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Reddit: Ways to manage desktop clutter?

Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:50:13 PM

Its that time of year and my desktop is again cluttered full of miscellaneous files and folders. But this time, instead of just deleting old files or hiding things away in deep directory hierarchies, I wonder: is there a way to make my desktop "scale" to a larger number of files? I kind of like that when files are organized in the desktop I can "visually" organize them a bit in a 2d surface and everything is quickly accessible, unlike when I access things via a file browser, which lists everything in 1 dimension, sorted by name, and makes me have to click on a folder to see what is inside.

(I'm currently using xfce but don't mind with experimenting with other DEs now and then)

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Phoronix: Wine Developers Are Still Working On Direct3D 10/11 Support

Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:45:57 PM
Besides covering the shortcomings of Gallium3D's Direct3D 9 implementation for Wine, Stefan Dösinger of CodeWeavers also provided a look at the overall state of Wine's Direct3D/graphics support while he was in Brussels at FOSDEM...

Reddit: Partitioning SSD / HDD for multiple Linux distros

Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:36:47 PM

I've just bought a used Thinkpad T420 which I'm upgrading. My plan is to use this laptop as a multiple distro Linux machine. However, I've never attempted this before (desktop dualboots Win7 & Xubuntu), so am after some advice. I'm a learning developer (web & app).

I'm using a 320GB Seagate 7200 HDD (came with laptop) and have bought a new 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD.

I'm already planning on having my /home on the entire HDD, and not using any swap (I have 16GB RAM).

I'm not overly concerned about reducing wear on the SSD, I'd rather keep my home drive separate in case of reinstalls and sharing across distros.

So my big question is, what would be the best way to partition my drives to allow approx 4 distros to be installed sisimultaneously? Any tips? Pitfalls to avoid?

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Phoronix: Replicant As A Truly Free, Blob-Less Android OS Is Still Facing A Huge Uphill Battle

Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:15:32 PM
While Replicant OS is promoted by the FSF as a binary-free Android distribution and a truly open alternative to Apple products, the state of Replicant OS in terms of end-user readiness or being as a viable alternative to iOS and Android leaves much to be desired...

LXer: Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3 Release

Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:06:57 PM
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LinuxToday: Repair Linux Boot failures in Grub 2 rescue mode

Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:00:00 PM

 HowToForge: As GRUB 2's ability to fix boot problems is greatly improved over the original GRUB bootloader.

TuxMachines: Preventing a DNS Leak and WebRTC Leak when using Tor in Linux

Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:25:55 PM

Using Tor alone will not prevent the so-called DNS Leak problem. If your Web browser is not configured correctly your Linux installation will still use your ISP’s DNS servers instead of the DNS servers favoured by Tor, in which case your ISP will know which sites you are accessing.

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Phoronix: GNU Guix Continues Advancing As A Package Manager & Linux DIstribution

Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:20:28 PM
GNU Guix continues to be one of the most interesting new package management initiatives going on in the past few years. Guix also continues evolving into its own Linux distribution filled with GNU software...

LXer: OpenStack Development: Getting Easier All the Time

Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:09:46 PM
Because of a diverse ecosystem, developing software on open platforms is challenging. But, the various commercial OpenStack distributions are doing their best to make things easier for developers.

LinuxInsider: HandBrake Video Transcoder Gets a Grip on Linux

Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:00:00 PM
Converting video files from a variety of media sources can be a huge chore. That task can be much more manageable with HandBrake, a GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder. It is available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows, which makes working on more than one platform a bit more convenient. The latest version for Linux, version 0.10 released Nov. 23, has many upgrades. However, the Linux version lacks a few of the features in the Windows and Mac versions.

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SteamOS A Linux Distribution For Gaming


SteamOS is a Debian Linux kernel-based operating system in development by Valve Corporation designed to be the primary operating system for the Steam Machine game consoles. It was initially released on December 13, 2013, alongside the start of end-user beta testing of Steam Machines.

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KDE Applications 14.12.3 Officially Released

KDE Applications 14.12 has been released by its makers, and it’s a regular maintenance update. It comes with a ton of bug fixes and will be soon available in various repositories. Read more

Understanding The Linux Kernel's BPF In-Kernel Virtual Machine

BPF continues marching forward as a universal, in-kernel virtual machine for the Linux kernel. The Berkeley Packet Filter was originally designed for network packet filtering but has since been extended as eBPF to support other non-network subsystems via the bpf syscall. Here's some more details on this in-kernel virtual machine. Alexei Starovoitov presented at last month's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Santa Rosa about BPF as an in-kernel virtual machine. The slides have been published for those wishing to learn more about its state and capabilities. Read more

Calligra 2.9.0 is Out

Packages for the release of KDE's document suite Calligra 2.9 are available for Kubuntu 14.10. You can get it from the Kubuntu Backports PPA. They are also in our development version Vivid. Read more