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In case you were wondering about the fun side of Linux World Expo, we thought we'd give you a peek at our shenanigans. We at Linux Journal love what we do so much, that we can't help but have a ball wherever we go. more>>

Quebec government being sued, for buying Microsoft!

This certainly qualifies as an interesting development. CBC is reporting that FACIL, a non-profit organization that promotes the adoption of free software in Quebec, is suing the provincial government for buying Microsoft software. More specifically, they are alleging that Quebec's provincial government refuses to allow competing bids (including bids from free software vendors) in preference of large players like Microsoft. Allow me to quote from the CBC article. more>>

Debian Security Flaw

The debian security flaw and the supposed attacks were pointed out to me earlier today. There's a blurb about it here on LJ. The US-CERT warning is here. The original debian advisory about the actual bug is

An Overview of Twitter Clients for Linux

Micro-blogging sites are everywhere these days. There's Jaiku, FriendFeed, Pownce, Tumblr, and Identi.ca, to name a few. For many, though, the original micro-blogging site is the best: Twitter. more>>

Product Spotlight: GoGrid Servers in the Cloud

GoGrid is a competitor to Amazon Web Services -- they have a multi-server control panel that enables you to deploy and manage load-balanced cloud servers in just minutes (it appears to take about 5 minutes to be exact). Associate Editor Shawn Powers met up with GoGrid this month on the LinuxWorld Expo show floor and chatted with them about cloud computing. more>>

Convert diff output to colorized HTML

If you search the web you can find a number of references to programs/scripts that convert diff output to HTML. This is a bash version. more>>

Government Gurus Warn of Stolen SSH Rootkit Attacks

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning users running Linux systems and utilizing SSH for system access that a new round of rootkit attacks is underway. more>>

Where are we on 508 compliance?

As a computer professional I take my sight for granted. Think about it, how much you rely on your eyes. How much of what we do is based on what is on the screen and where it is on the screen. more>>

Product Spotlight: Linux Offerings from Fujitsu

Associate Editor Shawn Powers recently had the opportunity to speak with Fujitsu about their latest Linux offerings. more>>

The Death of the Letter?

BALTIMORE (AP) - Mailboxes are going the way of phone booths. More of us are paying our bills online and using the Internet to send our correspondence, so the U.S. Postal Service has decided it needs fewer mailboxes. (WTOP) more>>

Could Microsoft's Photosynth Have Been Free Software?

Photosynth is one of the most exciting programs I've seen in a long time. It takes a group of photos, typically of a single geographical location, but possibly taken at different times by different people, analyses them for similarities, and then stitches then together into a smooth-flowing, pseudo-3D panorama. It's really great. Just two problems. One: it won't run on GNU/Linux; and two: it's from Microsoft, and so is unlikely ever to do so.

My question is this: Why didn't the free software community come up with Photosynth first? more>>

EXTRA: Shawn Powers Hot!

Breaking News has just learned from an inside source that Linux Journal Associate Editor and LinuxJournal.com Gadget Guy Shawn Powers is, in fact, hot. more>>

Fedora "Issue" Revealed: Haxored!

The mysterious "issue" with the Fedora Project's "infrastructure systems" has finally been revealed: an unidentified number of the project's servers were "illegally accessed" — hacked — along with an unidentified number of servers servicing Red Hat Enterprise Linux. more>>

Obama's Secret Weapon: Geeks. Lots of Them

We were lost in Boston's South End, looking for Thayer Street. Street signs are optional around Boston, and the locals didn't know either the street or our precise destination... more>>

Linux Product Insider: "FIRST LEGO League", the book

This "Linux Product Insider" features the book FIRST LEGO League, iStor Networks' integraSuite/MC Management Center, WaveMaker's Visual Ajax Studio 4.0, Perforce 2008.1 SCM System and FST's FancyPants SDK.

Here's what's new and noteworthy this week in Linux and open source: more>>

Copyright Conundrums Converge on Gordon Brown

It's not every day that a guy from Mississippi can claim that the government of the United Kingdom is breaching his copyright, but for Anthony Baggett, the past week has been full of them. Apparently, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has a shiny new website, and by appearances, that shine has Mr. Baggett's signature all over it. more>>

GPL Guardians Publish Guide to Not Getting Sued

The Software Freedom Law Center — champions of all things Open Source — has become a legend within the Open Source community over the past year through the nearly a dozen lawsuits filed on behalf of the developers of BusyBox against a laundry list of companies that re more>>

Mozilla Names Shuttleworth Fellow Executive Director

The Mozilla Foundation — the organization responsible for the record-setting Firefox web browser — has named itself a new Executive Director, namely one Mark Surman. more>>

OpenOffice.org Impress: Using Master Slides

The Master view in Impress is the equivalent of page styles in Writer. It's the view where you can set elements of design that appear throughout your presentation, such as the slide background and foreground colors, any reoccurring elements, and the fonts. By creating the master slides you need before you add content, you can automate your work and free yourself to focus on content. more>>

"Cradle of Liberty" Gets Its Cradle Handed To It

Boston, Massachusetts has a rich history of fighting for freedom from government oppression. It was Boston Harbor that colonists dumped tea into to protest oppressive taxation. It was on King Street that Crispus Attucks became the first casualty of the American Revolution — and Boston where John Adams put his duty to the law before his political leanings to ensure the British soldiers responsible would be represented by counsel. And it was from Boston that Paul Revere began his midnight ride, warning that the British were headed towards Lexington — not twenty miles away — where the "shot heard 'round the world" would ring out. Perhaps that's why it is so particularly appalling to see it trample on the rights of its citizens — and so blissfully sweet to see their fragile attempt at totalitarianism itself be trampled in turn. more>>