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After a more than a year messing around with Linux on my laptop, I finally took the plunge when Slackware 11 came out. Windows went away, and I popped in my install dvd. I plan on writing up my experience getting it running on my Averatec 3270 one of these days... hopefully in the early days of December.

So about that Macbook... a friend of mine finally bought his last night, and we played with it. I love it... the last time I had the chance to play with a Mac, it was OS7 in my grandmother's newspaper office... a rather underwhelming experience, let me assure you. I had a close friend with OSX, but I never really did anything with his computer... but last night I played with that Macbook Pro, and I was impressed. It was responsive, it wasn't difficult to find things, and best of all, it had a remote... I've decided that I'm going to investigate putting an infrared adapter inside my notebook. tnkgrl of the Averatec Forums added bluetooth to another model from the same maker... I have high hopes for doing something similar on mine. The Apple Remote only costs $30, so if I could get this working, it'd be pimptastic.

Alright, so I REALLY liked the interface in OSX... so, I downloaded Baghira and Kxdocker, and went to work. Now my Slack 11 looks like OSX... eh heh heh... I'm still working out the kinks in Kxdocker, but it seems to work fine. Only downside? I need to upgrade my memory. The interface is really nice... but you notice how sluggish it is. This IS Slackware, after all.

So that leads me to my next project... Making Fluxbox look like OSX. I'll return KDE to its pristine state (or maybe make it look like Windows Classic, I'm not sure which yet), and fix Fluxbox to work like KDE does now (only much faster, of course.) I haven't found anybody else who's done this, so we'll see how it works.

Well, that should sufficiently do it. I'll try to find time to document what I'm doing in future blog posts... posts in the near future, that is. Persephone!

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    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces. The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks. Our upstream have been good about helping us filter out the DDoS traffic, but it’s meant serious downtime where we’ve been completely off the Internet.
  • Pwnie Express makes IoT, Android security arsenal open source
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  • The Software Supply Chain Is Bedeviled by Bad Open-Source Code [Ed: again, trace this back to FUD firms like Sonatype in this case]
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  • Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies
    In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart of most of the world's smartphones: memory protection and reducing areas available for attack by hackers.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more