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Software
  • Opera 9.51 RC 3

  • Miro 1.2.4 for openSUSE 11.0
  • Snort 3.0 Beta

On OpenSuse 11

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Reviews

Overall, it's a good looking desktop ( it's green, but that changes easily enough) they have included some documentation for folks to get an idea how to get started using it. The only thing that stands out cosmetically to me is the slab menu.

VC funding for open source rises again in Q2

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OSS

blogs.the451group: VC funding levels rose again in the second quarter compared to last year, up just under 14% to $115.5m, compared to $101.5m in 2Q07. Given the overwhelming level of investment in open source vendors seen in the first quarter, it was always unlikely that level of momentum would continue into Q2.

10 Best Hacking and Security Software Tools for Linux

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Software

junauza.com: Linux is a hacker’s dream computer operating system. It supports tools and utilities for cracking passwords, scanning network vulnerabilities, and detecting possible intrusions. I have here a collection of 10 of the best hacking and security software tools for Linux.

KDE needs 'contributors, not users'--really?

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KDE

Matt Asay: Occasionally, intelligent conversation erupts online--this time as the KDE open-source community tries to figure out whether it needs users or simply contributors.

Super Talent bundles Ubuntu

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Hardware
Ubuntu

theinquirer.net: SUPERTALENT Systems has announced that, for a limited time, it will include a free CD containing the Ubuntu Desktop Edition Linux operating system and the OpenOrifice software suite with its Masterdrive MX series solid state drives.

Making desktop Linux work for business

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Linux

infoworld.com: Today's IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows XP. Upgrade costs associated with Vista, coupled with the ever-escalating cost of application licenses, make switching to desktop Linux an increasingly attractive option.

Windows Hater (in response to Linux Hater)

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Linux

blog.sontek.net: So I’ve become a huge fan of Linux Haters blog because he makes some very valid points about Linux and the open source community in general and it got me thinking of why I moved from Windows to Linux in the first place.

Command line, are you afraid ?

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HowTos

nasreddine.com: Most people I know, whom aren’t very used to linux yet, are afraid of the command line, they think it’s hard to learn and somehow useless but that is entirely false… The command line is very easy to learn. In this small article I will try to show you.

Hands on: 12 quick hacks for Firefox 3

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Think you've seen all there is to see of Firefox 3's new features? Wait, there's more -- check out these cool and useful hacks.

Mandriva Linux - Wonderful and Maddening

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MDV

zdnet.co.uk/blog: Well, since I've gone through both Ubuntu and openSuSE Linux, and my curiosity about Unix systems in general has really started to kick in, I've decided to go through a few more variants to see what they are like. The next candidate is Mandriva Linux.

Is Open source a synonym for Free software ?

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OSS

itvoir.com: The market for open source and free software is surging high with its appreciation in mainstream segment also. The free software products like Linux or others are moving from the walled boundaries of servers to desktops and laptops. But still the concept of free software and open source software is not clear with many of us.

openSUSE 11.0 - Smooth Outside and Rough Inside

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OS
Linux
News
OSS
SUSE
Sci/Tech

openSUSE 11.0 has been one of the most anticipated distributions of the 2008 release season. In terms of innovation, openSUSE is perhaps the most ambitious of all the highly popular Linux distros so far this year. Since its 10.0 release to the open source world in 2006, openSUSE has experienced its share of ups and downs, not the least of which has been questionable quality assurance on final releases. What will the 11.0 release bring to the Linux scene?

How To Install VMware Server (Version 1.0.6) On An Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server (version 1.0.6) on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system.

today's leftovers

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News
  • The tool you wished exists actually does: iotop

  • cpipe - Determine the throughput of a pipe command
  • X Server 1.4.99.905 Released
  • A few risks I see related to the new portage 2.2 preserve-libs behaviour
  • Linux Reviews: Mandriva, Knoppix, Ubuntu, SUSE
  • Why I love Gentoo
  • Gedit With It.
  • Linuxy Declarations of Independence
  • Support for 100+ webcams in Linux 2.6.27
  • KDE Thermodynamics
  • KDE Converting any window into plasmoid
  • Has Asus forgotten what the Eee PC was all about?
  • Open source champions of Europe
  • Three reasons why GNU/Linux is better for Web servers than OS X
  • Make your own configuration deployment system, part 1
  • Is there really a market for an open source router?
  • How-To: Remote syslog logging on Debian and Ubuntu
  • OOXML projects bolster Microsoft's interoperability efforts
  • On sidux 2008.02 Xfce

Review: EeePC 900 with Ubuntu 8.4

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Hardware
Ubuntu

learningfield.org: The office bought ASUS EeePC 900s and this tidy little tool deserves a review. I almost immediately set about wiping the Xandros Linux install and setting up Ubuntu Linux. I did enough preliminary reading before starting to install the distribution that I felt prepared for the quirks, but after the weekend I’m now pretty comfortable with my choice.

Win4Lin 5.0 makes big improvements

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Software

linux.com: There is no dearth of software that can help you run that indispensable Windows app over Linux. Win4Lin has managed to survive through the years as an inexpensive tool for people who like to pay for support. The recently released Win4Lin 5, available for $30 a pop, has shrugged off the shortcomings of its predecessor and delivers on its "near native-performance" promise.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 June 2008

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Gentoo

The June issue of the Gentoo Monthly Newsletter has been released. In this month's issue: LinuxTag and FliSoL, GSOC interview, Gentoo in space, and more!

5 Reasons A Dark Theme will Ruin Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

trentrichardson.com: A few screenshots show that Ubuntu is still going dark. The direction they are headed is not very clear. Even by scanning other user’s comments it appears its not a very popular idea, and I agree 100%! Here are 5 reasons a dark theme will only hurt Ubuntu:

GPLv3 One Year Anniversary Edition 06/29/08

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OSS

gpl3.blogspot: The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3/AGPLv3 adoption for the past year. This Edition: GPLv3 - One Year Later, GPLv3 - 10,000 projects, and Significant Adopters and Rejectors.

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Keeping patient data safe with open source tools

Healthcare is experiencing a revolution. In a tightly regulated and ancient industry, the use of free and open source software make it uniquely positioned to see a great deal of progress. I work at a scrappy healthcare startup where cost savings are a top priority. Our primary challenge is how to safely and efficiently manage personally identifying information (PII), like names, addresses, insurance information, etc., and personal health information (PHI), like the reason for a recent clinical visit, under the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HIPAA, which became mandatory in the United States in 2003. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • Indian Bank Hit in $13.5M Cyberheist After FBI ATM Cashout Warning

    But according to Indian news outlet Dailypionneer.com, there was a second attack carried out on August 13, when the Cosmos Bank hackers transferred nearly $2 million to the account of ALM Trading Limited at Hang Seng Bank in Hong Kong.

  • How to Protect Yourself Against a SIM Swap Attack

    A sobering caveat: If a skilled SIM hijacker targets you, there’s realistically not much you can do to stop them, says Allison Nixon, threat research at security firm Flashpoint. “In most of the cases that we’ve seen, a sufficiently determined attacker can take over someone’s online footprint,” she says.

    That’s because ultimately, the machinations behind SIM swaps are largely out of your control. [...]

  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 110 - Review of Black Hat, Defcon, and the effect of security policies
    Josh and Kurt talk about Black Hat and Defcon and how unexciting they have become. What happened with hotels at Defcon, and more importantly how many security policies have 2nd and 3rd level effects we often can't foresee. We end with important information about pizza, bananas, and can openers.

YunoHost 3.0.0.1

At this point I have only set up YunoHost, created a few user accounts and installed a handful of applications. While I may play with it further, my main focus going into this trial was how well the framework of the distribution functions. That is: is it easy to install, how hard is it for new users to add services and accounts, and is it straight forward to keep the system up to date? Basically, I wanted to know whether I could give this distribution to someone who wanted to set up home-based network services for the first time and expect them to be able to use it. Based on my experiences so far with YunoHost, my answer is: probably. The distribution does make it pretty easy to create user accounts and install web-based services. In fact, YunoHost does this quite well. The admin panel is very streamlined, uncluttered and easy to navigate and getting something like a game of Hextris or a media streaming service installed is about as easy as a few mouse clicks. Managing the firewall, monitoring the system and creating backups are nearly as easy. The administrator still needs to figure out how to get backup archives off the disk to another location for safe keeping, but the bulk of the work in backing up and restoring the operating system is done for us. Where I feel the distribution runs into trouble is mostly little details, and a few general concepts. For example, asking the user to create an "admin" password but leaving the root password as the default is both likely to confuse people and leave a permanent security hole on the servers of most inexperienced hobbyist administrators. On the topic of accounts, it makes sense, from a security standpoint, to separate web accounts from system accounts. But, this means there may be some confusion as to why, once an account has been created, it cannot log into the system. Little concepts like this may throw new users and I don't feel these issues are well addressed by the documentation. The first time through, the system installer failed during the partitioning section. It worked the second time though with the same settings, so I'm not sure if this is a semi-persistent bug or a one-time error with my system. On the whole, YunoHost performs well. It's light on resources, it offers a lot of common network services home administrators will probably want and it is pretty easy to run and maintain. There are a few little wrinkles in the experience, but in general I found the distribution to be straight forward to use. For people looking to set up a home server, this is probably a good platform on which to build. Read more

Software: GIMP, Password Safe, and Podcasts

  • GIMP 2.10.6 Introduces Vertical Text, New Filters, and GIMP Extension Public Repo
    A brand-new point release for popular photo editing software GIMP has been released today, bringing GIMP to version 2.10.6 – this update doesn’t bring a whole load of significant features, but there are some great improvements and new functionalities. For starters, GIMP 2.10.6 finally introduces support for vertical text (top to bottom), which has been a highly requested feature particularly for East-Asian writing systems. Thus, users can now set text in mixed orientation (as is typical in East-Asian vertical writing) or upright orientation (more common for Western vertical writing), with right-to-left, as well as left-to-right columns.
  • Password Safe is a KeePass-Compatible Password Manager for Linux
    Password Safe is an open-source KeePass-compatible password manager for Linux, designed specifically for use on the GNOME desktop.
  • Linux users finally get a decent podcasts app called, well, ‘Podcasts’
    Podcasts are a hugely popular form of “infotainment” these days, with almost any and every niche you can think of catered for with a show or a segment. If you’re not enjoying the wealth of podcasts out there, you’re really missing out. Podcasts provide you with the experience of a radio show, covering a wide range of topics ranging from gospel to science fiction to music and every thing in between. There are so many ways to enjoy your podcst. On mobile, popular apps such as PocketCast offer users a one-stop-shop for all the podcasts you can listen to. Many music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify offer dedicated sections on Podcasts.