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Reddit: How to get the MTP library to mount a Zune media player

Monday 5th of January 2015 05:04:52 AM

Take the above file, and paste it into "~/.mtpz-data". This is the handshake that the computer needs to send to the Zune before files can be transferred to it. Once it is mounted, you can copy files to it just like any regular drive, at about 10MB/s (at least for the original white Zune 30).

It is not as seamless as transferring via the Windows-only Zune Software, and I have never been able to get playlists to work in Linux, but transferring music to it works just fine and it gets detected along with the proper album art if it's hardcoded into the file (I think, it could require a separate file, though).

It's been a while, so I don't remember if you can copy files to the "Podcasts" section of the device and take advantage of the per-file playback position saving.

Only thing I can confirm is that MP3 files can be copied, and are detected under the proper album and artist. After all, this is infinitely more than you can do with the newer iPods in terms of music transfer.

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LXer: Red Star 3.0 Desktop Screenshot Tour

Monday 5th of January 2015 04:40:15 AM
Red Star OS is a North Korean Linux-based operating system. Development started in 2002 at the Korea Computer Center. Red Star OS 3.0, like its predecessors, uses a KDE 3 desktop. However, 3.0 more closely resembles Apple's OS X whereas previous versions more closely resembled Windows XP.

LXer: CES: Acer introduces first 15.6" display Chromebook

Monday 5th of January 2015 02:45:53 AM
Acer introduces big and sturdy Chromebook at CES.

Reddit: First Linux Build

Monday 5th of January 2015 02:41:48 AM

Hi guys. My current computer doesn't work at all with Linux, so I figured I'd build something. I'm brand new to Linux, so I have no idea what to do for parts. I also don't know what to do for the distro. I can't stand Ubuntu. So what are some good parts and a noob friendly distro?

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LinuxToday: Why does the world still need the Mozilla Foundation?

Monday 5th of January 2015 02:00:00 AM

VentureBeat: With its Firefox browser rapidly losing share, and its financial ties to Google finished, the Mozilla Foundation finds itself facing the most pivotal moment in its history since its founding more than a decade ago.

TuxMachines: Nano-Archimedes Is The Latest GNU Project, Making More Scientific Software Open-Source

Monday 5th of January 2015 01:20:14 AM

Before getting too excited over this latest GNU project, it will likely only be relevant to a few Phoronix readers as it's a highly scientific. The GNU Nano-Archimedes project page describes the software, "GNU nano-archimedes is a Technology Computer Aided Design tool (TCAD) for the simulation of various technology relevant situtations involving the dynamics of electrons such as the transport in nanometer scale semiconductor devices (nanodevices) and time-dependent many-body problems coming from, for example, quantum chemistry and/or atomic physics. It is based on the Wigner equation, a convenient formulation of quantum mechanics in terms of a phase-space (completely equivalent to the Schroedinger equation), and the density functional theory (DFT). It is also able to deal with time-dependent ab-initio many-body simulations."

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LXer: Running Glassfish 4.1 in Nova-Docker Comtainer on RDO Juno

Monday 5th of January 2015 12:51:31 AM
This post follows up Docker image been built bellow has pre-installed JDK 1.8 and GlassFish 4.1,providing ssh connect to Nova-Docker container ( launched via this image )it allows initialize Glassfish with JPA support manually.

Phoronix: Nano-Archimedes Is The Latest GNU Project, Making More Scientific Software Open-Source

Monday 5th of January 2015 12:42:23 AM
The first version of GNU Nano-Archimedes was released on Sunday and is trying to free up more of quantum simulations...

Reddit: Average Security Patch Time

Sunday 4th of January 2015 11:57:52 PM

I was searching for informations about the average time it took a security vulnerability (like CVE's or other security relevant bugs) on Linux(and maybe core userland applications) and various other operating systems for comparison to get resolved by a patch. I only found some sparse data from 2012 from Trustwave which indicates that Linux took on averade 857 days compared to 375 days on Windows.

But this looks totally made up due to the fact that linux had 9 and windows 34 Vulnerability and the two zero days did not really affect a wide range of users cuz these are in the HSF and ext4 driver(at 2012).

The data at all is to sparse to make up good statistics about that. Are there any other sources of information you guys know of, cuz i guess there should be more security related bugs on the major os's for comparison. Or is there any database i can query for a CVE and the time it was fixed?

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Reddit: Introduction to GIMP : Learn GIMP from basics

Sunday 4th of January 2015 11:52:47 PM

Reddit: xkcd: Real Programmers

Sunday 4th of January 2015 11:45:19 PM

TuxMachines: Review: OnePlus One smartphone

Sunday 4th of January 2015 11:30:06 PM

It's been just over a month since I've had the OnePlus One. So far, I've been pretty impressed with every aspect of it, the hardware as well as software. The hardware choices make a sweet combination that rivals any $700-900 phone at quite a surprisingly small price. The decision to partner up with Cyanogenmod was a bold but smart move, and has worked out very well. If you can get an invite, I'd say go for it!

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Reddit: Philosophical Question - Are most linux apps too interdependent & centralized?

Sunday 4th of January 2015 11:00:00 PM

Not the fault of the kernel itself of course...but more so the distro's, desktops and programs built for these environments.

A common critique about Windows is its registry system. Namely that it is complicated, overly centralized, makes programs less portable (harder to backup/restore/upgrade/move) and creates dis-economies of scale.

With the trend toward repositories, I fear most linux programs are inadvertently heading down this same rigid path. Installing, upgrading, backing up, creating sibling experimental installs, restores, etc... for many programs have been made needless complex by the complex version specific interdependencies most linux apps have and the reliance on overly centralized hub configurations/data directories (like in /etc, /var, /user, /home, etc....)

Say with Ubuntu I want to update App X to the latest program and my Ubuntu install is more than 6 months old, I have to completely upgrade Ubuntu (a big process) and/or manually find the correct repository for that app (often not easy) and add it to the system (not intuitive for Mom and Pop). Even then if you install all the right repositories, you can still get stuck in dependency hell and have situations where you just CAN NOT install a certain program version.

Wouldn't it be better if more linux apps were standalone? If they stored their own dynamic folders in their own directories? If say your music player needed a subprogram to play .FLAC files, then that program should include this subprogram already in it! Yes, this would create redundancy if you have say 3 music programs...and they all included their own flac decoder, but it would make doing updates super easy to do because you don't really have to worry about dependencies. Upgrading would be mostly just overwriting the old files.

Yes, this would take up more harddrive space, but coding takes up hardly any room. Especially relative to graphics and sounds.

Obviously, sensitive programs like for decoding DVD's have to be separated from the interfaces, but those should be rare exceptions.


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LXer: Android-x86 4.4-r2 Screenshot Tour

Sunday 4th of January 2015 10:57:09 PM is glad to announce the 4.4-r2 release. This is the second stable release of Android-x86 4.4. The 4.4-r2 release is based on the Android 4.4.4_r2 (KitKat-MR2.2) release. We have fixed and added x86-specific code to let the system run smoothly on x86 platforms, especially on tablets and netbooks. Features include: upgrade the kernel to the latest stable version 3.18 with more drivers enabled and support for more modern hardware like Intel's Baytrail platform; initial support for UEFI booting, the installer still doesn't work with GPT partition table; improve suspend and resume; merge updates from upstream; bug fixes. This release contains two files - one is the traditional ISO file that can be booted on devices with legacy BIOS, the other is the EFI image that can be used on more modern devices with UEFI firmware.

Reddit: How to install Linux mint

Sunday 4th of January 2015 10:39:25 PM

I know how to install and mount it to a USB drive, but when I power on my computer it still goes to Windows. I messed around with the bios so everything has priority over Windows, but it still doesn't want to boot from the USB or disk. I know that they are recognized since the bios says their names when they are plugged in instead of more general terms. I'm not really sure what to do at this point.

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Sunday 4th of January 2015 09:52:10 PM

By leveraging open source software and establishing best practices to protect this data at an ongoing rate, these agencies can take a cue from the private sector and enjoy a sense of trust in the way they store and collaborate on private data.

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TuxMachines: An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 14.10

Sunday 4th of January 2015 09:34:59 PM

It has been just over a year since I last reviewed Xubuntu, so this review is well overdue.

Xubuntu has been one of my favourite distributions for a long time and for a number of very good reasons.

Xubuntu comes with the XFCE desktop environment which means that it is lightweight and highly customisable.

What I also like about Xubuntu over some of the other XFCE based distributions is that it doesn't overload you with applications. You get just enough to cover the bases but it is then up to you to install what is important for your needs.

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CoreOS Co-Founder Alex Polvi Talks Containers, Rocket vs. Docker, and More

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Linux vs Windows

I've been working with both Linux and MS Windows 7 lately. Yes, I have a good excuse for using MS Windows: I have started working on Ruby video tutorials, and I needed to demonstrate installation of ruby, notepad++, and configuration thereof in the MS Windows environment. Well, it's been illuminating, switching back and forth between Kubuntu 14.10 and Microsoft Windows 7. The desktops are pretty much equal. However, Linux KDE has stolen a march on the Windows 7 desktop regarding configurability of the desktop experience--of course, I'm vastly more experienced with Linux and the KDE desktop. Also, Linux is better on multitasking. Often, MS Windows 7 would almost freeze a few moments when working on several tasks. I also had some issues getting my sound card working well with Windows 7--which is an older sound-blaster (5.1) card. But, I've had similar problems with getting audio in the Linux environment working too. However, the online help and assistance you can get with Linux seems much better. Purchasing a screen recorder and a basic video editor with MS Windows 7 was also interesting. Although reading countless reviews, I had a difficult time getting a cheap screen recorder that was good on both the video and audio portions of screen recording, and would work properly on 1920x1080 recordings. And all the "free stuff" you download for Microsoft Windows is cripple ware. The Windows software environment is based on deception: "It's Free!". After downloading and installing, you find it won't do nearly what you wanted until you send them $xx.xx! I almost bought "Camtasia Studio", which, by all accounts, is good screen recording and editing software. But I couldn't justify spending $299.99 on software I was only going to use for producing 10 minutes of video demonstration. I know the preceding paragraph seems somewhat naive, but after using only Linux for so long, I haven't faced anything like this for many years. The one good thing to say about MS Windows 7 is that Notepad++ is a good "totally freeware" text editor. The remainder of the video tutorial series will be done solely in Linux--with Kdenlive 0.9.10 (where I finally learned to do "Pan and Zoom") and SimpleScreenRecorder 0.3.3. I'm going to send both of them a few $$. It's good to be back.