LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-Apr-2011

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 11, 2011 3:42 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)

LXer Feature: 11-Apr-2011

In the Roundup this week we have Ubuntu announcing that 11.10 will not ship with the Gnome classic DE, is it worth rooting a Nook Color, Novell shows of Mono for Android, praise for the D-Link Boxee and last but not least PJ says there will be no more Groklaw after May 16th. Enjoy!

Ubuntu 11.10 Will Not Ship With A Classic Gnome Desktop: As you probably know (if you don't, read the Ubuntu 11.04 beta 1 post again), Ubuntu 11.04 will ship with an option to use the classic Gnome Desktop so Unity is not a must if you don't want to use it. All you have to do to use the Gnome panels is to select the Ubuntu Classic Desktop in the login screen.

Rooting a Nook Color: Is it Worth It?: Looking for a good, cheap Android tablet? Lots of folks recommend grabbing a Barnes & Noble Color Nook and then rooting it to make an Android tablet. Is it worth it? Depends on what you expect from a tablet computer.

4 Lessons Which Bodhi Linux Taught Me: New star appeared on the Ubuntu sky recently, and this star is called Bodhi Linux. Version 1.0.0 was released at the end of March, just a week ago. Everything new is interesting. Hopefully, not only for myself, but also for my readers. That's why I have to try this new operating system. Bodhi Linux image weights less than 400Mb, which puts it into the same line as Puppy and SLAX. While testing Bodhi Linux, I learnt 4 lessons which I'd like to tell you about.

Novell Announces Mono for Android: Novell has renewed its efforts in the mobile arena by today announcing the availability of Mono for Android, a set of tools for developing .NET applications for the Android platform using Microsoft Visual Studio. Following the Mono Project's core tenet of making Microsoft .NET applications capable of running cross-platform, Novell says that it is now enabling Visual Studio, .NET, and C# developers to utilize a common code base to create applications for the industry's most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based phones and tablets, Apple iPad, Apple iPod Touch, and Apple iPhone.

The Birth of Linux: How Linux Got Started: It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of Linux. If you're a new Linux user, you might wonder how it all got started. As part of the Linux Foundation's celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Linux, Linux.com is going to be running a series of stories that looks at the history of Linux — starting with the history of how it all began.

The Myth of Openness: In a world of technology openness is often treated as an imperative, something that has to be preserved or promoted as something inherently good. I’ve been a long time believer in this idea myself, but as I watch the evolution of technology I’m beginning to question its value and underpinnings. What exactly is it that makes openness worthy of a pedestal it’s often being put on?

In praise of the D-Link Boxee Box: Despite seeming a bit more like a late-stage beta than a fully-released product, this stylish Linux-powered device has gradually taken over command and control of our non-DVD TV watching experience...

Internet Explorer 6 is Holding Back the Linux Desktop: Now, with Linux having been so successful everywhere else, why is it still failing to over take on the desktop? Well I have a theory and as you may have guessed from the title of the post, I placing the blame here squarely on the shoulders of Internet Explorer 6.

Groklaw Articles Ending on May 16th: I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16. I know a lot of you will be unhappy to hear it, so let me briefly explain, because my decision is made and it's firm. In a simple sentence, the reason is this: the crisis SCO initiated over Linux is over, and Linux won. SCO as we knew it is no more. There will be other battles, and there already are, because the same people that propped SCO up are still going to try to destroy Linux, but the battlefield has shifted, and I don't feel Groklaw is needed in the new battlefield the way it was in the SCO v. Linux wars.

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