Linux News for Mar 31, 2010
Why have an Iphone if you can have a Bphone? Linux, rotating screen, Cool (2010-03-31 23:33:29)
Handle With Linux: "available from
chinagrabber.com this is the Bphone, a hybrid netbook/cellphone
which features a rotating touch screen and a keyboard, beat that
The importance of Document Freedom Day explained by Microsoft (2010-03-31 23:03:29)
Stop: "These are only a few of the many
resources that you can use to understand how important DFD is for
you, even if, personally, you don't care at all about computers.
The rest of this page, instead, explains how even a job offer from
one of the greatest enemies of Document Freedom, Microsoft, proves
the same point."
Intel's Nehalem-EX Targets Mainframe, RISC Systems (2010-03-31 22:33:29)
Hardware Central: "Intel is targeting the
mainframe and RISC systems market with its new Xeon 6500/7500 lines
of server processors that offer many features normally reserved for
those high end systems."
An Easy and Inexpensive Quad-Core System for Debian or Ubuntu GNU/Linux (2010-03-31 22:03:29)
Free Software Magazine: "My son’s
hand-me-down motherboard recently gave up the ghost, and I decided
that was a good excuse for an upgrade. Shopping around, I found
that multi-core CPUs were finally in my price range, so I decided
to build him a quad-core system."
Linux / UNIX: Encrypt Backup Tape Using Tar & OpenSSL (2010-03-31 21:33:29)
Cyberciti: "How do I make sure only authorized
person access my backups stored on the tape drives (DAT, DLT, LTO-4
etc) under Linux or UNIX operating systems? How do I backup
/array22/vol4/home/ to /dev/rmt/5mn or /dev/st0 in encrypted
NVIDIA Drops Xf86-video-nv Support: No Open Source for New Cards (2010-03-31 21:03:29)
Linux Pro Magazine: "Andy Ritger, NVIDIA
manager responsible for the Linux graphics cards, as announced on
the X.org mailing list that the graphics chip company will no
longer develop the open source 2D video drivers for its chips. He
recommends using the VESA X driver instead."
Coming Soon: X Server 1.8 (2010-03-31 20:33:29)
Phoronix: "According to the release plans, the
release of X Server 1.8 should take place, and while in reality it
will likely not be released today, its release is coming soon. When
this release does arrive, it will add a new set of features to the
X.Org stack and a number of other minor improvements and
For Real XO Laptop Impact, We Need Infrastructure (2010-03-31 20:03:29)
OLPC news: "I was in the Peace Corps in Cape
Verde as an ICT volunteer from 2006 to 2008, and while I was there,
the One Laptop Per Child project came on my radar and I became
pretty enamored of the prospect of bringing some XOs to the
country, or at least raising awareness of the idea within the
Secure Your Server with Denyhosts (2010-03-31 19:33:29)
Geekride: "DenyHosts is a tool i use to secure
my SSH server from these type of people. Written in python, this
tool serves as a very active security guard and helps me to keep my
system safe from lots of prying eyes."
Linux and Small Business: The Ongoing Disconnect (2010-03-31 19:03:29)
The VAR Guy: "While Red Hat, Novell, Canonical
and other Linux distribution providers continue to gain momentum,
most of the Linux chatter has very little to do with small business
success. Consider the facts:"
Mozilla Updates Firefox for Security, Ends 3.0.x Branch (2010-03-31 18:33:29)
Datamation: "Mozilla is out this week with
Firefox 3.5.9 and 3.0.19 updates, fixing multiple security
vulnerabilities in the open source Web browser's two branches,
while announcing that the older of the two branches is being phased
Groklaw: How One Person Can Do Big Deeds. Thanks PJ. (2010-03-31 18:03:29)
Linux Today Blog: "The endless SCO saga is
finally at an end, and justice has prevailed. But without Groklaw,
would it have ended differently? "
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Released; RHEL 6 Coming Soon (2010-03-31 17:33:29)
Serverwatch: "Red Hat is updating its flagship
Linux server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to version 5.5
providing performance and feature improvements."
SCO, Novell: Grokking Where Credit is Due (2010-03-31 17:03:29)
IT World: "The next thing that ruined SCO's
NexentaStor Community Edition Released (2010-03-31 16:33:29)
NexentaStor: The NexentaStor project has
released Community edition v3.0 of it's free storage appliance. The
distribution is based on the Nexenta Core Platform - OpenSolaris
kernel combined with Ubuntu userland.
Linux on Netbooks Reloads With Ubuntu-based Jolicloud
Linux Planet: "Linux was a resounding failure
on netbooks, so what makes this French start-up firm think it can
succeed with an Ubuntu Linux derivative?"
Zotac MAG HD-ND01 Nettop review (2010-03-31 15:33:29)
Linux User and Developer: "Like some of the
alternative nettop computers we've reviewed over the past new
months, the Zotac MAG can also attach to the VESA mount on the back
of most monitors, meaning it takes up literally zero desk
8 of the Best Free Linux Astrology Software (2010-03-31 15:03:29)
Linux Links: "To provide an insight into the
quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8
top quality open source astrology applications. Hopefully, there
will be something of interest for anyone interested in intuitive
Novell Wins! SCO Loses! (2010-03-31 14:33:29)
Computerworld: "Yes, it's true. After just more
than 7-years of SCO lawsuits, SCO has lost its last real chance of
causing Linux and the companies that support it-IBM; Novell, and
Red Hat--any real trouble."
Pass-It-On Awards Program (2010-03-31 14:03:29)
Anita Borg Institute: "The Anita Borg Systers
Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a
network of technical women helping one another."
The GPLv3 in Plain English – The Parts Microsoft Worries About (2010-03-31 13:33:29)
fsckin w/ linux: " Awhile back I read the small
print about Microsoft’s Moonlight software distribution. It
specifically mentions the stuff they don’t like about the
GPLv3. Interesting. Let’s see what they are worried
The Large Hadron Collider switches on- the end of the world will be powered by GNU/Linux (2010-03-31 13:03:29)
Free Software Magazine: "The Large Hadron
Collider (LHC) is up and running as I write and as far as I can
tell I’m still here, so it looks like the doomsayers were a
little premature. Unless I’m writing this piece from the far
side of the singularity of a black hole in a parallel
Easy Samba Setup (2010-03-31 12:33:29)
Linux.com: "This time around I'll focus more on
Samba and how it is installed and configured to allow for the
sharing of files and folders. For this article, we will look at the
smb.conf configuration file and how it is set up and how to create
new shares and even share printers."
Groklaw: How One Person Can Do Big Deeds. Thanks PJ. (2010-03-31 12:22:51)
The endless SCO saga is finally at an end, and justice has prevailed. But without Groklaw, would it have ended differently?
Let me rephrase that: it will probably continue to sputter and emit random gases, because the nice SCO leadership and their backers are masters of weaving grand propositions out of fantasy, and perpetuating their fantasies in the seemingly non-functional US civil courts system. But for all non-Bizarro world purposes it is over. The SCO vs. Novell verdict settles the key question of who owns the Unix copyrights. Answer: not SCO. I know, it's a little more complex than that because there are several Unix variants. But as far as SCO's silly claims against Linux, it is definitively over.
Those of us who followed this loony saga from the beginning are wondering: What would have happened if Pamela Jones and Groklaw had not taken an interest in this case? Would there have been any semblance of truth anywhere? I think not.
User management with SSSD on shared Ubuntu Lucid laptops (2010-03-31 12:03:29)
opinsys: "A few months ago we had a blog entry
about shared and personal laptops in schools. The goal of shared
laptops is basically that they should behave mostly like shared
thin clients: it should not matter which a computer any user
chooses to work with."
Oracle's Linux Server Slant (2010-03-31 11:03:29)
Serverwatch: "Based on Oracle's recent actions,
it seems the company is hell-bent on driving as many of its
potential customers as possible away from the UNIX offerings it
acquired from Sun and into the arms of Red Hat and other enterprise
What's your school project? An alternative to Microsoft Windows! (2010-03-31 09:03:29)
Stop: "Andrea and Stefano chose this project to
prove what Free Software can do for education and to fight an
unpleasant, but unfortunately very common situation in italian
schools and Universities."
Go Ahead, Play with Your Food (2010-03-31 07:03:29)
The Tyee: "It's an unusual Friday night at
Grinder, a small coffee shop in Toronto. There's an alien in
someone's cup, hearts in another and someone else sees their face
in their mug."
Using smartctl to get SMART status information on your hard drives (2010-03-31 05:03:00)
Tech Republic: "Vincent Danen has some tips for using the smartmontools package to obtain important information about the health of your hard drives that could provide early warning signs of problems."
PHP blunders with random numbers (2010-03-31 03:03:29)
The H Open: "Security expert Andreas Bogk warns
that, despite recent PHP improvements, the session IDs of users who
are logged into PHP applications remain guessable. Upon close
examination, the alleged improvements display frightening
A Sys Admin's Guide to the Server OS of Your Dreams (2010-03-31 01:33:29)
Serverwatch: "If you were to design your dream
enterprise server OS from scratch, what would it be like?"
Italian Court OKs Preference for Open Source (2010-03-31 00:03:29)
Open...: "Here's a big win for open source: the
Italian Constitutional Court has approved a law in Piedmont giving
preference to open source, ruling that it is not