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Indecisive? Try my new LDC.

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Linux

I finally got around to doing something I've been meaning to do for a looong time: coding my own Linux Distribution Chooser.

No Valentines on the cards for Open XML, OpenDocument

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OSS

It may have been Valentine's Day yesterday, but there are no love letters being exchanged between duelling electronic document formats, OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Open XML. Instead, Microsoft, the backer of Open XML, took a public swing at ODF supporter IBM.

Microsoft requires reviewers to sign Zune license

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Microsoft

Most of us are used to proprietary license agreements for software products -- especially those made by Microsoft -- and perhaps to a limited extent, for some types of hardware as well. In requesting a review package for the Microsoft Zune digital audio player, I was recently presented with something I had never seen before: a license agreement for the actual review materials.

Novell CEO: We'll 'fight' Vista (Updated)

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SUSE

Novell will continue its march against Microsoft and any uptake of Vista despite a recent alliance with the software giant.

Show Me that Updated Gnome Main Menu

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SUSE

How often do we Linux advocates and enthusiasts hear the complaint that Linux lacks the polish and refinement that users expect from their desktop? For most end users, it doesn’t matter how good the underlying software is. If the interface sucks, then the software itself sucks.

Flash for Linux -- It's Not for Designers

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Software

In a well attended session at the LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit currently underway in New York, Emmy Huang, flash product manager for Linux and James Ward technical evangelist at Adobe, described in great detail the efforts that Adobe is making with Flash for Linux.

Also: D1: Flexing Penguin Muscle: The Next Generation of Flash Player on Linux

Ubuntu Linux 6.06 Running on a Toshiba Satellite P20-801

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Reviews
Ubuntu

From the offset I feel it necessary to say that this Toshiba notebook as I have found it is made for Ubuntu 6.06. The installation was distressingly simple and hassle free. The installation took just over 45 minutes with 1GB.

Five Free apps you use every day and never realise

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Software

In no particular order, let’s take a quick look at some free/open source software that you are very likely to use (even if indirectly) every single day, and you don’t even realise exists.

How to set up your own local Ubuntu repositories with apt-mirror

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HowTos

If you’ve got a little bit of bandwidth and a bunch of Ubuntu machines to update, it’s almost a no brainer to set up your own local ubuntu repositories.

GoboLinux's recipe for delicious package management

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Linux

GoboLinux is a unique distribution in many ways. GoboLinux is perhaps best known for its alternate filesystem hierarchy. But how does one install applications under such a radical directory structure?

How To Search For Missing Packages With apt-file On Debian and Ubuntu

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HowTos

This short article describes how you can search for missing packages with apt-file on Debian and Ubuntu systems. apt-file allows you to search for a file name, and it gives back the name(s) of the package(s) containing that file so that you can install the appropriate package.

My Favorite FF2 Tip

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Moz/FF

The first time I needed a tip for Firefox 2.0 was to make its tabs have the close button "like before" I was pointed to kb.mozillazine.org. What I welcomed warmly was another collection of FF2 tips and tricks: Random Firefox Tweaks.

Asian Countries Making the Switch to Open Source

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OSS

Asian countries have started switching from proprietary software such as Microsoft's to open source, it was reported Tuesday at the eighth annual Asia Open Source Software Symposium (AOSSS) in Denpasar, Indonesia.

Filesystem encryption in mixed environments with TrueCrypt

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Security

If you want to encrypt your sensitive files so that no one can access them without your personal password or decryption key, you have several options. But if you want a free, cross-platform, open source encryption application, try TrueCrypt.

Future of Debian Weekly News

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Linux

After I learned that the Debian project is indirectly paying some of its developers $ 6,000 my motivation to work on Debian issues in favour of other things dropped. Suddenly other duties and tasks became more important and hence weren't neglected anymore in favour of Debian work.

The Road to KDE 4: Okular and Ligature Document Viewers

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KDE

Focusing again on applications this week, specifically I'll look at two of the promising document viewers for KDE 4, Okular and Ligature. They are two of the rising stars of KDE 4, but they both have their roots as KDE 3 applications that have grown up.

Xubuntu offers appealing desktop alternative

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Sometime earlier this year my notebook, a low-end IBM R50e, got slow. It used to be reasonably zippy and Ubuntu worked extremely well on it. Then it just became downright sluggish and applications would often take ages to open. But having gone through the pain, and failure, of trying to install Ubuntu Edgy, I decided to look for an alternative.

New open source advocacy group announced

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OS

Ten well-known companies within the open source community have pooled their resources to form an advocacy group designed for companies to adopt open source solutions for their business needs.

Is the OS really going away?

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OS

When it comes to operating systems, the prevailing wind -- to paraphrase Claude Rains in the movie Casablanca -- hails from somewhere other than Redmond. Or at least, that's what we're led to believe.

LightZone for Linux delivers commercial quality photo conversion for free

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Software

Like many companies, Light Crafts releases its flagship application -- the RAW photo converter LightZone -- for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But although the Windows and OS X versions of LightZone cost hundreds of dollars, the Linux version is absolutely free. It is a lucky break, too, because LightZone is a powerful tool that bests many of its expensive competitors on both quality and ease of use.

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Avidemux 2.6.13 Open-Source Video Editor Gets AAC/ADTS Import and Export

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5 Best Linux Distros for Security

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Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
  • 6 things you should know from Linux's first 25 years
    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.