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Story User Suggests There Might be Spyware in Ubuntu, Instructs Others to Compile the OS Rianne Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 9:22pm
Story DNF 1.0 and DNF-PLUGINS-CORE 0.1.7 Released Rianne Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 9:07pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 7:24pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 7:22pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 7:21pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots and Screencasts Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 7:21pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 7:18pm
Story OpenELEC 6.0 Enters Beta, Powered by Linux Kernel 4.0 and Kodi (XBMC) 15.0 Isengard Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 5:55pm
Story DragonFlyBSD and GhostBSD Roy Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 5:42pm
Story Linux for Windows XP Holdouts Rianne Schestowitz 11/05/2015 - 5:28pm

Fedora vs. Ubuntu: Is Either Better?

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Linux
Ubuntu

earthweb.com: Fedora or Ubuntu? That is a question that Linux users are asking with increasing frequency.

A Nouveau 3D Driver That Works For Old NVIDIA Hardware

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Hardware
Software

phoronix.com: While there is now DRM support in the Linux 2.6.33 kernel for the Nouveau driver that carries the bits for kernel mode-setting, 2D (EXA) acceleration, and other fundamental functions on NVIDIA graphics processors, the Gallium3D driver still is incomplete. However, a new Mesa DRI driver has emerged for Nouveau that provides *working* 3D support for older NVIDIA hardware.

Red Hat's CEO expects a rosy future

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Linux

charlotteobserver.com: When Jim Whitehurst was named CEO of Red Hat, some Wall Street analysts had doubts because of his lack of experience running a software company. Those doubts have been erased.

F-Spot: An Able-Bodied All-in-One Image Machine

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Software

linuxinsider.com: No image editing and organizing application is perfect, but F-Spot can be a solid choice to manage your photo collection.

Two thousand open source applications for the public sector

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OSS

osor.eu: The European Union's Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR.eu) as of today is offering public administrations access to more than two thousand free and open source applications.

Linux, Windows or both? Doesn't matter to virtual desktop vendor, Ulteo

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Linux
Web

computerworld.com: Ulteo is poised to offer commercial support for its free virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software, which the open-source startup says will cost companies a fraction of established offerings from Citrix Systems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and VMware Inc., while offering, in some cases, more choice in platforms.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Netbook Distro Leeenux Linux 2.0 with lots of Applications
  • Gwibber Gets An Awesome New Look
  • digiKam 1.1.0 released...
  • Microsoft/Novell: Breaking Down the Coupon Numbers
  • KDE at FOSDEM this Weekend
  • DotD: GNU/Linux Advanced Administration PDF Book
  • Jane Silber Interview
  • Another console download manager
  • ArchBang LIVE CD v1.03
  • Linus Torvalds is listed amongst “The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time”
  • SFLS: Episode 0x20: Book Settlement Update And Other Topics
  • FLOSS Weekly 106: Cfengine

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux RAID disk wipeout
  • Irssi’s /channel, /network, /server and /connect – What It Means
  • Building a Linux Wireless Access Point
  • PostgreSQL – Initialize Database At Different Location
  • How to Remove Windows Viruses with Linux
  • Inkscape Class Day 6
  • Ubuntuzilla Repository Makes Firefox 3.6 Installation in Ubuntu Even Simpler
  • Gbrainy: A Brain Teaser Game for Your Kids
  • When Context Gets Complicated (and why it's not a problem)
  • PDFCrack - A Password Recovery / Crack Tool for PDF-files on Linux
  • Start and Control konsole with DBUS
  • How to clear a lp print queue (spooler) - Linux
  • Kubuntu and KDE 4 User Auto Login
  • Installing LXDE Light Weight Desktop Environment on openSUSE 11.2
  • How Do I View My Computer Name In Ubuntu Linux?
  • How to kill processes in “D” state in Linux?
  • Build A Linux Distro Online
  • Linux Create Software RAID 1 (Mirror) Array
  • Configure Exim4 on Ubuntu to use GMail as Smart Host

Interview with Pardus Linux

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Linux
Software
Interviews

voidspace.org.uk: I recently did an interview on Python with the Pardus Linux magazine. Pardus are great supporters and users of Python. A while ago they chose Python as their standard language for custom package and configuration management tools.

Android and the Linux kernel community

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Linux

kroah.com: As the Android kernel code is now gone from the Linux kernel, as of the 2.6.33 kernel release, I'm starting to get a lot of questions about what happened, and what to do next with regards to Android. So here's my opinion on the whole matter...

Bullet Candy Perfect Game released For Linux - For $1!

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Gaming

linuxpr.com: Bullet Candy Perfect is a fun shoot-em-up game, with sharp, super smooth 3D graphics and a cool techno soundtrack. The game is all about honing your skills to perfection as you attempt the perfect run!

Modify and extend the powerful Vim Scripting editor

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Linux
HowTos

Vimscript is a mechanism for reshaping and extending the Vim editor. Scripting allows you to create new tools, simplify common tasks, and even redesign and replace existing editor features.

Quick and easy Linux security

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Linux
Security
HowTos

ghacks.net: You’ve just set up your Linux desktop. Naturally you want it to be as secure as possible. You’ve heard the rumors that, out of the box, Linux has outstanding security. Is it true? Do you really want to take a chance with that? Most likely not. But what can you do?

Top 8 MySQL Management Tools

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Software

mynitor.com: A large percentage of small to medium sized websites depend on Mysql server to support their db infrastructure. Working with it is as easy is saying it and for some reason there are numerous web and non-web administration software written specifically to manage a Mysql server.

Open Source, but don’t spread a word!

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MDV

wobo46.wordpress: There’s a major event coming up: the 2010 Fosdem. I read that Mandriva will have a stand in the exhibition. I inserted my name as participant in the Mandriva community wiki page and waited for further information.

Windows 7 Use Surpasses 10 Percent

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Linux
Microsoft
Mac

earthweb.com: For a new version of Microsoft's operating system that just began shipping to consumers just a few months ago, Microsoft Windows 7 is doing quite well, according to new figures release by Web analytics firm Net Applications.

Open source route frees the mind

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Linux
OSS
Ubuntu

nzherald.co.nz: One thing holding back the greater adoption of free software in this country is free software.

MySQL Founder Monty Widenius On What to Expect Next

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Interviews

ostatic.com/blog: MySQL founder Monty Widenius, who left Sun Microsystems early last year, remained very vocal throughout the long machinations leading up to Oracle's acquisition of Sun, even mounting a letter writing campaign. With the Sun acquisition going forward, we reached out to Monty for an interview.

Also: The Great Oracle Experiment

Proselytizing - one month later, clearly I’m going to have to do better…

A month ago today I officially kicked off this humble blog with a plug for Jonathan Zittrain's excellent book, The Future of The Internet And How To Stop It. Here's a quick and informal survey of some stuff that's happened since then:

FreeBSD 8.0 installation walk-through

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BSD
HowTos

blogs.techrepublic.com: Vincent Danen walks you through the initial installation of FreeBSD 8.0. The text-based installer can be a challenge, but the OS is solid.

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Linux Kernel Space: eBPF and More (LWN Paywall Expired)

  • A thorough introduction to eBPF
    In his linux.conf.au 2017 talk [YouTube] on the eBPF in-kernel virtual machine, Brendan Gregg proclaimed that "super powers have finally come to Linux". Getting eBPF to that point has been a long road of evolution and design. While eBPF was originally used for network packet filtering, it turns out that running user-space code inside a sanity-checking virtual machine is a powerful tool for kernel developers and production engineers. Over time, new eBPF users have appeared to take advantage of its performance and convenience. This article explains how eBPF evolved how it works, and how it is used in the kernel.
  • Restricting automatic kernel-module loading
    The kernel's module mechanism allows the building of a kernel with a wide range of hardware and software support without requiring that all of that code actually be loaded into any given running system. The availability of all of those modules in a typical distributor kernel means that a lot of features are available — but also, potentially, a lot of exploitable bugs. There have been numerous cases where the kernel's automatic module loader has been used to bring buggy code into a running system. An attempt to reduce the kernel's exposure to buggy modules shows how difficult some kinds of hardening work can be.
  • Container IDs for the audit subsystem
    Linux containers are something of an amorphous beast, at least with respect to the kernel. There are lots of facilities that the kernel provides (namespaces, control groups, seccomp, and so on) that can be composed by user-space tools into containers of various shapes and colors; the kernel is blissfully unaware of how user space views that composition. But there is interest in having the kernel be more aware of containers and for it to be able to distinguish what user space considers to be a single container. One particular use case for the kernel managing container identifiers is the audit subsystem, which needs unforgeable IDs for containers that can be associated with audit trails. Back in early October, Richard Guy Briggs posted the second version of his RFC for kernel container IDs that can be used by the audit subsystem. The first version was posted in mid-September, but is not the only proposal out there. David Howells proposed turning containers into full-fledged kernel objects back in May, but seemingly ran aground on objections that the proposal "muddies the waters and makes things more brittle", in the words of namespaces maintainer Eric W. Biederman.

today's howtos

Graphics: Texture Compression, Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), and AMD FreeSync

  • Unity Continues Crunching More Out Of Crunch Texture Compression
    Unity is one of the big public users of the open-source Crunch DXT texture compression library. While it's no longer maintained by Rich Geldreich / Binomial, Unity has continued advancing this open-source code to further improve the compression ratio and speed. For months Unity has been talking about their promising findings with Crunch. But this is the project that Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer, previously expressed regret having open-sourced all of it. While he is on to working on better and more advanced technologies at his Binomial startup, Unity is working to squeeze more out of this open-source library.
  • Improving EFL Graphics With Wayland Application Redraws
    Under X, application redraws are tricky to do without tearing because content can be updated at any chosen time with no clear feedback as to when the compositor will read it. EFL uses some clever tricks to this end (check out the state of the art X redraw timing for yourself), but it’s difficult to get right in all cases. For a lot of people this just works, or they’re not sensitive to the issue when it doesn’t.
  • Improved Wayland Application Redraws Coming To Enlightenment's EFL
    Samsung's Open-Source Group has been working on making their Wayland support in the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) even better. The latest Wayland work on the Enlightenment/EFL front has been improving the application redraw process. The EFL toolkit with the upcoming v1.21 release will now be hooking into Wayland's frame callbacks to better dealing with drawing, only drawing when necessary, and doing so without the possibility of tearing.
  • AMD FreeSync For Tear-Free Linux Gaming - Current State In 2017
    If you are thinking of gifting yourself (or someone else) a FreeSync-compatible monitor this holiday season, here's a look at how the AMD FreeSync support is working right now, the driver bits you need to be aware of, and how it's all playing out for those wanting to use this tear-free capability for Linux gaming.