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VLC reaches 2.0

VLC reaches 2.0

While this isn’t news about the site per se, it does impact many of our visitors. VLC is one of the most universal media players with built-in codecs. It is also cross-platform, free and open-source. It has been locked to the 1.x versioning for many years, but now the latest major release VLC 2.0 “Twoflower” is here.

Richard Stallman Weighs In On The Check Engine Light

Richard Stallman Weighs In On The Check Engine Light

My fight against the check engine light still goes on, though, like an uncle with an extensive collection of pornography, I'm sure many of you were hoping I'd just keep it to myself. Well, like your pervy uncle, I won't. I can't. And, I'm not alone. Among the many emails I received, most suggesting I speak with my clergyperson, I received an [...]

RIP Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer

RIP Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer

Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog post. Wikipedia biography here. He was the designer and original developer of the C programming language, and a central figure in the [...]

Richard Stallman on Steve Jobs

Richard Stallman on Steve Jobs

Stallman is right in that Jobs was "the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool" and unlike Gates (which at least played a huge role in first making computers available for businesses and then cheap PCs available for the masses - and without which the Open Source movement would have still been today a thing for a small group of academics), [...]

The State of Linux Audio: Dec 2010

The State of Linux Audio: Dec 2010

In my case. Applications -> ALSA -> Sound. Sound is something I never had any problems. The only configuration I had to make was choosing the right sound card in the kernel configuration.

Richard Stallman: The actions against MasterCard and Amazon are not “hacking.” People are just finding a way to protest in a digital space, the internet equivalent of a mass demonstration

Richard Stallman: The actions against MasterCard and Amazon are not “hacking.” People are just finding a way to protest in a digital space, the internet equivalent of a mass demonstration

I fully expect Stallman probably has thrown out his master card visa, and paypal account, if he had any of these to begin with. In open source matters, Stallman is the the religious equivalent of an ascetic with a vow of closed source celibacy. To the extent that I doubt the man even owns a microwave. Whether or not you believe with his [...]

10 Cool Nmap Tricks and Techniques

10 Cool Nmap Tricks and Techniques

Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source (license) utility for network exploration or security auditing. Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. In addition to my list you can also check out this [...]

Free Kinect drivers released. Adafruit pays $3k bounty to hacker, $2k more to EFF

The swell hackers at Adafruit Industries have declared a winner in their cash-prize contest to reverse-engineer the Microsoft Kinekt controller and release a free/open library that would let hardware hackers incorporate it into their own projects. The winner is a fine gent named Hector, who says, "Here's my take on the Kinect driver. Supports [...]

Future Ubuntu Releases Will be Shipped With LibreOffice, Says Mark Shuttleworth

Future Ubuntu Releases Will be Shipped With LibreOffice, Says Mark Shuttleworth

OpenOffice's future was doomed from the day when Oracle acquired SUN Microsystems. The eventuality became even more obvious when they pulled the plug on OpenSolaris. Thankfully, OpenOffice is an open source software and leading contributors of the original project has forked OpenOffice and the new project will be called LibreOffice. [...]

We should all be using free software

We should all be using free software

An issue that garners far less press coverage than the ongoing net neutrality story is that of free software. The software powering the devices we use is just as vital for the internet as is the management of the "pipes" that carry our data. Most of us, though, don't even think about the software we choose to use (or worse, are coerced to [...]

Real world results: FBI cannot crack Truecrypt

Real world results: FBI cannot crack Truecrypt

The FBI failed to break the encryption code of hard drives seized by federal police at the apartment of banker Daniel Dantas, in Rio de Janeiro, during Operation Satyagraha. The operation began in July 2008. According to a report published on Friday (6.25.2010) by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, after a year of unsuccessful attempts, the U.S. [...]

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Samba with Active Directory: getting closer!

Samba with Active Directory: getting closer!

In the video, Tridge demonstrates provisioning an Active Directory domain on a Samba server, running a development version of Samba from shortly before Samba 4 alpha 11. Once the Samba server is running, he then starts a copy of Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2 Standard as a guest under VirtualBox, and runs the Windows "dcpromo" command to have it [...]

Benchmarking Debian’s GNU/kFreeBSD

Benchmarking Debian’s GNU/kFreeBSD

There has been an effort underway within the Debian development community to pull the FreeBSD kernel within this distribution to provide an alternative to using the Linux kernel. In essence with this Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project you have the standard Debian package set providing a GNU user-land with a GNU C library, but the FreeBSD kernel is [...]

Why you should use OpenGL and not DirectX

Why you should use OpenGL and not DirectX

Often, when we meet other game developers and say that we use OpenGL for our game Overgrowth, we're met with stares of disbelief -- why would anyone use OpenGL? DirectX is the future. When we tell graphics card representatives that we use OpenGL, the temperature of the room drops by ten degrees. This baffles us. It's common geek wisdom that [...]

GIMP 2.7 has a single window mode

GIMP 2.7 has a single window mode

For those living under a rock, GIMP is an awesome open source image editor but one of the things that people found really annoying about GIMP in the past was that it doesn’t come in a single window. It has 2 or 3 separate windows which makes it hard for people to move it around and in my opinion it doesn’t look very professional and [...]

Dear Google: You keep using that word…

Dear Google: You keep using that word…

Google's Jonathan Rosenberg wrote a paean to 'open,' in which his company's commitment to 'open' is pitched at great length. The most remarkable paragraph, however, is the one dealing with things that Google keeps closed: While we are committed to opening the code for our developer tools, not all Google products are open source. Our goal is to [...]

(1) Open a Linux terminal, (2) Enter “cal 9 1752″, (3) wtf?

(1) Open a Linux terminal, (2) Enter “cal 9 1752″, (3) wtf?

Wikipedia can explain it. Britain and the British Empire (including the eastern part of what is now the United States) adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 by which time it was necessary to correct by 11 days. Wednesday, 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday, 14 September 1752 to account for 29 February 1700 (Julian). Claims that rioters [...]

Microsoft and a “patent checkmate” of my dreams

Microsoft and a “patent checkmate” of my dreams

Microsoft tried to auction off some patents that they claim relate to Linux. Patent trolls could have bought them. Instead Open Invention Network (OIN) got them. Why would Microsoft wish to get rid of 22 patents that it presumably could sue Linux over? Let's try to imagine what might have happened. Let's pretend you are Microsoft, and you want [...]

The File Menu

The File Menu

The File menu has been around since the dawn of user interfaces. But do you know what? It has overstayed its welcome. The File menu has been abused in far too many applications. A File menu should deal with files. That’s it. Open a file, save a file, print a file, quit editing the file. Some, no.. most applications have been using the File [...]

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