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Linux News for Aug 27, 2010

  • Fenec Mobile Browser Lands on Android and Nokia N900 (Aug 27, 2010, 23:04)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The Mozilla Project announced the alpha release of Fennec, the mobile version of their popular Firefox browser, for Android smartphones and the Nokia N900."

  • The CIO and Patent Lawsuits (Aug 27, 2010, 22:34)
    Dell: "You may think that the last thing on earth that could happen to your company would be that your business might be sued because it used a particular software program. You'd be wrong."

  • Online collaboration with Feng Office - the ultimate alternative to OpenOffice.o (Aug 27, 2010, 22:04)
    Linux User and Developer: "Feng still allows you to create text documents online, but that's just a small part of running projects, taking notes, tracking tasks, passing milestones, keeping contact with your organisation and perusing reports of how the projects are progressing."

  • Preparing for Ubuntu 10.10 with the Platform Rally (Aug 27, 2010, 21:34)
    Linux User and Developer: "Canonical developer, Dave Walker, shares more insight into the development of Ubunutu 10.10. This month, the Ubuntu platform sprint rally goes under the spotlight"

  • 15 (More) Awesome Conky Configurations (Aug 27, 2010, 21:04)
    Tech Source: "Now, here is another list of some of the most excellent and unique conky configurations that you could freely use. Enjoy!"

  • The long, sordid tale of Sun RPC, abbreviated somewhat, to protect the guily and the irresponsible. (Aug 27, 2010, 20:34)
    Tom Callaway: "Once upon a time (1984), Sun created an RPC implementation for Unix, with the intent of implementing RFC 707 (High-level framework for network-based resource sharing). Now, in those days, a good way to ensure that people used code that you wrote was to upload it to usenet, and in 1985, Sun did that."

  • Upgrading to Windows 7 isn't Cheap (Aug 27, 2010, 20:04)
    IT World: "A recent Gartner report showed what many of us already knew: Moving to Windows 7 from XP is expensive."

  • MySQL SELECT Statement 101 (Aug 27, 2010, 19:34)
    Database Journal: "The SELECT statement is without question the most complex amongst MySQL's data manipulation statements. This article covers the syntax of the SELECT statement, exploring its many optional clauses. "

  • Ubuntu 10.10 Gets New Default Wallpaper Collection, Upgraded Light Themes (Aug 27, 2010, 19:04)
    Tech Drive-in: "Ubuntu 10.10 'Maverick Meerkat' keeps changing. The latest updates include a brand new default wallpaper which I think looks horrible."

  • Weekend Project: Accept OpenID Logins (Aug 27, 2010, 18:34)
    Linux.com: "OpenID is a critical piece of "Open Web" infrastructure. The ability to authenticate users without relying on a single gatekeeper entity puts every site on an equal playing field."

  • The Top 10 Linux Server Distributions (Aug 27, 2010, 18:04)
    ServerWatch: "You know that Linux is a hot data center server. You know that it saves you money in licensing and maintenance costs. But, what are your options for Linux as a server operating system?"

  • Tech Comics: "Technology and Social Life" (Aug 27, 2010, 17:34)
    Tech Comics: "Every once in a great deal, we need to turn off our devices and talk to one another. Sort of."

  • Lightweight Distro Roundup: Day 8 � Puppy 5.10 (WOW) (Aug 27, 2010, 17:04)
    Tech: "Far be it for me to give too much away too early, but the title of today's entry has the WOW attached for a reason. I reviewed Puppy about a month ago, and thoroughly blasted it. That was Puppy 5.01."

  • LLNL Talks To Us About Their Linux ZFS Port (Aug 27, 2010, 16:34)
    Phoronix: "KQ Infotech's ZFS port is indeed based off of LLNL's work. It's based off of the SPL/ZFS 0.4.9 tar-balls that the national laboratories had published to their GitHub page."

  • Novell sees decline in revenues and profits (Aug 27, 2010, 16:04)
    The H Open: "Linux distributor Novell's revenues were $199 million (£129 million) in the third quarter of its financial year, $17 million less than in the same quarter last year."

  • Debian at 17: As Important as Ever (Aug 27, 2010, 15:34)
    Linux Magazine: "It's hard to believe that Debian has 17 years under its belt, but the project celebrated its 17th birthday on August 16. Though Debian may not be quite as well hyped as other distros, it's still one of the most important FOSS projects around."

  • Native ZFS Is Coming To Linux Next Month (Aug 27, 2010, 15:04)
    Phoronix: "ZFS had not been ported to Linux as its source-code is distributed under the CDDL license, which is incompatible with the GNU GPL barring it from integration into the mainline Linux kernel. Next month, however, a working ZFS module for the Linux kernel without a dependence on FUSE will be publicly released."

  • 5 of the Best Free Linux Screen Capture Tools (Aug 27, 2010, 14:34)
    LinuxLinks: "Now, let's explore the 5 screen capture tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews."

  • Next Generation of Btrfs Linux Filesystem Nears Prime Time (Aug 27, 2010, 14:04)
    Linux Planet: "Is Btrfs a better filesystem for Linux? Project founder Chris Mason explains what's right and what's still missing"

  • Making Ubuntu look like Windows 7 (Aug 27, 2010, 13:34)
    LinuxTrends: "Although it won't help Linux run Windows-specific software applications, this easy hack produces an Ubuntu desktop that looks and feels a lot like Windows 7."

  • Netbook's first with dual-core Atom (Aug 27, 2010, 13:04)
    LinuxDevices: "Asus announced a netbook that not only includes Intel's dual-core Atom N550, but also offers USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. The Eee PC 1015PEM provides up to 13 hours of battery life, running either Windows 7 Starter Edition or the Linux-based "Express Gate" operating environment"

  • Akonadi Demystified (Aug 27, 2010, 12:34)
    KDE.news: "Over on his blog Sebastian Kügler talks about the status of Akonadi, how the migration of Kontact to Akonadi is going, and in general where the direction of development is leading."

  • GNU/Linux - finally it's Free software (Aug 27, 2010, 12:04)
    Simon Phipps: "Some ancient source code given away freely by Sun in 1984 turned out to have a non-Free-software licence all these years, upsetting the licensing purity of glibc and everything built with it."

  • Review: ZaReason Verix Laptop (Aug 27, 2010, 10:34)
    Linux.com: "One of the challenges of being a Linux desktop user is the difficulty in finding systems that ship with Linux pre-installed."

  • Review of Qimo: Linux for Kids (Aug 27, 2010, 09:04)
    MakeTechEasier: "We've talked about Linux software for kids a few times here at MakeTechEasier, but so far we've never actually sat down to take a closer look at whole distributions intended for children."

  • Makers of Pianoteq Talk Piano Modeling, Developing for Linux (Aug 27, 2010, 07:34)
    Create Digital Music: "Pianoteq, which runs as do its rivals on Mac and Windows, is also unusual in providing support for the Linux operating system – something some developers have claimed isn't practical with commercial music software."

  • PostfixAdmin and Fetchmail (Aug 27, 2010, 06:04)
    PostfixMail: "The default set up with Postfixadmin looks like it should work but it will not work correctly until you modify a few things. This tutorial will help you get it working correctly."

  • What Will Ubuntu 10.10 Look Like? (Aug 27, 2010, 04:34)
    PC World: "When Canonical broke the news recently that Ubuntu 10.10 will include uTouch 1.0, a multitouch and gesture stack, it caused a flurry of excitement about the Linux release's potential for use in tablets."

  • Configuring Conky The (Very) Easy Way (Aug 27, 2010, 03:04)
    MakeTechEasier: "Conky, the amazingly versatile and useful Linux desktop application, has a bit of a reputation. It's clearly a great app, but getting it configured can be a serious pain."

  • 6 of the Best Free Linux Customer Service Trouble Ticketing Software (Aug 27, 2010, 01:34)
    LinuxLinks: "Now, let's explore the 6 help desk applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews."

  • How You Can Help Patent Attorneys Help Free Software (Aug 27, 2010, 00:04)
    Groklaw: "I would like everyone to watch tridge's talk [.ogv] [mp3] on patents and how engineers can interact efficiently with patent lawyers, to get your knowledge across to them. More formats are linked from End Software Patents, if you prefer audio only."