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Story Mir Now Depends Upon C++14 Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 10:44pm
Story Kadu 2.0 Instant Messenger Client Released with Better Ubuntu Unity Support Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 10:40pm
Story Red Hat announces the availability of Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 globally Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 10:37pm
Story Exciting GNOME Changes For Fedora 22 Workstation Pushed This Week Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 10:26pm
Story GNOME Maps App Can Now Display Contacts with Geocodable Addresses Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 10:19pm
Story PCLinuxOS, A User Friendly Linux Distribution Mohd Sohail 21/02/2015 - 8:05pm
Story Today in Techrights Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 7:56pm
Story Fully sandboxed, cross-distro Linux apps are almost here Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 7:17pm
Story New AMD Processors Supported By Coreboot Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 7:13pm
Story Creating a Community: Getting Started Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2015 - 6:55pm

Boxee Beta Goes Public – Now Works With TV.com, Blip.TV, and IGN

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thenextweb.com: Boxee, the popular media center application, is now in public beta following an extensive pre-beta period. The new release comes for OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu.

What's Coming In Lucid Alpha 2?

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Ubuntu

omgubuntu.co.uk: The second Alpha release of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is due for release next Thursday (14th January) but what can you expect to find inside it?

Create flow charts with Kivio

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Software

ghacks.net: Some people choose to draw their flow charts with the help of graphing paper. But others prefer to map out their flow charts with software like Dia. But like Dia is to GNOME, so Kivio is to KDE.

Linux, Loss, Laptops, and Lower Costs.

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Linux
Hardware

ubuntu-user.com: Last year was also when things started going wrong with my Toshiba notebook. Just before Christmas, it started making occasional strange noises (never a good thing) running rather hot at times, and on at least three occasions over less than a week, something in the hardware just shut down.

Danish Schoolchildren Complaints About OpenOffice

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OOo

anotherubuntu.blogspot: In Denmark in an open letter to the mayor, city council and the IT manager in Lyngby-Taarbaek Municipality, the Virum School student council is now targeting sharp criticism against the decision to replace Microsoft Office with OpenOffice.

Red Hat CEO On Recession, Virtualization, Ballmer

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Linux

informationweek.com: Jim Whitehurst says his firm has encountered a "perfect storm" of conditions furthering its growth in recession.

A spoonful of sugar

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Linux

marilyn.frields.org: Essentially, a good helper need to be able firstly to turn off any immediate reactions or conclusions to which they might jump about Nathan’s situation. Not concentrating on assumptions about Nathan’s problem or skill set.

New SUSE/Moblin Linux netbook from MSI arrives

blogs.computerworld: What do you get when you mix Novell's SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 11 with the Linux Foundation's Moblin 2.1 netbook desktop?

Cooking with SliTaz – An Innovative (and TINY!) Linux OS

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Linux

maketecheasier.com: I just found a new toy. It’s a Linux distro running a complete desktop, Firefox browser, multimedia utilities, FTP/SSH/IM/torrent/email clients, and a custom package manager… in a 30MB ISO.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs Moblin

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Linux
Ubuntu

tuxradar.com: Over the last 12 months, netbook and mobile Linux has made massive advances in features and install base. This is primarily thanks to two netbook distributions - Moblin and Canonical's Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR).

The State of PostgreSQL: Not So Easy to Kill

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Software

ostatic.com/blog: One of Monty Widenius' arguments about the vulnerability of PostgreSQL has caught the attention of the PostgreSQL community. In a comment on OStatic, Widenius says that "PostgreSQL can also be killed" by a company like Oracle.

CodePlex Foundation Reports on 100 Day Goals

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OSS

consortiuminfo.org: Earlier this week, I noted the fact that the 100 day mark for the CodePlex Foundation had passed (on December 19) without any comment from the Foundation. That blog entry sparked a call from the Foundation's PR firm, and an opportunity for me to spend an hour on the phone with Sam Ramji.

5 useful free plugins for Gimp

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GIMP

unixmen.com: One of the big advantages of The GIMP is the fact that it can be easily extended with new functionality. So with sufficient addons (particularly plugins), you can achieve a lot of functionality found in other editors. Today I will show you 5.

As Sun sets, HP goes after its customers – with Red Hat’s help

  • As Sun sets, HP goes after its customers – with Red Hat’s help
  • Why HP Doesn't Need The Microsoft Tablet

How To Modify Your Gnu/Linux Box To Serve As A USB Over IP Server

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Linux
HowTos

There was a long time that I was looking for a way to put away my old CRM server! But why? Because I had installed a virtualization environment with Xen and all my servers are turned to small VPS on a nice pretty infrastructure. The base point was that the CRM had a USB/Lock and there was no way to take the lock under a virtualized VPS. This tutorial shows how you can set up a USB-over-IP server.

Linux OSS Podcasts

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Linux
OSS
  • Linux Outlaws 130 - Nude Scanners
  • FLOSS Weekly 103: Open Source SOA
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 334

On KDE 4.3.3

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KDE
  • On KDE 4.3.3
  • kde sc 4.4 branched, trunk reopens
  • Making Firefox 3.x Look at Home in KDE4 (2)

Is Nexus One "bad" for Linux?

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Google
  • Is Nexus One "bad" for Linux?
  • HD media hub design runs Android, Linux
  • Turn Your Android Phone Into A Real Star Trek Tricorder

today's leftovers:

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News
  • 5 Fresh Gnome GTK Themes To Start 2010 With A New Look
  • Gcompris 9.0 Released
  • TinyOgg: convert Youtube videos to Ogg
  • Dedication to Open Source and Open Standards Threatened in Leaked EU EIF Document
  • Mandriva 2010.0 on HP mini 110
  • Freescale's Linux smartbook aims to take bite out of Apple
  • PulseAudio support in KMix
  • GNOME and FSF highlight women in free software
  • Monet Frame Computer
  • PosteRazor
  • GNOME got an Amazing Christmas Present!
  • Qt Graphics and Performance - OpenGL
  • It's Now Easier Getting Packages In Ubuntu Main
  • I Just Want Something to Happen When I Click
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 1 Episode 25 - Dreaming Androids

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Install Amarok in Ubuntu
  • Setting up an ad-hoc wireless network between 2 Ubuntu machines
  • Change your Ubuntu splash screen background
  • Embed the Konsole (Terminal) to the Desktop in KDE 4.3
  • Block Ads / Malware / Spyware using hosts file
  • Quick and Dirty method to remove a corruted partially installed package
  • gWallpaper Rotates your Wallpapers at a given interval
  • Blu-Ray in Linux
  • openSUSE – Create your own Software Repository
  • Linux Default Services Which Are Enabled at Boot
  • Using an UMTS Medion USB Stick with Kubuntu 9.10
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Software: GnuCash, Minuet, Citrix, and YouTube

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    When a small business contemplates getting away from a proprietary accounting tool like QuickBooks in favor of free software like GnuCash, the first order of business is usually finding a way to liberate that business's accounting data for input into a new system. Strangely enough, Intuit, the creator of QuickBooks, never quite got around to making that easy to do. But it turns out that, with a bit of effort, this move can be made. Getting there involves wandering through an undocumented wilderness; this article is at attempt to make things easier for the next people to come along.
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Fedora: Fedora + Plasma + Unity, Design Interns, and New ISO Build

  • Fedora + Plasma + Unity = Nice looks?
    Hybrid things aren't usually the best option around. Like hybrid cars, for example. Technically, when you marry concepts, you change the energy state, and while this could make sense in that you blend the best of several worlds, when this is done in a forced manner over a short period of time rather than eons of evolution, you end with the worst bits as the product of your mutation. I read about the United theme for Plasma a few months ago, and given that I've spent a fair deal of time fiddling with themes and icons and fonts and making different desktop environments look prettier than their defaults, I was intrigued. So I decided to see whether the notion of having Plasma look like Unity is a sane option. Let us.  Fedora + Plasma + Unity = Nice looks? [...] What is thy point, Vanessa, the astute among you may ask? Well, I have nothing against United or its creators, but I did come to the conclusion that too much tweaking is worse than no tweaking, if this statement makes sense. I like the notion of trying to overcome the inherent problems in each desktop through the use of themes and extensions. After all, I've been doing that profusely for the past few months. But it gets undone when you cross the desktop environment space. Making Gnome better yes. Making Plasma better, absolutely. Unity as an overlay for Plasma, well tricky. There's too much disparity for you to be able to hide the underlying workflow mechanisms and UI philosophies. Then, every little inconsistency glares. You notice things you do not expect, and you get angry because there are certain things you do expect. Some transformations work quite well because they build on the foundations, e.g. various Gnome panels or Macbuntu. But Plasma has its own special charm and flow and making it into a weird version of Unity, which itself is a weird version of Gnome misses the bigger picture. And so, if you're asking me, Plasma and Unity are two separate worlds, best enjoyed in isolation. United is an interesting notion, but it also signifies the upper limit for my own wild ideas and tweaking. Yes, you can make it work, then again, it means taking away from the beauty and style of what these two desktops do, and that's not the purpose of my pimping guides. So we shall stop here, and explore other colors and shapes. Have fun, little penguins.
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  • F26-20170815 Updated ISOs released

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Security: Hardware Back Doors, Microsoft Windows, Kronos

  • Hiding malware in boobytrapped replacement screens would undetectably compromise your mobile device
     

    On the one hand, if you let an untrusted stranger install hardware in your electronic device, you're opening yourself up to all kinds of potential mischief; on the other hand, an estimated one in five smartphones has a cracked screen and the easiest, most efficient and cheapest way to get that fixed is to go to your corner repair-shop.  

  • How hackers {sic} are targeting the shipping industry [iophk: "Microsoft TCO"]
     

    Whenever one of the firm's fuel suppliers would send an email asking for payment, the virus simply changed the text of the message before it was read, adding a different bank account number.  

  • Locky ransomware is back from the dead with two new strains [iophk: "Windows TCO"]
     

    What hasn't changed, though, is the method of distribution.Rather than rifling through the trove of spilt US National Security Agency exploits, as the groups behind WannaCry and NotPetya did, Locky is distributed via phishing emails containing malicious Microsoft Office files or zipped attachments containing a malicious script.

  • Connected cars could have an airbag problem
     

    "It's not the car manufacturers' fault, and it's not a problem introduced by them. The security issue that we leveraged in our research lies in the standard that specifies how the car device network (i.e., CAN) works," added Trend.

    [...] To eliminate the risk entirely, an updated CAN standard should be proposed, adopted, and implemented. This whole process would likely require another generation of vehicles."

  • Code chunk in Kronos malware used long before MalwareTech published it
    A chunk of code found in the Kronos bank-fraud malware originated more than six years before security researcher Marcus Hutchins is accused of developing the underlying code, a fellow security researcher said Friday. The conclusion, reached in an analysis of Kronos published by security firm Malwarebytes, by no means proves or disproves federal prosecutors' allegations that Hutchins wrote Kronos code and played a role in the sale of the malware. It does, however, clarify speculation over a Tweet from January 2015, in which MalwareTech—the online handle Hutchins used—complained that a complex piece of code he had published a month earlier had been added to an unnamed malware sample without his permission.
  • Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security
    People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops contain secret hardware that completely hijacks the security of the device. The concern arises from research that shows how replacement screens—one put into a Huawei Nexus 6P and the other into an LG G Pad 7.0—can be used to surreptitiously log keyboard input and patterns, install malicious apps, and take pictures and e-mail them to the attacker. The booby-trapped screens also exploited operating system vulnerabilities that bypassed key security protections built into the phones. The malicious parts cost less than $10 and could easily be mass-produced. Most chilling of all, to most people, the booby-trapped parts could be indistinguishable from legitimate ones, a trait that could leave many service technicians unaware of the maliciousness. There would be no sign of tampering unless someone with a background in hardware disassembled the repaired phone and inspected it.