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Story Top 5 Ubuntu pre-installed Laptop companies srlinuxx 21/02/2012 - 12:31am
Story Is Tablet-Creep in Operating Systems a Bad Thing and Must we Accept it? srlinuxx 21/02/2012 - 12:19am
Story What does Ubuntu want to be when it grows up? srlinuxx 21/02/2012 - 12:03am
Story openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 1 srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 8:25pm
Story Sabayon 8 XFCE Review srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 8:22pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 444 srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 6:10pm
Story Firefox 10 Relieves Add-On Updating Pain srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 6:08pm
Story Is Windows 8 a Linux Copycat? srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 6:04pm
Story A better Office srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 6:02pm
Story Debian Project News - February 20th srlinuxx 20/02/2012 - 5:58pm

Kernel and filesystem talks at OLS day two

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Linux Greg Kroah-Hartman kicked off the second day of the 9th annual Ottawa Linux Symposium with a talk entitled "Linux Kernel Development - How, What, How fast, and Who?" to a solidly packed main room with an audience of more than 400 people.

Mozilla Sheds Light on Calendar Effort

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internetnews: Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client has made relatively small inroads in the market versus Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program. Lightning and Sunbird are part of the Mozilla Calendar effort.

Is Red Hat Exchange DOA?

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InfoWorld: The Register reports that the Red Hat Exchange (RHX) "roars like a muted lamb". The Register's point is that RHX has met with a lukewarm reception to date. I wonder if The Register story is missing the point.

Sidux 2007-02 - A Review

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shift+backspace: The latest installment of Sidux, 2007-02 codenamed Tartaros, was released on May 28th of this year. Sidux is based on Debian, inparticularly Sid, which is the more modern, or development branch of Debian.

Time for a switch?

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Ubuntu Powerful, easy to use, bug-free - and best of all - FREE! Linux is becoming the Operating System of choice for many internet aficionados.

GPLv3 arrives, but nobody seems to care

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linux-watch: I've been following the evolution of this latest version of the seminal open-source license since it was a twinkle in Richard M. Stallman's eye. I have no no doubt that a lot of hard work by some incredibly bright people has gone into making this the best possible software license.


Fedora Board elections -- voting open

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LWN: Voting is open for the Fedora Board elections in which 3 of the 9 seats will be chosen. The candidates are Christopher Aillon, Dennis Gilmore, Bob Jensen, Brian Pepple, Jef Spaleta and Rahul Sundaram.

Google Desktop Search vs Tracker

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sheehantu: After reading Mohammad’s blog post about Google Desktop, I thought I’d take it for a spin since I’m a GDS fan when I’m on XP. Though I’ve only been using it for two days, I soon realized that I am going back to Tracker. Here’s why:

Batch Resize Images in Linux Using Imagemagick

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element14: Suppose you need to do a batch operation on a large set of pictures? Although Gimp is an extremely powerful tool for image editing and processing, it is still very time consuming to do a series of tasks on a large list of images in GIMP without wasting a lot of time.

GPLv3 license marks GNU's decline

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The Jem Report: The GNU General Public License version 3 is unleashed to the world today, ready and willing to conquer perceived problems with the legal system in the U.S. and other countries. The FSF tells us that the new restrictions in the GPLv3, on patents, patent licensing, and hardware capabilities, are there to make us more free.

Review: Xandros Linux 4.0 Professional

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Raiden's Realm: Xandros is a distribution of Linux descended from Debian and built on the Debian framework. Unlike Debian though, Xandros is built more with a profiteering mindset, a philosophy that has slowly alienated it from the Linux community, more so lately after their announced affiliation with Microsoft.

Making wireless work in Ubuntu

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kaki5: If network manager does not solve the problem, the first step should be to see which driver your wireless card needs. Do a search for your card on Google and in the Ubuntu Forums to find out which driver you need. Many of the drivers are already included in Ubuntu, but some newer drivers may not be present.

Free Software Foundation releases GPL 3

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After 18 months of revision, the Free Software Foundation has released version 3 of the General Public License (GPL).

Also: Novell's Position

When HASN'T Linux been at war?

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Penguin Pete: Let's make one thing perfectly clear: Microsoft wants Linux dead. Four words that tell you all you need to know about how Microsoft and Linux relate. Microsoft wants Linux dead. Write it down.

Ubuntu System Monitoring Tools

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InformIT: To keep your system in optimum shape, you need to be able to monitor it closely. Ubuntu provides a wealth of utilities designed to give you as little or as much feedback as you want. In this sample chapter, Paul and Andrew Hudson look at some of the basic monitoring tools and cover some tactics designed to keep your system up longer.

Schwartz mum on GPLv3, reveals licensing fantasy

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linuxworld: SAN FRANCISCO – Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz showed up Thursday evening at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference and declared he would not answer questions about the GNU general public license version 3, but he did disclose his lifelong fantasy concerning open source licensing.

India's Kerala state goes open source

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ZDNet: According to a statement, the Kerala government has identified free and open-source software (FOSS) as a major strategic component in its efforts to build an inclusive information society.

Jim Lacey, CEO, Linux Professional Institute

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Interviews How does an enterprise ensure that its staff has the skills necessary for Linux? One answer is skills certification. That's where the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) comes in. LPI, founded in 1999, is a non-profit entity that runs a core Linux certification program called the LPIC (Linux Professional Institute Certification), which is offered around the globe.

The distro jungle

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developerworks: People who are new to Linux® are often confused by the large number of distributions to choose from. The good news is that you can safely ignore most of them. This article helps you choose a distribution for getting started with your Linux exploration—and helps you understand just what it is you've just chosen.

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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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Security News

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  • 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.
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