LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Dec-2008

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 29, 2008 7:51 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)


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.

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, 10 secure one's, 15 tips and a new 4 and 3 Debian derivatives worthy of gifts to your favorite geek.

So about all these numbers...

First is an article dying to be flamed entitled "Windows 7: The Linux killer" which then many here promptly picked to pieces. The only thing that I can see that Microsoft has in defense of Linux is XP. The porting of it to the XO once they went into production and their knee jerk reaction to the Netbook market boom is proof that, if anything XP is their Linux Novocaine. From what I have seen Windows 7 is just a repackaged Vista, and all Vista did is was make Linux look really good.

Hacking Truths put out a nice list of 15 things you can do to Improve your Linux experience. There are the 7 must have Google tools for Linux users and Brian Masinick reviews three Debian derivatives sidux, AntiX M8.0 and SimplyMEPIS 8.0 for Christmas. One of the cool new things about the 2.6.28 kernel that Linus put out just before the Holidays is the no longer experimental Ext4 filesystem that can scale up to 1EB or 1 Exabyte in size.

Akkana Peck says "Fear Not The Command Line!" in the second installment of her Linux Command Shell For Beginners series. First there was Compiz, then Beryl forked and morphed into Compiz Fusion. Well now there is Compiz++ which does all kinds of crazy things that make my eyes hurt. In some big news that broke right here on LXer, Alan Cox announced that he is moving from Red Hat to Intel which will allow him to spend more time with his family and work on the low level stuff that really interests him now.

Dave Rosenberg wrote an article about how he thinks that Open source will become paid software in 2009. He talks about how businesses that live by support contracts alone may need to add proprietary extensions to their free product in order to make up for the continued 'belt tightening' due to the current economy. Its not a bad idea for sure, but to say that it is "the right way to go" if your a commercial vendor is too big a blanket statement for me.

To close things out with a smile I have couple of things to tickle your funny bone. Here is a great collection of Christmas jokes for Linux and Unix geeks and I came across this picture and I just had to share it. Who among us hasn't done a little computer cleaning with some Linux before, right? See you next year!

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