Infrastructure Linux News for Oct 27, 2008
Canonical is Not Cash Flow Positive (2008-10-27 23:33:45)
Netstat -vat: "Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth
admitted today his company is not cash flow positive. That's
despite the fact that Chris Kenyon, director of business
development at Canonical told me that Canonical has 8 million users
and growing revenues. "
Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems (2008-10-27 22:33:45)
Lifehacker: "Today we're detailing four
no-install distributions-- Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, Xubuntu,
and Fedora-- and helping you decide which might work for that spare
thumb drive you've got lying around, or as just a part of your
multi-gig monster stick."
KDE4 apps: Gwenview (2008-10-27 22:03:45)
Polish Linux: "The start page allows us to
browse “places”, like directories, drives, mobile
devices, network folders. Apart from this, it also allows browsing
the history of places we’ve already seen. Currently the
program lacks, or I couldn’t find it, the option to clear
5 Simple APT Tricks for Debian and Ubuntu (2008-10-27 21:36:28)
TuxArena: "View all the packages installed on a
The easiest way to do it is:
Wine 1.1.7 Review - First Steps of Direct3D 10 Implementation (2008-10-27 20:33:45)
Echoes: "I think Wine is one of the most
promising and useful applications, especially for those who need to
run Windows programs in a Linux environment. A new development
release is put up every two weeks or so, and improvements are
visible from each version to another."
PwnPlayer Gives iPhone Music More Freedom (2008-10-27 20:03:45)
OStatic: "I've never been a fan of iTunes. I
wasn't impressed with its performance, generally. Since I primarily
use Linux, the lack of a Linux iTunes client was a problem."
Fedora 10 Prepares For Development Freeze (2008-10-27 19:33:45)
Phoronix: "In the third and final snapshot that
was released this past week there are new improvements to this
popular Linux distribution along with a new desktop background and
better integrated version of Plymouth to greet its users. We have
also recorded a new video showing the enhanced start-up process via
Dimdim/Zimbra Connection Shows Promise (2008-10-27 18:33:45)
OStatic: "Dimdim is an outstanding open source
online conferencing application that we've written about before. It
has a number of great features not found in other free online
meeting applications, including the ability to record meetings so
that the recordings can be shared with others."
Ubuntu Linux: 8 Million Users and Growing (2008-10-27 17:47:45)
InternetNews: "The Ibex release will also be a
milestone for Canonical, a company that is barely four years old
that is now challenging established Linux and proprietary vendors
alike. Canonical is claiming that its users, contributors and
revenues are all growing as Ubuntu aims to grow its overall share
of the operating system market."
First-Person Shooter Games for Linux II: Nexuiz and OpenArena (2008-10-27 17:33:45)
TuxArena: "Today I will continue with two other
first-person shooter (FPS) games, natively available for Linux:
Nexuiz and OpenArena. They both are currently maintained and the
wonderful thing about them is that they all are completely
open-source, free and usually available in all the major
Torvalds on Linux Kernel 2.6.28-rc1: More Drivers Than Ever (2008-10-27 17:17:45)
Linux Magazine: ""The changes in -rc1 are (as
usual) too many to really enumerate, with the bulk of them being -
again as usual - drivers," writes Torvalds in the
gmane.linux.kernel newsgroup... Nearly half the merged drivers are
in the staging tree that Greg Kroah-Hartman created back in June
Drag and DropZones Adds Amazing Gesture-Based Web Search to Firefox (2008-10-27 17:03:45)
Webware: "In the past I think it's been an
overly complicated affair with too much learning involved, but
these days with special hardware like Apple's multitouch track pad
and some really fantastic Firefox plug-ins, gesture-based
navigation is slowly becoming mainstream."
Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower? (2008-10-27 16:36:52)
Phoronix: "Ubuntu 7.04 was certainly the Feisty
Fawn for performance, but based upon these results perhaps it would
be better to call Ubuntu 7.10 the Gooey Gibbon, 8.04 the Hungover
Heron, and 8.10 the Idling Ibex."
ABC, Fox and The CW Video Woes (2008-10-27 16:03:45)
Practical Technology: "Some friends of mine
recently tried to view a TV show off ABC.com and ran into a
problem: they couldn't watch the show. The video appeared to be
Adobe Flash, but even though they had the new Flash Player 10
installed, they couldn't view it."
Fedora 10 - A Detailed Discussion on 13 Prime Features (2008-10-27 15:03:45)
Simple Thoughts: "Fedora 10, codenamed
Cambridge, is set for release on November 25, 2008. So before you
go on and download this new Fedora version, let me give you a
detailed idea about what benefits and changes are going to be there
in this new Fedora 10."
Fedora 10 beta Snapshot 2: Screenshots (2008-10-27 14:33:45)
ZDNet: "The Fedora Project is in the final
throes of testing version 10 of its Linux distribution, and is
regularly releasing "snapshot" updates to Fedora 10 beta. We take
you on a graphical tour of the installation and desktop of Fedora
10 beta, snapshot 2."
iPhone, G1 or Storm: Which One is Right for You? (2008-10-27 13:03:45)
Tech Treasures: "All include the
obligatory-cool touch screen interface--the G1 also sports a
keyboard under the hood for you touch-typing phobes--but each has
its strengths and weaknesses. It would be foolish to buy a phone
that doesn't meet your needs just because it's popular, so let's
take a closer look and compare these three hotties."
Battle for Wesnoth - Awesome Turn-Based Strategy Game (2008-10-27 12:33:45)
TuxArena: "Battle for Wesnoth is one of the
most popular and played turn-based strategy (TBS) games on Linux,
if not the most popular. It's a free, open-source community-driven
project which has done some amazing improvements since its initial
release, in 2003. It comes with wonderful concepts for gameplay, it
includes great 2D artwork and music, and more important, it can
keep you playing inside a fascinating universe..."
Features I'd Like to See in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) (2008-10-27 12:03:45)
Internetling: "This is a new idea I got just a
few days ago: wouldn't it be cool if a new user popped in A Ubuntu
LiveCD, which would quickly analyze the your system and grade its
Test Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 Without Changing Your Existing Installation (2008-10-27 10:03:45)
Echoes: "Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 was released on
October 14, 2008 and it currently comes in 36 fully-localised
languages. This beta is based on Gecko 1.9.1 layout engine and
according to the official website, this release features
"significant changes to improve web compatibility, performance and
ease of use"."
Virtual Users/Domains With Postfix/Courier/MySQL/SquirrelMail (Mandriva 2009.0) (2008-10-27 08:03:45)
HowtoForge: "This document describes how to
install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and
domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll
also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier
(Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate
against the same MySQL database Postfix uses."
Fun With Webcam In Linux (2008-10-27 02:03:45)
Shantanus Technophilic Musings: "Did you know
that instead of installing special software to view your webcam
video, you can simply use mplayer for the same purpose, and with a
lot of fine control. e.g. try running the following command with
your webcam attached to your computer."
Linux Incognito Part Two: Windows XP (2008-10-27 00:03:45)
The Linux Distillery: "For an awful lot of
people their first encounter with a computer will invariably be
Microsoft Windows. This straight away creates a barrier against
considering alternate operating systems because they look different
to what the user has been accustomed to. Here's how to paint a
Windows facade over Linux and remove that obstacle."