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Tips from an RHCE: Tar vs. Star — The battle of xattrs

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red hat mag: In Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 4, tar could not handle the extra information stored in ext2 and ext3 file systems called Extended Attributes (EAs or xattrs). This is a potential problem for backups, because SELinux and ACLs use these Extended Attributes.

Massachusetts kowtows to Microsoft

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The Register: Massachusetts is back on the Microsoft bandwagon. Now, the state's Information Technology Division has released a draft proposal that would approve Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format as an open standard, bowing to pressure from Microsoft and the Massachusetts state legislature.

Peace, Love and Penguins? Well ...

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Somehow the Free and Open Source software world acquired this silly image of happy hippies living in perfect harmony, altruistically cranking out awesome code for the betterment of humankind. As if!

KDE Commit-Digest for 1st July 2007

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In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Akademy 2007 kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland. Continued work in Plasma, with improvements in the Photoframe and Dictionary Plasmoids, and the addition of ChemicalData, Akonadi and Battery Plasmoids. Support for Solid-based network status support in Mailody. Support for multiple blogs in KBlogger.

Full circle with Gutsy..

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Sigmund Void: Sunday wasn’t ment to be one hectic crash fest but it kind of turned out that way. I dont know if I was bored or curious, but considering I didn’t put work into Ubuntu I wanted to try some other distro`s since I have not played around with some of the latest offerings for a while.

Manage partitions and disks with GParted-Clonezilla live CD

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Software Backing up partitions and hard disks sounds like work -- until you've tried Clonezilla. With Clonezilla you can clone and duplicate partitions of various formats and disks of various sizes locally or over the network.

Firefox Still Gaining On IE

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webpronews: Firefox, the popular alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is picking up steam worldwide, gaining one percent in market share in the past six months.

Edubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2 Screenshots

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phoronix: Out of all of the Ubuntu derivative distributions, the one that's received the least amount of attention really has been Edubuntu. With a slogan of "Linux for Young Human Beings", Edubuntu is a Linux distribution designed for students and use in school environments.

Is Ubuntu the way forward for Linux?

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ITPro: During the last three years Ubuntu has sprung from nothing to become the most popular desktop distribution of Linux. There are good reasons for Ubuntu's success. Ubuntu is clean and uncomplicated which makes it attractive to entry level users, without sacrificing the traditional Debian virtues of stability, flexibility and configurability, which has made it an enticing proposition for developers.

Solution: Preventing damage after a system lockup

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Linux Tutorials: No matter how stable the Linux kernel is, things like hardware failures can still lock up your system quite effectively. If you ever encounter a case like that, rebooting is pretty much the only option. However, there is rebooting and rebooting. This solution describes a way to reboot your system that will do things like terminating all processes, syncing the remounting the disks, in order to prevent damage as much as possible. This can save you a lot of fscking and data loss.

SUSE vs. Ubuntu - first impressions

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ZDNet: I’ve used SUSE Linux before, but that was way back in the day of version 9. Things have changed a lot since then. I’ve been happily using Kubuntu 7.04 for a while now, but wanted to begin using SUSE on a daily basis so that I can test their emerging set of educational software.

Command line tip - peek into the start and end of files

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FOSSwire: Sometimes, especially when dealing with log files, you might want to peek at the start and/or end of a file to see just that bit of the file and not the whole thing. Of course, there are a couple of easy commands that allow you to do this.

Also: Change Ubuntu’s default paper size from A4 to Letter

Making Gnash: a well-deserved name?

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freesoftware mag: Gnash is the Free Software Foundation’s alternative Apple Flash player. Version 0.8 is the third alpha release, and frankly, it rocks! It is also one of the first projects to be covered by the GPLv3.

Security Beefed Up for Linux All infrastructure, regardless of underlying platform, need to be secured and protected through multiple layers of security. Linux systems are not an exception. The inherent security advantages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Application Stack combined with Symantec's Critical System Protection, gives Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) a standards-based foundation for a variety of application workloads.

Emacs 22 enhancements make venerable editor flashy again

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Software Emacs 22.1 hit the street a month ago, a long-awaited update to the GNU project's customizable and extensible do-everything super-editor that has been six years in the making. Here's a look at what you'll find in the new version.

Setting up a Layer 3 tunneling VPN with using OpenSSH

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Debian Administration: This article describes how to use the new tunneling features of OpenSSH V 4.3 to establish a VPN between two Debian or Debian-like systems. Note that by tunneling I am referring to layer-3 IP-in-SSH tunneling, not the TCP connection forwarding that most people refer to as tunneling.

Bring Out the GIMP Part 1: GIMP Basics

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GIMP No matter which Linux distro you run, chances are it came with a magnificent little image editor called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). Unlike Paint and other free-with-your-OS image editors, GIMP is a full featured graphics app with a broad range of capabilities that rival those os Adobe Photoshop.

Open Source Gaming Review: Linux Gamers Live DVD 0.9.2

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Raiden's Realm: Being an avid gamer who loves Linux, I felt that it would be a good idea to go try out the new live dvd. This is a live dvd built on Arch Linux and designed with one purpose in mind. Gaming.

Configure GMail in Evolution, Thunderbird or KMail

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debianadmin: Many of us would like to use our GMail accounts in Evolution, and to a lesser degree Thunderbird and KMail. Here is a step by step guide on how to configure Evolution, Thunderbird and KMail to access you GMail account.

A Useful Hack for Storing Text or Editable Pictures You Need to Reuse, in OpenOffice Impress Presentations

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HowTos Training, Tips, and Ideas: My friend Ben Horst wrote to me with a question about how to store editable content in a presentation that you reuse periodically. Like a few buttons formatted a particular way, text boxes, anything that can't easily be drawn and formatted and has to look a certain way. My answer was, well, kind of a hack, but I think it's useful enough to point out.

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Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
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  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.

Security News

  • Thursday's security updates
  • Mirai will be dwarfed by future Android botnet DDoS attacks, Lookout warns
    THE MIRAI BOTNET will seem like nothing compared to the havoc that is caused when hackers turn their attention to hijacking Android smartphones, Lookout’s security research chief has warned. Speaking to the INQUIRER, Mike Murray said it would be easy for cyber crooks to take over millions of smartphones, noting how often the Android requires patching.
  • Deal Seeks to Limit Open-Source Bugs
    Seeking to spot potential security vulnerabilities in systems that increasingly rely on open source software, software license optimization vendor Flexera Software has acquired a specialist in identifying potentially vulnerable software components. Flexera, Itasca, Ill., said Thursday (Oct. 27) it is acquiring San Francisco-based Palamida Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Senator Wants to Classify Insecure Internet of Things Devices As 'Harmful'
    A massive attack carried out with a zombie army of hacked internet-connected devices caused intermittent outages on Friday, preventing tens of thousands of people from accessing popular sites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Netflix. For many security experts, an attack like that one, which leveraged thousands of easy-to-hack Internet of Things such as DVRs and surveillance cameras—weaponized thanks to a mediocre but effective malware known as Mirai—is just a sign of things to come. That’s why Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) wants the US government to do something about it.
  • Senator Prods Federal Agencies on IoT Mess
    The co-founder of the newly launched Senate Cybersecurity Caucus is pushing federal agencies for possible solutions and responses to the security threat from insecure “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as the network of hacked security cameras and digital video recorders that were reportedly used to help bring about last Friday’s major Internet outages. In letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D) called the proliferation of insecure IoT devices a threat to resiliency of the Internet.

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Linux Kernel News

  • Applying the Linus Torvalds “Good Taste” Coding Requirement
    In a recent interview with Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, at approximately 14:20 in the interview, he made a quick point about coding with “good taste”. Good taste? The interviewer prodded him for details and Linus came prepared with illustrations. He presented a code snippet. But this wasn’t “good taste” code. This snippet was an example of poor taste in order to provide some initial contrast.
  • DTrace for Linux 2016
    With the final major capability for BPF tracing (timed sampling) merging in Linux 4.9-rc1, the Linux kernel now has raw capabilities similar to those provided by DTrace, the advanced tracer from Solaris. As a long time DTrace user and expert, this is an exciting milestone! On Linux, you can now analyze the performance of applications and the kernel using production-safe low-overhead custom tracing, with latency histograms, frequency counts, and more.
  • The initial bus1 patch posting