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Another OLPC man goes his own way

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OLPC

itwire.com: Another stalwart of the One Laptop per Child Project has gone his own way - after telling project founder Nicholas Negroponte that he (Negroponte) had failed to go beyond the stage of a prototype.

openSUSE Election Committee Founded

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SUSE

opensuse.org: We now have founded an openSUSE Election Committee. The openSUSE election committee will organize and oversee the first openSUSE Board election, the board has authorized it to decide any open questions on the elections.

DRM Patches For Linux 2.6.27 Kernel

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Linux

phoronix.com: While the merge window for the Linux 2.6.27 kernel has already closed, we will hopefully see a few more Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) patches.

Red Hat fesses up to Fedora FOSS security fiasco

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Linux
Security

itwire.com: A week or so ago, end users of the Linux-based Red Hat Fedora OS were warned to avoid downloading packages due to an "issue in the infrastructure systems" which waved big red flags suggesting a security breach to many industry observers.

25 killer Linux apps

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Software

techradar.com: We all know that Linux is about choice. Everyone has the choice of what they use and how they use it. A consequence of this is that there's a huge range of software out there. We'll highlight some of the choices available to you for some of the most common desktop tasks.

Review: Kubuntu 8.10 'Intrepid Ibex' Alpha 4

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Ubuntu

headshotgamer.com: I'm going to look at Kubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4, an often overlooked distribution due to Ubuntu stealing most of the limelight (and don't forget Xubuntu, which stands in the shadow of both Ubuntu and Kubuntu).

ext3 with data=journal results

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: I’ve been toying with a minimal Ubuntu installation identical to the one I built for the Hardy speed guide, but this time I used data=journal as a flag for the default ext3 filesystem.

PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME - Beauty Meets Beast

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PCLOS

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: I have long been performance-hungry, and I don't mind spending hours in tinkering my desktop/laptop for maximum speed and performance. During my long 15 years of tweaking and tinkering I found PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME to be the best, because it has already been tweaked and tested for me.

Downgrade to XP or Upgrade to Mandriva

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MDV

lazytechguy.com: My friend wanted a low cost Laptop and went for Dell 1525. Here in Singapore, it is really a value for money Notebook. Everything is OK with this Laptop, just one issue- It has Vista Basic. We discussed his problem and came with two possible alternatives:

odds & ends (leftovers)

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News
  • The Hacker Test: More Linux and Unix Humor

  • Docunification
  • Freezy Linux is a free, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system
  • Zimbra Adds Support for Ubuntu 8.04
  • The Origins of Linux - Linus Torvalds

IS Ubuntu Hardy really THAT buggy ?

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Ubuntu

lazytechguy.com: Blogsphere and forums are full of post saying that hardy is much more buggy than Gutsy or any other previous release. Come on this is a LTS release, how can this be so buggy ? Lets take a look at some of the posts

and a few more

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HowTos
  • Short Tip: Compare revisions with SVN

  • How to split screen your command line
  • Installing and Running sendmail in Red Hat Linux
  • How I repaired a corrupted grub menu.lst config file
  • Using more than 4 GB RAM on Debian etch 32bit

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to Enable extra compiz fusion effects in Mandriva Linux

  • Compile the Kernel on Debian etch
  • Blackberry tethering in Mandriva with barry-ppp

An Inside look at Debian -- Chatting with DPL Steve McIntyre

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Linux
Interviews

blogs.sun.com: Down in Argentina I grabbed some time with Steve McIntyre, Debian's 11th project leader since its founding 15 years ago. Steve has been on the job since April of this year and I checked in to see how it was going.

Fedora vs. Ubuntu

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Linux

snemir.blogspot: With a short break between the classes, I decided to try to install Ubuntu and Fedora Core 9 on my laptop to compare the two...

Top Five Linux Distros

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Linux

techbrave.com: Lots of distributions, of course using Linux is nightmare for the windows users and selecting the right distribution is a much greater nightmare, thousands of distros to choose from. And the best way is to look for the distribution that suits you the most. Here are some of the top linux distros.

What is Top 10 of Ubuntu-based Linux Distributions

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Ubuntu

techgyaan.org: I want to know what is the top 10 of Ubuntu-based Linux Distributions shown in the following list. VnTutor Blog help me really to explore Ubuntu World. Heads up to VnTutor

AntiX 7.5 is Now Available

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Linux

mepis.org: Anti and MEPIS announce the release of antiX MEPIS 7.5, "Toussaint Louverture." New features based on community contributions are led by the antiX Control Centre, which provides a single handy place for managing desktop, system, network, and hardware.

5 Least Popular Desktop Environments for Linux

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Software

junauza.com: KDE, GNOME, and Xfce are without doubt the most well-known desktop environments for Linux at the moment. They are utilized by majority of Linux Distributions simply because they are very much stable and usable. But did you know that there are other capable Free and Open-source desktop environments that you probably haven’t heard of?

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Learning Linux Chmod Using Numbers

  • Linux - Getting the Correct Time
  • BASH: Prepend A Text / Lines To a File
  • How to set Virtual Box in Full screen Mode?
  • Optimizing the Ubuntu Boot Process
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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.
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    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.