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Story Ubuntu Touch Is Getting VPN Support in 2016 Rianne Schestowitz 08/12/2015 - 3:39pm
Story Manjaro Linux 15.12 "Capella" RC1 Is Out, Includes Linux Kernel 4.4 RC4, Wine 1.8 RC3 Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 10:18pm
Story FOSS projects and their legal structures Roy Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 10:15pm
Story ZeroDB, an end-to-end encrypted database, is open source! Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 10:05pm
Story 5 Fabulous Lightweight Linux Laptops Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 10:01pm
Story Raspberry Pi based 3D printer has huge build space Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 8:06pm
Story Canonical Patches Critical OpenSSL Vulnerabilities in All Supported Ubuntu OSes Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 7:55pm
Story Linux Mint 17.3 Officially Released – Ship With Cinnamon 2.8 and MATE 1.12 Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 7:52pm
Story 9 affordable Arduino-powered robot kits Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 7:44pm
Story KaOS 2015.11 released. Rianne Schestowitz 07/12/2015 - 7:38pm

Damn Small Linux 4.4 Review

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Linux

penguinway.net: DSL 4.4 was just released on June 9th, so this past weekend I installed it on my Compaq Deskpro Pentium III 800 Mhz machine. It only has 256 megs of RAM, so a lightweight distribution like DSL is a good choice for it.

Review: Linux Mint 5

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Linux

raiden.net: One of the hallmark Linux distributions for new users that we've been very pleased with has been Linux Mint. As I've said before, it's built on Ubuntu and is essentially "Ubuntu done right". With the introduction of version 5, Linux Mint has upped [the] level.

Bridging the African digital divide - with a ‘toaster’

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OSS

csmonitor.com: In South Africa a “free” download here can end up costing almost $100. This is where the Freedom Toaster comes in. “What if open-source can really be open-source, even here?” he says, scrolling through a menu of possible downloads on the happy orange screen.

PCLinuxOS GNOME Review

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PCLOS

osweekly.com: Everyone is familiar with PCLinuxOS by now. And most of us have preconceived thoughts and opinions on this Linux distribution. And yet, I could not get my head around the attraction of this distro over Ubuntu, Simply Mepis, Linux Mint, Freespire or any other beginner-friendly Linux release.

Things to do after installing openSUSE 11.0

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SUSE
HowTos

benkevan.com/blog: So you’ve downloaded and installed openSUSE 11.0. Are you now wondering what you may have to do post installation, here’s a quick run down:

Hands on: Flock 2 steps up the social browser game

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Software

arstechnica.com: Flock is an intriguing new "social web browser" that is designed not just as a portal to the web, but to your friends' lives and the online communities where we share many of today's experiences.

Canadian Firm Shows Faith In Ubuntu Server

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: While most major server vendors take a “wait and see” approach to Ubuntu, a major Canadian Web host says the server operating system is ready for prime time. Indeed, Cirrus Tech is now offering Ubuntu on its server hosting plans. Here’s a closer look at Cirrus Tech’s announcement, and the state of Ubuntu on the server.

First 'stable' Wine puts Windows apps on Linux

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Software

zdnet.com.au: The makers of Wine, a compatibility tool that allows Windows applications to run on Linux machines without Windows installed, have released a stable version of Wine 1.0.

O'Brien: Mozilla's open-source model represents valley at its best

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Moz/FF

mercurynews.com: After the official demise of the Netscape browser back in 2003, it seemed as if Microsoft's Internet Explorer would dominate the browser market, well, forever. It was hard to imagine how or why anyone would invest time and resources to create a new rival. But they did.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Konqueror 3.5.9 Review - The Great Swiss Knife

  • Linux Development Thriving
  • gPodder's no plodder when it comes to podcasts
  • How to create desktop icons in KDE4
  • New Webcam and Linux
  • If Business Succeeds with GNU/Linux, Why Not OLPC?
  • Sixty-Six OLPC XO Laptops Stolen in Peruvian Town
  • Mail merge in OpenOffice.org
  • Linux Outlaws 43 - The Unbreakable Car
  • The Linux promise
  • Is open source only good for undermining competitors?
  • Meld - a Visual Diff Tool for GNOME
  • Firefox 3 plug-ins are still center stage
  • Google keeps killing penguins for money
  • Linux on a Wii
  • Intel GMA 4-Series Support On Linux

Eee PC proves why Linux blows

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Linux

hydrapinion.com: A week or so ago, one of the online shopping sites I frequent was selling Eee PCs on the cheap. Out of the box, it's easy to use and has almost all the apps one needs to be productive. My plan is to use the Eee PC in meetings, interviews, for the odd Skype call (Skype is included without any need to install extra software) and in my studies. This is where it starts to get annoying.

Also: Asus EEE-PC 900 completely misses the point
And: Mandriva and EEE PC, 2009.0 specs

Ian Lynch's take on the BECTA fiasco

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I have recently read an eye-opening email from Ian Lynch about what happened in the UK with BECTA. I have received his permission to republish here his thoughts. I think his email speaks volumes about what happened.

Is Linux the most secure OS?

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: Linux-based systems get a lot of press in IT trade publications. A lot of that press relates to its security characteristics. While many Linux distributions may outshine both MS Windows and Apple MacOS X by a significant margin, there’s evidence to suggest that most Linux distributions are not up to the standards of FreeBSD.

Kernel space: Interview with Andrew Morton

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Linux
Interviews

linuxworld.com: A core Linux maintainer answers users' questions about quality, the pace of development, and how new kernel developers can get involved.

Timeline: Firefox vs. IE over the years

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Since the fall of 2004, Mozilla's Firefox has been pitting itself against Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer for the Web browser crown. While IE is still the dominant power by far, Firefox has picked up a lot more loyal adherents than many expected when it first launched. What follows are some of the highlights of Computerworld's coverage of the battle of Firefox vs. IE.

Also: The cake is a lie: IE team bakes a treat for Mozilla

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Tunnel to locally running mysql server using ssh

  • Bash for Loop
  • Bash Arrays
  • Use Fuse to mount remote ssh directories
  • Apache and OpenSSL
  • How-To: Use Web Shortcuts in Firefox
  • Firefox 3, RealPlayer, Ubuntu and BBC’s iPlayer
  • Howto add permanent static routes in Ubuntu
  • HowTo Fix Resolution Problem in Ubuntu

Firefox? Who's that? Opera says 4.7 million have downloaded version 9.5

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Hardware

downloadsquad.com: Are the oldschool browser wars starting up again? It sure seems like it. Who's missing from this uber release party? Oh, that would be Microsoft's Internet Explorer...

Dell at Red Hat Summit and FUDCon

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Linux
Hardware

direct2dell.com: This week, Dell will be out "in force" at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. If you're attending the show, be sure to stop by the Dell booth in the expo area, where we'll have one of our new PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosures on hand, as well as a Precision M6300 mobile workstation (coincidentally sold with Red Hat Enterprise Linux installed).

Mandriva Linux 2009 plans announced

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MDV

mandriva.com: Mandriva Linux 2009 comes a step closer to reality today with the unveiling of the release schedule and the technical specifications. The schedule includes two alphas, two betas, and two release candidates, prior to the final release in early October 2008. The first alpha release is scheduled for June 25th - just a week away.

Why upgrade to openSUSE 11 from openSUSE 10.x

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SUSE

benkevan.com: You’re at the breaking point of what to do with your current openSUSE 10.x (hopefully at least 10.2) installation. You hear that openSUSE 11.0 is just about to come out, but why should you go from a .2/.3 release to a .0 release? Well here are some main reasons why:

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Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
  • Key Considerations for Software Updates for Embedded Linux and IoT
    The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of security before bringing your embedded devices online. A new strain of Mirai has caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers. Many of these embedded devices run a variant of embedded Linux; typically, the distribution size is around 16MB today. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel, although very widely used, is far from immune to critical security vulnerabilities as well. In fact, in a presentation at Linux Security Summit 2016, Kees Cook highlighted two examples of critical security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel: one being present in kernel versions from 2.6.1 all the way to 3.15, the other from 3.4 to 3.14. He also showed that a myriad of high severity vulnerabilities are continuously being found and addressed—more than 30 in his data set.
  • APNIC-sponsored proposal could vastly improve DNS resilience against DDoS