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Mozilla: 3D office meetings will be the norm within ten years

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Misc

Mozilla's technologist predicts that in the next 10 years our avatars will attend virtual business meetings and chat with other shoppers.

The virtual world phenomenon of Second Life will transform the Internet within the next 10 years, and the browser will have to change just as fast to keep up, said Mozilla's Window Snyder.

Novell, Red Hat Compare Desktop Linux Programs

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Linux

Open-source rivals Novell and Red Hat are each highlighting initiatives to bring Linux-based functionality to the desktop.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Release Candidate 2 Screenshots

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Linux

The second release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is now available. SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2 replaces QtParted with GParted, improvements to the MEPIS Xconfig assistant, and a fair amount of other changes beyond the original release candidate. SimplyMEPIS is another Ubuntu-based distribution.

Review: CRUX 2.3

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Linux
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Turning away from the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink distributions for a moment I now turn my attention to a light-weight distribution aimed at being as simple as possible while still being up-to-date. CRUX 2.3, released on March 20, 2007, attempts to fulfill such a role.

Linux on the Desktop is Building Momentum

I have noticed that mention of Linux on the desktop seems to be building in the media, but it hasn't been clear if that noise correlated to more users actually switching to it. Based on the results of my admittedly unscientific poll, Linux does appear to be building momentum.

Debian, Red Hat patch numerous OpenOffice flaws

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Security

Debian released a patch to fix multiple vulnerabilities in OpenOffice that open up the users' systems to compromise, Secunia reported on Wednesday.

One vulnerability was originally discovered by an anonymous researcher and reported to VeriSign’s iDefense Labs.

iDefense reported that research by Sean Larsson found additional flaws.

GNU/Linux on the desktop: a modest business proposal

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Linux

With the bickering about what Dell will and won’t do to provide Linux on their desktop machines, it seems to me there’s a much easier way to introduce GNU/Linux into the world. Scrap it!

Novell responds: 'Stop fixating on the patent deal'

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SUSE

In case it's not abundantly clear, I despise Novell's patent pact with Microsoft. But, as Bruce Lowry wrote me today (because comments are turned off on the blog, due to a massive spike in comment spam), there may be some bright spots on the Novell horizon that I have not reported. I'm willing to "concede" that, and am happy to hear about it.

Where Fedora Went Wrong

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Linux

Last month Eric S. Raymond made a public announcement on the Fedora developer’s list that he was giving up on Fedora Core and that from now on Ubuntu is his distribution of choice. Actually it was more of a rant than an announcement. ESR’s scatter shot attack on Fedora was wrong in more ways than I care to comment about here.

Cleaning up after Kazehakase

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HowTos

I really love Kazehakase: It’s light, it’s fast, it’s clean and it does things that Firefox hasn’t thought of yet, or maybe needs a plugin to do (like a Tab Tree rather than just a list of active tabs, or a thumbnailed history of closed pages).

Bruce Perens: Clearing up anti-GPL3 FUD

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OSS

There's been a lot of talk about GPL version 3: whether it goes too far to be acceptable to business, whether the Linux kernel developers will accept it, whether our community will fork or undergo unrest over it. Much of that talk is based on a poor understanding of the GPL3 terms, and with release of the new license imminent, it's time to clear that up.

What Novell could learn from Google

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SUSE

There's an interesting story on Slashdot this morning about why (possibly) Google may have been spoiling for a YouTube fight, rather than hoping to avoid it. As the theory in the article goes, Google may have wanted to get sued to protect the viability of YouTube, rather than leaving the copyright fight to a company less able to fight back (financially and strategically):

VLC beyond the basics

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HowTos

VideoLAN's VLC is a cross-platform media player with a simple interface that doesn't require a degree in rocket science to operate. That doesn't mean, however, that VLC is a simplistic application: it has a few tricks up its sleeve that can significantly extend its functionality and enhance your user experience. Here are a couple of VLC's nifty features you might want to try.

Having fun with netcat.

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HowTos

Netcat or nc in short can be aptly described as one of those two letter command-line tools that have all of legendary UNIX magic and power.

nc however is a new program and does not share the age of well known programs like cat or dd. However its power and versatility make one think why no one came up with this before.

(K)Ubuntu vs openSUSE

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Linux

I’ve installed Kubuntu on my laptop recently and I must say I am pretty impressed. It has picked up most of m laptops hardware and the hibernation and media button functions I could never get working on openSUSE worked out of the box! Pretty cool! I have no doubt I could have got them working with openSUSE but I wasn’t willing to spend the time on it.

KDE Konqueror FTP PASV Response Handling Client-Side Port Scanning Vulnerability

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Security

A vulnerability has been identified in KDE Konqueror, which could be exploited by attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information.

Taking Open Source to the Next Channel Level

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OSS

Any time anybody brings up open source in the channel there's always a note of excitement because the opportunity to provide high-margin technical services around open-source solutions has always been an attractive concept to solution providers.But despite the hype and expectations, the real potential of open source in the channel has largely gone unrealized.

Go Daddy Donates to Open Source

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OSS

Domain registrar and Web hosting provider Go Daddy (godaddy.com) announced on Thursday it is supporting open source applications by giving cash donations totalling $20,000 to assist in further development of their applications. The company has donated $10,000 each to content management system Joomla (joomla.org) and online community forum Simple Machines Forum (simplemachines.org).

Running Windows Under Ubuntu 7.04

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HowTos

QEmu can run an OS inside another OS - for example, Windows under Linux. QEmu uses kqemu, an acceleration driver included in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn to run Windows at usable speed. Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn also includes a new version of rdesktop that can be used to start individual desktop apps from the VM on your normal desktop.

Applying "The Art of War" to Open Source, Linux and BSD

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OSS

Ask most people who have made the switch to a libre software product like Linux or BSD and they'll tell you that we're in a fight with Microsoft and everything that the closed-source world represents. It's not just us - Microsoft certainly thinks we're in a battle as well.

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Distro Development: Rescatux and Bodhi

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Today who does not interact with databases and if you're a programmer then the database management is your daily task. For database management, there is a very popular tool called, MySQL Workbench. It's a tool that ships with tonnes of functionalities. But not all of us as beginner programmers use all Workbench features. So here we also have a very lightweight database manager in Linux, Emma. Read
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