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Linux News for Oct 26, 2009

  • Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL On Ubuntu 9.04 (Oct 26, 2009, 23:17)
    HowtoForge: "This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine."

  • Beware Open Source Encryption (Oct 26, 2009, 22:32)
    Dr.Dobb's: "There's nothing like an official letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce's munitions control office to make you choke on your morning coffee."

  • From the iPhone to the Cloud: What's new with the Mono Project (Oct 26, 2009, 21:07)
    NetworkWorld: "Zonker talks with Mono founder Miguel de Icaza about what's new with the Mono Project and what's coming soon."

  • Open Source Meets the Cloud (Oct 26, 2009, 20:19)
    Janakiram MSV: "The biggest concern and risk involved in moving to the cloud is security, privacy and reliability. Most of the customers would want to know what lies beneath the Cloud platform before betting their business on it."

  • Linux Frequently Asked Questions for Newbies (Oct 26, 2009, 19:36)
    TuxRadar: " If people have honest questions about Linux, we need to be helping them find answers, and we need to do so without sarcastic comments, without 'RTFM' and without telling people 'just use Google'."

  • Now Linux Can Get Viruses Via Wine (Oct 26, 2009, 18:47)
    Using Coconuts: "I forget who, but some wiseguy stuck a link to site (not linkified so Google doesn't mark me as evil) on his Facebook wall, which reminded me of one reason I love Firefox (and Linux): security."

  • Eeebuntu eeevolves with Debian Linux (Oct 26, 2009, 18:02)
    ITWire: " The team behind Eeebuntu, an ASUS Eee netbook-optimised version of Ubuntu Linux, has announced that compatibility issues with Ubuntu 9.10 has led them to abandon Ubuntu and build their work upon Debian Linux from now on."

  • 49 Hot New Open Source Applications (Oct 26, 2009, 16:33)
    Datamation: "What's new in the open source world? We've put together a list of software that was first released (or first made open source) in the last couple of years."

  • Choosing a Desktop Linux Distro, Part 2: Installation and Support (Oct 26, 2009, 15:48)
    LinuxInsider: "Homing in on the right Linux distro for you can be tricky. In addition to hardware considerations, there are compatibility issues, support requirements and even the culture of the community to take into account."

  • Stumbling and Sniffing Wireless Networks in Linux, Part 2 (Oct 26, 2009, 15:32)
    LinuxPlanet: "In Part 1 we learned some basic network sniffing and stumbling with SWScanner on Linux. Today Eric Geiers shows us some more excellent network discovery and probing utilities: KwifiManager, tcpdump, and Wireshark."

  • Peering Disputes Migrate to IPv6 (Oct 26, 2009, 15:02)
    Data Center Knowledge: "Complaints of a 'broken IPv6 Internet' emerged last week on the North American Network Operators Group mailing list, which surfaced a peering issue involving IPv6 connections between Hurricane Electric and Cogent Communications."

  • Linux and Security: Mission Impossible? (Oct 26, 2009, 14:18) "The use of Linux in systems requiring high levels of security has been a frequent topic of controversy. Supporters have claimed that Linux's open source approach improves security due to exposure to an enormous, worldwide community of developers and users."

  • It's official: We Love Windows 7 (Oct 26, 2009, 13:34)
    TuxRadar: "This might be a strange thing to hear on a Linux website, but it's true: we're big fans of Windows 7. Is it because of the new features? Is it because of the new user interface? Is it because of the blazing speed vs Vista? Is it because it's anything but Vista? The answer is 'no' to all those."

  • MythTV: Turning Linux Into a Digital Video Recorder: The Server (Oct 26, 2009, 12:46) "Digital video capture cards and USB dongles can be had for less than $50 a piece. With such cheap hardware, turning a Linux server into a personal Digital Video Recorder (DVR) becomes very tempting."

  • Nation's First Open Source Election Software Released (Oct 26, 2009, 11:34)
    Wired: "A group working to produce an open and transparent voting system to replace current proprietary systems has published its first batches of code for public review."

  • Comparing 10 Open Source Media Center Apps (Oct 26, 2009, 11:04)
    DeviceGuru: "A 20-page downloadable whitepaper compares 10 free media center applications, with an eye toward discovering their potential synergies. The study, from the Telematics Freedom Foundation’s “Freedom Box Project,” aims to standardize and promote open, free, and user-friendly web-based TV media center platforms."

  • Big Software has duped us for decades – Part I (Oct 26, 2009, 07:04)
    CNN Money: "Here's how the software business really works: A software company charges your firm an enormous upfront licensing fee and locks you into escalating costs for decades to come, often using a set of hardball tactics."

  • Why is free software important to you? Submit your response to our new video campaign! (Oct 26, 2009, 03:04) "At the Women in Free Software Summit and the Boston celebration of Software Freedom Day 2009, FSF kicked off a new video testimonial campaign. See how it went, and help support the campaign by submitting a video response to these questions!"