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Story Ubuntu Netbook Edition review srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 4:35pm
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Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 6:08am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 5:54am
Story Arch Steps Up – Debian Takes A Backseat srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 5:53am
Story Mandriva 2011 Alpha 1 Released srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 3:03am
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Story GNOME 3 User Day Kicks off Tomorrow srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 2:59am
Story Mozilla losing Director of Firefox, Mike Belztner srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 12:18am
Story Putting Your Brick In The Natty Wall srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 12:16am

Rediscovering Bluetooth

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Presenting Bluetooth in 2006 is hard. By all accounts, it should have emerged much sooner to be omnipresent by now. Yet it did not succeed as planned and therefore carries a bad reputation. Bluetooth is popular, but not as popular as WiFi. However, you can do a lot more with Bluetooth, especially with casual hacking.

A Matter of Trust

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If someone betrays your trust, it can be a very hard road to travel to earn that trust back. The most recent example of a loss of trust in the IT industry has been the recent alleged actions conducted by members of the HP board of directors. When I read this September 18 headline: "Open Source Community Welcomes Microsoft Patent Pledge." Here was, in complete form, my initial thought: We do?

OpenOffice plug-in plan set for debut

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Following in Firefox's footsteps, the next version of will support plug-in extensions to attract developers to the open-source productivity suite.

Linux developers sign a petition rejecting the current draft of GPLv3

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Nothing has created furore more than the GPL version 3 which is still in the draft stage. The Free Software Foundation's move to create a separate version of GPL taking corrective measures to guard against DRM has not been well received by the core group of Linux developers which includes Linus Torvalds.

NVIDIA 1.0-9625 Display Drivers

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Two days after delivering our NVIDIA 1.0-9XXX Series Preview, NVIDIA has shocked the alternative OS community by not only delivering a Beta candidate for the Linux display drivers but also for Solaris and FreeBSD! While our preview featured many of the same changes found in this release, today at Phoronix we have all of the details on this 1.0-9625 Beta.

Alan Cox's ThinkPad battery explodes

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It appears that the exploding IBM ThinkPad that we spotted last week at LAX may not have been a fluke after all. Telsa Gwynne, wife of famed Linux kernel programmer Alan Cox, describes on her website how her husband's ThinkPad battery suddenly exploded last night.

Linux: Looking At 2.6.19, No Reiser4 yet

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Andrew Morton posted his patch queue with numerous comments about merge plans into the mainline kernel. Among his comments he noted that he would not yet be merging the Reiser4 filesystem, "reiser4. I was planning on merging this, but the batch_write/writev problemight wreck things, and I don't think the patches arising from my recent partial review have come through yet. So it's looking more like 2.6.20."

Red Flag Linux may be next on IBM's agenda

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The next Linux distribution that IBM throws its weight behind is likely to be China's Red Flag Linux, suggesting that for businesses elsewhere in the world the Linux market will remain a two-horse race for the time being.

32 bits are better than 64

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RECENT TESTS conducted using a Small Business Transaction Benchmark from Neal Nelson showed that a 32-bit version of Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10 provided up to 37 percent more throughput than a 64-bit version.

Should Shuttleworth Address United Nations?

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Mark Shuttleworth should sell the idea of non-patentable shared "open energy technology" to world leaders as its potential to have a profound impact on the reduction of the greenhouse gases is enormous.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1: Look but Don't Touch

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The features Red Hat says will be in RHEL 5 sound great, but the promise was hard to prove in tests because of some system flakiness and omissions.

Quick guide to get a girlfriend using Linux

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This guide is pretty straightforward. No introductions, lectures or philosophing about love. Follow it from beginning to end, and you might get a woman today!

Create training videos with pyvnc2swf

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How many times has someone verbally explained how to do something on a computer to you? How many times do you end up asking them to just show you? For these situations there is pyvnc2swf, a program that turns screen input into video files. Let's see just how easy it is to use it to producing training videos.

OpenOffice bundles Mozilla

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Future versions of will come bundled with Mozilla's Thunderbird email client and Lightning calendar application.

How to change your login screen in Ubuntu/Gnome

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I don’t know why but the phrase eye-candy always makes me think of accidentally getting pixie stick contents blown into my eye. Ouch! Anyway, here’s another eye-candy (wipes tears away) trick for your box. Say you want to change your login screen. You’re tired of the brown look, or the defaults just aren’t cutting it for you. Well there’s a simple way to do this.

Is Linux vs. Windows a Religious Decision?

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Dick Federle is a highly experienced IT systems manager and architect, having designed and supervised many custom development jobs. Along the way, Federle has noticed an odd phenomenon in the world of IT. He’s seen many managers make one of their most critical decisions – whether to opt for Windows or for Linux – on strictly personal grounds.

Kubuntu not quite right for a Tablet PC

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Linux is known for running well (or at least running) on older hardware and exotic platforms. I attempted to install Kubuntu Dapper Drake (6.10) on a Compaq TC1000 Tablet PC. I discovered that while Linux may install on nearly every platform, and run faster than its proprietary competition, it may not always be the best-fitting choice for every environment.

Use the source, Luke?

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I love Gentoo, I also hate it with a vengeance. I’m not talking small time peeves here, like the way Krispy Kremes icing gets all over your fingers (and by extension, clothes). I’m talking the type of frustration that is expressed in multitudes of expletives, some of which would make the profinsaurus cry.

Virtually Speaking: Simplifying the Infrastructure

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There are many well-documented advantages to virtualization. Now that the technology is deployed throughout the data center, the disadvantages are starting to surface. One such disadvantage is rising complexity.

Book Review: SELinux by Example

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SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux) has been talked about for quite a while and been written about for almost as long. What is surprising is that there has never really been a book written that functions as a hands-on guide for its implementation in the real world. This despite the fact that it is supported in Red Hat, Debian, Gentoo, and others. SELinux by Example fills that void and does so admirably.

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  • Chrome vulnerability lets attackers steal movies from streaming services
    A significant security vulnerability in Google technology that is supposed to protect videos streamed via Google Chrome has been discovered by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with a security researcher from Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, Germany.
  • Large botnet of CCTV devices knock the snot out of jewelry website
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  • Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess
    Hospitals are pretty hygienic places – except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are “endemic” in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff. The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments – with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice.
  • Why are hackers increasingly targeting the healthcare industry?
    Cyber-attacks in the healthcare environment are on the rise, with recent research suggesting that critical healthcare systems could be vulnerable to attack. In general, the healthcare industry is proving lucrative for cybercriminals because medical data can be used in multiple ways, for example fraud or identify theft. This personal data often contains information regarding a patient’s medical history, which could be used in targeted spear-phishing attacks.
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