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Story Ubuntu File Sharing matthartley 08/04/2013 - 9:47pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 502 srlinuxx 08/04/2013 - 8:25pm
Story Mozilla pulls tracking trigger for Firefox 22 srlinuxx 08/04/2013 - 8:20pm
Story Linux fatware? These distros need to slim down srlinuxx 08/04/2013 - 8:14pm
Story Getting the masses on-side: openSUSE's community manager speaks srlinuxx 08/04/2013 - 8:09pm
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Story OpenMandriva Delayed, Mageia Releases Beta srlinuxx 06/04/2013 - 4:21am
Story Top 7 Linux Tips And Tricks For Beginners srlinuxx 1 05/04/2013 - 11:30pm
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Novell insists it’s winning the Linux wars

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SUSE

Dana Blankenhorn: In the third of a series of interviews by Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian (right) insisted his company is not being hurt by its association with Microsoft.

First look: Adobe AIR alpha unleashed for Linux

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Software

arstechnica.com: Adobe has announced today the public availability of an Adobe AIR alpha release for Linux. Although the alpha is not feature-complete, it is already capable of running some mainstream AIR applications and is robust enough to facilitate AIR development on the Linux platform.

ISO to announce Microsoft Open XML result Wednesday

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OSS

reuters.com: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) said it would reveal on Wednesday whether Microsoft had won the support needed to have its document format made into a global industry standard.

Hackers "open source" Vista

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Microsoft

blogs.pcworld.co.nz: Microsoft reacted swiftly this morning to close down a site distributing the complete source code of its flagship Vista operating system -- but not before dozens of other sites had mirrored the code.

Report: Mozilla enterprise browser share hits 18 percent

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Moz/FF

Mary Jo Foley: On the same day that Mozilla is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Mozilla source code release, Forrester Research analysts have released a new study that shows that Firefox’s market share among business users has doubled in the past year, and is now at 18 percent.

Using your Linux box for volunteer computing

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Software

linux.com: You can do your part to help tackle such global issues as disease control and climate prediction simply by volunteering your computer's resources to solve complex computational problems. The concept, known as volunteer computing, benefits universities and research institutions around the world, who conduct projects that often have humanitarian goals.

Linux Wins The Security Showdown! Now What?

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Linux

Serdar Yegulalp: So now that Ubuntu Linux was "last man standing" in the PWN to OWN contest at CanSecWest, does this mean open source has it all over the competition when it comes to security? It can, and it ought to -- but it's not a guarantee. And we need to not think it is.

Microsoft's Great Besmirching

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Microsoft

linuxjournal.com: I have been covering Microsoft for over 25 years - I've even written a few books about Windows. During that time, I've developed a certain respect for a company that just doesn't give up, and whose ability to spin surpasses even that of politicians. It has finally gone further and attacked the system itself; in the process it has destroyed the credibility of the ISO, with serious knock-on consequences for the whole concept of open standards.

Also: As the Linux star rises, it seems the Microsoft star is falling

Setting up a nice looking KDE - For Beginners

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HowTos

planetoss.com: KDE is my preferred choice of desktop and every time I install a distribution I spend around an hour customizing it to my taste. Most of the distributions provide customized KDE but most of the customization go into the functional aspect of KDE.

Open Source Software Review: Dr. Divx

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Software

raiden.net: Periodically in my searching across the internet for better ways to do different things, especially large or cumbersome tasks, I stumble onto some of the most unlikely of programs. One of my most recent and intriguing finds is Dr. Divx, a video conversion tool that can transcode a wide range of formats into the divx format with great ease and quality.

New Zealand Votes No; Malaysia Tech Recommends Abstain: India Suggests; Australia Abstains

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OSS

groklaw.net: More news starting to come in. New Zealand votes No again. You cannot believe the pressure put on them to change the vote, but they did not, to their credit. Australia maintains the Abstain vote.

Splashtop “Instant On” motherboard

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Hardware

blogs.techrepublic.com: So I have had on my desk for about week now a sweet little ASUS laptop containing one of the new Splashtop motherboards. Don’t know what Splashtop is? Well Splashtop is a motherboard that contains, in the onboard memory, a special version of Linux (based on Small Linux - formerly tinyX) that runs right after the bios.

A quick look over SliTaz 1.0

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Linux

beranger.org: Distrowatch has recently put on the waiting list a very interesting tiny gem, SliTaz. I was intrigued by this distro, and I have tried it both as a LiveCD and as an installed system with my old laptop, HP Omnibook XE3, Celeron 850 MHz.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 246

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at SliTaz GNU/Linux 1.0

  • News: Interview with Arch's Aaron Griffin, end of Automatix, installing Debian GNU/Linux 1.3
  • Released last week: KNOPPIX 5.3.1, Zenwalk Live 5.0
  • Upcoming releases: sidux 2008-01
  • New addition: Myrinix, SliTaz GNU/Linux
  • New distributions: Hellix/Linux, PC/OS, RTK GNU/Linux
  • Reader comments

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

If you have to ask, you shouldn’t try it

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: This is that time of year, when a lot of eager, well-meaning but somewhat out-of-their-league Ubuntu users get crazy and start installing the beta of the next release. I have two things to say to that.

Mozilla Turns 10 Today

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Moz/FF

blog.lizardwrangler.com: Today is a special day. March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. Today I want to look at our first ten years, and a bit at the next ten years.

Firefly extension turns Firefox into a file browser

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Nowadays, Web browsers can act as front ends to many other kinds of applications. For instance, if you want to browse and open the files on your hard drive from within Firefox, turn to the Firefly extension.

Gentoo 2008.0 beta still in progress

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: The 2008.0 beta is roughly a month behind the original tentative schedule. A number of factors contributed to this, including the migration to new release processes, the usual delays that affect most open-source projects.

Also: Not the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, Chapter 8

One step forward: a review of GNOME 2.22

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Software

arstechnica.com: The latest release of the GNOME desktop environment includes a number of significant architectural enhancements and new applications that offer increased power and usability. Released after six months of intensive development, GNOME 2.22 will be included in Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9, which are scheduled for release in April.

Is Ubuntu Really More Secure Than Mac / Vista?

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Linux

ibeentoubuntu.com: At the Pwn to Own competition, participants were awarded money and prizes for hacking into various operating systems, and Ubuntu came out as the winner over Mac OSX and MS Vista. Ubuntu was left standing, the apparent winner. And the crowd rejoiced. The blogosphere resounded with choruses of how great Ubuntu is. I say it's all BS.

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Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
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    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.