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The best IT vendor of all? Red Hat

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Linux

linux-watch: For the fifth year, CIO Insight polled IT executives on how well their major vendors deliver business value, reliability and quality. This year's winner? The No. 1 vendor? None other than Linux distributor Red Hat.

Linux Audio Editors: An Overview

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Software

onlamp.com: If you're not familiar with the area of Linux audio editors, you might be totally amazed at just how many there are. Clearly, writing these has scratched more than a few itches and more than one has earned grades as a class project.

CLI Magic: No-nonsense network monitoring tools

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Software

linux.com: Linux is an excellent platform for network administration. If you want to monitor your network traffic, you can find many tools -- some accessible from a Web interface, others using a graphical interface -- but nothing beats the speed of the command line. Command-line tools are also useful in shell scripts, where they can help you perform complex tasks. Here's a handful of my favorites for monitoring network traffic.

Can Linux forget desktops and servers?

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Linux

zdnet.co.uk/blog: While Linux might be able to gain share at the expense of the still-unpopular Vista, it's possible that tired old PCs aren't that important anyway.

Choice breeds complexity for Linux desktop

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Linux

regdeveloper.co.uk: There are lots of reasons why Linux has not ousted Windows - many of them nothing to do with technology or logic and more to do with politics. Nevertheless there are still outstanding technical issues - not least is the problem of fragmentation that confuses users and developers alike. A quick scan of a Distrowatch more than illustrates the simple point - yes I know I like Linux - but which version?

Life Must Go On For MEPIS

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: On this year's 48th issue of DistroWatch Weekly, Ladislav Bodnar wrote a message to MEPIS fans that sent heated emails to DistroWatch. Righteously, he gave them lessons on the proper things that they should have done. But what caused some MEPIS fans to act this way?

How to make Firefox look and feel like IE, Safari, or Opera

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Moz/FF

linux.com: One of the biggest complaints a Firefox evangelist encounters is "it doesn't act or feel like browser X." Internet Explorer users complain that Firefox doesn't look like what they're used to. Opera, Safari, and Netscape users complain that it's missing many of their favorite features.

Also: Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.10 Released

Switching from OS X to Linux

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Linux

osweekly.com: Although I do use Windows for some work related tasks, other than that, I’m basically on either one of my Macs 100 percent of the time. The switch has been very good to me, and although I never thought that I would get to the Machead stage, I’m definitely there, albeit in a reasonable way.

Linux Kernel Maintainers: Accountable To All, Beholden To None?

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Linux

Charles Babcock: The Linux kernel is surrounded by hundreds of interested parties. How is it that none of them gains a commanding influence over the kernel's development priorities? HP, IBM, Oracle. Google, eBay and Intel each has a primary stake in Linux and employs kernel developers. Does this mean money talks when it comes to Linux? If not, why not?

Wal-Mart, Dell offers help breathe new life into Linux

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Linux

post-gazette.com: At the beginning of November, Wal-Mart gave shoppers a chance to get an early start on their holiday shopping by offering a $199 desktop computer, both in its stores and online at WalMart.com. The retailing giant's promotion is the second initiative from a major player to offer Linux-based PCs in 2007.

Richard Stallman and the Connotations of Language

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OSS

datamation: Anyone looking for a summary of the free software movement's concerns needs only to look at Richard M. Stallman's essay "Some Confusing or Loaded Words and Phrases that are Worth Avoiding."

today's leftovers

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News
  • LM_Sensors 3.0.0 Released

  • Singapore inches toward open source
  • The Open Source Threat
  • Using the X clipboard from the command line
  • GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
  • 7 Linux Resources you Can’t Live Without
  • GNOME 2.20.2 Coming This Week
  • Oracle Unbreakable Linux vs. Red Hat
  • Linux resources cool greenhouses
  • Another Day Another Distro – Part 11 – The Aftermath
  • I think Microsoft has an OSS Strategy
  • Mozilla plans 2 more Firefox 3 betas, ~500,000 copies of beta 1 downloaded to date
  • Replace Dolphin with Konqueror as the Default File Manager for KDE

Why I Won't be Recommending Linux to Family this Holiday Season

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Linux

earthweb.com: For the Linux community, 2007 has been a fantastically successful year. But all this success isn’t enough for me to start recommending that family and friends abandon the Microsoft-imposed shackles and head off into a world of Linux freedom.

Put a Puppy in your PC, part 4

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HowTos

telegraph.co.uk: This week we begin your Puppy training in earnest and we'll start by connecting to the Internet. If the PC you are running Puppy Linux has a connection through a router or Wi-Fi adaptor then it should be a breeze.

Linux System Administration book review

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Linux

jem report: Traditionally, system administrators have had to rely on expensive course training and personal mentorship to learn the skills required for their jobs. These days, self-learning through books, practice on home computers, and computer-based training programs on the Web are taking a larger role in sysadmin education.

Did Asus Drop The Ball With The Eee PC's Open Source?

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OSS

Serdar Yegulalp: Asus may not have properly fulfilled its obligations under the GPL to release all the source code used to build the Eee PC's proprietary hardware drivers. Or maybe someone just goofed.

Insecurity blues: What I learned from my buggy code

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Software

news.zdnet.com: It hasn't been a good month for my code. Samba, the project I'm responsible for, has had to announce several security flaws. Unfortunately some of them were in code I wrote. I always do a large amount of soul-searching whenever that happens.

What if we never have the year of the Linux desktop?

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Linux

arsgeek: Every year since 2004 has been touted as the year of the Linux desktop. That year where Linux of some flavor makes huge inroads into the home and work desktop scene. Every year these predictions have fallen short.

In Defense of The GPL

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OSS

internetnews.com: The GPL is the most widely used open source license on Earth, yet it has never been tested in a U.S. courtroom. That's not to say that alleged GPL license violations aren't already hitting the country's judicial system.

Reiser Murder Trial: Divorce Was 'Hostile;' Couple Fought Over Violent Video Games

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Reiser

wired blogs: The divorce between Nina and Hans Reiser was acrimonious at best, and their disputes often surrounded whether their young son could play violent video games, the missing woman's family law attorney testified here Monday at the husband's murder trial.

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.