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Story What is your best favourite KDE distro? srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 10:31pm
Story Mozilla's next Firefox moment? srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 10:28pm
Story Full Circle 51 has arrived srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 10:26pm
Story The top five Linux desktop vendors srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 10:23pm
Story [Oneiric Updates] Unity 2D and Ubuntu Software Center Improvements srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 8:56pm
Story Mandriva 2011 daily builds srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 8:55pm
Story Further adventures in EFI booting srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 8:53pm
Story Enterprise Linux by any other name srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 6:28pm
Story A Worthy Alternative to Gnome 3 and Unity srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 6:26pm
Story GNU Emacs Developers Will Fix It; Please Calm Down srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 6:14pm

Desktop War: KDE vs. Gnome

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One of the most common questions asked by newcomers to Linux is "Which is better, KDE or Gnome?" The answer commonly given is, "It depends. Try them both and see which one you like best." It's a reasonable answer, because it costs nothing but time to try them. I'm going to tell you which one is better.

My Experience Installing Gentoo Linux on My PS3

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I recently finished installing Gentoo on my PS3 and I have to say it was a very pleasant experience. It did not take as long to install compared to the typical Gentoo installations. This was the third and favorite distro that I tried out on my PS3 after installing Yellowdog and Fedora Core.

Focus on Computing

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OSS

Established in 2006, the college aims to provide a specialised environment for Year 13 students to focus on computers and their wide range of uses. Campbell says that rather than teaching how to use proprietary applications, the college focuses on teaching skills using open source software.

A Vista vs. Linux Matchup - Part 2: Dual-booting Vista and Linux

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Linux

This is Part 2 of a series that pits Microsoft's latest wares -- Vista -- against Linux's fair-haired boy -- Ubuntu. When we last saw our fearless curmudgeon, he was busy preparing a level playing field for Vista and Linux to play -- and work -- together on.

Finally Fedora!!!

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Working with Fedora, after a year with ‘other distributions’ was quite a culture-shock. The Fedora world is so strange coming from Ubuntu/OpenSUSE; entering the Fedora world meant I had(have) to literally figure (learn) things from scratch. However, some similarities exist, thankfully, and of course the internet help(s)/(ed). The following is a brief installation review for getting Fedora Core enabled with other extras that we have come to expect from our distros.

Did Microsoft want to 'whack' Dell over its Linux dealings?

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Barely a week after a U.S. judge approved a landmark antitrust agreement with Microsoft, company executives were swapping e-mails suggesting Dell deserved a beating for its growing interest in Linux, according to documents filed with a state court.

Also: Dell jumps the gun to sell the first Vista PCs today

Orphaned Desktop Environments

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Software

The unification of the Free Standards Group and the Open Source Development Labs into the all-new shiny Linux Foundation has drawn a lot of attention this week. But while a lot of people are interested in the motivation behind the merger, I am wondering what the outcomes of this move might be.

Fun and Software Development

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Fun is a pervasive feature of software development, not only for open source programmers but in the area of commercial software development too: Open source developers that are paid for their work are observed to be very motivated and prepared for future effort, especially if they enjoy their development time.

GNUstep at a glance

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Software

These screenshots are took from the GNUstep 1.0 LiveCD, released on Nov. 6, 2006. No matter how nostalgic might I be, the GNUstep 1.0 desktop looks exactly like a Linux desktop back in 1994.

Ubuntu Tutes

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openSUSE 10.2 Live DVD available

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SUSE

The last piece of the openSUSE 10.2 distribution got released today. It contains a base desktop system (KDE and Gnome) with applications for office, multimedia and internet usage.

Novell Receives NASDAQ Notice of Non-compliance

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SUSE

Novell received an additional notice of non-compliance from the staff of the NASDAQ Stock Market, pursuant to NASDAQ marketplace rule 4310(c)(14), due to the delay in filing its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2006.

Getting started with Perl

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We’re going to take a look at the basics of Perl, which is a popular choice for writing basic CGI scripts – programs that interact with a web server to provide more dynamic web pages.

Educators can manage course content with Moodle

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Software

As an educator, I am interested in course management systems (CMS) applications for courses, curriculums, and institutions. Well-known proprietary CMS applications such as WebCT and Blackboard are too expensive for the schools and companies I work with. After testing and playing with several open source CMS applications, my favorite is Moodle.

Meet The 'No Hard Disk' Man

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Linux

Knopper is known as the man who can put a system to life without even touching its hard drive. And what makes his efforts notable is the fact that he is a one-man army. He has an infectious sense of humour which I noticed when I met him last year during Asia's biggest Linux event, LinuxAsia 2006.

Running Virtual PCs on Your PC with VMware Player

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Need to test-run a new software app without affecting your main computer? Software developer Kulvir Singh Bhogal introduces you to VMware Player, a program that allows you to run virtual machine images on a host PC, effectively allowing you to run multiple operating systems on the same PC simultaneously.

Debian tipped for February release

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The long-awaited next version of the Debian open-source operating system is most likely to be released in February, according to members of the Debian community.

BSD goes live with FreeSBIE 2.0

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BSD

Last year the Italian FreeBSD user group, GUFI, rekindled the FreeSBIE project to develop a live CD based on the FreeBSD operating system. After more than four months of development, and an equal number of beta releases, the project released FreesBIE 2.0 this month. Codenamed Clint Eastwood, the live CD is based on the recent FreeBSD 6.2 release, and is an ideal platform to experience BSD and learn how things are done in BSD land.

Rivals attack Vista as illegal under EU rules

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Microsoft

A coalition of rivals charged on Friday that Microsoft Corp.'s new Vista operating system coming out next week will perpetuate practices found illegal in the European Union nearly three years ago.

Also: Windows Vista - How Would You Like to be Screwed Today?
And: Linux Dodges Microsoft In Retail Vertical Space

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    Following our investigation into this matter, and seeing the vitriol-filled reaction from some people in the infosec community, Zaitsev has told Softpedia that he decided to remove the project from GitHub, shortly after this article's publication. The original, unedited article is below.
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    Party like it's 1999, phreakers: a bug in Epson multifunction printer firmware creates a vector to networks that don't have their own Internet connection. The exploit requirements are that an attacker can trick the victim into installing malicious firmware, and that the victim is using the device's fax line. The firmware is custom Linux, giving the printers a familiar networking environment for bad actors looking to exploit the fax line as an attack vector. Once they're in that ancient environment, it's possible to then move onto the network to which the the printer's connected. Yves-Noel Weweler, Ralf Spenneberg and Hendrik Schwartke of Open Source Training in Germany discovered the bug, which occurs because Epson WorkForce multifunction printers don't demand signed firmware images.
  • Google just saved the journalist who was hit by a 'record' cyberattack
    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
  • Krebs DDoS aftermath: industry in shock at size, depth and complexity of attack
    “This attack didn’t stop, it came in wave after wave, hundreds of millions of packets per second,” says Josh Shaul, Akamai’s vice president of product management, when Techworld spoke to him. “This was different from anything we’ve ever seen before in our history of DDoS attacks. They hit our systems pretty hard.” Clearly still a bit stunned, Shaul describes the Krebs DDoS as unprecedented. Unlike previous large DDoS attacks such as the infamous one carried out on cyber-campaign group Spamhaus in 2013, this one did not use fancy amplification or reflection to muster its traffic. It was straight packet assault from the old school.
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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an exclusive glimpse into the trials last year, where you could compare the specialised proprietary encoders with the Raspberry Pi-powered encoders. “We believe that there is a significant level of demand from smaller radio stations for small scale DAB, and that a wider roll-out of additional small scale services into more geographic areas would be both technically possible and commercially sustainable,” notes Ofcom. Read more