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Story Adobe Issues Final Linux Flash Player Release srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 7:28pm
Story Is Firefox Really Becoming Dispensable? srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 6:54pm
Story Tutorial: Using the 'find' Command Chris7mas 31/03/2012 - 4:14pm
Blog entry A Year Into Linux Mint Debian Edition bigbearomaha 2 31/03/2012 - 11:18am
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Story recent leftovers: srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 8:02am
Story The benefits and risks of open source licensing srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 8:01am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 7:46am
Story Pear Linux - Comice OS 4 review srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 7:45am
Story If You're Lucky, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Can Boot Faster srlinuxx 31/03/2012 - 6:27am

What is it about Sun and crazy rumors?

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Misc

First up for your consideration, straight from the virtual pages of Forbes, we have a story about how Sun Microsystems has moved on from the bad old days of the Internet bubble, and how, in the light of this, Mr. Sun, aka CEO Scott McNealy, may soon move on.

Really?

Network Monitoring with Zabbix

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HowTos

This tutorial demonstrates how to set up network monitoring using Zabbix including the server, mysql db, and apache. The ZABBIX server requires the following system resources:

Moving Windows fonts to Linux

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HowTos

Fonts are often overlooked when switching or reinstalling operating systems, and when they're gone, it's a real hassle to try to get the right ones back again. You can spend hours or days trying to figure out where your favorite anti-aliased serif font came from and how to get it back onto your system, and for some people, not having Windows fonts in GNU/Linux is a dealbreaker. So here's how to back up your fonts and install them into GNU/Linux.

Second Beta of KOffice 1.5 Released

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KDE

With more than 1500 improvements since the first beta release of the 1.5 series, the KOffice developers invite the user community for the final round of testing of KOffice 1.5 before the first release candidate.

Less is more: the hidden treasure of less command

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HowTos

less is a pager or a program similar to more, but which allows backward movement in the file as well as forward movement. Less has a massive number of options. Every time I work with less command, I find something new and amazing.

Samba Server Configuration

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Linux

Samba is a suite of Unix applications that speak the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol. Many operating systems, including Windows and OS/2, use SMB to perform client-server networking. By supporting this protocol, Samba allows Unix servers to get in on the action, communicating with the same networking protocol as Microsoft Windows products.

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Dealing with Anti-Linux Trolls

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Linux

It's my desire to help the Linux community deal with a growing issue of trolls packing new Linux user forums with bad advice and sometimes down right lies. In the past few years this issue has gone from being a one-off to such a common occurrence today that It's getting out of hand.

Backing Up Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu is quickly becoming the Linux distribution of choice for home desktop users. As such, people need to learn quick and easy methods by which they can protect their data. Despite Ubuntu's stability, catastrophic failures do happen, and when they do it is important to have a back up so that your data can be recovered.

KDE and Business: Intevation Interview

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KDE

In the first in a series of articles, KDE Dot News will cover businesses with past and present involvement that are vital to KDE's ongoing success. Today, we interview Bernhard Reiter and Bernhard Herzog of Intevation.

IBM Germany denies Linux-over-Vista decision

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Linux

IBM Germany has refuted a Groklaw report that the division has decided to migrate Windows desktops to Linux rather than upgrade them to Vista.

Stoked Rider Screenshots and Movie

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Gaming

A set of screenshots and a movie for Stoked Rider featuring Tommy Brunner, the celshaded snowboarding game in production at Bongfish Interactive Entertainment, is now available. The game will also be availiable for Linux.

Hackers Targeting Mambo Security Holes

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Security

Hackers are actively seeking out unpatched versions of the Mambo content management system, which recently repaired a serious security hole. Sites running on Mambo should upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

Book Review: Core Web Application Development With PHP and MySQL

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Reviews

Aimed at the developer who wants to get to grips with building dynamic web applications, this is not a book that's pitched at those who don't know their mark-up. While there's no prior knowledge of PHP assumed, the author does assume some existing knowledge of HTML and programming in general.

Making Sure Migration Is an Option

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OSS

As time passes, the base of Linux users is growing in the data center, desktop, and even embedded electronic devices. Numbers from industry analysts point out that Linux server shipments have shown double-digit growth every quarter for over two years.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: The Fed-Backed Bug Zapper

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Security

This week, Coverity announced the initial results of its code scans, churning out numbers for 32 open source projects. Somewhat tellingly, the average defect density of just the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Perl/PHP) stack was .290. These numbers are all well and good, but what are open source developers supposed to do with them now?

EU hits back at Microsoft complaints

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Microsoft

Last Thursday, Microsoft filed a formal complaint against the Commission, saying that the body was failing to act as a fair and independent regulator in the antitrust case. On Friday, the Commission published a document that showed that it was perfectly normal for the trustee, U.K. computer scientist Professor Neil Barrett to have contacts with rival firms.

Also: Microsoft faces new fines threat

Where the future is hatched

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Misc

Judging from the buzz around the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, this weekend - a Woodstock for geeks - the Web is back in full force. "It's reflective of what people will be talking about three years from now. South by Southwest is where the future hatches."

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Fine-Tuning Kubuntu

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Ubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE-ized edition of Ubuntu Linux, the current Linux glamour distribution. Ubuntu is an excellent distribution, and I believe its popularity is due largely, in addition to technical and design excellence, to the Ubuntu philosophy. This is a lovely change of pace from the "survival of the loudest" atmosphere of some tech communities.

First Look at SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

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Reviews

There are many warriors in the battle for reigning king of the Linux desktop, and if you need proof, Distrowatch.com is proof positive that almost everyone is in the game. The top ten seem to be reserved for the best of the best, and the distro we're looking at today is one of them: MEPIS Linux.

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Security: Amazon, Microsoft, and John Draper

  • Amazon security camera could be remotely disabled by rogue couriers

    However, researchers from Rhino Security Labs found attacking the camera's Wi-Fi with a distributed denial of service attack, which sends thousands of information requests to the device, allowed them to freeze the camera. It would then continue to show the last frame broadcast, rather than going offline or alerting the user it had stopped working.

  • Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon
    A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, researchers from security firm UpGuard's Cyber Risk Team said in a blog post published Friday. The cache included many posts that appeared to be benign, and in many cases those involved from people in the US, a finding that raises privacy and civil-liberties questions. Facebook was one of the sites that originally hosted the scraped content. Other venues included soccer discussion groups and video game forums. Topics in the scraped content were extremely wide ranging and included Arabic language posts mocking ISIS and Pashto language comments made on the official Facebook page of Pakistani politician Imran Khan.
  • Pirated Microsoft Software Enabled NSA Hack says Kaspersky
    Earlier reports accused Kaspersky's antivirus software which was running on the NSA worker's home computer to be the reason behind the Russian spies to access the machine and steal important documents which belonged to NSA hacking unit, Equation Group.
  • Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface
    John Draper, a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as "phreaking," has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News, Draper, who is also known as "Captain Crunch," acted inappropriately with six adult men and minors between 1999 and 2007 during so-called "energy" exercises, which sometimes resulted in private invitations to his hotel room. There, Draper allegedly made unwanted sexual advances. As a result of the new revelations, Draper, 74, is now no longer welcome at Defcon. Michael Farnum, the founder of HOU.SEC.CON, told Ars on Friday afternoon that Draper, who had been scheduled to speak in April 2018, was disinvited.

Debian Developers

  • Joey Hess: stupid long route
    Yesterday, I surpassed all that, and I did it in a way that hearkens right back to the original story. I had two computers, 20 feet apart, I wanted one to talk to the other, and the route between the two ended up traveling not around the Earth, but almost the distance to the Moon. I was rebuilding my home's access point, and ran into a annoying bug that prevented it from listening to wifi. I knew it was still connected over ethernet to the satellite receiver. I connected my laptop to the satellite receiver over wifi. But, I didn't know the IP address to reach the access point. Then I remembered I had set it up so incoming ssh to the satellite receiver was directed to the access point.
  • I am now a Debian Developer
    On the 6th of April 2017, I finally took the plunge and applied for Debian Developer status. On 1 August, during DebConf in Montréal, my application was approved. If you’re paying attention to the dates you might notice that that was nearly 4 months ago already. I was trying to write a story about how it came to be, but it ended up long. Really long (current draft is around 20 times longer than this entire post). So I decided I’d rather do a proper bio page one day and just do a super short version for now so that someone might end up actually reading it.
  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, October 2017
    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Programming: GNU Nano, Software Engineering Talent Shortage, HHVM (PHP)

  • GNU Nano Latest Version 2.9.0
    GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-; to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards', makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME for the history files, adds a history stack for executed commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
  • GNU Nano Text Editor Can Now Record & Replay Keystrokes
    GNU Nano 2.9 is now available as the latest feature release of this popular CLI text editor and it's bringing several new capabilities. First up, GNU Nano 2.9 has the ability to record and replay keystrokes within the text editor. M-: is used to start/stop the keystroke recording session while M-; is used to playback the macro / recorded keystrokes.
  • 2018's Software Engineering Talent Shortage— It’s quality, not just quantity

    The software engineering shortage is not a lack of individuals calling themselves “engineers”, the shortage is one of quality — a lack of well-studied, experienced engineers with a formal and deep understanding of software engineering.

  • HHVM 3.23
    HHVM 3.23 is released! This release contains new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, and supporting work for future improvements. Packages have been published in the usual places, however we have rotated the GPG key used to sign packages; see the installation instructions for more information.
  • Facebook Releases HHVM 3.23 With OpenSSL 1.1 Support, Experimental Bytecode Emitter
    HHVM 3.23 has been released as their high performance virtual machine for powering their Hack programming language and current PHP support. As mentioned back in September though, Facebook will stop focusing on PHP 7 compatibility in favor of driving their own Hack programming language forward. It's after their next release, HHVM 3.24, in early 2018 they will stop their commitment to supporting PHP5 features and at the same time not focus on PHP7 support. Due to the advancements made by upstream PHP on improving their performance, etc, Facebook is diverting their attention to instead just bolstering Hack and thus overtime the PHP support within HHVM will degrade.

Linux 4.14 File-System Benchmarks: Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS

Our latest Linux file-system benchmarking is looking at the performance of the mainline Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS file-systems on the Linux 4.14 kernel compared to 4.13 and 4.12. In looking to see how the file-system/disk performance has changed if at all under the newly released Linux 4.14 kernel, I carried out some 4.12/4.13/4.14 benchmarks using Btrfs/EXT4/F2FS/XFS while freshly formatting the drive each time and using the default mount options. Read more Also: Freedreno Gallium3D Supports A Fair Amount Of OpenGL 4.x