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An open letter to Adobe

Hello, oh great and powerful Adobe people.

Thank you so much for releasing Flash Player 10 beta 2 for Linux. Thanks even more for (finally) building in support for video4linux2 Webcam technology. You have no idea how much we appreciate that. The only problem is that many (if not most) of us can't use it. You see, it crashes our browsers within seconds. more>>

PC/OS Resurrects BeOS for a New Generation

As many loyal readers will know, the brilliant-but-before-its-time BeOS operating system is near and dear to our hearts here at This being the case, we were overjoyed to learn that a new Ubuntu derivative labeled PC/OS is bringing back echoes of those bygone, halcyon days of BeOS glory. more>>

Contingency Plans

"The standard guide for vi since 1986, this book has been expanded to include detailed information on vim, the leading vi clone that includes extra features for both beginners and power users." more>>

Sun Adds Patent-Busting to Its Bag of Tricks

Just over a month ago, we brought you the news that Red Hat had washed its hands of long-term patent litigation with Firestar Software over object-oriented software and relational databases. We now learn the deal came just a month too early, as last week the Patent and Trademark Office invalidated the patent in question — the result of a "brother-in-arms" effort by Red Hat competitor Sun Microsystems. more>>

Linux Product Insider: Online Dictionary of Engineering Science & Tech

The July 11th "Linux Product Insider" features the Online Dictionary of Engineering Science & Tech, Curl Data Kit, High Performance MySQL, Teach Yourself C++ in One Hour a Day and Sans Digital AccuNAS AN2L. more>>

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>>