News Roundup: Dec., 16, 2008

in Categories Contest, GNU/Open source, Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Mozilla, News last updated December 16, 2008

Holiday Giveaway: Win Learning Nagios 3.0 Book (total three copies)
nixCraft regular contributor Ramesh is running a small contest. You can win 3 copies of Nagios (a popular open source computer system and network monitoring application software) books for yourself.

Serious security flaw found in IE
Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed. The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say. Maybe, it is time to switch to Firefox 😀

Top 10 Linux Financial Tools
The arena of finance is no exception. Plenty of outstanding financial applications are available for the Linux operating system. From personal finance to business finance, there is an application for nearly every need. Let’s take a look at the top Linux financial applications.

Wikipedia now available for mobile phone / devices
Sweet, now access millions of articles from your PDA or smart mobile phone device.

How To Select Netbooks Powered by Open-source Linux OS
Netbooks are small computers that are cheaper and lighter than full-scale laptops. They have their merits-but do not ask too much of them.

Famous Awk One-Liners Explained
This is the second part of a three-part article on the famous Awk one-liners. This part will explain Awk one-liners for text conversion and substitution.

Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better
Like Firefox, the open source media player Songbird is a pretty neat alternative to a big-name competitor on its own, but the ability to extend it through add-ons is what really makes it boss.

The Dark Knight on Blu-ray DVD -Available now!
Batman and the Joker will be unleashed on Gotham — and the world — just in time for the holidays.

Free Software Foundation Filed GPL Violations Suit Against Cisco

in Categories GNU/Open source, Hardware, Networking, News last updated December 11, 2008

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) – a non-profit corporation founded by Richard Stallman; today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco. The FSF’s complaint alleges that in the course of distributing various products under the Linksys brand Cisco has violated the licenses of many programs on which the FSF holds copyright, including GCC, binutils, and the GNU C Library. In doing so, Cisco has denied its users their right to share and modify the software.

Upgrade WordPress 2.7 in 3 Simple Steps

in Categories GNU/Open source, Howto, Linux, Shell scripting, Sys admin, Tips, UNIX last updated December 11, 2008

Wordpress version 2.7 has been released and can be upgraded easily using UNIX / Linux shell prompt. A few assumptions:

  1. Wordpress database name: wptheosblog
  2. Wordpress directory name: /var/www/html/theos.in
  3. Wordpress domain name: theos.in
  4. Operating system: Linux
WARNING! If you are not comfortable with UNIX shell prompt (IF YOU ARE new to a UNIX/Linux os), please follow traditional way of upgrading wordpress and DO NOT use the three Steps described here.

Download of the day: WordPress 2.7

in Categories Download of the day, GNU/Open source, Linux, Open source coding, php, UNIX, Windows server last updated December 11, 2008

Wordpress version 2.7 has been released and available for download. From the announcement page:

The first thing you’ll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we’ve listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that’s just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7 than it did in a previous version.

What is new in Wordpress 2.7

For a visual introduction to what 2.7 is, check out this video (available in HD, and full screen):

Download the latest release of WordPress version 2.7, released on 10 December 2008.

Open Source Business Model Is Broken

in Categories Devils Advocate, GNU/Open source, Linux, News last updated December 3, 2008

The open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue streams is failing to meet the expectations of investors. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the software industry lately, I have some bad news. The open-source business model is broken.

Companies have long hoped to make money from this freely available software by charging customers for support and add-on features. Some have succeeded. Many others have failed or will falter, and their ranks may swell as the economy worsens.

Download Fedora 10 CD / DVD ISO

in Categories Download of the day, fedora linux, GNU/Open source, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution last updated November 25, 2008

Fedora Linux version 10 has been released and available for download. Fedora Linux is a community-based Linux distribution. Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat, Inc.

Fedora 10 Desktop

Fedora 10, codenamed “Cambridge”, was released on November 25, 2008. The features include a web-based package installer similar to Linux Mint’s, a faster startup using Plymouth instead of Red Hat Graphical Boot, better webcam support, GNOME 2.24, KDE 4.1, RPM 4.6 and many other features.

Ubuntu Linux Time Saving Tips

in Categories Gnome, GNU/Open source, Linux, Linux desktop, Tips, Ubuntu Linux last updated November 25, 2008

Excellent collection of short tips except for recommending root login! From the article:

The end of October saw the much anticipated release of Ubuntu 8.10 – affectionately called the Intrepid Ibex.

It’s a release that sees Ubuntu going from strength to strength.

And with its popularity reaching stratospheric proportions, we thought that now was the perfect time to pool together our favourite tips into one place.

If you’ve never tried Ubuntu, there’s never been a better time to dive in. If you’re already a convert, read on to discover how to get the best from your installation.