LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Feb-2009

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 16, 2009 1:20 PM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)


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.

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.

It seems that gaming on Linux is really starting to ramp up. LinuxLinks.com has updated their list of 21 of the best free Linux games and Ken Starks finally gets the gaming 'bug' and explains how even he couldn't stop playing a game recently ported to Linux in his review "Linux gets Gooey on Friday the 13th". A reminder to our readers, don't forget that SCALE 7x is almost upon us and yours truly will be there the whole weekend to cover it for you. Look for me to be perusing the showroom floor and attempting to cover as many talks as possible. It looks to be even bigger and better than last year, I hope to see you there!

An article by Dan Voyles asks if Ubuntu heading towards a release path similar to Microsoft's that sparked a lengthy thread among our readers and I figured who couldn't use a refresher on practical password security. Cuba has decided to launch their own version of Linux in response to their distaste for everything 'American'. I wonder if they know just how much Linux development is done by people in the U.S.

Our own Hans Kwint and Sander Marechal cover FOSDEM 2009 like an LXer blanket with their comprehensive review "Open Source News from FOSDEM 2009 - Day 1". Expect to see their review of Day 2 very soon. In a milestone that only the truly geeky could appreciate. This past Friday FOSS lovers around the world, myself included, celebrated as the official Unix time hit 1234567890. Caitlyn Martin reviews the Sylvania g Netbook and tells us what a nightmare of an experience it was.

Proving once again just how out of touch with reality they are, Microsoft has decided to open a chain of their own stores. Gee, I wonder where they got that idea? I have my popcorn ready to go in anticipation of watching the spectacle that Microsoft running a chain of retail stores will be. Hans Bezemer put together the ultimate Windows apologists reference to make things easier for all those Windows loving writers out there.

Tech Republic put together a nice list of 10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows that kicks MS in the teeth and to finish things up I have my "lack of research special", Are Microsoft Partners Spreading Open-Source Fear?. Its not the premise of the article I have issues with, it is the reference material the author used to come up with the premise in the first place that leaves a bad impression on me.

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