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Linux News for Jun 01, 2009

  • Switch to the Command Line, Part 3.1 (Cone) (2009-06-01 23:34:24)
    Relst.nl x2: "This time were going to talk about Cone and Screen. Screen is IMHO the best command line app ever, because you do not have to CTRL+ATL+F* all the time, and if your on SSH you can "detach" screen, and log off while your CLI apps are still runing within screen."

  • A hard look at Adobe (2009-06-01 23:04:24)
    Blog of Helios: "The best thing anyone can do to continue making the Internet more closed, restrictive, and prohibiting is to use Adobe Flash as it exists today."

  • Ubuntu and Moblin Linux to work together (2009-06-01 22:34:24)
    Cyber Cynic: "I knew there was going to be big Linux netbook news coming out of the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, but I didn't know it was going to be this big. Sources at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, tell me that Canonical will be announcing new partnerships with Intel, SanDisk, and RealNetworks."

  • Snort open source IDS turns 10 (2009-06-01 22:04:24)
    Netstat -vat: "Yup the hog is still protecting lots of networks and today Sourcefire --the lead commercial vendor behind Snort) issued a release celebrating Snorts 10th anniversary (technically the anniversary was December but hey...)."

  • Ubuntu Desktop Course 8.04 available (2009-06-01 21:34:24)
    "Fabrizio Balliano: "I haven't seen any news out there so I think it's really useful to make you all know that a new Ubuntu Desktop Course has been released"

  • gOS 3.1 Review (2009-06-01 21:04:24)
    ExtremeTech: "Before I get into this review let me be clear that gOS is not "Google OS." It is not put out by Google so nobody should be confused by its name. gOS stands for "Good OS" though it does contain a lot of links to Google Web apps, Google Gadgets, and the option to add Google Gears is found on its app menu list."

  • Sun Adds Solid State Drive Management to ZFS (2009-06-01 20:34:24)
    EnterpriseStorageForum: "Sun Microsystems has added the solid state drive (SSD) management technology from its popular "Amber Road" data storage systems to the latest release of the open source ZFS file system."

  • Recovering Deleted Files With lsof (2009-06-01 20:04:24)
    Tip of the Trade: "One of the more neat things you can do with the versatile utility lsof is use it to recover a file you've just accidentally deleted."

  • Now ready for testing, Tiny Core V2.0 Release Candidate 4 (2009-06-01 19:34:24)
    tinycorelinux.com: "Now ready for testing Tiny Core V2.0 Release Candidate 4 and introducing MicroCore a 7MB no X environment iso based on Tiny Core"

  • 11 of the Best Free Linux Remote Display Software (2009-06-01 19:04:24)
    LinuxLinks: "Remote Desktop Control displays the screen of another computer (via Internet or local area network) on a local screen. This type of software enables users to use the mouse and keyboard to control the other computer remotely. It means that a user can work on a remote computer as if he or she was sitting directly in front of it, regardless of the distance between the computers."

  • Ca3D-Engine: New version 9.06 released! (2009-06-01 18:34:24)
    DevMaster: "Version 9.06 (June 2009) of the Ca3D-Engine has just been released. The Ca3D-Engine is a modern game engine and game development kit with 3D real-time graphics and multi-player network support for Windows and Linux."

  • Open-source firms win partial victory over Microsoft in Switzerland (2009-06-01 18:04:24)
    The H Open: "The Swiss News Agency (SDA) reported on Thursday, 28 May, that the Swiss Federal Administrative Court had issued an immediately enforceable ruling ("Superprovisorische Verfügung") that stops the award of a large federal government order to Microsoft."

  • Let Tux USB Keys Make Your Foreign Customers Feel at Home (2009-06-01 17:34:24)
    Chao-Kuei's Notes: "Would you rather use a "familiar" windows computer that speaks an incomprehensible language, or would you rather use an amusingly "unfamiliar" computer that has funny penguin icons called "Tux" and that speaks your mother tongue?"

  • Using Firewall Object In Firewall Builder (2009-06-01 17:04:24)
    HowtoForge: "Firewall Builder supports variety of object types, both simple such as address, network, host, or IP, TCP, UDP and ICMP services, as well as more sophisticated such as Firewall, Host, Address table, DNS name, User service. Firewall object is central to the program and is in the focus of this article."

  • How GNU/Linux users can keep Mono at bay (2009-06-01 16:34:24)
    IT Wire: "GNU/Linux users who want to keep Mono off their systems can now use an application that warns them when elements of the open source clone of Microsoft's .NET development environment are being installed."

  • Enabling DRM in the kernel? (2009-06-01 16:04:24)
    LWN.net: "He warned: "So we should expect a certain amount of controversy and people lobbying to resist the acceptance of this patch." The basic problem is that TXT can enable Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems that are largely uncrackable."

  • How To Automate Tasks In KDE (2009-06-01 15:34:24)
    MakeTechEasier: "KDE provides users with the tools to run software automatically using two features: Autostart and Task Scheduler (formerly called KCron). These tasks can be initiated immediately prior to KDE startup, during KDE startup, or scheduled at anytime: daily, hourly, weekly, or even every five minutes."

  • When SCO is dead and buried (2009-06-01 15:04:24)
    Cyber Cynic: "There was a time when SCO was a great company. No. Seriously. SCO Unix was a great Unix for x86 systems, and, for a brief shining moment it looked like SCO would bring together the best things of both Unix and Linux."

  • IBM Entices Sun, HP Customers onto Linux Mainframes (2009-06-01 14:34:24)
    Linux Weekly News: "eWeek looks at IBM's efforts to move customers to Linux mainframes. "With enterprises looking to consolidate their data center infrastructures, some are turning to the mainframe platform, particularly in combination with Linux, he said. According to IBM, almost 2,800 of the 5,000 unique applications available for the System z platform are Linux-based, and Linux accounted for about half of the 1,000 or so new and updated applications created for the IBM mainframe in 2008."

  • Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension (2009-06-01 14:04:24)
    Washington Post: "Apparently, the .NET update automatically installs its own Firefox add-on that is difficult -- if not dangerous -- to remove, once installed."

  • Blender 2.49 Released With Great Changes (2009-06-01 13:34:24)
    Phoronix: "A new release of Blender, the immensely popular open-source 3D modeling software, is now available. This is not the much-anticipated Blender 2.5 release, but instead version 2.49, which brings forth several prominent changes and improvements while the developers continue work on the next major release."

  • Asus and Microsoft Smacking Netbook Linux? And You're Surprised? (2009-06-01 13:04:24)
    Khaotic Musings: "I can't say I share this surprise. At no point did Asus switch sides."

  • Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for the United States (2009-06-01 12:34:24)
    New York Times: "And the race to develop weapons that defend against, or initiate, computer attacks has given rise to thousands of "hacker soldiers" within the Pentagon who can blend the new capabilities into the nation's war planning."
    They mean "crackers", not "hackers", but I guess that's a losing battle-- ed.

  • Phoronix Thread Leads To New Linux Game Ports (2009-06-01 12:04:24)
    Phoronix: "There ended up being an outpouring of interested Linux gamers with more than 1,120 replies! Svartalf shared that "[the] effort that actually did much more than I'd hoped for" and "as it stands, we've got one on contract (stalled though...) and one complete game as a result of this thread.""

  • Audit report on Aus Government's accessibility raises RTF Vs ODF debate (2009-06-01 10:04:24)
    Technology & Business: "Last year, only 25 percent of tabled Parliamentary documents were in the most easily accessible format recommended by the ANAO: HTML. This is down from 45 percent in 2006."

  • Traffic accounting with SNMP and Python on Windows (2009-06-01 06:04:24)
    FOSS Boss: "If you're not on a flat-rate ISP data-plan, and your ISP made you pay extra last month such as myself :) You might be interested in monitoring your home bandwidth."

  • The FOSS Mortgage (2009-06-01 02:04:24)
    Telegraph.co.uk : "There are several packages available, but all of them are pretty buggy and aren't much friendlier than the command line. I can't help but wonder that if they pooled their resources they could create a killer application."