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Developer Linux News for May 14, 2010

  • Editor's Note: What Jon Stewart Said, I Say Too. A lot. (May 14, 2010, 23:03)
    You think Richard Stallman is icky? Well I think getting punked by big business is a whole lot ickier.

  • Konsoleďż˝s user interface changes (May 14, 2010, 22:32)
    Sascha's Hideout: "Konsole does a brilliant job at being a terminal emulator but it doesn't follow user interface standards set by the majority of KDE apps very well. The remainder of this post is mostly about the menu bar and popup menus."

  • Ubuntu open to greater touch (May 14, 2010, 17:02)
    The Register: "You'll want to touch Ubuntu in personal places - like in your kitchen or in your car. At least that's what Canonical hopes, as it works on architectural changes and business deals to put the Linux distro on more embedded systems."

  • 12 Must Have Google Chrome Extensions For Web Designers (May 14, 2010, 16:32)
    Tech Drive-In: "Google Chrome extensions pool is growing and growing fast. Firefox has been the primary tool for web developers for a long time now. Tools like Firebug in Firefox has taken cult status among web developers. But things are slowly changing now and a number of good alternatives for Firefox web developer extensions can be found among Google Chrome extensions too."

  • Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond (May 14, 2010, 15:32) "As of this writing, the current kernel prepatch is 2.6.34-rc6. A couple more prepatches are most likely due before the final release, but the number of changes to be found there should be small. In other words, 2.6.34 is close to its final form, so it makes sense to take a look at what has gone into this development cycle. In a few ways, 2.6.34 is an unusual kernel."

  • Open Letter: The issues with client-side-window-decorations (May 14, 2010, 14:02)
    Martin's Blog: "as you wanted to have a mail with all my concerns about client-side-window-decorations (CSD), here is a very long mail presenting all my concerns what will not be possible any more with CSD and why I think that these particular features will be impossible."

  • Open Facebook Alternatives Gain Momentum, $115K (May 14, 2010, 13:32)
    Wired: "Now, a group of four New York University students — who were working on just what we called for — have harnessed that dissatisfaction in the form of more than $115,000 in crowdsourced funding for their distributed, social networking system called Diaspora."

  • Gnome Shell Might Add Real Multiple Desktops (May 14, 2010, 13:02)
    WebUpd8: "Right now you have multiple desktops but only from the applications point of view: you can move applications from one desktop to another and that's it. There is currently a mockup posted @ Gnome Shell Design Playground website (and a lot of discussion about it on the Gnome Shell mailing list) which seems very interesting:"

  • The X.Org, Mesa Plans For Ubuntu 10.10 (May 14, 2010, 10:32)
    Phoronix: "The talk at the Ubuntu Developer Summit surrounding the X.Org plans for Ubuntu 10.10 just wrapped up. Compared to the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release, Ubuntu 10.10 should provide a much more recent and up-to-date graphics experience."

  • The Verizon Googlepad: iPad Threat or Feckless Imitator? (May 14, 2010, 09:02)
    LinuxInsider: "It looks like Google and Apple have picked up one more thing to fight about. Verizon has announced its plans to develop a tablet computer alongside Google, possibly using the Android OS."

  • A conference on software patents and free software (May 14, 2010, 04:32) "So, do software patents matter for new companies? Lawyer Jason Haislmaier said that they can be important, especially with venture-backed companies, because they are relatively attractive to investors."

  • Wine 1.2 Release plans (May 14, 2010, 03:02)
    Wine-Release: "Wine 1.2 release plans were sent to the wine-devel mailing list from Alexandre Julliard the Wine project leader. Here is the release plans and Alexandres email to wine-devel."

  • How to Become Linus Torvalds (May 14, 2010, 00:02)
    The H Open: "Most people in the free software world know about the famous "LINUX is obsolete" thread that began on the comp.os.minix newsgroups in January 1992, where Andrew Tanenbaum, creator of the MINIX system that Linus used to learn about operating system design, posted the following rather incendiary comment:"