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Firefox 3 is coming - is it everything we hoped for?

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Moz/FF

bigmouthmedia.com: There is no official release date as yet, but Mozilla's vice president of engineering announced on the Mozilla Developer Center blog that they are hoping for a release date in late May.

Exceptional Linux Programs for Kids

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fanaticattack.com: There’s nothing worse than hearing how an entire school district is switching operating systems from Mac to Windows (or vice versa) because that’s what the “business” world relies on or some other blather. The idea in technology (and education for that matter), is to teach concepts so the whole underrated independent thinking mode can kick in. Below is a round-up of exceptional Linux programs for children.

Frequent open source miles

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: Matt Asay’s piece on “open source free- riders” got my goat this morning because we’re on opposite sides of the market. Matt’s a vendor. I’m a journalist.

Why Mac OS isn't the best OS around

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Mac

sjvn: When I recently explained one of the many reasons why I prefer desktop Linux to Windows, even over my favorite desktop Windows, XP SP3, I got a lot of people telling me I was full of hooey because I barely even mentioned Mac OS X. Good enough, here's my take on Apple's Mac OS X.

Fedora 9 and the road to KDE4

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KDE
Linux

redhatmagazine.com: Fedora 9 will include KDE 4.0.3 by default, so this is a look at the progress of one of the major free desktop environments. KDE 4.0 was released January 11, 2008 after a couple of years of discussions and hype. While a lot of things have changed, there is still a familiar feel from its initial days. So what has changed?

Linux’s biggest victory so far - Splashtop to ship on ASUS motherboards

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Hardware

blogs.zdnet.com: In what I think is the biggest victory for Linux so far, DeviceVM’s Splashtop Linux desktop will ship across the entire P5Q range of motherboards, with more to follow by the end of the year.

So you can teach an old dog new tricks after all

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linuxsolutions.fr: Puppy Linux 4.0 was released recently, but what changes have been made since Version 3.01? Puppy 3.01 was built from Slackware-12 binary packages. Puppy Linux 4.0 has been totally compiled from source utilizing the so-called T2-project.

From newb to 100 with Ubuntu Linux 8.04

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Your friends have been telling you to try out Ubuntu; forget the Microsoft proprietary operating system and liberate your computer. Yet, it's not such smooth sailing. Sure, you can download the Ubuntu CD, or get handed one, but once you're sitting at a login prompt what then? What can you actually do with this thing?

some more fedora

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Linux
  • Fedora 9: All That and a Bag O' Chips

  • Fedora 9 First Impressions
  • Fedora 9 Screenshots
  • Why should you go For Fedora 9
  • Fedora Core 9 Live Preview

First look to Thunderbird 3 (a.k.a Shredder) Alpha 1

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: It turned out that a few weeks were really more like a few minutes. Mozilla Messaging has released the first alpha of Shredder, the code name of Thunderbird 3.

Verizon Wireless, seven others join Linux phone org

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Verizon Wireless has chosen Linux as its mobile phone "platform of choice," it said. Starting with feature phones in 2009, followed by iPhone competitors, Verizon will offer Linux phones compliant with specifications from the Linux Mobile Foundation. In addition to Verizon, the LiMo Foundation plans to announce on Wednesday that Mozilla are also joining the group.

Linux examined: Fedora 9

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Reviews

computerworld.com: For many of us, our first painful introduction to old-school Linux installs came from installing early versions of Red Hat. Like most early Linux installs, it was a highly technical, highly finicky process that was best left to the experts. Well, times have changed. Unfortunately, Fedora 9, the community edition of Red Hat, was a bit too much of a blast from the past for me.

Intense and thoughtful ranting from the OLPC front

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OLPC

education.zdnet.com: Ivan Krstić has left OLPC and posted one heck of a rant on Tuesday. Being a non-profit that leverages goodwill from a tremendous number of community volunteers for its success and whose core mission is one of social betterment, it has a great deal of social responsibility.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • how to find out how long your system has been up?

  • The matrix on your Hardy Desktop
  • Swap out your ssh keys
  • HowTo: Building a firewall with Freebsd and IPfilter
  • Predictive text input with Soothsayer

Closing The Open Source ASP Loophole

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informationweek.com/blog: What is to be done about companies who use open source software to create something derived from open source, but provide it as a Web service and don't contribute their changes back to the community? Aren't they violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the open source agreement? I don't think so.

EU won't seek new antitrust complaint against Microsoft

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computerworlduk.com: The European Commission confirmed it has received a complaint about Microsoft's business practices from a British government agency Tuesday, but isn't following it up as it normally would with an antitrust complaint, according to a press officer.

Eee PC Face-Off: Eee PC 701 vs. Eee PC 900

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Hardware

laptopmag.com: It's finally here. The eagerly -awaited ASUS Eee PC 900 has touched down stateside after several agonizing weeks of reading overseas techies chronicle their experiences with the mini-notebook. So we decided to pit our fresh-out-the-box Eee PC 900 against the original Eee PC 701 (both with Xandros Linux) in a knock-down drag-out.

Also: Asus Eee PC 900 is a ripper not a rip-off: review

Top 10 Firefox Extensions to Impress Your Friends

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cybernetnews.com: Firefox extensions are often lauded for the additional features and functionality that they bring to the browser. Today we’re going to flaunt what the developers have given us. That’s right, it’s time to tell your friends that your browser is better than theirs.

I'm on the Verge of Leaving Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

ibeentoubuntu.com: I started with Ubuntu on the day of their first release, having come from Debian. I've been loyal since then. I spent countless hours on teh forums working with people to help them get settled into Ubuntu. I wrote howtos for the wiki and for this blog. I guess I'll be back to Debian tomorrow.

Also: Giving up on Hardy... for now

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Hardware Compatibility List. Know It, Love It

  • Who is The VAR Guy?
  • Working With Arrays - Porting Between Linux Or Unix Using Bash, Perl, C and Awk
  • Linux Users: Why Did You Switch?
  • Gentoo Foundation Reinstated
  • Need a generic iptables tcp proxy?
  • Open source software player sets up in Dublin
  • XP's end: Another reason to look at Linux
  • A caution about Drupal as a social software platform
  • Howto: Fix compiz display white screen when locked issue in Ubuntu Hardy
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  • Introducing Fn: “Serverless must be open, community-driven, and cloud-neutral”
    Fn, a new serverless open source project was announced at this year’s JavaOne. There’s no risk of cloud lock-in and you can write functions in your favorite programming language. “You can make anything, including existing libraries, into a function by packaging it in a Docker container.” We invited Bob Quillin, VP for the Oracle Container Group to talk about Fn, its best features, next milestones and more.
  • Debian seminar in Yokohama, 2017/11/18
    I had attended to Tokyo area debian seminar #157. The day’s special guest is Chris Lamb, the Debian Project Leader in 2017. He had attended to Open Compliance Summit, so we invited him as our guest.
  • Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure
    Overclock Labs wants to make it easier for developers to deploy and manage their applications across clouds. To do so, the company is building tools to automate distributed cloud infrastructure and, unsurprisingly, it is betting on containers — and specifically the Kubernetes container orchestration tools — to do this. Today, Overclock Labs, which was founded two years ago, is coming out of stealth and announcing that it raised a $1.3 million seed round from a number of Silicon Valley angel investors and CrunchFund — the fund that shares a bit of its name and history with TechCrunch but is otherwise completely unaffiliated with the blog you are currently reading.
  • MariaDB Energizes the Data Warehouse with Open Source Analytics Solution
    MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, today announced new product enhancements to MariaDB AX, delivering a modern approach to data warehousing that enables customers to easily perform fast and scalable analytics with better price performance over proprietary solutions. MariaDB AX expands the highly successful MariaDB Server, creating a solution that enables high performance analytics with distributed storage and parallel processing, and that scales with existing commodity hardware on premises or across any cloud platform. With MariaDB AX, data across every facet of the business is transformed into meaningful and actionable results.
  • AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System [Ed: AT&T wants to openwash its surveillance equipment]
    AT&T says it’s not enough to deploy white box hardware and to orchestrate its networks with the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) software. “Each individual machine also needs its own operating system,” writes Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture, in a blog post. To that end, AT&T announced its newest effort — the Open Architecture for a Disaggregated Network Operating System (dNOS).
  • Intel Lands Support For Vector Neural Network Instructions In LLVM
  • p2k17 Hackathon report: Antoine Jacoutot on ports+packages progress
  • GCC 8 Feature Development Is Over
    Feature development on the GCC 8 compiler is over with it now entering stage three of its development process. SUSE's Richard Biener announced minutes ago that GCC 8 entered stage three development, meaning only general bug fixing and documentation updates are permitted.
  • 2018 Is The Year For Open Source Software For The Pentagon
  • Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out
    Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes. On one side, the Software Freedom Law Center, which today seeks to resolve licensing disputes amicably. On the other, the Software Freedom Conservancy, which takes a relatively harder line against the noncompliance of licensing terms. The battleground: the, er, US Patent and Trademark Office. The law center has demanded the cancellation of a trademark held by the conservancy.
  • Open Source Underwater Glider: An Interview with Alex Williams, Grand Prize Winner
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Programming Leftovers

Security: Linux, Free Software Principles, Microsoft and Intel

  • Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds
    Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has offered some very choice words about different approaches security, during a discussion about whitelisting features proposed for version 4.15 of the Linux kernel. Torvalds' ire was directed at open software aficionado and member of Google's Pixel security team Kees Cook, who he has previously accused of idiocy. Cook earned this round of shoutiness after he posted a request to “Please pull these hardened usercopy changes for v4.15-rc1.”
  • Free Software Principles
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  • New warning over back door in Linux
    Researchers working at Russian cyber security firm Dr Web claim to have found a new vulnerability that enables remote attackers to crack Linux installations virtually unnoticed. According to the anti-malware company, cyber criminals are getting into the popular open-source operating system via a new backdoor. This, they say, is "indirect evidence" that cyber criminals are showing an increasing interest in targeting Linux and the applications it powers. The trojan, which it's calling Linux.BackDoor.Hook.1, targets the library libz primarily. It offers compression and extraction capabilities for a plethora of Linux-based programmes.
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  • Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking [sic] safeguards for elections
     

    The guidelines are intended to reduce risks in low-budget local races as well as the high-stakes Congressional midterm contests next year. Though most of the suggestions cost little or nothing to implement and will strike security professionals as common sense, notorious attacks including the leak of the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, have succeeded because basic security practices were not followed.  

  • Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions of Devices Exposed
     

    On Monday, the chipmaker released a security advisory that lists new vulnerabilities in ME, as well as bugs in the remote server management tool Server Platform Services, and Intel’s hardware authentication tool Trusted Execution Engine. Intel found the vulnerabilities after conducting a security audit spurred by recent research. It has also published a Detection Tool so Windows and Linux administrators can check their systems to see if they're exposed.