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Story Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2013 - 9:38pm
Story openSUSE 13.1 vs Ubuntu 13.10: a friendly match Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2013 - 9:03pm
Story Turning Mozilla Thunderbird into a Phoenix Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2013 - 6:23pm
Story Today in Techrights (on Microsoft) Roy Schestowitz 22/11/2013 - 5:28pm
Story MATE to make it into Debian repositories Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2013 - 3:24am
Story Ubuntu for phones and tablets Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2013 - 3:04am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 21/11/2013 - 7:40pm
Story Goodbye Mageia 2 Rianne Schestowitz 21/11/2013 - 6:50pm
Story A Summer Spent on the LLVM Clang Static Analyzer for the Linux Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 21/11/2013 - 6:39pm
Story Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Rianne Schestowitz 21/11/2013 - 6:33pm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 - 1-Year End Of Life Notice

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Linux In accordance with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Errata Support Policy, the
7 year life-cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 will end on May 31, 2009.

Review: A new all-in-one server

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Hardware Almost exactly seven years ago, I reviewed four different "All-in-One" Internet appliances that included file, e-mail and Web servers and some other workgroup type utilities. Jumping into the fray is a new product from a fairly young company near Vancouver called Sutus. Sutus avoids security issues by using a hardened version of Gentoo Linux.

A Quick Look At Facebook's Open Source

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Software The other week, when representatives from Facebook mentioned that they'd be open-sourcing significant portions of their platform, I hazarded a guess that they would be providing at most a set of APIs. Now that Facebook's actually released some code under the aegis of the Facebook Open Platform, I had a look-see.

Canonical Releases Ubuntu for Netbooks

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Ubuntu The paint has barely dried on Ubuntu 8.04 when Canonical announced at the Computex trade show in Taiwan on June 3rd that it will be releasing a new version of Ubuntu 8.04 just for Intel Atom-based netbooks and UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PCs).

Upgrading to Slackware 12.1

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Slack Pat Volkerding and the Slackware team released the latest version of Slackware Linux, 12.1, on May 2. Even though it is a "point one" release, the list of new features reads like what other distributions would consider a major new version.

Linux Podcasts Roundup

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Linux I have been working pretty hard lately, mainly coding some personal projects. I always used to listen to music whilst coding, these days I tend to listen to podcasts. Is that sad? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, I thought I would post a list of Linux and Ubuntu related podcasts which I listen to on a regular basis.

Linux: You Get What You Paid For (When You Bought Windows)

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Linux If you've been an Open Source advocate for any significant amount of time, you've no doubt heard someone say, with a sneer in their voice, "You get what you pay for". Let it be noted, I really hate that cliche.

openSUSE 11: Ubuntu Killer?

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SUSE I have been an avid openSUSE user in the past as it worked perfectly on my main workstation. However, I switched to Xubuntu as I'm more obsessed with speed and simplicity nowadays more than anything else.

Ubuntu Server receives positive reviews

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Ubuntu Ubuntu isn’t just for desktops. Behind the scenes, corporate IT managers have put Ubuntu to work on servers. Don’t believe me? Well, I can name names. I can also tell you up front that Ubuntu Server gets high marks for its corporate support; easy backups, installs and upgrades; documentation, and more.

OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu’s Volkswagen

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SUSE 2008 will be a very good vintage for community end-user Linux distributions. I must admit, however, to having a particularly strong interest in OpenSUSE, Novell’s entry into the community Linux distro fray.

Five things I hate about Linux

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blogs.ittoolbox: You all know that I am an advocate of Linux. I have even been called a fan boy and a Linux shill. That's fine. People can call me what they want. However there are some things about Linux that add a few extra lines to the forehead. Here are the five things I most hate about Linux.

Open Source Software Shows Its Muscle

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OSS Two recent events should give for-profit companies new reasons to re-evaluate the ways in which they use open source software as well as the extent to which they use it.

More Pleasant Surprises with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu As I continue to test and work with Ubuntu, I have come across a few more very pleasant surprises:

today's leftovers

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  • RedOffice 4.0 Beta - A great new UI?

  • Geek Gang Signs
  • ProcessMaker uses open source inside and out
  • Why Linux won the embedded market?
  • Make your linux ubuntu look like a mac
  • Ubuntu Guide For Windows Users: Clear And Disable Recent Documents
  • The #1 bug in my ~14 years of Linux
  • Put icons in your Fluxbox menu
  • openSUSE touch to PulseAudio
  • openSUSE Board Elections Committee
  • It's official: Open source makes you happy
  • Ubuntu Linux Live CD: I Haz It
  • Mozilla-Central: Open For Business
  • Lindependence 2008 The countdown starts
  • The Top Security Tools in the Ubuntu Repositories you may not know about

some howtos:

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  • Expert's guide to configuring Conky

  • IBM Lotus Symphony 1 on Ubuntu
  • Recording in Ubuntu, Part 1
  • Delegate privileges to users with sudo
  • Fedora 9 Tips and Tricks
  • OpenSUSE Linux 10.3: Signing Self-Generated SSL Certificates as Your Own Certificate Authority
  • Quick and Dirty MySQL Backup

A Profusion of Minis

  • A Profusion of Minis

  • ASUS Eee Box Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
  • Asus Eee PC 1000 vs Atom-based 901 vs original 701... fight!
  • Acer aspires to lead low-cost laptop race

How To Set Up WebDAV With Apache2 On Debian Etch

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This guide explains how to set up WebDAV with Apache2 on a Debian Etch server. WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning and is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allow users to directly edit files on the Apache server so that they do not need to be downloaded/uploaded via FTP.

Foresight Linux Review

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Linux Foresight Linux was supplied on the most recent Linux Format Magazine disc. I gave it 1 GB of RAM and started her off. I read on the website that Foresight is meant to be easy for the end user and is also supposed to showcase the latest Gnome programs.

Ubuntu 7.10 to PCLinuxOS 2008

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Linux I was looking through my pile of install CDs, and I came across PCLinuxOS 2008, which I’d downloaded a few weeks previously, and I’d been meaning to try out. “So why not try it out on this laptop?” said the evil part of my brain — the same part which forces me to spend time on Facebook instead of working.

'48 Hours' to focus on Hans Reiser murder trial

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Reiser A national news show will air an hour program chronicling the murder case and trial of computer programmer Hans Reiser CBS's 48 Hours Mystery is set to air "Betrayal," Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on local channel CBS 5.

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Linux 4.8.4

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I'll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the normal testing, I figured it would be better to get them out earlier instead of later. And I like releasing stuff on this date every year... All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.7.10 Linux 4.4.27

New Releases: Budgie, Solus, SalentOS, and Slackel

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    The pet parakeet of the Linux world, Budgie has a new release available for download. in this post we lookout what's new and tell you how you can get it.
  • Solus Linux Making Performance Gains With Its BLAS Configuration
    - Those making use of the promising Solus Linux distribution will soon find their BLAS-based workloads are faster. Solus developer Peter O'Connor tweeted this week that he's found some issues with the BLAS linking on the distribution and he's made fixes for Solus. He also mentioned that he uncovered these BLAS issues by using our Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.
  • SalentOS “Luppìu” 1.0 released!
    With great pleasure the team announces the release of SalentOS “Luppìu” 1.0.
  • Slackel "Live kde" 4.14.21
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Security News

  • Free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks [Ed: UEFI has repeatedly been found to be both a detriment to security and enabler of Microsoft lock-in]
    Cisco's Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks. The tool, called MBRFilter, functions as a signed system driver and puts the disk's sector 0 into a read-only state. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and its source code has been published on GitHub. The master boot record (MBR) consists of executable code that's stored in the first sector (sector 0) of a hard disk drive and launches the operating system's boot loader. The MBR also contains information about the disk's partitions and their file systems. Since the MBR code is executed before the OS itself, it can be abused by malware programs to increase their persistence and gain a head start before antivirus programs. Malware programs that infect the MBR to hide from antivirus programs have historically been known as bootkits -- boot-level rootkits. Microsoft attempted to solve the bootkit problem by implementing cryptographic verification of the bootloader in Windows 8 and later. This feature is known as Secure Boot and is based on the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) -- the modern BIOS.
  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
    I hope somebody's paying attention. There's been another big DDOS attack, this time against the infrastructure of the Internet. It began at 7:10 a.m. EDT today against Dyn, a major DNS host, and was brought under control at 9:36 a.m. According to Gizmodo, which was the first to report the story, at least 40 sites were made unreachable to users on the US East Coast. Many of the sites affected are among the most trafficed on the web, and included CNN, Twitter, PayPal, Pinterest and Reddit to name a few. The developer community was also touched, as GitHub was also made unreachable. This event comes on the heels of a record breaking 620 Gbps DDOS attack about a month ago that brought down security expert Brian Krebs' website, KrebsonSecurity. In that attack, Krebs determined the attack had been launched by botnets that primarily utilized compromised IoT devices, and was seen by some as ushering in a new era of Internet security woes.
  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
    Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
  • Major DNS provider Dyn hit with DDoS attack
    Attacks against DNS provider Dyn continued into Friday afternoon. Shortly before noon, the company said it began "monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack" against its Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. The attack may also have impacted Managed DNS advanced service "with possible delays in monitoring."
  • What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage
    Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol’ For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard. This morning’s attack started around 7 am ET and was aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. That first bout was resolved after about two hours; a second attack began just before noon. Dyn reported a third wave of attacks a little after 4 pm ET. In all cases, traffic to Dyn’s Internet directory servers throughout the US—primarily on the East Coast but later on the opposite end of the country as well—was stopped by a flood of malicious requests from tens of millions of IP addresses disrupting the system. Late in the day, Dyn described the events as a “very sophisticated and complex attack.” Still ongoing, the situation is a definite reminder of the fragility of the web, and the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.
  • Either IoT will be secure or the internet will be crippled forever
    First things first a disclaimer. I neither like nor trust the National Security Agency (NSA). I believe them to be mainly engaged in economic spying for the corporate American empire. Glenn Greenwald has clearly proven that in his book No Place to Hide. At the NSA, profit and power come first and I have no fucking clue as to how high they prioritize national security. Having said that, the NSA should hack the Internet of (insecure) Things (IoT) to death. I know Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating where the DDoS of doomsday proportions is coming from and the commentariat is already screaming RUSSIA! But it is really no secret what is enabling this clusterfuck. It’s the Mirai botnet. If you buy a “smart camera” from the Chinese company Hangzhou XiongMai Technologies and do not change the default password, it will be part of a botnet five minutes after you connect it to the internet. We were promised a future where we would have flying cars but we’re living in a future where camera’s, light-bulbs, doorbells and fridges can get you in serious trouble because your home appliances are breaking the law.
  • IoT at the Network Edge
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  • Canonical now offers live kernel patching for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users
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