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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 01, 2008

  • Ten Sticking Points for New Ubuntu Users (2008-07-01 21:00:13)
    Linux.com: "With Ubuntu, Canonical has had notable success in convincing people to switch from other platforms, but potential Ubuntu users are still running into trouble in several areas..."

  • Which Linux Distributions Are Dying? (2008-07-01 20:30:04)
    Coding Experiments: "Like everything else, what goes up must come down. This must apply to Linux distributions too, right? So, what's happening with Linux? Which distributions are growing...?"

  • Samba Team Releases Samba 3.2 (2008-07-01 17:15:30)
    The Samba Team is proud to announce the release of Samba 3.2, a major new release of the award-winning Free Software file and print server suite for Microsoft Windows clients. Announcement within.

  • 'Lindependence 2008' Aims to Free Felton from Microsoft Windows (2008-07-01 15:00:05)
    San Jose Mercury News: "Why pay $650 for Adobe Photoshop when you can have 97 percent of the functionality of Photoshop for free...?"

  • Making Desktop Linux Work for Business (2008-07-01 14:15:08)
    InfoWorld: "Today's IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows XP..."

  • Ext4 is now the primary filesystem on my laptop (2008-07-01 13:30:26)
    tytso's journal: "Over the weekend, I converted my laptop to use the ext4 filesystem. So far so good! So far I’ve found one bug as a result of my using ext4 in production..."

  • Linux Experiences 'Prolific' Growth, Says Linux Foundation's Zemlin (2008-07-01 12:45:26)
    Enterprise Linux News: "Formed by the 2007 merger of Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group and home to Linux's creator Linus Torvalds, the Foundation promotes the use of Linux through support for kernel development; the development of common definitions, standards and best practices; and resolution of legal issues..."

  • June 2008 Top500 Supercomputer Sites Dominated by Linux (2008-07-01 11:00:26)
    Top500 Supercomputer Sites: "With the publication of the latest edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers today (Wednesday, June 18), the global high performance computing community has officially entered a new realm—a supercomputer with a peak performance of more than 1 petaflop/s (one quadrillion floating point operations per second)."

  • Microsoft tactics push India toward Linux (2008-07-01 09:30:49)
    Linux Watch: "One of India's 28 states plans to distribute 100,000 Linux laptops to students there. It sounds like Tamil Nadu's volume purchasing agent decided to use Linux exclusively after being put off by Microsoft's bundling tactics for academic users."

  • Using Strings To Safely Get Program Usage Information On Linux And Unix (2008-07-01 08:00:49)
    Linux and Unix Menagerie: "One way I've found that is virtually foolproof, and works in every distro I've tested, is to use the "strings" command to extract usage information. If you've ever used strings before, you know that distilling what it spits out when you run it against a command to a universally acceptable output of help information for any and/or all binaries is next to impossible. The Linux version of the crash command comes much closer to doing this, and doing it better. But, for the rest of us (even those without the privilege to run "crash"), we can still get the information we need using "strings", like so:"

  • Ah Another Opening for Desktop Linux (2008-07-01 06:30:49)
    TechTreasures: "My colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols recently wrote a piece on his fine Practical Technology blog called Dear Microsoft, Thanks for the help, Linux in which he argues that Microsoft’s ill-timed decision to cut off easy access to XP tomorrow (June 30th) combined with its announcement it would be releasing the next version of Windows in January, 2010 effectively lends a death blow to Vista and creates a huge opportunity for desktop Linux. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, this is not the first time I’ve heard such a prediction."

  • Last.fm - Open-source Application for Last.fm Radio Review (2008-07-01 05:00:49)
    Echoes: "Last.fm is an open-source application licensed under the GPL, allowing you to listen to Last.fm radio stations and submit the songs in the same time. For those of you unfamiliar with Last.fm, it's a great social music community, allowing you to submit songs you currently listen to, statistics, forums for bands or music styles (or even more: Amarok has a group, most major distributions also, and you can start your own group about anything...together with information for each artist, open for anyone to edit, just like the Wikipedia style."

  • Surprise Desktop Linux Move: Xandros Buys Linspire (2008-07-01 00:38:19)
    Practical Technology: "In an announcement that was sent out today, June 30, to Linspire stockholders, CEO Larry Kettler wrote that the stockholders had decided to sell all of Linspire’s assets. This deal specifically includes Linspire, Freespire, and the company’s distribution agnostic CNR (Click ‘N Run) desktop installation platform. This move is not being greeted with enthusiasm by all of Linspire stockholders’."