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Serious auditing with Lynis

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Software If you want to do a thorough system security audit on a Linux machine what do you use? Cobble together a few of the pre-installed tools? Search through the numerous locations for a tool that might give you enough information to determine if your system is safe? Or, do you open up a terminal window and use the Lynis security auditing tool?

2009 Members Choice Award Winners

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OSS The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races and a couple multi-year winners were unseated this year. KDE, which had won Desktop Environment of the Year every year we’ve had the MCA’s, was finally unseated…

Anjal: GNOME's Evolution for Netbooks

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Software One unforeseen benefit of the rise of netbooks is the rethinking of desktop interfaces. Compared to workstations, netbooks have smaller screens and less memory, and developers generally assume that users do less demanding tasks on them. Few netbook interfaces illustrate this re-examination better than Anjal.

KTorrent: KDE’s BitTorrent client

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Software In order to download the files associated with torrents, you need a BitTorrent client. KTorrent, a KDE project, is a feature-rich client that is completely self-contained from the moment you start searching for torrents until the last chunk finishes downloading.

Oracle Cuts Affect GNOME Accessibility Work

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  • Oracle Cuts Affect GNOME Accessibility Work
  • MySQL handler Jacobs walks out on Oracle
  • Ellison puts Screven over mySQL
  • Has the Irresistible Rise of Begun?

A Few New Features In Gnome-Shell

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Software GNOME-Shell needs no introduction. I’m sure many of you all know what it is, have opinions on it and probably you will have tried it out. But have you tried it out lately?

15 Remote Desktop Solutions for Linux

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Software There are a wide range of remote desktop applications that are available that can be used to connect to Windows environment but there aren’t too many that can be used to remote desktop from Linux to Linux or Windows to Linux.

Oracle loses some MySQL mojo

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Software Ever since Oracle closed on its acquisition of MySQL, the open-source world has been wondering where the code has gone. Many people searched, fruitlessly, for the formerly available MySQL source code.

Introducing Pinta

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jpobst.blogspot: Over the holiday break, I stumbled upon this article from OSNews stating that there was a need for something like Paint.NET for Gtk. knew that that was a massive task, but after playing around for a few hours, I actually had a working paintbrush and canvas.

Cleaning Up The Linux Graphics Driver Stack

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Software Yesterday Luc Verhaegen gave a talk at FOSDEM on reverse engineering a motherboard BIOS, but today we finally have X@FOSDEM for the last time.

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    IBM is aiming to popularise its proprietary machine learning programme SystemML through open-source communities.
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    As you may know, Pale Moon is an open-source, cross-platform browser based on Mozilla Firefox, being up to 25% faster then the original. Palemoon is based on Firefox, has support for the official Firefox extensions, but does not contain all of the Firefox features, including: social API, accessibility features, WebRTC and has some specific customizations and configuration options which are not available on Firefox.
  • Improving the Toolbars in LibreOffice
    With the Design team, we are working on improving toolbars in LibreOffice. This is part of our long-term goal, making LibreOffice “simple for beginners and powerful for experts“. Toolbars in LibreOffice are currently quite limited: A toolbar can have icons, or custom widgets, in a row. You can switch between icon-only, icon+text or text-only display.
  • Using APIs to create secure, open-source solutions
    The new API-based service will aim to "provide a way for beneficiaries to connect their data to the applications, services and research programs they trust," Mark Scrimshire, a member of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, writes at the HHS Idea Lab blog.
  • Apple’s open sourced Swift could change everything
    Apple has told us it intends making Swift 2.0 open source “later this year”, a move some developers are calling “monumental”, a “huge milestone in the evolution of the programming industry.”
  • Server-Side Swift Unveiled: It's Perfect
  • Free Router Software Not In The Crosshairs, FCC Clarifies
    FCC will not seek to ban free software from wireless routers, according to a clarification it made earlier this month on a rulemaking related to radio devices. An earlier draft of the official proposal included a specific reference to device manufacturers restricting installation of the open-source project DD-WRT.
  • Road testing the community-powered grocery store
    Building a business in an open and collaborative way can be a wonderfully rewarding experience, engaging both the members of the organization as well as the customers in a unique relationship based on common, transparent goals, while growing a sense of community around the venture. Last year, Shaun McCance wrote an article for, 4 tips from growing a community grocery store, where he shared his experiences from the initial steps of building a co-operative (co-op) grocery store in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, applying similar practices that many open source software projects use in software development.
  • Denmark’s Aarhus insists on open IT standards
    Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, is requiring the use of open IT standards for all of its future IT projects. This way, the city aims to rid itself of IT vendor lock-in. Aarhus is currently ”fenced in by contracts, proprietary software and proprietary standards”, says Camilla Tække, leading the change management project for the city. “This is a change in culture, not just as a technical one.”

Leftovers: FSF/GNU

  • Software Freedom Conservancy Launches 2015 Fundraiser
    Today Software Freedom Conservancy announces a major fundraising effort. Pointing to the difficulty of relying on corporate funding while pursuing important but controversial issues, like GPL compliance, Conservancy has structured its fundraiser to increase individual support. The organization needs at least 750 annual Supporters to continue its basic community services and 2500 to avoid hibernating its enforcement efforts. If Conservancy does not meet its goals, it will be forced to radically restructure and wind down a substantial portion of its operations.
  • GIMP 2.8.16 Has Been Released
  • 20 Years of GIMP Evolution: Step by Step
    GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – superb open source and free graphics editor. Development began in 1995 as students project of the University of California, Berkeley by Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimball. In 1997 the project was renamed in “GIMP” and became an official part of GNU Project. During these years the GIMP is one of the best graphics editor and platinum holy wars “GIMP vs Photoshop” – one of the most popular.
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