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Story Switching to Linux (For the Right Reasons) srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 7:56pm
Story What's new in Linux 2.6.37 srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 7:55pm
Story Is Firefox Set To Turn Against Flash? srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 7:53pm
Blog entry Pandora FMS 3.2 has been released. geniususer 05/01/2011 - 5:54pm
Story A Tale of the Synaptics "ClickPad" srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 4:41pm
Story Best Windows Games and Apps That Run Under Linux srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 4:38pm
Story MoonOS is a complete, Ubuntu-based distribution srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 4:37pm
Story DACA Could Mean Fewer Bugs in Debian srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 4:34pm
Story Ubuntu Software Centre srlinuxx 05/01/2011 - 4:30pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 1 05/01/2011 - 12:47pm

Shedding Some Light on LAMP

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Software

In the jargon-laden world of IT, new terms are created as shorthand ways of referencing or discussing otherwise cumbersome phrases. One addition to the lexicon that has gained increased popularity and use is "LAMP," which refers to a collection of free, largely open source software.

Vista can wait

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Microsoft
Reviews

Those who know me will know that I finally got around to installing Vista RC1 on my desktop machine and have had quite the journey with it. Initially I was impressed.

Lenovo ThinkPad T60p review

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Hardware
Reviews

Few computers have more right to the term "business machine" than the ThinkPad laptop series. The ThinkPad is among the oldest extant laptop computer brands. The first thing I noticed with the ThinkPad T60p was that all of the special buttons and functions worked perfectly in SLED 10, including suspend to RAM and suspend to disk. I can't say I have used many laptop computers recently that could claim this honor.

Vista gets Cute (Qt)

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Software

Qt 4.2 is the latest version of the C++ application development framework from Norway-based Trolltech. Qt 4.2 provides greater integration with GNOME than previous versions of Qt. Qt-based programs have for some time been able to integrate with GNOME and GTK. Trolltech is also targeting Windows users with the Qt 4.2 release, but it's not the first time.

Quicktips - how to get sound for Flash in Firefox

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HowTos

Got a problem with your flash player plugin in Firefox not giving up it’s sound? Here’s the fix.

Book Review: SUSE Linux

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SUSE

Chris Brown has put together two useful books about Novell's "Community Distribution," SUSE Linux . (I'd have called it SUSE 10.1.) Unfortunately, O'Reilly decided to bind them together.

OOo gives chart module a brand new look

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OOo

Want to see a dinosaur?

Kororaa AiglXGL Live CD 0.3

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Reviews

Since the problems with the GPL kororaa was forced (or kind of) to remove the proprietary video drivers for Nvidia and ATI. Open source video drivers however are included. This time the live CD doesn’t only support xgl but also the wonderfull aiglx.

Seven Linux distros fight over one old ThinkPad

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Linux

I thought it would be interesting to find out which modern Linux distro made the best OS for a supposedly "obsolete" old laptop. With this in mind, I requisitioned an oldie but goodie: an IBM ThinkPad 2662-35U (pictured here), with a Pentium III 600MHz processor, 192MB of SDRAM, and a 20GB hard drive.

Top 10 Ways to Convince a New User Onto Linux

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Linux

We all know the advantages of Linux, but getting new users to embrace the open source side of life is often difficult. However, explaining the advantages to users in terms they can relate to is the key so here is my 10 point argument:

Wide load: Adding widescreen monitor support to Ubuntu

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HowTos

After trying to manually edit the config files and failing a number if times I found out about this neat little wizard that walks you through and makes it slightly more difficult to mess things up. $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

PCLinuxOS .93 xorg.conf problem quick fix

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PCLOS
HowTos

If you're like me, you change things constantly in your linux desktop. I'm always entering in and tweaking .conf files. I hosed my xorg.conf file which is where all the Xsession settings are stored. This might be daunting for some new users in Linux so I figured I'd write up this little how-to that would get them back on their feet.

Also: PCLinuxOS: A Windows User's Delight

Mubuntu - Yet Another Ubuntu Derivative

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Ubuntu

Mubuntu is the tentative name of a Multimedia editing derivative of Ubuntu, currently being planned. The ultimate goal is to build a solid multimedia editing distro based on Ubuntu-Gnome by Edgy+1.

SLED 10 rocks!

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Reviews

And just to get that out of the way; SLED 10 is an amazing OS. I can't remeber ever having had so many «how can this be free software ?!?»-experiences. Everything is easy, everything is beautiful.

Avoiding security blunders in Linux and IT infrastructures

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HowTos

When it comes to IT infrastructure security, there are things that IT managers just shouldn't do. This two-part tip is written for those who'd like to avoid making those mistakes. It covers four security areas that are either ignored or overlooked in IT infrastructure security, with a focus on securing Linux-based hosts.

Accessing Windows Resources from a Linux Desktop

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HowTos

It used to be called the network neighborhood. On Windows XP machines, it's called network places. You may now be running a Linux desktop, but there are many important files shared from the XP machine over in accounting, files that are shared in the network neighborhood. Files you need to work with. Ironically, some of those Windows file servers may in fact be Linux servers running Samba, seamlessly providing network drives to Windows desktops inside your company.

Celebrate KDE's Anniversary - 10 Years of Linux Desktop

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KDE

KDE is going to celebrate its 10th anniversary. On 14th October 1996, Matthias Ettrich announced the beginning of a project which is now one of the biggest and most exciting open source projects. To celebrate this event we'd like to invite you to our little birthday party on Friday, October 13th, 2006. Matthias Ettrich and Mark Shuttleworth will be keynote speakers.

Qt 4.2.0 released

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Software

Qt 4.2.0 is now out on the servers. The main features of this release are CSS-like desktop stylesheets, a new graphics view class, Qt/Mac look-and-feel improvements including the ability to host Carbon widgets inside Qt widgets and tighter cross-desktop integration.

Firefox Gains Ground On Microsoft's IE

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Moz/FF

For the third consecutive month, Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox has posted a half a percentage point or more gain in market share, a Web metrics company said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Internet Explorer's still-commanding lead has slipped slightly.

Library system migrates from Linux -- to more Linux

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Linux

The six branches of the Howard County Library system in Maryland provide 300 computers to their clients. This week, every computer has been upgraded from a "homegrown" Linux kernel, to Groovix, an Ubuntu Linux derivative.

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Leftovers: OSS

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • OpenSSL patches two high-severity flaws
    OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2h and 1.0.1t of its open source cryptographic library, fixing multiple security vulnerabilities that can lead to traffic being decrypted, denial-of-service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. One of the high-severity vulnerabilities is actually a hybrid of two low-risk bugs and can cause OpenSSL to crash.
  • Linux Foundation Advances Security Efforts via Badging Program
    The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative's badging program matures, as the first projects to achieve security badges are announced.
  • Linux Foundation tackles open source security with new badge program
  • WordPress Plugin ‘Ninja Forms’ Security Vulnerability
    FOSS Force has just learned from Wordfence, a security company that focuses on the open source WordPress content management platform, that a popular plugin used by over 500,000 sites, Ninja Forms, contains serious security vulnerabilities.
  • Preparing Your Network for the IoT Revolution
    While there is no denying that IP-based connectivity continues to become more and more pervasive, this is not a fundamentally new thing. What is new is the target audience is changing and connectivity is becoming much more personal. It’s no longer limited to high end technology consumers (watches and drones) but rather, it is showing up in nearly everything from children’s toys to kitchen appliances (yes again) and media devices. The purchasers of these new technology-enabled products are far from security experts, or even security aware. Their primary purchasing requirements are ease of use.
  • regarding embargoes
    Yesterday I jumped the gun committing some patches to LibreSSL. We receive advance copies of the advisory and patches so that when the new OpenSSL ships, we’re ready to ship as well. Between the time we receive advance notice and the public release, we’re supposed to keep this information confidential. This is the embargo. During the embargo time we get patches lined up and a source tree for each cvs branch in a precommit state. Then we wait with our fingers on the trigger. What happened yesterday was I woke up to a couple OpenBSD developers talking about the EBCDIC CVE. Oh, it’s public already? Check the OpenSSL git repo and sure enough, there are a bunch of commits for embargoed issues. Pull the trigger! Pull the trigger! Launch the missiles! Alas, we didn’t look closely enough at the exact issues fixed and had missed the fact that only low severity issues had been made public. The high severity issues were still secret. We were too hasty.
  • Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because of Antivirus Scan [Ed: Windows]
    A critical medical equipment crashed during a heart procedure due to a timely scan triggered by the antivirus software installed on the PC to which the said device was sending data for logging and monitoring.
  • Hotel sector faces cybercrime surge as data breaches start to bite
    Since 2014, things have become a lot more serious with a cross section of mostly US hotels suffering major breaches during Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. Panda Security lists a string of attacks on big brands including on Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood, Rosen Hotels & Resorts as well two separate attacks on hotel management outfit White Lodging and another on non-US hotel Mandarin Oriental.

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