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Linux News for Jul 30, 2010

  • Editor's Note: Ubuntu, the Bad Selfish Linux (2010-07-30 22:04:43)
    In my grumpier moments their relentlessly positive, cult-like Kumbaya-or-else approach makes me want to turn the hose on them. But I don't remember them attacking anyone else the way they've been attacked.

  • Lockheed Goes Open Source. Blankenhorn Hates It. (2010-07-30 21:34:43)
    OnePeople: "I was really pleased to read the announcement that Lockheed Martin's social networking platform, EurekaStreams, was released as an open source project today. Lockheed is a very conservative company, and while they're happy to use open source internally and on projects for their customers, this is their first experiment with actually running a project themselves."

  • GNOME Census report now available as free download (2010-07-30 21:04:43)
    Neary Consulting: "I was delighted to see that the GNOME Census presentation I gave yesterday at GUADEC has gotten a lot of attention. And I'm pleased to announce a change of plan from what I presented yesterday: The report is now available under a Creative Commons license."

  • Adding periods to SCHED_DEADLINE (2010-07-30 20:34:43)
    LWN.net: "The Linux scheduler, in both the mainline and realtime versions, provides a couple of scheduling classes for realtime tasks. These classes implement the classic POSIX priority-based semantics, wherein the highest-priority runnable task is guaranteed to have access to the CPU."

  • Speeding up Ruby on Rails (2010-07-30 20:04:43)
    IBM Developerworks "Ruby on Rails, a popular Web development framework based on the Ruby programming language, makes it easy to access your database, but it does not always do so efficiently. Learn more about common performance problems with Rails and discover how you can fix them."

  • EVO 4G's Froyo features detailed in pictures, car dock coming in September? (2010-07-30 19:34:43)
    Engadget: "We're not far from seeing this big update in the flesh, but in the meanwhile, EVO 4G owners (and fans) might be interested to take a closer look at the features they'll be getting once it arrives."

  • OpenGL 4.1 Released (2010-07-30 19:04:43)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "The Khronos Group announced that finalizing the OpenGL 4.1 specifications had been completed and that its release would be immediate. "

  • Where do you find Linux? (2010-07-30 18:34:43)
    Linux Journal: "Looking through my home for Linux systems I just realized that it is everywhere. First of all, I find it on my computers - from servers to laptop. That is the obvious place though. I wonder, where else can I find Linux running?"

  • Richard Stallman answers your top 25 questions. (2010-07-30 18:04:43)
    Reddit: "1. corevette: If you could have one proprietary package/software released as Free Software, which would it be and why?"

  • Open games with closed content (2010-07-30 17:34:43)
    Examiner: "Some of the games mentioned in this column, in the past as well as in the future, are licensed such that the game itself is under the GPL or a similarly free license, but the content is not."

  • Dell release OpenManage Server Administrator for Ubuntu (2010-07-30 17:04:43)
    The H Open: "Dell has announced the release of its proprietary OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) 6.3 for Ubuntu 9.10 or later."

  • Ten outstanding cross-platform apps (2010-07-30 16:34:43)
    ZDNet: "Organisations and individuals have to operate across many platforms these days. So we all need apps that can function reliably regardless of operating system, says Jack Wallen."

  • Tech Comics: "Intellectual Property Infringement" (2010-07-30 16:04:43)
    Tech Comics: "People in all walks of life run into problems with IP infringement"

  • Speaking UNIX: Get to know Ksplice (2010-07-30 15:34:43)
    IBM Developerworks: "Summary: Ksplice applies kernel patches on-the-fly—no reboot required—in a fraction of a second. Here's a hands-on guide to performing painless system updates."

  • Banish Flash cookies forever under Linux (2010-07-30 15:04:43)
    The Inquirer: "LINUX USERS can banish forever Adobe's Flash Player cookies, which can be a good idea because, for one thing, as a plugin Flash doesn't observe web browsers' Private Browsing modes."

  • Ubuntu Linux solution stack implementation, Part 1: Introduction to the UNIX environment (2010-07-30 14:34:43)
    IBM Developerworks: "Learn how to download and install a Ubuntu image and then go through some basic shell commands to help you navigate through the UNIX® environment. This is part 1 of a 4 part demo series to show you how to implement a solution stack..."

  • Device support in Windows vs. Linux (2010-07-30 14:04:43)
    ZDNet: "One of the highly debated subjects with Windows and Linux is with device support. The two have different methods of how drivers are created and implemented into the operating system."

  • How to make a see-through to image text effect in GIMP (2010-07-30 13:34:00)
    Scott Photographics: " really simple little trick to adding normal text to an image and making it look interesting! This technique can be used for nearly any photograph, however it is a lot easier to see the text with less detailed and contrasty photographs."

  • Get a Blazing Fast Computer for Free (2010-07-30 13:04:43)
    Slate: "How to give your creaky old Windows computer an Ubuntu makeover."

  • Announce: Rakudo Star - a useful, usable, "early adopter" distribution of Perl 6 (2010-07-30 12:34:43)
    Rakudo: "On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm happy to announce the July 2010 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6."

  • New controller chip sets stage for color e-readers (2010-07-30 12:04:43)
    Linux Devices: "While Amazon announced a smaller, lighter version of its Kindle e-reader today, the device still has a monochrome-only screen. Color E Ink displays are on the way, however, as today's announcement of a relevant controller chip -- the Epson S1D13524 -- made clear."

  • The PHP Content Management/Framework Upgrades in ExpressionEngine 2 (2010-07-30 10:04:43)
    PHPBuilder: "A few months ago I wrote a series of articles highlighting PHP-driven content management systems and frameworks, and I singled out ExpressionEngine as one particularly impressive solution that effectively balances the best features of both. This popular Web development solution recently took another major step forward with the July 12 release of ExpressionEngine 2.1"

  • Millions of Home Routers at Risk (2010-07-30 08:04:43)
    eSecurity Planet: "In his presentation at Black Hat, security researcher Craig Heffner detailed how an external attacker could gain full control of a user's router and use that to gain access to the internal local area network (LAN)."

  • Emulating an Amiga in Linux (2010-07-30 06:04:43)
    Matthew Casperson's Hubfolio: "The Amiga was one of the most powerful PC's of it's time, easily trumping the emerging IBM PC's in the 80's. You can relive this classic PC on your Linux desktop thanks to a number of emulators that are available."

  • 5 Best Web eCommerce Software for Linux (2010-07-30 04:04:43)
    Tech Source: "For those of you who are planning to build or setup an online shop to sell goods or services, I have here a list of some of the most popular web eCommerce software for Linux. The following web eCommerce programs that I'm about to feature here are all free and open source, so try or use them as you wish:"

  • In Search Of... Android Tablets (2010-07-30 02:04:43)
    Tech Broiler: "Along with Bigfoot, the lost city of Atlantis, and the Bermuda Triangle, the lack of Android tablets continues to be an unsolved mystery."

  • MeeGo Selected as Platform to Power In-Vehicle Infotainment Devices (2010-07-30 00:04:43)
    Linux Pro Magazine: "GENIVI, the nonprofit industry alliance that was founded by BMW, Delphi, Intel, GM, PSA, Wind River and Magneti-Marelli, announced that MeeGo would become the operating platform for the next generation of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) devices."