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AbiWord team interview

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Interviews

redhatmagazine.com: AbiWord just had a great 2.6 release and the developers took several hours of their spare time over a few weeks period answering questions and providing information. Thanks to the team and especially MarcMaurer for his time and patience. We present you a detailed interview with the AbiWord team on a broad range of topics.

Tomboy note-taker keeps you organized

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linux.com: I use Tomboy, an open source notetaking app, to cull and organize the hundreds of bits of information I track, and to prioritize it on to-do lists on the fly. When we first reviewed Tomboy 0.3.5, it had some obvious flaws. The project has had a number of updates since then, and the newest version, 0.10.0, really makes the grade.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Enterprise Unix Roundup: OpenSolaris, Farm Team or Big League?

  • IBM Fuels New Blue Biz Initiative With Linux
  • Creative Commons promotes standard license expression
  • The heron has landed: a review of Ubuntu 8.04
  • Outsider to lobby for OLPC Down Under
  • With Linux vs. Because of Linux
  • Pandora the Linux gaming handheld console
  • Update on DeviceKit
  • Mozilla: Firefox plugin shipped with malicious code
  • Millionaires, Billionaires, and Open Source
  • Response Team Boosts Open Source Security
  • Proof that Linux is for geeks with too much time on their hands!
  • Not Necessarily Parallel
  • Ubuntu for Kids
  • The kernel that fixes the Ubuntu hibernation regression
  • Why many MCSEs won’t learn Linux
  • Interactive Kernel Map

misc app shorts

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Software
  • Terminator: A Kick-ass Terminal

  • Browse Mouselessly With Conkeror
  • Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.1 released
  • Raptor Menu explores KDE 4 Possibilities
  • id Software Starts Work On Doom 4!

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Play multimedia content with style using Entertainer

  • How do I find a Unix / Linux command?
  • Using Styles in OpenOffice.org Writer
  • Using a Gentoo Prefixed shell as your login shell
  • Yahoo Mail on Thundebird (ubuntu based guide)

Oracle crowns Red Hat the Linux king

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Linux

Matt Asay: For those who had forgotten, Oracle provides Linux support. It's called "Unbreakable Linux." Most of you stopped thinking about it long ago, but for those who didn't, Oracle's chief corporate architect, Edward Screven decided to remind everyone.

First look: OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta a big step forward

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OOo

arstechnica.com: It has been almost three years since the release of OpenOffice.org 2.0. During that time we've seen community fragmentation and frustration resulting from Sun's heavy involvement with the office suite's development, and even a third-party online version that provides editing and collaboration features. Now, the open source office suite is back with a new 3.0 beta release.

Opera 9.27 Review

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osweekly.com: Opera is light years faster than other browsers I have tried in the past. Most pages load in a fraction of a second on broadband, even during peak usage times. But even with its tremendous speed, some pages using WordPress, among other content management systems, are not always being rendered correctly.

Linux facing first real desktop test

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Linux

blogs.the451group: We’ve recently seen the popular EeePc in Windows XP form. There are even concerns that Linux in the EeePC ultra-portable computers — or indeed Linux in the larger subnotebook, mini-notebook or whatever you want to call this emerging category — is now likely to evaporate in the face of Windows versions.

Also: Linux Buyers Are Being Ripped-Off

Xubuntu: Better than Ubuntu (at least for me)

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Ubuntu

hartmansblog.blogspot: There are approximately 200 workstations around campus for student use of which approximately 35 are Pentium 4 powered. The rest are either P3 or P2 machines with around 256MB RAM. The simple fact of the matter is that with machines like these there are few options when it comes to Operating Systems. Xubuntu though seems to work pretty well.

And: Thoughts on Linux/Ubuntu

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 21

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SUSE

Issue #21 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. Highlights this week include openSUSE 11.0 Beta 2, People of openSUSE: Greg Kroah-Hartman, and Jigish Gohil: Sliced sphere in compiz-fusion-git packages.

Also: Another NASA supercomputer with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
And: Could Novell kill OpenSolaris?

Interview with Bluewhite64 creator Attila Craciun

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linux.com: Slackware Linux has stood strong for more than a decade by refusing to compromise. There was a time when people used to say, "If you want to learn Linux and learn it well, give Slackware a try." Attila Craciun, a Romanian software developer and Linux enthusiast, has ported the Slackware tree to the AMD64 architecture to create the Bluewhite64 distro. We spoke with him to find out about Bluewhite64, where it came from, and where it's going.

blueMarine - Linux Digital Photo Workflow

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maysville-linux-users-group.org: blueMarine is an open source application for the digital photo workflow, the blueMarine project will provide you an all-in-one tool for managing your photos, from the shoot up to the archiving and beyond.

Ubuntu ported to a PDA

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Ubuntu

linuxdevices: Ubuntu Linux 7.04 is now available for Sharp's Zaurus PDAs. The 0.1 release comes with a minimalist filesystem that can be launched in an emulator, enhanced with software from the vast Ubuntu archives, and then flashed onto a real Zaurus.

"Can we fix it? Yes, we can!"

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OSS

Jeremy Allison: The OOXML document format war is over, and the good guys lost. The world will be a worse place because of it, for a long time to come. I recently got to attend a couple of conferences. Jim Zemlin, the head of the Linux Foundation, has a vision of where Linux should go in the next ten years, and it is breathtaking in scope.

The computer security paradox

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Security

raiden.net: One of the most prized rights of any American is the right to privacy and security. It's something people in some countries would kill for. Yet now there appears to be a very frightening trend growing. Your privacy and security are being thrown out the window wholesale in favor of easier access by law enforcement.

On Linux Hardware Compatibility

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Linux
Hardware

terminally-incoherent.com: I love how anti-linux advocates and windows fanbois always pick on Linux for hardware compatibility or rather lack of thereof. Just about every rant about Linux I have seen so far includes a gripe about it not supporting new or exotic hardware out of the box. Funny thing is that, neither does Windows.

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Back on the Linux bandwagon

  • Enable DVD Playback, Flash and MP3 Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu on Windows with Wubi
  • Known hardy bugs and workarounds
  • gimpsvn.sh — Install or update to GIMP 2.5 from SVN on Ubuntu 8.04
  • Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron nests at Fox News
  • A Smart Feature of Ubuntu You May Not Have Noticed
  • Installing Four Other Desktop Edition on Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu removing XML from Python?
  • Fun with Amazon S3 in Ubuntu

Compiz Fusion Community News for May 7th, 2008: An edition of bling and subtlty

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Software

More CF news is down the tubes this week, major highlights being A FULL sphere deformation mode for cubeaddon, A subtler static applications switcher, and A subtler set a viewport switching plugins.

The Year of the Linux Desktop

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: This is it. It’s now. Like it or not, you can quiver in your boots and moan about this driver or that hardware or the other usability feature, but I have two, solid irrefutable signs of the apocalypse.

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Security News

  • Tuesday's security updates
  • New Open Source Linux Ransomware Divides Infosec Community
    Following our investigation into this matter, and seeing the vitriol-filled reaction from some people in the infosec community, Zaitsev has told Softpedia that he decided to remove the project from GitHub, shortly after this article's publication. The original, unedited article is below.
  • Fax machines' custom Linux allows dial-up hack
    Party like it's 1999, phreakers: a bug in Epson multifunction printer firmware creates a vector to networks that don't have their own Internet connection. The exploit requirements are that an attacker can trick the victim into installing malicious firmware, and that the victim is using the device's fax line. The firmware is custom Linux, giving the printers a familiar networking environment for bad actors looking to exploit the fax line as an attack vector. Once they're in that ancient environment, it's possible to then move onto the network to which the the printer's connected. Yves-Noel Weweler, Ralf Spenneberg and Hendrik Schwartke of Open Source Training in Germany discovered the bug, which occurs because Epson WorkForce multifunction printers don't demand signed firmware images.
  • Google just saved the journalist who was hit by a 'record' cyberattack
    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
  • Krebs DDoS aftermath: industry in shock at size, depth and complexity of attack
    “This attack didn’t stop, it came in wave after wave, hundreds of millions of packets per second,” says Josh Shaul, Akamai’s vice president of product management, when Techworld spoke to him. “This was different from anything we’ve ever seen before in our history of DDoS attacks. They hit our systems pretty hard.” Clearly still a bit stunned, Shaul describes the Krebs DDoS as unprecedented. Unlike previous large DDoS attacks such as the infamous one carried out on cyber-campaign group Spamhaus in 2013, this one did not use fancy amplification or reflection to muster its traffic. It was straight packet assault from the old school.
  • iOS 10 makes it easier to crack iPhone back-ups, says security firm
    INSECURITY FIRM Elcomsoft has measured the security of iOS 10 and found that the software is easier to hack than ever before. Elcomsoft is not doing Apple any favours here. The fruity firm has just launched the iPhone 7, which has as many problems as it has good things. Of course, there are no circumstances when vulnerable software is a good thing, but when you have just launched that version of the software, it is really bad timing. Don't hate the player, though, as this is what Elcomsoft, and what Apple, are supposed to be doing right. "We discovered a major security flaw in the iOS 10 back-up protection mechanism. This security flaw allowed us to develop a new attack that is able to bypass certain security checks when enumerating passwords protecting local (iTunes) back-ups made by iOS 10 devices," said Elcomsoft's Oleg Afonin in a blog post.
  • After Tesla: why cybersecurity is central to the car industry's future
    The news that a Tesla car was hacked from 12 miles away tells us that the explosive growth in automotive connectivity may be rapidly outpacing automotive security. This story is illustrative of two persistent problems afflicting many connected industries: the continuing proliferation of vulnerabilities in new software, and the misguided view that cybersecurity is separate from concept, design, engineering and production. This leads to a ‘fire brigade approach’ to cybersecurity where security is not baked in at the design stage for either hardware or software but added in after vulnerabilities are discovered by cybersecurity specialists once the product is already on the market.

Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an exclusive glimpse into the trials last year, where you could compare the specialised proprietary encoders with the Raspberry Pi-powered encoders. “We believe that there is a significant level of demand from smaller radio stations for small scale DAB, and that a wider roll-out of additional small scale services into more geographic areas would be both technically possible and commercially sustainable,” notes Ofcom. Read more

nginx

Case in point: I've been using the Apache HTTP server for many years now. Indeed, you could say that I've been using Apache since before it was even called "Apache"—what started as the original NCSA HTTP server, and then the patched server that some enterprising open-source developers distributed, and finally the Apache Foundation-backed open-source colossus that everyone recognizes, and even relies on, today—doing much more than just producing HTTP servers. Apache's genius was its modularity. You could, with minimal effort, configure Apache to use a custom configuration of modules. If you wanted to have a full-featured server with tons of debugging and diagnostics, you could do that. If you wanted to have high-level languages, such as Perl and Tcl, embedded inside your server for high-speed Web applications, you could do that. If you needed the ability to match, analyze and rewrite every part of an HTTP transaction, you could do that, with mod_rewrite. And of course, there were third-party modules as well. Read more

Linux and Open Source Hardware for IoT

Most of the new 21 open source software projects for IoT that we examined last week listed Linux hacker boards as their prime development platforms. This week, we’ll look at open source and developer-friendly Linux hardware for building Internet of Things devices, from simple microcontroller-based technology to Linux-based boards. In recent years, it’s become hard to find an embedded board that isn’t marketing with the IoT label. Yet, the overused term is best suited for boards with low prices, small footprints, low power consumption, and support for wireless communications and industrial interfaces. Camera support is useful for some IoT applications, but high-end multimedia is usually counterproductive to attributes like low cost and power consumption. Read more