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64-bit Linux kernel exploit in the wild, allows local user root escalation

If you're running a 64-bit Linux kernel, update it now. There's a new local root exploit, and it seems like Ksplice has yet again managed to get their advertisement fix onto the front page of Slashdot. Normally such an arcane bug wouldn't be an issue, but the example exploit leaves an open backdoor even after the bug has been patched -- lovely. It's an escalation exploit, so a user still...

Linux now makes ice cream. Can your OS do that?

Before I get a bunch of angry comments, I want to say I'm aware that Linux powers all sorts of computers outside of the PC market, but this particular example was too, well, cool not to share. The MooBella is a Linux-powered ice cream maker currently being tested in New England. It's not small enough to use at home, but the ice cream is reportedly pretty tasty. The brain of the MooBella uses...

Fedora 7 released today

Red Hat released Fedora 7 today, a new version of their Linux operating system developed in partnership with the open source community and Red Hat engineers. This is Fedora's first release to merge the Fedora Core and Fedora Extras package repositories under one set of packaging policies. Another first for Fedora 7 is all the software used is released under a free license, and all...

Eric S. Raymond divorces Fedora

After thirteen years of not-so marital bliss, Eric S. Raymond, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, is calling it quits on his partnership with Red Hat/Fedora. The final straw came after he spent 4 hours working on what should have been a routine upgrade only to have his entire system rendered unusable. In a scathing open letter posted on various Linux websites and mailing lists, Raymond...

Fedora Legacy closing it's doors

As announced on Friday by David Eisenstein, the Fedora Legacy project is shutting down. As of his announcement (or maybe even earlier) Fedora Core 4 and earlier distributions are no longer being maintained or supported. He said that their current model of maintaining older distributions of Fedora Core are being examined, but right now everything is on (seemingly indefinite) hold. Jesse Keating...

Fedora Core 6 now available

Reader Sergio wrote in to tell us that, hot on the heels of last just in time for this week's Ubuntu Edgy release, the final release of Fedora Core 6 is now available. There's lots of new stuff in the latest release of the Red Hat-sponsored, community-driven Linux distribution including an improved installation system, support for Intel-based Macs, improved Xen virtualization support and a new...

When is Firefox not a Firefox?

The answer is on Debian. The OS isn't happy with Mozilla's recent hardened stance on their trademark, and doesn't even want to use the Mozilla logos in their distributions. Debian plans to change the name of Firefox in their distros and think it will only take a week to complete. Mozilla doesn't want Firefox to be marketed inside Debian without the logo. It seems that the Debian folks don't like...

The best Linux distro ever: the results

Wow, I am pretty blown away. Almost unanimously everyone said that Ubuntu is the best Linux distro for almost everything you would want to do. I am already a Ubuntu fan, and I thought there would be a huge list of distros because there are so many out there. Ubuntu is the distro I used at work to recover old PC data, and fix PCs when even windows was trashed. It is definitely a killer build and...

The Open Document Alliance welcomes Google

Google recently joined the Open Document Alliance. Google recently launched Google Spreadsheets, and purchased the online word processor, Writely, made the move to support the alliance in the development of the open document industry. The Open Document Alliance is a relatively new organization that launched March of 2006. Its goal is to help the move from paper to electronic. Promoting and...

Mugshot: Red Hat's open source social networking site

Social networking isn't exactly a sector I'd have expected Linux developer Red Hat to jump into (insert joke about geeks socializing here), but that's what they've done with Mugshot. Mugshot's stated purpose is "to create a live social experience around entertainment," and perhaps what's most notable about Mugshot is that it's open source, i.e. if you want you can download the source code to the...

Linux distros compared

It's not exhaustive, but informative. Joshua Drake has been using Linux professionally for over 10 years, and he shares his opinions and comparisons in an admittedly subjective but thorough comparison of the five major Linux distros for "non geeks." The comparisons are between Red Hat ES, Novell SLES, Fedora FC4, OpenSuSE 10, and Ubuntu Breezy Badger. Notice Linspire isn't in there?...

Microsoft Virtual Server now free

Microsoft has taken the wraps off their new pricing scheme for Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition, and the new price is a surprise coming out of Redmond: Free! The Standard Edition of the same product has been terminated, and moving forward there will only be the Enterprise Edition. This move is being done due to pressure from Novell and Red Hat flavors of Linux which are both shipping with...

Red Hat posts Fedora Core 5

The latest edition of Red Hat's community-supported Linux distribution is now available for download. If you're a Linux geek, it doesn't get much better than this. Slashdot is linking to a  video describing the improvements over Fedora Core 4. What's one to do with Fedora Core Linux, you ask?  Well, why not build a bicycle-powered telephone system? Or do some wicked pagination? Or,...