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Ubuntu: One Year Later

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Ubuntu

tannerhelland.com: Hard to believe, but it’s been almost a year since my first Ubuntu-themed article appeared on this site. Last October I made the decision to try Ubuntu 8.04. A year later, Ubuntu is still my primary operating system.

Microsoft Launches Open Source Foundation?

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Microsoft

eweek.com: Just days after being accused of attempting to unleash potentially harmful Linux-related patents to find their way into the hands of patent trolls, Microsoft is now slated to announce its founding of a new foundation to support open source software.

Install Pidgin SVN + Plus! In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Today, a new Launchpad PPA repository was launched which allows Ubuntu users to install Pidgin SVN with support for colored nicknames and several plug-ins.

The Perfect Server - CentOS 4.8 Server i386 [ISPConfig 2]

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 4.8 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and web hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • The 2.6.31 kernel is out
  • App Updates: ViewNior Gets Cropping Tool
  • Episode 118: Looking in the Crystal Ball at GIMP 2.8
  • GNU grep is slow on UTF-8
  • 5 Ways to Pimp Your FireFox Address Bar
  • Drupal's new trademark policy
  • My 7 Favorite Features Of Opera 10
  • The truth about Windows users
  • The new Asus e-reader looks a lot like the OLPC XO 2.0
  • Ubuntu's Koala food arrives on shelves
  • Developers Land Funding for Songbird Open-Source Music Player
  • Clarification on Foresight and Fedora
  • Installing Software: Tux VS. Bill Gates
  • Canonical’s Ubuntu Cloud Strategy
  • Osama Khalid is the first GNU Generation member of the month
  • Test Drive of Spri Linux Beta
  • One Laptop Per Child - The Dream is Over
  • Dell renews Ubuntu Linux desktop line up
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 to 5.4 risk report
  • Noteworthy PCLinuxOS updates (Aug 30st – Sep 05th)
  • Linux Outlaws 110 - The Chinless Hero

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Hack Karmic's GDM Login Screen

  • No more printers / cups not running
  • Automatically Take a Screenshot and Make it Public using Dropbox
  • Debian Boot Messages
  • Virtual Interfaces: When One IP Isn't Enough
  • php tail
  • Launch OpenOffice.org Faster
  • How do I set up a network printer or print server?
  • How To: GNOME GMail Notifier
  • How to remove a deb package manually
  • Import SSH Key without Verification
  • Change the Default Editor
  • Building Linux Audio Applications 101: A User's Guide, Part 2
  • How can I make X start on a different tty?
  • Install Internet Explorer on Linux with IEs4Linux

Five Features We Want to See in Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

lifehacker.com: Ubuntu isn't the only Linux operating system, but it's where the dream of a usable, completely free desktop is closest to reality. If every Ubuntu developer were assembled at one place, here are five things we'd ask them to accomplish.

Lubuntu: Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee

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Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: Some complain that there is simply too much choice in the free software world and far too many Linux distributions. Well, now there’s another called Lubuntu. A derivative of Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop, it’s super light and very fast. Finally, there’s an Ubuntu perfectly suited to those older, low end machines!

Linux and OSS through car lover eyes

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OSS

raiden.net: This is an allegory on Linux and Open Source Software as seen through the eyes of a “gearhead” (aka car lover) and explained as such. If you're into cars, you'll love this little tale.

Staging tree status for the .32 kernel merge

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Linux

kroah.com: Here's a summary of the state of the drivers/staging/ tree, basically what will be coming in the 2.6.32 merge, and what the status of the different drivers are so far.

5 things Best Buy employees must know about Linux

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Linux

sinaisix.blogspot: In order to be fair to those being fed with the disinformation in these slides, I am assuming they do not know anything about Linux. The following five points should help clarify issues for them.

Synergy: A software KVM switch (without the “V”)

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Software

linuxcritic.wordpress: Because I’m constantly doing things on both machines, I’m always switching between my regular keyboard for my desktop machine and my laptop’s keyboard, and likewise with the two mice. Synergy eliminates that switching.

Top 5 Firefox Add-Ons For Soccer Fans

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Moz/FF

epltalk.com: Other than how easier it is to use and how fast it is, one of the reasons web users love Firefox is because of their massive library of add-ons. So since we’re all soccer fans, I thought I’d share five favorite Firefox add-ons — and they’re all free.

Patents are the secret to open-source success? Really?!?

  • Patents are the secret to open-source success? Really?!?
  • Microsoft and A Patent Checkmate of My Dreams
  • Red Hat accuses Microsoft of patent FUD
  • Microsoft and Patent Trolls

Higher-Order Perl: free Perl ebook

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News

Higher-Order Perl is about functional programming techniques in Perl. It's about how to write functions that can modify and manufacture other functions. Why would you want to do that? Because that way your code is more flexible and more reusable.

3 Software Applications For Chemistry Students

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Software

makeuseof.com: An often overlooked aspect when compared with other more popular operating systems, Ubuntu enables students of various ages and topics to access a wealth of educational software.

Commentary: Should you switch to Linux?

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Linux

wislawjournal.com: Are you a candidate for Linux? If your answers were “yes” to all of the above, then, like me, you’re probably not Linux material. But, if you’re intrepid and cost-conscious, you might want to consider becoming a Linux lawyer.

Multimedia codecs on Windows vs. Linux - which one is harder?

dedoimedo.com: Windows is familiar. Windows is a given. Just for fun, imagine what would happen if you removed all icons from the desktop or moved the taskbar to the top of the screen. Can you imagine how many thousands of Windows users would perform a proverbial seppuku inside their minds?

Problems with Your Intel Wireless Drivers? Try Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

redmonk.com/sogrady: When it’s compared to Microsoft Windows on the subject of driver support, Linux is generally perceived as lacking, although far less so in recent years thanks to the efforts of Intel and others. But in at least one case, Linux was the solution.

Sexism: Open Source Software's Dirty Little Secret

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OSS

earthweb.com: On September 19th, the GNOME Foundation and the Free Software Foundation will host a mini-summit on how to increase women's participation in the free and open source software (FOSS) communities.

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.