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September 2013

Tales from Linux Kernel 3.11 Development

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Linux

linuxuser.co.uk: Jon Masters summarises the happenings in the Linux kernel community around the release of the 3.11-rc1 kernel

Open source snapshot: GhostBSD

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BSD

techworld.com.au: When it comes to open source desktop operating systems, there's no question that Linux is the top dog in terms of market share. But that's not to say that Linux is all there is. Alongside projects like GNU Hurd, Haiku and others, there is the plethora of desktop-targeted operating systems in the BSD family.

A Mac for a Linux user

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Linux
Mac

manilastandardtoday.com: IN a recent piece for TechRepublic, Jack Wallen, a longtime Linux advocate, contemplates the purchase of an iMac. As a Linux user myself, I can’t help but agree. But unlike Jack, I switched from Windows to both Linux (on the desktop) and the Mac (on the road) at about the same time, so I had none of the doubts that he entertained.

Open source programs to get more kids to code

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Software

opensource.com: At OSCON this year, Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus gave a talk called How To Get More Kids To Code. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of The Art of Community by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 527

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Linux

Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This week we talk about some companies who are investing positively in open source in the hope of reaping the rewards. These companies include Valve, a company working on a Linux-based gaming console; NVIDIA, a popular video card manufacturer and Red Hat, a leading developer of enterprise software and sponsor of the Fedora Project.

some leftovers:

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News
  • Videos about the Freedombox project
  • Turning points and cornerstones 2013
  • Teskeing the Possibilities | BSD Now 4
  • Being on the napkin
  • IBM Releases FusedOS Operating System
  • Temper Pi
  • Open Source Software is Only the Beginning
  • install HPLIP rivers on debian 7.0/7.1
  • Mark My Words, Linux Will Win (w/ steamos)
  • Complex setup with Nvidia Optimus / Nouveau Prime on Fedora 19
  • How to access ssh terminal in web browser on Linux
  • /bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]
  • TuxRadar: Podcast Season 5 Episode 17

No One Knows What the Firefox Logo is

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Software
Moz/FF
  • No One Knows What the Firefox Logo is, and Last Night's Jeopardy! Proved It
  • Slides for my talk at LibreOffice conference
  • Resolving Nightmare Bugs With Reversible Linux App Debugger
  • New Firefox 25 Beta Launched on All Available Platforms
  • Frikin’ Awesome Apps (without AppData)
  • GNOME 3.10 in Fedora
  • Pitch Perfect Penguins
  • Nouveau Keeps Pushing Forward With Improvements
  • Getting Ready for Mozilla Summit 2013; Fun Already!

Is Slackware Right For You?

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Linux
  • Is Slackware, The Oldest Remaining Linux Distribution, Right For You?
  • Debian Edu / Skolelinux Wheezy — a solution for your school
  • Torvald’s Diplomacy, Elop’s Riches & More…
  • Fedora Linux 20 Gears Up to Be a Big Data Server
  • Partitioning Tool Parted Magic 2013.09.29 Works with UEFI Secure Boot
  • Red Hat Doesn't See SUSE Linux as a Major Competitive Threat

Ryan Gordon: Linux Viable Gaming Platform

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Gaming
  • Ryan "icculus" Gordon Says Linux Viable Gaming Platform
  • Valve Reveals Steam Machine Controller
  • Nvidia claims SteamOS partnership
  • Making sense of Valve’s Steam Box

Semplice 5 review – High Hopes

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Linux

linuxbsdos.com: Sometimes I come across a distribution that looks interesting and I want to see how good it is and whether it brings anything new to the table. That’s why I decided to take a quick look at Semplice, a desktop distribution based on the unstable branch of Debian.

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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.”