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Story Enlightenment 0.18.3 Release Allows the Use of Elementary 1.9 or Later Roy Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 12:04pm
Story Open Standards and Open Source make a great pairing Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 9:30am
Story Like Arduino? Miniaturize your project with TinyCircuits Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 9:22am
Story Why Red Hat's Roger Egan Joined Docker Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 9:14am
Story openSUSE Review, Ubuntu Happenings, and Zorin OS Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 9:04am
Story Best Firefox Add-ons for Social Media Junkies Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 2:12am
Story Review: Manjaro Linux 0.8.9 (Cinnamon edition) Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 2:05am
Story Homerun 1.2.0 Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 1:53am
Story Linux Kernel 3.13 Gets Its First Update Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 1:46am
Story Will Android PCs finally destroy Windows on the desktop? Rianne Schestowitz 30/01/2014 - 1:42am

Linux Kernel Integer Overflow Vulnerability

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Security

Eugene Teo has reported a vulnerability in the Linux Kernel, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.

Bruce Perens: Allegorical version of the Novell-Microsoft Patent Agreement

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SUSE

Once upon a time there was a software company called Novell. Novell had a friend "Big Mike" who was always getting in trouble with the law, but he was strong and had a big business. Big Mike was making big noises, threatening to beat up Novell's customers.

Also:

  • Introducing the Novell's Cunning Plan

  • Novell taps exec to manage Microsoft deal
  • Hovsepian: Balancing on the Novell-MS Tightrope

Linux web PC makers tout Linutop-like wares

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Hardware

Linutop's recently announced Linux-based ultra-compact PC may have grabbed the hardware headlines earlier this week, but its rivals didn't take long to start shouting about their own take on the web-oriented unit.

The Open Source Way

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Interviews
OSS

Can mainstream companies use open source methods to develop their own software? Lynne Ellyn, CIO of DTE Energy, is finding out.

The Best Slackware-Like Is Slackware, Not Arch

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Linux
Reviews

A few days ago I've hurt a little the feelings of Zenwalk's developers. I said then that my next attempt to find «a better Slackware than Slackware» will involve Arch Linux.

Time to turn it around?

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Linux

With all the flap about the Microsoft/Novell patent deal, one question seems to be consistently avoided: just what could Linux be infringing upon?

Child's play

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Linux

Is getting people to convert to GNU/Linux like feeding your kids veges? I'm used to the feeling of smug satisfaction when I've slipped a couple of extra vegetables in a meal and the children haven't noticed.

Birmingham City Council claims open-source success

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Linux
Interviews

Birmingham City Council has defended its year-long trial of desktop Linux, claiming it to be a success, despite an independent report showing it would have been cheaper to install Windows XP. Contrary to press reports which claimed Birmingham had scrapped the Linux initiative, it will in fact "significantly increase" its use of open-source software

The 2006 Holiday Shopping Guide

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Misc

Have a penguinista in your life? Need the perfect holiday gift? Look no further! Here’s a parcel of presents that’ll please even the pickiest geek. Best of all, none will put your eye out.

Recover data from damaged Hard Disks and CD/DVD ROMs

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HowTos

Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, wrecked or inaccessible primary storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Often the data is being salvaged from storage media formats such as hard disk drive, storage tapes, CDs, DVDs, RAID, and other electronics. There are a few utilities that lets you (try to) recover your data, ignoring the I/O errors.

Installing Ubuntu on a machine with no CDROM drive

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Ubuntu

Today I had to install Ubuntu on one of the older machines in the computer room. It's a 1U server without CDROM drive.

Top Linux vs Windows Disputes Myths

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OS

In continuation of my previous article “Can Ubuntu Defeat Windows”, which caused some disputes, I decided to share my vision of the most Linux vs Windows disputes myths.

Why hack your game console?

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Linux

Some people buy game consoles at launch only to take them apart immediately and post pictures of the insides on the internet. It’s part of the ideology of the hacker: take it apart, fiddle with it, and make it do what you want.

Ubuntu on Sun's CoolThreads T1000

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Ubuntu

I wanted to test JBoss performance with the Sun Microsystems new CoolThreads CPU so i ordered one from the Try&Buy deal a week ago.And today it arrived. Small pizza-box with absolutely no printed documentation included. First i had to spend several hours figuring out planning how to actually install Ubuntu on the damn machine, because it doesn't have video output, keyboard or mice connectors or CD/DVD players.

Why Flash 9 for Linux is taking so long

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Software

Adobe skipped a version of Flash for Linux and released stable versions of the Flash 9 player for Windows and Mac OS X long before the beta of Flash 9 to Linux users. Paul Betlem, senior director of engineering for Adobe, explained why the process is taking so long.

Fork off Mr Ballmer!

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SUSE

Any serious, committed user of GNU/Linux who hasn’t heard about the Microsoft/Novell deal has either been slightly dead or at the bottom of an Albanian tin mine shaft. When names of such quality and recognition are speaking out so vehemently and with much greater knowledge and experience than me, I’m inclined to sit up and take notice.

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.19 Released

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Linux

Linus has just tagged v2.6.19 of his vanilla Linux kernel tree. Not many changes here, so if it doesn't compile it's your fault. But the kernel team might just fix it anyway Wink So go get it. It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels.

BeleniX LiveCD v0.5.1 Screenshots

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OS

BeleniX, our favorite OpenSolaris-based LiveCD here at Phoronix, has come out with a new release. New in BeleniX 0.5.1 Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 1.5.0.8, Koffice 1.6.0, C++ runtime libraries from the SUN Studio Suite, and the inclusion of NVIDIA's proprietary display drivers. BeleniX 0.5.1 is also up to date with OpenSolaris build 52. If you've never tried out BeleniX, it's certainly a handy LiveCD worth trying out.

Nice Screenshots.

Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps

Nixcraft has linked to the famous Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps and earth. Pretty cool. Take a click.

Make a DVD Slideshow Using QDVDAuthor

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HowTos

Last weekend a family member asked me if I knew how to create slideshow on a DVD and it got me thinking. After browsing the apps in the DVD Authoring category I settled upon QDVDAuthor and decided to give it a try.

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    Of the hundreds of projects for this year's Google Summer of Code, there are many interesting GSoC 2018 projects but one of those that I am most excited for is Vulkan-Virgl for getting this modern API supported with hardware acceleration by guest virtual machines. As implied by the name, this effort is based upon the Virgl project started by David Airlie and originally tasked with getting OpenGL acceleration to guest VMs using a fully open-source Linux driver stack. Virgl has been in good shape for a while now with OpenGL, while this summer the hope is to get the Vulkan API support going for opening up VMs to using this high-performance graphics and compute API.
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