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Oracle Muscles in on Linux

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Linux

There's a new bad guy in town. Just when you thought that Microsoft and SCO were the only gangsters in the software world, a new player has been muscling in on their territory -- or so you'd think from reading all the hype on the Internet. Reports tend to be confused and not many people have bothered to find out the truth: so that's what I've gone out and done.

Linux for humans

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Ubuntu

As Microsoft gears up to release a new version of Windows Vista, the hype about operating systems is in the air again. For most people, the question is whether to upgrade or not, but if you want to try out a new operating system, check out the latest version of Ubuntu.

Early KDE 4 Bloggings

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GoboLinux Release 013 Screenshots

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Linux

Shipping on November 3 was GoboLinux 013. For those that are unfamiliar with this install and LiveCD distribution is that among its many differences, it breaks away from the historical UNIX directory hierarchy. It is also a distribution tagged as not needing a package manager because the filesystem is the package manager. New in GoboLinux 013 is X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.3, GCC 4.1.1, and the Linux 2.6.16 kernel. Phoronix has some nice screenshots.

Ten ideas about Ideas

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OSS

Which has more leverage in the marketplace — A) disclosure or Cool secrecy? Which is more supportive of growing markets — A) public infrastructure or Cool private platforms? Which is better for inventive entrepreneurs — A) sharing one's great ideas to drive development and adoption, or Cool patenting and keeping secret one's "intellectual property"?

Using DNSBLs to Monitor Network Security

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HowTos

Many email administrators are turning to DNSBLs -- DNS Block Lists -- as useful weapons in the arsenal against spam. There are DNSBLs covering many aspects of the security spectrum related to spam. This article will introduce another useful application for the DNSBLs. I'll show how to use this valuable information source to diagnose and monitor the overall security level of a given network.

Install Wordpress in Debian Etch

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HowTos

WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

Linux on the Desktop: The need for compromise

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Linux

It has become something of a cliché that Linux has reached a critical point in its development and adoption. However, this is especially true now when we look at what events are lined up to occur in the near future, and particularly in the desktop area. Can we expect a sudden and dramatic shift to Linux on the desktop?

Managing users in Ubuntu

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HowTos

This brief guide shares the key steps necessary to create and manage other users, helps clarify some essential differences with other flavors, and provides tips regarding "root" user. Perhaps most importantly, these steps help empower the use of your Ubuntu system to become far more than just another desktop PC.

10 Linux security tips in 10 minutes

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HowTos

If you're looking for a crash course on Linux security, this is your guide to getting started. Bone up on the basics of working from the command line, get a few open source security tools, and discover SELinux and IT no-nos to avoid.

GPLv3

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OSS

Some months back I read about the GPLv3 for the first time. Just like many I was compelled by the arguments of Linus against it more then by the arguments from the FSF for this new license. The other day I talked to some KOffice developers and we discussed the software patents issue and how that would actually work in real life.

Stable kernel 2.6.18.2 released

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Linux

The 2.6.18.2 stable kernel release is available. There is a long list of fixes in this one, at least one of those fixes is security-related.

More Here.

Ten reasons Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows - Part II

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Linux
BSD

Last week, I began a countdown of the ten reasons Linux and BSD are far superior to Windows. I received a huge response to the first installment, so without further delay, here's the final four reasons and my official response to some of the comments and criticisms I've received.

Linux Gazette November 2006 Issue

This month's Linux Gazette includes the following articles:

  • Deploying IPCop

  • Boosting Apache Performance by using Reverse Proxies
  • Poor Man's Laptop
  • Booting a Linux Box via a USB Micro Drive (USB-MD)
  • Troubleshooting Apache using strace
  • Classic Shell Scripting (Book Review)

This and more in this month's Linux Gazette.

Red Hat adds new Linux legal protection

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Linux

Faced with new competitive challenges from Novell, Microsoft and Oracle, Linux seller Red Hat has begun promising protection against intellectual-property lawsuits.

Terpstra: Don't panic over Novell-Microsoft deal

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SUSE

I re-read the Microsoft-Novell announcement and thought about it some more. I wonder if the wording of the announcement is designed to stir up those within the open source movement/community who are branded by the "establishment" as radicals. You know, that is not the first time that has happened!

OpenOffice Blesses Microsoft-Novell Pact

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SUSE

The Microsoft-Novell pact was welcomed Friday by OpenOffice.org, which said it's delighted as long as the deal leads to improvements to the group's free open-source applications suite.

Create and Extract .bz2 and .gz files

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HowTos

bzip2 and bunzip2 are file compression and decompression utilities. The bzip2 and bunzip2 utilities are newer than gzip and gunzip and are not as common yet, but they are rapidly gaining popularity. The bzip2 utility is capable of greater compression ratios than gzip. Therefore, a bzip2 file can be 10-20% smaller than a gzip version of the same file. Usually,files that have been compressed by bzip2 will have a .bz2 extension.

Using sudo to Keep Admins Honest? sudon't!

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Linux

The consensus among many Unix and Linux users seems to be that sudo is more secure than using the root account, because it requires you type your password to perform potentially harmful actions. While sudo is useful for what it was designed for, this thinking is flawed, and usually comes from inexperience.

Matt Asay: Ballmer's new weapon against Linux is...Linux

I was in meetings and flights all day, but when I got off my last flight of the day, there were scads of emails waiting for me on my phone. I figured the Red Sea had parted to allow Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer to pass, holding hands and singing kumbayah. Nope.

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Leftovers: KDE (Akonadi, KWin)

  • Akonadi for e-mail needs to die
    So, I'm officially giving up on kmail2 (i.e., the Akonadi-based version of kmail) on the last one of my PCs now. I have tried hard and put in a lot of effort to get it working, but it costs me a significant amount of time and effort just to be able to receive and read e-mail - meaning hanging IMAP resources every few minutes, the feared "Multiple merge candidates" bug popping up again and again, and other surprise events. That is plainly not acceptable in the workplace, where I need to rely on e-mail as means of communication. By leaving kmail2 I seem to be following many many other people... Even dedicated KDE enthusiasts that I know have by now migrated to Trojita or Thunderbird.
  • Virtual keyboard support in KWin/Wayland 5.7
    Over the last weeks I worked on improved input device support in KWin/Wayland and support for virtual keyboard. KWin 5.7 will integrate the new QtVirtualKeyboard module which is now available under GPLv3. For us this means that we have access to a high quality QML based keyboard. For Qt it means that the virtual keyboard is exposed to more users and thanks to the open source nature it means that we can upstream fixes.
  • Virtual Keyboard Support For KWin / KDE Wayland 5.7
    The latest KWin/Wayland hacking project by Martin Gräßlin is adding virtual keyboard support to KWin for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.7 release. This virtual keyboard support is powered by the QtVirtualKeyboard module and provides a high-quality, QML-based keyboard that will work on KWin/Wayland when no hardware keyboard is available. Implementing this virtual keyboard support with Wayland compatibility was actually quite a feat, but has now become a reality thanks to the work by Martin.

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