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LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Feb-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 22, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-Feb-2010

The big stories this past week included Intel and Nokia announcing that they are going to merge their mobile Linux efforts and call it MeeGo , the top 25 programming errors list gets updated, Eric Van Haesendonck says what he thinks is wrong with Android and Miguel de Icaza gives an update on what his team at Novell has been up too. Also, a list of 20 computers you will probably use in the near future, five great Netbook operating systems, Twitter shares their open source with the world and a whole lot more in This week's LXWR.

SCALE 8x: Day 1 - WIOS Talks
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 20, 2010

LXer Feature: 20-Feb-2010

My review of the first day of SCALE 8x and the WIOS talks I attended.

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

LXer Feature: 14-Feb-2010

In honor of Valentine's Day we have Ken Starks take on nerd mating rituals, Carla Schroder actually gets emotional about Ubuntu, Juliet Kemp espouses the goodness of Xfce and Computer Bob continues his Debian adventure along with Google Buzz, Scientists releasing code and more in the LXer Weekly Roundup.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 07-Feb-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 08, 2010

LXer Feature: 07-Feb-2010

LXer@FOSDEM 2010: Anyone else going?
By H.Kwint - Feb 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-Feb-2010

Tonight FOSDEM 2010 starts with the beer event, and tomorrow the main conference starts. It's held again at the University 'ULB' in Brussels south-east (near the embassies) in Belgium.

Just like last year, LXer will be there. I will try to go both days to cover some talks for you. The schedule promises some interesting talks like that of Greg Koah Hartman, another talk about the RepRap 'cheap' 3D printer that prints its own parts. There's also a Mozilla-room, a distro-room, an embedded room. a KDE and a Gnome room, the Drupal room, the 20-minute Lightning talks which could be about anything and many more.

Asus 9 inch Netbook
By Tracyanne - Feb 01, 2010

LXer Feature: 01-Feb-2010

A few weeks ago I was chatting with one of our Clients, he owns a company that does hooks up for prospective Employers with prospective Employees in the Fitness Industry, and in the process makes a few bob. He was complaining about his Asus netbook, which had Windows XP loaded on it, and how it has been getting progressively slower over time and knowing I use Linux, in fact I had recommended last year that he get someone, or do it himself and install Ubuntu UNR. He asked if I would install Linux on his machine.

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

LXer Feature: 01-Feb-2010

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

LXer Feature: 25-Jan-2010

Thoughts on Youtube 'abandoning' Firefox and Opera
By H.Kwint - Jan 23, 2010

LXer Feature: 23-Jan-2010

A new test version of Youtube offers HTML 5 video support, meaning watching videos without Adobe Flash, but only when browsing with Chrome or Safari. While this might seem strange at first, and might sound like Google is abandoning its Firefox users, things are a little bit more complicated.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Jan-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 19, 2010

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

LXer Feature: 11-Jan-2010

LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Jan-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 04-Jan-2010

I just discovered something
By tracyanne - Dec 14, 2009

LXer Feature: 14-Dec-2009

The rest of you may already be aware of this, but I just discovered something about Ubuntu I was not aware of.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Nov-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 30, 2009

LXer Feature: 30-Nov-2009

Transparently uploading and accessing encrypted files and directories to a Cloud Service
By Tracy Anne Barlow - Nov 28, 2009

LXer Feature: 28-Nov-2009

The idea is to store ones files on a cloud (Ubuntu One), so that they remain private, using encryption, but so that they can be transparently uploaded and downloaded and accessed, as if they are unencrypted files.

iPhone & HTML5 bring "streaming Silverlight content" to Linux
By H.Kwint - Nov 26, 2009

LXer Feature: 26-Nov-2009

Here's a quick blog, because I'm really in hurry, so please forgive any mistakes.

Microsoft worked together with Apple to bring Silverlight video to the iPhone. What this solution basically does is take a video at the server side, cut it in parts and convert the parts to separate H.264 streams. Then stream those files to end users with IIS Media services. These have .ts extensions, a format mplayer understands.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Nov-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 23, 2009

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LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Nov-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 17, 2009

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LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Nov-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 02, 2009

LXer Feature: 02-Nov-2009

Ubuntu "Stick" Blues - or USB for short
By H. Kwint - The Netherlands - Oct 29, 2009


LXer Feature: 29-Oct-2009

There could be several reasons why your PC doesn't have a CD-ROM. For example, the next scenario:

  • 1) You damaged the mobo fan while hoovering dust,
  • 2) The new fan you bought featured adhesive tape which didn't last at 60 degrees (C), and an iron cord didn't fix it, causing the fan to fall of,
  • 3) The northbridge burned,
  • 4) The new 'green' AMD780G mobo you bought could not facilitate both your CD-ROM and IDE drives,
  • 5) Given your IDE drives were part of a RAID array, you decided not to connect your CD-ROM drives.

OK, your reasons will probably be different, but these are mine. "Not a problem" I thought. "After all, it's 2009. Who needs CD-ROMs anyway?" The answer is: Mandriva, Gentoo, Tinycore and even Windows 7 don't, but Debian derived stuff does. It makes your life really hard, while Ubuntu is meant to make your life as a human being simple.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Oct-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 27, 2009

LXer Feature: 26-Oct-2009

LXer Book Review: Pro Linux System Administration
By Sander Marechal, The Netherlands - Oct 22, 2009

LXer Feature: 22-Oct-2009

“By the end of this book, You’ll be well on your way to becoming a Linux expert” is quite a bold claim for a book that is aimed at people who only have some familiarity with Windows and networking. “Pro Linux System Administration” by James Turnbull, Peter Lieverdink and Dennis Matotek aims to do precisely that and surprisingly, it largely succeeds. In its 1080 pages it explains how you can set up and configure multiple Linux servers to operate a small business network. Starting with basic Linux management and working up the stack through networking, e-mail and webservers you will end up with a pretty complete network that includes document management, groupware and disaster recovery.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 18-Oct-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 19, 2009

LXer Feature: 19-Oct-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-Oct-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 12, 2009

LXer Feature: 12-Oct-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Sept-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 28, 2009

LXer Feature: 28-Sept-2009

Ohio LinuxFest report: "Forty Years of Unix"
By anonymous - Sep 28, 2009

LXer Feature: 28-Sept-2009

I just got back from OhioLinuxFest "Forty Years of Unix," and I want to report on what I heard, who I saw, and what I learned. I wasn't sure how it would be this year, with a slowed economy. Compared to last year, it had fewer exhibitors, but roughly the same number of attendees. The raffle tickets sold out, which is a good sign for any fund-raising activity.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Sept-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 21, 2009

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LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Sept-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 14, 2009

LXer Feature: 14-Sept-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Aug-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 31, 2009

LXer Feature: 31-Aug-2009

Secure VoIP, GNU SIP Witch, and replacing Skype with free software
By David Sugar - Aug 27, 2009

LXer Feature: 27-Aug-2009

For a number of years I have been when possible working on what is called the GNU Telephony Secure Calling initiative to make communication intercept a thing of the past, whether for individuals, private organizations, or national governments, and to do so entirely using free software.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Aug-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 17, 2009

LXer Feature: 17-Aug-2009

TomTom Leeches
By Tracyanne and TomTom - Aug 15, 2009

LXer Feature: 15-Aug-2009

A month or so ago I purchased a TomTom One map/navigation device, only to discover there is no Linux client for TomTom home, and as a consequence i am unable to update the maps on the device, or indeed, any other useful information that is made available for the device.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Jul-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 20, 2009

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LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Jul-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 14, 2009

LXer Feature: 13-Jul-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-Jul-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 06, 2009

LXer Feature: 07-Jul-2009

LXer Book Review: Practical CakePHP Projects
By Sander Marechal, The Netherlands - Jun 25, 2009

LXer Feature: 25-Jun-2009

CakePHP has rapidly been gaining mindshare as a powerful and easy to use MVC framework for PHP. Mimicking Ruby on Rails, it allows developers to quickly prototype and build database driven websites and web applications. With increased popularity books usually follow. “Practical CakePHP Projects” by Kai Chan and John Omokore is one such book. It is aimed at advanced PHP developers who have some experience with CakePHP and builds on books like “Beginning CakePHP” (Apress, 2008). The book promised to show how to build practical, real-world web applications using the CakePHP frameworks.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Jun-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 22, 2009

LXer Feature: 22-Jun-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Jun-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 16, 2009

LXer Feature: 15-Jun-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 07-Jun-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 08, 2009

LXer Feature: 08-Jun-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-May-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 01, 2009

LXer Feature: 01-Jun-2009

We have a lot of big stories is this week's roundup like the news that the U.S. Army has decided to upgrade from MS Office 2003 to MS Office 2007 and Vista in order to “bolster Internet security”, which begs the question, why isn't the entire military already using SELinux? For those who want to learn some Linux/Unix history and happen to have spare 40ft wall, then this poster might be for you, and SourceForge takes down the rtmpdump project after receiving a cease-and-desist notice from Adobe.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-May-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 25, 2009

LXer Feature: 25-May-2009

Wine, you can't live with or without it, it seems, the Berkeley Linux Users Group put up a great review of Mephisto Backup v1.5, Juliet Kemp shows one way to protect your root password, and it looks like Sugar is ultimately going to win because no one is buying XO's with XP on them apparently. Google Chrome 2.0 was released this past week, its amazing to me that Chrome already has twice the browser market share than Opera but then we all know about market share statistics don't we?

Linux doesn't need marketing
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - May 19, 2009

LXer Feature: 19-May-2009

Most Linux adepts will agree Linux could have a higher market share than it does today, if it had been marketed more effectively in the past. Therefore, lots of those adepts stress “Linux needs more marketing!” Some efforts have been done, most notably I remember the Indy 500 car which advertised Linux, and more recently the "We're Linux" Video Contest by Linux Foundation. One question hasn't been answered as of yet however: What's the goal of marketing Linux?

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-May-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 18, 2009

LXer Feature: 18-May-2009

The Mozilla Foundation has released version 1.0 beta of its Prism software. Danijel Orsolic puts a new take on the semantics of whether Linux is an OS or not. Paul Rubens shows us how to optimize hard drives for maximum speed in Linux and Pogoplug, which is a little device that can connect to a USB 2.0 hard drive and an Ethernet connection, and then instantly makes the drive an Internet-accessible storage device promises to publish the source-code if the product fails.

It Will Never Be the Year of Desktop Linux
By Thomas King - May 14, 2009

LXer Feature: 14-May-2009

People always tout this year or that as THE year of desktop Linux. It won't happen. Rather, it'll take time to evolve.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-May-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 12, 2009

LXer Feature: 11-May-2009

LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-May-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 04, 2009

LXer Feature: 04-May-2009

The Linux and Unix Menagerie has a hilarious look back at what we thought was cool, Mike Weber has a cool tutorial on how to compile a Kernel in Ubuntu 9.04, HP unveiled a ProBook laptop line that you can get Linux Pre-installed on, and can XP save Windows 7? Something tells me the answer is no..

Terminating a Bad Assumption
By gus3 - May 01, 2009

LXer Feature: 01-May-2009

Earlier today (as I write this), our esteemed tuxchick made a very bold statement:

If people don't want to learn an unfamiliar environment why do they stick with windows? Win 95 was radically different from 3.1, and it was a huge success. XP was way different from 2000, and everything was moved around and stuffed into different places. Vista was even weirder, with the added free bonus of new extreme annoyances like UAC. Windows 7 is organized differently yet again, and the tech press are all swoony over it and hailing it as The Best Windows Evah.

This touches on something I've been shopping around privately for a couple weeks now: Why do we in the "Linux community" assume prior experience with Windows, or any WIMP interface? At its core, this is a bad assumption for absolutely everyone, proprietary software houses included.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Apr-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 28, 2009

LXer Feature: 27-Apr-2009

The biggest story of the week was by far the purchase of Sun, not by IBM but Oracle, which has many FOSS proponents worried about the Open Source projects that Sun is an integral part of. I agree with SJVN's take on it and it explains why Oracle had "Dr DBA" himself appear on stage at the MySQL annual conference only days later.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Apr-2009
By Sander Marechal, The Netherlands - Apr 20, 2009

LXer Feature: 20-Apr-2009

It has been a busy week on our newswire. There was much good news for open source graphics, not quite so good news on the Linux security front, debatable news from Redmond, a flood of news about Ubuntu and much speculation dressed as news about Sun and IBM. And in between all that we had some regular news, tutorials and musings as well.

Here is an overview of the main things from last week.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Apr-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 14, 2009

LXer Feature: 12-Apr-2009

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