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LXer: Users Want Windows 10 Features That Are Already Available in Linux Systems

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:54:07 AM
Windows 10 brought some new features for its fans, but it's still under development. Its users already have a list of features they would like implemented, but it's funny to see how most of those features are already present in Linux installations.

TuxMachines: Why your organisation will thank you for going open source

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:49:50 AM

With all the information available on the internet and on websites like FutureGov, it’s no longer difficult to know the merits of open source and how other government agencies have been benefiting from it. The bigger challenge would be how to convince your finance department to believe in these merits enough that they would reallocate their budget to back it.

Also: Zimbra releases new report highlighting greater trust in open source among IT professionals than proprietary software

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Reddit: What's /r/linux's opinion on MEGA?

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:48:04 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm currently looking to switch my cloud-based storage service provider (I currently use Dropbox).

I've been looking at MEGA (mega.co.nz), that offers reasonable pricing and claims to be quite secure.

However, I haven't (yet) been able to find any independent analysis on its actually performance, security-wise.

What's your view on this service?

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TuxMachines: 6 of the Best Open Source Holiday Gifts for SMBs

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:46:11 AM

'Tis the season to look beyond the usual humdrum small business gear and give your favorite small business owner something new and unusual. In this roundup we'll look at a little flying and rolling camera drone, a mobile library and Webserver, a new-generation 3D printer, a clever customizable key organizer that you can print with the 3D printer, a cutting-edge programmable LED flashlight, and an Android smartwatch.

Some of these picks should be useful for your small business, and they all make superior gifts for employees and customers. Forget the Christmas hams—give cool gadgets instead.

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Reddit: BIOS OR UEFI??

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:45:09 AM

Which one do you guys use?

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TuxMachines: Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn - Quite brilliant

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:36:58 AM

Time to try another Ubuntu derivative. Xubuntu has been kind of a second league player for many years, but then it suddenly got awesome, and it grew on me like fungus only in a good way, and it's been getting better and better and slicker all the time. For real.

Trusty was truly excellent. But now we need to make sure there's no regression, the kind of like what happened with Unicorn in its official flavor. Remember, Xfce has become a beautiful and highly viable alternative to most other desktops out there. So let's commence the testing, shall we.

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TuxMachines: Linux Ruled 2014, Codenames, and Steam Linux Sales

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:33:52 AM

There were lots of interesting tidbits in today's Linux feeds. Silviu Stahie wonders if Linux's advancements in 2014 were enough to finally declare it the "year of Linux." Elsewhere, Larry Cafiero laments Fedora's decision to forgo codenames and Kevin Fenzi explains what happened to Fedora servers yesterday after release. Jack M. Germain reviews How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know and GOL explains how Steam computes Linux sales.

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TuxMachines: The truth about the thick skin of a community manager

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:32:31 AM

What drove the creation of that book was partially inspired from my experience in the Ubuntu community. There is no doubt about that. The reason why I wrote that book is because I have seen people contribute things of value to the world, and then they get frustrated because they see this negative input and feedback, and it is awful because these are good people trying to do good things and are treated like shit.

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TuxMachines: My Favorite Linux Applications and Desktops

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:27:39 AM

My main desktop remains KDE, although Cinammon, GNOME, Mate, and LXDE are also ready to run. However, my main environment remains KDE because of the work tools it provides, such as a multi-item clipboard, and the ability to group the applications I'm working with into a single tabbed window.

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TuxMachines: Is Linux Mint 17.1 really the best desktop of 2014?

Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:22:54 AM

Wow, that’s some high praise there for Linux Mint 17.1. I agree that the Linux Mint developers did a great job on it, but I’m not sure I’d call it the best available desktop today for the simple reason that no matter how good a distribution or desktop is, there are bound to be people out there who need something different. Linux Mint is a fine choice for many or even most desktop Linux users, but it’s not right for everybody.

I’m not even sure there is a “best desktop” since the whole notion is so extremely subjective. I suppose you could say that there’s a “most popular” desktop if there is a huge majority of people using it that dwarfs all other desktops. But “best” implies that it is better than everything else and, as much as I like Linux Mint, I cannot say that it’s better than every other distribution or that Cinnamon or MATE beat out every other desktop environment.

I suppose it’s the old “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” thing. If Linux Mint 17.1 meets all of your needs, and you can use Cinnamon or MATE then it may very well be the best desktop distribution for you. But there are far too many different Linux users to generalize and give it the crown of best desktop of 2014, particularly given all the other choices out there.

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LXer: Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On CentOS 7.0

Thursday 11th of December 2014 09:32:07 AM
Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On CentOS 7.0This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota and upload/download bandwidth limits with this setup. Passwords will be stored encrypted as MD5 strings in the database.

Reddit: How to stay with sysvinit in Debian Jessie

Thursday 11th of December 2014 09:20:55 AM

Reddit: Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on Haswell

Thursday 11th of December 2014 08:55:56 AM

LXer: Linux Foundation Taps CloudFoundry as 'Go-To' Cloud PaaS

Thursday 11th of December 2014 08:44:47 AM
Pivotal and the Linux Foundation have made CloudFoundry, an open source cloud computing platform-as-a-service (PaaS), into a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

LXer: Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

Thursday 11th of December 2014 07:57:27 AM
A smartphone-inspired version of Ubuntu Server for Docker minimalists has been revealed with initial backing from Microsoft. Canonical is today expected to unveil the "Snappy" version of Ubuntu Core, a stripped-down server image of just 110MB built for thousands of servers in the cloud.

Reddit: Linux Foundation Training and Certification question?

Thursday 11th of December 2014 07:15:24 AM

I work in the analytics space and I want to pick up a good foundation in Linux for work. I'm looking at the Linux Foundation and the training and certification seems to be a decent mix. From a job perspective as well, how well would a Linux Foundation Sysadmin Certification be looked upon?

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LXer: Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on Haswell

Thursday 11th of December 2014 07:10:07 AM
Aaeon’s “AEC-6638? rugged box-PC offers 4th Gen Intel Core i5 or i3 CPUs, and features three display outputs, dual GbE, and fanless -10 to 60°C operation.

LXer: How to install and run Stringer on a Fedora Linux VPS

Thursday 11th of December 2014 06:22:47 AM
The following tutorial will guide you through the details on how to install and run Stringer on a Fedora 20 Linux VPS.

LXer: Making your IT infrastructure boring with Ansible

Thursday 11th of December 2014 05:35:27 AM
Michael DeHaan is the guy who created, in his own words, "that Ansible thing." A lot of the things the system administrator do on a regular basis aren't that interesting. DeHaan wants people in these positions to be able to spend more time on doing things that are creative and interesting, and created Ansible to help with IT automation to free up administrators' time.read more

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Thursday 11th of December 2014 05:08:54 AM

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