Linux News for Feb 28, 2011
Atom E6xx PC is claimed to be world's smallest (Feb 28, 2011, 23:33)
LinuxDevices: "Toradex announced a Linux-based
single board computer (SBC) with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom E6xx, and also
debuted a PC based on it that's claimed to be "the world's
Use Zenity to GUI-Up Scripts (Feb 28, 2011, 23:03)
ServerWatch: "Some people just aren't
comfortable with the command line. If you're writing scripts for
those people, you want to take a look at Zenity, a GNOME utility
that provides simple GUI dialogs from a shell script."
Things overheard on the WiFi from my Android smartphone (Feb 28, 2011, 22:33)
Freedom to Tinker: "Today in my undergraduate
security class, we set up a sniffer so we could run Wireshark and
Mallory to listen in on my Android smartphone. This blog piece
summarizes what we found"
Red Hat's "obfuscated" kernel source (Feb 28, 2011, 22:03)
LWN.net: "while the cross-distribution
cooperation on the 2.6.32 kernel has been a great thing, Red Hat is
making things harder by shipping its RHEL 6 kernel source as one
big tarball, without breaking out the patches."
BlackBerry's Android? (Feb 28, 2011, 21:33)
ZDNet: "Now, there's a rumor that RIM may well
add support for Android applications to its BlackBerry line on top
of its forthcoming QNX operating system."
On Linux, Software Patents, Shakespeare & the Web (Feb 28, 2011, 21:03)
PoemShape: "My first love wasn't poetry but
computers. My first substantial work was not a poem, fable or
story, but a piece of software written on the Apple IIe. Presently,
my primary OS is Ubuntu..."
How to Install VLC-Shares In Ubuntu And Stream Videos to Android (Feb 28, 2011, 20:33)
MakeTechEasier: "VLC, without a doubt, is the
best media player around. Not only is it able to play almost any
file format, it is also able to stream audio/video from the Web and
transcode on the fly."
How to properly redirect the output of command executed with sudo. (Feb 28, 2011, 20:03)
Pétur Ingi Egilsson: "We are faced with
a problem when trying to redirect with sudo, as the second part of
the command is not executed with root privileges."
Jono Bacon Defends Ubuntu: An Insider's Perspective (Feb 28, 2011, 19:33)
Datamation: "Last week, in "Ubuntu: Where Did
the Love Go?" I presented one view of Ubuntu and its relationship
with other parts of the free and open source software (FOSS)
Arch�s Dirty Little Not-So-Secret (Feb 28, 2011, 19:03)
IgnorantGuru's Blog: "A reader of my blog
recently made a comment about Arch's lack of package signing, and
this got me looking into the issue more carefully. What I found has
left me deeply concerned with a number of aspects of Arch."
Let us access the databases in the Easy Driver way ! (Feb 28, 2011, 18:33)
Linuxaria: "Easy Driver is a project to
access the databases, it is Free and Open Source. It is formed of a
Java library and a code generator."
Python4Kids: New Tutorial - A Big Jar of Pickles (Feb 28, 2011, 18:03)
Python Tutorials for Kids: "In the last
tutorial we learned how to pickle our objects. Pickling is a way of
storing the object (on the computer's file system) so that it can
be used later."
5 Best Linux Distribution With No Proprietary Components (Feb 28, 2011, 17:33)
nixCraft: "In this post I will list five best
Linux distribution that meets the FSF's strict guidelines and
contains no proprietary components such as firmware and
Exercise #6: Set Variables in Scripts (Feb 28, 2011, 17:03)
Bashshell: "When you need to set variables, you
can do that in the BEGIN section of an awk script. Here the
variable firstuser is set to 1000. The BEGIN section sets that
variable and it is then used later in the script."
Why a Linux Aficionado Uses an iPhone (Feb 28, 2011, 16:33)
Datamation: "Although I'm a diehard Linux
advocate, I happen to be a reasonably happy owner of an iPhone 4.
You didn't just misread this, I actually prefer using the iPhone
over countless Android phones I've tried in the past."
Over 40,000 Does Dismissed In Copyright Troll Cases (Feb 28, 2011, 16:03)
Electronic Frontier Foundation: "These have
been some eventful weeks in the world of copyright trolling.
Thousands of unnamed "John Does" in P2P file sharing lawsuits filed
in California, Washington DC, Texas, and West Virginia have been
severed, effectively dismissing over 40,000 defendants."
McNealy: Sun could have won out over Linux (Feb 28, 2011, 15:33)
Infoworld: "Sun Microsystems' mishandling of
Solaris on the Intel platform left an opening for Linux to become
established, when the company's Solaris OS could have won out
Why I believe Microsoft will buy Nokia (Feb 28, 2011, 15:03)
Mobile Open Source: "I have been pretty lucky
in January to predict that Nokia would pick Windows 7 as its new
OS. I even won a beer in a bet with the Honorary Consul to Finland
in Silicon Valley, clear sign the Finns were not expecting it at
Instant Vintage Photo Effects with the FIL Script for GIMP (Feb 28, 2011, 14:33)
Scribbles and Snaps: "You can emulate different
vintage photo effects in GIMP, but usually this is a rather
laborious and time-consuming process that requires some editing
chops. Fortunately, the Film Imitation Lab (FIL) script lets you
turn plain snaps into eye-popping vintage photos with a minimum of
London Stock Exchange calls software crisis meeting with furious market data vendors (Feb 28, 2011, 14:03)
Computerworld UK: "The London Stock Exchange
has called an urgent meeting next week with price data vendors, in
an attempt to solve the serious market stock price irregularities
appearing on traders' screens since the exchange launched its new
Work with Photo Metadata in digiKam (Feb 28, 2011, 11:03)
Scribbles and Snaps: "Inside each digital photo
hides metadata in the EXIF, IPTC, or XMP formats, and digiKam
provides tools for viewing and editing this useful
Datalight Releases First Full-featured File System for Embedded Linux (Feb 28, 2011, 07:03)
Techwhack press release: "Datalight announced
today that it has released Reliance Nitro 2.0, the first
full-featured file system for embedded Linux."
Weekend Project: Harvest Microformats for Fun and Profit (Feb 28, 2011, 03:03)
Linux.com: "Microformats are a way to slip
computer-readable information into HTML, so it's "semantically"
marked-up, not just visually marked up. With hCalendar, for
example, when you advertise a big event on your Web page, it's not
only human-readable, but the browser can notice that it's a