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Story WebOS pops up in LG SmartWatch leak Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 6:30pm
Story Freedreno 1.3.0 DDX Brings Several Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 6:25pm
Story The Week in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 9:55am
Story Better Know an OS: Debian GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 7:56am
Story Maui using KDE Frameworks 5 Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 7:29am
Story APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.0.9.2 Fixes a Few Regressions and Problems Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 7:17am
Story Scientific Linux 7.0 RC2 Is Ready For Testing Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 7:14am
Story Samsung didn’t pay Microsoft $1 billion for Android, or did they? Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 7:12am
Story qAndora - A Cross Platform, FOSS, Pandora Radio Player Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 7:06am
Story ‘Tux Machines’ DDOS Attack Moves to ‘TechRights’ Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2014 - 6:51am

Opera 10 Beta - Preview and Screenshots

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Software

tuxarena.blogspot: The last time I had a look at Opera 10 it was in alpha state. This first Opera 10 beta comes with various new features.

Firefox 3.5 RC Review

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Moz/FF

taragana.com: Google's Chrome 2.0 speeded up after dropping its beta and Opera 10 beta claiming a better browsing speed, all eyes are on Mozilla's new Firefox version hyped to touch Amazing feats of speed.

Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 11 GNOME Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce 8100)

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on a Fedora 11 GNOME desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce 8100 here).

SquirrelMail open source project's web server hacked

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Security
Web

h-online.com: It has just become apparent that, on June 16, attackers hacked into the web server of the SquirrelMail open source project. The operators have suspended all accounts and reset all crucial passwords.

Spreading the Ubuntu Brand Too Far?

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Ubuntu developers recently announced a new system that will make it easier to brand third-party applications with Ubuntu imagery in Ubuntu 9.10. While decorating the desktop with benign images of a Koala may not hurt anything, Ubuntu should be careful not to take the branding too far.

10 (More) Hacking and Security Software Tools for Linux

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Software

junauza.com: I noticed that our list of hacking and security software tools for Linux was not enough so I figured out that I should add some more.

2009: software installation in GNU/Linux is still broken

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: GNU/Linux is slowly invading everybody’s everyday life. I won’t say “The year of the GNU/Linux desktop is here”. Been there, done that. But, GNU/Linux is definitely imposing its presence. And yet, software installation in GNU/Linux is broken.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix - An Acid Test

community.zdnet.co.uk: At the end of last week I got the opportunity to start an "Acid Test" of the latest Ubuntu Netbook Remix. One of my neighbors had seen my HP Mini-Note, and said that she thought something like that would be good for her.

Linux Mint 7 Review

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Linux

osrevolution.com: Linux Mint's purpose was always to be a very user-friendly, simple, and up to date Linux and GNU desktop distribution. Besides being based on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope it also incorporated the highly popular open source technology of Gnome 2.26, and Xorg 7.4.

Why I Use Linux: Bart’s Story

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Linux

itnewstoday.com: In 1997 or so I started playing with Linux. At the time Linux was just a hobby and I loved playing around but it just wasn’t stable enough to be my main system.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Ubuntu Migration Assistant to Automatically Install Equivalent Programs

  • Office suite released in netbook version
  • Linux mainframe use grows
  • A few good bug squadders
  • Starting a Business as an Open Source Consultant
  • Should Novell buyout Mandriva?
  • Embedded Linux: Out of sight, out of mind
  • Stop it.
  • ODF Interoperability: Rough Consensus and Running Code
  • Add Linux host to nagios server
  • Fedora Marketing TNG: Project FooBar
  • Guadalinex v6 is out
  • Linux KDE Web Development Tools – Reviews and Screenshots
  • Why Did I Upgrade Again?
  • Solang is in Ubuntu repositories now
  • President Lula of Brazil receives ITU Award, Open Source Software cited
  • Another view on Red Hat's Virtualization Portfolio
  • Museums Turn to Open Source During Lean Times
  • Novell not for sale, but perhaps should be
  • Upcoming exciting news from Tech World
  • SourceForge Announces Finalists of Fourth Annual Community Choice Awards

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Setup Approx On A Debian Server

  • Bash Startup Scripts: .bashrc and .bash_profile
  • Email Subaddressing (or "plus addressing") with Exim
  • Howto Recover Grub2 After Windows Installation
  • Hide Files in Images
  • VMWare server NAT configuration
  • Watch Live Interrupts
  • Back In Time – free backup tool in openSUSE
  • Run virtual machines directly from your desktop with VirtualBox
  • Stop ssh brute force attack using SuSEfirewall
  • Simple Interface Bonding (Gentoo)
  • Install & Configure Nagios in less than 5 minutes
  • Fixing Dates in Image EXIF Tag Data from Linux
  • How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps
  • Some basic hardware testing on Linux
  • Debugging MySQL Stored Procedures
  • Creating postcards in OpenOffice Draw
  • The different ways to execute a Linux application

Empathy and Banshee to be in Karmic (9.10)?

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Software
Ubuntu

blog.ibeentoubuntu: The debate over whether to replace the cross-platform Pidgin IM client with Gnome's own Empathy IM client has been raging since Empathy was included in Gnome (Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy). It's that time in the Karmic release cycle, and the debate begins anew.

IE is like malaria, says Mozilla VP

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Microsoft

techradar.com: Mozilla's VIP of engineering has again likened Internet Explorer to malaria, insisting that although a lot of people have it, most of them wouldn't actively choose it.

A Conversation with Chris Mason on BTRfs

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Interviews

linux-foundation.org: If you run your data center on Linux you have likely heard of BTRfs, the next generation file system that was recently merged into the kernel. I recently sat down with Oracle developer Chris Mason to discuss the file system, how he corrupted Linus’ root filesystem with his first patch (and lived to tell about it).

Praise the Mono and Pass the Ammo

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Software

thelinuxlink.net: There has been a lot of pro-Mono and anti-Mono arguments assaulting the community of late. The debate is not new but both sides have taken up arms since some distributions have decided to either remove Mono or include Mono by default.

Gripes with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

gnuski.blogspot: I don't want to be negative, but Ubuntu just doesn't cut the souce with me. When people ask why I don't use Ubuntu, I can come up with many reasons. I've decided to list them here.

Easily run Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver Linux 8

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Software

blogs.computerworld: I was running Windows, and before it came along, MS-DOS, applications on Unix and Linux for ages. It was never especially easy, but experts could do it. With CodeWeavers' latest CrossOver Linux 8, though, it's become so easy that anyone should be able to do it.

Introduction to the Command Line

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Linux

fsf.org/blogs: Guest blogger Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals writes about the production of the new textbook, Introduction to the Command Line.

First results of Electrolysis, multi-process Firefox

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: A few weeks ago, Mozilla announced Electrolysis, a new project that aims to make Firefox a multi-process application, with separate processes for the user interface (chrome), each tab, and plugins, in order to provide higher stability.

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • Recursive DNS Server Fingerprint Problem

    Our goal is to identify hijacked resolvers by analyzing their fingerprints, in order to increase safety of Internet users. To do that, we utilize data collected via RIPE Atlas (atlas.ripe.net).

  • Online developer tutorials are spreading XSS and SQL injection flaws

    The researchers, from across three universities in Germany and Trend Micro, checked the PHP code bases of more than 64,000 projects on Github and uncovered more than 100 vulnerabilities that they believe might have been introduced as a result of developers picking up the code that they used from online tutorials.

  • BrickerBot, the permanent denial-of-service botnet, is back with a vengeance

    BrickerBot, the botnet that permanently incapacitates poorly secured Internet of Things devices before they can be conscripted into Internet-crippling denial-of-service armies, is back with a new squadron of foot soldiers armed with a meaner arsenal of weapons.

  • Reproducible Builds: week 104 in Stretch cycle
  • Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files
    Webroot's security tools went berserk today, mislabeling key Microsoft Windows system files as malicious and temporarily removing them – knackering PCs in the process. Not only were people's individual copies of the antivirus suite going haywire, but also business editions and installations run by managed service providers (MSPs), meaning companies and organizations relying on the software were hit by the cockup. Between 1200 and 1500 MST (1800 and 2100 UTC) today, Webroot's gear labeled Windows operating system data as W32.Trojan.Gen – generic-Trojan-infected files, in other words – and moved them into quarantine, rendering affected computers unstable. Files digitally signed by Microsoft were whisked away – but, luckily, not all of them, leaving enough of the OS behind to reboot and restore the quarantined resources.
  • How The Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates
    Updating software is one of the most important ways to keep users and organizations secure. But how can software be updated securely? That's the challenge that The Update Framework (TUF) aims to solve. Justin Cappos, assistant professor at New York University, detailed how TUF works and what's coming to further improve the secure updating approach in a session at last week's DockerCon 17 conference in Austin, Texas. Simply using HTTPS and Transport Layer Security (TLS) to secure a download isn't enough as there have been many publicly reported instances of software repositories that have been tampered with, Cappos said.
  • Security Updates for Ubuntu Phone to End in June
    Security updates for Ubuntu phone and tablet will end this June, Canonical has confirmed. Current OTA updates are currently limited to critical fixes and security updates — a decision we were first to tell you back in January. But after June 2017 Canonical “will no longer deliver any further updates”.
  • Canonical to stop supporting Ubuntu Phone in June
    Canonical had already announced development of its Ubuntu Phone software was ending. Now we know when the final nail goes in the coffin: June.
  • Malware Hunts And Kills Poorly Secured Internet Of Things Devices Before They Can Be Integrated Into Botnets
    Researchers say they've discovered a new wave of malware with one purpose: to disable poorly secured routers and internet of things devices before they can be compromised and integrated into botnets. We've often noted how internet-of-broken-things devices ("smart" doorbells, fridges, video cameras, etc.) have such flimsy security that they're often hacked and integrated into botnets in just a matter of seconds after being connected to the internet. These devices are then quickly integrated into botnets that have been responsible for some of the worst DDoS attacks we've ever seen (including last October's attack on DYN).

GNOME/GTK News

  • The Way GNOME Handles Wallpapers Really Annoys Me
    I love GNOME Shell — and no, not just because I’ve little choice now that is Ubuntu’s default desktop! But the more I use GNOME the more I learn that the desktop environment, like every other, has its own share of quirks, bugs and inconsistencies. Like the following appreciably niche niggle in the the way GNOME handles desktop wallpapers.
  • Drag-and-drop in lists
    I’ve recently had an occasion to implement reordering of a GtkListBox via drag-and-drop (DND). It was not that complicated. Since I haven’t seen drag-and-drop used much with list boxes, here is a quick summary of what is needed to get the basics working.

Containers News

  • How Kubernetes is making contributing easy
    As the program manager of the Kubernetes community at Google, Sarah Novotny has years of experience in open source communities including MySQL and NGINX. Sarah sat down with me at CloudNativeCon in Berlin at the end of March to discuss both the Kubernetes community and open source communities more broadly. Among the topics we covered in the podcast were the challenges inherent in shifting from a company-led project to a community-led one, principles that can lead to more successful communities, and how to structure decision-making.
  • How Microsoft helped Docker with LinuxKit and Moby Project [Ed: Microsoft 'helped'... embrace, extend, coerce; haven't Docker employees learned from history?]
    Today, supporting Linux is as critical to Microsoft as it is to Red Hat and SUSE.
  • How to make branding decisions in an open community
    On April 18, Docker founder Solomon Hykes made a big announcement via a pull request in the main Docker repo: "Docker is transitioning all of its open source collaborations to the Moby project going forward." The docker/docker repo now redirects to moby/moby, and Solomon's pull request updates the README and logo for the project to match. Reaction from the Docker community has been overwhelmingly negative. As of this writing, the Moby pull request has garnered 7 upvotes and 110 downvotes on GitHub. The Docker community is understandably frustrated by this opaque announcement of a fait accompli, an important decision that a hidden inner circle made behind closed doors. It's a textbook case of "Why wasn't I consulted?"

Ubuntu 17.04: Unity's swan song?

For the most part, not much has changed on Ubuntu's Desktop edition in the past year. Unity 7 has more or less remained the same while work was progressing on the next version of the desktop, Unity 8. However, now that both desktops are being retired in favour of the GNOME desktop, running Ubuntu 17.04 feels a bit strange. This week I was running software that has probably reached the end of its life and this version of Ubuntu will only be supported for nine months. I could probably get the same desktop experience and most of the same hardware support running Ubuntu 16.04 and get security updates through to 2021 in the bargain. In short, I don't think Ubuntu 17.04 offers users anything significant over last year's 16.04 LTS release and it will be retired sooner. That being said, I could not help but be a little wistful about using Unity 7 again. Even though it has been about a year since I last used Unity, I quickly fell back into the routine and I was once more reminded how pleasant it can be to use Unity. The desktop is geared almost perfectly to my workflow and the controls are set up in a way that reduces my mouse usage to almost nothing. I find Unity a very comfortable desktop to use, especially when application menus have been moved from the top panel to inside their own windows. While there are some projects trying to carry on development of Unity, this release of Ubuntu feels like Unity's swan song and I have greatly enjoyed using the desktop this week. While there is not much new in Ubuntu 17.04, the release is pretty solid. Apart from the confusion that may arise from having three different package managers, I found Ubuntu to be capable, fairly newcomer friendly and stable. Everything worked well for me, at least on physical hardware. Unity is a bit slow to use in a virtual machine, but the distribution worked smoothly on my desktop computer. Read more