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Linux News for Jun 30, 2009

  • Hulu locks out PS3 Users, Others to follow? (Jun 30, 2009, 23:32)
    Practical Technology: "Hulu says that it’s “free online video service that offers hit TV shows including Family Guy, 30 Rock, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, etc.” Unless, though, you own a Sony PlayStation 3. If that’s you, you’re out of luck."

  • Is There a Perfect Linux Filesystem? (Jun 30, 2009, 23:02)
    Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "Everything on a Unix or Linux filesystem is a file: Directories, processes, links, programs, and device references. All files. But, is there a perfect filesystem?"

  • At last ... a fox that's at least as fast as Chrome (Jun 30, 2009, 22:32)
    Steaming Open Cup: "I just downloaded the latest Firefox 3.5 release candidate and well, although it's not yet the final product, I should say I'm extremely satisfied with what they've accomplished so far."

  • Pianoteq3 For Linux: A Product Review (Jun 30, 2009, 22:02)
    Linux Journal: "On the 15th of May 2009 the Modartt company announced the release of version 3.0.3 of their award-winning Pianoteq, a professional-quality digital keyboard instrument created by an audio synthesis method known as physical modeling."

  • Apple Will Never Replace Darwin With Linux (Jun 30, 2009, 21:32)
    Kuro5hin: "In fact, Apple's use of BSD code is so minute that it amounts to being a charity project that allows Apple a way of keeping FreeBSD solvent."

  • Scanning your LAN for conficker using nmap (Jun 30, 2009, 21:02)
    FOSS Boss: "In this article we'll be using the awesome open-source nmap network scanning engine. In this example I will be preforming my scan from a Linux box. However you can use other OSs."

  • The New MySQL Server Release Model (Jun 30, 2009, 20:32)
    MySQL: "When I joined MySQL back in June of 2005, one of the first “MySQL Truths” I learned and repeated often when discussing MySQL with others was “release early, release often.”"

  • Firefox 3.5: Back on top... for now (Jun 30, 2009, 20:02)
    Cyber Cynic: "Sorry Opera; too bad about what happened to you, Netscape; and Internet Explorer, please, don't make me laugh. The best Web browser on the planet is Firefox 3.5... for now."

  • Red Hat's Good Quarter: What's the Problem? (Jun 30, 2009, 19:32)
    Serverwatch: "The enterprise Linux maker revealed some stonkingly good quarterly figures last week, laughing in the face of the global downturn and making the Linux vendor that relies on Microsoft's trust fund money (Novell, in other words) look like a right old Charlie."

  • DoJ to Oracle/Sun: Not so Fast, Pardners (Jun 30, 2009, 19:02)
    InternetNews: "The federal government has denied Oracle's request for a speedy approval of its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems, requesting more time to give the purchase scrutiny before passing it on to the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission for approval."

  • Ohio Linux Fest [September 25-26] � Back to the Future of Linux! (Jun 30, 2009, 18:32)
    LXer: "Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Linux community continues its forward march and is gaining momentum every year. Each year brings a new group of speakers and generates more excitement—2009 will be no exception! The seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest will be on September 25-26, 2009 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in downtown Columbus, Ohio."

  • SourceForge delivers 4 billionth open source download (Jun 30, 2009, 18:02)
    Netstat -vat: ", the big open source app/code repository has hit a major milestone: 4 billion downloads."

  • Data Filtering with PHP (Jun 30, 2009, 17:32)
    Webreference: "One of the reasons why data validation is not mentioned in these tutorials and books is because validating user input is too 'complicated' for beginners and won't comply with the notion that PHP is supposed to be 'easy' to program with. In reality, it only takes a few simple steps to validate user input."

  • Linux as Messenger of Freedom (Jun 30, 2009, 17:02) "The question came from one Oscar Slone, who wrote: "Curiosity has gotten the better of me, so here comes my question: as an OS is Linux well protected from censorship attacks or cyberwar? There's been a lot of news lately about both those activities.""

  • Securing a Revolution (Jun 30, 2009, 16:32)
    Join The Revolution!: "We believe in the right to protect and secure information between two entities without discrimination of race, origin and financial capabilities."

  • Humorous Linux Posters - Part One (Jun 30, 2009, 16:02)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: " In our ongoing tradition of scouring the web for funny stuff (to make up for actually having to work, which takes away from blog-writing time ;), here's another collection of humor pieces. Posters, actually."

  • The Huge Hidden Cost of Microsoft Software (Jun 30, 2009, 15:32)
    Open Enterprise: "Talking of Microsoft, note too how Microsoft was actually paid for helping to fix the problem it caused. This is truly extraordinary: there can't be another industry where you get rewarded for making mistakes and causing pain and chaos to your customers."

  • The New PCLinuxOS Magazine July 2009 Issue (Jun 30, 2009, 15:02)
    PCLinuxOS: "The New PCLinuxOS Magazine, which comprises volunteers from the PCLinuxOS community is proud to announce the release of it's July 2009 edition. This edition brought forth several decisions from the new crew to bring it forth to a monthly release and the selection of a new Chief Editor, Paul Arnote aka parnote."

  • KDE's Seigo gives sneak peek at version 4.3 (Jun 30, 2009, 14:32)
    TechWorld: "Core KDE developer Aaron Seigo posted a much-anticipated screencast of the upcoming 4.3 release. This snapshot is approaching the final release (due in a month) and comes after more than 2300 bugs (including duplicates) were closed."

  • Building a Linux App Store: Can You Help? (Jun 30, 2009, 14:02)
    Datamation: "Yet despite these successes, the single sticking point I find myself arguing with people over the most is the idea that existing methods of software installation are ideal."

  • Linux kernel design patterns - part 2 (Jun 30, 2009, 13:32) "This week we will look at a very different aspect of coding and see why the kernel has special needs, and how those needs have been addressed by successful approaches. The topic under the microscope today is complex data structures."

  • xclip: Command-Line Clipboard (Jun 30, 2009, 13:02)
    Serverwatch: "xclip (available as a package for Debian and Ubuntu) enables you to interact with the X clipboard directly from the command-line — without having to use the mouse to cut and paste."

  • tridge offers a new patch to Linux's VFAT filesystem (Jun 30, 2009, 12:32)
    Groklaw: "tridge has done it again, offering a patch to Linux's VFAT filesystem that retains support for long names, while carefully avoiding ever having both a long and a short name for the same file."

  • Weekly Ten: Kernel Newbs, Palm Pre Million Downloads, Top 10 Fascinating And Notable Lobotomies (Jun 30, 2009, 12:02)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "Palm Pre App Catalog Hits 1 Million Downloads-- The Palm Pre, the world's first webOS device, went on sale in the United States on June 6. "

  • Discouraging FOSS (Jun 30, 2009, 10:32)
    An Alien's Viewpoint: "In other words, the only hope for Microsoft to contain Linux is to remove the desire for people to continue contributing to it. If you were Microsoft how would you attempt to accomplish that?"

  • Fedora: A Hat with a History (Jun 30, 2009, 09:02)
    Raiden's Realm: "To start with the very deepest roots, we need to look to the kernel that makes Fedora what it is: The Linux Kernel. That was first introduced in 1991 by a then college student named Linus Torvalds."

  • Names Pipes... or how to get two separate applications to interact (Jun 30, 2009, 07:32)
    Technology Floss: "Then I wondered that it would be good if I were able to connect to some hosts through SSH and run some commands on those hosts and save the output of those commands as part of the information of the first host. Like an information gatherer of sorts."

  • Low End Linux Netbook Prices Continue To Drop (Jun 30, 2009, 06:02)
    O'Reilly Broadcast: "I also pointed out that the price for the Belco Alpha 400 had dropped to $149 last December and January. That is now the regular price for the lowest of low end Linux netbooks at Last week they had a special and the price dropped to $139. Believe it or not that doesn't sound like a bargain right now."

  • 15 years of FreeDOS (Jun 30, 2009, 04:32)
    The H Open: "Originally released on the 28th of June 1994, FreeDOS is now 15 years old. FreeDOS is a free open source DOS (Disk Operating System) clone that was developed by Jim Hall, a former physics student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls."

  • As Dell and Acer Duke it Out, Their Open Source Stances Matter (Jun 30, 2009, 03:02)
    OStatic: "As The New York Times reports, Acer now stands a good chance of surpassing Dell as the number two computer manufacturer."

  • 10 mistakes new Linux administrators make (Jun 30, 2009, 01:32)
    10 Things: "But that nightmare doesn’t have to happen, especially when you know, first hand, the most common mistakes new Linux administrators make. This article will help you avoid those mistakes by laying out the most typical Linux missteps."

  • Too Old To Write Software? Or Just the 'Wrong Era'? (Jun 30, 2009, 00:02)
    Datamation: "“Man, you are crazy if you put your college graduation date on your resume.”"