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Linux News for Jul 29, 2010

  • CodeWeavers Releases CrossOver 9.1 And CrossOver Games 9.1 For MAC And Linux (Jul 29, 2010, 23:36)
    Wine-Reviews: "On the heels of the highly-anticipated release of Wine 1.2, CodeWeavers, Inc. today announced the simultaneous release of CrossOver 9.1 and CrossOver Games 9.1 for both Mac and Linux."

  • Warning: Five Things to Know Before Switching to Linux (Jul 29, 2010, 23:06)
    PC World: "A happy customer might tell someone. An unhappy customer tells everyone. Converting to Linux before taking a dose of reality might make you a very unhappy customer."

  • Ubuntu 10.04: A Second Look (Jul 29, 2010, 22:36)
    IT News Today: "After I review an operating system or Linux distribution, it's always fun to go back and try out the product again, with all updates, and see how it's improved. Ubuntu 10.04 was something I thought was pretty decent, but not decent enough to steal me away from Arch."

  • KDE 4.5 Screenshot Tour (Jul 29, 2010, 22:06)
    Abhi Blog: "KDE 4.5 is coming out in August but I simply couldn't wait to try it out a few days before the release. Hence, I got my hands on the Release Candidate v2 via kubuntu-beta ppa.Apart from some dazzling eye candy,KDE4 has matured a lot when it comes to stability."

  • DNSSEC is Here. Now What? (Jul 29, 2010, 21:36)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "Two years ago at the Black Hat USA 2008 conference, security researcher Dan Kaminsky detailed a critical flaw in DNS that could have destroyed the Internet as we know it. Two years later, the root zone of Internet DNS is now signed with DNSSEC, partially as a response and a solution to Kaminsky's 2008 finding."

  • LVM, RAID, XFS and EXT3 file systems tuning for small files massive heavy load (Jul 29, 2010, 21:06)
    Linux Blog: "We reduced the CPU I/O wait from 30% to 0,3% (XFS) and 5% (EXT3) with these combined previously undocumented file system tuning tips."

  • 35 Dollar Indian Pad? Go Indians, Go! (Jul 29, 2010, 20:36)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "By now you probably have heard about the "pad" computer designed in India that is being touted as costing thirty-five U.S. Dollars to manufacture. While there is very little in the way of technical details about it, some information has been published that says it consists of:"

  • Slashdot Struggles to Remain Relevant in The Social Web (Jul 29, 2010, 20:06)
    New York Times: "Surprisingly, tech news community Slashdot was not in the list of top referrers. In fact, according to Woopra CEO John Pozadzides, Slashdot "drives close to 0% of traffic to the sites Woopra measures.""

  • Python development - the golden rules (Jul 29, 2010, 19:36)
    Linux User and Developer: "As part of his massive Python Masterclass article, Kunal Deo drew up some golden rules when working with Python."

  • Digital Copywrongs (Jul 29, 2010, 19:06)
    The American Prospect: "New DMCA exemptions are an improvement, but the basic paradox of telling consumers how they may use electronics remains unaddressed."

  • ATM hack gives cash on demand (Jul 29, 2010, 18:36)
    PC World: "Windows CE-based machines can easily be made to dole out cash, a security researcher says"

  • Systems Administrators Changing Roles (Jul 29, 2010, 18:06)
    OStatic: "It's a sad truth that advancements in technology often make jobs obsolete, usually sooner than most people are ready. The more savvy workers learn to keep up with the times..."

  • Toshiba NB300 netbook review (Jul 29, 2010, 17:36)
    Linux User and Developer: "Pros: It's a pleasing design with some of the best netbook technology on the market"

  • Create an Application Shortcut to Open Nautilus as Root in Ubuntu (Jul 29, 2010, 17:06)
    Lifehacker: "You need root access to edit a lot of files in Linux, but Terminal work can get tedious. Here''s a simple way to add a shortcut to your applications menu for a root-enabled Nautilus."

  • Basket � A Multi-Purpose Note Pad For KDE (Jul 29, 2010, 16:36)
    MakeTechEasier: "Basket Note Pads is a multipurpose note-taking application for KDE. Business people can use it to keep track of important tasks and notes. Writers can use it to organize their thoughts."

  • Demonstrating multi-processing in Bash 4 (Jul 29, 2010, 16:06)
    I Am, Therefore I Think: "I have an on-going project, to code the Collatz sequence in as many languages as I can. So far, I've implemented it in C (integer and floating-point), assembly (x86, x86_64, and SPARC32), Java, BASIC in Open Office.org, Tcl, Lisp, Ada, Python, and Bash."

  • Spotlight on Linux: SimplyMEPIS 8.5.x (Jul 29, 2010, 15:36)
    Linux Journal: "SimplyMEPIS is a simply wonderful distribution. It was the first to offer a complete out of the box experience all tied up in a pretty package. It would be fair to say that it was probably the inspiration for many of the easy-to-use distributions available today."

  • The U.S. Government and Its Partners Open Up To FOSS (Jul 29, 2010, 15:06)
    Acrossad: "In a rapidly evolving world, people at high levels in the government have come to the realization that FOSS may offer higher levels of software development flexibility than the traditional proprietary models. The fact that FOSS helps to alleviate some of the pressure created by tight budgets and other fiscal constraints doesn't hurt."

  • Linux is dough, windows is glass. (Jul 29, 2010, 14:36)
    Technology & Life Integration: "What happens? It goes splat, and flattens out but is still in one piece. That is what happens when Linux crashes."

  • Red Hat, 16%. Canonical, 1%. (Jul 29, 2010, 14:06)
    Greg DeKoenigsberg Speaks: "If you doubt, for a nanosecond, that Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization, then you're either an unapologetic Ubuntu fanboy or you're not paying attention"

  • The PC Is Not Dead; Long Live PCs (Jul 29, 2010, 13:36)
    The VAR Guy: "First, let me pose a question: Why don't other industries have the same black/white mentality?"

  • Oracle shuts down open source test servers (Jul 29, 2010, 13:06)
    IT News: "Oracle has shut down servers Sun Microsystems was contributing to the build farm for open source database software, PostgreSQL, forcing enthusiasts to scramble to find new hosts to test updates to their software on the Solaris operating system."

  • Spotlight: Kate Scripting (Jul 29, 2010, 12:36)
    Milian Wolff: "Dominik asked me to blog about a feature in Kate that is still (sadly!) pretty unknown and seldom used: Kate Scripting. As you should know you can script KatePart completely via JavaScript."

  • Android vs iPhone vs Palm Pre vs Maemo: which is best? (Jul 29, 2010, 12:06)
    TuxRadar: "We've looked at three Linux-based phones that give the iPhone a run for its money. There's the Palm Pre, running WebOS; Nokia's Maemo 5-based N900, and the HTC Legend, running Android. Each is a strong challenger to Apple's device, and they beat it today in significant areas. So, which is best for you?"

  • Apple iPad's rivals are coming (Jul 29, 2010, 10:36)
    Cyber Cynic: "I get that Apple's iPad is hotter than hot with over three million sold so far, but to say "Apple has won the battle for tablet computing already" is really overreaching."

  • Whitelisting Advances with New Bouncer App (Jul 29, 2010, 09:06)
    eSecurityPlanet: "Starting with Bouncer 6.0, the company is moving to a software appliance model powered by Ubuntu Linux."

  • Don't Be Too Quick to Dismiss Open Core (Jul 29, 2010, 07:36)
    IT World: "I've been taking some shots at open core lately, because I've come to the realization there are inherent flaws in this business model as it relates to open source."

  • Weekly Ten: Microsoft's New Slogan: Hey, It Could Be Worse, $200 Linux PC, Cloud Cracks WPA (Jul 29, 2010, 06:06)
    Tech Source: "In 2008, I speculated about the future of distributed security cracking. That future has arrived, in the form of a $17 "cloud" based service provided through the efforts of a security researcher known as Moxie Marlinspike."

  • Three Sysadmin Rules You Can’t (And Shouldn’t) Break (Jul 29, 2010, 04:36)
    The Geek Stuff: "When I drafted this article, I really came-up with 7 sysadmin habits. But, out of those 7 habits, three really stood out for me."

  • Python Development Masterclass (Jul 29, 2010, 03:06)
    Linux User and Developer: "Mostly seen as a scripting language for system administrators, it is actually capable of doing almost everything and beyond the limitations of regular programming languages. Python started its life as a time-saver programming language."

  • "Can Open Source be secure" BCS riposte (Jul 29, 2010, 01:36)
    Advogato: "Experts do not agree about open source security in terms of whether there is an advantage or disadvantage to its use in the business world"

  • Irssi - A Really Good Terminal Based IRC Client For Linux (Jul 29, 2010, 00:06)
    Tech Drive-in: "The only IRC client I ever used was XChat. I decided to try something different and Irssi client was a great find. Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for Unix systems and is probably the best I have used till now"