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Turning away from the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink distributions for a moment I now turn my attention to a light-weight distribution aimed at being as simple as possible while still being up-to-date. CRUX 2.3, released on March 20, 2007, attempts to fulfill such a role.
I have noticed that mention of Linux on the desktop seems to be building in the media, but it hasn't been clear if that noise correlated to more users actually switching to it. Based on the results of my admittedly unscientific poll, Linux does appear to be building momentum.
Debian released a patch to fix multiple vulnerabilities in OpenOffice that open up the users' systems to compromise, Secunia reported on Wednesday.
One vulnerability was originally discovered by an anonymous researcher and reported to VeriSign’s iDefense Labs.
iDefense reported that research by Sean Larsson found additional flaws.
With the bickering about what Dell will and won’t do to provide Linux on their desktop machines, it seems to me there’s a much easier way to introduce GNU/Linux into the world. Scrap it!
In case it's not abundantly clear, I despise Novell's patent pact with Microsoft. But, as Bruce Lowry wrote me today (because comments are turned off on the blog, due to a massive spike in comment spam), there may be some bright spots on the Novell horizon that I have not reported. I'm willing to "concede" that, and am happy to hear about it.
Last month Eric S. Raymond made a public announcement on the Fedora developer’s list that he was giving up on Fedora Core and that from now on Ubuntu is his distribution of choice. Actually it was more of a rant than an announcement. ESR’s scatter shot attack on Fedora was wrong in more ways than I care to comment about here.
I really love Kazehakase: It’s light, it’s fast, it’s clean and it does things that Firefox hasn’t thought of yet, or maybe needs a plugin to do (like a Tab Tree rather than just a list of active tabs, or a thumbnailed history of closed pages).
There's been a lot of talk about GPL version 3: whether it goes too far to be acceptable to business, whether the Linux kernel developers will accept it, whether our community will fork or undergo unrest over it. Much of that talk is based on a poor understanding of the GPL3 terms, and with release of the new license imminent, it's time to clear that up.
There's an interesting story on Slashdot this morning about why (possibly) Google may have been spoiling for a YouTube fight, rather than hoping to avoid it. As the theory in the article goes, Google may have wanted to get sued to protect the viability of YouTube, rather than leaving the copyright fight to a company less able to fight back (financially and strategically):
VideoLAN's VLC is a cross-platform media player with a simple interface that doesn't require a degree in rocket science to operate. That doesn't mean, however, that VLC is a simplistic application: it has a few tricks up its sleeve that can significantly extend its functionality and enhance your user experience. Here are a couple of VLC's nifty features you might want to try.
Netcat or nc in short can be aptly described as one of those two letter command-line tools that have all of legendary UNIX magic and power.
nc however is a new program and does not share the age of well known programs like cat or dd. However its power and versatility make one think why no one came up with this before.
I’ve installed Kubuntu on my laptop recently and I must say I am pretty impressed. It has picked up most of m laptops hardware and the hibernation and media button functions I could never get working on openSUSE worked out of the box! Pretty cool! I have no doubt I could have got them working with openSUSE but I wasn’t willing to spend the time on it.
A vulnerability has been identified in KDE Konqueror, which could be exploited by attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information.
Any time anybody brings up open source in the channel there's always a note of excitement because the opportunity to provide high-margin technical services around open-source solutions has always been an attractive concept to solution providers.But despite the hype and expectations, the real potential of open source in the channel has largely gone unrealized.
Domain registrar and Web hosting provider Go Daddy (godaddy.com) announced on Thursday it is supporting open source applications by giving cash donations totalling $20,000 to assist in further development of their applications. The company has donated $10,000 each to content management system Joomla (joomla.org) and online community forum Simple Machines Forum (simplemachines.org).
QEmu can run an OS inside another OS - for example, Windows under Linux. QEmu uses kqemu, an acceleration driver included in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn to run Windows at usable speed. Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn also includes a new version of rdesktop that can be used to start individual desktop apps from the VM on your normal desktop.
Ask most people who have made the switch to a libre software product like Linux or BSD and they'll tell you that we're in a fight with Microsoft and everything that the closed-source world represents. It's not just us - Microsoft certainly thinks we're in a battle as well.
With all of the FUD coming out of Redmond, Washington these days about Linux infringing on Microsoft's IP, I thought I'd do a little research and see if Microsoft has ever been guilty of stealing code or infriging on others' IP. The results weren't surprising. If you live in a glass house... you know the rest.
Examples of Microsoft stealing code and infringing on IP:
Nearly thirty years of growth haven't exhausted the potential of the REstructured eXtended eXecutor (Rexx) language. The first of the widely used "scripting" languages continues to expand its capabilities and platform range, and it makes for a particularly good match with AIX.
The beta release of Ubuntu Feisty, the latest release of the popular Linux operating system, has been delayed for a day because of kernel issues.
In an email to the Ubuntu developers list early this morning Tollef Fog Heen wrote: "The beta release [of Feisty] is delayed until Friday due to a kernel regression which caused problems booting quite a large number of systems.