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


LXer Feature: 21-Sept-2009


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

LXer Feature: 20-Jul-2009


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


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

LXer Feature: 30-Mar-2009

It looks like Google's Chrome browser came out on the winning end of browser hacking contest, so I figured why not back it up with 11 Free Ways to Beef Up Your Web Browser. Eric S. Raymond speaks heresy at a LUG meeting, RMS doesn't want us to fall into "The Javascript Trap" and by the way, your distro sucks.;-)

LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Mar-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 24, 2009

LXer Feature: 22-Mar-2009


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

LXer Feature: 15-Mar-2009

I figured I would start the Roundup this week with a good play on words with Michael Tiemann's, From the End of the Beginning to the Beginning of the End. Caitlyn Martin gives us a review the very different results in testing the performance of different Linux distributions. Mozilla starts to contemplate a future without Google and Derek Knowlton shows us The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the The EeePC and Aspire One. Oh and by the way Happy 15th Birthday, Linux!

The EeePC and Aspire One: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By Derek Knowlton - Mar 10, 2009

LXer Feature: 10-Mar-2009

With the introduction of the EeePC and the Aspire One I was in love.. Originally I just had to have the Asus, but with the great deal Walmart was offering on Black Friday (yeah, I know but I bought the Acer at Wallyworld) I decided to buy an Aspire One as well. Let me tell you about 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' of these two machines.

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

LXer Feature: 08-Mar-2009

In this week's LXWR we have more news coming to light on the Microsoft vs. TomTom suit, fat free XFCE, going back to dial-up to save some cash, news and opinions on netbooks, Flock ditches Firefox for Chrome, Linux gets put to the Mom test and much much more.

The BENQ netbook and EeeBuntu
By Tracy Anne Barlow - Mar 04, 2009

LXer Feature: 04-Mar-2009

The BENQ net book and EeeBuntu. One of the interesting things about KDE4 is the fact that it has caused me to look at Linux Distributions, other than Mandriva, which I've use almost exclusively since I started using Linux in 2000.

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

LXer Feature: 02-Mar-2009

In this week's LXer Weekly Roundup DeviceGuru talks about how Lenny brightened up an old laptop, Linux has a marketing problem, how RMS may be looking at the internet the wrong way, Microsoft sues TomTom and all the rest of the previous week's big stories.

Mr. Stallman's Internet: How RMS May Be Looking The Wrong Way At The Internet
By James Cook - Feb 24, 2009

LXer Feature: 24-Feb-2009

Once more unto the breach my friends, Richard M. Stallman (RMS) has laid another profound thought process out there for us to digest. This man is definitely deserves everyone's respect. Whether you agree with him or not, he has given the whole planet gifts that it does not even realize for the most part. While not the creator of the concept that the code for software should be free, he is without a doubt the one who codified the concept. He laid out exactly what it means for software to be free, in such a fashion that even most laymen could understand it. This alone should earn him the respect of the planet, however, it does not stop at that point.

[This is a response an article that hit our newswire last week. - Scott]


LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Feb-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 24, 2009

LXer Feature: 24-Feb-2009


Open Source News from FOSDEM 2009 - Day 2
By Hans Kwint and Sander Marechal - Feb 16, 2009
LXer Feature: 13-Feb-2009

In the weekend of 7 and 8 February, the 9th Free & Open Source Developers' Europe Meeting (FOSDEM) took place at the Université Libre Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. Your editors Sander Marechal and Hans Kwint attended this meeting to find out for you what's hot, new in the area of the Linux environment and might be coming to you in the near future. This is our report of the second day covering the talks about Thunderbird 3, Debian release management, Ext4, Syslinux, CalDAV and more. Coverage of the first day can be found in our previous article.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Feb-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 16, 2009

LXer Feature: 16-Feb-2009

We start off this week's Roundup with a blast from the past with an article that compared the best Linux distributions of 2000. Its amazing just how far we have come since then. Amazon has unveiled a new slimmer Kindle reader that has more storage and quicker page turns. Priced at a somewhat steep $359, it will keep many who would want to buy it from being able too.

Open Source News from FOSDEM 2009 - Day 1
By Hans Kwint and Sander Marechal - Feb 11, 2009
LXer Feature: 11-Feb-2009

This weekend, the 9th Free & Open Source Developers' Europe Meeting (FOSDEM) took place at the Université Libre Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. Your editors Sander Marechal and Hans Kwint attended this meeting to find out for you what's hot, new in the area of the Linux environment and might be coming to you in the near future.

Here is the blow-by-blow of the first day with talks about Mozilla's future, the role of Debian, two OSI talks, Reverse engineering and much, much more.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Feb-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 09, 2009

LXer Feature: 08-Feb-2009

At the beginning of the week Debian went into a deep freeze until their announced release date for Lenny on Valentine's Day. A group of developers have brought the dark horse of file managers Midnight Commander back from a deep sleep. Jimf exposed me to midnight commander, it was way over my head at the time and in a related article Carla Schroder says you "You Get What You Pay For" that talks about projects having a hard time making ends meet. Both of which I will be talking about again soon..

The Death of the Newspaper
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 06, 2009

LXer Feature: 06-Feb-2009

Why does the newspaper deserve to be saved? Just because they have been around for a long time? That is not a good enough reason for me. Or the arguments that society will somehow be lessened by their absence or be less informed without them is arrogant and presumptuous.

The LXer Interview: Jesse Trucks of LOPSA
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 04, 2009

LXer Feature: 04-Feb-2009

I interview Jesse Trucks a Director of LOPSA, who along with Chris St. Pierre will be teaching several classes guaranteed to make you a better System Admin at their SCALE University for the second year in a row at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) 20th to 22nd of February in Los Angeles.

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

LXer Feature: 01-Feb-2009

My apologies for the return to the old format. With the big game yesterday I pretty much forgot to put this up.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Jan-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 26, 2009

LXer Feature: 25-Jan-2009

This week's Roundup starts off with Steven Rosenberg talking about his Thunderbird IMAP setup and why he wishes it was better at it. We have a couple of desktop related articles where Bruce Byfield gives us his Ideal Linux Desktop Setup and gHacks shows us how to shorten Linux boot time by going through what services you really need turned on.

Caught Astroturfing: Bad Belkin Bayard Business..
By Paul (FeriCyde) Ferris - Jan 20, 2009

LXer Feature: 20-Jan-2009

It seems a Belkin employee was caught red-handed looking for people to write positive reviews of one of their products. Our own Paul Ferris discusses his observations and some of the bigger social issues that 'Astroturfing' exposes.

[Here is a link for those who may be unfamiliar with what 'Astroturfing' is. - Scott]

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

LXer Feature: 19-Jan-2009

The Wall Street Journal had a piece on Mark Shuttleworth and our own Steven Rosenberg thinks All roads lead to Ubuntu. SJVN goes over Linux 2.6.28's five best features and Sander came across this great piece of FUD called Why Windows 7 will crush Linux and Hans Bezemer noticed and couldn't stop himself from responding with Why Linux makes Windows 7 obsolete.

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

LXer Feature: 12-Jan-2009

Sorry for being a day late on posting this. Some new things going on with the kernel like Btrfs put in the mainline and SJVN's review of Linux 2.6.28's five best features. Someone decided to try Linux for a week as their new year Linux resolution and 14 file managers for Linux as well.

CES 2009: How I Barely Avoided An Epic Fail
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 09, 2009

LXer Feature: 09-Jan-2009

A review of my time walking around the largest technology exposition on the planet and how I barely avoided an epic fail at finding something FOSS related to write about.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Jan-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 05, 2009

LXer Feature: 04-Jan-2009

Welcome to the first LXer Roundup of 2009, I hope your new year was a good one. ChannelWeb has a list of what they think are the 10 Coolest Open Source products of 2008 and Phoronix has their take on the great Linux innovations of 2008. Bruce Byfield gives us his list of the seven most influential Linux distributions. I like the list overall but I think it should include Damn Small Linux.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Dec-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 29, 2008

LXer Feature: 28-Dec-2008

Welcome to the last Weekly Roundup for 2008, but fear not my fellow news hounds for even as we continue to grow in 2009, LXer will be here to keep you up to speed on all things FOSS. At the end of the year its always about the numbers isn't it? This week we have couple of 7's, 15 tips, the new Ext4 and 3 Debian derivatives worthy as gifts to your favorite geek.

Three Great Distributions for Christmas: sidux, AntiX M8.0 and SimplyMEPIS 8.0
By Brian Masinick - Dec 24, 2008

LXer Feature: 24-Dec-2008

The Debian project has packaged and produced some really great software and the latest project, code named "Lenny" has resulted in a couple of really outstanding derivatives, AntiX and its parent SimplyMEPIS. In addition, the Debian project "Sid", has led to the creation of an awesome cutting edge system called sidux. Any of the three would make a great Christmas gift for the Linux geek in your life.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Dec-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 22, 2008

LXer Feature: 21-Dec-2008

There were several articles about Netbooks this week. One article entitled "Small is beautiful" that talks about the joys of the Netbook, another of how now that Microsoft has dumped XP on the Netbook market, that it has of course taken the majority of the share of pre-installs. Isn't it nice to know that you can buy a little Netbook with XP installed on it without having to pay for the 'downgrade' (I mean upgrade) like you would have to if you did not want Vista to come pre-installed on a new desktop or laptop? I didn't think so either.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Dec-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 15, 2008

LXer Feature: 14-Dec-2008

Hello everyone, It seems that in the search to bring the infections under control, the USB drive ban I told you about last week has been expanded to the entire military now. AbiWord 2.6.5 just hit the streets and it boasts better compatibility with Word 2007 and OpenOffice Writer and Amarok 2.0 with a host of cool new stuff was released earlier in the week as well.

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