Linux News for Feb 27, 2009
You Want A Beautiful OS? Try Elive (2009-02-27 23:34:27)
MakeTechEasier: "What do you get when you put a
stable operating system, an innovative desktop manager and plenty
of eye candies together? You get nothing short of a beautiful and
Virtual Private Network and OpenVPN (2009-02-27 23:04:27)
Linuxconfig: "Then, the article will guide you
with step-by-step instructions on how to setup a OpenVPN virtual
private network by using Symmetric Key Encryption and Public Key
Encryption. This article is meant for everybody who possesses a
basic knowledge of linux administration and networking."
Sun Turns Object Storage Over to OpenSolaris (2009-02-27 22:34:27)
Enterprise Storage Forum: ""Development will
continue from the community," said Sun spokesman Alex Plant. "The
source code is available for download on the OpenSolaris project
pages, where you will find other community-led projects for object
storage. With more interest from the community, the QFS Object file
system project will continue, as there are other open efforts
around object storage.""
News Analysis: Microsoft goes after TomTom -- and Linux (2009-02-27 22:04:27)
Computerworld: "But if Microsoft wants a fight
-- oh boy, is the open-source community ready for it. First, it
should be noted that Microsoft is claiming its lawsuit, made public
this week, isn't really about Linux or open source."
Advogato, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Digg, Reddit, Flickr, Linkedin, helpmeee!! (2009-02-27 21:34:16)
Linux Today Blog: "I miss the olden days when I
was cutting-edge...Now I'm a grumpy old fossil who doesn't own a
cell phone or any other portable electronic leashes, and to me this
strange new world of social networking is one gigantic overdose of
Too Much Information."
This isn't "Open Source" (2009-02-27 21:04:27)
Open Enterprise: "The piece is entitle "Open
Sauce", but it ought really be called "Open Source", since its
author, Richard Steel, the CIO of Newham, seems to have such
distaste for the concept that he can't bring himself even to write
the words without sanitising them between the quotation marks."
Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5 Screenshot Tour (2009-02-27 20:34:27)
Softpedia: "The fifth alpha version of the
upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (codename Jaunty Jackalope) was uploaded a few
minutes ago on the official mirrors. As usual, we've downloaded a
copy of it in order to keep you up to date with the latest changes
in the Ubuntu 9.04 development."
More reasons to use Linux: How green is Linux? (2009-02-27 20:04:27)
Handle With Linux: "How green is Linux? In my
previous post 10 things to tell your kids when you ditched windows
for linux One of the comments argued that Linux is no more energy
efficient than Windows. So I did a little research."
Debian 5.0 Continues Strong Linux Tradition (2009-02-27 19:34:27)
eWeek: "The top reason for upgrading from
version 4 may be the relatively short three-year security fix
window, less than the coverage time offered with Ubuntu and Red Hat
Enterprise Linux-derived CentOS."
8 Beautiful Themes For Enlightenment WM (2009-02-27 19:04:27)
LinuxHaxor: "Enlightenment is perhaps the least
known and the oldest Windows manager still being actively
developed. KDE and Gnome (Desktop Environments) made their first
release few years after Enlightenment had its first release way
back in 1996."
There must be a way to use this little guy (2009-02-27 18:34:27)
ZDNet Education: "The little guy to whom I'm
referring is the Marvell Plug Computer. At $100 and the size of a
wall wart AC adapter, the cheapskate in me starts pondering just
how I might use this bad boy in a school."
Celtx jumps a version, releases 2.0 (2009-02-27 18:04:27)
FOSSwire: "After years of perpetual beta (it's
vogue these days), Celtx, the open source media pre-production and
screenwriting application, finally earned its 1.0 status this past
June. So it might seem a little odd that only eight months later,
Celtx is making the jump to 2.0"
Interview: the return of the realtime preemption tree (2009-02-27 17:34:27)
LWN.net: "On February 11, realtime developers
Thomas Gleixner and Ingo Molnar resurfaced with the announcement of
a new realtime preemption tree and a newly reinvigorated
development effort. Your editor asked them if they would be willing
to answer a few questions about this work; their response went well
beyond the call of duty. Read on for a detailed look at where the
realtime preemption tree stands and what's likely to happen in the
Adobe Patches Flash, But Expect More Problems (2009-02-27 17:13:40)
InternetNews: "Adobe's Flash application is
great for creating and watching rich multimedia applications, but
it's one of the applications security researchers fear most because
it is highly vulnerable to hackers. The application has come under
more intensive scrutiny recently after Adobe issued a patch for yet
another vulnerability discovered earlier this week."
Xfce 4.6 Final Released (2009-02-27 17:04:27)
Xfce News: "After more than two years of
development, Xfce 4.6.0 has just been released."
Concurrent boot sequence (2009-02-27 16:34:27)
Debian Administration: "In the quest for the
fastest boot ever (see Booting Debian in 14 seconds), you may want
to consider setting the variable CONCURRENCY=shell in
/etc/default/rcS, recalling from your your theoretical studies that
"Parallel is faster than Sequential.""
Ten Cool Coreutils Commands (2009-02-27 16:17:27)
Command Line Warriors: "While a few commands,
such as 'cd' are built directly into bash; many of the most
important commands come from coreutils, a GNU package containing
over a hundred commands. Some are the well known commands such as
'ls', 'mv' and 'cat'. While there are some more obscure ones that
are not always discovered because there are also more modern
programs that can do similar jobs."
Linux ideal for software appliances, says Novell (2009-02-27 16:04:27)
Techworld: "Linux is well suited as the
platform of choice for the burgeoning software appliance market,
according to Novell executive at the VMworld conference in
LinuxDNA Supercharges Linux with the Intel C/C++ Compiler
Linux Journal: "One might ask: Why compile the
kernel with something besides gcc? The answer: Performance."
Advogato, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Digg, Reddit, Flickr, Linkedin, helpmeee!! (2009-02-27 15:19:55)
I miss the olden days when I was cutting-edge. I was the first kid on my block to get into computers, and then I was the first Linux geek. I was the first to have my own domain name and personal Web site, and I didn't even use blink tags, for I was like hip and too smart. For many years I was the only woman in my little corner of geek-land. Now I'm a grumpy old fossil who doesn't own a cell phone or any other portable electronic leashes, and to me this strange new world of social networking is one gigantic overdose of Too Much Information.
Novell chief: 'Our Linux performance did not meet our expectations' (2009-02-27 15:17:27)
ZDNet: "Novell's fiscal first quarter results
were a mixed bag and Linux invoices fell sharply as the company
failed to sign big deals."
Bridging the gap between companies and communities for OSS (2009-02-27 15:04:27)
ars Technica: "In a presentation at the
Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), GNOME Foundation executive
director Stormy Peters discussed the differences between companies
and communities and how to bridge the gap. This issue is becoming
increasingly important for open source software projects that are
trying to build close ties with corporate adopters and
Five Questions With A.J. Venter - Creator Of Kongoni Linux (2009-02-27 14:34:27)
OpenSource release feed: "Kongoni is a
completely new distribution to Linux, who is behind this and please
give some background on what got you to this place."
PC/OS 2009v2 released (2009-02-27 14:04:27)
PC/OS: "It's the first Linux based distribution
that provides ease of use out of the box. It provides all
multimedia codecs out of the box, an easy to use and simplified
interface. Great compatibility with older hardware to help you
extend your hardware and software investments. Being based on
Ubuntu Linux all software and hardware that is compatible with
Ubuntu is compatible with PC/OS."
Linux dominates in Amazon Kindle competitors (2009-02-27 13:34:27)
APC Magazine: "Linux runs on the first e-book
reader released this year ... and on the second ... and the
MySQL forks: Monty splits from Sun (2009-02-27 13:04:27)
IT Wire: "Sometimes open source projects
"fork." Disagreements over direction cause a splinter group to hive
off and maintain their own separate code base. This is going to
happen with well-known heavyweight FOSS staple, MySQL, after the
original author quit Sun Microsystems earlier this month."
Top alternatives to Microsoft Outlook (2009-02-27 12:04:27)
ZDNet "If you're using a Microsoft Windows
operating system there is also a good chance that you use Office
and Outlook as your email client. But is this really a choice?"
Patent suit tells us why we should shun Mono, Moonlight (2009-02-27 10:34:27)
IT Wire: "Microsoft has shown the world exactly
how friendly it is towards open source by going to court to claim
damages over patents which have been allegedly violated in an
implementation of the Linux kernel. And that's a good reason why
FOSS users should avoid Mono and Moonlight like the plague."
Cisco Goes Deep for Linux and Open Source (2009-02-27 09:04:27)
InternetNews: "Without much fanfare or
self-congratulations, networking giant Cisco Systems has become one
of the top contributors to the Linux kernel and an active
contributor to the broader open source community."
Howto block DDOS attacks on Ubuntu (2009-02-27 07:34:27)
Marc's Linux howtos: "PSAD scan iptables log
file to generate the attack block. The problem is that when you log
ALL packets as shown in other PSAD tutorials, it will slow down
considerably your server if it's busy and generate huge huge log
files (growing at a rate of 1meg per second or more). With simple
iptables rules, we will only log traffic that look suspicious (5
new connection in 5 second for example)."
Getting Started With Firewall Builder (2009-02-27 06:04:27)
HowtoForge: "This guide presents an
introduction to Firewall Builder. Firewall Builder (also known as
fwbuilder) is a GUI firewall configuration and management tool that
supports iptables (netfilter), ipfilter, pf, ipfw, Cisco PIX (FWSM,
ASA) and Cisco routers extended access lists."
Subversion 1.6 Release Candidate is out (2009-02-27 04:34:27)
Submerged: "The Subversion project released the
first publicly available release candidate for the 1.6.0 release on
Friday Feb. 20. You can download the source for this release
candidate from the Subversion project on tigris.org. The release
notes for the 1.6 release are still being assembled but you can
follow the latest state of the document from the project
Could Microsoft be trying to acquire TomTom? (2009-02-27 03:04:27)
Cyber Cynic: "I've been talking to a lot of
smart people about the Microsoft/TomTom lawsuit. One thing we all
pretty much agree on is that this lawsuit doesn't make a lot of
Open source is years behind commercial products, says Socitm president (2009-02-27 01:34:27)
ComputerWeekly: ""I don't like the term 'open
source'. It's misleading what many people mean is 'anything but
Microsoft' few businesses actually use open source directly"
The ABC's of PHP: Introduction to PHP (2009-02-27 00:04:27)
PHPBuilder: "So, what exactly is PHP? Well for
starters, if you're looking to write a web-based game that will
rock the world, PHP is not the language you need. If however you're
serious about writing top class web applications, or highly
interactive web sites, then PHP may just be right up your