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Story Audio in Linux becomes annoying again Fitzcarraldo 12/01/2015 - 5:44pm
Story Meizu May Announce An Ubuntu Touch-Powered Device This Month Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 12:02pm
Story Awesome Window Manager v3.5.6 Debuts Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 10:45am
Story Updated Debian 7: 7.8 released Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 10:41am
Story Ubuntu With XFCE vs Xubuntu Linux Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 10:19am
Story Open Source History, Or Why Sharing Trumps Proprietary Society Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 10:02am
Story Government’s Boss move: Now a homegrown system to run computers Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 9:59am
Story Jeff Hoogland On the Future of & Life After Bodhi Roy Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 9:49am
Story Exiv2 Vulnerability Closed in Ubuntu 14.10 Rianne Schestowitz 12/01/2015 - 12:07am
Story Ubuntu Touch Spotted Running on Former Windows 8.1 Tablet Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Rianne Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 11:55pm

Linuxtracker under attack!

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Linux

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but Linuxtracker has been up and down more than your favorite roller coaster over the past week or so. The unsteadiness of the site is due to a number of DDOS attacks being sent against the server
(its amazing how much things calm down when apache is cut off).

some odds & ends:

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News
  • Canonical to offer Ubuntu desktop support

  • Survey: Linux expertise in demand
  • MySQL startup targets SSDs
  • Arora: A light-weight, cross-platform web browser based on WebKit
  • Fedora needs PHP/JavaScript hackers
  • Is Anyone at OLPC Actually Doing Windows-on-XO work?
  • a mono proposal
  • 5 Beautiful, Recently Updated Ubuntu Themes
  • Open Source: The Way, Not The Goal
  • Firefox Approaches 1 Billion Downloads, Could Hit It Tomorrow
  • CentOS developers threaten mutiny
  • Another (Red) Hat into the Ring
  • Wallpaper a Day - Day (-1)
  • Linux Virtualization with a lot of Moxie: ProxMox
  • Microsoft says Intel, HP 'Actively' Working with Linux
  • Alsaequal scratches the itch
  • Africa- A Fertile ground for Open Source and Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Quick Tip: Auto Shutdown Your Linux Machine

  • Howto Make Link to Filesystem on desktop or panel
  • Firefox 3.5.x Branding Fix for Ubuntu Jaunty
  • A new application background in OOo
  • OpenSolaris: GRUB and the Boot Environment
  • HOWTO: Linux on the Intel iMac - Triple booting
  • Configuring the appearance of the Compiz Cube
  • Some cool Draw tips
  • How To Connect To A WPA Wifi Using Command Lines On Debian
  • A nice weather “plasmoid” in 4 easy steps
  • Play Classic Super Nintendo (SNES) Games on Ubuntu Linux
  • Capturing Video (How I Did It)
  • Accidental blanking and gnome-power-manager
  • Find details about your ISO images from the Linux command line
  • How to manage hosts in Ubuntu
  • Troubleshooting SSH Connections
  • How to play YouTube Video in Ubuntu 9.04?

Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy

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Linux

eetimes.com: Mentor Graphics has expanded its position in embedded software with the unveiling of its Android and Linux strategy at the Design Automation Conference here.

Omega: Fedora For The Rest of Us

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Linux

linux-mag.com: The Fedora Project is one of the most popular Linux distributions, however its position on non-free software and proprietary codecs isn’t for everyone. But thanks to Fedora’s ability to create Remix versions of the disto with anything you like, Omega attempts to bridge the divide.

Canonical-IBM: Virtual Ubuntu Desktops vs. Windows 7

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: As Microsoft gears up to launch Windows 7, Canonical and IBM have a message for channel partners and CIOs (chief information officers): Virtualized Ubuntu desktops.

How-To: Install Miro 2.5.1 in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

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Ubuntu

Miro is a great application for watching videos and high-definition TV podcasts in Linux. The latest release is 2.5.1, a bug fix release for the 2.5 series, which has a faster start-up time, a new, revamped library interface, new keyboard shortcuts, a refined interface and lots of bug fixes. Miro is an awesome multimedia application, especially if you like watching videos at high quality.

Are these the first images of Google Chrome OS?

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OS

downloadsquad.com: Google wasn't especially generous with the specifics when it came to Chrome OS in their original announcement. Looking for something a bit more tangible? We just might have it for you.

PCLinuxOS LXDE 2009 Available

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PCLOS

PCLXDE 2009.3 is a minimal self-booting/installable Linux Live CD that features the LXDE desktop environment along with a small suite of lightweight applications designed for use on low end computer systems.

some podcasts:

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Linux
  • Linux Basement: Episode 41 - My Talk From Southeast Linux Fest

  • Linux Crazy: Podcast 60 Audacity | recordMyDesktop | PiTiVi (Video)
  • Linux Outlaws 104 - The Linux In-Laws

Pidgin vs Empathy

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Software

everyjoe.com: Maybe it’s been more than a month since I started using Empathy on a regular basis. It’s a fairly reliable messenger client for Yahoo, MSN and Google. I still have problems with using it though. Maybe it’s because I’ve been used to Pidgin that much. So yeah, here it goes:

My Favorite Five Linux Distrobutions

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Linux

fishbowl42.com/blog: I have been a Linux on-the-desktop user for over Five years now, and I have tried many different distributions to find the fit I like. There are five Linux distributions I find myself bouncing from the most frequently.

5 Things I Would Miss in Linux Mint

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Linux

opendaily.wordpress: So after my last post, I figured it would be interesting to ask myself, “what would I miss in Linux Mint?” if I were to go back to Windows Vista today. I came up with 5 nontrivial things.

Setting Up ProFTPd + TLS On Debian Lenny

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HowTos

FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up ProFTPd with TLS on a Debian Lenny server.

Open-source Project Aims to Makes Secure DNS Easier

pcworld.com (IDG): A group of developers has released open-source software that gives administrators a hand in making the Internet's addressing system less vulnerable to hackers.

GNOME 2.27.5 Released, Marks Feature Freeze

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Software

phoronix.com: Vincent Untz has announced the release of GNOME 2.27.5. This unstable release of GNOME in the road to GNOME 2.28.0 also marks the entering of the feature freeze for this bi-annual update to GNOME.

Developers threaten to leave CentOS

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Linux

centos.org: This is an Open Letter to Lance Davis from fellow CentOS Developers. You seem to have crawled into a hole ... and this is not acceptable. You have long promised a statement of CentOS project funds; to this date this has not appeared.

Dispute between Linux gurus Alan Cox and Linus Torvalds

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Linux

h-online.com: After a dispute with Linus Torvalds, the long time developer and Linux kernel maintainer Alan Cox has stopped development of the Linux TTY subsystem.

10 Cool Unix/Linux Personalized License Plates

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Linux

junauza.com: Some people have taken their love for Unix and Linux on the streets literally by displaying their Unix/Linux-related personalized license plates.

Go Back to School With Linux: Part Two

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SUSE

ostatic.com/blog: The openSUSE Education Project is an effort to support schools using Linux and to provide an openSUSE-based Live DVD that can be used to set up a quick educational environment without installing any software.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

Today in Techrights

Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.