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Story Public Interest, Software Freedom and Open Standards Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:53pm
Story Defending the Free Linux World Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:47pm
Story And the best distro of 2014 is ... Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:44pm
Story Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:41pm
Story Hands-On with Tanglu 2.0 Bartholomea annulata Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:38pm
Story Case study: Sky News turns to Red Hat for IT upgrade Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:35pm
Story Did Cyanogen betray OnePlus for India? Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 6:15pm
Story today's leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 21/12/2014 - 5:27pm
Story Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha, Tanglu 2 Review, and More Red Hat Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 9:12pm
Story Intel Skylake Audio Support For Linux 3.19 Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 9:08pm

Igniting Linux Desktop Security

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Software

securiteam.com: Long ago, my all-time favorite desktop firewall was none other than sygate pro (symantec junkies sought-and-destroyed a while back). But like most other desktop firewalls, sygate is/was windows only. But this article isn’t about just any desktop firewall; it is about Firestarter, the Linux GUI firewall solution.

Amarok gets a facelift

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Software

linux.com: After more than a year in development, Amarok, a multipurpose media player with a host of features, has issued release candidate code for version 2. It comes with a completely redesigned interface, and takes advantage of KDE 4's new libraries and interfaces.

Also: Hands-on: Amarok 2 rocks the house

Free Software Foundation Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

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OSS
Legal

fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco.

Open source in a closed market

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OSS

blogs.zdnet: In a truly open market the battle to set new mobile standards would be fairly clear. It’s not, because this is not an open market.

Can Firefox 3.1 pull me back from Chrome?

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Moz/FF

blogs.computerworld: As a formerly enthusiastic Firefox user, I'd been looking forward to version 3.1 eagerly. Now, however, after trying out Beta 2 and reading Preston Gralla's review, I'm not so sure.

The Inspiration behind Netbooks

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Hardware

businessweek.com: Suddenly, Netbooks are all the rage. Turns out the UMPC (ultramobile) form factors were a bit too small and too expensive to make a mass market, but the Netbook is JUST RIGHT.

Choosing your linux

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Linux

translxp.wordpress: Don’t have much experience on linux? Don’t have much time trying out? Well, if so, you’ll love searching for the right distribution that suits you in minutes with distribution comaparer and distribution choosers.

Chinese Linux hit by credit crunch

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Linux

itwire.com: Linux has been doing pretty well in China, with recent year-on-year sales going through the roof. However, there can be no escaping the global economic crisis, not even for Chinese Linux.

Can SELINUX impose a better confidentiality over encryption?

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Linux

brajeshwar.com: SE Linux is the Security-Enhanced Linux project started by the NSA which lets you secure Linux at every echelon from the kernel up. SE Linux is in essence a defense against hackers giving users another stratum of protection to online information.

Broswer Wars Reloaded: Javascript speed, Acid tests

I should not show the IE 7 results, because they are embarrassing and Trolls will accuse me of being a zealot. But i can sense that other zealots' blood-lust is building up!! So here are the results:

today's leftovers

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News
  • KDE4Daily 4.2 Edition

  • KDE4 on Gentoo
  • AMD Catalyst 8.12 Linux Driver
  • Google, Mozilla Heat Up Browser Wars
  • Debian on a Dell E4300
  • My Thunderbird extensions
  • Programming GNOME applications with Vala
  • Nexuiz project is looking for developers, modelers, artists, etc
  • Red Hat Takes a Piece of Jaspersoft
  • End-of-Year Thoughts and Resources on Netbooks
  • Tux3 by Christmas?
  • Short Tip: import larger sets of ics files into kontact
  • Installing Condor the easy-easy way
  • Is This the Cloud OS You Wanted?
  • Whither open source in the land of leeches?
  • SELinux on openSUSE 11.1
  • OOo: outline numbering level attribute as part of paragraph style
  • The Impact Mozilla Challenge
  • GUI suite targets embedded Linux distro
  • Slice and Dice Images with ImageMagick
  • Linux Factoids - Your Time To Live Is Gonna Come
  • Quickly create a video presentation of your Linux desktop
  • Ubuntu Server: Suspend/Hibernate for Jaunty?
  • Why DU And DF Display Different Values On Linux
  • A walk down memory lane ... with GNOME and Stormy
  • One step closer...
  • Hardware Review: Yoggie Open Soho Firewall
  • Compiz-Fusion 'n Awn!!!
  • Configuring a chrooted Ubuntu installation
  • YouTube and GNU/Linux: download and convert videos the easy way

I switched to Debian, Fedora, Kubuntu and …

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Linux

technet.147120.com: Somehow I managed to trash the hard drive in my newly converted Debian box. With a new (to me) 320 GiB drive I just couldn’t resist a multiboot machine.

Unison and Canonical’s Ubuntu Attack Microsoft Exchange

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Software

thevarguy.com: Unison Technologies, with an assist from Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, says it is “launching a major threat to Microsoft Exchange.” Hmmm. The VAR Guy has heard similar grandstanding before from a range of companies. But Unison has caught our resident blogger’s attention a few times. Here’s why.

Mozilla Security Chief Calls It Quits

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Moz/FF

pcworld.com: Window Snyder, the head of security at Mozilla Corp., will resign her position at the end of the year, she said in a blog post Wednesday.

Slackware 12.2 Released

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Slack

slackware.com: Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.2! Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware 12.2 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.1) and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.

K12Linux founders hand off project to the Fedora community

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Linux

linux.com: Two Oregon educators who founded the K12Linux project seven years ago are glad that they have been able to hand that project over to Fedora, the home they always meant for K12Linux to have.

Will OpenSolaris 2008.11 Attract Linux Users?

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OS

earthweb.com: This second OpenSolaris release comes with even more software packages than before, more hardware support, and a few nifty features revolving around ZFS. The question we cannot avoid is, “can it replace Linux?”

Beranger Defects to Windows as a rational act

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Linux
Microsoft

beranger.org: This is to certify that I have migrated my home laptops to Windows XP Professional for a week already. In a world with too many irrational religions, who needs another one, called... Linux on the desktop? Red Hat doesn't believe in it, so why should I?

Updating the Free Software Definition

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OSS

fsf.org: Yesterday, we made some changes to the Free Software Definition to help clarify a few points that had been confusing for people in the past. Because this definition is the benchmark we use to decide whether or not a license is free, we want it to be as easy as possible for people to understand.

Five Features Perl 5 Needs Now

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Software

oreilly.com: Perl's 21st anniversary of release is next Thursday, 18 December. Perl 5 is already 14 years old. Though the language has seen many changes since 1994, it can't stand still. Perl 5.10 added many wonderful features and Perl 6 will change the landscape for programming languages, but what's the vision for Perl 5? How can the language stay relevant?

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Leftovers: ExeeLinux Show/Unleaded Hangouts, Linux Foundation's CNCF/Akraino and More

  • What’s Holding Linux Back – Unleaded Hangouts
    What’s Holding Linux Back? Obviously we’ve seen some growth, but it does feel like there may be some things that hold Linux back a bit. We discuss.
  • ExeeLinux Show 18.9 | Mr. Desktop & Mr. Server Ep. 9 – PDisks
    ExeeLinux Show 18.9 | Mr. Desktop & Mr. Server Ep. 9 – PDisks
  • How Kubernetes became the solution for migrating legacy applications
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  • Akraino, a New Linux Foundation Project, Aims to Drive Alignment Around High-Availability Cloud Services for Network Edge
    Akraino will offer users new levels of flexibility to scale edge cloud services quickly, to maximize the applications or subscribers supported on each server, and to help ensure the reliability of systems that must be up at all times. While several open source projects exist to help solve pieces of the puzzle, nothing currently meets the need for an edge infrastructure solution. Integration of existing efforts in this new project will help deliver ease of use, hardened reliability, unique features, and performance for carrier, provider, and IoT networks.
  • Absolute 15.0 Beta 4 released
    Based on Slackware64-current Another beta... with all the kernel updates, glib and such -- trying to make things easier on beta testers :-)
  • State of Wisconsin Investment Board Has $33.92 Million Stake in Red Hat Inc (RHT)

Security: Updates, Nintendo 'Hackers', Microsoft Windows Back Doors, and FlightSimLabs Malware

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Hackers Release Video Of Nintendo Switch Running A Linux Distro
    When it comes to porting software to potentially unsupported devices, hackers are quite comfortable to push themselves beyond the boundaries set by the manufactures.
  • Epidemic of cryptojacking can be traced to escaped NSA superweapon [Ed: It's a Microsoft Windows issue. All versions of Windows (ME onwards) have NSA back doors]
    It all started when the Shadow Brokers dumped a collection of NSA cyberweapons that the NSA had fashioned from unreported bugs in commonly used software, including versions of Windows. The NSA discovered these bugs and then hoarded them, rather than warning the public and/or the manufacturers about them, in order to develop weapons that turned these bugs into attacks that could be used against the NSA's enemies.
  • Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates’ Passwords

    Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users' machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mechanism for detecting 'pirate' serial numbers distributed on The Pirate Bay, which then triggered a process through which the company stole usernames and passwords from users' web browsers.

Software and Games Leftovers

  • LXD Weekly Status #35
    This past week we’ve been focusing on a number of open pull requests, getting closer to merging improvements to our storage volume handling, unix char/block devices handling and the massive clustering branch that’s been cooking for a while. We’re hoping to see most of those land at some point this coming week. On the LXC side of things, the focus was on bugfixes and cleanups as well as preparing for the removal of the python3 and lua bindings from the main repository. We’re also making good progress on distrobuilder and hope to start moving some of our images to using it as the build tool very soon.
  • Performance Co-Pilot 4.0.0 released
    It gives me great pleasure to announce the first major-numbered PCP release in nine and a half years - PCP v4 - is here!
  • Performance Co-Pilot Sees First Major Version Bump In Nearly A Decade
    The Performance Co-Pilot open-source cross-platform monitoring/visualizing stack has reached version 4.0 as its first major version hike in almost ten years.
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  • Sci-fi mystery 'The Station' has released, it’s a short but memorable experience
    What would happen if we discovered the existence of alien life? A question I've often asked and a question many games, films and books have covered in great detail. The Station [Steam] is a sci-fi mystery that sees you investigate The Espial, a space station sent to research a sentient alien civilization.
  • Halcyon 6: The Precursor Legacy DLC released, some good content for a small price
    Halcyon 6: The Precursor Legacy DLC [GOG, Steam] was released earlier this month, adding some really nice content at a small price to an already great game.
  • Parry and dodge your way to victory in 'Way of the Passive Fist', launching March 6th
    Way of the Passive Fist [Steam, Official Site] is a rather unique and very colourful arcade brawler and it's releasing with Linux support on March 6th.