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Story Initializing and Managing Services in Linux: Past, Present and Future Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 7:38pm
Story Debian Is Still Working To Tackle ZFS On Linux Support Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 7:23pm
Story Leftovers: KDE Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 7:16pm
Story Phoronix on Graphics Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 7:15pm
Story Mark Shuttleworth: Why Ubuntu mobile really matters Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 7:11pm
Story LibreOffice 5.0 Open-Source Office Suite Has Been Branched Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 7:05pm
Story Why your hardware needs an open source debugger Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 6:53pm
Story The future of open source in health IT Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 6:51pm
Story The Ubuntu Touch OTA 4 Update Will Bring Important New Features Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 6:40pm
Story Lee Schlesinger: No one nowadays objects to FOSS Roy Schestowitz 20/05/2015 - 6:37pm

Sony patent takes first step towards real-life Matrix

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Sci/Tech

IMAGINE movies and computer games in which you get to smell, taste and perhaps even feel things. That's the tantalising prospect raised by a patent on a device for transmitting sensory data directly into the human brain - granted to none other than the entertainment giant Sony.

Fewer permissions are key to Longhorn security

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Microsoft

M$ has finally tried to implement some form of the built in security features that makes Linux superior. Will this help tame the Wild West environment it created on the internet? Is it too little too late?

NoGravity Linux Game Port

One of the most prolific games of the BeOS platform was SpaceGirl now renamed to No Gravity. The game has now being ported to Linux and also it has been fully open sourced in February 2005 by realtech VR.

qwest linux dsl routers

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Linux

the interesting thing about these new actiontec routers is that they run linux. most people have a single static ip, so it would be sort of neat to have your dsl router run a small static web site. better yet, install ssh and use it as a tunneling server.

REVIEWS: 'Chaos,' 'God of War' deliver

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Reviews
Gaming

For a strategic, methodical approach to action games, "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory" is worth the $50. For the same price, "God of War" is a frenzied, breathless experience that'll leave your fingers ached and cramping.

DNS attacks on the up

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Security

The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Centre (ISC) has said that domain name system attacks are becoming more widespread since they were first reported last month.

First responders to get biometric IDs

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Sci/Tech

About 200,000 first responders in the Washington region will be issued biometric smart card IDs under a new program to be deployed by the Homeland Security Department. The new cards will be requiring computerized data images of two index fingers, among other specifications.

Engineers turn to 'soft offices'

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Sci/Tech

Offices of the future could become havens of peace and tranquillity instead of hotbeds of slamming drawers and rattling filing cabinets.

New Logo

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Site News

Just wanted to post a big THANK YOU to jrangels for donating his time and wonderful talent to make us a great new logo and header background image here at tuxmachines.org. You might know his work from being offered on kde-look.org or from being the primary graphic artist for pclinuxos. His newest work for that distro is on display in the tuxgallery. Mosey on by and take a look before you leave.

Thanks again Jose.

yagoohoogle.com?

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Web

Can't decide which is a better search engine, yahoo or google? Well, wonder no more, yagoohoogle.com is online. It's actually a little more than a joke as it actually queries both search sites and produces results from both in a split window browser. Kinda cool. Example.

Linux still seen as most secure

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Linux

Last year's Yankee Group TCO study attracted criticism when it became clear that that the sample group was taken from a mailing list aimed at Windows system administrators.

Last year's Web-based survey was funded and carried out by Sunbelt Software, a vendor of Windows utilities, which publicised the survey solely through a mailing list called W2Knews, billing itself as "the World's first and largest e-zine designed for NT/2000 System Admins and Power Users". In the 16 February edition of W2Knews, which launched the survey, the company said it and Yankee Group were "surveying Windows Sites" to see how they were "responding to the Linux phenomenon and the TCO question".

Linux 'not just for power users'

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Linux

In a report published by research and analysis firm Quocirca, entitled "Migrating to Linux on the Desktop", the company found not only was it a myth that you had to be a power user to cope with Linux, the complete opposite is true.

Microsoft Expands Anti-Linux Campaign

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Linux
Microsoft

Microsoft is expanding its "Get the Facts" campaign against Linux by talking about the reliability of Windows versus Linux systems, a company executive said this week at the Open Source Business Conference here.

"Reliability has been challenging for us. It is an area that has been very noisy," says Martin Taylor, general manager of platform strategy at Microsoft. "Customers say that reliability is very important to them and that they are hearing that Linux and Unix are more reliable than Windows."

High-powered business coalition backs EU commission against Microsoft

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Microsoft
Legal

A five-member coalition of high-tech heavyweights, including IBM, Oracle and Nokia, has thrown its weight behind the European Commission in its anti-trust court battle with US software giant Microsoft, the group's lawyer said.

Linux forking is not likely, kernel maintainer says

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Linux

Andrew Morton clarifies his statement from November

Linux devotees need not worry about the Linux kernel ever forking into multiple, incompatible derivatives, Andrew Morton, lead maintainer of the 2.6 version of the kernel, said at the Open Source Business Conference here on Tuesday.

Government IT gets star treatment at FOSE

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OSS

The 29th edition of FOSE opened today at the Washington Convention Center with a three-day slate of exhibits, demonstrations, discussions and meetings on IT and government.

Open-Source Security Tools Touted at InfoSec

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OSS
Security

A well-known security consultant on Tuesday urged cash-strapped businesses to consider using free, readily available open-source security tools and applications to help cope with the rising spate of malicious hacker attacks.

Flaw found in Firefox

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Security

A flaw has been discovered in the popular open-source browser Firefox that could expose sensitive information stored in memory, Secunia has warned.

Yahoo's CEO cashes $230M in stocks in 2004

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Misc

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Terry Semel took advantage of a rebound in technology stock prices and sold 10 million shares of Yahoo worth $230 million last year, making his annual haul one of the largest ever for a corporate executive.

Hardware Reviews for Sale

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Hardware

The hardware review world is going to hell in a hand basket, and the reasons are money, stupidity, and PR people that are too effective. Low morals on the part of many in the scene are also to blame, but they only contribute to the problem. Some are too stupid to do more than reword press releases and swipe slides from PDFs, others are flat out bought.

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