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Linux News for Sep 27, 2010

  • Linux servers, Windows XP desktops: a happy marriage? (Sep 27, 2010, 23:04)
    Network World: "The IT folks love Linux. The users know, and therefore love, Windows. Sound like a war? For Wade Stankich, it's more like a happy marriage."

  • FSF says: USPTO should publish guidelines excluding software patents (Sep 27, 2010, 22:34)
    LWN.net: "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is advising the software community in the United States to write to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and ask that software patents be excluded from upcoming guidance about patent eligibility."

  • Fedora 14 Preview: What's New in Fedora 14? (Sep 27, 2010, 22:04)
    Linux.com: "Fedora 14 is on track for a final release date of November 02, 2010. If all 14 does is improve upon 13, Fedora will have another winner on its hands."

  • Happy 27th Birthday GNU Project! (Sep 27, 2010, 21:34)
    LXer: "A hearty Happy 27th Birthday to the GNU Project!"

  • 60 Great Open Source Developer Tools (Sep 27, 2010, 21:04)
    Datamation: "If you're looking for good open source developer tools, you literally have thousands to choose from. For this list, we focused on 60 of the best and most well known. Rather than trying to rank them, we've arranged them into categories and listed them in alphabetical order. "

  • Welcoming OpenIndiana (Sep 27, 2010, 20:34)
    Distrowatch: "I was thrilled when Sun announced they were releasing OpenSolaris for the community to play with, even if it was several years too late to help me with my homework. And I was very disappointed when Oracle executed OpenSolaris earlier this year."

  • Mozilla CTO: Why Firefox wins over Chrome (Sep 27, 2010, 20:04)
    InternetNews: "There are some people that believe that Google's Chrome is winning the browser war for the fastest and possibly best browser -- Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich is not one of them."

  • Google's Ironic Ad Campaign and the Future of Traditional Media (Sep 27, 2010, 19:34)
    Standards Blog: "Page through a major newspaper (remember newspapers?) today like the New York Times, and you're likely to run into two enormous ads, one by Google (almost two full pages) and one by AOL (a full two pages). Leaving aside the irony of Google advertising in a form of media that it has almost competed out of existence..."

  • A Simple Snort Alert Parser (Sep 27, 2010, 19:04)
    Systhread: "Snort Intrusion Detection Software (IDS) is a great out of the box easy to use system to monitor a network for possible threats. While there are many ways to receive alerts, one very simple approach is to periodically parse the alert log and simply mail alerts to whom it may concern."

  • The Genius of the Tinkerer (Sep 27, 2010, 18:34)
    Wall Street Journal: "In the year following the 2004 tsunami, the Indonesian city of Meulaboh received eight neonatal incubators from international relief organizations. Several years later, when an MIT fellow named Timothy Prestero visited the local hospital, all eight were out of order, the victim of power surges and tropical humidity, along with the hospital staff's inability to read the English repair manual."

  • Android 2.2 Droid X Update Causing SMS Bug (Sep 27, 2010, 18:04)
    Enterprise Mobile Today: "Verizon last week released Android 2.2, or Froyo, for the Droid X smartphone through an over-the-air update, but users are complaining that the upgrade caused a messaging bug"

  • Softlinks vs. Hardlinks: A Quick Explanation (Sep 27, 2010, 17:34)
    TechThrob "In Linux, there are two types of file links, hardlinks and softlinks. Here, I'll give a quick explanation of what these types of links are, and when you should use them."

  • A walk around the GNOME desktop (Sep 27, 2010, 17:04)
    Ghacks: "I realized that some users simply don't have the ability to look at the computer desktop from the same vantage point as those of us who "get it". With that thought in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to give a sort of walk through of the GNOME desktop from the perspective of the new user."

  • Internationalizing Those Bash Scripts (Sep 27, 2010, 16:34)
    Linux Journal: "Thinking through that assignment and the greater application, I can say with complete certainty that none of its stakeholders were contemplating [human] language independence - that is, how to render prompts, error messages, progress diagnostics, etc. in a language other than US-English."

  • New development release name has been chosen, Cauldron! (Mageia) (Sep 27, 2010, 16:04)
    Mageia Blog: "Since we're starting with a new base, a brand new name for the development release in Mageia needed to be found."

  • Canonical to expand cooperation with Taiwan PC makers; launching new OS next month (Sep 27, 2010, 15:34)
    Digi Times: "Canonical, the designer of Linux-based operating system Ubuntu, is preparing to host a hardware summit in Taiwan and is hoping the event will help open the door for cooperation with Taiwan-based PC makers for them to adopt Ubuntu for their PC products"

  • DOJ Settles With Tech Firms Over Hiring Practices (Sep 27, 2010, 15:04)
    Datamation: "The Department of Justice has announced a settlement with Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar over charges that the Silicon Valley firms had an informal set of agreements not to hire away each other's top talent."

  • Legal row over who can use 'pod' (Sep 27, 2010, 14:34)
    BBC News: "Apple has embarked on a legal battle over the right to use the word "pod"."

  • Listen to Text and Instant Messages with Gespeaker 'Text To Speech' Utility (Sep 27, 2010, 14:04)
    Ubuntu Vibes: "Gespeaker 'Text to Speech' utility is a GTK+ frontend for Espeak , that allows you to listen to text in many different languages. The utility also allows you to listen received messages from Empathy and others instant messengers."

  • Running The X.Org Server Without Root Privileges (Sep 27, 2010, 13:34)
    Phoronix: "Besides talking about the X.Org Server development process and the X.Org Server 1.10 plans, Keith Packard also talked about not running the X.Org Server as root (also sometimes referred to as a "root-less X Server") during XDS Toulouse."

  • US ISP Disconnects Alleged Pirates for 6 Months (Sep 27, 2010, 13:04)
    TorrentFreak: "The United States Internet Service provider Suddenlink has effectively implemented a three-strikes policy for repeated copyright infringers. After three DMCA notices, alleged copyright infringers are disconnected"

  • Linux networking made easy (Sep 27, 2010, 12:34)
    TechRadar: "Ten years ago, most of us thought we would be able to live a full and happy life without worrying about whether we were getting maximum throughput across our networks, or whether the point-to-point latency on our machines would preclude us from popular gaming. But things have changed."

  • The Defenders of Free Software (Sep 27, 2010, 12:04)
    New York Times: "He works as a technology consultant, but spends several hours a week on his avocation: pestering some of the world's most powerful consumer electronics and technology companies."

  • GCHQ spooks top UK Linux installations (Sep 27, 2010, 11:04)
    Thingq: "The largest installation of Linux desktops in any British Government site is at GCHQ, the high-tech spy-station in Cheltenham, according to industry sources."

  • Krita - The KDE Answer to GIMP (Sep 27, 2010, 07:04)
    TuxArena: "I was recently browsing through various Linux news sites and bumped into this article, a taste of a comic done in Krita, the KDE painting and image editor application, which is part of the KOffice suite."

  • Writing Better Shell Scripts - Part 3 (Sep 27, 2010, 03:04)
    Innovations: "To enhance this post, I've provided a video so that you can see a general overview of the concepts that are presented. Browsers supporting the HTML5 video tag should present you with a Theora (ogg/ogv) video, and browsers lacking that support should give you a Flash substitute via Flowplayer."