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Debian

Submission + - Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.3 released (debian.org)

edesio writes: The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 6.0 (codename squeeze). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.
Open Source

Submission + - Taking Care of Open Source Software

An anonymous reader writes: There is a piece of software, released under the Modified BSD license, that risks to become abandonware and, IMHO, worths to be saved.
Where can I post an announcement to find people than can take care of it?
Books

Submission + - Good, relevant usability book?

osman84 writes: "I've been developing web/mobile apps for some time, and have managed to build up some decent experience about usability. However, as I'm growing a team of developers now, I've noticed that most of the young ones have a very poor sense of usability. Unfortunately, since I was never really taught usability as science, I'm having trouble teaching them to develop usable apps.

Are there any good books that make a good read for general usability guidelines for web/mobile apps? I have a couple from my college days, but I'd like something more recent, written in the era of mobile apps, etc.

Thanks!"

Submission + - Any suggestion on good Electronic Whiteboard?

l0ll1 writes: As many of you do, I try to draw a lot during discussions, solving problems, note taking etc. Drawing software take lot of time and effort (mouse usage — my RSI injuries worsen). So, I'm thinking of buying an Electronic Whiteboard or a portable on. I need this to draw new images, edit existing images, and save and mail immediately. Any suggestions from Slashdot commnutity? (FYI: I tried Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet, but I found it very hard to draw.)
Security

Submission + - Welcome Back Kernel.org (kernel.org)

Hummdis writes: "After more than a month of being offline due to a security breach at Kernel.org, they're back!

While they were down, they took the time to "rearchitect" the site for developers and users.

"As noted previously, kernel.org suffered a security breach. Because of this, we have taken the time to rearchitect the site in order to improve our systems for developers and users of kernel.org. To this end, we would like all developers who previously had access to kernel.org who wish to continue to use it to host their git and static content, to follow the instructions here.
Right now, www.kernel.org and git.kernel.org have been brought back online. All developer git trees have been removed from git.kernel.org and will be added back as the relevant developers regain access to the system.
Thanks to all for your patience and understanding during our outage and please bear with us as we bring up the different kernel.org systems over the next few weeks. We will be writing up a report on the incident in the future.""

Cellphones

Submission + - Why Linux Is Good For Low-End Smartphones (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "Nokia's announcement that it was developing a Linux distro for low-end smartphones, shortly after abandoning the Linux-based Meego OS for Windows Phone 7, was a little puzzling. But it actually makes good business sense in the smartphone world. While WP7 aims for the high end, there's a market for cheaper and less complex phones that still beat boring old feature phones, especially in emerging economies. And, unlike Symbian and the heavily tweaked Meego, Linux can be quickly and cheaply brought to market as a low-end smartphone OS."
Cloud

Submission + - Amazon's Silk: SaaS Is Closing The Net (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "Much of the initial reaction to Amazon's Silk browser was interest in how it uses the cloud to speed up browsing. But at what cost? There are privacy concerns, of course, as Amazon will have a record of your browsiing; but in a larger philosophical sense, Silk is of a piece with Facebook and Apple's iOS walled garden, an intermediary between you and the Internet."
Linux

Submission + - Nokia Preps Linux OS for Low-End Smartphones (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Nokia is going after the low-end smartphone market with a Linux-based OS code-named 'Meltemi.' The phones are expected to cost under $100 without subsidies. A Nokia spokesman's no-comment comment went like this: 'Of course, we don't comment on future products or technologies. However, I can say that our Mobile Phones team has a number of exciting projects in the works that will help connect the next billion consumers to the Internet.'"
Debian

Submission + - Get a copy of the Debian Administrator's Handbook (ulule.com) 2

buxy writes: "Roland Mas and me are the authors of a French Debian bestseller. We want to translate this book into English and publish it under a license compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. That would be the first free and up-to-date book about Debian that can be integrated into Debian. But we need your support to make this happen.

Pledge some money and get a copy of the book once it's done! As a special bonus, if you use this link to support the project, about 12% of the donated money will be given back to the Debian project."

SuSE

Submission + - LibreOffice Celebrates First Anniversary (ostatic.com)

Thinkcloud writes: SUSE and community volunteers new to the project have provided around 25% each of the commits, with a further 20% coming from RedHat and another 20% coming from the OpenOffice.org code base. Add to that the 15 million downloads and the estimate of 200 million LibreOffice downloads by the end of the decade does not seem far-fetched.
GNOME

Submission + - GNOME 3.2 Released (gnome.org) 1

supersloshy writes: Today marks the release of the latest edition of the GNOME Desktop for Linux-based operating systems. There are numerous fixes and improvements in this release such as smaller title bars (for small screens), the integration of GNOME Contacts and GNOME Documents for easy data management, web application integration, many more configurable settings, and other updates such as a more unified appearance and better chat integration. You can read the release notes on GNOME.org.
Android

Submission + - Is Samsung preparing to drop Android? (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Samsung must now pay Microsoft a royalty for every Android device it sells — but in other news, announced yesterday, Samsung is now the co-founder (with Intel) of the Tizen project, an open source, Meego-derived Linux-based smartphone and tablet OS.

Did Samsung agree to pay a royalty to Microsoft purely because it has an exit strategy already lined up?"

Android

Submission + - Amazon Fire Tablet (bloomberg.com)

cortex writes: Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the world’s largest online retailer, unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet computer, taking aim at Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s bestselling iPad with a device that’s smaller and less than half the price.

The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199, compared with $499 for Apple’s cheapest iPad, Amazon executives said in interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek. The device, a souped-up version of the Kindle electronic- book reader, will run on Google Inc.’s Android software, the Seattle-based company said.

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