Linux News for Jan 30, 2008
Speeding Up Free Software Adoption: External and Internal Routes to Success (2008-01-30 23:30:03)
Datamation: "Striking a balance between
mindsets might be a factor on which the success of Free software is
I'm Nominated as a Trustee... Or Am I? (2008-01-30 23:00:33)
Funtoo by Daniel Robbins: "Before I know how to
reply to this nomination, I need to know if it is even
Embracing the .Beast (2008-01-30 22:30:14)
IT Pro: "In recent times Miguel de Icaza has
been the subject of much controversy within the Linux
Red Hat Readies Identity, Policy, Audit Offering (2008-01-30 22:00:52)
internetnews.com: "While the name 'Netscape' is
now mostly dead, its progeny continue to survive and develop. Many
are familiar with Mozilla's efforts on the browser side, but
Netscape also had another business--a directory server business now
run and expanded upon by Linux vendor Red Hat..."
What I Learned from Lineo's Failure (2008-01-30 21:30:18)
The Open Road: "I learned a tremendous amount
about business and open source and the intersection of the two
during my two years with Lineo..."
Could Pandora Open Up Linux Games? (2008-01-30 21:00:49)
LinuxDevices: "A stealth-mode startup is
readying a Linux-based handheld gaming device with WiFi, USB, and a
4.3-inch 800x480 touchscreen..."
Mozilla's Two New Mobile Prototypes (2008-01-30 20:30:37)
CNET News: "Amidst rookie mobile browser
Skyfire's bold attempt to take on the market and Opera's defensive
rebuttal emerges news from Mozilla developer and project lead, Doug
IBM Adds Linux Apps Support to Unix Servers (2008-01-30 20:00:13)
LinuxWorld: "IBM has added a new capability to
its virtualization platform that will allow Linux applications to
run on IBM's Unix servers, the company announced Tuesday..."
Multiple Unpatched Vulnerabilities in Open Source CMS Mambo (2008-01-30 19:30:43)
Heise Security: "SecurityFocus has on Monday
reported vulnerabilities in the open source content management
system Mambo, which could be exploited by attackers to view
confidential information or compromise a system..."
The Future of the Linux Kernel, and What it Tells Us About Wikipedia (2008-01-30 19:00:29)
APC Magazine: "With 2,000 lines of code being
added every single day, any lingering suggestion that Linux might
suffer from a lack of support is clearly insane..."
At MySQL, It's Business as Usual (2008-01-30 18:30:09)
iTWire: "With Sun Microsystems announcing
earlier this month that it had acquired the most popular open
source database company, MySQL, there has been speculation aplenty,
some of it grossly misinformed, on just how much change this will
mean for staff at the small Swedish company..."
Asus Unveils 42in Linux-Based Eee TV (2008-01-30 18:00:54)
Register Hardware: "Asus has named the upcoming
additions to its Eee PC family of low-cost computers, soon to be
augmented with a small form-factor desktop machine, an all-in-one
system and a TV..."
Information is Our Only Security Weapon: Bruce Schneier (2008-01-30 17:30:11)
iTnews: "Computer security expert Bruce
Schneier took a swipe at a number of sacred cows of security
including RFID tags, national ID cards and public CCTV security
cameras in his keynote address to Linux.conf.au this
Eight Interesting Improvements In GNOME 2.22 (2008-01-30 17:00:22)
Phoronix: "While nothing groundbreaking will be
introduced in GNOME 2.22 (compared to KDE 4.0 at least), this
desktop environment does have some moderate changes worth
Red Hat Seeks Chinese Growth (2008-01-30 16:30:31)
Reuters/eWeek: "Leading open-source distributor
Red Hat Inc, which is shifting its focus to greater China, expects
its revenue in the region to grow by 50 percent in the next fiscal
year on healthy demand from enterprise clients..."
OpenLogic: HP Hogged FOSS Announcement Limelight (2008-01-30 16:00:56)
LinuxWorld: "Hewlett-Packard's recent
announcement regarding a pair of free and open-source software
projects has irked one of its co-sponsors, OpenLogic..."
Making Hardware Vendors Love Open Source (2008-01-30 15:30:33)
iTWire: "Reverse-engineering open source
drivers for hardware devices will only reduce the pressure on
manufacturers to provide such drivers..."
Europe Gets Another Open-Source Group (2008-01-30 15:00:47)
ZDNet UK: "The Open Solutions Alliance, a
consortium working on interoperability of open-source software, has
set up a European chapter due to the high number of
community-developed software projects that have sprung up in the
French Police Deal Blow to Microsoft (2008-01-30 14:30:55)
AFP: "The French paramilitary police force said
Wednesday it is ditching Microsoft for the free Linux operating
system, becoming one of the biggest administrations in the world to
make the break..."
Microsoft Lays Case, Blames IBM for OOXML Woes (2008-01-30 13:45:06)
Roundup: Microsoft lays out the technical
reasons why it believes OOXML is a good thing, and then spends some
time accusing IBM of orchestrating a smear campaign against the
efforts to make OOXML an ISO standard.
BBC Moves Linux into TV Production (2008-01-30 13:00:34)
Computerworld Australia: "Expensive and
error-prone digital tapes has forced BBC UK, one of the world's
largest television broadcasters, to look at using computers running
Linux to help produce its programs..."
The Beginning of Thunderbird 3 Planning (2008-01-30 11:30:16)
LWN: "The long-term roadmap of Thunderbird is
still in flux, but there are four high-level points which drive my
thinking about Thunderbird 3..."
Open Source Valuations, Competition, Downloads, and Profitability (2008-01-30 10:50:01)
And on goes my fascination with open source companies and their valuations...
I was reading Stephen O'Grady's commentary on open source companies and their valuations prompted by the recent acquisition of MySQL by Sun for $1 billion. He quotes Jeff Gould who logically questions whether Sun can make the acquisition pay-off.
Open Enterprise Interview: Jono Bacon (2008-01-30 10:00:10)
Computerworld UK: "Ubuntu has rapidly
established itself as the leading GNU/Linux distribution on the
desktop, not least through its work with Dell..."
CLI Audio Players for Linux (2008-01-30 08:30:30)
Linux.com: "What would life be without music?
Given the proper codecs, in Linux you can play almost any digital
Infiniband for the Masses (2008-01-30 07:00:25)
ClusterMonkey: "The Linux cluster world is
moving towards InfiniBand for many reasons: bandwidth, latency,
message rate, N/2, price/performance, and other factors that affect
performance and price..."
Mastering Regular Expressions in PHP, Part 2 (2008-01-30 05:30:06)
developerWorks: "Although the terms data and
information are used interchangeably, there's a big difference
between the two. Data is factual..."
Time and Tide Don't Wait for FOSS Projects (2008-01-30 04:00:54)
iTWire: "Should free and open source software
projects set a release schedule that adheres to the old geek adage:
release when it's ready? Or should time-based releases become the
Vista is Most Secure OS: I Can't Stop Laughing... (2008-01-30 02:30:55)
SUSE Linux Enterprise in the Americas: "Written
by a member of their Trustworthy Computing group, this report
exhibits more spin than the teacup ride at Disney Land..."
Each One, Make One--The Distro Debate (2008-01-30 01:00:33)
iTWire: "Jonathan Oxer, the president of Linux
Australia, is a brave man. Few people other than him would have
even tried to bring together those who pledge allegiance to
different Linux distributions--and within the framework of a
conference at that..."