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Story The Next AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Is Much More Exciting Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 6:18pm
Story UK government seeks comments on procurement reforms Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 6:14pm
Story Linux 3.18 Should Let Radeon GPUs Clock Higher For OC'ed Cards Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 6:04pm
Story Manjaro Linux 0.8.10 Ascella KDE Edition : Video Review and Screenshots Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 5:49pm
Story Open Source email solution ownCloud Mail is coming! Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 5:41pm
Story Nuage Networks Adds SDN Support to Oracle OpenStack Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 5:26pm
Story LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame Rianne Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 5:06pm
Forum topic Forum funny? raymondillo14 2 26/09/2014 - 12:22pm
Story A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers Roy Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 11:05am
Blog entry Windows-Shocked Roy Schestowitz 26/09/2014 - 10:26am

Acer Aspire one (Linux)

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Hardware

laptopmag.com: Mini-notebooks are getting bigger and more elaborate by the day, but Acer enters the crowded market with a simple yet solid miniature laptop for only $379. The Aspire one’s easy to use, customized Linux operating system and low price make it a compelling mini-notebook.

NASA Uses Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

ubuntulinuxtipstricks.blogspot: Two weekends ago was the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Due to NASA's 50th anniversary they got one of the country spots this year. Dan walks over, looks at the photo of a woman in front of a projector, and goes "that's gnome-terminal!"

OpenBSD devs respond to Torvalds' monkey jibe

zdnet.com.au: OpenBSD developers have responded to comments made by Linus Torvalds that they are a "bunch of masturbating monkeys". In an email exchange with ZDNet.co.uk, developer Ken Westerback wrote that an interest in security should lead to fixing all bugs.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Sweet Home 3D: simple interior design

  • The Year of the Free Software Desktop
  • What version of linux seems to be the least buggiest
  • What Linux version for a newcomer to Linux?
  • Intux 1.0 A Clone of PCLinuxOS with New Graphics
  • To Break ABI or Not to Break ABI: That is the Question
  • Red Hat Offers a Model for Patent Licensing
  • The Top command
  • Is content you can edit open source?
  • Tough Love
  • Ubuntu Tweak Utility Review
  • Plasma Embedded
  • Open Source OS's Part 3: OpenSuse
  • Linux Not The Savior For Our Economy
  • NVIDIA Updates Its Legacy Linux Drivers
  • Nicaragua: Open Source Software in Public Institutions

PCLinuxOS to Mandriva Spring 2008.1

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MDV

datalude.com/blog: I posted an entry here a month or so ago about my switch from Linux Mint to PCLinuxOS. There was good, bad, and definitely very ugly. In the many comments on that article, someone suggested that I should try Mandriva. So I did.

Linus Torvalds: Short update and pause in 2.6.27 merge window

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Linux

lkml.org: This is just a quick note to let people know that I'll be off for an extended weekend starting later today, so the next few days will be very quiet from a merge standpoint.

Which platform: Cathedral or open source?

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OSS

computerworld.com.au: Have you ever experienced a software bug and thought to yourself, "I could fix that"? If you could, would you? How could that even be possible?

Don't Overcomplicate Linux!

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Linux

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: This is the kind of thing I don't particularly enjoy writing, but as I have been blogging about learning Linux, and I've tried to approach as an "ordinary PC user" would, I think it's important to pass along lessons learned from mistakes.

10 Must-Have Linux Applications

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Software

Matt Hartley: What finally allowed me to go full-time with my chosen distro was not so much the progression of hardware detection and self-mounting partitions but the applications. Today, I would like to share some of my personal favorites with you.

BLAG 90000: The Che Guevara Of Linux

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: THERE'S an alluring whiff of rebellion about the Linux/Open Source community. Using Linux, writing about Linux, championing Linux - it is like sticking up two fingers (or one, if you are reading this in America) to a corporate world that insists on telling me what I can and cannot do with my own computers. Every time I use BLAG 90000, I cannot help thinking of Che Guevara.

Audio/Visual Synthesis: The New Arts, Part 2

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Software

linuxjournal.com: In this second part of my survey I focus on the tools that achieve this new synthesis of arts. Each of these programs takes a different approach to the practical concerns of blending images (moving or still) with sound (realtime or recorded).

Auto-NDISwrapper–a tool for enabling wireless network card to work with its Windows driver on Linux

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linuxine.com: I often see Linux users complain their wireless network card doesn’t work on Linux at the forums,indeed , some wireless network cards can’t work/work well on Linux. Auto-NDISwrapper would be one of the solutions for those complaints.

Open source should support Apple over Psystar

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OSS

blogs.zdnet: Open source should be supporting Apple here. Think about it. What is at the heart of open source? Contracts. The BSD and GPL licenses are contracts.

firefox 3.0.1 and disabled add-ons

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Moz/FF

mozillazine.org/asa: I've read around the blogs and twitterverse that people are seeing some of their add-ons disabled by the just-released Firefox 3.0.1 security and stability update. There's good news and bad news here.

Experimental GTK+ theme engine will add CSS support

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Software

arstechnica.com: At the recent GUADEC event in Istanbul, the GTK+ community discussed ways to improve the toolkit's theming system. A particularly exciting project listed among the items on the roadmap is a plan for creating an experimental GTK+ theme engine that will enable developers to customize the appearance of their themes with cascading style sheets (CSS).

Proprietary software? Counsel objects

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Interviews
OSS

linux.com: Nathan Zale Dowlen objects to proprietary software, so when he opened his new law office, he outfitted it with Ubuntu Linux and open source software. Cost was the main factor in his decision at first, but he has since come to appreciate the security found in FOSS and the ease of use found with Ubuntu.

The Blender Foundation's "Big Buck Bunny" is a Peach!

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Software
Movies

freesoftwaremagazine.com: The Blender Foundation’s second free-content movie, Big Buck Bunny, is the product of the foundation’s “Peach Open Movie” project, and the results are impressive. Like the previous Elephants Dream movie, this film pushes the technical envelope for the “Blender” free software 3D rendering and animation application; unlike it, it succeeds as pure entertainment.

KDE 4.1 RC1 - Yet Another Top Release

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KDE

bushweed.blogspot: Another KDE release!!! After I finally installed the 4.1 beta 1, both myself and the Mrs who use the EEE have decided that 4.1 is stable enough to replace 3.5x. This is a big step for us.

SCO, Linux' Worst Nightmare Is Back

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Linux

sys-con.com: The court also said Novell couldn't run interference for Linux and stop SCO from seeking royalty payments for alleged UnixWare and OpenServer infringement by Linux users under its infamous SCOsource licensing program. Armed with that decision, it's merely a matter of time before SCO starts seeking those payments.

10 things I’ve overheard about my Linux laptop while on public transportation

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arsgeek.com: I’ve been taking the train to work for 4 years now. It’s a 45 minute rambling ride in which I usually either read a book, sleep, or grab my laptop loaded up with Ubuntu and get some stuff done. Over time, I’ve collected a few funny remarks I’ve either over heard, or that people have said directly to me. Here are the 10 best.

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Security: OpenSSL, IoT, and LWN Coverage of 'Intelpocalypse'

  • Another Face to Face: Email Changes and Crypto Policy
    The OpenSSL OMC met last month for a two-day face-to-face meeting in London, and like previous F2F meetings, most of the team was present and we addressed a great many issues. This blog posts talks about some of them, and most of the others will get their own blog posts, or notices, later. Red Hat graciously hosted us for the two days, and both Red Hat and Cryptsoft covered the costs of their employees who attended. One of the overall threads of the meeting was about increasing the transparency of the project. By default, everything should be done in public. We decided to try some major changes to email and such.
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  • A look at the handling of Meltdown and Spectre
    The Meltdown/Spectre debacle has, deservedly, reached the mainstream press and, likely, most of the public that has even a remote interest in computers and security. It only took a day or so from the accelerated disclosure date of January 3—it was originally scheduled for January 9—before the bugs were making big headlines. But Spectre has been known for at least six months and Meltdown for nearly as long—at least to some in the industry. Others that were affected were completely blindsided by the announcements and have joined the scramble to mitigate these hardware bugs before they bite users. Whatever else can be said about Meltdown and Spectre, the handling (or, in truth, mishandling) of this whole incident has been a horrific failure. For those just tuning in, Meltdown and Spectre are two types of hardware bugs that affect most modern CPUs. They allow attackers to cause the CPU to do speculative execution of code, while timing memory accesses to deduce what has or has not been cached, to disclose the contents of memory. These disclosures can span various security boundaries such as between user space and the kernel or between guest operating systems running in virtual machines. For more information, see the LWN article on the flaws and the blog post by Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton that well describes modern CPU architectures and speculative execution to explain why the Raspberry Pi is not affected.
  • Addressing Meltdown and Spectre in the kernel
    When the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were disclosed on January 3, attention quickly turned to mitigations. There was already a clear defense against Meltdown in the form of kernel page-table isolation (KPTI), but the defenses against the two Spectre variants had not been developed in public and still do not exist in the mainline kernel. Initial versions of proposed defenses have now been disclosed. The resulting picture shows what has been done to fend off Spectre-based attacks in the near future, but the situation remains chaotic, to put it lightly. First, a couple of notes with regard to Meltdown. KPTI has been merged for the 4.15 release, followed by a steady trickle of fixes that is undoubtedly not yet finished. The X86_BUG_CPU_INSECURE processor bit is being renamed to X86_BUG_CPU_MELTDOWN now that the details are public; there will be bug flags for the other two variants added in the near future. 4.9.75 and 4.4.110 have been released with their own KPTI variants. The older kernels do not have mainline KPTI, though; instead, they have a backport of the older KAISER patches that more closely matches what distributors shipped. Those backports have not fully stabilized yet either. KPTI patches for ARM are circulating, but have not yet been merged.
  • Is it time for open processors?
    The disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities has brought a new level of attention to the security bugs that can lurk at the hardware level. Massive amounts of work have gone into improving the (still poor) security of our software, but all of that is in vain if the hardware gives away the game. The CPUs that we run in our systems are highly proprietary and have been shown to contain unpleasant surprises (the Intel management engine, for example). It is thus natural to wonder whether it is time to make a move to open-source hardware, much like we have done with our software. Such a move may well be possible, and it would certainly offer some benefits, but it would be no panacea. Given the complexity of modern CPUs and the fierceness of the market in which they are sold, it might be surprising to think that they could be developed in an open manner. But there are serious initiatives working in this area; the idea of an open CPU design is not pure fantasy. A quick look around turns up several efforts; the following list is necessarily incomplete.
  • Notes from the Intelpocalypse
    Rumors of an undisclosed CPU security issue have been circulating since before LWN first covered the kernel page-table isolation patch set in November 2017. Now, finally, the information is out — and the problem is even worse than had been expected. Read on for a summary of these issues and what has to be done to respond to them in the kernel. All three disclosed vulnerabilities take advantage of the CPU's speculative execution mechanism. In a simple view, a CPU is a deterministic machine executing a set of instructions in sequence in a predictable manner. Real-world CPUs are more complex, and that complexity has opened the door to some unpleasant attacks. A CPU is typically working on the execution of multiple instructions at once, for performance reasons. Executing instructions in parallel allows the processor to keep more of its subunits busy at once, which speeds things up. But parallel execution is also driven by the slowness of access to main memory. A cache miss requiring a fetch from RAM can stall the execution of an instruction for hundreds of processor cycles, with a clear impact on performance. To minimize the amount of time it spends waiting for data, the CPU will, to the extent it can, execute instructions after the stalled one, essentially reordering the code in the program. That reordering is often invisible, but it occasionally leads to the sort of fun that caused Documentation/memory-barriers.txt to be written.

US Sanctions Against Chinese Android Phones, LWN Report on Eelo

  • A new bill would ban the US government from using Huawei and ZTE phones
    US lawmakers have long worried about the security risks posed the alleged ties between Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and the country’s government. To that end, Texas Representative Mike Conaway introduced a bill last week called Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, which aims to ban US government agencies from using phones and equipment from the companies. Conaway’s bill would prohibit the US government from purchasing and using “telecommunications equipment and/or services,” from Huawei and ZTE. In a statement on his site, he says that technology coming from the country poses a threat to national security, and that use of this equipment “would be inviting Chinese surveillance into all aspects of our lives,” and cites US Intelligence and counterintelligence officials who say that Huawei has shared information with state leaders, and that the its business in the US is growing, representing a further security risk.
  • U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei - sources
    U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump took a harder line on policies initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. strategic industries. Earlier this month, AT&T was forced to scrap a plan to offer its customers Huawei [HWT.UL] handsets after some members of Congress lobbied against the idea with federal regulators, sources told Reuters.
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    A focus on privacy is a key feature being touted by a number of different projects these days—from KDE to Tails to Nextcloud. One of the biggest privacy leaks for most people is their phone, so it is no surprise that there are projects looking to address that as well. A new entrant in that category is eelo, which is a non-profit project aimed at producing not only a phone, but also a suite of web services. All of that could potentially replace the Google or Apple mothership, which tend to collect as much personal data as possible.

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Mozilla: Resource Hogs, Privacy Month, Firefox Census, These Weeks in Firefox

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