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Story Google Music Manager now Plays to Ubuntu’s tunes. tjavailable 01/08/2011 - 10:51am
Story today's hodgepodge: srlinuxx 01/08/2011 - 3:59am
Story Harmony horrors srlinuxx 31/07/2011 - 10:18pm
Story Installing And Using OpenVZ On CentOS 6.0 falko 31/07/2011 - 5:54pm
Story Don't fear the penguin - there's a Linux package for every taste srlinuxx 31/07/2011 - 5:25pm
Story Song of the Leaders srlinuxx 31/07/2011 - 5:23pm
Story Interview with Cheri Francis on UDS srlinuxx 31/07/2011 - 5:21pm
Story Red Eclipse 1.1 First Person Shooter Released srlinuxx 31/07/2011 - 5:19pm
Story I baked my graphics card in the kitchen oven! srlinuxx 7 31/07/2011 - 4:41pm
Story today's howtos & stuff: srlinuxx 31/07/2011 - 2:41am

Brazil's FOSS utopia image at risk

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According to the international media, Brazil is a leader in free and open source software (FOSS) adoption. The New York Times describes the country as "a tropical outpost of the free software movement," while BBC News claims that "Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software." However, FOSS advocates familiar with Brazil describe a less hopeful situation.

Linspire CEO on opening up CNR: share the bread

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Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says his company is opening up its CNR ("Click 'N Run") software download and management service to other Linux distributions. To find out more Desktoplinux.com conducted the following short Q&A with Carmony via email.

Ubuntu tip - get Mplayer and play everything

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HowTos

Feeling in the dark when it comes to WMV files, QuickTime movies, Real media files or any other popular (but proprietary) media format?

Overview of Xfce 4.4

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Xfce is another Open Source Desktop Manager like KDE or GNOME, that has traditionally been known for being lightweight and able to run more efficiently on slower hardware. Through the years Xfce has gradually added more features, but still has kept the bloat down to a minimum. With the long awaited release of version 4.4, Xfce is now competitive with the big boys.

Linux Basics - the Secrets of chmod

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Chmod - short for CHange MODe has been around just about as long as Unix based operating systems have. This is the command line tool used to modify the permissions of some file, set of files or directories.

LDAP replication with Kerberos auth and k5start

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HowTos

I run LDAP + Kerberos on my network for information and authentication. After setting everything up initially, I later acquired a spare machine and decided to run it as a slave LDAP server, using slurpd.

Open Linux Router Project Announced

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Linux

ClarkConnect, IPCop, m0n0wall, and Smoothwall are among the Linux distributions currently available that are targeted for use as a firewall or network server. However, shortly another contender will be launching into this arena and that is the Open Linux Router.

VMware Workstation On OpenSuse 10.2

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This article describes how to install VMware Workstation on an OpenSuSE 10.2 (i686) system. With VMware Workstation you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system.

The State of Enterprise Linux

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Linux

For more than 20 years, Unix played the role of the 800 pound gorilla in the server space, especially in enterprise, scientific, government and academic environments. But traditional Unix vendors have faced increasing competition on two fronts. Microsoft Windows Server products have made significant inroads, particularly in the business back-end. To a lesser extent, but cutting closer to the bone, is competition from Linux.

Linux Desktop Gets a New (X) Face

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The term Linux desktop is a bit of misnomer since there are actually many Linux desktop environments, including KDE and GNOME. Xfce 4.4 is now available.

Open source lobby fury over Office format fast-track

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OSS

Two leading open standards bodies claim Microsoft's new Office XML formats are being 'fast tracked' into official European ISO/IEC standards without due consideration.

openSUSE Build Service goes Open Source

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The openSUSE team announced today the open sourcing of our openSUSE Build Service (OBS). We believe that it is not only important to release an excellent Open Source distribution but also create it in an open way with Open Source tools together with the openSUSE community. Releasing the build service as Open Source makes the complete project build on Open Source.

Automatic package update nagging with apticron

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HowTos

Do you need your machines to automatically alert you when new packages are available? apticron might be just the package you've been looking for.

What is this ar program thingy?

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HowTos

Travelling through the mysterious and wonderful world of the linux file system we come across a program called "ar" and we think to ourselves, "What is this 'ar' program thingy?". It sounds like a pirates exclamation but it is actually a very important program.

The State of the Union of FOSS

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Confidential White House sources have leaked to me a secretly included draft section of the President’s State of the Union address. These sources suspect that the Free Software Foundation (FSF), a suspected terrorist group, somehow gained access to the speech and included this section. It was purportedly caught at the last moment by a staffer who was literate enough to understand what she was reading. I release this copy of the rejected section, exposing myself to potentially grave peril, as a public service to our readers.

Linux Audio Players, Tested and Graded

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One longstanding Unix tradition is best summed up thus: "Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together." On a Linux machine, this philosophy is most clearly visible from the command line. I use my main Linux desktop for a lot of things, but music-related activities are key. While visiting my family back home, I encountered Windows Media Player 11 and Apple's iTunes. I began to wonder if there were an all-in-one music application for Linux that I could love.

How not to release a live DVD game

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Linux

I was intrigued when I heard about SuperGamer, a beta live DVD based on PCLinuxOS. The DVD includes, in demo version for the most part, 3-D shooters America's Army, Doom 3, Postal 2, Cube, Enemy Territory, Nexuiz, Quake 4, Soldier of Fortune, UFO: Alien Invasion, and Wesnoth. Unfortunately, my SuperGamer/PCLinuxOS experience was as bad a Linux experience as I can remember having.

Sauerbraten - Cube 2 Based Free Multiplayer First Person Shooter

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Gaming

Sauerbraten is a popular free and open source computer game for Linux. It is a "First Person Shooter" game, that is, when you play it you see the world of the game from the perspective of the character that you control, giving you the impression of moving in the 3-dimensional space created by the game. The main activity of this character is running around in a fantastic world and shooting enemies or evil creatures.

War of words between aid organization and OLPC erupts

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OLPC

A war of words has erupted through email channels between Scandinavian-based aid organization FAIR and Dr Nicholas Negroponte of the One Latop Per Child (OLPC) project.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: The State of the Tiny

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Linux
Hardware

There is a distinct sub-culture in the Unix-type operating universe made up of gnarly old geekbeards who were raised up in the green-screen command-prompt era. They think X Window is for amateurs. These are the wizened gurus who take pride at keeping antique hardware in service. Throw away an old 386 or 486? Never. Me, I have a life. So let's take a look at some of the small form-factor devices that we can stuff Linux into.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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    Budgie-Remix, the unofficial Ubuntu spin making use of the Budgie Desktop, has released its 16.10 Beta 2 milestone following this week's Yakkety Yak Beta 2 release. Budgie-Remix is re-based to the latest Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety package changes. In addition, a number of the Budgie-0Remix packages have been working their way into Debian proper and thus are available to Ubuntu 16.10 users via the official channels. Now available this way is the budgie-desktop package, Moka icon theme, Faba icon theme, and the Arc theme. The Ubuntu repository has also pulled in the Budgie artwork and wallpaper packages too.
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Minijail: Running Untrusted Programs Safely by Jorge Lucangeli Obes, Google
  • Minijail: Google’s Tool To Safely Run Untrusted Programs
    Google’s Minijail sandboxing tool could be used by developers and sysadmins to run untrusted programs safely for debugging and security checks, according to Google Software Engineer Jorge Lucangeli Obes, who spoke last month at the Linux Security Summit. Obes is the platform security lead for Brillo, Google's Android-based operating system for Internet-connected devices. Minijail was designed for sandboxing on Chrome OS and Android, to handle “anything that the Linux kernels grew.” Obes shared that Google teams use it on the server side, for build farms, for fuzzing, and pretty much everywhere. Since “essentially one bug separates you and any random attacker,” Google wanted to create a reliable means to swiftly identify problems with privileges and exploits in app development and easily enable developers to “do the right thing.” The tool is designed to assist admins who struggle with deciding what permissions their software actually needs, and developers who are vexed with trying to second guess which environment the software is going to run in. In both cases, sandboxing and privilege dropping tends to be a hit or miss affair. Even when developers use the privilege dropping mechanisms provided by the Linux kernel, sometimes things go awry due to numerous pitfalls along that path. One common example Obes cited was trying to ride a switch user function that will drop-root and then forgetting to check the result of the situation relief, or setuid function, afterwards.
  • Intel and Cloudera Give Apache an Open Source Data/Security Tool
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  • Twitter Open Sources Stream Processing Engine Heron
    Twitter announced the open sourcing of Heron, a stream-processing engine that is a successor to Apache Storm. Heron is backwards compatible with Apache Storm, which eases its adoption amongst developers. Heron has replaced Apache Storm as the stream data processing engine inside Twitter due to its scalability, debug-ability, ability to work in a shared cluster infrastructure and better performance. A comprehensive list of features is listed in the documentation.
  • Tencent: Transforming Networks with SDN
    “SDN can really transform the way we do networks,” said Tom Bie, VP of Technology & Operation of Data Center, Networking and Server, Tencent, during his Wednesday keynote address at the Open Daylight Summit. The China telecom giant should know about the issues of massive scale networks: they have more than 200 million users for QQ instant messaging, 300 million users of their payment service, and more than 800 million users of their VChat service. Bie noted that Tencent also operates one of the largest gaming networks in the world, along with video services, audio services, online literature services, news portals, and a range other digital content services.
  • The Second Wave of Platforms, an Interview with Cloud Foundry’s Sam Ramji
    In today’s world of platforms, services are increasingly connected. In the past, PaaS offerings were pretty much isolated. It’s that new connected infrastructure that is driving the growth of Cloud Foundry, the open source, service-oriented platform technology. Sam Ramji is CEO of Cloud Foundry, which is holding its European event in Frankfurt this week. At the conference, we spoke with Ramji to discuss, among other topics:
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  • EC approves Slovenia courts data exchange solution
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  • SDL 2.0.5 Is Readying For Release: Relative Mouse Mode For Wayland/Mir, Audio Capture
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Security Leftovers

  • Linux.Mirai Trojan causing mayhem with DDoS attacks
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Red Hat and Fedora

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