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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 30, 2009

  • 10 IT flame wars that will never go away (Jul 30, 2009, 22:04)
    10 Things: "In this article, you may very well find the flame war that has been a part of your IT world. If not, let us know what your favorite troll bait is."

  • Patent reformer becomes troll, sues defunct OSS company (Jul 30, 2009, 21:04)
    ars Technica: "Dave Garrod, a lawyer who leads patent reform group PubPat's initiative against false marking, is now playing the part of the patent troll. He filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a number of tech companies, including a small Texas software company that went out of business years ago."

  • Shill-Shocked: The Dark Side of Community Discussion (Jul 30, 2009, 18:04)
    Linux Blog Safari: "What makes someone a "shill"? Does concern over negative criticism and even ostracism cause some people to keep their good ideas to themselves?"

  • 7 Tasks You Shouldn’t Use a GUI For (Jul 30, 2009, 17:34)
    Nixtutor: "Sometimes the GUI is just too slow. Learn how to resize images, add drop shadows, splice mp3s, clone hard drives and more with the command line."

  • Get started with HomeBank (Jul 30, 2009, 15:34)
    TuxRadar: "With HomeBank you can automate recurring transactions, set reminders for future transactions, assess your future account balance so you can plan your spending sprees and manage your expenses expertly."

  • Omega: Fedora For The Rest of Us (Jul 30, 2009, 14:04)
    Linux Magazine: "The Fedora Project is one of the most popular Linux distributions, however its position on non-free software and proprietary codecs isn't for everyone. But thanks to Fedora's ability to create Remix versions of the disto with anything you like, Omega attempts to bridge the divide."

  • Waddling Past The Windows (Jul 30, 2009, 13:34)
    Linux Journal: "One of the great sources of frustration — and more than a few jokes — for geeks is the legendary instability of the Windows operating system. If you've ever had to rescue a box that's crashing more often than a demolition derby car, the latest offering out of Active Media Products may help you keep your cool."

  • 10 ergonomic keyboards that actually do their job (Jul 30, 2009, 12:34)
    10 Things: "Many keyboards claim to be ergonomic — and some of them actually do work and work well. In this article, I will highlight only the ones that do actually make good on their claims."

  • Review of the System76 Starling Netbook (Jul 30, 2009, 09:04)
    Jane Hadley: "I wanted a netbook for traveling. I plan to use it primarily for checking e-mail, browsing the Internet, writing documents, listening to music and watching movies. I may also at some point use it as an e-book reader and podcast player."

  • The Mystical Magical Secure Shell, Part 1 (Jul 30, 2009, 04:34)
    Cooking With Linux: "The secure shell is much more than a simple way to keep your passwords to yourself. Logging securely certainly qualifies as the basics for OpenSSH and it's certainly useful, but there are some seriously cool SSH features that should make you wonder why you would use anything else to communicate"

  • Virtualbox 3.0.2 bridged network bug workaround (Jul 30, 2009, 03:04)
    Linux Blog: "VirtualBox 3.0.2 has a nice and easy bridge network configuration GUI. But it does not work."

  • How to have a lightweight, beautiful, functional terminal (Jul 30, 2009, 01:34)
    Tux Training: "I’ve done a lot over the past few months to make my time spent on the command line a bit more enjoyable and easier to use. Hopefully you’ll find these steps useful as well"

  • How to: Buy a Wireless Router (Jul 30, 2009, 00:04)
    Wi-Fi Planet: "A diminishing few of us can still remember a time when you had to talk on a phone whose handset was tethered to the phone itself with a six foot cord."