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Linux News for Dec 28, 2009

  • DNS Benchmark with Wine (Dec 28, 2009, 23:37)
    Wine-Reviews: "GRC always produces high quality software. This is no exception. Programmed 100% in assembly language, this program performs spectacularly. It only in a Windows version, but Linux users can easily (and completely) run it using Wine."

  • Windows XP gets the shanzhai treatment (Dec 28, 2009, 22:47)
    Shanzhai: "Warning! Linux die-hards should turn away now. All those folks out there who always wanted to try Linux but just couldn't quite ween themselves off Windows XP - a solution has finally arrived."

  • Late 2010 to Bring Memory Chip Shortage: Report (Dec 28, 2009, 22:03)
    InternetNews: "DRAMeXchange anticipates growing demand from consumers and enterprises cutting sharply into DRAM supply."

  • Nouveau: a 2.6.33 surprise (Dec 28, 2009, 21:33)
    Linux Weather Forecast: "But, perhaps, the most interesting addition is one that almost nobody expected: a reverse-engineered driver for NVIDIA graphics chipsets called “Nouveau.”"

  • 6 Really Cool Linux Stocking Stuffers (Dec 28, 2009, 21:03)
    Serverwatch: "So here's a few Linux command-line Easter Christmas Eggs for you to while away a little time if you are unfortunate enough to be back at your desk already."

  • Happy Birthday, Linus (Dec 28, 2009, 20:33)
    Linux Journal: "As is well known, before he started writing Linux, Linus coded on a Sinclair QL, a brilliant if rather bizarre system that was based on a cut-down version of the Motorola 68000 chip used in the Amiga, Atari ST, Apple Lisa and Macintosh."

  • Google Chrome review on Linux (Dec 28, 2009, 20:03)
    LinuxCrunch: "I would like to share with you my short experience with Google Chrome on openSUSE 11.2. Although it is in a beta stage, it is stable and fast."

  • Fix Slow Browsing — and More — With OpenDNS (Dec 28, 2009, 19:33)
    Small Business Computing: "Switching your business over to the independent DNS service provider OpenDNS, on the other hand, can make Internet access a bit speedier and safer for everyone on your network, as well as provide added features like content filtering so you can determine which Web sites your employees can and can’t visit."

  • Miguel di Icaza removes all GPL code from MonoDevelop (Dec 28, 2009, 19:03)
    TechRepublic: "A couple of weeks ago (Dec 12, 2009 to be exact) Miguel di Icaza made a bold move and pulled all GPL code out of MonoDevelop, replacing it with LGPL Of course the open source community had a lot to say about this."

  • 15 game-changing Linux moments of the decade (Dec 28, 2009, 18:33)
    TechRadar: "If you were sat at your Linux computer one dark evening in late 1999, things would have been considerably different."

  • Openmoko's WikiReader (Dec 28, 2009, 18:03) "Openmoko, the company that first gained attention for its Linux-based phone platform, launched a new pocket-sized open source product in time for this holiday season, the WikiReader. The WikiReader is an inexpensive ($99), low-power, 4-inch square touchscreen LCD display device pre-loaded with the text of three million Wikipedia pages on a microSD card."

  • Getting connected: a history of modems (Dec 28, 2009, 17:33)
    TechRadar: "Their arrival heralded a new age of communications and they played a major role in the explosion of the internet. We're talking, of course, about modems."

  • Allow remote connections to your MySQL server (Dec 28, 2009, 17:03)
    Ghacks: "Now, it's time to see how you can extend that MySQL server to remote machines. Why would you want to do this?"

  • A decade of Linux (Dec 28, 2009, 16:33)
    Cyber Cynic: "Let's take a look at this last decade and see how Linux made its journey from niche operating system to its current prominence."

  • Pandora gets a hands-on review (Dec 28, 2009, 16:03)
    Pandora Press: "The recent reports on Pandora's case design and controls have been nothing short of glowing. It's pretty satisfying information for the most part; there is no doubt that what we're hearing from the team is genuine delight in what they've achieved. But the question has been asked – what would some guy off the street think of it?"

  • digiKam 1.1 Splash-screens: call to photographers! (Dec 28, 2009, 15:33)
    digiKam: "Next digiKam 1.1 is planed for end of January 2010, as a bugfixes release, to consolidate code with users feedback after production using... So, time has come to find the ideal splash-screens to go with it. Now is your chance to join the ranks of the precious few who have had their artwork associated with a release of digiKam!"

  • Chinese pirates launch Windows XP clone based on Ubuntu (Dec 28, 2009, 15:03)
    ItRunsOnLinux: "China is notorious for copying/cloning everything, now Chinese pirates hacked Ubuntu 9.10 to look exactly like Windows XP."

  • LCA 2010: Getting distros to play together, nicely (Dec 28, 2009, 14:33)
    IT Wire: "For the second time in its 11-year history, Australia's national Linux conference (LCA) has a distro summit on its agenda. The last distro summit was held in 2008, when former Linux Australia president Jonathan Oxer was the organiser."

  • 10 Greatest Open Source Software Of 2009 (Dec 28, 2009, 14:03)
    Cyberciti: "These are full-featured cross-platform softwares, free as in beer and speech. Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2009."

  • No Windows! (Dec 28, 2009, 13:33)
    Another guy named Mike: "There was just no way I was going to get my step daughter a Windows netbook for Christmas. No way, no how. I couldn't find a good way to articulate why, and so for a couple weeks I was just responding, "No Windows!" to my wife's questions."

  • Free Software, Open Data give more opportunities to young Kosovars (Dec 28, 2009, 13:03)
    Stop: "During summer of 2009 I received an invitation to explain how Free Software can help developing countries at SFK09, the first Software Freedom Conference in Kosova. Here is why and how, after SFK09, some people continue to propose "Free as in Freedom" digital technologies as an important tool to solve the serious problem of people in Kosova (or any other country, really)."

  • Getting to Samba 4 (Dec 28, 2009, 12:33)
    Samba Team Blog #3: "The Samba 4 code has been worked on for over five years, and the Active Directory code is reaching a state where it's being run in production at several test sites. When the Samba Team met at the CIFS conference this year, we had a meeting to put together a plan for shipping a production Samba 4 code-base. Here's how we think it might work."

  • VIA's Linux TODO List... Maybe Look Forward To 2011? (Dec 28, 2009, 12:03)
    Phoronix: "Nearly two years ago at the Linux Foundation Summit in Austin was VIA's most recent announcement about becoming serious with open-source support. This was not VIA's first time they claimed to back an open-source strategy, which led a number of open-source developers to immediately call VIA's open-source strategy a bluff."

  • New life for dead software (Dec 28, 2009, 08:03)
    The H Open: "If you yearn for the operating systems or arcade games of the past, and are willing to make the effort to bring them back to life, free and open source software is definitely the way to go"

  • An early look at VLMC (Dec 28, 2009, 04:03)
    Linuxcrunch: "It is OK, if you don't know what is VLMC because it hasn't been released yet. VLMC (VideoLAN Movie Creator) is a free video editing software, offering features to realize semi-professional quality movies, but with the aim to stay simple and user-friendly."

  • Full Review: Nexuiz 2.5.2 - Free First-Person Shooter for Linux (Dec 28, 2009, 00:03)
    TuxArena: "Nexuiz is a free, GPL-licensed, first-person shooter developed online by the Internet-based team Alientrap, and it comes with ports for Linux, Windows and Mac."