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Remote buffer overflow bug bites Linux Kernel

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Linux
Security

blogs.zdnet: A remote buffer overflow vulnerability in the Linux Kernel could be exploited by attackers to execute code or cripple affected systems, according to a Gentoo bug report that just became public.

Michael Crichton, million-selling science-fiction author, dies at 66

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SciFi
Obits

latimes.com: Best-selling author Michael Crichton, who wrote such novels as "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park," and created the popular TV drama "ER," has died at 66, his family said today.

Distro Review: Mandriva One 2009

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MDV

adventuresinopensource.blogspot: I've started distro hopping again on my main machine (Dell M1330 laptop) to keep me on my toes and my first stop on the tour was Mandriva One 2009. I had great things to say about the 2008 release and I was eager to see how the new version would measure up.

some howtos & such

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HowTos
  • Trying out SimplifyMedia on Debian

  • Ubuntu: How to Share Files With Mac OS X via Netatalk
  • HowTo setup vacation using postfix on Debian Etch
  • 25 Useful Ubuntu Shortcuts To Make your Life Easier
  • Tip: Getting Your Webcam To Work In Ubuntu
  • Automating with Cron - Using the Cron Folders
  • Using openSUSE zypper for package management

Listen to your music anywhere with Subsonic

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Software

linux.com: If your music library is tied to your CD collection or MP3 player, you can still hit the road without losing access to your tunes. Subsonic is a free, Web-based media streamer that lets you -- and your friends -- access your music collection over the Internet.

Songbird 1.0 Poised to Rule the Jukebox Roost

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Software

webmonkey.com/blog: The first release candidate for Songbird 1.0 is now available and contains all the features slated for the final release. Songbird, which is a free, open source media player built on the same technologies underlying Firefox, is just about ready to take on iTunes.

Meet Firefox 3.1 new tab preview panel

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: Today’s nightly features the long ago announced tab preview panel that replaces the All tabs list it used to feature in the far right side.

Ubuntu's Intrepid Ibex: Usability is Hard to Do

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Ubuntu

earthweb.com: Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's dictator-for-life, has been discussing usability in public and on his blog for the last six months. Ubuntu 8.10 – a.k.a. Intrepid Ibex -- is the first effort towards fulfilling this ambition. But, if anything, the release suggests that the goal may take a bit longer than anyone hopes.

I didn't know you could do that in Linux!

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Linux

itwire.com: Here are 12 tips, tricks, tweaks and techniques to make you say "I didn't know you could do that in Linux." Sure, not every one may be your cup of tea but here are 12 items to help you have the most positive Linux experience you can.

11 Prime Features of openSUSE 11.1 - A Comprehensive Review

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SUSE

blog.taragana: Open Suse is coming out with their new version of 11.1 and we are at it. openSUSE 11.1 beta 4 is just released, while the official launch of the final version is on 18 December, 2008. We took a detailed look into openSUSE 11.1 beta 4 and here are the gems we found.

Early Look at Firefox's Private Browsing Mode

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Moz/FF

lifehacker.com: Firefox users have long had the capability to surf the web without leaving any cookies, URL history, or other identifying marks, given add-ons like Stealther and many others. In the next upgrade to the open-source browser, 3.1, the browser itself will offer a "Private Browsing" mode for anything you don't want shown to anyone else on your system—you know, like gift ideas!

Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on an Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I am using an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 here). With Compiz Fusion you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop.

9 Reasons why I found Ubuntu 8.10 disappointing

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Ubuntu

blog.friendster.com: I installed Ubuntu 8.10 64-bit edition. And now I regret it. here’s something seriously wrong with my wireless driver. PulseAudio is more broken than before!

openSUSE 11.1's New Partitioning Module

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SUSE

ostatic.com: openSUSE 11.1 is moving ever closer to its December release date. One of the changes long time openSUSE users will notice right away is the new YaST disk partitioner.

ASRock G43Twins-FullHD

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Hardware

phoronix.com: One of the motherboards to use Intel's G43 is the ASRock G43Twins-FullHD, which we happen to be looking at today. This motherboard that pairs the Intel G43 with an ICH10 Southbridge supports both DDR2 and DDR3 system memory and its video connectors include D-Sub, DVI-D, and DisplayPort.

Dillo 2.0 is fast, but limited

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Software

linux.com: The lightweight Dillo Web browser, in development for eight years, has always been a contender for the fastest browser available on GNU/Linux -- so much so that the Google's Chrome will have to be pretty nimble to outpace it. With last month's release of version 2.0, Dillo is faster than ever.

Review: CentOS 5.2

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Linux

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: This month’s Linux Format Magazine came with CentOS 5.2 on the disc. CentOS, in case you don’t know, is a community supported version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. (RHEL) Again, in the unlikely case you don’t know - Red Hat is required to supply the source code to all GPL code it uses in RHEL. What they don’t have to do is supply the Source RPMs which make it extremely easy for a distro like CentOS to exist.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Debian discord over de-classified developer proposal

  • trunk/kdelibs/plasma/
  • Xandros Announces Broad Series of Cross-Platform Management Packs (PR)
  • Don't Fear Big-Box Linux Development
  • Mozilla Developer News Nov 04
  • Fedora 10 Linux previewed
  • Qt Creator, KDevelop
  • OpenSolaris Constitution: Updating v2
  • Ubuntu and Your Money
  • And people actually pay for this stuff?
  • Goodbye My Friend
  • Fl_TeacherTool: Award-winning software with an uncertain future
  • Mark Shuttleworth: Not End of Capitalism
  • If Windows is a dead end, what's next?
  • What Linux Needs To Win on Desktops

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Keep Track of Your Time with Hamster Applet

  • Super Grub Disk To The Rescue
  • List Open Files
  • Using dnsmasq for DNS and DHCP services
  • Recover Deleted Files From Your Linux System
  • Folding@Home on Ubuntu
  • conquer your file associations in kde
  • Recover grub bootloader with Vista, Xp and Linux
  • A Few Ways To Gauge Possible Memory Bottlenecks In SUSE Linux

Diebold faces GPL infringement lawsuit over voting machines

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OSS
Legal

arstechnica.com: Artifex Software, the company behind the open source Ghostscript PDF processing software, has filed a lawsuit against voting machine vendor Diebold and its subsidiary Premier Election Solutions. Artifex says that Diebold violated the GPL by incorporating Ghostscript into commercial electronic voting machine systems.

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