Linux News for Nov 30, 2010
LCA 2011: The quiet man at the helm (Nov 30, 2010, 23:35)
IT Wire: "The man behind the next Australian
national Linux conference is an academic, a retiring type not
exactly prone to bluff and bluster. He and his team are quietly
getting things ready for the last week of January 2011 when a host
of geeks will converge on Brisbane for the 12th LCA"
Bordeaux 50% off recession busting sale (Nov 30, 2010, 23:05)
Wine-Reviews: "The Bordeaux Technology Group is
proud to announce a 50% off recession busting sale on Bordeaux for
Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, PCBSD and OpenIndiana."
Peter Sunde attempting to create p2p alternative to ICANN (Nov 30, 2010, 22:35)
Geek.com: "According to Sunde's Twitter feed he
has been suspicious of ICANN for a long time."
All That Java Jive (Nov 30, 2010, 22:05)
Linux Magazine: "I love coffee, I love tea. I
love the Java Jive and it loves me.* If Java is giving you jive,
put your fears aside. You'll soon love it sweet and hot. Or maybe
Firefox Extensions for the Web Developer (Nov 30, 2010, 21:35)
HTML Goodies: "Raindrops on roses and whiskers
on kittens...yada yada yada (I mentioned the kittens). Here are a
few of my favorite Firefox things: Web Developer, Pixel Perfect,
ColorZilla, Measure It and Pixl Grabber."
It's Not Easy Being Green: Life for SUSE with Attachmate (Nov 30, 2010, 21:05)
Linux Magazine: "Attachmate buying Novell came as a bit of a surprise to industry watchers, but now that the deal is inked (but not closed) what does it mean for SUSE, openSUSE, and the rest of the Linux industry?"
2010's 5 Biggest Linux and open-source stories (Nov 30, 2010, 20:35)
Cyber Cynic: "The story behind the story is
that Linux has become totally mainstream. No, you may not have a
Linux desktop in front of you the way I do, but you if you spend
most of your day visiting Google, Facebook, and Twitter, you're
PMML Makes Predictive Analytics and Data Mining Easier (Nov 30, 2010, 20:05)
eCRM Guide: "Predictive analytics — the
art of mining and analyzing historical data patterns to predict the
future — is not a common term among IT types, let alone
consumers. Yet predictive analytics is practiced widely, and its
use affects millions of consumers and businesses every day."
A Schizophrenic Look at Microsoft, Novell, and Patents (Nov 30, 2010, 19:35)
IT World: "No matter how you look at it,
Microsoft's open purchase of Novell's patents was very sane."
When Linus is away, Linux Kernel developers will... (Nov 30, 2010, 19:05)
Netstat -vat: "Normally, you'd think that when
the 'boss' is away, that the 'employees' will slack-off. But the
exact opposite is what happens with Linux kernel developers."
Red Hat At $1 Billion (Nov 30, 2010, 18:35)
Forbes: "Based on the run rates of the current
quarter, Red Hat will likely reach $1 billion in annual revenue in
2011. Only a handful of companies, probably less than 20 software
firms, have ever hit this milestone."
Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Cache Links China to Google Hack (Nov 30, 2010, 18:05)
Datamation: "Included in the massive trove of
classified diplomatic cables the website WikiLeaks began releasing
on Sunday is evidence reportedly linking Chinese authorities to a
massive computer hacking campaign that included a high-profile
assault on Google nearly a year ago."
Homeland Security's Domain Name Seizure May Stretch The Law Past The Breaking Point (Nov 30, 2010, 17:35)
TechDirt: "We had a bunch of questions
concerning the legality of Homeland Security's seizure of domain
names via its Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) group.
The whole thing seemed of extremely dubious legality. And it
appears we're not the only ones to think so."
The bad guys are worried - did we win? (Nov 30, 2010, 17:05)
Free Software Magazine: "The thing most of us
think of when we hear the word open is Windows"
Easy Crontab Editing with Corntab (Nov 30, 2010, 16:35)
ServerWatch: "Never memorize what you can look
up. This is one of the essential rules of system administration,
and it applies very well to creating crontab entries. If you're not
an expert on cron, don't worry -- just use the Corntab site or
Salary Levels for Linux Administrators (Nov 30, 2010, 16:05)
Datamation: "Job Description for Linux
Administrator -- Installs, configures, and maintains Linux
operating systems. Analyzes and resolves problems associated with
the operating system's servers, hardware, applications, and
Why I'm Rooting for Microsoft (Nov 30, 2010, 15:35)
Computerworld: "Although I'd prefer the entire
system to be swept away at a stroke, I think that is somewhat
unlikely, so I may have to settle for progressive
Exclusive Interview: Ubuntu Is The Number 1 Desktop OS (Nov 30, 2010, 15:05)
Muktware: "What are the challenges? Is
Canonical planning to enter the hardware business and offer an
Apple-like solution, fully optimized hardware for the OS?"
Quick Look at 0 A.D. - Free Linux RTS Game (Nov 30, 2010, 14:35)
TuxArena: "0 A.D. is an open-source, 3D real
time strategy game with an ancient warfare theme, developed by
Wildfire Games, and using the Pyrogenesis engine."
The good and bad news about Dell and Ubuntu (Nov 30, 2010, 14:05)
Cyber Cynic: "She wasn't happy because it was
already moving slower than her ancient XP Pentium M machine. When,
out of the blue she got an Ubuntu Light (PDF Link) v1.0 Setup
window. What the heck?"
Symbian Foundation to Shutdown Websites (Nov 30, 2010, 13:35)
Linux Pro Magazine: "The Symbian Foundation
announces website closures starting mid-December 2010."
Linux e-reader ships with 2450-dpi pen input (Nov 30, 2010, 13:05)
LinuxDevices: "Asus launched its Linux-based
Asus Eee Note EA800 (previously Eee Tablet) e-reader, available now
available in Taiwan for about $230 and due in the U.S. in 1Q 2011,
according to various reports."
LPC: Michael Meeks on LibreOffice and code ownership (Nov 30, 2010, 11:05)
LWN.net: "Back when the 2010 Linux Plumbers
Conference was looking for presentations, the LibreOffice project
had not yet announced its existence. So Michael Meeks put in a
vague proposal for a talk having to do with OpenOffice.org and
promised the organizers it would be worth their time."
Five reasons to be grumpy about 2010 --
2010 begins Oracle's reign of terror (Nov 30, 2010, 09:05)
Network World: "Maybe it's the post-holiday
letdown, but looking back on 2010 I'm not sure the open source
community has that much to be grateful for this year. Not only have
we missed another year for the Linux desktop, but there's been
plenty to gripe about in 2010."
5 of the Best Free and Open Source Data Mining Software (Nov 30, 2010, 07:05)
Tech Source: "The process of extracting
patterns from data is called data mining. It is recognized as an
essential tool by modern business since it is able to convert data
into business intelligence thus giving an informational edge."
10 Weirdest Celebrity Tech Ads (Nov 30, 2010, 03:05)
Network World: "When it comes to technology
advertising, some companies hire a celebrity, and have them do
something ridiculous in the general vicinity of the product."
20 essential virtualization tips & techniques (Nov 30, 2010, 01:35)
Linux User and Developer: "These virtualization
tips and techniques are presented to educate, save money and save
endless Googling for answers. With luck they'll propel your
virtualization efforts forward with new momentum and with minimal
frustration helping you to improve the performance, reliability and
security of your virtual machines."
Supreme Court to Decide Standard for Proving Invalidity of a Patent (Nov 30, 2010, 00:05)
EFF.org: "Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed
to hear Microsoft's appeal in a case that could make it easier to
invalidate a patent."