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  • More on Using Bash's Built-in /dev/tcp File (TCP/IP) (Sep 30, 2009, 23:32)
    Linux Journal: "If you saw yesterday's Tech Tip and were looking for more on using TCP/IP with bash's built-in /dev/tcp device file then read on. Here, we'll both read from, and write to a socket."

  • Marcel Gagn´┐Ż Launches "Orbiting Planet *buntu" Blog (Sep 30, 2009, 22:32)
    Ubuntu User magazine: "Ah, the first post of a new blog. It's opportunity. It's possibilities. It's the chance to create something new and exciting, or to totally fall flat on your face."

  • Organize Firefox Bookmarks In Tabs (Sep 30, 2009, 22:02)
    Ghacks: "Places in Tabs changes this. It is an experimental Firefox add-on that will add the option to launch the bookmark manager in a tab in the Bookmarks menu."

  • Free, Native Linux Plug-ins, and How to Use Them in energyXT for Linux (Sep 30, 2009, 21:32)
    Create Digital Music: "It's simply stunning some of the terrific instrument and effect plug-ins available that are now free and open source – yes, free as in freedom, not just freeware."

  • LinuxCon: the Good, the Bad, and the Nerdy (Sep 30, 2009, 21:02)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "LinuxCon's focus is technical, designed to provide a collaboration and education space for everything Linux. The Linux Foundation organizes many summits and small conferences, but LinuxCon is its first large multi-topic conference."

  • Further Reflections on the CodePlex Foundation: The Glass Half Full (Sep 30, 2009, 20:32)
    The Standards Blog: "Let's say that Microsoft does restructure CodePlex in such a way as to create a trusted, safe place for work to be done to support the open source software development model. Is there really a need for such an organization, and if so, what needs could such an organization meet?"

  • Why Open Source is not Magic Pixie Dust, Part 284 (Sep 30, 2009, 20:02)
    Open Enterprise: "Here, then, was the first – and for a while, the most successful – Internet company, giving away what many had regarded as its crown jewels."

  • 7 Best Free and Open Source Vector Graphics Editors for Linux (Sep 30, 2009, 19:32)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "From its project website, sK1 is described as an open-source illustration program that can substitute proprietary software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It supports professional publishing features like CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and press-ready PDF output. It also has CorelDRAW formats importers and tabbed multi-document interface. sK1 is a fork of Skencil and was started by a small team of Ukrainian professionals"

  • OSMO: Your friendly personal organizer (Sep 30, 2009, 19:02)
    Ghacks: "What if you want something on your machine to organize your life – that doesn't require an online connection, is simple to use, and has a tiny footprint. If that's you, OSMO is the tool you've been looking for."

  • Autodesk, eBay seller suit could impact sales of secondhand software (Sep 30, 2009, 18:32)
    Computerworld UK: "A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyright material."

  • Does Silverlight on Linux matter? (Sep 30, 2009, 18:02)
    Netstat -vat: "During the Intel Developer Forum this week, Microsoft announced that it was planning on delivering its Silverlight media for Intel's Moblin Linux."

  • Playing Games In Linux (Sep 30, 2009, 17:32)
    PCPlus: "Not everything in open source is serious and technical. Find out how to put some games worth playing on your Linux desktop"

  • QEMU virtualization reaches 0.11, brings 1400 changes (Sep 30, 2009, 17:02)
    CIO: "Open source virtualization app QEMU has reached version 0.11 and brings some 1400 changes from 90 contributors."

  • Mozilla denies it will 'ribbonize' Firefox (Sep 30, 2009, 16:32)
    Computerworld: "Mozilla today denied that it will "ribbonize" upcoming Windows versions of Firefox, saying that its plans to eliminate the traditional menu bar will result in something much less complicated than Microsoft's often-derided user interface."

  • Palm webOS 1.2 Debuts Sans iTunes Sync (Sep 30, 2009, 16:02)
    InternetNews: "The next version of Palm's new mobile operating system is out today featuring significant upgrades -- but lacking the controversial direct sync with iTunes."

  • Mozilla opposes Google Chrome Frame. No soup for you. (Sep 30, 2009, 15:32)
    Netstat -vat: "Microsoft and Mozilla are two organizations that tend not to agree on many different topics. When it comes to Google's Chrome Frame, it's a different story."

  • Kicking tires in the Moblin Garage (Sep 30, 2009, 15:02)
    Moblin Zone: "The Moblin Garage and App Installer aim to help users to find and install both free and commercial apps. The initial implementation appears promising."

  • During Emergencies, Linux Geeks Also Care (Sep 30, 2009, 14:32)
    Everyjoe: "The past weekend was terrible in the Philippines but people from here and abroad all cared to share something with us to help my fellow Filipinos. I was one of the luckier ones that wasn't badly affected by Typhoon Ketsana."

  • On Mono, Miguel, Stallman and Fusion with Microsoft (Sep 30, 2009, 13:57)
    Groklaw: "Jason Perlow has written an article about Richard Stallman, Watch Out for That Meteor, Stallman. There are some factual errors in the article, so let me step up to the plate and fix them. Here's Perlow's theme in a nutshell, as published in an extended caption under a disrespectful cartoon of Stallman:"

  • Linux Is Bloated. Does Anyone Care? (Sep 30, 2009, 13:03)
    Serverwatch: "Walk through a shopping mall in any town you care to mention, and you're sure to see muffin tops — those mounds of excess flab bulging out of the tops of men's and women's pants."

  • Basic apt key management (Sep 30, 2009, 12:33)
    Stubborn Tech Problem Solving: "Ubuntu's keyserver,, has a lot of problems lately. I was trying to add the Pidgin repository to work around bug #389322 but kept getting timeout errors from the server. One of my systems did successfully get the key so all I had to do was transfer it to the others."

  • Ubuntu How to Print Screen with Menu Selected (Sep 30, 2009, 12:03)
    PMA Box: "When compared to Windows, one of the really cool features of Ubuntu is to use the Print Screen, PrtSc, PrtScr without having to install really complicated or expensive software."

  • Argas Theme For GTK2.0 And Metacity (Sep 30, 2009, 10:33)
    Ian's Thoughts: "I haven't been blogging much the last couple of days and you have my apologies. However, the reason for my short absence is that I have been hard at work creating a new theme for GNOME."

  • 5 Things You Can Do to Put Linux in the Driver Seat (Sep 30, 2009, 09:03)
    Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "This is a plea to all hardware manufacturers: Please create Linux drivers for your hardware. OK, so Linux isn't the Stormin' Norman of the Desktop arena but that doesn't mean its users don't want or need drivers for hardware."

  • Centralized LOG with rSyslog recording in MySQL DB and Web UI for queries (Sep 30, 2009, 07:33)
    Fogo na Caixa d'Água: "Having a centralized logging is a prerequisite if you want to have your logs intacts. But having the events recorded in plain files is virtually impossible for queries."

  • HP-UX 11i v3 Update 5 'Vantage' Adds to Unix Security (Sep 30, 2009, 06:03)
    InternetNews: "HP-UX has been around for 25 years, and HP keeps on finding ways to improve and update its venerable flagship Unix operating system."

  • Should Operating Systems Be Intuitive? (Sep 30, 2009, 04:33)
    Linux Blog Safari: "How do operating systems and breastfeeding figure in the same discussion? One is intuitive and the other isn't -- or neither is, or both ought to be, depending on your point of view"

  • HowTo Manage your networked devices using Python and Pexpect (Sep 30, 2009, 03:03)
    Linux Dynasty: "This is my first release of The tool gives you the ability to manage your network devices with out having to purchase a product like Cisco's LMS"

  • Mark Shuttleworth's Community Has No Women (Sep 30, 2009, 01:33)
    Linux Today Blog: "But it has a number of fatal flaws. Mr. Shuttleworth didn't make just a couple of careless comments; the recurring theme all through his talk was "Guys are the cool techies, girls are not."

  • Debian, Upgrading to Lenny, ERROR, no public key available for the following... (Sep 30, 2009, 00:03) "W: There is no public key available for the following key IDs:
    W: GPG error: lenny Release:"