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Debian

+ - KVM Virtualization with Debian 6 (Squeeze)->

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palegray.net writes "Whether you'd like to set up your own "personal cloud" for development purposes, or just want to learn more about server virtualization using open source software, this guide to KVM virtualization on Debian 6 gives you everything you need to get started (server not included). From installing Debian on your host server, to configuring KVM and installing your first guest VM, every step is covered. Enjoy!"
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+ - Hosting Company Appears to be Violating the GPL-> 2

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palegray.net writes "A web hosting provider called Appnor has recently moved the network diagnostics utility WinMTR off of SourceForge, and is now claiming the program to be a closed source, commercial application (it was previously made available under the GPL). I emailed the current maintainer of the original mtr utility about this, and have been informed that this event most likely constitutes an overt GPL violation, as it is presumed that WinMTR contains mtr code. Appnor claims that they have the right to do this, as there have been no external contributions to WinMTR in over ten years. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think copyright law works that way."
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Linux

+ - Linode Turns 7, Announces Big RAM Increase->

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palegray.net writes "For anyone interested in hosting, Linode turns seven today and has announced an impressive RAM increase across all plans (512 MB at the low end, 20 GB on the high end). There's an ongoing discussion of the announcement over at Hacker News for those interested. As a disclaimer, I have worked for Linode for a little over a year now, but I was a very happy customer for five years. For Slashdotters who already have a Linode, you'll need to issue a reboot to use the new memory; sorry about ruining your uptime ;)."
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Ubuntu

+ - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Official Images Available-> 4

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palegray.net writes "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid), the newest release of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, is available for download from Ubuntu's site and many CD mirrors. This release features Linux kernel 2.6.32, new versions of GNOME and KDE, improved open source and proprietary nVidia graphics drivers, and a host of other features. This release is scheduled to be supported with security updates until April 2013 for desktops, and April 2015 for servers. Get it while it's hot!"
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Google

+ - Linode Clarifies Involvement in Google Hack Claims 2

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palegray.net writes "In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of Linode. As many in the Internet hosting and security communities are aware, extensive media coverage of Chinese hacking activity has implicated the Linode network as being involved. We've released a public statement regarding this matter; essentially, the VPS in question was not under the control of malicious parties."
Spam

+ - SORBS Blocklist Reportedly Sold For $451K-> 1

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palegray.net writes "SORBS, a well-known email blocklist provider, has reportedly been sold for $500M. Early reports indicate an acquisition by GFI, a company specializing in various communications services. In recent years, SORBS has been the target of frequent accusations of mismanagement and poor conduct, leading many to wonder if this turn in events might signal a chance for improved behavior. Citing lack of ISP support, the blocklist released statements earlier this year that they would be shuttering their operation."
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+ - Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released->

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palegray.net writes "The latest version of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) has been released. Offering numerous enhancements for both desktop and server environments, this release includes notable features like Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud images, the Ubuntu One "personal cloud", and Linux kernel version 2.6.31. Please be sure to use a release mirror close to your geographic location to help reduce the stress on Ubuntu's primary servers; using BitTorrent for downloads can help alleviate the load even more. If your organization has adequate network and server resources, please consider hosting a mirror as well."
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Spam

+ - Does SORBS matter anymore?-> 1

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palegray.net writes "As an employee of a well-known VPS provider, I've been observing another employee's efforts to deal with irresponsible behavior on the part of SORBS, a well-known blacklist provider. Although their mission of providing a resource that system administrators can use to gauge the likelihood of spam originating from a particular IP or netblock is admirable, we've encountered consistent issues related to their assertions with a newly assigned block from ARIN. Jed puts it best:

We recently received a large allocation of IP addresses from ARIN and, to our chagrin, the block is listed on SORBS's list as dynamic IP space — a whole /20 worth of addresses. It has been listed since April and we received it in May. What this means is that to incoming mail servers, all of our customers in this block appear like home customers with a cable or DSL connection (who should not be sending mail).

Obviously, as a hosting company we assign a static to each VPS we provision. Our IP allocations are is in no way dynamic; customers may request an IP address change, but we don't receive many such requests. We always ask for justification, and the requests we approve are typically performed on a "one time only" basis. Jed continues:

I approached SORBS about the issue via their automatic contact system. It has been nearly two weeks since their "bot" replied to me and informed me that most of the block was not eligible for delisting due to the naming convention in our reverse DNS PTRs. We use:

liXXX-YYY.members.linode.com

What's wrong with that? It "looks" dynamic, they say.

Despite our attempts to reach out to SORBS, explain our position, and get our IP space delisted, we've being told that we must change our reverse DNS naming scheme across our entire network to be considered for delisting. Needless to say, we consider this a ridiculous proposition.

Our primary concern is that mail administrators are using SORBS to blindly drop mail based on the false "dynamic IP" assertion. Although we would consider such a practice to be irresponsible from an administrator's standpoint, this is an issue that's been raised by some of our customers, and we're concerned about the effect it may be having on their ability to deliver legitimate mail. We've always taken an aggressive stance against anything resembling spammy behavior on our network; we're all I.T. veterans, we all despise spam, and we promptly handle any reports of abuse related to our network. It's distressing to see this situation going unresolved. What advice do members of the Slashdot community have on this topic?"

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The Almighty Buck

+ - "Don't Copy 2" Video Aimed at Today's Yout-> 2

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palegray.net writes "The Software and Industry Association has released a sequel to the industry's original "Don't Copy that Floppy" video entitled "Don't Copy That 2". Intended to serve as a warning of the legal consequences of copyright infringement, the video attempts to appeal to today's youth. The video features a scene in which federal agents break down a teenage girl's house and arrest her mother."
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Biotech

+ - Single Molecule Imaged for the First Time->

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palegray.net writes "Researchers at IBM Research Zurich have clearly imaged a single molecule, including the chemical bonds that bind the molecule's atoms together. This group announced the ability to measure the charge of a single atom in July. The visualization of a single carbon nanotube was accomplished with an atomic force microscope. The research has clear implications for the advancement of biotechnology and nanotech."
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Programming

+ - Rails Rumble 09 Kicks Off->

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palegray.net writes "Rails Rumble 09, a 48 hour programming contest for Ruby developers has officially begun. From the contest site:

The Rails Rumble is a 48 hour web application development competition. As a contestant, your team gets one weekend to design, develop, and deploy the best web property that you can, using the awesome power of Ruby and Rails.

Linode.com has provided the Linux VPS platform for the competition. Visitors to the competition site can register for an account, which they can use during the public voting stage to help determine the competition winners. Good luck to all participants!"
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Mozilla

+ - Mozilla.org Goes Down 1

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palegray.net
palegray.net writes "As of this writing, Mozilla.org has been taking over two minutes to satisfy page requests. DNS entries and download links to various parts of the site appear to be broken as well. Comments on various tech sites are already started to flow, but there doesn't appear to be any consensus on the cause of the outage."
The Courts

+ - Open Letter to Tucows on Trademark Infringement-> 3

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palegray.net writes "For the past few months, I've been engaged in a back-and-forth debate with the general manager of Tucows, Inc's domain portfolio over trademark infringement issues under the principle of confusingly similar use of a trademarked term (a domain) in trade. Relating to issues discussed in a recent Ask Slashdot story on buying a domain from a cybersquatter, I thought the community might find this story interesting. I've attempting to pursue a reasonable means of compromise, which appears to have failed. I'm interested in hearing the community's thoughts on the specifics of this matter."
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Social Networks

+ - How To Build An Openfire Chat Server on Debian 5-> 3

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palegray.net
palegray.net writes "For those interested in running their own open source collaboration server, I've written a step-by-step tutorial for setting up an Openfire server on Debian Linux. Aimed at those just getting started with collaboration software, the tutorial shows precisely how to get Openfire up and running quickly on a base Debian install, and offers a basic feature tour of the software's plugin and IM gateway functionality."
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Books

+ - More Authors Turn To Online Publishing->

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palegray.net writes "Authors are increasingly turning to online publishing in place of traditional publishing houses. With the recession causing headaches for major publishers, authors are finding success online. We're all well-acquainted with authors like Cory Doctorow who got their start online, and the trend seems to be accelerating."
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