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Story The Security Scares Roy Schestowitz 20/01/2016 - 10:49pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 20/01/2016 - 10:48pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 20/01/2016 - 10:47pm
Story Linux Vulnerability and Trojan Causing Headaches Roy Schestowitz 20/01/2016 - 10:46am
Story Linux 4.5-rc1 Rianne Schestowitz 25/01/2016 - 12:10am
Story LibreOffice Picks Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2016 - 8:12pm
Story Rockstor 3.8-11 Linux-Based Free NAS Solution Has Rock-Ons and UI Improvements Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2016 - 7:21pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2016 - 6:49pm
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2016 - 6:48pm
Story Updated Debian 8: 8.3 released Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2016 - 6:15pm

today's leftovers

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News
  • Dual licenses and open source: Best of both worlds?

  • Lancelot Screencast
  • Open options for cloud computing
  • Gag order lifted for students who hacked subway card
  • 6 Things That Suck About Linux
  • Utilities automate Debian filesystem creation
  • 9 Months And Still No UT3 Linux Client
  • Security? That's Obscure!
  • Microsoft not really following open-source model--IBM exec
  • Kernel space: udev rules, but whose?
  • Flipping the Linux switch: Countdown to the dual boot
  • Gentoo: Credit where credit is due
  • Selling support for open source projects that you don't own or contribute to
  • First Ubuntu Netbook Remix Laptop Appears
  • openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 34

New Adventures in Linux…..

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Linux

andy.2boyz.co.uk: Since we got back from Prague things have been pretty quiet around here. There is a reason for this, and that reason is Linux.

Has Firefox 3 certificate handling become too 'scary?'

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Moz/FF
  • Has Firefox 3 certificate handling become too 'scary?'

  • New SSL policy in Firefox hurting tens of thousands of sites
  • Mozilla preps Firefox 3.0 auto update
  • Mozilla Developer News Aug 19

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Video Tutorial - Getting Started with GNU Screen

  • How To Manage Your Disk By UUID On Linux
  • Gnubiff — mail notifications on your desktop
  • Linux: How To Spy On Your PC When You’re Away
  • Using your Zonbu PC as a network appliance
  • Gumstick Gentoo: How To
  • Get Screen Actions For Your Mouse On Linux

18 Tools to Turn Firefox 3 into a Communications Portal

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Moz/FF

mashable.com: Firefox can be made into so much more than just a browser via its huge extension base. Yes, this means you can replace some of your instant messenger, chat and microblogging needs by adding just a few extensions. Here are 18 tools that will let you turn your Firefox 3 browser into a communications portal.

Robbins Unstable Stages are Here

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Gentoo

blog.funtoo.org: Gentoo unstable or “tilde” (~x86, ~amd64) stages are now available for download. One of the cool things in these unstable stages and OpenVZ templates is the inclusion of Roy Marples’ OpenRC scripts, which are an improved version of Gentoo Linux’s init script design.

Would Linux help Adobe to pummel Microsoft?

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Microsoft

Matt Asay: John Dvorak thinks that Adobe has a Microsoft problem, and that Linux provides a clear solution: Adobe could port its Creative Suite...to Linux as a shot across Redmond's bow. Then the company should embrace Linux in-house and develop a complete, optimized Linux OS.

Also: Dvorak Has Right Idea, Wrong Platform

No Further Appeals on OOXML? What About 11.4?

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OSS

groklaw.net: "According to the ISO/IEC rules, DIS 29500 can now proceed to publication as an ISO/IEC International Standard. This is expected to take place within the next few weeks on completion of final processing of the document, and subject to no further appeals against the decision." Wait a second!

XBMC's Linux port lacks impressive features

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Software

linux.com: Linux has no shortage of audio and video players, but if you want to devote you whole system to multimedia use, you need the Xbox Media Center (XBMC). Although initially designed for the Xbox gaming console, XBMC has been ported to other platforms. The Linux port of XBMC that I use is quite usable, especially for video playback, despite the fact that not all XBMC features have yet been ported.

The Linux Ecosystem...Changes Ahead

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Linux

blog.phunnypharm.org: I've been privy to, and sometimes involved in, many conversations about the Linux ecosystem. How it evolved, how it is now, and where it will go from here. The most important factor has been how Linux kernel development has been funded over the years and what needs to happen to ensure it remains funded.

Copyright Ruling For Open Source: Good And Bad News?

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Interviews
OSS

informationweek.com: The other week, the open source community enthusiastically welcomed a court ruling that set a strong precedence for open source licensing. Not everyone was enthusiastic, though. Among the cautionary dissenters is Michael P. Bennett, partner, Wildman Harrold (Chicago). To Michael, it's a two-edged sword that can harm as much as it can help.

Gigabyte EP45-DS3L & EP45T-DS3R

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Today we are looking at two Intel P45 motherboards compliments of Gigabyte with their EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R. The EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R are just two of Gigabyte's motherboards bearing the P45 Chipset but in total they have eight different motherboards using this version of the Eaglelake Chipset.

Fedora 10 Takes Shape

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Linux

internetnews.com: What does the future hold for Linux development at Red Hat? A look at some of the new features coming in the Fedora 10 Linux distribution release might yield some clues.

Also: Another update on Fedora infrastructure

More Solutions for Auto-Switching Linux Wallpaper

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Software

lifehacker.com: Earlier this week, we showed you how to auto-change desktop backgrounds in Ubuntu using a small script and a scheduling tool. Turns out a good number of our commenters were already hip to dynamic, time-tracking wallpaper, and have found easier, more full-featured means of keeping their desktops fresh.

Why Corporates Hate Perl

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Software

oreillynet.com/blogs: Last week I was in Copenhagen for YAPC::Europe. The theme of next year’s conference will be “Corporate Perl”. The Powers That Be at this company have announced that Perl is no longer their language of choice for web systems.

ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu + Dell = The Ultimate Ultraportable?

  • Left Ubuntu for PCLinuxOS
  • Synaptic 0.62 for Hardy
  • Will Lenovo Launch Ubuntu Linux Servers?
  • Open Virtual Machine Tools with Ubuntu Hardy
  • Abuse of Ubuntu logo in Chile
  • Hot news from IDF San Francisco
  • The move from windows is complete

What does Michael Phelps have in common with Linus Torvalds?

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Linux

junauza.com: What does the most prolific Olympian of all time have in common with one of the greatest, if not the greatest computer programmer in history? --No, it's definitely not the physique, or their love for Speedo.

winner of the OOo splash screen poll

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OOo

ooomarketing.blogspot: I'd like to announce the winner of the splash screen poll. We had a total of 789 votes, which is a quite good count! The winner is Jacek Adamkiewicz: Proposal 3 with a total of 83 votes.

some howtos & such

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HowTos
  • 10 fun and/or useful things to do at Ubuntu’s command-line

  • Formatting a USB Drive in Ubuntu
  • Dreamlinux 3.0 tips and tricks
  • Sendmail Multiple Queues
  • Integrate Picasa with Ubuntu
  • Configuring the Plasma Panel
  • Ubuntu on my Eee 1000
  • Schedule periodic tasks with cron
  • Finding Running Process ID's On Linux Using Pidof

Why Debian is different

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Linux

itwire.com: As the Debian GNU/Linux project marks 15 years of existence, how much has it diverged from the intentions with which it set sail? As times change and people correspondingly change, motivating factors often tend to change and this is reflected in changes in most software projects. Is this true for Debian?

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    Just as a mainframe from decades ago might be ready for retirement, the IT staff who originally procured and installed that system might also be preparing for a new phase in their lives. It’s up to the current and next generation of government IT employees to prepare for that eventuality, but there are indications they may not be ready, despite evidence that older IT professionals are retiring or will soon be leaving their positions. Unfortunately, a skills gap exists even among younger generation IT workers. Agencies are scrambling to find personnel with expertise in cloud service management, cybersecurity, technical architecture and legacy technologies, such as common business-oriented language (COBOL) and mainframes, among other areas. At the same time that many workers are getting ready to retire, leaving behind a wealth of knowledge, many younger IT professionals are struggling to gain the knowledge they will need to take their agencies into the future.
  • Introducing Fn: “Serverless must be open, community-driven, and cloud-neutral”
    Fn, a new serverless open source project was announced at this year’s JavaOne. There’s no risk of cloud lock-in and you can write functions in your favorite programming language. “You can make anything, including existing libraries, into a function by packaging it in a Docker container.” We invited Bob Quillin, VP for the Oracle Container Group to talk about Fn, its best features, next milestones and more.
  • Debian seminar in Yokohama, 2017/11/18
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  • Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure
    Overclock Labs wants to make it easier for developers to deploy and manage their applications across clouds. To do so, the company is building tools to automate distributed cloud infrastructure and, unsurprisingly, it is betting on containers — and specifically the Kubernetes container orchestration tools — to do this. Today, Overclock Labs, which was founded two years ago, is coming out of stealth and announcing that it raised a $1.3 million seed round from a number of Silicon Valley angel investors and CrunchFund — the fund that shares a bit of its name and history with TechCrunch but is otherwise completely unaffiliated with the blog you are currently reading.
  • MariaDB Energizes the Data Warehouse with Open Source Analytics Solution
    MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, today announced new product enhancements to MariaDB AX, delivering a modern approach to data warehousing that enables customers to easily perform fast and scalable analytics with better price performance over proprietary solutions. MariaDB AX expands the highly successful MariaDB Server, creating a solution that enables high performance analytics with distributed storage and parallel processing, and that scales with existing commodity hardware on premises or across any cloud platform. With MariaDB AX, data across every facet of the business is transformed into meaningful and actionable results.
  • AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System [Ed: AT&T wants to openwash its surveillance equipment]
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  • Intel Lands Support For Vector Neural Network Instructions In LLVM
  • p2k17 Hackathon report: Antoine Jacoutot on ports+packages progress
  • GCC 8 Feature Development Is Over
    Feature development on the GCC 8 compiler is over with it now entering stage three of its development process. SUSE's Richard Biener announced minutes ago that GCC 8 entered stage three development, meaning only general bug fixing and documentation updates are permitted.
  • 2018 Is The Year For Open Source Software For The Pentagon
  • Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out
    Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes. On one side, the Software Freedom Law Center, which today seeks to resolve licensing disputes amicably. On the other, the Software Freedom Conservancy, which takes a relatively harder line against the noncompliance of licensing terms. The battleground: the, er, US Patent and Trademark Office. The law center has demanded the cancellation of a trademark held by the conservancy.
  • Open Source Underwater Glider: An Interview with Alex Williams, Grand Prize Winner
    Alex Williams pulled off an incredible engineering project. He developed an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) which uses a buoyancy engine rather than propellers as its propulsion mechanism and made the entire project Open Source and Open Hardware.

Programming Leftovers

Security: Linux, Free Software Principles, Microsoft and Intel

  • Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds
    Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has offered some very choice words about different approaches security, during a discussion about whitelisting features proposed for version 4.15 of the Linux kernel. Torvalds' ire was directed at open software aficionado and member of Google's Pixel security team Kees Cook, who he has previously accused of idiocy. Cook earned this round of shoutiness after he posted a request to “Please pull these hardened usercopy changes for v4.15-rc1.”
  • Free Software Principles
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  • New warning over back door in Linux
    Researchers working at Russian cyber security firm Dr Web claim to have found a new vulnerability that enables remote attackers to crack Linux installations virtually unnoticed. According to the anti-malware company, cyber criminals are getting into the popular open-source operating system via a new backdoor. This, they say, is "indirect evidence" that cyber criminals are showing an increasing interest in targeting Linux and the applications it powers. The trojan, which it's calling Linux.BackDoor.Hook.1, targets the library libz primarily. It offers compression and extraction capabilities for a plethora of Linux-based programmes.
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  • Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking [sic] safeguards for elections
     

    The guidelines are intended to reduce risks in low-budget local races as well as the high-stakes Congressional midterm contests next year. Though most of the suggestions cost little or nothing to implement and will strike security professionals as common sense, notorious attacks including the leak of the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, have succeeded because basic security practices were not followed.  

  • Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions of Devices Exposed
     

    On Monday, the chipmaker released a security advisory that lists new vulnerabilities in ME, as well as bugs in the remote server management tool Server Platform Services, and Intel’s hardware authentication tool Trusted Execution Engine. Intel found the vulnerabilities after conducting a security audit spurred by recent research. It has also published a Detection Tool so Windows and Linux administrators can check their systems to see if they're exposed.