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Story It's an ideal time to have Linux skills, SUSE exec says srlinuxx 05/04/2013 - 12:37am
Story Sorting Out the Linux Desktop Mess srlinuxx 04/04/2013 - 11:21pm
Story Humble Weekly Sale surprises with AAA Titles srlinuxx 04/04/2013 - 4:52pm
Story What Is Our Goal Here? srlinuxx 04/04/2013 - 4:46pm
Story MATE 1.6 supports systemd login srlinuxx 04/04/2013 - 4:42pm
Story Chakra: A Simple, Strong Energy Center for Your Desktop srlinuxx 03/04/2013 - 9:23pm
Story New major release of Linux Video Disk Recorder srlinuxx 03/04/2013 - 9:22pm
Story Analysts unleash the bears on Red Hat srlinuxx 03/04/2013 - 9:20pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 03/04/2013 - 9:12pm
Story Linux schisms are a blessing in disguise srlinuxx 03/04/2013 - 1:53am

OLPC battery life-- what's the real story?

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OLPC

c|net blogs: Hearing OLPC representative Walter Bender repeat the claim of "10 or 12 hours" of battery life "with heavy use" reminded me of an open question from the last few times I blogged about the OLPC project. What is the battery life of this machine, really?

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 217

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: How popular is a distribution?

  • Statistics: DistroWatch in Europe
  • News: openSUSE package management, Gentoo overlays, Debian with initng, KDE 4
  • Released last week: SmoothWall Express 3.0, PAIPIX 7.0
  • Site news: DistroWatch Weekly podcast returns
  • New additions: TinyMe
  • New distributions: BlackRoute, Embun, Lapwing-Linux
  • Reader comments

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

Discontent with LiveContent

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Software

linux.com: Perhaps Creative Commons' LiveContent 1.0 CD would work better if more clearly defined. LiveContent is a sampler of free content and free software, but this purpose seems lost in a cloud of rhetoric, even to project members. The CD suffers from lackluster presentation, a mediocre assortment of samplers, and a lack of explanation.

Is that light at the end of the tunnel?

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MDV

François Bancilhon: The Mandriva weather has been a little rough over the past quarters, which might have added to the general mood. So it will soon be time to cheer you up with some good news. We have been kind of quiet recently, which does not mean we have not been active.

PC-BSD Meets Software Piracy?

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BSD

OSWeekly: I have been a fan of PC-BSD for sometime now; however, it was after discovering this page that had me disturbed. Using PC-BSD's awesome packaging methods, the webmaster of this site has apparently packaged some applications that might cause some licensing concerns.

KDE Commit-Digest for 26th August 2007

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KDE

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: "Pencils down" marks the end of the Summer of Code for 2007. Python highlighting support, with work on a new, handwritten lexer in KDevelop. A data engine and associated Plasma applet for KGet. Start of the Plasma-based Wikipedia and Service Info applets for Amarok 2.

Skype collects Linux user data too

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Software
Security

the inquirer: We already reported how Skype was taking a deep interest in the workings of the BIOs of Windows users, now it seems that the outfit is snooping on Linux users too.

Ubuntu Linux Games - Top Picks

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Gaming

thepemberton.com: If you’ve switched to Ubuntu (as I have) or any other Linux distribution, you may consider the following free (and in most cases open-source) games, as they’ve been favorites of mine for some time now.

Matt Zimmerman on Ubuntu Mobile

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Interviews

ossblog.it: Ubuntu Mobile is one of the most promising flavour for Canonical distro. So we intervieweved Matt Zimmerman, Ubuntu’s CTO and chairman of the Ubuntu Technical Board, to better know which are the main features of this Ubuntu derivative and what we have to expect.

Promise SATA300 TX4 SATA 2.0

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Hardware
Reviews

phoronix: We don't review many disk controllers or hard drives at Phoronix but we decided to take a quick look at the Promise Technology SATA300 TX4 PCI controller card. In this review of the Promise SATA300 TX4 we tested it with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn using an nForce 430 chipset.

A list of new features expected in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

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Ubuntu

All about Linux: Ubuntu is on a roll to create the best Linux distribution targeted at the lay person ever. And a number of user friendly features are expected to be included in the yet to be released Gutsy Gibbon.

Linux works just fine, thank you very much!

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Linux

blogbeebe: In the last posting I made a few snide comments about Vista's documented network (un)performance while Vista was playing back something as simple as an MP3. I found a moment this evening to set up an extremely simple experiment where I streamed a movie and played an MP3 at the same time on europa.

A weekend with fluxbox.

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Fluxbox

ITtoolbox Blogs: Over the weekend I got into a mood to try out another window manager besides my beloved KDE. Warning! There may be some prejudice here Smile I thought that if I could find a good WM to run on my aging flaky computer I might be able to squeak by until I get a new motherboard.

Backing Up Your Linux

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HowTos

techgage: Although I don't like to admit it, I have screwed up many times since I first began using computers. But, no longer. I made it a goal to keep perfect backups of my data so that I don't suffer such a fate again. Today's article will be focusing on backing up your files in Linux.

KDE 4: first hints of the kicker replacement

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KDE

/home/liquidat: Current KDE svn already comes along with the first bits of the future task and system bar. While the current version is not functional yet it shows that we can soon expect news about that topic.

Calculate with Qalculate on Linux

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Software

how-to geek: The calculator options on Linux just blows the Windows calculator away. Imagine a calculator where you can solve extremely complicated expressions, or just convert between different measurements, and you've got Qalculate.

Compiz Fusion Tray Icon

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Software

tom-buntu: An excellent feature of Beryl was the tray icon that allowed users to easily switch window managers and decorators. A similar icon for Compiz Fusion is now available.

The Danger of Tutorials

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HowTos

Inside Open Source: So we’ve all probably blindly followed the directions of one tutorial or another at some point in time. Whether it was for some programming technique or to get a mail server up and running. How you ever stopped to think about how damaging the tutorial could be if it contained wrong information?

Tips and Tricks

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HowTos

This is a collection of tips&tricks written by Gary Richmond and Andrew Min. In this article:

  • How to get the best out of the history command in GNU/Linux

  • How to close down GNU/Linux safely after a system freeze with the SysRq key
  • How to find .debs (even if you think they don't exist)
  • How to kill processes

Open XML stumbles in India

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OSS

computerworld: A technical committee in India unanimously rejected Microsoft's Office Open XML file format as a standard, ahead of a vote on Sept. 2, but the rejection may be temporary should Microsoft meet some of the objections to Open XML raised by committee members.

Also: US organization edging to Microsoft's Open XML support

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Security Leftovers

  • Java and Python FTP attacks can punch holes through firewalls
    The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks. On Saturday, security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XXE (XML External Entity) vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails.
  • Microsoft: no plans to patch known bugs before March [Ed: Microsoft is keeping open 'back doors' that are publicly known about, not just secret ones]
    Microsoft has no plans to issue updates for two vulnerabilities, one a zero-day and the other being one publicised by Google, before the scheduled date for its next round of updates rolls around in March. The company did not issue any updates in February, even though it had been scheduled to switch to a new system from this month onwards. It gave no reason for this, apart from saying: "This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. "After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan." The Google-disclosed bug was made public last week, and is said to be a flaw in the Windows graphic device interface library that can be exploited both locally and remotely to read the contents of a user's memory.
  • Microsoft issues critical security patches, but leaves zero-day flaws at risk
    Microsoft has patched "critical" security vulnerabilities in its browsers, but has left at least two zero-day flaws with public exploit code. The software giant released numerous patches late on Tuesday to fix flaws in Adobe Flash for customers using Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and later, as well as Edge for Windows 10.

Red Hat News

  • Why upstream contributions matter when developing open source NFV solutions.
    When software is developed using open source methods, an upstream repository of the code is accessible to all members of the project. Members contribute to the code, test it, write documentation and can create a solution from that code to use or distribute under license. If an organization follows the main stream or branch of the upstream code their solution will receive all the changes and updates created in the upstream repository. Those changes simply “flow down” to the member’s solution. However, if a member organization forks the code — if they create a solution that strays from the main stream — their solution no longer receives updates, fixes and changes from the upstream repository. This organization is now solely responsible for maintaining their solution without the benefit of the upstream community, much like the baby salmon that took a tributary and then have to fend for themselves rather than remain in the main stream and receive the benefit and guidance of the other salmon making their way to the ocean.
  • HPE and Red Hat Join Forces to Give Customers Greater Choice for NFV Deployments
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( NYSE : HPE ) and Red Hat, Inc. ( NYSE : RHT ) announced today they are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs).
  • Red Hat Joins the OpenPower Foundation
    As part of our commitment to delivering open technologies across many computing architectures, Red Hat has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, at the Platinum level. While we already do build and support open technologies for the POWER architecture, the OpenPOWER Foundation is committed to an open, community-driven technology-creation process – something that we feel is critical to the continued growth of open collaboration around POWER.
  • Buy, Sell or Hold? Analysts Approach: HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA), Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)?

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