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Submission + - POLL: When I install an OS, I usually choose

suso writes: * Default options, default partitioning
* Default options, custom partitioning
* Custom options, default partitioning
* Custom options, custom partitioning
* As much customization as possible
* Apple pie from scratch
GNOME

Submission + - Data breach flaw found in gnome-terminal, xfce terminal and terminator (climagic.org)

suso writes: A design flaw in the VTE library was published this week. The VTE library provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets ahold of your hard drive. Including data passed back through an SSH connection. A demonstration video was also made to make the problem more obvious. Anyone using these terminals or others based on libVTE should be aware of this issue as it even writes data passed back through an SSH connection to your local disk. Instructions are also included for how to properly deal with the leaked data on your hard drive. You are either encouraged to switch terminals and/or start using tmpfs for your /tmp partition until the library is fixed.
GNOME

Submission + - Flaw found in gnome-terminal, xfce terminal and terminator that writes to disk. (climagic.org)

suso writes: "A design flaw in the VTE library was published yesterday. The VTE library, which is part of the GNOME project, provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer used in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets ahold of your hard drive. Including data passed back through an SSH connection. A demonstration video was also made to make the problem more obvious. Anyone using these terminals or others based on libvte should be aware of this issue. Any administrator who has users who connect to services using one of these terminals will also be affected. Instructions are also included in the report for how to properly deal with the leaked data on your hard drive. You are encouraged to switch terminals or start using tmpfs for your /tmp partition until the library is fixed."

Submission + - 20th birthday of Linux (google.com)

suso writes: "Today, September 17th, 2011 is the 20th anniversary of Linux being released to the public. The first kernel version 0.01 was made available on the public FTP server at nic.funet.fi on September 17th, 1991. It quickly grew in terms of code, user base and is now is an industry of its own. One would find it difficult to go a day without encountering Linux in their daily activities. Happy Birthday Linux!"

Submission + - Unix Epoch Day 15000 on Jan. 26th (day15000.com)

suso writes: The 15000th day of Unix time starts at midnight GMT on Wednesday January 26th. More information about parties including a countdown clock are available at the official website for the event here. A large main party is happening tomorrow at 7pm EST in Bloomington, Indiana to mark the occasion. The last 5000 day mark of epoch days happened a few months before Slashdot existed, so this will be the first time Slashdotters will be able to celebrate such an occasion. The next time won't be until 2024. And also unlike the last time, this time Mac users can join in the fun.

Submission + - Kalamazoo hackerspace hit with $50,000 tax bill (hackaday.com)

suso writes: The Geek Group, a non-profit technology enthusiast organization, more commonly known as a hackerspace has been slapped with a tax bill of $47,652.78 by their local township. The group had previously filed for tax exempt status, but was told that they didn't need to submit the paperwork. Now, stickers have been placed on their building saying that they must pay current and back property taxes or the building and all the equipment inside will be auctioned off. The Geek Group, which is one of the oldest and largest hackerspaces in the nation, is fighting back to ensure it isn't quashed out of existence by this. This video on Youtube shows one of their recent board meetings and explains all that has happened so far.

Submission + - Topeka 'renames' itself 'Google, Kansas' (cnn.com) 1

suso writes: In a formal proclamation Monday, Bunten announced his city will be known as "Google" — Google, Kansas. The change is considered unofficial and will only last a month, but they have gone so far as to change the Welcome to Topeka signs to Welcome to Google, Kansas using Google's rainbow logo.

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