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Infrastructure Linux News for Oct 28, 2008

  • Copying a Filesystem between Computers (2008-10-28 23:02:23)
    Linux Journal: "If you need to transfer an entire filesystem from one machine to another, for example, when you get a new computer, do the following steps."

  • The European Patent Office's Reductio ad Absurdum (2008-10-28 22:32:23)
    Open Enterprise: "The problem is that intellectual monopolies like patents are fundamentally incompatible with the idea of unfettered exchange of ideas, and the possibility that software patents might be strengthened within the European Union is a serious concern."

  • Sardinia Government Drives for Open-Source Software (2008-10-28 21:32:23)
    Computerworld: "The regional government of Sardinia, has approved a bill designed to promote the use of open-source software throughout the region, an official said Monday."

  • Linux-based Android Phones Hit eBay Australia (2008-10-28 20:02:23)
    ZDnet: "Online retailers have begun to flog HTC Google Android phones to Australian consumers, with the first copies having turned up on the Australian website of auction giant eBay site, although Australian telcos don't seem to have prepared for the imports."

  • 10 Cool and Funny Firefox Video Ads (2008-10-28 19:31:30)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "Firefox is the only web browser in the world that has tons of enthusiastic followers. I've seen desktop wallpapers, icons, t-shirts, graffiti, and even tattoos that are dedicated to Firefox."

  • The Philosophy and Features of Ubuntu 8.10 (2008-10-28 18:32:23)
    OStatic: "Another new feature in the 8.10 desktop is media delivery. Ubuntu has teamed up with the BBC to offer streaming content through the Totem Movie Player and Rhythmbox. This content may vary from region to region due to licensing issues, but is available in high quality formats and much is accessible without needing proprietary codecs."

  • Sharpen Your Mind and Have Fun With Tux (2008-10-28 18:02:23)
    LinuxPlanet: "Who says you need Windows for gaming? First-person shooters, racing simulators, space exploration, card and board games, strategy and sims-- Eric Geier takes us on a tour of a tasty selection of native games for Linux."

  • Sound Problems on Ubuntu 8.10Beta (Intrepid Ibex) (2008-10-28 17:47:23)
    Volatile Int: "Something that was a bit more annoying than losing wifi - since I have an extra network cable close to the couch - is actually the loss of all sound."

  • Silverlight Could Bring Movies to Linux Desktop (2008-10-28 17:14:44)
    LinuxDesktop: "The Netflix service uses DRM (digital rights management) technology currently available only to Windows Media Player users, but the Novell-sponsored "Moonlight" implementation for Linux could widen Netflix's channel, according to reports."

  • Get a Linux-Powered HP Netbook for $299 Shipped (2008-10-28 17:02:23)
    CNet: "In the market for a netbook? Amazon has the baseline HP 2133 on sale for $299, down from $499. Right away that solves one of the HP's main problems: its high price."

  • Open Movie Editor: Linux Video Editor with Plot Twists (2008-10-28 16:32:23)
    OStatic: "There's another alternative for those needing a basic video editor. Open Movie Editor seems plain compared to Kino, but works with more file formats (with fewer hassles). It has a Jahshaka-like interface, without its occasional installation quirks."

  • CodeWeavers to Offer CrossOver For Free On Tuesday (2008-10-28 15:02:23)
    OStatic: "Surprisingly, one of those goals has been met. Gas prices have dropped below $2.79 a gallon in the Twin Cities and that means free software for everyone tomorrow at CodeWeavers."

  • Linux Reaches Out To Portland - Lindependence 2008 (2008-10-28 13:32:23)
    Blog of Helios: "On a brilliantly cool Saturday, geeks from here and there converged on TouchStone Technology to take part in the second event of Lindependence 2008."

  • The Race to Instant-On Computers Begins (2008-10-28 12:32:23)
    New York Times: "The most fundamental change to the way people interact with PCs since the advent of the Internet may be occurring. The traditional PC is giving way to a new type of machine which has functions somewhere between a smartphone and an Internet appliance."

  • What I Learned Using Linux Over the Last 10 Years (2008-10-28 10:32:23)
    Waggle Dance: "My computer is mine. I didn't license or borrow it from an OS vendor. I don't want to ask permission to install or uninstall software on it, including the operating system. If I upgrade or swap out parts, I don't have to justify it to anyone."

  • Katapult - KDE Application Launcher in openSUSE Linux (2008-10-28 09:02:23)
    SUSE & openSUSE: "When I wrote about GNOME-Do here, one of our readers "James D" suggested Katapult application launcher for KDE. Inspired by QuickSilver for Mac OS X, Katapult is an application launcher for KDE designed to allow faster access to applications, bookmarks, and other items. It is plugin-based, so it can launch anything that is has a plugin for. Its display is driven by plugins as well, so its appearance is completely customizable."

  • EOF: Linux Hater Retires (2008-10-28 07:32:23)
    Linux Hater's Blog: "It was fun while it lasted folks. I'm closing up shop. Moving on."

  • Four Layout Extensions For OpenOffice.org Writer (2008-10-28 03:02:23)
    Linux.com: "...extensions for layout are starting to appear, as demonstrated by four extensions that help you automate layout: Alba, which manages page orientation; Pagination and Pager, which manage page numbering; and Template Changer, which allows you to change the template, and therefore the entire layout of documents, on the fly. And all but one of these extensions use styles and templates, the way that OpenOffice.org is built to work, which means that they are highly stable."

  • Sen. Stevens Guilty of Corruption Charges (2008-10-28 00:02:23)
    New York Times: "Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate’s history and a figure of enormous influence in his state, was found guilty on Monday of violating ethics laws for failing to report gifts and services that he was given by friends."
    This is the famous "It's a series of tubes" Senator--ed.

  • What I Learned Using Linux Over the Last 10 Years (2008-01-29 22:00:57)
    Waggle Dance: "I started using Linux as my primary desktop and operating system in 1998..."