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Linux News for Aug 30, 2008

  • Really Free Linux Takes Hold (Aug 30, 2008, 22:01)
    Computerworld: "But have you ever heard of a community version of the open source operating system displacing one of the popular commercial distributions?"

  • Test Drive Software: Vista, Linux, and Apps (Aug 30, 2008, 20:03)
    Datamation: "When I first heard about test driving Windows and Linux, I was a bit skeptical. A browser-based rendition of a fully working operating system? C'mon. I thought it would crawl – even with my 20Mbit Internet connection."

  • Inside India‚Äôs CAPTCHA Solving Economy (Aug 30, 2008, 19:03)
    ZDNet: "No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-wagedIndia CAPTCHA breakers human CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of "data processing" while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's, I'm already starting to see evidence of consolidation between India's major CAPTCHA solving companies."

  • Interview With Krita Developers (Aug 30, 2008, 18:01)
    Techwriter's Den: "We all have various motivation to work on Krita. For instance, Boudewijn is very interested in "painting", but Casper Boemann joined the team because he needed a 16 bits per channel image editor for a project of a flight simulator he was developing at the time."

  • Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S. (Aug 30, 2008, 17:01)
    New York Times: "The era of the American Internet is ending."

  • Interview With Kris Moore, PC-BSD Lead Developer (Aug 30, 2008, 16:44)
    Distrowatch: "One of them is PC-BSD, a project launched in 2005. Its main goal? To hide the complexity of FreeBSD and to deliver an alternative to Linux on the desktop."

  • Hans Reiser Sentenced to 15-to-Life (Aug 30, 2008, 16:03)
    Wired: "Linux guru and convicted murdered Hans Reiser was handed a prison sentence of 15-to-life Friday, putting a final capstone on a case that began as a murder mystery, and ended with Reiser leading police to a makeshift grave a short distance from where he strangled his wife."

  • HOWTO: Managing Active Directory Users Under Linux With adtool (Aug 30, 2008, 14:01)
    The eternal fight between admins and computers: "Usually people manages Linux boxes using Windows clients but sometimes, someone (like me, for example) needs to manage a Windows server from a Linux host (it could be a normal client or another server which wants to talk to Windows)."

  • ATI R500: Mesa vs. Catalyst Benchmarking (Aug 30, 2008, 12:01)
    Phoronix: "...we've taken this opportunity to see how the open-source Mesa 3D stack compares to AMD's monthly-refined Catalyst Linux Suite with the fglrx driver performs for the Radeon X1000 (R500) series."

  • Mac OS X Shell Scripting Tips For Young And Old (Aug 30, 2008, 08:01)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Mac has been fronting their BSD'ish CLI for quite a while now and, if you can use RedHat, Suse, FreeBSD or any of the other myriad varieties of Linux on the market today, OS X's insides should be easy enough for you to figure out."

  • AXFS, Advanced Execute In Place Filesystem (Aug 30, 2008, 04:01)
    Kernel Trap: ""I'd like to get a first round of review on my AXFS filesystem," began Jared Hulbert, describing his new Advanced XIP File System for Linux. XIP stands for eXecute-In-Place. The new filesystem received quite a bit of positive feedback."

  • Microsoft Breaks IE8 Interoperability Promise (Aug 30, 2008, 02:31)
    The Register: "Microsoft said the right things, then blew it."

  • Things I Didn't Hear from the Democratic Convention (Aug 30, 2008, 01:01)
    GeekPAC: "Here’s a small list:
    Big media and big entertainment’s stranglehold on IP laws and the resultant killing of innovation..."