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Story Arch + XFCE: The perfect Desktop srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:16pm
Story Peppermint Linux: An interesting approach srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:17pm
Story Tech worker testifies of 'blue screen of death' on oil rig's computer srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:20pm
Story Screen: A SysAdmin's PowerTool srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:47pm
Story 5 Websites To Learn About GIMP Photo Editing srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:49pm
Story Eight free open source books srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:51pm
Story Using KDE 4 srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:53pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 133 out now srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:55pm
Story Seven Ubuntu Derivatives worth Checking Out srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:56pm
Story What’s happening in compizland? srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:58pm

Linux and automotive: reaching a tipping point

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Linux

Linux has always been suspect when it comes to automotive applications.

The general belief was that safety-critical automotive applications required a deterministic, real-time operating system. Linux just didn't cut it for telematics or under-the-hood applications. OEMs relied on proprietary OS companies for their solutions.

Suse Linux ThinkPad Targets Chip Designers

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SUSE

Lenovo Group will immediately begin selling and supporting a high-end model of its ThinkPad laptop with Novell's latest desktop version of SUSE Linux installed, the two companies announced recently. The new laptop is aimed at electronics engineers and chip designers.

FSG Launches Tools, LSB Developers Network With Linux Apps in Mind

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Interviews

To help spur the creation of a lot more applications for Linux, the Free Standards Group (FSG) and technical publishing firm O'Reilly Media have launched the Linux Standard Base (LSB) Developer Network (LDN), a developer's network loosely modeled after the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).

KDE Conference in Zaragoza, Spain

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KDE

The Spanish KDE developers together with HispaLinux and ZaragozaWireless are organising a KDE Conference in Zaragoza, Spain on 4th and 5th of November. The talks will be in Spanish and the entrance is free.

How I triple booted my x60 with Ubuntu, XP and Vista and got to repair my MBR too!

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HowTos

Today I successfully installed Vista on my ibm X60 after obtaining a copy of RC2. I also installed Office 2007 Beta. Now I’ve got a triple boot IBM x60 that’s almost too cool for me to type on.

Also: How to restore Grub to your MBR using the Ubuntu 6.06 live cd

Daniel Lyons (Forbes) vendetta against Richard Stallman

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OSS

I just read this article in Frobes.com, the article intentionally tries to portray Richard Stallman and te FSF, in a negative light. This became clear to me in the first few paragraphs when the author refers to Stallman and the FSF as “He and a band of anarchist acolytes”. At another point it says:

Apache Geronimo and the Spring Framework, Part 3

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Linux

Extend the Apache Geronimo application you created in Part 2 of this six-part tutorial series. In this installment, you'll learn how to let the integrated technologies -- like Spring Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and Spring Data Access Objects (DAO) APIs --

GPLv3: What the Hackers Said

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OSS

When I wrote about the wrangling over the GNU GPLv3 licence a month back, it provoked a lively conversation in the comments. Given this evident passion among readers, I thought it would be interesting to ask the top hackers - the ones actually involved in the discussions - for their thoughts on the matter.

Linux Basics - How to use Cron to automate just about anything including backups

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HowTos

Cron is one of those little programs that can change the world. It’s a scheduling progam, meaning that you can give it instructions such as ‘at 10:45am on every Monday run this program’ and it will faithfully wait until the appointed time to do what you asked it. Why is this useful?

Make time for GnoTime

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Software

GnoTime, the GNOME Time Tracker, is a lightweight task/time tracking tool. It's easy to use and not overloaded with project management features, but it suffers from weak reporting tools.

Guide to Instant Messenger Clients

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Software

Communication is important to most people. Since the late 1990s, Instant Messaging (IM) has become an increasingly popular way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. We’ll be covering the most-used mainstream IM clients and services so that you can decide who’s using what and which one you should use.

Firefox 2.0 on Mirrors Now

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Moz/FF

Although still not announced officially, tarballs are beginning to hit the mirrors. This release was expected to be announced tomorrow. Get yours HERE.

Ubuntu 6.10 Release Candidate Screenshots

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Ubuntu

Coming out on October 26, 2006 is the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft -- along with all of the Ubuntu derivatives. While it has only been six months since the belated release of Dapper Drake 6.06, Edgy Eft has shaped up very nicely. Here at Phoronix we have taken a look at the design advancements found in the Ubuntu 6.10 Release Candidate.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 174

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: New releases from Fedora Project and Ubuntu, changes at Xandros, introduction to LiMux and BeaFanatIX, Firefox

  • First Looks: Xen Demo CD 3.0.3
  • Released last week: VLOS 1.3, DeLi Linux 0.7.1
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10
  • New additions: Rails Live CD, Shift Linux
  • New distribution: BeaFanatIX
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Playstation 3: 24 Things You Must Know

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Gaming

With all the hoopla and wahoo getting passed around like a hot potato, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective. It's also easy for little details to get lost in the shuffle. Have no fear, though, because GamePro, is to the rescue with a handy cheat sheet of little known facts and new information about Sony's Cadillac of a console.

The Internet browser is the new OS

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Software

It's been 10 years since a barefoot Marc Andreessen graced the cover of Time magazine and trumpeted how the browser would make the operating system irrelevant. By uttering the unthinkable, he brought the ire of Bill Gates down on Netscape. Now, Netscape as a Web powerhouse is gone and Andreessen is no longer a magazine cover boy. Yet his vision of computing through a browser window turns out to have been prescient, if premature.

SSH dynamic port forwarding with SOCKS

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HowTos

SSH allows you to forward ports from one machine to another, tunnelling traffic through the secure SSH connection. However, forwarding an individual port still requires you to change where your program connects, telling it to use a non-standard port on localhost rather than the standard port on the remote machine, and it requires a separate port forward for each machine you want to access. Dynamic port forwarding via SOCKS provides a more convenient alternative.

A brief look at Slackware 11.0

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Reviews
Slack

When you hear the name Slackware, you are at once transported to a world where Linux users feel more at home in setting the configurations by editing ordinary text files. In fact the credo of Slackware is to keep it as simple as possible.

Distribution Release: Wolvix 1.0.5

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Linux

Kenneth Granerud has announced a brand new release of Wolvix, a desktop-oriented live CD based on Slackware Linux: "After nearly five months of development, Wolvix 1.0.5 is finally ready for release."

Mark Shuttleworth: UbuntuWorld 2007 in the USA?

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Ubuntu

Now we’re thinking of having a “user and business” conference, aimed at bringing together the people who deploy and manage Ubuntu in the real world (well, in the USA in particular, but let’s think globally) with those who help to produce it. The big question is - who would want to come?

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Rise of Open Cloud Architecture and Over-the-Top (OTT) Network Services
  • Amazon’s Giving Away the AI Behind Its Product Recommendations
    Amazon has become the latest tech giant that’s giving away some of its most sophisticated technology. Today the company unveiled DSSTNE (pronounced “destiny”), an open source artificial intelligence framework that the company developed to power its product recommendation system. Now any company, researcher, or curious tinkerer can use it for their own AI applications.
  • Genode OS Framework release 16.05
    The current release marks the most profound API revision in the project's history. The new API is designed to reinforce the best practices for implementing Genode components. It is the result of countless experiments and the practical experiences made while developing over hundred genuine components during the past ten years.
  • Old projects and the free-software community
    The Community Leadership Summit (CLS) is an annual event for community managers, developer evangelists, people who work on public-facing forums, and those with a general interest in engagement or community development for free-software projects. The 2016 edition was held in Austin, Texas the weekend before OSCON. Several sessions at CLS 2016 dealt with the differences exhibited between old and new free-software projects where community management is concerned. One of those tackled the problem of how to foster community around an older software project, which poses a distinct set of challenges.
  • Thunderbird powered by SoftMaker
    Thunderbird, powered by SoftMaker, is a custom version of the popular email client featuring enhancements that come all in the form of extensions. [...] SoftMaker, a company best known for its SoftMaker Office suite, announced recently that it plans to include the Thunderbird email client into the 2016 version of the office suite.
  • The Document Liberation Project: What we do
    The Document Liberation Project: empowering creators to free their data from proprietary formats.
  • EMC Releases UniK Software for Cloud and IoT App Deployments
  • Microsoft Research Awards Demonstrate Commitment to Open Source [Ed: Microsoft openwashing and claims to be about research rather than cheating, bribery, witch-hunting etc.]
  • The open-source generation gap
    OSI General Manager Patrick Masson was one of the session's attendees, and he pushed back on that last point. There is too much "open-washing" these days, he said, but it does not come from the OSI. There is still only one Open Source Definition; the dilution of the term comes from others who use "open" to describe organizations, workflows, processes, and other things unrelated to software licensing. "We have open hardware and open data, but also 'open cola' and 'open beer.' That blurs over an important distinction. Not everything fits." [...] Among the other points raised during the session, attendees noted that it was important that the community distinguish between minting new project contributors and minting new free-software activists, and that it was important for projects to put a check on flamewar-style debates—particularly those that focus on dismissing certain technologies. It is easy for experienced developers to become attached to a language or framework, but there will always be new languages and projects popping up that are the entry points for new coders. Project members deriding language Y because it is not language X may only serve to tell newcomers that they are not welcome.
  • A discussion on combining CDDL and GPL code
    Within the context of an event dedicated to discussing free and open-source software (FOSS) legalities, such as the Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), the topic of conflicting licenses was bound to come up. The decision by Canonical to start shipping the ZFS filesystem with its Ubuntu server distribution back in February led to a discussion at LLW about distributing the kernel combined with ZFS. Discussions at LLW are held under the Chatham House Rule, which means that names and affiliations of participants are only available for those who have agreed to be identified. This year's LLW was held in Barcelona, April 13-15.
  • Mobile Age: using mobility and open data to include senior citizens in open government
    Helping older European people to be part of the open government process and encouraging their access to civic participation through mobility are the main goals of the Mobile Age project, launched last February.
  • All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020
    And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of its impact on innovation. These are the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 27 May.
  • Council of the European Union calls for full open access to scientific research by 2020
    A few weeks ago we wrote about how the European Union is pushing ahead its support for open access to EU-funded scientific research and data. Today at the meeting of the Council of the European Union, the Council reinforced the commitment to making all scientific articles and data openly accessible and reusable by 2020.
  • Hackaday Prize Entry: An Interface For The Headless Linux System
    Connecting a headless Raspberry Pi to a wireless network can be quite a paradoxical situation. To connect it to the network, you need to open an SSH connection to configure the wireless port. But to do so, you need a network connection in the first place. Of course, you can still get command-line access using a USB-to-UART adapter or the Pi’s ethernet port – if present – but [Arsenijs] worked out a much more convenient solution for his Hackaday Prize entry: The pyLCI Linux Control Interface.
  • RepRap, Open Source and 3DPrinting
    The RepRap project started in 2005 by Adrian Bowyer – “Mister RepRap”, when the patent about this technology expired. 3DPrintings isn’t a new technology, history dates that the first model of stereolithography printing emerged in 1984. The main idea around RepRap projects is to produce 3DPrinters that can auto-replicate most of the parts itself. And in 2006, the RepRap 0.2 successfully printed the first part of itself and in 2008, the first 3d model was printed by an end-user. Currently, the printer more replicated and customized of the 67 printers that are listed on RepRap website, is the Prusa Mendel, the model created by Josef Průša, that was disponibility to the public in 2011 and had a lot of development since.
  • Here is a web interface for switching on your light
    Like I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to try out a more hackable wifi plug. I got a Kankun “smart” plug. Like the other one I have the software is horrible. The good news is that they left SSH enabled on it.
  • LeMaker Guitar review
    Anyone who has worked with the Compute Module will find the LeMaker Guitar immediately familiar. The system-on-chip processor, an Actions S500, sits alongside 1GB of memory, a combined audio and power management unit, and 8GB of NAND flash storage on an over-sized small-outline DIMM (SODIMM) form factor circuit board. This board then connects to a baseboard, supplied with the Guitar, which provides more accessible connectivity than the SODIMM’s 204 electrical contacts.
  • Open Source Vs Personal Life — Should GitHub Remove Contribution Graph?
    Should GitHub remove contribution graph from the personal profile of the contributors or the developers? This step might be taken for the personal well-being of the developers. Open source is good but personal life cannot be ignored either.

Leftovers: BSD

Security Leftovers

Red Hat News

  • Why SELinux is inherently complex
    The root of SELinux's problems is that SELinux is a complex security mechanism that is hard to get right. Unfortunately this complexity is not (just) simply an implementation artifact of the current SELinux code; instead, it's inherent in what SELinux is trying to do.
  • SELinux is beyond saving at this point
    SELinux has problems. It has a complexity problem (in that it is quite complex), it has technical problems with important issues like usability and visibility, it has pragmatic problems with getting in the way, and most of all it has a social problem. At this point, I no longer believe that SELinux can be saved and become an important part of the Linux security landscape (at least if Linux remains commonly used). The fundamental reason why SELinux is beyond saving at this point is that after something like a decade of SELinux's toxic mistake, the only people who are left in the SELinux community are the true believers, the people who believe that SELinux is not a sysadmin usability nightmare, that those who disable it are fools, and so on. That your community narrows is what naturally happens when you double down on calling other people things; if people say you are an idiot for questioning the SELinux way, well, you generally leave.
  • Systemd 230 Is Upsetting Some Over Its KillUserProcess Setting
    Systemd 230 was released just last week and it has taken heat not only for opening up FBDEV to potential security issues, which already reverted, but also for changing the default behavior of user processes. Systemd 230 made a change where KillUserProcess defaults to yes. This terminates user processes that are part of the user session scope when the user logs out. This is causing problems for ssh-agent, screen, and other common Linux processes.
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