LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Jun-2007

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 3, 2007 3:21 PM EDT
LXer.com; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, USA)
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LXer Feature: 03-Jun-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

First off my apologies for delay in getting the "LXer Weekly Roundup" to you. Yesterday was my Birthday and I am also out of town visiting family. So between my celebrating and well, my celebrating its been an interesting "morning". We have some great article selections this week for your reading pleasure.

A challenge to all Linux Users in the World: A recent posting by George Ou about Windows Home Server brought out a lot of responses from the Linux community. I think that Microsoft deserves to get some competition.

Of Insecurity Complexes and Other Great Adventures: Are we seeking "love" in all the wrong places? I don't think so. I think everyone deserves a chance to take a look at Free and Open Source Software. Before moving on from TUX500, I am asking everyone here and other places to do one thing: don't ever forget where it all came from!

Linux Distribution Guide: This is a brief 4 page guide to the world of Linux distributions, primarily aimed at individuals who are new to the Linux scene, and who are thinking about taking the plunge and trying Linux for the first time. It has some gaping holes in the selections provided but it is not bad overall.

Eben Moglen: GPLv3 not about MS and Novell: Joe Barr writes "One of the highlights of my visit to San Diego for the Red Hat Summit was the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Professor Eben Moglen. From that interview, we have selected six segments on various topics for your viewing pleasure, and will be publishing one each day this week. First up, an explanation of all the things that GPLv3 is about other than the MS/Novell deal."

Microsoft's scare tactics protecting profits, says Linux Foundation: The Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin says Microsoft's recent patent claim against Linux and the open source community is a furphy, alleging it is a delaying tactic to merely help protect its profits, according to a column penned last Friday in Business Week.

A little history of Fuddenheim: Hans Bezemer does a great job of using a story where the names are changed but you still know who the characters are in this funny histroy of "Fuddenheim".

Sun Microsystems Powers the First Productivity Suite in the Sky: Singapore Airlines, the First Airline to Offer a Productivity Suite while in the air, has chosen Sun Microsystems Star-Office as its software of choice.

Ronin: Logged Off (9 July 1943 - 27 May 2007) - Celebrating the Life of Jim Farnsworth: Jim Farnsworth, known to many as "jimf" or "Ronin", logged off the IRC channel, #life, Sunday morning in a hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As an active member of the LXer community, we'd like to help our readers celebrate Jim's impact on all of us.

RPM Project Roadmap: RPM Package Manager (RPM) relaunched under rpm5.org with a roadmap towards RPM 5.0 http://rpm5.org/ -- 2007-05-29 -- at its 10th anniversary and together with a new roadmap towards version 5.0, the project environment of the popular Unix software packaging tool RPM Package Manager (RPM) was relaunched under the domain rpm5.org by the newly formed RPM project team, further on lead by RPM's primary developer Jeff Johnson.

Why Novell Must Not Crash and Burn: Glyn Moody thinks that Novell crashing and burning would be very bad for the Open Source Community. Well Glyn, some of us think that it wouldn't be so bad.

Sabayon's Fabio Erculiani: "Users first and choice makes the tasty dessert among the distro's": Our Senior European Editor Hans Kwint interviews Fabio Erculiani of Sabayon Linux which is currently No.7 on Distrowatch.

You discover something new everyday: An LXer reader "tracyanne" writes about the joy of active desktops in KDE.

Novell, Heal Thy Self: Ken Starks writes: "They are purchasing software so that the software they've already bought will work. You have the answer to that problem right in the palm of your hand. Why haven't you mortgaged the farm to advertise the obvious answer to their problem?"

The dark art of removing the Flash plugin from Firefox in Ubuntu Linux: Steven Rosenberg finds out the it is easy to get the plugin for Flash in Firefox but that getting rid of it is an entirely different story.

Windows - still the only way to go?: In our FUD article of the week the author decides that checking his facts was just a little too much trouble.

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