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Infrastructure Linux News for Sep 19, 2008

  • 3.0 Promises New Life for Office Software (Sep 19, 2008, 22:32)
    OStatic: "It is also able to export altered files into a "hybrid" PDF format -- the imported ODF file becomes a source file embedded in the exported PDF."

  • Webcams on Linux a Hit (Sep 19, 2008, 22:02)
    ITPro: "A few weeks back I thought I'd give the video aspect of Skype a go, so pulled out a Creative NX Pro webcam and put it in place."

  • Energy Efficient eBook-Reader Runs on Linux (Sep 19, 2008, 19:32)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The Hanlin eReader V3 from Tianjin Jinke Electronics out of China claims to provide a month of use between battery charges. By then 10,000 pages of reading should have been possible -- provided you have the requisite time and patience."

  • Tips and Tricks: Customization, PDFs, and Smart Image Management (Sep 19, 2008, 18:32)
    LinuxPlanet: "This tutorial continues by highlighting OOo Options you may want to change, discusses the PDF exporting feature, and shows how to overcome two issues you may encounter when working with images."

  • Ubuntu's BulletProofX Takes Simpler Step Forward (Sep 19, 2008, 17:02)
    Phoronix: "Introduced in Ubuntu 7.10 was a feature known as BulletProofX, which provides a fail-safe mode that is by default used when the X server fails to properly initialize."

  • PCMan: An Alternative File Manager For Linux (Sep 19, 2008, 15:02)
    Linux Prime Time: "I had been mostly using Nautilus as my primary file manager and i was a bit sick to be honest from using it, Nautilus is very basic and a bit heavy file manager."

  • Windows CE Takes on Linux in Low-end Netbooks (Sep 19, 2008, 12:32)
    WindowsForDevices: "Quarta Mobile has announced a version of Windows CE 6.0 tailored for netbooks and MIDs (mobile internet devices). The San Jose company says the open-source "MID-Shell for Windows Embedded CE 6.0" is designed as an alternative to Linux for low-end devices with SSDs (solid state disks)."

  • EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney to Stop Illegal Surveillance (Sep 19, 2008, 12:02)
    Electronic Frontier Foundation: "The five individual plaintiffs are also suing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and other individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance."

  • Why GNU/Linux Needs Slick Marketing (Sep 19, 2008, 11:32)
    IT Wire: "In the wake of the Firefox EULA issue, the well-known GNU/Linux news accumulation website, Linux Today, ran a very short editorial which came to the rather hurried conclusion that the free operating system does not need what it characterised as "slick marketing.""

  • Portrait: Linux Today Managing Editor Carla Schroder (Sep 19, 2008, 09:02) "Carla Schroder says she just "kind of wandered into" her current life as a free software advocate and well-known IT journalist. "I don't have much in the way of formal education. But I've always been mechanically inclined - your classic ripping things apart and figuring out how they work. I think that makes open source a natural fit for me.""
    Hey- that's me!--ed.

  • aMSN - Opensource MSN Messenger Client for openSUSE (Sep 19, 2008, 06:02)
    SUSE & openSUSE: "aMSN is a free open source MSN Messenger clone for Windows,Linux,Unix & Mac with features like offline messaging, voice clips, picture display, custom emoticons, webcam support, full speed file transfer, chat logs..."

  • Plug and Run Fedora on a TOSHIBA A300D laptop (Sep 19, 2008, 04:32)
    Spread Fedora: " Recently I purchased new laptop - A Toshiba A300D...that laptop was very carefully selected among many others. So, I knew that it should work at least at the minimum level with my favourite GNU/Linux distribution - Fedora."

  • IRC Clients for Linux Part 2: List of 5 CLI Clients (Sep 19, 2008, 00:03)
    TuxArena: "A while ago I reviewed 6 GUI clients for IRC, so today I'll continue with the second part with this review of 5 CLI (Command Line Interface) clients."