LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Jul-2011

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 4, 2011 5:25 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)

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Here is a roundup of the big stories to hit our newswire this past week. Enjoy!

Firefox 4 is unsupported, but don't freak out!: Mozilla recently made headlines by saying (in no uncertain terms) that they would not be providing security fixes for the recently released Firefox version 4. This has caused some concern in the enterprise, who are no doubt aware (thanks to the recent activity of Lulz Security and Anonymous) that security is not something that can be taken lightly. Microsoft also took the opportunity to remind system administrators and CIOs that IE will be supported for many years to come.

GNOME developer quote of the day: I am no longer using GNOME but Xfce and this has nothing to do with GNOME Shell. I already switched a long time ago. But as the (co-)maintainer of several terminals in Fedora, I wondered how to enable users to easily switch their default terminal emulator in GNOME 3

Teo Natty Netbook: Good Things in Small Shiny Packages: I like netbooks a lot. Portable, long battery life, sharp bright screens-- what's not to like? I took ZaReason's Teo netbook on a torture trip and learned a few things.

What Sucks Worse than Oracle's VirtualBox?: If you’ve ever tried Oracle’s VirtualBox software, you already know what sucks worse. If you haven’t tried it, you need to find out before you do. What isn’t perfect about VB, you ask? On installation, it disables your network interfaces, which should be a temporary inconvenience, but often results in a few reboots or power downs and some frustration. This only happens on Windows systems. I’ve never had any issues on Linux.

Canonical Alienates Their Major Asset: I've long lamented the fact that Linux lacks any real marketing strategy. Of course, when a product is free of cost, there is no ROI so what's the point? Canonical beat the odds with Ubuntu. The fan-base became so large, so fast that Universal Awareness of Ubuntu can be credited to a simple grass-roots effort that expanded across the globe. It wasn't television or radio advertising. It wasn't billboards. It was good old fashioned proselytizing. Gimmee that old-time religion any day.

Farewell to Microsoft: Unfortunately I had to keep working with Windows because of my need for some software that lacks on support for Linux, that simple fact was driving me crazy.... ...I hope this is the day I can say Good by Microsoft Windows, hope to never see you again...

10 ways the Linux community can fix the mess on the desktop: I have been a huge fan and user of Linux for well over 10 years. In that time, I have seen just about every piece of drama that can come from a community. Much of that drama has been focused on the desktop. Sometimes users were simply throwing stones as to which desktop was better. But the drama unfolding of late is much worse. The state of the Linux desktop has become a circus that centers around the creation of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop. The minute that desktop was announced, things started getting worse.

Microsoft corners another Android manufacturer on patents: Microsoft has entered into its second Android-related patent agreement this week, with tablet maker Velocity Micro. The deal, involving unspecified royalties, follows others with General Dynamics Itronix and HTC.

Virtual Machine Addiction: We've gone too far.: You’re addicted to virtual machines. You spin up a new one for every little niche workload. It’s like any other addiction, it’s costing you and the price is too high to pay.

Unbelievable statements in GPL related case in the Supreme Court of Mauritius: 5. Licenses of open-source software like "Linux" and "Asterisk" have no copyright restrictions which in effect puts no restrictions on their use or distribution. As a consequence, any work which is derived from the open source software as conceptualized, created, installed and managed, by the Applicant becomes the ownership of the Applicant.h

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