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According to ... who is a French 'Happiness Evangelist' at Google (and no, I didn't make that up), Chromebook users will soon be able to choose what operating system they want. In a publicly shared post from last week, Beaufort states that "in order to support installing and testing custom …
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A 22 year old vulnerability, yes you read that right, has been discovered which some security experts suggest could be bigger than Heartbleed. The bug, reported as ' ... ' relates to how environment variables are processed: with trailing code in function definitions being executed independently of the variable name. …
by happygeek 1,589 in Linux and Unix ()
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Every week, Stephen Coty interesting exploits that have caught his attention as chief security evangelist at Alert Logic. This last week (in a currently password protected posting) a 'JournalCtl and Syslog Terminal Escape Injection' zero day which could be of interest to the Linux gurus here on DaniWeb. Here's the …
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News headlines screaming that yet another Microsoft Windows vulnerability has been discovered, is in the wild or has just been patched are two a penny. Such has it ever been. News headlines declaring that a 'major security problem' has been found with Linux are a different kettle of fish. So …
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Want to buy a Dell machine loaded with Linux? Shame, as it appears that Dell Europe would really rather you bought a Windows-powered one, despite having a website devoted entirely to selling Dell Ubuntu laptops. And, oh boy, does it use some strange arguments to dissuade you from becoming a …
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux now comes with built-in virtualization ( KVM ) but is Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) about to go to the virtual mat with VMware ? If you look at their RHEL video , you'll come away with a resounding 'Yes' to that question. Red Hat purchased …
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In the latest episode of the story that never ends , SCO filed an appeal in the closed case against Novell . Everyone in the Linux and Open Source Communities thought the case was finally brought to a close when the judge declared that Novell is the owner of UNIX …
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Do you use Google 's Chrome Browser? Apparently, a lot of people do. So many, in fact, that it has now passed Safari in the web browser popularity poll. Is this a big surprise to anyone? The article states that Chrome now has just under ten percent of the market …
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There's big news in the software patent front from none other than The U.S. Supreme Court. In the case of Bilski vs. Kappos , handed down yesterday, is a major blow to the anti-patent movement, specifically the no software patent groups. [INDENT]Florian Mueller, founder of the anti-software patents movement (NoSoftwarePatents) …
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Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat, Inc. CEO, believes that VMware is its biggest competition in the virtualization and cloud computing space. In a PCWorld article , Whitehurst stated Friday at the Red Hat Summit that "When you start thinking about who is defining cloud-based architectures, it's us and them [VMware]," he …
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Today, June 22, 2010, The Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that Canonical , the company that owns and produces the Ubuntu Linux distribution, joins its ranks as the first Associate Member. Florian Mueller, founder and former director of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign and the founder of the FOSS Patents Blog had …
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Is it true that, if you speak up for GNU/Linux on the Desktop, you get flamed? I just had a virtual conversation with someone who claims that this assertion is fact. I've never experienced this anti-Desktop Linux sentiment or maybe my memory has failed me. I don't think the Linux …
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If you thought, or indeed hoped, that the Google Chrome OS would be a thoroughly modern marvel running web apps only then you are about to be disappointed. It would appear that even the brave new future of the OS cannot escape from the legacy of Windows. According to a …
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I know it sounds crazy but the Linux Desktop isn't dead, it's just pining. It's pining for the correct platform--a tablet computer. And, I'm not referring to some cheap imitation tablet that will merely satisfy a few observers and nerdlets who use Linux. I'm thinking of a tablet computer for …
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I've run across ten new Linux distributions inspired by current news stories. Some, of course, are better than others and a few just have no practical use or purpose whatsoever but still are worth a mention. These ten distributions are in no particular order of my preference or relevance. Maybe …
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OK, you two, stop fighting. These little spats of yours are getting old. A rumor , heard yesterday, that Google is not going to use Windows internally in their company might be just that: rumor. And, a bad one at that. It's interesting to note that, while such a rumor …
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This Memorial Day weekend reminds us all of those who sacrificed their lives for freedom and to protect a way of life that is based on freedom. While considering the brave men and women who stood up for what is right over the past 250 years, it made me realize …
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This post is a summary of a conversation I had the other day with an acquaintance of mine. It started out with him asking me what I do for a living and ended up with me having to choke back tears of laughter. I hope you have the same reaction …
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Time to enter the Wayback ( WABAC ) Machine to an experience I had with a new Linux user and compare it to today's more tech savvy audience. The year was 1997 and I had settled in for the evening with my favorite beverage and a bit of channel flipping, …
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It looks like Yahoo has reinstated the Linux/Open Source link on their Tech News page. Perhaps it was just a fat-fingered mistake or an accident of some sort that the link was removed from the main link bar but it certainly raised my hackles. And, frankly, my hackles don't need …
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OK, I'm not sure what's going on in the minds of the geniuses over at Yahoo but just today they removed the Linux/Open Source link under News/Tech is gone. Its replacement? Social Media. Thanks Yahoo. That's really clever. NOT! In the realm of things dumb, that takes second place right …
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A new version (9.0) of PostgreSQL is in beta and ready for public testing. If version 9.0 lives up to its proposed feature list , then it is serious competition for MySQL. PostgreSQL proponents have long suggested that PostgreSQL has always enjoyed superiority over MySQL. I beg to differ but …
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Earlier this evening, I had a conversation with a friend and colleague in the IT business. He runs his own independent computer consulting firm and we were trading war stories about customers, hardware vendors and work sharing. Work sharing, also known as "farming out" work that you can't do yourself …
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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse in the world of software patents, a reliable source sent me this response from Steve Jobs about a patent pool that's forming and aiming to nail the open source codecs projects. It's enough to make the weak at heart go weak …
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The latest MessageLabs spam index reveals that relative to its market share, any given Linux machine is five times more likely to be sending spam than any given Windows machine. But what are the facts behind those headline grabbing numbers and can Windows really get off the hook that easily? …
by happygeek 1,589 in Linux and Unix ()
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System Administrators (SAs) have a tough job: Dealing with users and user accounts, security, patching, updates, upgrades, disk space, performance and other miscellaneous tasks often known as "other duties as assigned." For some SAs, the day never ends. Despite the challenges, pitfalls and occasional irate user; system administration is a …
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Canonical's Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition features the ideal deployment platform for Linux server workloads and cloud computing Long-term support (LTS) version of popular server operating system generally available on 29 April. LONDON, April 27, 2010: Canonical today announced the upcoming release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition which includes …
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It's rare that a company like Red Hat would remove a high-end feature from its popular commercial operating system but that's just what it did. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 will ship without the Xen hypervisor. Instead, it will include Red Hat's own KVM virtualization. Has Red Hat done …
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My Frugal Tech Show co-host, Jason Perlow , and I spoke with Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman early this morning about the upcoming Ubuntu releases and a few other selected topics of interest to Ubuntu users. There are some secret goings on in the mill at Canonical that he didn't tell …
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It might sound strange to you that something called Google Sharing could actually protect your privacy rather than compromise it. But that's exactly what Google Sharing does; protect your privacy. By acting as a proxy service when you communicate with Google , you essentially block information from being delivered to …
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