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Archiving and Compression Formats Roundup

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Software

raiden.net: One of the great holy grails of the compression world has been to get the smallest possible file using the best possible performance. To date, that's been a bit like grasping for a wisp of smoke and hoping to get something.

Firefox hits record market share

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Moz/FF

tgdaily.com: Mozilla had a big month as Firefox is closing in on the 20% market share mark. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose share.

OpenOffice 3: Look out MS Office!

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OOo

blogs.techrepublic.com: Over 3 years was 3.0 in the making. And just what comes with that three years in development?What you really don’t see from a simple list is just how impressive some of these new features are. But if you look beyond the cosmetic you will see some really impressive work that has gone on.

The Netbook OS Question: Windows XP vs. Linux

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Linux

earthweb.com: The netbook revolution is upon us—possibly due to the gotta-have-it factor more than anything else. After all, netbooks practically scream "buy me" from store display tables as a result of their featherweight designs and low prices.

Ubuntu 8.10 has something for everyone

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Ubuntu

greenhughes.com: As you might know,a new version of Ubuntu was released a few days ago adding some new features and polish to this already fine operating system, and I've been trying out not only Ubuntu itself, but also some other members of the Ubuntu family.

Test your Linux IQ

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Linux

infoworld.com: You've installed every major Linux distribution on every major brand of hardware. You even carry a USB stick loaded with Linux in your front pocket. For you, the Year of the Linux Desktop was 1996. But how much do you really know about the free OS? Test your mettle with these 20 questions.

Examining Alternative Linux Distributions

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Linux

informit.com: Have you tried the major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora/RHEL, and OpenSUSE/SLED? Were they not quite right for your needs? The major distros are not the only game in town. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly about three of the best-known alternatives to the "big" user distros.

Ubuntu 9.04 Release Schedule

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Ubuntu

softpedia.com: The Ubuntu 9.04 (codename Jaunty Jackalope) development will start in 4 days, on November 6th, and will conclude next year on April 23rd, with the final release.

Free Imaging software - CloneZilla & PartImage - Tutorial

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Software
HowTos

dedoimedo.com: This article introduces a pair of excellent, free imaging software solutions that you can use to backup your complete systems.

Gaming and Linux software RAID – Your path to pwnage

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Software

headshotgamer.com: Hard drives are often forgotten as there isn't a huge amount you can do, apart from buy a Western Digital VelociRaptor. There is one more option though, using two (or more) inexpensive drives and RAID them together to increase the speed dramatically. This way you can get to high speed nirvana without destroying your budget.

Slow startup? Bootchart reveals all

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Software

linux.com: Ever wondered what takes your Linux box so long to boot up? You can see for certain with the Bootchart package. Bootchart logs the entire startup process and produces a clean, graphical representation of its results suitable for everything from troubleshooting to good old-fashioned bragging rights.

The Linux learning curve is flatter than ever

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Linux

it.toolbox.com/blogs: One of the biggest so called barriers to adopting Linux is what is called the learning curve. Many people describe the learning curve for Linux to be a steep one. It used to be but not any more.

odds & ends & stuff

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News
  • Linux *is* granny-compatible, since long

  • Upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10, thumbs up
  • Three years of Ubuntu
  • German Foreign Ministry starts open source blitzkreig
  • Software Respositories in openSUSE explained
  • Linux 2.6.28-rc3
  • Open Source Software
  • A few quick tips for apt
  • The path of least resistance
  • Get Cable, Dish and Local TV Listings Using Bash

Top 40 Firefox plugins, extensions and add-ons

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Moz/FF

tech.blorge.com: Firefox is a very useful and feature-rich browser, we all know that. But aside from being a robust Web browser, Firefox is appealing to more sophisticated users because of the support that it gets from third-party applications developers.

Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

celettu.wordpress: I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d write a review… Still, I figure that if you hate Ubuntu you won’t have read any of them, and if you don’t…you can’t have enough Ubuntu!

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #115

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #115 for the week of October 26th - September 1st, 2008 is now available. In this Issue: Ubuntu 8.10 released, Ubuntu 8.10 Server: significant new features, and Over 6 million Forums posts and counting.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • using KVM on Mandriva 2009.0

  • Half Life & Condition Zero on openSUSE 11.0
  • NDISwrapper in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
  • Find the correct number of entries in a directory
  • Detect if daemon is really running

Tips and tricks to tune up KDE 4.1

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KDE
HowTos

techradar.com: Have you been clinging to KDE 3.5 like a polar bear to the last Arctic ice shelf? If so, now's a good time to consider jumping on to the mainland. The recently released KDE 4.1 is a vast improvement over the original.

What can KOffice 2 Beta 2 offer us?

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Software

polishlinux.org: KDE4 isn’t the only application under development rush in the KDE world. KDevelop 4 and KOffice 2 are also being migrated to Qt4 and enriched with new features. This time I’m going to check what KOffice 2 Beta 2 can offer.

Do you really need to install Ubuntu 8.10?

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Ubuntu fans rejoice, the latest release is upon us in the form of version 8.10, Intrepid Ibex. But can't you just run a software update in Hardy Heron? I'll tell you what's different down to the package level between an upgraded Hardy installation and a fresh Intrepid installation so you can evaluate for yourself.

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Security Leftovers

  • Java and Python FTP attacks can punch holes through firewalls
    The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks. On Saturday, security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XXE (XML External Entity) vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails.
  • Microsoft: no plans to patch known bugs before March [Ed: Microsoft is keeping open 'back doors' that are publicly known about, not just secret ones]
    Microsoft has no plans to issue updates for two vulnerabilities, one a zero-day and the other being one publicised by Google, before the scheduled date for its next round of updates rolls around in March. The company did not issue any updates in February, even though it had been scheduled to switch to a new system from this month onwards. It gave no reason for this, apart from saying: "This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. "After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan." The Google-disclosed bug was made public last week, and is said to be a flaw in the Windows graphic device interface library that can be exploited both locally and remotely to read the contents of a user's memory.
  • Microsoft issues critical security patches, but leaves zero-day flaws at risk
    Microsoft has patched "critical" security vulnerabilities in its browsers, but has left at least two zero-day flaws with public exploit code. The software giant released numerous patches late on Tuesday to fix flaws in Adobe Flash for customers using Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and later, as well as Edge for Windows 10.

Red Hat News

  • Why upstream contributions matter when developing open source NFV solutions.
    When software is developed using open source methods, an upstream repository of the code is accessible to all members of the project. Members contribute to the code, test it, write documentation and can create a solution from that code to use or distribute under license. If an organization follows the main stream or branch of the upstream code their solution will receive all the changes and updates created in the upstream repository. Those changes simply “flow down” to the member’s solution. However, if a member organization forks the code — if they create a solution that strays from the main stream — their solution no longer receives updates, fixes and changes from the upstream repository. This organization is now solely responsible for maintaining their solution without the benefit of the upstream community, much like the baby salmon that took a tributary and then have to fend for themselves rather than remain in the main stream and receive the benefit and guidance of the other salmon making their way to the ocean.
  • HPE and Red Hat Join Forces to Give Customers Greater Choice for NFV Deployments
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( NYSE : HPE ) and Red Hat, Inc. ( NYSE : RHT ) announced today they are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs).
  • Red Hat Joins the OpenPower Foundation
    As part of our commitment to delivering open technologies across many computing architectures, Red Hat has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, at the Platinum level. While we already do build and support open technologies for the POWER architecture, the OpenPOWER Foundation is committed to an open, community-driven technology-creation process – something that we feel is critical to the continued growth of open collaboration around POWER.
  • Buy, Sell or Hold? Analysts Approach: HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA), Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)?

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