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 Linux convert. [attach]15934[/attach]Three years ago Dell went Ubuntu bashing, making it really pretty hard to buy a Linux-loaded machine from the vendor. The Linux machines back then cost more than the Windows ones, there were warnings about it not being compatible with lots of software and to top it all …

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It's hard for me to admit it but there are things, ten things to be exact, that I really hate about Linux. Sometimes I think it's just me but I do see other people stating a few of these in the forums so I'm at least not alone with some of these issues. These are in no particular order and they aren't just rants; they're legitimate problems and issues that I find annoying, destroying or cloying. Feel free to add your own to the list in the Comments section. [B]1. Too Many Good Distros[/B] - I hate the fact that …

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According to [François Beaufort](https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts) 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 code on Chrome OS devices, the chromium team is currently adding the ability to easily enable Debugging Features when the device is booted in Developer Mode." This will mean that such things as removing the rootfs verification top enable OS file modification will be possible, along with enabling SSH …

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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 '[CVE-2014-6271:remote code execution through bash](http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2014/q3/649)' relates to how environment variables are processed: with trailing code in function definitions being executed independently of the variable name. This can be exploited remotely with code injected into environment variables across the network. The GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash) command interpreter is widely used, to put it mildly, and as such is being treated as a critical security risk to Unix and Linux systems. Which means it …

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Every week, Stephen Coty [writes about](https://www.alertlogic.com/resources/blog/) interesting exploits that have caught his attention as chief security evangelist at Alert Logic. This last week (in a currently password protected posting) [he mused about](https://www.alertlogic.com/blog/exploit-monday-a-few-interesting-ones-to-be-aware-of-7/) a 'JournalCtl and Syslog Terminal Escape Injection' zero day which could be of interest to the Linux gurus here on DaniWeb. Here's the story. A new init control system called [Systemd](http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd.html) is being integrated into Linux distros, in an effort to update and overhaul SysV and upstart so as to become a more modern init system. Fedora has already jumped into Systemd, and as I understand it Ubuntu …

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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 when reports of an attack that could circumvent verification of X.509 security certificates, and by so doing bypass both secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) website protection, people sat up and took notice. Warnings have appeared that recount how the vulnerability can impact upon Debian, Red Hat …

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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 fulfilling job with intangible rewards like no other position in IT. To assist those weary SAs in their quest to conquer their Linux systems, I've devised this list of 12 native Linux system monitoring tools that are always at my fingertips. Any user may issue these commands, if they exist …

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This week I'll be at InterOp Las Vegas looking for the latest and coolest Linux-based technologies that InterOp exhibitors have to offer. My favorites are certainly the "new innovators." New innovators are small companies who've developed their own products and are trying to get noticed in the high-tech space. These are the best and most enjoyable people to talk to at such shows. You'll benefit from the trip indirectly through this blog since I'll be reporting on who and what I find there. What I'm looking for specifically are companies whose founders are: 1. - Dedicated to the Open Source …

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The world's largest technical support, software and hardware companies use Linux on a daily basis for a variety of tasks and solutions. This post gives you an overview of all the ways in which large companies use Linux. Most don't use Linux on the desktop but do use it in ways you might expect (and a few you might not expect) a company of that magnitude to use it. They've leveraged Linux for some of the most critical workloads and 100% uptime service levels. Welcome to the world of enterprise Linux. [B]10. Intrusion Detection Systems[/B] - Linux provides the perfect …

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I've had several people ask me what I think the best, top, most user friendly, ultimate, and so on distribution is--so now I'm publishing my Top 10 Linux Distributions in reverse order of preference. Ease of installation, commercial support, community support, updates, administrative tools, stability, performance, and to a lesser extent--their ranking on [URL="http://www.distrowatch.com"]DistroWatch.com[/URL]. 10. [URL="http://www.novell.com"]SuSE[/URL] (SLED, [URL="http://www.opensuse.org"]OpenSuSE[/URL], etc.) - This bottom spot belongs to Novell's Linux offerings mostly due to the commercial version's lackluster performance and overall updatedness (if that's a word). SuSE Linux seems to be a bit behind the curve for updated hardware drivers. Though it's community-supported …

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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 Google software engineer, one Gary Kacmarcík, Chrome will support legacy Windows applications. In a Google Groups [URL="http://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/group/chromium-discuss/search?group=chromium-discuss&q=Gary+Ka%C4%8Dmar%C4%8D%C3%ADk&qt_g=Search+this+group"]posting[/URL] Kacmarcík writes that the "Chrome OS will not only be great platform for running modern web apps, but will also enable you to access legacy PC applications right within the browser" through the …

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A new version (9.0) of [URL="http://www.postgresql.org"]PostgreSQL[/URL] is in beta and ready for public testing. If version 9.0 lives up to its proposed [URL="http://www.postgresql.org/about/featurematrix"]feature list[/URL], 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 that may be changing. I tried using PostgreSQL several times over the past few years, beginning with version 6.x. I received it on CD for review. It was OK. Nothing thrilling or special. I did think it was an ambitious project but at the time, I didn't really care much for …

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My "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229382.html"]10 Best Linux Distributions of 2009[/URL]" list drew a bit of disdain from some of my readers, so I thought I'd make it up to them by posting a list of Linux distributions that [I]they[/I] like to use. Since I have no way of knowing which of these distributions is better or worse than the others, I've place them in alphabetical order instead of any real ranking based on quality, community, development cycle or other criteria. I want to show you, faithful reader, that I do indeed read your comments and take your feedback seriously. You have a voice …

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On the 11th September a customer of the [URL="http://www.pcworld.co.uk"]PC World[/URL] computer superstore in Colliers Wood, London took his laptop back for an under warranty repair. The computer was only a few months old, and a crack had appeared near the left hinge which is indicative of an internal joint failing. Whatever, it is pretty straightforward to agree that this hardware issue is something that is covered by the warranty. Not least because if left unrepaired the split will eventually cause the screen to fall off if experience is any indicator of events. PC World agreed, until they noticed that the …

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A specialist mobile software management company, [URL="http://www.redbend.com"]Red Bend Software[/URL], has today announced what it claims to be the first Linux based mobile phone complete with fully over the air customizable software. The breakthrough has been made possible by partnerships with companies such as Digital Airways, Opera, Synchronica, Trolltech and Zi, and has been used to showcase the deployment and updating of applications using the Red Bend vRapid Mobile technology concept. The handset itself is not actually available to purchase though, but remains firmly in the realms of concept fantasy. Red bend refer to it as a MAST, short for Master …

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I stumbled across an interesting interview with Linus Torvalds over at [URL="http://apcmag.com/7012/linus_torvalds_talks_about"]apcmag.com[/URL] in which the man himself would appear to be confirming that there will be no Linux kernel 3.0 The first hints are given when he responds to a question concerning why the 2.6 kernel has been around for so long, and explains his reasoning as to why a multi-year development cycle doesn't work concluding that the 2.6 base kernel is in such good shape that there is no pressing reason to go back to the old 'everything changes' development model. Torvalds adds "that means that we'll keep with …

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Time to enter the Wayback ([URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WABAC_machine"]WABAC[/URL]) 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 [URL="http://www.guinness.com/"]favorite beverage[/URL] and a bit of channel flipping, when I received a telephone call from a guy who'd installed Linux on his computer. He didn't know what else to do from there, except call someone who did know what to do, me. The conversation began with him saying, "I've installed Linux, now what?" I was in business for myself, at …

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[URL="http://aws.amazon.com"]Amazon Web Services[/URL] (AWS) uses it. [URL="http://www.elastichosts.com"]Elastichosts[/URL] uses it. [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] uses it. Yahoo uses it. [URL="http://www.engineyard.com"]Engine Yard[/URL] uses it. [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] uses it. "It" is Linux, of course. But what else do all these companies have in common? If you said "cloud technology," you're correct. Perhaps the best known of all cloud vendors, AWS, makes the most of its resources through the use of [URL="http://www.xen.org"]Xen[/URL]'s Linux-based virtualization. AWS is the gold standard in the cloud-computing business. Although not the cheapest cloud solution, it's reliability, ease of use, stability and superb technology make it a wise choice for companies who need 100% …

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I just read an article called: [URL="http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/life-after-windows-what-happens-tech-if-microsoft-dies-551?source=footer"]Life after Windows: What happens to tech if Microsoft dies?[/URL]" The article made me think of what it really would be like without Microsoft. I didn't like it. We need Microsoft over there competing with us. No matter what happens to the economy, to the PC hardware format or to the demographic of the common computer user; [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] and Linux will never be "best buddies." And I know that "Linux" includes the major commercial Linux players: [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] and [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL]. I know that Novell and Red Hat have both crossed enemy lines with …

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Hey Windows fans, would you like to take Linux for a spin to see what everyone's buzzing about? It's easy to do in just five easy steps. You can test Linux for yourself without having to setup multibooting, worry about partitioning or installing over your current Windows system. That's right, you can. Try out that Linux power and coolness for yourself using these five easy steps. Don't worry, you'll never have to leave the comfort of Windows to do any of them--not even to a command line. Let's get started! [B]1. Download Virtual PC 2007[/B] - [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en"]Virtual PC 2007[/URL] allows …

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Do you use [URL="http://google.com"]Google[/URL]'s Chrome Browser? Apparently, a lot of people do. So many, in fact, that it has now [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199961/googles_chrome_passes_safari_in_us_browser_share.html"]passed[/URL] [URL="http://www.apple.com/safari/"]Safari[/URL] 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 share to Safari's four percent. It isn't a surprise to those who use Chrome. Like other Google products, it's well made, stable, works on Linux, supports dozens of languages and is very fast. What's not to like? The better question is who cares about browsers and the so called browser wars? …

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Any list of best or worst will have its opponents and proponents and I foresee that this list of worst Linux distributions will be no different. There were, at last count, almost 300 Linux distributions and they all can't be great. But, this list of Linux distributions are, in my opinion, the worst of the lot. Beginning with the least offensive at number 10 to the least desirable at number 1, this list is a compilation of my opinions and experiences with various distributions over the past 15 years but only current distributions are included. [B]10. Security-enabled Distributions[/B] - If …

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I saw this article yesterday titled, "[URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090220/tc_pcworld/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending"]Study: Federal Gov't. Can Save Billions in IT Spending[/URL]," and feel compelled to comment. The gist of the article is that by switching to open source software, like Linux and OpenOffice.org, the federal government would save billions of dollars in IT costs. This is one for the "DUH!" category. It is such a "duh" moment for me that I feel like playing "Really" like Seth and Amy do on Saturday Night Live--so I think I will. I read an article that the federal government could save billions in IT spending by using Linux and …

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What do you get if you combine a computer company with a group of Vegans and someone who used to present a popular children's TV show? The less than obvious answer is a Linux computer designed especially for old people. But there you have it, and according to the press release that sits before me the awfully named [URL="http://www.discount-age.co.uk/simplicity_computers/"]simplicITy computer[/URL] (what's wrong with OAPC I ask you) that is designed specifically to meet the needs of users aged 50 plus, has come about courtesy of a collaboration between a money saving website co-founded by ex Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton, …

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When I started exploring Linux back in 1994-1995, there were very few resources available and many of the problems I experienced didn't have solutions. That was a long time ago. The situation has changed for the better. These days, there are plentiful resources for those new to Linux or for those of you who want to learn more. I've compiled a list, in no particular order, of ten ways to explore Linux based on my experiences. Linux, for me, has been a path to enlightenment about this Unix-like system on commodity hardware and I hope others find it as fascinating …

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Do you consider yourself to be fairly familiar with the [URL="http://www.debian.org"]Debian[/URL] Linux distribution? I thought I was familiar with it enough to know its origin and history, how its name was derived and that Richard Stallman, the Father of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org"]Free Software[/URL] movement, uses a Debian derivative ([URL="http://www.gnewsense.org/"]gNewSense[/URL]) for his own [URL="http://www.lemote.com/"]personal computer[/URL]. There's one significant piece of the Debian puzzle that I didn't know about: Its [URL="http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution"]Constitution[/URL]. It has a Constitution and well-defined leadership roles. It also has well thought out rules of engagement, problem resolution and overall structure. I sincerely applaud the creators and successors who've pushed Debian …

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That's right, create your own Linux virtual appliances with [URL="http://www.vmware.com/appliances/learn/vmware_studio.html"]VMware Studio[/URL]. Appliances are small, single purpose servers that provide a service to users. Some examples are Content Management Systems (CMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, web servers, mail servers, DNS servers, database servers, and so on. VMware Studio is actually a virtual machine (VM) image that runs in VMware Server, VMware Player, and possibly their other products. To use the Studio, download and boot the VM. Instructions on how to access the web-based interface are displayed to you on the VM's console. The appliance-building process is simple but requires that …

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Jim Whitehurst, [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat, Inc.[/URL] CEO, believes that [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL] is its biggest competition in the virtualization and cloud computing space. In a [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/199870/red_hat_ceo_vmware_our_biggest_competitor.html"]PCWorld article[/URL], 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 said. "We're the only two companies that have the components to really do cloud." Whitehurst has possibly never heard of Ubuntu Linux and its cloud offering, [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud"]UEC[/URL]. Whitehurst continued, [QUOTE]"Technically, it's a perfectly fine vision. Commercially, I worry about the lock-in and VMware defining the stack," he said. Cloud computing favors …

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[URL="http://redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] Enterprise Linux now comes with built-in virtualization ([URL="http://linux-kvm.org"]KVM[/URL]) but is Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) about to go to the virtual mat with [URL="http://vmware.com"]VMware[/URL]? If you look at their [URL="http://www.redhat.com/v/swf/rhev/demo.html"]RHEL video[/URL], you'll come away with a resounding 'Yes' to that question. Red Hat purchased [URL="http://www.redhat.com/promo/qumranet/"]Qumranet[/URL] in 2008 to acquire their KVM-based virtualization solution and SolidICE product based on the SPICE protocol. What does RHEL mean for consumers? For the end user, folks like you and me, it means that hosting companies can offer more services to developer and companies that host their applications at third-party locations, which in …

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Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. It allows users to foray into the inner workings of their computers, emphasizing total customizability for optimal performance and minimum size. It is not for users who are looking for an operating system as soon as possible. Installations can take many hours, especially since the entire system is compiled from source. Because of Portage, the package system, installations and updates are generally easy, but nevertheless time-consuming. With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer. Being a Gentoo user …

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The End.