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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 is possible..."

  • 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 destination."

  • 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) "...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 Internet."

  • 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 "Ubuntulite.""

  • 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 walk."

  • 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 available."

  • 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) "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 are:

  • 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 distributions. "

  • 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) "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 Payne..."

  • 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 and Gnomesword."

  • 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 Blog."

  • 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?"