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Story Linux is a new frontier for young developer Rianne Schestowitz 06/10/2016 - 11:53am
Story Linux is a no-go srlinuxx 1 14/10/2007 - 6:19pm
Story Linux is a piece of cake srlinuxx 1 07/02/2009 - 8:11am
Story Linux is a platform, not an OS srlinuxx 1 06/08/2008 - 1:00pm
Story Linux Is A Socialist Plot srlinuxx 18/12/2008 - 7:51pm
Blog entry Linux is a tool. bigbearomaha 09/07/2008 - 3:35am
Story Linux is a tortoise. srlinuxx 20/11/2011 - 9:07pm
Story Linux is a way of life, not a clone of windows. srlinuxx 18/12/2008 - 7:56pm
Story Linux is a win-win for education srlinuxx 26/01/2011 - 3:57am
Story Linux is about choice (pt 1) srlinuxx 27/03/2009 - 1:54am

Firefox joins top ten global brands

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Moz/FF

The open source browser Firefox has been rated alongside Google, Apple and Starbucks as one of the most powerful brands in the world in 2005, according to a study published on Monday.

Learn how to use regular expressions the easy way

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HowTos

I am sure many of you will agree with me if I tell you that regular expressions are an integral part of all Posix operating systems. So what exactly are regular expressions ?

Battle of the Ajax Mail Packages

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Software

Traditionally, there have been two paths to choose from when considering mail servers. The Redmond path or the path of the penguin. Recently, the e-mail landscape has changed dramatically. For one thing, rich client tools such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail have shown the promise of Ajax. I'm sure there are many die-hard Linux folks out there who are silently saying, "who cares?"

U.N. Throws Weight Behind Hundred-Dollar Laptop

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Linux

The United Nations on Thursday lent its support to a project which aims to ship inexpensive, hand-cranked laptops to school-aged children worldwide.

Big Vendors Leap To More Linux In Retail Stores

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Linux

Although Microsoft is becoming an increasingly formidable rival in the same space, IBM, Sun, Oracle, and many other vendors are now responding to renewed opportunities for Linux in department store environments, as retail chains like Circuit City, Pep Boys, and Urban Outfitters start to step to 100-percent Linux deployments on their store-level IT systems. Jacqueline Emigh reports from this year's National Retail Federation show.

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One More Step With Apache2

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HowTos

(This post is a follow-up to Quickly Sharing a Directory with Apache2.) You're having now a Web-accessible directory. What if it contains sub-directories? Say you want to enable basic authentication for a given directory, so that only your friends would access it.

Using Samba on Debian Linux

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HowTos

This article will show you how to install Samba 3.X on Debian Linux 3.1 (Sarge) and make it authenticate against a Windows server running Active Directory. I will show two ways of installing Samba: using apt or directly from source in either case make sure apt's package index files are synchronized:

SARA, spawn of SATAN

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Software

If you are an old school Linux or Unix user, you probably remember the System Administrator's Tool for Scanning Networks (SATAN). In 1995, SATAN brought browser-based network auditing to the world. Despite its initial splash, SATAN fell to the wayside due to lack of updates. Thanks to the kind folks at the Advanced Research Corp., SATAN is back, in the form of the Security Auditor's Research Assistant (SARA), a kinder, gentler, easier to use, and more updated auditing tool.

Myah OS 1.2 CD 2 through CD 6 Games testing

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Linux

I have been working so hard putting togethere the biggest baddest selection of Linux games. I have packaged them all up in packages so you can pick and choose what games you want to install. They are all tested and running. I have also set them all up with menu entries.

Being a Grown-up Computer User

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Linux

Most Windows power users that I know spend a tremendous amount of time making their Windows installation do things that Microsoft doesn't intend for it. For example, when I get a new laptop at work (and I have to use XP on it, for a variety of reasons), the very first thing I do is undo as much of the dumbing down of the user interface as I can.

Royal Bank of Scotland opts for open source intranet

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OSS

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has revealed it is working on a large content management system (CMS) based on the open source application server Zope.

The race to dual-boot Linux, Windows on Intel-based Macs

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Hardware

With the rollout of the new Core Duo-based iMacs under way, and MacBook Pro notebooks close behind, a new preoccupation among some developers is how to make it run operating systems other than Mac OS X 10.4.4.

Linux Developers Tackle GPL 3

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OSS

Some developers in the Linux community have taken the discussion about the new General Public License terms to a contentious point: using it for the next Linux kernel, while a greater challenge over DRM looms.

Also: Linus says no to GPLv3

Stay compliant with open source

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OSS

Having spent the last six years overseeing the acquisition of, integration of, and partnership creation with open source software companies-and managing open source litigation, I am still surprised by how little CIOs truly understand about open source software's potential benefit and impact on their companies' fiscal and legal health.

Solving Rubix Linux 1.0 RC2

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Linux
Reviews
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Rubix is a Linux distribution forked from Slackware Linux. It differs from its parent in that Rubix uses Arch Linux's 'pacman' for simplified package management with dependency resolution. They released rc2 for their upcoming version 1.0 and we took it for a little spin.

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M$ to Release Windows Source Code?

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Microsoft

Various reports are circulating stating Microsoft said today that it would disclose some of the innermost workings of Windows, its flagship operating system, to other companies. There seems to be some controversy as to how much source they intend to release. Some reports state all while other states some.

Writing ISO Images to CD with cdrecord

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HowTos

Today, with the availability of GUI-based CD creation programs such as K3B, the old command-line method write a CD-ROM is pretty much forgotten. Those GUIs are fine for building a CD from ordinary files stored on your hard disk--text, data, music and such--but sometimes you need to do the equivalent of copying a CD image onto a new CD.

FoX Desktop 1 Review

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Linux
Reviews

Of the approximately four trillion Linux distributions out there, here's something a little different. FoX Linux Desktop 1 is an Italian-made distribution that by default runs a combination of KDE apps that make it look and feel more like OSX.

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Networking SBCs run Linux on quad -A53 and -A72 NXP LS chips

Forlinx’s sandwich-style OK1043A-C and OK1046A SBCs run Linux on NXP’s quad -A53 LS1043A and quad -A72 LS1046A SoCs, respectively, and offer a 10GbE port and up to 6x GbE ports with optional SFP. Forlinx has posted product pages for two similar COM Express modules and carrier boards that run Linux on NXP’s networking focused LS series processors. The FET1043A-C module taps the up to 1.6GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A53 LS1043A while the FET1046A-C uses the up to 1.8GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A72 LS1046A. All the processors are headless — without GPUs. Read more

Security: WireGuard, Birds and Updates

  • WireGuard Restored In Android's Google Play Store After Brief But Controversial Removal

    After Google dropped the open-source WireGuard app from their Play Store since it contained a donation link, the app has now been restored within Google's software store for Android users but without the donation option. The WireGuard app for Android makes it easy to setup the secure VPN tunnel software on mobile devices, similar to its port to iOS and other platforms. The WireGuard apps are free but have included a donation link to the WireGuard website should anyone wish to optionally make a donation to support the development of this very promising network tech.

  • Letting Birds scooters fly free

    At that point I had everything I need to write a simple app to unlock the scooters, and it worked! For about 2 minutes, at which point the network would notice that the scooter was unlocked when it should be locked and sent a lock command to force disable the scooter again. Ah well. So, what else could I do? The next thing I tried was just modifying some STM firmware and flashing it onto a board. It still booted, indicating that there was no sort of verified boot process. Remember what I mentioned about the throttle being hooked through the STM32's analogue to digital converters[3]? A bit of hacking later and I had a board that would appear to work normally, but about a minute after starting the ride would cut the throttle. Alternative options are left as an exercise for the reader. Finally, there was the component I hadn't really looked at yet. The Quectel modem actually contains its own application processor that runs Linux, making it significantly more powerful than any of the chips actually running the scooter application[4]. The STM communicates with the modem over serial, sending it an AT command asking it to make an SSL connection to a remote endpoint. It then uses further AT commands to send data over this SSL connection, allowing it to talk to the internet without having any sort of IP stack. Figuring out just what was going over this connection was made slightly difficult by virtue of all the debug functionality having been ripped out of the STM's firmware, so in the end I took a more brute force approach - I identified the address of the function that sends data to the modem, hooked up OpenOCD to the SWD pins on the STM, ran OpenOCD's gdb stub, attached gdb, set a breakpoint for that function and then dumped the arguments being passed to that function. A couple of minutes later and I had a full transaction between the scooter and the remote. The scooter authenticates against the remote endpoint by sending its serial number and IMEI. You need to send both, but the IMEI didn't seem to need to be associated with the serial number at all. New connections seemed to take precedence over existing connections, so it would be simple to just pretend to be every scooter and hijack all the connections, resulting in scooter unlock commands being sent to you rather than to the scooter or allowing someone to send fake GPS data and make it impossible for users to find scooters.

  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (poppler, sudo, and wordpress), Oracle (java-1.8.0-openjdk), Red Hat (java-1.8.0-openjdk), Scientific Linux (java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, and kernel), and SUSE (kernel and postgresql10).

Android Leftovers

Xfce4-Panel Adds Dark Mode Preference

Landing this week in xfce4-panel was this commit providing a dark mode preference for Xfce4, similar to the growing trend with other desktops/UIs for those wanting a "dark mode" interface. Enabling this option will request the GTK dark theme variant of capable themes. For a long time now GTK has exposed a property (gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme) for preferring dark themes while now is being tapped by xfce4-panel. Read more