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Story Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1 Is Based on MATE 1.8 Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 6:41pm
Story Prisonscape Is a Brutal RPG Inspired by The Wire and Oz Set to Launch on Linux Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 6:35pm
Story UK cities start alliance on sharing and re-use Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 6:09pm
Story SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base Edition Is for Command-Line Aficionados Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 5:59pm
Story gnome code assistance Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 5:54pm
Story Suru Icon Theme Package Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 5:45pm
Story Bringing Major Features, GCC 4.9 RC1 Has Been Released Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 5:39pm
Story eBook Reader and Editor Calibre 1.32 Now Supports OPML Files Rianne Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 5:24pm
Story With the death of Windows XP, now is the perfect time to switch to Linux Roy Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 2:58pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 11/04/2014 - 2:51pm

Windows 2003 Really Does Outperform Linux!

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Humor

For years, the Blartner Group and various other prestigious research firms have issued benchmarks claiming that Linux is inferior to Windows. Naturally, we at Humorix have always been skeptical. But while scraping the bottom of the barrel for story ideas last week, we decided to see if we could duplicate any of these benchmarks on our own.

Nintendo Mobile Game Machine Goes Online

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Web

Taking up the fight with Sony Corp's recently released PlayStation Portable, Nintendo plans to bring online multiplayer action to its own handheld gaming system.

OS makers: Security is job No. 1

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Security

Look beyond the bells and whistles, and make sure the security's tough. That's the attitude of operating system makers, who aren't just focusing on features such as snazzy graphics and better networking tools when revamping products. Now they're also providing sturdier defenses.

Midway announces Unreal Tournament 2007

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Gaming

Next installment in Epic Games' popular sci-fi shooter series will ship for the PC in 2006 and will be on display at E3 next week. Unreal Tournament 2007 will have a whole lot to offer: all-new gameplay on a massive scale, an entirely new line of vehicles, expanded community support, and graphics and physics that are truly a generation ahead.

64-bit AMD Far Cry available

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Gaming

CRYTEK AND AMD said that the 64-bit version of Far Cry, optimised for its CPUs, is now available.

Mac malware door creaks open

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Mac

Dashboard, one of the much-publicized features of Apple Computer's latest OS, Tiger, could be ripe for exploitation by porn scammers.

M$ to unveil new Xbox

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Microsoft

Microsoft plans to steal a march on rival Sony by unveiling its next-generation games console on Thursday with an all-singing extravaganza fronted by Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood. The public's first look at the new-look Xbox machine, on the MTV music network, will come at least six months before the console actually goes on sale.

But in the all-important war of hype, Microsoft will be the first on the block.

My Mutagenix Monday

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Linux
Reviews
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Mutagenix is a suite of four livecd variations from which to choose. It comes in basic Rescue CD, KDE 3.4, xfce, and gnome (freerock .2.0) versions ranging from 99mb to almost 600mb. Quite the bold undertaking for our hero I must say. He defines Mutagenix as "A dynamic and mutable variant of Linux; Any one of several LiveCDs based on Slackware and Linux-Live." Today, I thought I'd boot up two versions of the latest release, Mutagenix 2.6.10-1.

Apache eyes open-source Java project

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Software

The Apache Foundation has proposed creating an open-source version of Java on the desktop, a plan that Sun Microsystems has initially welcomed, although questioned the need for it.

Coupla More AMD Reviews

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Hardware

They're popping up all over this morning. Here's one at extremetech and another one at pcworld.

UPDATE: Here's yet another. Dang, I wish AMD would send me a set to review! Big Grin

Spam blacklist targets Telewest

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Security

Almost one million net addresses owned by UK cable firm Telewest have been blacklisted by an anti-spam group.

Linux Gets Hawaii's Records House in Order

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Linux

Case Study: The Aloha state's commerce and consumer officials turn to open source for a major financial data access fix. "One thing that really impressed me about it was that it's just Linux."

AMD's dual-core CPUs come out fighting

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Hardware

How does AMD's new dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processor stack up against Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 840? We have some preliminary - and dramatic - benchmarks.

Site offers online Linux desktop

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Linux

When you run a .EXE file from that site, it opens a KDE window in a separate browser screen. It only works if you're running Windows, but if you're running Linux, you wouldn't need to try it out, would you?

M$ upgrades blue screen of death

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Microsoft
Humor

Microsoft blogger has published screenshots of what he claims is an upgrade to the infamous 'blue screen of death' which can appear when Windows crashes. "I am not sure I would class the change as an improvement."

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AMD Athlon 64 4800+ X2 - Dual Core CPU

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Hardware
Reviews

Today we’re a step closer to the launch of Athlon 64 X2 but it’s not here quite yet - you’ll have to wait until June for that pleasure. Until the official launch happens we won’t be able to get our hands on a fully fledged Athlon 64 X2 PC, so what we have here is a technical preview based on an AMD press kit of an Asus A8N SLI Deluxe motherboard, an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 1GB of Corsair 3200XL Pro memory.

Broadcast Anti-piracy Flag Issue Still Alive

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Sci/Tech

Hollywood plans to turn to Congress in its bid to add anti-piracy technology to digital TVs after an appeals court Friday struck down controversial new Federal Communications Commission rules.

OSS undermines Windows strategy

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Microsoft
OSS

For a company such as Microsoft whose most familiar competitive tactic has been to undercut rivals on price, "free" open source software such as the Linux operating system has represented a new and unusual threat.

Threat to M$ as UK plans to use foss

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Microsoft
OSS

Microsoft faces a serious threat to its UK public sector monopoly from plans by local authorities to increase their use of open source software, a survey commissioned by the FT has found.

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Programming/Development Leftovers

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Kernel and Linux Foundation in Pockets of Proprietary Software Vendors

  • AT&T, Nokia open up the radio’s edge to third party apps [Ed: Openwashing to dominate the standards and interfaces (with patents) through the "Linux" Foundation]
    AT&T and Nokia have developed a radio edge cloud (REC) appliance that the two companies plan to release into open source via the Linux Foundation. The REC will make it possible for third parties to develop apps and get access to the radio access network (RAN). [...] Murphy said that it is not easy to predict all the use cases for REC but added that having an open source edge cloud with open interfaces to the RAN control will allow operators to have more options.
  • Accord Project to develop open source framework for smart legal contracts [Ed: They're promoting and spreading proprietary software and proprietary formats of Microsoft]
    One of the main purposes of Accord Project is, therefore, to provide a vendor-neutral “.doc” format for smart legal agreements.
  • Apple joins the open-source Cloud Native Computing Foundation
    Apple, in typical fashion, isn’t commenting on the announcement, but the CNCF notes that end-user memberships are meant for organizations that are “heavy users of open source cloud native technologies” and that are looking to give back to the community. By becoming a CNCF end-user member, companies also join the Linux Foundation .
  • Linux stable tree mirror at github [Ed: Greg Kroah-Hartman giving Microsoft more control over Linux]
    It differs from Linus’s tree at: https://github.com/torvalds/linux in that it contains all of the different stable tree branches and stable releases and tags, which many devices end up building on top of. So, mirror away! Also note, this is a read-only mirror, any pull requests created on it will be gleefully ignored, just like happens on Linus’s github mirror. If people think this is needed on any other git hosting site, just let me know and I will be glad to push to other places as well.

Security Leftovers

  • Industry Watch: Of open source, data breaches and speed [Ed: And proprietary software is a lot less suitable for security and privacy purposes because there are surveillance 'features' disguised and back doors too]
    Open-source software helps developers work faster and smarter, as they don’t have to ‘re-invent the wheel’ every time create an application. They just need to be sure the license attached to that software allows them to use the component the way they want. They also need to stay on top of that application, so if the component changes, or an API changes, their application isn’t affected and they are still in compliance. Data protection is also something organizations must get serious about. While the GDPR only affects users in the European Union, it’s only a matter of time before those or similar regulations are in place in the U.S. and elsewhere. Companies should get a jump on that by doing a thorough audit of their data, to know they are prepared to be compliant with whatever comes down from the statehouses or from Washington, D.C. On the speed side, the benefits of Agile and DevOps are clear. These methodologies enable companies to bring new software products to market faster, with the result of getting a jump on the competition, working more efficiently and ultimately serving your customers. Unfortunately, these efforts are usually done by different teams of developers, database administrators and security experts. If the Equifax and Facebook breaches have taught us anything, it’s that you can’t expect developers to be security experts, and you can’t expect DB admins to understand the ramifications on the business when data is misunderstood. It will take a coordinated approach to IT to achieve business goals while not leaving the company — and its IP and PII data — exposed.
  • VLC patches critical flaws through EU open source bug bounty program
    More than 30 security issues have been fixed in VLC, the popular open source media player, with developers praising an EU-funded bug bounty program for helping produce its most secure update yet. VLC media player, created by the software non-profit VideoLAN, was found to have 33 vulnerabilities within various versions, including two that were considered critical. An out-of-bounds write was one of the severe vulnerabilities found to affect all VLC versions, and a stack buffer overflow was also discovered in VLC 4.0. Less severe vulnerabilities consisted of out-of-band reads, heap overflows, NULL-dereference, and use-after-free bugs. An updated version, VLC 3.0.7, has since been released for users to download.
  • VLC Player Gets Patched for Two High Severity Bugs
  • Asigra FreeNAS plugin brings open source data protection [Ed: Some openwashing of proprietary software]
    Asigra is trying to capture FreeNAS users with a free-to-try plugin version of its backup software. The Asigra FreeNAS plugin released this week allows customers to turn their iXsystems FreeNAS storage systems into backup targets. It encrypts and deduplicates data before it is sent to the FreeNAS system. The plugin also detects and quarantines malware and ransomware so that it doesn't get backed up.
  • TrueCommand Brings Single Pane of Glass Management to TrueNAS and FreeNAS Fleets
  • WSO2 and Ping Identity Partner to Provide Comprehensive, AI-Powered Cyber-Attack Protection for APIs
  • The Open Source Cookbook: A Baker’s Guide to Modern Application Development
    Let’s begin our cookbook by selecting our recipe. I’ve had some phenomenal baked goods, and I’ve had some not-so-phenomenal baked goods (there is rarely a bad baked good). But I’ve been surprised before, by a croissant from a diner that didn’t taste like the one from the local French bakery, or by a buttercream frosting at a supermarket that just didn’t have the same delicate touch as the one I make at home. In each case, I expected the same as I had before – by title – yet encountered a much different experience. When selecting your recipes, it’s important to understand which type of a particular food you are expecting to make, or you may be met with a different taste when you finish than you were hoping for when you began. [...] As with cooking, when incorporating open source components into applications, it’s important to understand origin and evolution of what you’re baking into your software. Carefully review your open source component versions, and evaluate the community’s activity in order to have the greatest chance possible to predict the possible technical debt you may inherit.