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A kinder and gentler Microsoft?

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Microsoft

The software giant has made nice with competitors but analysts think it's the same old Microsoft. Several analysts said that rivals, and investors, shouldn't be fooled.

Tango Project aims to simplify, beautify Linux desktops

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Software

Introducing the Tango Project, a collaborative effort on the part of a variety of software designers and artists to unify the visual style of software on Linux and other open-source desktops.

LinuxWorld UK Impresses With Depth

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Linux

Last week's LinuxWorld UK may not have been the biggest Linux show around, but LinuxPlanet editor Martin C. Brown was more than a little impressed by the depth of the vendors and presentations there. Linux is still running strong in Europe and momentum couldn't be higher.

Open Source Attracts Public Sector

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OSS

Once a curiosity of computer rooms, open-source software applications are now giving commercial programs a run for their money.

Nokia Declares War Against Microsoft

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Sci/Tech

Nokia's introduction of its new ESeries smartphones was more than just another product announcement. It was an open declaration of war against Microsoft. With both of them squarely targeting the North American enterprise, this could be an absolutely fascinating battle.

Why Linux isn't too fat & MS hurts customers

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OSS

As people make the transition from Windows to the increasingly popular Linux operating system and open source applications, many questions arise. In this SearchOpenSource.com interview, Van der Linden explains why users should make the jump to Linux for reasons such as cost, security and convenience.

Stuck on Stux

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Linux
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Stux Linux is an unique Linux distribution. Version 0.8.1 was released on the 7th and Distrowatch reports, "The new version is a quick bug-fix update to the new 0.8 series, which the developers launched a week ago. Some of the new features include: "Based on Slackware Linux 10.2 and Knoppix 3.7 for kernel and modules; all procedure and interfaces have been substantially reviewed; added boot option 'toram' to load STUX image in RAM and run from there; STUX Network Panel added - configure network for dial-up, ADSL, ethernet and wireless connections; STUX Media Center added; USB support enhanced; hard disk and USB installation process enhanced; created BitTorrent UI, also integrated in Firefox....""

Grisoft predicts Linux virus plague

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Security

Grisoft, makers of the popular AVG Anti-Virus offering, has warned that it is "only a matter of time" before Linux becomes widely targeted by virus and malware writers.

IBM to Contribute Software Development Blueprints to Open Source Community

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OSS

IBM today announced plans to contribute key intellectual assets to the open source community, in an effort to help companies and software practitioners adopt and share best practices for software development.

A survey of Linux Web development tools

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Software

Choice is a good thing, and Linux users have plenty of it when selecting a program for Web development. Users can choose from the basic no-frills text editors, to full-featured "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) programs. Here's a survey of the best programs I've used.

An Overview of ping

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HowTos

Trying to figure out if your laptop is connected to your home or office network? ping it.

ping is a diagnostic tool used for verifying connectivity between two hosts on a network. It sends Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request packets to a remote IP address and watches for ICMP responses.

Linux Enters the Mainstream

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Linux

"Industry observers have taken a more level-headed approach to analyzing its prospects and defining the surrounding opportunity, and it is now clear that Linux is here to stay."

OpenSSL.org Issues Patch for Server Vulnerability

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Security

OpenSSL.org Project on Tuesday released a software update to fix a flaw in all previously released versions of OpenSSL-up to versions 0.9.7h and 0.9.8a-that could allow hackers to compromise ostensibly secure Web servers.

U.S. Court Fines Russian-Led Spam Gang $37M

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Legal

A U.S. Superior Court judge has slapped an Internet spam gang that operated from two locations, one near Boston, the other in Russia, with $37 million in penalties for running dozens of illegal sites peddling counterfeit drugs, pirated software and pornography, the Boston Herald daily reported.

DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-D MB

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Hardware
Reviews

The nForce4 chipset has been out for the AMD platform for almost a year now. Upon release, it quickly became “the” chipset to have for most mid to high end systems. Today we are going take an in depth look at the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-D motherboard and investigate whether or not its features, performance and stability make it stand out from the rest.

What Linux users really want

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Linux

Many Linux "zealots," if you will (being an obvious example myself, I'm hoping to use the term without political fall-out) seem anxious for Linux to take over every computer in the land. We don't really want to bring Linux to the masses. We long in vain for the day the masses will come to Linux.

Gary Edwards: OpenOffice.org 2.0

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Software

As we approach the imminent release of the "stable" version of OpenOffice.org 2.0 (OOo 2.0), it is becoming increasingly apparent that OOo 2.0 and is going shake up the desktop software industry. The "clean" XML standard adopted by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee (TC) and the State of Massachusettst is at the heart of massive changes now under way in the multi-billion dollar office productivity software industry.

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Linux Kernel Local DoS and Security Bypass Issues

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Security

Multiple vulnerabilities were identified in Linux Kernel, which could be exploited by local attackers to cause a denial of service or bypass certain security restrictions.

"openSUSE" v "SUSE Linux"

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SUSE

SUSE Linux 10.0 is available for purchase and download in different flavors and some people are still spreading wrong information (initially started by some journalists). Is it "openSUSE" or "SUSE Linux?"

Also: Best release party ever!

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Fedora: Updated F27 Live ISOs, Synergy 2.0, Bodhi 3.2.0, Announcing Flapjack

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    The Fedora Respins SIG is pleased to announce the latest release of Updated 27 Live ISOs, carrying the 4.14.13-300 kernel.
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Security Leftovers

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  • Latvia's e-health system hit by cyberattack from abroad
    Latvia said its new e-health system was on Tuesday hit by a large-scale cyberattack that saw thousands of requests for medical prescriptions pour in per second from more than 20 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the European Union. No data was compromised, according to health officials, who immediately took down the site, which was launched earlier this month to streamline the writing of prescriptions in the Baltic state. "It is clear that it was a planned attack, a widespread attack—we might say a specialised one—as it emanated from computers located in various different countries, both inside the European Union and outside Europe," state secretary Aivars Lapins told reporters. "We received thousands of requests in a very short space of time. That's not the normal way the system works," he said, adding that an investigation is under way.
  • Linux Lite Developer Creates Automated Spectre/Meltdown Checker for Linux OSes
    The developer of the Ubuntu-based Linux Lite distribution has created a script that makes it easier for Linux users to check if their systems are vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws. As we reported last week, developer Stéphane Lesimple created an excellent script that would check if your Linux distribution's kernel is patched against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities that have been publicly disclosed earlier this month and put billions of devices at risk of attacks.
  • Purism Releases Meltdown and Spectre Patches for Its Librem Linux Laptops
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    Facebook is hardly a small organization, with large teams of engineers and security professionals on staff. Yet even Facebook has found that it can profit from expertise outside of the company, which is why the social networking giant has continued to benefit from its bug bounty program. In 2017, Facebook paid out $880,000 to security researchers as part of its bug bounty program. The average reward payout in 2017 was $1,900, up from $1,675 in 2016.
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Arch Linux vs. Antergos vs. Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu Benchmarks

Last week when sharing the results of tweaking Ubuntu 17.10 to try to make it run as fast as Clear Linux, it didn't take long for Phoronix readers to share their opinions on Arch Linux and the request for some optimized Arch Linux benchmarks against Clear Linux. Here are some results of that testing so far in carrying out a clean Arch Linux build with some basic optimizations compared to using Antergos Minimal out-of-the-box, Ubuntu Server, and Clear Linux. Tests this time around were done on the Intel Core i9 7980XE system with ASUS PRIME X299-A motherboard, 4 x 4GB DDR4-3200 Corsair memory, GeForce GTX 750, and Corsair Force MP500 120GB NVMe solid-state drive. The system with 18 cores / 36 threads does make for quick and easy compiling of many Linux packages. Read more

Mozilla Leftovers

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  • Firefox Telemetry Use Counters: Over-estimating usage, now fixed
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  • Giving and receiving help at Mozilla
    This is going to sound corny, but helping people really is one of my favorite things at Mozilla, even with projects I have mostly moved on from. As someone who primarily works on internal tools, I love hearing about bugs in the software I maintain or questions on how to use it best. Given this, you might think that getting in touch with me via irc or slack is the fastest and best way to get your issue addressed. We certainly have a culture of using these instant-messaging applications at Mozilla for everything and anything. Unfortunately, I have found that being “always on” to respond to everything hasn’t been positive for either my productivity or mental health. My personal situation aside, getting pinged on irc while I’m out of the office often results in stuff getting lost — the person who asked me the question is often gone by the time I return and am able to answer.
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