Archive for October, 2010

VLC developer takes a stand against DRM enforcement in Apple’s App Store

Rémi Denis-Courmont is one of the primary developers of the VLC media player, which is free software and distributed under the GPL. Earlier this week, he wrote to Apple to complain that his work was being distributed through their App Store, under terms that contradict the GPL’s conditions and prohibit users from sharing the program.

October 30, 2010 · 1 comment · Commentary

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 […]

October 29, 2010 · 0 comments · Commentary
Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook review

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook review

After reviewing Ubuntu 10.10 and Kubuntu 10.10, the next logical Ubuntu edition to review I think should be the Ubuntu Netbook Edition, or UNE. As the name implies, UNE is the edition of Ubuntu optimized for small screens, such as you will find on netbooks and tablet computers. Like Linpus Linux Lite 1.4, UNE features two desktop modes. The default […]

October 29, 2010 · 21 comments · Reviews, Ubuntu Netbook

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 […]

October 28, 2010 · 1 comment · News & Announcements

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 […]

October 27, 2010 · 0 comments · News & Announcements

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, […]

October 26, 2010 · 1 comment · Tutorials/Tips