Random Linux Tips: Making KDE4 Behave, Thwacking Those Weirdo U3 Partitions on USB Sticks

Sometimes, we have little tips and tricks that make life easier – but don't quite take up a full article. So today I've bundled a few practices that many Linux.com readers might find helpful. You'll learn how to control window behavior in KDE4, and make Nepomuk and Strigi be useful; and remove those silly proprietary U3 partitions from USB sticks. Read More

Linux Mint 12 LXDE has been released

Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of Linux Mint 12 LXDE version on 9th Mar, 2012. It comes with many new features and contain new updates. Due to LXDE desktop environment it is very light-weight and fast. It contains the features from Ubuntu 11.10 and contain Linux Kernel 3.0 and LXDE 0.5.0. Read More

Clouds push Linux server sales in Q4

For hyperscale data center operators, the server is the business and there is no such thing as deferring purchases of new gear so long as there is growing customer demand for information.

And not surprisingly, in the fourth quarter of this year, sales of density-optimized servers, as the box counters at IDC are now calling the various skinless and minimalist server designs, boomed in the quarter and they dragged up Linux-based server sales a bit too. Read More

Is Ubuntu 12.04 a Linux Game Changer?

Ever since the Unity desktop first came to Ubuntu, I've been critical of it and found myself completely disinterested in it. Some aspects of this discontent may have stemmed from my refusal to try something new. But certainly Unity had some rough edges in the beginning.

In short, Unity was a neat idea that needed more time to develop.

With Ubuntu 12.04 just around the corner, I was shocked to discover that Unity now offers a stable and configurable desktop experience. Thanks to the HUD (heads up display), more Unity-based configuration options, support for Sandy Bridge, and improved power consumption, Ubuntu 12.04 is shaping up to be a really solid release. Read More

LinuxCertified Announces its next Linux Fundamentals Course w/Free Linux laptop!

This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system. Attendees learn how to effectively use a Linux system as a valuable tool. They get familiar with the architecture and various components of the operating system, learn both graphical and command line tools, and learn to do basic networking. This class is scheduled for March 16th - 17th, 2012.

New Linux kernel fixes power-saving issues

Greg Kroah-Hartman has released long-term kernel 3.0.20 and stable kernel 3.2.5. Both contain just a single bug fix that allows PCIe power-saving technology ASPM (Active State Power Management) to be used on systems with a BIOS that activates ASPM on some components, but states in the FADT (Fixed ACPI Description Table) consulted by Linux that ASPM is not supported. Read More

Want a Job? Learn Linux

From 'Linux HR' files:

A new study set to be released by career website Dice.com and the Linux Foundation paints a very rosy picture of the Linux job market.

Now the fact that the Linux Foundation is involved in this study means that it could potentially be seen as self-serving (but hey what PR isn't), but the trends are unmistakable. The survey found that the vast majority (81%) of companies were going to making hiring Linux people a priority for 2012. Read More

Linux kernel 3.2.2 Is Available for Download

Greg Kroah-Hartman announced last night, January 25th, that the second maintenance release of the stable Linux kernel 3.2 is available for download and all users should upgrade to it as soon as possible.

Linux kernel 3.2.2 brings lots of fixes, some new driver updates, especially for ALSA, and a couple of NFS, UBIFS, and CIFS improvements. Read More

How Open Source Licenses Affect Your Business and Your Developers

Copyleft licenses have been the most popular choice for new open source projects. Recently, however, developers and companies seem to be moving from the GPL in favor of less restrictive permissive licenses for open source projects. What's behind the trend and how does it impact your business? Read More

Thunderbird 9.0 Officially Lands in Ubuntu 11.10

After the official upgrade to Firefox 9 in Ubuntu 11.10 at the beginning of the month, Canonical announced on January 24th that the Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0 email client is now available on the official software repositories of the Oneiric Ocelot operating system. Read More