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Infrastructure Linux News for Mar 25, 2009

  • Linux distro Moblin V2 alpha 2 released (Mar 25, 2009, 23:31)
    EeePC: "Moblin's boot process & graphics subsystem have been tweaked & it should boot about 2 seconds faster."

  • Google Search Trends (Linux Distributions, browsers, etc.) (Mar 25, 2009, 23:01)
    Linux Software Blog: "Check out charts here... First of all... Overall searches for "Fedora", "Ubuntu", "OpenSuse" and "PcLinuxOS""

  • Five great, obsolete operating systems (Mar 25, 2009, 21:31)
    Cyber Cynic: "I'm jealous. Matt Lake's written a great tale, Gone but not forgotten: 10 operating systems the world left behind, that I wish I'd written. Well, just because he got their first doesn't mean I can't get my say in too."

  • Gone but not forgotten: 10 operating systems the world left behind (Mar 25, 2009, 21:11)
    Computerworld: "As the tech community gears up to celebrate Unix's 40th birthday this summer, one thing is clear: People do love operating systems. They rely on them, get exasperated by them and live with their little foibles. If that's not the basis of a lasting love, I don't know what is."

  • 8TB NAS runs Linux (Mar 25, 2009, 20:32)
    LinuxDevices: "Seagate is readying a four-bay network-attached storage device for small businesses that runs embedded Linux and stores up to 8TB. The hot-swappable BlackArmor NAS 440 offers an iTunes server and DLNA-compliant media server, RAID 0/1/5/10, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB ports, says Seagate."

  • Replace with VLC (Mar 25, 2009, 20:02)
    Linux Magazine: "Nothing boosts my productivity more than good music. That's why I always keep radio running when I'm working. Or rather, used to keep it running: has announced that the company starts charging international users for streaming music"

  • Nouveau NVIDIA driver test day this Thursday (Mar 25, 2009, 19:32)
    Fedora: "Today's instalment of Fedora Test Day will focus on the proposed new default driver for NVIDIA graphics cards, Nouveau: If you come to this page after the test day is completed, your testing of Noveau is still valuable, and you can use the information on this page to test Nouveau with your graphics card and provide feedback."

  • Intel Moblin V2 Alpha 2: It Boots Even Faster! (Mar 25, 2009, 19:02)
    Phoronix: "Particularly special about Intel Moblin V2 was its boot-time, which was extremely fast when using a Solid-State Drive. Intel has now put out a second alpha release for Moblin V2, which we are briefly exploring today."

  • Is there life after Windows? (Mar 25, 2009, 17:32)
    The Independent: "Linux is free, easy-to-use and is shedding its geeky image, thanks to fans who prefer it to Microsoft's mighty operating systems. But is it for everyone? Jamie Merrill asks four rookies to put it to the test"

  • SUSE can't live with Linux, it can live with XP (Mar 25, 2009, 16:02)
    IT Wire: "Novell's latest SUSE release, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, appears to be unable to boot from DVD on a PC on which another Linux distribution is installed. If you have Windows XP installed, the same DVD boots as it should."

  • Timeline: 40 years of OS milestones (Mar 25, 2009, 14:32)
    Computerworld: "Lordy, lordy, look who's 40! Happy birthday, Unix -- you're looking great for your age. You certainly weren't the first operating system on any platform, but you managed to stride from the minicomputer era into the microcomputer era and the personal computer era, winning fans wherever you went. How many other operating systems can make the same boast?"
    Check out the OS screenshot gallery at the end of the article-- ed.

  • Taking Control of Your Documents (Mar 25, 2009, 14:02)
    An Antic Disposition: "The objective of this paper is to show you, the user, how to extricate yourself from this cycle of dependency and take control of your documents. Specifically, we show how you can, in three easy steps, free yourself from a Microsoft Office dependency."

  • Virtualised multiple OS mobile handset to hit market (Mar 25, 2009, 13:02)
    IT Wire: "A low priced mobile handset capable of running multiple operating systems in virtual windows and with similar features of much higher priced smart phones is about to hit the market. The handset will run Linux and at least one other OS on top of the OKL4 hypervisor from Open Kernel Labs."

  • Mobile Broadband On Linux To Improve With ModemManager (Mar 25, 2009, 12:02)
    Phoronix: "If you are interested in finding out what mobile broadband devices do work well with the current NetworkManager stack, Dan Williams (the lead NetworkManager developer at Red Hat) has written a lengthy blog post that details the support level for various cellular cards."

  • PCLinuxOS 2009.1 - A lovely distro (Mar 25, 2009, 10:32)
    Dedoimedo: "PCLinuxOS is dubbed the "distro hopper-stopper" by its fans. Not without a good reason, I must say, because PCLinuxOS aims and succeeds at being radically simple [sic], friendly to new users as well as Linux geeks, easy to configure and manage, and packaging all you might need from your computer."

  • Document Freedom Day 2009 (Mar 25, 2009, 07:32)
    Adventures In Open Source: "You may already know about this but I thought I should give you a quick nudge - admittedly a last minute one - in the direction of Document Freedom Day. Tomorrow, 25th of March 2009 will be the 2nd global Document Freedom Day"

  • A Short Introduction To Apt-Pinning (Mar 25, 2009, 06:02)
    HowtoForge: "This article is a short overview of how to use apt-pinning on Debian and Debian-based distributions (like Ubuntu). Apt-Pinning allows you to use multiple releases (e.g. stable, testing, and unstable) on your system and to specify when to install a package from which release. That way you can run a system based mostly on the stable release, but also install some newer packages from testing or unstable (or third-party repositories)."

  • Creative Labs Continues To Shaft Linux (Mar 25, 2009, 04:32)
    Phoronix: "The X-Fi sound cards still are a sore spot on Linux and there isn't "out of the box" support in major Linux distributions."

  • Finding Simple Solutions To Complex Problems In An Insane World (Mar 25, 2009, 03:02)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Oddly enough, the only reason I'm writing this post is because I had a bastard of a time figuring out a problem today and drove myself nuts in the process."

  • Free Software on Windows and Mac (Mar 25, 2009, 01:32)
    TuxRadar: "There's a long running argument between two opposing groups of open source advocates. Does the availability of free software for a proprietary platform promote or inhibit open source adoption?"

  • Linux kernel advances (Mar 25, 2009, 00:02)
    IBM Developerworks: "The 2.6.28 and 2.6.29 releases contain an amazing amount of new functionality, such as a cutting-edge enterprise storage protocol, two new file systems, WiMAX broadband networking support, and storage integrity checking. Discover why it's time to upgrade."