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Story TARBALLS DUE: GNOME 3.12.0 Rianne Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 6:28pm
Story Engaging developers Rianne Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 12:05pm
Story Video of Unity 8 showcasing Mir’s capabilities released Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 10:00am
Story Security Exaggeration, Linux on ATMs, and Mac Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 9:22am
Story OpenStack job market doubles, open-source opportunities abound Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 8:14am
Story IGF Winner Cart Life Departs Steam For Open Source Waters Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 8:11am
Story Google propels Linux to the top Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 8:06am
Story Linux Goes to the Head of the Class Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 8:04am
Story Why the media loves to exaggerate Linux security problems Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 7:59am
Story Opening up Linux: Is the OS becoming ripe for game development? Roy Schestowitz 22/03/2014 - 7:50am

Holiday Special: Dell Ubuntu Linux Netbooks At $299

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Ubuntu Attention Ubuntu Linux shoppers: Dell in newspapers today advertised Inspiron Mini 9 netbooks running Ubuntu for the bargain basement starting price of $299. Even The VAR Guy is opening his wallet and buying one.

Profanity Is Not Professional

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Linux Somewhat unsurprisingly, profanity is a lot more common in open source than in closed source software. Also not surprisingly, some people find it offensive.

Mandriva Pink Slips Adam Williamson too

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MDV Well, I was rather expecting this after reading Vincent’s blog this morning, but I have been told that as of December 31st, I’ll no longer be working for Mandriva, as all external contractors are being canned.

Free Software We're Most Thankful For

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Software Dear free software developers: Before we American nerds sit down to our turkey and mashed potatoes today, know that your creations are at the top of the list of things we're most thankful for.

Open Solaris 2008.05 - Are you kidding me?

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OS This article is a summary of my four-hour experience with Open Solaris 2008.05. How was it? Well, in one word: good. In two words: NOT good.

openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available

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SUSE The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 is now available. If all goes well, this will be the last testing release before the final 11.1 public release on December 18th.

Also: GNOME backports on openSUSE

Mandriva Axes Vincent Danen

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MDV As of December 31st, my contract with Mandriva will be terminated and I will no longer be working for Mandriva. We’ve got a new CEO now, and he’s determined there is to be no remote contractors, and as a result I’ve been booted from the camp.

I Wonder: Who is Scared of Linux?

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Linux In short, IBM isn’t scared of Linux, neither is Novell. Oddly, neither is Microsoft, after-all, they actually sell it.

KDE's Kate text editor gets Vi input mode

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Software The KDE desktop environment's advanced text editing program, which is called Kate, has a new input mode that is designed to mimic the functionality of the text-based Vi editor.

Fired Up Over A Hot Browser

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Moz/FF Even though Mitchell Baker was fired from her role overseeing a struggling software project in 2001, she wasn't about to quit.

Why I moved to Gnome

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blog.andrewmin: I’ve been a KDE user basically since I started using Linux. The Qt toolkit’s default theme was much more visually appealing than GTK+, KDE’s purple and silver was a nicer mix than Ubuntu’s orange and brown, and the KDE apps were pretty awesome. Despite this, I’m now sitting here in front of a clean Ubuntu Intrepid install.

Funtoo is so easy it should be illegal

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azerthoth.blogspot: I sit here watching the first emerge --sync go slowly scrolling by in preparation for my second go around with Funtoo. The Funtoo creator Daniel Robbins, the same man who gave us Gentoo, has started a new project for us geeks to play with.

$500 KWin bounty

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KDE For those who have not read the KWin mailing list recently an extremely nice KDE user has placed a cash bounty on the implementation of a particular KWin feature.

today's leftovers

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  • Talking with Likewise on GPLv3 and community management

  • Seagate offers fix for problematic Barracuda drives on Mac/Linux systems
  • Xavier School Deploys 600 Ubuntu Linux Desktops
  • Thanking open source developers
  • Consumer Search running Drupal
  • Run your NFS server in the user address space with NFS-GANESHA
  • sexism in Debian
  • Steve Ballmer Loves Linux
  • VLC. The swiss army knife of video viewing.
  • Analyst: Red Hat "deeply undervalued," Oracle Linux "has failed"
  • Cisco Offers $100,000 Bounty to Linux Application Developers
  • Open Sources Episode 3: Why does technology hate us?
  • Daniel Robbins: What I’ve Been Up To – New site, etc.
  • Jono Bacon: The Flow Of Ideas
  • Third ever webserver retired...
  • CrunchBang Linux 8.10.01 released
  • Aaron Seigo: free software supply chains
  • 64bit Linux, PulseAudio, Fedora 10 and so on

some howtos:

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  • How to install Tint Task Manager in Debian

  • SHIFT, CAPSLOCK, and CONTROL keys stop working in Ubuntu
  • Understanding the Linux Filesystem
  • Use the date Command to Measure Elapsed Time
  • Revisor: Creating Custom Fedora Installation Media
  • Looking for large files on your Linux
  • How to reset a lost MySQL root password
  • Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part II
  • How to downgrade the Kernel in Ubuntu 8.10 the easy way
  • Create Encrypted CD’s and DVD’s in Linux
  • Freeing up disk space in Ubuntu
  • Good Power Management Practices

Blockbuster box runs Linux

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Hardware Blockbuster announced a branded version of a IP set-top box and media player from 2Wire that runs Linux on a MIPS-based Broadcom chipset. The Blockbuster version of the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player is used to download videos from Blockbuster OnDemand via broadband.

Linux Moves From Grazing to Gorging at the Unix Buffet

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Linux UNIX is being attacked by Linux from the top and bottom ends of the market. The signs are that it is losing the battle on both fronts.

Why engage in open source FUD?

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OSS Whether or not Gartner Group really is engaging in FUD regarding open source, there is a good reason for it. There is big money in FUD.

some interviews

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  • Interview With Adam Williamson - Mandriva Community Manager

  • Interview with Bryce Harrington: Ubuntu Xorg Maintainer
  • Ubuntu Community Interview: Nicolas Valcárcel

Mozilla posts first Firefox 3.1 release candidate build

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Moz/FF Mozilla is close to be releasing a major update for its Firefox 3 browser. The release candidate of Firefox 3.1 appeared earlier today and is, as far as we can see, pretty much finished. The actual release of the browser should only be a matter of days.

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Linux 4.8.4

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New Releases: Budgie, Solus, SalentOS, and Slackel

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Security News

  • Free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks [Ed: UEFI has repeatedly been found to be both a detriment to security and enabler of Microsoft lock-in]
    Cisco's Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks. The tool, called MBRFilter, functions as a signed system driver and puts the disk's sector 0 into a read-only state. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and its source code has been published on GitHub. The master boot record (MBR) consists of executable code that's stored in the first sector (sector 0) of a hard disk drive and launches the operating system's boot loader. The MBR also contains information about the disk's partitions and their file systems. Since the MBR code is executed before the OS itself, it can be abused by malware programs to increase their persistence and gain a head start before antivirus programs. Malware programs that infect the MBR to hide from antivirus programs have historically been known as bootkits -- boot-level rootkits. Microsoft attempted to solve the bootkit problem by implementing cryptographic verification of the bootloader in Windows 8 and later. This feature is known as Secure Boot and is based on the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) -- the modern BIOS.
  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
    I hope somebody's paying attention. There's been another big DDOS attack, this time against the infrastructure of the Internet. It began at 7:10 a.m. EDT today against Dyn, a major DNS host, and was brought under control at 9:36 a.m. According to Gizmodo, which was the first to report the story, at least 40 sites were made unreachable to users on the US East Coast. Many of the sites affected are among the most trafficed on the web, and included CNN, Twitter, PayPal, Pinterest and Reddit to name a few. The developer community was also touched, as GitHub was also made unreachable. This event comes on the heels of a record breaking 620 Gbps DDOS attack about a month ago that brought down security expert Brian Krebs' website, KrebsonSecurity. In that attack, Krebs determined the attack had been launched by botnets that primarily utilized compromised IoT devices, and was seen by some as ushering in a new era of Internet security woes.
  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
    Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
  • Major DNS provider Dyn hit with DDoS attack
    Attacks against DNS provider Dyn continued into Friday afternoon. Shortly before noon, the company said it began "monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack" against its Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. The attack may also have impacted Managed DNS advanced service "with possible delays in monitoring."
  • What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage
    Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol’ For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard. This morning’s attack started around 7 am ET and was aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. That first bout was resolved after about two hours; a second attack began just before noon. Dyn reported a third wave of attacks a little after 4 pm ET. In all cases, traffic to Dyn’s Internet directory servers throughout the US—primarily on the East Coast but later on the opposite end of the country as well—was stopped by a flood of malicious requests from tens of millions of IP addresses disrupting the system. Late in the day, Dyn described the events as a “very sophisticated and complex attack.” Still ongoing, the situation is a definite reminder of the fragility of the web, and the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.
  • Either IoT will be secure or the internet will be crippled forever
    First things first a disclaimer. I neither like nor trust the National Security Agency (NSA). I believe them to be mainly engaged in economic spying for the corporate American empire. Glenn Greenwald has clearly proven that in his book No Place to Hide. At the NSA, profit and power come first and I have no fucking clue as to how high they prioritize national security. Having said that, the NSA should hack the Internet of (insecure) Things (IoT) to death. I know Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating where the DDoS of doomsday proportions is coming from and the commentariat is already screaming RUSSIA! But it is really no secret what is enabling this clusterfuck. It’s the Mirai botnet. If you buy a “smart camera” from the Chinese company Hangzhou XiongMai Technologies and do not change the default password, it will be part of a botnet five minutes after you connect it to the internet. We were promised a future where we would have flying cars but we’re living in a future where camera’s, light-bulbs, doorbells and fridges can get you in serious trouble because your home appliances are breaking the law.
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