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Story On the Security of Containers Rianne Schestowitz 24/10/2014 - 12:57am
Story Red Hat offers OpenStack training and exams in Paris Rianne Schestowitz 24/10/2014 - 12:45am
Story LXLE 14.04.1 & 12.04.5 released. Rianne Schestowitz 24/10/2014 - 12:38am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 10:31pm
Story Going Dutch: the Netherlands Shares UK's Open Source Woes Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 10:12pm
Story Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Review Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:59pm
Story Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Released and Based on GNOME 3.12 – Screenshot Tour Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:53pm
Story Jeffrey McGuire From Acquia Explains Drupal 8, the GPL, and Much More Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:51pm
Story Xubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Features a Pink Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:50pm
Story UBUNTU MATE SEES ITS FIRST RELEASE (14.10 Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:43pm

gOS: The Ubuntu giant killer?

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Linux

ubuntukungfu.org: The history of computing is one of giants being toppled. Remember DEC and Wang? No? Well, that says a lot. A giant is in the process of being toppled right now.

Happy ninth (public) birthday, Red Hat

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Linux

Matt Asay: I had nearly overlooked the fact that Red Hat went public nine years ago on August 11, 1999 with one of the top-ten single biggest gains in Wall Street history. Impressive.

Linux is still not ready for the masses

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Linux

theinquirer.net: THE GREAT LINUX debate still rumbles on, and looks set to continue for some time. While market share has been creeping up on the desktop, it can't match the impact and use of Windows - yet Linux advocates will not tire of pushing their beloved Tux onto a public tired of Microsoft's efforts. But the operating system just isn't ready for day-to-day use by non-experts.

Poland Ministry of Education recommends Open Source

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OSS

metamorphosis.org.mk: The Polish Ministry of National Education is advising schools and universities to use Open Source software. The recommendation comes at the end of a volunteer campaign to help schools switch to Open Source.

Comcast Gives Cold-Shoulder To Non-Profit School Running Linux

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Linux

crashsystems.net: New Generation is a non-profit, private school. This morning, the school was having problems with it’s Comcast cable Internet connection, so Mrs. Gorman decided to call Comcast tech support. However, the support agent refused to give her the case number, restating the fact that Comcast does not support Linux.

Review: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (ET:QW)

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Gaming

headshotgamer.com: When it comes to games you can buy 'off the shelf' at your local game store, the list of ones that can be installed natively (without wine) on Linux is very short. The list gets extremely short if you only want to include newer games. Thankfully, companies like id Software openly support Linux and provide not only installers for Linux, but have also open sourced some of their earlier engines (Quake 1, 2 and 3). They continue this support with their latest game; Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (ET:QW).

The LXF Guide: Top 10 Firefox add-ons

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Moz/FF

linuxformat.co.uk: Firefox 3 may have introduced a number of new features, but it is the ability to add extra functionality with the use of extensions that remains one of its biggest assets. There are hundreds of extensions to choose from -

Got any old iMacs laying around?

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Ubuntu

zdnet.com: You know the ones I’m talking about. The candy-colored ones that live forever, even as you’re hoping they’ll die so you can replace them with something that will run OS X? Instead of wishing for them to die, though, why not just install Ubuntu on them?

Screens of Death Humor

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OS

junauza.com: The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) once again made an epic appearance. This time, it happened at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Although the Beijing blunder is hard to beat, this is not the first instance that this notorious Windows operating system critical error screen appeared in the wrong place at the wrong time.

From scripting to object-oriented Python programming

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News

Often it is difficult to make the transition from procedural scripting to object-oriented programming. This article explores how to reuse knowledge from PHP, Bash, or Python scripting to transition to object-oriented programming in Python. The article also briefly touches on the appropriate use of functional programming.

Beef up the Find command in Firefox

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Web

The Find command in Firefox locates the user-specified text in the body of a Web page. The command is an easy-to-use tool that works well enough for most users. Sometimes, however, a more powerful Find-like tool would make locating text easier. Learn how to build a tool that isolates relevant text in Web pages faster by detecting the presence and absence of nearby words.

Howto Securely Wipe A Harddrive With Linux

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Security

Examples of "shred" usage on a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.04.1

Webilder 0.6.3 - wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots

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Linux

Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots.

few leftovers

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News
  • LinuxWorld's Garage

  • Anyone can play guitar...or hack the Linux kernel
  • Get a complete security toolkit with BackTrack 3
  • Hans Reiser Case: Aug. 12, 2008
  • Get A Brand New Computer For Less
  • Linuxvoid Episode 2 - Mammoth Edition

Firefox 3.1 beta freeze delayed until September 9

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet.com: The beta of Firefox 3.1 has been pushed back to mid September. At the Mozilla group’s weekly meeting Tuesday, one developer said “there is a big gap between the features planned for 3.1 and what will make it if we freeze on the 19th.”

Also: Mozilla Developer News for Aug 12

Red Hat: Gateway to open source in Latin America

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Linux
Interviews

Matt Asay: Latin America has tended to be one of the worst performing geographies for most software companies, generally coming in at one to four percent of total company revenues. That may be about to change.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Zypper Tips and Tricks

  • Add pictures and passwords to Ubuntu’s boot menu
  • Queuing tasks for batch execution with Task Spooler
  • urpmi auto-update
  • How To Copy and Paste From the Command Line
  • HOWTO : Home made NAS server with Ubuntu 8.04.1 – Part I
  • Capture gaming videos with GLC
  • Using free software for HTTP load testing

SAP, Oracle Holding Out on Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu

internetnews.com: Linux vendor Canonical is working hard to get more software and hardware certifications for its Ubuntu Linux distribution. In its latest round of partnerships, Canonical is expanding its relationship with IBM (NYSE: IBM), Alfresco, Zimbra, Likewise, Centrify and others.

Dell’s comeback machine

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.fortune.cnn: There are some surprises beneath the surface of the Latitude line as well. One is an optional Linux-based low-power mode called Dell Latitude On, which boots in two seconds.

Also: Dell Mini Inspiron Likely to Launch Today

Nokia Gives Out N810s to KDE Hackers at Akademy

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KDE

dot.kde.org: During the Emsys-sponsored Mobile and Embedded day at Akademy 2008 Nokia distributed 100 N810 internet tablets among the KDE hackers, and gave another 50 for the project to decide who to give to.

And:

  • KDE Utils Lineup

  • Newsflash: one hundred KDE developers start using GNOME!
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today's leftovers

  • MX Linux Review of MX-17 – For The Record
    MX Linux Review of MX-17. MX-17 is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. It’s XFCE based, lightning fast, comes with both 32 and 64-bit CPU support…and the tools. Oh man, the tools available in this distro are both reminders of Mepis past and current tech found in modern distros.
  • Samsung Halts Android 8.0 Oreo Rollouts for Galaxy S8 Due to Unexpected Reboots
    Samsung stopped the distribution of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system update for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones due to unexpected reboots reported by several users. SamMobile reported the other day that Samsung halted all Android 8.0 Oreo rollouts for its Galaxy S8/S8+ series of Android smartphones after approximately a week since the initial release. But only today Samsung published a statement to inform user why it stopped the rollouts, and the cause appears to be related to a limited number of cases of unexpected reboots after installing the update.
  • Xen Project Contributor Spotlight: Kevin Tian
    The Xen Project is comprised of a diverse set of member companies and contributors that are committed to the growth and success of the Xen Project Hypervisor. The Xen Project Hypervisor is a staple technology for server and cloud vendors, and is gaining traction in the embedded, security and automotive space. This blog series highlights the companies contributing to the changes and growth being made to the Xen Project and how the Xen Project technology bolsters their business.
  • Initial Intel Icelake Support Lands In Mesa OpenGL Driver, Vulkan Support Started
    A few days back I reported on Intel Icelake patches for the i965 Mesa driver in bringing up the OpenGL support now that several kernel patch series have been published for enabling these "Gen 11" graphics within the Direct Rendering Manager driver. This Icelake support has been quick to materialize even with Cannonlake hardware not yet being available.
  • LunarG's Vulkan Layer Factory Aims To Make Writing Vulkan Layers Easier
    Introduced as part of LunarG's recent Vulkan SDK update is the VLF, the Vulkan Layer Factory. The Vulkan Layer Factory aims to creating Vulkan layers easier by taking care of a lot of the boilerplate code for dealing with the initialization, etc. This framework also provides for "interceptor objects" for overriding functions pre/post API calls for Vulkan entry points of interest.

Logstash 6.2.0 Released, Alfresco Grabbed by Private Equity Firm

  • Logstash 6.2.0 Release Improves Open Source Data Processing Pipeline
    The "L" in the ELK stack gets updated with new features including advanced security capabilities. Many modern enterprises have adopted the ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) stack to collect, process, search and visualize data. At the core of the ELK stack is the open-source Logstash project which defines itself as a server-side data processing pipeline - basically it helps to collect logs and then send them to a users' "stash" for searching, which in many cases is Elasticsearch.
  • Alfresco Software acquired by Private Equity Firm
    Enterprise apps company taken private in a deal that won't see a change in corporate direction. Alfresco has been developing its suite of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) technology since the company was founded back in June of 2005. On Feb. 8, Alfresco announced that it was being acquired by private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL). Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed.

Servers and GPUs: Theano, DevOps, Kubernetes, AWS

  • Open Source Blockchain Computer Theano
    TigoCTM CEO Cindy Zimmerman says “we are excited to begin manufacturing our secure, private and open source desktops at our factory in the Panama Pacifico special economic zone. This is the first step towards a full line of secure, blockchain-powered hardware including desktops, servers, laptops, tablets, teller machines, and smartphones.” [...] Every component of each TigoCTM device is exhaustively researched and selected for its security profile based especially on open source hardware, firmware, and software. In addition, devices will run the GuldOS operating system, and open source applications like the Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash blockchains. This fully auditable stack is ideal for use in enterprise signing environments such as banks and investment funds.
  • Enterprises identify 10 essential tools for DevOps [Ed: "Source code repository" and other old things co-opted to promote the stupid buzzword "devops"]
    Products branded with DevOps are everywhere, and the list of options grows every day, but the best DevOps tools are already well-known among enterprise IT pros.
  • The 4 Major Tenets of Kubernetes Security
    We look at security from the perspective of containers, Kubernetes deployment itself and network security. Such a holistic approach is needed to ensure that containers are deployed securely and that the attack surface is minimized. The best practices that arise from each of the above tenets apply to any Kubernetes deployment, whether you’re self-hosting a cluster or employing a managed service. We should note that there are related security controls outside of Kubernetes, such as the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (S-SDLC) or security monitoring, that can help reduce the likelihood of attacks and increase the defense posture. We strongly urge you to consider security across the entire application lifecycle rather than take a narrow focus on the deployment of containers with Kubernetes. However, for the sake of brevity, in this series, we will only cover security controls within the immediate Kubernetes environment.
  • GPUs on Google’s Kubernetes Engine are now available in open beta
    The Google Kubernetes Engine (previously known as the Google Container Engine and GKE) now allows all developers to attach Nvidia GPUs to their containers. GPUs on GKE (an acronym Google used to be quite fond of, but seems to be deemphasizing now) have been available in closed alpha for more than half a year. Now, however, this service is in beta and open to all developers who want to run machine learning applications or other workloads that could benefit from a GPU. As Google notes, the service offers access to both the Tesla P100 and K80 GPUs that are currently available on the Google Cloud Platform.
  • AWS lets users run SAP apps directly on SUSE Linux
  • SUSE collaborates with Amazon Web Services toaccelerate SAP migrations

Chrome and Firefox

  • The False Teeth of Chrome's Ad Filter.
    Today Google launched a new version of its Chrome browser with what they call an "ad filter"—which means that it sometimes blocks ads but is not an "ad blocker." EFF welcomes the elimination of the worst ad formats. But Google's approach here is a band-aid response to the crisis of trust in advertising that leaves massive user privacy issues unaddressed. Last year, a new industry organization, the Coalition for Better Ads, published user research investigating ad formats responsible for "bad ad experiences." The Coalition examined 55 ad formats, of which 12 were deemed unacceptable. These included various full page takeovers (prestitial, postitial, rollover), autoplay videos with sound, pop-ups of all types, and ad density of more than 35% on mobile. Google is supposed to check sites for the forbidden formats and give offenders 30 days to reform or have all their ads blocked in Chrome. Censured sites can purge the offending ads and request reexamination. [...] Some commentators have interpreted ad blocking as the "biggest boycott in history" against the abusive and intrusive nature of online advertising. Now the Coalition aims to slow the adoption of blockers by enacting minimal reforms. Pagefair, an adtech company that monitors adblocker use, estimates 600 million active users of blockers. Some see no ads at all, but most users of the two largest blockers, AdBlock and Adblock Plus, see ads "whitelisted" under the Acceptable Ads program. These companies leverage their position as gatekeepers to the user's eyeballs, obliging Google to buy back access to the "blocked" part of their user base through payments under Acceptable Ads. This is expensive (a German newspaper claims a figure as high as 25 million euros) and is viewed with disapproval by many advertisers and publishers.
  • Going Home
  • David Humphrey: Edge Cases
  • Experiments in productivity: the shared bug queue
    Over the next six months, Mozilla is planning to switch code review tools from mozreview/splinter to phabricator. Phabricator has more modern built-in tools like Herald that would have made setting up this shared queue a little easier, and that’s why I paused…briefly
  • Improving the web with small, composable tools
    Firefox Screenshots is the first Test Pilot experiment to graduate into Firefox, and it’s been surprisingly successful. You won’t see many people talking about it: it does what you expect, and it doesn’t cover new ground. Mozilla should do more of this.