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Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 22, 2008

  • Twitter Clients For Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop (Aug 22, 2008, 22:02)
    HowtoForge: "In this article I will show how to install and use two clients for the popular microblogging platform Twitter on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop."

  • Mozilla Plans to Nudge Firefox 2.0 Users to Upgrade (Aug 22, 2008, 21:02)
    OStatic: "If you've been on the fence about upgrading to Firefox 3.0, Mozilla is planning to give you a little nudge."

  • It Sucks Because It's Good (Aug 22, 2008, 20:32)
    Linux Journal: "It was blessedly free of the Tyranny of Typography, the Legacies of Layout, and other controlling influences from the Provinces of Print."

  • 5 Great Alternative Linux Music Players (Aug 22, 2008, 20:02)
    MakeUseOf: "At first glance, ‘Listen Music Player’ looks just like Rhythmbox, but after a using it for a while you will find it is actually better than Rhythmbox."

  • A Campaign to Stop the Introduction of Software Patents in India (Aug 22, 2008, 19:32)
    FOSS Community India: "A campaign to stop the introduction of Software Patents in India. Software patents are rejected by Indian Parliament in 2005 (Patent Amendment bill 2005). But Indian Government is now trying to push it through back door by bringing a Patent manual."

  • Architects Apply Open Source Principles to Help Others (Aug 22, 2008, 17:32)
    OStatic: "You know the results of FOSS communities are making a lasting impression when other groups try emulate their success by using the same concepts. The charitable organization Architecture for Humanity says they can bring about an "architectural revolution" by pairing the principles of collaboration and open source with needs of millions of people worldwide living in poverty today."

  • In Defense of Ubuntu (Aug 22, 2008, 16:02)
    LWN: "If one believes these complaints, Ubuntu is a parasitic operation which does not understand how the community works and which is harmful to the community as a whole."

  • New to Linux? Make Sure You Bookmark These (Aug 22, 2008, 15:32)
    Binary Codes: "...take a look at these websites that are there to help you make the smooth transition, these provide extensive documentation to step-by-step howtos, and also community support."

  • Linux Popularity Across the Globe (Aug 22, 2008, 15:02)
    Royal Pingdom: "The Linux landscape is constantly changing and has a strong community of both developers and users. But where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?"

  • Ubuntu 8.10 To Use Linux 2.6.27 Kernel? (Aug 22, 2008, 14:32)
    Phoronix: "Generating buzz this morning with the release of the Linux 2.6.27-rc4 kernel is word that Ubuntu may switch to the Linux 2.6.27 kernel for their forthcoming 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" release."

  • FOSS For Students (Aug 22, 2008, 13:32) "Browsing the package repository of my Linux distribution led me to applications for everything from gene sequencing to particle physics, but there are a few real gems I think any student could benefit from, including math and chemistry tools such as TiLP, wxMaxima, Kalzium, Gnome Chemistry Utils, and Math."

  • GeekPAC to Fight for Information Rights (Aug 22, 2008, 13:02)
    LWN: "Information rights management has become enough of a frustration that a group has formed specifically to deal with the problem head on. GeekPAC is a political action committee made up of volunteers who are taking their complaints straight to Capitol Hill."

  • Judge: Copyright Owners Must Consider 'Fair Use' Before Sending Takedown Notice (Aug 22, 2008, 12:32)
    Wired: "In the nation's first such ruling, a federal judge on Wednesday said copyright owners must consider "fair use" of their works before sending takedown notices to online video-sharing sites."

  • Mini-notebooks Are Here to Stay (Aug 22, 2008, 12:02)
    Cyber Cynic: "Some critics seem to think that UMPC (ultra mobile PCs) are just a fad. Wrong. They're here to stay."

  • Using GNOME on a Small Screen (Aug 22, 2008, 11:02)
    OSNews: "...more advanced users will quickly hit the wall Acer set up: it has more or less completely locked down the Xfce 4.2.2 installation on the One. This bothered me - this is a powerful machine, so I want a powerful operating system. I went for Ubuntu 8.04.1 - read on for a few thoughts on how well GNOME's user interface fares on a small-screen device such as the One."

  • Humor: Microsoft Hires Comedians (Aug 22, 2008, 03:02)
    Linux Today Blog: "WSJ: Microsoft using Seinfeld as Vista pitchman in $300 million ad campaign"

  • 10 Most Beautiful Plasma Themes for KDE 4 Desktop (Aug 22, 2008, 02:02)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "If you want to further enhance the look of your KDE 4 desktop, I have here a list of some of the most beautiful Plasma themes available:"