• Easy Way To Sync Your iPhone With Rhythmbox, Nautilus, Etc. In Ubuntu
    In our previous tutorial we showed how you to access the iPhone OS 3.x filesystem and read/write to its music database using iFuse and by compiling our own libgpod4. Then we had to create a file on the iPhone, manually mount the phone each time and so on. Maybe a bit complicated for an average user. However, there is now a lot easier way using GVFS which will automount your iPhone for syncing with Rhythmbox, for example. And you don't need to compile anything anymore.
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • London Stock Market switches to Linux from Windows
    Large ongoing cost savings because they do not need to keep buying patches.
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Jan-2010
    LXer Feature: 25-Jan-2010
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • Goofy Pro-Linux Story to Counter Pundit's Awkward Efforts to Install Firefox
    Emery Fletcher muses on how a rank Linux beginner can figure out how to install the latest Firefox release, even when professional tech journalists can't.
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • The pros and cons of html 5 video
    My excitement quickly turned to concern when I learned why Mozilla is not supporting this new streaming video format in their Firefox browser.
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Alexandria Project, Chap. 2: The Plot Thickens
    Frank wondered how long his phone had been buzzing.  He was about to turn it off when he saw that it was his daughter Marla calling.
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • 5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration
    KDE’s default web browser is Konqueror, and many users love it for its speed, integration with KDE, and its host of features. Nevertheless, some sites do not perform as well as they do in Mozilla Firefox, and some users prefer the large number of available Firefox add-ons. Furthermore, users who move from Windows to Linux might prefer Firefox for its familiarity. Regardless of their reasons, there are plenty of KDE users who want or need Firefox. Unfortunately, Firefox uses GTK themes for its visual appearance, which ruins the visual continuity that KDE users have come to expect. But fear not, there is a way to make Firefox look and partially feel like a real KDE app. Using four Firefox add-ons and one GTK theme, you can give Firefox an extreme makeover.
    Published : 2010-01-26 Source : Http://lxer
  • Exporting Open Source from the US
    If you distribute Open Source software containing encryption from the United States, you are subject to US export controls, yes. But are there any real restrictions? The only thing that the law requires you to do (for Open Source) is send an email to crypt@bxa.doc.gov with the URL. So why do SourceForge and Google impose greater restrictions than the law requires? Anybody know?
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://opensource
  • Red Hat Support Continues To Flourish
    ruphus13 writes "As the pure-play Open Source companies continue to dwindle, Red Hat has thrived through the recession. Its support revenues have grown 20+%, and account for 75+% of its revenues. Instead of the traditional strategy of selling expensive proprietary software licenses, as practiced by the Microsofts and Oracles of the world, Red Hat gets the vast majority of its revenues from selling support contracts. In the third quarter of last year, support subscriptions accounted for $164 million of its $194 million in revenue, up 21 percent year-over-year. All 25 of the companys largest support subscribers renewed subscriptions, even despite a higher price tag."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://rss
  • Five *nix Myths Busted
    You probably believe at least one of these awesome *nix myths. I love mythology and there's nothing like hearing a technology myth to make my day complete. Just today someone applied one of the following myths in a conversation with me. I didn't say anything but it gave me the idea for this post. Here are the five myths related to *nix systems that I hear most often when dealing with technical and non-technical people alike. You'd be surprised as to how often even the most technical people spout these myths to each other and to the unsuspecting and unknowledgeable bystander. I have to bite my tongue when I hear them. And now that you know them, I hope it ruins your day too when someone slips into mythland with one of these gems.[Another Ken Hess gem for your enjoyment. - Scott]
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Google's Chrome OS: Tomorrow's Desktop Today?
    Sometime in 2010, Google will release Chrome OS, its take on a netbook operating system. It will be far more than just that though. It's an entirely new take on the desktop operating system. While a final version is still months away from release there's already enough of Chrome available that we can begin to see what it's going to look like. For starters, Chrome OS is Linux. To be exact, it owes a lot of its genes to Ubuntu. But, that's all under the surface. You won't need to know a shell command from the GNOME desktop to use it. As a matter of fact, you won't need to know anything about the traditional Linux desktops -- KDE or GNOME -- either. Chrome OS's interface is Google's Chrome browser. If you can use a Web browser, you'll be able to use Chrome OS.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • This week at LWN: The Grumpy Editor's Tomato review
    Your editor has just completed an important transition: moving his Internet connectivity from one evil branch of the local telecom duopoly to the other, equally evil branch. This change required the acquisition of a new router; that, in turn, provided the opportunity to play with Linux-based router software, and Tomato in particular. Read on for your editor's impressions of this impressive bit of (mostly) free software.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Why GNU/Linux is ready for the Average User
    Linux is more than ready for the average user to be using, but just like any operating system it may be a bit much for the average user to get it setup and thats just fine if you ask me.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • PathScale To Port Nouveau To OpenSolaris
    Over the past few years more of the Linux graphics stack has moved within the Linux kernel so that there is finally a proper kernel memory management solution for the open-source graphics drivers and to also provide kernel mode-setting. Moving more of the GPU driver code into the kernel DRM results in a more secure environment as the X Server can now run without root access, the start-up process is cleaner and faster with KMS, the performance will ultimately be better with a memory manager, there's more reliable and faster VT switching, suspend and resume is better, and the list of benefits just goes on.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • For Debian Etch, the end (of security patches) is near
    I just saw the news that Debian Etch will no longer receive updates from the Debian Security Team as of Feb. 15, 2010. As you may or may not know, the current Stable version of Debian is Lenny, which received that "Stable" designation on Feb. 15, 2009. See the pattern? In the world of Debian, once a release is declared Stable, the previous release moves from Stable to what the project calls Old Stable, at which time it receives security patches for an additional year. That gives users a full year during which to upgrade to the current Stable distribution, which in case you haven't been reading closely is Lenny.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Banshee and Android Rock Together . . . Or Why Ubuntu Should Drop Rhythmbox
    Android users often ask if there is an iTunes like app for synching their music to their Android phone. The answer is yes, and, on Linux, Banshee is the best choice.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Chrome isn't out yet and its already a regular OS.
    Reading between the lines of this article I found it saying was that the traditional OS is not dead and probably never will be. Regardless how much the industry wants to kill independent computing its users behaviors refuse them to do so. Google announced its decision because it realized that people want to listen to music, read documents and watch movies even when they are not online. Really? That would have never crossed my mind. :)
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • The H Week - Microsoft holes and the Oracle/Sun deal closes
    his week's news on The H was dominated by repercussions of the targeted attacks on US companies and reports on the holes in Microsoft software that the attackers exploited. Final efforts were made by the 'free MySQL' campaign as the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems approached its conclusion.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • How To Set Up A USB-Over-IP Server And Client With Debian Lenny
    This tutorial shows how to set up a USB-over-IP server with Debian Lenny as well as a USB-over-IP client (also running Debian Lenny). The USB/IP Project aims to develop a general USB device sharing system over IP network. To share USB devices between computers with their full functionality, USB/IP encapsulates "USB I/O messages" into TCP/IP payloads and transmits them between computers. USB-over-IP can be useful for virtual machines, for example, that don't have access to the host system's hardware - USB-over-IP allows virtual machines to use remote USB devices.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Week in tech: Chrome OS, HTML5, China, Ubuntu 10.04a, and Firefox 3.6
    t was a busy week as controversy continued to rage over the Google-China dust-up and Mozilla released a solid new version of Firefox. But first, Google. Ars sat down with the engineering director of Google's Chrome OS project to talk about the past, present, and future of the project. There's a lot of good detail about the relationship between Chrome and Android, the genesis of Chrome OS, and much more.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 Alpha 2: First impressions on 'difficult' hardware
    My feelings for Ubuntu have run hot and cold since I first discovered the "Linux for human beings"-nicknamed reimagination of Debian during the Dapper (6.06) era. I've had Ubuntu be the best distro on a given computer, sometimes it won't even boot, I've had terrible trouble with Intel video, and upgrade-delivered changes have forced me to rewrite scripts on the fly. OK, it's mostly Intel video, which for any user of Xorg over the past 2+ years has been an absolute nightmare.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Better video quality with html 5
    Finally it is possible to watch youtube videos in html 5 format instead of the flash player. And I have found an easy way to take advantage of this new feature.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • GIMP 2.8 Scheduled For Release Post-Christmas
    For those interested in the next major update to the GIMP graphics editing application (GIMP 2.8), it now has a tentative release date. GIMP's Martin Nordholts has announced on his blog that GIMP 2.8 is scheduled for release on the 27th of December of this year...
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Nmap 5.20 Released
    Happy new year, everyone. I'm happy to announce Nmap 5.20--our first stable Nmap release since 5.00 last July! It offers more than 150 significant improvements.
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Chrome-Like "Pin Tab" Feature For Gnome Window List
    Window List is a Gnome Panel applet - the default way to view the list of all windows that are currently running in Gnome. Here is a package which will modify this and will add a behavior similar to the Google Chrome "Pin Tab" feature (which is also available as an extension for Firefox by the way), meaning that the "pinned" windows are all grouped to the left and only their icons are displayed, while the unpinned windows are displayed on the right of the pinned windows, and both the icon and the window title are displayed:
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Tips to reduce memory usage on Firefox | Linux
    For most users, Firefox doesn't use an abnormally large amount of memory. For others, however, Firefox's memory consumption is a major problem, in some cases memory usage in Firefox is due to other sources, like number of plug-ins, themes and extensions
    Published : 2010-01-25 Source : Http://lxer
  • Magic Lantern firmware makes Canon EOS 5D Mark II the camera Canon should have released
    I love stories of user-driven innovation. Here's one I just discovered: the Magic Lantern firmware upgrade for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera. Trammel Hudson tells the story of his elegant and vital hacks: Magic Lantern introduction from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo. read more
    Published : 2010-01-24 Source : Http://opensource
  • WordPress Foundation
    Yesterday Matt Mullenweg announced the establishment of the WordPress Foundation. It's goals, among others, are "to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software". He further elaborates: The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come. As part of this mission, the Foundation will be responsible for protecting the WordPress, WordCamp, and related trademarks. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the WordPress Foundation will also pursue a charter to educate the public about WordPress and related open source software. We hope to gather broad community support to make sure we can continue to serve the public good through freely accessible software. read more
    Published : 2010-01-24 Source : Http://opensource
  • Platform Independent
    Except for those operating systems that are still gaining their foothold (Haiku, Syllable, ReactOS), it seems as though we are becoming increasingly platform independent.
    Published : 2010-01-24 Source : Http://lxer
  • Ubuntu, you blew your chance to go mainstream
    Obviously, I've spent a good amount of time trying to think of a suitable intro to this column. But I couldn't find anything appropriate to express my disgust and disappointment at Ubuntu's missed opportunity. So I'll state it plainly – Ubuntu, you got us this far and then, just when it mattered, you blew it for all of us. Unlike many, I'm not ranting about Karmic Koala's technical glitches. In fact, it's still one of the best options for the desktop, and it's technically superior to the new Windows OS that its release coincided with. But this is where it hurts. For the first time ever, the mainstream tech press mentioned an upcoming Linux release in a Windows preview article. And what did Ubuntu do to capitalise on this new-found exposure? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
    Published : 2010-01-24 Source : Http://lxer
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