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Story PostgreSQL, the NoSQL Database Roy Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 9:30am
Story Seeing the cloud through Ubuntu-colored glasses Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 9:28am
Story Bill Gates Inadvertently Shows Off Ubuntu on His Facebook Page Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 9:20am
Story Major Release LibreOffice 4.4 Announced Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 9:11am
Story Sphinx: An outstanding open source documentation platform Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 9:06am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 2:23am
Story BackBox Linux 4.1 released! Roy Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 2:18am
Story Tough multi-display controller runs Linux on i.MX6 Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 12:47am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2015 - 12:41am
Story Libreboot X200 laptop now FSF-certified to respect your freedom Rianne Schestowitz 29/01/2015 - 11:22pm

Microsoft spoiling for a Red Hat fight with Web Apps on Linux

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Microsoft

news.cnet.com: Microsoft is apparently going to support Firefox and Safari with its upcoming Office Web Applications (and, hence, Windows alternatives like Mac OS X and Linux). Yes, those using Internet Explorer and Silverlight will have an enhanced experience, but what does it mean for Red Hat?

Is that a live CD in your pocket or are you ...?

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Linux

cookingwithlinux.com: How many times have you talked to a Windows user about Linux this year? Was there any result from your enthusiastic pitch: i.e. did anyone install Linux? Often we don't know. The problem is, without giving someone a tangible item to remember your conversation and or to take action with, we may have wasted time and energy.

Sun pimps out OpenOffice as Microsoft 'clarifies' Office for web

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OOo

theregister.co.uk: I know this annoys my friends in the free software community, but branding allows us to invest more in OpenOffice.org community and features, from which everyone benefits.

today's leftovers

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News
  1. Banshee 1.4 hits the streets, packed with Awesome

  2. Linux Basement Episode 31 - One Year Old
  3. ASUS On Linux & Warranties
  4. Mixing free and proprietary software: not a rosy future
  5. On Zenwalk, briefly
  6. AMD Catalyst 8.11 Linux Driver Released
  7. openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Now Available
  8. Novell's FOSSA architecture document out by December
  9. Intel Releases Two New Open-Source Drivers
  10. Reasons to love Linux #1: package management
  11. Free Software Foundation does the right thing for free culture
  12. UNMSM migrating to Ubuntu
  13. Problems and mitigation strategies for --as-needed
  14. New GNU releases Ocotber 2008
  15. Speed Dial: One of the Handiest Firefox Extensions
  16. Nouveau Merged In Gallium3D 0.2
  17. Open Source Apps in Your Brain
  18. "Pico" projector demo'd
  19. KDE video cast details

Two Weeks After, Your Comments on Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

Ryan Orser wants you to say how much you like or dislike Ubuntu 8.10. We want your comments as you the readers get a say.

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some howtos:

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HowTos
  1. Using Ubuntu as a 24/7 Lobby Display Driver

  2. How To Turn An Old Router Into A Wireless Bridge
  3. Ubuntu/Debian vs. OpenSuse 10.3 Cheatsheet
  4. Getting CPU Information
  5. Configure Synaptics Touchpad Ubuntu 8.10
  6. Shiki-Colors and Community Themes in Ubuntu 8.10
  7. Pasting from HTML or Word into OOo
  8. Short Tip: access a running X session via x11vnc
  9. How to easily configure Mandriva Software Manager to use wget
  10. Setting a X property using xprop
  11. How to use dstat to monitor your Linux/UNIX server
  12. Make (Almost) Any Wifi Card Work with Ubuntu
  13. Installing Amarok 2 from SVN in your home directory

Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

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OSS

linux.com: The word "big" has two meanings here. Ace Suares is not only a big-time GNU/Linux and FOSS advocate, but he is close to 2.5 meters tall and built like a football lineman. He lives on the island of Curacao in the Netherland Antilles, where he and his wife run a small Web design and hosting firm that (of course) runs Linux servers. But trying to convert other IT people on Curacao to the FOSS cause has not been easy.

Help Spread Linux… Don’t Preach It

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Linux

hehe2.net: What does using Linux mean to you? Do you simply use it because it works best for you? While at its heart Linux itself, is nothing more than a software kernel, to many people it is much more. It is a mission.

Ubuntu’s Intermediate Ibex

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Ubuntu

bitburners.com: When Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Canonical/Ubuntu, made the comment that Ubuntu should be prettier than Apple OSX in near term I got excited - the man was absolutely right. It doesn’t matter how customizable and operating is, or how good can you make it look with some effort if it does look bad out of the box.

Fighting Fragmentation on Linux

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Linux

oneandoneis2.org: So you have some files that are fragmented. And this obviously is slowing your machine down. Right?

Wrong.

Novell vs. Red Hat: Linux vs. Linux

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: If you think about where Linux is fighting for market and mind-share, chances are you're thinking about Linux slugging it out with Microsoft Windows, and to a far lesser extent, from Mac OS X. That's all true, but there's also fierce competition between Linux distributions.

Also: Chickens Pecking Red Hat

Debian Lenny blinks its peepers

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: It appears that Debian 5.0 (aka "Lenny") will soon take its big binocular eyes out into the wider world. The Debian project has completed the first release-candidate of Lenny's installer, which features much-improved support for ARM-based devices, along with much faster installation from "live" CDs.

Internet Explorer balks at Firefox download link

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Microsoft

kmandla.wordpress: On a clean installation of Windows XP (don’t ask; it’s a long story), Internet Explorer 6 claims there’s an error on the GetFirefox.com download page, and refuses to allow a click on the download button.

Debian Blues

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Linux

crumja.wordpress: After running Debian Lenny for a while, I’ve got a few things to report. Performance is admirable and is certainly a step up from Ubuntu 8.04 in terms of reponsiveness. However, not all packages behaved well.

Experiences with Linux

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Linux

community.zdnet: I've been going in circles for a while now, I think it is time to pass along a few notes and experiences from those circles...

Child’s Play: Linux Conversion Through Education

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Linux

linux-mag.com: Successful and peaceful conversion of a population to any new concept occurs through its children. Do you want to introduce a new type of mathematics? Introduce it in Elementary School. You may convert the world to Linux by providing free and engaging Elementary School level educational and edutainment programs.

Clone your Ubuntu installation onto a new hard disk

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HowTos

linux.com: Just upgraded your system with a shiny new hard disk and want to make it your new book disk? Cloning Ubuntu to another hard disk is easy. In fact, Ubuntu provides tools to clone the entire hard disk -- including the Windows partition, if there's one on there. This is the kind of fundamental task that Linux excels at, in fact.

Intel X.Org, Mesa Performance In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Earlier this week we had published ATI benchmarks of the open-source Mesa stack and X.Org in the Ubuntu releases going back to Ubuntu 7.04. To see if the open-source Intel situation is any different, we have carried out similar tests with an Intel 945G Chipset across the past four Ubuntu releases.

Introducing Plasma

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KDE

introducingkde4.blogspot: In KDE 3.5.x we had kicker, but for KDE 4, it has been killed and replaced by the most famous part of the KDE technologies, known as Plasma.

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In my job I've heard professionals in tech, from C-level executives to everyone in between, say they want their own kids to learn more about Linux and open source. Some of them seem to have an easy time with their kids following closely in their footsteps. And some have a tough time getting their kids to see what makes Linux and open source so cool. Maybe their time will come, maybe it won't. There's a lot of interesting, valuable stuff out there in this big world. Read more

Security: VPNFilter, Encryption in GNU/Linux, Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints

  • [Crackers] infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

    VPNFilter—as the modular, multi-stage malware has been dubbed—works on consumer-grade routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and on network-attached storage devices from QNAP, Cisco researchers said in an advisory. It’s one of the few pieces of Internet-of-things malware that can survive a reboot. Infections in at least 54 countries have been slowly building since at least 2016, and Cisco researchers have been monitoring them for several months. The attacks drastically ramped up during the past three weeks, including two major assaults on devices located in Ukraine. The spike, combined with the advanced capabilities of the malware, prompted Cisco to release Wednesday’s report before the research is completed.

  • Do Not Use sha256crypt / sha512crypt - They're Dangerous

    I'd like to demonstrate why I think using sha256crypt or sha512crypt on current GNU/Linux operating systems is dangerous, and why I think the developers of GLIBC should move to scrypt or Argon2, or at least bcrypt or PBKDF2.

  • Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints
    I investigated an rr bug report and discovered an annoying Intel CPU bug that affects rr replay using data watchpoints. It doesn't seem to be hit very often in practice, which is good because I don't know any way to work around it. It turns out that the bug is probably covered by an existing Intel erratum for Skylake and Kaby Lake (and probably later generations, but I'm not sure), which I even blogged about previously! However, the erratum does not mention watchpoints and the bug I've found definitely depends on data watchpoints being set. I was able to write a stand-alone testcase to characterize the bug. The issue seems to be that if a rep stos (and probably rep movs) instruction writes between 1 and 64 bytes (inclusive), and you have a read or write watchpoint in the range [64, 128) bytes from the start of the writes (i.e., not triggered by the instruction), then one spurious retired conditional branch is (usually) counted. The alignment of the writes does not matter, and it's not related to speculative execution.

In Memoriam: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Videographer and Free Software Champion

Videographer Robin Roblimo Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller was a clever, friendly, and very amicable individual who everyone I know has plenty of positive things to say about. I had the pleasure of speaking to him for several hours about anything from personal life and professional views. Miller was a very knowledgeable person whose trade as a journalist and video producer I often envied. I have seen him facing his critics in his capacity as a journalist over a decade ago when he arranged a debate about OOXML (on live radio). Miller, to me, will always be remembered as a strong-minded and investigative journalist who "did the right thing" as the cliché goes, irrespective of financial gain -- something which can sometimes be detrimental to one's longterm health. Miller sacrificed many of his later years to a cause worth fighting for. This is what we ought to remember him for. Miller was - and always will be - a FOSS hero.

May everything you fought for be fulfilled, Mr. Miller. I already miss you.

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