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Story Attack of the Cosmic Rays srlinuxx 1 24/06/2010 - 4:13pm
Story Why isn't Ubuntu good enough for US classrooms? srlinuxx 24/06/2010 - 1:08pm
Story Testing Out Btrfs In Ubuntu 10.10 srlinuxx 24/06/2010 - 1:05pm
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Story GIMP 2.6.9 Released srlinuxx 1 24/06/2010 - 6:59am

Finger, face recognition dev kits support Linux

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Linux

A software company in Lithuania is shipping face recognition and fingerprint recognition SDKs (software development kits) for embedded and mobile Linux devices. Neurotechnologija's FaceCell and FingerCell 2.0 SDKs can be used separately, or combined, for "multi-biometrical applications," the company says.

$100 laptop could sell to public

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Hardware

The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project are looking at the possibility of selling the machine to the public. One idea would be for customers to have to buy two laptops at once - with the second going to the developing world.

Opera Has Words For Mozilla

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Software
Security

Opera Software is calling accusations made by Mozilla staffer Asa Dotzler regarding Opera's security disclosure policies, "dangerous and irresponsible."

Whistle while you work

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Linux

Use Linux or Microsoft Windows, the open source sndpeek program, and a simple Perl script to read specific sequences of tonal events -- literally whistling, humming, or singing at your computer -- and run commands based on those tones. Give your computer a short low whistle to check your e-mail or unlock your screensaver with the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

ATI 8.33.6 Display Drivers

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Software

Being released on November 29, 2006 was the Linux 2.6.19 kernel. However, neither the November 8.31.5 or December 8.32.5 display drivers had appended official support for this kernel. Now with 8.33.6 the fglrx drivers should work fine with X.Org 7.2 RC3 and final.

Some unpleasant X.org vulnerabilities

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Security

iDefense Lab security researchers discovered that the expressions computing the parameters for ALLOCATE_LOCAL() in those functions are using client-provided value in an expression that is subject to integer overflows, which could lead to memory corruption. All X.Org X server version implementing the X render and dbe extensions are vulnerable.

The open source patent war

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OSS

The Microsoft/Novell patent agreement and the attempted litigation by SCO with various Linux users underline business concerns about the potential liabilities connected to open source software.

Review: PC-BSD 1.3

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Reviews
BSD

Last week iXsystems announced the release of PC-BSD 1.3. The operating system has made some progress and changed ownership since we reviewed version 1.0 last year, but it still has a way to go.

A switch from Kubuntu to OpenSuse 10.2

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Reviews
SUSE

I’ve tried Redhat 8 and 9, Fedora 5 (which found i far too sluggish). I’ve played with PC-BSD, Gentoo on PPC, FreeBSD, Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu 5.10 through 6.10. I needed something new. And i just couldn’t resist all the experiences i’ve heard about opensuse 10.2. And they were right. It’s a beautiful OS.

Open source that isn't (John Deere's "open" transition)

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Software

I received this news today, and at first was really excited. John Deere dumps its proprietary CRM system for an open source system from Queplix. As I did a little research, however, I was dismayed to find that despite Queplix parading itself in open source marketing, there's very little that's open about its source.

Can FOSS save your privacy?

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OSS

Well, the Bush regime has already claimed “we don’t need no steenkin warrant” to listen to your phone calls, see what websites you visit, scan your emails, and now, with the revelation of a new “signing statement”, it’s even claiming the authority to read your physical mail. When the government becomes the biggest threat to your privacy, you better take advantage of the legion of privacy advocates creating FOSS to help you retain what little bit of privacy you can still have.

Scribes editor focuses on the text

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Software

Scribes is a text editor for GNOME that focuses on usability. After 30 minutes of usage, you will either love it or hate it. Scribes is not designed with a tabbed interface. However, Scribes features an efficient and scalable alternative to tabs: the document switcher.

Mark Shuttleworth: Granny’s new camera

Power users love Linux. It’s fast, customizable, personal, tweakable, and they can make just about anything work. Most peripherals can be made to work with Linux, it’s just that you normally need to wait a little while or know how to write the appropriate drivers or glue.

Install GnuCash Financial Accounting software in Ubuntu

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HowTos

GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris and Mac OSX.

OLPC to reach $100 laptop mark next year

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OLPC

The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project has whittled down the cost of the green and white computer it hopes to deliver to schoolchildren in developing countries to about $130 (£67) so far, and hopes to reach the target price of $100 (£52) in 2008, according to an OLPC project leader.

Linux: Upcoming 2.6.20 Kernel, Tracking Regressions

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Linux

Adrian Bunk posted a list of known regressions in the latest 2.6.20-rc4 Linux kernel compared to the previous 2.6.19 stable release. In another email thread, Linux creator Linus Torvalds noted that his goal for 2.6.20 is to focus primarily on stability.

Going blank: Life without xscreensaver

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HowTos

I don’t use xscreensaver, but the default X timeouts under Edgy are way too long. I think the screen times out at 10 minutes, and the backlight is powered down at 30. If you want to set them to something shorter, you can use xset dpms.

A Week with PC-BSD, Days 1, 2, & 3

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Reviews
BSD

PC-BSD 1.3 was released last week, which is perfect timing: I have often wanted to try BSD, but frankly, the install is pretty straight forward, but the configuration is somewhat arcane to me. Projects like DesktopBSD and PC-BSD are perfect for the likes of me: someone that wants to get a BSD desktop running, but doesn't want to spend alot of time doing it.

Conference encourages Linux in the bathroom

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Linux

Australia's biggest Linux conference will kick off next week and the organiser has promised that attendees will get a lesson in how to control and monitor everyday objects -- including a toilet flush -- using the open source operating system.

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