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Linux News for May 26, 2010

  • The behavioral economics of free software (2010-05-26 23:32:11)
    We'll see: "People who use and promote free software cite various reasons for their choice, but do those reasons tell the whole story? If, as a community, we want free software to continue to grow in popularity, especially in the mainstream, we should understand better the true reasons for choosing it—especially our own."

  • Why Can't We All Use Chromium Instead of Google Chrome? (2010-05-26 23:02:11)
    Tech Drive-In: "This is something I always asked myself. How is Google Chrome different from Chromium. Apart from the logo, there is hardly any difference visually between the two. So I decided to dig further. Here are some of the interesting facts you should know."

  • Bad Stuff About Facebook, But Not What You Think (2010-05-26 22:32:11)
    Ubuntu User: "I'm going to start this Ubuntu-User blog entry with an apology combined with a bit of an explanation. I'm going to talk about Facebook. Yes, me too -- I'm sorry"

  • Monitor Servers from Your Android Device with httpmon (2010-05-26 22:02:11)
    Linux Magazine: "Checking whether a specific Web server is up and running is as easy as issuing the ping command in the terminal, but if you are looking for a more versatile tool that you can use while on the move, try httpmon for Android."

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed (2010-05-26 21:32:11)
    Tom's Hardware: "Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is pinning its hopes of OEM acceptance on the Lucid Lynx. We've put the screws to this new Long Term Support (LTS) release, comparing it to Canonical's previous LTS release, 8.04 Hardy Heron, to look for progress."

  • SGI advances Linux on the HPC front (2010-05-26 21:02:11)
    The Inquirer: "Silicon Graphics International (SGI) represents how a once fiercely proprietary company has been able to leverage open source for High Performance Computing (HPC), much to its benefit."

  • Apple Passes Microsoft as World�s Largest Tech Company (2010-05-26 20:50:36)
    Wired: "Apple's market capitalization officially passed Microsoft's this afternoon, making the Cupertino company, for the first time, the largest technology company in the world."

  • LightZone review (2010-05-26 20:32:11)
    Linux User and Developer: "Features include RAW support, layers, Zones, and Regions. It's a great deal for the price, and probably the best option for Linux users"

  • The best-kept secrets of UNIX power users (2010-05-26 20:02:11)
    IBM Developerworks: "Summary: You don't have to break into a Watergate office to uncover the secrets of UNIX power users. There's an informant, and this month he's spilling the beans."

  • Exploring Lilliput: Is the Cloud Replacing Tiny Linuxes? (2010-05-26 19:47:06)
    Linux Planet: "Emery Fletcher has been exploring small-footprint Linux distributions like Damn Small Linux, SliTaz, and Puppy. Since even small mobile devices have lots of RAM and storage these days, and cloud apps are everywhere, are these small Linuxes still worthwhile?"

  • 6 things Microsoft needs to do before I’ll take Windows seriously (2010-05-26 19:32:11)
    Linux Critic: "I'm an IT guy in what is still largely a Windows world. I've been managing Windows workstations and servers for a living since 1996 or so, and I've always been left shaking my head, wondering how, exactly, Windows is considered "enterprise ready"..."

  • Novell openSUSE 11.3 and Build Service near release (2010-05-26 19:02:11)
    Netstat -vat: "Novell's openSUSE developers have been a busy bunch this week. Today openSUSE 11.3 milestone 7 is out which is the last stop ahead of a Release Candidate in June and a final release in July"

  • Painting Sound with ARSS and Gimp (2010-05-26 18:32:11)
    Free Software Magazine: "As I was working on a sound track project for a science-fiction film I've been working on, I remembered reading an article in Free Software Magazine, by Gianluca Pignalberi, in which he described filtering using Gimp and a command-line program then called "ARSE" (version 0.1)."

  • Guitars to Goat Festivals -- Ubuntu For All! (2010-05-26 18:02:11)
    akgraner: "Stan, who was also involved in the American Dairy Goat Association Festival, talked to the other planners about Ubuntu. Why you ask?"

  • Red Hat: The one true open source company? (2010-05-26 17:32:11)
    InfoWorld: "But none of the aforementioned companies nor their free offerings would constitute open source companies, at least as defined by Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president of products and technologies, in a recent interview."

  • Dell Continues Linux Android Mobile Device Streak (2010-05-26 17:02:11)
    Enterprise Mobile Today: "For the longest time, Dell was considered a loyal Wintel shop, selling only Windows machines on Intel hardware."

  • Work underway to keep Xen support in Fedora 13 (2010-05-26 16:32:11)
    Network World: "But there's good news/bad news for those of you who love Fedora, but prefer Xen as your hypervisor. Bad news: Xen was dropped from Fedora a few releases ago, says a Red Hat spokesperson and it hasn't come back in 13. Good news: But Fedora 13 still supports Xen guests and, better still, Xen.org hasn't abandoned you."

  • Virtualization Guide (2010-05-26 16:02:11)
    Datamation: "Let's begin with a quick introduction of virtualization to set the stage for the following exploration. Virtualization is nothing more than an abstraction over physical resources to make them shareable by a number of physical users (see Figure 1)."

  • Google Chrome 5 Hits Stable Status on Linux, Mac (2010-05-26 15:32:11)
    Datamation: "Google's Chrome 5 Web browser is now available as a stable release for Mac and Linux, extending the availability of a stable version of the service to the three major operating systems."

  • Can OpenOffice.org regain momentum? (2010-05-26 15:02:11)
    ZDNet: "I'm less of a Google or Apple fanboy than I am an OpenOffice.org fanboy. It's one of the greatest values in consumer open source, ever."

  • BSA: Hardware Without Software Not Tax Deductible (2010-05-26 14:32:11)
    ABC Linuxu: "The Czech Ministry of Finance along with the BSA threaten to disallow deducting hardware from base tax if purchased without software. This idea stems from their joint proclamation that for software to be used legally, it must be bought"

  • Valve's Linux Play May Lead More Games To Follow Suit (2010-05-26 14:02:11)
    Phoronix: "However, once Valve Software releases the Steam client for Linux, it looks like we will "almost certainly" get a Linux client for Red Orchestra:"

  • Newly open source BitTorrent protocol aims to unclog tubes (2010-05-26 13:32:11)
    ars Technica: "The company behind the BitTorrent technology has opened the source code of its uTorrent Transport Protocol (uTP). A production-ready implementation of the protocol code in C++ is now available from GitHub under the MIT license."

  • Fedora 13 � Linux for Applephobes; Polish without the Ubuntu (2010-05-26 13:02:11)
    The Register: "With its music store and cloud syncing services, Ubuntu 10.04 tends to eclipse Fedora in the minds of many. Not that Fedora project leader Paul Frields minds. He's told me in the past that Fedora is intended "first and foremost for users interested in and capable of contributing to open source.""

  • The Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon 2010 Program and Schedule (2010-05-26 12:32:11)
    Linux Foundation press release: Industry's hottest topics – ranging from KVM to Linux's success on the desktop to MySQL and MariaDB – are among more than 60 sessions focused on operations, development and business

  • Personalizing Vim (2010-05-26 12:02:11)
    Packt: "In this article,by Kim Schulz, author of Hacking Vim 7.2, we will introduce a list of recipes that will help you personalize Vim in such a way that it becomes your personal favorite."

  • The People Who Support Linux: Driving 4,000 Miles to LinuxCon (2010-05-26 10:32:11)
    Linux.com: "Some Linux Foundation members don't do anything just a little. That's certainly the case with Paré, a software engineer based in Montreal who traveled nearly 4,000 miles by car last summer to attend the first ever LinuxCon."

  • Distributed data processing with Hadoop (2010-05-26 09:02:11)
    IBM Developerworks: "This article—the first in a series on Hadoop—explores the Hadoop framework, including its fundamental elements, such as the Hadoop file system (HDFS), and node types that are commonly used."

  • SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Review (2010-05-26 07:32:11)
    Desktop Linux Reviews: "The last time I looked at SimplyMEPIS was the 8.0 release. In this review I'll be taking a look at the latest version, SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.5. SimplyMEPIS is based on Debian, and it uses KDE as its desktop environment."

  • Fedora 13 Linux "Goddard" Takes Flight (2010-05-26 06:02:11)
    CIO Update: "The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project today officially released the Fedora 13 Linux distribution, codenamed "Goddard," with improvements aimed at both new and experienced Linux users."

  • Why GNU+Linux is > GNU/Linux and > just Linux (2010-05-26 04:32:11)
    Inatux: "Let's look at it mathematically, "GNU / Linux" means GNU divided by Linux. How does that make any sense? At best it implies Linux is dividing GNU, making it harder to work and communicate with contributors; which is simply not true."

  • Bordeaux on PC-BSD Screenshot tour (2010-05-26 03:02:11)
    Wine-Reviews: "This is a Bordeaux on PC-BSD 8 Screenshot tour. This tour will show you how easy it is to install Bordeaux on PC-BSD and start installing Windows Applications and Games. Bordeaux has a single dependency on Zenity once Zenity is installed"

  • Microsoft Makes Outlook Tools Open Source (2010-05-26 01:32:11)
    Datamation: "Microsoft is taking more steps to make it easier for enterprise and independent developers to create software that runs on top of its Outlook e-mail file format, releasing a pair of associated tools as open source."

  • The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.04 (2010-05-26 00:02:11)
    Howtoforge: "This tutorial shows how you can set up a Kubuntu 10.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware"