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Linux News for Jul 28, 2010

  • Sunbird: Your Calendar, Your Way (Aug 06, 2010, 12:07)
    LinuxInsider: "Mozilla's Sunbird gives you customization options for the interface as well as a rich set of under-the-hood controls for setting up where, how and when the application gets its information."

  • Benchmarking ZFS On FreeBSD vs. EXT4 & Btrfs On Linux (Jul 28, 2010, 23:34)
    Phoronix: "ZFS is often looked upon as an advanced, superior file-system and one of the strong points of the Solaris/OpenSolaris platform while most feel that only recently has Linux been able to catch-up on the file-system front with EXT4 and the still-experimental Btrfs."

  • Sunbird: Your Calendar, Your Way (Jul 28, 2010, 23:04)
    LinuxInsider: "Mozilla's Sunbird gives you customization options for the interface as well as a rich set of under-the-hood controls for setting up where, how and when the application gets its information."

  • Is Linux Just Another Unix Flavor? (Jul 28, 2010, 22:34)
    PC World: "But, is the Linux operating system just another flavor of the Unix operating system? Yes. But, it's also much more."

  • OpenStack: Open Standards Meet The Cloud (Jul 28, 2010, 22:04)
    Linux.com: "We're pleased to see OpenStack, the new open source project for cloud computing projects from Rackspace and NASA. In the past, only large institutions like NASA had access to super computing functionality to complete large-scale computational projects."

  • LinuxCon 2010 - Just for Fun - Poll (Jul 28, 2010, 21:34)
    Linux.com: "Given this amazing year, we want to hear from you about what you think are some of the most important milestones in the areas that we're going to be exploring at LinuxCon in a couple weeks"

  • Filing for Unemployment in Illinois requires Windows/IE (Jul 28, 2010, 21:04)
    yfrog: "This is the error message I get when attempting to file an Unemployment Claim with the State of Illinois using Ubuntu/Chrome."

  • Using ALSA to Control Linux Audio (Jul 28, 2010, 20:34)
    Linux Planet: "ALSA has been the default Linux sound system for many years, and it is a perfectly capable audio subsystem even in this modern era of fancy new things. Carla Schroder shows us how to to control Linux audio with ALSA."

  • Cisco Details Enterprise Security Threats (Jul 28, 2010, 19:34)
    eSecurity Planet: "Cisco said Adobe Reader/Acrobat, Sun Java, and Adobe Flash were the three most common malware targets over the first half of 2010."

  • Why Free Software is a Matter of Life and Death (Jul 28, 2010, 19:04)
    Computerworld UK: "But for most people, it's hard to understand why software freedom is really that important. So this new report "Killed by Code: Software Transparency in Implantable Medical Devices" from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) provides a handy opportunity to get the message across:"

  • Novell opens Linux appliance gallery (Jul 28, 2010, 18:34)
    Channel Register: "Novell has opened an online gallery for SUSE software appliances. It has been a year since Novell launched its SUSE Appliance Program, which offers a set of online tools, dubbed SUSE Studio, for spinning up software appliances based on its SUSE Linux distro."

  • Linux-based hybrid video server supports 40 channels (Jul 28, 2010, 18:04)
    LinuxDevices: "Exacq Technologies is shipping a line of Linux-based hybrid video surveillance appliances with Intel Atom processors. The ExacqVision EL-S systems offer eight or 16 analog inputs and up to 24 IP inputs, allowing creation of systems with up to 40 channels overall, says the company."

  • The Gallium3D R600 Driver Now Has Texture Support (Jul 28, 2010, 17:34)
    Phoronix: "There's good news for those interested in the open-source Gallium3D driver for the ATI R600/R700 (Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series) graphics cards: the R600g driver is beginning to work."

  • Why Android won (Jul 28, 2010, 17:04)
    ZDNet: "The LiMo Foundation and GNOME sent out a press release this week touting their cooperation and the media laughed."

  • Going fast with DWM (Jul 28, 2010, 16:34)
    Linux Journal: "If there was any justice in this world, there would be two cars parked in my driveway. One would be a 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS. The other would be a midnight blue BMW M3 convertible with all the amenities."

  • Privacy Lawsuit Targets Net Giants Over 'Zombie' Cookies (Jul 28, 2010, 16:04)
    Wired: "A wide swath of the net's top websites, including MTV, ESPN, MySpace, Hulu, ABC, NBC and Scribd, were sued in federal court Friday on the grounds they violated federal computer intrusion law by secretly using storage in Adobe's Flash player to re-create cookies deleted by users."

  • Open source startup takes over OpenSSO (Jul 28, 2010, 15:34)
    TechWorld: "A Norwegian startup is assuming responsibility for maintaining an open source web authentication technology originally developed by Sun Microsystems, and seemingly neglected by Oracle, which purchased Sun in January."

  • AMD Ups The Workstation Ante With A New FirePro Driver (Jul 28, 2010, 15:04)
    Phoronix: "Whether you are an owner of an ATI FirePro V3800 that retails for just over $100 USD, the proud owner of an ATI FirePro V8800 that goes for over $1,300 USD, or any of the FirePro products in-between, you will want to update your graphics driver when AMD puts out their next stable software update"

  • Linux Music Players: Amarok vs. Clementine (Jul 28, 2010, 14:34)
    Datamation: "The recent history of the Amarok music player is like a scaled-down version of KDE's recent past. Like KDE 4, the Amarok 2 series was greeted with a user revolt that has only gradually quieted. And just like KDE 4 inspired Trinity KDE for those who preferred KDE 3, so Amarok 2 inspired Clementine, a fork of Amarok 1.4."

  • GNOME 3.0 delayed to March 2011 (Jul 28, 2010, 14:04)
    der Standard: "Developers want to take more time to "polish" their next major release - GNOME 2.32 in September"

  • Is Oracle trying to kill VirtualBox? (Jul 28, 2010, 13:34)
    Muktware: "It seems Oracle is hellbent on destroying whatever good Sun had done to the Open Source Ecosystem. The latest product to get the axe seems to be none other than the Flagship Virtualization program xVM VirtualBox."

  • Dell expands Ubuntu Linux desktop offerings (Jul 28, 2010, 13:04)
    Cyber Cynic: "The latest panic in desktop-Linux-land was that Dell would no longer be selling Ubuntu pre-installed on laptops and netbooks. Alas, for those who love drama, it wasn't true. In fact, Dell is expanding its Ubuntu desktop offerings."

  • Kernel Log: Who�s responsible for troubleshooting and quality assurance? (Jul 28, 2010, 12:34)
    The H Open: "Recently, a Red Hat developer got rid of a flaw in an Intel graphics driver, probably for a special corporate customer. For years, the flaw had been a thorn in the side of numerous users of systems with the 945GM chip-set."

  • No Operating System is Replaceable (Jul 28, 2010, 12:04)
    Eleven is Louder: "So many people out there just love to talk about how Linux is now a "drop in replacement" for Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OSX. This isn't the case. The sad truth is that there are no "drop in replacements" for most software, and especially so for operating systems."

  • 'Secure OS': The Latest IT Oxymoron (Jul 28, 2010, 10:34)
    Serverwatch: "Talk to an Apple fanboy or girl, and chances are they'll tell you the company's Mac software is "better" than Microsoft's -- or anyone else's for that matter. So there will be a few of them slinking around holding their heads in shame right now thanks to some research published recently by security company Secunia."

  • Kmart touts $150 Android tablet (Jul 28, 2010, 09:04)
    Linux Devices: "Kmart has begun touting a seven-inch "Gentouch78" Android 2.1 tablet for $150, as well as a Linux-based seven-inch color e-reader called "TheBook eReader," both from Augen. Meanwhile, TheStreet quotes analyst Ashok Kumar as saying Motorola will release a 10-inch tablet this November running Android 3.0."

  • So What DMCA Exemption Requests Got Rejected? (Jul 28, 2010, 07:34)
    TechDirt: "Like many others yesterday, we covered the news that (surprisingly) the US Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress granted some consumer friendly DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions for things like jailbreaking smartphones. But, very little coverage has been paid to what exemptions were requested and rejected. First up?"

  • Has Dell�s Marketing Team Lost Their Marbles? (Jul 28, 2010, 06:04)
    IT News Today: "One of the most amazing things about the IT industry is some of the braindead things some companies publish on their public blogs. Recently, Dell has went back and forth from basically saying that Ubuntu is a better choice than Windows, and then saying the opposite."

  • Court: breaking DRM for a "fair use" is legal (Jul 28, 2010, 04:34)
    ars Technica: "A federal appeals court has just ruled that breaking through a digital security system to access software doesn't trigger the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act"

  • Prettier Fonts Coming Your Way (Jul 28, 2010, 03:04)
    Linux Journal: "There was a time when Linux was notorious for having what was called "fugly" fonts. Things improved a bit over the years, but thanks to expiring patents things are about to get even better."

  • Why Ubuntu Linux Is a Good Business Choice (Jul 28, 2010, 01:34)
    PC World: "But, did you know that you have a choice of something other than Windows for that computer on your desk, and that you have the same choice for the servers in your data center?"

  • Bordeaux 2.0.6 for Linux Released (Jul 28, 2010, 00:04)
    Wine-Reviews: "The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.6 for Linux today. Bordeaux 2.0.6 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of small bugs and includes many new features."