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Ruled by court: IE insecure

  • Valentino's tiny webserver (Posted by wolfchri on Feb 26, 2008 2:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It is pronounced by judgment and absolute: The Internet Explorer in a standard installation of Microsoft Windows is insecure. (as if we didn’t know this before….)

Using siproxd to allow VoIP through a firewall

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a popular open standard for implementing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone calls. Siproxd is a SIP proxy server that can help you with network connectivity issues for SIP clients behind firewalls. One major reason that you might use siproxd is to get around network address translation issues with SIP. Siproxd can run on a firewall machine that is directly connected to the Internet, meaning no address translation is needed. Clients on the intranet behind the firewall can then connect to siproxd.

Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX command line efficiency - and break away from bad usage patterns in the process. This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, so you can learn exactly why these UNIX habits are worth picking up.

How Linux Passion Sometimes Beats Windows Preloads

Sure, Microsoft expects Windows’ installed base to top 1 billion licenses by the end of this year. But in the shadow of Windows Vista, a rather remarkable trend — known as an InstallFest — continues to transform Linux from a fringe desktop option into a mainstream Windows alternative. Here’s the scoop.

Evangelist: Mozilla has "historic opportunity" to advocate for users

Recently, had the chance to ask Mozilla evangelist Chris Blizzard his thoughts about the past, present, and future of Mozilla, the force behind the successful Firefox browser and Thunderbird email application.

Cool distro of the day: Damn Small Solaris (yes, I said Solaris)

OK, never mind the huge controversy going on about OpenSolaris. OK, I grant that the project is in turmoil, and Debian founder-turned-Sun evangelist Ian Murdock's silence isn't helping the matter. But I digress. I just found out about an intriguing new project out of Russia -- Damn Small Solaris.

Linux user in Vista land.

5+ year Linux user (straight Linux, no Windows on the desktop) spends 4 months with Vista as his desktop. Read how he got comfy (Getting Konsole running, WinMover and booting out Outlook) and his disappointments.

Open-Xchange Offers Lifeline to Zimbra Users

Companies Concerned with Microsoft/Yahoo Deal Can Switch to Open-Xchange for Discount

Mark Shuttleworth Reveals Definitive List of Ubuntu Code Names

  • The Mental Proctologist; By Phred Zed (Posted by menpro on Feb 25, 2008 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Linux
"As we navigate into heretofore uncharted regions, I believe it is essential that we relish in the delightful guffaws of the jackal, embrace the rebellious anti-sociality of the porcupine, and keep striving toward the apex of personal development epitomized by the shrew," he said.

Zebuntu 7.10 Beta 3 Screenshots

  • The Coding Studio (Posted by lqsh on Feb 25, 2008 12:29 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Xfce
Zebuntu is an Xfce-based Ubuntu distribution with heavy - you guessed it - Zeta influences. Our goal is to use BlueEyedOS to offer a new platform for our former Zeta customers. In the future, Zeta, BeOS, as well as any future Haiku applications, will run natively on Zebuntu. Screenshots at The Coding Studio

Parsix: Persian distro makes GNOME look good

Last month the Parsix Linux distribution made its 1.0 release after almost a year of development. Parsix is a GNOME-based distro based on the testing branch of Debian GNU/Linux with elements from Kanotix. It makes an attractive alternative to Ubuntu. Parsix comes as an installable live CD and features GNOME 2.20.3 as the desktop. It hails from Persia, but the language and keyboard default to en_US. When you first boot the live CD, Parsix provides two handy boot options for wide-screen display resolutions. Many distros auto-detect the optimal resolution, but many don't. This approach is a great compromise, and assured that I was able to boot into my desired resolution.

Music Notation Programs: Recent Releases

A few weeks ago I promised to bring in some more general news from the world of Linux audio software development. Alas, my plans were ambushed by the happy intrusion of the release of Renoise for Linux, but I'm back on track. As promised, here's more straight reporting on the world of Linux sound and music software, starting with some news about recently released music notation programs.

Review: KDE 4: Wow Factor Fully Engaged

While it may not be fully ready for production systems yet, there is no denying that latest version of the K Desktop Environment is one sharp-looking interface. Reviewer Ken Hess takes a test-drive, and clearly likes what he sees.

Open Source Needs Healthcare Coverage

Dozens of traditional IT companies — from Cisco Systems to Xerox — are generating PR coverage at this week’s huge HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando. But once again, the open source vendor community has missed a major vertical market marketing opportunity. Here's why.

Persnickety Linux Isn't Doing Itself Any PR Favours

  • The Mental Proctologist; By Phred Zed (Posted by menpro on Feb 25, 2008 6:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
It can see problems such as these for what they are, and am thankful that Linux's sensitivity to hardware actually points out problems that a user should be aware of. However, I can also completely imagine how this ordeal would be an awful, FUD-confirming, curiousity-spanking experience for the Linux-curious...

DistroWatch Weekly: UNIX cut and paste, Intrepid Ibex, Gentoo issues, Ultimate Edition

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2008 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 8th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Great week for all the fans of FreeBSD - according to the project's updated release engineering page, the delayed FreeBSD 7.0 should be up on the mirrors within hours! In the news section, Ubuntu introduces the all-new Intrepid Ibex, Gentoo polls its developers on issues facing the project, gNewSense announces a new level of package freedom in its repositories, and PCLinuxOS sets up a dedicated forum board for security notices. Other topics in this week's issue include a quick tutorial on using the cut and paste commands for manipulating columns of data in text files and a brief introduction to Ultimate Edition, an Ubuntu-based distribution for the desktop. As always, happy reading!

Firefox feed extensions

Few features are as essential to modern Web browsing as feeds. With the rise of social networking and file sharing sites, feeds have become the only way for many people to keep up-to-date with all the sites that interest them. Certainly feeds are more efficient than resolutely clicking dozens or hundreds of bookmarks one after another. To satisfy the need to feed, developers have written dozens of Firefox add-ons to help you view both classic feed formats and sites that lack a feed.

Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 3 Released

Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 3 was released for testing on February 12, 2008. The third beta of the next major Firefox version offers around 1300 bug fixes over Beta 2, including improvements in malware protection, bookmarking capabilities and download manager. The latest beta also boasts of improved performance, including fixes for over 350 memory leaks.

LINdependence 2008

  •; By helios - Ryan Foster - Larry Cafiero (Posted by helios on Feb 24, 2008 11:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements, News Story; Groups:
It is great...that one-on-one bond that forms when you set someone free. But let's imagine for a moment if you could do the same thing for several people all at once. Oh heck, let's just shoot for the moon and beyond. What if you could do the same thing for say, oh I don't know...maybe large chunks of an entire town? That's what you and I are going to do.

Get around that pesky firewall filtering with tsocks

  •; By Nick Anderson (Posted by cmdln on Feb 24, 2008 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
I generally don’t have any issues knowing someone might be snooping on a bit of my traffic. However there are times you may want your traffic to be a bit more private. For example if your boss is a raging tyrant and your looking for a new job, and you know the sky would fall if he found out you emailed or happened to be on Career Builder or for that matter had even the slightest idea of abandoning him. Yes I am recounting something from my past, hey at least its distant past :). So if you find yourself in that situation read on for how to use tsocks and ssh as a simple proxy.

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