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Puppy Linux 3.0 - Small with a big bite

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tectonic: Looking for a small, fast Linux distribution? Take a look at Puppy Linux. Version 3.0 of this lightweight Linux operating system was released yesterday.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Why choose proprietary software over open source? Survey says!

  • A Dog Barks, The Wind Blows, A Server Reboots…
  • Book Review: The Official Damn Small Linux Book
  • Red Hat Certified Challenge: History of open source
  • Flush your Postfix queue
  • Open source entrepreneur turns his hobby into an Inc. 500 enterprise
  • Linux Done Right (personals edition): Linux shop seeks Linux vendor
  • Rolling Releases
  • When a user logs in what files are updated in UNIX / Linux
  • Tomorrow openSUSE 10.3 is released - Everything about the 3D effects
  • eBay: Botnets are Linux-happy
  • Levanta freshens up Linux server cure-all

Upgrading an operating system is easy

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Linux

ITtoolbox blogs: Yesterday I decided to take the ultimate test of my badly mangled edgy Linux installation. Instead of the tried and true reformat and reload method I wanted to try the distribution upgrade that the automatic update kept on nagging me about. So jumping off of the deep end to see if I would sink or swim.

Why HP Still Believes In Unix

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OS

internetnews.com: A decade ago, Intel was shipping the Pentium II processor and Linux was a fringe operating system used by a few Internet fanatics. No one at the time would ever have thought the two in combination would be a match for Sun's SPARC/Solaris combination, HP's PA-RISC/HP-UX, IBM's POWER/AIX or SGI's MIPS/IRIX. Funny what a decade can do.

TOMOYO Linux

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "'TOMOYO Linux' is our work in the field of security enhanced Linux," Kentaro Takeda began, describing 15 patches posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list. He noted that in an earlier version of the patches posted just prior to the recent Kernel summit, TOMOYO Linux's Mandatory Access Control was limited to files.

Also: Using sched_yield (Im)properly
And: Kernel space: A tiny Linux for the embedded world

Planned Features For X.Org 7.4, 7.5

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Software

phoronix: Last month at the X Developer Summit in Cambridge, Eric Anholt, Adam Jackson, and Daniel Stone had talked about the future of X.Org releases for the next year. Over the weekend, Daniel Stone had updated the XDS 2007 Notes at X.org with the latest plans for X.Org 7.5.

T Minus 16 And Counting

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Ubuntu

nixternal: No you geeks, that wasn’t the beginning of a math equation, that is when the next release of Kubuntu will be out. Anyways, if you are in the Chicago land area on October 21, 2007 between the hours of 10am and 4pm, we will be holding a 7.10 release party as well as an install fest.

The Security of Free Software

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OSS

libervis.com: With this article I want to point out how Free Software provides a secure environment and how important the community is.

GNOME 2.22 planning: Gimmie panel applet proposed for inclusion

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Software

arstechnica: The Gimmie panel enhancement project has been proposed for inclusion in GNOME 2.22. Gimmie provides a highly streamlined user interface that exposes GNOME functionality in a logically organized and consistent manner.

Russian public agencies choose Mandriva

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MDV

mandriva.com: Mandriva today announced that the Federal Service on Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) in Russia has agreed to authorise the certification of the Mandriva Linux OS for all safe and legal use in organizations dealing with confidential information.

Ubuntu 7.10: Changing the look

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Ubuntu

blogbeebe: Someone asked in the last post how to change features on the desktop. I'd like to show folks, both old and new, how easy it is on this latest version.

YaKuake - a drop-down terminal for KDE

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Software

FOSSwire: There are plenty of different terminal programs out there for all different desktops. YaKuake is one such KDE-based terminal emulator with a difference.

Lightweight Browser Rundown

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Software

terminally-incoherent: We all know that browsers are kinda like religion - everyone has one that they like, and thinks all the other ones are crap. And I have to say that Firefox, Flock, Opera, Safari and the others are all great pieces of software, but not on low end hardware. So here are some browsers perfect for your old decrepit little computer.

Testing the Gnash Flash Player in Ubuntu 7.10

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tombuntu: Gnash is an open source player for Adobe’s Flash format. It can be used as an alternative to Adobe’s proprietary player. The upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 release includes automatic installation of either Adobe Flash or Gnash. I decided to put this feature to the test in Ubuntu 7.10 Beta.

some howtos

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HowTos
  • How to open files as root via a right click

  • How To Boot Mandriva on a USB Disk
  • Sha-1 Checksum
  • Access Google Calendar From Linux / UNIX / Mac OS X Command Line Interface
  • Backing up and restoring your DSL configuration
  • Howto Install Freecom Musicpal in Ubuntu Feisty
  • How To Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Guests
  • Howto Fix RSSOwl Internal Browser

Linux Gazette October 2007 (#143) Online

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Linux

October 2007 (#143) issue of Linux Gazette is now online and ready for perusal. Highlights this month include Discussion of Open Source Licensing Issues, Linux Console Scrollback, and Introducing Python Pickling.

PCLinuxOS magazine - Issue No. 14 October 2007 Ready

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PCLOS

This month's PCLOS Mag is ready. Despite an eventful month: changing of the guard, other staff changes, and home website change, this month's PCLOS mag is online at its new home. Highlights this month include: How to repair a broken Xorg.conf, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Tips for a Cooler Laptop.

GPLv3 adoption rates: Do they matter?

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infoworld blogs: Since its release this June, GPLv3 certainly seems to have taken on the role of baby Damien within the open source licensing world. Sure, it's cute and cuddly at first glance, but behind its deep blue eyes lurk pure and unhinged evil ... at least if you believe the recent Evans Data survey. Then again, Palamida's posted conversion rates seem to indicate that the Evans Data results may be a bit too pessimistic. So who do we believe?

Five Things for Linux Distributions to Do Better

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information week blogs: There are many things that Linux does well. There are many things that still need work. But they’re not always the obvious things, either.

Top 1 app to install on Linux

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Software

beranger: I am sick of the articles of the kind "Top 27 cool apps to install on Ubuntu"... ...so I only have my own Top 1:

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Making your OpenStack monitoring stack highly available using Open Source tools
    Operators tasked with maintaining production environments are relying on monitoring stacks to provide insight to resource usage and a heads-up to threats of downtime. Perhaps the most critical function of a monitoring stack is providing alerts which trigger mitigation steps to ensure an environment stays up and running. Downtime of services can be business-critical, and often has extremely high cost ramifications. Operators working in cloud environments are especially reliant on monitoring stacks due to the increase in potential inefficiency and downtime that comes with greater resource usage. The constant visibility of resources and alerts that a monitoring stack provides, makes it a fundamental component of any cloud.
  • InfraRed: Deploying and Testing Openstack just made easier!
  • The journey of a new OpenStack service in RDO
    When new contributors join RDO, they ask for recommendations about how to add new services and help RDO users to adopt it. This post is not a official policy document nor a detailed description about how to carry out some activities, but provides some high level recommendations to newcomers based on what I have learned and observed in the last year working in RDO.
  • Getting to know the essential OpenStack components better
  • Getting to know core components, speed mentoring, and more OpenStack news
  • Testing LibreOffice 5.3 Notebookbar
    I teach an online CSCI class about usability. The course is "The Usability of Open Source Software" and provides a background on free software and open source software, and uses that as a basis to teach usability. The rest of the class is a pretty standard CSCI usability class. We explore a few interesting cases in open source software as part of our discussion. And using open source software makes it really easy for the students to pick a program to study for their usability test final project.
  • [Older] Drupal member sent out after BDSM lifestyle revealed

    Drupal, like many other open source projects, has a stated goal of welcoming and accepting all people, no matter their heritage, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.

  • Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public
    Drupal is a popular open-source content-management system, used to build websites. Like many other open-source projects, Drupal is guided by several committees that are supposed to be accountable to the community and its code of conduct, which enshrines values like "be considerate" and "be respectful." Also like many other open-source projects, Drupal attracts all sorts of people, some of whom are eclectic. Last week, under murky circumstances, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert banned one of the project's technical and community leaders, Larry Garfield. Buytaert attributed the decision to aspects of Garfield's private sex life. Many Drupal users and developers are up in arms about the perceived injustice of the move, exacerbated by what they see as a lack of transparency.
  • HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
    When open source software is used for global health and global relief work, its benefits shine bright. The benefits of open source become very clear when human health and human lives are on the line. In this YouTube video, hear Harrisburg, Pennsylvania software developer Joel Worrall explain about HospitalRun software – open source cloud-based software used at developing world healthcare facilities.
  • Scotland emphasises sharing and reuse of ICT
    Scotland’s public administrations should focus on common, shared technology platforms, according to the new digital strategy, published on 22 March. The government says it wants to develop “shared infrastructure, services and standards in collaboration with our public sector partners, to reduce costs and enable resources to be focused on front-line services.”
  • [Older] OpenSSL Re-licensing to Apache License v. 2.0 To Encourage Broader Use with Other FOSS Projects and Products

    OpenSSL Launches New Website to Organize Process, Seeks to Contact All Contributors

  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
    The State Secretary at Austria’s Federal Chancellery, Muna Duzdar, is encouraging the making available of government data as open data. “The administration must set an example and support the open data culture by giving society its data back”, the State Secretary for Digitalisation said in a statement.
  • Study: Hungary should redouble open data initiatives
    The government of Hungary should redouble its efforts to make public sector information available as open data, and actively help to create market opportunities, a government white paper recommends. The ‘White Paper on National Data Policy’ was approved by the government in December.
  • Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
    Science textbooks may be a thing of the past in Williamson County Schools. The Williamson County school board approved a proposal Monday night to use open source science resources instead of science textbooks. The switch will require a team of nine teachers to spend a year developing an open source curriculum.
  • How Elsevier plans to sabotage Open Access
    It was a long and difficult road to get the major publishing houses to open up to open access, but in the end the Dutch universities got their much awaited ‘gold deal’ for open access. A recently revealed contract between Elsevier and the Dutch research institutes lays bare the retardant tactics the publishing giant employs to stifle the growth of open access.
  • #0: Introducing R^4
  • RcppTOML 0.1.2

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
    FedEx is making you an offer you can’t afford to accept. It’s offering to give you $5 (actually, it’s a discount on orders over $30) if you’ll just install Adobe Flash on your machine. Nobody who knows anything about online security uses Flash anymore, except when it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Because Flash is the poster child for the “security-vulnerability-of-the-hour” club — a group that includes another Adobe product, Acrobat. How unsafe is Flash? Let’s put it this way: seven years ago, Steve Jobs announced that Flash was to be forever banned from Apple’s mobile products. One of the reasons he cited was a report from Symantec that “highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.” Flash security hasn’t gotten any better since.
  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

    Regel says that he has contacted Miele on a number of occasions about the issue, but had failed to get a response to his missives, and this has no updated information on the vulnerability.

    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
    Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that Internet of Things devices will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that IoT devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway. What this says to me is that we need a law that guarantees consumers the right to buy versions of products that are not wirelessly enabled at all.
  • Remember kids, if you're going to disclose, disclose responsibly!
    If you pay any attention to the security universe, you're aware that Tavis Ormandy is basically on fire right now with his security research. He found the Cloudflare data leak issue a few weeks back, and is currently going to town on LastPass. The LastPass crew seems to be dealing with this pretty well, I'm not seeing a lot of complaining, mostly just info and fixes which is the right way to do these things.

Lightroom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching

In summer 2015, I posted a detailed account of my tentative switch from Windows7 and Lightroom to Linux and Darktable. This was sparked by sudden crashes that were afflicting my system, but in a deeper sense grew from frustration with Windows and, to a lesser degree, with Lightroom. Once I headed for Linux, I decided to plunge in fully and commit to using Ubuntu and free, open-source photo software for several months – at least until the end of that year. That would give me a chance to see whether I could actually run my photography business on the new system. Read more

7 Linux Mainstream Distros Alternatives

Linux Mainstream Distros are quite popular as they have a large number of developers working on them as well as a large number of users using them. In addition, these distros also have strong support system. People often search alternatives for Linux Mainstream Distros but often get confused about which is the best one for them. So listed below are 7 best Linux mainstream distros alternative choices for you. Read more