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Linus Launches #26

If you like to be on the cutting edge, to have the very latest release of everything, then get ready, because Version 2.6.26 of the Linux kernel has just come down the pipe. more>>

Missing Code Challenge

Online identity management and single sign-on still doesn't work. Not well enough, anyway. OpenID is a good step forward. So are a bunch of other less familiar approaches. But we still haven't arrived. more>>

ThinkPads and the Internet

I made a (some will say strange) decision related to the Geek Ranch a while ago. Rather than have an "Internet Cafe" area, I decided it made more sense to rent laptops to people. That means they can use them in the restaurant, conference room, their room or under a tree. WiFi will supply the magic connection. Oh, and their price includes a "built-in UPS". more>>

Did you upgrade to Firefox 3.0?

Yes, the day it was released. 61% (883 votes) Yes, eventually I did. 26% (375 votes) I haven't gotten around to it yet, but will. 10% (148 votes) No, I don't even use Firefox. 2% (36 votes) Total votes: 1442

What Lives Longer Than a Cockroach? Unix Bugs.

Programmers and security researchers find software bugs all the time; some are serious, some are routine, but very few are record-breakers. A bug discovered by an OpenBSD developer exploring complier failures may have set a new record, though, for the oldest undiscovered Unix glitch. more>>

Please Remove All Guns, Knives...and Illegal MP3's?

A new proposal by the G8 to undermine international piracy is causing concern among some that its provisions may end up being used more frequently to ferret out filesharers than to round up dangerous bands of international smugglers. more>>

Security Alert: DNS Security Vulnerability

Earlier this week Dan Kaminsky announced a major security vulnerability in the 25 year old DNS protocol. DNS is used to translate human readable addresses such as into IP addresses that computers use to talk to one another across networks such as the Internet. Kaminsky, a security researcher with IO Active, stressed that the issue was in the design of DNS and therefore affected software across all operating systems. more>>

Protocol Buffers: Google's Open Source Sidestep of XML

If you've ever wondered how Google manages to deal with all the information thrown at it in a given second, much less an hour or day, then listen up because we now know the answer: Protocol Buffers. Even better, Google has branded them with the Apache license and turned them out into the wild. more>>

The Amazing Brain Train from Grubby Games

Brain training comes to Linux with The Amazing Brain Train from Grubby Games. more>>

Best Buy of the Day? Ubuntu, Of Course

Selling Linux is nothing new — enterprise outfits have been offering "premium" versions for years, while commercial Linux support is a gainful industry of its own. The lucre-for-Linux lineup added a new outlet yesterday, as Canonical Inc., sponsor of the wildly popular Ubuntu, announced a deal with Best Buy to sell boxed versions of the distribution in its retail stores. more>>

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Linux HOWTO: Secure Your Data with PGP

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In today's time of rampant information crimes, including identity theft, security is more important to the average computer user than ever. This tutorial shows how you can use GnuPG to secure and verify data on your Linux box. more>>

Linux Product Insider: "PDF Gets ISO Standard"

this "Linux Product Insider" features "PDF Gets ISO Standard", Imation's Atom Flash Drive, Sabayon Linux 3.5, VariCAD 2008 2.0, Arkeia's EdgeFort 500 Series Backup Appliance and the book Investigatng Digital Crime. more>>

EMC Pulls the Plug on VMware Co-founder

The virtualization market is growing by leaps and bounds, but the market leader will be bounding forward with a new boss on board, as Diane Greene, co-founder and President/CEO of VMware was forcibly removed yesterday by majority-owner EMC. more>>

Saving the Net III: Understanding its Frames

Can we save what we don't understand? That's the challenge for those who wish to save the Net — both from those that don't understand it, and froin those that understand it too well, in wrong or inadequate ways. more>>

When "Sharing" Goes a Bit Far

Everybody who has worked on a public project has experienced negative feedback — indeed, there are days here at Breaking News when reading comments and email is less than joyful — but the good usually balances out the bad. Not so, it seems, for a section of the Debian community, however, as a recent survey has revealed that some developers have begun receiving death threats. more>>

Things are Looking Stormy for GNOME

Yesterday was a dreary, rainy day — at least outside the newsroom here at Breaking News — but the meteorological presence at GNOME HQ was decidedly more pleasant, as the Foundation announced the appointment of Stormy Peters as Executive Director. more>>

Add an Auto-Incrementing Build-Number to Your Build Process

When building software it's often useful to give each iteration of your build process a unique number. Many IDEs and RAD tools do this for you automatically. If yours doesn't and you're using a make file to build your code you can add an auto-incrementing build number to your project with a few simple changes to your make file. more>>

GPS and GIS: A Great Combination, Part I

A GPS unit and a Geographic Information System (GIS) program are a great team. With a GPS receiver in hand, you can tap into the network of government satellites to calculate your position on Earth to within meters. With a GIS on your desktop, you can import acquired GPS data onto to your desktop and combine it with other geospatial features such as maps, aerial photos and satellite imagery. more>>

Gentoo Countdown Reaches Zero

If you're the do-it-yourself sort, one who likes to pick exactly what they want and cut the fluff, then today is the day to celebrate, as Gentoo — Linux the way you see fit — has reached its first milestone for 2008. more>>

Hans Reiser Confesses, Leads Police to Murdered Wife's Body

In a stunning turnaround of a case that kept the Linux community captivated for months, Hans Reiser has confessed to strangling his wife and lead authorities to her body in exchange for a reduced sentence. more>>