Linux News for Aug 26, 2010
Google adds phone calling to Gmail (Aug 26, 2010, 23:35)
Washington Post: "Google's Gmail isn't just a
mailbox -- it now doubles as a phone. Users of Google's Web e-mail
service can now call any phone in the U.S. or Canada for free (and
make international calls for almost free) from within their
Linux on the Cloud: The Ubuntu Way (Aug 26, 2010, 23:05)
IT Expert Voice: "Ubuntu Linux is best known as
the most popular desktop Linux distribution, but it's developing a
reputation as the easiest Linux for enterprises to deploy on the
Prosecutors: Mortgage worker got drunk, shot computer server (Aug 26, 2010, 22:35)
Salt Lake Tribune: "A Salt Lake City mortgage
company employee allegedly got drunk, opened fired on his firm's
computer server with a .45-caliber automatic, and then told police
someone had stolen his gun and caused the damage."
A very grumpy editor's thoughts on Oracle (Aug 26, 2010, 22:05)
LWN.net: "Your editor is somewhat reluctant to
contribute to the flood; at this point, the amount of real
information which is available is minimal while the amount of
speculation is high. This will be an important case, though; the
world will be watching to see how it turns out. So here are a few
thoughts to add to the pile."
Bcache Testing: Throughput (Aug 26, 2010, 21:35)
Linux Magazine: "Get your wetsuit on, we're
going data diving. Throughput benchmarks using IOzone on a common
SATA disk, an Intel X25-E SSD, and Bcache, using the SSD to cache a
Stupid tar Tricks (Aug 26, 2010, 21:05)
Linux Journal: "One of the most common programs
on Linux systems for packaging files is the venerable tar. tar is
short for tape archive, and originally, it would archive your files
to a tape device."
keyboard shortcuts for a better workflow (Aug 26, 2010, 20:35)
Abhi Blog: "One thing I love about Linux is the
ability to customize it in every way possible, and one such ability
is the possibility of changing keyboard shortcuts."
Leveraging proprietary software at the expense of customers (Aug 26, 2010, 20:05)
ZDNet: "...they are essentially punishing
customers for not upgrading by a certain date. This to me is bad
11 Apache Technologies for the Enterprise (Aug 26, 2010, 19:35)
IT Expert Voice: "The Apache Software
Foundation, best known for the self-named popular open source Web
server, has a variety of other technology that can help enterprises
with databases, search, development, and more. Here's an overview
of the best."
Painless Panorama Stitching in Linux with Hugin (Aug 26, 2010, 19:05)
Linux Planet: "A previous article described how
to make small panoramas with fotoxx. But when you get serious about
panoramas on Linux, there's really only one answer: Hugin."
My Linux Computer is Acting Weird
(Aug 26, 2010, 18:35)
Mandriva Linux Chronicles: "A few days ago,
thanks to one student, I realized that something funny was
happening with my Linux netbook."
Marten Mickos defends honor of Ubuntu's Koala food (Aug 26, 2010, 18:05)
The Register: "Marten Mickos – the former
MySQL chief executive who now heads build-you-own-cloud outfit
Eucalyptus Systems – has defended the Eucalyptus platform
against recent criticism of both its "open core" model and its
ability to scale beyond a relatively small number of servers."
Single vs. Double Quotes in Bash (Aug 26, 2010, 17:35)
Serverwatch: "In Bash, whether to use single or
double quotes depends on exactly what you want to do, and the
differences can trip you up if you're not concentrating. Here's a
quick rundown of what each does and when to use them."
Bordeaux 2.0.8 for Linux Released (Aug 26, 2010, 17:05)
Wne-Reviews: "The Bordeaux Technology Group
released Bordeaux 2.0.8 for Linux today. Bordeaux 2.0.8 is a
maintenance release that fixes a number of small bugs."
Is packaging new software hard? (Aug 26, 2010, 16:35)
Ubuntu Linux Tips & Tricks: "A common
answer to my question about why people aren't packaging is that
packaging is hard and the wiki is kind of lacking. Debhelper 7 and
Source Version 3.0 (the new Debian packaging format) make things a
Devastating Military Security Breach Exposed Combat Data (Aug 26, 2010, 16:05)
eSecurity Planet: "A foreign intelligence agent
in 2008 managed to pull off the "most significant breach of U.S.
military computers" in history by using a cigarette-lighter-sized
portable flash drive to infect computers used by Central Command to
oversee combat activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a
U.S. defense official."
Windows, Linux servers grow at Unix's expense (Aug 26, 2010, 15:35)
Techworld: "Demand for Windows and Linux
servers is increasing at a rapid pace, at the expense of Unix
servers and other non-x86 machines, according to IDC."
58 Open Source Replacements for Small Business Software (Aug 26, 2010, 15:05)
Datamation: "Many small business owners have
never heard of open source software. That's unfortunate because in
many ways small businesses are ideal environments for open source
The Made-To-Order revolution: custom flexible manufacturing is here (Aug 26, 2010, 14:35)
Free Software Magazine: "The mass production
barrier has fallen, so that today, it's possible for a home
inventor, hobbyist, or crafter to create almost anything by
assembling one-off manufactured components, either from a service
or from affordable home-fabrication equipment (or a combination of
2 Task Manager Apps: Choose the Features You Can Live Without (Aug 26, 2010, 14:05)
Linux Insider: "Both gToDo and Tasque task
manager apps feature to-the-point, simple interfaces for helping
you keep track of your busy to-do lists."
Kernel Log: New X Server, 3D drivers for Radeon 5000 and new stable kernels (Aug 26, 2010, 13:35)
The H Open: "While the new kernel versions
mainly correct minor bugs, X.org's next generation X Server offers
a range of improvements."
Microsoft Open Source Strategy is Upside Down (Aug 26, 2010, 13:05)
Martin Iturbide: "Last April (April-29-2010)
there was a local event in Ecuador organized by AESoft, the
Ecuadorian Software association.... On this conference Microsoft
sent a message saying that they are Open Source friendly and they
support Open Source development."
Red Hat heads into the clouds, not into an acquisition (Aug 26, 2010, 12:35)
Cyber Cynic: "Get over it people. Red Hat is
not getting acquired anytime soon. I know, I know, you'd heard all
the rumors. Here's the truth as I see it: If Red Hat gets acquired
anytime soon, I'll eat my fedora. It's not happening."
USB 3.0: Everything You Need to Know (Aug 26, 2010, 12:05)
IT Expert Voice: "After a lengthy gestation
period, the third generation of the Universal Serial Bus is making
its way to the market. But is it already obsolete?"
Upgrading OpenCart (Aug 26, 2010, 10:35)
Packt: "It is wise to update our OpenCart
environment to the latest version regularly. It protects our system
against security vulnerabilities and allows us to use new
Open-Source 2D, 3D For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series GPUs (Aug 26, 2010, 09:05)
Phoronix: "AMD continues to abide by their
commitment to provide open-source support for their graphics cards
and as proof of that this afternoon they have released their
initial hardware acceleration code that supports the ATI Radeon HD
5000 "Evergreen" family"
Hacking for change (Aug 26, 2010, 07:35)
The Hindu: "In what is now known — often
pejoratively — as the 'back office of the IT world', the once
quaint operating system Linux is not so niche anymore."
The Technology Behind the OpenStack Cloud Computing Project (Aug 26, 2010, 06:05)
Developer.com: "Rackspace (a noted high-end
hosting provider) and NASA recently announced a joint open source
endeavor called OpenStack. The project aims to merge cloud
computing technologies from both organizations into one common,
open cloud computing platform."
HTC Files Answer with Counterclaims to Apple's Patent Infringement Suit (Aug 26, 2010, 04:35)
Groklaw: "This could get interesting. HTC has
filed its answer to Apple's complaint [PDFs] against them for
patent infringement, with affirmative defenses and
Learn Linux, 101: Maintain the integrity of filesystems (Aug 26, 2010, 03:05)
IBM Developerworks: "Learn how to check the
integrity of your Linux® filesystems, monitor free space, and
fix simple problems. Use the material in this article to study for
the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) 101 exam for Linux system
administrator certification—or just to check your filesystems
and keep them in good working order, especially after a system
crash or power loss."
Ubuntu drops support for ia64 and sparc (Aug 26, 2010, 01:35)
LWN.net: "Earlier in the Maverick release cycle
the Tech Board had posted an announcement  that we'd
decommission support for the Ubuntu sparc and ia64 ports at Feature
Freeze (ie Thurs Aug 12)"
Remotely Accessible Virtual Desktops (Aug 26, 2010, 00:05)
KP Weblog: "Virtual desktops in Linux are great
for remote working (accessing the office from home) and for
administering and supporting remote computers. A single server at
the office can host virtual desktops for several remote