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April Fools Day Right............

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Why does Google put users of (at least) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 at risk by stopping updates for Chrome? While continuing to support Windows XP? How #fail  is that? Time to move back to Firefox, I guess. 
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Dr. Roy Schestowitz: I want to know how big a threat you think the so-called “secure” boot is considered to be to the #Free-Software movement.

#Linux

*Dr. Richard Stallman:* 

It’s a disaster. Well, except that it’s not #secure-boot that’s a disaster, it’s restricted boot. Those are not the same. When it’s front of the control of the user, secure boot is a security feature. It allows the user to control what programs can run on a machine and thus prevent — you might say — unexpected malware from running. We have to distinguish the unexpected malware such as viruses from the expected malware such as Windows or Mac OS or Flash Player and so on, which are also malware; they have features that hurt the user but users know what they are installing. In any case, what secure boot does is that it causes the machine to only work with (?) programs that are signed with a certain key, your keys. And as long as the user controls which keys they are, then it’s a security feature. However, it can be chained into a set of digital handcuffs when the user doesn’t control the keys. And this [is] happening.

Microsoft demands that #ARM computers sold for Windows 8 be set up so that the user cannot change the keys; in other words, turn it into restricted boot. Now, this is not a security feature. This is abuse of the users. I think it ought to be illegal.

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Todd Robinson, an Open Source entrepreneur and co-owner of Webpath Technologies and On-Disk.com, is trying to set a world record for being able to create and release 31 different usable and complete #Linux distros everyday in August 2012. And even more impressive, he will do it alone.

On his website, he said:

Todd Robinson, completely un-assisted, will to attempt to create, and release, a complete desktop operating system each and every day for the period of 31 days, to demonstrate the huge advantages of using #open - source (shared knowledge) solutions in real-world situations.  
This experiment will compare development speed, costs, and required manpower to the proprietary Microsoft® Windows® development of recent Windows releases.  It is not intended to compare features, discuss virual/malware issues, or anything outside of actual development aspects when comparing.

Additionally, I plan to highlight some of the many varieties of the #Linux Desktop Computing solutions available.  For more than ten years I've had the privilege of using, or at least trying out, a wide array of desktop setups.  This experiment will allow me to share some of the unique, as well as more familiar desktops presented in different ways

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It mainly comes down to technology called ASLR. Oberheide explains: 

“ASLR randomizes where various areas of memory (eg: stack, heap, libs, etc) are mapped in the address space of a process. Combined with complementary mitigation techniques such as non-executable memory protection, ASLR makes the exploitation of traditional memory corruption vulnerabilities probabilistically difficult.”  #Android

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*Like #Ubuntu's #Unity interface? Great. If not, you can easily change it to look and act like #Ubuntu used to. This tutorial shows how.
I won't debate whether Unity is an improvement. This article is simply a "How To" for those who want to alter it.* 

We'll start by customizing #Unity. We'll add and delete icons from the applications Launcher on the left-hand side of the screen, then we'll add icons and folders to the desktop. I'll introduce some Unity tweaking tools.

_If these changes aren't enough for you, we'll move on to how to add elements of the older #Ubuntu interface to #Unity. We'll add a classic roll-over menu, permanently-visible window scrollbars, the System Monitor "applet" to the top panel, and the package managers Synaptic and GDebi. I'll also show how to disable Unity's global menu, the context-sensitive menu in the upper lefthand corner of the screen that appears as you move your mouse cursor over it, and disappears as you move the mouse away._ 

_If all this doesn't alter Unity to your liking, we'll replace it entirely with alternatives like #GNOME-Classic, #GNOME-3, #Cinnamon, or other GUIs._ 

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Ok, I am a huge John Lee Hooker fan,


I heard papa tell mama let that boy boogie-woogie
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