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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 23, 2010

  • Editor's Note: This Space to Let (Jul 23, 2010, 23:04)
    Some days there just isn't anything to say!

  • Resizing images with correct gamma using PHP and GD (Jul 23, 2010, 21:04)
    Lone Wolves: "A short while ago Ty W posted an interesting question on StackOverflow. Apparently, most graphics software cannot scale images the right way. Usually it's hard to notice the flaw but the linked article does a great job of explaining the problem."

  • Canola Media Center Works Surprisingly Good in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" (Jul 23, 2010, 20:34)
    Tech Drive-In: "Canola is a open source media center application which was primarily built for smart phones and netbook devices. To be frank, I had never heard about Canola before and so I decided to give Canola Media Center a spin in my laptop powered by Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx."

  • Weekend Project: Using PulseAudio to Share Sound Across All Your Computers (Jul 23, 2010, 19:34) "PulseAudio is a Linux sound server that, through abstraction layers, promises a myriad of flexible audio features: combining multiple sound cards into a single, multi-channel device, changing output devices on the fly for running applications, even redirecting input and output between machines over the network."

  • After a short detour, I'm back in Fedora 13 x86_64 with Xfce � and I remain impressed (Jul 23, 2010, 19:04)
    Click: "Whenever I make a major jump to a new computer and/or operating system, there's usually quite a bit of distro-hopping instability as I try to figure out what works best for my hardware, my work and my moods."

  • Batch processing in Aperture and Digikam (Jul 23, 2010, 18:34)
    Sander's Photography blog: "Both digiKam and Aperture deliver excellent results if it comes to batch processing of your images. However, the look and feel of batch processing is entirely different between the two applications and as we will see, their implementation is also very different."

  • Debian Linux Benchmarked Against Debian GNU/kFreeBSD & FreeBSD (Jul 23, 2010, 18:04)
    Phoronix: "Back in January, we published the first benchmarks of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD: the spin of Debian that replaces the Linux kernel with the FreeBSD kernel while retaining most of the same GNU user-land and it uses the GNU C library. With those original tests comparing Debian GNU/Linux to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, the Linux version ended up winning in 18 of the 27 tests."

  • Three Tools I'd Love to See in Linux (Jul 23, 2010, 17:34)
    OStatic: "The world of open source has come a long way, but keeping an eye on what is going on outside of the open source arena can show that there are still areas where we need to improve. Here are three tools from IBM and Apple that I would love to see incorporated into the next great Linux distribution."

  • Tech Comics: "Don't Mess with the (iPhone) Empire" (Jul 23, 2010, 17:04)
    Tech Comics: "What does it take to cause iPhone 4 antenna reception problems? "

  • Sky Over Baikonur Backdrop with Gimp (Jul 23, 2010, 16:34)
    Free Software Magazine: "Often, when modelling in 3D, it's necessary to create a "backdrop" panoramic image. Typically this shows sky and distant land which should appear behind the foreground action."

  • Build a $200 Linux PC (Jul 23, 2010, 16:04)
    ExtremeTech: "If we needed a simple computer right away, and wanted to spend as little as possible, what could we build? We knew we wanted to aim low, almost ridiculously low—so we decided on what seemed like almost an unthinkable total: $200"

  • Ubuntu-ready netbook adopts new Atom (Jul 23, 2010, 13:04)
    LinuxDevices: "System76 has updated its Linux-based netbook to the Atom N455 processor as well as making it thinner and lighter. The Ubuntu 10.04 version of the 10.1-inch Starling NetBook offers more memory (2GB), a larger standard hard drive (250GB), faster Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), and is available in a school-focused "EduBook" version."

  • The best advert for Ubuntu you probably never saw (Jul 23, 2010, 12:34)
    OMG Ubuntu: "OMG! reader Sebastian stopped by the OMG! Mailbox to drop off a link to this immensely impressive Dell/Ubuntu promotional video that, curiously, I - nor anyone I showed this to prior to posting - had ever come across previously."

  • Keep Tabs on Your Data with Pygmynote (Jul 23, 2010, 09:04)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "When it comes to filers and pilers, I firmly belong to the latter category. I do like to keep all my disparate data -- notes, links, to-dos, etc. -- in one application, so when I need to find something, I have to look in one place."

  • Ubuntu Muslim Edition 10.04 (Sabily) Review (Jul 23, 2010, 07:04)
    Desktop Linux Reviews: "Ubuntu regularly spawns all kinds of different derivative distros. Some are officially supported and some are not. Last week I looked at Ubuntu Satanic Edition. This week I decided to review Sabily 10.04, which is the Muslim edition of Ubuntu."

  • How to Configure Linux for Children (Jul 23, 2010, 01:34)
    MakeTechEasier: "Many people still cling to the notion that Linux is for 30-year-old male geeks. While that may be true, there are plenty of other people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders who enjoy Linux and other free and open source software."

  • Morevna - An Open Source Anime Project Using Open Source Tools Only (Jul 23, 2010, 00:04)
    Tech Drive-in: "Morevna is an open source anime project made using open source tools like Synfig, Blender, GIMP and Krita. Unlike Project London Movie, Morevna is not only created using free and open source tools, but Morevna anime will also be released and distributed as free content."