Linux News for Dec 01, 2006
Editor's Note: Shuckin' and Jivin' (2006-12-01 23:30:50)
Microsoft tosses out a paid-for analyst report about your
editor's home state. It's go time.
Datamation: Microsoft vs. Linux: An Updated Perspective (2006-12-01 22:00:43)
"In the war between Microsoft and those that support Linux,
there have been many phases. Most of this war, like most wars, has
been concealed by the 'fog of war' and propaganda from both
Forbes: SCO Gets TKO'ed (2006-12-01 20:30:46)
"This week, SCO's appeal of the Wells ruling was tossed out in a
harshly worded decision, which Judge Dale Kimball wrote 'should
come as no surprise to SCO...'"
ServerWatch: Xen Hypervisor Goes Standard (2006-12-01 19:00:23)
"Simon Crosby, CTO at XenSource, has begun calling Xen the 'de
facto standard' hypervisor for virtualization even though
enterprise-ready Xen solutions have spent just months in the market
and as yet have virtually no market share..."
internetnews.com: Is There Perfection in The Linux Kernel? (2006-12-01 18:15:07)
"In a perfect world, you could compile a brand-new Linux kernel
without the need for much configuration and without error..."
The Register: Is 'GNU/Solaris' Emerging from Microsoft-Novell Deal? (2006-12-01 17:30:16)
"'First you take the politics out, and when the veal has been
bleached absolutely white, you can cover it with any sauce you
like. And that's what Microsoft did, and 'Open Source' became the
sauce on top of Microsoft proprietarianism...'"
Linux-Watch: Novell Announces Linux-Based Open Enterprise Server 2 (2006-12-01 16:45:19)
"Novell Inc. on Nov. 30 announced its latest NetWare upgrade
operating system, the Linux-powered Novell Open Enterprise Server
CNET News: Open-Source Group Wants Educational Patent Reversed (2006-12-01 16:00:11)
"A legal center is trying to overturn a patent it says threatens
three open-source educational projects, a sign of the tension
between patent holders and the collaborative programming
The New York Times: For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs Big Debate (2006-12-01 15:15:31)
"When computer industry executives heard about a plan to build a
$100 laptop for the developing world's children, they generally
ridiculed the idea..." Splash ad ahead.
Techworld: Birmingham City Council Claims Open-Source Success (2006-12-01 14:30:21)
"Birmingham City Council has defended its year-long trial of
desktop Linux, claiming it to be a success, despite an independent
report showing it would have been cheaper to install Windows
Groklaw: First Word from the Hearing: It's IBM All the Way (2006-12-01 13:45:43)
"Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells ruled from the bench in favor of
IBM. SCO will not be allowed to, as IBM put it in its motion
papers, 'litigate this case by ambush...'"
Linux Journal: LDAP Series Part V--Getting a Grip on Directory Service Modeling (2006-12-01 13:00:27)
"I have an observation I'd like to disclose about the Open
Source community: We tend to leap into all kinds of things before
we have all the facts and/or information necessary to make
All About Linux: FizzBall--A Well Designed Enjoyable Game for Linux (2006-12-01 11:30:15)
"Anybody who has played games on their PC will be familiar with
a classic game called Breakout where you have to bounce a ball with
a paddle and smash all the bricks..."
SearchServerVirtualization: VMware Server on Windows vs. VMware Server on Linux (2006-12-01 10:00:14)
"VMware Server is great, but should you run it on Windows or
Linux? Both have their pluses and minuses..."
Personal Computer World: Damn Small Linux: Operating System (2006-12-01 08:30:11)
"As the demands of all operating systems increase, Damn Small
Linux (DSL) is a refreshing change and worth considering by anyone
with an old computer..."
Linux.com: Influence Scheduling Priority with nice and renice (2006-12-01 07:00:45)
"The 'niceness' of a process is a numeric hint to the kernel
about how the process should be treated in relation to other
processes contending for the CPU..."
NewsForge: From XML to Paper with Prince (2006-12-01 05:30:23)
"Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose text
markup language often used for data storage or passing messages
Advisories, November 30, 2006 (2006-12-01 04:45:59)
Today's security advisories: libgsf and proftpd (Debian
GNU/Linux); ProFTPD (Gentoo Linux); proftpd (Mandriva Linux); and
gnupg and evince (Ubuntu).
Network World: Microsoft and Novell: Good for Enterprises, Linux and Open Source (2006-12-01 04:00:29)
"Blind noise of ill-informed bloggers drowns out the good news
of the Microsoft-Novell deal..."
Free Software Magazine: Fork Off Mr Ballmer! (2006-12-01 02:30:45)
"Any serious, committed user of GNU/Linux who hasn't heard about
the Microsoft/Novell deal has either been slightly dead or at the
bottom of an Albanian tin mine shaft wearing a particularly sturdy
pair of ear muffs..."
DesktopLinux: Linux Gaming: Don't Sell your Xbox (2006-12-01 01:00:04)
"Over at ExtremeTech, my colleague in crime, Jim Lynch, took a
long, hard look at Linux gaming and declared, 'Frankly, I've had it
with gaming under Linux. It's not worth the time or the