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Nigori: Storing Secrets in the Cloud

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links.org: Nigori is a protocol for storing secrets in the cloud such that the storage need not be trusted and only a single password is required to access secrets.

ROX-desktop

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kmandla.wordpress: I’ve seen a few screenshots of ROX-desktop around the Internet, and for fun I decided to put it together myself.

More flexible firmware handling in debian-installer

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skolelinux.org: After a long break from debian-installer development, I finally found time today to return to the project. Having to spend less time working dependency based boot in debian, as it is almost complete now.

NVIDIA 256 Beta Linux Driver Released

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phoronix.com: NVIDIA has rolled out its first beta in the expected 256.xx driver series for Linux, Windows, and other supported platforms.

a better web is winning

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  • a better web is winning
  • Firefox, Chrome, Safari have finally killed Internet Explorer

10 Linux Alternatives to Songbird

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testfreaks.com: Songbird has left the Linux flock and gone on to perceived greener open source pastures. But what are the Linux faithful to use to replace this one time music player gem that was heralded as the alternative to iTunes?

How Linux works: the ultimate guide

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tuxradar.com: Ever wanted to learn how the internals of your Linux desktop work? In this article we're going to explain how everything in a modern Linux distro works, start to finish.

Lightworks Open-Source Video editor –IS- Coming to Linux

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omgubuntu.co.uk: At the time of the announcement it was unclear as to whether Lightworks open-sourcing would lead to a Linux version. Today we have the answer: Yes.

The Cost Of Running Compiz

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  • The Cost Of Running Compiz
  • Beware the benchmarks

Google's Video Codec Won't End Theora

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  • Google's Video Codec Won't End Theora
  • Oh my… the hypocrisy around WebM / VP8
  • Report: MPEG LA planning patent pool for VP8
  • When Google is good ask why
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Security Leftovers

  • How To Improve The Linux System’s Security Using Firejail
    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
  • “Httpd and Relayd Mastery” off to copyedit
  • Kalyna Block Cipher

Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
  • [Old] Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

    The Hadoop community has so far failed to account for the poor performance and high complexity of Hadoop, Johnson says. “The Hadoop ecosystem is still basically in the hands of a small number of experts,” he says. “If you have that power and you’ve learned know how to use these tools and you’re programmer, then this thing is super powerful. But there aren’t a lot of those people. I’ve read all these things how we need another million data scientists in the world, which I think means our tools aren’t very good.”

Wine and Games

  • [Wine] Packaging changes
    Today we want to announce some important changes regarding the Wine Staging packages provided at repos.wine-staging.com and dl.winehq.org. We completely reworked our build system to make the packages available sooner after a release and also added some new features, like downloading old packages for Debian / Ubuntu. The complete list of changes can be found in the announcement email on the Wine mailing list.
  • Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Announced for PC, Mac, Linux, and Mobile
  • Podcast #6 with Ethan Lee, Porter on Fez, Transistor
    Have you ever played Fez on Linux ? Transistor ? Speed Runners ? Shenzen I/O ? Bastion ? or more recently, Owlboy ? Well if you have, you have benefited from the work of Flibitijibibo who is directly responsible for the port of such titles to your platform.