Infrastructure Linux News for Mar 26, 2009
Two Great Kid-Friendly Linux Projects (2009-03-26 23:31:59)
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
How to make a half-a-billion bucks with Linux (2009-03-26 23:01:59)
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 (2009-03-26 22:31:59)
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 (2009-03-26 21:31:59)
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
Installation of FreeNAS (2009-03-26 20:31:59)
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
OpenGeeeU Luna Serena Linux for Netbooks released (2009-03-26 20:01:59)
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 (2009-03-26 19:31:59)
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 (2009-03-26 19:01:59)
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! (2009-03-26 18:31:59)
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 (2009-03-26 18:01:59)
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
Worm targets Linux routers (2009-03-26 17:31:59)
Bit-tech.net: "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 (2009-03-26 16:50:18)
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! (2009-03-26 15:32:56)
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
Launching a Linux Startup: No Funny Business (2009-03-26 14:14:41)
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 (2009-03-26 13:02:38)
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? (2009-03-26 12:32:38)
LWN.net: "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 (2009-03-26 10:32:38)
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 (2009-03-26 04:32:38)
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
The Helios Project - Drive To The Future (2009-03-26 03:02:38)
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 (2009-03-26 01:32:38)
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 (2009-03-26 00:02:38)
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."