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LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Nov-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 28, 2010


LXer Feature: 28-Nov-2010

In the Roundup this week we have all kinds of Open Source goodness for you including the news that Novell has been acquired by a company that may or may not have ties to Microsoft, how to wake up a Linux server remotely, Part 1 of how a KDE 3.5 user moved to KDE 4.4, ARM's co-founder says Intels days of dominating the desktop are numbered and on a personal note today is the 5 year anniversary of the day my relationship with Linux got serious. Enjoy!

How a “Welded-to KDE 3.5 User” Began a Move to KDE 4.4 - Part 1
By Dr. Tony young - Nov 22, 2010
LXer Feature: 22-Nov-2010

In this first part of a two part guest editorial and tutorial Dr. Tony Young (an Australian Mycologist by trade) shares his trials, tribulations, successes and disappointments in working with the new version of KDE. As a long time KDE 3.5 user he decided to see if he could get KDE 4.4 to look, feel and work the way he was used to KDE 3.5 working. Hang on everyone, its going to be a bumpy ride..
LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Nov-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 22, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-Nov-2010

The big stories this past week included an update on how far away Chrome OS is, a Ubuntu vs.Fedora comparison, 5 unusual games for Linux and a 200 line kernel patch that makes your desktop snappy. Enjoy!

Fixing Akonadi's warning of the non-existing leap second table
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Nov 19, 2010

LXer Feature: 19-Nov-2010



Ever since I installed Kontact 4.5, it has been showing an MySQL warning when starting. The exact error in the logs is:

Can't open and lock time zone table: Table 'mysql.time_zone_leap_second' doesn't exist trying to live without them

While it's only a warning, I don't like to have my logs filled with warnings. Hence, I went on a hunt to prevent this warning. Lots of posts said this issue is fixed in newer versions (certainly not for me!), or it doesn't matter. But that wasn't good enough for me so I felt relieved when I found a workaround yesterday, which I shall explain below.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Nov-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 15, 2010

LXer Feature: 14-Nov-2010

In the LXWR this week we have why Wayland is good for the future, Apache tells Oracle they are leaving the JCP, a music player with an ugly name, does Linux competing with Windows matter anymore? and 24 things we would change about Linux. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 01, 2010

LXer Feature: 31-Oct-2010

In this week's Roundup we have; What makes Linux compelling to use? Ubuntu moves away from GNOME, Learning Linux the hardcore way with Linux from scratch, Microsoft is a dying consumer brand, Why Unity in Ubuntu is good for the future and Ronald trip's response to why Unity is clouding up the desktop. Enjoy!

Unity Clouding Up The Desktop
By Ronald Trip - Oct 29, 2010
LXer Feature: 29-Oct-2010

Mr. Des Ligneris wrote that the adoption of Unity is a bold move and a good one for Canonical and Ubuntu, as the focus of computing is shifting wholesale to the internet and "The Cloud". It is an interesting viewpoint from Mr. Des Ligneris. I don't see the Unity plans as a blessing though. There is no point in turning a full fledged desktop machine into a "Mobile Internet Device". Their use cases don't overlap. While a desktop is certainly capable of performing MID tasks, it is not the intended operating area of a desktop machine.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 25, 2010

LXer Feature: 24-Oct-2010

In this week's LXWR we have Canonical going on record about open core, Eight reasons to give the E17 a try, Oracle wants LibreOffice members to leave OOo council, The London Stock Exchange smashes the world record trade speed using Linux and with Ray Ozzie just the latest to walk out of Redmond, is this the beginning of the end for Microsoft? Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 18, 2010

LXer Feature: 17-Oct-2010

In the Roundup this week we have news of IBM deciding to back Oracle's OpenJDK instead of Harmony, Phoronix releases the 2010 Linux graphics survey results, 5 mistakes Linux newcomers make and lastly John E. Dunn gets the crazy idea to ditch Windows for Ubuntu. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 11, 2010

LXer Feature: 11-Oct-2010

Some of the big stories this week included Steve Ballmer saying Android isn't free, Bruce Byfield talks about Ubuntu's real contribution to FOSS, Google makes aggressive counterclaims in the Oracle suit, Glyn Moody asks; Is Microsoft running out of steam? and last but not least Scott Charney, a Microsoft VP says that infected PCs should be banned from the internet. You have to read it to believe it. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 04, 2010

LXer Feature: 04-Oct-2010

In this week's LXWR OpenOffice.org gets liberated, a nice review of Linux Mint, The GNU Project celebrates its 27th birthday, Jono Bacon talks about how Ubuntu gets built, a case for Linux in schools, Rad Hat's CEO makes it on Mad Money, Microsoft sues Motorola because of Android and a LXer Feature by our own Hans Kwint on the choices Windows and Linux users both have. Enjoy!

Windows users face as many choices as Linux users
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Sep 29, 2010

LXer Feature: 29-Sept-2010



A while ago, Graham Morrison wrote: "The trouble with Linux: there's too much choice". Implicitly, the article refers to "more choice than with Windows". The article led to reactions from Carla Schroeder [1], Caitlyn Martin [2], Alastair Otter [3] and Ron Miller [4]. While the articles provided for an interesting discussion, none of them addressed the fundamentals of Linux distributions and choice of desktop software in my opinion. Because from an objective point of view, Windows users face as many choices as Linux users do. But most Windows users are just not aware of all the choices they're making.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 27, 2010

LXer Feature: 26-Sept-2010

In the Roundup this week we have Mandriva saying "We're not dead" and news of their assets being sold to a Russian firm, Linux From Scratch 6.7 gets released, Dave Newman leaves .net, living through the wild west of FOSS history, the future of KDE, Carla Schroder gets a shiny new laptop and what is the best way to move 60 million files from one Windows server to another? Linux of course. Enjoy!

Living Through the Wild West of FOSS History
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 21, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-Sept-2010

Could things be more exciting in the the world of FOSS right now? Yes it could, but let's not be too hasty..


LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 20, 2010

LXer Feature: 20-Sept-2010

The big stories to hit our newswire this week raised some questions it seems. We have Joe Brockmeier asking why e-mail is still stuck in the 1990's, who is in the running to buy Novell, could it be VMWare or possibly even Red Hat? Steve Rosenberg is intrigued by the latest Linux Mint, a review of TinyCore 3.0, Linux applications with peculiar names, the bully in the Linux schoolyard and to wrap things up we have some Microsoft FUD on how Android is not really free. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 12, 2010

LXer Feature: 12-Sept-2010

In the LXWR this week we have some new happenings with Diaspora, debunking the 1% Myth and a rather subdued response to the announcement of the Open Solaris fork known as OpenIndiana. Also, a Gartner report predicts Android will the top mobile OS by 2014 and could Oracle fracture open source community? Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 05-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-Sept-2010

There is nothing quite like a good conversation and we have a plethora of articles that started many a good one in our forums this past week including Abiword has smart quotes, what technology has Microsoft ever been the first to market with? Another "There are too many Linux's" article and look out, your Linux system fell down and it can't get up. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 29, 2010

LXer Feature: 29-Aug-2010

The big stories this week include still more fallout from the Oracle-Google lawsuit, 10 differences between Linux and BSD, the joys of determining Linux market share, Microsoft says they love Open Source..again, and last but not least Paul Allen decides to sue just about everybody for patent infringement. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 23, 2010

LXer Feature: 22-Aug-2010

In this week's Roundup we have more on the Oracle - Google lawsuit, how corporate America went open source, games that transmit GPS coordinates, converting eBooks, a space elevator and a Happy 17th Birthday to Debian. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 16, 2010

LXer Feature: 15-Aug-2010

The big news this week is a double shot of Oracle both suing Google for supposed Java copyright infringement in Android and the killing of OpenSolaris. Our own Hans Kwint expounds the merits of anticipating lock-in and much more in this weeks LXWR. Enjoy!

Exit costs of lock-in: Anticipate or it's too late!
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Aug 10, 2010

LXer Feature: 10-Aug-2010



When discussing 'migration' costs from one platform or piece of software to another, I noted many people fail to understand the idea of 'exit costs'. In this article, I present my explanation of exit costs, and I hope this article may serve as a reference to exit costs in the future. Especially people involved with decision-taking in IT are encouraged to read this article!


LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 09, 2010

LXer Feature: 09-Aug-2010

A roundup of the big stories hitting our newswire from the previous week.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 03, 2010

LXer Feature: 02-Aug-2010

A roundup of the big stories hitting our newswire from the previous week.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Jul-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 26, 2010

LXer Feature: 25-July-2010


LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-Jul-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 12, 2010

LXer Feature: 12-July-2010


LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Jul-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-July-2010

Some of the big stories this past week included Cisco creating their own tablet, SCALE moves to a larger venue, Bruce Byfield asks is KDE 3 Zombified or Resurrected?, Run Chrome the easy way and Carla Schroder sets off a nuclear weapon in the LXer forums. Ever drink a bottle of Rum all to yourself? I hope all our U.S. readers had as much fun July 4th as I apparently did. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 28, 2010

LXer Feature: 27-June-2010

In the LXWR this week we have a Mac devotee moving to Linux, you want Linux to run what?, Marcel Gagne talks about when Linux was fun, Phoronix does a five-way Linux distro comparison and Steven Rosenberg says goodbye to Ubuntu..sort of. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 21, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-June-2010

In this week's Roundup we have a battle between KDE3 and KDE4,Linux versus the world: The unwinnable war?, Dell removes "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows® " statement from website and today marks my three year anniversary as E-i-C for LXer. You know, I think my grammar has gotten a little better.

Dell removes "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows® " statement from website
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Jun 17, 2010

According to Google cache, at 17 June 2010 05:08:28 GMT, Dell's website stated:
"Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows®
The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux.
(screenshot)

However, within 24 hours, it seems Dell changed its mind, and now their website states:
"Ubuntu is secure -- According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast majority of viruses and spyware."

I asked Dell for comments using their "website feedback function", will keep you updated. If you think Dell bent to pressure from Microsoft again, please raise your hand!

Update: The VarGuy has already noticed this bold Dell-statement eight days ago, and they made a screenshot - now available in PDF - to prove this was on the Dell-website. Tom's Hardware also wrote about this Dell statement four days ago, and they included their own PDF (time-stamped) showing the 'old' statement on the page. A hand full of other websites also wrote about the 'original' statement.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 14, 2010

LXer Feature: 14-June-2010

In this week's LXWR we have Jono Bacon's Ubuntu: meritocracy not democracy, can virtual PCs save desktop Linux? Is Android fragmentation something to fear? The four different types of Linux users and our own Hans Kwint says "Tear down this stair!". Enjoy!

FOSS-tablet Business Report: "Tear down this stair!"
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Jun 08, 2010

LXer Feature: 08-Jun-2010

Even though all ingredients for a successful Linux tablet were ready, and the distributed software development used by FOSS is normally much quicker in replying to demands than a closed environment, Apple is already satisfying the tablet-PC market with their iPad. A viable FOSS-solution is not yet available, though Computex will ameliorate the situation.

This 'report' - provided for free to you by LXer Linux News - will show how Apple became the leader and what the competition needs to do to have a shot at all consumers who didn't buy a tablet yet. As an extra, at the end of the article, there's an explanation of why 'competition of standards' fails, harms society and screws customers.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 07, 2010

LXer Feature: 07-June-2010

Some of the big stories this week include Google switching out Windows for Linux and Mac, hackers promise a demo of Android rootkit, Linux users vs. Linux Culture, does the Internet make you smarter and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-May-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 01, 2010

LXer Feature: 01-June-2010


LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-May-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 24, 2010

LXer Feature: 23-May-2010

Some of the big stories this week included the secret identities of Linux distributions, a new flash filesystem, Phoronix tests the speed of Arch against Ubuntu, Android gets an OnStar application, how Linux saved a fast food giant and last but not least a story entitled 'I could license you to use this software, but then I’d have to kill you'. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-May-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 17, 2010

LXer Feature: 17-May-2010

In this week's LXWR we have Jim Zemlin commenting on Linux fragmentation, making the Linux desktop look better, Chrome usage rises and copiers have hard drives? Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 09-May-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 10, 2010

LXer Feature: 10-May-2010

In the Roundup this week we have a Faster and better Chrome 5 as well as 5 things you didn’t know VLC could do, Why rejecting Microsoft’s OSS contributions is counter-productive, Upgrading your distro should come with a warning and more. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-May-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 03, 2010

LXer Feature: 03-May-2010

The big news this week was Ubuntu 10.04 being released and all the hoopla surrounding it, but not to be missed was HTC's settlement with Microsoft over a Android patent deal, the challenges of Linux netbook design, Sony starts to feel the heat for blocking Linux installs on its PS3 and put windows to its most appropriate use, make a bootable Linux USB stick with it. Enjoy!

Put Windows to the Most Appropriate Use: Create a Bootable USB Stick with Ubuntu 10.04
By David Underwood - May 01, 2010

LXer Feature: 01-May-2010

The following steps provide two methods of putting the fresh new release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) on a USB stick. The first method will create a bootable USB stick with a live version and the second process will create a live version with persistence. Both methods are an excellent way to always have your favorite Ubuntu system and software with you at all times and it makes for one of the simplest ways to conduct an install to a hard drive.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Apr-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 26, 2010

LXer Feature: 26-Apr-2010

In this week's LXWR we have Oracle charging for Sun's ODF plug-in, Stallman reconsiders his existence, Steve Jobs tells people who want porn to buy an Android, a farewell to Songbird and much more. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 18-Apr-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 19, 2010

LXer Feature: 19-Apr-2010

This week its all about choosing, switching, installing and migrating to Linux along with the question; Can I be a Windows, Apple, Linux, and Google guy all at once? Also, Microsoft wants to play the Open Source game, why iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad Owners should use Linux and why I Want My Daughter to be a Hacker. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-Apr-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 12, 2010

LXer Feature: 12-Apr-2010

This week we have Jim Zemlin and SJVN weighing in on IBM's supposed breaking of their own pledge to open source many of their patents. Are HP and Dell giving up on netbooks? What will come after Linux? Jack Wallen sees the future, a review of Tiny Me and much more in this week's LXWR.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Mar-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 29, 2010

LXer Feature: 29-Mar-2010


Install Multiple 'Bleeding Edge' Firefox Versions in Linux
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Mar 24, 2010

LXer Feature: 24-Mar-2010

Whether you want to run the newest and safest version of Firefox or you want to test a new Alpha, it might happen the package manager of your Linux distribution doesn't include the version you want. In this article we'll look at ways to install the newest version beyond the package manager, and even better: Running multiple Firefox versions on the same system - even at the same time!


LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Mar-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 23, 2010

LXer Feature: 23-Mar-2010

Sorry for the late posting of the LXWR. This past week we had several different Ubuntu related items including Mark Shuttleworth stating "This is not a democracy", a list of Linux applications you might not know of and our Hans Kwint shows us that there are real alternatives to the iPad. Enjoy!

Of WINE and Viruses
By Tracyanne - Mar 22, 2010

LXer Feature: 22-Mar-2010

I turned to him and said "you've been surfing the porn sites, haven't you."

Linux alternatives for the iPad - and the future of netbooks, tablets and smartbooks
By H.Kwint - Mar 19, 2010

LXer Feature: 19-Mar-2010

Apart from Apple, some other companies are bringing some interesting tablets. In contrary to the iTab, those other tablets do run Linux. Some are already available, such as the TouchBook from Always Innovating (AI), and some have supposedly better screens, like the Notion Ink Adam tablet. From the info available from Sola's blog on the Notion Ink tablet, from the Wikipedia-info on the iPad and AI Touchbook and from the website of the AI touchbook I made a feature table so you can compare features. Apart from that, let's take a look at the future: What technologies are coming to this market?


LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Mar-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 15, 2010

LXer Feature: 15-Mar-2010

This past week on LXer we had Jonathan Schwartz reminiscing in "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal", a newbies guide to hacking the Linux kernel, Phoronix reviews power and memory usage in the various desktop environments, Former Sun chief open source officer Simon Phipps joins the OSI board, Jack Deslippe explains why he no longer uses Apple products and last but not least my editorial on why Windows users have no Choice. Enjoy!

Windows: Choice But No Choice
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 08, 2010

LXer Feature: 08-Mar-2010

In the area of window managers Linux users are completely and totally spoiled rotten. We constantly debate the merits of one desktop environment/window manager over another. We argue over what programs are better than others, what versions of those programs we like over another and getting in world class pissing contests all the while crying about what we wish they would do better or differently. I wish Windows users had this problem, but they don't. Why? Because they have no choice.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 07-Mar-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 07, 2010

LXer Feature: 07-Mar-2010

In the LXWR this week we have Munich showing off its migration to Linux at CeBIT, Ubuntu opens up a music store, a nice review of OpenShot, Jeff Hoogland 'mints' his girlfriends laptop, the three giants of Linux and a LXer feature about contributing upstream..enjoy!

Contributing Upstream: An Editorial
By Rory Frankson - Mar 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-Mar-2010

The foundations of Linux, with how it has been developed and when we look at the Debian model on which Ubuntu is based, the contributions of developers by and large are because of their common interests and a willingness to accept conceptualizations. In recently viewing an interview with Mark Shuttleworth these contributions were stated. Passing on the valor per-say to that foundation and the current developers engaged in the Ubuntu project.

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