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Story LINUX MINT 16 'PETRA' RELEASED [SCREENSHOTS] Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2013 - 2:48am
Story What to Expect in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2013 - 2:31am
Story Ubuntu Used to Design and Control the Atlas Humanoid Robot for a DARPA Challenge Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2013 - 2:16am
Story Android 4.3 rollout for Samsung Galaxy S4 resumes Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2013 - 2:07am
Story Canonical: Ubuntu TV Lives, But Linux Smartphones Come First Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2013 - 1:40am
Story Open Source Is Here To Stay On IBM i Roy Schestowitz 02/12/2013 - 6:57pm
Story The People Who Support Linux: Starting Over as a Linux SysAdmin Roy Schestowitz 02/12/2013 - 6:19pm
Story Entertainment Fosters Innovation Roy Schestowitz 02/12/2013 - 6:16pm
Story Arduino Yun integrates open-source Arduino architecture with Linux Rianne Schestowitz 02/12/2013 - 8:21am
Story It Doesn't Look Like FreeBSD 10 Will Ship This Year Rianne Schestowitz 02/12/2013 - 2:24am

ASUS Eee PC: Exclusive Inside Look!

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Hardware

tweaktown.com: So to make this review more interesting we have decided to look under the Eee PC’s skirt to see what makes her so cute and sexy. We have taken the Eee PC apart to the component level and we are going to divulge each and every bulge.

Also: Cheap Asus Eee Linux Laptop Now On Sale in the States

Luis Villa running for the GNOME Foundation Board

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OSS

Luis Villa’s Blog: As I just announced on foundation-list, I’ll be running again for the Board this year. This will be an unusual candidacy. I will not be running to do various and sundry board tasks; I’ll be running to do exactly one thing:

Also: Will GNOME split give Microsoft Open XML standards win?

halloween fun

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Humor
  • Happy Halloween from a PC (pumpkin computer)

  • When a Geek Carves a Pumpkin
  • Winner of RHmag Pumpkin Contest

Dell Ubuntu computers cost more than Windows equivalent - so what?

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Ubuntu

iTWire: It's hard to believe that Dell is serious about its well-publicised program to put Linux computers on the global market when there are blatantly obvious instances where the limited range of Ubuntu notebooks and desktops are more expensive than their Windows equivalent. However, is pricing as important as some may think?

Linux Community Questions x86 Server Numbers

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Linux

eWeek: The Linux community is questioning research that suggests the open-source operating system is losing market share to Windows on preinstalled x86 servers, saying that Linux is undercounted in those kinds of studies.

OOo: Making life with labels a little easier

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OOo
HowTos

OpenOffice.org Tips: Labels don't always match up perfectly, especially those little return address labels. What can you do, besides prayer and fasting, and wasting labels?

gimp 2.4.1 released

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GIMP

freshmeat: GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP 2.4.1 is a major buxfix release.

Vatican Supports the “One Laptop Per Child” Initiative

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OLPC

catholicnews.com: A plan to equip the world's poorest schoolchildren with a low-cost, rugged, portable, wireless laptop has found some enthusiastic support among the Jesuits and in the Vatican.

Geek of the Month: Linus Torvalds

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: Last Month, the first ever Geek of the Month honour was given to Charles Babbage. For this month, it will go to the man who needs no introduction; Linus Benedict Torvalds.

The Compiz for sound?

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Software

beranger: I was reluctant to see PulseAudio born, but I thought it would make us free of the known limitations of the existing technologies. The Interview with Lennart Poettering was therefore welcomed... ...until I've read:

ODF format group retreats from ODF

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OSS

the inquirer: THE GROUP set up to push the Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) is abandoning its support of that file format.

Also: A pattern is emerging

Thoggen: A GTK+ based simple DVD ripper

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Software

DPotD: Thoggen is a GTK+ based DVD ripper with very simple user interface. The name is based on the fact that it outputs the video to Theora/Ogg format.

ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • In-Depth Roadmap Analysis For Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04

  • Ubuntu is NOT causing aggressive power management
  • Developer Summit Day 2 Report
  • Ubuntu: an appraisal of hardware support
  • Quo Vadis, Kubuntu?

Kernel space: should security modules be dynamically loadable?

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Linux

linuxworld: The ever-contentious Linux Security Modules (LSM) API is being debated once again on linux-kernel, not its removal, which Linus Torvalds came down firmly against, but whether it should allow security modules to be loaded dynamically.

early howtos:

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HowTos
  • Apache authentication and authorization using LDAP

  • Howto Have Grub Like SUSE on Ubuntu
  • Installing C#/Mono(.NET)/MonoDevelop/XSP in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon(7.10)

A Canadian company has yet another solution for bridging the world's digital divide

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Hardware

bangkok post: A Canadian alternative to the much talked about "one hundred dollar laptop" is making the rounds, with zero maintenance or moving parts, which can be shared by a number of children running free and open source software.

today's leftovers

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News
  • PCLinuxOS 2007 voted best Live CD Distro

  • Doing my job the opensource way
  • Finally Got 3D Desktop Effects in My Ubuntu Gutsy (ATI Hardware)
  • My new job
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Idiot Bug of the Day
  • Linux: General Purpose Input/Output Framework
  • Meet the Tuxers
  • GP2X Game - Super Mario War (Nintendo Fan Game)
  • BBC tech chief hits back at iPlayer critics
  • Giant firewall runs Linux
  • Google mobile OS to surface in 2 weeks?

KDE 4.0 Beta 4 Screenshots

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KDE

phoronix: KDE 4.0 Beta 4 was released earlier today and it features a number of bug fixes along with cleaning up the KDE code-base and at the same time adding a few new enhancements to the KDE 4.0 feature set.

some tips, howtos, and tutorials

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HowTos
  • Read This If You Can't Access Some Websites From Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

  • Firefox fonts in Debian Lenny
  • CentOS / Red Hat Linux: Install and manage iSCSI Volume
  • How to Describe a Command in Linux
  • Restore-Points in Gentoo Linux

KDE 4.0 Beta 4 Released

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KDE

kde.org: The KDE Community is happy to release the fourth Beta for KDE 4.0. This Beta aimed at further polishing of the KDE codebase and we would love to start receiving feedback from testers.

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • Recursive DNS Server Fingerprint Problem

    Our goal is to identify hijacked resolvers by analyzing their fingerprints, in order to increase safety of Internet users. To do that, we utilize data collected via RIPE Atlas (atlas.ripe.net).

  • Online developer tutorials are spreading XSS and SQL injection flaws

    The researchers, from across three universities in Germany and Trend Micro, checked the PHP code bases of more than 64,000 projects on Github and uncovered more than 100 vulnerabilities that they believe might have been introduced as a result of developers picking up the code that they used from online tutorials.

  • BrickerBot, the permanent denial-of-service botnet, is back with a vengeance

    BrickerBot, the botnet that permanently incapacitates poorly secured Internet of Things devices before they can be conscripted into Internet-crippling denial-of-service armies, is back with a new squadron of foot soldiers armed with a meaner arsenal of weapons.

  • Reproducible Builds: week 104 in Stretch cycle
  • Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files
    Webroot's security tools went berserk today, mislabeling key Microsoft Windows system files as malicious and temporarily removing them – knackering PCs in the process. Not only were people's individual copies of the antivirus suite going haywire, but also business editions and installations run by managed service providers (MSPs), meaning companies and organizations relying on the software were hit by the cockup. Between 1200 and 1500 MST (1800 and 2100 UTC) today, Webroot's gear labeled Windows operating system data as W32.Trojan.Gen – generic-Trojan-infected files, in other words – and moved them into quarantine, rendering affected computers unstable. Files digitally signed by Microsoft were whisked away – but, luckily, not all of them, leaving enough of the OS behind to reboot and restore the quarantined resources.
  • How The Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates
    Updating software is one of the most important ways to keep users and organizations secure. But how can software be updated securely? That's the challenge that The Update Framework (TUF) aims to solve. Justin Cappos, assistant professor at New York University, detailed how TUF works and what's coming to further improve the secure updating approach in a session at last week's DockerCon 17 conference in Austin, Texas. Simply using HTTPS and Transport Layer Security (TLS) to secure a download isn't enough as there have been many publicly reported instances of software repositories that have been tampered with, Cappos said.
  • Security Updates for Ubuntu Phone to End in June
    Security updates for Ubuntu phone and tablet will end this June, Canonical has confirmed. Current OTA updates are currently limited to critical fixes and security updates — a decision we were first to tell you back in January. But after June 2017 Canonical “will no longer deliver any further updates”.
  • Canonical to stop supporting Ubuntu Phone in June
    Canonical had already announced development of its Ubuntu Phone software was ending. Now we know when the final nail goes in the coffin: June.
  • Malware Hunts And Kills Poorly Secured Internet Of Things Devices Before They Can Be Integrated Into Botnets
    Researchers say they've discovered a new wave of malware with one purpose: to disable poorly secured routers and internet of things devices before they can be compromised and integrated into botnets. We've often noted how internet-of-broken-things devices ("smart" doorbells, fridges, video cameras, etc.) have such flimsy security that they're often hacked and integrated into botnets in just a matter of seconds after being connected to the internet. These devices are then quickly integrated into botnets that have been responsible for some of the worst DDoS attacks we've ever seen (including last October's attack on DYN).

GNOME/GTK News

  • The Way GNOME Handles Wallpapers Really Annoys Me
    I love GNOME Shell — and no, not just because I’ve little choice now that is Ubuntu’s default desktop! But the more I use GNOME the more I learn that the desktop environment, like every other, has its own share of quirks, bugs and inconsistencies. Like the following appreciably niche niggle in the the way GNOME handles desktop wallpapers.
  • Drag-and-drop in lists
    I’ve recently had an occasion to implement reordering of a GtkListBox via drag-and-drop (DND). It was not that complicated. Since I haven’t seen drag-and-drop used much with list boxes, here is a quick summary of what is needed to get the basics working.

Containers News

  • How Kubernetes is making contributing easy
    As the program manager of the Kubernetes community at Google, Sarah Novotny has years of experience in open source communities including MySQL and NGINX. Sarah sat down with me at CloudNativeCon in Berlin at the end of March to discuss both the Kubernetes community and open source communities more broadly. Among the topics we covered in the podcast were the challenges inherent in shifting from a company-led project to a community-led one, principles that can lead to more successful communities, and how to structure decision-making.
  • How Microsoft helped Docker with LinuxKit and Moby Project [Ed: Microsoft 'helped'... embrace, extend, coerce; haven't Docker employees learned from history?]
    Today, supporting Linux is as critical to Microsoft as it is to Red Hat and SUSE.
  • How to make branding decisions in an open community
    On April 18, Docker founder Solomon Hykes made a big announcement via a pull request in the main Docker repo: "Docker is transitioning all of its open source collaborations to the Moby project going forward." The docker/docker repo now redirects to moby/moby, and Solomon's pull request updates the README and logo for the project to match. Reaction from the Docker community has been overwhelmingly negative. As of this writing, the Moby pull request has garnered 7 upvotes and 110 downvotes on GitHub. The Docker community is understandably frustrated by this opaque announcement of a fait accompli, an important decision that a hidden inner circle made behind closed doors. It's a textbook case of "Why wasn't I consulted?"

Ubuntu 17.04: Unity's swan song?

For the most part, not much has changed on Ubuntu's Desktop edition in the past year. Unity 7 has more or less remained the same while work was progressing on the next version of the desktop, Unity 8. However, now that both desktops are being retired in favour of the GNOME desktop, running Ubuntu 17.04 feels a bit strange. This week I was running software that has probably reached the end of its life and this version of Ubuntu will only be supported for nine months. I could probably get the same desktop experience and most of the same hardware support running Ubuntu 16.04 and get security updates through to 2021 in the bargain. In short, I don't think Ubuntu 17.04 offers users anything significant over last year's 16.04 LTS release and it will be retired sooner. That being said, I could not help but be a little wistful about using Unity 7 again. Even though it has been about a year since I last used Unity, I quickly fell back into the routine and I was once more reminded how pleasant it can be to use Unity. The desktop is geared almost perfectly to my workflow and the controls are set up in a way that reduces my mouse usage to almost nothing. I find Unity a very comfortable desktop to use, especially when application menus have been moved from the top panel to inside their own windows. While there are some projects trying to carry on development of Unity, this release of Ubuntu feels like Unity's swan song and I have greatly enjoyed using the desktop this week. While there is not much new in Ubuntu 17.04, the release is pretty solid. Apart from the confusion that may arise from having three different package managers, I found Ubuntu to be capable, fairly newcomer friendly and stable. Everything worked well for me, at least on physical hardware. Unity is a bit slow to use in a virtual machine, but the distribution worked smoothly on my desktop computer. Read more