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2009 and still in fear of using new hardware in GNU/Linux!

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Linux

When the GNU/Linux revolution started reaching the masses, around 2000, I predicted that by 2010 there would be full vendor support for the free operating system. Well, it’s 2009, and I have to admit it — I am feeling nervous. Read the full article at Freesoftware Magazine.

Get prepared for the inevitable with automated backups

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Linux

No excuses: do-it-yourself, secure, distributed network backups made easy

My Distro Is Better Than Yours…. Not!

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Linux

linuxcanuck.wordpress: I read a lot of news feeds. Sometimes too many. I admit it. About 10% of what I read is new. The most tiresome ones have to be the my-distro-is-better-than-yours. Only slightly less tiresome are the Linux vs. Windows ones.

Fedora 10 goes Minstrel, wifi users rejoice

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Software

izanbardprince.wordpress: If you’re getting erratic wifi performance in your favorite Linux distribution, no it is not just you, the old algorithm was actually quite bad. Enter Minstrel.

Distro Review: Debian Lenny

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: Ok it’s time for another distro review and I’m a bit overdue with this one but I’m a big fan of Debian and when I reviewed Etch (4.0) last year I declared that if I were to finally grow up and settle down with just one distro this would be the one.

RMS "Broke into Microsoft and Stole Software"...

opendotdotdot.blogspot: ...that, at least, is what this deranged story in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper claims.

Linux Netbooks - Cheap is good

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brajeshwar.com: The Linux Netbooks are cheap, simple and small — just apt for performing the basic tasks. The future for this next wave of personal technology gadgets is simple as it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket and has portability advantages.

More on the Ubuntu Jaunty Notifications Crapfest

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Ubuntu

izanbardprince.wordpress: I mentioned earlier that I had some objections to this new “Indicator” crapplet in Ubuntu Jaunty, I view it as a kind of foistware that has nothing to do with the system.

Why Linux is Better

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Linux

scienceblogs.com/gregladen: Why is Linux the coolest erector set in the world, that you should be willing to pay for? In part because Linux lacks the kind of freaky design oddities that arise when the makers of the software must go to meetings with a marketing department.

Detox your Linux box!

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Linux

tuxradar.com: We like to install things. Lots of things. The net effect on the average Linux installation is that things will eventually start to break. It might not be in the first six months, or even the first year, but there will be a point when things start to fail.

Writer's Tools extension for OpenOffice.org

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OOo

linuxbeacon.com: Writer’s Tools is a set of utilities designed to help OpenOffice.org users perform a wide range of tasks. Using Writer’s Tools, you can back up documents, look up and translate words and phrases, manage text snippets, and keep tabs on document statistics.

Thunar File Browser: Tips, Tricks and Scripts

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: If you are looking for a minimalist system with low processor and memory overheads to revive an old “underpowered” machine or make the latest PC look even faster, you have to start thinking about alternatives. One of them is Thunar.

In response to “Firefox may already be dead”

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Moz/FF

darrenyates.com.au: The author has two basic argument to support his cause that Chrome is better - 1) it’s faster and 2) there’s enough rumbling on the web in some quarters that Firefox is not longer the open-source darling. Really?

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) - My Thoughts So Far

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Ubuntu

blog.joeb454.com: As I’m sure plenty of you are aware, Ubuntu 9.04 is due to be released in little over a month’s time. Testing is in full swing.

Oracle: We're Not Forking Red Hat Linux

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Linux

earthweb.com: For the last two and a half years, Oracle has been selling its own supported version of Linux based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. But the company claims it's not a fork.

KDE4 you let me down

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KDE

ossrocks.blogspot: I have been using KDE since version 1 came out and have always liked it over Gnome. Until recently, I would not even consider switching to or installing Gnome on my desktop. My choice of distributions always depended on a strong support of KDE: Mandriva, Xandros, PCLinuxOS, SuSE, etc.

today's leftovers

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News
  • openSUSE Build Service 1.5 now supports distribution builds

  • Ubuntu and me
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2009.03.20
  • Open source math programs and languages
  • Linux.com: It Takes a Village
  • Ubuntu Developers Aren't Scary
  • Mandriva's Per Øyvind Interviewed
  • FOSS Debates, Part 3: Mission Control
  • Open Source Licenses: EUPL got OSI Approval, but Still Doesn’t Show Up
  • Europe gets its own GPL
  • Shopping on Penguins
  • good old gentoo.. all gone
  • What Ubuntu Server *could* be
  • If open source is future proof the test has begun
  • A Blog That I Love: Command Line Kung Fu
  • Is Oracle Forking Red Hat Linux?
  • Software-properties-kde, jockey-kde enhancements for Jaunty
  • Ballmer: GNU/Linux Will Win on Netbooks
  • Video: The seeds of open source
  • OLPC: A Project That Labor Could Turn Around for the Better
  • IBM Plus Sun Equals What?
  • Teaching Kids About Computers With Tux Paint
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Excitement

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • eWEEK Labs Shows You How to Install Apps on Ubuntu Linux

  • Directory to iso image
  • Stop Telling sudo Your Password
  • Wubi: Install Ubuntu in Windows Partition - A Complete Guide
  • Using Debian GNU/Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad S9e netbook

some more tomtom stuffstuff

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Legal
  • "They Started It!" -- TomTom Countersues Microsoft
  • TomTom sues Microsoft on patent infringement
  • TomTom chooses a moderate limited hang out route
  • Strike/Counterstrike: TomTom Sues Microsoft
  • TomTom fights back, but not over Linux

Exploring the Stars with KStars Planetarium Software

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classhelper.org: For Linux users, KStars is a fantastic celestial navigation aid that offers tons of custom features. Designed to be easy for beginners, yet powerful enough to satisfy serious astronomy fans, this desktop planetarium package really delivers.

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today's leftovers

  • CRI: The Second Boom of Container Runtimes
    Harry (Lei) Zhang, together with the CTO of HyperHQ, Xu Wang, will present “CRI: The Second Boom of Container Runtimes” at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2018, May 2-4 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The presentation will clarify about more about CRI, container runtimes, KataContainers and where they are going. Please join them if you are interested in learning more.
  • Meet Gloo, the ‘Function Gateway’ That Unifies Legacy APIs, Microservices, and Serverless
    Gloo, a single binary file written in Go, can be deployed as a Kubernetes pod, in a Docker container, and now also on Cloud Foundry. The setup also requires a copy of Envoy, though the installation process can be greatly simplified through additional software developed by the company, TheTool. The user then writes configuration objects to capture the workflow logic.
  • Why is the kernel community replacing iptables with BPF?

    The Linux kernel community recently announced bpfilter, which will replace the long-standing in-kernel implementation of iptables with high-performance network filtering powered by Linux BPF, all while guaranteeing a non-disruptive transition for Linux users.

  • The developer of Helium Rain gave an update on their sales, low overall sales but a high Linux percentage
    Helium Rain [Steam, Official Site], the gorgeous space sim from Deimos Games is really quite good so it's a shame they've seen such low overall sales. In total, they've had around 14,000€ (~$17,000) in sales which is not a lot for a game at all. The good news, is that out of the two thousand copies they say they've sold, a huge 14% of them have come from Linux. It's worth noting, that number has actually gone up since we last spoke to them, where they gave us a figure of 11% sales on Linux.
  • Want to try Wild Terra Online? We have another load of keys to give away (update: all gone)
    Wild Terra Online [Steam], the MMO from Juvty Worlds has a small but dedicated following, now is your chance to see if it's for you.
  • Arch Linux Finally Rolling Out Glibc 2.27
    Arch Linux is finally transitioning to glibc 2.27, which may make for a faster system. Glibc 2.27 was released at the start of February. This updated GNU C Library shipped with many performance optimizations particularly for Intel/x86_64 but also some ARM tuning and more. Glibc 2.27 also has memory protection keys support and other feature additions, but the performance potential has been most interesting to us.
  • Installed nvidia driver
  • Stephen Smoogen: Fedora Infrastructure Hackathon (day 1-5)
  • Design and Web team summary – 20 April 2018
    The team manages all web projects across Canonical. From www.ubuntu.com to the Juju GUI we help to bring beauty and consistency to all the web projects.
  • Costales: UbuCon Europe 2018 | 1 Week to go!!
    We'll have an awesome weekend of conferences (with 4 parallel talks), podcasts, stands, social events... Most of them are in English, but there will be in Spanish & Asturian too.
  • Tough, modular embedded PCs start at $875
    Advantech has launched two rugged, Linux-ready embedded DIN-rail computers with Intel Bay Trail SoCs and iDoor expansion: an “UNO-1372G-E” with 3x GbE ports and a smaller UNO-1372G-J with only 2x GbE, but with more serial and USB ports.

OSS Leftovers

  • IRS Website Crash Reminder of HealthCare.gov Debacle as OMB Pushes Open Source
    OMB is increasingly pushing agencies to adopt open source solutions, and in 2016 launched a pilot project requiring at least 20 percent of custom developed code to be released as open source – partly to strengthen and help maintain it by tapping a community of developers. OMB memo M-16-21 further asks agencies to make any code they develop available throughout the federal government in order to encourage its reuse. “Open source solutions give agencies access to a broad community of developers and the latest advancements in technology, which can help alleviate the issues of stagnated or out-dated systems while increasing flexibility as agency missions evolve over time,” says Henry Sowell, chief information security officer at Hortonworks Federal. “Enterprise open source also allows government agencies to reduce the risk of vendor lock-in and the vulnerabilities of un-supported software,” he adds.
  • Migrations: the sole scalable fix to tech debt.

    Migrations are both essential and frustratingly frequent as your codebase ages and your business grows: most tools and processes only support about one order of magnitude of growth before becoming ineffective, so rapid growth makes them a way of life. This isn't because they're bad processes or poor tools, quite the opposite: the fact that something stops working at significantly increased scale is a sign that it was designed appropriately to the previous constraints rather than being over designed.

  • Gui development is broken

    Why is this so hard? I just want low-level access to write a simple graphical interface in a somewhat obscure language.

OpenBSD and NetBSD

Security: Twitter and Facebook

  • Twitter banned Kaspersky Lab from advertising in Jan
     

    Twitter has banned advertising from Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab since January, the head of the firm, Eugene Kaspersky, has disclosed.  

  • When you go to a security conference, and its mobile app leaks your data
     

    A mobile application built by a third party for the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week was found to have a few security issues of its own—including hard-coded security keys and passwords that allowed a researcher to extract the conference's attendee list. The conference organizers acknowledged the vulnerability on Twitter, but they say that only the first and last names of 114 attendees were exposed.

  • The Security Risks of Logging in With Facebook
     

    In a yet-to-be peer-reviewed study published on Freedom To Tinker, a site hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, three researchers document how third-party tracking scripts have the capability to scoop up information from Facebook's login API without users knowing. The tracking scripts documented by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan represent a small slice of the invisible tracking ecosystem that follows users around the web largely without their knowledge.

  • Facebook Login data hijacked by hidden JavaScript trackers
     

    If you login to websites through Facebook, we've got some bad news: hidden trackers can suck up more of your data than you'd intended to give away, potentially opening it up to abuse.