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Linux News for Nov 24, 2010

  • Boxee Box Review (Jan 24, 2011, 17:34)
    Linux Lookup: "Designed to deliver Internet TV, movies, music, web browsing, photos and other local media to the television, this Linux based set-top device will free you from the confined of your computer and bring you back to the epitome of comfort, your couch"

  • To the Clouds with Linux -- But Who Controls It? (Nov 30, 2010, 05:05)
    Datamation: "Imagine a world where you can develop software unconstrained by the normal rules of software, which requires a local installation. CPU, memory, security...each of these issues are now someone else's problem."

  • Editor's Note: Thank You (Nov 24, 2010, 23:04)
    Here we are at the US Thanksgiving holiday again. I tend towards a glass-half-empty perspective, so I make a point of reminding myself of all the good things in my life, and there are a lot of them.

  • Ubuntu sticking to six-month development cycle (Nov 24, 2010, 22:04)
    Network World: "A story in the Register speculated that Ubuntu would be dropping its six-month development cycle in favor of daily updates. If so, that'd be big news — but the word from Canonical is that it's not so."

  • Fedora 14 Updates (Nov 24, 2010, 21:34)
    Acrossad: "Today, I opened up a terminal, issued the su command, and typed in my root password on my Fedora 14 laptop. I then issued the "yum update" command to install all of the latest Fedora 14 updates."

  • Open Source has won precisely because we no longer notice it (Nov 24, 2010, 21:04)
    Bangkok Post: "Open source has won. Oh, how time flies. When I started writing in Database in May 2003, my first column was about how the ICT Ministry had got the budget PC programme all wrong. ICT Minister Surapong had announced his great success at negotiating the inclusion of Windows XP and Office XP at just 1,500 baht, a 90 percent discount. He saw it as success. I saw it as capitulation."

  • Troubleshooting Linux Servers (Nov 24, 2010, 20:34)
    Linux Planet: "You thought you had it all working, didn't you? But then your users report slowdowns, or your logfiles are empty, or jobs don't run-- so how do you find out what's going on?"

  • Novell Sells Out to Attachmate, Leaves the Future of Suse Linux Unclear (Nov 24, 2010, 20:04)
    ServerWatch: "The announcement that Novell has agreed to sell itself to Attachmate for $2.2 billion does absolutely nothing to remove the huge question mark hanging over the future of Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Novell's open source Linux OS. Annoyingly for SLES customers, it actually raises as many questions as it answers."

  • Easily Print to PDF, Postscript And SVG Files From Any Application [Ubuntu] (Nov 24, 2010, 19:34)
    MakeTechEasier: "There are plenty of extensions you can install that allow you to create PDF file for any webpage you come across. Well, if you are using Linux (particularly Ubuntu), this PDF creation feature is already inbuilt in your system and you can use it without installing any other extensions/applications."

  • Meet MeeGo (Nov 24, 2010, 19:04)
    Smart Developer: "Android might get all the headlines, but MeeGo, the little Linux that could, may yet become an important Linux for your phones, netbooks, tablets, and cars."

  • 10 Cool Screenlets for Ubuntu GNOME (Nov 24, 2010, 18:34)
    Tech Drive-in: "If you haven't used Screenlets in your Ubuntu yet, it is an excellent application to experiment with. And hundreds of useful third party user contributed screenlets are available for free. Here is a quick review of some of the best user contributed screenlets available for Ubuntu GNOME."

  • Boxee Box Review (Nov 24, 2010, 18:34)
    UberGizmo: "The Boxee has been built with a simple goal in mind. Its creators say that "a lot of your favorite shows and movies are already available on the Internet. Boxee is a device that finds them and puts them on your TV. It's easy to use and even better, there's no monthly fee"."

  • Vandalizing Open-Source Drivers? (Nov 24, 2010, 18:04)
    Phoronix: "Somebody with root access to the FreeDesktop.org server decided to vandalize the RadeonHD graphics driver in this Git commit. The make files were deleted and replaced with "It's dead, Jim""

  • To the Clouds with Linux -- But Who Controls It? (Nov 24, 2010, 17:34)
    Datamation: "Imagine a world where you can develop software unconstrained by the normal rules of software, which requires a local installation. CPU, memory, security...each of these issues are now someone else's problem"

  • Italian Left Leader signs Berlusconi-like deal with Microsoft (Nov 24, 2010, 17:04)
    Stop: "In case you're wondering why I'm telling you this, it's because, right while I write, Nichi Vendola is signing a deal with Microsoft that "represents the beginning of an important collaboration partnership, whose goal is to promote innovation and excellence in creation, development and usage of ICT technologies and solutions, adding value to the role of the Region in direct relationships with the biggest international groups of that sector"."

  • Using lsof to Find Open Files (Nov 24, 2010, 16:34)
    ServerWatch: "One of the most useful utilities you'll find on Linux and *nix systems is lsof. Short for "list open files," the lsof utility can help identify which files are being used by any given application, which network ports are open, and much more."

  • No KMS? No Mesa? Run Wayland Off A Linux Framebuffer! (Nov 24, 2010, 16:04)
    Phoronix: "Besides needing to get the various tool-kits and other libraries ported to run atop the Wayland Display Server, another requirement limiting the adoption of this X11 Server alternative so far has been the specialized graphics requirements."

  • LPC: Life after X (Nov 24, 2010, 15:34)
    LWN.net: "Keith Packard has probably done more work to put the X Window System onto our desks than just about anybody else. With some 25 years of history, X has had a good run, but nothing is forever."

  • Kinect camera visualization and calibration (Nov 24, 2010, 15:04)
    Freenect: "Nicolas Burrus just released some software that grabs images from the Kinect camera and calibrate it in a semi-automatic way. The calibration part is done by using a printed black/white checkerboard."

  • Password Management (Nov 24, 2010, 14:34)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "While I was writing this article, I ran across a great phrase so perfect for this month's topic that I have to share it with you: "password fatigue""

  • Here I Go! Rebel openSUSE! (Nov 24, 2010, 14:04)
    Opensuse Revolution: "Well, I know it has been a long time for me to come up with what I think, is the start of a good future. I can only do mockups but I am sure that if there is a programmer brave enough out there to take this idea and turn it into a reality, be my guest."

  • How To Install Google Earth On Ubuntu 10.10 (Nov 24, 2010, 13:34)
    Howtoforge: "In previous Ubuntu versions, there was a Google Earth .deb package available in the Medibuntu repository; unfortunately there is no such package for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)."

  • IDC Says Smartphone Shoppers Ready for Holiday Blitz (Nov 24, 2010, 13:04)
    eCommerce Guide: "Smartphones are changing the way consumers and retailers interact, giving both parties greater flexibility and opportunities during the online holiday shopping season."

  • The 6 Best Social Media Plugins for WordPress (Nov 24, 2010, 11:04)
    Webreference: "A great way to increase the popularity of your blog is by using other forms of social media to promote it. Wordpress has many plugins to help you with this endeavor."

  • Is it Too Late For an Open Source Challenge to Facebook? (Nov 24, 2010, 09:04)
    OStatic: "This week, none other than the founder of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, pronounced that social networks are a "threat to the web." Is he right?"

  • CrossOver Linux Review (Nov 24, 2010, 07:04)
    Wine-Reviews: "For about four months now, I have been using the Ubuntu Linux operating system full-time on both my desktop and notebook computer. A few weeks into this experience, I wrote an article sharing some of my findings about the Windows to Linux migration process."

  • EFF Tool Offers New Protection Against 'Firesheep' (Nov 24, 2010, 05:04)
    Electronic Frontier Foundation: "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new version of HTTPS Everywhere, a security tool that offers enhanced protection for Firefox browser users against "Firesheep" and other exploits of webpage security flaws."

  • Tuxtorial - An easy way to create and share tutorials for GNU/Linux (Nov 24, 2010, 03:04)
    Tuxtorial: Tuxtorial makes it easy to write and share tutorials for software in Linux. An intuitive desktop application helps you gather screenshots, code fragments, and outputs from shell commands...

  • Hadoop Cluster Setup on Debian Lenny (Nov 24, 2010, 01:34)
    Frederik Konietzny: "Today I will describe the setup of a Hadoop / HDSF multi-node cluster on Debian Lenny with a redundant Namenode using DRBD and Heartbeat, four Datanodes and Tasktracker, a Backup- Checkpointnode and Rack awareness."

  • 50 Open Source Apps You Can Use in the Cloud (Nov 24, 2010, 00:04)
    Datamation: "The cloud computing boom has brought a surge of opportunity to the open source world. Open source developers and users are taking advantage of these opportunities in three key ways."