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Firefox 3 Memory Usage

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Moz/FF

blog.pavlov.net: As the web and web browsers have matured, people have started expecting different things out of them. Web usage patterns have changed, so too have our strategies on how to effectively make use of system resources such as memory.

Is FOSS heading for an identity crisis?

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OSS

Matthew Aslett: In his recent Forbes article Cash Me Out, Dan Lyons likens the assimilation of open source into the mainstream IT industry to the incorporation of gay culture into mainstream culture.

Watch the Ubuntu community in real time

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Web
Ubuntu

tectonic.co.za: Here’s something useful to pass the idle hours with while you wait for your next particulary large download to complete: UbuntuStats. The UbuntuStats site tracks Ubuntu development in real time.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 13

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue 13 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue:
Announcing the Official openSUSE Forums, Firefox 3.0 Beta 4 Packages, and Creating a DVD from YouTube videos.

Battle of the featherweight notebooks: Everex CloudBook vs. Asus Eee

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Linux
Hardware

computerworld.com: Taipei-based Asustek Computer Inc. proved that less can be more with its 2-lb., $400 Eee PC. Since then, other subnotebooks have followed in the Eee's wake. However, only the Everex CloudBook has dared to take the Eee head-on, matching its weight, screen and keyboard size, as well as its reliance on the Linux operating system, open-source applications and a $400 price tag.

Praise For the Kernel

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Linux

kdubois.net: I just needed to express how impressed I just found myself with how well the linux kernel was working this morning. I was on my AMD X2 3800 processor and was simultaneously listening to some tunes on rhythmbox, watching an XVid movie, and browsing the web while emerging on both cores without any noticeable slowdowns in any the realtime activities I was doing!

Another GPL suit ends with compliance

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OSS
Legal

blogs.the451group: The SFLC has settled yet another GPL lawsuit, this time agreeing to dismiss its case against High-Gain Antennas. Similar to prior agreements to comply, the latest GPL settlement comes with some key requirements for the defendant, which was sued for distributing GPL’d BusyBox code in its wireless connectivity devices without properly sharing source code.

Bash bits, nibbles and bytes: Cut script inefficiency

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HowTos

blogs.ittoolbox: One of the most common uses I use scripting for is parsing log files. You know, those incredibly verbose files that we should read to find out if we have been h4x0r3d or not. Unfortunately there is a lot of information in those logs that we are not interested in at the time. So we write scripts to filter out the required information.

Measuring TCO: Wintel vs Lintel

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Linux

Paul Murphy: The most basic, and traditional, Wintel vs Lintel TCO comparison argued that since the hardware is the same, everything comes down to the cost of the OS and applications licenses -all of which are free for Lintel and expensive for Wintel.

OLPC: one virus per child

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OLPC

itwire.com: It's taken a remarkably short time for the One Laptop Per Child project to change from positioning itself as the saviour of children in developing countries to becoming a toady for Microsoft.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linux 2.6.25-rc5 Kernel Released

  • GCC 4.3.0 Released w/ SSE4 Support
  • Ubuntu’s ‘da bomb’
  • Ubuntu UK Podcast
  • KDE at CeBIT 2008
  • Xrandr GUI blues
  • Mozilla Developer News March 12
  • US Democratic conference goes open source
  • Roadmap Analysis For Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 LTS Revisited
  • Mandriva 2008.1 works with EEE PCs
  • After troublesome install, EnGarde proves it's secure

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Downgrading from KDE 4.0.2 to KDE 4.0.1

  • Hidden Linux : Fun with ISO images
  • Install Firefox 3 Beta 4 in Ubuntu with One Command
  • How to Set VMWare resolution fullscreen as your Ubuntu desktop
  • HowTo: Convert First Letter of Text Line to Uppercase
  • A try on current nouveau
  • HowTo Integrate a Download Manager into Firefox

Another Biased Review

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OS

jonreagan.wordpress: Here's another biased review, this time coming from PC Magazine. The article is a comparison of Mac OS 10.5, Vista, XP, and Ubuntu. Of the four systems, Ubuntu got the lowest score. See where I am going with this?

Does Linux lack mass-market appeal?

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Linux

cnet.com: Doesn't that headline state the obvious? Doesn't the entire world know that Linux simply doesn't offer the kind of mass-market appeal Windows and Mac OS X do? I guess not.

Good malware hunting for Linux

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Security

linux.com: Given all the fuss in the news recently about compromised Linux/Apache servers being responsible for infecting Windows users with malware when they visit those compromised sites, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at three of the best rootkit/malware detection tools available for Linux desktop and SOHO users.

tablaunch Application Launch Bar

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Software

crunchbang.org: Over the last few days I've been testing different application launchers under Openbox. It's funny, but I was managing just fine without an application launcher until I started playing, now I'm hooked. I've experimented with a few different applications and I've finally found one that I'm really happy with, tablaunch.

Kernel space: Details of the vmsplice() exploit

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Linux

linuxworld.com: Back in February, we published a discussion of the vmsplice() exploit which showed how the failure to check permissions for a read operation led to a buffer overflow within the kernel. Subsequently, a linux-kernel reader pointed out that the article stopped short of a complete explanation: this is not an ordinary buffer overflow exploit.

Tasty open source Outlook alternative

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Software

news10now.com: I just love my friends in the programming community. They're always showing me new and useful tools that I'd never have located otherwise. The latest one (thanks to Ed) is called Spicebird. It's similar to the better-known Thunderbird, but even more complete.

The Battle for Wesnoth - 1.4 Review

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Gaming

linuxtidbits.wordpress: I wrote about gaming in Linux before and left out my favorite all-time best game: Wesnoth. I said that I would write about it so that’s what I’m going to do today.

GNU/Linux World Domination for the Wrong Reasons

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Linux

earthweb.com: In the rush for market share, many people seem to lose sight of the fact that the goal of GNU/Linux and free software is not popularity in itself, but the wide acceptance of a set of ideals.

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Leftovers: OSS

Security Leftovers (Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium”, Regulation)

  • Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” — Best Kali Linux Alternative Coming With New Features
    The Release Candidate of Parrot Security OS 3.0 ‘Lithium’ is now available for download. The much-anticipated final release will come in six different editions with the addition of Libre, LXDE, and Studio editions. The version 3.0 of this Kali Linux alternative is based on Debian Jessie and powered by custom hardened Linux 4.5 kernel.
  • Regulation can fix security, except you can't regulate security
    Every time I start a discussion about how we can solve some of our security problems it seems like the topics of professional organizations and regulation are where things end up. I think regulations and professional organizations can fix a lot of problems in an industry, I'm not sure they work for security. First let's talk about why regulation usually works, then, why it won't work for security.

Phoronix on Graphics

AMD's gaming-optimized AMDGPU-PRO driver for Linux is in beta

AMD has been working on a new Linux graphics driver stack, and it’s finally becoming usable. You can install the gaming-optimized AMDGPU-PRO driver on Ubuntu 16.04 today, and Valve just added it to the latest beta version of SteamOS. Read more