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Infrastructure Linux News for Oct 29, 2010

  • Ubuntu's "risky step" of standardizing on Unity instead of GNOME (2010-10-29 23:03:24)
    Off the Beat: "OK, it's finally happening. For a couple of years, the standard for desktops has been edging towards mobile devices with every new netbook interface. Now, with Ubuntu's decision to replace GNOME with its own Unity desktop, the shift away from the workstation standard has actually arrived."

  • The end of the road for Linux kernel 2.4 (2010-10-29 22:33:24)
    Linux User and Developer: "It contained such revolutionary (for the time) features as support for USB, and ISA 'Plug and Play' – doing away with the need to configure hardware jumpers or run the special isapnp commands to make various adaptor cards work."

  • Unity Clouding Up The Desktop (2010-10-29 22:03:24)
    LXer: "I don't see the Unity plans as a blessing though. There is no point in turning a full fledged desktop machine into a "Mobile Internet Device"."

  • Incredible Times, Incredible Technology (2010-10-29 21:03:24)
    The ERACC Web Log: "Here I am at around 12:30 AM local time running updates on a client's PC that was just reinstalled with Microsoft XP Media Center Edition 2005. This reinstall was done to clean up the registry and get rid of the "sluggishness" that had set in over the past 4 years of continual use."

  • Tech Comics: "All Tests Have Crashed" (2010-10-29 20:03:24)
    Tech Comics: "Testing a software project may reveal more than you want to know."

  • Oracle Gets Specific -- Files Amended Complaint - Update: And More, More, More (2010-10-29 19:03:24)
    Groklaw: "It's SCO II, at least in part, alleging that the infringed material is "Java method and class names, definitions, organization, and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java's documentation." Don't tell me it's APIs and methods and concepts again. And infringing the "organization" of Java documentation? Lordy."

  • Windows Phone 7 is a threat to something far more important than Android or iPhone (2010-10-29 18:33:24)
    Shantanu's Technophilic Musings: "Many people say that Windows Phone 7 is a threat to iPhone because they are bringing in a super platform with a choice of multiple designs and multiple carriers with great Enterprise and gaming support and maintaining the lucrative integration that iPhone provides."

  • Cryptography and digital sign with GnuPG part 2 (2010-10-29 17:33:24)
    Linuxaria: "In the previous article we presented some basic concepts of encryption and made some examples of symmetrical and asymmetrical keys, we concluded by saying that a good way to get a certificate with an asymmetric key is GnuPG."

  • Spooky-Scary Tech Terms (2010-10-29 15:53:21)
    Webopedia: "To celebrate Halloween tech-style, we're bringing you a fun — but totally legit — list of some of the spookiest acronyms and tech term oddities we've come across while compiling the Webopedia database. Who knows, maybe one of the following tech terms will spawn a costume idea that will bring first place at this year's office (IT) Halloween party."

  • Introducing PiTiVi (version 0.13.4) (2010-10-29 15:03:24)
    DistroWatch: "PiTiVi isn't just what appeared in my alphabet soup last weekend, it's also the name of a video editor for Linux systems. The first time I stumbled across PiTiVi (pronounced PeeTeeVee) was when I was recently trying out the Trisquel distribution and found the application pre-installed"

  • Manage RADIUS for WPA-Enterprise with CIITIX and Linux (2010-10-29 14:33:24)
    Wi-Fi Planet: "CIITIX-Wi-Fi couples FreeRADIUS, daloRADIUS, and OpenSSL to give you a turn-key Wi-Fi authentication solution. It's an open source Debian-based Linux distribution, released under the GPLv2 license."

  • How To Make An Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Resemble A Mac (With Elementary, Docky & Glo (2010-10-29 12:03:24)
    Howtoforge: "This article shows how you can change the appearance of your Ubuntu 10.10 desktop so that it resembles a Mac. This can be achieved with the help of Elementary, Docky, and Gloobus-Preview."

  • Set up XenLinux kernel 2.6.34.7 aka Suse under Xen 4.0.1 on top of F14 (2010-10-29 07:03:24)
    Xen Virtualization on Linux and Solaris: "Straight forward attempt to load 2.6.34.7 kernel xenified aka Suse under Fedora's 14 Xen 4.0.1 generates following output to console :-"