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Story Top 20 open source gifts for the holidays Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 7:19pm
Story How Munich rejected Steve Ballmer and kicked Microsoft out of the city Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 7:02pm
Story Swiss Lausanne piloting open source desktops Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 6:11pm
Story Prepare students for a rapidly changing world by teaching with open source Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 5:39pm
Story Linux Mint falsely accused of being “insecure” Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 5:37pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 11:19am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 10:59am
Story Today's Howtos and Software Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 10:11am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 10:05am
Story TrueCrypt or false? Would-be open source project must clean up its act Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 9:25am

some howtos:

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  • How to disable vim syntax highlighting and coloring

  • vim taglist plugin for developers
  • Howto: graphical logout/shutdown/reboot in any Window Manager
  • Synchronizing a BlackBerry in Linux
  • Disable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace from Restarting X Windows on Linux
  • One way to change path on Ubuntu
  • Short Tip: Move an X window in Linux with the Alt key
  • Welcome KDE apps back onto your GNOME desktop
  • Changing the default 'generic' kernel to 'server' kernel
  • Installation of Fedora 9 with Vista on Dell 1525
  • A110 mini-laptop Debian installation HOWTO
  • Tips and Tricks for Using Xen under Ubuntu or Debian
  • Alternative Installation Methods for Hardy
  • Virtualbox 1.6.0 with Ubuntu 8.04 2.6.24-17-generic kernel
  • Howto Set Gnome Calendar First Day of Week in Ubuntu
  • Changing default applications

PCLinuxOS Moderation

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linuxca.wordpres: It seems that PClinuxOS is getting slammed for the moderation by one or more mods. I feel that I need to put forth a view on this topic.

5 Ways the End-User Desktop Will Look Different in 5 Years

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Misc Look around your organization. What does your end-user desktop environment look like? Windows-based PCs? Docked laptops? Some combination thereof? Look around your organization five years from now, and the desktop landscape will appear very different.

Will Epiphany be able to compete with Firefox's extensions?

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Software I recently looked at the forthcoming Epiphany browser based-on-Webkit. However, some people told me that Firefox has so many extensions that it would not be possible for a new browser to compete, even among the target audience of GNOME users. Is this true?

Free Postal 2 Multiplayer for Linux

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Gaming To celebrate the release of the Postal movie, Running With Scissors has released a free download version of Postal 2: Share the Pain. This is the complete multiplayer portion of the game, with the single player campaign removed.

PCLinuxOS 2008.1 GNOME installed

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wamukota.blogspot: Being involved in the PCLinuxOS.NL team, I was constantly focusing on KDE. I thought it was about time to get to know a distro running GNOME, so last month I tried HH. The number one distro of the planet simply couldn't get my Wifi (Broadcom 4312) up and running out of the box. Next I tried Fedora 9 and once again it was no-joy with the Wifi.

Reasons to be Cheerful #3: Ubuntu

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mindrobber.blogspot: A couple of weeks ago I decided that the release of Ubuntu 8.04 was as good a reason as any to finally take the plunge into the world of open source software properly.

Now an OOXML Protest from Denmark's OSL

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groklaw: ComputerWorld Denmark is reporting that a strong letter of protest has been sent to ISO from Open Source Leverandørforeningen in Denmark (OSL).

Ext4 defragmentation with e4defrag

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HowTos Lately I have described ok_defrag — a simple tool for defragmenting Linux file systems. Today, I want to describe a specialized program designed to defrag the new Ext4 file system.

10 Reasons to Love Debian

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vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: Here are the top 10 reasons for which I enjoy using Debian:
1. APT
2. Community
3. Releases are Rock stable

Open source doesn't make Gartner's "top-ten" list

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matt asay: Perhaps the biggest news in Gartner's latest "Top 10 Technologies" report is the absence of open source. Or perhaps its omnipresence. The report offers essentially the same technologies as last year's list, with some curious additions:

The community wars

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OSS The struggle to build open source communities is, I’m convinced, one of the biggest stories of 2008. The trend began two years ago when major projects broke away from Sourceforge and began launching their own forge sites. This began an arms race.

Education Ministry encourages Open Source use

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OSS The department at the French Ministry of Education that is handling purchasing of software and software licenses is increasing its Open Source offerings to some 1.5 million teachers and education workers in 250 institutes France.

Geek of the Month: Eric S. Raymond

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OSS If you ask me who's the proudest hacker in the world, I would say that it's Eric S. Raymond. ESR, as he is often called, is a computer programmer and open source software evangelist. He is also a well-known author and has been very influential in giving the term 'hacker' a positive image.

today's leftovers

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  • Interviews: Four Open Source Questions for Microsoft

  • If you're still using RHEL 5... or CentOS 5
  • Global server revenue hits dotcom bubble levels
  • KDE starts testing version 4.1
  • The dark side of Ubuntu
  • How Microsoft lost the office file format battle
  • Why does Firefox use Sqlite?
  • The day i lost my Gnome and got it back

Why I Prefer Linux Past to Present

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Linux Todays rant will be based upon my history with linux, why I prefer linux, and some Windows desktop administration. Although I am 90% linux/unix in every aspect of computing, every once in a great while I get drawn into a situation that allows me to spend a few hours in the shoes of the Windows desktop administrator. Here are a few thoughts regarding the administration of end user Windows desktops and why I prefer to run linux.

Apple vs. Google vs. Linux vs. Microsoft: The Fight For the Desktop is On!

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Rob Enderle: This week marks several important events. I have not seen this level of competition before and Microsoft has never appeared more exposed. In my lifetime I have never seen a major vendor allow the kind of attack-marketing Apple is using without challenge. And, coupled with initial problems with Windows Vista, Microsoft suddenly looks like they are in a fight for the desktop the likes of which they – and we – have never seen.

some howtos:

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  • Remove the suspend/hibernate entries from the system menu in the Gnome

  • esearch - Gentoo fun
  • Change Firefox 3's URL bar behavior
  • Profiling entire system activity with sysprof
  • Wiping your disk drive clean
  • Fedora 9 Installation Guide
  • Listadmin - Command line tool to manipulate the queues of messages
  • Living with eee: tips and tricks
  • Making openSUSE 11.0 LiveUSB : The Easiest (and Fastest) Way
  • Ebuild Protip: Only fetch from SRC_URI
  • Mklivecd on Pclinuxos

Kernel Janitors Project

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Linux "In the early days, the project was conceived as a way of getting fresh blood into kernel development by giving them fairly simple but generally useful tasks and hoping they'd move more into the mainstream, "if we wind forwards to 2008, there's considerable and rising friction being generated by janitorial patches."

People of openSUSE: Matthias Fehring

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SUSE ‘People of openSUSE’ caught up the man behind the great effort done on the German openSUSE wiki - Matthias Fehring. He is one of the system operatores of the wiki and long time openSUSE user.

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Mad Max Now on GNU/Linux

  • Mad Max Open World Action-Adventure Video Game Released for Linux, SteamOS & Mac
    After teasing us earlier this month, today, October 20, 2016, Feral Interactive had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the Mad Max open world action-adventure video game for the SteamOS, Linux, and Mac platforms. Feral Interactive is well known for bringing AAA titles to the Linux and Mac gaming world, and after porting the Tomb Raider 2013 reboot last year to our beloved platforms, which continue to get more fans by the day, now the UK-based video games publisher delights us with the superb Mad Max title developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros.
  • Mad Max Launches For Linux
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Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat – the open source conglomerate
    As successful companies grow, they accumulate products; new ones are developed and additional ones are acquired. Managing diverse portfolios is a challenge, not least when it comes to putting it all together on a single presentation slide to make it appear there is an overall coherent product strategy.
  • Ericsson Embraces Red Hat OpenStack Platform
    Ericsson and Red Hat today announced a broad alliance to work together on network functions virtualization (NFV) products. And the telco infrastructure provider will now support the Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Ericsson already has a longstanding distribution partnership with Red Hat that includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Middleware. The existing distribution partnerships define not only commercial terms, but also joint support models, co-engineering and certification testing, and joint go-to-market collaboration.
  • Raleigh's Red Hat teams up with Ericsson
    Open-source software firm Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has teamed up with Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC) on what the companies are calling a “broad alliance” aimed at transforming the information and communications technology market. Red Hat, headquartered at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Tower, announced that its new partnership with Ericsson would allow the duo to deliver fully open-source and production-ready cloud infrastructure, spanning OpenStack, software-defined networking and software-defined infrastructure.
  • FCAIC in the House
    The job is like many other roles called “Community Manager” or “Community Lead.” That means there is a focus on metrics and experiences. One role is to try ensure smooth forward movement of the project towards its goals. Another role is to serve as a source of information and motivation. Another role is as a liaison between the project and significant downstream and sponsoring organizations. In Fedora, this means I help the Fedora Project Leader. I try to be the yen to his yang, the zig to his zag, or the right hand to his right elbow. In all seriousness, it means that I work on a lot of the non-engineering focused areas of the Fedora Project. While Matthew has responsibility for the project as a whole I try to think about users and contributors and be mechanics of keeping the project running smoothly.
  • keepalived: Simple HA
    We have been using keepalived in Fedora Infrastructure for a while now. It’s a pretty easy to use and simple way to do some basic HA. Keepalived can keep track of which machine is “master” for a IP address and quickly fail over and back when moving that IP address around. You can also run scripts on state change. Keepalived uses VRRP and handles updating arp tables when IP addresses move around. It also supports weighting so you can prefer one or another server to “normally” have the master IP/scripts.
  • What does Factory 2.0 mean for Modularity?
    This blog now has a drop-down category called Modularity. But, many arteries of Modularity lead into a project called Factory 2.0. These two are, in fact, pretty much inseparable. In this post, we’ll talk about the 5 problems that need to be solved before Modularity can really live. The origins of Factory 2.0 go back a few years, when Matthew Miller started the conversation at Flock. The first suggested names were “Fedora Rings”, “Envs and Stacks”, and Alephs.
  • varnish-5.0, varnish-modules-0.9.2 and hitch-1.4.1, packages for Fedora and EPEL
    The Varnish Cache project recently released varnish-5.0, and Varnish Software released hitch-1.4.1. I have wrapped packages for Fedora and EPEL. varnish-5.0 has configuration changes, so the updated package has been pushed to rawhide, but will not replace the ones currently in EPEL nor in Fedora stable. Those who need varnish-5.0 for EPEL may use my COPR repos at They include the varnish-5.0 and matching varnish-modules packages, and are compatible with EPEL 5, 6, and 7.
  • Installroot in DNF-2.0

Security News

  • Security advisories for Thursday
  • More information about Dirty COW (aka CVE-2016-5195)
    The security hole fixed in the stable kernels released today has been dubbed Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195) by a site devoted to the kernel privilege escalation vulnerability. There is some indication that it is being exploited in the wild. Ars Technica has some additional information. The Red Hat bugzilla entry and advisory are worth looking at as well.
  • CVE-2016-5195
    My prior post showed my research from earlier in the year at the 2016 Linux Security Summit on kernel security flaw lifetimes. Now that CVE-2016-5195 is public, here are updated graphs and statistics. Due to their rarity, the Critical bug average has now jumped from 3.3 years to 5.2 years. There aren’t many, but, as I mentioned, they still exist, whether you know about them or not. CVE-2016-5195 was sitting on everyone’s machine when I gave my LSS talk, and there are still other flaws on all our Linux machines right now. (And, I should note, this problem is not unique to Linux.) Dealing with knowing that there are always going to be bugs present requires proactive kernel self-protection (to minimize the effects of possible flaws) and vendors dedicated to updating their devices regularly and quickly (to keep the exposure window minimized once a flaw is widely known).
  • “Most serious” Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (updated)
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