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Play movie DVDs in Ubuntu

In order to play some commercial DVDs in Ubuntu, you have to install libdvdcss.

just run these commands in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

That's it, enjoy your movies!!! smiley

It works in Ubuntu 10.04 and 9.10.

ubuntu-restricted-extras package installs various audio codecs (including MP3 playback/encoding support), Microsoft fonts, Java runtime, Flash plugin and Lame.
If DVD playback is the only feature you need, you can just install libdvdread with this command:
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/


Mandriva in Troubles

Some weeks ago rumors started about a possible sale of Mandriva but the CEO say that wasn't true... until Frederic Cuif write a post in its personal Blog.

Frederic Cuif has many years working on Mandriva and in his post titled "Mandriva in the Storm" Frederic show us a different version of what the Mandriva CEO say, and about what the troubles was.

At this time 2 companies make an offer for Mandriva Lightapp y Linagora. The first one is an unknown company but the second one, regardless Linagora make a best offer, has more presence in the marketing area. I hope this process don't affect the Mandriva users.

Source: Frederic Cuif Blog


Linaro: Not For Profit Organization

ARM, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM and ST-Ericsson create Linaro a not for profit organization based on Linux and the open source, aimed to develop System-on-Chip (SoC).

In its main functions, all the companies will share tools and human capital into Linaro with the objective of develop new technologies based on Linux and aimed into the emergent markets.

The first release is schedule to November 2010 and the main goal is the optimization of the ARM Cortex-A processor. If you wan to know more about this, follow the yellow brick road.

Source: Linaro


openSUSE Weekly News Issue 127 is out!

We are pleased to announce:
Issue 127 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0]

In this week's issue:
    * openSUSE Build Service 1.8 and 2.0 Announced
    * Danny Kukawka: Hacking osc
    * Raymond Wooninck (tittiatcoke): KDE SC 4.5 Beta 2 available for openSUSE
    * Hackweek V
    * Brockmeier: Getting a Grip on GNU grep

For a list of available translations see this page:



Vinux A Linux Distribution For People With Visual Impairment

Vinux is a Linux Distribution specially designed for people with visual impairment. Vinux is based on Ubuntu 10.04. This distribution is now available (launched on may 31).

You can download Vinux in Live CD available for 32 and 64 bits based on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. Ifo you want more info or want to download Vinux, follow this link. Enjoy!!!


10 Reasons to Switch to Another Linux Distro

Do you feel your current distro is not "so cool" like before? do you want to try something else? you have to much problems with your Distro? maybe is time to switch to another Linux Flavor. Here are my 10 cents about why you should consider to change to another distro:

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A Deep View To Spin Fedora Security Labs

Fedora is a great Distro (one of my favorites) but they have an alternative version for the common Linux Release, they call this alternative Spins.

The Spins consist in a Fedora Release with a certain Software. The Spins available are:

  • Fedora Security Lab: Security aimed Software
  • Sugar on a Stick: Education Software
  • Fedora Design Suite: Graphic Design Software
  • Fedora Games Spin: Did I really need to explain this? Totally gamer
  • Fedora Electronic Lab: Electronic Development

They all are a great spins (Software) but we are going to focus into one spin today, the Fedora Security Lab, software included and what they do, let's begin.

The Fedora Security Lab (FSL) has many, many power tools, it has a Firewalls, network analizer, password crackers, intrusion prevention. The main goal is to give the user a full featured security protection and prevention. Some of the Software installed are:

Code Analizer

  • Flawfinder: It's a code analizer software. This program can find code vulnerabilities
  • pscan: Process monitoring tool
  • rats: Easily extensible parser generator for C-like languages
  • splint: Tool for statically checking C programs for security vulnerabilities and common programming mistakes


  • chkrootkit: Installing and detecting rootkits under any Linux / UNIX server distributions
  • clamav: Provides a scanning daemon intended primarily for mailserver integration, command line scanner for on-demand. anti-virus program
  • dc3dd: A patched version of GNU dd with added features
  • dd_rescue: Disk Driver Recovery Tool
  • foremost: Recover erased files
  • hexedit: Hexadecimal Editor
  • mhonarc: A Perl program for converting mail, or news, messages into HTML archives
  • rkhunter: Similar to chkrootkit
  • testdisk: Partition table recovery tool

Intrusion Detection

  • labrea: creates virtual machines for unused IP addresses in the specified block of IP addresses. Sits and listens for ARP
  • snort: It's a sniffer/logger and can detect attacks. Have an alert system
  • triptwire: Intrusion detection system

Password Tools

  • John: It's similar to John the Ripper
  • ncrack: Wireless password recovery and crack tool
  • ophcrack: Windows Password cracker based on Rainbow Tables


  • Ettercap: It's a sniffer/logger for wireless
  • Scapy: Powerful interactive packet manipulation tool, packet generator, network scanner, network discovery tool
  • Unicornscan: full-featured open source port scanner developed, it provides a Command-line interface
  • Xprobe2: Active operating system fingerprinting tool
  • dsniff: A sniffer tool, you can grab packages from the network
  • firewalk: Audit firewalls and routers to make sure they are filtering traffic correctly
  • hping3: Command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer
  • hunt: Hunt is a program for intruding into a connection, watching it and resetting it
  • iptraf: IP Network Monitor
  • nbtscan: Program for scanning IP networks for NetBIOS name information.
  • nc: The nc (or netcat) utility is used for just about anything under the sun involving TCP or UDP
  • nc6: Netcat6 is a simple unix utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP or UDP protocol over IPv4 or IPv6 networks
  • nessus: Security scanner for Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other flavors of Unix. Performs over 900 remote security checks, and suggests solutions for security problems
  • ngrep: analyze network traffic in a manner similar to that of other network sniffers with regular expressions
  • p0f: Fingerprinting technique based on analyzing the structure of a TCP/IP packet to determine the operating system and other configuration properties
  • scanssh: Scanning a list of addresses and networks for open proxies, SSH protocol servers, SMTP and Web servers
  • sing: Sends ICMP packets fully customized from command line
  • socat: Establishes two bidirectional byte streams and transfers data between them
  • tcpdump: Dump traffic on a network
  • tcpxtract: A tool for extracting files from network traffic based on file signatures
  • tiger: Is a security tool that can be use both as a security audit and intrusion detection system


  • aircrack-ng: 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured
  • airsnort: operates by passively monitoring transmissions, computing the encryption key when enough packets
  • kismet: 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system

The FSL is running under the LXDE and it's available to Download from the Fedora Web Site, Enjoy!!


openSUSE Weekly News (German Podcast) Issue 125 is out!

Die Wöchentlichen News des openSUSE Projektes.

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Install VMWare Player on Gentoo (amd64), the easy way

Here I'm, back again with a new blog.
There's been a while since my latest one but I'm now back.

Here's a very simple argument with just few tricks: Install VMWare Player on Gentoo, nothing strange but on Gentoo amd64 there are few little exceptions.

If you want to have a clean gentoo installation on your desktop client you tend to keep your /etc/portage/package.keywords file shortest as possible. I prefer to install only stable packages and nothing masked by the arch, sometimes you need to unmask packages.

VMWare Player on amd64 is not masked, you can find the package unmasked and freely available; but if you try to install it on a recently updated installation you'll run into troubles or installation errors (like me). Even more, if you'd like to have a quite recent/updated version of the client because you need to deal with VMWare Server (v1 & 2) installations you at least need to use Player v2 (2.5 even better, v3/4 available on ubuntu is awesome but on gentoo you don't have them yet).

Here's what I've done:

unmasked vmplayer by adding these lines on /etc/package.keywords

# VMWare Fixes
app-emulation/vmware-modules ~amd64
app-emulation/vmware-player ~amd64

This allows you to have vmware-player (available at the moment of writing) installed on your desktop with common modules and utilities. Please keep in mind you need to have a configured kernel with this flag turned on:


Then update your config files with etc-update script
Finally configure WM Player with gentoo command

emerge --config vmware-player

Do not use VMWare original config utility like in the past. After these operations just start it and you're set. If you've already read my previous blogs you already know you can use Player to have direct access to a VMWare Server installation (run/play/stop but not manage VMs), check these:

Access remote VMWare Server 2 without the web interface
VMWare Server 2 thoughts
Accessing VMWare Server v2 with VSphere client

Hope it helps

Andrea (Ben) Benini


openSUSE Weekly News #125 is out!

We are pleased to announce:
Issue 125 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0]

In this week's issue:

    * 1 Editors Note
    * 2 Announcements
          o 2.1 openSUSE Build Service 2.0 Beta1 Release Brings New User Interface
          o 2.2 openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7: Preparing for RC Phase
          o 2.3 Scheduled Outage
          o 2.4 Klaas Freitag: Novell Hackweek Fife
    * 3 Status Updates
          o 3.1 Distribution
                + 3.1.1 Lubos Lunak: On-demand package installation in openSUSE 11.3
                + 3.1.2 Schedules for the next Week
                + 3.1.3 Bugzilla
    * 4 Team Reports
          o 4.1 Build Service Team
                + 4.1.1 Build Team Meeting
                + 4.1.2 OBS 2.0 Beta 1 released
                + 4.1.3 Build Service Statistics
          o 4.2 GNOME Team
                + 4.2.1 Fridrich Strba: Experimental Evolution installer for Windows
          o 4.3 openFATE Team
                + 4.3.1 #309589: Support for WebM media
                + 4.3.2 #309608: Simulations with Python: SimPy
                + 4.3.3 #309617: customize hostname at install time
                + 4.3.4 #309618: Enable CGROUP feature in kerneledit
                + 4.3.5 #309626: Yast/Zypper should create a List with last installed Packages
                + 4.3.6 Statistics
          o 4.4 Testing Team
                + 4.4.1 Larry Finger: Weekly Review
          o 4.5 Translation Team
                + 4.5.1 Localization
    * 5 In the Community
          o 5.1 openSUSE TV: Architecture of Collaboration
          o 5.2 Sirko Kemter: RadioTux@LinuxTag
          o 5.3 Bryen Yunashko: From Chicago to Paris to Nuremberg!
          o 5.4 Welcome new Members
          o 5.5 Events & Meetings
          o 5.6 openSUSE for your ears
          o 5.7 From Ambassadors
                + 5.7.1 Agustin Chavarria: openSUSE Schools! in Nicaragua!
                + 5.7.2 Ricardo Varas Santana: openSUSE at FLISoL Chile]
          o 5.8 openSUSE in $COUNTRY
          o 5.9 Communication
          o 5.10 Contributors
    * 6 New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
          o 6.1 Packman: veejay (openSUSE 11.2/i586)
          o 6.2 Packman: xmms2 (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
          o 6.3 Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.2.1 rc2 available for openSUSE
    * 7 Security Updates
          o 7.1 SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2010:012
    * 8 Kernel Review
          o 8.1 Rares Aioanei: Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor
    * 9 Tips and Tricks
          o 9.1 For Desktop Users
                + 9.1.1 IBM developerWorks/Martin Streicher: Speaking UNIX: The best-kept secrets of UNIX power users
                + 9.1.2 Peck: Making Movies in Linux with Kdenlive, part 2
          o 9.2 For System Administrators
                + 9.2.1 GeekRide/Napster: Tech Tip: Sending Email from Command line
                + 9.2.2 Novell Cool Solutions/tpetersonalpine: Teaming Cluster on a Laptop using XEN, OCFS2 and Linux Virtual Services
    * 10 Planet SUSE
          o 10.1 Han Wen Kam: KVM in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP 1
          o 10.2 Joe Brockmeier: AbiWord: The Underappreciated Word Processor
          o 10.3 Joe Brockmeier: Good docs, bad docs, missing docs?
          o 10.4 Dominique Leuenberger: Dominique Leuenberger: VLC / openSUSE 10.3 repository
          o 10.5 Joe Brockmeier: The Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard (Part 2)
          o 10.6 Rares Aioanei: Weekly Review of the PostgreSQL
    * 11 openSUSE Forums
          o 11.1 Prevent update being installed/Package Lock?
          o 11.2 11.2 Users Please Check your Firewall
          o 11.3 zypper dup gave me Milestone 7
          o 11.4 Possible cd/dvd hardware failure.
    * 12 On the Web
          o 12.1 Announcements
                + 12.1.1 LinuxCon North America 2010
                + 12.1.2 MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release
                + 12.1.3 SC 4.5 Beta1 Available
                + 12.1.4 KOffice 2.2 Released
          o 12.2 Reports
                + 12.2.1 Richard A. Johnson: Impressions of the latest MeeGo release
                + 12.2.2 Datamation/Sean Michael Kerner: Novell Revenues, Linux Business Slide
                + 12.2.3 Miguel de Icaza: Linux for Consumers: MeeGo Updates=
                + 12.2.4 Michael Meeks: Evolution Express (for MeeGo)
                + 12.2.5 Aaron Bockover: Banshee for MeeGo
          o 12.3 Reviews and Essays
                + 12.3.1 Ghacks/Jack Wallen: Why not try OpenSuSE 11.2
                + 12.3.2 Tuxradar: How Linux works: the ultimate guide
                + 12.3.3 LinuxMagazine/Joe Brockmeier: WebM Poised to Bring Open Video to the Masses
    * 13 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
    * 14 Credits
    * 15 Translations

For a list of available translations see the Translations Section on the bottom of the issue.



Fedora 13 Review

Well it’s often been said that “it never rains but it pours” and that seems very true the about Linux distro releases in the last two weeks. Fedora 13 has just been released so I couldn’t resist doing a review of it. I generally try to stick to two reviews per week but there was just no way I could wait until next week to share my thoughts about Fedora 13.

What’s New In This Release
Desktop users have some interesting new features to enjoy. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

Automatic print driver install
Automatic language packs install
Package kit integration
NetworkManager improvements
Free and open source nouveau driver for NVidia video cards
Shotwell replaces Gthumb and F-Spot for photos
Pino social media client included
Deja Dup backup tool
Simple Scan
GNOME color manager
GNOME 2.30
Nautilus enhancements
Gnote enhancements
Rhythmbox support for iPod Touch and iPhone music
Abiword removed from default live image

Read the Review At Desktop Linux Reviews

The Fedora 13 desktop.

Pino, the social media client.

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