Linux News for Jan 30, 2007
Linux DevCenter: What if Hardware Vendors are Trapped Too? (Jan 30, 2007, 23:30)
"Want some frustration? Buy a piece of hardware with 'Linux
support' and try to use it on anything besides x86
Josh's Blog: Why Gentoo is a Great Server Distribution (A Rebuttal) (Jan 30, 2007, 22:45)
"When I read Why Gentoo Shouldn't be on Your Server, I felt
Gentoo was getting a bad rap. I'm currently using Gentoo on a
number of production servers for a fairly heavily-used
Computerworld NZ: No Free Ride for Not So Open-Source EnterpriseDB (Jan 30, 2007, 22:00)
"Attempts by the database vendor's chief, Andy Astor, to
associate the company with the open-source free software community
have drawn flack from critics..."
KnoLinux: Simply Mepis 6.0-4 Beta 4--A Gift from the MEPIS Gods 64 Bit That Actually Works (Jan 30, 2007, 21:30)
"Now, some may have seen the listing of my older eMachines m6805
laptop, which I have been struggling to get native 64 bit OS' on
for almost 3 years now..."
LinuxWorld Australia: Open-Source BI Player Gets Internationalized (Jan 30, 2007, 21:00)
"Open-source business intelligence software vendor JasperSoft is
set to unveil the final piece in its BI suite, JasperETL..."
Computerworld NZ: Human Touch Key to Open Source Success (Jan 30, 2007, 20:30)
"Internet-conveyed misunderstandings waste time and could be
avoided through meeting in person, says HP's Linux CTO..."
Linux in Brazil: Whatever Happened to Diebold’s Brazilian Linux Distro of Choice? (Jan 30, 2007, 20:00)
"The Brazilian Linux community was surprised this week with news
about Diebold trying to sell Linux-running PCs to the Brazilian
ZDNet UK: Greens: Vista Means More Dead PCs (Jan 30, 2007, 19:30)
"The Green Party has claimed that Microsoft's latest operating
system, Vista, could lead to a mass upgrade of PCs that will result
in old machines being dumped in landfill sites..." Happy Launch
LWN: FFII on Proposed OpenXML Adoption (Jan 30, 2007, 19:00)
"The FFII has sent an open letter to all delegations of the
International Standardization Organization (ISO) to oppose with
contradictions the 'fast track' adoption of the Microsoft's
6000-page OOXML specification..."
NetworkWorld: Vyatta VP Undresses Richard Stallman (Jan 30, 2007, 18:30)
"Vyatta's Dave Roberts went to Hawaii and all Richard Stallman
got was this undressing... which, depending on your view of
Stallman, either reeks of unfairness or fits the man to a T..."
Xomba: Linux More Secure than Windows, National Survey Shows (Jan 30, 2007, 18:00)
"...BZ Research polled 6,344 software development managers about
the security of different popular enterprise operating environments
and Linux and open source consistently topped Microsoft
Linux.com: Fedora's Metrics Have Ripple Effect (Jan 30, 2007, 17:30)
"Fedora announced this month that by using a tracking tool to
monitor unique IP addresses, it was able to determine that Fedora
Core 6 now has more than one million users. What does all this
metric gathering mean for future Fedora releases...?"
AFX News/LinuxInsider: Novell Gets Warning No. 2 from Nasdaq (Jan 30, 2007, 17:00)
"Data networking software maker Novell said Friday it received a
second delisting notice from the Nasdaq for failing to file its
annual report on time..."
LinuxDevices: Linux Gadget Infects Windows PCs? (Jan 30, 2007, 16:30)
"In what appears to be a twist on the conventional wisdom that
Windows systems are more vulnerable to viruses than Linux systems,
some of TomTom's GPS navigation gadgets appear to have infected
Windows PCs with a 'low risk' virus..."
BBC News: Your Reviews: Vista and Rivals (Jan 30, 2007, 16:00)
"We have selected two readers to explain what they like and
don't like about the new operating system and two readers who are
extolling the virtues of rival systems--the open source platform
Linux and Apple's Mac OS X..."
The Register: BT Says 'Enough' on GPL (Jan 30, 2007, 15:30)
"BT says it has done enough to make its wireless Hub comply with
the General Public License despite criticism from
gpl-violations.org that it is still in breach of the
Computer Business Review: MySQL Prepares for IPO and Reveals Oracle Endorsement (Jan 30, 2007, 15:00)
"Open source database vendor MySQL AB is preparing itself for an
initial public offering, and could even be ready to go public
before the end of the year, according to its CEO Marten
InfoWorld: Red Hat to Open Source its Network Product (Jan 30, 2007, 14:30)
"One of the primary reasons companies buy Red Hat and JBoss is
for the network(s): Red Hat Network and JBoss Operations
KernelTrap: Free Linux Driver Development (Jan 30, 2007, 13:45)
"'The Linux kernel community is offering all companies free
Linux driver development,' Greg Kroah-Hartman posted in an open
offer on the lkml, for all types of devices..."
Christian Science Monitor: A Closer Look at What '$100 Laptop' Will Be (Jan 30, 2007, 13:00)
"Then stand back and see if you've done what you hoped--created
a revolution in the way kids learn..."
Groklaw: Halloween Memo I Confirmed and Microsoft's History on Standards (Jan 30, 2007, 12:15)
"When Eric Raymond published the first Halloween Memo, 'Open
Source Software: A (New?) Development Methodology,' some wondered
if it was authentic.
Linux-Watch: SourceKibitzer Tracks Open-Source Java Apps (Jan 30, 2007, 11:30)
"When Sun recently started open sourcing Java under the GPL, the
expectation was that Java could become an important open-source
Free Software Magazine: Do We Need an Ubuntu Installer for Windows? (Jan 30, 2007, 10:45)
"If you haven't heard yet, there's a new Ubuntu-oriented project
that's been making waves: install.exe..."
Linux.com: Open Source Campcaster Empowers Independent Radio Broadcasters (Jan 30, 2007, 10:00)
"Can you run a radio station entirely on free software? Thanks
to Campcaster, broadcasters all over the world can answer that
question with a yes..."
Phoronix: Nouveau: glxgears on NV4x (Jan 30, 2007, 09:15)
Among the changes in the past month is glxgears now working on
NVIDIA NV4x hardware, the pledge drive now being completed, and the
Fedora Project announcing its intent for including Nouveau in the
upcoming Fedora 7 release..."
HowtoForge: Back Up Linux And Windows Systems With BackupPC (Jan 30, 2007, 08:30)
"This tutorial shows how you can back up Linux and Windows
systems with BackupPC..."
Linux and Windows in Russian schools (Jan 30, 2007, 08:09)
There are a series of articles in the Russian IT media covering the case against a principal of a public school in a small village somewhere in the middle of Russia. He is accused of using an unlicensed (some say "pirated", but I don't, for the same reasons as RMS) copies of Microsoft Windows on school's computers, and the penalty could be as high as five years in prison.
Phoronix: Tyan Tomcat i945GM S3095 Preview (Jan 30, 2007, 07:00)
"While Tyan is mostly known for their selection of high-end
server motherboards, their Tomcat i945GM is a rather interesting
yet peculiar solution for them..."
Free Software Magazine: mgetty [Tutorial] (Jan 30, 2007, 05:30)
"And while I agree that HylaFAX is a nice piece of software with
a nice set of features, I found that sometimes it can be rather
overwhelming to set up..."
Linux.com: Educators Can Manage Course Content with Moodle (Jan 30, 2007, 04:45)
"As an educator, I am interested in course management systems
(CMS) applications for courses, curriculums, and
nixternal: Wrongly Accused� (Jan 30, 2007, 04:00)
"Linux, Open Source, Hackers, and a lot more are wrongly accused
of a variety of things every day..."
Free Software Magazine: How to Hate Free Software in 3 Easy Steps (Jan 30, 2007, 03:15)
"So why is it impossible for the same, obviously smart,
programmers to provide tar balls, zips, archives or code that will
actually compile? At all. On any system. Ever..."
Youtux: Epiphany Web Browser: Do I Need Firefox Any More? (Jan 30, 2007, 02:30)
"For those, who don't know what Epiphany is: Powered by the
Gecko engine, Epiphany displays webpages with the same speed and
accuracy as Mozilla Firefox..."
Free Software Magazine: Free Software vs Open Source (Jan 30, 2007, 01:45)
"I heard that the open source software movement grew up when it
was noticed that people reacted badly to the idealism that the
phrase 'free software' suggests..."
Blogcritics Magazine: Desktop War: KDE vs. Gnome (Jan 30, 2007, 01:00)
"The same answer is given in articles with similar titles to
this one. Again, a reasonable answer. I won't be giving you that
answer. I'm going to tell you which one is better..."
Ars Technica: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (Jan 30, 2007, 00:15)
Humor: "For your edification and amusement, we
have translated the entire [MS/Novell] debate into the colorful
patois of the average Internet message board and produced an
informative visual guide..."