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Ubuntu At Best Buy?

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Ubuntu

Matt Hartley: Wow, this certainly surprised me. Today I found out that Ubuntu Linux is now being sold at Best Buy online and even at some stores. And normally I would say this is great, except there is a problem - what the heck is Ubuntu “complete” edition?

Gentoo 2008.0-r1 may help if you've had LiveCD problems

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Gentoo

For those unfortunate souls who couldn't boot, install, or burn the LiveCD, we've provided the 2008.0-r1 revision bump. It fixes these specific problems:

How To Block Spammers/Hackers With mod_defensible On Apache2 (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

mod_defensible is an Apache 2.x module intended to block spammers/hackers/script kiddies using DNSBL servers. It will look at the client IP and check it in one or several DNSBL servers and return a 403 Forbidden page to the client. This guide shows how to install and use it with Apache 2 on a Debian Etch server.

today's leftovers

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News
  • An earthshaking use of open source

  • Book review: Blender 3D: Architecture, Buildings, and Scenery
  • GScrot -a good screenshot tool
  • Open Source is taking new turns in Africa
  • An Introduction to IRC on Linux for Beginners
  • Linux - Still chasing that elusive 1% market share
  • Abit Offers Broadcasters New Linux Based Automation System At IBC
  • Linux in the Stores
  • Easy Debian For Everyone! OpenOffice, Firefox 3, Java, AbiWord, IceWM, etc
  • Will Alienware Ship Linux-Based PCs?
  • GNOME hires Stormy Peters as Executive Director
  • Using the Desktop…why?

Review: GoblinX 2.7 Micro Edition

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: GoblinX is a Slackware-based Linux distribution which comes in live CD format. The Micro Edition is GoblinX's smallest version - the ISO only measures around 100MB – and it comes with only Fluxbox and several GTK/GTK2-based applications.

Hans Reiser leads police to wife's remains

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Reiser

abclocal.go.com: ABC News has confirmed that authorities are in the process of recovering Nina Reiser's remains from Redwood Regional Park, east of Skyline Boulevard. ABC News reports Reiser led them to his wife's remains.

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Tweaking the Eee PC part 2

  • Automating the creation of slide shows in OpenOffice.org
  • Auto-Hide Your Mouse Pointer When Idle With “Unclutter”
  • How-To: Use cdparanoia to Rip Audio CDs
  • Training Tips for New Linux Users
  • Helpful Tip: Disable Drag & Drop Images in Firefox
  • Fixing NTFS Mount Error in GNU/Linux
  • Killing those runaway processes that refuse to die

Is Gentoo Ready for Latest Linux Release?

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Gentoo

internetnews.com: Linux distributions often live and die on the strength of their respective communities. Such is the case with the Gentoo Linux distribution, which canceled its last release in 2007 but has now emerged in 2008 with a new release. Tanned, rested and ready?

KDE-Bluetooth for KDE 4: first test release

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Software

liquidat.wordpress: One of the main 3rd party packages for KDE is the KDEBluetooth suite. It is the graphical interface to Bluetooth for KDE. The KDE 4 port was now released in a first test version.

Ubuntu’s nice, but I’m headed back to OpenSuse

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davidcaylor.com: I ran Ubuntu for about a month. It is a very nice distribution. Everything worked very smoothly. I had no real problems with it.

Four favorite distros

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Linux

usalug-org.blogspot: It is difficult for me to say that these are my four favorite distributions, period, without any qualifications. On the Ubuntu project alone, I am always torn between the XFCE based Xubuntu derivative and the KDE based Kubuntu derivative, and the 8.04 release is no exception.

HP Mini-Note a Sound Choice

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Linux
Hardware

linuxplanet.com: HP's entry into the sub-Mini-Notebook arena comes in the form of the HP 2133, a sleek-looking, brushed aluminum finished, lightweight but well built beauty. You can see the attention to detail in the engineering when you first open it up.

some openSUSE posts

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SUSE
  • Movin' on Up

  • openSUSE is my new Ubuntu
  • OpenSuSE disappointments

In A State Of Flux

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Fluxbox
HowTos

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: I CAME quite late to the Fluxbox party, and now I am here I wish I had arrived earlier. Fluxbox is a lightweight window manager for the X window system used by Linux distributions. When I say “lightweight”, I mean it is not resource-hungry, so If you like your desktop cluttered with icons and shortcuts, or enjoy fancy 3D, Compiz-driven eye candy, then Fluxbox may not be for you.

Evolution, Linux, and Gentoo

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Linux
Gentoo

cookingwithlinux.com: I was first introduced to Linux in 1998, when it was, perhaps, entering “puberty”. When I was introduced to Linux, I was interested in learning about it. In those days, Linux was harder to use and if you didn't have a love of computers you might have given up. Linux has come a long way since then. Since I wanted more control of my system, I was interested in Gentoo.

The “Ubuntu Equals Linux” Paradox

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jonreagan.wordpress: In a recent article published on CodingExperiments.com, it was noticed that the search term “Ubuntu” was coming closer to passing the term “Linux” on Google’s search engine. Many wondered why and several complained that Ubuntu was becoming “Linux.” So, why is this? Here’s why:

Tip of the Trade: Ext4

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Software

serverwatch.com: Computer filesystems are a surprisingly passionate topic. You can't get anyone excited about Emacs vs. Vi anymore, but start comparing filesystems and you'll have a fast and furious debate in no time. The current dominant filesystems for Linux are Ext2/3, ReiserFS, JFS and XFS.

How to really write a Linux review

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Linux

itwire.com: There are some idiots I've encountered in my time but none so crazy as the guy who wants to define what a Linux review should comprise. His qualifications to offer such a definition are perfect - he has never written a review himself but he has read plenty of them.

The Man Behind Ubuntu: Talking with Mark Shuttleworth

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Interviews
Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: Linux Magazine spends some time with the man who made Ubuntu, arguably the most popular desktop Linux distribution, possible. Kristin Shoemaker finds out what makes Mark tick, and what’s going on with the Shuttleworth Foundation.

A visit to the linux shop

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: I saw yet another article posted by someone who apparently has nothing better to do than beat dead horses. The view espoused by so many bloggers and other 'writers' who cannot come to terms with the number and volume of distros available, that somehow there are 'too many', is akin to that of a child who complains in a candy store that because he or she cannot make up their mind.

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    Today I would like to explain my reasons for my candidacy at the board of the Open Source Initiative. I can think of two kinds of reason for my decision: one is personal, and the other one is directly related to current state of Open Source and software freedom. Let’s start with the first one: I’m currently helping the Open Information Security Foundation and the Suricata project in my capacity at ANSSI, while contributing in a minor way to the LibreOffice project and the Document Foundation.
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  • The tracker will always get through
    A big objection to tracking protection is the idea that the tracker will always get through. Some people suggest that as browsers give users more ability to control how their personal information gets leaked across sites, things won't get better for users, because third-party tracking will just keep up. On this view, today's easy-to-block third-party cookies will be replaced by techniques such as passive fingerprinting where it's hard to tell if the browser is succeeding at protecting the user or not, and users will be stuck in the same place they are now, or worse. I doubt this is the case because we're playing a more complex game than just trackers vs. users. The game has at least five sides, and some of the fastest-moving players with the best understanding of the game are the adfraud hackers. Right now adfraud is losing in some areas where they had been winning, and the resulting shift in adfraud is likely to shift the risks and rewards of tracking techniques.
  • MozMEAO SRE Status Report - February 16, 2018
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  • The major milestones of the Government Digital Service (GDS)
  • PyTorch Should Be Copyleft
    Most people have heard of Google’s Tensorflow which was released at the end of 2015, but there’s an active codebase called PyTorch which is easier to understand, less of a black box, and more dynamic. Tensorflow does have solutions for some of those limitations (such as Tensorflow-fold, and Tensorflow-Eager) but these new capabilities remove the need for other features and complexity of Tensorflow. Google built a great system for doing static computation graphs before realizing that most people want dynamic graphs. Doh! [...] I wish PyTorch used the AGPL license. Most neural networks are run on servers today, it is hardly used on the Linux desktop. Data is central to AI and that can stay owned by FB and the users of course. The ImageNet dataset created a revolution in computer vision, so let’s never forget that open data sets can be useful.
  • Linux on Nintendo Switch, a new Kubernetes ML platform, and more news
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Security: France, Munich, 'Smart' Meters, MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime

  • Highlights of the French cybersecurity strategy

    First, the document describes that in France cyberdefence and cyberoffence are separated. This is directly opposed to the models employed in Anglo-Saxon countries. But it’s shown as an asset. Key argument: it respects freedoms and civil liberties.

    The document then lists the six general objectives of cyberdefence, namely: prevention, anticipation, protection, detection, attribution, reaction (remediation). The strategy itself is complete, it focuses on civil, military, domestic, external, and international levels. Let’s say it’s a rarity in the business in strategic cybersecurity documents.

    [...]

    The strategy then mentions that one of the solutions could be to release source code and documentation after an end of support date.

  • The Munich Security Conference 2018

    Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

  • Smart meters could leave British homes vulnerable to cyber attacks, experts have warned
    New smart energy meters that the Government wants to be installed in millions of homes will leave householders vulnerable to cyber attacks, ministers have been warned.
  • MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime: Researchers nail exploits
    "The flaws—dubbed Meltdown and Spectre—are in chips made by Intel and other major suppliers. They can allow hackers to steal data from the memory of running apps, including password managers, browsers and emails." The authors of the paper on arXiv, Caroline Trippel, Daniel Lustig, and Margaret Martonosi, discuss a tool they developed for "automatically synthesizing microarchitecture-specific programs capable of producing any user-specified hardware execution pattern of interest." They said they show "how this tool can be used for generating small microarchitecture-specific programs which represent exploits in their most abstracted form—security litmus tests."

How Linux became my job

I've been using open source since what seems like prehistoric times. Back then, there was nothing called social media. There was no Firefox, no Google Chrome (not even a Google), no Amazon, barely an internet. In fact, the hot topic of the day was the new Linux 2.0 kernel. The big technical challenges in those days? Well, the ELF format was replacing the old a.out format in binary Linux distributions, and the upgrade could be tricky on some installs of Linux. Read more