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Submission + - Windows 8 Certification Can Make Linux Unbootable (

kai_hiwatari writes: According to Microsoft, for a system to get the Windows 8 certification, the system must have UEFI Secure Boot. UEFI Secure Boot creates a problem for open source software. Major Linux distributions might be able to get their KEKs added to the approved keys of the UEFI organization and ship their distribution signed. However, for security reason, they will not be allowed to release the private key used to sign it. This means that if a user decides to compile Linux from source or maybe change something in an approved distribution, he will not be able to run it on his system because Safe Boot will no longer be able to authenticate it.

Submission + - Btrfs Plan For Fedora 16 Postponed (

kai_hiwatari writes: "In June, the Fedora developers announced plan to switch to Btrfs as the default filesystem in Fedora 16. While Btrfs is no doubt a huge improvement, many questioned the decision because Btrfs is just not ready for production use — especially the lack of a fsck equivalent.
Today, Josef Bacik of Red Hat has announced that Btrfs will not be used as the default file system in Fedora 16. Fedora 17 is now the new target."


Submission + - Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME for Xfce (

kai_hiwatari writes: "In Google+, Torvalds wrote criticized the direction that GNOME has taken with GNOME 3. He called GNOME 3 an "unholy mess" and said that the user experience in GNOME 3 is unacceptable. He said that because of GNOME 3, he has ditched GNOME for Xfce. He said that Xfce is a step down from GNOME 2 — but a huge step up from GNOME 3."

Submission + - Linus Torvalds: OS X file system is "utter crap" (

kai_hiwatari writes: Torvalds said that OS X Leopard is a much better system compared to Windows Vista but the HFS+ file system that OS X uses is “complete and utter crap”.

"I don't think they're equally flawed — I think Leopard is a much better system. (But) OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary."


Submission + - Adobe released 64-bit Flash for Linux ( 1

kai_hiwatari writes: Adobe has been taking quite a bashing from Linux supporters of late. First, there was the issue of them dropping AIR for Linux and then came the bashing because of the lack of updates on the experimental 64-bit Flash for Linux.

Well, guess what! They have just released Flash 11 and it includes native 64-bit support for Linux as well. When they discontinued their experimental 64-bit Flash earlier this year, Adobe promised to release a 64-bit version of Flash for Linux when they release the next major version. They have kept that promise.


Submission + - Canonical Launching A Ubuntu Developer Portal (

orion writes: There is no doubt about Mark Shuttleworth's aim for Ubuntu (see Bug #1), but this should come as a pleasant surprise to many – Canonical is launching a Ubuntu Developer Portal. This shows that Canonical is planning to market Ubuntu as a viable platform for application developers. They already have the Ubuntu Software Center, which supports paid applications from Ubuntu 10.10, as a platform to sell the applications.

Submission + - Sandy Bridge Is Broken Under Linux (

kai_hiwatari writes: If you try to use Sandy Bridge under Linux, it is simply broken. We tried to test an Intel DH67BL (Bearup Lake) with 2GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3, an Intel 32GB SLC SSD, and a ThermalTake Toughpower 550W PSU. At first we tried to install vanilla Ubuntu 10.10/AMD64 from a Kingston Datatraveler Ultimate 32GB USB3 stick. The idea was that it would speed things up significantly on install.
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Submission + - Joilcloud 1.0 has a HTML5 UI (

kai_hiwatari writes: Jolicloud 1.0, a Linux based OS for netbooks, was launched a few days back. In this new release, the developers have completely replaced the old interface based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix in favor of a new one based on HTML5. Jolicloud 1.0 also features a new syncing feature using which you can sync installed applications across all your systems running on Jolicloud. Other interesting features includes new app center, social stream etc.

Submission + - Firefox Search In Ubuntu 10.04 changed to Google (

kai_hiwatari writes: Sometime back Canonical decided to change the default search in Firefox that comes Ubuntu 10.04 to Yahoo! from Google. In a surprising turn-around, Canonical have decided to ditch Yahoo! for Google. Rick Spencer from Canonical announced that Google will now be the default Firefox search in Ubuntu 10.04, not Yahoo! as was previously decided.
This flip-flop by Canonical between Yahoo! and Google raises the question if there is some sort of bidding going on behind the scene or if it has anything to do with the partnership that Yahoo! entered into with Microsoft earlier.


Submission + - Photoshop, iTunes making it to Ubuntu? 1

An anonymous reader writes: In a poll put up in Ubuntu Forums, Canonical is asking users what softwares they would like to see in Ubuntu. The software list they have put up includes close-sourced softwares like Adobe Photoshop, iTunes etc. While they have not revealed how they are going to bring these said softwares, they said that they are planning to make it available through the official repository so that users can install it easily.
Is Canonical making the right move by bringing such kinds of close-sourced softwares in Ubuntu? A post in Digitizor argues that it is the right move by Canonical. What do you think?

Submission + - Ubuntu Malware for DDoS Attack Found (

An anonymous reader writes: Digitizor reports that a malware intended to perform a DDoS attack was found in a .deb file claiming to be a screensaver in Gnome-Looks. The said .deb file installs some scripts with elavated privileges and updates itself automatically. The screensaver has been removed from gnome-looks now.

Submission + - Visual Tour of GNOME 3 Shell (

kai_hiwatari writes: The guys at have posted a visual tour of GNOME 3 Shell which is likely to be released in September next year. Looks like its going down the same route as KDE 4.

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