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Story Enlightenment's New Wayland Compositor Code Is Now Functional, Supports XDG-Shell Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2014 - 1:58am
Story Krita Desktop: A free, open source painting tool, maybe as good as Photoshop Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2014 - 1:54am
Story Open-source conversation with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2014 - 1:53am
Story Support Status of Installed Fedora/EPEL Packages Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2014 - 1:16am
Story Tiny Linux-based AM335x COMs can freeze or fry Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2014 - 1:11am
Story If You Are Sick of Surveillance, Safeguard Your Systems Roy Schestowitz 1 01/11/2014 - 10:30pm
Story Skrooge 1.10.0 released Roy Schestowitz 01/11/2014 - 7:16pm
Story Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Is Now Based On Kernel 3.18 RC2 Roy Schestowitz 01/11/2014 - 7:13pm
Story OpenBSD 5.6 Released Roy Schestowitz 01/11/2014 - 6:31pm
Story Filing bug reports for fun and profit Rianne Schestowitz 01/11/2014 - 6:29pm

Citibank infuriating its customers with Linux-hostile site

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Linux

theinquirer.net: IF YOU BUY one of those nifty Linux preloaded notebooks from the likes of Dell, Asus, or Lenovo, the default web browser will always be Firefox.

FSF and Stephen Fry celebrate the GNU Project 25th anniversary

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fsf.org: The GNU operating system is turning 25 this year, and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has kicked off its month-long celebration of the anniversary by releasing "Happy Birthday to GNU," a short film featuring the English humorist, actor, novelist and filmmaker Stephen Fry.

odds & ends

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News
  • PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniMe

  • Diet Ubuntu - An In-depth Guide
  • Xfce 4.6 Being Released This Month
  • 2.6.27-rc5, Fixing Regressions
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 31st August 2008
  • When Linux gets cited as a matter of course, it’s truly gone mainstream

Debian Project News - September 1st, 2008

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Linux

Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Some of the topics covered in this issue include: Debian Live Lenny Beta1 released, Debian Translations for French and German Reach 100%, and much more.

Analysts fail on open source

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OSS

zdnetasia.com: Industry analysts can play a valuable role. But their shortcomings are particularly evident in their coverage of open source software. And, apart from analysts, what viable alternative information sources exist?

You Should Try At Least One of These 7 Distros

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Linux
  • You Should Try At Least One of These 7 Leading Linux Distros

  • One Tale of Two Scientific Distros
  • The name of the next Debian Stable Release announced

$98 Linux Laptop

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Linux
Hardware
  • $98 Linux Laptop - The HiVision miniNote

  • MSI Wind gets updates
  • Novell SUSE Linux Scores At Big Retailer

21 of the Best Free Linux Productivity Tools

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Software
  • 21 of the Best Free Linux Productivity Tools

  • More fun GTK1.2 stuff
  • Top 40 open source content management systems (CMS)

Microsoft's Man in Open Source: Sam Ramji on Redmond's Linux Strategy

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Microsoft

itmanagement.earthweb.com: Sam Ramji is a busy man. As Microsoft’s senior director of platform strategy, his job is a big one: overseeing the company’s initiatives in Linux and open source. Wait a second – Microsoft’s strategy in open source? Yes, that’s right.

The CONSEGI 2008 Declaration: Six Nations "Just Say No" to ISO/IEC

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OSS

consortiuminfo.org: The latest blowback from the OOXML adoption process emerged last Friday in Brasilia, Brazil. This newest challenge to the continued relevance of ISO and IEC was thrown when major IT agencies of six nations - Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay, South Africa and Venezuela - signed a declaration that deploring the refusal of ISO and IEC to further review the appeals submitted by the National Bodies of four nations.

KDE for Grannies

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KDE

untangled.biz/blog: Some time ago I bought a used ThinkPad for my grandparents - fully equipped with printer and high speed internet connection. I installed Kubuntu on it and most of it ran out of the box. So far so good. Then came the time of learning.

Businesses don't need to buy Linux

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Linux

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The 451 Group has issued a report that shows that companies are beginning to pick up something serious Linux users have known since day one: You don't have to buy Linux to use it.

Update On The TechCrunch Tablet: Prototype A

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Hardware

techcrunch.com: Update on the TechCrunch Tablet: A humble (and messy) beginning. Prototype A has been built. It’s in a temporary aluminum case that a local sheet metal shop put together for us that’s at least twice as thick as it needs to be.

Google To Launch New Open Source Web Browser

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Google
Software
  • Google To Launch New Web Browser Chrome Tomorrow; Open Source

  • Google to Release Web Browser Tuesday
  • Google plans bold new browser, "Chrome", based on Webkit
  • Google Ignites a New Browser War With Microsoft By Unveiling One of its Own This Week
  • Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project
  • Inside Google’s Open Source Browser
  • Is Google Chrome an IE/Firefox/Opera/Safari killer?
  • Google comic announces new open source browser
  • Google to launch browser to battle IE; Is Firefox a target or tag-team partner?
  • Google unveils Chrome: its own web browser
  • Google plans to launch web browser: report
  • Thoughts on Chrome & More
  • Google plans 'Chrome' browser
  • Why is Google Releasing a Browser?
  • A fresh take on the browser

Is Windows Vista really driving people to Linux?

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Microsoft

itwire.com: Last year, curious over the hype that was flooding the internet in the wake of the release of Windows Vista, I decided to turn masochist and inflict a 14-day Vista trial on myself. I found the operating system much worse than even its worst critic.

Entering the world of GNU/Linux

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Linux

linuxondesktop.blogspot: Linux is a UNIX like operating system and has been one of the most popular proponents of free open source software. Even though popularly GNU/Linux is called Linux operating system, but the name is somewhat misleading because Linux is the name of the kernel of the operating system.

Ubuntu on the Asus eee 901

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Ubuntu

ubuntukids.org/blog: I recently wrote about my frustrations with the 901 model of the Asus eee PC. My solution, at least for now, is to load Ubuntu, and I have done so. Here is a not-so-brief rundown of what I did, what issues still exist, and my general impressions of Ubuntu on a device like this.

Also: Installing Ubuntu 8.04 on the Eee PC 901

CTL vows $149 Atom, Linux-based desktop

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Linux
Hardware

electronista.com: Classmate PC reseller CTL plans to set a new floor for desktops with a nettop that shares the same design philosophy as Intel's portable. The 2go pc nettop will cost as little as $149 thanks to its use of a 1.6GHz Atom processor but desktop-oriented parts.

Andrew Lampitt defines Open-Core Licensing

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OSS

Matthew Aslett: JasperSoft’s business development director Andrew Lampitt has kicked off his new blog with an interesting post related to business models used by open source-related vendors.

Open Source Etiquette

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blogs.techrepublic.com: I follow a lot of mailing lists…all of them either Linux or open source in nature. Some of these lists I have been following for years. So I figured I had best offer some advice for those of you who might venture out into the world of Linux/open source mailing lists. Here’s my top advice.

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    A big objection to tracking protection is the idea that the tracker will always get through. Some people suggest that as browsers give users more ability to control how their personal information gets leaked across sites, things won't get better for users, because third-party tracking will just keep up. On this view, today's easy-to-block third-party cookies will be replaced by techniques such as passive fingerprinting where it's hard to tell if the browser is succeeding at protecting the user or not, and users will be stuck in the same place they are now, or worse. I doubt this is the case because we're playing a more complex game than just trackers vs. users. The game has at least five sides, and some of the fastest-moving players with the best understanding of the game are the adfraud hackers. Right now adfraud is losing in some areas where they had been winning, and the resulting shift in adfraud is likely to shift the risks and rewards of tracking techniques.
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  • PyTorch Should Be Copyleft
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Security: France, Munich, 'Smart' Meters, MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime

  • Highlights of the French cybersecurity strategy

    First, the document describes that in France cyberdefence and cyberoffence are separated. This is directly opposed to the models employed in Anglo-Saxon countries. But it’s shown as an asset. Key argument: it respects freedoms and civil liberties.

    The document then lists the six general objectives of cyberdefence, namely: prevention, anticipation, protection, detection, attribution, reaction (remediation). The strategy itself is complete, it focuses on civil, military, domestic, external, and international levels. Let’s say it’s a rarity in the business in strategic cybersecurity documents.

    [...]

    The strategy then mentions that one of the solutions could be to release source code and documentation after an end of support date.

  • The Munich Security Conference 2018

    Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

  • Smart meters could leave British homes vulnerable to cyber attacks, experts have warned
    New smart energy meters that the Government wants to be installed in millions of homes will leave householders vulnerable to cyber attacks, ministers have been warned.
  • MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime: Researchers nail exploits
    "The flaws—dubbed Meltdown and Spectre—are in chips made by Intel and other major suppliers. They can allow hackers to steal data from the memory of running apps, including password managers, browsers and emails." The authors of the paper on arXiv, Caroline Trippel, Daniel Lustig, and Margaret Martonosi, discuss a tool they developed for "automatically synthesizing microarchitecture-specific programs capable of producing any user-specified hardware execution pattern of interest." They said they show "how this tool can be used for generating small microarchitecture-specific programs which represent exploits in their most abstracted form—security litmus tests."

How Linux became my job

I've been using open source since what seems like prehistoric times. Back then, there was nothing called social media. There was no Firefox, no Google Chrome (not even a Google), no Amazon, barely an internet. In fact, the hot topic of the day was the new Linux 2.0 kernel. The big technical challenges in those days? Well, the ELF format was replacing the old a.out format in binary Linux distributions, and the upgrade could be tricky on some installs of Linux. Read more