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Developer Linux News for Apr 14, 2010

  • Communications for the rest: Rowe and the Mesh Potato (Apr 14, 2010, 22:33)
    IT Wire: "One thing I like about open hardware and software is that instead of making a few people very rich it can make a lot of people a little bit richer."

  • Making Programming Easier For Kids With PyJunior (Apr 14, 2010, 22:03) "Yesterday I had a break from the sun and a few hours spare and wrote a little program I have been wanting to write for a while. First though, a little back story"

  • Paper: Anatomy of contemporary GSM cellphones (Apr 14, 2010, 21:33)
    Harald Welte's Blog: "During the last days, I was working on an introductory paper on how a GSM cellphone actually works. It is titled Anatomy of contemporary GSM cellphone hardware and should provide a good technical text..."

  • Q&A with Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation (Apr 14, 2010, 19:03)
    CrunchGear: "As Linux gets more “productized” in the mainstream, where is the sense of community that was such a fundamental part of early Linux success?"

  • Much ado about NULL: Exploiting a kernel NULL dereference (Apr 14, 2010, 17:33)
    Ksplice: "We think that it’s important for developers and system administrators to be more knowledgeable about the attacks that black hats regularly use to take control of systems, and so, today, we’re going to start from where we left off and go all the way to a working exploit for a NULL pointer dereference in a toy kernel module."

  • Monitor Linux file system events with inotify (Apr 14, 2010, 14:03)
    IBM Developerworks: "Summary: Use inotify when you need efficient, fine-grained, asynchronous monitoring of Linux file system events. Use it for user-space monitoring for security, performance, or other purposes."

  • NVIDIA Puts Out Its OpenGL 4.0 Linux Driver (Apr 14, 2010, 11:03)
    Phoronix: "With NVIDIA having announced the GeForce GTX 470 and 480 graphics cards (formerly known as "Fermi") at the end of March and these graphics cards starting to appear at Internet retailers (see links below), NVIDIA has now put out its OpenGL 4.0 Linux driver."

  • Anatomy of Linux Kernel Shared Memory (Apr 14, 2010, 09:03)
    IBM Developerworks: "Linux® as a hypervisor includes a number of innovations, and one of the more interesting changes in the 2.6.32 kernel is Kernel Shared Memory (KSM). KSM allows the hypervisor to increase the number of concurrent virtual machines by consolidating identical memory pages"

  • Aaron Seigo on the Future of KDE (Apr 14, 2010, 07:03)
    Datamation: "No one is better qualified to talk about the state of the KDE desktop than Aaron Seigo. A former member of the board of KDE e.V, the German non-profit that oversees the project, Seigo is a lead developer on the desktop."

  • Resetting PHP 6 (Apr 14, 2010, 00:03) "Rightly or wrongly, many in our community see Perl 6 as the definitive example of vaporware. But what about PHP 6? This release was first discussed by the PHP core developers back in 2005."