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Story Gnumeric 1.12.23 Open Source Spreadsheet Editor Brings Fuzzed File Hardening Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 6:55pm
Story Wily Werewolf Alpha 2 Released Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 6:48pm
Story Samsung docs detail Linux TRIM bug and fix Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 6:42pm
Story Google Play Store/Chrome Web Store Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 6:00pm
Story GitHub rumor confirmed: It raised $250M at $2B valuation Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 5:55pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 5:38pm
Story Coverity Report Finds Open Source Code Quality Beats Commercial Code Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 5:35pm
Story DragonFlyBSD Has Full-Acceleration Now Working For Intel Broadwell Graphics Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 5:29pm
Story Elive 2.6.8 beta released Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 5:17pm
Story Leftovers: SysAdmins/Servers Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 5:12pm

Top 5 Free Linux Distributions for Desktop Computing in 2010

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Linux A typical desktop Linux distribution comprises a Linux kernel, GNU tools and libraries, additional software, documentation, a window system and window manager. We delved into the Linux distributions for desktop computing and queued up a list of top 5 distros.

Slackware Linux 13.1 arrives

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Slack Yes, it's that time again! After many months of development and careful testing, we are proud to announce the release of Slackware version 13.1!

Is it time to rethink the open source license approval process?

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OSS Open Source Initiative board member, Simon Phipps, declared on Monday that Google’s WebM project “is not currently open source”. It was a statement based on the fact that the license used for WebM is not currently approved by the Open Source Initiative as being compliant with the Open Source Definition.

Torrents go down Hollywood-style With the assistance of the Svea Court of Appeals, the main Hollywood movie studios have landed a triple blow on OpenBitTorrent. The Court handed out three injunctions yesterday, one of which took the OpenBitTorrent tracker offline.

Btrfs and the Ubuntu spin machine

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Ubuntu Alone among GNU/Linux distributions, Ubuntu has managed to project the impression that it is the best first choice for someone who wants to test the Linux waters. Put this down to slick media management.

The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.04

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This tutorial shows how you can set up a Kubuntu 10.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Kubuntu 10.04 is derived from Ubuntu 10.04 and uses the KDE desktop instead of the GNOME desktop.

PostgreSQL 9.0 is now in Betaphase

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The first Beta version of the new 9.0 release boasts over 200 new functions and improvements.

today's leftovers:

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  • Victory: Tweakable GTK Theme
  • Go personas happy with Personas Rotator
  • Red Hat shifts hiring strategy as competition for talent intensifies
  • Don't Talk The Talk, Without Walking The Walk
  • openSUSE helps job center save money
  • Port the new distro-neutral initrd framework, Dracut, to Gentoo
  • Activities in 4.5
  • Hacking through the Software Patent Thickets
  • The Linux Action Show! s12e2 - Google Declares War on Apple
  • BYO Linux router to the NBN
  • Build a Linux-Powered Sprinkler System for your Garden
  • Going Linux - May 24: #103 - Computer America #26
  • Spreading the Word about Open Government Data
  • The World, Brought to You by Linux

some howtos:

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  • Add Proprietary Drivers to Ubuntu 10.04
  • 12 Steps to Install and Configure Alfresco
  • Example commands - dd
  • How to customize Ubuntu 10.04 desktop
  • install globalmenu in Ubuntu 10.04
  • Sending Email from Command line
  • How to install new themes in Gnome
  • Configure an Ubuntu Linux Computer for Less Than $200
  • How to Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts
  • Create dynamic wallpaper
  • Manage Removable Devices in KDE
  • make Peppermint OS even faster with Openbox
  • Fix for Empathy giving “Network Errors”
  • GCompris Educational game for ages 2 to 10 in Ubuntu

VIA's Linux Dreams Are Not Materializing

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Linux Back in 2008 there was the announcement from the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Texas that VIA had joined the open-source driver bandwagon after having abandoned previous open-source attempts. However, for the past two years, this has largely been a media bluff.

Interview with KMail Developer Thomas McGuire

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Interviews Welcome back again to the KDE Interview series. Today we feature Thomas McGuire, the KMail maintainer.

Red Hat exec: Oracle's not an open source company

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OSS It's been said that Oracle is now the industry's most powerful open source vendor, but don't tell that to Red Hat executives, who say Oracle doesn't even qualify as an open source company.

Recent changes in dpkg

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Software The versions 1.15.6 and 1.15.7 of dpkg introduced several important changes. Let's skim over them:

Retro mail client Cone has some modern features

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Software Cone harks back to the era when users read e-mail in a non-graphical application, without using menus, mouse, or buttons. Longtime Pine users will feel right at home with Cone; many keyboard commands are the same. However, Cone is not a Pine clone.

When the Administrator walks... We never like to see our co-workers leave. In most cases, though, we are are happy for them because they are going on to bigger and better things. But occasionally they are not leaving under their own power. And that is when things can get...well...messy.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 355

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at NimbleX 2010 (Beta)
  • News: Best features of Fedora 13, OpenSolaris release rumour, PCLinuxOS "FullMonty" edition, Debian "Squeeze" freeze delay, Ubuntu 10.10 feature proposals, Novell and Mandriva
  • Questions and answers: SELinux

KDE 3 Forked?

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KDE This project aims to keep the KDE3.5 computing style alive, as well as polish off any rough edges that were present as of KDE 3.5.10. Along the way, new useful features will be added to keep the environment up-to-date.

My thoughts on Ubuntu 10.04

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  • My thoughts on Ubuntu 10.04
  • Ubuntu Linux Netbook Edition 10.04

Novell’s Markus Rex – celebrating 10 years

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  • Novell’s Markus Rex – celebrating 10 years of Linux on the mainframe
  • Novell recognized for Web support
  • Want to buy a Linux company?

A capitalist fan of commie software

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OSS It's a good question, I suppose. A tree-hugging leftwinger from a proud union family with an inexplicable taste for expensive Scotch single malts asked to know why, if I'm such a capitalist, I am so vocal about liking free and open source software.

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Mozilla: Facebook-Mozilla Rift, MDN, No More Notifications (If You Want)

  • Mozilla stops Facebook advertising, demands privacy changes
    It’s probably not top of Mark Zuckerberg’s worry list this week but Mozilla Corporation, developer of the Firefox browser, is officially unhappy with Facebook.
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EUPL planned actions

A revised set of guidelines and recommendations on the use of the open source licence EUPL v1.2 published by the Commission on 19 May 2017 will be developed, involving the DIGIT unit B.3 (Reusable Solutions) and the JRC 1.4 (Joint Research Centre – Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer). The existing licence wizard will be updated. New ways of promoting public administrations' use of open source will be investigated and planned (such as hackathons or app challenges on open source software). The target date for the release of this set of guidelines on the use of the European Public Licence EUPL v1.2, including a modified Licence Wizard, is planned Q2 2018. Read more

Security: Dropbox, FUD, CNCF, 'Cloud'

  • Dropbox has some genuinely great security reporting guidelines, but reserves the right to jail you if you disagree

    Dropbox's position, however reasonable in many of its aspects, is woefully deficient, because the company reserves the right to invoke DMCA 1201 and/or CFAA and other tools that give companies the power to choose who can say true things abour mistakes they've made.

    This is not normal. Before DRM in embedded software and cloud connectivity, became routine there were no restrictions on who could utter true words about defects in a product. [...]

  • Hackers Infect Linux Servers With Monero Miner via 5-Year-Old Vulnerability [Ed: A five-year-old vulnerability implies total neglect by sysadmins, not a GNU/Linux weakness]
    Attackers also modified the local cron jobs to trigger a "watchd0g" Bash script every three minutes, a script that checked to see if the Monero miner was still active and restarted XMRig's process whenever it was down.
  • GitHub: Our dependency scan has found four million security flaws in public repos [Ed: No, GitHub just ran a scan for old versions being used and reused. It cannot do this for proprietary software, but the issues are there and the risks are no better.]
    GitHub says its security scan for old vulnerabilities in JavaScript and Ruby libraries has turned up over four million bugs and sparked a major clean-up by project owners. The massive bug-find total was reached within a month of the initiative's launch in November, when GitHub began scanning for known vulnerabilities in certain popular open-source libraries and notifying project owners that they should be using an updated version.
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    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has begun a process of performing third-party security audits for its projects, with the first completed audit coming from the Envoy proxy project. The Envoy proxy project was created by ride-sharing company Lyft and officially joined the CNCF in September 2017. Envoy is a service mesh reverse proxy technology that is used to help scale micro-services data traffic.
  • Hybrid cloud security: Emerging lessons [Ed: 'Cloud' and security do not belong in the same headline because 'cloud' is a data breach, typically involving a company giving all its (and customers') data to some spying giant abroad]

A Look At The Relative Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation Costs On Windows vs. Linux

The latest in our Windows versus Linux benchmarking is looking at the relative performance impact on both Linux and Windows of their Spectre and Meltdown mitigation techniques. This round of tests were done on Windows 10 Pro, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Clear Linux when having an up-to-date system on each OS where there is Spectre/Meltdown protection and then repeating the same benchmarks after reverting/disabling the security functionality. Read more