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Links 7/7/2011: Linux 3.0 RC 6, CentOS 6.0 Coming





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GNU/Linux



  • Desktop

    • Of Operating Systems and Oil Companies


      The bill often comes due with the same inflated price tag. Computer repair shops more and more choose scorched earth methods to fix an infected or broken system. Being a person who partially makes their living from the same pain, it is much, much cheaper to recover data and reinstall than it is to untangle the tentacles of a rootkit or sophisticated virus from the registry.

      Even when things are running smoothly, the Windows user pays for the "convenience" by updating virus software, tolerating Windows updates and suffering sluggish behavior from a system that is six months or longer installed.






  • Kernel Space

    • Linux 3.0-rc6
      And quite frankly, Christoph Hellwig has now _twice_ said good things about that driver, which is pretty unusual. It might mean that the driver is great. Of course, it's way more likely that space aliens are secretly testing their happy drugs on Christoph. Or maybe he's just naturally mellowing.


    • Could you do Linus "Linux" Torvalds job?
      At $500 US through July 8th and $600 thereafter, that’s a nice discount. Student Registration is $100. Student attendees will be required to show a valid student id at registration. LinuxCon will be held in Vancouver, B.C. on August 17-19, 2011 It will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Linux. Besides a host of far more important Linux and open-source movers and shakers, I’ll be speaking at the conference as well.


    • PCIe, power management, and problematic BIOSes


    • Graphics Stack

      • Nouveau Driver Power Management Against The NVIDIA Blob
        Following last week's completion of the Radeon driver power management tests against the AMD Catalyst driver, now it is time to turn the tables on NVIDIA. In this article are some power consumption and thermal tests when comparing the latest open-source "Nouveau" driver code against NVIDIA's closed-source proprietary driver.

        Testing went nearly the same as last week's Radeon driver power management test. The Watts Up Pro USB power meter was monitoring the system's power consumption, which was being automatically logged by the Phoronix Test Suite. Also monitored at the same time by the Phoronix Test Suite was the CPU usage and GPU temperature.






  • Applications



  • Desktop Environments



    • GNOME Desktop





  • Distributions



    • New Releases



    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • Eugeni Dodonov Sails Away, Quits Mandriva
        There is a community. Hackers hack and take flak. Artists create beauty. Managers manage. Bloggers write and commenters comment. Names become familiar. Personalities began to emerge. Friendships form, rivalries rear, and animosities appear.




    • Red Hat Family

      • Centos 6.0 will be released in the next few hours
        According to Centos’ QAweb Blog, since July 2nd the ISO images of Centos 6.0 Final had been composed and built to be pushed to the staging machine which would then start syncing out to the internal centos.org mirror.

        Yesterday the os/ and isos/ tree had been finally synced out to the internal mirror servers. The updates/ tree were also signed. Since a few things have been fixed, the update should be on the way to the QA machines and synced out to the internal mirrors. So it is ready to be opened to public mirrors in a few hours.


      • Red Hat Previews JBoss Application Server 7
        Red Hat's JBoss middleware division is now previewing the next generation of its Java middleware. JBoss AS 7 (Application Server) is currently in beta, providing developers and enterprise with an opportunity to see the future of Red Hat's middleware server technology.




    • Debian Family



      • Get to Know Debian Goodies
        If you work with Debian-based systems, you probably know the basics of working with dpkg and APT's tools. But there's much more available. To find out which packages have release-critical bugs, hog the most disk space or still use older versions of files that have been upgraded, you want Debian Goodies.


      • Derivatives



        • Canonical/Ubuntu



          • Flavours and Variants

            • Xubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal review - Struggling
              A great fan of Xfce-flavored desktops, I am not. Xubuntu, specifically? Well, it has never really struck me as good as its brethren, the Gnome- and KDE-based desktops. However, once in a while, a refresh of bias and opinion is necessary. My last encounter with Xubuntu was back in 2009, almost two years back, a century-worth of time in the Linux frame of reference. So let's perform another Dedoimedo transformation.


            • Seven Months of Bodhi Linux in Pictures
              Bodhi Linux is still a fairly young project. We gained a good bit of recognition for providing a usable Enlightenment desktop while many others still do not (if they offer one at all). We started back in just November of last year, but the project has matured a good deal in just this short bit of time. The following are screen shots (and some history) from the nine developmental and two stable releases we have had during the last seven months.












  • Devices/Embedded

    • Cars: The Next Big Platform Opportunity for Linux?
      If you cycled the clock back a few years, you would find that most people who were enthusiastic about Linux tended to debate its prospects as a desktop operating system. Fast-forward to today, and it's clear that Linux is finding many of its biggest opportunities at the server level, in embedded Linux deployments, and in other scenarios that lie outside the desktop computing arena. There are more and more signs that the next frontier for Linux may be in cars, as evidenced by Toyota's decision to join the Linux Foundation as a Gold member.


    • Phones



      • Android

        • GNU/Linux is out Java/Linux is in.
          Why has Java/Linux become so popular? Quite simply because it is being marketed under a single common name. Android. It is not seen as a hobbyist operating system. It is not seen as something done by rebels without a cause. It is recognised as a commercially viable operating system to add value to manufacturers products. In short it has the respect and recognition which GNU/Linux has never been able to achieve. It has become a household name. You ask anyone what Android is and they will be able to tell you. It is being mentioned specifically in television adverts. It is being describe as a feature in manufactured products. That has never been done for GNU/Linux to the extent is being done for Android.






    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets







Free Software/Open Source



Leftovers



  • Security





  • Finance

    • Goldman Sachs, The Federal Reserve - The Big Bad Wolfs
      Goldman Took Biggest Loan in Fed Program was reported today in Bloomberg both on Bloomberg TV and here on the internet...click here...to read story. While this was a secret loan program at the time - dating back to 2008 and other banks participated - Bloomberg TV reported that Goldman received the lowest interest rates of any of the participants, from near zero to 2.6% as well as the single biggest loan.
      Goldman Sachs & Co., a unit of the most profitable bank in Wall Street history, took $15 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve on Dec. 9, 2008, the biggest single loan from a lending program whose details have been secret until today.


    • President Obama Calls Jon Corzine "Our Wall Street Guy"
      President Obama recruited the former Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine to help him fundraise for his re-election campaign, according to the NYPost.

      The main news is that Corzine has been working on Obama's 2012 campaign for months. IE: He hosted a fund-raiser at his Fifth Avenue home for Obama. He's attended secret meetings with Obama, and he organized a meet-and-greet at the Four Seasons for key finance-industry execs and Obama's new chief of staff, former banker Bill Daley.




  • Civil Rights



  • Internet/Net Neutrality/Telecom



  • Intellectual Monopolies





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