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Infrastructure Linux News for Mar 26, 2009

  • Two Great Kid-Friendly Linux Projects (Mar 26, 2009, 23:31)
    Linux Today Blog: "I know this won't get the pageviews that a good rant will, so I guess you could say the rants subsidize the positive articles. At any rate this is not about me, but about two genuine community-driven Linux projects that aim to help children learn about tech, and to engage them in high tech in a good way, rather than trying to turn them into good little compliant button-pushers:"

  • How to make a half-a-billion bucks with Linux (Mar 26, 2009, 23:01)
    Cyber Cynic: "I find it hard to believe that there are still fools out there who don't think you can make money, serious as heart attack money, with Linux and open source. Let Red Hat spell it out for you."

  • 15 Cool iPhone-optimized Linux Wallpapers (Mar 26, 2009, 22:31)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "I just got back from a mini-vacation, and very recently bought an iPhone 3G. I've been planning to jailbreak the phone but I decided to just wait for the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 software update and see how it goes."

  • Michelle Hall On Qimo - Linux For Kids (Mar 26, 2009, 21:31)
    Open Source Release Feed: "The first change a parent would notice is that we've pulled out all the icons for the child's games, made them oversized, and put them in a launcher across the bottom of the screen. The launcher on the bottom is strategic, because it's more on eye-level with a child at a computer desk."

  • Installation of FreeNAS (Mar 26, 2009, 20:31)
    Packt: "In this tutorial, we will start exploring FreeNAS, so you will need a machine on which to install the FreeNAS software. At this point in time, it doesn't have to be the final machine you are going to use as the FreeNAS server. You can use a "test" machine now and having learnt all about FreeNAS, you can build, install, and deploy a production machine (or machines) later."

  • OpenGeeeU Luna Serena Linux for Netbooks released (Mar 26, 2009, 20:01)
    EeePC: "OpenGeeeU Luna Serena (8.10), the special OpenGEU version dedicated to the EeePC, is available for download now. This is an optimized Linux Operating System for the Eee PC (or other Netbooks). "

  • How to enable font anti-aliasing in Wine (Mar 26, 2009, 19:31)
    Wine-Reviews: "What this means is that every image is really a bunch of tiny little squares that make up the image. What this essentially means is that computers can't display really smooth curves."

  • Giving Linux That 'XP' Factor (Mar 26, 2009, 19:01)
    PC Magazine: "Everybody has a version of Windows that's their favorite. What version it is depends a lot on your age. Some of my older colleagues swore blind that Windows 95 was the pinnacle of computer science, at least when it was released. I remember hearing a certain phrase over and over again in the late 90s: "Microsoft have got it just right with 95.""

  • Ubuntu 9.04 vs Fedora 11: A lot can change in one month! (Mar 26, 2009, 18:31)
    Subbi Says: "The excitement has already started in anticipation of Q2 2009 l distro releases. As usual, the big names are Ubuntu 9.04 (a.ka. Jaunty Jackalope) and Fedora 11 (Leonidas). It's time for a straight off comparison on the upcoming features of these two distros."

  • Freescale (Mar 26, 2009, 18:01)
    Linux Journal: "Freescale may be the first semiconductor company to associate itself aggressively with portable Linux devices. The former Motorola semiconductor division is sharply targeting the low-priced Linux-based Netbook market, which is hot in the world market and just starting to get warm in the US."

  • Worm targets Linux routers (Mar 26, 2009, 17:31) "Users of Linux-based routers are being warned of a new worm in the wild which attempts to take control and add their device to a growing botnet."

  • Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11: A true Windows replacement (Mar 26, 2009, 16:50)
    Cyber Cynic: "There are lots of Linux distros being touted as great desktop operating systems for PCs. However, there's only one that I can wholeheartedly recommend to business owners as a Windows replacement: Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (SLED)."

  • Btrfs, Squashfs, and Tuz, oh my! (Mar 26, 2009, 15:32)
    Desktop Linux: "Linus Torvalds announced that Linux 2.6.29 is available and ready for service, along with a temporary new mascot in the Australian Tuz (pictured). The updated mainline kernel offers numerous driver and header updates, WiMAX support, the Squashfs filesystem, and a preliminary new Btrfs filesystem."

  • Launching a Linux Startup: No Funny Business (Mar 26, 2009, 14:14)
    LinuxInsider: "Which comes first: The acceptance of Linux as a mainstream desktop operating system or a rise in the level of user sophistication? LinuxInsider columnist Jeremiah T. Gray is pushing the latter in order to bring about the former, and he's using comics to achieve his goal."

  • Fixing Unix/Linux/POSIX Filenames (Mar 26, 2009, 13:02)
    David A. Wheeler: "This article will try to convince you that adding some limitations on legal Unix/Linux/POSIX filenames would be an improvement...This article will discuss, in particular, the problems of control characters in filenames, leading dashes in filenames, the lack of a standard encoding scheme (vs. UTF-8), and special metacharacters in filenames."

  • Third time is the charm? (Mar 26, 2009, 12:32) "Last week, it was revealed that the count has gone up to three: Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TomTom, a maker of Linux-based navigation devices. There is much speculation and uncertainty on the net as to just what this action means. Your editor means to add to it by saying that Microsoft's intentions would appear to be relatively clear."

  • 10 security threats to watch out for in 2009 (Mar 26, 2009, 10:32)
    10 Things: "Although Windows still has 91% of the desktop OS market, there has been a big push in some quarters to deploy Linux or Macintosh as a supposedly more secure alternative. But are they really?"

  • Review: Battle for Wesnoth 1.6 (Mar 26, 2009, 04:32)
    TuxArena: "After more than a year of constant development, The Battle for Wesnoth 1.6 was put out on March 22. This release comes with new graphics and unit portraits, a new campaign, called 'Legend of Wesmere', the possibility to log into the multiplayer with the forum account, and many, many other improvements."

  • The Helios Project - Drive To The Future (Mar 26, 2009, 03:02)
    The Helios Project Blog: "The HeliOS Project is collecting thumb drives and giving them to our kids, but these are not normal thumb drives. When we give our kids these minimal miracles, they will have an entire operating system on them."

  • Figlet Online - Text to ASCII Art Converter (Mar 26, 2009, 01:32)
    Shantanu's Technophilic Musings: "Figlet Online is a tool to convert any text into wonderful ASCII art that you can use as your signatures in e-mail and forums, add to your nfo files, or just generally show off among your friends."

  • The top 10 peeves of a support tech (Mar 26, 2009, 00:02)
    10 Things: "And although the hardware, software, and people have changed, the irritants have had an alarming tendency to remain the same. So here, in no particular order, are my top 10 persistent peeves."