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Practical review of PCLinuxOS 2007 beta 2 (using new standards)

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I felt it was time to give my favourite distro (PCLOS) a more thorough review in the light of my decision to change how I review distros. I felt that something as promising as PCLOS 2007 beta 2 deserved the first slot.

Adobe's Flash developers need to learn from Saudi Arabia

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Software

The biggest video problem open source developers need to solve isn't with video editing software, but with Internet video delivery, which is currently dominated by Adobe Flash. There are several good reasons why Flash is the most popular method of putting video on the Internet, but Macromedia (since purchased by Adobe) made a horrible decision when it released Flash 8.

Process priority and control on AIX

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News

Managing processes is quite straightforward with tools like kill and nice, but what happens when you want to provide even finer management control over your processes?

We read Symantec’s report: Microsoft Windows not listed as ‘most secure OS’

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Microsoft

Under the headline "Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS," Internetnews.com's Andy Patrizio writes, "Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities.

The Death of Windows

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OS

The Desktop Operating System Wars are over and Microsoft won. Microsoft's Windows, in its various forms, is the most popular computer operating system in the world. It ships on over 70% of all new PCs and is projected to remain the number one OS, though in ever declining numbers, through about 2011.

Wireless Ubuntu on Thinkpad x60s

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HowTos

I'm used to doing everything manually when running wireless FreeBSD on older laptops. Running Ubuntu has shielded me from some of the command-line configuration I used to perform on FreeBSD. Linux uses different commands for certain tasks. My new laptop also has a different chipset from my old laptop, so I wanted to see if I could get Kismet working on it.

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New Mozilla Add-ons site unveiled

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Moz/FF

After many delays, a false start and much effort, the new Mozilla Add-ons site (code name Remora) has gone live and ready to serve Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird and SeaMonkey users.

Report: Open-source e-mail systems biggest threat to Microsoft Exchange

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OSS

For the past couple of years, Microsoft has been fixated on beating IBM Lotus Notes/Domino in the e-mail server market. But according to a Yankee Group report that will be published next month, the real threat to Microsoft Exchange isn't IBM — it's Linux- and open-source-based e-mail servers.

Setting up a Transparent Proxy on Ubuntu Server 6.06 LTS

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HowTos

For the past couple of days I’ve been playing with Ubuntu Server and transparent proxying. What fun!

If you, like me work for a business/organisation which offers free wireless internet to the public (or even if you leave your home network open) you would be wise to keep an eye on what visitors are using your internet connection for.

Is Red Hat Acting Like Microsoft?

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Linux

Red Hat is catching flak from the open-source community over a series of cease-and-desist letters the company's lawyers have sent to independent consultants that provide training and consulting for the company's Hibernate platform.

OSS diversifies as it gains acceptance

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OSS

The Indian market for Open Source Software (OSS) is gaining momentum and it seems that this market will soon mature. A lot of organisations are using Open Source solutions even though they may not be running an end to end OSS solution stack.

Fault-tolerant Linux - expanding the choice of operating system for availability

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Linux

f you ask any IT Manager if they would want an operating system that was 'guaranteed' to be available and supporting applications running continuously twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, then the answer would probably be very simple. However, if you want to measure how much this level of availability is worth to the organisation, then you'll probably get a very different response.

Linux Kernel "tcp_v6_syn_recv_soc()" IPv6 Sockets Local DoS Vulnerability

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Security

A vulnerability has been identified in Linux Kernel, which could be exploited by local attackers to cause a denial of service.

Novell apologizes for false free software funding claim

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SUSE

Novell Inc's head of marketing for Linux and open source has apologized to the Free Software Foundation and the open source community after making misleading statements about the company's financial contribution to the FSF.

How To Set Up A FreeBSD Wireless Access Point

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BSD
HowTos

This guide explains the process of setting up a FreeBSD system that will act as a wireless router (as well as a wired router) that takes advantage of the ported version of OpenBSD's PF packet filter.

Restrict Access To Your Private Debian Repository

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HowTos

There are many times where it is useful to setup a small repository for apt-get to install packages from. The downside of placing such a repository in a publicly available place means that other people might start using it. Here we'll look at a couple of simple ways of restricting access.

There are many reasons why you might want to have restricted access to your repository:

Quick Kubuntu time saver

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HowTos

Kubuntu and most good Linux distributions give you a great graphical interface to work on. This makes using Linux a very intuitive affair. One thing that Kubuntu makes easy is transferring files across a network. Using the Konqueror interface and the fish protocol you can easily and securely transfer files between Linux machines with simple drag and drop.

BalanceNG: A simple approach to load balancing

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HowTos

Load balancing software uses multiple hardware devices to spread work around and thereby speed performance. While Linux Virtual Server may be the best-known option for Linux networks, another alternative, BalanceNG, a simple, lightweight utility, may be a better choice for some organizations.

Novell Seeks Partners Across Linux/Windows Integration, Security, And More

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SUSE

Novell is now on the lookout for more partners to work on-site at customer locations to help out with product maintenance and optimization. Opportunities with Novell are also especially strong for VARs with interest and abilities in Linux/Windows integration, security and identity management, and customization of thin client environments, various officials said at BrainShare.

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