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Debian

+ - 155 Distributed File System for Debian-based Road Warriors?

Submitted by hweimer
hweimer (709734) writes "I manage a small network which includes some clients that are regularly deployed in locations where there is no or only poor internet access. Currently, local copies of data for these clients are created and merged back more or less manually, which naturally creates all sorts of problems. So I'm looking now for a distributed file system so that each client has always access to a local copy, which is automatically re-synced once it comes back online. Storage space is not critical, nor is obscene read/write performance. An additional requirement is that it has to be included in Debian, at least in the upcoming "wheezy" release. Any recommendations?"
Linux

+ - 108 openSUSE 12.3 is out->

Submitted by houghi
houghi (78078) writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick.
When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are then also an option.
ARM images are available as well.
More information about the release can be found in this announcement by Jos Poortvliet."

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Education

+ - 145 Educational Linux distro provides tech-bundle for kids and educators->

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Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets writes "Finally, a version of Linux designed for kids and education. In this interview with Jim Klein, founder of Ubermix, we discover a Linux distribution designed with kids, education, and educators in mind. This could change the way our the next generation learns about Linux and open source software like Celestia, Stellarium, Scratch, VirtualLab Microscope, iGNUit, and more."
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Security

+ - 140 BackTrack successor Kali Linux launched->

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Kali, the sixth instalment of the BackTrack operating system has been launched. The platform is a favourite of hackers and penetration testers and has been entirely rebuilt to become more secure, transparent and customisable. Metasploit too has been rebuilt to be more stable with an optional noob-friendly interface. Kali even works on ARM devices and comes ready to go for your Raspberry Pi."
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Linux

+ - 94 Patching Dependencies->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We were caught in a situation where if we upgraded Postfix, we might break the installed MySQL client. There are a couple of things wrong with this situation. First off, why, oh why, does Postfix require a MySQL client to be installed? Postfix is our MTA, a mail transfer agent, setup because it is easy to configure and we need to do a couple things differently from what is available out of the box. We have absolutely no use for MySQL on every server in the environment. Secondly, why was the third party MySQL (or is that first party, since it is from Oracle?) installed over the default filesystem?"
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