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Is Ubuntu Really More Secure Than Mac / Vista?

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ibeentoubuntu.com: At the Pwn to Own competition, participants were awarded money and prizes for hacking into various operating systems, and Ubuntu came out as the winner over Mac OSX and MS Vista. Ubuntu was left standing, the apparent winner. And the crowd rejoiced. The blogosphere resounded with choruses of how great Ubuntu is. I say it's all BS.

Communicating With the Other Half: NTFS Support in Linux

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HowTos

linux-mag.com: NTFS support has been slow in coming to Linux. But new drivers are now available that enable you to read from, and even to write to, NTFS partitions, including removable media formatted with NTFS. We show you how.

Understanding the Ubuntu package repositories

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HowTos

bethesignal.org/blog: During a thread about daylight savings confusion here in Sydney, Martin Barry asked the SLUG list why updates to Ubuntu packages go into a separate “updates” repository. John Ferlito suggested that I blog my answer…

Is OOXML a Done Deal?

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OSS

internetnews.com: Despite a heated campaign to defeat International Organization for Standardization (ISO) status for Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML), over the weekend, even some staunch critics acknowledged that the company has likely garnered enough votes to win. However, that doesn't mean that they've given up the fight.

LiMo Foundation ready with mobile Linux OS

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Linux

news.com: Google's Android may get all the attention, but there's more than one industry consortium working to unify Linux development for mobile phones. The nonprofit LiMo Foundation plans to announce the launch of LiMo Platform Release 1 at the CTIA show in Las Vegas Monday.

Two out of three ain't bad

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OS

itwire.com: Of the three notebooks up for grabs in the PWN2OWN competition at CanSecWest, only two were hacked and won. But what does that say about the security of the operating systems they were running?

Full-throttle Productivity and Web-Work With Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

anywired.com: If blogs are to be believed, it would seem that every aspect of the web worker’s life revolves around one Apple product or another. For the purpose of structure I’ll break the article into two parts. The first will discuss how Linux can be just as application-rich, in terms of usefulness, as OS X or Windows. In the second half, I’ll cover various productivity-boosting apps.

Secret Maryo Chronicles

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Gaming

ubuntufs.wordpress: I’ve been following the progress of this game for over four years, but up until now I’ve been a bit reluctant to recommend it to anyone. It was originally too much like the Mario Bros games, support for joysticks/pads and other controllers wasn’t very good and the game itself just didn’t feel playable enough. That’s all about to change though as version 1.5 is on the horizon and shaping up very nicely indeed.

The state of open source: Bruce Perens, Open Source Definition

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Interviews
OSS

computerworld.com.au: Bruce Perens, a longtime leader in the open source movement, is rarely remiss in speaking his mind on open source matters. Here's how Perens breaks down the key opportunities and challenges for open source in the years to come.

When in Rome: engineering the Firefox 3 user experience

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Interviews
Moz/FF

arstechnica.com: This past week at the Mozilla headquarters in Mountain View, we talked to user experience design expert Alex Faaborg about the Firefox 3 visual refresh. He shared some insights about the interface design process and talked about some of Mozilla's goals for refining the look and feel of the Firefox user experience.

Also: Granny smithed by Apple

WordPress 2.5 Review

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Reviews

Yesterday the long awaited and somewhat delayed WordPress 2.5 was released. Today, I updated my installation today and though I had a few problems the upgrade to the new version was definitely worth it.

Zenwalk Live 5.0 Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix.com: If you're still on the quest of finding the best desktop Linux distribution for your needs, one worthy contender that often goes overlooked is Zenwalk.

Microsoft's new weapon against open source: stupidity

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OSS

opensource.org: An Information Week article published last week appears to position Microsoft as trying to do something right when it comes to open source. And it positions the open source community as being not quite ready to make nice after past insults, threats, and abuse.

Open XML appears to clear ISO standard vote

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OSS

news.com: Early reports Sunday indicate that Office Open XML (OOXML) appears to have enough votes to be certified an ISO standard. An official tally is not expected until Monday.

Secure doesn’t mean anything

securityblog.org: During my tenure at Gentoo, running the Hardened Gentoo project, the most common question by far was “How do I secure my system?” There are different kinds of security that you might want to implement, and lots of different solutions to attain them.

Ubuntu Linux 8: Is the heron hardier?

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: It wasn’t long ago that Gutsy Gibbon was in the news; Ubuntu’s last release was touted as the easiest and most reliable Linux ever. Yet, some found it pretty gutless, or even just gusty, with hardware compatibility still a major bugbear. Linux 8.04, Hardy Heron, is now on the horizon. Does it look any better?

Asus 4G eeePC Review

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Linux
Hardware

1ntr0sp3ct.blogspot: I purchased Asus eeePC because I'm traveling to Europe this summer to do some studies, and didn't want to have to lug around my main laptop which is (in my opinion) too fragile to be carrying in a large backpack without special protection.

2007: Microsoft in Review

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Microsoft

nazgum.wordpress: It’s no small secret. I hate Microsoft. I think they are the most vile and corrupt corporation in the tech industry. I have read and heard many people claim Microsoft is changing, improving, and the evil Microsoft of the pass is fading; I strongly disagree.

10 Linux Books You Must Own

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Linux

foogazi.com: Here is a quick list of 10 Linux books you must own as a Linux user.

Looking Back on Debian 1.3

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Linux

geekyschmidt.com: Back at the tender age of 12 I picked up a magazine at the Base Exchange. This magazine contained a CD. This CD contained Debian 1.3. All was well in the world…

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