Linux News for Aug 27, 2008
Dumb and Dumber Proprietary Innovation Strikes Again (Aug 27, 2008, 23:01)
Linux Today Blog: "Nominum Solves Kaminsky
Attack, and Novell's iPrint Open to Attack, Say Researchers. What
do these stories have in common? I was thinking perhaps
institutionalized delusional thinking and incompetence, but maybe
I'm being too harsh."
Opentape: Not Quite Open Source (Aug 27, 2008, 22:31)
OStatic: "Muxtape, as you may know, is a music
sharing and mixing site that's apparently been shut down by the
RIAA. Now there's Opentape, which bills itself as "a free,
open-source package that lets you make and host your own mixtapes
on the web." But is it?"
Penguins Linux Ad (YouTube video) (Aug 27, 2008, 22:01)
YouTube: "Imagine a place....where everything
KMess - MSN Messenger Client for KDE in openSUSE Linux (Aug 27, 2008, 21:31)
SUSE & openSUSE: "The strength of KMess is
it’s integration with the KDE desktop environment, focus on
MSN Messenger specific features and an easy-to-use interface."
Networking 101: Understanding Spanning Tree (Aug 27, 2008, 21:01)
LinuxPlanet: "The much anticipated spanning
tree edition of Networking 101 has finally arrived. Yes, you too
can have a network that survives multiple exploding switches."
Revealed: The Internet's Biggest Security Hole (Aug 27, 2008, 20:31)
Wired: "The tactic exploits the internet
routing protocol BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) to let an attacker
surreptitiously monitor unencrypted internet traffic anywhere in
the world, and even modify it before it reaches its
A Story of My Migration to Fedora (Aug 27, 2008, 20:01)
Spread Fedora: "Why should I migrate, I am
satisfied from my operating system now. Could I lose data on my
computer? Is it possible just to see that thing and if I like it I
would give it a try?"
Lawyer Falls Prey to Pricey Internet Scam (Aug 27, 2008, 19:31)
Law.com: "...Bartko is now a defendant in a
federal suit by Wachovia Bank -- which is seeking reimbursement for
nearly $200,000 that the bank wired, on Bartko's instructions, to a
Korean bank on behalf of a company that had hired Bartko via the
Novell's iPrint Open to Attack, Say Researchers (Aug 27, 2008, 19:02)
LinuxWorld: "Novell has issued a patch that
plugs multiple holes in the ActiveX control that Novell ships as
part of its iPrint product, but according to Danish bug tracker
Secunia, one of the flaws remains unfixed."
Can Open Source replace Microsoft Exchange? (Aug 27, 2008, 18:31)
LinuxWorld: "All the dozens of RFC-822 mail
servers, including Sendmail, Qmail, and Postfix combined, have only
15% of the business/organization e-mail market."
Nominum Solves Kaminsky Attack (Aug 27, 2008, 18:01)
ISP Planet: "Redwood City, Calif.-based
Nominum, the DNS company singled out for praise by Dan Kaminsky in
his DNS threat presentation to the Black Hat conference... has
modified its Vantio DNS product to defeat the Kaminsky attack."
Getting to Know Ubuntu Lite (Aug 27, 2008, 17:31)
DeviceGuru: "I've long been a sucker for
small-footprint Linux distributions. So naturally, I thought it
would be interesting to explore the latest version of
One Less Windows User (Aug 27, 2008, 17:01)
LinuxInsider: "After nearly five years, I
needed to update my personal computer. My old Dell Inspiron has
long since been rendered quaint by advances in processor speed and
hard drive capacity. Rather than buy a new machine running Windows
Vista or take the Mac plunge, I decided to walk the open source
10 Useful Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts That You Might Not Know (Aug 27, 2008, 16:31)
MakeUseOf: "Previously, Mark has covered some
of the essential keyboard shortcuts for Windows, Firefox, Gmail,
Google Calendar and Google Reader. In this post, we are going to
look at some of the useful keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu."
MEPIS is Coming Back (Aug 27, 2008, 16:01)
Practical Technology: "I'm pleased to report
that one of my favorite desktop Linux distributions, MEPIS, is
returning. The beta of the next version, MEPIS 8, is now
The Microsoft-Novell Deal and Trust in Princes (Aug 27, 2008, 15:31)
Datamation: "Ever since the open source section
of the community set out to woo business in the late 1990s, many
involved with FOSS have been unsure how to regard business. And
they are even less sure how it actually works."
Dumb and Dumber Proprietary Innovation Strikes Again (Aug 27, 2008, 15:08)
There are two stories posted on Linux Today that I knew I was going to rant about as soon as I saw them:
Nominum Solves Kaminsky Attack, and Novell's iPrint Open to Attack, Say Researchers. What do these stories have in common? I was thinking perhaps institutionalized delusional thinking and incompetence, but maybe I'm being too harsh.
Interesting Side Project: Setting up an Edubuntu Machine For a Special Friend (Aug 27, 2008, 15:01)
JBCobb.net: "I figured that a series of video
lessons might work and so I made a handful just to show that while
this isn't Windows, this is a very usable OS. This is for people
who don't know what an OS is."
Thunderbird: Way Beyond E-Mail (Aug 27, 2008, 14:31)
LinuxInsider: "An estimated two-thirds of all
computer users over the age of 14 have their own e-mail address.
"Most people use standard e-mail programs from Microsoft or simply
Thunderbird," says Holger Bleich of c't magazine."
SSH Key-based Attacks On Linux Hosts (Aug 27, 2008, 14:01)
US-Cert: "US-CERT is aware of active attacks
against linux-based computing infrastructures using compromised SSH
keys. The attack appears to initially use stolen SSH keys to gain
access to a system..."
5 Factors Making Ubuntu Server Business Ready (Aug 27, 2008, 13:31)
Works With U: "Canonical, the company behind
Ubuntu, is getting serious about the server...There are many
factors that make Ubuntu a strong server platform, but the top 5
10 Fundamental Differences Between Linux and Windows (Aug 27, 2008, 13:01)
TechRepublic: "#2: Licensing freedom vs.
licensing restrictions...with the GPL, you can download a single
copy of a Linux distribution (or application) and install it on as
many machines as you like. With the Microsoft license, you can do
none of the above."
Performance Problems Plague Perl on Red Hat (Aug 27, 2008, 12:31)
OStatic: "The problem, which also manifests
itself on some versions of the Fedora and CentOS Linux
distributions, means that some programs will take more than 100
(yes, one hundred) times longer to execute under Red Hat than other
openSUSE to Add SELinux Basic Enablement in 11.1 (Aug 27, 2008, 11:31)
openSUSE News: "We have exciting news for
security enthusiasts, experts, and paranoid people! Beginning with
openSUSE 11.1, SUSE users will have an additional option regarding
security frameworks. In addition to AppArmor, we will be adding
SELinux capabilities in openSUSE 11.1, which will allow users to
enable SELinux in openSUSE if they wish."
Frag 'em in Your Own Backyard With Sauerbraten (Aug 27, 2008, 10:01)
Linux.com: "This open source game might not
have the visual finesse of other FPSes, but what it lacks in the
graphics department, Sauerbraten more than makes up for with its
various single and multiplayer modes, including an experimental
role-playing game mode, and a unique WYSIWYG in-game map editor.
Sauerbraten blends the best of FPSes like Quake and Max
KDE 3.5.10 Release Announcement
(Aug 27, 2008, 08:31)
KDE: "he KDE Community today announced the
immediate availability of KDE 3.5.10, a maintenance release for the
latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop
for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. KDE 3.5.10 sports changes in
Kicker, the KDE3 panel and KPDF, the PDF viewer."
Ubuntu Linux Christian Edition 4.0 available (Aug 27, 2008, 07:01)
Linux vs. Windows vs. Mac: "BibleTime has been
added in this release; also you have more resources for BibleTime
Beyond Linux From Scratch 6.3 Packed with New Refinements (Aug 27, 2008, 05:31)
Softpedia: "The BLFS Development Team has
recently announced the launch of BLFS 6.3 (Beyond Linux From
Scratch) along with many new package additions, as well as updates
and various adjustments."
Google drops Bluetooth, GTalkService APIs from Android 1.0 (Aug 27, 2008, 04:01)
Good Gear Guide: "Google dropped Bluetooth and
the GTalkService instant messaging APIs (application program
interfaces) from the set of tools for the first version of the
mobile phone OS, Android 1.0, according to the Android Developers
25 Coolest and Funniest Tux Wallpapers (Aug 27, 2008, 02:31)
Tech Source From Bohol: "People just can't get
enough of Tux, the world-renowned penguin mascot of Linux. I'm
saying this because my collection of "30 Coolest and Funniest Tux
Icons" has already received a mind-blowing number of hits in just a
short period of time."
30 Coolest and Funniest Tux Icons (Aug 27, 2008, 01:31)
Tech Source From Bohol: "Perhaps seeing my
collection of "30 Coolest and Funniest Tux Icons" can somehow help
explain why Tux is so adored."
Display Your ArchLinux Theme Information Automatically (Aug 27, 2008, 00:31)
Binary codes: "...its a hassle everytime you
post a screenie in the monthly screenshot thread. Instead, wouldn't
it be better if we could somehow automatically include all the
details in the screenshot itself?"