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Firefox Bundled With Corel WordPerfect Office X3

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Moz/FF

Corel Corporation announced that Mozilla Firefox will be bundled with Corel’s new consumer productivity package, Corel WordPerfect Office X3 – Home Edition 2007.

Setting WPA Supplicant for WiFi Access

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HowTos

Most of the people nowadays don’t use WEP for wifi encryption, most of the wireless router support wpa tkip algorithm for encryption. I read a page which people can actually uses 10 minutes to crack WEP encrytion, which amazing and in the sense that you do not want to use WEP for your WLAN too.

Apples and bananas

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OSS

While trawling through this week’s normal helter-skelter barrage of free software and open source news items, opinion pieces and analyzing ponderings a couple of pieces caught my eye. After a nice strong cup of coffee and pulling myself together a bit, I examined the articles a little more closely. I discovered that the authors, or originators, of each had, in fact, made a very common mistake while performing free and closed software comparisons that reminded me of the old adage regarding apples and bananas...

Using Linux at Work

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Linux

I've been programming since a young age, and Linux has always seemed like a natural progression, especially as my development environment is PHP/MySQL/Apache. A while ago, this was all done on a Red Hat installed system, using the “Plesk” web interface. Although I spent quite a few hours at the console sorting out problems, Plesk hid the real nitty gritty from me and I was often just following “How Tos” in order to get things fixed.

MythTV Performance Hacks

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HowTos

In this feature, we show you how to get the most performance possible out of MythTV by running mythfrontend with elevated privileges, maximizing hard drive throughput, choosing the best file systems and the right hardware.

RHEL 5: What's coming (Interview w/ Scott Crenshaw)

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Interviews

I was fortunate to do a Q&A session today with Scott Crenshaw, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux product. We talked about a range of things related to the early 2007 release of RHEL 5: product features, competition with Oracle and Novell, and other things.

LinuxToday: What Goes Around

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OSS

While the rest of the open source world reels from the Oracle-spanks-Red Hat and Microsoft-embraces-Novell news, it left me wondering, where does this leave Sun Microsystems?

Review: 3 Linux Desktops Put To The Test

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Linux

System builders considering a Linux desktop are faced with a dizzying array of choices. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Linux distributions to choose from. After considering several commercial distributions, the Test Center narrowed the field to three channel-friendly players: Linspire, Novell, and Xandros.

Ultra Userfriendly Linux Shootout - Xandros vs Linspire

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Linux

Today I'm taking a look at two ultra-userfriendly Linux distributions: Xandros Home Edition Premium and Linspire Five-O. I'm comparing these two against each other for their technical merits, ease of installation, look/feel, available software and ease of use. Are these two commercial Linux distros easy enough for your Grandmother?

Install Slackware 11.0 in a VMware ESX Server 2.5.x VM

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Slackware is not officially supported on VMware, but it can be installed without too many problems. This guide will help you install Slackware in a safe VMware virtual environment, with its own unique quirks to take care off.

Unsinkable Vista?

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Microsoft

Vista doesn't need anti-viral software? That's what Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division, said in a recent phone conference on Vista's release to manufacturing (RTM). Let's get real. The Titanic sank. Vista will be cracked.

AT&T uses open source to assure dominance

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OSS

How can anyone compete with AT&T if it has open source religion? Someone needs to figure that out, because they do. AT&T is an investor in OpenClovis.

Ubuntu vs FC5

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Linux

I think the fight is never going to end . The only topic the whole glugt seems to discuss for the past one month ( or even more than that ) is UBUNTU or FEDORA. Had a small chat with gc regarding the bootup time comparision of ubuntu and FC and some of the details i got from there is...

Red Hat Speaks: Microsoft And Oracle Are Following The Linux Leader

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Interviews

Red Hat executive VP of engineering Paul Cormier talks about Red Hat's response to the newly invigorated competition from Microsoft and Oracle in the Linux market. InformationWeek's Larry Greenemeier spoke with Red Hat executive Paul Cormier about Red Hat's response to the newly invigorated competition in the Linux market.

Only Novell to get Linux sales perk from Microsoft

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SUSE

A week after Microsoft Corp. struck a broad Linux pact with Novell Inc., Microsoft executives made claims that they are open to considering making similar deals with Linux vendor Red Hat and other open-source companies.

Ethics, employment and free software

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OSS

Like most people around the world, I have to work to earn a living. And again, like the vast majority of these people, often my work requires me to carry out tasks that I might otherwise find ethically problematic. As a supporter of free culture, I have often found it difficult to reconcile my own convictions on issues such as copyright and DRM with those of my employers.

How to copy linux to a different partition

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HowTos

We can be happily working away on our computer and we spent hours putting the final touches on the caricature of our political leader. When we try to save it we get an unable to save error. Puzzled we do a bit of investigating and find that our partition is full. After deleting a few temporary files and managing to save our masterpiece we decide that, as we haven't used windows for a long time and it is a much bigger partition, we will delete windows and move our now precious linux to the bigger partition. Then we scratch our head, sit back and think "How do I do that?". Here's how.

Outlook takes 136 years to sync email

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Humor

Microsoft has again found itself at the heart of a time-related SNAFU. While syncing outlook to our corporate email system I was rather shocked to see the "status" window informing be there was 1193046 hours remaining for the sync to complete. Thats, erm, 136 years (give or take a few days). Is this a record?

Denial of service attacks outlawed

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Security

A UK law has been passed that makes it an offence to launch denial of service attacks, which experts had previously called "a legal grey area."

Report from the Ubuntu Developer Summit

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu developers and other interested parties from all over the world have swarmed to Google's offices in Mountain View this week for the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) to plan out the next release of Ubuntu.

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    If your familiarity with Bitcoin and Blockchain is limited to having heard about the trial of Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht, you can be forgiven -- but your knowledge is out of date. Today, Bitcoin and especially Blockchain are moving into the mainstream, with governments and financial institutions launching experiments and prototypes to understand how they can take advantage of the unique characteristics of the technology.
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  • GSoC: final race and multi-disc implementation
    It’s been a while since I wrote a post here. A lot has happened since then. Now Gnome-games fully supports PlayStation games, with snapshoting capabilities. The next thing I’m working on is multi-disc support, specially for PlayStation titles. So far, there’s a working propotity although a lot needs to be re-engineered and polished. This last part of the project has involved working both in UI, persistance and logic layers.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 11
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    In the not so distant past, Solus followed a static point release model. Our most current release at this time is 1.2, with a 1.2.1 planned to drop in the near future. However, we also recently announced our move to a rolling release model. As such, these two schools of thought are in contradiction of one another.
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  • July ’16 security fixes for Java 8
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    I decided to do an update of my “pipelight” package. I had not looked at it for a long time, basically because I do not use it anymore, but after I upgraded my “wine” package someone asked if I could please write up what could be done for wine-pipelight. As you know, pipelight is a Linux plugin wrapper for Mozilla-compatible browsers which lets you install and use Windows plugins on Linux. This configuration enables you to access online services which would otherwise be unavailable to you on a Linux platform. The pipelight plugin wrapper uses wine to load the Windows software.
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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    Future Cert, the UK and Ireland representative for the LPI (Linux Professional Institute), is calling for more awareness of Open Source software training amongst the under 21s and especially women, which the industry is so desperately in need of. New figures from a recent Future Cert student survey reveals that the number of women and young people taking LPI Certification in Open Source computing remains extremely low. Of those questioned, 98% were male, and just 2% were female, taking an LPI exam. This figure is significantly less than an already low figure of around 15% to 17% of women in IT careers in general. It raises the question, what does the industry need to do to make an Open Source career attractive to women?
  • Quality in open source: testing CRIU
    Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace, or CRIU, is a software tool for Linux that allows freezing a running application (or part of it) and checkpointing it to disk as a collection of files. The files can then be used to restore and run the application from the point where it was frozen. The distinctive feature of the CRIU project is that it is mainly implemented in user space. Back in 2012, when Andrew Morton accepted the first checkpoint/restore (C/R) patches to the Linux kernel, the idea to implement saving and restoring of running processes in user space seemed kind of crazy. Yet, four years later, not only is CRIU working, it has also attracted more and more attention. Before CRIU, there had been other attempts to implement checkpoint/restore in Linux (DMTCP, BLCR, OpenVZ, CKPT, and others), but none were merged into the mainline. Meanwhile CRIU survived, which attests to its viability. Some time ago, I implemented support for the Test Anything Protocol format into the CRIU test runner; creating that patch allowed me to better understand the nature of the CRIU testing process. Now I want to share this knowledge with LWN readers. [...] The CRIU tests are quite easy to use and available for everyone. Moreover, the CRIU team has a continuous-integration system that consists of Patchwork and Jenkins, which run the required test configurations per-patch and per-commit. Patchwork also allows the team to track the status of patch sets to make the maintainer's work easier. The developers from the team always keep an eye on regressions. If a commit breaks a tree, the patches in question will not be accepted.
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