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Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed

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One of the most common questions I hear new Linux users ask is "What program should I use for virus protection?" Many of them lose faith in me as a source of security information when I reply, "None." But you really don't need to fear malware on your new platform, thanks to the way Linux is built.

Nat: "Is 'open source' now completely meaningless?"

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Nat Torkington is trying to come up with the agenda for OSCON, and has discovered that the minute one steps out of the world of community open source to scan the ranks of commercial open source, you find lots of commercials, but little source.

KVM steals virtualization spotlight

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Four months ago, almost nobody had heard of an open-source virtualization software called KVM. But that was then. The project, backed by a stealth-mode start-up called Qumranet, uses a technical and cultural approach that has quickly drawn powerful allies--including Red Hat and Linux founder Linus Torvalds.

Creative Commons - Version 3.0 Launched

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The latest version of the Creative Commons licenses — Version 3.0 — are now available. To briefly recap what is different in this version of the licenses:

Clipmarks - double-edged FireFox extension

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Looking for a useful note taking tool I tried out the Clipmarks extension for Firefox. Clipmarks allows one to select clips of text and pictures from websites and store them on the Clipmarks website. These clips can either be kept private or shared with the public.

What You Need to Know About Linux Rootkits.

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A rootkit is a group of software tools which an attacker can use to hide their tracks. A rootkit can also contain software which allows the attacker to get root access and steal or remove files on a system. Another goal for a rootkit is for the attacker to maintain access to the hijacked computer. Rootkits are written for many different operating systems however, this article will only talk about Linux rootkits.

Linux Commercialization Transforms Community

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Last week I interviewed, by invitation, with one of the two major Linux commercial vendors in the US. I would characterize the interview as one of the most humiliating experiences I can remember. I soon discovered the company had no plans to conduct a normal interview.

Fedora 7 Test 2

Fedora 7 Test 2 is being pushed out the door this Tuesday (February 27), but thanks to the excellence of Pungi we decided to run our own spin. New in Fedora 7 Test 2 is the artwork along with quite a few other changes that we commented on in our Fedora 7 Preview earlier this year. In this article we have some of the first screenshots from Fedora 7 Test 2.

PyCon Days 2 & 3

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Yesterday brought PyCon 2007 to a close. Well, sort of. There are sprints going on for the next few days, but the formal sessions are over. This was a great experience for me and I’m already looking forward to next year. I’ll try to put my thougts together for a “PyCon 2007 as a whole” blog post later.

National Open Source Centre launches today in the Houses of Parliament

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The National Open Centre (NOC) is launched today by John Hemming MP, in the Houses of Parliament. The NOC will help the UK to benefit from open source and open standards by developing strategic analysis and policy, clarifying opportunities and fostering innovation.

Also: Standards make open source political

Hey Linux Fans: Certification Isn't Pre-Installation

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Dell says, ". . . we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice." (Emphasis added.)

Also: Can Dell change the Linux market?
And: Dell takes small steps toward Linux

Our beliefs cloud our judjment.

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Everybody has their "favourite" operating system. That's fine, in fact that's good. Everybody should have an operating system to champion. What is not good is when we allow our beliefs to blind us to the real facts of our chosen package of ones and zeros.

Open Source is my programming

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Open Source is my programming; I shall not hide.
He maketh me to lie down in fast hard drives: he leadeth me beside the CPU bus.
He restoreth my source code...

Critical JavaScript flaw hits Firefox

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Mozilla has confirmed a potentially serious flaw in its open source Firefox browser. The disclosure comes on the same day that Mozilla released an update for Firefox, which does not address the JavaScript flaw.

CLI Magic: Access your Bluetooth phone via the command line

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Recently, I upgraded my cell phone to a Motorola RAZR v3 from T-Mobile, a Bluetooth-enabled device. I wanted to copy files to this device using my Laptop running Debian testing (Etch) using command line tools. I found what I needed in a package of Bluetooth tools and daemons called BlueZ.

Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux

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Alright, I’m going to say this. I think Microsoft should acquire Linux. If Microsoft acquires the distributions and in essence, controls much of the Linux market, Microsoft wouldn’t need to sabotage such a rapidly growing market.

European spend on open source software hits €22bn

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The notional value of Europe’s investment in free/libre or open source software today is €22bn, representing 20.5pc of the region’s total software investment, a senior UN researcher will tell an intelligence briefing on open source in Dublin later this week.

Installing OTRS 2.14 (Open source Ticket Request System) on CentOS 4.4

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OTRS is a trouble ticket system with many features to manage customer telephone calls and e-mails. The system is built to allow your support, sales, pre-sales, billing, internal IT, helpdesk, etc. department to react quickly to inbound inquiries. This guide is specifically intended to help install and run OTRS.

79th Annual Academy Awards Winners

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I don't think 2006 produced as many great motion pictures as in some years passed, however there were a few. None of my favorites were nominated and in fact, I hadn't even seen too many of the movies that were. So, it was with less enthusiasm than usual that I watched this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.