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Manga about running Ubuntu

Manga about running Ubuntu

Ubunchu, a manga-style comic for kids about the joys of running the Ubuntu Linux operating system. It's a free, CC-licensed .PDF, and it's been translated into a very large number of languages, and there are more editions to come. (more…)

Computer science student targeted for criminal investigation for allegedly sending email

Computer science student targeted for criminal investigation for allegedly sending email

"a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on" HAHAHA! Oh noes! We haz a haX0r!!!!!11one A Boston College computer science student has asked a Massachusetts court to quash an invalid search warrant for his dorm room that resulted in campus police illegally seizing several computers, an iPod, a cell phone, and other [...]

When did you first use Linux?

When did you first use Linux?

At the recent Linux Foundation Summit in San Francisco, several people were asked when they started with Linux, which lead me to the same question. First, though, I watched the Linux Foundation's video of their answers. Boy, do I feel old now. Most of them have been using Linux for about a decade and they were introduced to it in--moan!--high [...]

More Linux tips every geek should know

More Linux tips every geek should know

Auto-correct typos Typing on the command line isn't easy. First, it takes a lot of time to learn how all the commands work, but then even after that you need to be very precise with your file and directory names, otherwise you'll need to try and try again. But there's a way out: Bash has a built-in command called "shopt" that lets you set [...]

Sun launches VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software

Sun launches VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software

Sun Microsystems is putting support for the new Open Virtualization Format into its VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software. Sun announced the availability of VirtualBox 2.2 April 8, less than a month after unveiling the beta of its virtualization offering. Incorporating support for the Open Virtualization Format, or OVF, was important, [...]

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 [...]

New nVidia Linux driver 180.44

New nVidia Linux driver 180.44

nVidia does not intend to open GeForce graphics card drivers for the community, but as a compensation they get full hands working and releasing five versions of high quality binary drivers only for one month. So the things have really changed from the past where driver updates were so rare. The latest nVidia 180.44 Linux driver include support [...]

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 [...]

Ubuntu 9.04 vs Fedora 11

Ubuntu 9.04 vs Fedora 11

The excitement has already started in anticipation of Q2 2009 l distro releases. As usual, the big names are Ubuntu 9.04 (a.ka. Jaunty Jackalope) and Fedora 11 (Leonidas). It's time for a straight off comparison on the upcoming features of these two distros. I have not mentioned minor version numbers of most packages, since it is subject to [...]

/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 [...]

HOWTO: USB sniffing in linux

HOWTO: USB sniffing in linux

The linux kernel has a facility called “usbmon” which can be used to sniff the USB bus. It’s been in there for ages, and the output is really easy to collect, even from the command line shell. Simply mount debugfs and insmod the usbmon module: mount -t debugfs none_debugs /sys/kernel/debug modprobe usbmon Then you can just cat USB traffic [...]

Where Was Linux In The Pwn2Own Contest?

Where Was Linux In The Pwn2Own Contest?

The first round of the Pwn2Own was something of a redux of the previous one: the Mac was the first to fall (I'm actually not surprised given Apple's culture of obscurity-over-security), with Windows 7 via IE 8 shortly thereafter. But Linux wasn't even in the running this time. What gives? A couple of comments posted on the TippingPoint blog [...]

Adios Tux. Linus Torvalds gave Linux a new official Logo

Adios Tux. Linus Torvalds gave Linux a new official Logo

From Linus Torvald's blog... So 2.6.29 isn't quite out yet, but I've merged the new Tuz logo, so now my laptop boots up with two of these guys showing. See an earlier post about the plush version of this that I got while in Hobart for LCA 2009. Also see the Save The Tasmanian Devil site for details about the devils plight. All told, I think [...]

HOWTO: Use iptables to Block Brute Force Attacks

I left a linux machine online with ssh open for a day. It dropped incoming login attempts after the username was entered. These are the usernames the "hacker(s)" tried: account adam adine adm admin admin1 admin2 administrator admissions advice ahmed airport akademik alan albert alberto alex alfred ali alias alice allan alpha alumni amanda [...]

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 [...]

HOWTO: Make your own background image for GRUB bootloader

HOWTO: Make your own background image for GRUB bootloader

No matter what distribution of Linux you’re using, the default GRUB bootloader background image is probably pretty generic. Or, maybe you just want to personalize it. Since your system isn’t booted very far, your tool set is rather limited, so there are strict requirements for the image. It must be exactly 640×480 It can only use up to [...]

Did you know Kernel 2.6.28.7 was dubbed “Erotic Pickled Herring?”

Did you know Kernel 2.6.28.7 was dubbed “Erotic Pickled Herring?”

Apparently, this has been going on through the whole 2.6 tree... LOL. 3 SUBLEVEL = 28 4 EXTRAVERSION = .7 5 NAME = Erotic Pickled Herring 6 7 # *DOCUMENTATION* 8 # To see a list of typical targets execute "make help" 9 # More info can be located in ./README 10 # Comments in this file are targeted only to the developer, do not 11 # [...]

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 [...]

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