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Linux Vendors Rush to Patch Privilege Escalation Flaw After Root Exploits Emerge

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Linux Linux vendors are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be exploited by local attackers to gain root access on the system.

REMnux 3 review – a treasure chest for the malware-curious

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Linux Have you received a suspicious PDF or Flash file lately and are you curious about the malware it contains? Then start up REMnux to analyze it, as Koen explains…

A Short Trip Down Memory Lane

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noctslackv1.wordpress: Back in 2006, I was a fresh-faced new GNU/Linux adventurer. Relatively quickly I settled on Slackware as my primary operating system. My GNU/Linux mentor, Bruno Knaapen, once predicted that I would end up with Slackware because I definitely had the Slacker attitude.

XFS Developer Takes Shots At Btrfs, EXT4

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Software Chris Mason of Btrfs fame wasn't the only Linux file-system developer talking to the public last week. While the Btrfs talk was going on in Los Angeles at SCALE 10x, Dave Chinner was down under in Australia at LCA2012 talking about XFS. His talk included some controversial shots at EXT4 and Btrfs.

Linux / Open Source For Kids: A Feast of Riches

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Software Linux and free/open source software are the best computing environments for children because they can get under the hood and learn to control and shape the technology, rather than be trained like lab rats to click buttons and be good little unquestioning consumers. Here is a batch of excellent educational and creative software for children, and for beginners of any age.

Linux fate lies in the hands of many

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Linux When someone presses me about the state of Linux on the desktop, I usually respond with a tightened brow and pursed lip and start talking about the current commercial push to move beyond the desktop platform and into mobile.

Fedora 17 Goes On A Diet, But With More Features

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Linux Fedora 17, codenamed the Beefy Miracle, has yet another new round of features. One of the items though includes this beefy release having DIET.

Error-Fixing Btrfs FSCK Tool Is Imminent

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Software An fsck utility capable of fixing problems on the Btrfs file-system is imminent. Plus other features continue to be worked on for this next-generation, open-source Linux file-system.

Introduction To Linux Commands

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HowTos At the heart of every modern Mac and Linux computer is the “terminal.” Mac, Linux and Windows computers today are mainly controlled through user-friendly feature-rich GUI. So, why would anyone want to bother with these text commands when you can use the mouse instead?

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 440

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

* Reviews: Let's talk tiny - Tiny Core Linux 4.2
* News: Mandriva and Pardus status update, Fedora packages, Gentoo zero-day packaging, Bodhi's Bloathi, ZevenOS overview
* Questions and answers: Clang went the compiler
* Released last week: Toorox 01.2012

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

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