Linux News for Jul 01, 2009
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 beta released - including KVM (2009-07-01 23:32:53)
Netstat -vat: "Red Hat today officially
announced the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4
(RHEL), which in my view is a lot more than a typical point
release. Sure we're all waiting for the big RHEL 6 release, but
there are some major changes in RHEL 5.4."
Lightweight But Powerful Image Editing Application: mtPaint (2009-07-01 23:02:53)
Webupd8: "GIMP, despite it's interface, is the
best open-source image editor. But often all you want to do is
simply resize a picture or a similar minor task and for that you
could use an application such as mtPaint which has a lot of great
features such as:"
Amarok 2.1: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (2009-07-01 22:32:53)
IT News Today: "However, the more I used Amarok
2 the more I started to enjoy it. Now, I actually find myself
preferring it to Amarok 1.4.x and it’s all I use for my music
for my music these days."
Kubuntu 9.04 Review (2009-07-01 22:02:53)
Desktop Linux Reviews: "So, with that said, I
thought it would be fun to take a look at Kubuntu 9.04. I reviewed
its Gnome counterpart on ET a while back and it’s fitting
that Kubuntu be one of the first distributions reviewed here on
Asking a Yes/No Question from a Bash Script (2009-07-01 21:32:53)
Linux Journal: "In order to avoid this common
mistake I often have my shell scripts prompt me for a yes or no
answer before they proceed. The function described here is for
doing that: asking a question and validating the answer."
Asus: If you Want Linux On Your Eee, Go To Toys R Us! (2009-07-01 21:02:53)
eWeek: "If you want Linux on an Eee, you'll
have to go to Toys R Us, Asus tells eWEEK Europe"
London Stock Exchange reportedly to dump £40m platform (2009-07-01 20:32:53)
Computerworld UK: "The London Stock Exchange
may dump its £40 million electronic share trading platform
TradElect and cull IT staff, as the new chief executive reviews
Worst. Tech. Commercial. Ever? (2009-07-01 20:02:53)
Technologizer: "I'm still having trouble
keeping solid food down after having been exposed to the Internet
Explorer 8 ad that involves a woman projectile-vomiting after
accidentally seeing a site her husband had been viewing. But I'm
moving on from being appalled to trying to answer an important
question: Is it the single worst commercial for a technology
Help Me Go Mano a Mano with Microsoft (2009-07-01 19:32:53)
Linux Journal: "Next week, I'm taking part in a
debate with a Microsoft representative about the passage of the
OOXML file format through the ISO process last year. Since said
Microsoftie can draw on the not inconsiderable resources of his
organisation to provide him with a little back-up, I thought I'd
try to even the odds by putting out a call for help to the
unmatched resource that is the Linux Journal community."
Krusader 2.0 Review - First Stable KDE4 Release (2009-07-01 19:02:53)
TuxArena: "Krusader is a twin-panel file
manager for KDE which has been around for around seven years and
was always a good alternative to Konqueror since KDE3 days. Its
interface resembles the one of the popular file manager Midnight
Commander for the console"
Ubuntu heads to the clouds (2009-07-01 18:32:53)
Cyber Cynic: "On July 1, Canonical, the company
behind Ubuntu in partnership with Eucalyptus Systems, an
open-source cloud infrastructure firm, will be launching Ubuntu
Enterprise Cloud Services."
Warning to all copyright enforcers: Three strikes and you're out (2009-07-01 18:02:53)
Guardian: "I think we should permanently cut
off the internet access of any company that sends out three
erroneous copyright notices. Three strikes and you're out,
PCLinuxOS Quarterly ISO updates available. (2009-07-01 17:32:53)
PCLinuxOS: "There has been an explosion of
activity going on over here at PCLinuxOS. The quarterly ISO updates
for PCLinuxOS 2009.2 and PCLinuxOS Gnome 2009.2 are now available
featuring a fully updated iso with the latest applications from the
Encrypt data in Linux/Unix (2009-07-01 17:02:53)
Unixmen: "Do you have files on your computer
that you wouldn't want your spouse to read, or perhaps your main
competitor. Chances are if you use your computer for work or
general usage the answer is yes. Also what happens if you want to
send a file to someone, or let them download it from you, but you
only have access to the coded file."
Good Linux Users Don�t Talk About Microsoft
PCMech: "It's as if a Linux user can't possibly
say anything about the operating system he or she uses without
mentioning Microsoft and/or what most people use for their personal
computing and how it's "wrong/bad/evil", etc. To those zealots, I
say unto thee: Shaddup. You're not helping."
Coarse language ahead-- ed.
VirtualBox 3.0.0 for Linux Brings 3D and OpenGL 2.0 Support (2009-07-01 16:02:53)
Softpedia: "The big and breathtaking news is
that users can now use Direct3D 8 and 9 games or applications!
Moreover, with VirtualBox 3.0.0, support for OpenGL 2.0 (only for
Linux, Solaris and Windows guests) has been implemented."
Using IP Service Object In Firewall Builder (2009-07-01 15:32:53)
Howtoforge: "This article continues the series
of articles on Firewall Builder, a graphical firewall configuration
and management tool that supports many Open Source firewall
platforms as well as Cisco IOS access lists and Cisco ASA
Three Books Every System Administrator Should Read (2009-07-01 15:02:53)
Linux Magazine: "In fact, there are three books
I highly recommend and are mandatory reading for my staff."
Considerations on Patents that Read on Language Infrastructure (2009-07-01 14:32:53)
Software Freedom Law Center: "...the software
freedom community should minimize its use of programming language
infrastructure that comes primarily from anti-software-freedom
companies, notwithstanding FaiF (Free as in Freedom)
implementations. I've been thinking about an extension of that
argument: that language infrastructure created in a community
process is likely more resilient against attacks from proprietary
Linux Foundation pitches Linux for free netbooks from mobile carriers (2009-07-01 14:02:53)
Good Gear Guide: "Mobile carriers may start
giving away netbooks for free, and Linux-based application stores
could help them profit by doing it, the head of a Linux advocacy
group told Chinese companies on Monday."
5 Free and Open Source Web Browsers That You May Have Never Heard Of (2009-07-01 13:32:53)
Tech Source From Bohol: "For a change, why not
try some web browsers that would perhaps cater to a few of your
specific needs and would serve as an alternative to your existing
browser. Why not try some of these Free and Open Source web
browsers that you may have never heard of:"
Changing the World, One Penguin at a Time (2009-07-01 13:12:18)
Ken Starks is a testament to the power of single individual, and to the power of the distributed, community Free/Open Source model. He shows that the most effective advocacy is one-on-one, up close and personal. And that one person can multiply himself by inspiring many others. Does the idea of "advocacy" make you nervous? It does sound a bit scary, doesn't it, like those annoying door-to-door religious people. But it's not that way. If you're interested in helping people learn to speak Linux, here are a few easy, non-scary tips.
3 Firefox Tips You May Not Know About (2009-07-01 12:32:53)
Hungry Hacker: "I discovered five new Firefox
tips today. Maybe these are old hat and you know them already. Or
maybe like me, you had no idea these could be done."
Quick list of things to do after installing Ubuntu (2009-07-01 11:32:53)
Ubuntu Manual: "Ubuntu is the most popoular
GNU/Linux distrbution with millions of active users. Being popular
also means that, there are a lot of newbie users as well. Here is a
quick list of things a newbie Ubuntu user should knew."
Red Hat and Amazon: Time to Certify Cloud Partners (2009-07-01 09:32:53)
The VAR Guy: "This is a sign of things to come
from Red Hat — and another indication of Amazon Web Services'
growing influence over next-generation solutions providers."
Desktop Linux...building the future (2009-07-01 07:32:53)
Blog of Helios: "The next time you read the
obvious Astroturfing articles and comments, just smile...those are
people in some cases being paid to put doubt into your mind. They
are being paid by people that are afraid. They are afraid of who
you are and what you represent. They don't know how to stop
Microsoft reminds us that Windows is f*cking expensive (2009-07-01 06:02:53)
Tech-No-Media: "The boxed edition of Windows
cost as much as a computer."
China Backs Off 'Green Dam' Filter (2009-07-01 05:02:53)
Datamation: "So after months of stern warnings
from the Chinese government, a controversial Internet filter got an
11th-hour reprieve today."
Intro to Python Introspection and Dynamic Programming (2009-07-01 03:02:53)
WDVL: "odern programming languages, including
Python, have tools which facillitate introspection. In the case of
a programming language, introspection is the ability of a program
to examine itself, or even the parent interpreter or compiler."
Is it the beginning of the end for Microsoft and other proprietary efforts? (2009-07-01 01:32:53)
Geek.com: "No longer are companies willing to
pay the price (in money and the intentional depression of
technology) by catering to Microsoft and its proprietary
architectures and related policies and procedures."
Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions (2009-07-01 00:16:57)
LWN.net: "Thus, free applications do not
normally implement "features" which allow their users to do less.
One might think that the consensus against "antifeatures" in free
software is nearly universal, but, as the case of the okular PDF
reader in Debian shows, there are still exceptions."