Linux News for Oct 28, 2010
Why Unity is good for the future ... (Oct 28, 2010, 23:02)
OpenCEO: "A few month ago I already blogged about "the end of the (Linux) desktop as we know it." I will not blatantly repost this entry but draw some conclusions linked to the recent adoption of Unity for the default Ubuntu desktop."
Kernel vulnerabilities: old or new? (Oct 28, 2010, 22:32)
LWN.net: "A quick search of the CVE database
turns up 80 CVE numbers related to kernel vulnerabilities so far
this year. At one recent conference or another, while talking with
a prominent kernel developer, your editor confessed that he found
that number to be discouragingly high."
6 of the Best Free Linux Server Provisioning Tools (Oct 28, 2010, 22:02)
LinuxLinks: "Now, let's explore the 6 server
provisioning 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
Fixing SSD Performance Degradation, Part 1 (Oct 28, 2010, 21:32)
Enterprise Storage Forum: "It's a fairly well
known fact that solid state disk (SSD) performance can suffer over
time. This was quite common in early SSDs, but newer controllers
have helped reduce this problem through a variety of
20 Stunning Illustrated Wallpapers: Halloween Edition (Oct 28, 2010, 21:02)
MakeUseOf: "Seeing a lot of user-submitted
artwork and animations via Blender, GIMP, and Inkscape enthusiasts
(some of which you can see in 10+ Amazing Short Films Made With
Free Software) has made me really appreciate images illustrated by
hand, which includes wallpapers."
Asterisk SCF Goes for Scale in New Open Source VoIP Project (Oct 28, 2010, 20:32)
VoIP Planet: "The open source Asterisk project
started off as an effort to be an on-premise IP-PBX. Over the
years, demand for increasingly scalable and modular approaches for
voice communications has grown, which is why a new Asterisk project
is being announced this week."
China has the top supercomputer in the world but it still runs Linux (Oct 28, 2010, 20:02)
Computerworld: "If you want a really, really
fast computer, there are all kind of ways to build the hardware
architecture, but one thing that almost all of them have in common
is that they run Linux."
It's my Linux. I will distribute it how I want to. (Oct 28, 2010, 19:32)
Technology and Life Integration: "So what if
Ubuntu does not have the user interface you want. You don't have to
use it. You can change it. You can do anything you want with it.
You can even release your own distribution based on Ubuntu with
your changes. Waaaiiit a minute....hasn't that already happened?
Something Minty I believe? "
Strong Android Sales Help Motorola Rediscover Its Mojo (Oct 28, 2010, 19:02)
Enterprise Mobile Today: "After years of
enduring an unfettered free fall, Motorola's mobile device business
rallied to deliver a profit in third quarter, the first time that's
happened in three years, almost exclusively on the back of strong
demand for Android-based smartphones like the Droid X."
Innovative Nautilus Location Bar Mockup by DanRabbit (Oct 28, 2010, 18:32)
Tech Drive-in: "Nautilus Elementary simplified
Nautilus extensively. If you are wondering how Nautilus can be
improved any further, DanRabbit has an answer every single time.
Following mockups deals with integrating paths with search/edit
entries in the Nautilus location bar."
Real-time Sunlight Earth Wallpaper for Ubuntu Linux (Oct 28, 2010, 18:02)
Linux Poison: "Watch the sun rise and set all
over the world on this real-time, computer-generated illustration
of the earth's patterns of sunlight and darkness on your Ubuntu
desktop. The clouds are updated every 3 hours with current weather
New Koobface Variant Infects Linux Systems (Oct 28, 2010, 17:32)
Softpedia: "Security researchers warn that a
new drive-by download attack is capable of infecting Windows, Mac
OS X and Linux systems with a new variant of the notorious Koobface
GIMP Tricks for Isolating Parts of Images (Oct 28, 2010, 17:02)
Linux Planet: "It's one of the most common
questions the GIMP community fields -- how do you take one part of
a photo and make it ready to paste somewhere else? The answer is,
"It depends." There are lots of different methods. Here are four of
the most useful I've found."
DRM Is Toxic To Culture (Oct 28, 2010, 16:32)
Computerworld: "Digital Restriction Methods
(DRM) aren't just a nuisance that treats all customers as if they
had stolen what they actually paid for. They also threaten our
future cultural heritage."
Ultimate Edition 2.8: Ubuntu On Steroids (Oct 28, 2010, 16:02)
Desktop Linux Reviews: "Earlier this week I wrote a quick look over on EOL about Super OS 10.10. Super OS…well…it didn't exactly live up to its name, though it does have its place among the many Ubuntu remasters out there."
How Google Is 'Closed', Just Like Apple (Oct 28, 2010, 15:32)
Datamation: "A war of words between the CEOs of
Google and Apple makes for great headlines, but does little to
System 76 Starling Netbook Review (Oct 28, 2010, 15:02)
Ghacks: "I've had the pleasure of trying out
plenty of netbook hardware. Just about every form factor and
operating system combination available. These netbooks range from
the hardly usable, to the might-as-well-be-a-laptop, and everything
Empathy�s Still Around�.A stalemate (Oct 28, 2010, 14:32)
It's A Binary World 2.0: "At the time I didn't
give it a second look because it was still missing a bunch of
features. It's been 2 years, or 4 releases of Gnome, since then and
the project has come a long way. It now supports all the protocols
that Pidgin does (and more) and everyone seemed to think it was
doing a better job of listening to users..."
FTC ends probe into Google's Wi-Fi snooping (Oct 28, 2010, 14:02)
Computerworld: "The U.S. Federal Trade
Commission has closed an investigation into Google Street View cars
snooping into open Wi-Fi networks, with the agency declining to
Asterisk 1.8.0 released (Oct 28, 2010, 13:32)
LWN.net: "Version 1.8.0 of the Asterisk
telephony system has been released; this is a major,
Android e-reader adds color, web browsing, and video (Oct 28, 2010, 13:02)
LinuxDevices: "Barnes & Noble announced a
$249, all-color version of its Android-based Nook e-reader that
adds full web browsing and video viewing capabilities."
Linux and borrowing library ebooks (Oct 28, 2010, 12:32)
Ontario-geofish: "But you can have your Linux
and xp too! Linux has an emulator called Wine. On my 64 bit Athlon
x2, it runs faster than xp ever did! Nearly every xp utility runs
on it, and only games are a pain, since they always accessed the
deep processor instructions."
Caught on Video: 2 Tools for Linux Screen-Session Recording (Oct 28, 2010, 12:02)
LinuxInsider: "If creating desktop demos is a
common job for you, and if you want a better way to present the
information than using a webcam or a cellphone, a screen session
recording app is in order."
Hacking Damn Vulnerable Linux (Oct 28, 2010, 11:02)
Tech Source: "If you can't exploit it, you
can't secure it. I don't know if that quote has been said before,
but if you are deeply interested about computer security or ethical
hacking, that should be your main mantra."
Why I Love Unix (Oct 28, 2010, 09:02)
IT World: "I love Unix because of all the
wonderful things that I can do on the command line. When I first
used Unix in 1983, it was love on first sight. With a list of the
most basic commands by my side, I quickly discovered how much I
could accomplish with several command strings strung together."
openSUSE Conference: A Time for Introspection? (Oct 28, 2010, 07:02)
IT World: "I don't want to be rude, but could
somebody tell me what happened at the openSUSE Conference last
Linux Foundation Merges with Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (Oct 28, 2010, 05:02)
Datamation: "Is Linux inside your consumer
electronics device? Linux is increasingly becoming the primary
embedded operating system for a myriad of consumer electronics
devices, including eBook readers, TVs, mobile phone and media
The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest Winner (Oct 28, 2010, 03:02)
Tech Source: "The month-long voting is over so
it is about time to announce the winner of our $100.00 (USD)
coolest Linux workspace contest. The people have spoken, and from
our five finalists only one has emerged victorious."
What�s next in GNOME�s future? (Oct 28, 2010, 01:32)
Stormy's Corner: "Many developers were really
disappointed to hear that Unity will be the default shell on
Ubuntu. Some are disappointed because they don't like Unity. Others
are disappointed because they feel like Canonical is doing its own
Weaving the Web -- Wiki engine hands-on test (Oct 28, 2010, 00:02)
Linux Pro Magazine: "Wiki engines drive patient
data stores, repositories for ideas or documentation, and treasure
troves of knowledge of all kinds. In this review, we put six of
these engines through their paces."