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04.14.09

Links 14/04/2009: Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME is Out; Cooliris Ported to GNU/Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 7:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • All-in-one Nettops resurrecting desktop market

    A category long dominated by Apple’s $1,200 iMac is suddenly rife with nice-looking imitators that pack less power than traditional Windows desktops, but are also gentler on the wallet. They’re a subcategory of desktop PCs called Nettops, and, like Netbooks, they’re generally defined as a computing platform powered by the Atom processor that runs either Windows XP or a version of Linux. Combined with the all-in-one form factor and a smaller screen than most desktops (between 15 inches and 19 inches), they’re essentially the Netbooks of the desktop category.

  • Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 1

    Why would you consider migrating from Windows to Linux? In my work as a volunteer computer service technician, the one thing which finds traction is the impending death of XP. That Vista is significantly different without necessarily being better, and requires hardware they can’t afford, while their current machine is still in good shape, and perhaps the fear (justified or not) which results from all the sales pitches they can’t avoid designed to prod them into buying the next new security package, are all contributing factors. But they don’t want a new hobby; they just want their computer to work with less hassle.Z

    I tell these people there is no magic pill. Switching is a way of shifting the cost profile, which includes time and money. When you start having more time than money, Linux starts to look a lot better.

  • Server

    • Dell aims to poach Sun customers

      End-to-end service, including assessment, advice, planning, design, validation and deployment. Calculators and online tools help customers assess their current IT environment and determine the ROI of implementing new technologies and platforms, including Dell’s new “Server Power and Space Savings Calculator,” which offers detailed summaries of projected costs savings from migrating to new Dell PowerEdge servers (a UNIX to Linux Migration ROI Calculator is also available).

    • 10 Straight forward but proven ways to harden your LAMP servers.

      Over the years I have had to harden a great number of LAMP boxes, I have found some methods work for better than others. I will now share with you all my favorite 10 along with methods to implement them on Debian/Ubuntu.

    • SME Server: The Linux solution for growing businesses

      Being a Linux operating system, one gets a lot of bang for their buck: A couple of years ago, I replaced a Windows 2003 Small Business Server running on a Pentium 4 that had a 1GB of RAM (RAM was expensive then, remember) with an old Celeron 1.1 Ghz with 192 MB of RAM for an office of about 20 users. The SME Server running on the old hardware outperformed the bigger server in every way. It had a boot time under of under two minutes, versus almost 10 minutes. Stability, easy backups and immunity to viruses were just some of the other benefits.

    • Linux gets reseller friendly

      So I was happy to see that SYNNEX, a leading software and hardware distributor, had partnered up with Red Hat and other open-source ISV (independent software vendors) to form the Open Source Channel Alliance. It may just be what’s needed to get Linux and open-source software into more offices.

    • Channelling the Power of Open Source

      But if it’s good for Red Hat, it’s also good for free software, since the latter’s use in small- and medium- sized companies is likely to rise. Moreover, the tie-up with “SYNNEX” means that open source has just gained a marketing army of 15,000 resellers who will go out and sing its virtues to their customers. Now that’s what I call channeling the power.

    • Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition: What to Expect

      Given that Jaunty is not a long-term support release, many server users are likely to opt instead for Ubuntu 8.04 (a.k.a ‘Hardy’) in production environments, since the latter receives security updates through 2013. This means that the features new to Jaunty server edition will be limited largely to testbeds. Nonetheless, those who opt to put Jaunty into production on their servers will benefit from incremental improvements and new features that, although not yet completely stable, offer cutting-edge functionality.

  • Kernel Space

  • Applications

    • Linux Life Insurance: 21 Top-Notch Backup Tools

      The guide doesn’t cover every available LInux backup option. But it will at least give you a good overview of what to expect from a quality backup product, and it really does offer something for almost everyone.

    • Cooliris gets local file support, Linux version

      Photo and video enhancer Cooliris has launched an updated version of its browser add-on that brings new features including support for viewing local media, file specific metadata, and a Facebook photo viewer that shows user name tags. It’s also available–for the first time, to Linux users.

    • Overview: 5 BitTorrent Clients for Linux

      In this article I will leave command-line clients like rtorrent or ctorrent for some other time, focusing on KTorrent, Deluge, Transmission, Vuze and QBitTorrent.

    • Sacred: Gold Edition Available

      Linux Game Publishing has announced that Sacred: Gold Edition has gone, well, gold:

      Get your swords and spellbooks ready, Sacred: Gold Edition is here and ready to order! Adventure through a massive land in the biggest RPG to come to Linux. Join other players online in collaborative adventuring as you seek to rescue the land of Ancaria from its evil nemesis!

  • Distributions

    • Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME Edition Released

      Almost three months after the release of Sabayon Linux Lite MCE, Fabio Erculiani announced yesterday, April 13th, the immediate availability of a new edition, entitled Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME and based on the Lite MCE version. This GNOME edition of Sabayon Linux 4 brings a “ready to use” version of the powerful and popular XBMC Media Center, multimedia applications, a dark GNOME desktop environment and all the other apps you’ll need. Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME is available for the x86 and x86_64 architectures, featuring a custom Linux kernel 2.6.29.1 with support for the EXT4 filesystem, which is enabled by default in the installer!

    • Debian Lenny, Mighty Debian!

      In conclusion I would suggest all of you who are using Ubuntu or other Debian Derivatives to try Lenny. It is worth the time!

    • April tribute to the Fedora Project art team

      The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat. It is a leader among Linux distros helping to set a high standard for all to follow. Graphically, Fedora includes some of the most eye pleasing artwork to be found. What it takes to make Fedora look so good is the subject of this article.

    • Ubuntu 9.04 ‘Jaunty Jackalope’ release on April 23

      While the current Ubuntu 9.04 is still in beta and is identified as “For testing only!”; the release date for Januty Jackalope is set for April 23, 2009, which is just two Thursdays away. The beta is available for download and testing. Reported major improvements for 9.04 are faster booting and 2.6.28.8 kernel support.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Android set-top box in the works

        Google’s Android operating system is about to start showing up in a whole slew of consumer electronic devices other than cell phones, according to recent reports.

        The Web site Android Guys reported late last week that Motorola is building a TV set-top box for Japanese telephone and broadband service provider KDDI. The new device is expected to be ready in time for the Japan’s largest electronics show, CEATEC, which will be held in October.

      • Google Previews Android ‘Cupcake’ Update

        Code-named “Cupcake,” the latest version of the Linux-based operating system adds numerous features to the Google-backed OS. One of the complaints of the Android-powered T-Mobile G1 is that it lacks an on-screen keyboard, but Android 1.5 fixes that issue.

      • Version 1.5 SDK of Android Is Available for Early Developers

        Here comes the next version of Android. Google has announced that developers can get an early look at the SDK for version 1.5 of Android, based on the “Cupcake” branch of the open source project. There are quite a few new capabilities that should make upcoming rounds of Android-based devices more flexible, including APIs for soft keyboards, home screen widgets, live folders, and speech recognition. Video features are also coming. Developers can download the early version of the version 1.5 SDK for Windows, the Mac and Linux here. Here’s more on what to expect as Android matures.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Intel Tweaks Atom Netbook Designs for China

        The designs are based on Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and are intended for netbooks running Linux with 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch screens and priced as low as 1,750 yuan (US$256), according to Chinese media reports.

      • Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook

        To recap our initial thoughts on the Inspiron Mini 9, it is a small, well-built netbook that appears to be durable and has easy upgrade capabilities. What though is not nice about the hardware is the smaller keyboard and using a 4-cell battery instead of 6-cells. With Dell shipping Ubuntu on the Mini 9, it is of course Linux compatible. This version of the Dell Mini 9 is being sold for well under $300 USD.

Free Software/Open Source

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