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Infrastructure Linux News for Nov 20, 2008

  • Via Panel PC Resists Shock, Liquids (Nov 20, 2008, 23:33)
    LinuxDevices: "Via announced a fanless panel PC that runs Linux, and resists both liquids and dust. The "VIPRO VP7710" includes Via's Eden or C7 processors, a 10.4-inch touchscreen display, gigabit Ethernet, three serial ports, and two USB 2.0 ports, the company says."

  • Straight Talking About the Unspeakable ACTA (Nov 20, 2008, 23:03)
    Open Enterprise: "Even more outrageously, those doors are nonetheless being opened for representatives of trade organisations who wish to see their own agendas pushed through, but not for ordinary citizens, who seem to have no rights in this arena."

  • Why Firefox Rocks: Great Firefox Tricks, Part IV (Nov 20, 2008, 21:33)
    LinuxPlanet: "Firefox is cram-full of hidden treasures, as we have learned in this series. Today Akkana Peck exposes Firefox's expertise at handling those ridiculously long URLs that plague the Web-- email clients mangle them, copy and paste is a nightmare-- but Firefox has some special tricks that make them easy."

  • Sheep-Throwing Marsupial in the "Yo Frankie" Game (Nov 20, 2008, 21:03)
    Linux Magazine: "If you've ordered the DVD, you're probably already busy throwing sheep and beating up rats in a lovely virtual countryside."

  • The 7 Deadly Linux Commands (Nov 20, 2008, 20:33)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "If you are new to Linux, chances are you will meet a stupid person perhaps in a forum or chat room that can trick you into using commands that will harm your files or even your entire operating system."

  • FashionYourFirefox: Mozilla's (Partial) Effort to Push Extensions (Nov 20, 2008, 19:33)
    OStatic: "In an effort to coax more users to take advantage of the many extensions for its Firefox browser, Mozilla has just launched The site is divided up into categories, which cater to individual interests and "online lifestyles," according to Mozilla's announcement."

  • Why Doesn't Everyone Just Run Linux? (Nov 20, 2008, 19:03)
    The Linux Distillery: "Linux rocks; if you have a netbook, a GPS, a portable media player or any of a number of gadgets chances are it's running Linux under the hood. That's because Linux is reliable, it's versatile, it's robust and it has no licensing fees. So why isn't it mainstream in the desktop world?"

  • TMI Google? (Nov 20, 2008, 18:33)
    Neowin: "But if they were to hit Google, they would be getting much more that just names and credit card numbers and an address - they would essentially be getting everything that makes us... us. Search history, emails, friends lists, past conversations, pictures and even a voice sample"

  • Ubuntu Muslim Edition 8.10 Released (Nov 20, 2008, 17:03)
    Softpedia: "The hard working team behind the UbuntuME (Ubuntu Muslim Edition) project announced today a new version of their Linux-based operating system. Ubuntu Muslim Edition 8.10 is based on Intrepid Ibex, also known as the Ubuntu 8.10 operating system."

  • 64-Bit Linux Adobe Flash Player: Surprisingly good (Nov 20, 2008, 14:33)
    Cyber Cynic: "Talk about a change in priorities! When Adobe decided it was time to start work on a 64-bit Flash Player, they didn't release the first test version on Windows or Mac OS X. No, they released it on Linux and Solaris. Wow."

  • Mozilla Revenues Hit $75 Million - Hello IRS (Nov 20, 2008, 14:03)
    Netstat -vat: "Mozilla Chief Wrangler Mitchell Baker today reported Mozilla's financial position which shows 2007 revenues of $75 million up by 12 percent from 2006 revenues of $67 million. Though Mozilla is on the upswing, Baker's report shows some areas of potential future financial concerns."

  • Take Five (Nov 20, 2008, 13:33)
    Realeyes Technology: "Jazz fans will recognize the title of this post as one of the most famous jazz pieces ever written. It was composed and performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and was part of the album Time Out, which contained several pieces in unusual time signatures."

  • Sun Wrestles Itself With StarOffice 9 (Nov 20, 2008, 13:03) "StarOffice 9 reminds me of the classic Monty Python skit in which Graham Chapman wrestles himself. Although StarOffice is being aggressively presented as an alternative to Microsoft Office, it seems to be equally marketed and bundled to compete against, the free software project that is sponsored by Sun and that shares a common code base with StarOffice. The trouble is, the differences between the two have diminished with each release, until, with StarOffice 9, you have to wonder who the potential customers might be."

  • Phoronix 2008 Linux Graphics Survey (Nov 20, 2008, 07:03)
    Phoronix: "This year we're hosting the survey again to allow the development community to get a better understanding of the video hardware in use, what open-source and closed-source drivers are being used, and other relevant information."

  • Good (Linux) Things on the Horizon (Nov 20, 2008, 00:03)
    Jamie's Random Musings on Video IM: "We seem to be in a particularly good period for Linux at the moment. We've recently gotten the Mandriva 2009.0 and Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex releases, and both of them seem to be very good. There will be a number of new releases coming in the next few weeks, as well:"