IT Management Linux News for Oct 16, 2007
A visual stroll through the world of KDE 4 Beta (3.94) (2007-10-16 23:45:00)
Rudd-O: "KDE 4 starts up half-drunk and
half-broken. In my opinion, this beta is (judging from the
developmental stage) not really a beta but rather closer to alpha
quality. I don't mind. KDE has always rocked, and even in its utter
brokenness, it's still awesome:"
BBC embraces Linux at long last (2007-10-16 23:00:00)
Inside Edge: "...until today it looked like
only Windows users were going to be able to play, but the BBC has
now announced a deal with Adobe which will add Flash video
streaming to the iPlayer service and let Linux users get in on the
Poll indicates GNOME the most popular desktop environment with KDE close behind (2007-10-16 22:15:00)
All About Linux: "GNOME and KDE are neck and
neck in the popularity front with GNOME being the favoured window
manager by 361 people vs KDE by 335 people."
Small Linux Distros For Every Occasion (2007-10-16 21:30:00)
Enterprise Networking Planet: "This presents a
wide array of useful possibilities: test new systems before
purchase, every computer becomes your personal PC, or today's
topic, portable rescue media for all the major platforms: Linux,
Unix, Macintosh, and Windows. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of
different rescue Linuxes, so we'll take a tour of my
GIMPShop Review: GIMP Made Friendly (2007-10-16 21:00:00)
OSWeekly: "What's really cool is that the
author of this GIMP variation also seems to have removed usability
errors from the Adobe way of doing things as well. Same features as
before, yet with an improved naming scheme, I can honestly say that
this would have a much better chance of turning a Photoshop user
than GIMP ever had."
OOXML Payback Time as Global Standards Work in SC 34 "Grinds to a Halt" (2007-10-16 20:20:51)
Consortium Info: "The result is that a very
important committee has, in the words of its Secretariat Manager in
frequent pleas to the non-responsive members, "ground to a
Linux vs. Windows Power Usage (2007-10-16 19:52:51)
Phoronix: "...in this article are the first set
of results from that testing. We've compared the power consumption
of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora 7, and Ubuntu
Fit PC—A Tiny Linux PC that Fits Anywhere (2007-10-16 19:22:51)
Extreme Tech: "The entire system, including
hard drive and 256MB of main memory, uses 3-5W of total power. The
built-in graphics can drive displays up to 1920x1440, but it's
noticeably more responsive at 1280x1024 or less."
Noncertified IT pros make more than certified skills, report shows (2007-10-16 18:00:42)
Search Enterprise Linux: "A new report from
industry research firm Foote Partners, LLC finds that the average
pay for noncertified IT skills topped that for certified
professionals while compensation for IT jobs increased again in the
third quarter of 2007."
All systems go for Ubuntu 7.10 Linux Desktop launch (2007-10-16 17:15:42)
Desktop Linux: "Ubuntu, the incredibly popular
desktop Linux distribution that seeks to deliver the best of
open-source software every six months, will be out in a few days.
Gutsy Gibbon Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Edition includes improvements in
advanced plug-and-play printing, enhanced browsing and the option
of a smooth new user interface built on top of the latest GNOME
A Novell SUSE Linux shop surprised by Xen's polish
Search Enterprise Linux: "First American has
been pleasantly surprised by the performance and reliability of
Xen, the open source virtualization layer included in the SLES 10
Installing LedgerSMB (Open Source Accounting Application) On Debian Etch (2007-10-16 15:45:42)
Howtoforge: "LedgerSMB is a free (licensed
under the GPL), web based double entry accounting system written in
Perl which uses PostgreSQL for data storage. It is intended for
small and medium businesses (SMB), and it can be used easily
through a regular web browser like Firefox. This tutorial explains
how to install LedgerSMB on a Debian Etch system."
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Demo (2007-10-16 15:00:42)
Linux Games: "id Software has released the
Linux demo for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the
multiplayer-oriented first-person shooter developed by Splash
Damage set prior to Quake 2 during the Strogg invasion of
Creating a Free Market for Personal Computer Platforms (2007-10-16 14:30:42)
Club Troppo: "A few years ago, I ran through a
couple of scenarios which showed that the reduced competition in
the PC platform software space cost consumers worldwide over $10
billion per year. More recently, a court-case in Europe showed that
an incredible 52% of the price of a new Acer laptop was constituted
by the forced-bundling of Microsoft and other Windows platform
software. Like it or not, consumers must pay this hidden price
whenever they buy a new PC."
Dell CEO says Linux server sales increasing faster than Windows (2007-10-16 13:30:42)
TechRepublic: "Speaking at a Gartner
Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Michael Dell says that his company is
seeing Linux update on the server end increasing faster than
GOSCON 07: An Open Balance (2007-10-16 12:45:22)
Hoosier Penguin: "Interestingly, Zemlin told
the government IT audience that in the course of adopting new
technologies, the fact that any given application is open source
should not be the main determining factor..."
Desktop Stats: Linux Behind, But Moving Forward (2007-10-16 12:00:22)
Linux Planet: "In sum, Apple claimed the
largest number of new users, though it remains a distinctly niche
player. Linux can boast of more than doubling its user base, yet
its overall number is still minuscule. The dominant Windows holds
on to its lion's share, but the adoption rate for the massively
marketed Vista is merely respectable."
How To Kill The Patent Threat Against Linux (2007-10-16 11:00:22)
Raiden's Realm: "Now that the patent
infringement genie is out of the bottle, is it time for Linux to
Mandriva Linux 2008 One GNOME version released (2007-10-16 09:30:22)
Mandriva: "The GNOME version of Mandriva Linux
2008 One has been released and is now available
via BitTorrent or from the mirror sites. Featuring all the same
great new features as the other editions of Mandriva Linux 2008,
with a fully up-to-date GNOME 2.20 desktop."
BulletProof-X: Windows Safe Mode Comes to Ubuntu (2007-10-16 08:00:22)
MadPenguin: "I cannot tell you how many times I
have found myself looking at that ugly and rather useless Xorg
reconfigure screen that has never worked on Ubuntu for me.
Generally, I would see something like this (not the exact image,
but close) and then ask you to diagnose the problem from the x
server output. This is fine for an advanced distro, but not for
Ubuntu or its derivatives."
Using Find to Locate and Report on Large Files (2007-10-16 06:30:22)
Linux in Novell's East Region: "I use a simple
(yeah, it really is), script before every backup to find all the
files over a particular size, which I then can so anything I want
When Bullies Rule: A Call For Patent Reform in America (2007-10-16 05:00:22)
BlueGNU: "They get to choose between getting
beat up, often on a regular basis, or constantly harrassed because
they gave into the bully's demands. The bully convinces them to
give in, then leads the harrassment in an effort to draw attention
away from his own disgusting behavior."
Restricting zone transfers with IP addresses in BIND DNS Server (2007-10-16 02:00:22)
Cyberciti: "One of the simplest ways to defend
is limit zone transfers between nameservers by defining ACL."
ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv On Linux (2007-10-16 00:30:22)
Phoronix: "While most of the rage these days
for Intel hardware is about the P35 and X38 Chipsets, for those
looking at an economically-minded motherboard that may not support
all of the latest and greatest features but can still work well as
a Linux desktop, Intel's P965 remains a great option."