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Firefox to Default to Yahoo’s Microsoft Search

Firefox brings "click to play" to browser plugins.

There have been rumblings for some time now about Google’s search contract with Mozilla coming to an end this year. For ten years, the search giant has been the default go-to when it comes to search on Firefox, a deal which has supplied more than 80 percent of the browser’s funding. There’s been talk that Google or Mozilla wasn’t interested in renewing the deal, either because Firefox competes directly with Google’s Chrome browser or because […]

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Linux Outlaws Ride Into the Sunset

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The introduction was inconspicuous enough. Philip Newborough, the lead developer for CrunchBang, tweeted to me: “They’re talking about you on LO.”

“LO?”

“Linux Outlaws.”

A few questions and a search or two later, I was at a Google Hangout where Dan Lynch, an English musician in the band 20lb Sounds from Liverpool, and Fabian Scherschel, a German tech journalist and rabid Pittsburgh Penguins fan, were discussing the FOSS issues of the day; Lynch with his […]

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Firefox Turns 10, Making Reglue Stick & Outlaws Ride

Firefox brings "click to play" to browser plugins.

FOSS Week in Review

Arguably it was a fairly miserable week in areas that are not exactly FOSS, but let’s not think about that now. Here’s what is on-the-radar worthy of mention as this week ends:

An anniversary worth celebrating: A while back, many in the FOSS world quaffed copious amount of Kool-Aid in celebrating the 10th anniversary of a particular vowel-laden distro. What unfortunately seems to be ready to fly inconspicuously under the radar […]

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Drupal Hack & WordPress Users

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It’s not a good day for Drupal users, with the security folks at the CMS platform telling all users to consider themselves compromised if they didn’t install a security patch within seven hours of its release on October 15th.

Fixing the infected sites will require a bit of work. Sites will need to be taken offline, and the current install of Drupal blown-up and replaced with a backup from before October 15th. Any changes made […]

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Free Bassel Khartabil

Bassel Khartabil

Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been under arrest in Syria since March, 2012. Photo: Joi Ito, CC-BY-2.0

As of today, Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been detained by the Syrian government for 943 days.

For those of you who may not be aware of his plight, Bassel, a 31-year-old Palestinian-Syrian, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development. He has […]

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