Daily Links for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Macintosh Official Google Mac Blog: Google Chrome for Mac goes beta! Official Google Mac Blog 73,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later, we’re excited to finally release Google Chrome for Mac in beta. We took a hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version to build a…

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Daily Links for Monday, December 7, 1009

Software Microsoft to randomly generate EU browser ballot list Ars Technica / Emil Protalinski The previous method had them listed in alphabetical order, putting Apple‘s Safari first. Complaints from Opera, Google, and Mozilla resulted in the change, and also pushed Microsoft into moving the ballot screen from Internet Explorer into…

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Open source software: modify, extend, or leave it alone?

Let me begin with a story. When I first started using WordPress for blogging, it didn’t have support for standards-level Atom feeds. Being open source, though, a colleague had looked at how RSS feeds were processed and had written some code for Atom. I took this code and plugged it…

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Sunday morning WordPress installation maintenance

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This site is a merge of WordPress and Drupal, with the former handling the blog and the latter everything else. I use variations on the Garland theme originally developed for Drupal to try to make…

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Working with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: initial impressions

I’ve been playing with the latest Ubuntu desktop release, 9.10 Karmic Koala, since the first beta and I’ve now been using it full time for business work for three days. Here are my impressions and comments: For some reason, the beta seemed much more stable than the Release Candidate that…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cloud Amazon Offers MySQL Cloud Service, Cuts Server Fees InformationWeek / John Foley In a preemptive strike at Microsoft, Amazon Web Services offers a relational database in the cloud, high-memory configurations, and cuts hourly fees for its Windows and Linux servers. Open Source Debunking Some Linux Myths ZDNet UK /…

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What does a cloud computing user want?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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Who is the user for cloud computing?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 23, 2009 – Early Edition

Software Nokia: Apple iPhone Violates Our Patents BusinessWeek / Jack Ewing and Arik Hesseldahl The Finnish handset giant said Oct. 22 it has filed suit against Apple (AAPL) in U.S. District Court in Delaware, accusing its California-based rival of infringing patents for core technology that allows the iPhone to make…

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Daily Links for Saturday, October 10, 2009

Open Source Build A Linux Distro With SUSE Studio InformationWeek / Serdar Yegulalp Once, if you wanted to create your own Linux distribution, you had to jump through more hoops than your average Cirque du Soleil performer. Now it’s possible to automate the vast majority of the process, thanks to…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 9, 2009

Software September 2009 browser stats: IE sees biggest drop yet Ars Technica / Emil Protalinski Another month, another set of data that shows the main browser usage trend is unchanged: though its lead remains large, Internet Explorer is still losing ground to all other browsers. Firefox is steadily gaining, Safari…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Open Source The Open Source Initiative’s corporate status is suspended: a CAOS Theory Q&A 451 CAOS Theory / Matthew Aslett The ability of the Open Source Initiative to steward the Open Source Definition and police the use of the term open source as it relates to software is in doubt…

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Site statistics through September 30, 2009

Here are the rolling three month sutor.com site stats from Google Analytics, plus 12 month previous stats. Percentages are calculated with respect to total numbers of hits. Statistics are computed from the first to the last days of the months listed. The up and down arrows compare the latest month…

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Daily Links for Sunday, September 6, 2009

Open Source Ubuntu‘s Karmic Koala emerges in alpha 5 DesktopLinux.com The Ubuntu project released Karmic Koala alpha 5 (Ubuntu 9.10), which adds Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud support, a new Ubuntu Cloud file-sharing service, and default switches to GCC 4.4, Ext4, and GRUB 2. Meanwhile, Canonical launched a Red Hat-esque Premium Service…

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Daily Links for September 1, 2009

Open Source The Business Case for Open Source Virtualization IT Business Edge / Mike Vizard This article is notable for completely failing to mention KVM. If any of this sounds like a movie you’ve seen before, you must by now be thinking about the relationship between UNIX, Windows and Linux.…

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Daily Links for August 24, 2009 – Evening Edition

Macintosh Apple to Release Snow Leopard on August 28 PC World “The wait for Snow Leopard is over: on Monday, Apple announced that the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system would be available starting Friday, August 28. The company had previously said that the update would ship…

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Life with Linux: On the Road

Since my last entry on this topic two weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to bring my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 on a few business trips. I’ve also done a few tweaks, added a few apps, subtracted a few apps, and generally lived with this environment…

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Daily Links 07/15/2009 (p.m.)

IBM Power servers most reliable in new survey “IBM‘s Power servers topped a list of most reliable x86 and Unix machines in a new survey, clocking in at only 15 minutes of unplanned downtime per year.” tags: OB, IBM, Power, reliability Microsoft’s Azure cloud price pipped by Amazon’s Linux •…

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Life with Linux: Up and running, and changing the look

In the previous entry on this topic I did some basic personal customizations to my Ubuntu 9.04 Linux installation on my Lenovo T400 laptop. As I left it, I was about to install the IBM internal software layer that contains things such as Lotus Notes, SameTime, and Symphony. That went…

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Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Daily Links 06/30/2009 (p.m.)

Red Hat Announces Premier Cloud Provider Certification and Partner Program to Enable Wider Enterprise Cloud Adoption “The Red Hat Premier Cloud Provider Program has been established to address the increased interest in cloud computing from Red Hat customers, both in building virtualized internal infrastructure systems and extending their applications into…

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Daily Links 06/04/2009 (p.m.)

Microsoft to plug holes in Windows, IE, Word, Office and Excel | Security – CNET News “Affected products include Windows 2000, XP, XP Professional edition, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, 2007 Office and Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 for the Mac. Other affected software…

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Daily Links 04/01/2009 (p.m.)

Introducing Opera Face Gestures “Today we introduce Face Gestures, a revolutionary technology designed to make interacting with your browser easier and simpler on computers with cameras. Face Gestures lets you perform frequent browsing operations with natural and easy to make face gestures. By using an internal technology dubbed Face Observation…

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Daily Links 03/04/2009 (p.m.)

Why Open Computing matters for Government IT :: PublicTechnology.net “What then does open computing mean to governments – and what might it be worth considering when specifying requirements? Simply put – adopt open standards to avoid being locked-in to any one IT vendor, ensure the software you use fully implements…

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