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Story Spark.io Hackers Make An Open-Source Nest Thermostat Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 10:36pm
Story Debian May Be Leaning Towards Systemd Over Upstart Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 10:17pm
Story Raspberry Pi hands-on: PiHub and Bluetooth Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 10:09pm
Story Google's Nest Acquisition Shines a Light on Linux Home Automation Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 8:40pm
Story Mentor’s IVI stack updated with GENIVI 5.0 compliance Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 8:04pm
Story 3.5-inch i.MX6 board runs Linux at a cool 2.3 Watts Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 7:41pm
Story GNOME Shell 3.10 Lands In Ubuntu 14.04 Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 7:31pm
Story First Tizen OS smartphone canceled in Japan Rianne Schestowitz 17/01/2014 - 7:20pm
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The Real Lenovo Laptop Deal

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Linux

The new "Linux-enabled" Lenovo laptop launched this week at LinuxWorld will not actually come "pre-loaded" with Novell SUSE Linux, a high-ranking Lenovo official said today, contradicting some industry reports stating otherwise.

Oracle XE on Debian

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HowTos

Oracle Database Express Edition (XE) is an entry-level, small-footprint database based on the Oracle Database 10g Release 2 code base that's free to develop, deploy, and simple to administer. This document describes installing Oracle 10g Express Edition (formerly known as HTML DB) on a Debian based system.

OpenOffice hits back at viral risk claims

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Security

OpenOffice.org has hit back at claims that the alternative office applications suite is riddled with security holes. Researchers at the French Ministry of Defense say that OpenOffice is subject to security weaknesses that make it at least as susceptible to computer viruses as the commercial, more widely used, Microsoft Office.

Novell reaches out to Microsoft Office users

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SUSE

It's open season on the Windows/Office desktop again, with Novell the latest trying to lure away customers unhappy with the price Microsoft charges for "bloatware".

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New installer gives Debian Etch an edge

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Linux

The Debian Installer team has released the third beta of its installer for Etch, the next version of Debian. According to the announcement, there is now an optional graphical installer for the i386 and amd64 platforms, and you can now set up encrypted partitions during installation.

Freespire 1.0 Review

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Reviews

Linspire Inc. claims that the recently released Freespire is the development version of Linspire, much like Fedora Core is the freely available development version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. During the several days that I used it, I found this to be true in both a good and a bad way. It's good in the sense that the software that comprises Freespire is a bit more modern, but bad in that it has a few problems that make it unsuitable for a production release.

System Administration: Another Step toward the BIND - V

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HowTos

OK, we had an extended breather from our last look at BIND's zone file pri.example.org. It's time to finish up and get a sense of what these records mean. If you're on the path or have the goal of functioning on the server side of the house, get to know this area.

The GNU GPL - a software license for yesterday, today and tomorrow

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OSS

I maintain a few packages that are part of the GNU project. Our software has always been licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2 or later. Naturally I am concerned with the drafting of GPLv3, and I have had to ask myself why I use the GNU GPL.

Tetris clones: Free software need not be boring

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Gaming

Free software has populated almost every sector of the computer software arena: from office suites to encyclopedias to full operating systems. One genre of computer software that most people overlook when thinking of free software is gaming. The fact is, sites such as Freshmeat have literally thousands of free software and freeware games for a huge variety of operating systems.

Are you qualified to bash GNU/Linux?

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Linux

Despite the pervasive growth of mind share and even market share of GNU/Linux in various areas of use, I can still see some people complain that GNU/Linux is just too hard to install and use. Many people who say that GNU/Linux is a geeks OS that is a nightmare to install and maintain have either heard this false rumor from someone else as misinformed as they are now or are basing this conclusion on an experience that, quite frankly, holds no weight today.

LinuxWorld: Linux provides many benefits other than cost-cutting, says CIO panel

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Linux

Rather than looking to open source software solely for cost cutting, enterprise customers should take a broader look at the free software and bring in community-built applications in areas where it best meets business demands, a panel of CIOs agreed.

Real to plug Windows media into Linux

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Software

RealNetworks will release open-source software this year that will let Linux computers play Windows Media files.

Copyright Shackling Creativity?

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OSS

The Linux faithful got a dose of open-source fervor from Lawrence Lessig at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. The Stanford law professor addressed a pack of 10,000 in attendance, offering a message that resonated with the crowd: free culture.

A pacifist version of the GPL?

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OSS

Open source project GPU (Global Processing Unit) is trying to make it easy to share spare CPU cycles, but the developers don't want their tool put to military purposes, and they've modified the GPL to make that clear. This move has brought them into conflict with the Free Software Foundation, which points out that modification of the license is not allowed.

Novell feels "passionate" about Linux

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SUSE

If you ask any Novell Inc. watcher to rate the software vendor's abilities, the chances are that observer will give the company a low grade for marketing. Novell has struggled with how to position its products for years and now hopes it's finally on the right track with a new focus for its Suse Linux distribution.

Firefox 2.0 Delayed Until October

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Moz/FF

There are approximately 40 bugs in the under-construction Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, and about 100 that need to be addressed before the final version goes out the door, Mozilla says.

Kubuntu 6.06 File Sharing and Using VMWare

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HowTos

File sharing is one of the PCs main reasons for existence. Linux is no different and excels at being a file server. VMWare is a great tool for anyone to use. With it you can build machines in a virtual environment.

Secure your Apache2 with mod-security

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HowTos

This article will show how-to install, configure and set up apache's mod-security module on a debian based system. This was done on Ubuntu Dapper and should fit any Debian based system.

Linux A Money Maker

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Linux

Channel partners are making good money on Linux, and the more Linux business they do, the more profitable they are, according to a sponsored survey of 400 qualified respondents conducted by the Institute for Partner Education & Development.

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