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Linux News for Jan 30, 2009

  • Installing PowerDNS (With MySQL Backend) And Poweradmin On Ubuntu 8.10 (2009-01-30 23:33:24)
    HowtoForge: "This article shows how you can install the PowerDNS nameserver (with MySQL backend) and the Poweradmin control panel for PowerDNS on an Ubuntu 8.10 system. PowerDNS is a high-performance, authoritative-only nameserver - in the setup described here it will read the DNS records from a MySQL database (similar to MyDNS), although other backends such as PostgreSQL are supported as well. Poweradmin is a web-based control panel for PowerDNS."

  • Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux (2009-01-30 23:03:24)
    eWeek: "The updates to the free Solaris-based OS shows that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by Unix."

  • OpenChange, KDE bring Exchange compatibility to Linux (2009-01-30 22:33:24)
    Network World: ""We're working with the Microsoft Exchange protocols and work it mostly does," Hards said. "Mail is easy the stuff, what is hard is the address book, calendar, free-busy lists, and notes. These are a big deal in the enterprise.""

  • Displaying Weather on the Desktop with ConkyForecast (2009-01-30 22:03:24)
    Linutop Mag: "But besides the usual stuff like RAM usage, processor load, and wireless signal strength, you can use Conky to display something more interesting like the current weather conditions and a four-day forecast complete with snazzy weather icons."

  • All About Swap Part 1: Introduction (2009-01-30 21:33:24)
    Idea Excursion: "On the most basic level, swap acts as storage space auxiliary to system memory. Fortunately for developers, modern systems need not know or care about swap."

  • AccessApps: The Braveheart Of Computing (2009-01-30 21:03:24)
    Raiden's Realm: "All muddy-faced and wild-haired, Aussie Mel growls in his best faux-Scots accent: "They may take our lives, but they'll never take our FREEDOM!""

  • OLPC XO-2 to be open source hardware (2009-01-30 20:33:24)
    Heise Online: "According to a report from the Guardian, the next version of the OLPC (XO-2) will be open source hardware."

  • A glimmer of hope from whitehouse.gov (2009-01-30 20:03:24)
    Free Software Magazine: "The new US presidential website shows some promise that indeed, we now have a US president who isn’t afraid of the future."

  • Pandora open-source handheld console inching closer to debut (2009-01-30 19:33:24)
    ars Technica: "The long-awaited Pandora open-source handheld has inched one step closer to completion, as the OpenPandora team has put on display the nearly finalized case design. We review what we know about Pandora to date, and what the project is hoping to accomplish."

  • Even Microsoft's anti-Linux message isn't this bad (2009-01-30 19:03:24)
    The Open Road: "This anti-Linux Microsoft "ad" hit the Web a few weeks ago, but I just came across it last night and thought it was funny."

  • Off-line GMail: one more step to the Google desktop (2009-01-30 18:47:24)
    Cyber cynic: "No, no, Google isn't getting ready to release a full desktop with office suite. Not them. Yeah. Right."

  • Fonality CEO Discusses Digium Rivalry, Asterisk And Open Source (2009-01-30 18:33:24)
    The VAR Guy: "The big picture: Is Fonality really an open source company?"

  • Unix and Linux Humor - Inspirational Posters (2009-01-30 18:03:24)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "After this week, we probably all need a laugh (I'm being presumptuous in assuming your week was at least 51% miserable, too)"

  • IT Management Slideshow: 10 Areas Where Open Source is Open for Business (2009-01-30 17:33:24)
    CIO Insight: "The recession is helping to drive home the fact that open source is enterprise-ready in a lot of areas. Flexible pricing and mature products make the once-exotic software ready for prime time."

  • How can companies that rely on technology consistently not pay for it? (2009-01-30 17:03:24)
    Linux Journal: "...how can companies, that rely on technology to make money, continue to fail to spend the money necessary to keep that technology not only functional, but recoverable."

  • 26 Open Source Security Apps with Commercial Support (2009-01-30 16:33:24)
    Datamation: "A little over a year ago, we took a look at 10 Commercial Open Source Security Vendors. As we set out to update that list, two facts jumped out: 1) the number of open source security apps with commercial support has grown substantially and 2) the line between open source and commercial applications continues to blur."

  • Easy image resizing and rotating in Ubuntu (2009-01-30 16:03:00)
    IT Wire: "Easy, quick and simple image resizing and rotating is important to many people. When using Windows, you're able to download and install the Image Resizer "PowerToy". You can then manipulate images directly from Windows Explorer. But how do you do the same task in Ubuntu?"

  • Linux Is In Business and Business Is Good (2009-01-30 15:33:24)
    Blog of Helios: "Not every business makes a high-profile public announcement like Ernie Ball did early in the century. Most businesses don't migrate in one fell swoop...their adaptation of Linux and Open Source is subtle and measured."

  • When Hackers Are Funny (2009-01-30 15:03:24)
    Datamation: "Zombies ahead . . . the end is near . . . run for cold climates!"

  • Cray and atsec Achieve CC Security Certification of Cray Linux Environment (2009-01-30 14:33:24)
    CNN Money: "Cray Inc. and atsec information security announced today that the Cray Linux Environment (CLE) has been certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership's (NIAP) Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme as conformant to EAL3+"

  • Canonical's $30 Million and Redmond's Gathering Storm (2009-01-30 14:03:24)
    TechNewsWorld: ""Microsoft has been "completely overvalued for a long time because their main asset is customer relationships, but it's a scary and abusive relationship and everyone who knows there's something better out there would like desperately to leave..."

  • S&P Endorses Linux, Raising Red Hat (2009-01-30 13:33:24)
    24/7 Wall St.: "You do not see too many upgrades in corporate credit ratings during this part of the business cycle, let alone in technology and software. But Red Hat, Inc. was just raised by Standard & Poor's ratings today on the corporate credit side. You might even wonder if S&P is almost endorsing Linux after all these years after you look through the notes"

  • Thin clients now as flexible as PCs, claims Igel (2009-01-30 13:03:24)
    Network World: "Yeo said that Linux-based clients, used as "desktop appliances", are by far the majority of Igel's shipments, with Linux being particularly popular in its home market of Germany."

  • OpenOffice.org - The Fun Has Gone? (2009-01-30 11:33:24)
    Heise Online: ""When the anthropologists look back on the 1980s and 1990s and do the archaeological digs, and get their calipers and brooms and microscopes out, they will blame the massive reduction in productivity during the 1980s and 1990s entirely on Microsoft Office.""

  • KDE 4.2: I'm tired of Pundits, Here's MY Take (2009-01-30 10:03:24)
    Random Technical Outbursts: "I've been using KDE since around the time version 2 came out, and while KDE 4.2 is not perfection, it is better than the 3.5 series, and as of right now 4.2 is easily my favorite Linux desktop... and this rant will address some complaints I've seen and to dissect which complaints are warranted and which are not."

  • Old School Keyboard Control and HTML Character Entities On Linux And Unix (2009-01-30 08:33:24)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Basically, what we want to do in this part of today's post is prevent folks with physical access to our Linux machines from rebooting them by hitting the control-alt-delete keys. Most people just disable this behaviour in /etc/inittab and use echo to issue a stern warning. I like to take it a bit too far ;)"

  • Convert DVDs to xvid (avi) using dvd2xvid in opensuse (2009-01-30 07:03:24)
    SUSE & openSUSE: "Dvd2Xvid is free opensource simple easy to use utility to convert DVDs into Xvid video formats. dvd2xvid is a simple GUI for MEncoder aimed at converting DVDs to xvid formats."

  • EnterpriseDB and Sun Reaping Benefits from Open Source Databases (2009-01-30 05:33:24)
    OStatic: "In Sun's case, some of the folks who questioned whether $1 billion was too much to pay for MySQL should take a second look."

  • JBoss Portals and AJAX - Part 1 (2009-01-30 04:33:24)
    Packt: "In this article by Ramanujam Rao, we will see that how AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), as the rich user interface design is commonly called, has gained wide acceptability in traditional web applications, and portals are no exception to this."

  • JBoss Portals and AJAX - Part 2 (2009-01-30 04:03:24)
    Packt: "Special tags are added to layout JSPs that facilitate the placement of AJAX features on a page. Similarly, renderers are used to interpret the tags and to render AJAX-driven content. The obvious advantage is the in-built support for the auto-creation and control of AJAX components on portal pages."

  • AMD Catalyst 9.1 Brings OpenGL 3.0 (2009-01-30 03:03:24)
    Phoronix: "...what's there to get excited about in Catalyst 9.1? Well, first and foremost there is improved Composite support during video playback, Hybrid CrossFire support, and a number of fixes. Oh, and there's also OpenGL 3.0 support!"

  • How To: Build A Read-Only Linux System (2009-01-30 01:33:24)
    Logic Supply: "From time to time, we receive questions from customers looking to make their Linux platforms read-only in order to maximize the longevity of their flash devices. I thought I'd take the opportunity to create a blog post describing one way to do this."

  • Migrating Away From Windows: It All Starts With Linux (2009-01-30 00:03:24)
    Linux Today Blog: "I have friends who go nuts at the ice cream shop when they don't get enough colored sprinkles, but when it comes to computers they go all shy and stupid. "Awww, I don't mind wasting tons of time and money on this junk, it's just the way it is." The tech industry needs a whole lot more customer spunk and consumer rights advocacy."