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  • Assign IPv6 addresses in Linux

  • Auto reboot after kernel panic
  • Switch Capslock to work as Escape on Linux
  • Speed Up Your Linux Application Loading Time with Preload
  • Firewall with iptables using mac address filtering
  • Dealing with Odd Filenames on the Commandline
  • Installing RDoc on Ubuntu Jaunty

How-To: Compile and Install VLC 1.0 in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

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Ubuntu 9.04 (and Kubuntu) comes with VLC 0.9.9 included in the repositories. However, VLC 1.0.0 was released today and it ships with several new features and many improvements. To install the latest release of VLC (currently 1.0.0) in either Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu distributions, just follow the steps below:

5 Bash Tips, Part II

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This article is a continuation to my other Bash-related post, 6 Bash Productivity Tips. Since that article gathered many useful comments and I bumped over several more over the net, here are 5 more tips and tricks.

Using iSCSI On Ubuntu 9.04 (Initiator And Target)

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This guide explains how you can set up an iSCSI target and an iSCSI initiator (client), both running Ubuntu 9.04. The iSCSI protocol is a storage area network (SAN) protocol which allows iSCSI initiators to use storage devices on the (remote) iSCSI target using normal ethernet cabling.

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  • How to Record Skype Calls in Linux

  • Create your own yum repository
  • Run a program on one CPU core in Linux
  • Disable Boot Splash in Ubuntu
  • Sending Mail Through Gmail with Perl
  • Get Google Gears Up and Running in Firefox 3.5
  • Asynchronous Mirroring in Unix
  • Getting Loopy with Bash: using for loops

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  • Disable Location-Aware Browsing in Firefox 3.5

  • Shrink DVD images in Linux
  • How to install OpenTyrian in Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Apt-p2p for peer-to-peer Debian package downloads
  • Add Ubuntu 9.04 to Windows XP boot manager
  • Install MS fonts in openSUSE 11.1
  • Sound Muted After Restart in Ubuntu (Gnome) Fix
  • Ubuntu Bug with Samba Shares Unmounting
  • Debian Lenny Desktop Install with XFCE 4.6
  • nVidia and Debian Lenny 64bit
  • fix a broken bootloader configuration after a Fedora upgrade
  • PhpPgAdmin for Gentoo
  • Booting ‘Debian Lenny’ into widescreen framebuffer
  • Connecting to Ubuntu from Windows
  • Using Tomboy as a Blogging Client

A second order virtual machine with Falcon

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In this article I’ll document some unique features of Falcon that allow users to build easily what I define as a “second order virtual machine”. Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

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  • How-To: Install KDE 4.3 RC1 in Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

  • How To Fix Full-Screen Flash Videos in Linux & Firefox
  • Postgresql: show tables, show databases, show columns
  • Stream Music with the Last.fm Client on Ubuntu
  • LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio
  • Tutorial : Easily multibooot Windows 7 with Linux
  • Enabling Accent Marks on a U.S. Keyboard in Ubuntu
  • Force Firefox To Open Links In Same Tab
  • Thunderbird localmail Spool
  • How to Set Up a TiVo Media Server on Ubuntu Linux

Squid Proxy Server On Ubuntu 9.04 Server With DansGuardian, ClamAV, And WPAD

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to set up a Squid Proxy server on Ubuntu 9.04 Server with DansGuardian (for content filtering) and ClamAV (for Virus scanning); in addition, we will set up Web Proxy AutoDetection (WPAD) through DHCP (in this case, th

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  • Sending Email Alerts Through Cron

  • Prevent Software Containing Mono Getting Installed in Ubuntu
  • 2 Useful SSH Tricks to Improve Your System Security
  • Easy FTP management with Nautilus and more
  • Bourne Identity on Linux
  • Using Firewall Object in Firewall Builder
  • The care and feeding of embedded Linux running on MIPS CPUs
  • Howto install Cherokee web server with MySQL, PHP support on Jaunty
  • Installing Themes in Linux
  • A Non-fatal Boot Error in Mandriva 2009.1 and its Fix
  • How _not_ to fix GCC 4.4 bugs
  • How to write a KWin effect
  • Tech Tip: Color man Pages
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Google and Mozilla

  • Google Rolls Out Continuous Fuzzing Service For Open Source Software
    Google has launched a new project for continuously testing open source software for security vulnerabilities. The company's new OSS-Fuzz service is available in beta starting this week, but at least initially it will only be available for open source projects that have a very large user base or are critical to global IT infrastructure.
  • Mozilla is doing well financially (2015)
    Mozilla announced a major change in November 2014 in regards to the company's main revenue stream. The organization had a contract with Google in 2014 and before that had Google pay Mozilla money for being the default search engine in the Firefox web browser. This deal was Mozilla's main source of revenue, about 329 million US Dollars in 2014. The change saw Mozilla broker deals with search providers instead for certain regions of the world.

Security Leftovers

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  • Understanding SELinux Roles
    I received a container bugzilla today for someone who was attempting to assign a container process to the object_r role. Hopefully this blog will help explain how roles work with SELinux. When we describe SELinux we often concentrate on Type Enforcement, which is the most important and most used feature of SELinux. This is what describe in the SELinux Coloring book as Dogs and Cats. We also describe MLS/MCS Separation in the coloring book.
  • The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it
    The Internet Society (ISOC) is the latest organisation saying, in essence, “security is rubbish – fix it”. Years of big data breaches are having their impact, it seems: in its report released last week, it quotes a 54-country, 24,000-respondent survey reporting a long-term end user trend to become more fearful in using the Internet (by Ipsos on behalf of the Centre for International Governance Innovation). Report author, economist and ISOC fellow Michael Kende, reckons companies aren't doing enough to control breaches. “According to the Online Trust Alliance, 93 per cent of breaches are preventable” he said, but “steps to mitigate the cost of breaches that do occur are not taken – attackers cannot steal data that is not stored, and cannot use data that is encrypted.”
  • UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor
    Among the many unpleasant things in the Investigatory Powers Act that was officially signed into law this week, one that has not gained as much attention is the apparent ability for the UK government to undermine encryption and demand surveillance backdoors. As the bill was passing through Parliament, several organizations noted their alarm at section 217 which obliged ISPs, telcos and other communications providers to let the government know in advance of any new products and services being deployed and allow the government to demand "technical" changes to software and systems.
  • EU budget creates bug bounty programme to improve cybersecurity
    Today the European Parliament approved the EU Budget for 2017. The budget sets aside 1.9 million euros in order to improve the EU's IT infrastructure by extending the free software audit programme (FOSSA) that MEPs Max Anderson and Julia Reda initiated two years ago, and by including a bug bounty approach in the programme that was proposed by MEP Marietje Schaake.
  • Qubes OS Begins Commercialization and Community Funding Efforts
    Since the initial launch of Qubes OS back in April 2010, work on Qubes has been funded in several different ways. Originally a pet project, it was first supported by Invisible Things Lab (ITL) out of the money we earned on various R&D and consulting contracts. Later, we decided that we should try to commercialize it. Our idea, back then, was to commercialize Windows AppVM support. Unlike the rest of Qubes OS, which is licensed under GPLv2, we thought we would offer Windows AppVM support under a proprietary license. Even though we made a lot of progress on both the business and technical sides of this endeavor, it ultimately failed. Luckily, we got a helping hand from the Open Technology Fund (OTF), which has supported the project for the past two years. While not a large sum of money in itself, it did help us a lot, especially with all the work necessary to improve Qubes’ user interface, documentation, and outreach to new communities. Indeed, the (estimated) Qubes user base has grown significantly over that period. Thank you, OTF!
  • Linux Security Basics: What System Administrators Need to Know
    Every new Linux system administrator needs to learn a few core concepts before delving into the operating system and its applications. This short guide gives a summary of some of the essential security measures that every root user must know. All advice given follows the best security practices that are mandated by the community and the industry.
  • BitUnmap: Attacking Android Ashmem
    The law of leaky abstractions states that “all non-trivial abstractions, to some degree, are leaky”. In this blog post we’ll explore the ashmem shared memory interface provided by Android and see how false assumptions about its internal operation can result in security vulnerabilities affecting core system code.

GNU/FSF

  • The Three Software Freedoms
    The government can help us by making software companies distribute the source code. They can say it's "in the interest of national security". And they can sort out the patent system (there are various problems with how the patent system handles software which are out of the scope of this article). So when you chat to your MP please mention this.
  • Leapfrog Honoring the GPL
  • A discussion on GPL compliance
    Among its many activities, the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) is one of the few organizations that does any work on enforcing the GPL when other compliance efforts have failed. A suggestion by SFC executive director Karen Sandler to have a Q&A session about compliance and enforcement at this year's Kernel Summit led to a prolonged discussion, but not to such a session being added to the agenda. However, the co-located Linux Plumbers Conference set up a "birds of a feather" (BoF) session so that interested developers could hear more about the SFC's efforts, get their questions answered, and provide feedback. Sandler and SFC director of strategic initiatives Brett Smith hosted the discussion, which was quite well-attended—roughly 70 people were there at a 6pm BoF on November 3.
  • Join us as a member to give back for the free software you use
    At the FSF, we run our own infrastructure using only free software, which makes us stand out from nearly every other nonprofit organization. Virtually all others rely on outside providers and use a significant amount of nonfree software. With your support, we set an example proving that a nonprofit can follow best practices while running only free software.
  • The Free Software Foundation is in need of members

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