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Open Source Hardware Hackers Start P2P Bank

Open Source Hardware Hackers Start P2P Bank

A microcredit co-op bank has sprung up in Northern California, using money pooled from hardware hackers to fund other open source hardware hacking projects. They've found 70 lenders, Two open source hardware enthusiasts, Justin Huynh and Matt Stack, have started the Open Source Hardware Bank to fund hardware projects such as the microcontroller [...]

Exaile has everything over Amarok

Exaile has everything over Amarok

If you're on a GNOME-based Linux machine, you're no doubt familiar with the love/hate relationship with the Amarok music player. On the one hand, Amarok has become the music player of choice for Linux users; it has everything you need. On the other hand, it runs slow on GNOME because it is designed for KDE, and therefore must load a huge amount of [...]

HOWTO: Reset a forgotten MySQL root password

HOWTO: Reset a forgotten MySQL root password

Thankfully there is a simple solution to this problem, we just need to start MySQL with a flag to tell it to ignore any username/password restrictions which might be in place. Once that is done you can successfully update the stored details. Login or su as root to the machine with the MySQL server. Stop the MySQL server by using the [...]

Tempers Flare as Recession Creeps into Tech Industry

Tempers Flare as Recession Creeps into Tech Industry

I don't believe this guy for a second. Whenever people make up BS stories like this (and I've read quite a few from this guy's blog), they always cast themselves as some kind of fighting expert. "I am the only one of the two that did not involuntarily leave his feet that day. A small crowd had semi-gathered to watch the show but it was over as [...]

HOWTO: Achieve Transparent GTK Themes

HOWTO: Achieve Transparent GTK Themes

Compiz-fusion may be the prime suite of effects on the Linux desktop, but it can’t go too far beyond decorating the windows themselves. What if you could give GTK+ widgets effects themselves? Depending on your theme, you may be able to. This is a quick "howto," but it requires a few things to be in place: Your GTK theme must support RGBA. [...]

Open Source = Communism

Open Source = Communism

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Running Windows viruses with Wine

Running Windows viruses with Wine

It just isn't fair that Windows users get all the viruses. I mean really, shouldn't Linux users be in on the fun as well? Well... thanks to the folks running the Wine project, Linux users can "catch the virus bug" too -- sort of. Linux just isn't user-friendly when it comes to viruses. You have to work to find and run them. It doesn't happen [...]

Cool new Dutch coin

Cool new Dutch coin

Matthew Dent's new coinage for the UK was pretty great, but this Dutch commemorative coin is a fully contemporary chunk of wow. (more…)

KTorrent Web Interface Vulnerable to Remote Takeover

KTorrent Web Interface Vulnerable to Remote Takeover

This is the beauty of open source. You can actually publish stuff like this without the fear that several black Tuesdays will pass before it's patched. Distributed under a GNU General Public license, KTorrent is a torrent client written in C++ for KDE. Feature wise, the client can compete with other popular clients, supporting protocol [...]

OpenWRT $200,000 cash prize for open source router GUI web interface

OpenWRT $200,000 cash prize for open source router GUI web interface

When you realize that developing a full firmware for a wireless router usually costs upwards of a million dollars it makes sense that they're offering this kind of cash. This also assumes you've already got a code base and you're just porting it. So they're basically getting a code base which would cost them over a million dollars to build, and [...]

Bash 4.0 released

New features such as the ** glob operator (matches all the directories and files in the current directory recursively) added. Introduction ============ The first public release of bash-4.0 is now available with the URLs ftp://ftp.cwru.edu/pub/bash/bash-4.0.tar.gz ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/bash/bash-4.0.tar.gz and from the usual GNU [...]

OpenX: More Than Just an Ad Server

OpenX: More Than Just an Ad Server

Ad-based commercial media networks are always busy with the constant improvement and fine-tuning of the network's ad serving. It is essential to get the most dollars out of every impression that the network generates. Usually, someone is hired to improve the performance of the ad serving technology. Let's call this person "The Optimizer". The [...]

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) released

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) released

after "22 months of constant development." From Debian.org... The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 (codenamed "Lenny") after 22 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME, [...]

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

In late 2008 we witnessed the release of Compiz++, a rewrite of the Compiz core in C++ plus other invasive work in order to improve this compositing window manager. With Compiz++ being a branch of Compiz and various other developers working on their own branches, the future of Compiz was unclear, however, today it has been cleared up [...]

Ubuntu Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Linux kernel vulnerabilities

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases: Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Ubuntu 7.10 Ubuntu 8.04 LTS This advisory also applies to the corresponding versions of Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu. Hugo Dias discovered that the ATM subsystem did not correctly manage socket counts. A local attacker could exploit this to cause a system [...]

Obama wants to know: Why open source?

Obama wants to know: Why open source?

President Barack Obama is a smart guy. Where others zig, he zags. It's perhaps not surprising, then, that he's been asking around about the benefits of open source, according to Sun Chairman Scott McNealy, who has been asked by President Obama to author a white paper on the benefits the U.S. government can derive from open source. McNealy, [...]

Ironically, it’s free: ars technica’s review of GIMP 2.6.4

Ironically, it’s free: ars technica’s review of GIMP 2.6.4

As a photographer and a GIMP user since version 1.0... I have to say that this one of the more comprehensive reviews I've read. Most are horrible "this is how you install the app" crap, which are useless beyond belief. BTW, none of my clients over the past 8+ years have complained about the quality of output they received or that I was using [...]

HOWTO: Create a private encrypted folder in Linux

HOWTO: Create a private encrypted folder in Linux

eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise-class stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux.It provides advanced key management and policy features. eCryptfs stores cryptographic metadata in the header of each file written, so that encrypted files can be copied between hosts; the file will be decryptable with the proper key, and there is no need to [...]

Linux 2.6.28′s five best features

Linux 2.6.28′s five best features

While you were likely to be opening up Christmas presents, Linus Torvalds was giving Linux users around the world a special present: the release of the next major Linux kernel: Linux 2.6.28. We had some time to tinker with this latest and greatest Linux, and it's my kind of Christmas present: solid improvements to my favorite operating system. [...]

HOWTO: Install Ruby on Rails on Debian

HOWTO: Install Ruby on Rails on Debian

Installing Rails on Debian or Ubuntu is quite simple. To ensure that you have a Rails-compatible version of Ruby installed, do not install the old (and possibly broken) version of Ruby with apt-get/aptitude. Rather, install Rubygems and have it fetch Ruby for you. Again... Do not install rails using apt-get/aptitude! The debian repository includes [...]

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