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Breaking news about Linux!

Postby xenopeek on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:04 am

There is so much happening today, I'd thought to summarize it here. Exciting developments, though a bit scary at the same time. Have I missed anything?

  • Linus Torvalds to join Microsoft to head Windows 9 project! (link)
  • Mandriva invest in Formula One racing and will be embedding the Mandriva operating system in racing cars! (link)
  • Ubuntu 13.04 will disable Dash online search by default says Mark Shuttleworth. (link)
  • Systemd will replace libc, as they need it to include an email client? (link)
  • Valve announced Half-Life 4 exclusively for Linux! (link)
Now I'm heading over to try the new Google Nose beta, letting you smell what you search for: https://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/nose/
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby Macmeister on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:21 am

Oh goodie, I can't wait to ditch Mint and load a copy of Windows 9!!! :lol:
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby tdockery97 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:34 am

Just gotta love April 1st. :lol:
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby karlchen on Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:54 am

ROTFLMAO :lol:

This one is my personal favourite:
  • Linus Torvalds to join Microsoft to head Windows 9 project! (link)
closely followed by this one:
  • Ubuntu 13.04 will disable Dash online search by default says Mark Shuttleworth. (link)
As a matter of fact, all revolutionary announcements and exciting surprises for the IT world ... though some fishy smell seems to be sneaking up here ... it is coming out of my Google browser toolbar ... :shock:

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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby 3fRI on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:47 am

Happy April Fools Day all! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby xenopeek on Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:52 am

More exciting news! KDE's KMix switches to diagonal volume sliders: http://wm161.net/2013/04/01/the-volume-slider-compromise/

Debian has some new kind of spelling checker used on their website? Check it out: http://www.debian.org/ (Thanks to dagon for this one.)
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby tdockery97 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:03 am

xenopeek wrote:Debian has some new kind of spelling checker used on their website? Check it out: http://www.debian.org/ (Thanks to dagon for this one.)

Oh, that has the be the winner for the day. :lol:
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby dagon on Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:18 am

tdockery97 wrote:
xenopeek wrote:Debian has some new kind of spelling checker used on their website? Check it out: http://www.debian.org/ (Thanks to dagon for this one.)

Oh, that has the be the winner for the day. :lol:

I can't help feeling that it's a bit too easy. You see something that is obviously off and then you laugh a bit, drop your guard and whammo!, you get hit by something like... http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/#gr
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby Zorba on Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:11 pm

Just what does Linus think he is doing? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: Traitor :shock: :shock:
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby xenopeek on Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:05 pm

Oh, KDE is on a roll today :D KWin's magnifier plugin can now zoom in to the subpixel level :lol: http://sreich.blogspot.nl/2013/04/kwin- ... ments.html
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby Zorba on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:33 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby d00med on Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:06 pm

New patent troll goes after Unix. For the uses of "NSFW" in the code base. :wink: (link)
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby bigj231 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:10 pm

IS it really Half Life 4? I thought it was Left 2 Dead 4
P.S. Tenured university professors fail to see the humor when you replace all their chalk with pastel sidewalk chalk. The students seem to think it is quite funny.
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby xenopeek on Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:08 am

Another one. Open a terminal and run the following command:
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curl -L http://bit.ly/XctxG7 | bash
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby bigj231 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:22 pm

AUUUUUUGH! MY EARS!
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby d00med on Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:04 pm

xenopeek wrote:Another one. Open a terminal and run the following command:
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curl -L http://something.sh | bash


Someone posted one of these on hackernews and someone made a pull request with rm -rf ~ that got merged. Also, it's piping a remote script directly into your shell. Very dangerous.
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby bigj231 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:45 pm

That would be quite a booger, wouldn't it. Not unfixable, but a real pain.
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby xenopeek on Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:05 am

d00med wrote:Someone posted one of these on hackernews and someone made a pull request with rm -rf ~ that got merged.

Well, that isn't in this one and from the history on GitHub it never was. What you wrote wouldn't work unless you ran as root, but you have a point. I've edited the link to point to a specific commit on GitHub, one that I've reviewed as not running any malicious code this way. The GitHub project is here, but you've spoiled the surprise now :wink: https://github.com/keroserene/rickrollrc
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby bigj231 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:53 am

Wouldn't rm -rf ~ delete the user's home directory, which they have ownership of? I don't ever recall needing root privileges for deleting home directories.
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Re: Breaking news about Linux!

Postby xenopeek on Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:23 am

Dôh, of course :D I read it as "rm -rf /"...
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