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Red Hat's security issue

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Security

blog.perens.com: Last month, Red Hat issued a security bulletin. Not all that went on is clear, but it seems that the servers used to develop and distribute Fedora and Red Hat were accessed by a person with criminal intent. But there are continuing problems with Red Hat's handling of the situation.

Also: Fedora and our security attitude

Mandriva One 2009 - KDE4 - RC1

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MDV

planetoss.com: Mandriva releases a new version in every six months and this time is no exception. The team released 2009 RC1 which is scheduled for a final release on 9th October. The notable improvements from the previous 2008 Spring release are,

Is PCLinuxOS Stale?

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PCLOS

kzimm.wordpress: Recently, I’ve been reading posts talking about how PCLinuxOS is “stale”, “going downhill”, or even “dying”. They point out that the “current” version of PCLOS is 2007, has an out-of-date kernel, and won’t recognize the latest hardware.

Gates & Seinfeld’s next commercial: Better. With funny parts.

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet.com: The second Microsoft commercial featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld is out (being broadcast tonight during Big Brother on CBS) and at least this time, there were some funny scenes. And there was clearly a message this time.

SMPlayer: A high quality wrapper

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Software

linux.com: Loosely speaking, in software terms, a wrapper is something that provides an alternate interface to another object. SMPlayer is an advanced multimedia player wrapped around MPlayer that provides a friendlier and more powerful front end to the underlying application.

How Do Open Source Installations Compare by Operating System?

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OSS

openlogic.com/blogs: In the previous newsletter we looked at the breakdown of Linux Distributions. Many people have since asked us how open source software compares across different operating systems like Linux, Windows, and Mac, so we decided to take a look at the average number of open source packages found by operating system.

Polk Community College, USF get $812,000 grant to develop Linux curriculum

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Linux

bizjournals.com: Polk Community College and the University of South Florida Polytechnic have received an $812,726 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a four-year curriculum for Linux computer system administration. The grant funds will be issued to the two institutions over three years.

The end of physical reboots with Linux

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Linux

it.toolbox.com/blogs: I was having an interesting conversation with my BSD buddies on whether Ubuntu is suitable/not for servers and I did my usual bragging about the servers not needing to be rebooted. I was then asked about kernel updates.

Viral ethics for Linux users

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: A little while ago I found a very intelligent, well presented argument discussing the responsibility of Linux users to install antivirus software. I’m talking about Linux machines acting as carriers.

Mozilla's Proposed 2010 Goals

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Moz/FF

blog.lizardwrangler.com: What can Mozilla do with our products and our product development processes to move the Internet toward our vision of an open, decentralized, participatory place in the next two years? In my last post I suggested we develop a set of goals to answer this question. Here’s my proposal.

GNU: the revolution turns 25

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OSS

itwire.com: It's probably a sign of the times we live in that the release of a browser by a commercial organisation like Google merits significantly more coverage than the approaching 25th anniversary of the organisation that gave rise to the free and open source software movement.

Also: The Real Reason to Celebrate GNU's Birthday

Red Flag Linux Olympic Edition fails to medal

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Linux

linux.com: Red Flag is China's biggest Linux supplier. The Red Flag Linux distribution is based on Red Hat Linux. Red Flag recently announced the release of a beta edition of Red Flag Linux 7, called "Olympic Edition." While it contains the expected bugs of a beta system, it also gives us an opportunity to preview the next release of Red Flag. What I saw didn't blow me away.

Lenovo Launching Linux Netbook

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Linux

thevarguy.com: In an email to The VAR Guy, Lenovo Senior VP J. Scott Di Valerio describes the PC giant’s evolving Linux strategy, including plans for so-called NetBooks that will launch in September and October. Here’s a look at what Di Valerio had to say.

Also: Lies, Damn Lies, and Retail Linux

Software Freedom Day in Boston

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OSS

fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation is hosting a Boston event to honor Software Freedom Day, an international holiday that was observed on every continent but Antarctica last year. The FSF will be one of more than 200 teams hosting events around the world.

Also: Software Freedom Day is Coming

Ubuntu to work more with larger Linux community

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Ubuntu

blogs.computerworld: Those who hate Ubuntu tend to fall into two groups. The other group are those, usually Debian Linux users, who think Ubuntu, which is based on Debian, has 'stolen' their work and that its developers haven't contributed enough back to Debian or the other open-source communities that create Linux-related software. That's about to change.

Also: Shuttleworth: Open-source desktops need a facelift

openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results

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SUSE

opensuse.org: The openSUSE survey results are out now. The survey we made in July/August time frame attracted over 12,000 participants. Here is a short summary on changes compared to the last one we did approximately 1 1/2 year ago with the openSUSE 10.2 release.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Split and merge large files

  • Run Windows Apps 100% Seamlessly on Ubuntu
  • Howto solve all PulseAudio-related issues in Ubuntu
  • How to create an ubuntu 8.04.1 boot floppy
  • Evaluating Number Grids Using Perl
  • How To Fix Wrong Timestamps On Gmail Messages
  • 10 tips for lazy sysadmins
  • Force Users To Change Their Passwords Upon First Login

Some Reasons NOT to use Linux. Ever. At all.

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Just talk

Reasons to not even bother trying Linux, ever : ( cue drum roll... )

Installing memcached And The PHP5 memcache Module On Debian Etch (Apache2)

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HowTos

This guide explains how to install memcached and the PHP5 memcache module on a Debian Etch system with Apache2. memcached is a daemon that can store objects in the system's memory (e.g. results of database queries) which can speed up your web site tremendously.

What UUIDs can do for you

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HowTos

linux.com: If you've ever looked in your /etc/fstab file, you have may have seen an entry that looks like UUID=62fa5eac-3df4-448d-a576-916dd5b432f2 instead of a more familiar disk drive designation, such as /dev/hda1. Such entries are called universally unique identifiers (UUID). You can use these 128-bit numbers to make hard disk management easier.

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