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Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - The New Humble Indie Bundle (

Trelane writes: The Humble Indie Bundle is back, and with all new games and still no DRM! Like its predecessor, which earned over a million dollars and therefore had its constituent games open sourced, the new Humble Indie Bundle supports Linux, Mac, and Windows. This bundle contains Braid (yes, Braid for Linux!), Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans. Also as before, the customers specify the price as well as how the money is divided up, with the charities this time being the EFF and Child's Play Charity. As before, the donation share and average donations are being tracked, and the current totals are Linux and Mac at roughly a sixth each (averages of $14.02 and $7.84, respectively) and Windows at about two thirds, with an average contribution of $5.66. There's some coverage over at LWN and Ars Technica.
The Internet

Submission + - McDonald's hacked and customer data stolen

An anonymous reader writes: McDonald's servers were recently compromised and hackers were able to get access to customers' e-mail addresses, names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, genders, as well as certain information about their promotional preferences and Web information interests. The sites affected were:,,,,,,, and The restaurant chain is warning customers to be cautious of anyone claiming to be from McDonald's contacting them by phone or e-mail, and asking for personal or financial information. McDonald's has also set up a FAQ page for affected customers with 13 questions and their corresponding answers.

Submission + - Microsoft Patches Record 40 Vulnerabilities (

Orome1 writes: Today Microsoft released 17 security bulletins which address 40 vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, SharePoint Server and Exchange. This brings the total count for 2010 to 106 bulletins. Of note, only two of the bulletins are rated Critical, 14 are rated Important and one is Moderate. In addition to the bulletins released today, Microsoft is announcing plans to extend the Office File Validation feature currently available in Office 2010, to Office 2007 and 2003. This will help protect those using older versions of Microsoft Office from file parsing vulnerabilities.

Submission + - IBM and Novell promise big savings with Linux desk

Herri Melton writes: IBM and Novell on Tuesday announced two agreements designed to prop up both companies' open-source offerings, including Novell's desktop Linux. The two companies created a desktop software bundle they claim is US$300 to US$500 cheaper per user than the latest office worker software from Microsoft.

Submission + - Schedules Direct to support XMLTV and MythTV

MitchInOmaha writes: From an email from a Tribune Media source announcing an agreement with Schedules Direct to continue providing schedule data to users of XMLTV and MythTV. From the email, "Today we are pleased to announce an agreement that will allow for many of you to continue to have access to your personal television listings data." And goes on to say that although it will be a paid service, it will be for non-commercial use only, and will not be available for use with commercially supplied devices. "As of September 1, 2007, there WILL BE an alternative television listings source for certain Zap2it Labs users who become members of Schedules Direct, which includes a membership fee." More available on the Schedules Direct website.
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Red Hat announces desktop Linux on whitebox PCs

Tookis writes: The world's largest Linux vendor Red Hat will release a pre-installed desktop version of Linux globally in September. The new Red Hat desktop targeting primarily small business users will be available on cheap whitebox Intel PCs and, according to Red Hat, will not try to be a Windows clone. The move contrasts markedly with Dell's Ubuntu desktop push. Distribution will be global through corner store whitebox vendors rather than brand name PCs.

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