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From Linux to Windows: Is This 2009 Downgrade Really Necessary?

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workswithu.com: While speaking recently with one of my bosses, I was told I will receive a new business laptop in 2009. Now, for the problem: It will be running Windows Vista or Windows XP. Hooray for new gear. Boo for Luddite attitudes.

It is alright to be just a Linux user

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Linux

nuxified.org: Being a GNU/Linux user is a peculiar thing in that you stand a great chance of being pulled into such hard to define brackets such as "Linux community", "Free Software community" or "Open Source community".

Debian women may leave due to 'sexist' post

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itwire.com: At least two Debian women developers are reconsidering their participation in the GNU/Linux project following the posting of what they deem to be a sexist message to one of the mailing lists meant for developers.

The Range of Linux Distributions

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Linux

zdnet.co.uk/blog: A comment from Tezzer to my recent blog post about Two New Linux Beta Distributions got me thinking. Tezzer mentions using Debian, but looking at PCLinuxOS and others for systems that have "issues" with some Linux distributions.

The lizard roars: openSUSE 11.1 coming this week

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SUSE

arstechnica.com: openSUSE 11.1, the next major version of the company's community-driven Linux distribution, is scheduled for release on December 17. The new version will include updated software and some important new features that enhance the quality of the distribution.

OpenOffice.org: The many views of Impress

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OOo

linuxjournal.com: Presentation software isn't complicated compared to a word processor or spreadsheet. It doesn't need to be. Maybe that's why OpenOffice.org's Impress offers a variety of views of your work.

Thunderbird 3 Beta

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Software

jonobacon.org: I decided recently to give a new mail client a whirl. Evolution, while an excellent client, appears to be a bit clunky with IMAP. I specifically have all of my mail go through GMail, and I access with IMAP. Evolution seems to be a bit slow when doing this.

Kernel Log: What's coming in 2.6.28 - Part 6: Changes to the audio drivers

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: As the development of Linux kernel 2.6.28 is approaching completion, this kernel log will mention a few changes that haven't made it into the "What's coming in 2.6.28" series so far.

AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review

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Hardware

phoronix.com: This year has been another interesting year for AMD's Linux efforts on both the open and closed fronts. We are focusing on their Catalyst driver efforts in this article.

How is Microsoft with Vista like the Big Three automakers?

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Microsoft

computerworld.com: For the first time since Bill Gates strong-armed PC vendors into installing Windows, the operating system has dropped below a 90% market share. That doesn't sound too bad, does it? Well, maybe you felt the same way back in the early '90s when Toyota and Honda started really ripping into General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

Amazon UK May Cancel G1G1 Global Orders

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OLPC

olpcnews.com: Heads up to European Give 1 Get 1 donors! Amazon.co.uk may be canceling your G1G1 Global purchase because OLPC is talking too long to ship your XO laptop.

Is it dumb to release a new Linux kernel just for a device driver?

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locutus.us: The Linux kernel in all of its entirety is a massive beast. If you wish to compile it as a monolithic kernel of course. Fortunately the kernel can be compiled in a modular fashion. So why do most distributions update the whole kernel when support for new devices come along?

Microsoft and Open Source: The Song Remains the Same

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Microsoft
OSS

eweek.com: Microsoft has appointed a new point man to put a face on its interaction with the open source community. That man, Robert Duffner, takes on a big task as senior director of Platform and Open Source Software strategy at Microsoft. His IBM and BEA roots will help him place his mark on the Microsoft strategy, but the core message remains the same.

Linux & Zeno's Paradox

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Linux

oneandoneis2.org: You probably know the one: You wish to get from point A to point B. Before you can reach B, you have to get halfway there. Before you can get halfway, you have to get a quarter of the way. Before you can get a quarter of the way, you have to get an eighth. And so on and so forth, ad infinitum.

Linux--The Lids Will Love It

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jdeeth.blogspot: Last year, when my youngest son was 5 ½, he was keeping me company in my home office and found my Linux box. On his own Ethan figured out that the Ubuntu logo was kind of like a Windows start button, navigated through the menu, found the games, and started playing an open source Minesweeper clone.

Welcome Windows Users - Adapt or Die!?

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Linux

raiden.net: I've been seeing an increasing attitude rising in the Linux and Open Source community lately that I think needs to be addressed. People are switching to Linux, and doing so in droves. But something else is happening because of that: Linux and FOSS are changing.

Google dumps Firefox from download bundle

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Moz/FF

computerworlduk.com: Google has made Chrome the default browser in the English version of Google Pack, the search company's application bundle, replacing Firefox.

Patent problem for a future Linux feature?

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: A report from LWN.net suggests that there may be a patent problem with KSM, a memory management technology that is a candidate for inclusion in a future version of Linux.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 282

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • HowTo: Getting a lean system with a custom Ubuntu install

  • News: openSUSE prepares 11.1, Debian "Lenny" installer in deep freeze, Fedora FAQ updates, Glasgow University switches to Slackware, interviews with MEPIS and OpenSolaris developers, The Economist recommends Linux
  • Released last week: Slackware Linux 12.2, PC-BSD 7.0.2, Slax 6.0.9
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 11.1, Linux Mint 6
  • New additions: Jibbed
  • New distribution: Jaris, Tiny Core Linux, Ubuntu Privacy Remix
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Where does Linux want to go today?

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Linux

it.toolbox.com/blogs: I have become concerned about some thoughts that people have started expressing. The latest was some guy at a French sounding blog who wrote a hissy fit trying to validate his reasons for leaving Linux. It did start me thinking. Where is Linux headed? What is the ultimate goal of Linux?

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  • Java and Python FTP attacks can punch holes through firewalls
    The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks. On Saturday, security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XXE (XML External Entity) vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails.
  • Microsoft: no plans to patch known bugs before March [Ed: Microsoft is keeping open 'back doors' that are publicly known about, not just secret ones]
    Microsoft has no plans to issue updates for two vulnerabilities, one a zero-day and the other being one publicised by Google, before the scheduled date for its next round of updates rolls around in March. The company did not issue any updates in February, even though it had been scheduled to switch to a new system from this month onwards. It gave no reason for this, apart from saying: "This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. "After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan." The Google-disclosed bug was made public last week, and is said to be a flaw in the Windows graphic device interface library that can be exploited both locally and remotely to read the contents of a user's memory.
  • Microsoft issues critical security patches, but leaves zero-day flaws at risk
    Microsoft has patched "critical" security vulnerabilities in its browsers, but has left at least two zero-day flaws with public exploit code. The software giant released numerous patches late on Tuesday to fix flaws in Adobe Flash for customers using Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and later, as well as Edge for Windows 10.

Red Hat News

  • Why upstream contributions matter when developing open source NFV solutions.
    When software is developed using open source methods, an upstream repository of the code is accessible to all members of the project. Members contribute to the code, test it, write documentation and can create a solution from that code to use or distribute under license. If an organization follows the main stream or branch of the upstream code their solution will receive all the changes and updates created in the upstream repository. Those changes simply “flow down” to the member’s solution. However, if a member organization forks the code — if they create a solution that strays from the main stream — their solution no longer receives updates, fixes and changes from the upstream repository. This organization is now solely responsible for maintaining their solution without the benefit of the upstream community, much like the baby salmon that took a tributary and then have to fend for themselves rather than remain in the main stream and receive the benefit and guidance of the other salmon making their way to the ocean.
  • HPE and Red Hat Join Forces to Give Customers Greater Choice for NFV Deployments
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( NYSE : HPE ) and Red Hat, Inc. ( NYSE : RHT ) announced today they are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs).
  • Red Hat Joins the OpenPower Foundation
    As part of our commitment to delivering open technologies across many computing architectures, Red Hat has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, at the Platinum level. While we already do build and support open technologies for the POWER architecture, the OpenPOWER Foundation is committed to an open, community-driven technology-creation process – something that we feel is critical to the continued growth of open collaboration around POWER.
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