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today's leftovers

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News
  1. Banshee 1.4 hits the streets, packed with Awesome

  2. Linux Basement Episode 31 - One Year Old
  3. ASUS On Linux & Warranties
  4. Mixing free and proprietary software: not a rosy future
  5. On Zenwalk, briefly
  6. AMD Catalyst 8.11 Linux Driver Released
  7. openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Now Available
  8. Novell's FOSSA architecture document out by December
  9. Intel Releases Two New Open-Source Drivers
  10. Reasons to love Linux #1: package management
  11. Free Software Foundation does the right thing for free culture
  12. UNMSM migrating to Ubuntu
  13. Problems and mitigation strategies for --as-needed
  14. New GNU releases Ocotber 2008
  15. Speed Dial: One of the Handiest Firefox Extensions
  16. Nouveau Merged In Gallium3D 0.2
  17. Open Source Apps in Your Brain
  18. "Pico" projector demo'd
  19. KDE video cast details

Two Weeks After, Your Comments on Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

Ryan Orser wants you to say how much you like or dislike Ubuntu 8.10. We want your comments as you the readers get a say.

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some howtos:

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HowTos
  1. Using Ubuntu as a 24/7 Lobby Display Driver

  2. How To Turn An Old Router Into A Wireless Bridge
  3. Ubuntu/Debian vs. OpenSuse 10.3 Cheatsheet
  4. Getting CPU Information
  5. Configure Synaptics Touchpad Ubuntu 8.10
  6. Shiki-Colors and Community Themes in Ubuntu 8.10
  7. Pasting from HTML or Word into OOo
  8. Short Tip: access a running X session via x11vnc
  9. How to easily configure Mandriva Software Manager to use wget
  10. Setting a X property using xprop
  11. How to use dstat to monitor your Linux/UNIX server
  12. Make (Almost) Any Wifi Card Work with Ubuntu
  13. Installing Amarok 2 from SVN in your home directory

Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

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OSS

linux.com: The word "big" has two meanings here. Ace Suares is not only a big-time GNU/Linux and FOSS advocate, but he is close to 2.5 meters tall and built like a football lineman. He lives on the island of Curacao in the Netherland Antilles, where he and his wife run a small Web design and hosting firm that (of course) runs Linux servers. But trying to convert other IT people on Curacao to the FOSS cause has not been easy.

Help Spread Linux… Don’t Preach It

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Linux

hehe2.net: What does using Linux mean to you? Do you simply use it because it works best for you? While at its heart Linux itself, is nothing more than a software kernel, to many people it is much more. It is a mission.

Ubuntu’s Intermediate Ibex

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Ubuntu

bitburners.com: When Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Canonical/Ubuntu, made the comment that Ubuntu should be prettier than Apple OSX in near term I got excited - the man was absolutely right. It doesn’t matter how customizable and operating is, or how good can you make it look with some effort if it does look bad out of the box.

Fighting Fragmentation on Linux

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Linux

oneandoneis2.org: So you have some files that are fragmented. And this obviously is slowing your machine down. Right?

Wrong.

Novell vs. Red Hat: Linux vs. Linux

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: If you think about where Linux is fighting for market and mind-share, chances are you're thinking about Linux slugging it out with Microsoft Windows, and to a far lesser extent, from Mac OS X. That's all true, but there's also fierce competition between Linux distributions.

Also: Chickens Pecking Red Hat

Debian Lenny blinks its peepers

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: It appears that Debian 5.0 (aka "Lenny") will soon take its big binocular eyes out into the wider world. The Debian project has completed the first release-candidate of Lenny's installer, which features much-improved support for ARM-based devices, along with much faster installation from "live" CDs.

Internet Explorer balks at Firefox download link

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Microsoft

kmandla.wordpress: On a clean installation of Windows XP (don’t ask; it’s a long story), Internet Explorer 6 claims there’s an error on the GetFirefox.com download page, and refuses to allow a click on the download button.

Debian Blues

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Linux

crumja.wordpress: After running Debian Lenny for a while, I’ve got a few things to report. Performance is admirable and is certainly a step up from Ubuntu 8.04 in terms of reponsiveness. However, not all packages behaved well.

Experiences with Linux

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Linux

community.zdnet: I've been going in circles for a while now, I think it is time to pass along a few notes and experiences from those circles...

Child’s Play: Linux Conversion Through Education

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Linux

linux-mag.com: Successful and peaceful conversion of a population to any new concept occurs through its children. Do you want to introduce a new type of mathematics? Introduce it in Elementary School. You may convert the world to Linux by providing free and engaging Elementary School level educational and edutainment programs.

Clone your Ubuntu installation onto a new hard disk

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HowTos

linux.com: Just upgraded your system with a shiny new hard disk and want to make it your new book disk? Cloning Ubuntu to another hard disk is easy. In fact, Ubuntu provides tools to clone the entire hard disk -- including the Windows partition, if there's one on there. This is the kind of fundamental task that Linux excels at, in fact.

Intel X.Org, Mesa Performance In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Earlier this week we had published ATI benchmarks of the open-source Mesa stack and X.Org in the Ubuntu releases going back to Ubuntu 7.04. To see if the open-source Intel situation is any different, we have carried out similar tests with an Intel 945G Chipset across the past four Ubuntu releases.

Introducing Plasma

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KDE

introducingkde4.blogspot: In KDE 3.5.x we had kicker, but for KDE 4, it has been killed and replaced by the most famous part of the KDE technologies, known as Plasma.

Opinion: Why GNU/Linux will ultimately succeed

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Linux

itwire.com: In the last few weeks and months, there have been some very interesting articles and discussions on iTWire about Linux, Windows and Mac OS and their relative merits. Here's my take on why I think that Linux will ultimately succeed.

Novell's Faustian Pact

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SUSE

computerworlduk.com: There is something rather curious about software companies operating in the open source world. Although they may be competitors in a particular sector, the open source licence they employ means that they are also partners: they can generally use the code of other companies if they wish.

How Ubuntu Lost Its Credibility and the Road to Regaining It

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Ubuntu

linuxloop.com: If Ubuntu announced that a radically new theme would be included in Ubuntu 9.04, would you believe them? After promising exactly that in 8.04 and again in 8.10 without ever delivering, I would not.

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Meltdown and Spectre Linux Kernel Status - Update

I keep getting a lot of private emails about my previous post previous post about the latest status of the Linux kernel patches to resolve both the Meltdown and Spectre issues. These questions all seem to break down into two different categories, “What is the state of the Spectre kernel patches?”, and “Is my machine vunlerable?” Read more

today's leftovers

OSS: Jio, VMware Openwashing, and Testing Jobs

  • Jio is committed to use open source technology: Akash Ambani
    Speaking at the India Digital Open Summit 2018, Akash Ambani, Director of Reliance Jio Infocomm, said that open source is very important for his company. “The year 2017 was the tipping point for AR and VR globally. In India, AR and VR are in the initial stages of adoption but at Jio, we believe it will grow at a 50 percent compounded rate for the next five years,” Akash said. He also spoke on the evolution of artificial intelligence and blockchain.
  • VMware and Pivotal’s PKS Distribution Marries Kubernetes with BOSH [Ed: It looks like the author has been reduced to Microsoft propaganda and other openwashing puff pieces sponsored by proprietary software giants. We have given up on several writers who used to support GNU/Linux. Seeing their activity, it seems as though they ended up with neither gigs nor credibility (used to get far more writing assignments from LF, often for Microsoft openwashing).]
  • Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter
    Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering. And while payment remains one of the top rationales for breaking code, hackers have begun citing more civic-minded reasons for their activities. A survey of 1,700 bug bounty hunters from more than 195 countries and territories by security biz HackerOne, augmented by the company's data on 900 bug bounty programs, has found that white-hat hackers earn a median salary that's 2.7 times that of typical software engineers in their home countries. In some places, the gap is far more pronounced. In India, for example, hackers make as much as 16 times the median programmer salary. In the US, they earn 2.4 times the median.

Security: Spectre and Meltdown, Industrial System Sabotage, VDP, Windows in Healthcare

  • Some thoughts on Spectre and Meltdown
     

    Contrast that with what happened this time around. Google discovered a problem and reported it to Intel, AMD, and ARM on June 1st. Did they then go around contacting all of the operating systems which would need to work on fixes for this? Not even close. FreeBSD was notified the week before Christmas, over six months after the vulnerabilities were discovered. Now, FreeBSD can occasionally respond very quickly to security vulnerabilities, even when they arise at inconvenient times — on November 30th 2009 a vulnerability was reported at 22:12 UTC, and on December 1st I provided a patch at 01:20 UTC, barely over 3 hours later — but that was an extremely simple bug which needed only a few lines of code to fix; the Spectre and Meltdown issues are orders of magnitude more complex.  

  • Menacing Malware Shows the Dangers of Industrial System Sabotage
     

    At the S4 security conference on Thursday, researchers from the industrial control company Schneider Electric, whose equipment Triton targeted, presented deep analysis of the malware—only the third recorded cyberattack against industrial equipment. Hackers [sic] were initially able to introduce malware into the plant because of flaws in its security procedures that allowed access to some of its stations, as well as its safety control network.

  • 25 per cent of hackers don't report bugs due to lack of disclosure policies
     

    One of the standout discoveries was that almost 25 per cent of respondents said they were unable to disclose a security flaw because the bug-ridden company in question lacked a vulnerability disclosure policy (VDP).

  • 'Professional' hack [sic] on Norwegian health authority compromises data of three million patients [iophk: "Windows TCO"]