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Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 459 srlinuxx 04/06/2012 - 7:37pm
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Story Hands On With The System76 ‘Lemur Ultra’ Ubuntu Laptop srlinuxx 02/06/2012 - 10:58pm

Want a free ticket for LinuxTag?

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Linux Then you're in luck: The Amarok project is giving away 20 tickets for LinuxTag 2007! All you have to do is head over to our site and participate in our little contest.

Novell confirms that patent deal gave it access to Microsoft IP

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cbronline: Last week I noted that a new explanation had emerged as to why Novell entered into its patent agreement with Microsoft: because Novell engineers “required sanctioned access to Microsoft’s code in order to develop open source interoperability without violating MSFT's IP.”

Send Firefox to the system tray, in Linux

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mozilla links: Firefox users who like a clean desktop may already know about MinimizeToTray, a extension developed by Mook and Brad Peterson for Firefox, Thunderbird or SeaMonkey on Windows platforms. FireTray, developed by Duo, does the same for Firefox users on Linux.

Eight things I DON'T like about Ubuntu

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Jacek Furmankiewicz: So, Ubuntu 7.04 is out and everyone is raving how good it is. Got to agree, it's the best Linux desktop distro ever and has some great solutions to your regular pesky Linux issues. Nevertheless, it is not perfect and here are some of my pet peeves.

Linuxfest Northwest 2007 Report

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montana linux: Linuxfest Northwest has been an annual event since 1999 held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham Washington which is approximately 90 miles North of Seattle. To allow for the largest participation, it is held on a weekend. Linuxfest Northwest 2007 was held on April 28-29th and was attended by approximately 900 people.

Mandriva 2007 Spring Edition (2007.1)

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lunapark6: More than any other Linux release that I have encountered, the quality of Mandriva 2007 Spring Edition depends largely on which version you download.

Extending Checking grammar with LanguageTool

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HowTos One of the features that many users dearly miss in is a grammar checker. Fortunately, LanguageTool fills the void, adding grammar-checking capabilities to

Free “Intro to Linux” Course Now Available

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suserants: This online course is done via email. It is completely free. People register for the class, and receive an ebook via email every few days containing the next class of the course. Its goal is to be the most basic introduction to Linux possible.

Bugzilla 3.0 let loose upon the world

tectonic: Nine years after version 2.0 of the popular open source bug-tracking system was launched, Bugzilla 3.0 has been released with the same statement as its predecessor, "We like the new version much better, and hope you will too."

How to Increase ext3 and ReiserFS filesystems Performance

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ubuntu geek: The ext3 or third extended filesystem is a journalled file system that is commonly used by the Linux operating system. ReiserFS is a general-purpose, journaled computer file system.

Open source think tank findings published

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tectonic: The Second Open Source Think Tank was held in March in California. A report on the events findings has now been released.

about Spring, Mandriva and the Community

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David Barth: We are now taking a short break before the next run: Mandriva Linux 2008. But during this break, we are making several changes in preparation for the next release. First, I'm reorganizing the teams in the Engineering, promoting Anne Nicolas as Engineering Director.

Novell and Microsoft detail 12 new Linux coupon customers

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CBRonline: Novell and Microsoft have announced another dozen customers signing up to their interoperability agreement through which Microsoft is distributing vouchers for SUSE Linux Enterprise support.

Unreal Tournament3 web site comes to life

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the Inquirer: AFTER A SMALL name change the ground has finally been set for arrival of mega-hit title for this year, Unreal Tournament III. This game is being finalised as we speak, and haiving ditched UT2k7 to become UT III, it looks even more impressive now.

Future Version of Ubuntu Will Do Your Work For You

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bbspot: The Linux distribution, Ubuntu, has grown quickly because of its ease of use. It makes the normally confusing Linux something even a Windows user can use. However, the Ubuntu developers are aiming even higher for the future. The next release, "Gutsy Gibbon," will be even easier to use, but the "Harry Hamlin" release will actually do your work for you.

Fault-tolerant Web hosting on a shoestring

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HowTos The words "fault-tolerant Web hosting" bring to mind hosting centers with multiple redundant power supplies, complex networking, and big bills. However, by taking advantage of the underlying fault-tolerance of the Internet, you can get a surprising level of reliability for little cost.

Edubuntu update - it freakin’ rocks

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ZDNet: So after my last Edubuntu debacle (With Feisty Fawn comes a new Edubuntu) I decided to wait until I could devote a bit of time to a proper install.

Set Gmail as Default Mail Client in Ubuntu

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how-to-geek: Every Geek uses Gmail… it’s pretty much required. And now you can set Gmail as the default client in Ubuntu without any extra software.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1)

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This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

GPL likely to regain Apache compatibility

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CNET: In a significant change of course, the Free Software Foundation is working to make the upcoming version 3 of the General Public License (GPL) compatible with an alternative, the Apache License.

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Security Leftovers

  • The long road to getrandom() in glibc
    The GNU C library (glibc) 2.25 release is expected to be available at the beginning of February; among the new features in this release will be a wrapper for the Linux getrandom() system call. One might well wonder why getrandom() is only appearing in this release, given that kernel support arrived with the 3.17 release in 2014 and that the glibc project is supposed to be more receptive to new features these days. A look at the history of this particular change highlights some of the reasons why getting new features into glibc is still hard.
  • Maintainers for desktop "critical infrastructure"
    That work is great, but it is limited by a number of factors: funding and the interests of its members, primarily. Few of the companies involved have much, if any, interest in the Linux desktop. Some might argue that there aren't any companies with that particular interest, though that would be disingenuous. In any case, though, desktop Linux is a community-supported endeavor, at least more so than server or cloud Linux, which likely means some things are slipping through the cracks. Kaskinen left his job in 2015 to be able to spend more time on PulseAudio (and some audio packages that he maintains for OpenEmbedded). For the last four months or so, he has been soliciting funds on Patreon. Unlike Kickstarter and other similar systems, Patreon is set up to provide ongoing funding, rather than just a chunk of money for a particular feature or project. Donors pledge a monthly amount to try to support someone's work going forward.
  • Important CentOS 7 Linux Kernel Security Patch Released, 3 Vulnerabilities Fixed
    CentOS developer and maintainer Johnny Hughes is announcing the availability of a new, important Linux kernel security update for the CentOS 7 series of operating systems. CentOS 7 is derived from the freely distributed source code of the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system series, which means that it also benefits of its security patches. According to the recently published RHSA-2017:0086-1 security advisory, which was marked as important, three security vulnerabilities are patched.
  • Trump's New Cyber-Security Advisor Runs a Very, Very Insecure Website
    According to Phonos Group founder Dan Tentler, Giuliani's security company website runs a very, very old Joomla distribution, an open-source, free-to-use CMS. That's Joomla 3.1.1, released in April 2013. Since then, two major zero-days have plagued Joomla, so grave that they could allow attackers to take full control over a Joomla installation. Those are CVE-2016-9838 and CVE-2015-8562. But that's not the worse of it. The Joomla admin panel login page is also freely available, meaning anyone could access it and attempt to brute-force the admin password.
  • Reminder: Microsoft to no longer update original Windows 10 release after March 26 [Ed: Microsoft will leave even more Vista 10 back doors open, unless you install the latest doors]
    As Microsoft noted last year, the company plans to update only two Current Branch for Business versions of Windows 10 at any given time.
  • St. Louis' public library computers hacked for ransom [iophk: “Those who installed Windows on them have not been brought to justice”]
    Hackers have infected every public computer in the St. Louis Public Library system, stopping all book borrowing and cutting off internet access to those who rely on it for computers. The computer system was hit by ransomware, a particularly nasty type of computer virus that encrypts computer files. This form of attack renders computers unusable -- unless victims are willing to pay an extortion fee and obtain a key to unlock the machines.
  • Microsoft Targets Chrome Users With Windows 10 Pop-up Ad
    Microsoft really wants you to use its software products as well as running Windows 10, and that includes the Edge browser. But it can't stop you choosing to use an alternative web browser. However, if you opt to use Chrome, then expect to start seeing adverts right on your Windows desktop.
  • United Airlines Domestic Flights Grounded for 2 Hours by Computer Outage
    All of United Airlines' domestic flights were grounded for more than two hours Sunday night because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Administration said as scores of angry travelers sounded off on social media.
  • There’s no glory in patching
    Regular patching is essential but not without risks. Missing a critical patch is an easy way of getting your service compromised but insufficient testing is an even easier way of getting it to fall over. Here at drie we talk a lot about why trying to build your own infrastructure around AWS can be, to put it mildly, a bit of a pain. Today I’d like to go a little deeper on one issue most people encounter when going it alone in AWS and why you’re better off making it someone else’s problem. While it may seem like a mundane concern, keeping up to date with the latest patches and security fixes for your dependencies is a significant undertaking and neglecting server patches is a swift route to getting your infrastructure hacked.

All You Need To Know About Swap Partition In Linux

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6 key points about Intel's hot new Linux distro

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Microsoft Demise (More Layoffs), UNIX Demise, Rise of GNU/Linux

  • Microsoft expected to cut more jobs
    Microsoft will announce the final 700 job cuts for FY 2016-17 next week at its quarterly earnings report. Analysts are saying that is not too bad for a company employing more than 114,000 people. Indeed, these layoffs had already been announced last June as part of a 2850 right-sizing that was to be completed by end of January 2017, presumably after the US holiday season and before the end of Microsoft’s financial year.
  • Oracle lays off more than 1,000 employees
    According to the Mercury News, Oracle is laying off approximately 450 employees in its Santa Clara hardware systems division. Reports at The Layoff, a discussion board for technology business firings, claim about 1,800 employees company-wide are being pink-slipped.
  • A Night On The Town
    We talked for an hour about teaching in the North and how I came to GNU/Linux. He could relate because he had also done work in the North and served customers there. There was absolutely no discussion of the flaws of GNU/Linux or why it’s inferior to That Other OS. We both found GNU/Linux far superior for reliable IT. Amen.