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GNU/Linux and freedom: non-free software hidden in your GNU/Linux distribution

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Most people with an interest in software freedom will turn to GNU/Linux as their operating system of choice. Few realize however, that the vast majority of GNU/Linux distros are not entirely free. Imagine migrating away from Windows, only to find that by installing GNU/Linux you are accepting a restrictive Microsoft license!

Linux, Where Crapware Goes to Die

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linuxjournal.com: Remember this cute little purple ape? If you’re a Linux user, you might not. He was one of the earliest malware/spyware/crapware programs for the Microsoft Windows platform. Why were Linux users left out in the cold during the heyday of BonziBuddy?

Thunar and Rox Filer: Mighty File Managers

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linuxinsider.com: Thunar and Rox Filer are different from the average file manager, and different from each other too. Both are powerful and flexible, offering features unavailable in other Linux file managers.

Cool portable linux music studio

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handlewithlinux.com: Making music on Linux used to be something for masochists. Luckily this is long something of the past, as nowadays lot's of cool Linux software and compatible hardware is available to musicians.

How Mono apologists drive developers away

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itwire.com: When Hubert Figuiere, a developer who had lost his job with Novell in the first quarter of 2009, released the note-taking application Gnote on April 1 last year, one doubts that he had any idea about the kind of attacks which would be launched on him by Mono advocates and apologists.

The GNOME Journal March 2010 Issue Ready

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  • GNOME Miro Community
  • Canonical, Upgrading GNOME Bugzilla, and Commercial Sponsorship
  • Interview with Juan José Sánchez Penas of the GNOME Advisory Board
  • Unchaining The Opportunistic Developer
  • Mallard - Better Help for Better Software
  • Letter from the Editor

10 Alternative Web Browsers for Linux

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starryhope.com: While Firefox is arguably still the champion of Linux web browsers, it can sometimes be slow and get bogged down by sites like Facebook. As a result (and just because it’s fun), some people have started to search for alternatives. Here are 10.

Goodbye Opera

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dedoimedo.com: The sense of betrayal is probably the hardest emotion to cope with, the realization of a difficult truth that the trust you have given has been abused. Something drastic changed between version 10.10 and 10.51 a week ago. After the update was complete, I discovered my trust has been violated.

Learning GNU Text Utilities

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linux.com: Why text files, specifically? Well, if you're doing much work at the shell on Linux, you'll start encountering a lot of text or files that can behave like text. Log files, configuration files and output from many commands can all be manipulated with the GNU textutils.

Minimalist Linux desktops

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h-online.com: Lightweight desktops have a multitude of uses, on netbooks, for mobile devices, for older hardware, for users with limited requirements of their systems, for connecting to applications in the cloud, and for bare knuckled programmers who prefer to work closer to the metal.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Security Leftovers

  • Chrome vulnerability lets attackers steal movies from streaming services
    A significant security vulnerability in Google technology that is supposed to protect videos streamed via Google Chrome has been discovered by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with a security researcher from Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, Germany.
  • Large botnet of CCTV devices knock the snot out of jewelry website
    Researchers have encountered a denial-of-service botnet that's made up of more than 25,000 Internet-connected closed circuit TV devices. The researchers with Security firm Sucuri came across the malicious network while defending a small brick-and-mortar jewelry shop against a distributed denial-of-service attack. The unnamed site was choking on an assault that delivered almost 35,000 HTTP requests per second, making it unreachable to legitimate users. When Sucuri used a network addressing and routing system known as Anycast to neutralize the attack, the assailants increased the number of HTTP requests to 50,000 per second.
  • Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess
    Hospitals are pretty hygienic places – except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are “endemic” in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff. The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments – with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice.
  • Why are hackers increasingly targeting the healthcare industry?
    Cyber-attacks in the healthcare environment are on the rise, with recent research suggesting that critical healthcare systems could be vulnerable to attack. In general, the healthcare industry is proving lucrative for cybercriminals because medical data can be used in multiple ways, for example fraud or identify theft. This personal data often contains information regarding a patient’s medical history, which could be used in targeted spear-phishing attacks.
  • Making the internet more secure
  • Beyond Monocultures
  • Dodging Raindrops Escaping the Public Cloud