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Mozilla Linux Command Line URL Parsing Security Flaw Reported

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Moz/FF
Security

A critical input validation security vulnerability affecting Linux versions of Mozilla Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite has been reported today. The flaw could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a victim's system. Fix already in place.

How open source gave power to the people

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OSS

The sedentary art of software development and the extreme sports of kitesurfing, sailplaning and canyoning would appear to have little in common. However, both are examples of a new force that could eventually affect a far broader range of companies and industries: the power of users to shape how products are developed.

Say no to software piracy! (Use open source)

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OSS

For SMBs who can scarcely afford to keep chasing software upgrades, open source is one option that they may want to look at (hosted applications is another) if they want to remain on the right side of the law while benefiting from legitimate software.

In Defense of the Linux Trademark

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Linux

Trademarks are different from other types of intellectual property. A trademark can be a mark, a word, a color, a sound or some other "label" that functions as an indicator of the source of goods or services for which the trademark is used. When it no longer does so, the trademark is not doing its job.

Symantec report sparks safe-browser debate

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OSS

Symantec Corp. noted that Firefox Web browser had more confirmed vulnerabilities than Internet Explorer. So does that mean that the Mozilla-based browser is less secure? Not exactly, according to security experts.

Linux Desktop - An Analyst's Nightmare

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Linux

Good analysts usually have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They socialize easily and can politic with the best. They generally make lousy technicians. If you pay an analyst to advise you about Linux desktops and they say that Linux is not ready, consider a second opinion.

Quake 4 Hands-On Preview

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Gaming

Recently I was invited to spend a few memorable hours in the tortured universe of Quake. Activision assembled a few gaming journalists together in front of some high end PCs and gave them just two directives.

Opera gives away its browser, with no ads

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Software

Opera Software will no longer force users of the free PC version of its Web browser, Opera, to view advertising banners.

What's ahead for Samba-3, Samba-4 and FUD-fighting

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Software

Stroll around a Linux business conference with John H. Terpstra and you'll hear him greeted as "Mr. Samba." In this interview, he puts forth the best ways to use Samba-3 today, reveals new and upcoming developments in Samba-3 and Samba-4, and explains why the first businesses to adopt open source software will get a leg up on the competition.

M$ could face fresh EU case in future

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Legal

The European Commission may bring a new competition case against Microsoft after the EU executive received fresh complaints about the U.S. software giant, the EU competition commissioner said in a newspaper interview on Tuesday.

A Lesson in Encryption

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HowTos

Your system's security depends on you, even if you're not a security guru. Here's some basic steps you can take to keep out prying eyes.

Linux Game of the Month : PySol

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Reviews

Today, I'm going to tell you about a solitaire game that will redefine how you view solitaire games. It's called PySol. So what makes PySol such a great game?

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Linux-powered humanoid robot on sale Friday

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Linux

A run of 100 Linux-powered humanoid robots goes on sale in Japan Friday, priced at 1.5M Yen (about $14,000), not including 10,000 Yen (~$90) monthly service fees.

Katrina maps and photos via open source tools

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OSS

Up-to-date maps and imagery are key to the rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Armed with a handful of online mapping tools, plenty of enthusiasm and access to more data than most of would know what to do with - a band of developers puts the data onto the web for all to see and use.

The New Linux Standard

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Linux

Efforts to create a Linux standard gained some ground today with the release of the Linux Standards Base (LSB) 3.0 specification. The latest LSB standard is an effort to help prevent the fragmentation of Linux and is widely supported by major Linux vendors.

Microsoft Files 8 Piracy Suits

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Microsoft

Microsoft said Monday that it has filed lawsuits against eight software resellers for allegedly distributing pirated copies of its popular consumer and enterprise software products like Windows XP, Office 2000, Microsoft SQL Server, and FrontPage.

Big Game Hunt: Can 3D Graphics Give Linux An Edge On The Desktop?

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Linux

Open-source developers look to NVIDIA and ATI for all-important hardware driver support.

Which is better, Windows or Linux security?

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Security

The IT industry's obsession with comparing Windows and Linux security is a waste of time, according to top Linux bod Alan Cox. Operating system security is, he says, simply awful right across the board.

Intelligence in the Internet age

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Sci/Tech

Is technology making us smarter? Or are we lazily reliant on computers, and, well, dumber than we used to be?

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