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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 this list."

  • 5 Simple APT Tricks for Debian and Ubuntu (2008-10-27 21:36:28)
    TuxArena: "View all the packages installed on a system:
    The easiest way to do it is:
    dpkg --get-selections"

  • 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 kernel-based mode-setting."

  • 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 distributions."

  • 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 2008."

  • 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 performance?"

  • 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."