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Story Exclusive Interview With Ubuntu's Jono Bacon srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 5:34pm
Story Open source game counterfeited in Mac App Store srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 5:33pm
Story How To Set Up Apache2 With mod_fcgid And PHP5 On Fedora 14 falko 03/02/2011 - 12:05pm
Story CentOS 6: interview with Karanbir Singh srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 9:40am
Story Ubuntu Netbook review srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 6:35am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 6:34am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 4:54am
Story Nelson Continues Importing Ubuntu to openSUSE srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 4:53am
Story Peppermint OS - Uninspiring srlinuxx 1 03/02/2011 - 3:58am
Story No Debian for the Clueless srlinuxx 03/02/2011 - 2:30am

First benchmarks of the ext4 file system

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Linux

Seeing that the development of the ext3 file system successor has started, and that Andrew Morton has released mm patch containing ext4 file system, I decided to run some simple benchmarks, even in this early stage of development. Because the mm patch also contains Hans Reiser's reiser4 file system, I decided to run benchmarks against it, too, for a good measure.

Study: Worldwide Biz Open Source Deployment at 50 Percent

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OSS

More than half of all organizations worldwide have open source software in their production networks, and almost three-quarters of all software developers use open source in their work.

The Perfect Xen 3.0.3 Setup For Debian Sarge

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen (version 3.0.3) on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system. Then, Managing Xen With Xen-Tools, Xen-Shell, And Argo.

When standards are political -- ODF (the Open Document Format)

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OSS

Yesterday I attended a meeting hosted by TACD at Harvard's Berkman Center about a very important issue -- one that is both highly technical and political at the same time -- the battle over the Open Document Format (ODF). The technical part concerns what ODF is. The political part concerns what ODF represents.

Three reasons not to use KDE

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KDE

Hello! Remember me? I’m the guy who wrote Three reasons to use KDE. This time, I’ll exercise my mind by coming up with three honest reasons not to use KDE. Of course, this is not an original idea either, since it was inspired by Three reasons not to use GNOME.

Secure Ubuntu Desktop Using Firestarter Firewall

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HowTos

Firestarter is an Open Source visual firewall program. The software aims to combine ease of use with powerful features, therefore serving both Linux desktop users and system administrators.

Joomla Guide Is Useful - But a Tutorial It's Not

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Reviews

Each chapter of Building Web Sites With Mambo: A Step-by-Step Tutorial is organized nicely and includes plenty of screenshots. The biggest issue I found was that even though the title says that the book is a step-by-step tutorial, that's not how the book flowed.

Yet another online Linux distro chooser

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Linux

An easy-to-use online tool is now available to help users select an optimal Linux distribution based on experience, inclinations, type of computer, and other factors. The "Linux Distribution Chooser" walks you through a brief set of 16 questions designed to determine which Linux distro might be best for you.

Ubuntu chief: Oracle Linux has 'tactical value'

Oracle has the ability to support Linux, and doing so could have "tactical value" for the database company, the founder of Ubuntu Linux--and a potential Oracle partner--said Friday.

Book review: AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications

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Reviews

First impressions can be deceptive. However, in this case, luckily not—Ajax and PHP is an excellent read for content creators and programmers of conventional websites that use PHP as their server side language. The content of the book deals with all the salient points for building a more dynamic, active and interesting web content.

Intel GMA 3000 Q965 Graphics on FC6

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Reviews

In August Intel had announced their new Linux graphics driver website as well as announcing the immediate availability of open-source display drivers for the 965 Express Chipset. This Chipset offers fourth-generation Intel graphics architectures in the form of the GMA 3000 and GMA X3000. Here at Phoronix we have run some tests on the Q965 Chipset and GMA 3000 graphics with their open-source drivers, and have our results to share today under GNU/Linux. We had also compared Intel's open-source graphics performance against the open-source R300 DRI drivers.

Updated Firefox browser to be available Tuesday

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Moz/FF

Mozilla will release the latest version of its browser, Firefox 2, on Tuesday, the company said Friday.

Sun Offers Support and Services for OpenOffice.org

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OOo

Sun Microsystems Inc has announced that is now providing support and services for the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, which is already based on its own support StarOffice product.

The Santa Clara, California-based company is offering both standard and premium services, for OpenOffice.org on the Sparc and Intel versions of its Solaris operating system, as well as Linux and Windows.

Opera: Introducing new bugs

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Software

As promised last week, here's the first build with built-in Fraud Protection. It's a very early preview of the technology, so everything is not entirely done yet, some sites actually show up wrong (silly bug with CNET sites!), and the icons are kind of ugly. Even the version number is wrong.

Fedora 5 Unleashed & SELinux by Example

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Reviews

Usually I prefer to review books one at a time. In the case of these two books, though, my usual practices have to be ignored. These two books not only need to be reviewed together, they need to be purchased and read together.

Three reasons NOT to use Gnome

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Software

I've always been a proponent of choice. Maybe it has to do with my biology study, I don't know. Variation makes a population stronger and resilient. So, it is only logical that there is a large variety of desktop environments and window managers. However...

The Linux 101 Required Reading List

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Linux

So you want to learn Linux? The best way, the only really good way, is to get a distribution, load it on a computer and give it a try. Any of the ones I mentioned recently at DesktopLinux.com in "What's the best Linux for beginners?" will do fine.

Using MySQL with Apache

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HowTos

Installing and configuring mod_auth_mysql involves a few steps, the first of which is to create the necessary database structures to hold the user data. Start by loading up your favorite MySQL client, and creating the database.

A First Look at Flash 9 for Linux Beta

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Reviews

According to the Adobe Labs Web site, the big new features in Flash 9 are a full-screen display and a version that runs under Linux. I downloaded the plug-in for Firefox, as well as the standalone Flash Player, to see how it worked.

LinuxToday: The Four L's

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OSS

I am, for the most part, an only child. So it used to puzzle me greatly when my two daughters would fight over the most trivial of issues. Such are my feelings regarding the current rash of KDE/GNOME bashing going on in various blogs and forums.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Why Open-Source Pros Are in Great Demand
    The majority of hiring managers predict that the demand for open-source IT professionals will rise more than other recruitment-based areas of interest over the next six months, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting report, "Moving Toward Professionalization: Rising Need for Open-Source Skills in 2016," indicates that these managers struggle to fill open-source positions, especially when trying to find candidates with needed cloud, networking and/or security experience. Meanwhile, when considering an offer, open-source professionals said they're most interested in working on appealing projects with cutting-edge technology challenges. Money and perks are of secondary interest, even though, given the hot market, many open-source specialists are able to negotiate a great compensation package. According to the report, "In the last decade, open-source development has experienced a massive shift: Once a mostly community and volunteer-based concern, the model has since become a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and speed at adapting to a changing market have made open source vital to modern companies, which are now investing zealously in open source and open-source talent. More and better code is the way forward, and the skilled professionals who can make it happen are highly in demand." More than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open-source professionals took part in the research.
  • Open Source Realm Mobile Database Hits Version 1.0
    Citing advantages over the SQLite and Core Data databases commonly used in iOS and Android apps, Realm today launched version 1.0 of its namesake "mobile-first database."
  • Realm has hit the version 1.0 milestone, and now reaches over 1 billion users
    As mobile databases go, Realm was already a fan favorite. Now we get an idea of just how popular it really is, as the company notes it now reaches one billion iOS and Android users via 100,000 active developers.
  • Rackspace Adopts OX's Dovecot Pro Open Source IMAP Email Platform
    Dovecot, the open source email platform from Open-Xchange, received a significant endorsement this week from Rackspace, which announced that it will use the company's Dovecot Pro product for email hosting.
  • An Apparent Exodus Continues At OwnCloud
    This week we've now seen the announcements by Jos Poortvliet, Lukas Reschke, Björn Schießle, and Arthur Schiwon are among those leaving ownCloud Inc. Each of their blog posts confirm they are leaving but don't shed much light on the underlying situation at the company.
  • Upcoming governance workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement
    On the 15th June, 2016, DG Connect and DG Growth wil be co-hosting an interactive workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement. This catalogue of standards is being developed to assist public procurers implement interoperable ICT solutions across Member States, as well as reducing incidence of vender lock-in, and ultimately to assist in the continued development of the Digital Single Market.
  • American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong
    To truly impact an children’s cognitive development, and prepare them for future computing jobs that may not even exist yet, we must move beyond pop computing. I strongly believe that learning computing should become mandatory in all schools, and should be viewed in the same context as reading and writing. Students must be challenged and encouraged to think differently in each grade level, subject matter, and read/write various computing projects every day in their academic life. With this mindset and approach we’ll help this generation of students fill those one million jobs, all of which require so much more than dragging and clicking.
  • Google Inbox Notifications
    I made a Firefox addon that brings that functionality to Google Inbox. It gives you a notification when new mail arrives and updates the pages title with the unread mail count. You can get it here!
  • Upcoming Webinar on Getting Linux Certified - Tips, Tactics, and Practical Advice

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Paul Vixie on IPv6 NAT, IPv6 security and Internet of Things
    Internet pioneer Paul Vixie spoke with SearchSecurity about IPv6 NAT, IPv6 and the Internet of Things, and the long, thankless path to deploying IPv6.
  • PHP 7.0.7 Released Fixing 28 Bugs
    As is the case with a .xy update, this is mostly a bug fix update, with at least 28 different issues being fixed in an effort to make PHP 7.x more stable. Though the PHP project hasn't identified any specific security vulnerabilities that are fixed in the update, I see at least one with bug #72162.
  • Skimmers Found at Walmart: A Closer Look
    Recent local news stories about credit card skimmers found in self-checkout lanes at some Walmart locations reminds me of a criminal sales pitch I saw recently for overlay skimmers made specifically for the very same card terminals.

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Leftovers: BSD

  • Faces of FreeBSD 2016: Michael Lucas
    Back by popular demand, we’re again sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD with our Faces of FreeBSD series. It may be a story from someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. Or, it may be from someone who gives back to FreeBSD financially or in another way. Regardless, it is always from someone who is making a positive difference in the FreeBSD world.
  • pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD Firewall Update Patches Web GUI Security Issue, Seven Bugs
    Released a week ago as the first maintenance build in the 2.3 stable series, pfSense 2.3.1 received its first update, bringing a patch for a major security issue in the Web GUI, as well as seven other bug fixes. pfSense 2.3.1 was a major point release of the FreeBSD-based network firewall distribution that introduced over 100 changes, but pfSense 2.3 brought a new pkg system that lets the project's maintainers update only individual parts of the system.