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LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Mar-2008

LXer Feature: 16-Mar-2008

In this week's Roundup we have several Microsoft related articles, how to back up Linux with ease, a petition for open standards in the European Parliament, 10 Linux commands you’ve never used, OLPC: one virus per child and the future belongs to Linux. Ken Starks tells us "You only know good when you've seen bad..." and our own Carla Schroder replies with the "Care and Feeding of Baby Linux Users" and we have a couple of FUD articles for your enjoyment as well.

Managing LVM with the LVM Manager

  •; By Mike Weber (Posted by mweber on Mar 16, 2008 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This tutorial will help you understand how to manage Logical Volumes with the LVM Manager.

Speed Up Your System With Preload On Fedora 8

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Mar 16, 2008 5:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to install preload on Fedora 8. preload is an adaptive readahead daemon. It monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times.

Firefox at Mix08

While viewing the SEO presentation from Microsoft's Mix08. I noticed that the presenter preferred Firefox when ever he need to do anything really useful.

Asus' Eee Gets Windows XP ... But Hasn't Lost Linux (Yet)

At the CeBIT convention in Germany the other week, Asus unveiled a new edition of its flash-based Eee sub-notebook PC, nominally running a custom version of Xandros Linux. New models, Asus said, will run Linux ... and now Windows XP. According to Asus' press release, Microsoft Works and many of the Windows Live applications will come preloaded with the system. It claims it has sold 350,000 units so far and is on track to selling anywhere between 3 and 5 million by the end of the year.

Could a touchscreen desktop PC be better than an OLPC?

One community in Brazil is creating their own OLPC alternative: a touchscreen desktop. Is this solution better or worse than a little UMPC like the OLPC?

Programmers Guild rebuts Bill Gates call for more H-1b visas

  •; By Kim Berry (Posted by jsusanka on Mar 15, 2008 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Excellent write up on Bill Gate's testimony for the education committee in Washington D.C. I have to say I totally agree with this article. This is visa program has directly effected my life and what it boils down to is these corporation do not want to pay American salaries and benefits when they can outsource the work and get excellent tax breaks from the Bush administration. But gee us dumb Americans just can't seem to do math or science - go figure.

Care and Feeding of Baby Linux Users

LXer Feature: 15-Mar-2008

This brand-new Linux user, this refugee from the Redmond wastelands, was stretching her wings and trying to fly. She edited xorg.conf all by herself, though not quite the right way. She exposed a bug in Ken's customer support (don't use writable CDs for recovery disks). Now how many new Linux users can even find xorg.conf, let alone have the boldness to muck with it? Or even experienced users? The Ubuntu forums are cram-full of command-line fear and loathing; the very sight of a text file drives them into seizures. I think Paula's eagerness to explore and try new things should be rewarded.

klik2 lists areas to contribute code -- not just for GSoC 2008

The klik developer team has named a few distinct areas where new contributors could join in and create new features for the current klik2 development effort. Amongst the most interesting ideas are these: klik2 Updater; Enhancement for fakechroot (or a replacement); Porting klik2 to *BSD and OpenSolaris; Automate klik Recipe Testing; Replacing Server-side APT with Server-Side Smart, klik2 Security Framework; Packaging the klik2 Client with OBS. "We know some high-profile people and organizations are keeping an eye on klik's progress, and wishing us well. See for instance this statement we recently found: [...]"

Flash CS3 and Photoshop CS3 running in Wine

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Mar 15, 2008 10:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It looks as if Wine might be supporting Adobe's Flash CS3 as well as Photoshop CS3 on Linux in the near future.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Steve Ballmer's Latest

A look at the latest role of Microsoft executives, consultants and analysts in the fight against GNU/Linux and FOSS

Wordpress Is Open Source

Six Apart has recently decided that the best way to win back customers fleeing their platforms is to target WordPress, which is a new strategy they call competing. (What have they been doing the past 7 years?) WordPress MU is 100% open source, GPL, and if you wanted you could take it and build your own hosted platform like, like has with over 100,000 blogs.

External projectors/monitors with GNU/Linux

  • a weblog by Andrea Ratto; By Andrea Ratto (Posted by soulrebel on Mar 15, 2008 7:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME, Intel
When giving a presentation you have to get the projector working quickly and correctly otherwise it might get embarrassing. Many laptops have a special button to control the external screen but that does not always work with Linux or with some configurations, as sometimes there are too many things for the computer to figure out. Best thing to do is learn a couple of commands to control the external VGA output and do the thinking ourselves.

Install Solaris 01/08 HVM DomU (64-bit) at Xen 3.2 CentOS 5.1 Dom0 (x86_64)

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Mar 15, 2008 5:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat, Sun
This posting follows up "Install Solaris (SNV 84) DomU at Xen 3.2 CentOS 5.1 Dom0 (64 bit)" and provides brief description how to install 64-bit Solaris 01/08 HVM DomU at Xen 3.2 CentOS 5.1 Dom0 (64-bit as well) despite installer puts this HVM in 32-bit mode by default.

The REAL reason we use Linux

We tell people we use Linux because it's secure. Or because it's free, because it's customizable, because it has excellent community support... But all of that is just marketing bullshit. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn't understand the REAL reason.

Linux on a Macintosh

  •; By John Altenmueller (Posted by jaltenmueller on Mar 15, 2008 3:25 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Since Apple introduced the Intel chip in their Macintosh computers, people have been using this technology to run other software that they would normally run on their PCs, such as Windows or various blends of *nix. Because of their specialized hardware, Macs present somewhat of a challenge to get a PC operating system that would run without a hitch on a normal PC computer, running on an Intel Mac. This guide aims to highlight, avoid and deal with main complications that arise when running (or trying to run) Linux on a Macintosh.

Who is in charge of my privacy?

It should concern us that most computer users -- ourselves included -- see themselves as dependent variables in respect to large companies' privacy policies, rather than as independent variables. I mean, it's understandable that big companies think of themselves as In Control. Hey: they are. They should have an obligation to care about users' privacy, and to explain their privacy policies. But why should we behave as supplicants to these companies, or even to governments, in respect to how anybody or anything treats what we regard as private information about ourselves and what we do in the world?

One-third of Asus Eee PC users to run Linux

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 15, 2008 1:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It's funny how some people are so stuck on the idea that Windows, and only Windows, is the one true operating system that they can't even hear their own words. That's the case with a recent news story with the headline, "Windows XP Will Fill Two-Thirds of Asustek Eee PCs." (This article will only be online until April 13.)

Must-Have Tools for HTML, JavaScript, & AJAX

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Baierl (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 15, 2008 12:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Use the best open source tools to work with Web pages, scripts, and styles, and make development of new sites and pages easy. Inspect and modify HTML markup, CSS, and JavaScript on the fly, inspect the DOM and client-server communications, and learn how bookmarklets can make development safer and easier.

Zend stacks PHP for work and play

Zend Technologies is introducing paid support along with APIs to help build and maintain business-critical applications using its integrated and certified PHP stack.

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