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Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 26, 2010

  • Google adds phone calling to Gmail (Aug 26, 2010, 23:35)
    Washington Post: "Google's Gmail isn't just a mailbox -- it now doubles as a phone. Users of Google's Web e-mail service can now call any phone in the U.S. or Canada for free (and make international calls for almost free) from within their browser."

  • A very grumpy editor's thoughts on Oracle (Aug 26, 2010, 22:05) "Your editor is somewhat reluctant to contribute to the flood; at this point, the amount of real information which is available is minimal while the amount of speculation is high. This will be an important case, though; the world will be watching to see how it turns out. So here are a few thoughts to add to the pile."

  • Bcache Testing: Throughput (Aug 26, 2010, 21:35)
    Linux Magazine: "Get your wetsuit on, we're going data diving. Throughput benchmarks using IOzone on a common SATA disk, an Intel X25-E SSD, and Bcache, using the SSD to cache a single drive."

  • Stupid tar Tricks (Aug 26, 2010, 21:05)
    Linux Journal: "One of the most common programs on Linux systems for packaging files is the venerable tar. tar is short for tape archive, and originally, it would archive your files to a tape device."

  • keyboard shortcuts for a better workflow (Aug 26, 2010, 20:35)
    Abhi Blog: "One thing I love about Linux is the ability to customize it in every way possible, and one such ability is the possibility of changing keyboard shortcuts."

  • Painless Panorama Stitching in Linux with Hugin (Aug 26, 2010, 19:05)
    Linux Planet: "A previous article described how to make small panoramas with fotoxx. But when you get serious about panoramas on Linux, there's really only one answer: Hugin."

  • My Linux Computer is Acting Weird (Aug 26, 2010, 18:35)
    Mandriva Linux Chronicles: "A few days ago, thanks to one student, I realized that something funny was happening with my Linux netbook."

  • Single vs. Double Quotes in Bash (Aug 26, 2010, 17:35)
    Serverwatch: "In Bash, whether to use single or double quotes depends on exactly what you want to do, and the differences can trip you up if you're not concentrating. Here's a quick rundown of what each does and when to use them."

  • Bordeaux 2.0.8 for Linux Released (Aug 26, 2010, 17:05)
    Wne-Reviews: "The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.8 for Linux today. Bordeaux 2.0.8 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of small bugs."

  • 2 Task Manager Apps: Choose the Features You Can Live Without (Aug 26, 2010, 14:05)
    Linux Insider: "Both gToDo and Tasque task manager apps feature to-the-point, simple interfaces for helping you keep track of your busy to-do lists."

  • Red Hat heads into the clouds, not into an acquisition (Aug 26, 2010, 12:35)
    Cyber Cynic: "Get over it people. Red Hat is not getting acquired anytime soon. I know, I know, you'd heard all the rumors. Here's the truth as I see it: If Red Hat gets acquired anytime soon, I'll eat my fedora. It's not happening."

  • Upgrading OpenCart (Aug 26, 2010, 10:35)
    Packt: "It is wise to update our OpenCart environment to the latest version regularly. It protects our system against security vulnerabilities and allows us to use new features."

  • Open-Source 2D, 3D For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series GPUs (Aug 26, 2010, 09:05)
    Phoronix: "AMD continues to abide by their commitment to provide open-source support for their graphics cards and as proof of that this afternoon they have released their initial hardware acceleration code that supports the ATI Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" family"

  • HTC Files Answer with Counterclaims to Apple's Patent Infringement Suit (Aug 26, 2010, 04:35)
    Groklaw: "This could get interesting. HTC has filed its answer to Apple's complaint [PDFs] against them for patent infringement, with affirmative defenses and counterclaims."