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Linux News for Feb 23, 2011

  • Using the Factory Pattern in PHP Applications (Feb 23, 2011, 23:32)
    PHP Builder: "In this article you will learn how to use the factory pattern design in your PHP application to construct different objects for interrogating a database (books) and displaying the records from a table (bookstore). You'll also learn how to display a randomized array of strings and colors, and how to display a randomized array of strings and some associated pictures into an HTML table."

  • Sony's New Improved Super Anti-Piracy Plan!!! (Feb 23, 2011, 23:02)
    geohot got sued: "See here and here. Basically the plan is to hire more two more lawyers...which is like hiring more rappers to get your yacht built faster."

  • Open source, a healthy choice (Feb 23, 2011, 22:32) "Through open source, I rekindled an old flame, so to speak; I taught myself the very skills I use to support my family and I get to give something of value to others for free."

  • Goodbye MS Exchange: Good Linux Email Servers (Feb 23, 2011, 22:02)
    Linux Planet: "Don't pay top dollar for Microsoft lard when you can get the best mail servers for free. The Linux world is full of great servers, both free and with commercial support options."

  • 3TB Drives are Here (Feb 23, 2011, 21:32)
    Linux Magazine: "In real estate it's about location. In storage it's about capacity. The next crop of high density drives are available but there are some gotchas related to some 3TB drives that you need to know before making a land grab."

  • LibreOffice Is Now Integrated in Unity for Ubuntu 11.04 (Feb 23, 2011, 21:02)
    Softpedia: "Bjoern Michaelsen from the Canonical's development team managed to integrate Ubuntu's 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) default office suite, LibreOffice 3.3, with Unity's global menubar."

  • The OpenPC project: Ready-made GNU/Linux Machines (Feb 23, 2011, 20:32)
    Free Software Magazine: "The Open Desktop communities Open-PC project is now offering three different models of open computers with turn-key GNU/Linux and KDE installations based on OpenSUSE (or Ubuntu). These systems could provide real competition with pre-installed Windows or Mac computers"

  • Includes Linux Users in New Movie Streaming Service (Feb 23, 2011, 20:02)
    OStatic: "Linux users have long searched for a way to legally watch premium movies on their computers with little luck. Netflix, Cinemanow, (and the now bankrupt Blockbuster) strictly forbid anything other than Windows or Mac systems"

  • Upstreams, Downstreams, and Revenue Streams in Ubuntu (Feb 23, 2011, 19:32)
    Linux Magazine: "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Case in point: Vendors can take a hefty cut of the profits from applications sold through their app stores or shipped by default. But should they?"

  • How to root a Nook Color to transform it into an Android tablet (Feb 23, 2011, 19:02)
    ars Technica: "Barnes and Noble launched the Nook Color last year with the aim of enabling a more interactive user experience and tighter Web integration than conventional e-book readers. The device's color touchscreen and assortment of Internet-enabled applications help differentiate it from Amazon's increasingly ubiquitous Kindle"

  • Wine 1.3.14 Released (Feb 23, 2011, 18:32)
    Wine-Reviews: "The Wine development release 1.3.14 is now available. What's new in this release: * Many cleanups to address Valgrind and Clang warnings."

  • Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Tablet Computer: The iPad 2 Killer? (Feb 23, 2011, 18:02)
    Tech Source: "After the slick Motorola Xoom tablet computer has been considered as the best device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it seems like the hype has never ceased."

  • Can you run your own SOHO E-Mail Server? (Feb 23, 2011, 17:32)
    ZDNet: "As a recent Slashdot reader found out, many ISPs won't let you run your own mail server. Specifically they block port 25, the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) port, which is used for sending mail."

  • Building the Technology Stack for Internet Freedom (Feb 23, 2011, 17:02)
    GigaOm: "Hillary Clinton called for the U.S. to promote Internet freedoms earlier this week and introduced a $25 million fund for technology companies that might help with the task."

  • SCALE 9x Blog: Whats new in Sudo 1.8 (Feb 23, 2011, 16:32)
    SCALE: "The "killer feature" in sudo 1.8 is dynamically loaded modules. This makes it possible for third parties to write sudo plugins that implement custom security policies and logging of command input and output."

  • On-the-fly Data Compression for SSDs (Feb 23, 2011, 16:02)
    Linux Magazine: "The key to good SSD performance is the controller. One SSD controller that has received good reviews is the SandForce SF-1200. However, a recent test of a SF-1200 SSD reveals some interesting things about what this controller does and just how it does it"

  • Free Android Apps: 50 Top Downloads (Feb 23, 2011, 15:32)
    Datamation: "Free Android apps are wonderful things. If you're on the hunt for yet more free Android apps for your phone, here's a list of 50 free apps you should consider."

  • Background: German Foreign Office drops Linux (Feb 23, 2011, 15:02)
    The H Open: "The German Foreign Office will migrate its desktop computers from Linux back to Windows. However, no truly compelling reasons for the decision appear to exist."

  • Introducing Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (Feb 23, 2011, 14:32)
    Distrowatch: "But, up to this point, I've never managed to get a stable release of Debian GNU/Linux to install and run on my hardware."

  • Cerf: Future of Internet doesn't include an IPv7 (Feb 23, 2011, 14:02)
    Network World: "Vint Cerf takes his title of Chief Internet Evangelist for Google seriously, and is knee-deep in several projects to bring the next versions of the Internet into being. These projects include pushing for worldwide IPv6 adoption, but they don't include plans for an IPv7."

  • Integrating the Menu into the Ubuntu Unity Window Titlebar (Feb 23, 2011, 13:32)
    Anarchy != Chaos: "I just read a very interesting post about placing the menu bar into each window titlebar in Ubuntu's Unity desktop."

  • Novell Expands Linux Availability for SAP (Feb 23, 2011, 13:02)
    eCRM Guide: "Novell is enhancing its partnership with SAP with an expanded Linux offering for SAP applications. Josh Dorfman, director of alliance marketing at Novell, told that the new version of SLES for SAP Applications is based on SLES 11."

  • Android: The Open Mobile Choice (Feb 23, 2011, 11:02)
    ZDNet: "Recently there has been a bit of a hubbub over Microsoft forbidding the use of software using the GPLv3 open-source license and all similar licenses on Windows Phone 7 (WP7)."

  • Goodbye, HD component video: Hollywood hastens the 'analog sunset' (Feb 23, 2011, 09:02)
    Consumer Reports: "as of January 1st of this year, manufacturers have not been permitted to make new Blu-ray players with component-video jacks capable of outputting high-definition (HD) video"

  • Top 5 Image Viewers for Ubuntu/Kubuntu (Feb 23, 2011, 07:02)
    TuxArena: "This article overviews five image viewers available for Ubuntu and also includes at the end a list of another five ones which either are no longer maintained or are based on older libraries (KDE3 for example)."

  • Using cut on linux terminal (Feb 23, 2011, 05:02)
    Linuxaria: "Among the commands available from the linux terminal there's also cut, very useful for processing strings and characters in general."

  • Bodhi Linux RC2 & Updates (Feb 23, 2011, 03:02)
    Thoughts on Technology: "After three weeks of user input and a few bugs reports the Bodhi team and I are happy to present our second release candidate (version number 0.1.6)."

  • Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? (Feb 23, 2011, 01:32)
    Datamation: "Once the darling of the open source crowd, Ubuntu is now increasingly criticized."

  • Best Practices in Open Source Foundation Governance � Part I (Feb 23, 2011, 00:02)
    Standards Blog: "For some time now, I have been meaning to write a series of blog posts setting forth my views on best practices in forming and governing open source foundations. Why?"