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"Spam King" Escapee Murders Wife & Child, Injures Neighbor, Kills Self

Eddie Davidson, the 35-year-old man sent to prison in April for mass spamming, escaped from a minimum-security federal prison in Colorado on the 20th by forcing his visiting wife into their car and speeding off before authorities could respond. U.S. Marshals, assisted by the FBI, Colorado authorities, and — for unexplained reasons — the IRS, have been searching for him for the past five days, a search that has tragically ended with the discovery of his suicide, along with the murder of his wife and child. more>>

Move Over Netbooks, It's Time for a Nettop

Whether you call them "ultra-portables," "netbooks," or "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Computinis," it can't be denied that the low-cost, lightweight, Linux laptop has taken the technology world by storm. Conspicuously absent, however — perhaps excepting the somewhat ill-fated gPC — is a lightweight desktop for those who live online — until now, that is. more>>

Why We Must React to ACTA

A new global standard for the enforcement of intellectual monopolies is currently being discussed by representatives of the United States, the European Commission, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Korea, Mexico and New Zealand. This new agreement is so important that it must be drawn up in secret, safe from the prying eyes of little people like you and me. Thanks, however, to the indispensable Wikileaks, a discussion paper outlining some of its possible proposals has surfaced, and from this it is clear that it represents a serious threat to online liberty in general, and to the practice of free software in particular. more>>

Ladies and Gentlemen, OpenSSH is Locked, Loaded, and Landed

Nobody can deny that in computing, security is important. One of the most popular tools for Linux security — indeed, the Readers Choice winner for favorite security/system admin tool four years running — is SSH, and among the most popular implementations is OpenSSH. As of Monday, there is even more to love, as OpenSSH released version 5.1. more>>

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Video Editing Magic with ffmpeg

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Non-linear video editing tools are great, but they're not always the best tool for the job. This is where a powerful tool like ffmpeg becomes useful. This tutorial by Elliot Isaacson covers the basics of transcoding video, as well as more advanced tricks like creating animations, screen captures, and slow motion effects. more>>

Requiem for a Vampire: Software Patents to Catch the Stake?

No matter what you think of them, software patents can be troublesome things. The Open Source community has certainly had its patent tribulations, and even companies that depend on their own patents to build the bottom line have run afoul of the patent police on more occasions than they want to remember. That may be a thing of the past, however, as new decisions out of the Patent and Trademark Office seem poised to send software patents packing once and for all. more>>

Fortify Your Day with FUD

Listen up Open Sourcers: You're slackers! That's the latest word from Fortify Software, the result of a study by the security-software vendor into the security of Open Source Software, an undertaking aimed at "informing" enterprise users of the "risks" associated with the Wild West of non-proprietary software. more>>

Profit in Health Care

I am on the newsletter list—and it isn't because he looks like me. It actually has some useful information. But, like most newsletters, it has ads. more>>

Google Gadgets for Linux

Google Gadgets for Linux are simple HTML and JavaScript applications that can be embedded in web pages and other applications. By all accounts, Gadget support for Linux was a major undertaking for the Google team as it is an entire platform for mini applications. more>>

Man vs. Myth: Greg Kroah-Hartman and the Kernel Driver Project

Don't tell Greg Kroah-Hartman that Linux hurts for device drivers. He's heard too much of that rap, and he's already done plenty to stop it. We should thank him and help pick up the ball. I'm doing both here. more>>

Turn Make Options into Tool Flags

Often times when developing programs there is a need to build the program in/for multiple configurations. Many times, autoconf and its resulting configure script do what you need. Other times you can just change a #define in your code. But sometimes, autoconf isn't an option and changing a define doesn't quite work (say you need to pass your defines/undefines to m4 or some other tool that can't handle include files). The solution is probably to change your makefile. The method presented here results in a fairly compact change to your makefile.


The Countdown is on for the Content Cup

Do you love content management? Really love it? Is your favorite CMS all you can think about? If so, then get ready, because the 2008 Open Source CMS Award race is out of the gate and headed for the backstretch. more>>

Linux Product Insider: "Robot, Gizmo & Gadget Show"

This "Linux Product Insider" features the Robot, Gizmo & Gadget Show, Microway's NumberSmasher vSMP servers, Excito's Bubba Two Home Server, Van Lindberg's Intellectual Property and Open Source and Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization. more>>

When IT Goes Bad...Or Good...Or Too Good....

The big story, at least in security, last week was the plight of San Francisco city workers who were frantically trying to regain access to the city's network after the only network admin with access refused to reveal his passwords and was jailed. With the dust beginning to settle, the picture is starting to clear up a bit. more>>

Linus Has Something on His Mind

Linus Torvalds — founder, creator, and general master of all things Linux — is not exactly known for being bashful or slow to share his thoughts. To quote the man himself: "I'm a bastard. I have absolutely no clue why people can ever think otherwise." This week, though, he's gotten an extra share of attention. more>>

AMD Drops Divisions and Directors, Intel Catches Heck

Long-suffering market second-spotter AMD hasn't been having a particularly good — well, let's say "stretch" — lately, and things haven't gotten any better this week, as two divisions and a top executive collected their cards yesterday just as the European Commission leaned on arch-rival Intel for anticompetitive activities. more>>

Do we really have options?

I was going to explore the new trend of green IT or perhaps talk about the morality of threatening or blackmailing (your choice) software companies into fixing security holes, but an article in Computerworld about a hospital selecting a Linux-based email sys more>>

Audio/Visual Synthesis: The New Arts, Part 2

In this second part of my survey I focus on the tools that achieve this new synthesis of arts. Alas, due to space constraints I am unable to include all the software I would like to have reviewed, but perhaps a future article will deal with those programs. Meanwhile, I present to my readers these brief profiles of Pd, Fluxus, and AVSynthesis. Each of these programs takes a different approach to the practical concerns of blending images (moving or still) with sound (realtime or recorded). more>>

Did Google Forget the "Open" in Open Source?

Google's Android platform for mobile phones — one of the hottest mobile Linux offerings in the work — suffered what appears to be a major setback Monday, after Google's Developer Advocate blew the lid off the internal Android secret stash a la the Eli Lily legal team. more>>