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Story some howtos: srlinuxx 24/07/2011 - 12:35am
Story A look at StuntRally on Linux srlinuxx 24/07/2011 - 12:25am
Story Urban Terror: A Hollywood-Style First Person Shooter srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 9:06pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 185 is out srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 9:04pm
Story Clone Wars 2 – Revenge of the Install DVDs srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 5:41pm
Story GNOME & KDE Developers Go To Battle Over A Name srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 5:39pm
Story Custom distro hammers hardware to detect system failures srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 5:37pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 4:30am
Story GNU Parallel 20110722 ('Murdoch') released srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 12:14am
Story We've Just Revolutionized Alpha Testing srlinuxx 23/07/2011 - 12:12am

What You Need to Know About Linux Rootkits.

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A rootkit is a group of software tools which an attacker can use to hide their tracks. A rootkit can also contain software which allows the attacker to get root access and steal or remove files on a system. Another goal for a rootkit is for the attacker to maintain access to the hijacked computer. Rootkits are written for many different operating systems however, this article will only talk about Linux rootkits.

Linux Commercialization Transforms Community

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Linux

Last week I interviewed, by invitation, with one of the two major Linux commercial vendors in the US. I would characterize the interview as one of the most humiliating experiences I can remember. I soon discovered the company had no plans to conduct a normal interview.

Fedora 7 Test 2

Fedora 7 Test 2 is being pushed out the door this Tuesday (February 27), but thanks to the excellence of Pungi we decided to run our own spin. New in Fedora 7 Test 2 is the artwork along with quite a few other changes that we commented on in our Fedora 7 Preview earlier this year. In this article we have some of the first screenshots from Fedora 7 Test 2.

PyCon Days 2 & 3

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Software

Yesterday brought PyCon 2007 to a close. Well, sort of. There are sprints going on for the next few days, but the formal sessions are over. This was a great experience for me and I’m already looking forward to next year. I’ll try to put my thougts together for a “PyCon 2007 as a whole” blog post later.

National Open Source Centre launches today in the Houses of Parliament

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OSS

The National Open Centre (NOC) is launched today by John Hemming MP, in the Houses of Parliament. The NOC will help the UK to benefit from open source and open standards by developing strategic analysis and policy, clarifying opportunities and fostering innovation.

Also: Standards make open source political

Hey Linux Fans: Certification Isn't Pre-Installation

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Linux

Dell says, ". . . we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice." (Emphasis added.)

Also: Can Dell change the Linux market?
And: Dell takes small steps toward Linux

Our beliefs cloud our judjment.

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OS

Everybody has their "favourite" operating system. That's fine, in fact that's good. Everybody should have an operating system to champion. What is not good is when we allow our beliefs to blind us to the real facts of our chosen package of ones and zeros.

Open Source is my programming

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Humor

Open Source is my programming; I shall not hide.
He maketh me to lie down in fast hard drives: he leadeth me beside the CPU bus.
He restoreth my source code...

Critical JavaScript flaw hits Firefox

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Moz/FF

Mozilla has confirmed a potentially serious flaw in its open source Firefox browser. The disclosure comes on the same day that Mozilla released an update for Firefox, which does not address the JavaScript flaw.

CLI Magic: Access your Bluetooth phone via the command line

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HowTos

Recently, I upgraded my cell phone to a Motorola RAZR v3 from T-Mobile, a Bluetooth-enabled device. I wanted to copy files to this device using my Laptop running Debian testing (Etch) using command line tools. I found what I needed in a package of Bluetooth tools and daemons called BlueZ.

Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux

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Microsoft

Alright, I’m going to say this. I think Microsoft should acquire Linux. If Microsoft acquires the distributions and in essence, controls much of the Linux market, Microsoft wouldn’t need to sabotage such a rapidly growing market.

European spend on open source software hits €22bn

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OSS

The notional value of Europe’s investment in free/libre or open source software today is €22bn, representing 20.5pc of the region’s total software investment, a senior UN researcher will tell an intelligence briefing on open source in Dublin later this week.

Installing OTRS 2.14 (Open source Ticket Request System) on CentOS 4.4

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Linux
HowTos

OTRS is a trouble ticket system with many features to manage customer telephone calls and e-mails. The system is built to allow your support, sales, pre-sales, billing, internal IT, helpdesk, etc. department to react quickly to inbound inquiries. This guide is specifically intended to help install and run OTRS.

79th Annual Academy Awards Winners

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Movies

I don't think 2006 produced as many great motion pictures as in some years passed, however there were a few. None of my favorites were nominated and in fact, I hadn't even seen too many of the movies that were. So, it was with less enthusiasm than usual that I watched this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

Abit AB9 (P965 + ICH8)

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Hardware

This time around we are looking at the Abit AB9 motherboard, which is a P965 + ICH8 solution that offers Abit's uGuru, OC Guru, BlackBox, SoftMenu, and their well-known Silent OTES technology. The ATX motherboard is Intel Quad Core Ready, but can the Abit AB9 perform as well as the NF-M2 nView when running Linux?

KDE news: kget, WebKit-Qt, Solid and Phonon

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KDE

Most often small moving things show that a big change is happening. Such small things can be seen in the weekly Commit Digest. Commit Digest issue 47 was released today and as usual features very interesting news.

Script KATE to Automagically Compile/Execute Programs

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Software
HowTos

I teach high school computer science and programming, and I'm trying to transition my computer lab from MS-Windows only to MS-Windows/Linux dual boot. We have been using the Crimson Text Editor under Microsoft Windows to enter/edit the Ruby source code. I started wondering if I could configure the KDE Advanced Text Editor (KATE) under Linux to do the same thing with Ruby scripts? Could I do this?

Ubuntu is not a charity: Shuttleworth

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu GNU/Linux project is not a charity. Rather, founder Mark Shuttleworth says his aim is to build a distribution "which is freely available, showcases the best of free software and is sustainable in its own right." While Shuttleworth will keep funding Ubuntu until it reaches sustainability, he wants the project to reach a point where it does not depend on either him or any other person to pour in money.

Studies in Illumination I

The following explorations in illumination effects have been based on Faber Birren's ground-breaking research in color theory. Birren summarized some of his findings in a book called Color Perception in Art that was an instant success among artists and designers all over the world.

Linux Software Installation, Part IV: Solutions

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Software

As I showed there is a strong need for solving the current problem of installing software on Linux. The first, maybe for a Linux newbie most obvious solution is the one which is most unlikely to happen: that all major distributions suddenly turn to one package manager. Also, I doubt that most of all users suddenly turn to a specific distribution, which would also effectively solve the problem.

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