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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 513

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Welcome to this year's 25th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! ROSA is a Russian Linux distribution project which purchased many of Mandriva's assets in 2012 and which now develops a Linux distribution, originally forked from Mandriva, under its own brand name. One of its edition is called "Desktop Fresh." Jesse Smith takes a look.

Hacking the kernel: one man's tale

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Interviews

itwire.com: Mel Gorman works with code. Nothing unusual in that, an overwhelming number of the people I interact with in the FOSS arena do just that. But Gorman is a little more involved than most.

Puppy don't preach - Slacko and Precise head on!

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dedoimedo.com: My musical wittiness knows no limits. Anyhow, today, I'd like to review, not one, but two flavors of Puppy Linux, the quintessential live distro of them all.

@ phoronix

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Software
Ubuntu
  • Assessing The Current Intel Haswell Linux Experience
  • KScreen 1.0 Released For KDE Screen Management
  • There's Now An Ubuntu Touch PPA For Unity 8, Mir
  • 8-Way Desktop Comparison On Ubuntu 13.10 Linux

Kernel Log: Coming in 3.10 (Part 2)

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h-online.com: Bcache has been added to the kernel as a second framework for SSD caching. More compact metadata should speed up btrfs. Checksums help XFS prevent data errors in its file system structures.

Linux on Film: Dredd (2012)

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Movies

unsolicitedbutoffered.blogspot: Dredd is a straightforward no-nonsense cop-thriller set in the future. Linux/Unix once again makes a cameo appearance in the form of Peach Trees online maintenance system.

System Manageability

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techponder.wordpress: The greatest need for improving the manageability of Linux systems is to provide a standard programming interface – an API – for system management functions.

The People Who Support Linux: Prospective kernel developer

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linux.com: Kieran Grant works in IT support for a financial services company but unabashedly aspires to be a Linux SysAdmin and, someday, a kernel developer. After using and hacking Linux for five years, the 19-year-old from Logan City in Queensland, Australia is well on his way to achieving that goal.

Linux Hardware, Past, Present, and Future.

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Hardware

linux.com: Here's some thoughts about some hardware I was going to use, hardware I use daily, and hardware I'll probably use someday in the future.

Slackel KDE-4.10.4 "Live" Released

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  • Slackel KDE-4.10.4 "Live" Released
  • ROSA releases ROSA Desktop Fresh R1 LXDE
  • Red Hat CEO: Expect Better Economy in 2013
  • AntiX 13.1 Will Resurrect Your Old Computer
  • Mandriva clouding the issue with Aeolus Project
  • Deadly Linux Commands
  • Less Popular But Useful Linux Commands
  • Linux Shell:Timeout
  • Gentoo Website Survey 2012: Results and Conclusions
  • Announcing the First Keynote for oSC
  • Ubuntu 13.10 Performance On Intel Core i7 "Haswell"
  • Linux Format 173 On Sale Today - Escape Google
  • Playstation 4 Reportedly Running a Modified FreeBSD 9.0 Distro
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    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
  • Krebs DDoS aftermath: industry in shock at size, depth and complexity of attack
    “This attack didn’t stop, it came in wave after wave, hundreds of millions of packets per second,” says Josh Shaul, Akamai’s vice president of product management, when Techworld spoke to him. “This was different from anything we’ve ever seen before in our history of DDoS attacks. They hit our systems pretty hard.” Clearly still a bit stunned, Shaul describes the Krebs DDoS as unprecedented. Unlike previous large DDoS attacks such as the infamous one carried out on cyber-campaign group Spamhaus in 2013, this one did not use fancy amplification or reflection to muster its traffic. It was straight packet assault from the old school.
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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an exclusive glimpse into the trials last year, where you could compare the specialised proprietary encoders with the Raspberry Pi-powered encoders. “We believe that there is a significant level of demand from smaller radio stations for small scale DAB, and that a wider roll-out of additional small scale services into more geographic areas would be both technically possible and commercially sustainable,” notes Ofcom. Read more