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Torvalds says DRM isn't necessarily bad

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Misc

Provisions against digital rights management in a draft update to the General Public License could undermine computer security, Linus Torvalds said this week in e-mails reflecting the Linux leader's pragmatic philosophy.

Blue Security's Do Not Intrude Registry

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Security

Most people set up some type of filter to weed out the bad email from the good. That approach, has its limitations. One company is trying a new, open source-based approach that creates a user-enforced "Do Not Spam" list.

Google wants its very own Net

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Google

It seems Google is lusting for its own personal and private global internet. If it manages this, forget DRM. It'll have the ultimate in consumer control.

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Fixing Windows with Knoppix

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HowTos

Do you use Knoppix? This bootable Linux distribution that comes in the form of a CD or DVD can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry. In this feature, we guide you through the process of fixing Windows with Knoppix, which includes resizing Windows partitions, solving key system file problems, and recovering data.

Renewed Linux trademark bid in the works

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Linux

The United States-based body responsible for protecting the "Linux" name appears to be making a renewed push to register it as a trademark in Australia.

Green Up Journals: Game time

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Gaming

It is late January and the development team of "America's Army" -- the U.S. Army's free video game for the Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems -- has arrived in Camp Guernsey for three days of hands-on training and demonstrations via the Green Up event. While the team would ordinarily spend their days coding video games, for a few days they've been given full access to some of the weapons, vehicles, physical training and technologies used in their game.

French police uses open source for variety, consistency

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OSS

France has two national police forces, each reporting to a different ministry. One ministry is trying to avoid the kind of IT monoculture that allows viruses to spread and disable all key systems; the other wants to bring uniformity to a sprawling IT infrastructure. Both are turning to open source software to achieve their aims.

February 2006 Web Server Survey

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Web

In the February 2006 survey we received responses from 76,184,000 sites, an increase of 933K from January's total. Apache continues its strong growth with an increase of 1.3 million hostnames for the month, but the active sites data shows a very different result.

SUSE 10.1 beta 3 Report

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Reviews
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A new beta of SUSE was released yesterday and since I missed beta2, I just had to look at beta 3. In a few words, no big changes are afoot, but plenty under-the-hood updates and few surprizes were found. Some of these new and improved items may have shown up in beta 2, so this is our report on SUSE development since beta 1.

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The Producer Electronics Revolution, Part I

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Misc

For the last few years, the biggest show in town has been CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. It fills the whole Convention Center--the biggest one on Earth--plus the Sands and the Hilton and the Alexis Park. Several million square feet host more than 2,500 exhibits and 150,000 visitors. Doc's first report on CES. Several thumbs-down and one big thumbs-up on the keynotes.

This Week's Open Source Roundup

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OSS

Last week's big story was also this week's big story. The proposed version 3 of the GNU General Public Licence, the GPL, grabbed headlines this week as every pundit worth his pencil weighed in on the subject. The verdict? Well, it's either great, seriously flawed or irrelevant.

Leapsoft launches African Linux distribution

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Linux

Nigerian software vendor Leapsoft Ltd has launched a new Linux distribution, Wazobia Linux, aimed at meeting the needs of consumers, businesses, education, and government in West Africa.

YA My sysadmin toolbox

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Software

I've been working as a Linux admin for more than six years, and using Linux for a little longer. Like a lot of Linux administrators, I started with Red Hat, but now I use Debian stable at work and Gentoo at home. Recently, NewsForge asked readers to "let us know about your most valuable utilities." Here are mine.

Debian founder takes over LSB leadership

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Misc

The Free Standards Group (FSG), the non-profit group behind the Linux Standard Base (LSB), has announced that Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock will be its new CTO (chief technology officer) and will chair the LSB workgroup.

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AMD Hack Points to Widespread Web Forum Flaws, Attacks

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Malicious hackers are increasingly targeting security vulnerabilities in open-source software that runs bulletin boards and online forums, according to Internet monitoring firm Netcraft.

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