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"Can Open Source be secure" BCS riposte

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OSS

advogato.org: An article published by the BCS was brought to my attention, and it was full of such glaring omissions and implicit attacks on free software that it had to be dealt with.

Yet Another Amarok 1.4 Clone That Just Works

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Software

techdrivein.com: For Amarok 1.4 lovers, there is more good news. Gereqi is yet another Amarok 1.4 fork, which is still in its early stages of development. And it is already looking good.

No Operating System is Replaceable

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OS

elevenislouder.blogspot: So many people out there just love to talk about how Linux is now a "drop in replacement" for Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OSX. This isn't the case.

Periodic table of the open source graphics and design apps

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Software

worldlabel.com: Are you ever overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of open source software projects produced by the community? Even when looking at just a subset? Let’s examine each design field in turn.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • PClinuxOS: Radically Simple
  • Three Sysadmin Rules You Can’t (And Shouldn’t) Break
  • DtO: Kryptonite
  • The State of Open Source: Startup, Growth, Maturity or Decline?
  • Top 10 Empathy Themes For GNOME
  • Circular package dependencies harms apt recovery
  • Too many alternatives are not always so good
  • Battle joined for future of open source IPS
  • The value of restricting choice
  • Linux lovers more likely to loathe the iPad
  • More for the console: vlock, catdoc and more
  • VLC backend for Phonon 0.2.0
  • Linux Mint 9 KDE released
  • Docky & Application improvements

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • how to run opera mini in ubuntu
  • download and install vista fonts in linux
  • be alerted when terminal app done
  • Spotify on Fedora
  • Checklist for Writing Maintainable Perl
  • Build a Samba file server
  • Bash Co-Processes
  • monitor network traffic in linux
  • Clear desk space with cross-platform keyboard and mouse sharing app
  • Install iTunes on Ubuntu
  • Recovering deleted images from flash cards
  • Spotlight: Kate Scripting
  • Schedule Shutdown The System

Reviewed: KOffice 2.2

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Software

tuxradar.com: Over the last 12 years KOffice has grown in scope and ambition pushing out both good and bad iterations and occasionally suffering from hyperbolic claims that it had no chance in hell of satisfying.

Terminator for GNOME lets users split terminal windows

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Software

arstechnica.com: Although a command line isn't a necessity anymore in modern desktop Linux distributions, there are many situations where it's still the most efficient way to perform and automate tasks. One good solution is an alternative terminal application for GNOME called Terminator.

Kmart touts $150 Android tablet

linuxfordevices.com: Kmart has begun touting a seven-inch "Gentouch78" Android 2.1 tablet for $150, as well as a Linux-based seven-inch color e-reader called "TheBook eReader," both from Augen.

Review: openSUSE 11.3 KDE

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SUSE

g33q.co.za: openSUSE 11.3 is available. It has been for a while actually, and this week it is my feature distro. I am using it in my “searching for the perfect KDE distro” quest.

Second Beta Release of Firefox 4 Arrives

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Moz/FF
  • Second Beta Release of Firefox 4 Arrives
  • Tabs get tweaked in Firefox 4 beta 2

Is Linux Just Another Unix Flavor?

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Linux

pcworld.com: What defines an operating system isn't a geeky label or a collection of ramblings from the mouths of its community members. Nor is it some empty and pointless certification offered up by an obscure group of malcontented purveyors of "standards."

Washing the windows myths. Program installation.

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Linux
Microsoft

it.toolbox.com: I would have thought that this issue had been dead and buried however, unfortunately there are still those out there who believe that installing software is easier under windows than under Linux. Let me tell you right now, it is not!

Kernel Log: Who’s responsible for troubleshooting and quality assurance?

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Linux

h-online.com: Recently, a Red Hat developer got rid of a flaw in an Intel graphics driver. The flaw had been a thorn in the side of numerous users of systems with the 945GM chip-set. Now, Theodore 'tytso' Tso has stated in a discussion on LKML that users have to accept more responsibility.

Ubuntu makeover

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Ubuntu
  • Get a Blazing Fast Computer for Free
  • Why Ubuntu Linux Is a Good Business Choice

Is Oracle trying to kill VirtualBox?

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Software
  • Is Oracle trying to kill VirtualBox?
  • If Oracle Bought Every Open Source Company...

Jolicloud 1.0

  • Hands on: Jolicloud 1.0, a Linux distro in progress
  • Jolicloud as a Second Netbook OS – It Plays Well With Windows

Prettier Fonts Coming Your Way

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Software

linuxjournal.com: There was a time when Linux was notorious for having what was called "fugly" fonts. Things improved a bit over the years, but thanks to expiring patents things are about to get even better.

The 75 "Funnest" Open Source Downloads

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Software
Gaming

earthweb.com: It's summer. And frankly, that means no one's all that excited about working. Oh goodness no. In honor of the season of laziness, we've put together a list of some of the most fun open source downloads you can find.

6 most talked about Linux games

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Gaming

web2linux.com: In your quest to find a good, native and free game for Linux you might have seen long lists of games mentioned on various sites and forums. I’ve compiled a small list of some of the most talked about games for Linux on the internet.

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OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

  • OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability
    A few days back FreeBSD 11 stable was mitigated for Meltdown (and Spectre vulnerabilities), which came more than one month after these nasty CPU vulnerabilities were disclosed while DragonFlyBSD was quickly mitigated and the first of the BSDs to do so. While OpenBSD is known for its security features and focus, only today did it land its initial Meltdown mitigation.
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France Proposes Software Security Liability For Manufacturers, Open Source As Support Ends

It sometimes seems as though barely a week can go by without yet another major software-related hardware vulnerability story. As manufacturers grapple with the demands of no longer building simple appliances but instead supplying them containing software that may expose itself to the world over the Internet, we see devices shipped with insecure firmware and little care for its support or updating after the sale. The French government have a proposal to address this problem that may be of interest to our community, to make manufacturers liable for the security of a product while it is on the market, and with the possibility of requiring its software to be made open-source at end-of-life. In the first instance it can only be a good thing for device security to be put at the top of a manufacturer’s agenda, and in the second the ready availability of source code would present reverse engineers with a bonanza. Read more

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