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Is Ubuntu selling out or growing up?

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Ubuntu
  • Is Ubuntu selling out or growing up?

  • Plans for Compiz in Ubuntu 8.10
  • Getting Help At The Command Prompt
  • Nubuntu? Schmubuntu!
  • Partnering Up For Ubuntu Live, OSCON

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New SymphonyOne distro plays a different tune

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Linux

linux.com: After several years of development, SymphonyOS this month released SymphonyOne 2008.1, the first stable version of its distribution. When SymphonyOS first emerged three years ago, it offered a Linux desktop experience unlike any ever seen before. This release brings a new level of stability to the design, making it a viable alternative to KDE, GNOME, or Fluxbox.

Geek of the Month: Hans Reiser

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junauza.com: For this April’s “Geek of the Month”, we will give tribute to one of the most controversial free software developer in history. His name is Hans Reiser, and he made headlines just recently.

First look: KDE 4.1 alpha 1 very promising

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KDE

arstechnica.com: The KDE development community announced yesterday the first KDE 4.1 alpha release. Although the alpha has a lot of bugs and rough edges, it gives users a very promising first look at the KDE 4.1 feature set. We tested KDE 4.1 by installing it from Stephan Binner's openSUSE LiveCD, which is available for download from his web site.

You're A Linux User/Supporter: You Just Don't Know It Yet

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raiden.net: Have you watched Shrek or Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone? Have you flown on Continental, Virgin America or Singapore Airlines? Do you drive a BMW, Fiat or Renault car? Are you serving in the United States Army? Have you ever bought anything online using Paypal? Have you ever stayed in a Sheraton hotel? Or travelled by train in Canada?

Can we rescue OLPC from Windows?

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OLPC

fsf.org/blogs: I read Negroponte's statement presenting the OLPC XO as a platform for Windows in the most ironic circumstances possible: during a week of preparing, under a deadline, to migrate personally to an XO. I made this decision for one specific reason: freedom.

Review: Novell Tries to Give You 'Just Enough' Linux

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SUSE

crn.com: Even though Linux operating systems have very low minimum hardware requirements anyway, there's always room to get even leaner, or just enough. SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS (pronounced "juice"), the beta "Just enough" operating system from Novel, is a lightweight and bare-bones version of the company's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Free Ubuntu softwares that are good alternatives to Mac OS X’s

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Software

evansmaster.com: Ubuntu offers a number of open source alternatives for users migrating from Mac OS X who use Apple’s iLife suite.

Slashdot website down

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Web

theregister.co.uk: Linux lovers' favourite website Slashdot.org has been unavailable all morning. Sister sites SourceForge and Freshmeat are also down.

Has the BBC Duped Us over iPlayer?

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Linux

opendotdotdot.blogspot: You may remember that a little while back there was a bit of a kerfuffle about the BBC's decision to go with a Microsoft-based DRM solution for its download service. Initially we were told that only six people and a couple of mangy dogs ever accessed BBC sites with GNU/Linux. The story then was: trust us, we'll get round to GNU/Linux support as soon as we can. And you know what? Silly old me believed them.

Commercial KVM-based virtual desktop program arrives

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Software

linux.com: KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), Linux's own baked-in virtualization program, has been gaining popularity. Now, Qumranet, the company behind KVM, is releasing a commercial virtual desktop called Solid ICE based on KVM technology. This isn't all done with open source software though.

If they mated: Intel and Cray to conceive x86 Linux monster

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Hardware

arstechnica.com: In a move that could have broad implications for the high-performance computing (HPC) market, Intel and Cray have announced a broad collaboration that will see engineers from the two companies work together on future products and projects.

ubuntu reports & howtos

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Ubuntu
  • At work with Ubuntu's latest Long Term Support version of Linux

  • europa gets an upgrade
  • My Hardy disappointment
  • Connect to Windows VPN Server (pptp) with Ubuntu Hardy Heron
  • Getting Audio Working on the X300 Under Ubuntu

today's leftovers

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News
  • How to transfer files and folders through ssh by drag and drop

  • HowTo: Prevent Non-Root From Rebooting/Shutting Down The System
  • Open source going from strength to strength
  • The GNOME Roadmap
  • What One Laptop Per Child lacks
  • Microsoft, You're Driving Open Source Advocates Nuts
  • Has Reiser is convicted... so?
  • A first look at Kubuntu KDE4
  • Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) - all installations
  • ZaReason - Ubuntu Laptops and PCs
  • Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.0 released

Interview: Anaconda and Fedora 9

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Linux
Interviews

redhatmagazine.com: In this installment of our co-published Fedora Interviews, Jeremy Katz, David Cantrell, and Chris Lumens talk about the improvements to Anaconda in Fedora 9.

Open Source's Hidden Trap: IP Liabilities

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OSS

Paul McDougall: Sure, open source software is free -- as in beer. It can also get you sued if you're not cautious. "You have to be careful" about when, where and how you use open source software in a commercial environment, said Janet Campbell, legal counsel for the Eclipse Foundation, speaking Tuesday at Interop.

Also: Interop: Microsoft To Manage Linux, Unix Servers

Ubuntu's OpenGL face browser will bring bling to GDM

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu's OpenGL face browser will bring bling to GDM

  • How to change the X11 DPI under kUbuntu
  • Install Extra GNOME Themes
  • Hardy Heron sound problems?
  • Slow ssh login in Hardy Heron

Gentoo 2008.0_beta2 released

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: 2008.0_beta2 is here. Thanks to you, our community, for testing beta1 and filing many bugs. You can help make 2008.0 amazing! Test out this beta and report any functionality issues you encounter. Since this is still a beta, we're looking only for bugs in functionality, not bugs in appearance such as desktop backgrounds or other artwork.

KDE 4.1 Alpha1 Release Announcement

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KDE

kde.org: The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.1 Alpha1. With the soft feature freeze in effect, KDE 4.1 provides a first preview of what can be expected from KDE 4.1, due in late July this year.

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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