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Dangerous Linux Commands

I found an interesting post on the Ubuntu Forums explaining some malicious commands in Linux. It was in response to recent posts that have been attempting to trick new users into running commands that cause damage. The Linux command line is very powerful, which means there are a lot of ways to mess up a system.

Is Firefox Becoming Bloated?

Most of you reading this are likely doing so with the now popular Web browser lovingly known as Firefox. Born out of the frustration to need something with less bloat, Firefox fit the bill with flying colors. These days, however, this is looking less and less like what we can expect from them in the future.

Ubuntu server theme: Soren Hansen

Continuing our Server Team theme again this week we are talking with Soren Hansen. Soren is working in Canonical’s server efforts (most notably he’s working on getting ebox ready for Ubuntu Server) , and is the latest addition to the Ubuntu Core Developer ranks.

GooPackage - The Unofficial Google Package Manager/Installer

The open source package manager for Google applications, powered by Mozilla Prism.

Ten Firefox extensions to keep your browsing private and secure

Most people lock their doors and windows, use a paper shredder to protect themselves from identity theft, and install antivirus software on their computers. Yet they routinely surf the Internet without giving a second thought to whether their browser is secure and their personal information safe. Unfortunately, it's easy for someone with nefarious intentions to use a Web site to glean data from -- or introduce spyware to -- your computer. Even worse, sometimes all you have to do is randomly click on a site to have your data probed in a most unwelcome way.

Openoffice.org 2.3 color palette

You can add custom colors with > Tools > Options > Openoffice.org > Colors. In this process, OOo crashed down on me this morning (I’m running Gutsy and using OOo from Ubuntu repos). It would run again, reopen the files, but all the color palette for text or objects was gone gone gone.

32bit vs 64bit Ubuntu, that is the question…

Recently I’ve seen a good bit of discussion regarding 32bit vs 64bit installations of Ubuntu. We’ve even had long conversations at the office on the matter as well. For a long time I’ve simply installed 32bit on my Core2Duo machine, even though it supports the 64bit installation. I just didn’t see a lot of reason to make the step forward. Well, I thought I’d type up some of my thoughts on the matter and get some of the community thoughts…

Canonical launches Ubuntu Linux developers service

A new software development collaborative service for Ubuntu Linux is being launched today to give developers a consolidated arena to build code for Ubuntu on the desktop, server and for mobile applications.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 67

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #66, for the week November 18th - November 17th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover Macedonia Students Use Ubuntu, New MOTU’s, Azureaus Gets Fix, Launchpad News, Ubuntu Forum News, and much, much more.

Partitioning, Mount Points and other Gems in Ubuntu 7.10

Two days ago we had several power cuts that completely managed to scrag my hard drives in logan and cerebro (the Fileserver), Ho hum… Time for a re-install, I guess. Good job the data on the file server was on a separate hard drive. Having done some research since the first install, now might be the time to add some security to the systems by utilizing several partitions to protect the data. The idea being that if the system goes down I can work on that and configuration as well as user data remains safe.

Folding 0.5.2 “User Friendly” Release

I’ve been very happy with all the recent feedback I’ve had on the folding project.  I’ve been getting a lot of emails regarding use and feedback, and I really appreciate it.  Based on much of this feedback I’m release version 0.5.2, which has some updates that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Is open source software really free?

When it comes to FOSS, or Free Open Source Software, the general conception is that it’s available at absolutely no cost to you.  But is it really?  That depends on a lot of things actually.  The true cost of FOSS is actually dependent on a much larger and more complex array of economical factors than most people realize.  In the end, the cost of FOSS goes far beyond the standard money you see change hands, and the true costs may surprise you.

Ubuntu Package Search

I’m so contempt with using Google that I never change this search option bar in Firefox. Never even bothered clicking it, though I know its handy for accessing Wiki or Amazon and so on but I always found it easier to type the search term in precisely and get to whatever I wish using Google.

Personal Package Archives 101

Interested in creating your own Ubuntu packages using Launchpad’s Personal Package Archives?

Next week sees the second Personal Package Archives 101 session. Launchpad developer Celso Providelo (cprov) and MOTU member Jordan Mantha (Laserjock) will take you through the basics of Personal Package Archives and, if there’s time, take questions.

GNOME Foundation defends OOXML involvement

The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of Microsoft's Office Open XML format (OOXML) as an ECMA standard at the expense of the Open Document Format (ODF), the open standard used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind the criticisms is anybody's guess.

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Release Dates

In addition to Ubuntu 6-months stable releases and the next version of ubuntu is 8.04 with Code Name “Hardy Heron” but this release will proudly wear the badge of Long Term Support (LTS) and be supported with security updates for five years on the server and three years on the desktop.

Change Hidden Settings with Ubuntu Tweak

Don’t like editing configuration files and changing values in gconf-editor? Ubuntu Tweak provides a simple interface for tweaking hidden settings in Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Customization Guide v2

Changes are part of Nature so as with Technology.. Though this cannot be True for Windows and Mac cause the life cycle of a single Version is too much which is not the case with Linux.. Open Source evolve at very rapid rate and with evolution comes new & special changes … Today with a hike in Linux acceptance its pretty hard for competitors to provide similar solutions at free of cost. Open Source is known for User Interaction with Operating System which cannot be done with other OS

November 2007 Ubuntu Community Report

Ladies and Gentleman, the November 2007 Community Report is now available! Go and read it to find out what many of the Ubuntu teams have worked on this month. Rock and roll.

OpenOffice’s presentation view

Currently OpenOffice’s presentation program Impress lacks a presentation view with notes and so on for a second monitor during presentations. But the feature is in active development, and first results are visible.

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