Linux News for Apr 01, 2009
Google bans tethering app from Android Market (2009-04-01 23:31:49)
Macworld: "A developer is reporting that Google
has banned his tethering application from the Android Market, one
of the first hints that the store may not be as open as Google has
14 Most Popular Text Editors for Linux (2009-04-01 23:01:49)
TuxArena: "Geany is a text editor with basic
IDE capabilities which provides a good alternative to Gedit, the
GNOME editor. It supports highlighting for various scripting and
programming languages, indentation, and it provides enough options
to configure it the way you want. I liked that Geany is well
documented (via the Help menu)."
Arch Linux Dropping i686 support (2009-04-01 22:31:49)
Arch Linux: "Recently the developers have been
discussing the possibility of adding some additional optimizations
to our i686 port to improve multimedia support. This would involve
reducing the compatibility with older systems. As some of you may
have heard (, Google translation ), this discussion has
resulted in the decision to focus exclusively on the x86_64
How To: Unlock Ubuntu's Little April Fools Joke (2009-04-01 22:01:49)
Linux Loop: "When it comes to April Fool's day,
even, or perhaps especially, the Ubuntu developers have a sense of
humor. As a little thank you present to all their users, they've
pushed out a little April Fools prank of their own."
Intel transfers Moblin to the Linux Foundation (2009-04-01 21:31:49)
Netstat -vat: "I've been writing about Intel's
Moblin since 2007. The basic idea is that it's a mobile Linux
distribution as well as a community for mobile Linux developers.
For Intel, it is a key effort as it works hand in hand with their
Atom CPUs. Now after two years of going it on their own, Intel is
transferring the effort to the Linux Foundation."
Wales Shuts Window on Wikia (2009-04-01 21:01:49)
LinuxInsider: "Jimmy Wales, the founder of
Wikipedia, has said he is closing the door on the Wikia Search
project. The search engine allowed users to help decide which pages
come up first with various search terms, much unlike the complex
algorithms used by mainstream engines like Google and Yahoo.
However, its page index was tiny compared to those of its
Multi-core Clip Show (2009-04-01 20:31:49)
Linux Magazine: "I won't mention any names, but
some guy with the initials rgb has such a reputation on the Beowulf
Mailing list. Don't tell Robert Brown I mentioned his initials.
Microsoft targets Linux with server for very small companies (2009-04-01 20:01:49)
The Industry Standard: "Microsoft Corp.
Wednesday announced the 10th member of its Windows Server 2008
family with a new version of the server operating system aimed at
companies with fewer than 15 employees."
The Cost Savings of FOSS: Business Success for the Wrong Reason (2009-04-01 19:31:49)
Datamation: "Obviously, no company is going to
refuse the chance to save money. However, the focus on this
side-benefit is threatening to overshadow the main advantages of
FOSS -- and that's true regardless of whether you take an open
source or a free software perspective. As I wrote last year, such
an emphasis amounts to world domination for the wrong reason."
TomTom - "Settled, But Not Over Yet" says SFLC - Update (2009-04-01 19:01:49)
Groklaw: "Red Hat was not a party to this case.
Even so, without a judicial decision, the settlement does not
demonstrate that the claims of Microsoft were valid."
What Have You Done For Linux Today? (2009-04-01 18:31:49)
Daileymuse: "Over the past week I've been
blogging about the Linux vs Windows debate, or--more
accurately--setting off a firestorm with an article I posted
concerning the migration of Microsoft to Linux."
New security features in Fedora 11 beta (2009-04-01 18:01:49)
TechWorld: "The latest beta of The Fedora
Project's Linux includes new security, desktop and developer
features that offer a glimpse of the direction Red Hat could take
with its enterprise Linux distribution."
Microsoft-TomTom settlement is end of a battle, not the war (2009-04-01 17:31:49)
Computerworld: "In a surprising turn of
developments, GPS navigation device vendor TomTom International BV
has agreed to pay Microsoft Corp. to settle patent-infringement
cases the companies had recently filed against each other."
How to Distro Hop Without Killing Your Productivity (2009-04-01 17:01:49)
ProductiveLinux: "A well known phenomenon here
in the Linux world is "distro-hopping" or installing distribution
after distribution in order to try out the latest and greatest,
find out what's cool, and perhaps even discover the next big thing
or a hidden gem."
CentOS 5.3 Is Here, Based on RHEL 5.3 (2009-04-01 16:31:49)
Softpedia: "The CentOS development team,
through Karanbir Singh, announced last evening (March 31st) the
immediate release of the CentOS 5.3 Linux distribution. Just like
Scientific Linux 5.3, the third maintenance release of CentOS 5 is
based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 operating system."
New GNOME version brings Linux desktops two steps closer to business (2009-04-01 16:01:49)
ZDNet UK: "The GNOME project has released
version 2.26 of its eponymous open source desktop environment for
Linux. It adds support for MAPI to Evolution, the messaging client
in GNOME, allowing it to work with all versions of Microsoft's
Exchange Server. It also adds the ability to open Outlook mailbox
Sun Lays Off 1,500 as IBM Merger Looms (2009-04-01 15:31:49)
Enterprise Storage Forum: "Sun Microsystems is
moving ahead with plans to lay off as much as 18 percent of its
workforce, even as rumors persist that the company could be
acquired by IBM."
One giant step closer to the Google Linux desktop (2009-04-01 15:01:49)
Cyber Cynic: "Google still isn't saying
publicly that they're going to deploy Android as a desktop Linux,
but HP, ASUS, and other major computer makers are apparently in
talks with the company about deploying Android on netbooks."
Upside-Down-Ternet (Classic Prank and Good Wireless Security) (2009-04-01 14:31:49)
Upside-Down-Ternet: "My neighbours are stealing
my wireless internet access. I could encrypt it or alternately I
could have fun."
How PAM works (2009-04-01 14:01:49)
TuxRadar: "Take our guided tour of PAM, join
our science lab and perform our experiments (no bunsen burner
necessary!) and see how PAM gives you fine-grain control over your
Puppy 4.2 ScreenShots (2009-04-01 13:31:49)
Linux Dynasty: "This is the first time I ever
used Puppy Linux and the interface is really impressive. The
install was not as simple as I expected it to be. ( But then again,
the Ubuntu based Distro's have spoiled me, what can i say??? :) ).
Also this is the first time I used JWM ( Joe Window manager )."
Patent filing describes IBM's new offshoring math (2009-04-01 13:01:49)
Computerworld: "IBM last week filed a patent
application for an offshore outsourcing methodology that is
intended to help companies minimize the financial risks associated
with sending work overseas."
April Fools' Jokes (2009-04-01 12:31:49)
OpenOffice.org Ninja: "Say April Fools' with
five OpenOffice.org pranks. Open source has a sense of humor too!
Pick someone who isn't your boss, and it's best not to pick anyone
under pressure such as that of a tight schedule on a big
Which SQL is MySQL? (2009-04-01 12:01:49)
Cyber Cynic: "I can be an idiot some days. As
proof I'll only mention that I thought Sun buying MySQL was a great
move. Boy was I wrong."
Webopedia Term of the Day: 802.11n (2009-04-01 10:31:49)
Webopedia: "An extension to 802.11
specification developed by the IEEE for wireless LAN (WLAN)
technology. 802.11n builds upon previous 802.11 standards by adding
multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)."
Installing VirtualBox 2 On A Debian Lenny Desktop (2009-04-01 09:01:49)
HowtoForge: "This tutorial shows how you can
install Sun xVM VirtualBox 2 on a Debian Lenny desktop. VirtualBox
is available as a package from the official Debian Lenny
repository, but it's very old (version 1.6.6), therefore I explain
how to install the current version (2.1.4 at the time of this
TV-Browser - A Digital TV Guide in openSUSE (2009-04-01 07:31:49)
SUSE & openSUSE: "TV-Browser is a simple
Digital TV Guide that supports more than 500 TV channels and 80
Radio stations. TV-Browser collects TV program information from
different sources on the internet and presents it neatly as a
Digital TV Guide with pictures where there possible"
Troubleshooting the FreeNAS server (2009-04-01 06:01:49)
Packt: "The first place to head whenever you
have a configuration problem with FreeNAS is to the related
configuration section and check that it is configured as expected.
If, having double checked the settings, the problem persists, the
next port of call is the log and information files in the
Diagnostics: section of the web interface."
Will SLES Make Virtualization Ubiquitous? (2009-04-01 04:31:49)
ServerWatch: "In fictional realms, change can
happen in the flip of a page. In marketing campaigns, a similar
paradigm shift is sought. Rarely do events unfold this way in the
real world, however. It's often the subtle changes that go
unnoticed until we realize in hindsight that they were actually
indicative of shifting winds."
Weekly Ten (3-30-2009): Scratching itches, 'stealth' security for iPhone, Android Smartphones (2009-04-01 03:01:49)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Infonetics Research
released a study that projects that the smartphone market will
continue to grow despite an eight percent drop in mobile-phone
sales this year."
EU Losing Patience With Web's 'Wild West' Privacy Practices (2009-04-01 01:31:49)
LinuxInsider: "The data collected on Facebook,
Google and other sites is increasingly being used for commercial
purposes, and current standards aren't enough, the EU's consumer
rights commissioner said."
Conficker: Over 300,000 Domains Blocked, Millions Infected (2009-04-01 00:14:55)
InternetNews: "With just hours to go before the
widespread Conficker worm is expected to activate, researchers say
they're relying on new efforts to help mitigate the risk and detect
the worm itself."