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If you have to ask, you shouldn’t try it

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: This is that time of year, when a lot of eager, well-meaning but somewhat out-of-their-league Ubuntu users get crazy and start installing the beta of the next release. I have two things to say to that.

Mozilla Turns 10 Today

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Moz/FF

blog.lizardwrangler.com: Today is a special day. March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. Today I want to look at our first ten years, and a bit at the next ten years.

Firefly extension turns Firefox into a file browser

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Nowadays, Web browsers can act as front ends to many other kinds of applications. For instance, if you want to browse and open the files on your hard drive from within Firefox, turn to the Firefly extension.

Gentoo 2008.0 beta still in progress

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: The 2008.0 beta is roughly a month behind the original tentative schedule. A number of factors contributed to this, including the migration to new release processes, the usual delays that affect most open-source projects.

Also: Not the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, Chapter 8

One step forward: a review of GNOME 2.22

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Software

arstechnica.com: The latest release of the GNOME desktop environment includes a number of significant architectural enhancements and new applications that offer increased power and usability. Released after six months of intensive development, GNOME 2.22 will be included in Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9, which are scheduled for release in April.

Is Ubuntu Really More Secure Than Mac / Vista?

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Linux

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.

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today's leftovers

  • BSODs at scale: we laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail
    It's an easy drive-by troll, isn't it? Last week, we asked readers to top the five-storey Blue Screen of Death spotted in Thailand, and examples big and small flooded the inbox. Manchester Piccadilly Station is either vying for the crown with last week's entry, or perhaps it's a display from the same maker. Thanks to James for catching this shot from 2013.
  • Monitoring of Monitoring
    I was recently asked to get data from a computer that controlled security cameras after a crime had been committed. Due to the potential issues I refused to collect the computer and insisted on performing the work at the office of the company in question. Hard drives are vulnerable to damage from vibration and there is always a risk involved in moving hard drives or systems containing them. A hard drive with evidence of a crime provides additional potential complications. So I wanted to stay within view of the man who commissioned the work just so there could be no misunderstanding. The system had a single IDE disk. The fact that it had an IDE disk is an indication of the age of the system. One of the benefits of SATA over IDE is that swapping disks is much easier, SATA is designed for hot-swap and even systems that don’t support hot-swap will have less risk of mechanical damage when changing disks if SATA is used instead of IDE. For an appliance type system where a disk might be expected to be changed by someone who’s not a sysadmin SATA provides more benefits over IDE than for some other use cases. I connected the IDE disk to a USB-IDE device so I could read it from my laptop. But the disk just made repeated buzzing sounds while failing to spin up. This is an indication that the drive was probably experiencing “stiction” which is where the heads stick to the platters and the drive motor isn’t strong enough to pull them off. In some cases hitting a drive will get it working again, but I’m certainly not going to hit a drive that might be subject to legal action! I recommended referring the drive to a data recovery company. The probability of getting useful data from the disk in question seems very low. It could be that the drive had stiction for months or years. If the drive is recovered it might turn out to have data from years ago and not the recent data that is desired. It is possible that the drive only got stiction after being turned off, but I’ll probably never know.
  • Blender 2.78 Is Adding Pascal Support, Fixes Maxwell Performance Issues
  • motranslator 1.1
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  • Live dmesg following
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  • Sunless Sea expansion Zubmariner releases on October 11th with Linux support
    Sunless Sea is about to get bigger, as Zubmariner has been confirmed for release on October 11th with Linux support.
  • Agenda, control an organization trying to take over the world in this strategy game
  • Clarity (Vector Design) Icon Theme for Linux Desktop’s
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  • GUADEC 2016
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  • GUADEC 2016, Karlsruhe
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  • Antergos installation guide with screenshots
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