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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
EOF: Linux Hater Retires
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"
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..."