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E17 — Desktop Enlightenment

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The performance of desktop computers increases year by year. This gives the programmers great opportunities to further improve the desktop experience of the users. However, what should you do when you have an old computer that is not capable of running the latest and hottest software? Let me introduce you Enlightenment E17 — the window manager with minimal hardware requirements that may amaze you.

WordPress server hacked, downloads rigged with serious flaw

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An unknown cracker broke into a server hosting downloads of the popular WordPress blogging software and rigged the file with a remotely exploitable code execution vulnerability. If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker.

Where Open Source Developers Shine

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In January I reviewed Vector Linux 5.8. While the review was mainly positive I did complain about what I saw as some faults in the distribution. The response from the developers of Vector Linux was almost immediate, both in the Vector Linux forum and in the comments under my reviews, and was incredibly positive.

What you should know about switching to Ubuntu from Windows

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Are you ready to take the plunge? It can be hard to decide, particularly if you’re a longtime Windows user. Here’s a truthful look at some of the issues you will be faced with if you decide to switch.

User-Friendly Linux

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Red Hat, Novell and Oracle are scrapping for your Linux support dollars. But could you save big by going it alone? As Linux becomes easier to use and gains big-name vendor support, we assess available options for fitting the OS into your organization.

The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care

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An industry that has long resisted IT automation got a double dose of medicine last week. Both Microsoft and backers of key open source initiatives laid out plans to push IT further into health care--plans that also put the Windows and Linux camps on another collision course.

Fedora 7 KVM Virtualization How-To

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Fedora 7 is still under heavy development, but premiering with Test 2 were improvements to libvirt and virt-manager. Libvirt and virt-manager originally were introduced with Fedora Core 5 to offer improved management and interaction with Xen. However, additions to libvirt and virt-manager now make it possible to use QEMU or KVM through this toolkit and virtual machine manager. While the steps are now similar to setting up a Xen-virtualized operating system with Fedora, in this article we will be covering the steps needed as well as some of our thoughts and what we ran into when virtualizing a few different operating systems.

Single Packet Authorization

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Vulnerabilities have been discovered in all sorts of security software from firewalls to implementations of the Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol. opers in the world, and yet it occasionally contains a remotely exploitable vulnerability. This is an important fact to note because it seems to indicate that security is hard to achieve. This article explores the concept of Single Packet Authorization (SPA) as a next-generation passive authentication technology beyond port knocking.

When is a standard not a standard?

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I had a massive argument with my brother the other day over an IT issue close to my heart. What he was saying was that he, and the entire metropolitan police force, use Microsoft Word. He said they had "standardized" on Microsoft Office formats and did not see a problem with that.

Why freedom matters (and how to define it)

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An open source company is one that, as its core revenue-generating business, actively produces, distributes, and sells (or sells services around) software under an OSI-approved license.

Aaron J. Seigo: dolphin gets a treeview, krunner gets prettier

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peter penz committed a treeview for dolphin to svn today. in more happy news, krunner is getting prettier with transparency on the widgets, pretty buttons and the listview soon to be replaced by the "icon parade".

Quick Cruise Around Fedora 7 Test 2

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Fedora 7 test 2 was announced yesterday and since they now put out livecds as well as their install images, I thought I'd take it for a little test drive. Fedora's always been a bit neglected around here, but there are good reasons for that. Honestly, I've never been a big Red Hat fan and Anaconda discriminating against my hard drives didn't help. So, Fedora being delivered in a livecd format gives Tuxmachines a welcomed opportunity to test it.

Blame Dell or Help Them?

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There is much anger and disappointment in the community this week, regarding the seemingly near-miss of a major U.S. hardware vendor finally announcing that they would pre-install Linux on their machines, only to turn around the next day that they were not pre-installing. Except that's not the way it happened. At all.

Money or nothing? Trade-offs in FOSS compensation

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What happens when a free and open source software (FOSS) project attempts to introduce compensation for its developers? Because FOSS remains based largely on volunteer work, many worry that payment might demotivate both those who receive it and those who do not. However, community leaders who have observed how payment interacts with the FOSS ethos suggest a more complicated picture.

Novell Loss Alarms Investors

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Novell told investors Friday that preliminary results for the first quarter indicate that the networking software concern swung to a loss. The Waltham, Mass.-based company said it was confident that it remained on track for profitability, but traders and analysts weren't willing to wait around to see if those predictions panned out.

What is Open Source? The Q&A

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As justification for entries goes, “well, everyone else was doing it” probably isn’t going to win me any prizes, but that’s about the best I can do here. I’ve been assiduously avoiding the subject thus far, but I guess it’s time to jump off this particular bridge. Because, you know, everyone else is doing it.

GNOME readies 2.18 with final bugfix snapshot

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The GNOME project released version 2.17.92 of its popular Linux desktop on Feb. 28. This is the last unstable bugfix release prior to the 2.18.0 release, set for March 14, a project spokesperson said.

Why I don’t think open source Flash is necessary

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Ted Leung has a thought provoking post titled "Adobe wants to be the Microsoft of the web". From what I've been able to gather, Ted is a big open source advocate, so obviously he has some strong feelings about a platform that seems to be growing. For me, I like knowing that everyone's version of Flash player is exactly the same.

LinuxAsia 2007: Open-source event puts interoperability first

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This year’s event focussed on interoperability, the commercialisation of Open Source Software (OSS) technologies and the acceptance of OSS when it comes to running mission critical applications.

A Modest Proposal for Michael Dell

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If Dell were to create a separate organisation to serve the open source community, one that was not obliged to adopt all the established procedures that have made Dell so successful in the world of proprietary systems, I believe it could tap into the pent-up demand for pre-installed GNU/Linux systems to create a vibrant and profitable new business division.

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