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Linux News for Jan 28, 2011

  • Editor's Note: Replacing KDE4 (Jan 28, 2011, 23:04)
    Yes, I am one of those grumpy KDE 3.x fans who can't deal with KDE4. So I've been trying out different desktop environments and window managers to replace my beloved KDE, and it has been fun and enlightening.

  • Identify Slow Queries using MySQL�s Analysis Tools (Jan 28, 2011, 22:34)
    Database Journal: "Using MySQL analysis tools, you can identify and optimize slow queries in order to eliminate the bottlenecks that they cause. Rob Gravelle examines the Slow Query Log and Explain command, which can both help identify slow queries."

  • TurnKey Linux 11 released (part one) (Jan 28, 2011, 22:04)
    Turnkey Linux: "Ladies and gentlemen, part 1 of the TurnKey Linux 11 release is now officially out, including 45 new images based on Ubuntu 10.04.1. We pushed out the 11.0 release candidates 3 months ago, and with the help of the community have tested the images and resolved the few remaining issues."

  • Google Gives Developers First Crack at Honeycomb (Jan 28, 2011, 21:34)
    Enterprise Mobile Today: "Google on Wednesday gave mobile application developers their first look at its Android 3.0 mobile operating system for tablets, releasing a preview of the Honeycomb software development kit (SDK)."

  • Google Summer of Code 2011 Announced (Jan 28, 2011, 21:04)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "Carol Smith, member of the Google Open Source Programs Office, announced the 2011 Google Summer of Code Program at this week's linux.conf.au."

  • The Deeper Significance of LibreOffice 3.3 (Jan 28, 2011, 20:04)
    Computerworld UK: "Over on the RedMonk blog, there's an entertaining post by James Governor on the subject of forks, prompted by the imminent arrival of a major new version of Android, version 3.0, code-named "Honeycomb", designed with tablets in mind:"

  • Intel Opens Up FCoE , Offers Free Upgrades (Jan 28, 2011, 19:34)
    Enterprise Storage Forum: "Intel is ramping up its effort to expand Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The company today announced that its Open FCoE technology is being supported by a variety of vendors, including Cisco, EMC, NetApp, Red Hat and Oracle."

  • 8 of the Best Free Linux e-Learning Tools (Jan 28, 2011, 19:04)
    LinuxLinks: "To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 of our favorite e-Learning tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to embrace electronically supported learning and teaching. We give our strongest recommendation to Moodle."

  • Tech Comics: "Your Mobile Carrier" (Jan 28, 2011, 18:34)
    Datamation: "Your relationship with your mobile carrier is win-win, sort of."

  • Pithos � Best Pandora.com Client Player For Linux (Jan 28, 2011, 18:04)
    Digitizor: "Pithos is a Linux based client for the GNOME Desktop for the online music platform: Pandora.com. Although there is a official Flash based Linux client for Pandora.com but it is a RAM hog and does not leave you with a tasteful experience."

  • Sony Wins TRO, Impoundment (Jan 28, 2011, 17:34)
    Groklaw: "Sony's motion for a temporary restraining order, asking for an injunction and impoundment, has been granted [PDF]. The Hon. Susan Illston says she thinks Sony has demonstrated that it is likely to prevail on its DMCA claim"

  • Internet, Telecom Networks Shut Down in Egypt (Jan 28, 2011, 17:04)
    Datamation: "As anti-government protesters planned a day of massive demonstrations in cities throughout Egypt on Friday, state authorities took dramatic steps that effectively shut down the Internet and wireless communications networks in that country."

  • Benchmarks Of The Official KQ ZFS Linux Module (Jan 28, 2011, 16:34)
    Phoronix: "Last summer we delivered the news that a native ZFS file-system implementation for Linux was coming by an Indian company known as KQ Infotech where they leveraged the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories ZFS Linux code, finished it off in some areas, and took care of the POSIX support."

  • Debian Project at several conferences and trade fairs (Jan 28, 2011, 16:04)
    Debian.org: "The Debian Project is pleased to announce that it will be present at several events in the coming weeks, ranging from developer oriented conferences to user oriented trade fairs. As usual, upcoming events are also listed on our website."

  • OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 final released (Jan 28, 2011, 15:34)
    The H Open: "After more than seven months of development and ten release candidates, the OpenOffice.org development team has issued the final version of OpenOffice.org 3.3.0."

  • Graphene transistors can�t be turned off, won�t replace silicon in processors (Jan 28, 2011, 15:04)
    Geek.com: "Over the last three years we've been hearing some impressive claims about what the material graphene can do for the future of processors. Graphene is a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms that looks like a chicken coup-like mesh."

  • LibreOffice 3.3: Hands-On With the Free Office Suite (Jan 28, 2011, 14:34)
    PC World: "The LibreOffice project came about late in 2010 when it became increasingly uncertain what Oracle's intentions were for OpenOffice.org, which it acquired after purchasing Sun."

  • Sourceforge.net attack (Jan 28, 2011, 14:04)
    SourceForge: "Yesterday our vigilant operations guys detected a targeted attack against some of our developer infrastructure."

  • Adding Print Capability to Peppermint Ice OS (Jan 28, 2011, 13:34)
    RWDub's Reviews: "Printer support has purposely been left out of Peppermint Ice"

  • LCA 2011: McKusick tells of the BSD days as only he can (Jan 28, 2011, 13:04)
    IT Wire: "The drought of those who speak without depending on slides has ended at the 12th Australian national Linux conference."

  • Home Accounting: Your Personal Accountant On Ubuntu (Jan 28, 2011, 12:04)
    Muktware: "Most of us have a love-hate relationship when it comes to keeping a tab on the finances that flow through our lives. It's a complicated task"

  • Has AMD Finally Fixed Tearing With Its Linux Driver? (Jan 28, 2011, 10:34)
    Phoronix: "AMD put out a rare beta Linux driver this Monday and they have now just announced the release of the Catalyst 11.1 driver as their stable monthly update for Linux and Windows users."

  • Video: An Exploration of PHP's Object-Oriented Features (Jan 28, 2011, 09:04)
    Developer.com: "In the first of this two-part video series introducing PHP's object-oriented fundamentals, you learned how to create and interact with a PHP class, which might be used as the basis for a video game character."

  • Ubuntu Unity Plays a Frustrating Shell Game (Jan 28, 2011, 07:34)
    Linux Insider: "Ubuntu Natty Narwhal will usher in a major change to the distro's desktop appearance. The new Unity shell design will present a new appearance, a version of which I've been using on netbooks and laptops"

  • VirtualBox 4: First Impressions (Jan 28, 2011, 06:04)
    Linux Magazine: "It might seem strange to post a "first impressions" article an entire month after developers release a new version but the original wasn't stable and first impressions weren't positive."

  • Switching to Desktop Linux? 6 Ways to Ease the Migration (Jan 28, 2011, 04:34)
    PC World: "With all the many compelling reasons for a company to switch to Linux on the desktop, it's no wonder that businesses large and small are increasingly relying on the free and open source operating system. After all, it's free, flexible, reliable, and highly secure--to name just a few of the most attractive features."

  • Python for Newbies (Jan 28, 2011, 03:04)
    An alien's viewpoint: "What is Python? Python is a computer programming language created initially by Guido Van Rossum, who released it to the world as an "Open Source" "Free"program"

  • How To Install OCS Inventory NG Server 2 On CentOS 5.5 (Jan 28, 2011, 01:34)
    Howtoforge: "This article explains how to install OCS Inventory NG Server 2 on Linux Server. OCS Inventory is a great software to make inventories. The NG Server is formed by: communication server, deployment server, and administration console"

  • Secure hypervisor microkernel ready for download (Jan 28, 2011, 00:04)
    LinuxDevices: "OK Labs announced the availability of a verified, "bug-free secure microkernel" version of its Linux-compatible OKL4 hypervisor. Currently downloadable free for non-commercial evaluation on embedded ARM11 or x86 platforms..."