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03.30.10

Links 30/3/2010: Document Freedom Day 2010, More GNU/Linux Tablets

Posted in News Roundup at 8:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance

    For this testing of the latest Snow Leopard and Lucid Lynx operating systems we used one of our newer Apple Mac Mini systems that had an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 clocked at 2.00GHz, an Apple Mac-F22C86C8 motherboard with NVIDIA MCP79 Chipset, 1GB of DDR3-1067MHz system memory, a120GB Fujitsu MHZ2120B SATA HDD, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400 graphics. Mac OS X 10.6.2 uses the 10.2.0 kernel, X.Org Server 1.4.2-apple45, GCC 4.2.1, and a Journaled HFS+ file-system. With Ubuntu 10.04 LTS not being officially released for a few weeks we used a daily snapshot from 2010-03-28 with the Linux 2.6.32-17-generic 64-bit kernel, GNOME 2.29.92, X.Org Server 1.7.6, NVIDIA 195.36.15 graphics driver with OpenGL 3.2.0, GCC 4.4.3, and an EXT4 file-system. Both the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems were left with their defaults.

  • Lantronix device servers offer secure transmission

    Available with Linux and IPv6, the EDS1100/2100 provides simple-to-configure, enterprise-level protection of electronic data using security protocols such as Secure Shell and Secure Sockets Layer.

  • Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 90

    · Announced Distro: Parted Magic 4.9 Comes with GParted 0.5.2 and Parted 2.2
    · Announced Distro: Tiny Core 2.10 Comes with Some New Art
    · Announced Distro: Trisquel 3.5 Released
    · Announced Distro: openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 Switches to Upstart
    · Announced Distro: Sabayon Linux 5.2 with KDE 4.4.1 and GNOME 2.28
    · Announced Distro: SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0 Has Arrived

    [...]

  • Calsoft enters digital home market

    Product engineering and enterprise solutions company Calsoft, a 100-per cent subsidiary of the US -based Calsoftlabs, today announced its entry into the digital home market.

    [...]

    The company said it would target services towards software platforms based on Linux, Windows and Android.

  • Time for a Linux laptop

    5. My budget is $1400

    What? That low a budget for a new, and surprisingly beefy laptop? Sure! Why not? I know this is doable. Granted, it isn’t doable with a vendor like Emperor Linux — as a matter of fact it flatly rules them completely out — but it leaves in plenty of other options for me.

  • Server

    • Canonical: Making Ubuntu Progress with Oracle?

      Canonical has definitely made some ISV progress in recent months, working more closely with companies like Groundwork Open Source. Still, Canonical insiders starting around September 2009 because to focus quite heavily on even better ISV support heading into the Ubuntu 10.04 launch. ISV support is particularly critical as Canonical strives to compete more effectively against Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux on servers.

    • IBM celebrates a decade of Linux on its System Z mainframe

      IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) celebrated a decade of Linux on its System Z mainframe by recognizing the top winners, one of whom is Canadian, of the annual Master the Mainframe Contest.

      Over the years the number of customers, vendors and use cases for running Linux alongside z/OS have grown, said Tom Rosamilia, general manager for IBM’s System Z division, during a presentation at the company’s Poughkeepsie plant and the focal point of much of the development and manufacturing of mainframes.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

  • Distributions

    • SliTaz Linux 3.0 lends credence to the phrase “Small but Powerful”

      SliTaz 3.0 (release announcement) is upon us and we decided to take this tiny distribution for a spin and see how well it caters to the minimalist crowd. This distribution weighs in at an incredible 30 meg download, but does it contain the applications one needs to have a functional machine? Let’s take a look.

    • Element 1.1 Screenshots

      Element 1.1 is a distribution designed specifically for home theater or media center computers. This is obvious when you boot up Element 1.1 which brings users Firefox, Transmission, XBMC, Decibel Audio Player, VLC, and many other useful multimedia apps together on this customized version of the XFCE desktop.

    • What Is Unity Linux?

      Unity Linux is not a conventional distribution of Linux. It’s a core on which developers can build their own distribution of Linux. We’ve set out from the start to provide an excellent minimum graphical environment that gave developers “just enough graphics” for them to create something. The smaller, the better. We elected to go with Openbox because of it’s size and stability. We selected using Mandriva as our base because of the number of packages they provide and the quality of those packages. We pushed lxpanel as a minimal panel because it provides just enough functionality for distro developers to see what they’ve installed after they’ve installed it…it also is familiar to most people whereas Openbox right click menu’s may not be. All in all, our target for the core release is developers. We’re not designing this basic desktop to be used by end users. We’re not trying to win any awards with our awesome minimalistic desktop skills. Why would we do this? To answer this, you have to take a look at our developers.

    • Clonezilla Live adds UFS support

      Developer Steven Shiau has announced the release of version 1.2.4-28 of Clonezilla Live. Clonezilla is an open source clone system with features similar to Symantec Ghost Corporate Ed and Partimage.

    • PCLinuxOS

      • PCLinuxOS delivers where others failed

        One of the reasons why I said PCLinuxOS is “A real distro-hopper-stopper is its ability to auto detect your devices. I have read elsewhere that mostly, only branded tvturner cards can work with linux. To my surprise, this is not the case with tvtime, the native tvturner software in PCLinuxOS and I guess it is available out-of-the-box on every versions of PCLOS (excellent job guys!).

        This software (tvtime) is so easy to use. Just right click on it and a menu will pop out for you to select a task. To get your tvturner working, simply click on “channel management” then “scan for signal” and start watching your favorite tv show!

      • Hot PCLinuxOS Wallpapers

        Looking to dress up your PCLinuxOS desktop? Check out these nice PCLinuxOS wallpapers created by sakasa.

    • New Releases

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat previews Terabyte-bustin’ next virtual machine

        Red Hat’s commercial implementation of its open-source KVM hypervisor, Enterprise Virtualization 2.1 (RHEV) is just four months old, but changes in server hardware and end users’ desire to run fatter virtual machines has compelled Red Hat to kick out another release.

        The beta testing program for RHEV 2.2 opened up Monday, and with the next release, Red Hat is doubling up the number of virtual CPUs that a virtual machine can employ to 16 and is quadrupling the main memory that can be addressed by a VM to 256GB.

      • Red Hat KVM Virtualization Finds Early Adopters

        Red Hat launched Enterprise Virtualization Nov. 3 based on yet another hypervisor, KVM. Red Hat had arrived on the scene late, what with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft already partying like it was 1999 all over again. I wondered how long it would take for Red Hat to be able to demonstrate some uptake of KVM.

      • Red Hat Revs Up RHEV Enterprise Virtualization

        Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) today announced the beta availability of its next virtualization platform — Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 2.2.

        The RHEV 2.2 release is the first public announcement that Red Hat has made about the virtualization platform since its initial public release in November 2009. The RHEV solution suite includes a standalone KVM hypervisor as well as a server virtualization management product.

        On the performance side, RHEV 2.2 can now support up to 256 GB of memory for a virtual machine, which is a four-fold increase over the 64 GB that RHEV supported in November. Additionally with the RHEV 2.2 beta, Red Hat is expanding the platform to support both desktop and server virtualization management.

      • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 Beta released

        Linux specialist Red Hat has announced the release of the first beta for version 2.2 of its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization product. The latest development release of its virtualisation solution adds several new features and capabilities, including support for both virtual server and virtual desktop environments from the same management platform.

    • Ubuntu

      • Ubuntu 10.04 Best features

        The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop, Server, and Netbook editions and of Ubuntu 10.04 Server for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon’s EC2.
        Codenamed “Lucid Lynx”, 10.04 LTS continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

        [...]

        Ubuntu Netbook Edition is optimised to run on Intel atom based netbooks. It includes a new consumer-friendly interface that allows users to quickly and easily get on-line and use their favourite applications. This interface is optimised for a retail sales environment. It includes the same faster boot times and improved boot experience as Ubuntu desktop.

      • Ubuntu in its own words

        Ubuntu 10.04 is now about five weeks away, which means the announcement of Lucid+1 (our vote is still for Manky Monkey) is around the corner. To kill the time between now and the announcement of what’s to come in the next version, we decided to take a look at the keywords used to describe previous Ubuntu releases to see how priorities have changed over the years

      • Ubuntu 8.10 approaches end-of-life

        Intrepid Ibex users are advised to upgrade to one of the current standard releases, Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) or version 9.10 (Karmic Koala), to continue receiving updates.

      • Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Dies On April 30th. Long Live Lucid!
      • It’s the End of the Life as We Know It and Linux Feels Fine

        Here’s what you need to know. End-of-life (EOL) is a normal part of the software lifecycle, whether it’s an application or a full-blown operating system. Software doesn’t actually die: once the EOL date passes, your application won’t pop up a dialog box with a tombstone on it that says “so long, and thanks for all the data.” In reality, it means that the developers who wrote the software and the community or vendor that supports it simply does not have the resources to keep providing support.

      • GNOME’s Empathy instant messaging client hits v2.30, matures

        Empathy is an open source instant messaging client that is built on top of the Telepathy framework. Empathy became a part of the GNOME desktop environment in 2008 with the release of GNOME 2.24 and is gradually gaining acceptance as the default instant messaging client in a number of mainstream Linux distributions.

        Although it has the potential to bring a lot of value to the GNOME desktop, Empathy still suffers from some limitations and lacks several key features that can be found in alternatives like Pidgin. For example, it doesn’t support metacontacts or message formatting. It also hasn’t traditionally offered a whole lot of compelling GNOME integration to make it a must-have. The program is maturing, however, and will soon offer some impressive new features.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Lindy USB 3.0 Drives and Docking Station for Linux

      USB 3.0 promises up to 5 Gbit data transfers. Manufacturer Lindy now brings two SATA hard drive enclosures and a hard drive docking/cloning station with USB 3.0 to the marketplace.

    • Android

      • Zerion Software and SDG Systems to provide ruggedized Android Solutions

        Zerion Software is collaborating with SDG Systems to provide ruggedized Android solutions to the mobile workforce. Together, the two companies are working to build a field data-collection solution running the offline capable exZact mobile platform on rugged Google Android computers. Both firms see a tremendous opportunity in the marketplace for such a ruggedized solution to be used for Field Service, Task Management, and Work Order Management.

      • VoiceCon: Android Where Art Thou?

        Why is Android getting such traction? For a couple of reasons, but mainly because it is free. Google is offering Android as free open source software optimized for communications. That combined with an growing library of applications and capabilities makes Android reasonably attractive as an embedded operating system.

      • Zerion Software and SDG Systems to provide ruggedized Android Solutions

        Zerion Software is collaborating with SDG Systems to provide ruggedized Android solutions to the mobile workforce. Together, the two companies are working to build a field data-collection solution running the offline capable exZact mobile platform on rugged Google Android computers. Both firms see a tremendous opportunity in the marketplace for such a ruggedized solution to be used for Field Service, Task Management, and Work Order Management.

    • Tablets

      • JooJoo Ships Tablet PC

        The JooJoo, originally called the Crunchpad, has a 12.l-inch capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a 4 GB solid-state drive and built-in Webcam and microphone for video chat. The device is powered by a proprietary, Web-centric version of Linux that boots in less than 10 seconds, the company says.

      • Italian tablet PC runs Ubuntu Linux

        Italy-based Ekoore is shipping a tablet PC that runs Ubuntu Linux or Windows on an Intel Atom N270. The Ekoore ET10TA10 offers a 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 backlit touchscreen, as well as 1GB of RAM, flash expansion, a 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), and WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and USB connections, says Ekoore.

      • The iPad Cometh, and So Do the Linuxy Contenders

        ‘Year of Linux on the Tablet’

        LXer contributor H.Kwint dug deeper into the specifics, even putting together a handy table that compares some of the contenders, including Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet and Always Innovating’s Touchbook.

        “It’s safe to say 2010 is the year of Linux on the tablet,” Kwint went so far as to say.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Open source tool to manage electronic petitions

    A first version of an open source tool to help manage electronic petitions has been published on the Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR) for European public administrations.

  • Free Cloud Alliance Formed – Open Source IaaS, PaaS and SaaS for the Enterprise

    IELO, Mandriva, Nexedi and TioLive join forces to create the Free Cloud Alliance (FCA), an alliance of Free / Open Source Software publishers which provides 100% Open Source solutions for the fast growing market of Enterprise Cloud Computing. The Free Cloud Alliance (freecloudalliance.org) is the first Open Source Cloud Computing Stack which covers both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) with a consistent set of technologies targetted at high performance and mission critical applications.

  • Midgard “Ragnaroek” 8.09.8 released!

    The Midgard Project has released the eighth maintenance release of Midgard 8.09 Ragnaroek LTS. Ragnaroek LTS is a Long Term Support version of the free software Content Management Framework.

  • Quality, Not Quantity

    He had ported his software to Digital’s Unix system, and now the workstation hardware only cost 50,000 to run it, so the TCO had been reduced from 2.5 million dollars to 550,000 dollars, and was really only taking twice as long to run on the workstation than it had been running on the mainframe, but at one-fifth the cost. He was selling a lot more copies of his software, and of course he was also selling quite a few of our workstations. That was why Digital had invited him to our booth.

  • A community of FOSS lawyers?

    Despite all that, the FOSS law community is still growing- which is a testament to the power of the collaborative model. To me, the heart of the test for ‘are people a community’ is ‘can I call on a known group of people for help in a pinch, and would they feel comfortable doing the same of me.’ In this informal, unstructured way, there is definitely a growing FOSS legal community of shared interests and relationships. When Mozilla started the MPL process I could list at least a half-dozen people who I knew would want to be involved and would give of their time. A few months in to the process, and the list is now much longer. This informal community- a diverse group including partners at high-profile law firms, counsels at FOSS-using companies, individual practitioners, and others like SFLC- was very helpful in laying the early groundwork for the MPL process, and has continued to be helpful as we’ve gotten further into it.

  • Programming

    • Ruby in Edinburgh

      What can I say? These regional Ruby conferences, they’re all good, based on my experience. This one was only weakly regional; about half the attendees were Scottish, others from all over Europe, and with a strong faction of Americans whom I presume were thinking about the Ruby-and-Whisky combination. If you haven’t been to a Ruby conference, you should go sometime.

    • Work With EFF and Tor for Google’s Summer of Code

      Interested in working with EFF or Tor, and getting paid for it by Google? If you are a student and a coder, then we have good news for you: A few of our projects have been accepted for Google’s Summer Of Code 2010.

  • Standards/Consortia

    • ODF: Setting the standard for office documents in the public sector

      The rise of ODF and demand on the part of governments for “openness” in formats and interoperability of applications has coincided – not coincidentally in my view – with a surge in offerings (desktop, web-based, mobile) in the office productivity space, providing the public sector for the first time in recent memory with greater choice and potential cost savings. It is no wonder that more governments are jumping on the ODF bandwagon.

    • Document Freedom Day 2010

      I think something becomes inevitable when the positive aspects are overwhelming. Consider Marion Marchich’s points in favor of ODF:

      * Avoiding lock-in
      * Thinking beyond the desktop
      * Ensuring long-term access
      * Saving money
      * Creating meaningful documents
      * Enabling interoperability

      Not only are these all things that users want, but they are things that are inherent in an open format, and which incur additional effort to achieve (if they are even posssible) in a closed proprietary format!

    • Presentations: The death of complexity

      I don’t know about you, but the presentations I create today are much simpler in design than those I created ten years ago. For example, I now never create presentations that include

      * animation and builds
      * slide transitions
      * sound
      * video

      [...]

      So just how much is really needed to create and represent presentations like those above? For the representation question, an appropriate query would be “what subset of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) is necessary to include all the information necessary, and nothing more?’.

      The creation side can vary quite a bit. Assuming you are using ODF, it would be possible though tedious to use a text editor and command line tools to create a file. I wouldn’t want to do that and would expect something with a better user interface to make slide creation and reuse easy.

    • BIS 3.0 Upgrade Successful with OpenDocument Support

      With BIS 3.0, your BlackBerry now supports the following: OpenDocument presentations (.odp), OpenDocument spreadsheets (.ods), OpenDocument text (.odt), OpenDocument text templates (.ott) and Windows Media Audio (.wma).

    • Open Ballot: will a campaign to promote Theora and open codecs be a success?

      A recent campaign to add more videos to Wikipedia is being used to try and push the advantages of the open source Theora video format over those encumbered by patents. For our imminent podcast, we’re asking whether you think this campaign will work despite poor results in a recent quality comparison, or whether this issue is less about quality and more about freedom.

Leftovers

  • Security

    • Tom Baugh: Liberty and Free Trade in an Era of Secession

      Without significant political changes, none of which appear likely, the United States is going to collapse. When and how it happens is hard to say, but the U.S. government’s spending is fiscally unsustainable, as the Government Accountability Office has been warning since 1992. As one such report said, that which is unsustainable will not be sustained.

    • UK police asks Internet cafes to monitor customers

      Internet cafe users in the British capital may want to watch what they download. Scotland Yard is advising administrators of public Web spaces to periodically poke through their customers’ files and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

  • Environment

    • Dell targeted for breaking promise on toxic chemicals

      Greenpeace activists unfurled banners of every size today outside the offices of Dell in Bangalore, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, just as Dell executives meet to discuss a roadmap to finally remove the worst toxic chemicals from their electronics. The message around the world to Dell’s founder and CEO: “Michael Dell: Drop the Toxics!”

    • Exposing the dirty money behind fake climate science

      Billionaire tycoon David Koch likes to joke that Koch Industries is, “The biggest company you’ve never heard of”. But the nearly US$50 million that he and his brother Charles quietly funneled to front groups which deny that climate change is a problem is no joking matter. Our new report shows how that cash, between 1997 and 2008, went to groups working to prevent action being taken against climate change.

  • Finance

    • Reform in Congress Lacking Cash Clause to Stop Lehman-Like Runs

      In 2,615 pages of financial reform legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress, there are no rules to ensure that banks keep enough cash-like assets when credit disappears.

    • Morgan Stanley to handle sale of U.S. stake in Citigroup

      The Treasury Department announced Monday that it had selected Morgan Stanley to handle the sale of its massive stake in Citigroup, spurning an offer from Goldman Sachs, which was willing to do the job at virtually no cost to the federal government.

    • Goldman’s Image May Have Hurt Odds of Landing Citi Deal

      Indeed, the big Wall Street firm has held off on plans for a major publicity plan designed to change public opinion.

    • Was Goldman Sachs (GS) Passed Up for the Citigroup (C) Share Sale Due to its Image Problems?

      FOX Business Network’s Charles Gasparino reported on Monday that Goldman Sachs’ (NYSE: GS) weakened image may have kept the firm from being chosen to advise the massive government sale of its stake in Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C).

    • Controversy: Goldman Sachs recommends shorting California bonds

      They see it as counterproductive to issue bonds and then encourage institutions to trade against them, which in their minds might create some market pressure to tank the bonds. Goldman Sachs no doubt smelled some fat fees in the nascent market for CDSs on municipal bonds. In some ways, it was an ideal situation. Lots of hedging and speculative business to be had, and the bonds back then weren’t seen as likely to go belly up. They may have found a way to lay off the risk. The state thinks Goldman should have at least informed it of its efforts to get people to bet against their bonds.

    • Goldman Sachs: “Damn American Bastards!”

      Goldman Sachs is no longer portrayed as an impeccable monetary binge, but as a greedy giant who continues the bonus party even after taxpayers helped them out of the financial crisis, the Norwegian newspaper observes, adding that the bank has become like a swear word among the bloggers by the name of “Goldman Sucks”.

    • Goldman Sachs Finally Stops Betting Against The Dollar (After Getting Clock Cleaned)
    • Mothers Accuse Goldman Sachs, Citigroup of Discrimination

      Two women have filed complaints against Wall Street banks, claiming they were discriminated against in their jobs after taking time off to have children. They are both seeking financial compensation.

    • How a big bet on oil went bust

      An auditor had raised red flags about Olson’s dealings in the Congo and referred its findings to the U.S. Justice Department for potential anti-bribery-law violations. As troubling, Terralliance had yet to close its books on 2007. Two lead board members, Joe Lacob of Kleiner Perkins and Joe DiSabato of Goldman, informed Temasek’s lead negotiator, Nagi Hamiyeh, that they intended to demote the charismatic but free-spending founder to chief scientist.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • Facebook prepares for another privacy row with its users

      Facebook has once again decided to tweak its privacy policy, but this time the Mark Zuckerberg-run company has told its users to expect another overhaul ahead of making the changes – presumably in an effort to prevent the kind of protest the Web2.0rhea site suffered last year.

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    Without even consulting the British public or the European public (both of whom would be severely harmed by the UPC), the flag bearers of the UPC continue to bamboozle and then pressure politicians, public servants and nontechnical representatives


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