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Linux News for Dec 29, 2010

  • For Commercial Software Firms in 2011, Open Source is Ripe for Picking (Dec 29, 2010, 23:02)
    OStatic: "While our recent roundup of 2010's biggest open source events emphasized the fact that two large, public U.S. companies focused primarily on open source--Sun Microsystems and Novell--lost their independence, 2011 promises to be the year that open source takes on massive appeal..."

  • More command-line fun (Dec 29, 2010, 22:32)
    Distrowatch: "This week I'd like to cover some command line tips and tricks. There are a lot of tasks which can be completed with one or two lines and I'd like to share a handful that I've found useful."

  • How You Know When It�s Time to Switch to Linux (Dec 29, 2010, 22:02)
    PC World: "It's easy to be content with your computer installation as long as it keeps doing what you want it to without too much trouble. When frequent problems arise, however, it's hard to remain faithful for long."

  • Season of KDE 2010 (Dec 29, 2010, 21:32)
    KDE.news: "This year was the 4th Season of KDE. Season of KDE (SoK) allows KDE to help support students and worthwhile projects who didn't manage to get one of the limited places in the Google Summer of Code program."

  • Paul Allen Refiles Massive Patent Suit Against Tech Heavies (Dec 29, 2010, 21:02)
    Datamation: "A company owned by Paul Allen, the billionaire investor and Microsoft cofounder, has reintroduced a patent-infringement lawsuit against some of the nation's biggest Internet companies, including Google and Apple."

  • Ext4 filesystem hits Android, no need to fear data loss (Dec 29, 2010, 20:32)
    ars Technica: "Google's new Nexus S smartphone is the first Android device to use the Ext4 filesystem"

  • Microsoft: Novell is toast and the patent Juggernaut rolls on (Dec 29, 2010, 19:32)
    Free Software Magazine: "The end of 2010 has been interesting. Mass defections from Oracle's OpenOffice team and the software is ported as LibreOffice. Then Mark Shuttleworth announces that Wayland is in, Xorg is out and Unity will be the next Ubuntu desktop."

  • Book review: Linux Kernel Development, third edition (Dec 29, 2010, 19:02)
    LWN.net: "It has been well over five years since LWN reviewed the second edition of Robert Love's Linux Kernel Development. Needless to say, things have changed a little since the 2.6.10 release covered by that edition."

  • The Big Presentation: The Familiar, the Frustrating and the Flashy (Dec 29, 2010, 18:32)
    LinuxInsider: "The world of Linux includes several options for users who need to create slide presentations in the style of Microsoft PowerPoint. OpenOffice.org's Impress does a great job of mimicking most of PowerPoint's functions, giving Redmond refugees a familiar tool."

  • Allen v. World and Dog - First Amended Complaint (Dec 29, 2010, 18:02)
    Groklaw: "Paul Allen's Interval Licensing has met the deadline to file an amended complaint [PDF] with specificity. If you can read it without passing out laughing and/or having your head explode with disgust, I'd like to know what happened to you as a child that blunted your normal emotions"

  • Behind the KOffice split (Dec 29, 2010, 17:32)
    LWN.net: "On December 6th the KDE Project announced the Calligra Project, which was called a "continuation of the KOffice project." Others, though, might call it a fork or a split between the bulk of the KOffice developers and KWord developer Thomas Zander."

  • Coding styles comparison in the Open Source Software world (Dec 29, 2010, 17:02)
    Balau: "While looking for existing C coding standards I discovered that the GNU and Linux projects officially suggest very different styles. Inside the Linux kernel documentation, Linus Torvalds goes so far as to mock GNU coding standards:"

  • 10 Server Predictions for '11 (Dec 29, 2010, 16:32)
    Serverwatch: "These 10 predictions for 2011 will have you watching the latest developments from the big hardware manufacturers. Sure, some are wishful thinking, but others are clearly within reach for a 2011 delivery time frame."

  • 21 More Notable Free Linux Games (Part 3 of 3) (Dec 29, 2010, 16:02)
    LinuxLinks: "This article is the third and final part in this series. If you missed the first two parts, they are available to read here: Part 1, Part 2. We have again tried to cover a wide range of game genres. Hopefully there will be something in this article which will be of interest to any type of gamer."

  • Apologies about the Slackware Review (Dec 29, 2010, 15:32)
    Das U-blog: "A couple days ago, I reviewed Slackware 13.1. I wanted to see if I could use it post-installation, though from what I had read from commenters and writers on various blogs, it would be tough. At the end, it did prove to be as tough (and for me, fruitless)"

  • The Right's war on Net Neutrality (Dec 29, 2010, 15:02)
    Daily Kos: "No one, other than the big telcos, seems to be particularly happy with the FCC's Net Neutrality rules, as Chris documented earlier. But it's important to be clear about what it is exactly the Right is doing on this one. It's death panels all over again."

  • DesktopNova Background Changer For Gnome & Xfce Desktop Environments (Dec 29, 2010, 14:32)
    LinuxNov: "DesktopNova helps you to auto change backgrounds after an adjustable time from multiple files and folders you can add it to different profiles."

  • Ex-Red Hat CEO Szulik sues over $60M loss (Dec 29, 2010, 14:02)
    Triangle Business Journal: "Former Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik, his wife, father and other family members have filed a federal suit against a St. Thomas-based investment advisory firm, claiming the family lost $60 million in high risk and illiquid investments they did not approve."

  • Dependency-confessions of a slacker (Dec 29, 2010, 13:32)
    Linux Beginner: ""Recently there has been a thread at the Slackware-forum (at linuxquestions.org) about the occupation of Slackware-users. It was expected there would be a great deal of IT-workers amongst them. But instead, the answers showed that there were all kinds of professions. It's not a uniform community"

  • Buying a Dell without Windows is not easy, but possible (Dec 29, 2010, 11:02)
    The Geek Stuff: "Buying a PC from any large manufacturer/retailer without a copy of Windows pre-installed is difficult. You have some companies that refuse to sell a machine if you want Windows removed"

  • Linux in education: a genuine alternative (Dec 29, 2010, 09:02)
    TechRadar: "Using free software in education is not just about saving money. It's also about preserving choice, not locking a student's experience into a certain way of doing something."

  • Time of Trolling (Dec 29, 2010, 07:02)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The Internet was invented for effortless sharing of information. Creators and purveyors of information, however, do not always intend for it to be effortlessly and freely shared."

  • OpenSceneGraph: Managing Scene Graph (Dec 29, 2010, 05:02)
    Packt: "Create high-performance virtual reality applications with OpenSceneGraph, one of the best 3D graphics engines."

  • How to Restore Missing Volume Control Icon/Button in Ubuntu Linux (Dec 29, 2010, 03:02)
    Tech Source: "One of the most annoying bugs in the latest versions of Ubuntu (versions 10.04 - 10.10) is the disappearing or missing volume control applet from the system tray inside the GNOME panel."

  • The Top 5 Networking Stories of 2010 (Dec 29, 2010, 01:02)
    ZDNet: "I'd much rather write about what was new and neat about networking in 2010, but the sad truth is I think the many of the most important networking stories in 2010 were about regulations rather than innovations."