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Story Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530 Rianne Schestowitz 09/04/2014 - 6:51pm
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Story Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux Rianne Schestowitz 09/04/2014 - 5:53pm

Opera browser hasn't got its act all together

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Software

Opera's new Web browser responds to commands you speak into a microphone. It rearranges pages to fit narrower windows. It adds a security bar to help reduce the risk of fraud. But when it comes to the basics, too many Web sites simply don't work as well with Opera when compared with rival browsers from Microsoft Corp. and the Mozilla Foundation.

TUX Issue #2 Available

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Linux

Issue number two, May 2005, of TUX is now available.

This issue features:

*From the Publisher: Can Anyone Use Linux?
*From the Editor: Viva La Linux Desktop Revolucion
*The Light and Dark Side of Linux Multimedia
*Movies and More - Life with Xine

Ubuntu Linux backer tackles collaboration

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Linux

The company behind Ubuntu Linux is set to unveil ambitious plans to improve collaboration among the Linux community.

Scientists: Life on Mars Likely

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Sci/Tech

Not so long ago it was unthinkable for respectable scientists to talk about life on Mars, but now evidence is mounting to suggest biological processes and even life might be operating on the red planet.

Surprising 'Galaxy' hitchhikes to No. 1

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Movies

This weekend was to be the start of the summer movie season. But audiences must have been spring cleaning. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy topped box office charts and pushed the XXX sequel to No. 3.

Latest Secunia Security Advisories

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Security
  • Mandriva updates for perl, xpm, and squid

  • Gentoo updates for pound and horde

  • Gentoo phpmyadmin Installation Script Insecure Permissions

Lenovo completes acquisition of IBM

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Hardware

China's Lenovo Group has completed its $1.75 billion purchase of IBM PC division, creating the world's third-largest PC maker, the companies said Sunday.

Inaction Could Lead to Cybersecurity Law

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Web
Legal

U.S. businesses for years have urged the government to let them set computer-security standards of their own, but their inability to do so could now prompt Congress to step in, experts say.

Playing catch on tiny scale

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Sci/Tech

The neutrino, a seemingly magical, highly elusive particle, may hold clues to the Big Bang. A $55 million particle physics experiment in the abandoned Soudan mines of Duluth, Minn. is part of a worldwide effort to unravel it's secrets.

Inmates find ways to go online

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Web

Keith Maydak's jail cells are roomier than most. Must be all that cyberspace. Thousands of inmates access the Internet indirectly using inmate telephone and mail privileges and a network of family, friends or activists. Once on the Web, they enlist celebrities like Susan Sarandon to plead their case, pillory the prosecutors who imprisoned them, or simply find pen pals.

Ad Rev Surpasses Dotcom Boom Levels

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Web

U.S. Internet advertising surged 33 percent in 2004 to a record $9.6 billion, surpassing levels seen during the early Web boom, and will grow at a similar rate in 2005, according to data released on Thursday.

Online gaming costs set to rise

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Gaming

Downloadable content is becoming an established part of online console gaming, but what will gamers see in the next round of consoles?

The top semiconductor companies

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Hardware

Every year at this time, ELECTRONIC BUSINESS publishes a list of the top semiconductor companies. It's an indication of the maturity of the electronics industry that most companies in the top 20 positions or so place at or around the same position they held the preceding year. But over the last five years, from boom to bust to now, there has been some intriguing shuffling.

Review: Mac Os X steps ahead of Windows

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Mac
Reviews

Tired of waiting while your PC slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago? Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files? Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

wanna try linux but dont know how?

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Linux

Another one a couple days old, but hey, it's a slow news day.

"Tired of not able to know how to install Linux
Tired of getting called nOOb by so called experts
Tired of just downloading Linux but not able to install it.

Well.......

you have some place to look now and get help without being called noob or any other name."

Windows vs Linux: a modern desktop comparison

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Linux
Microsoft

This story is a couple days old, but I just saw it. What a cool idea. I wish I had thought of it! Big Grin

"We've put together a series of Windows XP, SUSE 9.3 and Ubuntu 5.04 desktop screen shots as a side-by-side comparison of some of the common desktop features available in the modern operating system desktop."

Qt 4.0 Progress

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KDE

Qt4 is really progressing well. The only problem at this point is that it still changes a lot even after Beta 2... So what’s new in Qt land since Beta 2?

Wiley Programmers Work for Peer Respect

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Linux

LXer is running an open letter to developers in general (on? of?) Linux. To be honest, I"m a bit confused in the same way I don't really understand why your mom using Linux should matter to me as the developer of a Linux Benchmark.

I've composed an earnest response to Ken Starks open letter to developers.

Windows XP 64-bit, a virtual minefield?

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Microsoft

Granted, you'll have to give it to Microsoft for often being overly optimistic about their accomplishments. As honestly what other company would be pitching a product that's been delayed by almost two years and features nothing new but for 64-bit support like it is a quantum leap from the 32-bit version of Windows XP?

M$ & Intel Scarfing Up more Patents

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Misc

As Washington eyes patent reforms, the imperative to secure intellectual property is driving companies to build up their portfolios.

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Programming/Development Leftovers

Openwashing Leftovers/New Examples

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.