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Infrastructure Linux News for Nov 22, 2010

  • Sad end for Novell: Sold to Attachmate (Nov 22, 2010, 23:03)
    Network World: "Though many (myself included) had Novell pegged for sale to VMware, the company is being sold mostly to Attachmate with "certain intellectual property assets" being sold to a consortium backed by Microsoft"

  • How the iPad Stole Android's Tablet Christmas (Nov 22, 2010, 22:33)
    ZDNet: "Every Goog
    Down in Googleplex, In Mountain View
    Liked Android a lot.
    But the Jobs
    Who lived just South of the Googleplex, In Cupertino
    Did NOT!"

  • Ghosts of Unix past, part 2: Conflated designs (Nov 22, 2010, 22:03) "In the first article in this series, we commenced our historical search for design patterns in Linux and Unix by illuminating the "Full exploitation" pattern which provides a significant contribution to the strength of Unix. In this second part we will look at the first of three patterns which characterize some design decisions that didn't work out so well."

  • Black Friday 2010 Linux-based Tablet Deals (Nov 22, 2010, 21:33)
    BeginLinux: "As many of you know the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday,Black Friday Linux Deals on Netbooks and Tablets is the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. Shoppers can find all sorts of special deals and discounts especially on technology related merchandise"

  • Confusion and Complexity: High time to prune the Creative Commons licenses? (Nov 22, 2010, 21:03)
    Free Software Magazine: "In a recent blog, Nina Paley, the animator behind the free-licensed animated film, "Sita Sings the Blues", complained of the enormous confusion caused by poor differentiation of the Creative Commons licenses."

  • Dark horse Attachmate buys Novell with Microsoft's help (Nov 22, 2010, 20:03)
    Cyber Cynic: "VMware wanted to buy Novell, but the virtualization company didn't want to buy everything that Novell's board wanted to sell. At the same time, Microsoft had made it clear that it hated the idea of VMware, a Microsoft rival, ending up as Novell's owner."

  • Bodhi - Just Another Ubuntu-based Distro or Something More (Nov 22, 2010, 18:33)
    OStatic: "Jeff Hoogland, professed Linux Geek, has grown frustrated at the lack of inclusion of his favorite window environment in modern distributions. He said only Austrumi and PCLinuxOS offer a recent release with E17."

  • Linux Server Troubleshooting With strace (Nov 22, 2010, 18:03)
    Linux Planet: "strace is a useful little debugging utility for both developers and server admins that exposes what a program is doing by tracing the system calls. Juliet Kemp introduces us to using strace to see what a program is doing under the hood."

  • The kernel column #94 by Jon Masters (Nov 22, 2010, 17:33)
    Linux User and Developer: "In his latest column Jon Masters covers the new Tile architecture in the 2.6.36 kernel, scalability concerns in the IMA security subsystem, and looks ahead to 2.6.37 development"

  • How We Choose Political Candidates and Software (Nov 22, 2010, 17:03)
    Blog of Helios: "Many of us who are well "seasoned" will remember the first Kennedy/Nixon presidential political debate. Not so much for the debate itself, but for the fact that it was the first nationally televised political debate of any kind"

  • How a �Welded-to KDE3.5 User� Began a Move to KDE4.4 - Part 1 (Nov 22, 2010, 16:03)
    LXer: "In this first part of a two part guest editorial and tutorial Dr. Tony Young (an Australian Mycologist by trade) shares his trials, tribulations, successes and disappointments in working with the new version of KDE."

  • Oregon Senator Wyden effectively kills Internet censorship bill (Nov 22, 2010, 15:03)
    Rawstory: "It's too early to say for sure, but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden could very well go down in the history books as the man who saved the Internet."

  • 12 Ubuntu Derivatives You Should Consider (Nov 22, 2010, 14:33)
    PC World: "What many people don't realize, however, is that there are several other Linux distributions out there that are also based on Ubuntu and offer many of the same advantages."

  • Review: Businesslike Droid Pro dragged down by cramped keyboard (Nov 22, 2010, 14:03)
    LinuxDevices: "Corporate types with small fingers will find much to like in Verizon's Android 2.2-based Motorola Droid Pro, says this eWEEK review. Most business users, however, will have trouble with the tiny keyboard, let alone the small screen, and would do better with a BlackBerry."

  • Priority access deals could result in "slow suicide" for ISPs (Nov 22, 2010, 13:03)
    ars Technica: "As Ars readers know, of late there's been a huge amount of debate about the impact that priority access deals would have on the 'Net."

  • 5 unusual games for Linux (Nov 22, 2010, 11:03)
    Linuxaria: "We often hear that there are no games on Linux, or that are much worse than their counterparts for windows, so today I want to show some unusual games that run perfectly on our favorite operating system."

  • Google et al Argue with Paul Allen's Interval Licensing: One Big Case or 11? Or None? (Nov 22, 2010, 07:03)
    Groklaw: "Do you remember when Google, Apple, Facebook, OfficeMax, Yahoo! and Netflix/OfficeDepot/Staples/eBay all filed motions to dismiss or sever Paul Allen's Interval Licensing's patent infringement complaint? They filed to dismiss for misjoinder and Google filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. Google and the others want the cases separated into eleven instead of one humungous case, if the court doesn't toss the complaint out."

  • The connections among Education, Green ICT and Free Software (Nov 22, 2010, 03:03)
    Stop: "During the fOSSa 2010 conference in Grenoble, several speakers talked about how much Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) is important in two fields that are strictly related for the future of our society: education and environmental sustainability."