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How to install Linux Mint 10 on a btrfs file system

How to install Linux Mint 10 on a btrfs file system

Linux Mint 10 is the first version of Linux Mint with built-in support for the B-tree File System (btrfs). Btrfs is one of the newest file systems in the Linux kernel. It is a copy on write file system with the following features: snapshotting and writtable snapshots, object-level mirroring and stripping, file system compression, multi-device support, online and offline file […]

How to enable auto-login and create a guest user account on Fedora 14

How to enable auto-login and create a guest user account on Fedora 14

Fedora is one of very few distributions that does not have the auto-login feature in its graphical user management tool. Auto-login allows the system to automatically login a user without requesting authentication, that is, it enables password-less logins. While it is a very convenient feature, it is a security risk. Why? Because if it is enabled, any person with (physical) […]

Three New Android Vulnerabilities Released

Smartphone security has become a popular topic amongst security researchers, with three new vulnerabilities released in the last two weeks alone. Speakers at BlackHat Abu Dhabi, HouSecCon, and Intel’s Annual Security Conference have released new vulnerabilities in Android that allow attackers to execute arbitrary code or install apps without user intervention. Last week, Alert Logic released exploit code that targets […]

Updated Software Uses Combination Testing to Catch Bugs Fast and Easy

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have released an updated version of a computer system testing tool that can cut costs by more efficiently finding flaws. A tutorial on using the tool accompanies the new release. Catching software “bugs” before a program is released enhances computer security because hackers often exploit these flaws to introduce malware, […]

Bjoern A. Zeeb receives second Itojun Service Award at IETF 79 Meeting

source – Internet Society Monthly Newsletter: The second Itojun Service Award was presented today at this week’s Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Beijing, China. Bjoern A. Zeeb received the award for his dedicated work to make significant improvements in open source implementations of IPv6. IPv6 is the next generation of Internet protocol that will help ensure the continued […]

Finetune digiKam by Tweaking Its Settings

Finetune digiKam by Tweaking Its Settings

While you can start using digiKam without tweaking its settings, you might want to spend a few minutes modifying the application’s default configuration to make it work your way. digiKam features dozens of settings, and which ones you want to adjust is up to you. Here are a few examples to get you started. First off, choose Settings | Configure […]

ST-Ericsson and Linaro, working towards the first release

By ST-Ericcson: Open source has become an important driving force in the smartphone industry and a particularly key area of focus for ST-Ericsson. We believe that open innovation is critical to face the increasing demand on features and the broadening scope of the mobile market.  From hardware performance to software platforms and enabling the hundreds of thousands of apps & […]

Open source software fundamental to success in the mobile and consumer electronics markets

By Ari Rauch, Linaro board member: Today more than ever before, our industry views open source software (OSS) as fundamental to success in the mobile and consumer electronics (CE) markets. I see this echoed in my work as the software and system engineering manager for TI’s wireless OMAPTM processors, and as a board member of the Linaro Organization. Industry innovators […]

Meeblip, The Open Source, Hackable Digital Hardware Synth

Meeblip, The Open Source, Hackable Digital Hardware Synth

Making music, making blips and bleeps, turning knobs, plugging in keyboards, and having the freedom to modify your gear – these are good things. And that’s why I’m so excited that today is the day the MeeBlip launches. It’s been several years in development, but now it’s finally here. It’s a hardware box that makes noises – virtual analog synth […]

How to dual-boot Fedora 14 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Fedora 14 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Fedora 14 and Windows 7 is next in a series of articles on dual-booting Windows and Linux distributions. The first was how to dual boot Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7. That article gave detailed instructions on how to dual-boot, with GRUB, the Linux bootloader, installed on the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the hard disk. This article […]

Quantum Computers Easier to Build: Can Tolerate Faulty or Missing Components, Researchers Say

Quantum computers should be much easier to build than previously thought, because they can still work with a large number of faulty or even missing components, according to a study published in Physical Review Letters. This surprising discovery brings scientists one step closer to designing and building real-life quantum computing systems — devices that could have enormous potential across a […]

Hyper-Texting and Hyper-Networking Pose New Health Risks for Teens

Texting while driving can be a deadly combination for anyone. Yet, new data reveal that the dangers of excessive texting among teens are not limited to the road. Hyper-texting and hyper-networking are now giving rise to a new health risk category for this age group. Scott Frank, MD, MS, lead researcher on the study and director of the Case Western […]

Turbo charge your Android Opera Mobile 10.1 beta

source: Android users now have a new choice when it comes to browsers. Today, Opera Software announced that Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is available in the Android Market for free, providing the many millions of Android users better browser performance and an improved user experience. Android users are known to appreciate speed and functionality. They are also known for their […]

Computer Program Recognizes Human Emotions from Conversation Analysis

Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s Facultad de Informática have developed a computer program capable of human emotion recognition from automated voice analysis. The application analyses the sound measurements of a conversation, output by another purpose-built program. Then, based on the rules described in the new application, it is able to identify the emotions hidden in an expression and […]

The MeeGo Progress Report: A+ or D-?

The end of October saw the release of MeeGo 1.1, the second major milestone release of the platform since it burst onto the scenes in February 2010. The MeeGo project was born under the auspices of the Linux Foundation from a merging of Nokia’s Maemo platform, targeting smart phones, and Intel’s moblin platforms, aimed at netbooks. The merger grew from […]

Benefits of the MeeGo Software Platform

Benefits of the MeeGo Software Platform

The MeeGo open source project is unique in that it offers benefits to everyone in the ecosystem starting from the developer all the way up to the operator and the industry as a whole. Meego allows participants to get involved and contribute to an industry-wide evolution towards richer devices, to rapidly address opportunities and to focus on differentiation in their […]

Introduction to Web Runtime on MeeGo

In this article I provide a brief description of the Web Runtime on MeeGo and then try to get you up and hacking code as fast as possible with the fewest number of setup steps. Coding for the Web Runtime on MeeGo is very easy and requires only a MeeGo operating system image, the web runtime packages and a text […]

Android App Permissions Dissected

Based on our recent research and feedback from our users, we know that Android permissions can sometimes be confusing. Often it is hard to tell what data apps are accessing on your phone and why they are accessing it. In this post we explain what permissions are and why developers ask for them. We want you to feel more knowledgeable […]

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7

Author’s Note: This article shows how to dual-boot the OSs, with GRUB installed in the MBR. While this method works, the recommended method is to install GRUB in the boot partition of Ubuntu, so that the Windows boot loader will be responsible for dual-booting. A step by step guide for this latter approach has now been published: Dual-booting Windows 7 […]

FSF position on GPLv2 & current App Store terms

This was written by Brett smith on the VLC development mailing list. Brett is the Licensing Compliance Engineer with the Free Software Foundation: Salsaman asked me to come on this list and explain the FSF’s position on the current terms of service for Apple’s App Store, and how those relate to GPLv2. There have been changes to the terms since […]