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Infrastructure Linux News for May 26, 2009

  • Creating FOSS Allies Through Volunteerism (May 26, 2009, 23:33) "For those of us already sold on the advantages of FOSS it can be hard to imagine why anyone would hesitate to jump in, but the reluctance to embrace open source can be summarized with just two words: human nature."

  • 15 Beautiful KDM Themes (May 26, 2009, 23:03)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "KDM (KDE Display Manager) is the default graphical login interface of the K Desktop Environment. Anyone who uses KDE should know that KDM is highly customizable and can be easily configured."

  • Ubuntu AppCenter: The future package manager for Ubuntu (May 26, 2009, 22:33)
    Softpedia: "Back in August 2005, Matthew Paul Thomas submitted, on the Ubuntu wiki page, an idea and design of a piece of software that would unify all the existing package managers in the Ubuntu distribution. At the moment, the software is called AppCenter, and it was recently brought into spotlight."

  • Setting Up A PXE Install Server For Multiple Linux Distributions On Debian Lenny (May 26, 2009, 22:03)
    HowtoForge: "This tutorial shows how to set up a PXE (short for preboot execution environment) install server on Debian Lenny. A PXE install server allows your client computers to boot and install a Linux distribution over the network, without the need of burning Linux iso images onto a CD/DVD, boot floppy images, etc."

  • AMD Phenom II X3 On Linux (May 26, 2009, 21:33)
    Phoronix: "With the Phenom II series there is the X3 and X4 line-up for triple-core and quad-core processors, respectively. In this article we are looking at how well the AMD Phenom II X3 710 performs under Ubuntu Linux."

  • Linux Today Readers Speak: Foiling Your Sysadmin, Monopoly, Mono, and Linux Is a Kernel, Dangit! (May 26, 2009, 21:17)
    Linux Today Blog: "Of course, one section's response was to write another script, which 'touched' every file they owned, once every month, so we could never again tell them that they were storing data that wasn't being used!"

  • Europeans Urged To Vote For Free Software (May 26, 2009, 21:03)
    eWeek: "Free software pact gives supporters something better to vote on than disgust over MP's expenses"

  • Modify xorg.conf for better performance (May 26, 2009, 19:33)
    TuxRadar: "Most distributions configure your graphics card and display automatically, but xorg.conf is still well worth fiddling with. It's a text file that contains all the configurations details required by the X server to deliver a graphical display and provide a connection between your keyboard, your mouse, and the computer."

  • NetFlix Where Art Thou? (May 26, 2009, 19:03)
    Blog of Helios: "OK...I think we can put the old wive's tale to bed that Linux Users just don't spend money."

  • KDE 4.3 Beta 1: A Short Preview (May 26, 2009, 18:33)
    IT News Today: "So far, it's amazing and is shaping up to be yet another stellar release from the KDE team."

  • Feature-packed UMPC survives four-foot drops (May 26, 2009, 18:03)
    LinuxDevices: "Data Ltd announced a ruggedized UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) claimed to survive multiple four-foot drops onto concrete. The Linux-compatible "DLI 8400" uses a 1.6GHz Atom processor, has hard disk or SSD (solid state disk) storage, and operates for nine hours via two hot-swappable batteries, the company says."

  • Dell now offering Ubuntu on Studio XPS 13 notebook (crippled) (May 26, 2009, 17:33)
    Electronista: "At the same time, the Ubuntu system can only be had with 4GB of RAM, while the Windows system can be upgraded to 6GB or 8GB."

  • How to turn a photo into a card with GIMP (May 26, 2009, 16:33)
    Red Row Studio: "I've been using this trick for ages to make simple cards from photograph - starting with a photo and making a card like looks like this:"

  • Who wants a giant poster of the history of Unix? (May 26, 2009, 14:33)
    The Register: "That's right - this 40 foot poster includes over 1,000 versions of 150 different types of Unix."

  • Moblin netbook Linux preview (May 26, 2009, 13:03)
    Cyber Cynic: "Intel's Moblin 2.0 Linux desktop for netbooks is really still too raw to be called a beta, but with a fresh take on what a desktop should be, it's showing great promise."

  • Ubuntu Polishes GNU Screen (May 26, 2009, 12:03)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "GNU Screen is a terminal multiplexer program that Linux folk have used for ages. It allows you to turn one terminal into many, and run processes even after logging out. In this article we will give a brief overview of screen usage for the uninitiated, then talk about how Ubuntu's defaults..."

  • Frugal Friday: Interop, Trade Show Kvetching, Apple Airport Express, Kickfire (May 26, 2009, 10:03)
    Frugal Friday Podcast: "Frugal Networker Ken Hess and I discuss his recent trip to Interop Las Vegas, my aborted Bahamas vacation at Atlantis, The Apple Airport Express and talk with Kickfire CEO Bruce Armstrong about the record-breaking Kickfire MySQL appliance."

  • Fedora 11 "Leonidas" is Almost Ready to Kick Ass! (May 26, 2009, 04:03)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "To get everyone excited, let's take a look at some of the many great features that the upcoming Fedora 11 will incorporate:"

  • Management Of Backups With DAT Devices (May 26, 2009, 00:56)
    HowtoForge: "I had the chance to use a DAT device (an old HP SuperStore DAT24) to make copy on tapes. I didn't want to install any new software to manage that task. A friend of mine gave me this guide. It was in spanish and without any note about the author. I only translated it. So, if someone knows who is the real author, please, tell me to give him the right credits."

  • Judge Rules Dorm Room Search for Evidence of Prank Email Illegal (May 26, 2009, 00:03)
    Electronic Frontier Foundation: ""Our client was targeted because law enforcement was improperly suspicious of our client's computer skills and misunderstood computer crime laws..."