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Story Microsoft Windows vs Linux Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:48pm
Story Questions Needed for Interview With Stallman Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:37pm
Story Leftovers: FOSS in CMS Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:25pm
Story CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:17pm
Story 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide For Linux PC Hardware Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:00pm
Story GNU/Linux Chases Monopolists Out of the Server Rooms Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 1:09pm
Story Btrfs hands on: My first experiments with a new Linux file system Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 12:36pm
Poll Where is Linux domination most important? Rianne Schestowitz 1 28/11/2013 - 12:09pm
Story OpenGL Changes In KDE's KWin 5 Window Manager Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 9:42am
Story Distros For Old Computers Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 9:36am

Does this script work for you?

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SearchEnterpriseLinux blog: The script “survf” monitors a file so you can check whether this file is growing (e.g. during ftp transfer). If you link it to the name “survp,” it monitors a running process… when the process terminates it sounds a bell and terminates.

Ubuntu Gutsy Upgrade

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the crumb: Tonight I updated my Ubuntu install to the latest Gutsy beta (7.10). So far so good. This is the first upgrade I’ve done where it correctly set my widescreen monitor resolution.

Need for security driving open-source use

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OSS Security is the number one reason why end-users deploy open-source software, according to a recent survey by research analyst IDC. Results suggest end-users in India and China deploy more open-source more than in Australia and Korea.

Also: IT Survival Guide: Exercise Caution Amid Open Source Options
And: Open source test successful

Kopete Onions

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Jucato’s blog: I have a somewhat indifferent attitude towards Kopete. I use it just because it happens to be the only viable one among its peers, but it most probably wouldn’t be my messaging client of choice if I were to find a better KDE alternative. But a few days ago, someone gave me a reason to love Kopete a bit more. Introducing Onion 75!

Also: Who wants to be a Kopete developer?

A Microsoft Windows / Linux Conspiracy Theory

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Chris Pirillo: I think Microsoft has given up on Vista behind the scenes. I’m sending this via email because well, I know it sounds like tinfoil hat time, but I think there’s some validity to it.

Fl0p: Decoding the Evil Genius Mindset

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geek00l.blogspot: People who come from Unix background always have the real guts, and I bet you know what is RTFM all about. In fact it is Read The Fun Manual when you don't know how to use the commands or understand the technical section, sounds polite isn't it ;P

Talking to Torvalds

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Linux He hates cellphones, but thinks that acceptance of the open source concept is now taken for granted - in a good way. BCS managing editor Brian Runciman interviewed Linus Torvalds after he received the BCS Lovelace Medal.

Showstoppers list for KDE’s 4.0 Beta 3 release

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liquidat: The KDE 4.0 Beta 3 release was shifted to October 10. Additionally the release team specified the KDE parts which have to be ready at the beta release date or which might otherwise be a showstopper.

putting a stake in the ground

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zarro boogs: Performance matters more than ever in the browser space, and even as the Web grows up and gets bigger we need to continue to push harder on getting smaller and faster. The Firefox team is going to put a really big stake in the ground on performance, with the bulk of the focus on cleaning up our own house.

Also: Spread Firefox V.2 Getting Close

GNOME 2.22 planning: Empathy messaging client and toolkit proposed for inclusion

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arstechnica: We have previously discussed Empathy, an open source instant messaging client and toolkit that is part of the Telepathy project. Empathy has officially been proposed for inclusion in GNOME 2.22, making Telepathy and the Mission Control connection management framework potential external dependencies.

Also: GNOME 2.22 planning: GIO and GVFS proposed for inclusion

Novell and the GPL V3 Poison Pawn

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inforworld blogs: This morning I read through an interesting translation of a 10 question written interview between members of the Brazilian Linux Community and Novell. Of course there are some revealing tidbits about Mono and ODF (two areas of strange attraction between Novell and Microsoft), but I found the following quote of particular interest:

The "Paradox of Choice" in the F/OSS World

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o'reilly blogs: My friend Dave just built a machine to run CentOS. Last night he lamented that he didn’t like the video player. I cringed, “Is it well-known free software video player? I’ve not had much luck dealing with the developers and I recommend another well-known free software video player.” Another friend, Jim, snickered. “This is what I hate about Linux. There’s just too much choice.”

GPLv2 vs. GPLv3 for beginners

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linuxdevices: A research firm serving the mobile phone industry has published an 18-page whitepaper about open source licensing. Entitled "GPLv2 vs. GPLv3," the paper examines the meteoric rise of open source software, and the forces that shaped each license, before concluding with an extremely detailed point-by-point comparison.

Ubuntu 7.10 Review & Screenshots (Beta)

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cybernews: I started off my morning with some Ubuntu 7.10 action since the first Beta had just been released. I downloaded the 688MB ISO image, burned it to CD, and got started immediately with the Live CD.

New Opera Developmental Snapshot available

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Software New stuff: Added menu item to never reload a page (Right click > Reload every - Never) and when running Gnome, Opera will now use the native GTK file chooser when opening and saving files (w00t)!

Akademy 2008 to be Held in Belgium

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KDE The annual KDE World Summit, Akademy, has found a home for 2008 in the heart of Europe, Belgium. The event is the most important conference for the contributors of the KDE project and will be held from Saturday August 9th to Saturday 16th at the De Nayer Institute.

Slackware: the classic distro that's as timely as ever.

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lxer: Slackware enjoys the official position of “the eldest” of all of the currently developed distributions. Started in 1993 by Patrick Volkerding it began its life as a series of improvements to SLS' version of Linux. By and by, it grew into a separate distro of its own. In fact, several other distros (who shall remain nameless) used Slackware as their basis before they ventured off into their respective directions.

openSUSE is Looking for a Chief Linux Evangelist

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opensuse news: To strengthen the openSUSE project we’re looking for an enthusiastic Chief Evangelist to promote and spread the adoption of openSUSE, develop and nurture the openSUSE communities, and pro actively drive openSUSE marketing.

Also: Virtualization from Novell. Built to Innovate.

The Many Hats of Sourceforge.Net

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zdnet blogs: Ross Turk of Sourceforge (right) was troubled by my post about Mashable’s Open Source God, which to him read as though I were calling Sourceforge a site meant exclusively for developers. That is its perceived niche, and its greatest strength, something it should be proud of.

Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

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Linux The idea is floating around again: Let's make a special Linux distribution for women! We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux.

Also: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

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    A vulnerability in Samba, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, can be exploited remotely to gain access to Linux machines that have port 445 exposed.

  • UK cyber chief says directors are devolving responsibility for hacks {sic} [iophk: "a step towards banning Microsoft, yet the article closes with Microsoft talking points"]

    Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said it is unacceptable for boards to plead ignorance about the threat from cyber attacks.

  • Ransomware and the Internet of Things

    But it is a system that's going to fail in the "Internet of things": everyday devices like smart speakers, household appliances, toys, lighting systems, even cars, that are connected to the web. Many of the embedded networked systems in these devices that will pervade our lives don't have engineering teams on hand to write patches and may well last far longer than the companies that are supposed to keep the software safe from criminals. Some of them don't even have the ability to be patched.

    Fast forward five to 10 years, and the world is going to be filled with literally tens of billions of devices that hackers can attack. We're going to see ransomware against our cars. Our digital video recorders and web cameras will be taken over by botnets. The data that these devices collect about us will be stolen and used to commit fraud. And we're not going to be able to secure these devices.

  • Kodi 17.3 Security Update Patches Infamous Subtitle Hack, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Crash
    The second stable point release of the major Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center was launched the other day, on May 24, 2017, but it was missing some binary add-ons, so Martijn Kaijser announced today Kodi 17.3.
  • Samba vulnerability brings WannaCry fears to Linux/Unix