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Automated user management with Expect

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HowTos

linux.com: At the large school in Mexico where I'm employed as a system manager, I proposed (and got) a Linux server to replace an old Windows 2000 file server and domain controller for the alumni. I then was faced with the task of adding 3,000 users to this new CentOS 5 server. I wasn't about to add thousands of users and their passwords one by one.

today's leftovers

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News
  • How to use FTP in Ubuntu Linux

  • Why OLPC mesh wireless networking won’t work
  • Linux crashes the mobile party
  • SSH beyond the command line
  • FOSS Bridge pairs companies in EU and Vietnam
  • Nerds auction skills for dates
  • Kernel Message Logging API

The Degrading Quality Of X.Org Releases?

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Software

phoronix: On the X.Org mailing list, Alan Coopersmith had raised concerns over the release criteria for X11 and how with recent releases (namely X.Org 7.3), the de facto standard for making a release was far from being met.

Latest OS Version a Free Masterpiece?

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BSD

internetnews.com: A free Unix-like OS need not be feared as something that isn't accessible or usable on a desktop. At least that's the hope with the latest release of PC-BSD version 1.4.

Ubuntu Gutsy readies for beta

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Ubuntu

tectonic: The Ubuntu Linux team is planning to release Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), the latest version of its OS tomorrow. Progress on the latest release looks promising.

Also: Get ready for Gutsy Gibbon

Howto: Derail the Linux juggernaut

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress.com: When the final bell tolls and Microsoft is forced to confront the Linux tidal wave (instead of playing its current game of misinformation and attrition) there will be one Achilles heel that the Redmond contingent can take advantage of: Choice.

Heavenly Hardware Support

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PCLOS

Linux Today: Printer, camera, scanner--all detected and configured in less than 2 minutes. PCLinuxOS has knocked my socks off!

Just how did Microsoft get OOXML support in Eastern Europe?

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Microsoft

computerworld: After the International Organization for Standardization voted to reject Microsoft's Office Open XML document format as a standard, the detailed results from ISO member countries give us a lot of material to analyze.

Ubuntu Gutsy Wireless News -Huge

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Ubuntu

Matt Hartley: This not really public yet, but for those of you savvy enough to subscribed to Linux Fanatics, this affects you. In the past, I have talked about finding a vendor that will support a specific RaLink chipset with consistent performance and full WPA out of the box. Today, this has happened.

On the Front Lines with Richard Stallman

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Interviews

gartnerwebdev.com: Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation and The GNU Project, has had a consistent message about freedom for computer users for over 23 years. His first experiences with computers predate his work with the MIT AI Lab, which began in 1972.

What's New in Mandriva 2008.0?

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MDV

Frederik's Blog: In less than two weeks time, six months after the great Mandriva 2007.1 Spring release, Mandriva 2008.0 will be ready and published. There were great ideas at the start of the development phase, and in in those six months that have passed, Mandriva has always been one of the most active projects on CIA.vc. This gives much hope for lots of improvements, so let's take a look at what can be expected from Mandriva 2008.0.

My Linux Broke -- Is It My Fault?

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Linux

Serdar Yegulalp: One of the adages about Linux that gets passed around a lot goes something like, "It's a great system, but you really have to know what you're doing.” The other day, I got a firsthand example of that -- I got bitten by a bug in a package that's readily available in Ubuntu's software repository.

Thunderbird New Mail Notifier

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Moz/FF

movingtofreedom.org: When I switched to using Mozilla Thunderbird on Ubuntu GNU/Linux, it was a very easy switch, but I missed my little tray notifier. So I was pleased recently to find the Mozilla New Mail Icon extension, or, “Biff”.

Linux Compatible Hardware has a Market

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Hardware

nosrednaekim.wordpress: After about 5 minutes of searching I found this card, a TRENDnet TEW-443. Reading the reviews, I realized I needn’t have bothered with the ubuntu compatibility page. Over half of the reviews were from people with Linux who had bought it because it was Linux compatible.

NASA administrator Griffin predicts humans on Mars by 2037

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Sci/Tech

iTWire: At the 58th International Aeronautical Congress (IAC-2007), being held from September 24-28, 2007, NASA administrator Michael Griffin says “Our long-term game-plan is to put man on Mars by 2037”

TuxGames.com makes repository for Loki goodness

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Gaming

linux-gamers.net: With the demise of many pages for old Loki Games software, TuxGames.com has posted up a repository containing the demo's and a updates for the ageing games.

some howtos

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HowTos
  • Installing A Linux Distro to An USB Drive

  • Configuring ndiswrapper in SLED
  • How-To Recover password under Ubuntu
  • How to: Upgrade VMWARE Server under Linux
  • Taking notes with Tomboy

How worried should Microsoft be about open source?

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Microsoft

zdnet blogs: It may well be true that desktop Linux is going nowhere fast in the U.S. Microsoft’s willingness to let users back-off upgrades and stick with XP may have stopped the potential rot in its market share. But it is taking enormous effort for Microsoft to hold its server market share against Linux’ inroads in the enterprise.

Also: The Microsoft millstone around our necks
And: Revised WinXP policy dooms Linux desktop prospects without real OEM marketing efforts

Red Hat Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Results

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Linux

tradingmarkets.com: Red Hat today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2007. Total revenue for the quarter was $127.3 million, an increase of 28% from the year ago quarter and 7% from the prior quarter.

Also: Red Hat Appoints Two New Financial Executives

The state of Linux

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Linux

blog-of-gentoo: We often talk about how Linux is ready (or not), it's on Desktop (I even wrote a peace about that as well), or on server, and how its better than Windows because ....... (fill in your favorite), and how its more open than MacOS, etc. What I'm saying, its this: Linux is ( and already for some time) ready.

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today's leftovers

  • Mesa's Shader Cache Will Now Occupy Less Disk Space
    Mesa previously had a hard-coded limit to not take up more than 10% of your HDD/SSD storage, but now that limit has been halved. In a change to Mesa 17.2-dev Git and primed for back-porting to Mesa 17.1, Timothy Arceri has lowered the cache size limit to 5% of the disk space. He noted in the commit, "Modern disks are extremely large and are only going to get bigger. Usage has shown frequent Mesa upgrades can result in the cache growing very fast i.e. wasting a lot of disk space unnecessarily. 5% seems like a more reasonable default."
  • Amazon EC2 Cloud Benchmarks vs. AMD Ryzen, Various AMD/Intel Systems
  • Epiphany 3.25.1 Released, Ported To Meson
    Epiphany 3.25.1 has been released as the latest update for GNOME's Web Browser in what will be part of GNOME 3.26 this September. Epiphany 3.25.1 has continued the trend by other GNOME components in porting to the Meson build system. With Epiphany 3.25.1, Meson is present and its Autotools build system has been removed.
  • Tumbleweed Snapshots Update Fonts, Perl, Python Packages
    openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots this week gave many newer versions of Perl and Python packages, but several other packages were updated in the repositories including some open fonts. Google and Adobe fonts were updated in snapshots 20170424 and 20170420 with google-croscore-fonts and adobe-sourcehansans-fonts being added to the repositories respectively.
  • 3 cool features in Ubuntu 17.04
    April showers bring May flowers, and fresh versions of Ubuntu too. Canonical’s latest official Ubuntu release—17.04—arrived this month after news of the death of Unity 8 and the return to the GNOME desktop in 2018. For now, Ubuntu is still shipping with its Unity desktop. I wrote earlier that most users who need stability and support over new features will probably want to stick with Ubuntu 16.04, which was released last April, until Ubuntu 18.04 arrives a year from now. However, there are a few small things in Ubuntu 17.04 that will appeal to users who are keen to get all the newest updates.
  • Linux Security and Isolation APIs course in Munich (17-19 July 2017)
    I've scheduled the first public instance of my "Linux Security and Isolation APIs" course to take place in Munich, Germany on 17-19 July 2017. (I've already run the course a few times very successfully in non-public settings.) This three-day course provides a deep understanding of the low-level Linux features (set-UID/set-GID programs, capabilities, namespaces, cgroups, and seccomp) used to build container, virtualization, and sandboxing technologies. The course format is a mixture of theory and practical.

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Microsoft Begs, Bugs, and Bug Doors

  • Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft
    Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine. It's been two weeks since Microsoft made its Creators Update available, and we were previously warned it will be a trickle-out rather than a massive rollout. Now, Redmond has urged users to stop manually fetching and installing the code, and instead wait for it to be automatically offered to your computer when it's ready.
  • Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers
    A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft's regular monthly security update - nine months after it was discovered.