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Linux News for Oct 27, 2009

  • Linux Incorporated (Oct 27, 2009, 23:16)
    Cyber Cynic: "I've known for ages that Linux had migrated from enthusiasts to big business. It wasn't until this weekend's Florida Linux Show, where I spoke on desktop Linux, that I realized how fully Linux has become part of the IT mainstream."

  • GRUB 1.97 Released (Oct 27, 2009, 22:41)
    It runs on Linux: "Among a long list of improvements, GRUB 1.97 includes support for booting the kernels of FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD."

  • ATI R600/700 3D Support In Fedora 12 (Oct 27, 2009, 21:06)
    Phoronix: "Fedora 12 provides "out of the box" support for kernel mode-setting with ATI R600/700 series graphics hardware, but it does not provide 3D acceleration by default. Red Hat's X developers have made it very easy to enable this 3D support."

  • Can Ubuntu Become the Default Alternative to Windows? (Oct 27, 2009, 20:13)
    InternetNews: "With more than 8 million users, Ubuntu Linux is among the most popular Linux distributions. As new Linux release nears, founder Mark Shuttleworth explains his company's plan for profitability."

  • How To Set Up WebDAV With Apache2 On Ubuntu 9.04 (Oct 27, 2009, 19:26)
    HowtoForge: "This guide explains how to set up WebDAV with Apache2 on an Ubuntu 9.04 server."

  • Why Desktop Market Share Shouldn�t be Linux�s Priority (Oct 27, 2009, 18:49)
    Terminal Variant Blog: "Let's forget the statistics for now. We all know Microsoft has the largest market share, followed by Apple. Let's just leave it at that. They both have their shortcomings in different areas and so does Linux. It's up to us, as the Linux community to work on our own."

  • Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson (Oct 27, 2009, 18:07)
    CIO: "Five years on and Rails is now used in production for many high-profile Web sites, including Twitter and and is available for most modern operating systems."

  • Leeenux Linux Released (Oct 27, 2009, 17:11)
    Eee PC: "Leeenux Linux is an operating system for netbooks, mainly for ASUS Eee PC with 7" screen, but works on all netbooks that have Intel graphics."

  • Outlook Set for More Open Future (Oct 27, 2009, 16:34)
    BBC News: "Microsoft has announced plans to open up the format of the data files used by its e-mail program Outlook. The software giant said it would provide full documentation on the format so non-Microsoft developers can interrogate and use it."

  • Review: GNOME SlackBuild 2.26.3 for Slackware 13.0 (Oct 27, 2009, 15:51)
    DistroWatch: "There are three well-known GNOME distributions for Slackware: Dropline GNOME, GWARE and GSB (GNOME SlackBuild). Despite the similarity in name to, GSB does not simply provide build scripts - it includes a complete set of Slackware binary packages for GNOME."

  • Virtual Appliances and the Open Virtualization Format (Oct 27, 2009, 15:04)
    DeveloperWorks: "Not only has virtualization advanced the state of the art in maximizing server efficiency, it has also opened the door to new technologies that were not possible before. One of these technologies is the virtual appliance, which fundamentally changes the way software is delivered, configured, and managed."

  • Vuurmuur 0.8 Beta 2 Released (Oct 27, 2009, 14:21)
    It Runs on Linux: "Vuurmuur (Dutch for Firewall) is a powerful Firewall Manager built on top of the Linux Iptables."

  • Ubuntu 9.10 Launch: October 29 (Oct 27, 2009, 14:07)
    ZDNet Blogs: "Today Canonical announces the upcoming release of Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop and Server Edition, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution. Ubuntu 9.10 will be available for free download on Thursday 29 October."

  • Symbian Kernel Open Source Release and Tanenbaum (Oct 27, 2009, 13:58)
    Harald Welte's blog: "While any open source release of formerly proprietary software is something I warmly welcome, I doubt that it will take of as an actual open source project."

  • Linux - T + 180 days (Oct 27, 2009, 13:39)
    Blog of helios: "We looked back 6 months and chose 10 of our Linux computer recipients and spoke with them individually. More to the point, we presented them with a series of questions."

  • OSI and White House agree on open source benefits, platforms (Oct 27, 2009, 12:48)
    OSI: "To me, the bottom line of all of this is that the Obama administration recognizes that information technology in the public sector can be, and should be, a two-way street."

  • Five Open Source IP Telephony Projects to Watch (Oct 27, 2009, 10:38)
    CIO: "In addition to the well-known Asterisk, there is a vibrant community of open source software PABX systems that can be used for internal and service provider IP telephony."

  • Linux Friendly Audiobooks (Oct 27, 2009, 07:29)
    Berkeley Linux Users Group: "There are some really great options for DRM free audiobooks that work great on Linux and Android. I will discuss two: one being a store like Audible (but without the restrictions) and another a project that creates public domain audiobooks of Novels no longer in copyright."

  • Linux in Your Hand; from Geeks Only to Mass Market (Oct 27, 2009, 06:09)
    ZDnet Blogs: "I am pleased to now see that smartphone operating systems based on Linux look to be the most powerful, customizable, flexible, and consumer friendly of all platforms we see in the market."

  • Will the real 'new' features in Windows 7 please stand up (Oct 27, 2009, 04:36)
    TechRepublic Blogs: "This one is a big one. Bit Locker (Only available in the Ultimate edition) basically allows you to encrypt your entire drive for added security. Umm... Ubuntu Linux has had this starting with 9.04."

  • Hudzilla Coding Academy: Assignment Two (Oct 27, 2009, 03:09)
    TuxRadar: "If everything other project is a game, it's only fair that every other assignment is a game too: your task is to produce a game that shows the player increasing numbers of items and asks them to spot which item appears only once."

  • Ubuntu 9.10: Chroot Jail for FTP (Oct 27, 2009, 01:38)
    BeginLinux: "One concern when users FTP into your server, is that by default users who have accounts can roam your server to view contents of files."

  • Reviewed: Gnome 2.28 (Oct 27, 2009, 00:21)
    TuxRadar: "The Gnome project's latest release, comes just in time to be bolted on to Karmic Koala. But with KDE making big strides forward with each point release of KDE 4, are the Gnome team doing enough to keep up?"