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The Message of Firesheep: “Baaaad Websites, Implement Sitewide HTTPS Now!”

The Firesheep Firefox extension has been scaring users across the Internet since its introduction at the Toorcon security conference this past weekend by security researchers Eric Butler and Ian Gallagher. Firesheep demonstrates a security flaw that the computer security community has been concerned about for years — that any network eavesdropper can take over another user’s session (say, a login […]

Russian government to invest in open source desktop

The Russian government is planning to invest 150 million rouble (about 3.5 million Euro) in developing an secure open source desktop for public administrations, a Russian business newspaper reported on Wednesday and confirmed by the AFP news agency. According to the news item in Vedomosti, the government wants to reduce it’s dependence on single vendor of a proprietary operating system […]

Govt must stop breaking procurement rules and move to open source

The Portuguese Association for Free Software (Ansol) is urging the government to stop buying proprietary software licences without a public tender, and to switch to free and open source software. The advocacy group uncovered that five public administrations in 2009 spent more than 120 million Euro in total on proprietary software licences for operating systems and office applications, without properly […]

Generating barcodes with KBarcode

Sometimes alphanumeric text simply won’t cut it, and you need a bar code — mailing labels, security badges, inventory tracking, perhaps even URL-encoding for mobile phones. With KBarcode, you can use a simple desktop application to both generate and print several dozen different barcode types, on any sort of physical media. Like you might guess, KBarcode is a Qt-and-KDE program, […]

Free Technology Academy and Free Software Foundation partner

Free Software Foundation (FSF) News: The Free Technology Academy (FTA) and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced today their partnership in the FTA’s Associate Partner Network. The Network aims to expand the availability of professional educational courses and materials covering the concepts and applications of free software and free standards. The FTA consists of an advanced virtual campus with course […]

New Software Brings Facial-Recognition Technology to Mobile Phones

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed software for mobile phones that can track your facial features in real-time. Eventually it will be able to tell who the user is, where they are looking and even how they are feeling. The method is believed to be unrivalled for speed and accuracy and could lead to facial recognition replacing passwords […]

How to configure LVM on Pardus 2011

How to configure LVM on Pardus 2011

Pardus is a Linux distribution with roots in the National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology (UEKAE), Turkey. It is one of many distributions that does not have support for the Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM). However, that is about to change because YALI, the installation program in the next stable version, Pardus 2011, will have full support for LVM. […]

Linpus announces support for MeeGo™ on the connected TV platform

Linpus Technologies, Inc., an open source solutions provider based in Taipei, Taiwan, has announced support for MeeGo™ on the connected TV platform. With this development, the smartTV solution, which was originally targeted at devices powered by the Arm processor, will also run on devices powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor. Linpus Technologies is the developer of Linpus Lite, a netbook-targeted […]

Gemalto Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Android

Gemalto N.V., a digital security outfit based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, just announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States against Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung for use of Gemalto’s security products in the Android operating system, Dalvik virtual machine and associated development tools and products. According to the Gemalto, the patents involved in the suit […]

The Tortoise and the Hare: The tale of Android evolution

Android is all the rage these days. In my meetings and correspondences with consumer electronic vendors around the world it is as if they have totally forgot about the “old“ “embedded operating systems” – pSOS, VxWorks, MontaVista, Nucleus, OSE, or any of the Linux and Unix variants that people have been using for years now. While there are a few […]

On a tour of YALI

On a tour of YALI

YALI, Yet Another Linux Installer, is the installation program of Pardus, a desktop-oriented Linux distribution with roots in the National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology (UEKAE), Turkey. The next stable release of Pardus will be Pardus 2011. According to the release announcement of Pardus 2011 beta, which was released a couple of days ago, YALI will ship with a […]

Amazon app store for Android welcomes DRM

Molly de Blanc: In 2007, Amazon announced their music store. It would, they promised, deliver DRM-free music to U.S. Amazon users. And they did just that. With much fanfare, they rolled out Amazon MP3, touting music downloads for any device. On their website, they explain what’s special about their music sales. “DRM-free means that the MP3 files you purchase from Amazon.com […]

Exploring the KDE Plasma Netbook interface

Exploring the KDE Plasma Netbook interface

The latest K Desktop Environment, KDE, features two modes of interacting with the desktop – the classic Desktop interface and the Netbook interface. On recent KDE-based distributions that I have reviewed for this website, the default is the classic Desktop, but switching to the Netbook interface is an easy, few seconds process. I posted a few screenshots of the Netbook […]

How to install and configure a graphical firewall client in Ubuntu 10.10

How to install and configure a graphical firewall client in Ubuntu 10.10

Like all Linux distributions, Ubuntu 10.10, aka, Maverick Meerkat, the latest version of the popular Linux distribution, ships with a firewall installed. The firewall is actually embedded in the kernel. In Ubuntu, the firewall’s original command line interface has been replaced by ufw, a more user-friendly command line script. Ufw, the Uncomplicated FireWall, has a graphical interface that is also […]

Guest session and guest user accounts in Ubuntu

Guest session and guest user accounts in Ubuntu

If you are reading this article on a Ubuntu-powered computer, odds are that it is your computer. Whether it is a notebook, netbook, or a standard desktop, it is your computer. Ok, it could be owned by another entity, but for simplicity’s sake, let us just say it is your computer. You log in with a username and password, and […]

Spice up Ubuntu 10.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

Spice up Ubuntu 10.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

Ubuntu 10.10, the latest edition of the popular Linux distribution, which was just reviewed here, ships with the same blank desktop that has come to identify the Ubuntu desktop. But you do not have to live with it. You can spice it up with a very simple and elegant application. You can go from the default desktop shown below, to […]

Ubuntu 10.10 manual disk partitioning guide

Ubuntu 10.10 manual disk partitioning guide

The installation program on Ubuntu desktop is pretty basic. It lacks the other features, like support for LVM, RAID, and full disk encryption, that the Ubuntu text installer edition has. By default, it creates just one partition onto which it installs everything. If you want to install Ubuntu on a disk with separate partitions for the major file systems, you […]

Voice Phishing: System to Trace Telephone Call Paths Across Multiple Networks Developed

Phishing scams are making the leap from email to the world’s voice systems, and a team of researchers in the Georgia Tech College of Computing has found a way to tag fraudulent calls with a digital “fingerprint” that will help separate legitimate calls from phone scams. Voice phishing (or “vishing”) has become much more prevalent with the advent of cellular […]

Blind Inventors Develop Free Software to Enable the Blind to Use Computers

For many blind people, computers are inaccessible. It can cost upwards of $1000 to purchase “screen reader” software, but two blind computer programmers have solved this problem. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) graduate James Teh and business partner Michael Curran developed a free, open-source program, called NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), which provides a synthetic voice to read the words on […]

How to manage disk encryption passphrases and key slots

How to manage disk encryption passphrases and key slots

Disk encryption is one method you may use to enhance the physical security rating of your computer. From my experience, it is rarely used, which is a shame because it is one of the most effective safeguards against unauthorized physical access to data stored on a computer. Disk encryption, which can be full disk, or per partition, may be configured […]