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LXer: NotepadConf

Sunday 31st of August 2014 02:06:01 PM
NotepadConf: the textiest conference you'll attend! See the latest technological advancements in plaintext editing. Meet the luminaries of the market and some sneak peaks at what's coming next!

TuxMachines: Why I Hate Non-Free Software

Sunday 31st of August 2014 01:06:16 PM

I know why authours of software include such restrictions, to make sure they get paid per whatever. On the other hand, we should not have to enslave ourselves and our families in order to use a smooth, convenient application on our PCs. That’s like selling our children or self-flagellation before having any fun at all to nullify evil. It’s just evil to accept such restrictions. The licence began with “PLEASE READ THIS LICENCE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SOFTWARE. IF YOU USE THIS SOFTWARE THEN YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS LICENCE AGREEMENT.” Sweet, eh? I did not agree and purged the .deb from my system. I am not a slave. I do not agree to be bound in slavery to the authours of software. To add insult to injury, the authours presume to enslave us while we perform them the free service of testing their beta-software.

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Reddit: Looking for decent diary/log app with encryption

Sunday 31st of August 2014 12:48:20 PM

Hi, folks!

I decided to create a personal diary on my machine. I want a decent level of privacy, so here are requirements: only local entries (possible synchronization with owncloud would be nice though), encryption without storing any data in plain-text, ease of moving data (not use MySQL for stroring entries, for example). Integrated calendar would be useful.

apt-cache search give my just almanah and lifeograph.

Any suggestions?

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Reddit: Productivity (or anti-procrastination) tips in linux?

Sunday 31st of August 2014 12:48:16 PM

On my main computer I dual-boot #! linux and Windows. I spend most of my day working in linux, and in the evenings switch to Windows (mainly because I'm just using it for Skype, Spotify, Netflix, Steam games, and other things that work on linux but are just less hassle on Windows. I also have Office on there which I almost never use but has been useful when other people need to borrow my laptop).

I am a bit of a chronic procrastinator and have been thinking of ways to be more productive. One common recommendation that I have found useful is to work in an environment conducive to work — and particularly one where you just work, you don't do anything else.

I'm starting to think I might make it so that I only use linux for work and not fun/procrastination stuff, so when I boot into linux I am less tempted (or less able) to slack off. So my ideas are so far:

  • Keep it feeling 'different' from Windows (I use a tiling window manager and spend most of my time in the terminal, so it already feels different enough)

  • Block reddit/twitter/facebook in Firefox.

  • ... that's all I've come up with. Set my background to something that encourages me to work?

Any other ideas for making linux feel like a work-only zone?

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Reddit: Raspberry Pi and Arch Linux ARM

Sunday 31st of August 2014 12:44:37 PM

Hello, I've decided I'd like to purchase a Rapberry Pi Starter Kit (for instance, something along these lines) to play around with Linux and get a stronger feel for its capabilities.

I know a fair amount about the OS from my Computer Science degree, but I would really like to get to grips with it. I've decided that I'd like to install Arch Linux ARM, so that I can build with the distribution and get more acquainted with Linux fundamentals. I'll use it for writing snippets of code, etc in order to keep my problem solving skills up, but more as a worthwhile hobby as I've recently just graduated and in the tedious process of job hunting.

Can any budding Linux individuals give me some advice or tips with Arch Linux installation on the Raspberry Pi, and any immediately obvious concepts I should know beforehand?

Thanks all! :)

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LXer: How to improve the performance of your website with APC and memcached

Sunday 31st of August 2014 12:11:39 PM
Today we will show you how to improve the performance of your website with APC and memcached.APC stands for Alternative PHP Cache and it is an open source solution if you like to speed-up your website.

LXer: CentOS 7 Installation Steps with Screenshots

Sunday 31st of August 2014 10:17:17 AM
After the release of Redhat enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) , CentOS community has released its Latest Operating System named as CentOS 7.

LXer: Setup QCOW2 standard CentOS 7 cloud image to work with 2 VLANs on IceHouse ML2&OVS&GRE System

Sunday 31st of August 2014 08:22:55 AM
Notice, that same schema would work for any F20 or Ubuntu QCOW2 cloud images via qemu-nbd mount and increasing number of NICs interface files up to 2,3,... Approach suggested down here is universal. Any cinder volume been built up on updated glance image ( 2 NICs ready ) would be 2 NICs ready as well

TuxMachines: 10 tips for easier collaboration between office suites

Sunday 31st of August 2014 07:30:13 AM

Yes, you are likely using the Microsoft formats for your documents. However, they don't always follow OpenDocument Format (ODF) standards. Instead of opting for the proprietary Microsoft formats, switch over to one that's welcomed by nearly all office suites: ODF. You'll find a much more seamless collaboration process and fewer gotchas when moving between office suites. The only platform that can have a bit of trouble with this format is Android. The one Android office suite that works well with ODF is OfficeSuite 7 Pro.

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TuxMachines: Outsourcing your webapp maintenance to Debian

Sunday 31st of August 2014 07:07:38 AM

It turns out that I'm not the only one who thought about this approach, which has been named "debops". The same day that my talk was announced on the DebConf website, someone emailed me saying that he had instituted the exact same rules at his company, which operates a large Django-based web application in the US and Russia. It was pretty impressive to read about a real business coming to the same conclusions and using the same approach (i.e. system libraries, deployment packages) as Libravatar.

Regardless of this though, I think there is a class of applications that are particularly well-suited for the approach we've just described. If a web application is not your full-time job and you want to minimize the amount of work required to keep it running, then it's a good investment to restrict your options and leverage the work of the Debian community to simplify your maintenance burden.

The second criterion I would look at is framework maturity. Given the 2-3 year release cycle of stable distributions, this approach is more likely to work with a mature framework like Django. After all, you probably wouldn't compile Apache from source, but until recently building Node.js from source was the preferred option as it was changing so quickly.

While it goes against conventional wisdom, relying on system libraries is a sustainable approach you should at least consider in your next project. After all, there is a real cost in bundling and keeping up with external dependencies.

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Reddit: Going to run Android through VirtualBox on my Fedora box... any security concerns I should be aware of?

Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:53:56 AM


I'm doing a bit of part time web/app development work whilst semi-part time employed, so I was thinking of doing some work with virtual box by running android and testing my own apps. Just out of interest, are there any concerns security wise I should keep in mind? Thanks.

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TuxMachines: How Intel HD Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers With Steam On Linux

Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:47:39 AM

As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.

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LXer: Splitting a File Elegantly

Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:28:33 AM
In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command.

Reddit: Is there an automatised YouTube Offline Sync solution?

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:58:08 AM

Hi there,

Many users use YouTube as one of their primary sources for music content. and structure their content with playlists. I was wondering if there exists a software solution to automatically synchronise the YouTube content of your entire account - playlists, favourite videos, etc. - with a local folder for offline access of the former.

I am aware of tools such as youtube-dl that allow you to download playlists. Yet I am looking for a fully automatised solution with a simplified user interface.

At best you would only have to type $ youtube-offline-sync <youtube_account_name> <local_folder_name> for the software to sync your entire YouTube content.

What do you think about such an idea? Are you aware of any application that comes close to what I am describing here?

Thanks for sharing your comments!

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Phoronix: How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:30:00 AM
As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.

Reddit: Microsoft Bugs

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:01:37 AM

LXer: The state of Android updates: Who’s fast, who’s slow, and why

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:34:11 AM
Android 4.4, KitKat was released on October 31, 2013, or at least, that's what you can say about one device: the Nexus 5. For the rest of the ecosystem, the date you got KitKat—if you got KitKat—varied wildly depending on your device, OEM, and carrier.

Phoronix: AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:11:42 AM
Besides Coreboot for the Lenovo X220, other exciting code advancements this weekend for this project to replace proprietary systems' UEFI/BIOS is support for AMD's Steppe Eagle SoC...

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