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May 2011

antiX derivative still "Looking Good!"

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Linux

usalug-org.blogspot: As proof of how flexible MEPIS has been, antiX has been in existence over five years now and it has three derivatives (or "flavors") of its own.

5 Stunning Themes for Ubuntu

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Software
  • 5 Stunning Plymouth Screen Themes for Ubuntu
  • Five really unique gnome shell themes for fedora 15

FOSS community petitions Oracle to release Openoffice.org assets

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OOo

worldlabel.com: On April 15th, 2011, Oracle announced that OpenOffice.org, its free-license office suite, would become a community project. Since then, Oracle employees working on OpenOffice.org are in the process of being laid off, code contributions have stopped, and several mailing lists and their archives have ceased to be available.

Wake up, Linux hippies: No one 'morally obligated' to give back

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Linux
OSS

theregister.co.uk: For years, open-source advocates – including me – have demanded greater open-source contributions from the world's largest beneficiaries, from Google to Morgan Stanley and the US Department of Defense. Now Amazon is on the firing line for not giving back commensurate with the benefits it receives from various open-source communities, and the thinking behind the arguments are as wrong-headed as they ever were.

So, What's the Deal With MicroSkype?

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Microsoft
Software

linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Just weeks after Microsoft announced it's shelling out billions to acquire Skype, the VoIP provider drops support for the open source Asterisk telephony system. Skype insists the parting of ways was underway well before Microsoft made its move, but suspicion still fills the air.

Why you should pay for "free" software

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OSS
  • Why you should pay for "free" software
  • Getting help with open source software
  • OIN gave Salesforce.com four patents to assert against Microsoft
  • CH Parliamentarian: Schools should use open source to inspire students
  • The Open Source Road Ahead: Open Source and Parmesan Cheese

Do you know about World IPv6 Day?

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Web
  • Do you know about World IPv6 Day?
  • openSUSE and World IPv6 Day

OpenSUSE Workstations Used for Rendering Real Facial Expressions in L.A. Noire

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SUSE

ubuntuvibes.com: Here is yet another instance where Linux systems are being used for production in entertainment industry. This time Rockstar games, who gave the world Grand Theft Auto series used Linux systems (OpenSUSE/SUSE Linux) in rendering real life facial expressions to the characters in their game L.A. Noire.

Problems With The GNOME Shell

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Software

phoronix.com: Debates surrounding Linux desktop environments, especially the new Ubuntu Unity shell and the GNOME 3.0 Shell, tend to be very polarized. There also tends to be lots of trolling by users when such debates occur within our forums and elsewhere. But what do graphics driver developers -- and those not out simply to rant -- think of the new desktops?

What the heck is happening with OpenOffice? (updated)

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OOo

zdnet.com: Oracle abandoned OpenOffice, but now it seems, thanks to IBM, that it may live on with another organization.

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Recovering audio from a lost format with open source

Back in the early 2000s, we made a family decision to upgrade the living room stereo. The equipment in place at the time was based on a collection of gear that I had purchased some 20 years earlier when I first had a steady post-university income. That early collection could best be described as "industrial chic," most notably the Hafler amplifiers I had built from kits and the Polk speakers made from some kind of composite wood product and finished with an ugly faux-rosewood vinyl wrap. They produced decent sound, but the dorm-room-style decor just wasn't working out in the living room. Those of you who remember the early 2000s will recall that most of the world was still consuming music on CD. Our family was no exception, and we ended up with a fine CD player that had an interesting feature—it was able to decode regular CDs as well as high-definition-compatible digital (HDCD) discs. According to Wikipedia, HDCD is a proprietary audio encode-decode process that claims to provide increased dynamic range over that of standard Red Book audio CDs, while retaining backward compatibility with existing compact disc players. Read more

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Linus Torvalds: "I Hope AVX512 Dies A Painful Death"

Linux creator Linus Torvalds had some choice words today on Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512) found on select Intel processors. In a mailing list discussion stemming from the Phoronix article this week on the compiler instructions Intel is enabling for Alder Lake (and Sapphire Rapids), Linus Torvalds chimed in. The Alder Lake instructions being flipped on in GCC right now make no mention of AVX-512 but only AVX2 and others, likely due to Intel pursuing the subset supported by both the small and large cores in this new hybrid design being pursued. Read more Also: The Linux Team Approves New Neutral Terminology background on AVX-512