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Secure and anonymous browsing with Firefox and TorK

Often, the web browser that comes with an operating system is not set up in a secure default configuration. Not securing your web browser can lead quickly to a variety of computer problems caused by anything from spyware being installed without your knowledge to intruders taking control of your computer. As a result, exploiting vulnerabilities in web browsers has become a popular way for attackers to compromise computer systems. For that reason, it is very important to take control and to decide what kind of  browser and plug-in to use. But here is the good news; Linux is already using Mozilla Firefox as a default browser. This workshop will describe how to use additional plug-ins to browse the Internet more secure but also anonymously on a Mandriva 2008 Spring client.

The Power of SysteRescueCD 1.0.3: A Pictorial look

SystemRescueCD has been around for sometime and their latest version 1.0.3 just came out today. I take a short look at it and briefly describe some of its advantages. Checkout the short flash video at the end of the article to see SystemRescueCD 1.0.3 in action.

RIP, Levanta

It seemed like such a great idea. Linux is moving from edge and departmental servers to the data center, so why not offer Linux data center automation, complete with virtualization Linux lifecycle management? Well, maybe it's still a great business idea, but Levanta wasn't able to make a go of it. Officially, there's still no word that the San Mateo, Calif.-based company is out of business, but former employees say that the company laid them off on April 1. The list of those who were fired ranges from clerical support to Madhur Kohli, the company's former vice president of engineering.

Install OpenSolaris 2008/05 DomU at Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop (Server) Xen 3.2 Dom0 (both 64-bit)

  • bderzhavets.blogspot.com; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on May 27, 2008 6:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Sun, Ubuntu
Instructions mentioned bellow in general follow up the ones in my previous post, regarding OpenSolaris 2008/05 DomU at Xen 3.2.1 CentOS 5.1 Dom0 (64-bit). However, Xen 3.2.1 Dom0 had been built on CentOS 5.1 from the source obtained by cloning Mercurial Repository@xensource.com. Install Xen on Ubuntu 8.04 had been performed from Ubuntu Repositories and the patched as usual.

Linux vs. Windows: Understanding the Difficulty Divide

Over the years, I’ve developed a generalized theory about the relative cost of getting things done in Windows versus that of Linux, and as something of a corollary, the reason a lot of people say Linux is too hard, or “not ready for the desktop.” The essence of this theory can be illustrated by a graph that I call The Difficulty Divide. You can see the graph and my theory on Works With U, a site covering Ubuntu Linux.

Managing your Life with eGroupWare

If your life is like mine, it's probably more complicated than it should be. There's that full time job, social events, and vacations to say nothing of various side businesses and their associated deadlines. The kids have Cub Scouts, soccer, and baseball. Since we homeschool, we have science club, field trips and play dates. And it seems that everyone we know has 2 email addresses and at least 3 phone numbers. Then there is the family budget, workout goals and the infamous Honey-Do List. This is a lot of information to keep track of.

Picking the right Eclipse distribution for you

Which Eclipse distribution is right for you? Compare the CodeGear JBuilder 2008 Turbo trial version, nexB EasyEclipse, Europa bundles, and Innoopract's Yoxo On Demand distros. Many of these Eclipse distributions already contain the plug-ins and tools you need to start working right away.

Rock out on Linux with the Banshee 1.0 beta 2 media player

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by kingttx on May 27, 2008 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Ars tests the latest beta release of Banshee 1.0, an open-source media player for Linux. This version adds support for video content, including video podcasts.

VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Platform Preview

You wouldn't know it by looking at the market today, but VIA Technologies was really the original mainstream company to be the proponent of the "mini-notebook" market that has become epitomized by the ASUS Eee PC. Last June VIA demonstrated and showed off a device called the VIA NanoBook at Computex in Taipei; essentially a very small form factor laptop with Windows XP on it. Looking at it next to the current generations of the Eee PC and you'd be hard pressed to find significant differences. The single area that VIA failed to address was actually PUSHING their devices into the market - we never really found them in the US and they never took off.

Ubuntu 8.04 Is Ready to Take On Windows

Ubuntu's deep software catalog, focus on usability and active community combine with long-term support to put desktop Linux's best face forward. Canonical has marshaled the best of what the open-source world has to offer in Ubuntu 8.04, a Linux-based operating system that's capable of mounting a serious challenge to Microsoft Windows on mainstream desktops and notebooks.

Wikindx facilitates academic writing in a browser

Anyone interested in writing academic and research papers knows that the process includes researching existing works, planning a research study, collecting and analyzing the results, and writing up the findings. In such papers, reference and citation information is essential. GPL-licensed Wikindx lets you store bibliographic references, quotations, and notes in a database, from which you can easily insert appropriate citations into a paper using its built-in Web-based word processor.

Lenovo: Time for a Linux Server Strategy

Lenovo's core PC and laptop businesses are under attack. And the company hasn't said much about its long-term server strategy -- especially as it relates to Linux. That has to change fast.

How-to: Playing GTA 2 on Linux with Wine!

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on May 27, 2008 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In 1999, Rockstar Games and Rockstar North (then known as DMA Design) furthered the groundbreaking gameplay concepts established just two years prior in the original Grand Theft Auto - with the release of GTA2.

KDE 4.1 Beta 1 Released

The KDE Project is happy to set the first beta of KDE 4.1, codenamed Caramel, free today. KDE 4.1 is intended to meet the needs of a broad range of users and we therefore respectfully request you to get testing Beta 1. Beta 1 is not ready for production use but is in wide use by KDE developers and is suitable for testing by Linux enthusiasts and KDE fans.

Opinion: Business Logic vs. Free Software Idealism

These days, business and free software co-exist with little friction. Although you still find some members of the free software community who automatically view business with suspicion, for the most part the community considers the multibillion dollar open source industry as a validation of its beliefs. Business and free software are so closely intertwined that kernel developers Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton are employed by the Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium of corporations. But in recent months, this cooperation is showing signs of becoming strained.

Open-Source ATI Driver Achieves 3D Success

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on May 27, 2008 8:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While the RadeonHD developers have been busy working on Radeon HD 3200 / 780 Series support and other features for this open-source ATI R500/600+ driver, the DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) support has been lagging behind. Earlier this month Matthias Hopf was successful in getting DRM working on an RS690 GPU and he has published RadeonHD DRM code into his personal development tree, but no code has yet to reach master. Meanwhile, as the xf86-video-ati driver is using AtomBIOS, they are able to spend more time working on the 3D features and other areas and less time "banging on registers" or even waiting on register documentation to arrive. David Airlie has been working on the R500 3D support along with Alex Deucher and Corbin Simpson.

Google gears Java 5 Web Toolkit

Google is this week expected to release the long-awaited update to its Web Toolkit (GWT) adding support for Java 5 Standard Edition language features to speed development and performance of JavaScript. The search giant has also outlined plans for successive versions of its web toolkit. Version 1.6 is scheduled for the third quarter, under a planned quarterly cycle for "minor" updates, with a version 2.0 featuring bigger changes further out.

AirRivals on Linux with Wine

AirRivals is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) with the characteristics of both Third-person shooters and flight simulators, developed by MasangSoft and owned by Yedang. In AirRivals, players pilot their own individual starfighters (called "Gears") throughout a number of maps, including terrestrial, lunar, and space maps. It has typical MMORPG elements such as leveling, currency, and a skills system. Ace Online is a largely Player vs. Player (PvP)-oriented game, with character leveling and item acquisition achieved through combat against Non-Player Characters (NPCs) and the completion of missions. As a player gains levels, more and more maps become accessible.

Bringing down software margins with the cloud and open source

Microsoft expects to lose margin as "cloud" competitors start to eat away at its core businesses. Kudos to Microsoft for calling out the obvious. But Microsoft still has a lot to learn if it thinks it can charge more under its own cloud model because "the customer will pay Microsoft a larger fee, since Microsoft also runs and maintains all the hardware,"

Setting Up PHPlist (Open-Source Newsletter Manager)

This document describes how to set up PHPlist on Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. This howto should also work for other distributions with little modifications. Taken from the phplist page: "phplist is an open-source newsletter manager. phplist is free to download, install and use, and is easy to integrate with any website. phplist is downloaded more than 10 000 times per month and is listed in the top open source projects for vitality score on Freshmeat."

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