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Story Star Trek Enterprise Owner's Manual srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 9:44pm
Story Jumping the shark, no. 14. srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 5:49pm
Story The best anti-virus out there srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 5:46pm
Story Eating Your Own Dogfood srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 2:24pm
Story Open Source License Used Widely In App Store Apps srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 2:22pm
Story Minecraft Halloween Update srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 2:20pm
Story Remember SplashTop? Here's An Update On Them srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 2:18pm
Story What the Pro-MS Office video does not say srlinuxx 31/10/2010 - 2:16pm
Story The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 10.10 falko 31/10/2010 - 9:47am
Story How Open Source Can Help Real People srlinuxx 1 31/10/2010 - 6:59am

Hacking with Nat Friedman

Founder of some of the most important projects in open source today, VP of Novell by the age of 25, and an all-round cool geek. Tectonic catches up with Nat Friedman, Linux wunderkind.

Drupal 4.7: Next-generation CMS

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Drupal is a content management system (CMS) built on the PHP and MySQL combination (detailed requirements here). I've been working with the latest version since its release at the beginning of this month. Drupal 4.7 is a significant upgrade that brings major short- and long-term benefits to users and distributors of the system. It brings Drupal back to the cutting edge of CMS development.

Good times with Apache

ApacheCon 2006 is coming up. And this year it's in Dublin, a city famous for knowing how to have a good time. We confidently expect the regular conference on Apache technologies to be not merely productive, but also tremendous fun! So for your diary, that's the week of 24 to 28 June. Register before 29 May for the EarlyBird Discount.

Interview with Miklós Vajna, Frugalware Linux

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Frugalware Linux is one of those distributions that does not feature often in the news headlines. But those users who take the time give it more than just a passing glance are often surprised to find in Frugalware a clean, fast distribution. We have asked Miklós Vajna, the distribution's founder, a few questions about the history of the project and where it is heading.

Debian Etch: Solid, Crufty, Some Assembly Required

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Debian is the the quietest big Linux distro. I see hourly posts on Distrowatch, Slashdot and Digg about the latest builds of Ubuntu and SUSE, and even Mark Shuttleworth’s wearing of a KDE t-shirt is considered news. I presume that things are fine inside Debian and that no gnus is good gnus, but also I believe, as Oscar Wilde said: “What’s worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

CLI Magic: Viewing pictures on the console with fbida

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Fbida (previously known as fbi) is an image viewer for the Linux console. Some people -- console veterans included -- might find the idea of viewing pictures on the console a little bit silly; why not just use X Windows and a graphical viewer or even a photo editor? The answer to that question varies from "running X on my server is not an option, but I'd like to be able to view some pictures while I'm waiting for the compilation of a new kernel to finish" to "because I can." Pick your excuse and read on to find out more about fbida.

Grab and hoard

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This spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the world of open source software. Thousands of people donate their time and expertise to the benefit of all. But not everyone is giving as much as they're getting. Large companies, those with the greatest wherewithal to help, are surprisingly minor players in the roll-up-your-sleeves work of open source development.

Aaron J. Seigo: free as in beer or free as in freedom?

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to truly appreciate stallman's philosophies requires reading them and then really thinking about them. most people don't do much of that anymore. you also need a fairly broad understanding of the state of various aspects of "intellectual property" law and how industry interacts with it.

Microsoft: Open source 'not reliable or dependable'

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A senior Microsoft executive has told a BBC World documentary that people should use commercial software if they're looking for stability.

Wizard's Kid-Safe LiveCD Version .20- beta Released

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If you saw my review of Wizard's Kid-Safe Livecd and thought it sounded like a good idea, but had a few concerns, perhaps they are addressed in Version .20-beta.

Open source can’t always be open to all

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An open source software company is something of a paradox. On the one hand, it has to convince customers that software is becoming increasingly commoditised, that proprietary software is limiting and expensive, and that standards-based, community-developed and community-supported open source software is the way to go.

Taking a Linus-like Attitude Towards Gnome

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Last December I blogged about the uproar Linux creator Linus Torvalds had caused by posting on the Usability list his extreme dislike for the direction the Gnome developers had taken with the UI. Why rehash this now?

User Reviews of SUSE Linux 10.1

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On this terribly slow news weekend, here are a couple of user reviews of SUSE Linux 10.1 to help you decide if you want to go to the trouble of installing or upgrading, or just to see if their experience mirrors yours.

How To: subversion SVN with Apache2 and DAV

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Subversion is an application used for version control, it is meant to become a replacement of CVS Concurrent Versions System. Subversion is also known as svn.

This how-to will show how to setup svn repositories accessible throught http by using apache2 and the DAV module.

Dillo - the Fast and Light Browser

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Dillo is a quick, lightweight, small and secure graphical web browser based on the GTK+ toolkit. Although it lacks many of the features expected in most modern graphical browsers, it does hold potential due to its impressive performance and project goals.

Canada leads the world in Firefox Usage

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The use of Firefox, the free open source web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation, is higher in Canada than any other country in the world according to recent research by

Hands on: 3D eye candy for Linux

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There have been some significant developments lately on the Linux desktop front.

For a long time, has supported 3D rendering in applications and games, but the desktops themselves have not.

Practical Revision Tracking in Writer

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You need to run a procedure manual past two of your managers before it can be sent to the entire department. Both managers mark up the document and return it to you with their changes. Now you have three different copies of the document: the original, the first manager's changes, and the second manager's changes.


Puppy Linux 1.0.9 CE

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It'd been quite a while since we reported on Puppy Linux, so with the release of 1.0.9ce, we thought it was about time. However, since the developers are concentrating on the 2.0 branch, this release is a community developed update. Featuring Firefox, xdg dynamically generated menus, enhanced and simplified interface, and many bugfixes, we were anxious to see how Puppy turned out.

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Security Leftovers

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  • OpenSSL patches two high-severity flaws
    OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2h and 1.0.1t of its open source cryptographic library, fixing multiple security vulnerabilities that can lead to traffic being decrypted, denial-of-service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. One of the high-severity vulnerabilities is actually a hybrid of two low-risk bugs and can cause OpenSSL to crash.
  • Linux Foundation Advances Security Efforts via Badging Program
    The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative's badging program matures, as the first projects to achieve security badges are announced.
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  • WordPress Plugin ‘Ninja Forms’ Security Vulnerability
    FOSS Force has just learned from Wordfence, a security company that focuses on the open source WordPress content management platform, that a popular plugin used by over 500,000 sites, Ninja Forms, contains serious security vulnerabilities.
  • Preparing Your Network for the IoT Revolution
    While there is no denying that IP-based connectivity continues to become more and more pervasive, this is not a fundamentally new thing. What is new is the target audience is changing and connectivity is becoming much more personal. It’s no longer limited to high end technology consumers (watches and drones) but rather, it is showing up in nearly everything from children’s toys to kitchen appliances (yes again) and media devices. The purchasers of these new technology-enabled products are far from security experts, or even security aware. Their primary purchasing requirements are ease of use.
  • regarding embargoes
    Yesterday I jumped the gun committing some patches to LibreSSL. We receive advance copies of the advisory and patches so that when the new OpenSSL ships, we’re ready to ship as well. Between the time we receive advance notice and the public release, we’re supposed to keep this information confidential. This is the embargo. During the embargo time we get patches lined up and a source tree for each cvs branch in a precommit state. Then we wait with our fingers on the trigger. What happened yesterday was I woke up to a couple OpenBSD developers talking about the EBCDIC CVE. Oh, it’s public already? Check the OpenSSL git repo and sure enough, there are a bunch of commits for embargoed issues. Pull the trigger! Pull the trigger! Launch the missiles! Alas, we didn’t look closely enough at the exact issues fixed and had missed the fact that only low severity issues had been made public. The high severity issues were still secret. We were too hasty.
  • Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because of Antivirus Scan [Ed: Windows]
    A critical medical equipment crashed during a heart procedure due to a timely scan triggered by the antivirus software installed on the PC to which the said device was sending data for logging and monitoring.
  • Hotel sector faces cybercrime surge as data breaches start to bite
    Since 2014, things have become a lot more serious with a cross section of mostly US hotels suffering major breaches during Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. Panda Security lists a string of attacks on big brands including on Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood, Rosen Hotels & Resorts as well two separate attacks on hotel management outfit White Lodging and another on non-US hotel Mandarin Oriental.

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