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HowTos
  • Automounting NTFS flash drives in Gentoo
  • Dr. Bill Netcast – 195 – (07/02/11)
  • Fedora and laptops - only a brief look ...
  • WebOS 3.0 In-Depth | LAS | s17e06
  • Linux Outlaws 216 - Jaffa Cakes
  • Automake and cmake revisited
  • Installed Fedora 15
  • LXDM: the wannabe Login Manager
  • Going Linux Jul 05: #143 Listener Feedback
  • The Kernel Graphics Interface (KGI) Is Effectively Dead
  • HOWTO : Yet Another Back|Track 5 on Dell Streak 5
  • Bash builtins
  • Game Drift Linux – Distribution For Gamers
  • Hidden Linux : Hardware reports
  • Stability Adventures Part 1 – Adding unit tests to compiz

today's odds & ends:

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  • Executive offers peek under the Red Hat
  • Cross-Distro Mini-Conf for Linux.conf.au 2012
  • Reading news the way I like it
  • Ubuntu: how to deal with (or not) Unity
  • Interview with Keith Poole from Desura part 2!
  • Bodhi Linux for ARM Alpha 1
  • Inner City Boston Ubuntu Hour 2
  • PCLinuxOS 2011 Review (video)
  • Put your site under Siege
  • Quiz: Input/Output Redirection
  • Install Arch Linux On Your Computer [Part 2]

some howtos & leftovers:

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  • 7 Useful Commands For Ubuntu Linux Newbies
  • Install Ubuntu without burning LiveCD from Windows 7 dual-boot (not wubi)
  • Two monitors. Different resolutions. One desktop.
  • Unknown Horizons 2011.2 – available for openSUSE and Fedora
  • Linux IT to underwrite open-source adoption
  • Light Desktop Environment for Fedora 15
  • Valve Makes The Source SDK Free Of Charge
  • No need to worry as open source contributions decline
  • Install Python 2.5 on CentOS/4
  • Linux Shell Introduction
  • First teaser trailer for Dirk Dashing 2: E.V.I.L. Eye!
  • Unified Messaging Menu / MeMenu Mockup
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 26th June
  • PCLinuxOS 2011.6 Review / Thoughts (video)
  • Newlooks – a classic touch for GNOME 3

today's leftovers:

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  • Gameolith The Linux® Game Download Store
  • BlueBubble: What I learned
  • Compile and Run Syncany on Ubuntu 11.04
  • Rollback, a barrel of fun
  • Larry the Cow Embraces Freedom
  • Running GNOME apps in Kubuntu
  • Battery Drain Problem? : Bumblebee to the rescue
  • How to start contributing to Debian?
  • What To Do If Still Seeing Poor Linux Battery Life
  • Untangle your network
  • Red Hat Exec's $1 Million Sale
  • Mono Consultants
  • New Plasma Active Window Switcher
  • A Python Front-End To GCC Is Brewing This Summer
  • A quick note about Mandriva 2011 UI

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  • Top 10 supercomputers in numbers
  • Ubuntu Community Week Collector Card #1
  • FLOSS Weekly 172: MediaFront
  • Bridge Construction Set lands on the Software Center
  • Firefox tries, and fails, to make business amends
  • Mike Kestner Leaves Xamarin
  • Linux Outlaws 215 - Bitcoin Discussion

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  • More Firefox feature assassination coming up
  • Sony CEO blurs line between Linux and piracy at shareholders’ meeting
  • Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC released!
  • What does the future hold for Firefox?
  • Android and Red Hat Prove Linux's Merit
  • Pidgin-privacy-please
  • BlueBubble + Applets
  • Meet Dirk Hohndel, Desktop Summit Keynote Speaker
  • NL: Half of all public administrations have open source strategy
  • GNOME:Ayatana indicators for openSUSE 11.4
  • LD Magic in Linux
  • Ubuntu Slogan (?)
  • Puzzle Moppet hits the Ubuntu Software Center
  • Teo Natty Netbook: Good Things

today's leftovers:

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  • Nord: A beautiful glassy shell theme
  • GCC 4.6.1 Compiler Released
  • cpan2pkg: prettier gui, ready for mageia!
  • Imagination, now in HD
  • openSUSE strategy voting close to the finish line
  • Gluster Becomes Member of Open Virtualization Alliance
  • Gdiskdump - GUI for diskdump (dd)
  • DtO: Drastic Measures at Bust Buy
  • Geneva abandoning its open source email and office strategy
  • Interview with Keith Poole from Desura Part 1
  • Awoken Icon Set Ported to KDE, Looks Absolutely Beautiful
  • Open Framework Systems (OFS), a new strategic partner for Mandriva
  • 1 Million XOs Missing in Action, Lack of Measurements to Blame
  • Live stream of Debian uploads as well as Ubuntu bugs and uploads
  • Quake Turns 15; Carmack & Hollenshead Speak

some leftovers:

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  • Burning Through Power: Linux Regressions Found
  • Why I Use Linux Ubuntu
  • Advances and Paradoxes of Computers
  • Wallpaper Slideshow App For Gnome 3 (Updated)
  • Pidgin 2.9.0 released (installation in Ubuntu)
  • Blackmagic Decklink SDI and Linux
  • Watching multimedia in Slackware’s browser
  • Video thumbnails in Thunar
  • Ubuntu Unity Concept with Android-esque Trash Icon Gesture
  • Meego/Harmattan – A willfully misunderstood platform.
  • Free or open source for students?
  • Linux Outlaws 214 - Das Router
  • Network Boot Mageia: PXE + NFS Root goodness
  • OIN-A patent pool to protect Linux users from lawsuits
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 19th June
  • Linux 3.0 Faster Than Linux 2.6
  • KDE 4 Service Menu Editor
  • Firefox Drops URL Prefix

some odds & ends:

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  • The 10 worst-named tech products
  • LinuxQuestions.org Turns Eleven
  • Linux Format issue 147 is on sale now
  • What is that character called?
  • 3 network scanner for Linux
  • The Linux Setup - Jeff Hoogland, Bodhi Linux
  • GCC Compiler Migrating To Be More C++ Based
  • FUD Flows Freely Against FLOSS

today's leftovers:

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  • 30 Days Ubuntu: Day 23: Would You Like Some Wine?
  • WebGL is Fundamentally Flawed
  • Introducing the Compliance Lab's summer intern
  • Mageia: preview of ARM port is now available
  • Use a Mac to Turn a Windows Laptop Into a Linux Machine
  • Enterprise IT unhappy with Firefox 4's quick demise
  • Open Or Proprietary, It's Whether It Works Or Not That Counts
  • Out of the Park Baseball 12
  • Happy 15th Anniversary Quake!
  • BatteryMonitor supports NetBSD
  • BlueBubble: The Fine Manual
  • plasma active updates
  • Drupal Gets Social Software Facelift
  • Movie About Indie Game Developers
  • Video: GNOME 3 Shell (and Fedora 15)
  • Likewise Software Joins Open Virtualization Alliance
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  • Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public
    Drupal is a popular open-source content-management system, used to build websites. Like many other open-source projects, Drupal is guided by several committees that are supposed to be accountable to the community and its code of conduct, which enshrines values like "be considerate" and "be respectful." Also like many other open-source projects, Drupal attracts all sorts of people, some of whom are eclectic. Last week, under murky circumstances, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert banned one of the project's technical and community leaders, Larry Garfield. Buytaert attributed the decision to aspects of Garfield's private sex life. Many Drupal users and developers are up in arms about the perceived injustice of the move, exacerbated by what they see as a lack of transparency.
  • HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
    When open source software is used for global health and global relief work, its benefits shine bright. The benefits of open source become very clear when human health and human lives are on the line. In this YouTube video, hear Harrisburg, Pennsylvania software developer Joel Worrall explain about HospitalRun software – open source cloud-based software used at developing world healthcare facilities.
  • Scotland emphasises sharing and reuse of ICT
    Scotland’s public administrations should focus on common, shared technology platforms, according to the new digital strategy, published on 22 March. The government says it wants to develop “shared infrastructure, services and standards in collaboration with our public sector partners, to reduce costs and enable resources to be focused on front-line services.”
  • [Older] OpenSSL Re-licensing to Apache License v. 2.0 To Encourage Broader Use with Other FOSS Projects and Products

    OpenSSL Launches New Website to Organize Process, Seeks to Contact All Contributors

  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
    The State Secretary at Austria’s Federal Chancellery, Muna Duzdar, is encouraging the making available of government data as open data. “The administration must set an example and support the open data culture by giving society its data back”, the State Secretary for Digitalisation said in a statement.
  • Study: Hungary should redouble open data initiatives
    The government of Hungary should redouble its efforts to make public sector information available as open data, and actively help to create market opportunities, a government white paper recommends. The ‘White Paper on National Data Policy’ was approved by the government in December.
  • Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
    Science textbooks may be a thing of the past in Williamson County Schools. The Williamson County school board approved a proposal Monday night to use open source science resources instead of science textbooks. The switch will require a team of nine teachers to spend a year developing an open source curriculum.
  • How Elsevier plans to sabotage Open Access
    It was a long and difficult road to get the major publishing houses to open up to open access, but in the end the Dutch universities got their much awaited ‘gold deal’ for open access. A recently revealed contract between Elsevier and the Dutch research institutes lays bare the retardant tactics the publishing giant employs to stifle the growth of open access.
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  • RcppTOML 0.1.2

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
    FedEx is making you an offer you can’t afford to accept. It’s offering to give you $5 (actually, it’s a discount on orders over $30) if you’ll just install Adobe Flash on your machine. Nobody who knows anything about online security uses Flash anymore, except when it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Because Flash is the poster child for the “security-vulnerability-of-the-hour” club — a group that includes another Adobe product, Acrobat. How unsafe is Flash? Let’s put it this way: seven years ago, Steve Jobs announced that Flash was to be forever banned from Apple’s mobile products. One of the reasons he cited was a report from Symantec that “highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.” Flash security hasn’t gotten any better since.
  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

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    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
    Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that Internet of Things devices will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that IoT devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway. What this says to me is that we need a law that guarantees consumers the right to buy versions of products that are not wirelessly enabled at all.
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