Web Site Maintenance 18 Oct 2014 23:00 EDT

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Dear Friends,

The hosting provider is performing maintenance on the servers that host this site on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 23:00:00 EDT (Sunday 19 October 2014 at 03:00:00 UTC). They expect the maintenance to last 30-40 minutes. During the maintenance the site will be down.

Please plan accordingly.

Yours Truly,

The Management

[GNU/Linux] Mint 17 & Ubuntu 14.04 Graphics Fix in OS X Parallels 9

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I ran into an unfortunate flaw installing Mint 17 in Parallels 9. Mint 17 is built upon Ubuntu 14.04.

Here’s what I did:

  • Complete the install
  • Install Parallels Tools
  • Reboot
  • Log in as usual; don’t panic that the display and Cinnamon interface is a bit wonky
  • From the Parallels’ Devices menu under Keyboard, select Ctrl-Alt-1 to bring you to a console
  • Log in again
  • Then execute the following:

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.`date +%Y%m%0d` /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/xorg.conf
sudo reboot

Once I logged back in the graphics and Cinnamon interface displayed fine.

Let me know how this works for you!

[Ubuntu in the wild] Mercedes-Benz uses Ubuntu | Iloveubuntu: Ubuntu blog

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30 million users are using Ubuntu for school projects, online shopping, reading novels, creating 3D objects, editing images, playing games, etc, group of Ubuntu users covering artists, field workers, PHDs, essentially, covering the whole spectrum of life.

As seen across the latest years, Ubuntu has also a built-in magnet for scientific and research communities, being adopted and used in academic and research environments all over the globe, areas shaping, testing and finally creating the future.

The 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE is a research-oriented vehicle created by Mercedes-Benz, vehicle through which Mercedes-Benz became in August 2013 the first automobile manufacturer demonstrating the actuality of the autonomous driving in both rural and urban traffic.

via [Ubuntu in the wild] Mercedes-Benz uses Ubuntu | Iloveubuntu: Ubuntu blog.

French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

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France’s National Gendarmerie — a national law enforcement agency — is now running 37,000 desktop PCs with a custom version of the Linux operating system, and by summer of next year, the agency plans to move all 72,000 of its desktop machines to the open source OS.

Linux is now the primary means of running computer servers inside the data centers that drive the web’s biggest services, from Google to Amazon to Facebook, but it has struggled to replace Microsoft Windows on the desktop. The news from the Gendarmerie could be a sign that this is changing.

The agency claims the total cost of ownership of Linux and open source applications is about 40 percent less than proprietary software from Microsoft, according to an article published on the European Union’s Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations website.

To make the switch less abrupt, the Gendarmerie first moved to cross-platform open source applications such as OpenOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird. That allowed employees to keep using Windows while they got used to the new applications. Only then did the agency move them onto a Linux OS running these same applications.

via French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.

Ubuntu user replaces proprietary OS with Ubuntu on mother’s computer, the result: “she loves it” | Iloveubuntu: Ubuntu blog

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Anecdotal but awesome:

The Ubuntu-passionate user Suicidalparrot shared on reddit an interesting personal happening, namely, installing Ubuntu 13.04 on the computer of the user’s mother, shifting the mother’s machine from the proprietary Windows 7 to the agile, solid-as-a-rock Ubuntu 13.04: “just took Windows 7 off of my 62 year old mother’s laptop, and made it brand new with Ubuntu 13.04″.

The result: “she loves it, especially since it went from a barely usable hunk of junk to running like a brand new machine”, third-party testimony once again proving how Ubuntu can transform computing lives from issue-full, sluggish to fast, brand new-like experiences, Ubuntu OS having the capacity to destroy misconceptions and faultily-spread myths, latter such as “only proprietary software can deliver performance, only with proprietary OSes one can enjoy the latest goodies on the web, professional worflows demand proprietary applications, etc”.

via Ubuntu user replaces proprietary OS with Ubuntu on mother’s computer, the result: “she loves it” | Iloveubuntu: Ubuntu blog.

While I love the big stories like the French Gendarmerie installing Ubuntu on 37K hosts, these intimate stories make my day.

GNU 30th anniversary – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation

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Thirty years ago this month, the GNU system announcement sparked a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement. Now we invite you to join the GNU community in celebrating this important occasion, and creating a future where GNU is stronger than ever.

Get started by taking action with GNU-a-Day, signing up for updates or exploring the celebration events around the world.

via GNU 30th anniversary – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation.

Head over and check it out. Consider a donation or purchase some stuff if you’re so inclined.

Recently announced Evernote app registered on launchpad as Reminders App, to feature sync, edit/read notes, image upload and reminders | Iloveubuntu: Ubuntu blog

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Recently, the developers announced the upcoming (at that moment) work on creating an open-source Evernote application designed in mind with Ubuntu Touch.

Essentially, the developers launched a call for participation towards interested Ubuntu-passionate third-party developers, Ubuntu developers-third party developers mix to create a powerful Evernote app following the successful path and approach of Ubuntu Touch Core Apps project.

Hours ago, the developers registered the Ubuntu Reminders app project on launchpad, adding, as its description, “a reminders app that syncs with Evernote to read and edit notes, upload pictures and get reminders”, therefore, the actual development has been started.

It seems that Reminders App will present itself as an app that “syncs”, “upload pictures” and “get reminders”, essentially, a relevant bundle of functionalities necessary for a handy Evernote-wise experience.

via Recently announced Evernote app registered on launchpad as Reminders App, to feature sync, edit/read notes, image upload and reminders | Iloveubuntu: Ubuntu blog.

Command Line Kung Fu: Episode #170: Fearless Forensic File Fu

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Fellow forensicator Craig was in a bit of a quandary. He had a forensic image in “split raw” format– a complete forensic image broken up into small pieces. Unfortunately for him, the pieces were named “fileaa”, “fileab”, “fileac”, and so on while his preferred tool wanted the files to be named “file.001″, “file.002″, “file.003″, etc. Craig wanted to know if there was an easy way to rename the files, using either Linux or the Windows shell.

via Command Line Kung Fu: Episode #170: Fearless Forensic File Fu.

This is a fantastic web series to help infosec professional specifically but all users’ command line skills.

UTF-8 – “The most elegant hack”

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While it may not look like much, the image above is a piece of the original email where [Ken Thompson] described what would become the implementation of UTF-8. At the dawn of the computer age in America, when we were still using teletype machines, encoding the English language was all we worried about. Programmers standardized on the ASCII character set, but there was no room for all of the characters used in other languages. To enable real-time worldwide communication, we needed something better. There were many proposals, but the one submitted by [Ken Thompson] and [Rob 'Commander' Pike] was the one accepted, quite possibly because of what a beautiful hack it is.

[Tom Scott] did an excellent job of describing the UTF-8. Why he chose to explain it in the middle of a busy cafe is beyond us, but his enthusiasm was definitely up to the task. In the video (which is embedded after the break) he quickly shows the simplicity and genius of ASCII. He then explains the challenge of supporting so many character sets, and why UTF-8 made so much sense.

via UTF-8 – “The most elegant hack”.

Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

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An opinion piece by RMS:

It is now 30 years since I launched the campaign for freedom in computing, that is, for software to be free or “libre” (we use that word to emphasize that we’re talking about freedom, not price). Some proprietary programs, such as Photoshop, are very expensive; others, such as Flash Player, are available gratis — either way, they subject their users to someone else’s power.

Much has changed since the beginning of the free software movement: Most people in advanced countries now own computers — sometimes called “phones” — and use the internet with them. Non-free software still makes the users surrender control over their computing to someone else, but now there is another way to lose it: Service as a Software Substitute, or SaaSS, which means letting someone else’s server do your own computing activities.

Both non-free software and SaaSS can spy on the user, shackle the user, and even attack the user. Malware is common in services and proprietary software products because the users don’t have control over them. That’s the fundamental issue: while non-free software and SaaSS are controlled by some other entity (typically a corporation or a state), free software is controlled by its users.

Why does this control matter? Because freedom means having control over your own life.

via Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before | Wired Opinion | Wired.com.