Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Twelve Myths about Free and Open Source Software

Bruce Byfield has written a great piece about the 12 myths of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software):

His points include:

  1. If software costs nothing, it's no good
  2. FOSS is inferior to proprietary software
  3. FOSS is piracy (or at least encourages it)
  4. FOSS has no support
  5. FOSS is only for developers
  6. Using FOSS means working from the command line
  7. FOSS is only good for small projects
  8. FOSS is unable to develop games
  9. Having the code freely available makes it less secure than proprietary code
  10. FOSS is unable to innovate
  11. Since the license places restrictions on the users, FOSS isn't really free
  12. FOSS is all about price

Read more here: Twelve Myths about Free and Open Source Software

Adobe AIR launches on Linux

Adobe announced today that Adobe AIR now runs on Linux. AIR is a cool cross-platform runtime that enables developers to create Rich Internet Applications that merge the desktop with the Web. Bringing it to Linux removes yet another roadblock to bringing disruptive applications to Linux.

This beta release of AIR for Linux isn't perfect--supported distributions only include Ubuntu 7.10, Fedora 8, OpenSuSE 10.3; and it lacks some other functionality--but it's a great, running start:

Read more here: Adobe AIR launches on Linux/a>

My OpenSolaris review on

The folks over at have published an article of mine about OpenSolaris. The review called OpenSolaris 2008.05 is robust and ready looks at installing OpenSolaris and well as looking at its unique features like ZFS.

I hope you like it! Gary

Monday, September 15, 2008

10 things you wanted to do with Ubuntu but didn't know how!

The How-to Geek has a great post about 10 things you wanted to do with Ubuntu but didn't know how! They include:

  1. Set Gmail as Default Mail Client in Ubuntu
  2. Add the Trash Can Icon to Your Ubuntu Desktop
  3. Change the GRUB Menu Timeout on Ubuntu
  4. Configure How often Ubuntu checks for Automatic Updates
  5. Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive the Easy Way
  6. Enable Smooth fonts on Ubuntu Linux
  7. Speed Up Amarok With Large Music Collections
  8. Share Folders on the network using Samba
  9. Hide Removable Drive Icons from Your Ubuntu Desktop
  10. Clean Up Ubuntu Grub Boot Menu After Upgrades

Read more here: 10 things you wanted to do with Ubuntu but didn't know how! :: The Tux Geek

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Downloading an Entire Web Site with wget

If you ever need to download an entire Web site, perhaps for off-line viewing, wget can do the
job—for example:

$ wget \
--recursive \
--no-clobber \
--page-requisites \
--html-extension \
--convert-links \
--restrict-file-names=windows \
--domains \
--no-parent \
This command downloads the Web site

Read more here: Downloading an Entire Web Site with wget | Linux Journal

Can open source survive Congress?

If the House's proposed 2009 Defense Department budget is any indication, Congress may want to see more open-source software (OSS) in defense systems.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (H.R. 5658) includes language that calls for the services to consider open source software when procuring manned or unmanned aerial vehicles.

It's surprising to see a concept as technical as OSS in an actual congressional bill. But there it is. Whether it will remain in the final authorization is another question. The House's version of the bill was passed in May; This week, the Senate is debating its own version of the bill (S. 3001). When the two halves of Congress come together, will the open source language survive in the resulting authorization?

Read more here: Can open source survive Congress?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Ubuntu 9.04 gets a codename: Jaunty Jackalope

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced a codename for Ubuntu 9.04, the version of the Linux distribution slated for an April 2009 release. And that name is Jaunty Jackalope.

Each version of Ubunty has come with an alliterative codename where the first word is an adjective and the second is an animal. Or in this case a mythical animal. 8.10 will be called Intrepid Ibex. And even though the codenames aren't supposed to have much meaning once the product is officially launched, many people sitll think of Ubuntu 7.10 as Gutsy Gibbon and 7.04 as Feisty Fawn.

Read more here: Ubuntu 9.04 gets a codename: Jaunty Jackalope

(Via Download Squad.)

Monday, September 08, 2008

What's Coming in Ubuntu 8.10?

The next Ubuntu release is already around the corner. Only two more months, and the next tidal wave of brown 2 paragraph reviews will be upon us. PolishLinux decided that they'd be ahead of the pack, by taking a look at what Ubuntu 8.10 looks like right now, and what new features it brings. Of course, many of these features come from upstream, and will find their way into other distributions as well - or are already there.

By default, Ubuntu 8.10 comes with a pre-configured guest account, allowing people to make their system accessible to others without the risk of losing data or messing up the system. A related addition is the ~/Private directory, which can be encrypted and is inaccessible to others.

Other changes include a graphical configuration tool for fontconfig settings, tabs in Nautilus, a cleaning utility for the package database, a new look for the installer, and a lot more. The theme will also receive a redesign, but it is not yet complete for the current alpha releases.

Read more here: What's Coming in Ubuntu 8.10?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Chromium - Open Source Chrome

Did you know that Google's web browser Chrome is open source?

The open source project is called Chromium, after the metal used to make chrome. In typical Google fashion, the project page has documentation, FAQs, and build-instructions. Even though Chrome is only available for Windows XP and Vista systems right now, users on Linux and Intel Macs running Mac OS X Leopard can compile the Chromium source and run some command line tests (in the case of Linux) and TestShell (OS X). The UI layers for Linux and Mac systems have not been developed -- but many of the underlying core modules can be tested.

Read more here: Chromium - Open Source Chrome

Monday, September 01, 2008

Intel acquires Linux distro developer

Poky Linux" and Matchbox developer OpenedHand announced that it has been acquired by Intel Corp. The U.K.-based embedded Linux services team will join the Intel Open Source Technology Center, and will focus on Moblin development for mobile Internet devices and other mobile devices.

According to OpenedHand, Intel will continue to support open source projects led by OpenedHand staff, including Clutter and Matchbox, "and in most cases, will accelerate these projects as they become an integral part of Moblin," says the new Intel unit. OpenedHand contributions will now be made available from the Intel Software Network's open source site.

Read more here: Intel acquires Linux distro developer