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Story Firefox 27 Looks to Boost Web Security Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 9:28pm
Story SteamOS 1.0 is Here, Based on Debian 7.1 Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 9:20pm
Story Android's ION Proposed For Mainline Linux Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 6:40pm
Story Samsung merges camera and mobile divisions in a bid to differentiate its smartphones Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 5:28pm
Story Epiphany 3.10.3 Brings Greater Web Compatibility Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 5:17pm
Story The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 4:59pm
Story Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 Looks Great, Performance Is Great Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 8:16am
Story The first "Steam Machine" has been revealed Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 8:01am
Story Mandriva moving closer to release Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 7:57am
Story Qt 5.2 Released | The Best Qt Yet Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 7:54am

Follow-Up: Attack on machine

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ahfaeroey.wordpress: Some of you might have read my previous blog post about the attack on Exherbo’s quote database that I wrote about yesterday. As promised I am going to write a follow up post about how this was handled and what the result of the cooperation with Gentoo’s infrastructure team was.

few shorts:

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  • The first 24 hours with openSUSE 11

  • Firefox 3 gets a thumbs-up from me
  • Playing with Fluxbox
  • 10 Reasons why i love GIMP Graphics Tool
  • Project Neon: KDE 4 nightly builds

few howtos:

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  • Disable Login and Logout Sound on Ubuntu

  • tweeting from the command line
  • Replacing Openoffice Splash Screen
  • Bypass School Internet Filters
  • View A Package Changelog Entry With Aptitude or Synaptic
  • Configuring Debian for UTF-8

From Windows to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Chief among these “things I’d like to change when I have the time” was my use of Windows XP as my operating system. So I downloaded a Ubuntu ISO CD image, burned that, backed up my data, then formatted my hard drive and installed Linux.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron on a Mac Mini

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rfdlinux.wordpress: My broadband connection was barely 24 hours old when work began on migrating to the latest version of Ubuntu. Hardy Heron, as it’s called, is very nice on the Mini. What follows is how I did it, what I used, what worked, and what didn’t.

Pardus 2008 : A testdrive

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wamukota.blogspot: A few weeks ago I was asked to testdrive Pardus - a distro of Turkish origin. It was released on june 27 and here is my report on this distro.

The 'killer' linux ....Ships AHOY!

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linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: Everyone uses the "car" analogy. Expecting Linux to someday ZOOM ahead of the pack and leave the likes of MS and Apple in the dust on the track. This mental approach doesn't always do it for people and they get discouraged because of the mindset like that they walked in with.

The popular emergence of apt-git?

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jldugger.livejournal: It's no secret that Canonical is a large proponent of Bazaar (bzr) and would like to use Ubuntu as a guinea pig for large scale deployments. At UDS Prague, James Westby gave an interview about using "distributed version control systems" (DVCS) for coordinating development. The interviewer is a bit confused about how the Ubuntu flavors interact, so I think an explanation of DVCS and Ubuntu development is in order.

Why Ubuntu's LTS releases are inferior to Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Linux It's time to update my view of Ubuntu with my most recent set of feelings. Well, with why I feel my most recent set of feelings, which is that Ubuntu LTS is significantly inferior to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Free as in Beer

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sharplinux.blogspot: As I mentioned in my last Independence Day post, most free software is free in the monetary sense of the word. One of Richard Stallman's memorable and concise ways of making the "free" distinction is to say "think free speech, not free beer." The problem with the term "free software" seems to be that many users can't think past the "free-as-in-beer" quality.

Two great time-saving tips for Firefox 3

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Moz/FF Firefox is by far the most used alternative browser. I believe that comes in part thanks to its flexibility for customization and the myriad of useful add-ons you can get for it. My following tips, however, lay on the side of about:config tweaks.

How I got over the hurdles to migrate from XP to Kubuntu 8.04

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Ubuntu I find that Kubuntu needs a few critical tweaks before it is useable by end users, in particular, in the CJK market. Such tweaks are not very well documented and take quite some serious research efforts, even for an experienced Linux/Ubuntu server administrator.

List of FTP Clients Available for Linux

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Software FTP is a file transfer protocol for exchanging files over any TCP/IP based network to manipulate files on another computer on that network. There are many existing FTP client and server programs.

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 11 (GNOME)

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This tutorial shows how you can set up an OpenSUSE 11 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.

today's leftovers

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  • Sabayon Linux - 3rd Party Software [Howto]

  • Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Alpha 1 Screenshots
  • Ask Specialty distros, startup scripts, and a whole new forum
  • Intel Driver Gets XvMC Improvements
  • List of Linux magazines
  • OpenSUSE 11.0 Periodic KDE Freeze
  • Ubuntu Hardy gets Sweeter with Sugar!
  • Ubuntu
  • OLPC donates 5,000 laptops to Ethiopian schools
  • Gentoo on the iBook G4
  • recording GNU/Linux games with glc
  • NETGEAR Launches Open Source WGR614L Wireless-G Router
  • file: classify unknown files on the console
  • Listen music in linux with player or Vagalume

KDE: It’s time for a fork

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KDE OK, I’ve now tried KDE 4.1. I’d been assured that it would be better than KDE 4.0x. It is. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I still find KDE 4.1 to be inferior to KDE 3.5x. KDE’s developers believe that KDE 4.1 “can fully replace KDE 3 for end users.” I don’t see it.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron is Unstable

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opencomputing.blogspot: I've been running Hardy now for quite a while, and I've come to the conclusion that it isn't stable. I will probably be downgrading to Gutsy very soon, however much I dislike the idea of doing so. To me, downgrading doesn't feel like I'm being part of the solution, but rather that I'm just bypassing the problem.

some more howtos:

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  • Ndiswrapper in Slackware

  • The ‘end task’ procedure for Linux
  • How-To: Set up a LAN gateway with DHCP, Dynamic DNS and iptables on Debian Etch
  • How I Put Everex in Kiosk Mode
  • LXDE - Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment for Ubuntu
  • Howto Setup a DLINK WUA-2340 USB Wireless Adapter in Ubuntu Hardy
  • Smart on openSUSE 11.0
  • Howto install Ruby Enterprise Edition on Ubuntu or Debian
  • Fast Perl HTML POD Creation On Linux and Unix

Linux Mint 5

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odysseus.wordpress: My Linux evolution went from Linspire to Mepis to PCLinuxOS to Ubuntu. I stayed with PCLinuxOS and Ubuntu for the longest. However, I have always read good things about another distribution called Linux Mint. So, I downloaded the latest iso and tried it out to see how it all worked.

Open-Source Reshaping the Software Industry

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Moz/FF People in the industry foresee a time in which for many people, the only thing they'll need on a computer is a browser. The browser is just extraordinarily strategic.

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Linux 4.8.4

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I'll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the normal testing, I figured it would be better to get them out earlier instead of later. And I like releasing stuff on this date every year... All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.7.10 Linux 4.4.27

New Releases: Budgie, Solus, SalentOS, and Slackel

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Security News

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  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
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  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
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  • Major DNS provider Dyn hit with DDoS attack
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  • Either IoT will be secure or the internet will be crippled forever
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