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Linux News for Jul 01, 2008

  • Paperless Schools and Linux Notebooks for Every Kid (2008-07-01 22:30:37)
    OStatic: "According to the author of this story, the fees for printing and photocopying alone at schools are staggering--to the point where if electronic materials replaced much of the printed materials, there would be enough money to give each student a low-cost Linux notebook..."

  • Ten Sticking Points for New Ubuntu Users (2008-07-01 21:00:13)
    Linux.com: "With Ubuntu, Canonical has had notable success in convincing people to switch from other platforms, but potential Ubuntu users are still running into trouble in several areas..."

  • Confirmed: Xandros Acquires Linspire (2008-07-01 20:37:14)

    By Mark Hinkle

    Today Linux desktop manufacturer Xandros acquired Linspire for an undisclosed amount. Xandros will also be keeping existing engineering, support, and key sales employees and long-time Linspire employee and CEO Larry Kettler will be joining the Xandros executive team as the VP of Business Development. While Xandros didn’t mention their total employee numbers Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos claims Xandros to be the third largest Linux company in the world after the acquisition. Former Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony has some harsh criticism of the deal on his blog.


  • Which Linux Distributions Are Dying? (2008-07-01 20:30:04)
    Coding Experiments: "Like everything else, what goes up must come down. This must apply to Linux distributions too, right? So, what's happening with Linux? Which distributions are growing...?"

  • The Russian Schools Linux Pilot Goes Nationwide (2008-07-01 20:15:21)
    Commercial Open Source Software: "The pilot project to migrate schools of three Russian regions to Free Software has recently expanded its geography..."

  • KDE: It's Time For a Fork... Is It Really? (2008-07-01 18:45:45)
    Cooking with Linux: "Over at Practical Tech Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols suggests that it may be time for a fork of KDE, mostly because he doesn't believe that KDE 4.1 is heading in the right direction..."

  • Open Source Champions of Europe (2008-07-01 18:00:31)
    451 CAOS Theory: "Just for fun I thought I'd also declare a 2008 Tour of Europe Open Source Champion..."

  • Samba Team Releases Samba 3.2 (2008-07-01 17:15:30)
    The Samba Team is proud to announce the release of Samba 3.2, a major new release of the award-winning Free Software file and print server suite for Microsoft Windows clients. Announcement within.

  • VC Funding for Open Source Rises Again in Q2 (2008-07-01 16:30:22)
    451 CAOS Theory: "VC funding levels rose again in the second quarter compared to last year, up just under 14% to $115.5m, compared to $101.5m in 2Q07..."

  • Orbitz Paves the Way to Enterprise Open-Source Contributions (2008-07-01 15:45:44)
    The Open Road: "On Monday, Orbitz Worldwide plans to announce the creation and release of two open-source projects, Extremely Reusable Monitoring API (ERMA) and Graphite..."

  • 'Lindependence 2008' Aims to Free Felton from Microsoft Windows (2008-07-01 15:00:05)
    San Jose Mercury News: "Why pay $650 for Adobe Photoshop when you can have 97 percent of the functionality of Photoshop for free...?"

  • Making Desktop Linux Work for Business (2008-07-01 14:15:08)
    InfoWorld: "Today's IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows XP..."

  • Ext4 is now the primary filesystem on my laptop (2008-07-01 13:30:26)
    tytso's journal: "Over the weekend, I converted my laptop to use the ext4 filesystem. So far so good! So far I’ve found one bug as a result of my using ext4 in production..."

  • Linux Experiences 'Prolific' Growth, Says Linux Foundation's Zemlin (2008-07-01 12:45:26)
    Enterprise Linux News: "Formed by the 2007 merger of Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group and home to Linux's creator Linus Torvalds, the Foundation promotes the use of Linux through support for kernel development; the development of common definitions, standards and best practices; and resolution of legal issues..."

  • Seven Reasons to Move to Linux (2008-07-01 12:00:26)
    Small Business Computing: "“Migrating from Windows 2000 to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is no more difficult for end users than migrating to Windows Vista,” said Richard Giroux, IT manager at Whitelaw Twining. “We did a little up-front training with our employees and have had almost no help desk calls since.""

  • June 2008 Top500 Supercomputer Sites Dominated by Linux (2008-07-01 11:00:26)
    Top500 Supercomputer Sites: "With the publication of the latest edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers today (Wednesday, June 18), the global high performance computing community has officially entered a new realm—a supercomputer with a peak performance of more than 1 petaflop/s (one quadrillion floating point operations per second)."

  • Microsoft tactics push India toward Linux (2008-07-01 09:30:49)
    Linux Watch: "One of India's 28 states plans to distribute 100,000 Linux laptops to students there. It sounds like Tamil Nadu's volume purchasing agent decided to use Linux exclusively after being put off by Microsoft's bundling tactics for academic users."

  • Using Strings To Safely Get Program Usage Information On Linux And Unix (2008-07-01 08:00:49)
    Linux and Unix Menagerie: "One way I've found that is virtually foolproof, and works in every distro I've tested, is to use the "strings" command to extract usage information. If you've ever used strings before, you know that distilling what it spits out when you run it against a command to a universally acceptable output of help information for any and/or all binaries is next to impossible. The Linux version of the crash command comes much closer to doing this, and doing it better. But, for the rest of us (even those without the privilege to run "crash"), we can still get the information we need using "strings", like so:"

  • Ah Another Opening for Desktop Linux (2008-07-01 06:30:49)
    TechTreasures: "My colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols recently wrote a piece on his fine Practical Technology blog called Dear Microsoft, Thanks for the help, Linux in which he argues that Microsoft’s ill-timed decision to cut off easy access to XP tomorrow (June 30th) combined with its announcement it would be releasing the next version of Windows in January, 2010 effectively lends a death blow to Vista and creates a huge opportunity for desktop Linux. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, this is not the first time I’ve heard such a prediction."

  • Last.fm - Open-source Application for Last.fm Radio Review (2008-07-01 05:00:49)
    Echoes: "Last.fm is an open-source application licensed under the GPL, allowing you to listen to Last.fm radio stations and submit the songs in the same time. For those of you unfamiliar with Last.fm, it's a great social music community, allowing you to submit songs you currently listen to, statistics, forums for bands or music styles (or even more: Amarok has a group, most major distributions also, and you can start your own group about anything...together with information for each artist, open for anyone to edit, just like the Wikipedia style."

  • The Invisible Closed Source Overhead - Part 2 (2008-07-01 03:30:49)
    Brendan Scott’s Weblog: "Because of the Tragic Closure of closed source software, a purchaser is typically required to make a decision to buy one of a range of products, each with overlapping feature sets and other characteristics...In such an acquisition therefore, a wrong decision can end up being very expensive."

  • Easily Track Intrusion Attempts on Your Web Site (2008-07-01 02:00:49)
    DeveloperWorks: "Detect intrusions, and prevent attacks from ruining your Web designs and application programming using Snort, a free and open source Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) and Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) tool. In the first article in this series, you installed Snort and made sure it could detect packets, log traffic, and be prepared to detect intrusions. In this article, learn what the data inside those packets means, and how you can use that data to infer whether attacks are occurring and alert system administrators to those attacks."

  • Surprise Desktop Linux Move: Xandros Buys Linspire (2008-07-01 00:38:19)
    Practical Technology: "In an announcement that was sent out today, June 30, to Linspire stockholders, CEO Larry Kettler wrote that the stockholders had decided to sell all of Linspire’s assets. This deal specifically includes Linspire, Freespire, and the company’s distribution agnostic CNR (Click ‘N Run) desktop installation platform. This move is not being greeted with enthusiasm by all of Linspire stockholders’."