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Atheros Adds Linux to its Lineup

Getting proprietary vendors to provide Linux drivers for their products has not traditionally been an easy process — indeed, that may be the understatement of the year. Convincing them to release Open Source drivers has proven even more difficult. (Read: Near impossible.) It's a day to celebrate, though, at least for Atheros users, as the company has just released a completely free wireless driver for its WLAN chipsets. more>>

More on Contingency Plans

A couple of weeks ago, I tangentially mentioned the need for contingency plans. Today, I want to look at them a little more closely. My current job is about as far away from Continuity of Operations (COOP) and disaster recovery (DR) as you can get, yet I still deal in the issues of disasters, and preventing them, both professionally and personally. more>>

Opening the Cellwaves

How long before the carriers and the FCC admit that the new transmission medium for radio is the cell system? And how long before they also recognize that the cell system is properly part of the Net's infrastructure and not just cordless telephony with messaging tacked on? more>>

CherryPal PC: Linux and Green Go Together

I am so proud of the Linux Community for many reasons, but I’m amazed at how well it continues to impress the ‘greenie’ in me. more>>

Convert Filenames to Lowercase

I was going to claim I wrote this yesterday but the timestamp on the file is 22 Nov 1998. Nothing new, nothing fancy but it does the job.


Understanding Kaminsky's DNS Bug

Over the past few days details have surfaced about the nature of the DNS bug that Dan Kaminsky announced two weeks ago. Yes, it is as big and as scary as we were told. more>>

Details of DNS Glitch Slip into the Wild

Six months ago, security expert Dan Kaminsky stumbled upon a flaw so serious and widespread that it could bring the entire internet crashing down — at least for those on the wrong side of the bug. more>>

Lenny Looks Likely to Leave Lockup

Predicting the release date of a new stable version of Debian — which eschews a set release schedule in order to bring about a release when it is ready for release — is a task composed of a lot of perception, at least a little participation, and a bit of psychic prediction. It seems the crystal ball has once again been uncovered, as the Debian Release Team has announced a full freeze on the lenny testing branch as a precursor to a full release in September. more>>

"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.