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Linux News for Aug 29, 2010

  • Gnash 0.8.8: A Huge Improvement Over Previous Versions (2010-08-29 23:03:42)
    O'Reilly Broadcast: "Back in June I wrote about Adobe dropping support for Flash Player on 64-bit Linux. Since the existing version of the 64-bit Linux Flash client had a serious security vulnerability staying with the last release isn't really an option."

  • How to Run Windows, Mac, and Linux Side by Side and Pain-Free with VirtualBox (2010-08-29 19:03:42)
    Lifehacker: "Running multiple operating systems side-by-side gives you the chance to test applications, run platform-specific software, and tons more without ever rebooting. It's also extremely cool. Here's how to run Windows, Mac, and Linux simultaneously and pain-free as possible."

  • An ancient kernel hole is closed (2010-08-29 15:03:42)
    LWN.net: "A longstanding bug in the Linux kernel—quite possibly since the first 2.6 release in 2003—has been fixed by a recent patch, but the nearly two-month delay between the report and the fix is raising some eyebrows. It is a local privilege escalation flaw that can be triggered by malicious X clients forcing the server to overrun its stack."

  • An Overdue Update on Diaspora (2010-08-29 11:03:42)
    Diaspora: "Since August is nearly over, it is time for an update and answers to some questions. We have been coding. We have Diaspora working, we like it, and it will be open-sourced on September 15th."

  • Open-sourcing SETI (2010-08-29 07:03:42)
    Network World: "The setiQuest project has released its first open source code in an effort to have anyone interested help search for intelligent life out there. The source code for Open SonATA is available on GIT Hub now and covers three programs:"

  • Kontact: How does it compare to the competition? (2010-08-29 03:03:42)
    Ghacks: "Kontact is the KDE groupware suite that includes more tools than your standard suite, has a lot of pluses, and a few minuses. But even with its minuses, Kontact is a spot-on tool for anyone needing a solid groupware suite to keep them as organized as possible."

  • Windows applications making GRUB 2 unbootable (2010-08-29 01:15:04)
    Colin Watson: "If you find that running Windows makes a GRUB 2-based system unbootable (Debian bug, Ubuntu bug), then I'd like to hear from you. This is a bug in which some proprietary Windows-based software overwrites particular sectors in the gap between the master boot record and the first partition,"