LXer Feature: 28-Feb-2011
Due to some family issues I was unable to spend nearly as much time at SCALE 9x as I wanted too but from what I did get to see it was bigger and better than ever before. Kudos to the organizers and volunteers for putting on the best FOSS trade show in existence. I hope to make up for it next year.
The Java Mess: Sun’s first mistake with Java was locking up the codebase, letting few see it, and letting even fewer improve it, so that today, there exists only a small community of people, outside of Sun/Oracle, who understand and are improving the core.
XFCE 4.8 Desktop Environment: Although often classed as light-weight, XFCE qualifies as a medium weight amongst the Linux front ends. It's heavier than, say, LXDE or Window Maker but it uses less resources than KDE or Gnome. However, it is a desktop environment rather than simply a window manager, and as such, it comes with a set of associated utilities.
Opinion: 20 Linux Misconceptions That Must Die: New Linux users still, after all these years, think it should be a free Windows clone. Well it's not. Matt Hartley presents 20 new user misconceptions that need to die once and for all.
Ubuntu is Now the 4th Most Popular Linux Distribution on Web Servers: Ubuntu has been the most popular Linux distribution on desktop systems for sometime now and according to Google Trends data, Ubuntu probably is the first ever Linux distro to overshoot popularity of Linux itself. And now, Ubuntu is steadily increasing its market share on web servers as well. According to w3techs.com statistics, Ubuntu is now the 4th most popular Linux distro on web servers and growing at a much faster rate than its competitors.
Leaving Flickr Behind: Why You Should Host Your Own Photos and Why Linux Makes It so D@mn Easy: I’ve left Flickr. After many years as a loyal Flickr user, I decided not to extend my pro account and leave the popular photo sharing service altogether. Why? For starters, I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer to a rather simple question: What would happen if Flickr fails?
Goodbye MS Exchange: Good Linux Email Servers: Don't pay top dollar for Microsoft lard when you can get the best mail servers for free. The Linux world is full of great servers, both free and with commercial support options.
SCALE: The Best Little-Big Open Source Conference: The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is happening this weekend Feb. 25-27 and is, simply, awesome! I heard about it during its infancy but never even looked into it thinking it would be just as expensive as OSCON. Boy was I wrong! The first year I attended, it cost $60. This year the cost is $70. That's $70 for THREE days, which is a steal! Factor in the discounts provided to local open source user groups & it is downright highway robbery. You really cannot beat it.
Ubuntu & Linux Mint Compatible Amazon Prime Unlimited Instant Video Streaming Now Available!: Yesterday, Amazon.com went live with their free unlimited instant movie and TV streaming service for Amazon Prime Members ($79.00 a year). Amazon.com's Unlimited Instant Video service uses Adobe Flash and is compatible with GNU/Linux based operating systems (such and Linux Mint and Ubuntu).
How to mine data from the Internet for free (Book Review): Review of Data Source Handbook, just coming out. A few years ago I did something utterly stupid. I listened to someone's advice. Now, I don't want to sound too cynical, but really, half or more of what people tell you is, shall we say, unconsidered. They don't stop and think that they are actually telling you something that will affect what you do next, what decision you make, how you adjust your plans, or what money you spend.
Open Source Software: Top 59 Sites: Frequently, Datamation puts together lists of top open source software. This time we've done something a little different and made a list of top open source Web sites. Of course, literally thousands of sites and forums provide news and information about open source software. To narrow things done, we focused on sites that provide a lot of links of open source applications – the top places to download open source software.