Linux News for Nov 26, 2008
Editor's Note: Much to be Thankful For, a Photo Tour (2008-11-26 23:03:44)
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is tomorrow, and so, like everyone
else is going to do today, I'm going to ponder some of the many
things I have to be thankful for. A picture is worth a thousand
words, so here is a little gallery of cool stuff.
A future so bright Tux needs shades (2008-11-26 22:33:44)
Linux and Open Source: "To hear Linux
Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin tell it, the operating
system war is over and Linux has won."
Fedora 10 proves infrastructure matter (2008-11-26 22:03:44)
Linux.com: "However, infrastructure affects
almost everything you do with your computer, and the more you use
Fedora 10, the more you are likely to conclude that -- one or two
minor problems aside -- this may be the strongest Fedora release
yet, as well as the first glimpse of its future."
The complete Christmas shopper's guide to Linux-based netbooks (2008-11-26 21:33:44)
The Linux Distillery: "Give a gift of a netbook
this year; I will be. These ultra-light computing devices are
versatile, affordable and appealing. But which one to buy? Should
you pay more for a laptop? What are the pros and cons between
different models? Never fear, here's how to work your way through
the morass and buy with confidence!"
Dimdim out of Beta on December 3rd (2008-11-26 20:33:44)
Netstat -vat:"Dimdim first demoed their
software a year ago at DEMO - and their "Eagle" release came out in
May of this year. Dimdim has also recently benefited from the
investment of Zimbra founder Satish Dharmaraj."
Analyst: Red Hat "deeply undervalued," Oracle Linux "has failed" (2008-11-26 20:03:44)
The Open Road: "Red Hat has been taking a
beating in the stock market recently, but in a recent research note
leading analyst Mark Murphy of Piper Jaffray thinks this represents
an exceptional opportunity to buy into a "deeply undervalued"
eGroupware Version 1.6 Available (2008-11-26 19:33:44)
Linux Magazine: "The eGroupware project has
released version 1.6 of its web-based software. Amongst the changes
is a completely revamped filemanager which uses PHP stream-wrapping
and WebDAV, and ACL control on files and directories."
Testing the Linux Waters - Live CD vs Dual Boot (2008-11-26 19:03:44)
steaming open cup: "It is understandable that
they would prefer a setup wherein they can continue working in the
environment that they are familiar with and be able to try out
Linux during their spare time. Luckily, these people have a couple
of options: a Live CD or a Dual Boot System."
Xavier School Deploys 600 Ubuntu Linux Desktops (2008-11-26 18:33:44)
WorksWithU: "Xavier is the latest K-12 school
to move Ubuntu Linux to the head of the class. In fact, the school
has deployed more than 600 Ubuntu desktops, according to Pierre
Tagle, Xavier's consulting IT director."
Steve Ballmer Loves Linux (2008-11-26 18:03:44)
Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "He says so many
negative, nasty, and acrid things about Linux that there is only
one possible answer: Steve Ballmer Loves Linux."
Asterisk Founder Talks About Hardest Part of Being Open Source PBX Creator (2008-11-26 17:33:44)
Computerworld: "Imagine an IP voice and unified
communications system that can be integrated into any application
and customised to meet business needs... Well that project is the
Asterisk IP-PBX and it's free to use and you get the source
Apple Slammed for Killing Open-Source iTunes (2008-11-26 17:03:44)
PC Advisor: "The Electronic Frontier Foundation
has criticised Apple's attempt to quash efforts to help the latest
iPods and iPhones work with non-Apple software such as the Linux
TiddlyWiki Derivatives Help You Get Things Done (2008-11-26 16:33:44)
Linux.com: "With TiddlyWiki derivatives, you
can manage tasks, track projects, keep tabs on contacts, and
organize book collections. Like the original TiddlyWiki, each
derivative consists of a single HTML file which you have to
download to your local hard disk. Open the downloaded file in a
browser, and the TiddlyWiki-based tool is ready to go."
Obvious Mistakes Caused Europeana Site Failure (2008-11-26 16:03:44)
PC World: ""Brussels, we have a problem." That
was the message to the paymasters behind Europeana, an Internet
portal designed to pool all of Europe's most treasured cultural
icons, as it tried unsuccessfully to launch last week."
Photo Management on Linux - Part 2 (2008-11-26 15:33:44)
Jamie's Random Musings on Video IM: "When I am
looking for a photo management program, I want one which meets most
or all of the following requirements: - Allows me to store my
photos where I want on the disk."
Interrogating a Linux Machine (2008-11-26 15:03:44)
Linux Journal: "The other day, a client called
upon me to perform a hardware and software inventory on all of the
computers on his network. There weren't that many machines to
inventory, but we needed to gather quite a bit of information about
Three Applications for Making Disc Labels (2008-11-26 14:33:44)
Linux.com: "Making labels for DVDs and their
cases is an often overlooked task. Many discs are lucky to have
some terse information quickly scrawled on them after burning. But
there are some fine open source applications available for creating
labels for CD-ROM and DVD disks and printing jewel case inserts,
including gLabels, kover, and cdlabelgen."
Red Hat's Winning Fedora 10 Linux Arrives (2008-11-26 14:03:44)
Cyber Cynic: "You'll end up making a bloody
mess of yourself with most bleeding-edge programs. Fedora 10,
however, is a true cutting-edge Linux distribution."
Linux Thin Clients: Record Sales In October? (2008-11-26 13:33:44)
The VAR Guy: "Even as the economy went into a
nosedive, Wyse Technology Inc.'s thin client sales continued to
climb higher. In fact, Wyse - which increasingly promotes
Linux-based solutions through channel partners - says the company
generated record revenue in October."
Linux Still Tops in Supercomputers (2008-11-26 13:03:44)
451 CAOS Theory: "When I was a reporter a few
years ago, I began covering the fast rise of Linux to dominance on
the Top500 Supercomputer list. Since the list comes out every six
months, I would end up getting a response like, "Is it that time of
year again already?""
Security Breach Can't Halt Fedora 10's Debut (2008-11-26 12:03:44)
InternetNews: "Despite a security breach
earlier this year, Red Hat is out today with its tenth release of
the Fedora Linux distribution, promising new open source security,
virtualization and appliance-building technologies."
Free Icon-To-Speech: Open-Source Speech for Disabled (2008-11-26 10:33:44)
OLPC News: "Cynthia, the daughter of my friend
Sue, has cerebral palsy and uses a small touchscreen with picture
icons to speak. Sue explained that this is a costly piece of
equipment at $6,000, with a $400 fee when it needs service -
expenses that many middle-class families with special needs
children in even the developed world cannot afford."
Reducing IT Costs with Linux (2008-11-26 09:03:44)
Datamation: "With all of the talk these days
about the desktop Linux taking on Windows in the enterprise sector,
have you ever considered that with some simple compromises, using
Linux desktops running different thin clients can work very well
within the confines of what most businesses need?"
Hardening the Linux Desktop (2008-11-26 07:33:44)
IBM Developerworks: "This tutorial takes you
through the steps of installing and configuring antivirus software,
creating a backup-restore plan, and making practical use of a
firewall. When you finish, you'll have the knowledge and tools you
need to harden your Linux desktop against most attacks and prevent
illegitimate access to your computer."
2008 State Of The Penguin Report - Part 1 (2008-11-26 06:03:44)
Blog of Helios: "Blog of helios is happy to
publish their findings after over 1000 separate Linux installs.
This will be the first part of a three part weekly series. We hope
there is something for all of us to learn within."
A Tale of Two Forks (2008-11-26 04:33:44)
Linux Today Blog: "While I was writing last
Friday's editor's note, "Linux Should Copy Amiga", I kept thinking
what a different story it would have been if Amiga had been
released under a Free Software license. I'm sure I'm not the only
one with that thought..."
GCC hacks in the Linux kernel (2008-11-26 03:03:44)
IBM Developerworks: "GCC and Linux are a great
pair. Although they are independent pieces of software, Linux is
totally dependent on GCC to enable it on new architectures. Linux
further exploits features in GCC, called extensions, for greater
functionality and optimization. This article explores many of these
important extensions and shows you how they're used within the
Accessing Your MySQL Database from the Web with PHP (2008-11-26 01:33:44)
WebReference: "In this chapter, we explain how
to access the Book-O-Rama database from the Web using PHP. You
learn how to read from and write to the database and how to filter
potentially troublesome input data."
Flash Alternative: Processing Version 1.0 (2008-11-26 00:03:44)
Linux Magazine: "This past weekend has produced
a version 1.0 of Processing, a Flash alternative product that runs