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Linux Achieves Bodhi Enlightenment

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fossforce.com: Until recently, most desktop Linux distros were about the same on the surface. What differentiated them were things like configurability. These days many distros look and feel like unique stand alone operating systems–not like just slightly different flavors of GNU based Linux. Then there’s Bodhi.

KVM: Linux Virtualization That's Halfway There

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linuxinsider.com: While the KVN infrastructure is built into the Linux OS, you need a modern version of the Linux kernel to use this virtual machine. KVM requires machine extensions. The kernel component of KVM is included in mainline Linux as of version 2.6.20.

Booting Linux using UEFI can brick Samsung laptops

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Hardware

h-online.com: Booting Linux using UEFI just once on various Samsung laptops is enough to permanently stop them working. Several reports have been posted on the Ubuntu bug tracker, but the problem is likely to also be present in other Linux distributions, as it appears to be caused by a kernel driver for Samsung laptops.

Fedora 18 vs. Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Benchmarks

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: As the next chapter after the Fedora 17 vs. Fedora 18 benchmarks for the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution, here are benchmarks comparing Fedora 18 to Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.04 on two separate PCs.

State of the CLI

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hylkebons.nl: Unlike most computer interfaces, the Command Line Interface (or cli) hasn’t changed much over the last 30 years. Does this mean we’re in a good place?

Closed minds of "Open Source" eject iTWire from Linux conference

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OSS

itwire.com: In the more than 30 years that I have been involved with the tech industry I have seen a lot of strange things but none stranger than the events of today at the Linux Conference Australia. iTWire senior Linux writer Sam Varghese has been ejected from the conference.

Mageia 3 Beta 2 Released

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  • Mageia 3 Beta 2 Released
  • Penguin Origins: The History of Linux
  • Fedora 19 Features: GLIBC 2.17, GNOME 3.8, MATE 1.6
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 301
  • Linux Mint 15 “Olivia”
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Wallpaper Contest Opens for Entries
  • Slax 7.0 - Slax Is Back
  • Bodhi on MK802 and other ARM Updates
  • Which Ubuntu should I install? 12.04.1 or 12.10?
  • Snowlinux 4 XFCE Review: The Smoothest

My Encounter with PicarOS, a Great Linux Distro for Children

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Software

mandrivachronicles.blogspot: My 2 year old daughter is very fond of computers. Therefore, I have been searching for options to make her desktop environment more appealing for her. After all, anyone can use Linux these days. And there are options for children, too.

5 Dilemmas of Linux Evangelists

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unsolicitedbutoffered.blogspot: Although Linux evangelists make up a small percentage (even smaller than the alleged percentage of Linux desktop users) of computer users out there, there are still hazards to attempting to promote Linux.

Why this Linux user is now using Windows 3.1

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Microsoft
Humor

networkworld.com: This is the story of how a Linux user...switched to Windows 3.1. At least in part. You read that right. Windows 3.1. Yes. That Windows 3.1. The 16-bit one that came out in 1992...

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Linux Foundation and Linux

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  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
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Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.