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Linux News for Apr 25, 2008

  • Something to Really Bake Your Noodle (Apr 25, 2008, 22:30)
    Editor's Note: Not too excited with the desktop? Ubuntu updates making you yawn? A look at one future of desktop development may have you reaching for those shades...

  • What Sun Was Trying to Do with Open Solaris (Apr 25, 2008, 21:00)
    Thoughts by Ted: "I was recently checking to see what, if any follow-up there had been from Sun's ham-handed handling of the Open Solaris Trademark..."

  • Programming Languages: Everyone Has a Favorite One (Apr 25, 2008, 19:30)
    Dr. Dobb's Portal: "From what Paul Jansen has seen, everyone has a favorite programming language..."

  • Red Hat-Ubuntu Pairing Would Have Potential (Apr 25, 2008, 18:00)
    451 CAOS Theory: "I'm starting to see some big potential for symbiosis between two Linux and open source leaders: Red Hat and Ubuntu..."

  • Ubuntu Launchpad for Affero? (Apr 25, 2008, 16:30)
    Reg Developer: "Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's chief executive, has said AGPL is 'a strong candidate' for the eventual open source release of Launchpad, Canonical's developer collaboration tool..."

  • Linux Foundation Reports Highlights from Annual Collaboration Summit (Apr 25, 2008, 15:00)
    Linux Foundation: "A key result from the meeting was that these OEM vendors reported that they will encourage chipset and other component vendors to provide open source drivers for Linux..."

  • Nokia Internet Tablets Get Ubuntu and Qt (Apr 25, 2008, 14:15)
    #open.ended: "The open source Maemo platform, which is used on Nokia's Internet Tablet devices, will soon support Trolltech's Qt development toolkit..."

  • Ksplice Automates Hot Patching Linux Kernel with No Reboot Needed (Apr 25, 2008, 13:30)
    ZDNet: "Ksplice is an interesting open source project out of MIT that automates the process of applying security patches to the Linux kernel without rebooting, and it's getting notice by the Linux Foundation..."

  • Bill Gates' Disdain for Open Source Even in Retirement (Apr 25, 2008, 12:57)

    By Mark Hinkle

    Bill Gates steps down as the Chairman of Microsoft on July 1st to transition to full time philanthropic efforts with the Gates Foundation. However, I wonder how effective Bill will be other than writing checks. You see Bill's never played well with others.

  • Study: 70 Percent Say Red Hat More Secure than Windows (Apr 25, 2008, 12:45)
    Ars Technica: "Based on five years of research and analysis, the report provides intriguing insights into open-source adoption levels and the way that open source is reshaping the software industry..."

  • SnapLogic Claims Really Simple (Open Source) Integration (Apr 25, 2008, 12:00)
    Computer Business Review: "Integrating disparate data, applications and systems is a challenge that has made companies like Tibco and Informatica rich..."

  • Benchmarking Linux With the Phoronix Test Suite (Apr 25, 2008, 10:30)
    LinuxPlanet: "We're going to take a look at the brand-new Phoronix Test Suite, which is so new the black tape and alligator clips are still visible. The Phoronix Test Suite is for testing hardware performance under Linux. It's still very young and incomplete, but it's worth getting acquainted with..."

  • Getting Data Into and Out of an Base Database (Apr 25, 2008, 09:00) "The ability to import and export data is crucial to any database management system, and Base is no exception..."

  • The Usefulness Of Linux-Next (Apr 25, 2008, 07:30)
    KernelTrap: "Discussing the latest breakage of the linux-next tree, Stephen Rothwell noted that the problem went unnoticed due to the arm tree not currently being included..."

  • Browsing the Web the Old-Fashioned Way (Apr 25, 2008, 06:00) "Are you in the mood for some '90s-style Web browsing with no graphic elements? Or, more realistically, do you work with a Linux console and often need to check something on the Web...?"

  • Who Gets Top Billing? GNOME or KDE? (Apr 25, 2008, 03:00)
    openSUSE Spotlight: "There's a discussion going on in the Factory mailing list about how to arrange the desktop choices when a user installs openSUSE 11.0.."

  • A Quick Look at the Spring GNU/Linux Distributions (Apr 25, 2008, 01:30)
    Free Software Magazine: "Out of the top 6 GNU/Linux distributions (according to, four are releasing or have released builds between April and June. What's new in them...?"

  • OLPC: It's About the Kids, Not Open Source (Apr 25, 2008, 00:00)
    Practical Technology: "Things started heating up at OLPC when Walter Bender, the former president of software and content, was first moved to the job of director of deployment..."