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Pardus 2008 review

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Linux

bulletspawn.wordpress: I’ve tried many user friendly distributions such as Ubuntu, Mandriva, Mint, Pclinuxos… but there’s always been a reason for me to switch. In absence of Pclinusos 2008 I decided to try Pardus 2008 exactly one week ago…

Browser Security: IE vs. Safari vs. Firefox

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Software

earthweb.com: When browsing the net, I’m safest when I’m using Mozilla’s Firefox 3.0 browser—at least after I’ve tweaked it just a bit. Yup, I have absolutely no doubt about it. But instead of just taking my word for it, let’s take a closer look at why I believe this to be true. First, let me describe the contestants.

Debian Project News - July 7th, 2008

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Linux

debian.org: Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Some of the topics covered in this issue: DebianDay 2008, DPL-initiated teams survey finished, and Bits from the testing security team.

School switches to Linux, hopes to keep MS funds

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Linux

computerworld.co.nz: Warrington School, in Otago, has decided to jump ship and deploy the GNU/Linux operating system with free software across the board by a target date of 2010, says the school’s principal, Nathan Parker.

TokBox - A Nice, Simple VideoChat Alternative (also for Linux!)

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Software

zdnet.co.uk/blog: TokBox looks very nice. It is a simple browser/flash-based video chat application, which appears to work quite well. The fact that it is flash-based accounts for most of its strengths and weaknesses.

Don't compare GNU/Linux with Windows or MacOS

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Recently a blog post entitled “Why Desktop Linux is its own worst enemy has come across my feed-radar a few times. It’s yet another in the long line of “Linux ain’t ready yet” jeremiads and it doesn’t really say anything new yet it got on my nerves. Why?

Checking In with An Ubuntu “Switcher”

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: About a year ago, I installed Ubuntu on the laptop owned by a friend of mine who lives back east. Here’s her Ubuntu story … back in 2007, and today.

Is it time for Open Source to grow up?

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Linux

ittoolbox/blog: In the past ten years Open Source software and its poster child, Linux, has expanded quite remarkably. It has changed from a rebel without a cause to an entity that even the tried and true establishments have sat up and taken notice. Yet Linux and open source seems to have hit a glass ceiling.

Shape of things to come

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Linux
Hardware

manilastandardtoday.com: ACER will be rolling out the Aspire One mini-notebook this week in Manila, its answer to the ground-breaking Asus Eee-PC. When it was introduced at the Taipei Computex last month, Aspire One seemed to be the most credible challenger to the Eee PC. But in a rapidly growing market, what’s hot is a fast-moving target.

FORK PROPOSAL: Rebuild KDE 3 with QT4

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KDE

blogbeebe.blogspot: Here's a proposal I throw out to the world: Who would work with me to 'fork' KDE 3 and rebuild it with QT 4.x (4.4 at this point)? This would be the entire KDE 3 environment. I'm curious to see if anyone would step up and work with me to establish a new branch, porting KDE 3 to QT 4.4.

Ubuntu At Best Buy?

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Ubuntu

Matt Hartley: Wow, this certainly surprised me. Today I found out that Ubuntu Linux is now being sold at Best Buy online and even at some stores. And normally I would say this is great, except there is a problem - what the heck is Ubuntu “complete” edition?

Gentoo 2008.0-r1 may help if you've had LiveCD problems

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Gentoo

For those unfortunate souls who couldn't boot, install, or burn the LiveCD, we've provided the 2008.0-r1 revision bump. It fixes these specific problems:

How To Block Spammers/Hackers With mod_defensible On Apache2 (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

mod_defensible is an Apache 2.x module intended to block spammers/hackers/script kiddies using DNSBL servers. It will look at the client IP and check it in one or several DNSBL servers and return a 403 Forbidden page to the client. This guide shows how to install and use it with Apache 2 on a Debian Etch server.

today's leftovers

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News
  • An earthshaking use of open source

  • Book review: Blender 3D: Architecture, Buildings, and Scenery
  • GScrot -a good screenshot tool
  • Open Source is taking new turns in Africa
  • An Introduction to IRC on Linux for Beginners
  • Linux - Still chasing that elusive 1% market share
  • Abit Offers Broadcasters New Linux Based Automation System At IBC
  • Linux in the Stores
  • Easy Debian For Everyone! OpenOffice, Firefox 3, Java, AbiWord, IceWM, etc
  • Will Alienware Ship Linux-Based PCs?
  • GNOME hires Stormy Peters as Executive Director
  • Using the Desktop…why?

Review: GoblinX 2.7 Micro Edition

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: GoblinX is a Slackware-based Linux distribution which comes in live CD format. The Micro Edition is GoblinX's smallest version - the ISO only measures around 100MB – and it comes with only Fluxbox and several GTK/GTK2-based applications.

Hans Reiser leads police to wife's remains

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Reiser

abclocal.go.com: ABC News has confirmed that authorities are in the process of recovering Nina Reiser's remains from Redwood Regional Park, east of Skyline Boulevard. ABC News reports Reiser led them to his wife's remains.

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Tweaking the Eee PC part 2

  • Automating the creation of slide shows in OpenOffice.org
  • Auto-Hide Your Mouse Pointer When Idle With “Unclutter”
  • How-To: Use cdparanoia to Rip Audio CDs
  • Training Tips for New Linux Users
  • Helpful Tip: Disable Drag & Drop Images in Firefox
  • Fixing NTFS Mount Error in GNU/Linux
  • Killing those runaway processes that refuse to die

Is Gentoo Ready for Latest Linux Release?

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Gentoo

internetnews.com: Linux distributions often live and die on the strength of their respective communities. Such is the case with the Gentoo Linux distribution, which canceled its last release in 2007 but has now emerged in 2008 with a new release. Tanned, rested and ready?

KDE-Bluetooth for KDE 4: first test release

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Software

liquidat.wordpress: One of the main 3rd party packages for KDE is the KDEBluetooth suite. It is the graphical interface to Bluetooth for KDE. The KDE 4 port was now released in a first test version.

Ubuntu’s nice, but I’m headed back to OpenSuse

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SUSE

davidcaylor.com: I ran Ubuntu for about a month. It is a very nice distribution. Everything worked very smoothly. I had no real problems with it.

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  • Debian seminar in Yokohama, 2017/11/18
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  • Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure
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  • MariaDB Energizes the Data Warehouse with Open Source Analytics Solution
    MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, today announced new product enhancements to MariaDB AX, delivering a modern approach to data warehousing that enables customers to easily perform fast and scalable analytics with better price performance over proprietary solutions. MariaDB AX expands the highly successful MariaDB Server, creating a solution that enables high performance analytics with distributed storage and parallel processing, and that scales with existing commodity hardware on premises or across any cloud platform. With MariaDB AX, data across every facet of the business is transformed into meaningful and actionable results.
  • AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System [Ed: AT&T wants to openwash its surveillance equipment]
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    Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes. On one side, the Software Freedom Law Center, which today seeks to resolve licensing disputes amicably. On the other, the Software Freedom Conservancy, which takes a relatively harder line against the noncompliance of licensing terms. The battleground: the, er, US Patent and Trademark Office. The law center has demanded the cancellation of a trademark held by the conservancy.
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Programming Leftovers

Security: Linux, Free Software Principles, Microsoft and Intel

  • Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds
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  • Free Software Principles
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  • New warning over back door in Linux
    Researchers working at Russian cyber security firm Dr Web claim to have found a new vulnerability that enables remote attackers to crack Linux installations virtually unnoticed. According to the anti-malware company, cyber criminals are getting into the popular open-source operating system via a new backdoor. This, they say, is "indirect evidence" that cyber criminals are showing an increasing interest in targeting Linux and the applications it powers. The trojan, which it's calling Linux.BackDoor.Hook.1, targets the library libz primarily. It offers compression and extraction capabilities for a plethora of Linux-based programmes.
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  • Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions of Devices Exposed
     

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