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Story 5 Best Android Phones [March, 2015] Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 8:28am
Story ROSA Desktop Fresh R5 GNOME Silently Released, Here’s What’s New - Gallery Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:26am
Story Watch: MakuluLinux with the Unity Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:23am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:23am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:22am
Story An open source software updating tool Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:21am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:20am
Story Evolve OS’ New Beta Brings Linux Kernel 3.19.1 and systemd 218 - Screenshot Tour Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:14am
Story LibreOffice 4.4.2 Release Candidate 1 Is Now Available for Download Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:11am
Story Strange Bedfellows and Linux Reviews Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:05am

BitDefender Antivirus for Unices

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Software

tuxradar.com: Just because you use Linux, it doesn't mean your computer doesn't have viruses or worms. Virus is a catch-all phrase, and BitDefender's designed to catch them all - from executable viruses, script viruses, macro viruses, to backdoors, trojans, spyware, adware, diallers, and more.

Beware of so-called Linux proponents

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Linux

thebeezspeaks.blogspot: Every now and then you stumble across a blog that is run by a so-called Linux enthusiast. But when you start to look a little closer, you will see that they spread the SOFUD.

The Year of the Linux-powered Robots

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Linux

junauza.com: In the very near future, robots will become an indispensable tool that man can’t live without. Just like computers. At the moment, there are already different kinds of robots that run on Linux.

Dreamlinux 3.5 Review - Desktop Emphasis

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Linux

superphysics.awardspace.com: I have been distro hopping a lot in recent times. I was testing a lot of the less known Linuxes but never came across one that had no big problem. Of course, Dreamlinux is a fairly popular Linux distro.

A Short Review of OpenSolaris 2008.11

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OS

blog.hydrasystemsllc.com: I decided to finally check out OpenSolaris 2008.11. While this release came out back in November of 2008 (hence the 2008.11 naming convention), it has taken me this long to finally give it a chance. Maybe it is because I am still somewhat skeptical with the whole OpenSolaris Project.

Deciding Which Linux Flavor is Best

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Linux

linuxdistrochoices.com: Even the smallest amount if research into Linux will have illustrated the sheer range of distributions out there. They are all based on the original Linux kernel built by Linus Torvalds (the father of modern Linux) and can all interoperate to varying degrees.

full circle magazine #23, hot from the digital presses!

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Ubuntu

We’ve got a whole lot of Full Circle goodness for you in this issue! This month: Command and Conquer - Troubleshooting, How-To : Program in C, and Becoming An Ubuntu User.

New Intel IGP Appears In Linux 2.6.30 Kernel

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Linux

phoronix.com: The merge window for the Linux 2.6.30 kernel is now open and Linus has already accepted a horde of new patches for this next quarterly Linux update.

Pains of OpenSource or Price for Going Free

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Software

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: In the earlier posts it is mentioned in details of how we planned to move to Linux. But there are still a few glitches that turns it down.

Wolvix 2 - Hungry like the wolf

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: Wolvix is a friendly Slackware-based distribution, featuring the Xfce desktop and a lovely bunch of applications to suit every soul, while leaning on the traditional stability of the Slackware family for rock-solid support. That was my impression the last time I tried Wolvix, version 1.1 called Hunter.

The World Beyond Microsoft

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Microsoft

polishlinux.org: I started looking at the possible courses of action to happen if Microsoft vanished. What would a Microsoft-free world look like ?

Top 10 Free Linux Games in 2009

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Gaming

blog.taragana.com: I have seen a lot of gamers who feel that there aren't good games to play on Linux. There's an array of free open source games waiting to run on the Linux platform. So I got the top linux games in 2009. And here I come.

Linux is about choice (pt 2)

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Linux

nthrbldyblg.blogspot: Part two of my rant deals with another situation that is slightly different - "Why then, do applications (or their developers) decide to take away [or keep] that choice?"

Video Interview with Kernel Developer Peter Anvin

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Linux

linuxpromagazine.com: Bootloader Syslinux developer Peter Anvin, since 1992 kernel developer, gives an insight into his work. In the video, he tells of how Intel let him "get on with his Linux thing" while at the same time seek his advice in Linux matters, which he enjoys.

today's leftovers:

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  • Comparing boot performance of Ext3, Ext4, and XFS on Ubuntu

  • How To Install Boxee In Ubuntu Linux
  • Using Named Pipes (FIFOs) with Bash
  • Configure a Linux Firewall with Webmin
  • What is Btrfs?
  • Avoid Typing with Autokey
  • Gentoo on the Eee PC
  • Today’s technology WTFLOL, courtesy of Microsoft
  • Using N95 as modem for Ubuntu 8.10
  • Is Using Linux Too Frugal?
  • Linux Basement: Episode 38 - Ramblings and OpenVZ
  • Linux Void 24 - Late Late Late Show
  • Security update for OpenSSL
  • I just had an Epiphany
  • Slideshow: Xandros Presto Beta
  • Yes to new open source business models, no to whinging
  • Writing GNOME Docs, Part III (Let’s write some code!)
  • Beta Testers
  • iGod, the Linux-loving Cyber God
  • Linux Humor: RTFM Man Page

Gnome 2.26 - Small review of interesting features

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Software

blog.mageprojects: Lets do the same order as the gnome release notes only with my opinion about them and of the items that deserve a little more attention.

Switching to Linux

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PCLOS

oldfool.org: I started using the PCLinuxOS Linux distribution around 5 years ago. One day in a moment of disgust with Microsoft XP I downloaded a copy of PCLOS .92 and ran it on my PC.

Ubuntu 9.04 Beta: Quick Look

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Ubuntu

pcworld.com: So far there have been six alpha releases of the forthcoming Ubuntu 9.04, due for final release next month, and late yesterday the one and only beta release was made available for download. From this point forward there's a release candidate in mid-April, before the final release is made on the 23rd.

Also: Ubuntu 9.04 Beta

Linux Puzzle Games

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Gaming

blog.worldlabel.com: There are Linux games for every taste: first person shooters, board and arcade games, strategy games. But if you prefer to train your intellectual skills instead of blasting monsters or conquering the world, there are a few high-quality puzzle games, too.

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Openwashing: Microsoft, Apple and Symphony Software Foundation

Linux Foundation: Real-Time Linux (RT Linux), LF Deep Learning Foundation, OpenTracing and More

  • Developers: Prepare Your Drivers for Real-Time Linux
    Although Real-Time Linux (RT Linux) has been a staple at Embedded Linux Conferences for years -- here’s a story on the RT presentations in 2007 -- many developers have viewed the technology to be peripheral to their own embedded projects. Yet as RT, enabled via the PREEMPT_RT patch, prepares to be fully integrated into the mainline kernel, a wider circle of developers should pay attention. In particular, Linux device driver authors will need to ensure that their drivers play nice with RT-enabled kernels. At the recent Embedded Linux Conference in Portland, National Instruments software engineer Julia Cartwright, an acting maintainer on a stable release of the RT patch, gave a well-attended presentation called “What Every Driver Developer Should Know about RT.” Cartwright started with an overview of RT, which helps provide guarantees for user task execution for embedded applications that require a high level of determinism. She then described the classes of driver-related problems that can have a detrimental impact to RT, as well as potential resolutions. One of the challenges of any real-time operating system is that most target applications have two types of tasks: those with real-time requirements and latency sensitivity, and those for non-time critical tasks such as disk monitoring, throughput, or I/O. “The two classes of tasks need to run together and maybe communicate with one another with mixed criticality,” explained Cartwright. “You must resolve two different degrees of time sensitivity.” One solution is to split the tasks by using two different hardware platforms. “You could have an Arm Cortex-R, FPGA, or PLD based board for super time-critical stuff, and then a Cortex-A series board with Linux,” said Cartwright. “This offers the best isolation, but it raises the per unit costs, and it’s hard to communicate between the domains.”
  • Clarifying the Linux Real Time Issue
    I recently posted an article about the increasing development and availability of Linux-powered automation devices. This is a clear industry trend that’s unavoidable for anyone following the automation technology industry. Shortly after posting the article, I heard from a reader who wrote: “I read your article and I am surprised that you would promote the idea that anyone would use Linux for anything critical. It isn’t even a real-time control system. It can be used for non-critical applications, but the article implies that industry is adopting it for everything.” This reader brings up a valid point. Linux is not a real-time OS in and of itself. As Vibhoosh Gupta of GE Automation & Controls noted in the original article, GE uses “Type 1 hypervisor technology to run a real-time OS, such as VxWorks, running traditional control loops alongside our PAC Edge technology operating on Linux.” [...] The Linux Foundation launched the RTL (Real Time Linux) Collaborative Project in October 2015. According to the Foundation, the project was “founded by industry experts to advance technologies for the robotics, telecom, manufacturing and medical industries. The aim of the RTL collaborative project is mainlining the PREEMPT_RT patch.” While there are plenty of mission critical applications running Linux OS with real-time extensions—as highlighted by GE, Opto and Wago—the Linux Foundation notes on its site that there remains “much work to be done.”
  • Linux Launches Deep Learning Foundation For Open Source Growth In AI
    The Linux Foundation has launched the LF Deep Learning Foundation, an umbrella organisation which will support and sustain open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. The organisation will strive to make these critical new technologies available to developers and data scientists everywhere, said a statement published by LF. Founding members of LF Deep Learning include Amdocs, AT&T, B.Yond, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, Univa, and ZTE, among others. LF Deep Learning, members are working to create a neutral space where makers and sustainers of tools and infrastructure can interact and harmonise their efforts and accelerate the broad adoption of deep learning technologies.
  • OpenTracing: Distributed Tracing’s Emerging Industry Standard
    What was traditionally known as just Monitoring has clearly been going through a renaissance over the last few years. The industry as a whole is finally moving away from having Monitoring and Logging silos – something we’ve been doing and “preaching” for years – and the term Observability emerged as the new moniker for everything that encompasses any form of infrastructure and application monitoring. Microservices have been around for a over a decade under one name or another. Now often deployed in separate containers it became obvious we need a way to trace transactions through various microservice layers, from the client all the way down to queues, storage, calls to external services, etc. This created a new interest in Transaction Tracing that, although not new, has now re-emerged as the third pillar of observability.
  • There’s a Server in Every Serverless Platform [Ed: "Serverless" is a lie. It's a server. One that you do not control; one/s that control/s you. Even Swapnil finally or belatedly gets it. The LF really likes buzzwords.]
    Serverless computing or Function as a Service (FaaS) is a new buzzword created by an industry that loves to coin new terms as market dynamics change and technologies evolve. But what exactly does it mean? What is serverless computing?
  • Take the Open Source Job Survey from Dice and The Linux Foundation
    Interest in hiring open source professionals is on the rise, with more companies than ever looking for full-time hires with open source skills and experience. To gather more information about the changing landscape and opportunities for developers, administrators, managers, and other open source professionals, Dice and The Linux Foundation have partnered to produce two open source jobs surveys — designed specifically for hiring managers and industry professionals.
  • Automotive Linux Summit & OS Summit Japan Schedule Announced [Ed: "Brian Redmond, Microsoft" so you basically go to an event about Linux and must listen to a talk from a company which attacks Linux with patent blackmail, bribes etc.]

Security: Updates, GrayKey, Google and Cilium

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Hackers Leaked The Code Of iPhone Cracking Device “GrayKey”, Attempted Extortion
    The mysterious piece of hardware GrayKey might give a sense of happiness to cops because they can get inside most of the iPhone models currently active, including the iPhone X. The $30,000 device is known to crack a 4-digit iPhone passcode in a matter of a few hours, and a six-digit passcode in 3 days, or possibly 11 hours in ideal scenarios. That’s why security experts suggest that iOS users should keep an alphanumeric passcode instead of an all-number passcode.
  • Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code
    Law enforcement agencies across the country are buying or have expressed interest in buying GrayKey, a device that can unlock up-to-date iPhones. But Grayshift, the company that makes the device, has attracted some other attention as well. Last week, an unknown party quietly leaked portions of GrayKey code onto the internet, and demanded over $15,000 from Grayshift—ironically, the price of an entry-level GrayKey—in order to stop publishing the material. The code itself does not appear to be particularly sensitive, but Grayshift confirmed to Motherboard the brief data leak that led to the extortion attempt.
  • It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files
    Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders. The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed created and sent spam with forged email headers. These not only override the send address, so that it appears a legit Gmail user sent the message, but it also mysteriously shows up in that person's sent box as if they had typed it and emitted themselves. In turn, the messages would also appear in their inboxes as sent mail.
  • Cilium 1.0 Advances Container Networking With Improved Security
    For last two decades, the IPtables technology has been the cornerstone of Linux networking implementations, including new container models. On April 24, the open-source Cilium 1.0 release was launched, providing a new alternative to IPtables by using BPF (Berkeley Packet Filter), which improves both networking and security. The Cilium project's GitHub code repository defines the effort as Linux Native, HTTP Aware Network Security for Containers. Cilium development has been driven to date by stealth startup Covalent, which is led by CEO Dan Wendlandt, who well-known in the networking community for his work at VMware on software-defined networking, and CTO Thomas Graf, who is a core Linux kernel networking developer.

Applications: KStars, Kurly, Pamac, QEMU

  • KStars 2.9.5 is out!
    Autofocus module users would be happy to learn that the HFR value is now responsive to changing seeing conditions. Previously, the first successful autofocus operation would set the HFR Threshold value of which subsequent measurements are compared against during the in-sequence-focusing step.
  • Kurly – An Alternative to Most Widely Used Curl Program
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  • Pamac – Easily Install and Manage Software on Arch Linux
    Arch Linux is one of the most popular Linux distribution available despite its apparent technicality. Its default package manager pacman is powerful but as time always tells, it is a lot easier to get certain things done using a mouse because GUI apps barely require any typing nor do they require you to remember any commands; and this is where Pamac comes in. Pamac is a Gtk3 frontend for libalpm and it is the GUI tool that Arch Linux users turn to the most when they aren’t in the mood to manage their software packages via the terminal; and who can blame them? It was specifically created to be used with Pacman.
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