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Linux News for Dec 30, 2008

  • Tales From The Support Crypt (Dec 30, 2008, 23:32)
    Help Net Security: "Dear Sirs: I am a client of yours. Given that I cannot disinfect my computer's DVD drive, I have enclosed it for you to clean it and send it back to me."

  • Great Linux Innovations Of 2008 (Dec 30, 2008, 22:47)
    Phoronix: "Among the innovations named this year were KDE 4, NetworkManager 0.7, new hardware companies standing behind open-source support, and the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix."

  • Debian, Philosophy, and People (Dec 30, 2008, 22:02)
    Thoughts by Ted: "More blood's been spilled by the militant adherents of prophets of change than by any other group of people down through the history of man."

  • Will 2009 Be Open or Closed? (Dec 30, 2008, 21:17)
    Linux Journal: "Instead, I'd like to discuss a matter that is related to these larger questions, but which focusses on issues particularly germane to Linux Journal: will 2009 be a year in which openness thrives, or one in which closed thinking re-asserts itself?"

  • Gedit Runs on MacOSX (Dec 30, 2008, 20:32)
    Club Silencio: "In its war to dominate the World GTK+ has just won another battle:"

  • Unix And Linux Easter Eggs For The Wrong Holiday (Dec 30, 2008, 19:47)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today, since it's just past Christmas and almost New Year's, I figured this would be a great time to trot out some Linux and/or Unix Easter eggs. Actually, it doesn't make sense at all, but if you can put aside your burnt-in sense of the chronological order of the holidays, these can still be fun ;)"

  • 25C3: Dan Kaminsky Invokes DNSSEC (Dec 30, 2008, 19:02)
    Linux Magazine: "Dan Kaminsky, front man of the DNS attacks band the middle of 2008, has delivered a retrospective at the 25th annual Chaos Communication Congress (25C3) on the background and process of DNS vulnerability. But he also set his sights on the future. And outside-the-box thinker Dan J. Bernstein also had a thing or two to say."

  • How To/Roundup: Installing Widgets on Ubuntu (Dec 30, 2008, 18:17)
    Linux Loop: "Windows Vista has gadgets, Mac OS X has widgets, KDE users have plasmoids, but what if your an Ubuntu user? Don't worry, you have a number of opinions, you just have to install them yourself."

  • AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D Code (Dec 30, 2008, 17:32)
    Phoronix: "It has taken longer than expected for AMD to complete and release this information, but it's now available. AMD has released the fundamental Linux code needed to begin fostering the development of an open-source R600 3D driver. Furthermore, this code also concerns the latest R700 series of graphics processors! The microcode for the newest GPUs has also been released."

  • Windows 7, the KDE 3.5 Wannabe? (Dec 30, 2008, 16:47)
    Internetling: "Aside from the removal of some annoying Vista bells and whistles and the new Peek and Snap window-management enhancements, it is difficult not to notice the resemblance between Microsoft's much-touted revamped Aero and the excellent, now 3-years old, KDE 3.5.x."

  • Windows to Unix With PuTTY and Xming (Dec 30, 2008, 16:03)
    Tip of the Trade: "Using PuTTY (the best Windows SSH client going) and Xming (a free X Window server for Windows) enables you to log in from a Windows box to your Unix box, and then run an X session remotely."

  • Gettin' it Done: a Goldmine of Linux Information at Your Fingertips (Dec 30, 2008, 15:17) "This article will show you an easy way of quickly uncovering a lot of documentation that is sitting right on your system that I will bet you don’t even know that you have."

  • Interclue and the Pitfalls of Going Proprietary (Dec 30, 2008, 14:32) "The Interclue extension is supposed to give you a preview of links in Firefox before you visit them, saving you mouse-clicks and, with a little luck, allowing you to move quickly between multiple links on the same page. Unfortunately, the determination to monetize the add-on and keep its source code closed results in elaborations that make the basic idea less effective, and its constant pleas for donations make Interclue into nagware."

  • Perl PR: There's More Than One Way to do it (Dec 30, 2008, 13:47)
    ZDNet: "The Perl Foundation tried a little PR experiment over the holiday. Good idea, but there’s more than one way to do it. Dave Cross blogged about putting out a press release on Perl 5 development moving to a Git repo. Not a bad idea, but probably not the most effective way to spread the news."

  • We Already Had the Year of the Linux Desktop (Dec 30, 2008, 13:03)
    Cyber Cynic: "I love the illustration for a Linux Haxor story, Obligatory Year-End Positive Linux Predictions. It features Bart Simpson at the school blackboard, which is covered with "Year of the Linux desktop.""

  • How to Use SSH Via HTTP Proxy Using Corkscrew in Ubuntu (Dec 30, 2008, 11:33)
    Ubuntu Geek: "If you want to ssh your vps server or your home computer from your work place (assuming you are using http proxy).You need to use Corkscrew. corkscrew is a simple tool to tunnel TCP connections through an HTTP proxy supporting the CONNECT method."

  • Former Microsoft Shill Openly Confesses, Alleges Microsoft Still Does This (Dec 30, 2008, 10:03)
    Boycott Novell: "It could be argued that Microsoft's unethical Technology Evangelism (TE) practices are "old news"--i.e., that Microsoft stopped using these questionable TE practices long ago. This is very unlikely to be the case, for at least three reasons"

  • pv (Pipe Viewer) - Shell pipeline element to meter data passing through (Dec 30, 2008, 08:33)
    Debian Admin: "pv (Pipe Viewer) can be inserted into any normal pipeline between two processes to give a visual indication of how quickly data is passing through, how long it has taken, how near to completion it is, and an estimate of how long it will be until completion."

  • Sugar Labs Joins the GNOME Foundation (Dec 30, 2008, 07:03)
    OStatic: "Yesterday the GNOME Foundation announced that Sugar Labs is coming onboard as part of GNOME's Advisory Board. Sugar Labs will be represented on the board by executive director Walter Bender."

  • One Laptop Per Hacker Program (Dec 30, 2008, 05:33)
    EeePC: "Emtec has launched a new program called “One Laptop Per Hacker."(named after the "One Laptop Per Child" project) The goal is to build a more robust developer community around the upcoming Gdium netbook platform."

  • WFTL Bytes! for Dec 29, 2008: Bad Economy Is Good, Predictions and Cool Things (Dec 30, 2008, 04:03)
    WFTL Bytes!: "This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, December 29, 2008, with your host, Marcel Gagne. This is episode 41. In today's stories, we get to speculate about the coming year (that would be 2009) for Linux and FOSS, make lists of things we thought were pretty cool (or will be), and look back on where we went wrong, and reflect on just how pointless it is to make predictions."

  • Hands-on Linux: New versions of Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE Push the Envelope (Dec 30, 2008, 02:33)
    Computerworld: "When you're talking Linux, three big names always pop up: Canonical's Ubuntu, Novell's openSUSE and Red Hat's Fedora. Ubuntu has ridden a groundswell of both consumer and commercial support to its current ranking as the most popular Linux distribution."

  • 10 Linux Predictions for 2009 (Dec 30, 2008, 01:03)
    Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "Everyone wants to know what's going to happen in the new year as if anyone can accurately predict these things. However, one can deduce, with reasonable accuracy, that there will be innovations that are designed to get our attention. This is my list of Linux-oriented predictions for 2009."