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The For And The Against For Linux

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informationweek.com/blog: Two responses to things I've written recently are worth commenting on. Both were responses to my post about Windows 7 being more of a previous-version-of-Windows-killer than a Linux-killer -- and both bring up further points to be argued and defended.

7 Reasons Why Pirates Should Jump Ship to Open Source

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It has always amazed me how many people pirate. As the well-known anti-piracy video clip says, “You wouldn’t steal a car, you wouldn’t steal a handbag,” but people do regularly steal software and other copyrighted materials. They seem to have an innate belief that software should be free.

Technically, pirates don’t steal - they infringe copyright. Neither do they rape, pillage, sink ships, or make people walk the plank into shark-infested waters. The “pirate” label seems to be part of an unsuccessful campaign to encourage people to pay for intellectual property. Calling people names rarely works.

Btrfs For The Mainline Linux Kernel

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phoronix.com: With the 2.6.29 merge window still open, earlier this week he started a new thread entitled Btrfs for mainline.

How To Install Ubuntu Themes

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iarematt.com: One of the first things I did when I moved from Vista to Ubuntu was install a nice looking theme. The default Ubuntu theme is pretty decent, but I dont like the brown and when browsing posts like this and this, I knew I wanted a sexier look for my laptop.

A tale of too many parameters

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blog.i-no.de: With 2.6.28 came ext4, which I've been using on several not-so-important filesystems for a while now. I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and switch back to ext4 on a crypted volume. Shouldn't be all that hard, right?

Amazon MP3 Downloader on openSUSE 11

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tuxtraining.com: This HOWTO will explain how to install the Amazon MP3 Downloader application under openSUSE 11 (both 11.0 and 11.1). Unfortunately, as of this writing, Amazon only provides a package for openSUSE 10.3, which will not work directly with 11.0. But you can get the downloader working under 11 with some manual steps.

Choosing a Distro……..

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armageddon08.wordpress: The first step to start using GNU/Linux is to find out which distribution is the right one for you. So how do you go about choosing the right distro for your computer. Let’s find out.

Evolution vs Kontact - Part 2 - Kontact & Conclusion

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fosswire.com: Welcome back to Part 2 of this series - pitting GNOME’s Evolution Personal Information Manager (PIM) suite against KDE’s Kontact.

Fair but honest? Xubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: Xubuntu and I parted ways a long time ago. When I started using Ubuntu, I quickly orphaned my $3000 laptop in favor of a $300 secondhand machine, and Xubuntu became my weapon of choice. A few months ago I promised a fair look at Xubuntu 8.10.

Sylvania Netbook With Ubuntu: A Good Mix

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Ubuntu

linuxinsider.com: Sylvania's G Netbook Meso offers a nice-looking screen and plenty of ports -- you get three USBs as well as a VGA. The available Ubuntu Netbook Remix OS will give you the option to effortless switch between two GUI styles.

6 best personal finance apps for Linux

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techradar.com: In the past, Linux was not overly blessed with decent budgeting software, and installing GnuCash was regarded by many as the epitome of a descent into dependency hell. Thankfully, things have since changed.

Antivirus for Linux

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aronzak.wordpress: One of the questions that many new Linux users ask is “Should I run antivirus software on Linux?” I have two reasons why not to and three why you should.

Slowly moving people to Linux via OpenSource Apps

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The migration to Linux, is though Open Source applications, on Windows, creating a comfort zone, a feeling of familiar desktop apps, something which isn't alien, when you make the transition to the Linux Desktop.

today's leftovers

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News
  • fttps: A command-line download manager

  • EMC reportedly buys SourceLabs, but for what purpose?
  • The Internet in 2099
  • Microsoft Keeps Embracing Open Source, Digs PHP
  • German Linux integrator launches workshops
  • 48 Hour Mystery to feature Hans Reiser Case
  • Yet Another Mockup: SpringDesk
  • Android on netbooks is BIG money for Google
  • Ubuntu 8.10, DOSBOX, and the single HP dv9000
  • The Great Save
  • Free/Open source needs a consumer "Intel Inside" brand
  • Manage Your Money Easily With My Money
  • Attempting to Install Linux, Part Deux
  • Feedback on XO Laptops in Brazilian Schools

Seven Reasons Why Linux Will Succeed in 2009

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daniweb.com: Linux will continue its soaring success in 2009. Yes, Linux is free and free is good but what about its other advantages over commercial Unix flavors and Windows? Here are the top seven reasons why.

Top 5 Free First-Person Shooting Games for Linux

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crowdedbrain.co.uk: At one time, asking if Linux could play games elicited laughter and disappointment. However this is starting to change and dozens of high quality games have been released to run on Linux platforms.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Setting Up Ubuntu to Share Video, Music, Pictures with Your PlayStation 3

  • Thumbnails for Samba Shares in Nautilus
  • How to ‘Watch’ Over Your Linux System Automatically
  • 3D acceleration in virtual machines - Part 2: VirtualBox & OpenGL
  • Upgrading Slackware
  • Global command in VIM
  • How to Install Standalone Flashplayer in Linux

SCaLE 7x is Open for Registration

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ostatic.com: The Southern California Linux Expo opened registration for its 2009 event on December 30th. The event will take place February 20-22nd, 2009, in Los Angeles, California.

CrunchBang Linux Review : Dark, Evil, and it has the Mark of The Beast

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penguinway.net: This UK based distribution has attracted a lot of attention lately. I decided to give this new distribution a try. CrunchBang 8.10.01 is based on Ubuntu Intrepid, uses the lightweight window manager Openbox and has GTK+ applications.

Back To Basics: Unix Differences in Utilities

omnitraining.net: One thing is for certain: Unix is complicated. Linux does it one way, Solaris another, and all the BSDs, yet another. Fortunately there is some logic behind the differences.

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Security Leftovers

  • efail: Outdated Crypto Standards are to blame
    I have a lot of thoughts about the recently published efail vulnerability, so I thought I'd start to writeup some of them. I'd like to skip all the public outrage about the disclosure process for now, as I mainly wanted to get into the technical issues, explain what I think went wrong and how things can become more secure in the future. I read lots of wrong statements that "it's only the mail clients" and the underlying crypto standards are fine, so I'll start by explaining why I believe the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards are broken and why we still see these kinds of bugs in 2018. I plan to do a second writeup that will be titled "efail: HTML mails are to blame". I assume most will have heard of efail by now, but the quick version is this: By combining a weakness in cryptographic modes along with HTML emails a team of researchers was able to figure out a variety of ways in which mail clients can be tricked into exfiltrating the content of encrypted e-mails. Not all of the attack scenarios involve crypto, but those that do exploit a property of encryption modes that is called malleability. It means that under certain circumstances you can do controlled changes of the content of an encrypted message. [...] Properly using authenticated encryption modes can prevent a lot of problems. It's been a known issue in OpenPGP, but until know it wasn't pressing enough to fix it. The good news is that with minor modifications OpenPGP can still be used safely. And having a future OpenPGP standard with proper authenticated encryption is definitely possible. For S/MIME the situation is much more dire and it's probably best to just give up on it. It was never a good idea in the first place to have competing standards for e-mail encryption. For other crypto protocols there's a lesson to be learned as well: Stop using unauthenticated encryption modes. If anything efail should make that abundantly clear.
  • Comcast Leaked Customer Wi-Fi Logins in Plaintext, Change Your Passcode Now
    A Comcast Xfinity website was leaking Wi-Fi names and passwords, meaning now is a good time to change your Wi-Fi passcode. The site, intended to help new customers set up new routers, could easily be fooled into revealing the location of and password for any customer’s Wi-Fi network. A customer ID and a house or apartment number was all would-be attackers needed to get full access to your network, along with your full address.
  • Update Fedora Linux using terminal for latest software patches
  • Patch for New Spectre-Like CPU Bug Could Affect Your Performance
  • container_t versus svirt_lxc_net_t

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Red Hat News

  • “Ultimate Private Cloud” Demo, Under The Hood!
    At the recent Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, and more recently the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, the OpenStack engineering team worked on some interesting demos for the keynote talks. I’ve been directly involved with the deployment of Red Hat OpenShift Platform on bare metal using the Red Hat OpenStack Platform director deployment/management tool, integrated with openshift-ansible. I’ll give some details of this demo, the upstream TripleO features related to this work, and insight around the potential use-cases.
  • Discover the possibilities of hybrid cloud during a joint virtual event with Red Hat & Microsoft [Ed: [Ed: When Red Hat pus Microsoft executives at top positions inside Red Hat...]
  • Red Hat OpenStack Customer Survey 2018: containers, technical support top of mind
    In 2016, we surveyed our customer base on their use of OpenStack in production, getting a pulse-check on the top considerations, expectations, and benefits of a Red Hat OpenStack Platform deployment. With 2018 marking five years of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, we checked back in with our customers to see if their experiences or expectations of OpenStack have changed. Our survey found:
  • Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst On How He Plans To Win The Container Market
  • Juniper, Red Hat Tighten Integration to Fend Off VMware
    Juniper Networks and Red Hat have tightened their integration efforts in a move to help ease enterprise adoption of cloud-native platforms and bolster their own offerings against the likes of VMware and Cisco. The latest platform integration includes the Red Hat OpenStack Platform; Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform running as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) on top of or next to the OpenStack platform depending on deployment architecture; and Juniper’s Contrail Enterprise Multi-Cloud platform running as the networking and security layer to unify those together. This integration is designed as a managed system to help deploy and run applications and services on any virtual machine (VM), container platform, and any cloud environment.
  • Red Hat OpenStack HCI Targets Telco Hybrid Cloud, 5G Deployments
    Red Hat today rolled out a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform based on OpenStack compute and Ceph storage. The new product targets service providers looking to deploy virtual network functions (VNFs) and 5G technologies on top of open source software. Launched at this week’s OpenStack Summit, the Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud combines Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 and Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 into one product. Red Hat says it is the largest contributor to both open source projects.
  • Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud Bridges Datacenters and Edge Deployments
  • GSoC 2018: Week 1
    This time, I am working on improving the Fedora Community App with the Fedora project. It’s been a week since we started off our coding on may 14. The Fedora App is a central location for Fedora users and innovators to stay updated on The Fedora Project. News updates, social posts, Ask Fedora, as well as articles from Fedora Magazine are all held under this app.

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