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Linux News for Sep 28, 2010

  • Add more shortcuts to the android home screen (Sep 28, 2010, 23:02)
    Ian's Thoughts: "The android operating system allows you to have multiple screens to fill with shortcuts, widgets, folders and other items. I have been limited to 16 shortcuts on each screen.. until now."

  • Minecraft creator banks $350k a day (Sep 28, 2010, 22:32)
    Develop: "PC, Linux and Mac hit making huge sums for Swedish indie developer Markus Persson"

  • Upgrade Ubuntu from 10.04 to 10.10 (Sep 28, 2010, 22:02)
    Ghacks: "If you are currently using Ubuntu 10.04 and are interested in 10.10 you have choices – you can burn yourself an ISO and do a complete, fresh installation, OR you can upgrade using apt-get without having to bother with a re-installation."

  • Getting the Twain to Meet (Sep 28, 2010, 21:32)
    Linux Journal: "He said the argument had become a religious one, in the sense that opposing sides had very different beliefs. In particular this line stood out: The carriers believe the Internet doesn't work."

  • Feedback is a gift (Sep 28, 2010, 21:02)
    Opensource.com: "I believe that feedback, both positive and negative and regardless of the wrapping or contents, is a gift. Why?"

  • Open Office Suite Gets Forked (Sep 28, 2010, 20:32)
    Datamation: "The OpenOffice.org suite of open source applications is now at a fork in the road."

  • An Open Response to the USPTO -- Physical Aspects of Mathematics (Sep 28, 2010, 20:02)
    Groklaw: "The USPTO has issued a request for comments on their new interim guidance, Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos [PDF]. They invited comment by Monday, September 27, from the public on three questions in particular:"

  • Ten ways to stop novice users quitting Linux (Sep 28, 2010, 19:32)
    ZDNet: "It's all very well handing out Linux machines to users unfamiliar with the operating system, but you risk running into problems that a little preparation could easily avoid, says Jack Wallen."

  • The "Free Beer" Hangover (Sep 28, 2010, 19:02)
    Linux Journal: "A couple of days ago, I talked about Yahoo's warning messages saying my system (Linux) had not been tested with their mail program and that resulted in a very impassioned plea to help a group of Yahoo Groups users to protest the changes that Yahoo has apparently made to the way Yahoo Groups work."

  • Open Source Databases Have Come of Age (Sep 28, 2010, 18:32)
    LinuxInsider: "Client/server systems with SQL interfaces jockey for position against upstart NoSQL systems with intimidating (and exciting) new models for data representation, distribution and consistency."

  • The Oxymoron of Corporate Controlled "Community" Projects (Sep 28, 2010, 18:02)
    Standards Blog: "This morning brought the significant - and decade overdue – announcement of the launch of an independent foundation to host development of the open source, ODF-compliant OpenOffice productivity suite."

  • Making a Watercolour-Paint Photograph in GIMP (Sep 28, 2010, 17:32)
    Scott Photographics: "This tutorial requires a little bit of creativity and imagination for the painting step, but don't worry it is all very easy to get the hang of and the rest is a breeze!"

  • The Carriers’ Rebellion (Sep 28, 2010, 17:02)
    Monday Note: "Before the Steve Jobs hypnosis session, AT&T ruled. Handsets, their prices, branding, applications, contractual terms, content sales…AT&T decided everything and made pennies on each bit that flowed through its network. Then the Great Mesmerizer swept the table..."

  • U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet (New York Times) (Sep 28, 2010, 16:32)
    LWN.net: "The New York Times reports on a bill (proposed law) that the Obama administration plans to submit to Congress that would require communication providers be able to decrypt and provide the data they carry on demand, presumably after a court order"

  • Open Source Software Shortcut -- Escaping SSH With '~' (Sep 28, 2010, 16:02)
    ServerWatch: "One thing you may not know about SSH is that it has an escape character: ~."

  • Red Hat v. Oracle: Which is More Standards Compliant? (Sep 28, 2010, 15:32)
    IT World: "Compliance, it seems, is the new meme. Meme status was actually granted a few weeks ago when the meme fairies (they're real; look it up) bestowed the honorific to the open source compliance issue during LinuxCon."

  • How will GNOME 3.0 be Received? (Sep 28, 2010, 15:02)
    Datamation: "It could go either way."

  • OpenOffice goes its own way (Sep 28, 2010, 14:32)
    Cyber Cynic: "While under Sun's management, OpenOffice got off to a great start, the program hasn't been doing much of anywhere lately. That may be about to change under an independent non-profit group called The Document Foundation."

  • Pinguy OS 10.04.1.2 Review (Sep 28, 2010, 14:02)
    Desktop Linux Reviews: "I've reviewed so many different Ubuntu remasters that I've more or less become numb when I see a new one. After all, aren't they all pretty much the same? Well no, not really."

  • Video Interview with Linus Torvalds at Sao Paulo Zoo (Sep 28, 2010, 13:32)
    Google blog: "Later in the week when they were waiting to go on a safari at the Sao Paolo Zoo, Jeremy seized the opportunity to go on a trip down memory lane when he asked Linus about the Sinclair QL they each owned while growing up."

  • PlayOnLinux 3.8.3 has been released (Sep 28, 2010, 13:02)
    Wine-Reviews: "PlayOnLinux 3.8.3 has been released, it was a silent release and no changelog has been provided by the PlayOnLinux team."

  • Bash Programming Tutorial 1 � A Quick Introduction (Sep 28, 2010, 12:32)
    Learning by Examples: "Harold Rodriguez explains Bash programming in this 2 Part tutorial. His slick and excellent style of writing has enabled him to cover all the essential features of bash programing in a few pages."

  • Fedora presents...Graphics Test Week this week (Sep 28, 2010, 12:02)
    Fedora: It's been creeping up, and now it's time: the world-famous Graphics Test Week begins tomorrow, with the Fedora 14 Nouveau Test Day!

  • Linux-ready SoCs sip half a Watt (Sep 28, 2010, 10:32)
    LinuxDevices: "Freescale Semiconductor announced a Linux-ready, ARM9-based i.MX28x SoC and a Coldfire-based MCF5441x MCU, both targeting fanless industrial applications as well as automotive systems."

  • Develop for Google Chrome � making apps and extensions (Sep 28, 2010, 09:02)
    Linux User and Developer: "Kunal Deo explores the art of developing for Google Chrome using HTML5 and more. In this tutorial you'll learn how to develop web apps and extensions for the world's fastest growing web browser..."

  • The Internet Needs a Dewey Decimal System (Sep 28, 2010, 07:32)
    PC World: "language is woefully inadequate for many of our modern needs. I can't be the only one repeatedly thinking: “Words fail me. They're not precise enough.â€"

  • 6 More Blender Made Movies and Animations You Probably Haven't Seen Before (Sep 28, 2010, 06:02)
    Tech Drive-in: "Like two weeks ago, we featured some of best and most popular blender made short movies in our 8 stunning blender made short films and animations post. Now, let's take the road less traveled."

  • A walk around KDE 4.5 (Sep 28, 2010, 04:32)
    Ghacks: "Recently I did an introductory "walk around" GNOME (see "A walk around the GNOME desktop") which offered the new users to Linux a look from the ground level at one of the most popular of the Linux desktops. This time around, I will do the same service to the KDE desktop."

  • Surprised, and not surprised: Feather Linux at 150Mhz, 32Mb (Sep 28, 2010, 03:02)
    Motho ke motho ka botho: "Some things surprise even me. And yet, at the same time, this isn't a surprise."

  • Ten Essential Linux Admin Tools (Sep 28, 2010, 01:32)
    Linux Magazine: "System Administrators (SAs) need a set of tools with which to manage their often unmanageable systems and environments*. These ten essential Linux administration tools provide excellent support for the weary SA."

  • Double Standards on Open Standards (Sep 28, 2010, 00:02)
    Computerworld UK: "The good news was that it offered one of the best line-ups of open source know-how in the UK I have come across. The bad news was that the seminar's venue was quite small and not even full: these people really deserved a much bigger audience."

  • Fedora presents...Graphics Test Week this week (Apr 12, 2010, 22:04)
    Fedora: The Fedora project announces that this week is Graphics Test Week. This is the highlight of the Fedora 13 Test Day cycle, with Test Days for NVIDIA, ATI/AMD and Intel graphics all falling this week.