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I didn’t realize this was such a commonly used size in GIMP

I didn’t realize this was such a commonly used size in GIMP

The question is, do any modern printers support that format? Seriously. I think that it would be cool to print some novelty toilet paper.

Pidgin 2.6.0 is out with “more other new features than I care to count”

Pidgin 2.6.0 is out with “more other new features than I care to count”

Make very sure you update to a recent version, there is an extremely dangerous security issue in <2.5.9. First off, some statistics for this release: 99 bullet points in the ChangeLog. 221 tickets closed for the release (that is, 221 tickets that we believe are fixed or are patches that we accepted). 2 major new features More other [...]

MIT drops open-source software for Microsoft Exchange

MIT drops open-source software for Microsoft Exchange

Beginning this summer, Information Systems and Technology has begun transitioning portions of the MIT e-mail system to Microsoft Exchange, as well as changing the way spam is handled. Changes to mail access & storage Microsoft Exchange replaces the portion of the mail system that stores messages waiting to be read, which is currently [...]

Google announces Chrome Operating System. An open-source Windows competitor

Google announces Chrome Operating System. An open-source Windows competitor

Nine months after having launched the Chrome web browser, Google just now announced the Google Chrome Operating System, "an attempt to re-think what operating systems should be." Google plans to offer the OS for use on a wide array of devices in about a year. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be [...]

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of file system patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT file system. A new Linux kernel patch that was published last week offers a workaround that might make it possible to continue [...]

FireFox 3.5 Download Link

FireFox 3.5 Download Link

The day Firefox 3.0 was to be released I went to the Mozilla website and changed the version numbers in the URL and was able to download the official release version of 3.0 well before it was officially released. As most of you know FF 3.5 is releasing today (apparently) and I did the same thing to the URL. Windows Mac Linux I installed it [...]

GAP for GIMP 2.6 released

GAP for GIMP 2.6 released

GAP is a collection of GIMP plugins that make it possible to create animations as sequences of single frames. The result can be saved as animated. GIF, AVI or MPEG file (external libraries are used for this). Now GAP 2.6.0 has been released. The new version is optimized for GIMP 2.6 and offers some new functionality. To download the [...]

Watch video… without Flash

Dailymotion is working converting their video library to open video formats: Ogg Theora. Currently they are working with Firefox to get it working correctly on Firefox 3.5 Beta(they include a link with some demos) and soon on other browsers that support HTML 5. This is one of the biggest video sites to begin to offer their video in open video [...]

Priceless Linux T-shirt

Priceless Linux T-shirt

"There are some games you need windows to run. For everything else, there's linux."

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

After a long legal wrangle, some defendant-side attorneys have audited the source-code of Alcotest, the breathalyzer used in New Jersey DUI stops. Turns out it was programmed by muppets who don't know how to calculate an average and who throw out error messages by the dozen. Like voting-machine vendors, breathlyzer vendors go crazy when [...]

HOWTO: Recover the GRUB menu on a dual boot system

HOWTO: Recover the GRUB menu on a dual boot system

Planning ahead to multi-boot Windows and Linux distributions is the way to do it, but what if you end up erasing your boot menu and losing access to Linux? The FOSSwire blog has you covered. The open-source fans at FOSSwire detail the use of an Ubuntu live CD to get onto a system that Windows or another boot-hogging system has locked up and get [...]

NoScript Author replies to AdBlock’s claims

NoScript Author replies to AdBlock’s claims

Wow... this "apology" just upset me off even more. No sincerity at all; still blaming the other party. I screwed up. Big time. Not just with Adblock Plus users but with the Mozilla community at large. I did something extremely wrong, which I will regret forever. I abused the power and wasted the enormous trust capital gained by the NoScript [...]

HOWTO: Build a Linux cluster

HOWTO: Build a Linux cluster

In theory, you can use any old PC. The minimum requirement is that it must be able to run Linux; so that narrows the choice down to almost any PC from the last 10 years. But in reality, the cluster works best if the machines that you’re linking together are relatively close in specification, especially when you start to take running costs into [...]

NoScript: Security or Malware?

NoScript: Security or Malware?

Attention NoScript users · by Wladimir Palant Recently I wrote about how not giving extension developers a good way to earn money might lead to very undesirable effects. The recent events give an impression of the kind of effects we should expect here. This is going to be about the popular NoScript extension which happens to make its money from [...]

HOWTO: Amarok 1.4 in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

HOWTO: Amarok 1.4 in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

A friend recently upgraded to the latest release of Ubuntu and found that they had replaced Amarok 1.4 with the incredibly nasty Amarok 2. I spent a day messing with Amarok2 trying to get it to behave but it just wouldn't. Not to mention the CPU spikes it was causing, so we trashed it. I tried other media players but after 3 - 4 years of using [...]

Oracle says they are committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL

Oracle says they are committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL

President Charles Phillips and chief corporate architect Edward Screven have committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL. They also mocked the idea Oracle would simply shut down or close off certain technologies and talked tough on Oracle's smarts as a hardware vendor. Oracle will not kill Java. If there is one company on this Earth [...]

Linux enters the I’m a Mac/I’m a PC market

We’ve all seen the various Mac v PC ads but no Linux ads as of yet. And why would we? - Linux does not have the bank balance to finance Hollywood style adverts - remember Microsoft's Jerry Seinfeld ad campaign? $10 million for what? Well, that’s all about to change as Linux have announced five finalists who have made adverts for their [...]

Linux Foundation says it is time to ditch Microsoft’s FAT filesystem

Linux Foundation says it is time to ditch Microsoft’s FAT filesystem

It will be time to ditch FAT when there is an alternate file system that is better than it for portable flash drives. To do this it would need: Full, out of the box Windows support. Plug and play on any Windows XP and later machine Full linux support Full mac support Safe eject - You may pull it out without much worry about data [...]

RedHat: A recession is good for our business

RedHat: A recession is good for our business

The global economic downturn has compelled a growing number of companies to search for ways to reduce IT costs. Uptake of open source software is climbing in this environment, which means more opportunities for the companies that have built their businesses around the open source Linux platform. Red Hat, one of the most prominent commercial [...]

/usr/dict/words would fail a spelling bee

/usr/dict/words would fail a spelling bee

Since it's Solaris, they'll fix this by installing BSD and GNU versions of words somewhere, and we will all have to write branches into our scripts to check for the presence of /opt/sfw/dict/gwords before we can ggrep it. That way, then can leave all the spelling errors in the Solaris version for backward compatibility. Because it's not System [...]

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