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What are Chromebooks? And why you don’t need Windows any more…

Mon, 24/03/2014 - 7:56am
Chrome OS uses the Linux kernel, the same kernel which is being used by Android, Amazon Kindle, B&N’s Nook. Linux powers stock exchanges, NASA’s missions and a lot of other things that you may not have imagined. More or less Linux is like the plastic of the modern world – it’s everywhere.

The Everyday Linux User Review Of openSUSE 13.1

Mon, 24/03/2014 - 6:59am
This is a review of openSUSE 13.1. It includes all the usual elements of a review including looking at the installation, the user interface, applications and package manager. There is also a look at what has changed since 12.3.

How do you DRM a thing like a coffee pod?

Mon, 24/03/2014 - 5:55am
Keurig's next generation of coffee machines will have a way to prevent any coffee not licensed by Keurig from brewing in the machine as early as this fall. Locking down a thing like coffee seems both trifling and difficult to accomplish—no one has yet described how Keurig can differentiate its own pods enough so that its machines would honor those pods and only those pods...To suss out the issue of coffee DRM, it makes sense to look at a relatively close analog product with its own rights management and interoperability issues—printer toner cartridges. Each printer company jealously guards its model of cartridges, doing everything it can to make them proprietary and unrefillable, because, of course, the real money in printing is in selling the ink at a very large profit.

Computer access for the poorest, at $7 a head

Mon, 24/03/2014 - 4:01am
Israeli start-up Keepod believes it has a low-cost way to bring the billions living in poverty into the digital age. Keepod has developed a Linux-based operating system that can act as a portable hard drive by plugging it into the USB port of any recent PC...

Setting the past free – The open source column

Mon, 24/03/2014 - 2:06am
Just because old games have been freely available for years doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate it when someone does it properly...

Keep a Watchful Eye with these Console Based Process Viewers

Mon, 24/03/2014 - 12:12am
The top utility will require no introduction to experienced Linux users. It is a tiny utility that provides a dynamic real-time view of a running system, and is regarded as the standard tool for monitoring processes on a system. It helps with system administration by identifying users and processes that are hogging the system. It is also useful for non-system administrators, helping to track and kill errant processes. However, top is showing its age and there are a bunch of utilities that offer a more feature-laden alternative.

Ancient Linux servers: The blighted slum houses of the Internet

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 10:18pm
Earlier this week, Ars reported on attacks exploiting an extremely critical vulnerability in the PHP scripting language almost two years after the bug came to light. By going 22 months without installing crucial patches, the responsible administrators were menacing the entire Internet.........Now comes word of a new mass compromise that preys on even more neglected Web severs, some running versions of the Linux operating system kernel first released in 2007...

Scripting an OCR text archiver for Trove

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 8:23pm
Trove is the National Library of Australia's online database. It contains almost 400 000 000 digital items, including Australian newspaper articles from 1803 to 1954. Each article has been OCR'ed and the OCR text is presented in a separate box at the left of the page viewer.

Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 6:29pm
The American government conducted a major intelligence offensive against China, with targets including the Chinese government and networking company Huawei, according to documents from former NSA worker Edward Snowden... As justification for targeting the company, an NSA document claims that "many of our targets communicate over Huawei produced products, we want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products."