Links 19/08/2008: More GNU/Linux Phones, Laptops Coming

Posted in Boycott Novell at 7:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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    To further up the ante, IBM has announced that it has forged partnerships with major hardware and Linux vendors to ensure that installing IBM business software on Linux systems is as painless as possible. Soon, Linux users will be able to obtain versions of IBM’s Lotus Foundations software that have been specially packaged for installation on Novell Suse, Red Hat, or Ubuntu Linux.

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  • 9 Linux Myth Debunked
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    Before you are three discs – Leopard (OS X), Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 2008.4) and Windows XP each respectively in front of a whitebox desktop. For those not in the know, a “whitebox” computer is a clone, or generic computer; not a name brand model like Dell or HP. They are the systems you get a computer shows, have built by a local Mom and Pop shop, or build yourself. The task is to install each operating system onto each computer respectively. My point is to debunk the myth that Linux is harder to install than Windows or OS X. This is going to be a bit tough, because it presupposes a person who is going to perform the install already has some experience installing operating systems. Contrary to the first myth, that “Linux is not for the general user because it is too difficult for the general user to install;” we are now moving beyond the general user to a more technical person.

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  • If it’s animation or special effects, it’s Linux

    Rowe’s not just being a Linux booster. It’s the Gospel truth. The animation and FX for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; WALL-E; 300; The Golden Compass; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; and I Am Legend, to name but a few recent movies, were all created using Pixar’s RenderMan and Autodesk Maya running on Linux clusters.

  • Rocks clusters make sense for educational environments

    When evaluating a clustering solution in an educational environment, it’s difficult to pass up the Rocks cluster distribution. This scalable computing solution allows you to use a limited amount of hardware or a large server farm to meet research needs.


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  1. Hun said,

    August 19, 2008 at 10:21 am


    Fedora got hacked and they are not telling anyone !!!

    The Fedora Infrastructure team is still actively working on the issues
    we discovered earlier. As a precautionary measure, we need all members
    to reset their Fedora Account System passwords.

    To do that, follow these instructions:
    * Visit https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts/user/resetpass
    * Enter your FAS user name, and your email address.
    * Select Submit.
    * Most Fedora account holders do not use a SSH key in the Fedora Account
    System. If you do, generate a new RSA keypair with this command:

    ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048

    Upload the new public key (defaults to file ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub).

    Please reset your password within the next 15 days. Accounts not
    reset after that time will be disabled.

    If you have already received this message and reset your password, it is
    safe to disregard.

    Thank you,
    Fedora Infrastructure team

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    August 19, 2008 at 1:06 pm


    Let’s not jump the gun until there’s a formal word.

    Mystery Fedora disruption prompts security fears

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