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The 12 Best Firefox About:Config Performance Tweaks

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Moz/FF

techfragments.com: Below are a few of our favorite Firefox performance hacks, tweaks, and productivity enhancements that can be made via the About:config of Firefox.

Intel, NVIDIA Kernel Mode-Setting In Fedora 11

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Linux
Software

phoronix.com: ust three days ago we shared that Nouveau will become the default NVIDIA driver in Fedora 11 to replace the obfuscated xf86-video-nv mess. Now proposed for Fedora 11 is to also integrate the Nouveau kernel mode-setting driver.

5 Minutes of Slackware 12.2

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Slack

Android the real Linux desktop threat to Windows

itwire.com: Microsoft got things seriously wrong when it released Vista and the company knows it. In the past, the absolute market dominance of Windows on the desktop has allowed Redmond to get away with such mistakes. That may no longer be the case.

Bugwrangling and How to make people happy

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Gentoo
Software

gentooexperimental.org: Every now and then it might happen that you are one of the lucky souls to discover a bug in a gentoo package. Now you might want to get that bug fixed. Where do you start?

How services change the application landscape

kdedevelopers.org: I came across a blog entry of Philip Van Hoof. In it he asserts that soon the era of email clients will be over, which I think some people misinterpreted as application for reading and managing email messages becoming obsolete.

Arch Linux Revolts Against ATI Catalyst Driver

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Linux
Software

phoronix.com: While AMD continues to improve the ATI Catalyst Linux driver from where they were at years ago by introducing new features like CrossFire and OpenGL 3.0 support while addressing outstanding bugs, no Linux graphics driver is yet in a perfect state.

bash-completion: the greatest things since bash completion

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Software

debaday.debian.net: Pressing the tab key in bash to auto-complete a file name is one of the most time saving tricks especially when dealing with very long file names. Unfortunately, file name completion is not always the right behavior. This is where the bash-completion package steps in.

Fedora 10

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Linux

jaslarue.blogspot: For several years now, I've used PCLinuxOS, but a recent series of updates made my system very unreliable. I got restless, and popped in a Fedora 10 disk I got in the mail.

TOP 10 Freenode Channels Offering Real-Time Help on Open Source Technologies

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OSS

tnerd.com: IRC is one of the best resources when it comes to live tech-related help and advice. Following is the list of TOP 10 Freenode channels where users flock in to receive and offer real-time help.

Clubbing the Tom-Tom

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Legal

esr.ibiblio.org: I’ve been doing some research on the issues in Microsoft’s lawsuit against Tom-Tom. Here’s what I’ve found about the patents are at issue in the case:

Web cam tweaks in Linux

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Linux
Hardware
HowTos

Recently I bought a Gear head Web cam (cheaper) from Frys Electronics. The vendor id and product id of this gadget is 093a:2620. It does not come with driver for linux.

Installing And Using OpenVZ On Debian Lenny (AMD64)

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HowTos

In this HowTo I will describe how to prepare a Debian Lenny server for OpenVZ. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project.

Install Firefox 3.1 beta 3pre in Ubuntu (from repositories)

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Ubuntu

To install Firefox 3.1 beta 3pre in Ubuntu, first you need to add a new repository. To do so, go to System > Administration > Software Sources, to the Third-Party Software tab and add this repository: Full story.

some howtos & leftovers:

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HowTos
  • Better looking Emacs in Ubuntu / Debian

  • How to Disable Startup Programs on Your Computer (Linux)
  • Simple and Useful Ways to Optimize GNOME for Netbook Displays
  • Error messages explained
  • Safari 4 beta over WINE
  • Linux tips every geek should know
  • My top Flex tips for beginners
  • Standard Process for Restoring IPtables at Boot?
  • How to fix Linux boot problems
  • How to measure network performance with iperf
  • FLOSS Weekly 58: ZFS
  • Clint Savage of the Fedora Project on Spinning Your Own Linux Live
  • Opera should give up on desktop browsers?
  • Shuttleworth Says Linux is a Joke
  • Paul Harvey dies at 90

Fedora 11 Will Have An Incredible Number Of New Features

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Linux

californiaquantum.wordpress: Fedora 10, an amazing Fedora release in its own right, had 28 approved features. As of writing this Fedora 11 has 37 which have already been approved, plus another 23 waiting

Warren Woodford on MEPIS kernel, favourite features

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Linux

tuxradar.com: Warren Woodford, founder and lead developer of MEPIS Linux, had previously complained that Debian 5.0 "Lenny" didn't ship with a long-term support Linux kernel, and so the latest release of MEPIS breaks form with Lenny only days after its release by shipping with a newer kernel.

full circle magazine Issue 22

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Ubuntu

Another month gone by, so you know what that means! Another issue of FCM. This month, we have:

GNOME Do: The King of Launchers

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Software

news.softpedia.com: The main chore that you'll want to be handled via the GNOME Do is opening applications. Summon it with Super+Space, type a few letters and in a blink of an eye it will start guessing the program you want to launch.

5 Minutes of Fedora 10

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Linux

benhay.blogspot: Mind-bogglingly slow. Yes, some of you are probably thinking I'd have to be insane to run the livecd from a laptop cdrom in only 256MB of Ram. But it's what I had, so that's what I used.

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Linux Kernel and Security: LVM2, Containers, AMD

  • LVM2 Begins Work On Major Changes To Logical Volume Management
    LVM2 as the user-space tools for Logical Volume Management (LVM) on Linux is in the process of going through a big re-work.
  • Containers and Cloud Security
    The idea behind this blog post is to take a new look at how cloud security is measured and what its impact is on the various actors in the cloud ecosystem. From the measurement point of view, we look at the vertical stack: all code that is traversed to provide a service all the way from input web request to database update to output response potentially contains bugs; the bug density is variable for the different components but the more code you traverse the higher your chance of exposure to exploitable vulnerabilities. We’ll call this the Vertical Attack Profile (VAP) of the stack. However, even this axis is too narrow because the primary actors are the cloud tenant and the cloud service provider (CSP). In an IaaS cloud, part of the vertical profile belongs to the tenant (The guest kernel, guest OS and application) and part (the hypervisor and host OS) belong to the CSP. However, the CSP vertical has the additional problem that any exploit in this piece of the stack can be used to jump into either the host itself or any of the other tenant virtual machines running on the host. We’ll call this exploit causing a failure of containment the Horizontal Attack Profile (HAP). We should also note that any Horizontal Security failure is a potentially business destroying event for the CSP, so they care deeply about preventing them. Conversely any exploit occurring in the VAP owned by the Tenant can be seen by the CSP as a tenant only problem and one which the Tenant is responsible for locating and fixing. We correlate size of profile with attack risk, so the large the profile the greater the probability of being exploited.
  • Canonical Releases AMD Microcode Updates for All Ubuntu Users to Fix Spectre V2
    Canonical released a microcode update for all Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the well-known Spectre security vulnerability. The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed earlier this year and discovered to affect billions of devices made in the past two decades. Unearthed by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero, the second variant (CVE-2017-5715) of the Spectre vulnerability is described as a branch target injection attack.

Programming: 5 Pillars of Learning Programming, New Releases of Rust and Git

  • 5 Pillars of Learning Programming
    Learning how to program is hard. I often find that university courses and boot camps miss important aspects of programming and take poor approaches to teaching rookies. I want to share the 5 basic pillars I believe a successful programming course should build upon. As always, I am addressing the context of mainstream web applications. A rookie’s goal is to master the fundamentals of programming and to understand the importance of libraries and frameworks. Advanced topics such as the cloud, operations in general, or build tools should not be part of the curriculum. I am also skeptical when it comes to Design Patterns. They presume experience that beginners never have.
  • The Rust Programming Language Blog: Announcing Rust 1.27
    The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.27.0. Rust is a systems programming language focused on safety, speed, and concurrency.
  • Rust 1.27 Released With SIMD Improvements
    Most notable to Rust 1.27 is SIMD support via the std::arch module to make use of SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) instructions directly. Up to now Rust could already make use of LLVM's auto-vectorization support, but this lets Rust developers write SIMD instructions on their own and to allow for the proper Rust code to be executed based upon the CPU at run-time.
  • Git 2.18 Released With Initial Version Of Its New Wire Protocol
    Version 2.18 of the Git distributed revision control system is now available. Arguably most notable about Git 2.18 is the introduction of its new wire protocol "protocol_v2" that is designed to offer much greater performance. This new protocol is designed to be much faster and is already being used at Google and elsewhere due to the significant performance benefits.
  • Git v2.18.0
    The latest feature release Git v2.18.0 is now available at the usual places. It is comprised of 903 non-merge commits since v2.17.0, contributed by 80 people, 24 of which are new faces.

Linux Foundation: Heather Kirksey and the New LF Report

  • Heather Kirksey on Integrating Networking and Cloud Native
    As highlighted in the recent Open Source Jobs Report, cloud and networking skills are in high demand. And, if you want to hear about the latest networking developments, there is no one better to talk with than Heather Kirksey, VP, Community and Ecosystem Development, Networking at The Linux Foundation. Kirksey was the Director of OPNFV before the recent consolidation of several networking-related projects under the new LF Networking umbrella, and I spoke with her to learn more about LF Networking (LFN) and how the initiative is working closely with cloud native technologies. Kirksey explained the reasoning behind the move and expansion of her role. “At OPNFV, we were focused on integration and end-to-end testing across the LFN projects. We had interaction with all of those communities. At the same time, we were separate legal entities, and things like that created more barriers to collaboration. Now, it’s easy to look at them more strategically as a portfolio to facilitate member engagement and deliver solutions to service providers.”
  • Linux Skills Most Wanted: Open Source Jobs Report
    The 2018 Open Source Technology Jobs Report shows rapid growth in the demand for open source technical talent, with Linux skills a must-have requirement for entry-level positions. The seventh annual report from The Linux Foundation and Dice, released Wednesday, identifies Linux coding as the most sought-after open source skill. Linux-based container technology is a close second. The report provides an overview of open source career trends, factors motivating professionals in the industry, and ways employers attract and retain qualified talent. As with the last two open source jobs reports, the focus this year is on all aspects of open source software and is not limited to Linux.