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Is Linux an Alternative or Does It Stand Alone?

  •; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Dec 27, 2005 6:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 12-26-2005

Linux represents a computer technology designed from the bottom up rather than a copy cat. As long as people compare it to Windows, they cannot grasp its power and uniqueness. Simply put, Linux isn't Windows.

In January and February of 2006, UBUNTU representatives will be travelling to Asia.

In January and February of 2006, Canonical representatives will be travelling to Asia. Our main goals for this tour are to increase awareness for Ubuntu in Asia; introduce Ubuntu to governments, hardware providers, and system builders across the region; and to meet members of the Ubuntu local communities. In each location listed below we plan to host a business breakfast/lunch with local companies, and then hold in-depth meetings with selected companies, as time allows. We would like to reach out to our local community in each location to help us build relationships with various entities, including government, technology companies, universities, and anyone who you can think would benefit from Ubuntu and what it has to offer.

Mom Fights Downloading Suit on Her Own

  • iWon News; By JIM FITZGERALD (Posted by tadelste on Dec 27, 2005 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed: From the Interesting if Not Linux News Department -tadelste]

This brave lady - Patricia Santangelo - a single mom with five children is fighting the Recording Industry Association of America by herself. She's accused of downloading songs like ncubus'"Nowhere Fast," Godsmack's "Whatever" and Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life," and others. But she barely knows how to retrieve email.

Jon Newton, founder of an Internet site critical of the record companies, said by e-mail that with all the settlements, "The impression created is all these people have been successfully prosecuted for some as-yet undefined 'crime'. And yet not one of them has so far appeared in a court or before a judge. ... She's doing it alone. She's a courageous woman to be taking on the multibillion-dollar music industry."

Thanks mom!

Flash 8 for Linux update

  • - the blog of Tinic Uro, Linux developer at Adobe; By Tinic Uro (Posted by tadelste on Dec 27, 2005 3:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Emmy Huang, Product Manager of the Flash Player, explains what the plans concerning the Linux version of Flash Player 8 are. Instead of releasing a 8.0 version we will directly move to 8.5 on Linux. This will avoid even more delay after we ship Flash Player 8.5 for Windows and Mac. That will also make sure that the new virtual machine works using gcc from start. I see that as a big benefit as gcc is a more strict and standards compliant compiler than Visual Studio or CodeWarrior.

The future of OS/2 - Open source or not?

[Ed: From the "I don't know if I really care Department" - an article submission about OS/2]

Yesterday saw IBM cease the sale of the OS/2 Operating system. Come the 31st of December, standard support for the OS will end also. However, a significant number of companies and people continue to use it, and they are finding ways for OS/2 to live on. OS/2

Back in April of this year, OS/2 website OS2 World started a petition. It's aim was to get IBM to release OS/2 as an open source piece of software, so that existing users could continue to use and develop it, should they wish. In November, after nearly twelve thousand signatures had been collected, the petition was sent to IBM's CEO, Sam Palmisano. As of yet there has been no response from IBM.

Released: DD-WRT v23 Final for Linksys WRT54G (and others)

  •; By beertinted (Posted by tadelste on Dec 27, 2005 1:45 AM EDT)
DD-WRT is a 100% free firmware for the Linksys WRT54G/GS and the Asus WL-500 deluxe 802.11g wireless routers (which run off a minimalist Linux OS).

The firmware is maintained by BrainSlayer ( and is hosted at ( The first versions of DD-WRT were based on the Alchemy Firmware ( from Sveasoft Inc (, which is in turn based on the original GPL'd Linksys Firmware and a number of other open source projects. DD-WRT exists as a direct result of Sveasoft's demand for $20 in order to be able to download their firmware.

The newer version(s) of DD-WRT- v23 (currently in beta development)- are a complete new project. DD-WRT offers many advanced features not found in the original Linksys firmware, or even firmware purchased from Sveasoft. It is also free of the product activation or tracking found in the Sveasoft firmware.

Digg Story

Debian release candidate architecture requalification results; amd64 is RC

Happy Holidays from the release team!

Debian kernel-package hooks transition

Hi, In the recent 10.X series, kernel package has started producing image packages whose maintainer scripts use debconf for user interaction. Unfortunately, this meant that any hook scripts called in the maintainer scripts for the image package (update-grub comes to mind), if they wrote anything at all to the STDout, would cause debconf to throw hissy fits, since it was expecting commands on STDOUT, not random chatter from the hook scripts.

Bandwidth monitoring with iptables

  • NewsForge (Posted by dcparris on Dec 26, 2005 11:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Linux has a number of useful bandwidth monitoring and management programs. A quick search on for bandwidth returns a number of applications. However, if all you need is a basic overview of your total bandwidth usage, iptables is all you really need -- and it's already installed if you're using a Linux distribution based on the 2.4.x or 2.6.x kernels.

Open Letter to the movers & shakers in Massachusetts (Governor Romney, Secretary Galvin, Senator Hart, et al)

While your focus is on local turf battles are you paying attention to why and what the E.U. is threatening you dearest Microsoft? If you paid attention you too might be taking other action than the promise that Microsoft will really deliver an Open Format ever despite its promises to do so. You see that the E.U. has gone down that path and has lost patience. Just perhaps you too should be looking a bit more closely at world events over parochial local and national politics?

This news story appeared on LXer yesterday, however, the staid, balanced presentation style of the NYT is no match for Groklaw (as found on it is indeed a story and view worth repeating.

KDE, Ease-of-Use, and the Year of the Linux Desktop

  • QDevBlog (Posted by tadelste on Dec 26, 2005 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
The recent discussions on KDE versus other Linux desktops - accidentally started by KDE-user Linus Torvalds - showed an interesting new development in the eternal debate. First of all it didn’t come as a surprise that Linus uses KDE, after all Fritz Elfert made it very clear back in 1996 that KDE stands for “Kernel-Hackers’ Desktop Environment”

Munich Trade Fair Chooses Red Hat Global File System To Manage Web ...

  • SYS-CON Media; By SOA Web Services News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Dec 26, 2005 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Red Hat GFS At The Heart Of A Modern Cluster Solution With Virtualized Storage For Web Services

Red Hat, a provider of open source to the enterprise, announced that Messe München International (Munich International Trade Fair - MMI), a leading trade fair company, has deployed Red Hat Global File System (GFS) as its cluster file system for its web services. Red Hat GFS runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and will enable MMI to realize high-performance and scalability for the future, which were the main deciding factors for the trade fair company.

Skanska Leaves UNIX In Favor Of Red Hat Linux

  • SYS-CON Media; By LinuxWorld News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Dec 26, 2005 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced that it has successfully moved Skanska's business-critical intelligence systems from Unix to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux solution powered by Intel-based hardware. Red Hat's collaboration with Skanska has resulted in cost savings within Skanska's IT infrastructure department and has improved the performance of the company's servers and applications.

Firefox 1.5 - Methods to Fix What Ails Thee - Rx: AdBlock(em) with GkrellM for a Quick Recovery

Supposedly there are a myriad of remaining complaints on the recently released Firefox 1.5 that go on for pages despite the early admission that they were unable to reproduce at least 60% of those cited. Some indeed are real and a few I have direct experience with almost daily. Nonetheless, the seeming magnitude of some of these problems, at the very least, are over stated. Moreover, fixes are available and unlike the lack of responsiveness exhibited by Microsoft and its lead product Internet Explorer the Mozilla developers makes serious attempts to solve every problem that they can verify. The constraints they face are the ability to reproduce the behaviour and the personnel to pursue a solution once defined. However, the severity of many if not most of the problems appears to have been over stated.

The foregoing is not to make light of real problems some users are encountering using even this new, improved version of Firefox, hence, I have a few suggestions at the end on how to search for some solutions and to report problems so that that may receive the attention they deserve.

PCLinuxOS - A distribution tailor made for new Linux users

Here is a nice review of a lesser known but very robust linux distribution which could apeal to newbies in Linux.

ATI A Year in Review 2005 (Linux Drivers)

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 26, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
ATI A Year in Review. As 2005 comes to an end, both NVIDIA and ATI have fought a competitive battle not only when it comes to their hardware lineup but also display drivers for alternative operating systems. When discussing this subject matter, GNU/Linux users have been quick to criticize ATI Technologies whether it is due to poor installation support, distribution compatibility, rudimentary control panel, or simply the performance level of its drivers. On the contrary, even though NVIDIA had unveiled its GeForce 7 series, 2005 has not been the best year for the green developers.

Palamida Expands Open Source Reach

  • SYS-CON Media; By Enterprise Open Source News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Dec 26, 2005 7:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Eclipse; Story Type: News Story
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) -- Palamida(TM) today announced alliances with two major open source organizations, Eclipse Foundation, Inc. and In addition to extending the reach of its software intellectual property compliance solution, IP Amplifier, the new relationships will also ease open source developers' concerns about the utilization of their custom-created intellectual property, and allow organizations to be more confident in their use of open source software.

New 4PSA Linux/Unix Server Controller Is Windows Certified

4PSA, a custom solutions provider for servers, has announced a new version of 4PSA Server Controller, a software package designed to monitor multiple Linux/UNIX servers and to manage accounts on remote Plesk servers from a single, centralized, Microsoft Windows interface.

Managing an Open Source Project for DotNetNuke

  • SYS-CON Media; By Chris Paterra (Posted by tadelste on Dec 26, 2005 5:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In December 2004 it was decided that DotNetNuke would break out its existing core modules into separate Projects so that they could be enhanced, released, and supported independently from the core Web Application Framework. It was further decided that some additional modules would also be added as official Projects to provide an increased level of richness to the platform. The first modules that we determined were going to be added were the TTT Forum and TTT Gallery, authored by Tam Tran Minh of TTT Corporation. I was already working closely with Tam on these modules, and I volunteered to co-lead the development of these Projects and to help morph them into modules that take full advantage of the DotNetNuke Web Application Framework.

Red Santa Rescues Christmas CDs & DVDs

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 26, 2005 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
[Ed: This is a questionable submission that verges on a commercial for products. I'm running it because the products mentioned have value to some of our readers. If you know of free utilities that will do the same jobs, please make a comment. -adelste]

If Sony BMG can screw up your computer with rootkits and other dangerous tricks, so can any other trusted name in music or movies. The latest release of a CD/DVD play-or-clone package from China lets you render the latest DRM schemes harmless by stripping out the bad stuff when you copy or play CDs and DVDs.

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