Linux News for Oct 01, 2008
Networking 101: Who Governs the Internet? (2008-10-01 23:35:13)
LinuxPlanet: "ICANN, IANA, IETF, ISOC, IAB,
IRTF, SRS, NSI, RIR, NSO-- who or what are these, and what do they
have to with what you can do with the Internet? Charlie Schluting
explains the roles of the many organizations and governing bodies
that operate behind the scenes."
The Need to Know: Documentation in Linux (2008-10-01 23:05:13)
IT Pro: "The coder is not always the best
person for the job of documenting a project, if only because, as
Richard Stallman once observed, "writing good English is a rare
skill among programmers"."
Sweden: ODF Made National Standard (2008-10-01 22:35:13)
Metamorphosis: ""Sweden now joins Brazil,
Croatia, Italy, South Korea, and South Africa as countries whose
national standards bodies have formal approved this standard", the
ODF advocacy organisation writes in this week's newsletter."
On-line Applications "Just Work"; Why Worry About the Freedom of the Licence? (2008-10-01 22:05:13)
Free Software Magazine: "Firstly let's talk
about trust. How much do you trust Google or any other online
Untangle Provides Open Source Security On A USB Stick (2008-10-01 21:35:13)
The VAR Guy: "Untangle, which develops open
source security solutions, has a rather interesting pitch for VARs
and small businesses. It involves a simple USB stick known as the
Conflicting Opinions on Windows Mobile: Open Source or Open FUD? (2008-10-01 21:05:13)
The Open Road: "So, which will it be?
Open-source Windows Mobile or proprietary Windows Mobile,
continuing to be sold at an outlandish $8 to $15 per phone for
software that Businessweek's Stephen Wildstrom calls "awkward to
use after a decade of tweaking by Microsoft.""
The State of Kernel Mode-Setting (2008-10-01 20:35:13)
Phoronix: "Earlier this year Fedora 9 was the
first distribution providing kernel-based mode-setting (or KMS for
short)... We had provided a preview of kernel-based mode-setting
that showed how the system display looked when it came to the
flicker-free boot experience, fast and clean VT switching, and the
technical advantages this method provides."
Should Palm Drop Their Linux Plans and Embrace Android? (2008-10-01 20:05:13)
Smartphones and Cell Phones: "The Why Palm
Needs Android article makes the case for three reasons why Palm
should consider the Android OS on future devices rather than
rolling out its own Linux operating system..."
CeBIT Open Source: Linux Magazine and Linux Foundation Announce Call for Projects (2008-10-01 19:35:13)
Linux Magazine: "Open Source is emerging for
the first time as a central theme at the CeBIT 2009 conference.
Linux Magazine, together with the conference organizers and the
Linux Foundation, is now encouraging Open Source projects to bid
for free booths at the conference."
Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid's Theme (2008-10-01 19:05:13)
Phoronix: "Though with the Intrepid artwork
final deadline passing last week, what does the desktop look like
in the Ubuntu 8.10 Beta release due out this week?"
Open Source Software a Booster Shot for Health Care? (2008-10-01 18:35:13)
OStatic: "The Health-e Information Technology
Act of 2008 offers incentives for health care providers to move to
an open, shared platform for health records."
Linux is Making Me Fat and Lazy (2008-10-01 18:11:35)
Because of Linux I hardly have to lift a finger anymore, and because of it my health is suffering. I rarely hop up and down in a fit of temper, I don't have to drive to the store to buy software, and I don't get the aerobic benefits of spending hours on the phone with tech support, breathing hard and accelerating my heartbeat. I rarely make site visits anymore. I don't even leave my chair, because I log in and do fixes and admin chores from home. I even have my remaining tiny herd of Windows users (close relatives only who bribe me handsomely) set up with VNC over SSH, Cygwin/SSH, or rdesktop. I alone have the passwords, mwahaha.
New DoS Attack Is a Killer (2008-10-01 18:05:13)
Snake Bytes: "...the two were asked if they
could take out a data center. While they've never tried, it appears
to be a totally plausible attack. Worse yet, unlike most DoS
attacks, the machines often do not come back online once the attack
is over. The victim system just doesn't respond any more."
Qt but not "on the Q.T.": Nokia Renames Trolltech (2008-10-01 17:35:13)
Linux Magazine: "Nokia's new purchase of
Trolltech has renamed the company Qt Software."
Opinion: iPhone Trumps Android (2008-10-01 17:05:19)
Macworld: "That's why most people use Windows
or Mac OS X as their desktop operating systems, and not Linux.
Linux has only begun to see desktop use after it included the
Show Me the Code (2008-10-01 16:35:13)
Linux Magazine: "I was probably always subtly
aware of the abilities of some free software programmers, so I
should not continue to be amazed by what they can do. But I must
admit they do continue to astonish me."
Ubuntu Server: Canonical's Third Way to the Enterprise (2008-10-01 16:05:13)
Enterprise Networking Planet: "But Canonical,
the company behind Ubuntu, also offers a server version of the
software, and this raises an obvious question: Do you really want
to be running cheap and cheerful server software at the heart of
Does Using GMail Mean You're Stupid? (2008-10-01 15:35:13)
Tech Treasures: "I was surprised by this
response because as the economy worsens, it seems to me the Cloud
is actually a safe haven where you can continue to operate without
worrying about expensive infrastructure investments. On a consumer
level it gives you access to free web-based apps like GMail..."
ODF-- Our Work Here is Done? (2008-10-01 15:05:13)
There Is No End, But Addition: "One view was
that ODF had served its purpose (to get MS formats out into the
open) and should now declare victory before fading away gracefully;
another was that OOXML would surely become the default format of
the OpenOffice.org suite..."
Ubuntu: Not A Small Business Server Replacement (Yet) (2008-10-01 14:35:13)
Works With U: "One market that Ubuntu has yet
to crack is that of the SoHo server. Millions of office workers all
over the world send email via, print through and save documents to
a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server. But is Ubuntu ready to
compete head-on against SBS? The current answer may not thrill
Five Programs You Can Afford in a Financial Meltdown (2008-10-01 14:05:13)
Cyber Cynic: "Like what you ask? Like these
five prime examples of open-source software that's every bit as
good, if not better, than their proprietary equivalents."
Vector Linux SOHO Is Free Again (2008-10-01 13:35:13)
O'Reilly: "We are confident that after trying
the free version you will want to come back and purchase the DELUXE
Thomson Reuters Takes Virginia to Court over Zotero (2008-10-01 13:05:13)
OStatic: "A lawsuit over a file format
A New Event for the Community (2008-10-01 12:35:13)
Linux Developer Network: "So who will benefit
from LinuxCon? A group that, in my opinion, has been a bit
underserved by the "big" conferences: the Linux community
DNS Hijacking, ISP Packet Modification, Morals and Privacy (2008-10-01 12:05:13)
Adam's Tech Talk: "Now personally I think it's
a pretty cheap thing to do, and it's also quite frustrating to
those users that have to suffer this 'feature'. A number of ISPs
use such methods to 'improve' the quality of your service and I
think it's all pretty bad."
The Linux Safety Net: Living Fast and Dangerous (2008-10-01 11:05:13)
Raiden's Realm: "Are we living the fast and
dangerous life in Linux just because it's so bullet proof and safe?
I ask that question because I have honestly found myself in recent
months openly ignoring, not consciously mind you, but
unconsciously, long held safety and security practices whenever I'm
on a Linux or BSD machine."
Linux Foundation's Zemlin Calls NYT Claims About Solaris 'Sensational' (2008-10-01 10:05:13)
IT Wire: "A few days back, the New York Times
online ran what was, for many, a sensational headline about Sun's
Solaris: "Is Sun's Solaris on its deathbed?" While the piece was
not written by its own staff, the fact that what many still
consider to be a newspaper with some credibility ran with such a
story did evoke plenty of reaction."
Microsoft Finally Acknowledges That Open Source is Mainstream (2008-10-01 08:35:13)
The Open Road: "Microsoft just announced the
obvious: open source is an increasingly critical (and common)
component of software today, including proprietary software. The
open-source software in question is jQuery, an excellent
its Visual Studio application development platform."
Seven Habits For Writing Secure PHP Applications (2008-10-01 07:05:13)
IBM Developerworks: "Validating data is the
most important habit you can possibly adopt when it comes to
security. And when it comes to input, it's simple: Don't trust
users. Your users are probably good people, and most are likely to
use your application exactly as you intended. However, whenever
there is chance for input, there is also chance for really, really
Front Page Customization in Moodle (2008-10-01 04:35:13)
Packt: "In this article by Alex Buchner, you
would learn how to customize the front page of your Moodle site.
Before taking an insight into this, let's first take a general
overview of Moodle's look and feel elements."
x2x is a Software Alternative to a KVM Switch (2008-10-01 03:05:13)
Linux.com: "Simply put, x2x takes advantage of
the X Window System's ability to run a display over a TCP/IP
network. In this case, you are not running a display as much as you
are taking charge of another display's mouse and keyboard."
Gmail+Weather+Beauty Right on Your Ubuntu Desktop (2008-10-01 01:35:13)
Quick Tweaks: "Ever wished your desktop was
productive and beautiful at the same time? Ever wished you didn't
have to use Mac4Lin theme to hide the 'ugliness' of Ubuntu's native
appearance? Ever wished you had a desktop that looked as beautiful
as mine? Let's fulfil your wish..."
Keep Tabs on Your Finances With HomeBank (2008-10-01 00:40:33)
Linux.com: ""Where does all my money go?" If
you want to know the exact answer to that question, you need
HomeBank, a personal finance manager that can help you keep track
of your income and expenses with consummate ease."