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Story Recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD srlinuxx 03/08/2011 - 8:00pm
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Story Space Exploration Gets Open Sourced srlinuxx 03/08/2011 - 4:42pm
Story Web browsers safer than you think srlinuxx 03/08/2011 - 4:41pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 03/08/2011 - 7:48am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 03/08/2011 - 7:37am

Blazing Fast NICs for Linux

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NetXen, a maker of hardware-accelerated 10GbE (10-Gigabit Ethernet) LAN cards, has just introduced a set of software drivers for Linux systems. The company claims that with this hardware/software combo users should see great network performance without incurring increased host CPU overhead.

A dozen tips for testing free software

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HowTos

One of the best ways you can participate in the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution is by helping to test software and reporting bugs and issues to project developers to help them improve their code. Even in the wild and woolly, sometimes undisciplined approach to development that we see in FOSS projects, there are ways to test more effectively.

Scheduling tasks with cron

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HowTos

When you want to run a particular task repeatedly, or run it at a scheduled time, Linux and other Unix-like operating systems offer you an easy way to do this and plenty more. It’s called cron and it’s a multi-purpose task scheduler on steroids. It’s installed and enabled on virtually every Unix-like OS out there by default.

Two vulnerabilities in KDE BitTorrent client KTorrent

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Security

Version 2.1.2 of the open-source BitTorrent client KTorrent for KDE removes two vulnerabilities. The first one is said to enable an attacker to cause the application to crash. According to the bug report by Ubuntu the vulnerability also allows code to be injected onto a system and executed. The vulnerability is found in the module chunkcounter.cpp and is triggered by large idx values.

SUSE security: Forgotten passwords, AppArmor

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HowTos

Take advantage of the added protection that firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware programs offer, says James Turnbull. The author of Hardening Linux warns that, while the incidence of viruses and spyware on Linux are considerably smaller than on Windows-based platforms, they can still occur.

UPDATED: Guide to Ripping Internet Radio to MP3 on Linux

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HowTos

Back in December, I wrote a guide on Streamtuner/Streamripper in Linux. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, I suggest you read that post first. In this guide, I will be using the Amarok-like media manager for Gnome, Exaile.

Dell polls PC users on favorite Linux varieties

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Linux

Dell began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows.

Linux Starts to Find Home on Desktops

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Linux

The Linux operating system, having made inroads into corporations' backroom server computers, is showing hints of inching into a much broader market: employees' personal computers.

The much-hyped notion that Linux would be viable software to run desktop and notebook PCs seemed dead on arrival a few years ago. But the idea is showing some new vital signs.

How to hide an entire filesystem

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Simple file encryption is useful, but sometimes it's more useful to encrypt a complete filesystem or disk, such as when you need to protect a large set of files. Or you may need not only to protect, but to completely hide the presence of sensitive data from prying eyes. For these cases, here are several options for securing your systems.

Linspire and Ubuntu team up agains MS

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Linux

This partnership will see Linspire base Linspire/Freespire on Ubuntu, while Canonical will in turn use Linspire's CNR commercial software e-commerce technology. Both companies believe that they will benefit in this partnership by promoting the adoption of Linux in the Microsoft dominated desktop market.

Setting up NX Terminal Server on Ubuntu

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HowTos

I have setup a remote desktop to allow her to connect to and use, thus confining the greater bandwidth usage to our unlimited broadband connection in Blightey so she gets a speedier desktop experience via dialup whilst only consuming the small bandwidth needed to receive the remote desktop itself. The solution I’ve chose is NX server.

The setup routine (in order)went like this:

Ubuntu Refuses to Ship Me CDs

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Ubuntu

In a very very strange turn of events, Canonical has refused to ship me CDs of its Linux distribution, Ubuntu.

The Web smiley's motto: Grin and bear it

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Web

Author Vladimir Nabokov said in a 1969 New York Times interview that "there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile--some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket."

Linux for Beginners

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Linux

Linux is getting hotter and more mainstream all the time—enough so that even IT administrators who deal primarily with Windows would do well to get their feet wet with Linux.

Back to school - tuXlab reviewed

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Linux
Reviews

tuXlabs is a freely distributed educational software package running on a specialised Ubuntu derivative which has been rolled out to schools across South Africa and serves over 160 000 learners. Tectonic has covered various stories on it in the past and it seemed about time to give it a try.

The time for revolution has come

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Linux

We are at a cusp in computing history. This time is now a delicate balancing point where the future of computing can go one way or another. It is also obvious that one party stands to lose a great deal while another stands to win a great deal. Ironically the party that stands to lose the most is the one who has brought this turning point into reality.

Eugenia: Ubuntu installed on the Inspiron 640m

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Ubuntu

Only a few hours after playing with Vista, I resized that partition (Vista now has a “shrink” utility) to 60 MBs and left 40 MBs free for Ubuntu (the rest 20 GBs are reserved by DELL as a recovery partition).

Installing The Aptana AJAX Development Environment On Ubuntu

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how to install the Aptana IDE on an Ubuntu Edgy Eft system. The Aptana IDE is a free, open-source, cross-platform, JavaScript-focused development environment for building Ajax applications.

Introduction to OpenID

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Software

OpenID is an open decentralized digital identity system that has been gaining traction in recent months. It implements a solution to some everyday headaches such as single-sign-on, but it does not address related issues like privacy, trust, spam prevention, or message authentication. OpenID uses a multiple-stage sign-on process, but don't let that discourage you.

The Business Case for Open Source Software

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OSS

For all the hype regarding Open Source Software (OSS), we sometimes forget logic in the excitement of trying to get on board with this latest trend. What we really care about (or should care about) is making a sound business decision regarding software. Think everyone is hopping on the OSS bandwagon because the software doesn't cost anything?

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • 4 tips for teaching kids how to build electronics
    Kids are naturally curious about how things work, and with a new trend in hardware companies creating open source hardware products, it's a great time to teach kids about electronics. But modern technology can seem too complex to even begin to understand. So where do you start?
  • Oil companies joining open source world by sharing data [Ed: No, oil companies, sharing data is open data and not open source. More openwashing, like greenwashing]
    The oil and gas industry has long collected huge volumes of data, but it hasn’t always known quite what to do with it all. Often, the terabytes aren’t even stored on computer systems that readily talk to each other. Industry insiders are used to it, said Michael Jones, senior director of strategy at the oil and gas software maker Landmark. But it’s not OK, he said. So, about a year ago, Jones and some of his oil industry colleagues set about to fix it. This week, at Landmark’s Innovation Forum & Expo at the Westin hotel in northwest Houston, the company unveiled the beginnings of a collaborative its members called groundbreaking. In a move to drive technology further, faster — and, perhaps, take a bigger piece of the burgeoning big-data market — Landmark is pushing its main computing platform into the cloud, for all to use.
  • Interactive, open source visualizations of nocturnal bird migrations in near real-time
    New flow visualizations using data from weather radar networks depict nocturnal bird migrations, according to a study published August 24, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Judy Shamoun-Baranes from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues.
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    I finally reached a point where I could start running the go version of sm-photo-tool. I finished the option validation for the list command. While I was testing it I noticed how much faster the Go version felt. Here are the python vs Go versions of the commands.
  • Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services will be presented at the SEMANTiCS 2016 conference
    The revision of the European Interoperability Framework and the importance of data and information standardisation for promoting semantic interoperability for European Public Services will be presented by Dr. Vassilios Peristeras, DG Informatics, ISA unit at the SEMANTiCS 2016 conference which takes place in Leipzig on September 13th and 14th 2016. The title of the presentation is “Promoting Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services: the European Commission ISA2 Programme” (slideset to appear here soon).

Linux at 25: How Linux changed the world

I walked into an apartment in Boston on a sunny day in June 1995. It was small and bohemian, with the normal detritus a pair of young men would scatter here and there. On the kitchen table was a 15-inch CRT display married to a fat, coverless PC case sitting on its side, network cables streaking back to a hub in the living room. The screen displayed a mess of data, the contents of some logfile, and sitting at the bottom was a Bash root prompt decorated in red and blue, the cursor blinking lazily. I was no stranger to Unix, having spent plenty of time on commercial Unix systems like OSF/1, HP-UX, SunOS, and the newly christened Sun Solaris. But this was different. Read more

Linux Kernel News and Microsoft Breaks PowerShell

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  • Linux's brilliant career, in pictures
    Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more. Though its beginnings were humble, Linux has become the world’s largest and most pervasive open source software project in history. How did it get here? Read on for a look at some of the notable events along the way.
  • Quarter Century of Innovation – aka Happy Birthday Linux!
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Android Leftovers

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  • New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones
    Apple customers are generally a shockingly loyal bunch. The company’s high repeat customer rate can be attributed to a combination of factors that concern iPhones themselves as well as Apple’s industry-leading customer service. Dealing with Apple’s customer care department has always been a pleasure compared to dealing with rival companies, and iPhones themselves have historically been very reliable, offering a consistently smooth user experience that people love.
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