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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 27, 2009

  • AntiX MEPIS 8.2 Released (Jul 27, 2009, 23:32)
    Softpedia: "The team behind the AntiX project recently announced, on July 24th, the final release of AntiX MEPIS 8.2, a fast and lightweight Linux distribution based on SimplyMEPIS and Debian Testing, including some features of sidux as well."

  • Schmoozing 101: Tips for shy techies (Jul 27, 2009, 23:02)
    Computerworld: "Not to worry. Networking can be learned. Here are some steps for those who aren't naturally gregarious."

  • Why aren't schools adopting open source? (Jul 27, 2009, 20:32)
    Linux and Open Source: "Recently I had a bit of a run-in with my daughter's high school. She was undergoing an eShool class over the summer titled "Computer Applications" and it turns out the class only actually "covered" Office Suites - namely Microsoft Office."

  • Microsoft wins 'emotiflag' patent, despite Lotus Notes precedent (Jul 27, 2009, 20:02)
    TechFlash: "A few years ago, Microsoft made headlines for seeking a patent on the email "emotiflag" -- an emoticon, chosen by the sender, that appears along with the subject line in the recipient's inbox."

  • Multicore Video Decoding with MPlayer, Part 1 (Jul 27, 2009, 19:02) "In this two-part article series I'll look at two ways to possibly improve your h264 playback with MPlayer: using multiple CPU cores and using the GPU to offload the decoding. I'll include benchmarks so you can see the effect each of these has on performance."

  • Play Windows games on Linux with Crossover (Jul 27, 2009, 18:32)
    TechRadar: "With only a few notable exceptions, including the amazing World of Goo, there are very few native Linux conversions of recent games. Which leaves you with two possible avenues."

  • Parsing the Microsoft - EU Interoperability Commitment (Jul 27, 2009, 17:02)
    Standards Blog: "Looking at the first question: why is there no reference to future versions of OOXML/IS 29500? Does this indicate that Microsoft intends to abandon its own XML formats?"

  • Insecure by design: MS Office formats (Jul 27, 2009, 16:47)
    Cyber Cynic: "There's no surprise here. Microsoft Office is a set of security holes that masquerades as an office suite."

  • Life is Better With a Dropbox (Jul 27, 2009, 16:02)
    Spice Mines of Kessel: "As long as you have a connection to the Internet, your files can be with you wherever you go."

  • Howto install Cherokee web server with MySQL, PHP support on Jaunty (Jul 27, 2009, 15:32)
    Ubuntu Geek: "Cherokee is a very fast, flexible and easy to configure Web Server. It supports the widespread technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, SSI, TLS and SSL encrypted connections, Virtual hosts, Authentication, on the fly encoding, Load Balancing, Apache compatible log files, Data Base Balancing, Reverse HTTP Proxy, Traffic Shaper, Video Streaming and much more."

  • Even a 2 Year Old Can Use Linux (Jul 27, 2009, 15:02)
    Really Linux: "I appreciated the stories and articles that showed Linux as easy to use and beneficial, although sometimes with a reserved cynicism." But when I left for a few minutes yesterday to go use the toilet and returned to find my own 2 year old daughter playing it up on a Centos test machine -- I woke up."

  • Antitrust: How Microsoft Came up with Windows Bundling (Jul 27, 2009, 14:32)
    Boycott Novell: "The first item, Exhibit PX00982 (1991) [PDF], shows how Microsoft was scheming to bundle with OEMs in order to block competition. That was almost 2 decades ago. Microsoft later compared OEMs to its "delivery people"."

  • From Russia with Linux (Jul 27, 2009, 14:02)
    The Beez Speaks: "First, if the EU started similar proceedings, that could mean the end of the Microsoft Tax, which is a good thing in itself."

  • Top 25 OpenOffice Extensions You May Want To Know (Jul 27, 2009, 13:32)
    Zyxel: "The latest stable release is OpenOffice 3.1. You may want to know how to install OpenOffice 3.1 in Ubuntu. Now let us take a look at the list of extensions you could use in OpenOffice."

  • Random musings on GPL and Microsoft (Jul 27, 2009, 13:02)
    Technology FLOSS: "Microsoft representatives have stated in the past that GPL is viral and that it attaches itself in their IP. Look, pal... GPL doesn't attach itself."

  • 2 reasons why small package repository is better than large (Jul 27, 2009, 12:32)
    Alex on Linux "When comparing Ubuntu and CentOS packaging systems, first thing that crosses my mind is that, well, size matters. Ubuntu has nearly 70000 packages. CentOS has around 6000."

  • Quod Libet - A Different GTK Music Player (Jul 27, 2009, 07:02)
    TuxArena: "Quod Libet is a GTK music player written in Python with support for various audio formats, including Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, WAV, MP4 and WMA. Quod Libet has a different interface and a slightly different approach compared to players like Rhythmbox or Banshee, for example."

  • The Ongoing "CentOS 5.3 On A Netbook" Saga (Jul 27, 2009, 03:02)
    Ever Increasing Entropy: "I was very pleased when Dag Wieërs, a CentOS developer and long time packager and maintainer of an excellent repository of additional packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, posted in the comments section with some useful suggestions and a request that I document how to get the netbook completely functional in the CentOS wiki."