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Infrastructure Linux News for Nov 24, 2008

  • The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux (Nov 24, 2008, 23:03)
    Register Hardware: "Episode Three-- Considering that Linux netbooks are designed to present a simplified interface that can be used by complete newbies, it's amazing how buzzy hackers have become about them. Even people who wouldn't consider themselves hardcore techies love to tinker under these machines' hoods."

  • IE, Firefox, and the Add-on Security Problem (Nov 24, 2008, 21:43)
    The Open Road: "Microsoft blames add-ons for its Internet Explorer security woes, according to InternetNews, yet in separate news from TechCrunch Mozilla's Firefox just hit its one billionth add-on and yet delivers better security, according to several studies."

  • Switching from FrontPage to KompoZer (Nov 24, 2008, 21:33)
    LinuxPlanet: "As so many wise persons say, migrating from Windows on your computer desktop to Linux is all about having the right applications. Eric Geier introduces KompoZer as a good option for users wanting to find a Microsoft FrontPage replacement."

  • Linux Community To Redmond - Do The Right Thing (Nov 24, 2008, 20:03)
    Blog of Helios: "Microsoft IS paying attention to what the Linux Community's come to a point where they can no longer ignore the obvious. With their stockholders on the verge of revolt and their numbers falling quickly, to do otherwise would be financial suicide."

  • Linux Has Moved Away From Geekdom (Nov 24, 2008, 19:33)
    IT Toolbox: "Linux has made some very big improvements over the past few years and I have always said that it is ready for everyone to use, if they can only get out of the proprietary mindset."

  • Sounds of Crashing Hard Drives (Nov 24, 2008, 17:33)
    O'Reilly Digital Media: "That's all it is. Links to recordings of hard drives crashing."

  • On the Death and 441-Year Life of the Pixel (Nov 24, 2008, 16:03)
    OSNews: "However, there are exceptions - and this is one that really boggles the mind: the pixel? One of those little dots on your screen? It's well over 400 years old."

  • Defending the Flame of Linux Freedom (Nov 24, 2008, 15:33)
    TechRadar: "Increasingly we're seeing big business jump on the Linux bandwagon, as companies wake up to the money that can be made out of a community of developers working for free."

  • Advanced Linux Distributions You Should Try (Nov 24, 2008, 15:03)
    Internetling: "Some people will argue with me in that these GNU/Linux distributions are as advanced as you want them to be. Well, of course Linux is all about choice. I took the user base perspective though and what I have for you today is a few distros which do not hide the manual (or for people like me, beautiful) underlying configuration"

  • Why Apple and Google Need to Get Into the Netbook Business (Nov 24, 2008, 14:33)
    Tech Broiler: "...I feel that Ubuntu Netbook Remix is probably not the ideal OS to hand to your typical netbook consumer who really just wants the device to "just work".

  • My latest project: OpenBSD on the Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 (Nov 24, 2008, 13:33)
    Click: "I'm getting ready to give the $0 Laptop (Gateway Solo 1450) to our daughter to run her educational games (Childsplay, Gcompris, TuxPaint) on Ubuntu Hardy... To replace that machine for me, I pulled a Toshiba Satellite 1101-S101 laptop from the boneyard."

  • Another Simple Scriptlet To Make The Unix And Linux CLI More User Friendly (Nov 24, 2008, 10:03)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today we're going to shoot out another quick scriptlet that might be useful (or distracting ;) from time to time. It's a bit of a follow up on our post from earlier this week on using bash to produce fancy user names for folks logged into your machine, although it's a little bit longer. Once again, if you go by the 65 character rule, this isn't a one liner, even though it's all going on one line ;)"
    Link fixed--ed.

  • LIFE Photo Archive Available on Google Image Search (Nov 24, 2008, 04:03)
    Google Blog: "The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen. These are just some of the things you'll see in Google Image Search today."

  • The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 8.10 (Nov 24, 2008, 00:02)
    HowtoForge: "This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu Studio 8.10 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge."