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Story UBUNTU 14.10 AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 7:13pm
Story Feeling Scammed After Anonabox? Android-Based Project Sierra Claims To Be The Real Deal Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 1:54pm
Story These 12 agencies embraced open source. Why? Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 10:27am
Story ARM vs. Intel: Why chipmakers want your Chromebook’s brains Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 10:00am
Story European Greens RFC: ‘Transparency implies use of open source’ Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 9:57am
Story Top 3 open source alternatives to Google Analytics Roy Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 9:42am
Story AN EARLY VIEW OF GTK+ 3.16 Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:21am
Story Linux Container Security Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 8:14am
Story openSUSE, ROSA, and Red Hat Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 7:50am
Story Avoiding systemd isn't hard Rianne Schestowitz 23/10/2014 - 6:39am

Reviewing Linux-next

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "I do think 'next' as it is has a few issues that either need to be fixed (unlikely - it's not the point of next) or just need to be aired as issues and understood," noted Linus Torvalds about the linus-next development tree, originally designed as a way to get subsystem maintainers more involved in managing merge conflicts.

IBM, Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat to Deliver Microsoft-Free Desktops Worldwide

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Linux

money.cnn.com: For the first time, IBM and leading Linux distributors Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell and Red Hat will join forces globally with their hardware partners to deliver Microsoft-free personal computing choices with Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony in the one billion-unit desktop market worldwide by 2009.

Also: IBM targets Microsoft with desktop Linux initiative
And: IBM gets hip with 'cool' Ubuntu PC deal

Fedora 10 Alpha Preview

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Linux

phoronix.com: Fedora 9 shipped earlier this year. Now, however, it's time start getting excited over Fedora 10. The first Alpha release of Fedora 10 (codenamed Cambridge) was released this morning. In this article we have screenshots of Fedora 10 along with some of the features you can expect when this Linux operating system ships in October.

5 Known Office Suites for Linux

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Software

junauza.com: A typical desktop computer user will almost always need an office suite. There are actually 5 known free and open source office suites that work best in Linux.

Lenovo launches a netbook

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Lenovo has announced its entry into the "netbook" market. The Linux-based IdeaPad S9 for "certain overseas markets," feature 8.9-inch display, plus 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processors, and up to 160GB of storage.

What to expect in Debian 5: Lenny

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Linux

practical-tech.com: Debian took a giant step forward recently towards releasing the next version of Debian, Lenny, by freezing the codebase. Now, the only major things standing between the next release of the popular Linux distribution are “fixes for release critical bugs” and “fixes for severity.”

Five Things Linus Torvalds Has Learned About Managing Software Projects

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Linux

cio.com: Linus Torvalds needs no introduction in operating systems or open-source circles. He's the creator, muse and chief developer of the Linux operating system. Torvalds started Linux while he was in college in 1991. Today, Linux is the foundation of multibillion-dollar companies including Oracle, Novell and Red Hat.

Bernard Out As Novell Global Channel Chief

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SUSE

crn.com: Tim Wolfe, president and general manager of Novell Americas, will serve as acting vice president of global channel sales effective immediately, replacing Pat Bernard who was just named to the position last November, the company said early Tuesday.

Growing the open-source community

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OSS

networkworld.com: The open-source community is no longer the sole province of technology geeks. The mood is shifting. As the mistress of ceremonies at OSCON (the Open Source Convention) commented: instead of open source trying to figure out its place in the enterprise, today the enterprise is seeking its place in open source. And that, among other trends, is causing changes in the community.

Lenovo to Present More Linux-pre-loaded Laptops

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Linux
Hardware

tradingmarkets.com: Lenovo was reported to plan to launch a full array of laptops pre-loading Novell's Linux operating system, to provide wider product options for consumers to choose from, according to sources.

PartedMagic: An Open Source Alternative for Partition Editing

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Linux

earthweb.com: If you want to add space to a drive, store personal data on a separate partition from your operating system, or run multiple operating systems from the same hard drive, then you need a partition editor.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Receives Department of Defense IPv6 Certification

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Linux

earthtimes.org (PR): Red Hat today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 has received Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Special Interoperability Certification from the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) in accordance with the Department of Defense (DoD) IPv6 Master Test Plan.

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0

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OOo

zdnet.com.au: OpenOffice.org 2.4.0 is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft's Office application suite. It is fantastic if you need basic office applications — such as a word processor or spreadsheet — at no cost. However, large organisations and power users may be disappointed by its lack of features and support.

“Who’s The Next Open Source Idol?”

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OSS

businesswire.com (PR): GroundWork Open Source is sponsoring a competition amongst four popular open source mascots: “Tux” the Linux kernel penguin, “Beastie” the BSD daemon, Mozilla’s Firefox, and “The Gnu” GNU.

5 Cool Firefox Alternatives for GNU/Linux

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Software

internetling.com: I still use Firefox on Debian, but sometimes I just don’t have the time or the nerves to wait for this add-on-packed conglomerate to load. While there is a noticeable speed improvement with Firefox 3, you still need some time for it to load. So, when I’m in a hurry, I sometimes fire-up an alternative browser.

Announcing the OpenOffice.org Annual Conference Beijing 2008

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OOo

PR: OpenOffice.org has today opened registration for its biggest ever annual international conference. The Conference - to be held in Beijing, China between 5th.-7th. November - is the main event of the year for developers, supporters, and users of OpenOffice.org software, the leading free software alternative to Microsoft Office.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Using Grub To Change RedHat Linux's Root Password

  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) Server and Clients Setup in Ubuntu
  • FbTerm: Better terminal windows when you don't have X

today's leftovers

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News
  • Agile Plus Open Source Equals Developer Success

  • Commercial Packages vs Open Source: Which is Better Long-term?
  • Will the real open source please stand up?
  • One Laptop per Child Lands in India
  • Better backup, syncing, and sharing
  • FOSS app eases the pain for San Diego community clinic
  • Linux Will Take Lion's Share of MID Market
  • The Asus Eee 1000 -- more power, still portable
  • KDE 4.1 in the press
  • OpenSUSE 11.0 vs Ubuntu 8.04
  • Online Security
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Mockup Designs
  • NVIDIA driver 173.14.12 in hardy-proposed and intrepid
  • Flying on the wings of freedom
  • Open Source: A 'Growing Challenge' to Microsoft
  • Does Cloud Computing Change the Open Source Rules?
  • Lenovo Jumps Into Netbooks, But Where's Linux?

InfoWorld announces our 2008 Best of Open Source Awards

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OSS

weblog.infoworld: InfoWord recently released winners of the 2008 Bossie Awards. The awards are based on a review and analysis of the products in action by the InfoWorld Test Center.

Operating free software down on planet Earth ...

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Ubuntu

thetimes.co.za: MARK Shuttleworth isn’t just a space tourist. To geeks the world over, he’s the Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life or SABDFL for short. It’s a nickname he’s earned as the driving force behind Ubuntu — an open-source operating system based on the Linux platform that is rated one of the best.

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.