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Story Readers' Choices, Linux Philosophy, and Fedora Numbers Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 5:15am
Story The UbuTab - An Ubuntu powered tablet with Terabytes of storage space. Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 5:00am
Story Ubuntu MATE 14.10 to Get a Gorgeus New Theme Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:51am
Story First Quark-based SMARC module runs Linux on 2W Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:41am
Story Linux Lite 2.2 Is a Light and Fun OS for Users Disappointed in Windows Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:14am
Story Selling a Non-Product: The Multifaceted OpenStack Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:08am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 12:48am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 12:46am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 12:45am
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 12:45am

Torvalds: Real quality means taking it personally

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linuxdevices.com: The Linux Foundation (LF) has posted a ten-minute video interview with kernel coordinator Linus Torvalds. Held during the Linux Foundation's recent Linux Kernel Summit, the interview reveals the Linux founder speaking out on issues ranging from kernel/userland interactions to why Linux has so many interfaces.

ubuntu, ubuntu, ubuntu

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Ubuntu
  • Shuttleworth: "I don't think anyone can make money from the Linux desktop."

  • Review: Ubuntu 8.10, 3G tethering works very well
  • Can the New Ubuntu Save You Money?
  • Canonical is not cash flow positive
  • Notes from Setting Up Ubuntu Server on Linode
  • Official 8.10 release news: where they messed up
  • Seen on campus: 2 Ubuntu Laptop Success Stories
  • Canonical may need 3-5 more years of funding
  • Ubuntu 8.10 due Thursday; profitability not so fast
  • Mark Shuttleworth and the Grand Linux Vision
  • New Ubuntu Initiatives
  • Help us test the Kubuntu 8.10 Candidate CDs

Could a Linux Gaming Console Ever Work?

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Linux
Hardware

ostatic.com: A few days ago, Kristin covered Envizions Computer Entertainment's announcement that it will deliver its EVO Linux-based gaming console on November 18th. She predicted that the announcment would probably stoke the long-standing fire surrounding whether Linux can ever be a viable gaming platform, and indeed it did.

Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election

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SUSE

opensuse.org: So the polls are closed now and all votes have been accounted for and confirmed valid, and we are now proud to announce the election results!

John Galt is dead or Linus shrugs

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blogs.zdnet: John Galt is the lead character in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Galt represents Rand’s ideal of objectivism, of free market absolutism and rule by those few who dominate the market. Linus is the anti-Galt.

Please Vote in our Latest Poll

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Site News

If you haven't yet, would you please vote in our latest poll submitted by bigbearomaha concerning your preferred Linux install media? I was wanting to use the results in an article, but there aren't nearly enough votes to be valid right now. Vote away!

Ubuntu: Vendors need to step up

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theregister.co.uk: "Intrepid Ibex", distributed as Ubuntu 8.10, goes live today for distribution later this week, and the economic crunch certainly makes the Linux variant more compelling.

Also: Ubuntu goes more mobile with 8.10 release

Linux incognito part three: Windows Vista

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itwire.com: Here's how to skin Linux to give a Windows Vista appearance. You can help provide a familiar look and feel to your Windows-trained friends and family as you coax them towards Linux. Or you can enjoy the satisfaction of having something looking like Vista actually run with stability.

Opera Sings an Ode to Browsers Everywhere

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Software

blogs.nytimes: I have to confess, I haven’t paid much attention to Opera Software until recently. The Norwegian company has been an also-ran in the browser market for 13 years. On Friday, I had a chance to sit down with its co-founder and chief executive, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. I can’t say that I’m convinced that Opera is now poised to take the Web by storm.

5 Interesting Linux Distro Names

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yabblog.com: Debian? Ubuntu? Sidux? Pardus? Mepis? Gentoo? Whoa! Why are these Linux distros so strangely named? Why not name a OS simply - door, room or window? Although, Linux distros have very strange names but it is interesting to know, why they are called so?

Review: 64 Studio 2.x

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raiden.net: 64 Studio is a Linux distribution built upon Debian with both 64 bit processors, and the designer in mind. It takes the best of Debian, strips out the unnecessary extras, then rebuilds it as a one stop shop for those doing everything from print to web design.

Ubuntu 8.10 - Comprehensive Review of 10 Main Features

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Ubuntu

blog.taragana.com: Ubuntu, right from its release, has been a very popular open source operating system for Linux lovers around the world. With its new release (Ubuntu 8.10 codenamed Intrepid Ibex) due in just 3 days' time, the hype and speculations are really reaching their heights.

Innovation Week in Africa – Young business innovators are making money with Open Source.

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OSS

opensource.org: All through last week, I spent my time in Ghana at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT ( AITI-KACE ) in Accra. It has been an incredibly refreshing experience for me, personally, and for the hundreds of students, developers, businesses, bankers and educators that are participating in the forum.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 276

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: Three versus Four

  • News: Ubuntu unveils Intrepid Ibex, Fedora finalises feature list, Mandriva coordinates worldwide install fest, openSUSE explains beta release process, DesktopBSD moves to KDE 4
  • Released last week: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r5, PC-BSD 7.0.1
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.10, OpenBSD 4.4
  • New additions: AsteriskNOW
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower?

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phoronix.com: With the release of Ubuntu 8.10 coming out later this week we decided to use this opportunity to explore how the performance of this desktop Linux operating system has evolved over the past few releases. We performed clean installations of Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, Ubuntu 8.04, and Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook and used the Phoronix Test Suite to run 35 tests on each release that covered nine different areas of the system.

Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems

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lifehacker.com: These days, it only takes an increasingly-cheap USB thumb drive and a program like UNetbootin to create a portable Linux desktop you can run on any computer that can boot from a USB port. But check out the list of distributions UNetbootin can download and install—it's huge.

Four layout extensions for OpenOffice.org Writer

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OOo

linux.com: OpenOffice.org Writer is as much a desktop publishing program as a word processor. That fact, however, has yet to have much influence on the extensions created for Writer -- perhaps because most users prefer manual formatting to organizing themselves with page styles, templates, and other elements of document design. Still, extensions for layout are starting to appear.

Would The Internet Exist Without Linux?

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pcmech.com: The internet as we know it today predominantly runs on Linux. There’s an extremely high probability that the internet connection you’re using right now is connected thru a Linux server - and routed thru many other Linux servers along the way.

The Philosophy and Features of Ubuntu 8.10

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Interviews
Ubuntu

ostatic.com: Last week, I had the pleasure of getting some unique insight into the Ubuntu 8.10 release ("Intrepid Ibex") from Canonical's marketing manager, Gerry Carr. The finalized server and desktop editions of the 8.10 release will be available for download October 30th, and host a variety of new tools and features.

few more odds & ends

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News
  • Ubuntu® 8.10 Press Release Already

  • Ubuntu Linux: 8 Million Users and Growing
  • Ubuntu for Business
  • Speed up your Linux Boot and normal use (openSUSE)
  • GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/24
  • Open Season is now Open Sources... Episode 1
  • Open-Source Wireless Routing
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Events: FOSDEM Samba Talks, USENIX Enigma, LCA (linux.conf.au) and FAST18

  • Authentication and authorization in Samba 4
    Volker Lendecke is one of the first contributors to Samba, having submitted his first patches in 1994. In addition to developing other important file-sharing tools, he's heavily involved in development of the winbind service, which is implemented in winbindd. Although the core Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC) code was written by his colleague Stefan Metzmacher, winbind is a crucial component of Samba's AD functionality. In his information-packed talk at FOSDEM 2018, Lendecke said he aimed to give a high-level overview of what AD and Samba authentication is, and in particular the communication pathways and trust relationships between the parts of Samba that authenticate a Samba user in an AD environment.
  • Two FOSDEM talks on Samba 4
    Much as some of us would love never to have to deal with Windows, it exists. It wants to authenticate its users and share resources like files and printers over the network. Although many enterprises use Microsoft tools to do this, there is a free alternative, in the form of Samba. While Samba 3 has been happily providing authentication along with file and print sharing to Windows clients for many years, the Microsoft world has been slowly moving toward Active Directory (AD). Meanwhile, Samba 4, which adds a free reimplementation of AD on Linux, has been increasingly ready for deployment. Three short talks at FOSDEM 2018 provided three different views of Samba 4, also known as Samba-AD, and left behind a pretty clear picture that Samba 4 is truly ready for use. I will cover the first two talks in this article, and the third in a later one.
  • A report from the Enigma conference
    The 2018 USENIX Enigma conference was held for the third time in January. Among many interesting talks, three presentations dealing with human security behaviors stood out. This article covers the key messages of these talks, namely the finding that humans are social in their security behaviors: their decision to adopt a good security practice is hardly ever an isolated decision. Security conferences tend to be dominated by security researchers demonstrating their latest exploits. The talks are attack-oriented, they keep a narrow focus, and usually they close with a dark outlook. The security industry has been doing security conferences like this for twenty years and seems to prefer this format. Yet, if you are tired of this style, the annual USENIX Enigma conference is a welcome change of pace. Most of the talks are defense-oriented, they have a horizon going far beyond technology alone, and they are generally focused on successful solutions.
  • DIY biology
    A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at linux.conf.au 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation. Meow-Meow is a politician with the Australian Science Party, he said by way of introduction; he has run in the last two elections. He founded BioFoundry, which is "Australia's first open-access molecular biology lab"; there are now two such labs in the country. He is also speaks frequently as "an emerging technology evangelist" for biology as well as other topics.
  • Notes from FAST18

    I attended the technical sessions of Usenix's File And Storage Technology conference this week. Below the fold, notes on the papers that caught my attention.

Security: Vista10 and uTorrent Holes Found by Google

  • Google drops new Edge zero-day as Microsoft misses 90-day deadline

    Google originally shared details of the flaw with Microsoft on 17 November 2017, but Microsoft wasn’t able to come up with a patch within Google’s non-negotiable “you have 90 days to do this” period.

  • Google Goes Public with Another Major Windows 10 Bug
    After revealing an Edge browser vulnerability that Microsoft failed to fix, Google is now back with another disclosure, this time aimed at Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), but potentially affecting other Windows versions as well. James Forshaw, a security researcher that’s part of Google’s Project Zero program, says the elevation of privilege vulnerability can be exploited because of the way the operating system handles calls to Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC). This means a standard user could obtain administrator privileges on a Windows 10 computer, which in the case of an attack, could eventually lead to full control over the impacted system. But as Neowin noted, this is the second bug discovered in the same function, and both of them, labeled as 1427 and 1428, were reported to Microsoft on November 10, 2017. Microsoft said it fixed them with the release of the February 2018 Patch Tuesday updates, yet as it turns out, only issue 1427 was addressed.
  • uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads

    The vulnerabilities, according to Project Zero, make it possible for any website a user visits to control key functions in both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and in uTorrent Web, an alternative to desktop BitTorrent apps that uses a web interface and is controlled by a browser. The biggest threat is posed by malicious sites that could exploit the flaw to download malicious code into the Windows startup folder, where it will be automatically run the next time the computer boots up. Any site a user visits can also access downloaded files and browse download histories.

  • BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

    BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.

Red Hat introduces updated decision management platform

Troubleshoot a network? No problem. Write a 3,000 word article on Kubernetes cloud container management? When do you want it. Talk to a few hundred people about Linux's history? Been there, done that. Manage a business's delivery routing and shift scheduling? I'll break out in a cold sweat. If you too find the nuts and bolts of business processing management a nightmare, you'll want to check out Red Hat's latest program: Red Hat Decision Manager 7. Read more

KDE Says Its Next Plasma Desktop Release Will Start a Full Second Faster

According to the developer, the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment release will start a full second faster than previous versions because of the removal of the QmlObjectIncubationController component, which apparently slowed down the entire desktop, and promises to let users pin apps on the panel that contain spaces in their desktop file names. Goodies are also coming to the upcoming KDE Applications 18.04 software suite this spring, which makes creating of new files with the Dolphin file manager instantaneous, improves drag-and-drop support from Spectacle to Chromium, and lets users configure the Gwenview image viewer to no longer display the image action buttons on thumbnails when they hover with the mouse cursor over them. Read more