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Serious flaw marks end of life for Bind 8 DNS server

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Security

computerworld: A security researcher has found a serious vulnerability in an aging yet widely used software program used for the Internet's addressing system, prompting the software's maintainers to retire the affected version.

Going Microsoft free, like Mike

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: The real question Linux advocates need to answer is this. Can you go Microsoft-free and still get your work done?

French education authorities migrate to Linux

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Linux

zdnet: The French Ministry for Education has migrated 2,500 servers across its 30 local education authorities to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as part of a strategy to invest in open-source solutions and avoid proprietary software lock-ins.

Also: Asian open source continues marching ahead

What Microsoft's ISO loss on OOXML means

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Microsoft

the inquirer: MICROSOFT'S LOSS yesterday in the ISO/IEC JTC1 vote on fast-track approval of OOXML wasn't as close as it might have been, but that doesn't mean that the threat that Microsoft might yet succeed in imposing OOXML on the world is over. ISO issued a press release that summarized the results of the vote on OOXML.

It's Open Season on open source

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OSS

the register: Welcome to Episode 1 of Open Season - the freshest of Meat Casts dedicated to open source software and related technology. With this first episode, we talk about Microsoft's attempts to live the open source lifestyle, the apocalyptic horrors of Web 2.0 and its effect on the open source lifestyle and Oracle's issues with open source eroticism or simply open source schisms.

DeskOpt 005 (completely unfair scheduling ;))

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Software

lkmltimes: Only four days later Michal Piotrowski does it again: “Hi, Completely Fair Scheduling [CFS] is really good thing, but if you want the best performance for certain application you need to tune up some things. DeskOpt is designed to help.

Linux Adoption To Slow, Say CIOs

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Linux

informationweek: Citing the results of its "CIO Pulse" quarterly survey, investment firm UBS said Tuesday that the rapid rate of adoption of the Linux operating system by businesses is likely to slow in the next year.

Also: Is Linux Adoption Slowing Down?

Stretching your instant messaging wings with Pidgin

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Software

freesoftware mag: Today, everyone uses a different instant messenger. Your boss may use Lotus Sametime, your colleague AIM, your friend Google Talk, and your kid Yahoo! Messenger. Many of these are proprietary and Windows-only (two big minuses for GNU/Linux users). Luckily, the free software world has an alternative that enables users to chat with users of all of these programs (and many more). It is called Pidgin.

Screenshots: VirtualBox’s seamless integration

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Software

liquidat: As already mentioned the new VirtualBox features seamless integration of Windows guest windows with Linux hosts. While I do not have a Windows copy at my hands at the moment a friend of mine made some screenshots and told me about his experiences.

Firefox Extensions cause Memory Leaks and Crashes

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Moz/FF

cybernet: One of the major reasons Firefox is approaching 400 million downloads is because of how customizable the browser is thanks to extensions. In a way Firefox extensions are bittersweet, because they can provide some unique and useful features, but at the same time they can cause some unwanted problems.

Ark Linux H2O - 2007.1

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Linux

revilinux.org: Ark Linux is a distribution mainly aimed towards desktop use. Two versions are available for download, Ark Linux Home which is a cd for a complete linux desktop and Ark Linux Live, a bootable CD that will launch Ark Linux without the need to install it.

BSD Revisited: PC-BSD 1.4 RC

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ruminations: PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD 6.2 but promises a more enduser-friendly experience. It was bought by iXsystems in October 2006. FreeBSD has it’s own ports and packages system to install, manage and remove software.

Granular Linux - Improving the wheel, Linux style

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Linux

Raiden's Realm: Granular Linux is one of those young distributions you get your hands on, expecting to find a project that's boring, incomplete or just downright painful to use. Very few new distributions are true gems. Granular is in every way a proper fork of PcLinuxOS (PCLOS) and goes a step farther by providing a number of unique elements that sets it apart.

Slax: The Do-It-Yourselfer's Linux

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Linux

ExtremeTech: I've been using Linux (and its cousin, FreeBSD) for ten years, almost exclusively for black-box server appliances. In the last year, I was turned onto Linux live CDs and it's as if I've discovered PCs all over again. Why not consider a Linux distro, which starts out lean-and-mean and can be easily changed and adapted to suit your specific needs and tastes?

Windows vs Linux: Architecture, part I

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HowTos

polishlinux: Linux is not a free version of Windows. The differences between them are so fundamental that drawing a comparison between them is nearly impossible. There are so many moot points that they could make up a very long list.

Checking System Performance For CPU Memory And Process Utilization

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HowTos

watchingthenet: On Ubuntu, many tools and utilities exists to check and monitor system performance. But for Windows users making the switch to Ubuntu, the equivalent to Windows Task Manager is System Monitor which provides a graphical over-view of processes, CPU, memory, and network utilization.

Linux Finds Home On More Desktops

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Linux

CNN: The Linux penguin is finally marching onto more desktops. Some of the biggest names in computing are pushing harder for the Linux open-source operating system as an option for desktop PCs.

Will Low-Cost Laptops Help Kids in Developing Countries?

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OLPC
Interviews

WSJ: The Wall Street Journal Online invited Walter Bender, president of the One Laptop effort and former director of MIT's Media Lab, to discuss the program with eMachines co-founder Stephen Dukker, whose start-up company sells technology for low-cost computer labs.

Bruce Perens to speak in Berkeley, September 17

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OSS

technocrat: Bruce Perens will speak at the U.C. Berkeley campus on September 17, 4 to 5 PM. Admission is free.

Managing hundreds of Linux machines is easy.

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Linux

ITtoolbox blogs: There is a figure that I heard or read on the internet somewhere. I can't remember exactly where so please don't rake me over the coals over it. That figure is that it takes one administrator for every fifty windows machines but for every two hundred Linux machines only one administrator is needed.

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Leftovers: Software

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Games and CodeWeavers/Wine

  • A Snapshot of Linux Gamers, Just One Year Ago
    It’s about time we share the analysis of that Q1 2016 survey (fielding occured in March last year), especially as we are about to launch the Q1 2017 one pretty, pretty soon. That way we will be able to compare how things have changed over the course of 12 months. As usual, the whole disclaimer about online surveys is valid here (data is only as good as your n size, the appropriateness of your sampling, and the quality of the responses, etc…), but assuming it’s not all that bad and all that unreliable, let’s dig in the results. As a reminder, most of the respondents for this survey were recruited through the r/linux and r/linux_gaming subreddits, as well as the readership of BoilingSteam. This is not our first survey, and you can see our previous ones done in the second quarter of 2015, and the following one in the last quarter of 2015.
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  • The Wine Revolution is ON!
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Leftovers: KDE