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Linux News for Feb 26, 2011

  • Canonical & Banshee Agree to Disagree (Feb 26, 2011, 23:03)
    ZDNet: "Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, has spoken with the developers of Banshee, which is to be the default music player in next version of Ubuntu Linux, and announced a "compromise" on how to handle Banshee's revenue from its built-in Amazon Store connection. Banshee's programmers are not happy."

  • First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity (Feb 26, 2011, 19:03) "Ubuntu's 11.04 release ("Natty Narwhal") is going to be an important inflection point for the project, and for Canonical. The company is banking on its users, and potential users, embracing a user interface (Unity) that differs significantly from the previous Ubuntu release as well as other familiar desktop UIs."

  • How Apple Dodged a Sun Buyout: Former CEOs McNealy, Zander Tell All (Feb 26, 2011, 17:01)
    eWeek: "At a Churchill Club dinner, former Sun CEOs Scott McNealy and Ed Zander discuss why the company didn't buy Apple in 1996, the real beginnings of cloud computing and why Linux should never have come into existence."

  • PostgreSQL, OpenSSL, and the GPL (Feb 26, 2011, 15:03) "The OpenSSL license, which is BSD-style with an advertising clause, has been a source of problems in the past because it is rather unclear whether projects using it can also include GPL-licensed code."

  • FreeBSD 8.2 Expands ZFS Support -- Without Oracle (Feb 26, 2011, 11:03)
    Datamation: "When one door closes, sometimes another one opens. The open source FreeBSD operating systems is out this week with a new release expanding support for the ZFS filesystem and improving disk encryption performance."

  • How To Improve Your Privacy and Security By Installing Tor On Your Android Smartphone (Feb 26, 2011, 07:03) "Mobile communications can easily be surveilled. One step you can take to prevent tracking is to install Tor on your phone."

  • When The Net Was Young (Feb 26, 2011, 03:03)
    Anarchy != Chaos: "I would like to wax philosophic on a subject for a moment. My apologies to anyone who doesn't care."