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KateOS 2.2, their gal too!

Kate OS is a multitasking operating system, which brings all that is necessary for: programmers, webmasters, administrators and home users. KateOS is Distrowatch's Featured Distro of the week and Phoronix has the screenshots.

Linux Game of the Month : Pingus

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I'm from the "I think penguins are cute" camp and happen to like running into them on a regular basis. I also enjoy games that feature penguins, such as Ingo Ruhnke's Pingus, where you assist some friendly little penguins in escaping various dangers.

Indian bank switches to Linux

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India's Canara Bank is replacing DOS and NetWare systems with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the platform to automate more than 1,000 branches of the bank across the country.

M$, Intel, and Sun to sponsor OSBC

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The Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), scheduled for November 1-2, will be sponsored in part by Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Novell, Sybase, and Intel.

Linux Kernel Console Keyboard Mapping Vulnerability

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Linux

Rudolf Polzer has reported a vulnerability in the Linux 2.6 Kernel, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.

Mandriva 2006: One size fits all

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MDV

The Paris, France-based company's Mandriva 2006 can be seen as trying to offer all things to all men as it includes both desktop and server technologies, such as support for Intel Corp's Centrino, Skype, and desktop search, as well as high availability server and software management functionality.

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL

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This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users.

Copyright activists let off steam in London

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Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and free software activists denounce copyright law in London's Hyde Park.

Simple CD-ROM & ISO image cookbook

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There are many times when you need to work with CD-ROM images (or ISO files) under Linux. This simple cookbook shows you how to accomplish the most common tasks.

Tip: Setting up wireless network on SUSE Linux 10.0

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HowTos

Are the improved hardware support, easier installations, up-to-date packages, new features in Linux real? To find a partial answer to the question, I decided to test the wireless networking features in SUSE Linux 10.0.

Five Stars of Open Source

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If IT managers choose the open source community's top products, they will find many solid programs that meet or exceed the capabilities of more expensive commercial alternatives. Here is a closer look at five open-source products and why they are winning favor in government IT shops.

Mannheim Linux switch underway

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The city of Mannheim will have completed the first phase of its migration to Linux by the end of 2005, and is on target to have transferred all of its systems within five years.

Open Doors To Innovation

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Small and midsize companies are creating IT infrastructures based on open-source software to reduce licensing fees and increase flexibility

CLI Magic: Trojan Scan

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Trojan Scan is a simple but effective tool that monitors connections and alerts you to unauthorized activity of the sort that a rootkit, trojan, or other bad-to-the-bone-ware might engage in. Jump down out of that hi-tech hammock you're in and let's take a look.

Finding hotspots with Wireless Assistant

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Learn to use Wireless Assistant for Linux to access wireless networks. Vincent Danen tells you how in this Linux tip.

Basic Iptables - Debian Sarge

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This document will serve as a basic how-to on using iptables. This How-To is performed on a Debian Sarge 3.1 box, though the commands and syntax should work for any linux distro.

Get Linux drivers for wireless network cards

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Where can I find Linux hardware drivers for my USB wireless network adapter?

No Problem: If you can't get a Linux Driver, NDISWRAPPER lets you use the windows driver.

ATI founder cleared

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ATI founder and chairman Kwok Yuen Ho, and his wife, Betty Ho, have been cleared of insider trading allegations in a stinging defeat for Canada's major stock market regulator.

Linux Adoption For The Windows User

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Today many are looking for a way to transition or to protect an already stressed and venerable Windows environment. The question not only is what distribution to use, but how to find solutions that lessen the problems and labor involved in transitioning your current infrastructure.

Using Gmail to...

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Gmail's popularity, enormous storage, search capability, and labels, means that many people have been hacking new uses for the application. This feature looks at some of the more unusual uses that people are putting the system to.

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.