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Infrastructure Linux News for Feb 19, 2010

  • The good ol' Debian/GNOME software update icon - do you miss it? (Feb 19, 2010, 23:33)
    Click: "Remember this little guy, the orangish icon that appears in your upper GNOME panel in Debian Lenny when you have software updates?"

  • A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Settled (Feb 19, 2010, 22:33)
    Standard Blog: "A long running case of great significance to the legal underpinnings of free and open source/open source software (F/OSS) has just settled on terms favorable to the F/OSS developer."

  • The Need for Style (Feb 19, 2010, 21:33)
    Worldlabel: "If you really want to get the most from, you need to start using styles, and know what they can do in each program."

  • Ubuntu One Music Store Pushed In Rhythmbox (Feb 19, 2010, 21:03)
    Phoronix: "One of the features that was talked about and proposed a few months back was a music store for Ubuntu where one could easily purchase music and somewhat fits in with Canonical's plans for the Ubuntu Software Store (or the "Ubuntu Software Center" as it's now called)."

  • Who's really to blame for the Windows XP Patch BSOD? (Feb 19, 2010, 20:33)
    Sure, It's Secure: "More than a week after Microsoft released an XP patch that seemed to cause BSODs (Blue Screen of Death), Microsoft announced that the immediate cause was the Alureon rootkit. Fair enough, but what about the 17-year old Windows security hole that the rootkit was exploiting?"

  • How to get started with Linux (Feb 19, 2010, 19:33)
    TechRadar: "If you're struggling with free software, or if you know someone who needs help making the switch to Linux, we hope this feature will help."

  • Bordeaux 2.0.0 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD Released (Feb 19, 2010, 18:33)
    Wine-Reviews: "The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.0 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD today. Bordeaux 2.0.0 marks major progress over older releases. With version 2.0.0 and onward we bundle our own Wine build and many tools and libraries that Wine depends upon"

  • Tech Comics: "Real Geeks" (Feb 19, 2010, 17:03)
    Tech Comics: "The canary in the code mine."

  • LXDE - the cure for what ails our older PCs (Feb 19, 2010, 16:33)
    ZDNet Education: "It's been a while since Ubuntu could be called a leaner alternative to Windows. While it's safe to say that it runs a bit better on older machines than Windows Vista, its transformation into a truly full-featured operating system capable of replacing Windows in most situations has rendered it more bloated than other less mainstream alternatives."

  • When Vendors Go Bad (Feb 19, 2010, 12:47)
    Doug Roberts: I admit it up front. I want to take $399 out of the hide of Here's why:

  • CoverGloobus 1.6 "WOW!" lives up to its name (Feb 19, 2010, 12:03)
    OMG Ubuntu: "CoverGloobus - an awesome application for displaying cover art and lyrics on your desktop - quietly released version 1.6 at the beginning of this month."

  • How MakerCulture Is Reinventing Politics (Feb 19, 2010, 10:03)
    The Tyee: "What happens when the political becomes personal? Then who has the power? "

  • Benchmarks Of Nouveau's Gallium3D Driver (Feb 19, 2010, 08:03)
    Phoronix: "As we shared a few days ago, Fedora 13 will provide OpenGL acceleration support for NVIDIA graphics cards via the Nouveau driver when installing the Mesa DRI experimental drivers package. There is finally 3D acceleration for NVIDIA graphics cards using an open-source driver on Linux without having to depend upon NVIDIA's official binary driver."

  • Easy folder sharing in KDE 4.4 (Feb 19, 2010, 06:03)
    Ghacks: "Once more unto the KDE topic my friends, once more. This time, however, we take a look at a very useful feature that allows you to easily share out folders with a few clicks. These folders will be shared with the help of Samba and not a single line of a configuration file will have to be edited by the user"

  • We're All Makers (Feb 19, 2010, 04:33)
    Linux Today Blog: "I probably worry too much, but look how computers have progressed: from a text command prompt, to all kinds of rich GUis, to smartphones and PDAs, culminating in the iPad. The iPad doesn't even use a keyboard, all you do is grunt and point."

  • Virtual Appliances Offer Fast Sandboxes, Production Environments (Feb 19, 2010, 03:03)
    IT World: "Want to experiment with the latest in open source software? Get virtual."

  • Dr. Gary Pisano's Expert Report for SCO (Feb 19, 2010, 00:03)
    Groklaw: "Let's correct some facts and assumptions in Dr. Gary Pisano's Expert Report on behalf of SCO in the SCO v. Novell trial, shall we? Why? First, it's fun. Geek fun, granted, but that is who we are."