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Q&A: Richard Stallman

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vnunet.com: In an exclusive interview with vnunet.com, Stallman discusses his views on free versus proprietary and open source software, social networking sites and privacy issues.

OpenOffice five times more popular than Google Docs

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computerworld.com: Confirming recent comments by Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer, an independent study released Friday found OpenOffice.org's free office suite to be five times more popular among adult U.S. internet users than Google Docs.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Short Review of Ubuntu 8.10 Final

  • Set Mantis to track your bugs
  • NASA turns to open-source problem-tracking databases
  • Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest
  • X Server 1.6 Gets A Release Schedule
  • NVIDIA Driver Brings PureVideo Features To Linux
  • PPC Linux distributor acquired
  • Bug Labs creates open source Lego for software engineers
  • Mozilla Thunderbird using Drupal
  • Ubuntu 8.10 on the AA1: installation/review
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3b adds to virtualization
  • A Peek at Fedora 10 "Preview"
  • openSUSE 11.1: Power Management

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Metacity Compositing Effects in Ubuntu 8.10

  • Install and Configure Cacti Monitoring tool in Ubuntu 8.10
  • list the most recent files in a directory
  • Back-of-the-napkin calculations with Frink
  • Internet Explorer in Linux - Tutorial
  • How to get the CMake version you need
  • FAQ: How to scrollback in GNU SCREEN?
  • Installing Apple's Safari Browser and Itunes 7 On OpenSuSe 11 With PlayOnLinux
  • Turn openSUSE 11 Live CD into a ZENworks Imaging Tool

Spotlight on Moblin.org Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and other small form-factor systems based on Intel Atom processors and the Intel-sponsored Moblin.org Linux stack are finally starting to arrive. This Hot Topic summary and reading list captures the early history of this key mobile stack.

my glowing heart .. er .. panel

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KDE

aseigo.blogspot: Plasma only unhides the panel when you move the mouse in the space the panel actually exists, whereas Kicker would just unhide everything on a screen edge when you came in contact with it. Thomas said it'd be neat if the panel 'glowed' when off screen.

Oblong's g-speak: the 'Minority Report' OS brought to life

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OS

engadget.com: If you've been waiting for that Minority Report-style interface to really come to fruition, you can finally exhale. One of the science advisors from the Steven Spielberg film -- along with a team of other zany visionaries -- has created an honest-to-goodness, real-world implementation of the computer systems seen in the movie.

Ubuntu Intrepid Regression: Beware of Wireless and WPA

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journal.dedasys: A lot of people, myself included as of the upgrade I did last night, seem to be having trouble using certain wireless chipsets with WPA.

Why I Am Leaning Toward OpenSolaris

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codeghar.wordpress: Sun makes its own Unix operating system, called Solaris. In an effort to be more open source oriented, Sun is releasing parts of Solaris as OpenSolaris. Here I will try to find reasons why OpenSolaris would be a good choice.

Poll: What kind of a Linux advocate are you?

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blogs.techrepublic.com: I just read a post, “Help Spread Linux… Don’t Preach It!” about Linux advocacy and what the author thinks is the right and wrong approach to spreading the word. Take the poll and let us know how you see your role in being a champion of Linux and open source.

Interview: Angela Byron, Top Drupal Developer and Evangelist

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Drupal

ostatic.com: Angela Byron is one of the lead developers and a community manager for the open source content management system Drupal, which OStatic is based on (along with sites such as The Onion and Fast Company).

Presenting with Linux - Impress with Success

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raiden.net: One of the biggest things about any effort to advertise Linux among your fellow workers or classmates is to demonstrate it yourself in your everyday activities. A rather simple example of this can come from doing presentations.

The iPhone Could Have Been a Linux Machine

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Linux

blog.wired.com: The ongoing Tony Fadell/ Mark Papermaster law-court shuffle is far outside of the Gadget Lab coverage zone), but one fascinating fact has emerged from the dust storm of speculation: Fadell, the Father of the iPod, wanted to make a Linux-based iPhone. How do you think Steve Jobs took that one?

Kernel Log: What's coming in 2.6.28 - Part 5: updates for netbooks and notebooks

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heise-online.co.uk: Following the kernel developers' addition of a driver to the kernel supporting the ACPI Integrated Graphics Device OpRegion Specification, as we reported previously, thanks to ACPI developers, a change to the driver found its way into the kernel on Wednesday night.

Linux Equivalents To Things You Do In Windows

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pcmech.com: You’ve heard time and time again from Linux fans that "Linux can do anything Windows can do". Is this true? Yes. However what the Linux fans usually don’t mention is how to do the stuff you do in Windows in Linux.

In Search Of … A Python IDE

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meandubuntu.wordpress: I’ve finally gotten started on developing. After looking at a few options, I settled in on Python as the language and QT as the graphical toolkit - and after a few days of development I thought I might put a little effort into finding an IDE in hopes it would help me be a bit more productive.

Four Practical And Useful Compiz Fusion Plugins

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linuxloop.com: Just about everyone has seen or used some cool eyecandy Compiz Fusion plugins, but there are also quite a number of useful non-eyecandy plugins for Compiz Fusion. Today, I will look at four of the most interesting ones.

Playing poker on Ubuntu

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linuxowns.wordpress: Poker, the most popular card game of all times. Everyone loves it, but all the commercial poker clients are written for Windows. Can you get your fix on Ubuntu?

Gscrot: A Powerful Screen Capture Tool For Linux

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maketecheasier.com: Few days ago, I wrote about the various ways that I used to capture screenshots on my Ubuntu machine. In the comments, Imd mentioned about Gscrot being a great alternative screen capture tool. After checking it out, I must admit that it is by far the best screen capture software that I have seen in Linux platform.

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OpenShift and Google

  • Red Hat launches 'OpenShift' dedicated on Google Cloud Platform
    World's leading provider of open source solutions Red Hat has announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Red Hat and Google join forces on containers
    Red Hat and Google are set to offer enterprise customers a managed OpenShift service hosted on Google's cloud to make the build, launch and management of applications a less time-consuming process. OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform will speed up the adoption of containers, according to Red Hat, giving developers the guidance they need to create applications and deploy them faster.
  • Red Hat’s Container Platform Lands on Google Cloud
    Red Hat’s OpenShift Dedicated container platform will now be available on Google Cloud Platform, the companies announced yesterday. OpenShift Dedicated is a managed version of Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform, targeting enterprises. Launched in December, the Dedicated version puts Red Hat in the role of a service provider, taking care of infrastructure and operations.

Security News

  • A 'mystery device' is letting thieves break into cars and drive off with them, insurance group says
    Insurance crime investigators are raising alarms over a device that not only lets thieves break into cars that use keyless entry systems but also helps start and steal them. Investigators from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a not-for-profit organization, said in an interview they obtained what they called the “mystery device” from a third-party security expert at an overseas company. So far, the threat here may be mostly theoretical. The crime bureau said it heard of the device being used in Europe and had reports that it had entered the U.S., but said there are no law enforcement reports of a car being stolen using it in the United States.
  • Turkish hacking group offers tiered points rewards program for DoS attacks
    A TURKISH HACKING GANG is taking an unusual approach to funding denial of service attacks, and is soliciting for, and offering hackers rewards for taking down chosen pages. This is unusual, as far as we know, and it has led to the creation of comment from the security industry. Often these things do.
  • German judges explain why Adblock Plus is legal
    Last month, Adblock Plus maker Eyeo GmbH won its sixth legal victory in German courts, with a panel of district court judges deciding that ad-blocking software is legal despite German newsmagazine Der Spiegel's arguments to the contrary. Now, the reasoning of the Hamburg-based panel of judges has been made public. According to an unofficial English-translated copy (PDF) of the judgment, Spiegel Online argued it was making a "unified offer" to online consumers. Essentially, that offer is: read the news content for free and view some ads. While Internet users have the freedom "not to access this unified offer," neither they nor Adblock Plus have the right to "dismantle" it. Eyeo's behavior thus amounted to unfair competition, and it could even wipe the offer out, Spiegel claimed. "The Claimant [Spiegel] argues that the Defendant’s [Eyeo's] business model endangers the Claimant’s existence," reads the judgment, which isn't final because it can be appealed by Spiegel. Because users aren't willing to pay for editorial content on the Web, "it is not economically viable for the Claimant to switch to this business model." Spiegel asked for an accounting of all the blocked views on its website and a fine to be paid—or even for managers Wladimir Palant and Till Faida to be placed in "coercive detention" of up to two years.
  • Op-ed: I’m throwing in the towel on PGP, and I work in security [Ed: Onlya tool would drop PGP for Facebook-controlled Whatsapp. The company back-doors everything under gag orders.]
    In the coming weeks I'll import all signatures I received, make all the signatures I promised, and then publish revocations to the keyservers. I'll rotate my Keybase key. Eventually, I'll destroy the private keys.
  • 90 per cent of NHS Trusts are still running Windows XP machines
    90 PER CENT of the NHS continues to run Windows XP machines, two and a half years after Microsoft ditched support for the ageing OS. It's Citrix who is ringing the alarm bells, having learnt that 90 per cent of NHS Trusts are still running Windows XP PCs. The firm sent Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to 63 NHS Trusts, 42 of which responded. The data also revealed that 24 Trusts are still not sure when they'll migrate from Windows XP to a newer version of Microsoft's OS. 14 per cent said they would be transitioning to a new operating system by the end of this year, while 29 per cent pledged to make the move sometime next year.
  • Ransomware blamed for attack that caused Lincolnshire NHS Trust shutdown
    RANSOMWARE is to blame for an attack which saw an NHS Trust in Lincolnshire that forced to cancel operations for four days in October. In a statement, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust said that a ransomware variant called Globe2 was to blame for the incident.
  • Researchers Find Fresh Fodder for IoT Attack Cannons
    New research published this week could provide plenty of fresh fodder for Mirai, a malware strain that enslaves poorly-secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices for use in powerful online attacks. Researchers in Austria have unearthed a pair of backdoor accounts in more than 80 different IP camera models made by Sony Corp. Separately, Israeli security experts have discovered trivially exploitable weaknesses in nearly a half-million white-labeled IP camera models that are not currently sought out by Mirai.
  • Your data is not safe. Here's how to lock it down
    But some people worry that government surveillance will expand under a Donald Trump presidency, especially because he tapped Mike Pompeo, who supports mass surveillance, for CIA chief.
  • Tor at the Heart: Library Freedom Project
    Library Freedom Project is an initiative that aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and privacy-enhancing technologies to help safeguard digital freedoms.
  • PowerShell security threats greater than ever, researchers warn
    Administrators should upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft PowerShell and enable extended logging and monitoring capabilities in the light of a surge in related security threats, warn researchers [...] Now more than 95% of PowerShell scripts analysed by Symantec researchers have been found to be malicious, with 111 threat families using PowerShell.
  • Five-Year-Old Bait-and-Switch Linux Security Flaw Patched
    Maintainers of the Linux Kernel project have fixed three security flaws this week, among which there was a serious bug that lingered in the kernel for the past five years and allowed attackers to bypass some OS security systems and open a root shell.
  • The Internet of Dangerous Auction Sites
    Ok, I know this is kind of old news now, but Bruce Schneier gave testimony to the House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee about computer security after the Dyn attack. I’m including this quote because I feel it sets the scene nicely for what follows here. Last week, I was browsing the popular online auction site eBay and I noticed that there was no TLS. For a moment, I considered that maybe my traffic was being intercepted deliberately, there’s no way that eBay as a global company would be deliberately risking users in this way. I was wrong. There is not and has never been TLS for large swathes of the eBay site. In fact, the only point at which I’ve found TLS is in their help pages and when it comes to entering card details (although it’ll give you back the last 4 digits of your card over a plaintext channel).

Android Leftovers

Linux 4.8.14

Turns out I'm going to be on a very long flight early tomorrow morning, so I figured it would be good to get this kernel out now, instead of delaying it by an extra day. So, I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.14 kernel. All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Read more Also: Linux 4.4.38 Linux Kernel 4.8.14 Hits the Streets with Numerous Networking Improvements, More