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Nine Reasons Why the Linux Desktop is a Complete Blast!

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Linux

A Linux system immediately snaps to attention and does your bidding, with no hassle at all. Even when you tell it to do something impossible, it tries to make you happy and only reports back to you upon failure. If you're tired of the computer popping up an "Are you sure?" dialog box in your face, you'll love Linux.

Ubuntu Tidbits

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HowTos

I created this post to document all of the small things I do on my Ubuntu systems to make them customized for me. My hope is that people who want to do similar things will learn from my experiences.

Also: Ubuntu Customization Guide

Linux Streaming Wins Respect in Europe

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Linux

Sometimes in the public sector, reaching almost everyone isn’t enough. The European Commission (EC) found this out the hard way in late 2006 when it launched a streaming service that supported Windows and Macintosh users but not Linux users. To make matters worse, when citizens across Europe complained, the EC claimed it was illegal to support Linux streaming.

Time to start casting the Linux "Switch" commercials

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Linux

Open-source software proponents may end up owing Microsoft a big, ironic thank you for finally getting Vista out the door. Release of the new version of Windows has forced IT folks in the public and private sector to make some serious plans about their upgrade paths, and that could be working in favor of Linux.

A laptop to change the world

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OLPC

I just returned from the FOSDEM conference in Brussels, probably Europe's most influential Free/Open Source software conference. Unlike many of the more business-oriented Open Source conferences, I love attending the talks at FOSDEM. They are extremely technical and I learn things from the speakers.

New NVIDIA Graphics Drivers for Linux Released

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Software

The latest Version, 1.0-9755, of NVIDIA graphic drivers for linux was released today, March 7, 2007. Highlights inlcude: * Added support for Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 and * Added initial support for NVIDIA SLI with GeForce 8800, Quadro FX 4600, and Quadro FX 5600

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Metisse — you thought you knew what 3D was?

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Software

On Tuesday, January 25th Mandriva introduced a new project: Metisse LiveCD. In this article we are going to investigate the features offered by this promising project and see if Metisse can compete with the popular desktops in terms of ergonomics and ease of use.

Tracking your sport activity with open source software

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Software

If you're a FOSS enthusiast who keeps fit by exercising or playing sports, it's time you used an open source application to track your activities. With these programs you can get a good overview of your exercises or create diagrams and statistics for specific time ranges and sport types.

8 Months with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

I just finished building a new machine and reinstalled Ubuntu Edgy - I was going to wait until Feisty was released but was too impatient. Looking back it’s been almost 8 months since I made the switch to Ubuntu…

HP Sees Huge Linux Desktop Deals

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Linux

Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said.

Creating a dd/dcfldd Image Using Automated Image & Restore (AIR)

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HowTos

Automated Image & Restore (AIR) is an open source application that provides a GUI front end to the dd/dcfldd (Dataset Definition (dd)) command. AIR is designed to easily create forensic disk/partition images. It supports MD5/SHAx hashes, SCSI tape drives, imaging over a TCP/IP network, splitting images, and detailed session logging.

A First Look at Pardus 2007.1 Release Candidate

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Linux
Reviews

As announced yesterday, an unexpected RC of the upcoming spring release 2007.1 of Pardus Linux was made available to the public. Not all the cats are having nine lives, so my experiences with Calisan (the Live CD) and Kurulan (the installation CD) were pretty much different.

The Best Way To Choose A Linux Distro

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Linux

Other Linux users might have a different opinion, but I think the best way to choose a Linux distribution is to know how active its community is. The top 10 linux distributions based on the number of its registered members are the following:

Sidux: A live CD for Debian unstable

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Linux
Reviews

It's a rare distribution that impresses me before I've even tried it, but sidux did just that when, a few hours after I'd downloaded and burned a two-day-old preview release, the project announced that the next release was available for download.

Trying the Flock browser - Thoughts on week 1

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Software

I'm trying out Flock as my default browser this week. For those that are new to Flock, it is a browser built from Firefox, but focused on adding features for social networking types of activities. Such as built-in support for editing your blog, or adding photos to services like Flickr.

Aussie business can learn from Linux: IBM chief

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Linux

Australia's future economic prosperity will depend on it embracing the principles of community-driven technologies such as Linux and Second Life, according to Glen Boreham.

Choosing a Linux Distribution for Your Business

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Linux

If you're confused about the different flavors of Vista in the store, then the varieties of Linux available will leave you gasping like a fish on a dock. Distrowatch, a site which tracks Linux's different distributions, has well over four hundred listings. Faced with so many choices, how do you know what distribution is right for your business?

Fedora Core 6 Linux Eclipses 2M User Mark

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Linux

Red Hat's Fedora Core 6 Linux distribution has reached another big milestone, racking up two million installed users barely two months after tallying 1 million installed users.

The Truth About Staying

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Microsoft
Humor

What it's really like to move to Windows Vista. I saw a couple of articles linked to and they rang some bells. Many of the points made apply to Vista as well as Mac OS X and Ubuntu. So here it is.

20 must-have Firefox extensions

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Moz/FF

A freshly installed copy of Firefox is a great software package, but what makes this open-source browser so special is the ability to customize it via extensions and themes to really make it yours. We've ferreted out 20 of the best extensions and add-ins used and recommended by hardcore Web surfers, developers and IT pros.

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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
    Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked. But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer. And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.

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FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more