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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 288

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Interview: Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel

  • News: KDE 4.2 goes Fedora-wide, Debian "Lenny" release imminent, OpenSolaris usability focus, Ubuntu guide for free, Easy Peasy and Moblin for netbooks, interview with Fedora Project leader, end of Kurumin Linux
  • Released last week: KNOPPIX 6.0, Pardus Linux 2008.2
  • Upcoming releases: Slamd64 12.2, Fedora 11 Alpha
  • Donations: Openbox receives US$250
  • New additions: Easy Peasy, Moblin
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Ubuntu vs Mandriva : Clash of the titans

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MDV
Ubuntu

techenclave.com: I have used both of them for quite a long time and I think I can do a better and unbiased comparison...

Carphone Warehouse, netbooks and GNU/Linux: an inquest

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I was browsing around my local Carphone Warehouse shop last week. Unlike the last time I crossed their threshold (November) I noticed that their Ubuntu netbook display had vanished. What when wrong? I decided to investigate.

MEPIS 8: So close you can almost taste it

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Linux

practical-tech.com: One of my favorite Linux distributions, MEPIS is almost ready with its latest release: 8.0. "I apologize to anyone who was expecting 8.0 to be final by now. It’s taking longer than I had hoped."

Also: Debian 5.0 to be released on Valentine's?

Linux Gazette February 2009 (#159)

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Linux

The February 2009 issue of Linux Gazette is now available. In this issue: rI18N or The Real Internationalization Project, Installing VMWare Server 2 on Ubuntu Server 8.10, Using The Red Hat Rescue Environment, and more.

NixOS: A Distro Focused on Next-Generation Package Management

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: NixOS is not about to challenge Ubuntu or Fedora as a desktop distribution any time soon. But, then, user-friendliness is not its point. NixOS is designed as a test of Nix, a new package manager designed to overcome key problems with existing package managers.

Microsoft's IE loses more share, slides to new low

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Microsoft

computerworld.com: Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) again lost market share last month, although at a slower rate than the previous two-month stretch, but still ended at a new low of 67.6%.

Our open source heroes are humans too

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OSS

itwire.com: The latest person apparently trying to cash in on the seemingly eternal mine-is-better-than-yours angle is the usually sober Glynn Moody. But Moody at least has some merit in the arguments he advances. Not so with the folk who really went the downmarket tabloid route.

10 reasons to Switch Over to Linux from Windows

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Linux

pcsplace.com: If you haven’t tried Linux and is thinking of switching to a new operating system, Here are 10 reasons to make the switch from Windows to Linux..

Two weeks of Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

leonardo-m.livejourna: After using Windows for many years (and some other operating systems before Windows) I have spent the last two weeks using Ubuntu 8.10. Overall I am quite happy.

10 Tips for Writing Efficient Bash Scripts

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HowTos

hacktux.com: Bash is the default command line interface for many Linux distributions and a powerful scripting language. Here are some suggestions that will keep your Bash scripts efficient and lean.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #127

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #127 for the week of January 25th- January 31st, 2009 is now available. In this Issue: Call for testing of DRBD: Server Team, Arizona LoCo Installfest, and Ubuntu pocket guide and reference book.

Blood Frontier: The Latest Open-Source FPS

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Blood Frontier is based upon the Sauerbraten engine and takes advantage of the features like a 6-direction height field world model, real-time map editing, light-maps, shader-based lighting effects, integrated physics support, and a particle engine. Like Cube and Cube 2, Blood Frontier uses OpenGL and SDL, which makes it multi-platform friendly with binaries for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Neverball and Neverputt

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Gaming

fosswire.com: It’s been some time since the last Games post here at FOSSwire. Free software isn’t all work and no play, right?

Defense Department sets up its own SourceForge

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OSS

cnet.com: The dam holding back U.S. federal adoption of open source just burst with the introduction of the Defense Department's Forge.mil.

Saving my sanity with Zenity : shell script interaction via the GUI

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Linux

Whilst an increasing number of recent converts are avoiding it (and I don’t blame them really), the shell is still a key tool for the majority of GNU/Linux users. Shell scripts are knocked-up, shared and deployed in all sorts of circumstances — some simply time-saving, others life-saving. But even if the shell script has been written by somebody else, running it can be a cumbersome and frightening exercise for users of lesser experience or confidence. How do we bring the flexibility of the shell script to the GUI-only user? Recently faced with just such a quandary, I discovered Zenity: a tool which just might have saved my sanity.

Read the first installment of this Zenity tutorial at Freesoftware Magazine.

WiMAX base stations to run Linux

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linuxdevices.com: PureWave Networks is using Linux, a Freescale processor, and an off-the-shelf middleware package from Enea to create its next generation of WiMAX base stations. Due later this year, the base stations will aim to bridge the gap between macro and pico WiMAX stations, says the company.

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In my job I've heard professionals in tech, from C-level executives to everyone in between, say they want their own kids to learn more about Linux and open source. Some of them seem to have an easy time with their kids following closely in their footsteps. And some have a tough time getting their kids to see what makes Linux and open source so cool. Maybe their time will come, maybe it won't. There's a lot of interesting, valuable stuff out there in this big world. Read more

Security: VPNFilter, Encryption in GNU/Linux, Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints

  • [Crackers] infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

    VPNFilter—as the modular, multi-stage malware has been dubbed—works on consumer-grade routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and on network-attached storage devices from QNAP, Cisco researchers said in an advisory. It’s one of the few pieces of Internet-of-things malware that can survive a reboot. Infections in at least 54 countries have been slowly building since at least 2016, and Cisco researchers have been monitoring them for several months. The attacks drastically ramped up during the past three weeks, including two major assaults on devices located in Ukraine. The spike, combined with the advanced capabilities of the malware, prompted Cisco to release Wednesday’s report before the research is completed.

  • Do Not Use sha256crypt / sha512crypt - They're Dangerous

    I'd like to demonstrate why I think using sha256crypt or sha512crypt on current GNU/Linux operating systems is dangerous, and why I think the developers of GLIBC should move to scrypt or Argon2, or at least bcrypt or PBKDF2.

  • Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints
    I investigated an rr bug report and discovered an annoying Intel CPU bug that affects rr replay using data watchpoints. It doesn't seem to be hit very often in practice, which is good because I don't know any way to work around it. It turns out that the bug is probably covered by an existing Intel erratum for Skylake and Kaby Lake (and probably later generations, but I'm not sure), which I even blogged about previously! However, the erratum does not mention watchpoints and the bug I've found definitely depends on data watchpoints being set. I was able to write a stand-alone testcase to characterize the bug. The issue seems to be that if a rep stos (and probably rep movs) instruction writes between 1 and 64 bytes (inclusive), and you have a read or write watchpoint in the range [64, 128) bytes from the start of the writes (i.e., not triggered by the instruction), then one spurious retired conditional branch is (usually) counted. The alignment of the writes does not matter, and it's not related to speculative execution.

In Memoriam: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Videographer and Free Software Champion

Videographer Robin Roblimo Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller was a clever, friendly, and very amicable individual who everyone I know has plenty of positive things to say about. I had the pleasure of speaking to him for several hours about anything from personal life and professional views. Miller was a very knowledgeable person whose trade as a journalist and video producer I often envied. I have seen him facing his critics in his capacity as a journalist over a decade ago when he arranged a debate about OOXML (on live radio). Miller, to me, will always be remembered as a strong-minded and investigative journalist who "did the right thing" as the cliché goes, irrespective of financial gain -- something which can sometimes be detrimental to one's longterm health. Miller sacrificed many of his later years to a cause worth fighting for. This is what we ought to remember him for. Miller was - and always will be - a FOSS hero.

May everything you fought for be fulfilled, Mr. Miller. I already miss you.

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