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Ubuntu "Gutsy Gibbon" Alpha Adds New Features

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wired blog: The third alpha for the next revision of Ubuntu, version 7.10, dubbed Gutsy Gibbon, was released into the wild yesterday afternoon. This release packs a host of new features.

Thunderbird and the Mozilla Mission

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Moz/FF

mitchell's blog: There has been some interpretation of my Thunderbird /mail post as saying that Thunderbird doesn't fit into the mission of the Mozilla Foundation. This is not my view at all. If Thunderbird didn't fit into the mission, then we would be having a very different discussion.

Google grabs Novell SA boss

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SUSE

itweb.co.za: Novell SA country manager Stafford Masie has resigned in order to establish and head up the local operation of Internet giant Google. This morning, Masie confirmed his resignation from software house Novell and his appointment as GM for Google locally.

Full Circle Magazine Issue 3

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Full Circle Magazine is proud to announce our third issue. Highlights include Xubuntu install step-by-step, How-To: Get a Stunning Ubuntu Desktop, Review of Ubuntu on a Macbook, and Preview of several new Compiz Fusion effects.

GCC summit proceedings available

LWN: The proceedings from the 2007 GCC Summit (PDF) are now available. It's interesting reading for anybody who is curious about where the GCC and GDB developers are going.

One Laptop Per Child Becomes Reality

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OLPC

ABCnews: It began as a dream more than 40 years ago, and today Nicholas Negroponte's vision of providing affordable laptops to children all over the world is moving closer to reality.

Tux Goes to Elementary School

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Linux

Wired blogs: It's common knowledge that getting kids excited about computers and technology is the best way to get them excited about learning. Kiddix Computing has come up with a Linux-based operating system designed especially for children aged 5-10.

Is Google on Crack?

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I, Cringley: What has me all worked up is Google's announcement this week that it intends to bid at least $4.6 billion in the Federal Communication Commission's auction of bandwidth in the 700-MHz band being reclaimed in 2009 from analog television.

So You Want to Be a Linux Developer, Part 2

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Linux

Linux Insider: The continuing rise in popularity of Linux applications has become a boon to job opportunities for software programmers. However, the working culture of the open source industry is different from that of proprietary software developers.

Customize your laptop keyboard with X and KDE

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linux.com: I am a Linux user, and I recently got an eMachines laptop. Since I'm Uruguayan, my mother tongue is Spanish, and that presented a problem: laptops usually have an American-style keyboard. Here's how you can get international characters on your American keyboard and we'll see how you can enable the special "media" or "Internet" keys.

Decibel: first real world usage with kcall, but what is kopete?

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KDE

liquidat: Decibel was developed to provide a central interface for real time communication in KDE 4. The idea is that on the one hand users will be able to manage everything in one place while on the other hand developers can use the APIs provided by Decibel to integrate their program fully with this central place.

Linux tip: Job scheduling with cron and at

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webdotdev.com: You need to run a job at midnight when system usage is low, or you need to run jobs daily or weekly, but you would rather be sleeping, or enjoying life in some other way. Other good reasons for scheduling jobs include letting routine tasks happen automatically, or ensuring tasks are handled the same way every time. This tip helps you use the cron and at capabilities to schedule jobs periodically or at a single future time.

FSF's Chart of Doom

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Beranger: Tom Callaway had to rant, knowing it's a rant, but he needed to get it off his chest. FSF's own licenses are so trickily compatible-and-less-than-compatible which each other, that the compatibility Chart of Doom is just horrendous:

Researchers Reveal Another Firefox Flaw

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PCWorld: Mozilla Corp. has produced a patch for yet another critical flaw in Firefox, the latest embarrassment in a lengthening list this month for the open-source browser.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On Fedora 7

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This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a Fedora 7 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core.

Sourceforge Community Choice Award winners are....

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Sourceforge has been running a community-driven awards process over the last month, trying to discover the top open source projects. Today, the winners were announced. The ones selected say a lot about those who frequent Sourceforge. But before I get into that, here are the winners:

Interview: The OpenBSD Foundation's Ken Westerback

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Interviews

jem report: Yesterday the OpenBSD Foundation announced its inception as a legal entity in charge of donations of money and equipment for the OpenBSD operating system and its associated projects. Today we have an interview with Ken Westerback, one of the foundation's founding members.

Using Epiphany with WebKit

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arstechnica: GNOME's Epiphany web browser recently gained support for rendering HTML with WebKit. The patch for WebKit support in Epiphany—which was experimentally implemented at the GNOME GUADEC conference—is now available for testing.

Also: Second Life client to use GStreamer for video on Linux

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Security Leftovers

  • Java and Python FTP attacks can punch holes through firewalls
    The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks. On Saturday, security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XXE (XML External Entity) vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails.
  • Microsoft: no plans to patch known bugs before March [Ed: Microsoft is keeping open 'back doors' that are publicly known about, not just secret ones]
    Microsoft has no plans to issue updates for two vulnerabilities, one a zero-day and the other being one publicised by Google, before the scheduled date for its next round of updates rolls around in March. The company did not issue any updates in February, even though it had been scheduled to switch to a new system from this month onwards. It gave no reason for this, apart from saying: "This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. "After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan." The Google-disclosed bug was made public last week, and is said to be a flaw in the Windows graphic device interface library that can be exploited both locally and remotely to read the contents of a user's memory.
  • Microsoft issues critical security patches, but leaves zero-day flaws at risk
    Microsoft has patched "critical" security vulnerabilities in its browsers, but has left at least two zero-day flaws with public exploit code. The software giant released numerous patches late on Tuesday to fix flaws in Adobe Flash for customers using Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and later, as well as Edge for Windows 10.

Red Hat News

  • Why upstream contributions matter when developing open source NFV solutions.
    When software is developed using open source methods, an upstream repository of the code is accessible to all members of the project. Members contribute to the code, test it, write documentation and can create a solution from that code to use or distribute under license. If an organization follows the main stream or branch of the upstream code their solution will receive all the changes and updates created in the upstream repository. Those changes simply “flow down” to the member’s solution. However, if a member organization forks the code — if they create a solution that strays from the main stream — their solution no longer receives updates, fixes and changes from the upstream repository. This organization is now solely responsible for maintaining their solution without the benefit of the upstream community, much like the baby salmon that took a tributary and then have to fend for themselves rather than remain in the main stream and receive the benefit and guidance of the other salmon making their way to the ocean.
  • HPE and Red Hat Join Forces to Give Customers Greater Choice for NFV Deployments
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( NYSE : HPE ) and Red Hat, Inc. ( NYSE : RHT ) announced today they are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs).
  • Red Hat Joins the OpenPower Foundation
    As part of our commitment to delivering open technologies across many computing architectures, Red Hat has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, at the Platinum level. While we already do build and support open technologies for the POWER architecture, the OpenPOWER Foundation is committed to an open, community-driven technology-creation process – something that we feel is critical to the continued growth of open collaboration around POWER.
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