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Links 12/04/2009: KDE 4.3 and Fedora 11 Previews

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  • IDC: Linux spending set to boom by 21 percent in 2009

    Even as Red Hat recently talked up its impressive quarterly results, it’s important to recognize that not all of Linux’s success can be seen in corporate financial results. Much of the benefits of Linux comes from unpaid deployments, which continue to account for a healthy margin of total deployments:

  • Backtrack security testing distro another great tool to convince people of Linux

    Many times I have experienced windows system administrators who just didn’t care about Linux.
    These people are not against Linux, they just don’t have very much of an opinion about it.

    If I try to convince someone like that, I can take my whole live just trying to convince them to even try it.
    But I found a way to make them experience Linux.

  • Six Best Portable Operating Systems

    Puppy Linux doesn’t require the kind of liposuction required by the meatier operating systems in the Hive Five in order to fit into a nice portable package. Weighing in at under 100MB, it can easily be loaded on everything from a CD to a USB drive with little fuss. The user interface is friendly even for a non-Linux user, and the basic tools you need for popular portable operations like partitioning and file recovery are readily available—although it’s just as great for web browsing and basic computing. We’ve already taken Puppy Linux for a walk, so check it out if you want a closer look at this friendly portable OS.

  • Three reasons to buy an old computer

    Linux compatibility. If you’re reading this page, you’re probably concerned in some small fashion with what works in Linux. And it should go almost without saying that older machines, as a general rule, work better with the Penguin than hardware fresh off the boat.

    The further you get from bleeding edge, the easier things become with Linux. I nearly pulled my hair out trying to get an errant ATI video card to work with Linux in 2006; two years later, getting accelerated video on that same machine was literally a click-button installation. If you give yourself a small leeway from brand-new, you’ll be better off.

  • Windows 7, Mac OS X and Ubuntu: A Tale of Three Operating Systems

    The reason that I’m switching back to Ubuntu is simple: I’m in favour of open systems, open formats, and open source software in general. These are all the reasons that I switched from the Mac in the first place (find out more about that decision here). Long term, Ubuntu is the right choice for me.

  • Applications

    • Inkscape: one essential vector graphics application

      Inkscape is my vector graphics application of choice. It can do a wide variety of vector drawing tasks with relatively little effort. It uses the now-standard SVG vector format as its native format, and it has become very extensible through a simple “stream-based”, language-agnostic scripting system. On modern systems, it is reasonably responsive (though not the fastest), and the interface layout is well-balanced and fairly intuitive.

      Since I use Inkscape every day and it’s clearly my favorite vector graphics tool, there’s really no way my review of it can be unbiased. So I won’t pretend to be. Instead, I’ll just try to be as complete as I can about the more unique features of the program.

    • 9 of the Best Free Linux Project Management Software

      Project management tools encompass many different types of software such as scheduling, resource allocation, collaboration software, quality management, and cost control / budget management. This type of software is typically used by project managers looking to plan and control resources, costs and schedules to meet the objectives of a project.

    • Review: KTorrent 3.2.1 – Popular BitTorrent Client for KDE

      A few days ago I reviewed Deluge, a powerful BitTorrent client for GNOME, so today I will continue in the same manner with the latest release of its KDE counterpart, the popular KTorrent.


      As a conclusion, I find KTorrent to be one of the most powerful clients for the BitTorrent protocol available for Linux, and definitely the best for KDE users. It gets new features and improvements with every release and it also supports trackerless torrents.

    • Six Interesting Gnome Panel Applets
    • Guake Terminal reaches 0.4 and looks mature

      Some features (old and new):

      * Guake now features real transparency (as you can see in the screenshot above)
      * configurable key hotkeys
      * full screen (default: F11)
      * multiple tab support
      * can hide automagically when focus is lost (recommended !)

  • Desktop Environments

    • News in KDE 4.3

      Air Theme

      So, since Air is coming along nicely (thanks Nuno), it was the time to make the files Lancelot needs for it. Although there are a few things yet to do, I’m quite satisfied with it. I’m even using Air as my Plasma theme now.

  • Distributions

    • Antique Linux on an Antique PC

      Lying about somewhere in my loft, I uncovered a Targa TS30AS laptop, from sometime in the early to mid 1990s. I’d thrown out the battery ages ago, and the machine is almost as old as me, so I had a certain nostalgia using the DOS/Windows 95 system that was installed on it.

      Nevertheless, I wanted to see if it could be pushed a little further. The specs of this machine are laughable by today’s standards: 8miB of RAM, a ~75 or 100mHz CPU (a 486DX2) and a 500miB hard drive. This beast is ancient, without doubt.

    • Red Hat

      • Whats New in Fedora 11

        Fedora 11 has been released for the Beta testers on 31st March 2009 a week later than the scheduled date. This is the first and only Beta version of the Fedora 11 project codenamed “Leonidas“.

        Fedora 11 final release, which is scheduled on 26th May, will include several new features and noteworthy improvements, such as RPM 4.7, which will reduce the memory consumption of complex package activity, tighter integration of PackageKit, faster boot time with a target goal of 20 seconds, and reduced power consumption thanks to a major tuning effort.

    • Ubuntu

      • Give Ubuntu Jaunty An Apple Flavour

        So this month i decide to give my laptop an apple flavor, God knows how much i hate Macs and some element of their interface, like the lack of right click, most of all the lack of freedom and ownership it and every other proprietary Operating system makes me feel.

      • Zen For Ubuntu Users

        And let me say that not the technical fancy “things” convinced me to dig deeper into the Linux universe. The real people, the community, the philosophy behind the software persuaded me to invest time of my life into this project.

      • 5 things you need to know about Ubuntu
  • New Releases

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Moblin Linux – Test drive the future

        So far, it is quite interesting. On the good side, the boot is very fast. Currently, it takes about 30 seconds, but the ultimate goal of Moblin is under five! The memory consumption is also very low. There were no stability issues. The desktop is simple, yet functional and pretty is a plain, soothing kind of way. You can have Flash working in about 2 minutes. Software updates are also quite easy.

      • Mainstream Linux gets more netbook-friendly

        New releases of Mandriva and KDE Desktop are being optimised for a better netbook experience.

        Eager to add Penguin-power to your pint-sized portable? While there’s no shortage of distros pared back to suit a netbook or even optimised for a particular model of netbook – such as the Ubuntu-derivative Eeebuntu for the Asus Eee PC family, or Kuki Linux and Linux4One for the Acer Aspire One – some very high-profile players in the land of Linux are working to become more netbook-friendly.


        But don’t go looking for anything like any current desktop. “We’re really breaking out fairly completely from the taskbar concept, as we’re not trying to make a ‘smaller desktop’” Seigo notes.


        “Just as Apple made popular an interface style on handhelds that is for handhelds with their iPhone/iPod touch interface, netbooks deserve a similar treatment. The emphasis in the design is on full screen usage, speed to information, integration with applications and visual beauty.”

Free Software/Open Source

  • Contegix: Managed Services Built On Open Source

    As a Red Hat Gold partner, Contegix gradually bet more and more of its business on open source. But if you ask Porter about Contegix’s use of Hyperic, open source is not the first thing on his mind.

  • Lucene Support: Commercialization Meets Open Source

    A: Yes, Lucid Imagination officially launched in January of this year. We are the first commercial company exclusively dedicated to the Apache Lucene and Apache Solr open source search technologies. We provide commercial-grade support, training, high-level consulting, and value-added software extensions for Lucene and Solr software.

  • Kors Engineering Launches NiagaraAX Open Source Project

    Kors Engineering, a premier service provider for manufacturing and industrial organizations, today announced it is launching a NiagaraAX open source project to develop and share software modules based on the Tridium NiagaraAX Baja API.

  • When you’re in Open Source your error longevity is nearly eternal

    The fortunate thing is that I get to warn students in “ece521″ at the University of Alberta that they should pay only enough attention necessary to pass their tests and forget it all afterwards. Then grab The Pragmatic Programmer or this book (even if you don’t do pair programming). Then join an open source project and write some unit tests, fix some bugs and implement a feature or two. Finally, ignore what everyone says about Open Source, just like bad business models (selling less colorful ads on the internet) make profitable companies, less up-front design makes better software (this does not mean NO design).

  • Business

    • Using open source to reduce business risk

      So what’s the bottom line? if you’re big enough to make it pay, then bringing in open source development expertise connecting your operation to the world wide open source community gives you comparable or better software, better control, more downstream flexibility, and reduced risks – all pretty good things, right?

    • Considering the Impact of Open-source Software

      Jeff Amerine has issued a research paper on open-source software and its use as a business model.

    • The Sharecropper Model for Commercial Open Source

      As I was running through my RSS feeds this morning, Roberto Galoppini pointed me to a post by James Dixon (the CTO of Pentaho) on the Beekeeper Model for Commercial Open Source (PDF).

      It references Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm which I’ve used for years to drive our OpenNMS business, so it caught my attention. I haven’t blogged much about open core for awhile, but I thought this article deserved a closer look.

  • Events/Conferences

    • Plone Foundation announces World Plone Day – April 22, 2009

      Plone, an open source cms platform that runs on Zope, is planning a World Plone Day 2009. Plone is a free and open source Internet publishing system that combines web content management, social software, collaboration, and enterprise portal features.

    • Open Source Information Security: Reduce Costs while Improving Security Profile & Compliance

      Open Source provides a strategic model for extending resources of enterprises large and small, public and private. Technology, support, training, R&D, data feeds, etc., are all provided by a worldwide community of users. These users provide significant input into the product roadmap, testing, quality and ongoing support. What are the risks in Open Source security solutions? How does it compare to commercial alternatives. Will the support and training costs outweigh the savings in license fees and product maintenance?

    • Dimdim Opens Up Web Conferencing to Open Source

      Boston-based open-source Web meeting company Dimdim unveiled its latest version with features and functionality generally expected from the larger stalwarts in this space.

    • FLOSS Weekly 64: The Open Source Bridge conference

      Guests: Selena Deckelmann and Audrey Eschright for The Open Source Bridge Conference

  • Health

    • Will Obama health IT committee give open source a chance?

      Proprietary health IT has plenty of representatives here, but open source has several who might be termed persuadable. The future of open source in health IT is still within the power of the President to direct and control.

      Does he care about it?

    • Obama gives veterans an open source commitment

      Defense uses an insurance system called TRICARE managed by a proprietary records system called AHLTA. The Veterans Administration is a single-payer health care system managed by an open source records system called VISTA.

  • GNU/Hardware

    • GNU Radio: the open-source software defined Radio

      GNU Radio is an open source Software Defined Radio (SDR) project that was started about ten years ago by Eric Blossom, an electrical engineer. The main idea which is behind this project, as its founder says, was to turn all the hardware problems into software problems, that is move the complexity of a radio equipment from the hardware level to the software one, and get the software as close to the antenna as possible.


      The GNU Radio package is provided with a complete HDTV transmitter and receiver, a spectrum analyzer, an oscilloscope, a multichannel receiver and a wide collection of modulators and demodulators.

  • Sun

  • Open (But No Source Code)

    • Cloud Computing Brings Cost Of Protein Research Down To Earth

      In 2004, a group from the NIH developed and distributed an open-source alternative to commercial proteomics search programs, entitled Open Mass Spectrometry Algorithm (OMSSA). A second open-source proteomics database search is also now available; the X!Tandem, developed and released by the Bevis Laboratory at the University of Manitoba.

    • Strobist Designs Real Open Source Remote Trigger

      When I wrote about the Lumipro Flashgun (yes, the review is coming), a strobe designed by actually listening to the people who would buy it, I called it ‘open source’ (with the quotes). While, technically, it wasn’t true, it certainly followed the spirit of the project.

      Now, there is a true open source flash project. Called the SPOT (Strobist Project Opensource Trigger), it is a wireless trigger for off-camera flash, and by downloading the schematics and GPL-licensed` software, you can build it yourself for around $50.

    • Scientific Learning Contributes Content to Open Source Community

      Scientific Learning Corp. has announced it will contribute neuroscience- and technology-based based activities from two of its educational products to open source program FreeReading.net.

      The open source program allows users to access, share, and copy online content legally, owing to what is known as a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, more commonly referred to as a “wiki” license.


  • New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ

    When Congress immunized telecoms last August for their illegal participation in Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Senate Democratic apologists for telecom immunity repeatedly justified that action by pointing out that Bush officials who broke the law were not immunized — only the telecoms. Here, for instance, is how Sen.

  • Gag to Internet: Digital rights and Internet rules & Co A real defense of the user, without putting the gag on the free flow of information

    As part of our campaign “Law Network”, we have organized a conference for April 23 in Rome, the Hall of Columns of the House of Representatives (from 09:30 am to 05:00 pm).

    The theme is broad: the aim is to analyze, with all the Stakeholders, the most important current issues related to A proper and efficient development of the digital market.

  • YouTube Partners with Universal Music

    YouTube has partnered with Universal Music Group (UMG) to launch a new music video service called Vevo. Under their agreement, YouTube will provide the infrastructure for a new site at Vevo.com, to be populated with video from artists on UMG-owned labels such as Decca, Def Jam, Mercury Records, and Verve.

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  1. David Gerard said,

    April 13, 2009 at 2:06 am


    I will believe VirtualBox is worth shit when OpenBSD – the acid test for virtual machines – works 100% in it. At present X doesn’t run, and Innotek officially don’t care because “no paying customers care.” This was why I disrecommended it at work – it’s far too shoddy work to bother with. It’s fine for casually running Linux or Windows in, but I wouldn’t rely on it for a bloody thing.

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