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Story today's leftovers & stuff srlinuxx 1 27/09/2009 - 11:33am
Story A different kind of suicide srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 1:34pm
Story Is the FSF shooting the open-source community in the foot? srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 1:36pm
Story 6 of the best media burners for Linux srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 1:38pm
Story Gentoo Ten LiveDVD Testing srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 6:01pm
Story The C programming language and its importance srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 6:03pm
Story 5 alternative image manipualtion apps for Linux newbies srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 7:50pm
Story Ubuntu Spelunkers Need Help srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 7:52pm
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 28/09/2009 - 1:38am
Story Ubuntu gets set to mark fifth birthday srlinuxx 28/09/2009 - 3:11am

Quake 4 1.4.1 Beta Available

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Gaming

The Quake 4 1.4.1 Beta patch is now available for download. We hope everyone enjoys the new content, features and fixes!

Experimental Sugar SDK LiveCD

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Linux
OLPC

I have stopped producing the LiveCD development builds to save space and time it takes to get out the daily builds. They are set to be replaced by the SDK LiveCD builds which will be built less frequently, usually during major sugar API changes and along with the stable builds. The first one is now available at

http://olpc.download.redhat.com/olpc/streams/sdk/build1/livecd/

Open XML takes next step toward becoming a standard

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Microsoft

Microsoft 's bid to have its Open XML file format approved as an ISO standard took another step forward Monday when that organization put the measure on a voting ballot sent to its member countries.

Red Hat spreads virtualization

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Linux

One of Red Hat Inc.'s leading Canadian partners believes the latest version of the open source server will prove to be a boon for his firm. “It think it's going to be great,” Paul Kerr, president of Toronto's Scalar Decisions, said of the release this month of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.0.

“I think it will mean a big impact for our business.”

Miguel, Mono and Microsoft

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OSS

A little over five months has gone by since the Microsoft-Novell deal was signed but some details still remain unknown.

Debates over GPLv3, Novell and Microsoft

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OSS

A post on OSNews regarding Novell's official response to the recent draft of the GPLv3 led to a discussion on the merits (or lack thereof) of the Novell-Microsoft deal. Not surprisingly, most respondents have a negative view of the agreement.

Defense kicks off open-source encryption program

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OSS

The Defense Department has launched a new program to encourage the use of open- source encryption software within DOD systems.

Software suspend under Linux

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HowTos

Suspending a computer means to turn it off in a special way, so that when you power it on again it resumes what it was doing, like nothing had happend. There are two common ways of suspending a computer: suspending to RAM and suspending to disk.

Suspend to disk

11 Things You Haven't Seen Yet in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

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Ubuntu

A lot of websites have jumped at the chance of showing you the latest pieces of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. But they all have focused on the same things, the very same features that Ubuntu has touted as being the staple of Feisty Fawn. Yet there's a lot more under the hood that really makes life in Feisty a lot easier.

Open source expert speaks out on GPLv3

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OSS

Mark Radcliffe joins us this week to give his expert opinion on the latest draft of GPLv3. Mark is a friend and one of the industry's premier IP attorneys, especially with open source licensing questions. He is outside counsel for the OSI and chairs Committee C in the GPLv3 drafting process.

In other words, he knows his stuff.

Memories of OS/2

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OS

OSNews reports that OS/2 is 20 years old today. Wow, that makes me feel ooooold. My first experience with OS/2 was the 2.0 version (I think) around the end of highschool. According to Wikipedia 2.0 was released in 1992, so that's about right. I think I remember going with Fred to go over to someone's house to copy it even (lots of floppy disks).

The Daylight Saving change: no savings, no point

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Misc

The US government's plan to boost energy savings by moving Daylight Saving Time forward by three weeks was apparently a waste of time and effort, as the technological foibles Americans experienced failed to give way to any measurable energy savings.

Linux Desktop: Seven Leading Applications

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Software

While many CIOs like the idea of Linux in principle, most of those who have shifted have done so in limited ways. Committing to Linux on servers can be justified through cost and performance considerations, but when it comes to the desktop, most enterprises are still reluctant.

Debunking Confusion in PCLinuxOS

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PCLOS

This week, Distrowatch Weekly has redone their top 10 distributions and included PCLinuxOS inside of that top ten for the first time ever. In fact, when I began using PCLinuxOS, it was around 15th on the distrowatch charts. If you look at 2005 vs. 2006 charts, you’ll see that out of the top 15 distros tracked, PCLinuxOS was the largest gainer over the course of that year.

Bayanihan Linux 4 Review

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Linux
Reviews

Bayanihan linux is a Debian based distribution that is fully equipped, developed in the Philippines by their Advanced Science and Technology Institute. This distribution is filled with everything one would need in a distribution, games, office productivity, Internet tools and graphic programs.

Installation

Open source virtualisation with qemu

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HowTos

Virtualisation is ultra-cool. For the uninitiated, virtualisation is being able to have a virtual computer running on top of a real one. It’s a great way to run two operating systems at the same time, or test out the latest stuff without committing a physical machine.

Interview with Richard Stallman on GPLv3 and More

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Interviews

Sean Daly met up with Richard Stallman in Brussels, where Stallman just gave a speech on the GPLv3 draft. Mr. Stallman was kind enough to do an interview for Groklaw right afterward, which we appreciate, especially because Sean tells me rms was so exhausted before his speech that he pushed the chair away and did it standing up, to make sure he stayed awake.

GNOME 2.18 shows incremental improvement

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Software

Like clockwork, the GNOME project released GNOME 2.18 six months after the release of GNOME 2.16. The new version carries a number of improvements over the 2.16 release, but doesn't bring many "must have" features that would compel users to upgrade right away.

A run for their money

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OSS

There may be no such thing as a "free lunch", but the web is awash with free software, some of it excellent. Could it be that you need never pay for software again?

<skip long list of free windows software to the good part>

Free Software Magazine Issue 17 Available

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OSS

Issue 17 of Free Software Magazine is here and it's a big one!

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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
    Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked. But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer. And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.

Android Leftovers

FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more