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The open source attitude

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OSS

In the first of a three-part series, we offer a comparative look at how firms in the U.S. and Canada decide which software model works for their enterprises.

Mellon Foundation Awards for Open Source Projects

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The Andrew Mellon Foundation sponsors awards of $50,000 and $100,000 for "not-for-profit organizations for leadership in the collaborative development of open source software tools with particular application to higher education and not-for-profit activities."

Office Software, the Freeware Alternative

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OOo

If you want to create a document, spreadsheet, database or an audio-visual presentation then most people turn to the Microsoft Office suite of programs, and why not?

Hidden Linux : Cures for KDE Boredom (Part 3)

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KDE

Yet another way to dress up your desktop is to let others do it for you. KDE comes with a modest collection of themes to start you off, and there are heaps more available on the web.

The KDE 3.5 Control Center - Part 1 - Appearance and Themes

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One of the first things any new user to Linux goes through is getting used to a brand new, vibrantly rich, but very alien OS experience. They tend to find that they now have something they didn't really have before. Choice.

ATIpower: ATI Linux GPU Overclocking

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When it comes to overclocking ATI Radeon graphics cards under Linux the only real option has been using rovclock. Rovclock is a Radeon overclocking utility written and developed by Sebastian Witt. This tool has been in development since 2005 but it took quite a while before the Radeon R300/R400 series was even supported.

Most usable Linux 2007 - let the battle commense

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2007 is an exciting year for Linux distros and it's getting near to crunch time, with PCLinuxOS 2007 nearing release, the latest and greatest Ubuntu (Feisty Fawn) due out in just a few weeks (April 19th apparently). Gentoo 2007 is due at *some* point this year and I also understand there's a new Mepis out soonish (although I'm unsure when)...

Paranormal portal relies on open source to collect UFO info

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The Anomalies Network is a portal for all things paranormal. The site includes mirrors of remote FTP servers, Web archives, and a large discussion forum as part of what Anomalies.net founder Olav Phillips calls a "massive site" that runs on a classic LAMP stack.

AppArmor now in Ubuntu Feisty

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When I was using OpenSUSE, I wrote that I liked the AppArmor application security. I wished for (K)Ubuntu to have that. My wish came true. It’s now part of Feisty.

According to Codeblog, AppArmor was uploaded to Feisty Universe. You have to issue the following commands in the terminal if you would like to install it.

sudo apt-get install apparmor-modules-source dpatch

Dell, the Linux desktop, and timing

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Linux

Dell may have picked the perfect time to begin offering Linux-powered desktops. Why? Because, the next generation of Windows, Vista, has just sprung its first major security leak: the .ANI vulnerability.

How to setup fglrx for Ubuntu Feisty

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HowTos

It took me so long to setup fglrx driver for ATI Mobility X300 in my laptop, IBM Thinkpad T43. Actually, the ATI open source driver comes with Xorg 7.2 works very well except he open source driver does not support 3D acceleration for ATI Mobility X300. . There are so many howto but none of them worked for me.

OS/2 is 20 years old today

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OS

IF OUR CALENDARS serve us right, April 2007 means twenty years have passed since the initial "Microsoft-IBM OS/2 1.0" announcement. But the story of OS/2 is not always told right.

Problem with ATI driver

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I had installed the xorg-driver-fglrx (ATI’s fglrx driver) through Apt in my Kubuntu Feisty box and it was working fine after reconfiguring using dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg and without installing the linux-restricted-modules.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 196

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Compiz and Beryl Merger

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It isn’t official yet, but Compiz and Beryl are merging. For the last few weeks I have been following the mailing list discussions on this topic. A lot of the work has been started. It is sort of unofficially announced, so I feel now is as good a time as any to comment. First some back story:

When Will AIGLX Come For ATI?

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For months now Radeon/FireGL owners have been wondering whether or not ATI Technologies / Advanced Micro Devices is actively working on AIGLX support for their official drivers or whether they will even support it with their binary fglrx drivers.

Canonical Launches Beta of Launchpad 1.0

One of the major advantages of open source software development is the collaborative efforts between the members of any given project. But what happens when projects don't talk to each other? That's where a web-based collaboration service like Launchpad comes in.

Ripping video out from DVD and VCD with mplayer

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HowTos

First of all, how to play DVD and VCD using mplayer?

mplayer -fs dvd://1

The line shows the play dvd first track in fullscreen, further more if you wanna play in certain language?

mplayer -fs dvd://1 -alang de

The same way goes to vcd.

mplayer -fs vcd://1

synergy in openSUSE 10.2 made even easier than before

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Since last week, I have continued using synergy between my desktop and my laptop. I did get tired of running it manually from the command line every time I wanted to load it up. Because of this, I wrote some bash scripts. To start the server and client wasn't rocket science.

To start the synergy server, this is my bash script:

!#/bin/sh

The Busy Java Developer’s Guide to db4o

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An object database like db4o simply has more to offer to object-oriented developers, in today's object-oriented world, than its relational cousins.

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5 Best Linux Distros for Security

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Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
  • 6 things you should know from Linux's first 25 years
    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.