LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Feb-2009

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 9, 2009 2:56 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)


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..

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..

Ever since KDE 4 came out it has taken a lot, and I mean a lot of heat. Not all of it undeserved but still. The story seems to be changing tune however with the latest 4.2 update. Because when you can get Glyn Moody to ask himself if Linus jumped too soon in regards Linus's recent admission that he has switched to Gnome from KDE and get Bruce Byfield to say the wow factor has returned, you can't be doing too bad. A story sparked a debate in the forums about the merits of making KDE work on windows and challenging Microsoft on its own turf, and whether it is a wasted effort.

Here is something I was totally unaware of, apparently Windows 7 "Starter" which will be the one of the so far announced 6 versions of Windows 7 that will be aimed at the netbook market will only be able to run three programs at a time. Only three? Really? Why? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. I don't mind though, I'm glad to watch. And an article that hit our newswire that spawned an online documentation project at thetuxproject.com

A recent article on the ascendant state of the WINE Project by Thomas Wickline got me to confess to how much, I have not used it. It got me thinking about it and I thought I would post this great article I found on LWN called "Common Wine Myths" Also, Tech Republic has a list of 10 obscure Linux applications you need to try that seems to have perked some interest.

I interview Jesse Trucks of LOPSA and share my opinion on "The Death of the Newspaper" and to wrap things up I have a nice piece of non-research enititled Netbook Linux at a Crossroads and Ken Hess asks "Are You Smart Enough To Use Linux?" Great way to alienate prospective Linux users Ken, telling them that Linux is really complicated and that they are probably too stupid to use it makes me ask, are you a Linux advocate, Windows advocate or just trolling?

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