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Linux News for Aug 28, 2008

  • gscan2pdf - Scan Multiple Documents, Import Images to PDF & DjVu (Aug 28, 2008, 23:01)
    SUSE & openSUSE: "gscan2pdf is a simple but a very efficient GUI to scan documents of multiple pages and convert them into PDFs or DjVu format. You can also import images from image files into PDF files and vice versa."

  • Local User Management in FreeNAS (Aug 28, 2008, 22:31)
    Packt: "In general, once the FreeNAS server is configured and running, it doesn't really need much attention, it should just work. However, there are lots of different features which can be configured. In this article by Gary Sims, we will see how user management is done in FreeNAS."

  • Developing For the Embedded Linux Nokia N810 (Aug 28, 2008, 22:01)
    IBM Developerworks: "The N810 is an embedded handheld system with an 800x480 display. It has Bluetooth, wireless, and USB connections. The underlying kernel is a 2.6.21 Linux® kernel, adapted for the hardware."

  • Running A File- And Print-Server With eBox On Ubuntu 8.04 Server (Aug 28, 2008, 21:31)
    HowtoForge: "This article shows how to run a file- and print-server for small and medium enterprises (SME) on one single Ubuntu 8.04 server. It is very easy to set up, and management is done with an easy-to-use web interface called eBox so once the system is set up, you can forget about the command line. eBox was developed to administrate advanced services for corporate networks."

  • Some News is Good News--Online Coaches Will Help Shape $5 Million Ideas (Aug 28, 2008, 21:01)
    Michael Tiemann's blog: "Fifty coaches are standing by online to help innovative thinkers apply for the Knight News Challenge, a $5 million-a-year contest to move journalism into the 21st Century. The coaches-made up of past jurors and winners-will give News Challenge hopefuls a better chance of winning up to $5 million in prizes annually. They also hope to attract a more diverse range of ideas."

  • List of Email Clients Available in Ubuntu Linux (Aug 28, 2008, 20:31)
    Ubuntu Geek: "An e-mail client, aka Mail User Agent (MUA), aka e-mail reader is a frontend computer program used to manage e-mail."

  • Intel Acquires Mobile OSS Firm OpenedHand--Advances Moblin (Aug 28, 2008, 20:01)
    OStatic: "Intel is pushing forward with its Moblin mobile Internet and Linux project, focused on mobile and automotive Internet devices based on Atom processors."

  • Video: Common Mistakes to Avoid When You�re Installing Linux Software (Aug 28, 2008, 19:31)
    TechRepublic: "Linux neophytes can still stumble over common tasks, like installing new software. In this IT Dojo video, I discuss common mistakes people make when they're trying to add new Linux software."

  • Viewing the Night Sky with Linux, Part I: KStars (Aug 28, 2008, 19:01)
    LinuxPlanet: "Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder about it? Your Linux desktop has lots of astronomy programs that can help you explore the night sky. This article will start with the one that's easiest to use: KStars."

  • This is the Year of the Linux Desktop Breakout (Aug 28, 2008, 18:31)
    Zemlin's Blog: "Declaring victory for the Linux desktop at the end of the day will based upon looking at market penetration of Linux based clients vs. Windows and other operating systems. I believe this is still the best measure but we may finally be able to declare this year the breakout of the Linux desktop."

  • Mesa releases version 7.1 (Aug 28, 2008, 18:01)
    Volatile Int: "On the 26th of August, Mesa released the 7.1 version of their open-source implementation of the OpenGL library. This is a development release, and warns that users focused on stability should go for the 7.0.4 release instead (or wait for 7.2)."

  • Cisco's Buyout of PostPath: It Ain't About Microsoft (Aug 28, 2008, 17:31)
    The VAR Guy: "Cisco's $215 million acquisition of PostPath, for instance, speaks volumes about where John Chambers is taking the networking giant. Some folks say it's a direct attack against Microsoft Exchange."

  • Quebec Government Sued for Buying Microsoft Software (Aug 28, 2008, 17:01)
    Yahoo News: "Quebec's open-source software association is suing the provincial government, saying it is giving preferential treatment to Microsoft Corp. by buying the company's products rather than using free alternatives."

  • What The Veoh Decision Means For YouTube And Others (Aug 28, 2008, 16:31)
    Tech Crunch: "In a nutshell, here's what we learned today: If you take reasonable precautions against copyrighted materials on your service, you may be ok."

  • Open Source is Dead, Long Live Open Source (Aug 28, 2008, 16:01)
    451 CAOS Theory: "A couple of articles have been published recently that point to a growing realisation/admission about the role that open source will play in the future of enterprise software."

  • Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts (Aug 28, 2008, 15:31)
    Computerworld UK: "On it was a differentiation between proprietary software; free software and open source software. Naturally I asked the presenter for clarification of the terms as I was a little confused. He was unable to clarify..."

  • Password Stealing Worm Catches NASA Napping: Houston, we have a virus. (Aug 28, 2008, 15:25)
    Internet News: "You'd think the United States' space agency, which conducts highly sensitive research and has had its servers hacked before would be extremely thorough about computer security, but that does not appear to be the case. A worm that steals online gamers' user names and passwords has been running rampant on laptops on the International Space Station (ISS)."

  • How Windows Vista is Turning People to Linux (Aug 28, 2008, 15:01)
    IT Wire: "One reason for this is, with equal certainty, the mess that is Windows Vista. Here's how it's actively driving new interest in Linux."

  • Brazil: An Emerging Market Faces Challenges (Aug 28, 2008, 14:31)
    CNet: "... some estimates show as many as 18 or 19 out of every 20 machines sold with Linux ultimately are converted to some form of Windows."

  • A Real Space Oddity Arrives at PC Pro (Aug 28, 2008, 14:01)
    PC Pro: "You may remember that, some time ago, I blogged about an interesting little computer curio called the Space Cube. Quite simply, it’s one of the smallest PCs in the world, with each side measuring around 2 inches square."

  • The Problem With Open-source Revenue Models (Aug 28, 2008, 13:31)
    The Open Road: "Open-source vendors start making money from their customer base precisely at the point that the customer base is least likely to renew."

  • New Low-Cost Ubuntu Linux-Equipped Dell PCs and Laptops Arriving (Aug 28, 2008, 13:01)
    Practical Technology: "While we’re still waiting for Dell to roll-out its Inspiron 910 mini-notebook, Dell had just announced, on August 27th, that it is now selling two more desktops and two more laptops that will come pre-installed with Ubuntu 8.04."

  • ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Review (Aug 28, 2008, 12:31)
    Phoronix: "In this article we are providing our first look at the Eee PC 901 along with a few bits of information and sharing some of our plans for the Eee Linux testing in the near future."

  • Cisco Buys PostPath, Targets Microsoft Exchange (Aug 28, 2008, 12:01) "PostPath is best known as a drop-in replacement for Microsoft Exchange. Unlike other would-be Exchange competitors Scalix and Lotus Domino/Notes, which use a Outlook-compatible Mail Application Programming Interface (MAPI) on the client PC, PostPath actually reverse-engineered Microsoft's MAPI and Active Directory (AD) protocols. This means that, from the network and Windows PC's viewpoint, PostPath actually appears to be an Exchange server."

  • Linux Security Idiots (Aug 28, 2008, 11:31)
    Computerworld: "There are some Linux system administrators out there who should be glad, very glad, they don't work for me because I'd be firing them today."

  • Three Ways That Open Source Could Benefit from Business 101 (Aug 28, 2008, 10:31)
    OStatic: ""...Open source does not need consolidation. Open source needs product managers." Product managers, of course, drive improvements in commercial and proprietary software products, and listen carefully to what businesses need."

  • Really Big Things (Aug 28, 2008, 09:01)
    Linux Magazine: "How does one manage really big clusters? Perhaps nature can give us a clue."

  • Unix and Linux Online Language Translation Script (Aug 28, 2008, 07:31)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie:"This week's start-off Linux/Unix bash shell script is a follow up to our previous online dictionary shell script and Thesaurus shell script. I was thinking of doing the online Encyclopedia today, but, for some reason, I got sidetracked on The BabelFish Language Translation Site."

  • Acetoneiso2 - A Full Feature Rich Image/ISO Tool For openSUSE (Aug 28, 2008, 06:01)
    SUSE & openSUSE: "AcetoneISO2 will let You mount typical proprietary images formats of the Windows world such as ISO BIN NRG MDF IMG and is more than a simple ISO mount software."

  • VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB (Aug 28, 2008, 04:31)
    Phoronix: "With our initial CrossFire for Linux article we had delivered benchmarks from the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870, now though we are delivering the first Radeon HD 4870 X2 benchmarks under Ubuntu Linux."

  • Perl Script To Reverse HTML With BDO on Linux and Unix (Aug 28, 2008, 03:01)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: " I realize that my view is biased heavily by living on American soil, but I can't remember, for the life of me, the last time I came across a Hebrew web page. And by Hebrew, I mean the whole reading from right to left thing. I probably wouldn't even understand it if I recognized it when I saw it ;) It did remind me however, that HTML 4.0 introduced a tag to deal with just that sort of translation."

  • Linux Portal Reimbursed User for MS Windows License from Lenovo (Aug 28, 2008, 01:31) "Lenovo ČR required a non-disclosure agreement to be signed that would cover the entire negotiations with the company and its results for the compensation to be effected."

  • 10 Things You Should Know About Networking Two Buildings (Aug 28, 2008, 00:31)
    TechRepublic: "#1: Wireless may not be the best solution...."