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Story The Linux Desktop-a-week review: Cinnamon Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 3:36pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 3:59pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:01pm
Story Third Release of KDE Frameworks Brings a Multitude of Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:05pm
Story Kano's DIY computer teaches kids to code, and now it's available to everyone Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:17pm
Story Spotify is Powered by Linux and Open Source Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:30pm
Story Untangle Next Generation (NG) Firewall Is Now Based on Debian "Wheezy" Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:35pm
Story Gummersbach completes switch to open source Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:53pm
Story Many ACPI & Power Management Changes For Linux 3.18 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 5:06pm
Story Diversity is a crucial component of meritocracy Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 5:54pm

Gaël Duval Bids Farewell to Cookers

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In a tear-jerking last farewell, Gaël Duval says goodbye and thanks to the developers on the Cooker Mailing List.

Microsoft And Eclipse: A Showdown For Ajax Leadership

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Web users are getting spoiled. Once they experience the Ajax-powered speed and interactivity of apps on Google or Flickr, click-and-wait Web interfaces won't cut it. Spurred by growing business interest, Microsoft and backers of Eclipse, the open source programmer's workbench, last week stepped up efforts to create Ajax-friendly tools for building interactive Web applications.

Suse Linux CTO To Exit Novell

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Juergen Geck, former CTO of SUSE Linux, is slated to finish his duties at Novell at the end of this week. Novell declined to comment.

Mark Hinkle Named Enterprise Open Source Conference Tech Chair

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Mark R. Hinkle has been named Tech Chair for the Enterprise Open Source Conference and Expo, to be held in New York on June 5-6. He is Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for EmuSoftware as well as the Editor-in-Chief of LinuxWorld Magazine.

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Could a common installer be the answer for desktop Linux?

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There's no mistaking that buying desktop hardware for use with Linux is more difficult than buying Windows PCs. Even if you manage to avoid the "Microsoft tax" and buy a system without Windows preinstalled, you still have the additional hurdle of getting your Linux of choice onto it.

Snort on OpenWrt: Guarding the SOHO perimeter

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If you're edgy about security for your SOHO LAN, you might want to consider moving your first line of defense out past your firewall. How about on your router, for example? If your router runs OpenWrt, you can do exactly that, by running Snort, the open source intrusion detection system (IDS) project that has become the most widely deployed IDS in the world. Throw in the firewall that comes out of the box with OpenWrt White Russian, and suddenly the perimeter seems a lot more secure.

Does Open Source Create Jobs?

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Open Source is as much a political movement as a technical one, and has a very large and tremendously passionate following around the world. The singular fact emerging from all this is that employment has simply not approached glory-day levels. Even as the Nasdaq has edged up 15% in recent months, it languishes far, far from its late 90s peak.

Red Hat Seen Reporting Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Results in Line With Estimates

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Red Hat Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based open-source software maker, reports fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, March 28, after the market close. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period.


Recursive chown

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I had email this morning from someone using "chown" to fix up permissions on a directory. He had discovered "-R" in the man page but had run into a small problem.

Vim author gets hired by Google

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I have always been a great fan of Vim editor. The very same versatile editor created and maintained by Bram Moolenaar. Mr Moolenaar has just been hired by Google and will start working for the search giant in Zurich.

Routing for multiple uplinks

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Debian suits perfectly for use as a gateway for computers on your LAN. However once bandwidth usage grows it could be handy to just add another internet uplink to your gateway. Debian does not cater for this out of the box so this document describes how to setup your debian gateway for multiple uplinks.

Temporary hosting for Beranger!

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Due to the current bandwidth limit of 10 GB/mo, as you might have noticed, the Béranger plays GNOME with SuSE site is temporarily blocked/suspended, probably until 04/01.

Temporarily, the updated contents can be accessed on my personal PC:


Forcing Firefox Extensions to Work on Bon Echo

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One of the biggest issues people have with Mozilla/Firefox extensions (besides security vulnerabilities) is the required version field that indicates which versions of Mozilla/Firefox that particular extension will run on.

CLI Magic: Playing music from the command line with mp3blaster

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Ever since my first Linux install 10 years ago, I have been hooked on the command line. The Bourne Again Shell (BASH) has been my first choice for moving or copying files, writing text, browsing through my home folder, and lately, even for reading email. When I realized I was depending on graphical players to listen to my MP3 collection, I searched for a command-line MP3 player -- and found mp3blaster.

Personal security: passwords

Passwords are, without a doubt, the perferred method of online security by online blogs, portals, e-commerce sites and just about anything else. For the most part, this is a good system. But, like all security systems, there is a point of possible disclosure, and it lies with you, the password creator, manager and holder. There are tricks to managing passwords, and free software programs to make managing passwords simple and I’ll show you some of them, right now...

A Silicon Valley fairy tale-- Apple at 30

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It was three decades ago when a pair of prank-loving college dropouts, who also shared an interest in electronics, created computer circuit boards in a Cupertino garage, named the product Apple I and sold it to a local computer store.

Also: Didn't want to change the world, just wanted to work on computers

Unofficial Debian GNU/Linux Repositories Overview

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Sometimes, especially if you have switched from some another GNU/Linux distribution to Debian GNU/Linux, your will have one major problem: you are missing some software available in your previous distribution. That is were Debian unofficial repositories can help you.

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Security: Sphinx, Ransomware, Webmin, YubiKey

  • Exposed Sphinx Servers Are No Challenge for Hackers [Ed: That’s the same agency and the same troll site that initially promoted the lies and the FUD about VLC]

    A popular open-source text search server, Sphinx offers impressive performance for indexing and searching data in databases or just in files. It is cross-platform, available for Linux, Windows, macOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, and a few other operating systems. [...] CERT-Bund posted the warning on Twitter today alerting network operators and providers about the risk of running Sphinx servers with a default configuration that are open on the web. The organization highlights that Sphinx lacks any authentication mechanisms. Exposing it on the web gives an attacker the possibility "to read, modify or delete any data stored in the Sphinx database."

  • Ransomware Hits Texas Local Governments [iophk: Windows TCO]

    The attack was observed on the morning of August 16 and appears to have been launched by a single threat actor, the DIR announcement reads.

    The State Operations Center (SOC) was activated soon after the attack reports started to come in, and DIR says that all of the entities that were actually or potentially affected appear to have been identified and notified.

    A total of twenty-three entities have been confirmed as impacted so far, and the responders are working on bringing the affected systems back online.

  • Webmin Backdoored for Over a Year

    The security hole impacts Webmin 1.882 through 1.921, but most versions are not vulnerable in their default configuration as the affected feature is not enabled by default. Version 1.890 is affected in the default configuration. The issue has been addressed with the release of Webmin 1.930 and Usermin version 1.780.

  • The YubiKey 5Ci is the 'first' iOS-compatible security key

    Like other YubiKey options in the 5 series, the YubiKey 5Ci supports multiple authentication protocols, including IDO2/WebAuthn, FIDO U2F, OTP (one-time-password), PIV (Smart Card), and OpenPGP.

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Analysis of the state of play of Open Source policies in EU Member States

The study on OSS policies will answer the following research questions, each of which will be elaborated upon in dedicated chapters: [...] Read more

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