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Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 on the MSI Wind / Advent 4211

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HowTos

linuxextremist.com: My fiancee likes small laptops. One of her first recovery missions for me was to take an old Dell and see if Linux would revive it. Sadly, even Ubuntu can’t make a laptop that has a battery running as hot as short order chef’s griddle run better.

5 Anti-Linux Sites You Must Follow!

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Linux
Web

linuxhaxor.net: Ever since I read Jeremy Allison’s blog post about why we need to hear criticisms from people who dislikes Linux, I have been thinking a lot about what he said and how it hits very close to my own philosophy about life: In order to improve, you need to be open to criticisms; even from your enemies. Here are some of the popular sites who are active critics of linux:

10 Best-designed Linux Distribution Websites

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Linux

junauza.com: Most Linux Distribution websites have been redesigned to sport a Web 2.0 look. To give credit to their talented web designers/developers, I’ll pick 10 Linux Distribution websites that I think stand out from the rest.

Why the Computer Won’t Be Going Into the Cloud Anytime Soon

dawningvalley.com: Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about cloud computing. The CherryPal Linux-based machine got on both Slashdot and Digg when it announced it was shipping a machine with “Firefox as the OS”. And the Red Hat CEO thinks that cloud computing is the way of the future. Unfortunately, they’re all wrong.

Mandriva One 2008.1 (spring), I want to like it…

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MDV

izanbardprince.wordpress: I downloaded a Mandriva One 2008.1 disc to try out the other day, and tried it on three systems. What I found is that while Mandriva is definitely a good distribution from many points, it still has some pretty damning problems that rule it out for new users.

Linux Mint Server hacked

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Linux
Security
Web

linuxmint.com/blog: Our server was hacked and code was injected into it to make connections on our behalf to pinoc.org and download a trojan called JS/Tenia.d

Santa Cruz and its "Linux Strategy" Back in the 1990s

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Linux

groklaw.net: Here are some more screenshots for you, showing the real Santa Cruz Operation relationship with Linux before the modern day SCO Group began suing the world and its dog. Back in the late 1990s, Santa Cruz had what it called its "Linux strategy". It included both money and support to help Linux succeed.

Intux 1.0 is a Toxicant for all the Bad Reasons

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Linux

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: Rupesh Shah, the project leader of Intux, had posted a thread in the intux forum that read "The release of intux OS v1.0 will be uploaded very soon. The developers of intuxOS are trying their best to meet the expectations of community and won't deliver anything less than the best." But this outrageous proclamation has been proven a lie outright.

Debian Turns 15 Years Old

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Linux

efytimes.com: Despite being only 15 years old, Debian is more mature than any of the other operating systems. And it is available for free to download and use.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Howto: Find matches for udev rules

  • Tutorial: Conditions in bash scripting (if statements)
  • How to Boot Linux CDs on an Old Computer
  • Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Mute the Speakers on Linux

today's leftovers

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News
  • The top 4 internet flame wars about free software

  • The DNS Bug: Why You Should Care
  • The Stockholm airport to sponsor Ubuntu Brainstorm
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2008.08.15
  • The Awful KHelpCenter
  • Mandriva One running on VirtualBox
  • How to backup Firefox 3 settings under Linux
  • Video Comes to KDE://Radio from the Akademy Boat Trip
  • The biggest open source threat to Microsoft
  • Testing Firefox QT
  • Recover Corrupted Partition From A Bad Superblock
  • See last partial lunar eclipse of 2008 on August 16-17
  • Fix: Ubuntu .dmrc permissions error on login
  • ESC Boston giving away free Beagles
  • Linux and Unix Admin Humor - The Web Site Is Down!
  • The Most Powerful Linux Utility
  • Commercial Apps For Consumer Linux: D.O.A.?
  • Linux to Windows and back again with Samba

Why the linux idea of open source is "Correct"

Open source is a term that we have all heard. Open source simply means that the complete code of a program is available to anyone and can be modified in any way pleased. Why is this correct? Very simple. Have you you ever played the game of "Secret"; A game were a secret is whispered from person to person and the secret has to come back the same way it was originally to the person who started it.

Balancing Respect and Diversity

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Linux

jonobacon.org: Historically, the relationship between Debian and Ubuntu has been strained at times. There are various technical and social reasons behind this discomfort in our relationship, and while there is still work to be done to ensure we are working effectively together, the relationship has most certainly improved in recent years.

Extract Archives on Right-Click in KDE 4

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Software

fosswire.com: In KDE 3, extracting archives, such as zip and tar files, is pretty simple. You just find the relevant file in Konqueror or Dolphin, right-click it and choose Extract for a list of extraction options. For some reason, that functionality hasn’t been copied over to KDE 4.

The End Of the OS As We Know It

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Software

linux-foundation.org/weblogs: So the bloggers over at ZDNet have once again proclaimed the end of the operating system. Is the OS going away if people primarily use applications via a browser? I use hosted applications via a browser. I use Word Press, Flickr, Google Apps, Gmail, online money management, online banking and so on.

Also: The Future of Computing is the Yugo

BBC Opens Up - Or Does it?

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Software

ostatic.com: The BBC's iPlayer site has been a target of open source community ire since it started. Originally delivering content via Microsoft DRM-protected technologies, a recent announcement from the BBC's Erik Huggers appears to offer some promise of relief:

10 FAQ After one Week on Linux

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Linux

168hours.wordpress: There are many cases when after looking at some of the FAQ on the web you ask yourself: “Are they for real? Who asks those questions anyway?” On the other hand there are many really helpful FAQ.

China takes lead in Linux education

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Linux

linux.com: Since the Chinese government began supporting domestic open source communities in 2005, hundreds of thousands of young people in the world's most populous country have become a part of the open source world.

Mandriva 2009 Beta 1 & KDE 4.1 - A Brief Report

Mandriva released the 2009 Beta 1 iso's on July 29th. I downloaded the i586 version then. Since then, hundreds of software updates, patches, and fixes have been placed into Mandriva's "Cooker" repositories, Cooker being Mandriva's name for it's development branch.

How are things shaping up for the Mandriva 2009 release? And how's KDE 4.1 working on this new release?

Dogs hide bones, Firefox hides useful tricks

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Moz/FF

downloadsquad.com: Firefox is one of those applications that's so hard to write about, because there may be little tricks and shortcuts I've been using for some time, and someone will discover one and say, "Hey, that rocks! Why didn't anyone tell me?"

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Fedora: Updated F27 Live ISOs, Synergy 2.0, Bodhi 3.2.0, Announcing Flapjack

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Security Leftovers

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  • Latvia's e-health system hit by cyberattack from abroad
    Latvia said its new e-health system was on Tuesday hit by a large-scale cyberattack that saw thousands of requests for medical prescriptions pour in per second from more than 20 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the European Union. No data was compromised, according to health officials, who immediately took down the site, which was launched earlier this month to streamline the writing of prescriptions in the Baltic state. "It is clear that it was a planned attack, a widespread attack—we might say a specialised one—as it emanated from computers located in various different countries, both inside the European Union and outside Europe," state secretary Aivars Lapins told reporters. "We received thousands of requests in a very short space of time. That's not the normal way the system works," he said, adding that an investigation is under way.
  • Linux Lite Developer Creates Automated Spectre/Meltdown Checker for Linux OSes
    The developer of the Ubuntu-based Linux Lite distribution has created a script that makes it easier for Linux users to check if their systems are vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws. As we reported last week, developer Stéphane Lesimple created an excellent script that would check if your Linux distribution's kernel is patched against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities that have been publicly disclosed earlier this month and put billions of devices at risk of attacks.
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    Purism, the computer technology company behind the privacy-focused, Linux-based Librem laptops and the upcoming smartphone, released patches for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities. The company was one of the first Linux OEMs and OS vendor to announce that it's working on addressing both the Meltdown and Spectre security exploits on his Linux laptops. Meltdown and Spectre have been unearthed in early January and they are two severe hardware bugs that put billions of devices at risk of attacks.
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    Facebook is hardly a small organization, with large teams of engineers and security professionals on staff. Yet even Facebook has found that it can profit from expertise outside of the company, which is why the social networking giant has continued to benefit from its bug bounty program. In 2017, Facebook paid out $880,000 to security researchers as part of its bug bounty program. The average reward payout in 2017 was $1,900, up from $1,675 in 2016.
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Arch Linux vs. Antergos vs. Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu Benchmarks

Last week when sharing the results of tweaking Ubuntu 17.10 to try to make it run as fast as Clear Linux, it didn't take long for Phoronix readers to share their opinions on Arch Linux and the request for some optimized Arch Linux benchmarks against Clear Linux. Here are some results of that testing so far in carrying out a clean Arch Linux build with some basic optimizations compared to using Antergos Minimal out-of-the-box, Ubuntu Server, and Clear Linux. Tests this time around were done on the Intel Core i9 7980XE system with ASUS PRIME X299-A motherboard, 4 x 4GB DDR4-3200 Corsair memory, GeForce GTX 750, and Corsair Force MP500 120GB NVMe solid-state drive. The system with 18 cores / 36 threads does make for quick and easy compiling of many Linux packages. Read more

Mozilla Leftovers

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