That’s right, I said Moanday. The weekend sucked a bit, including introducing the top of my head to a doorway while tending to the smoke detector and it’s still a tad sore this morning. Plus this week is so packed with jam that I don’t see a totally free day until the weekend so I can’t promise quite daily links posts this week, although I’ll do what I can.
To start the week in Linux news…
- Ali Rayl: GStreamer now available in Mac and Windows nightlies! I usually don’t pay attention to Planet Mozilla posts about Songbird since I don’t use it but when I saw this headline I knew I had to share it with y’all. GStreamer, as penguin lovers know, is the very handy open source multimedia framework (set of codecs) that just about everything we play media in uses, from MPD and favorite media players to SecondLife and beyond. The fact that GStreamer is being used in Songbird nightly builds for the Mac and Windows platforms is a cause célèbre for open source advocates.
- TualatriX: Some responses of Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.4. The developer of Ubuntu Tweak has received a number of comments since the newest version came out, but I especially like his response to the “security problem.” If you wonder about people injecting malware into the Ubuntu PPA repositories you need to read his explanation why it’s so hard to do. I felt even safer as a Ubuntu user as soon as I read it.
- Justin Dugger: Ubuntu advantages. If you didn’t see this post on Planet Ubuntu, Justin mentions some of the advantages of Ubuntu, as well as Linux in general, including something specifically left from his list.
- Frank Taylor/Google Earth Blog: Live Hurricane Hunter Missions in Google Earth. If you’re in an area that has to deal with hurricanes you know about the Hurricane Hunters. There’s now a way to watch live hurricane reconnaissance missions or even check out recent missions.
There’s one other Ubuntu thing I want to blog but it deserves a post all of it’s own. But before I go write that one I want to pass a long one more link for lovers of words and good writing. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks last night to win the series and share first place (yet again), but as Tony Jackson of the LA Daily News points out it sure didn’t look like the boys in blue were going to win. Even if you hate the Dodgers or baseball in general if you appreciate a well turned phrase you’ll want to read the first three paragraphs.