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response to DistroWatch "Introducing Debian"

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  • A response to DistroWatch "Introducing Debian GNU/Linux 6.0"
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Desktop training harder than you'd think

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Linux When I read with disappointed interest the news that the German Foreign Office had decided to migrate back to Windows after having deployed Linux on their office desktops in 2005, my immediate reaction was one of resignation.

Linux Mint 10 KDE released

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Linux The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 10 KDE.

Pinguy OS 10.04.2 Screenshots

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Linux PinguyOS is for people that have never used Linux before or for people that just want an out-of-the-box working OS without doing all the tweaks and enhancements that everyone seems to do when installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu or other Linux based Distro's.

Still Think Linux Is Just for Start-Ups?

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Linux That's the question the Financial Times was asking last week, and it's a rather strange question, when you think about it. It really begs another question: Was there ever, let alone still, anyone who thought Linux was "just for start-ups." Who would these people be?

Year of Linux (Unix)

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Linux Every new year, pundits claim it to be the year of the Linux desktop. For as long as I can remember, it has been claimed to be Linux’s year for the past 5 years. Can 2011 be said to be the year of Linux for the Nth time? Maybe not on the desktop, but on others, perhaps it is!

You know you’re a CLI addict when

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kmandla.wordpress: Your graphical desktops rely on terminal emulators for mundane tasks. I show that with a little bit of hesitation. I usually reserve console-based applications for machines that really need it. Includes Linux Users in new Movie Streaming Service

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Web Linux users have long searched for a way to legally watch premium movies on their computers with little luck. Even local video rentals or delivery services require the use of software that isn't legal in the US. Well, has come to the rescue.

Judge guts suit against Sony for killing Linux in PS3

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Linux A federal judge has dismissed all but one of the claims leveled against Sony for dropping Linux support from its PlayStation 3 game console, but gave the plaintiffs permission to refile an amended complaint that fixes the deficiencies.

The OpenPC project: Ready-made GNU/Linux Machines

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Hardware The Open Desktop communities Open-PC project is now offering three different models of open computers with turn-key GNU/Linux and KDE installations based on OpenSUSE (or Ubuntu). These systems could provide real competition with pre-installed Windows or Mac computers.

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KTU exams to run on open source software

All examinations of the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) — which run on an online platform — would switch to open source software from the second semester onwards. For the first semester examinations, the KTU would use a proprietary, Microsoft, software. In response to demands from student organisations, the KTU has pushed back its first semester examinations by two days. The first of the examinations would now begin on December 4 instead of December 2. The first of the results would be published on December 19. Read more Also: KTU goes ahead with exam outsourcing

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  • Researchers poke hole in custom crypto built for Amazon Web Services
    Underscoring just how hard it is to design secure cryptographic software, academic researchers recently uncovered a potentially serious weakness in an early version of the code library protecting Amazon Web Services. Ironically, s2n, as Amazon's transport layer security implementation is called, was intended to be a simpler, more secure way to encrypt and authenticate Web sessions. Where the OpenSSL library requires more than 70,000 lines of code to execute the highly complex TLS standard, s2n—short for signal to noise—has just 6,000 lines. Amazon hailed the brevity as a key security feature when unveiling s2n in June. What's more, Amazon said the new code had already passed three external security evaluations and penetration tests.
  • Social engineering: hacker tricks that make recipients click
    Social engineering is one of the most powerful tools in the hacker's arsenal and it generally plays a part in most of the major security breaches we hear about today. However, there is a common misconception around the role social engineering plays in attacks.
  • Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to $8 Million Settlement Over Sony Hack
    Sony agreed to reimburse employees up to $10,000 apiece for identity-theft losses
  • Cyber Monday: it's the most wonderful time of year for cyber-attackers
    Malicious attacks on shoppers increased 40% on Cyber Monday in 2013 and 2014, according to, an anti-malware and spyware company, compared to the average number of attacks on days during the month prior. Other cybersecurity software providers have identified the December holiday shopping season as the most dangerous time of year to make online purchases. “The attackers know that there are more people online, so there will be more attacks,” said Christopher Budd, Trend Micro’s global threat communications manager. “Cyber Monday is not a one-day thing, it’s the beginning of a sustained focus on attacks that go after people in the holiday shopping season.”

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