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LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Sept-2007


LXer Feature: 30-Sept-2007

Big stories this week include the "Give one, get one" OLPC promotion, an LXer Feature by Paul Ferris entitled, Linux Education in America: Inspiration from Russia?, The 7 Most Influential GNU/Linux Distributions, The Top 21 Linux Games Of 2007, GPLv2 and GPLv3 for beginners, Slackware: the classic distro and an article you shouldn't read.

Why GPLv3 Will Supplant GPLv2

One of the most important recent events in the world of free software has been the release of version 3 of the GNU GPL. There were fierce arguments about its utility while it was being drawn up, and although the rhetoric has abated somewhat, there is still a big question mark over its eventual success. Some evidence suggests that GPLv3 uptake is coming along nicely, while other reports indicate a reluctance to adopt it (but note also Matt Asay's neat reconciliation of these contradictory messages). To see what's likely to happen in the long term, it's useful to look back at the past history of licence adoption.

Preventing Brute Force Attacks With BlockHosts On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 30, 2007 5:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this article I will show how to install and configure BlockHosts on a Debian Etch system. BlockHosts is a Python tool that observes login attempts to various services, e.g. SSH, FTP, etc., and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address or host, it stops further login attempts from that IP address/host. By default, BlockHosts supports services that use TCP_WRAPPERS, such as SSH, i.e. services, that use /etc/hosts.allow or /etc/hosts.deny, but it can also block other services using iproute or iptables.

Sysfs Stability

"The fact that we continue to expose internal data structures via sysfs is a gaping open pit [and] is far more likely to cause any kind of problems than changing an error return," Theodore Ts'o noted, responding to a thread discussing a patch to fix an error return code. Andrew Morton agreed, "I was staring in astonishment at the pending sysfs patch pile last night. Forty syfs patches and twenty-odd patches against driver core and the kobject layer." He continued, "that's a huge amount of churn for a core piece of kernel infrastructure which has been there for four or five years. Not a good sign." Andrew then added a humorous quip, "I mean, it's not as if, say, the CPU scheduler guys keep on rewriting all their junk. oh, wait.."

Ohio LinuxFest 2007 coverage from o3 magazine

o3 magazine were at Ohio LinuxFest 2007, live coverage from the event as well as a full round up is available on the o3 @ Ohio LinuxFest blog. Some photos from the event, along with the more Enterprise related happens from the event.

Novell Sales Up Due to Microsoft?

Novell ( makers of SUSE Linux ) had a great 243 percent increase in business due to their new partnership with Microsoft of Redman Washington. Now I can see maybe a small percentage of profit but 243 percent! That's huge!

So, What About Rubinius

Rubinius is important. A whole lot of folks agree.Ola Bini wrote up a whole post abouthow important he thinks it is. In it, he writes:

Taoism of open source

2,500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher Confucius asked Lao-tzu, the founder of Taoism, "What is Tao?" Lao-tzu opened his mouth but said nothing. Confucius left with a smile, but his students were puzzled. Confucius explained, "Lao-tzu has passed us the Tao. In his mouth, there are no teeth but only a tongue. The hard ones (teeth) died, but the soft one (the tongue) lives; the soft power is stronger than the hard power. That's the Tao!"

The Progress Of The RadeonHD Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 29, 2007 3:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's going on two weeks since the RadeonHD driver was made available, which is AMD's sanctioned open-source driver for the Radeon X1000 (R500) and Radeon HD 2000 (R600) series (as well as future generations of AMD GPUs). In this time, we have seen some great progress made with this open-source driver and have a few additional remarks to share about its status and the first bits of this driver's roadmap.

Ohio LinuxFest - Friday Night

I have managed to check in from my hotel room in Columbus, OH. If you're not here, you're missing out!

Enjoy Multimedia on the Internet without Vision

Now people with limited or no vision can enjoy the multimedia content on the Internet with IBM Accessibility Internet Browser for Multimedia. Instead of searching in the content for button that control the video, simply select predefined shortcut play button. Users can also adjust the volume of an individual source, and if a content creator wants to provide a voice narrative for a video, he can write a text script as a piece of metadata.

Climbing on board the accessibility train

Your website is up and running but can everyone access it?

Novell credits Microsoft for soaring Linux sales

The creator of the Suse distribution says its Linux sales have grown by 243 percent, largely due to partnership with Microsoft.

The "Paradox of Choice" in the F/OSS World

My friend Dave just built a machine to run CentOS. Last night he lamented that he didn’t like the video player. I cringed, “Is it well-known free software video player? I’ve not had much luck dealing with the developers and I recommend another well-known free software video player.”

Opinion: Night of the Living Vista

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 29, 2007 9:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Vista has turned into the desktop operating system no one wants, and even Microsoft is beginning to get it. Today, I think of Vista as the zombie operating system. It stumbles around, and from a distance you might think it's alive, but close up it's the walking dead.

Flickr and Creative Commons

This week a friend posted on her blog that she was marking all of her Flickr images “all rights reserved” (instead of with a Creative Commons license) and “friends and family only” (instead of publicly viewable) because of this story. A person uploaded photos of her daughter to Flickr. One was used without permission by Nerve Media’s Babble.com on an article about children and lead poisoning. The photo had been marked “all rights reserved,” and Nerve/Babble blamed the error on an ill-informed intern.

GPLv2 and GPLv3 for beginners

  • Linux-Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 29, 2007 7:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do you find open source licenses a puzzle? Does reading stories about the legal side of open source give you the heebie-jeebies? If so, then we have the document for you. A couple of years ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I'd gone from writing about technology to the law. Lord knows I hadn't planned on it. I'd come into technology journalism by being able to translate from techno-babble to English.

GIMP tricks: Snooker ball as a pseudo 3d object

  • PolishLinux.org; By Marcin “Kifer71″ Kołtunowicz (Posted by michux on Sep 29, 2007 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
I don’t really remeber when and where, but once I have read that GIMP isn’t suitable for pseudo 3D graphics. Nothing more fallible! I will try to prove it wrong.

Acer FR condemned to reimburse €500 for pre-installed software

[ Translated & summarized by hkwint ]
Normally, an Acer customer who doesn't wish to use Windows XP can only receive €30 as a reimbursement. However, Acer doesn't reimburse pre-installed software other than Windows XP. Not willing to pay for any of the pre-installed software, an Acer client living near Paris went to the court to receive a reimbursement for all pre-installed software, and the judge decided in favour of the client.
The judge decided, Acer should reimburse all pre-installed software, including Windows XP, Norton Antivirus, MS Works, Power DVD, and NTI CD maker. This added up to a total of over €300, and the judge ordered Acer should pay a total sum of €500 to the client to include indemnification.
Another case in which the UFC Que Choiser pressed charges against HP is still waiting for a decision by the judge.

BitRock Releases InstallBuilder 5.0, Simplifies Multiplatform Software Distribution

InstallBuilder makes packaging cross-platform applications faster and easier than ever before.

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