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First Firefox 2 beta makes debut

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla Foundation has released a beta version of Firefox 2, the next major version of its Web browser.

A Closer Look at Damn Small Linux

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HowTos

In this article you will learn how to turn a blank CD and an inexpensive USB keydrive into a powerful, portable, take-along operating system complete with modern applications like Firefox, a Web server, and multimedia tools. All this can be done using free Open Source Linux software.

HOWTO: Install OpenSUSE 10.1 as a Xen guest OS

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This document is for us poor saps who don't have an Intel VT or AMD SVM enabled CPU. If we did, we wouldn't have to patch our guest OSes to run on Xen.

Book Review : PGP & GPG Email for the Practical Paranoid

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Reviews

How many people are in the habit of encrypting their email or even digitally signing it before sending it to a recipient ? It will be fairly correct if I state that a majority of us do not think twice about these things.

Insecure by design

CALEA (Computer Assistance Law Enforcement) is quietly in the background of current news again, because the FBI is pushing congress to mandate that all future routing equipment manufactured will include back doors for law enforcement.

A simple Linux backup method

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This article describes a simple backup method that I use every day to backup my home Linux systems. It's an easy method that non-technical Linux users can use to backup their important data. We'll discuss the decisions you have to make in order to do a thorough backup.

Open source Gnome Partition Editor gets easier

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Open source developers released a new edition of the Gnome Partition Editor (GParted) earlier this month. Though it is based on Linux, updates to the bootable versions mean people without Linux skills can now use them.

Open-Xchange Publishes AJAX Position Paper

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News

Does Asynchronous JavaScript and XML or AJAX represent a breakthrough in computer science? Open-Xchange, Inc. today posted the second in a series of position papers intended to review the forces changing the market for information technology in general and collaborative solutions in specific.

A New, "Non Ugly" Open Source Media Center

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Software

Meet Elisa, software from a project aimed at developing "an open source media center solution for GNU/Linux and Unix operating systems." IBM's Wes Felter calls its interface "surprisingly non-ugly."

website screenshot server on debian stable

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HowTos

Despite being both great and free the online service thumbshots, which is used to create images of what a website looks like, can't be used for professional use. Here we'll demonstrate how to reproduce that service ourselves.

Serious Sam 2 for Linux

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Gaming

According to this forum post, our wait is almost over. Vedran Skrnjug a programmer at Croteam wrote: "Linux port of editor and client is nearing its end. What is left to do is some internal polishing and a few minor issues to resolve.

Video: George Lucas' masterpiece in ASCII art

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Movies

CNET News.com's Nicole Girard shows you the command line to unlock a viewable ASCII version of the classic movie "Star Wars." So sit back, grab a tub of popcorn and enjoy the show.

IBM focuses on Drupal for new developerWorks series

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Drupal

The popular IBM developerWorks site has started a new series entitled "Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site". After reviewing numerous open source packages such as Typo3, Mambo, and the ever-hyped Ruby on Rails, they "decided to use Drupal", remarking that it "provided the right combination of framework and flexibility . . . to get the job done".

Novell's Roger Levy Sees Desktop Future for Linux

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SUSE

"I think the next steps for interoperability will be a growing need for tools that make it easier for users to migrate from Windows to Linux," said Roger Levy, Novell vice president and general manager of open platform solutions. "Most businesses have specialized applications that they will need to see on Linux before they can totally switch to an open platform."

Still Waiting: Firefox 2.0 Beta Previews

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The first beta version of the Firefox 2.0 browser could be released as soon as today, according to a note posted to Mozilla's Web site. This much-anticipated release will be made no later than the end of this week, and no sooner than Tuesday. Here are a couple of articles and a bunch of screenshots to ease the wait.

Linux Vendors Try To Beat Microsoft To Widespread Virtualization

With Microsoft trying to ramp up its Windows Virtual Server for release next year, Red Hat, Novell, Xandros, and other Linux vendors are pulling out the stops toward virtualization in hopes that Linux might start to beat Windows as the base operating system of choice among enterprises and small businesses.

SMEs and open source - a perfect marriage?

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Small businesses can benefit from switching to open source, says Danny Bradbury - just be careful which applications you choose to move.

Open source casts new mold for type design

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The open-source approach, born in the field of programming, is catching on in a new area: type design. In 2003, type design company Bitstream, in conjunction with the GNOME Foundation, released a font family called Vera for open-source use. Now, with Vera essentially dormant, an international group has picked up work on an offshoot called DejaVu.

aDesklets: Eye candy for the Linux desktop

Have you ever seen the Mac OS X desktop and wished all that eye candy were available for Linux? Now you can jazz up your Linux desktop with desklets -- nifty little windows that float on your desktop and display information such as weather updates, system monitors, and calenders. Once you have aDesklets installed, you can download and install an assortment of desklets.

Microsoft takes open source short cut

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Microsoft

WHEN THE champion of proprietary software Microsoft needed to build its new Open Document format plug-in it seemed happy to take Open Source code to run it.

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OSS Leftovers

  • New FIDO2 Security Key Will Be Open Source
    A new security key solution is poised to further extend the reach of the FIDO Alliance’s new FIDO2 authentication standard. Called “Solo”, the security key is currently in the works from San Francisco-based SoloKeys, which currently has a Kickstarter campaign underway to support the product. Like other prominent security key solutions, Solo is designed to plug into a computer or laptop’s USB port, allowing the user to confirm with an authenticating service that they are physically present at the device by pressing a button on the key.
  • IOTA (MIOTA) – Biilabs launches GDPR compliant open-source implementation of TangleID
    The rise of IOTA as a top DLT continues. Earlier this year, the city of Taipei announced that they were using the IOTA tangle in implementing their smart city project. The project has largely been a success in implementing a decentralized digital identity system that runs on the IOTA tangle. That’s a major plus towards the growth of the IOTA ecosystem, and gives a huge intrinsic value to the IOTA coin. However, the best news is that this system is now open source. This means that it can be applied to any other city all across the world.
  • Open Source Healthcare Journal Preview at the Connected Health Conference in Boston
    The debut issue of the Open Source Healthcare Journal, a magazine advocating innovative open-source solutions in health, will be available for preview by over 2,000 technology innovators and healthcare providers at the Connected Health Conference at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, October 17-19. The Open Source Healthcare Journal's forward-looking point of view is the perfect match for the industry-leading conference, known for provocative discussions on the future of tech-enabled health. The first issue of the journal — published by GoInvo, a healthcare design studio located in Arlington, Massachusetts — features a Q&A with digital health leader and best-selling author Eric Topol, MD as well as articles by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of HealthcareDIY and Juhan Sonin of MIT and GoInvo.
  • Hedera Hashgraph releases open source SDK
    Hedera Hashgraph, the public distributed ledger that enables globally decentralized applications recently announced the public release of the Hedera SDK in Java. The SDK is open source under an Apache 2 license. With the SDK, developers can now begin to develop Hedera-based applications for use on the Hedera platform.
  • 4 [free] open-source network monitoring tools
    Just as with commercial, for-pay monitoring software, there are open-source options that have varying features, and the goal of an enterprise is to find the best fit for its environment. That’s where this downloadable PDF package of reviews can help. It evaluates four popular free, open-source network-monitoring platforms – Icinga, Nagios, Observium and Zabbix – highlighting pros and cons and giving enough context that this bundle can serve as a guide for IT pros seeking advice.
  • Open Source MANO Needs a Reality Check
    So what's next? Another ONAP update is due soon (in November, dubbed Dublin) but that will only cover up some of the cracks. But you know what -- that's OK! No one actually expects an open source development comprising millions of lines of code to be made useful in a blink of an eye, or even a few months. Iterative progress and a very clear indication of the state of documentation, exactly which modules might be ready to be either used by an operator's team or considered for "industrialization" by a vendor and even highlighting areas where more community activity would all be useful and not at all damaging: Promoting ONAP as "ready to deploy" currently invites suspicion, because that suggests 100% readiness and that's very far from reality.
  • Is Open Source the Right Approach for NFV Orchestration?
    Once upon a time there was a maharaja who decided to raise a baby elephant as a pet (stick with me…). As the elephant grew, it became more and more expensive to feed and created such a mess that eventually the maharaja told his courtiers that he was gifting them the elephant out of the generosity of his heart. In return they would have to look after the elephant and bring it back to him when it was a bit more mature and stable enough for him to ride. Some might say that, in the context of NFV MANO (management and orchestration), the elephant is Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and the maharaja is AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). But that would be unfair. In reality there are two maharajas -- AT&T and China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) -- and two elephants that have been merged into a six-legged Loxodonta with two tails and three tusks. (See MANO Marriage: ECOMP, OPEN-O Converge as ONAP.)
  • Nuclear Reactor Startup Transatomic Power going Open Source after Closure
    It seldom happens that certain circumstances do not allow one idea to prosper as planned. But Open Source can solve that issue, once the idea is shared with the world. Others can take on that work, build upon and keep improving it. This recently happened with Transatomic Power (founded by Mark Massie and Dr. Leslie Dewan in April 2011), a Nuclear Startup that introduced a brand new design of its own Nuclear Reactor that is a lot more efficient than conventional ones. As they haven’t been able to build it within their targeted timeframe, they announced suspending operations on September 25, 2018. But declaring their designs Open Source is certainly going to help change things for the better.
  • Play Your Favorite Old Web Games Now, Chrome 71 May Break Them
    hen Google rolled out Chrome 66 earlier this May, it offered a tweak that pleased almost everyone by muting sites that would play sound automatically. Unfortunately, it also ended up breaking several projects’ audio. This meant that a variety of different media, from popular web games to some of Google’s own projects effectively had their audio broken beyond repair. Users were understandably upset, and in response to an overwhelming amount of backlash, Google retained the browser alteration that blocked autoplaying video and audio, but decided to push back the feature’s application for games and web apps to Chrome 71, which is set to debut in December.
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Servers: Nginx, Container, and Kubernetes on AWS

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