNIX power users (May 26, 2010, 20:02)
IBM Developerworks: "Summary: You don't have to
break into a Watergate office to uncover the secrets of UNIX power
users. There's an informant, and this month he's spilling the
Exploring Lilliput: Is the Cloud Replacing Tiny Linuxes?
(May 26, 2010, 19:47)
Linux Planet: "Emery Fletcher has been
exploring small-footprint Linux distributions like Damn Small
Linux, SliTaz, and Puppy. Since even small mobile devices have lots
of RAM and storage these days, and cloud apps are everywhere, are
these small Linuxes still worthwhile?"
6 things Microsoft needs to do before I’ll take Windows seriously (May 26, 2010, 19:32)
Linux Critic: "I'm an IT guy in what is still
largely a Windows world. I've been managing Windows workstations
and servers for a living since 1996 or so, and I've always been
left shaking my head, wondering how, exactly, Windows is considered
Novell openSUSE 11.3 and Build Service near release (May 26, 2010, 19:02)
Netstat -vat: "Novell's openSUSE developers
have been a busy bunch this week. Today openSUSE 11.3 milestone 7
is out which is the last stop ahead of a Release Candidate in June
and a final release in July"
Painting Sound with ARSS and Gimp (May 26, 2010, 18:32)
Free Software Magazine: "As I was working on a
sound track project for a science-fiction film I've been working
on, I remembered reading an article in Free Software Magazine, by
Gianluca Pignalberi, in which he described filtering using Gimp and
a command-line program then called "ARSE" (version 0.1)."
Guitars to Goat Festivals -- Ubuntu For All! (May 26, 2010, 18:02)
akgraner: "Stan, who was also involved in the
American Dairy Goat Association Festival, talked to the other
planners about Ubuntu. Why you ask?"
Red Hat: The one true open source company? (May 26, 2010, 17:32)
InfoWorld: "But none of the aforementioned
companies nor their free offerings would constitute open source
companies, at least as defined by Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president
of products and technologies, in a recent interview."
Dell Continues Linux Android Mobile Device Streak (May 26, 2010, 17:02)
Enterprise Mobile Today: "For the longest time,
Dell was considered a loyal Wintel shop, selling only Windows
machines on Intel hardware."
Work underway to keep Xen support in Fedora 13 (May 26, 2010, 16:32)
Network World: "But there's good news/bad news
for those of you who love Fedora, but prefer Xen as your
hypervisor. Bad news: Xen was dropped from Fedora a few releases
ago, says a Red Hat spokesperson and it hasn't come back in 13.
Good news: But Fedora 13 still supports Xen guests and, better
still, Xen.org hasn't abandoned you."
Virtualization Guide (May 26, 2010, 16:02)
Datamation: "Let's begin with a quick
introduction of virtualization to set the stage for the following
exploration. Virtualization is nothing more than an abstraction
over physical resources to make them shareable by a number of
physical users (see Figure 1)."
Google Chrome 5 Hits Stable Status on Linux, Mac (May 26, 2010, 15:32)
Datamation: "Google's Chrome 5 Web browser is
now available as a stable release for Mac and Linux, extending the
availability of a stable version of the service to the three major
Can OpenOffice.org regain momentum? (May 26, 2010, 15:02)
ZDNet: "I'm less of a Google or Apple fanboy
than I am an OpenOffice.org fanboy. It's one of the greatest values
in consumer open source, ever."
BSA: Hardware Without Software Not Tax Deductible (May 26, 2010, 14:32)
ABC Linuxu: "The Czech Ministry of Finance
along with the BSA threaten to disallow deducting hardware from
base tax if purchased without software. This idea stems from their
joint proclamation that for software to be used legally, it must be
Valve's Linux Play May Lead More Games To Follow Suit (May 26, 2010, 14:02)
Phoronix: "However, once Valve Software
releases the Steam client for Linux, it looks like we will "almost
certainly" get a Linux client for Red Orchestra:"
Newly open source BitTorrent protocol aims to unclog tubes (May 26, 2010, 13:32)
ars Technica: "The company behind the
BitTorrent technology has opened the source code of its uTorrent
Transport Protocol (uTP). A production-ready implementation of the
protocol code in C++ is now available from GitHub under the MIT
Fedora 13 � Linux for Applephobes; Polish without the Ubuntu (May 26, 2010, 13:02)
The Register: "With its music store and cloud
syncing services, Ubuntu 10.04 tends to eclipse Fedora in the minds
of many. Not that Fedora project leader Paul Frields minds. He's
told me in the past that Fedora is intended "first and foremost for
users interested in and capable of contributing to open
The Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon 2010 Program and Schedule (May 26, 2010, 12:32)
Linux Foundation press release: Industry's
hottest topics – ranging from KVM to Linux's success on the
desktop to MySQL and MariaDB – are among more than 60
sessions focused on operations, development and business
Personalizing Vim (May 26, 2010, 12:02)
Packt: "In this article,by Kim Schulz, author
of Hacking Vim 7.2, we will introduce a list of recipes that will
help you personalize Vim in such a way that it becomes your
The People Who Support Linux: Driving 4,000 Miles to LinuxCon (May 26, 2010, 10:32)
Linux.com: "Some Linux Foundation members don't
do anything just a little. That's certainly the case with
Paré, a software engineer based in Montreal who traveled
nearly 4,000 miles by car last summer to attend the first ever
Distributed data processing with Hadoop (May 26, 2010, 09:02)
IBM Developerworks: "This article—the
first in a series on Hadoop—explores the Hadoop framework,
including its fundamental elements, such as the Hadoop file system
(HDFS), and node types that are commonly used."
SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Review (May 26, 2010, 07:32)
Desktop Linux Reviews: "The last time I looked
at SimplyMEPIS was the 8.0 release. In this review I'll be taking a
look at the latest version, SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.5. SimplyMEPIS is
based on Debian, and it uses KDE as its desktop environment."
Fedora 13 Linux "Goddard" Takes Flight (May 26, 2010, 06:02)
CIO Update: "The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora
Project today officially released the Fedora 13 Linux distribution,
codenamed "Goddard," with improvements aimed at both new and
experienced Linux users."
Why GNU+Linux is > GNU/Linux and > just Linux (May 26, 2010, 04:32)
Inatux: "Let's look at it mathematically, "GNU
/ Linux" means GNU divided by Linux. How does that make any sense?
At best it implies Linux is dividing GNU, making it harder to work
and communicate with contributors; which is simply not true."
Bordeaux on PC-BSD Screenshot tour (May 26, 2010, 03:02)
Wine-Reviews: "This is a Bordeaux on PC-BSD 8
Screenshot tour. This tour will show you how easy it is to install
Bordeaux on PC-BSD and start installing Windows Applications and
Games. Bordeaux has a single dependency on Zenity once Zenity is
Microsoft Makes Outlook Tools Open Source (May 26, 2010, 01:32)
Datamation: "Microsoft is taking more steps to
make it easier for enterprise and independent developers to create
software that runs on top of its Outlook e-mail file format,
releasing a pair of associated tools as open source."
The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.04 (May 26, 2010, 00:02)
Howtoforge: "This tutorial shows how you can
set up a Kubuntu 10.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement
for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people
need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The
advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM
restrictions that works even on old hardware"