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Story Red Hat Delivers Beta of Satellite 6 Admin Toolset Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 4:28pm
Story Watch out iPad, Nvidia will soon launch a Shield Tablet Roy Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 3:07pm
Story Docker and Linux containers: Red Hat opens up on the issues Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 12:08pm
Story 10 tips for a more user-friendly Linux desktop Roy Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 8:13am
Story Wayland: tomorrow’s graphics tech today (by way of the Raspberry Pi) Roy Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 7:30am
Story Linux 3.16 Aims To Enable Radeon BAPM By Default Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 6:49am
Story IRS Thwarts OSS, Classic Quake, and KDE Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 6:16am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 5:47am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 10:43pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 10:42pm

In Open Source I trust: Top 5 projects for daily use

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snowwrites.com: There are days when I marvel at how far I’ve come since 2001 when the extent of my web experience was Front Page and basic html. In 2001 I met my boyfriend and he introduced me to the wonders of Open Source.

Syria and Lebanon Go Open Source

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OSS

mediaoriente.com: A good news for the open source scene. Two great events are running -or going to run- this month in the Arab region.

Why Would Windows 7's Success Necessarily Doom Linux?

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: Perhaps it's inevitable -- people react strongly to hyperbole, it gets them talking, it makes them curious, it's a quick way of making a subject hot.

Having Good Functional Running Old PC's

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lamundofloss.blogspot: A lot of us have old PCs stuck in the corners of classrooms, machines we just can’t afford to replace and whose owners just can’t do without. Normally for FOSS people like me its a YEHEY think to put in Linux in those running Boxes.

Brace for impact

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Gentoo

flameeyes.eu: Today I was looking around for a bug in autoconf, and I noticed one interesting bit out of the NEWS file of the current git version:

Benchmarked: Ubuntu vs Vista vs Windows 7

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OS

tuxradar.com: A lot of people have been chattering about the improvements Windows 7 brings for Windows users, but how does it compare to Ubuntu in real-world tests?

Waiting on Red Hat's response to Microsoft

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Linux
Microsoft

cnet.com: In a recent CNET interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Ballmer calls out two "primary forces" for Microsoft in the enterprise: Oracle and Linux. These are the things that keep Microsoft's Ballmer up at night.

HP releases netbook interface for Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

downloadsquad.com: Hewlett Packard has released a custom version of Ubuntu Linux designed for netbooks. For the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition, to be exact.

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A New Kiowa Linux On The Way

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oneclicklinux.com: I just received an email from Matt Portner regarding the release of the latest version of Kiowa Linux! Check out what Kiowa Linux has in store for us:

Simple Tips for the New User to remember about Linux

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HowTos

raiden.net: There are numerous little things that a new user should learn and remember when it comes to Linux. These will also save you from a lot of trouble as you learn Linux.

The move to Linux, stymied by hardware

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linuxjournal.com: With news today of Windows 7 being made available in no less than six different versions, it is getting harder and harder to not move lock, stock, and PGP key to Linux on a full time basis. Except…

Windows is a Waste of Time

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Microsoft

gnuru.org: Some years ago studies were produced to show that the introduction of IT did not increase productivity in organisations. "Why not?" wondered all and sundry. Well, here's an idea for an answer: Windows.

Microsoft Leaves the Door Wide Open for Linux on Netbooks

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Microsoft

linugadgetech.blogspot: According to an article on Computerworld, Microsoft plans to offer six different versions of Windows 7. The lightest version of the OS will be Windows 7 Starter Edition. It limits users to a maximum of three open applications.

Game up for desktop Linux?

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Microsoft

fmtech.co.za: With Microsoft readying itself for the release of a fast, streamlined operating system in Windows 7, the Linux community needs to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat if the free and open-source operating system is to stay relevant on desktop computers.

Canadian Government Considers Open Source

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OSS

opendotdotdot.blogspot: The Canadian Government has put out a "Request For Information" (RFI) - essentially, a formal invitation for feedback on the topic.

I Give Up: Civilization Is A Bust. Quick, Back To The Caves!

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penguinpetes.com: I'm sorry, I failed to bring the human race to terms with computers. But just look at what I had to work with! You see, I have a handicap. I don't have Alzheimer's disease.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linux on the HP 2133 Mini-Note, Part 3

  • iTunes Wishes it Could be Like Songbird
  • FOSS advocacy in Africa receives a big boost from the Open Society Institute for West Africa
  • Mozilla Developer News 02/04
  • The Kentucky Dumpster Test
  • Define “open source vendor”
  • HOWTO : Chinese characters Adobe Flash 10
  • Have KDE Ask for your SSH Passphrase on Login
  • Change The Message Of The Day In Ubuntu/Debian
  • IE or Firefox: Which browser is more secure?
  • LVM2 Auto-Reconnect
  • On the flip side. My GUI is great.
  • The Software Freedom Law Show - Episode 0x06
  • Linux Outlaws 75 - A Drawer Full of Twixes (Miguel de Icaza Interview)
  • VMWare Goes Open Source
  • Accounting Software for Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Use Scripts & Plugins In GIMP To Extend Its Functionality

  • Howto - Easily Install 9 Really Nice Ubuntu themes
  • Automating ssh and scp across multiple hosts
  • Set up OpenDNS on Ubuntu
  • The Fast Way to Read Compressed Files on Linux
  • 10 Open Source Implementation Tips
  • Do You Want Multiple Kernels on Your openSUSE System?
  • Package Management Basics on Debian GNU/Linux
  • HOWTO : Chinese characters Adobe Flash 10
  • Have KDE Ask for your SSH Passphrase on Login
  • Change The Message Of The Day In Ubuntu/Debian
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Leftovers: Software

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Security Leftovers

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    Cloudflare revealed a serious bug in its software today that caused sensitive data like passwords, cookies, authentication tokens to spill in plaintext from its customers’ websites. The announcement is a major blow for the content delivery network, which offers enhanced security and performance for more than 5 million websites. This could have allowed anyone who noticed the error to collect a variety of very personal information that is typically encrypted or obscured.
  • SHA1 collisions make Git vulnerable to attakcs by third-parties, not just repo maintainers
    After sitting through an endless flood of headless-chicken messages on multiple media about SHA-1 being fatally broken, I thought I'd do a quick writeup about what this actually means.
  • Torvalds patches git to mitigate against SHA-1 attacks
    Linux creator Linus Torvalds says two sets of patches have been posted for the distributed version control system git to mitigate against SHA-1 attacks which are based on the method that Dutch and Google engineers detailed last week. The post by Torvalds detailing this came after reports emerged of the version control system used by the WebKit browser engine repository becoming corrupted after the two proof-of-concept PDF files that were released by the Dutch and Google researchers were uploaded to the repository.
  • Linus Torvalds on "SHA1 collisions found"
  • More from Torvalds on SHA1 collisions
    I thought I'd write an update on git and SHA1, since the SHA1 collision attack was so prominently in the news. Quick overview first, with more in-depth explanation below: (1) First off - the sky isn't falling. There's a big difference between using a cryptographic hash for things like security signing, and using one for generating a "content identifier" for a content-addressable system like git. (2) Secondly, the nature of this particular SHA1 attack means that it's actually pretty easy to mitigate against, and there's already been two sets of patches posted for that mitigation. (3) And finally, there's actually a reasonably straightforward transition to some other hash that won't break the world - or even old git repositories.
  • [Older] Wire’s independent security review
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  • Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer’s Blinking LED
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    The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation of a privacy rule that requires ISPs to protect the security of its customers' personal information. The data security rule is part of a broader privacy rulemaking implemented under former Chairman Tom Wheeler but opposed by the FCC's new Republican majority. The privacy order's data security obligations are scheduled to take effect on March 2, but Chairman Ajit Pai wants to prevent that from happening. The data security rule requires ISPs and phone companies to take "reasonable" steps to protect customers' information—such as Social Security numbers, financial and health information, and Web browsing data—from theft and data breaches. "Chairman Pai is seeking to act on a request to stay this rule before it takes effect on March 2," an FCC spokesperson said in a statement to Ars.
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GNOME News

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  • GNOME Theme For Firefox Gets Updated, Looking Great
    There are a lot of complete themes for Firefox. We spoke about 3 of them in one of our previous articles. The good news today is that “GNOME 3” theme (which was also called Adwaita) for Firefox was updated. Now it’s working with all versions higher than Firefox 45. Previously, the theme didn’t work with the recent versions of Firefox. So people had to switch to other available themes. Fortunately, this finally changed today when another developer took the code, fixed the compatibility problems and re-released the theme.
  • GStreamer Now Supports Multi-Threaded Scaling/Conversion For Big Performance Win
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