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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 service provider?"

  • 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 Silver Bullet."

  • 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 pretty icons."

  • 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 your enterprise?"

  • 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 Ubuntu fans."

  • 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 version."

  • Thomson Reuters Takes Virginia to Court over Zotero (2008-10-01 13:05:13)
    OStatic: "A lawsuit over a file format conversion?"

  • 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 itself."

  • 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."
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  • 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 open-source javascript library that Microsoft will be including in 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 bad input."

  • 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."