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Open Source Code Contains Security Holes

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OSS

Charles Babcock: Popular open source projects, such as Samba, the PHP, Perl, and Tcl dynamic languages used to bind together elements of Web sites, and Amanda, the popular open source backup and recovery software running on half a million servers, were all found to have dozens or hundreds of security exposures.

Mozilla yanks Firefox marketing campaign

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Moz/FF

computerworlduk.com: Just hours after Mozilla debuted its first viral marketing campaign, it shut down the website and apologised to users for what it admitted were offensive statistics used to promote Firefox.

KDE 4

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KDE

blag.linuxgamers.net: KDE 4 isn’t finished yet. I’ve been playing with the quite up-to-date KDE 4 pre-release packages for openSUSE, should be very close to the release version we’re being told to expect at the end of the week, but there are bugs and feature regressions everywhere.

Migrating to Linux From Windows

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OS

kdubois.net: I wanted to write a little bit of advice for those of you wanting to move from Microsoft Windows over to a Linux based desktop computer. Today, I’ll run down a few of the points that are incentives to switch and some that might be incentives to stick with windows.

Browser wars

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Software

securecomputing.net.au: For all the hype about the relative security of the two most popular browsers, is Firefox really any more secure than Internet Explorer? For that matter, is it even possible, as a British company with a “zero-footprint” browser claims, to develop a truly secure browser?

One clunky laptop per child

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OLPC

economist.com: IT WOULD be a stunt, but one perhaps worth performing, to write this column on the tiny, green and white, $200 XO computer from One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) that sits idle before your columnist. Alas, he cannot.

Also: Give One, Get One campaign raises $35m

Torvalds sticking to his GPL2 guns

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Linux

tectonic: Linux creator Linux Torvalds says that the GPL2 (GNU General Public License) is still the best licensing option for the Linux Kernel. Torvalds has consistently rejected the GPL version 3 licensing scheme.

Also: The Linux Foundation Launches New Podcast Series With Linus Torvalds

CLI Magic: Viewing system information

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HowTos

linux.com: GNU/Linux is bursting with information about the system on which it runs. The system's hardware and memory, its Internet link and current processes, the latest activity of each user -- all this information and more is available.

PCLinuxOS Day 5: Alternative Graphical Environments

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PCLOS

ruminations: One of the nicer things about *nix systems is that even your graphical work environment, the GUI, is a matter of choice. In this article I will explore how easy it is to add both GNOME and Xfce to PCLinuxOS.

Konqueror in KDE 4.0 RC2

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KDE

abhay-techzone.blogspot: Konqueror has the distinction of being the default file manager as well as the default web browser of KDE 3.xx. Its like the center of my KDE desktop, hence when KDE devs decided to limit Konqueror as a web browser and introduce Dolphin as the default KDE file manager, I was disappointed. Here is my take on the new konqueror.

today's leftovers

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News
  • my new job at mozilla

  • Free software, free speech
  • WoW Trial: Day 3
  • Snort Report 12 Posted
  • Which email client is the reigning king?
  • Edubuntu on the Eee?
  • Customizing the GDM/GNOME Login Screen.
  • Red Hat CEO Calls Out 'Squealing' Microsoft, Oracle
  • Neuros OSD
  • Open-Source Chief Executives Make 2008 Predictions
  • Vim vs. Emacs (scripting)
  • A Switch Even a Penguin Can Love
  • OpenSuSE 11 Alpha 0 Screenshots

some odds & ends

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News
  • EEE Officially Skype 2.0 with webcam support, works great

  • Free the algorithm: Wikia launches open-source search engine
  • Securing Linux laptops
  • about:mozilla - Beta 2 shipped, Weave launches, 2007 reflections
  • CES 2008: ASUS

Look at PCLinuxOS 2008 ‘MiniMe’ Edition

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PCLOS

linuxlove.org: The 2008 MiniMe edition it’s just a little preview of what will be available in the final release. It’s name suits this release very well as it’s indeed small. The ISO is about 200MB in size, it provides a very basic KDE 3.5.8 desktop and ALSA 1.0.15 running under a 2.6.22.15 kernel.

Second-gen Eee PC a CES no-show

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Hardware

reghardware.co.uk: Asus today committed itself to expanding its Eee PC line-up not only with WiMax wireless broadband-enabled versions but also machines with 7, 8 and 8.9in displays. They'll appear in Q2, Asus said. However, the anticipated second-gen Eee PC failed to make its anticipated appearance.

Tiny UMPC runs Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices: A Chinese firm will introduce a line of Linux-based ultra-mini PCs (UMPC), one of which is said to be the size of a pack of playing cards. LimePC says its self-named product suite will be based on Freescale Semiconductor's MPC5121e system-on-chip (SoC).

Fedora 8: 'Nuff Said.

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Linux

jon-reagan.blogspot: For a couple of hours, I had a full version of Fedora 8 on my laptop. After using Fedora 8 I have come to the conclusion that it is just not made for average users.

some shorts

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News
  • discovered OLPC blocker bug

  • QEMU 0.9.1 Released, With New Features
  • Open Source Tool of the Month: GnuPG!
  • Novell SA gets a new chief
  • New Members, LiMo Foundation
  • SqDef 1.2 Released

Red Hat’s Mugshot

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Web

blogs.techrepublic.com: Today I discovered that Red Hat Linux has created a new social networking site call Mugshot. This site is promoted as an “open source” site. I checked the site FAQ to find out that all the software powering Mugshot is, in fact, open source. And indeed it is.

more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Exploring /bin - Part 1 - Cat through Expr

  • create a clustered virtual service for my Xen guest using system-config-cluster
  • Use OpenNTPD for time synchronization
  • Sync your iPhone with Ubuntu Linux
  • Getting 800×480 on the EeePC
  • Toggle Desktop Effects with Compiz-Switch
  • Filelight - a KDE disk usage tool
  • Fix the Boot and Shut Down Screens on Ubuntu

Pyrolinux 1.0 Gives Off Little Heat

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: It's not every day you see the launch of a brand new Linux distribution, so when I heard that Pyrolinux 1.0 was released over Christmas, I thought I'd take a look. Pyrolinux is based on Linux Mint, which is itself a modified version of Ubuntu, so I suppose the term "new distribution" only loosely applies here.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • GitHub Visualizes the Impact of Open Source
    Code repository GitHub published data visualizations that show the impact of open source development on hosted projects, along with the "shape" of project activity. The visualizations emphasize the effect of teamwork, collaboration and communication that reinforce coding efforts.
  • Meet Codemoji: Mozilla’s New Game for Teaching Encryption Basics with Emoji
    The above message may seem like a random string of emoji. But not so: When decoded, it reads: “Encryption Matters.” Today, Mozilla is launching Codemoji, a fun, educational tool that introduces everyday Internet users to ciphers — the basic building blocks of encryption — using emoji.
  • DSS, Inc. Releases New Version of Open Source EHR, vxVistA, to Healthcare IT Community
  • GuixSD system tests
  • Self-driving cars and open source - what about GPLv3 and anti-tivoization?
    Primarily, the car manufacturers say that their dislike of the GPLv3 software is due to security issues. According to them, it should not be possible for the car owners to modify the software of the car because this could lead to exposing the users themselves and other road users to danger. In the light of the above, is seems reasonable to question whether security considerations is actually the true reason for the car manufacturers not wanting the users to run their own software on the cars’ hardware. For many years, car owners have replaced parts of their cars, e.g. tires, brakes and even software – which is supported by the car industry. To give an example, there is a large market for the replacement or modification (“remapping”) of the Engine Control Units (“ECU”) software of cars. The ECU’s are computers that control the car’s engine, including fuel mix, fuel supply and gearing. The car industry takes advice and uses data from companies which offer ECU remapping and thereby indirectly supporting the companies although – according to the car industry – changes to the engine allegedly can pose a security risk. Another aspect of the matter is that stating that the clause in GPLv3 absolutely prohibits the car fabricants from forbidding the users running their own software on the hardware of the cars is not completely true. Section 7 of GPLv3 makes it possible for the creators of GPL programs to give the car factories an extra license under which it is possible to use the GPLv3 software in their cars without having to comply with the former-mentioned obligation to provide the installation information to the users of the cars. The way the system works now, the car industry allows modifications of cars which may cause a loss of security. It is possible to develop GPLv3 software that the car fabricants can use without having to allow the car owners modifications. Furthermore, it is only GPLv3 – and therefore not other FOSS licenses – which on a general level forces the car manufacturers to allow modifications of their software. The question of the security level of the cars should hardly be a hindrance to the use of FOSS in self-propelled cars. If the car fabricants could realize this, the many advantages of the freely-available source code could clear the way for the technology generally being adopted faster.
  • Open Source: It’s Not Just About Software Anymore
    Open source is no longer just about the software that sits on your computer. Open methods are being used to develop everything from better automobiles to life altering medical devices.
  • Kickstarting open source steampunk clocks that use meters to tell the time
    Kyle writes, "The Volt is a fully open source, arduino-based, handmade analog clock that tells time with meters. Available in a DIY install kit, 2 pre-made models, and a mix & match hardware option. The clocks are but with solid black walnut and maple, with faceplates produced in brass, copper, and steel. Only on Kickstarter!"
  • Libarchive Security Flaw Discovered
    When it comes to security, everyone knows you shouldn't run executable files from an untrustworthy source. Back in the late 1990s, when web users were a little more naive, it was quite common to receive infected email messages with fake attachments.

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