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Google closed source app engine does evil

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Google

itwire.com: This time Google App Engine gives the great promise of letting you serve your own applications to the world using the grunt of Google-powered machinery. However, it’s not the saviour it purports to be, perverting the open source way.

Also: Google says “sod it... lets do a bit of evil”
And: Google Earth 4.3

Get rid of your Linux bloat. Part 1.

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Linux

blogs.ittoolbox: Your Linux is bloated. Its fat and waddles around like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of Ghostbusters fame. It limps along like a legless slug. It crawls along slower than dead turtle. There are many things you can do to optimise your system.

Medusa4 - a powerful software tool for free

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Software

linux-tip.net: CAD Schroer released the Fourth Generation of the globally renowned MEDUSA engineering product suite. Its powerful software tools were developed to work the way engineers do, helping you get product to market faster, and designs to customers quicker and more efficiently.

some leftovers

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News
  • The making of Wine (how to make Windows apps merrier with Linux)

  • Taking a closer look at the Opera browser
  • My not-so-positive ramblings on the Asus EEEPC
  • Open-source anti-virus scanner hit by exploit
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 6th April 2008
  • Upgrading to 8.04
  • Gentoo Safe Flags
  • Kernel space: memory allocation failures
  • 4 months and 10 days without any new Debian developer. Is Debian dying?

Where Novell Can Beat Microsoft

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SUSE

thevarguy.com: The VAR Guy admits it: He left Novell for dead last year. But recent conversations with the company forced him to rethink all of those negative notions. In a few markets, Novell may actually thrive. And in one particular market, Novell could give Microsoft a run for its money.

Also: Novell slashes mainframe Linux pricing

Just 10 Years of Open Source?

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OSS

openlogic.com/blogs: Abhijit Nadgouda says it's been a decade since the term open source was chosen to represent the concept. This is true, but the concept has been around far longer. Sure, it has forever changed the way software is created and consumed, but why now all of a sudden?

Also: What Hurts Them Helps Us: How Open Source Benefits from the Bad

6 Must-Have Firefox Extensions

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Moz/FF

ostatic.com/blog: In a photo tour I posted a few days ago, I provided some handy Firefox tips that can save you time if you spend a lot of time in almost everyone's favorite open source browser. To get the most out of Firefox, though, I recommend using the best extensions. In this post, I'll round up six of my favorites.

Also: Mozilla Developer News April 15

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Perl Script To Graph Iostat Output on Unix

  • Mandriva repo guide for newbie
  • Real Player 11
  • How-To: Import/Export GPG key pair
  • Bringing chat to the browser with JWChat

Budget Fair Queuing IO Scheduler

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "We are working [on] a new I/O scheduler based on CFQ, aiming at improved predictability and fairness of the service, while maintaining the high throughput it already provides," began Fabio Checconi, announcing the BFQ I/O scheduler.

My kid hates Linux too! (so what?)

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: My kid hates Linux too. He’s 16, loves games, and finally stopped whining for a GameCube when he learned his Windows DVDs could also be played online. But for a kid to say he “hates” Linux is simply mistaken, on the kid’s part. If he uses Google, or thousands of other sites, he loves Linux.

Also: First my kid hates Linux, now I have to buy laptops with Vista

ISO Ill at Ease Over OOXML

computerworlduk.com: The nominal approval of OOXML last month unleashed an unprecedented outpouring of anger, with much of that ire directed at the ISO for failing to uphold basic standards during the process. This has prompted it to respond with a rather interesting FAQ in which it desperately tries to defend itself.

Also: Microsoft's OOXML trophy is conditional

Putting Windows On A Diet ... To Compete With Linux

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OS

informationweek.com/blog: How scared is Microsoft of Linux? There's a hint or two of its fear in the fact that MS is preparing a special slim-and-trim version of Windows XP, within the next month or two, to run specifically on Asus's Eee PC.

Also: Microsoft looks to avoid losses to Linux in embedded OS market

Linux, Unix more reliable than Windows

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OS

theinquirer.net: The Yankee Group has been busy again this year, but its latest report seems to offer a very different story to last year’s, with Windows now performing significantly worse than its Linux and Unix rivals.

Also: Windows (in)security and open source

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • More Productive Window Management in GIMP

  • LS_COLORS Explained
  • Use Wireshark to capture and analyse packets
  • yum, can it be faster?
  • Install Nodoka (Fedora theme) on Ubuntu
  • Remove a path from your PATH variable
  • Network Configuration—Tunneling with Free BSD
  • Colored ls Output
  • Customizing Your Bash Prompt

Prosecutor Tells Jurors 'Nina is Dead' and Hans Reiser 'Killed Her'

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: "Nina is dead and the defendant killed her," prosecutor Paul Hora told jurors at the outset of his closing arguments here. Hora conceded to jurors that the case is based largely on circumstantial evidence. But he said the defendant should not be "rewarded" for successfully disposing of her body.

some shorts

  • Ryan Orser Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

  • Fallout From NVIDIA 173.08 Driver
  • Open Source Projects double every 14 months!
  • Kiowa goes KDE!
  • Mandriva 2008 Spring Quick Install
  • Visions of freedom: RMS as seen by TdR

Falling in Love with the XO All Over Again

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OLPC

blog.olenepal.org: I got involved with OLPC back in June of 2006. It’s hard to believe that was almost two years ago! Over the last two years this enthusiasm waxed and waned. It was only in January of this year that I really got to use the little device. At OLPC offices I disassembled and reassembled two XO’s. What fun!

Spotlight on FOSS: An Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

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Interviews
Ubuntu

onlamp.com: Jeremy and I were talking one day about how the world was changing so quickly, and we meant literally beneath our feet. To make a long story short, we decided to start an impromptu video podcast called, "Spotlight on FOSS," or Spotlight on Free and Open Source Software. Once we had our concept together we contacted a few connections, and came up an interview with Mark Shuttleworth.

Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 7

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: I finished compiling my tax return about a week ago…on paper. I do not do it as some form of corporal mortification nor does it have anything to do with the lack of tax software for Linux…ah, and that last point is a great segway into the next item on my Top 10 List, Linux software is always behind the curve.

Slax 6.0 on an Ancient Prestigio 109 Laptop

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Linux

junauza.com: I decided to take a closer look at Slax, by getting the latest “Distribution Release” which is version 6.0.3. This time, I’m using our ancient Prestigio 109 laptop to fully check the features and capabilities of this tiny distro.

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today's leftovers

  • [LabPlot] Improved data fitting in 2.5
    Until now, the fit parameters could in principle take any values allowed by the fit model, which would lead to a reasonable description of the data. However, sometimes the realistic regions for the parameters are known in advance and it is desirable to set some mathematical constrains on them. LabPlot provides now the possibility to define lower and/or upper bounds for the fit parameters and to limit the internal fit algorithm to these regions only.
  • [GNOME] Maps Towards 3.28
    Some work has been done since the release of 3.26 in September. On the visual side we have adapted the routing sidebar to use a similar styling as is used in Files (Nautilus) and the GTK+ filechooser.
  • MX 17 Beta 2
  • MiniDebconf in Toulouse
    I attended the MiniDebconf in Toulouse, which was hosted in the larger Capitole du Libre, a free software event with talks, presentation of associations, and a keysigning party. I didn't expect the event to be that big, and I was very impressed by its organization. Cheers to all the volunteers, it has been an amazing week-end!
  • DebConf Videoteam sprint report - day 0
    First day of the videoteam autumn sprint! Well, I say first day, but in reality it's more day 0. Even though most of us have arrived in Cambridge already, we are still missing a few people. Last year we decided to sprint in Paris because most of our video gear is stocked there. This year, we instead chose to sprint a few days before the Cambridge Mini-Debconf to help record the conference afterwards.
  • Libre Computer Board Launches Another Allwinner/Mali ARM SBC
    The Tritium is a new ARM single board computer from the Libre Computer Board project. Earlier this year the first Libre Computer Board launched as the Le Potato for trying to be a libre and free software minded ARM SBC. That board offered better specs than the Raspberry Pi 3 and aimed to be "open" though not fully due to the ARM Mali graphics not being open.
  • FOSDEM 2018 Will Be Hosting A Wayland / Mesa / Mir / X.Org Developer Room
    This year at the FOSDEM open-source/Linux event in Brussels there wasn't the usual "X.Org dev room" as it's long been referred to, but for 2018, Luc Verhaegen is stepping back up to the plate and organizing this mini graphics/X.Org developer event within FOSDEM.
  • The Social Network™ releases its data networking code
    Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing. Open/R, its now-open source routing platform, runs Facebook's backbone and data centre networks. The Social Network™ first promised to release the platform in May 2017. In the post that announced the release, Facebook said it began developing Open/R for its Terragraph wireless system, but since applied it to its global fibre network, adding: “we are even starting to roll it out into our data center fabrics, running inside FBOSS and on our Open Compute Project networking hardware like Wedge 100.”
  • Intel Icelake Support Added To LLVM Clang
    Initial support for Intel's Icelake microarchitecture that's a follow-on to Cannonlake has been added to the LLVM/Clang compiler stack. Last week came the Icelake patch to GCC and now Clang has landed its initial Icelake enablement too.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has a power problem
     

    Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has a power problem. When operating at peak performance, it may draw more power than its stock charger or Surface Dock can handle. What we’ve discovered after talking to Microsoft is that it’s not a bug—it’s a feature.

Kernel: Linux 4.15 and Intel

  • The Big Changes So Far For The Linux 4.15 Kernel - Half Million New Lines Of Code So Far
    We are now through week one of two for the merge window of the Linux 4.15 kernel. If you are behind on your Phoronix reading with the many feature recaps provided this week of the different pull requests, here's a quick recap of the changes so far to be found with Linux 4.15:
  • Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released
    Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has put out their quarterly Linux graphics driver stack upgrade in what they are calling the latest recipe. As is the case with the open-source graphics drivers just being one centralized, universal component to be easily installed everywhere, their graphics stack recipe is just the picked versions of all the source components making up their driver.
  • Intel Ironlake Receives Patches For RC6 Power Savings
    Intel Ironlake "Gen 5" graphics have been around for seven years now since being found in Clarkdale and Arrandale processors while finally now the patches are all worked out for enabling RC6 power-savings support under Linux.

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Security: Google and Morgan Marquis-Boire

  • Google: 25 per cent of black market passwords can access accounts

    The researchers used Google's proprietary data to see whether or not stolen passwords could be used to gain access to user accounts, and found that an estimated 25 per cent of the stolen credentials can successfully be used by cyber crooks to gain access to functioning Google accounts.

  • Data breaches, phishing, or malware? Understanding the risks of stolen credentials

    Drawing upon Google as a case study, we find 7--25\% of exposed passwords match a victim's Google account.

  • Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional affiliations
    A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. On Sunday, The Verge published a report saying that it had spoken with 10 women across North America and Marquis-Boire's home country of New Zealand who say that they were assaulted by him in episodes going back years. A woman that The Verge gave the pseudonym "Lila," provided The Verge with "both a chat log and a PGP signed and encrypted e-mail from Morgan Marquis-Boire. In the e-mail, he apologizes at great length for a terrible but unspecified wrong. And in the chat log, he explicitly confesses to raping and beating her in the hotel room in Toronto, and also confesses to raping multiple women in New Zealand and Australia."