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Twenty years ago this August a computer programmer from Helsinki, Finland started a revolution. His name is Linus Torvalds. He made the bold choice to share his operating system with the world and to do so for free. Later he decided to release it under the GNU General Public License, which guaranteed that it would be free and its source code open. This revolution in computing created the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing. Literally thousands have contributed code to the Linux kernel.

Today the Linux operating system is literally found everywhere. In fact most people don’t even know they are using Linux. Linux is a leading server operating system, which means most of the web is running on Linux. In fact the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world are running Linux. I dare say that most Android users have no clue that they are using a Linux operating system. But it doesn’t stop with mobile phones, Linux is also found on almost 2% of desktop computers as well tablet computers, routers, ATM’s, video game consoles, and can even be found in cars.

The film industry has also gone Linux. The first major film produced on Linux servers was Titanic back in 1997. Since then major studios have migrated to Linux including such giants as Dreamworks Animation, Pixar, and Industrial Light & Magic. The Linux Movies Group says that more than 95% of the servers and desktops at large animation and visual effects companies use Linux.

Today Linux turns 20 years old and many are joining in the celebration. The Linux Foundation will officially celebrate the 20th anniversary of Linux at this years LinuxCon in Vancouver, Canada on August 17-19. It only seems appropriate that we are launching the first episode of the Linux News Podcast on the 20th anniversary of Linux. We hope to become the source for Linux and Open Source news, and in a small way give back to the great Linux community.
-Jay N. Forrest

Google to Buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion
CNN is reporting that, “In a surprise deal that would be its largest acquisition ever, Google has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, the two companies said Monday. Google, the world’s search leader, said it believes the mobile device maker will help it gain an even stronger foothold in the mobile marketplace…. Google also said it wants to buy Motorola Mobility to defend against patent lawsuits levied by its competitors…. As Android has grown to become the world’s most used smartphone operating system, Google has faced an increasing number of patent lawsuits, most recently from Microsoft and Apple.”

Android Foes Still Beating GPL Non-compliance Drum
ITWorld is reporting that “vague legal accusations were re-hashed by IP attorney Edward J. Naughton that imply that all Android manufacturers are at risk of losing their rights to distribute Android because of they did not comply with the terms of the GNU General Public License…. But the head of the Software Freedom Conservancy states there are still, despite the arm waving, no legitimate claims made on Android GPL violation. Actually, Naughton doesn’t just imply problems for Android vendors, he just comes right out and says it: Android manufacturers have already lost their licenses to distribute GPLed code inside Android…. [However] Without specifics on what Naughton is actually pointing at, there a strong possibility there is no violation in these instances.

Firefox 6 Arrives Today
Engadget is reporting that, “Firefox 6 is now unofficially available for your downloading pleasure, three days ahead of schedule. If you’re looking for a major facelift to the desktop edition, you won’t find one here — most of the new features aren’t cosmetic. Perhaps most visibly, you’ll find the domain name of the page you’re parked on highlighted in the address bar. On the Android side, version 6 makes much bigger promises, like a “fresh visual style in Chrome Gingerbread,” enhanced image scaling, and, perhaps most importantly, it’s “faster and uses less memory.” We’ve downloaded the desktop version of the browser ourselves, and we’ve found the release quite snappy.“

PGA Tour’s New Linux-Based Media Asset System
ZDnet is reporting that, “…the PGA Tour Entertainment division implemented a new media asset management system based on Red Hat Linux…that will allow users to find specific video clips in seconds, as opposed to hours, and also allows them to edit and move the clips much cheaper than analog video. Jonas Gredenhag, manger of datacenter operations for the PGA…. said. “It runs better, uses less resources, is easier to manage and monitor and when we have problems, we feel you can find the root cause of the problem using Linux,” he said. “We run a tight shop and don’t have excess capacity so we try to do things efficiently as possible.”

Android and Search the Focus of FTC Google Probe
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that, “U.S. antitrust regulators are focusing their investigation of Google Inc. on key areas of its business, including its Android mobile-phone software and Web-search related services, people familiar with the probe say. Six weeks after serving Google with broad subpoenas, Federal Trade Commission lawyers, in conjunction with several state attorneys general, have been asking whether Google prevents smartphone manufacturers that use its Android operating system from using competitors’ services, these people said.”

Cisco and Twitter join Linux patent protection pool
ZDnet is reporting that, “Cisco, the networking giant and Twitter, the social networking company, has joined the Linux patent protection organization, Open Invention Network, along with a host of other companies. In case you’ve been under a rock for the last decade, you might not know that today’s technology wars aren’t over who has the best prices, the most features, or the greatest quality. No, in 2011, instead of working on innovating, tech. giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle, are now wasting their resources on intellectual property (IP) lawsuits.”

What’s the Fastest Web Browser in the “Real World?”
Tech Crunch is reporting that, “Compuware’s benchmarks division, Gomez, has just released new data from a website measurement project whose goal was to determine what the fastest web browser is in the “real world” of desktop users. The project only measured load times of users on broadband connections. The data, collected over a one-month time frame, captured the results of 1.86 billion individual measurements on over 200 websites. The results of the test? No surprise here – the winner is Google Chrome.

Ubuntu 11.10 Has a New Login Manager
Softpedia is reporting that “The brand-new display manager, LightDM, has been introduced by Canonical in the current development release of the Ubuntu 11.10 operating system…. LightDM is an operating system’s display manager, also known as login manager…. The new login manager has been introduced because… [they] need a nice and themeable login screen that matches the Unity interface…. the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10… operating system will feature Mozilla Thunderbird 6 as the default email client and Mozilla Firefox 6 as the default web browser.

First Android Ice Cream Sandwich Screenshots Leaked
Android Police is reporting, “The first screenshots of Android Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked to us…. What can we learn from these? Well, the big stuff is obviously all the UI changes – namely, blue: everywhere. But you can see that the notification bar has been totally revamped for the first time since Éclair…. What else can we tell you about Ice Cream Sandwich?… [A] Brand-new launcher and app drawer…. with what appears to be a task switcher icon on the homescreen, though it could be something else. Camera now has a panorama mode…. Gmail has been totally re-themed to go with the new OS…. Nexus S will be receiving ICS via update, but the “Nexus Prime” will be getting it first.”

Microsoft Downgrades Linux To Threat Level Green
Business Insider is reporting that, “Microsoft no longer thinks Linux poses a threat to its desktop Windows business. Directions on Microsoft’s Wes Miller pointed out via Twitter how Microsoft has changed the boilerplate “Competition” section in its last two annual financial filings with the SEC…. So much for all those predictions that Linux would kill Windows. This only applies to the Windows desktop, however. In the section on Server & Tools, Linux still makes an appearance…. And in the section on embedded software:

How Linux Mastered Wall Street
PCWorld is reporting that, “When it comes to the fast-moving business of trading stocks, bonds and derivatives, the world’s financial exchanges are finding an ally in Linux, at least according to one Linux kernel developer working in that industry. This week, at the annual LinuxCon conference in Vancouver, Linux kernel contributor Christoph Lameter will discuss how Linux became widely adopted by financial exchanges, those high-speed computerized trading posts for stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments. As an alternative to traditional Unix, Linux has become a dominant player in finance, thanks to the operating-system kernel’s ability to pass messages very quickly, Lameter said in an interview with IDG.”

Distrowatch is reporting the release of…
Puppy Linux 5.1.3
Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7
Frugalware Linux 1.5
Zorin OS 5 Educational edition
wattOS. Version R4
Ultimate Edition 3.0 Gamers edition

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August 16th, 2011 at 4:46 pm