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Scientific Linux 6.1 Carbon review - Almost there

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Linux Today's review should be all the more interesting given my spectacular delight with CentOS 6. My desktop setups rarely change, but they sure will now, with CentOS as a new addition. The only question is, can Scientific Linux fit in there as the ultimate RedHat offspring?

BackTrack 5 - A Linux Distribution Engineered for Penetration Testing

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Linux Linux, which is a very versatile operating environment, caters for an array of different needs of different users. One such specific usage of Linux is in the area of computer security and penetration testing.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 419

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Scientific Linux 6.1
  • News: Debian celebrates 18th birthday, CentOS provides continuous release repository, interviews with Mark Shuttleworth and Kate Stewart, Linux memoirs
  • Questions and answers: Linux versus Android and webOS
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 11 "LXDE", Arch Linux 2011.08.19, Puppy Linux 5.2.8, BlankOn Linux 7.0
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 16 Alpha
  • New distributions: Pear OS
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

The dawn of Linux: "it's just a hobby, it won't be big and professional"

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Linux As we are celebrating 20 years of Linux this week, it seems only fitting to highlight a few milestones in the life of what has come to be (for many people) a very important piece of software development.

A Big Round of Face-Palms For HP

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Hardware Life tends to be pretty exciting even in an ordinary week here in the Linux blogosphere, but few can be compared with the one we just endured. Not only did we learn of Google's Motorola Mobility purchase plans on Monday, but later in the week came word of HP's mother-of-all-face-palm-inspiring acts in the form of its decision to dump pretty much everything relating to webOS.

Linux Mint Debian Edition Updates

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Linux Well, it didn't take nearly as long as I thought that it would. Hot on the heels of my post about Mint Debian and updates, new base release ISO images for both the Gnome and Xfce desktops were made available at the end of last week. I find the fact that they were released together to be particularly encouraging.

Non-Windows Operating Systems for the Beginner

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Microsoft Windows is by far the most commonly used operating system, with over 95% market share. The next biggest operating system is Apple's OS X. The second most popular alternative to Windows is Linux.

The sad state of the Linux Desktop

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Linux Some days ago it was reported that Microsoft declared it considers Linux on the desktop no longer a threat for its business. Now I usually wouldn't care that much what Microsoft is saying, but in this case, I think, they're very right – and thererfore I wonder why this hasn't raised any discussions in the free software community.

Is the Linux media too negative?

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Linux "Is it useful to spend time concentrating on the negatives in FOSS when we have not only a tremendous number of positive events occurring but many detractors who are willing to do the negativity thing for us? Why do we reward failure and negative reactions with press coverage when thriving and positive efforts struggle for valuable attention?"

First Impressions of Puppy Linux Lucid 5.2.8

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Linux I installed Puppy Linux on my Dell XPS M1530 without any programs. Everything worked instantly, including my WLAN card. Within minutes I installed Chrome, setup syncing, and was off to my blog to write a post about it. Pupply Linux is packed full of features, games, tools, and utilities.

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Your Beard Doesn’t Intimidate Me Anymore!

Linux is a community environment. Whether it’s the professionals over at RedHat, Canonical, and Suse or the guys who got together and decided to create Hannah Montana Linux, behind every project there’s usually a community. My first attempt at Linux came in the desert in Iraq. We were building a router lab and I had a couple of blade servers lying around but couldn’t get the Microsoft 2003 server key from our IT guys. So the other resident nerd on site and I started downloading Linux Distros to check them out. OpenSuse was awesome, Ubuntu was in its infancy, and I had no idea what I was doing. At night I’d trudge through forum after forum trying to figure out how the OS could help solve the problems I was creating and experiencing. There were a lot of posts for post-windows users and not all of them were kind. Many of them were written with a rather mocking or haughty tone. There was almost a standard litmus tests on posts where the person would casually mention how long they’ve been running Linux. Anything less than five years was a noob and others on the forum would point it out. There were a lot of good, kind voices, but they were often drowned out by those with a chip on their shoulder. (Read the rest)

Red Hat News

  • Red Hat Data Science talks at Apache Big Data 2016
    Unfortunately, my talk is at the same time as Suneel’s, so I won’t be able to attend his, but these are all great talks and you should be sure to put as many as possible on your schedule if you’ll be in Vancouver!
  • Red Hat Platform Selected As Reference Platform For Telefonica Operators
    Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) and Telefonica Business Solutions, a provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, announced an agreement establishing Red Hat Mobile Application Platform as the global reference platform for operators within the Telefonica Group to mobilize the business processes of its customers on their path to digital transformation.
  • Telefonica and Red Hat Sign a Global Agreement to Help Companies Mobilize Business Processes
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, today announced an agreement establishing Red Hat Mobile Application Platform as the global reference platform for operators within the Telefonica Group to mobilize the business processes of its customers on their path to digital transformation.
  • Fedora “update testing” with Bodhi
    Before and after Fedora releases, there are updates that keep coming in to fix bugs or add minor features to packages included in Fedora. To ensure that these are stable and don’t affect the performance of the existing system, we do “update testing”. Once testing is complete, we share our results and make sure that the developer is aware about the bugs and the success rate of the package. This article will explain how to participate in update testing and contribute to a high quality Fedora release!

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This Is How the New Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon Theme Looks Like

Linux Mint project leader and maintainer Clement Lefebvre dropped some exciting news today about what users should expect from the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" operating system. Read more