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April 2012

Sabayon Linux – Stable if not without polish

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Linux

thelinuxexperiment.com: I have been running Sabayon Linux (Xfce) for the past couple of months and figured I would throw a post up on here describing my experience with it.

Libre Office is taking off 'like a rocket'

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LibO
Interviews

techradar.com: Michael Meeks is a long-time OpenOffice, now Libre Office, contributor and employee of Novell, now Attachmate. We caught up with him to get the inside perspective on the massive changes they, and desktop Linux as a whole, have gone through in the past few years.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Scorecard

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Ubuntu

zdnet.co.uk: Well, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting an Ubuntu 12.04 review, with pictures, videos, step-by-step instructions and everything else imaginable. So rather than write yet another, I am going to take a different approach -

Free as in awesome: our favorite open source apps for Ubuntu 12.04

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Software

arstechnica.com: In this short roundup, I’ll look at some great third-party applications that you can get from the Software Center to augment your Ubuntu installation.

Try 'Precise Tweak' to Customize Ubuntu Linux 12.04

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Software
Ubuntu

pcworld.com: Customizability has always been one of Linux's best defining features, and the newly released Ubuntu Linux 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” is no exception.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 454

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: The new Calligra office suite
  • News: Ubuntu's "Quantal Quetzal", interviews with Jane Silber, Jono Bacon and Artyom Zorin, whither Mandriva, upgrading to Fedora 17, Haiku overview
  • Questions and answers: Using native applications, a note on OpenSSH
  • Released last week: Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 201204 "Debian"

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Xfce 4.10 comes with more panel modes and new application finder

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Software

h-online.com: The developers of the Xfce desktop environment have released the newest version of their suite of applications. Xfce 4.10 was released roughly fifteen months after its stable predecessor Xfce 4.8.

Why Linux is a desktop flop

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Linux

networkworld.com: It's free, easier to use than ever, IT staffers know it and love it, and it has fewer viruses and Trojans than Windows. It's already ubiquitous on the server side. Plus, there are now alternatives to the most popular software packages out there. So, why hasn't Linux on the desktop taken off?

Is Apache overextending itself as rivals devour its core web server share?

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Software

zdnet.com: Has the Apache Software Foundation overextended itself by taking open source projects like OpenOffice and Cloudstack off the hands of proprietary giants while its famed HTTP web server continues losing ground to NGINX?

Ubuntu 12.04 Wins Me Back

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Ubuntu

datamation.com: Over the years I've found myself having a love/hate relationship with Ubuntu. But then came Ubuntu 12.04.

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today's howtos

  • Kinto – Easily Get Mac OS Like Keybinds in Ubuntu Linux | UbuntuHandbook

    For Mac users want to change keybinds in Ubuntu Linux or Windows, Kinto is an easy system-wide solution with setup wizard and system tray indicator. [...] Just click on ‘Agree’ button, follow the wizard, hit Enter, and you’re done! The system tray indicator is not enabled by default, you can enable it from the File menu.

  • Kinto – Easily Get Mac OS Like Keybinds in Ubuntu Linux | UbuntuHandbook

    In this article, we will show you how to create your own abstract graphics using the GNU Image Manipulation Program for abstract graphic design. This program was initially created for Unix-like systems such as Linux. It has also been made available for Windows and OSX users. The following steps are very simple but can yield some awesome results.

  • Vdx - An Intuitive Commandline Wrapper To FFmpeg - OSTechNix

    Vdx is an intuitive commandline wrapper to FFmpeg. Using Vdx, we can do most common audio and video encoding and transcoding operations.

  • Linux Bash Shell Special Characters

    There are a set of characters the Bash shell treats in two different ways. When you type them at the shell, they act as instructions or commands and tell the shell to perform a certain function. Think of them as single-character commands. If you want to master the Bash shell on Linux, macOS, or another UNIX-like system, special characters (like ~, *, |, and >) are critical. We’ll help you unravel these cryptic Linux command sequences and become a hero of hieroglyphics.

  • Find Ubuntu Images on Microsoft Azure [Ed: Microsoft would love to pretend that it now owns and controls its competition (and that it means "love")]
  • Deleting many files from an S3 bucket | There and back again

    So we found ourselves in the need to delete a considerable amount of files (around 500000, amounting to 1.6T) from an S3 bucket.

  • Use Docker and Alpine Linux to build lightweight containers

    When it comes to Docker, sometimes less is more -- a maxim that applies especially to the base OS images installed in each Docker image. The use of a lightweight image -- one with less than 200 MB -- can result in significant resource and cost savings when used alongside optimized applications. A lightweight image also takes less time to deploy compared to a larger one, as it boots up faster. Most OS images are lightweight, with minimal compute resource requirements. But others, such as Windows containers, are huge. Alpine Linux is a super lightweight Linux distribution that's useful for Docker containers. In this Docker and Alpine Linux tutorial, we'll build an Nginx web server that demonstrates how small a Docker container image can be.

  • Managing resources with cgroups in systemd | Opensource.com

    Cgroups manage resources per application rather than by the individual processes that make up an application.

  • Improve your database knowledge with this MariaDB and MySQL cheat sheet | Opensource.com

    When you're writing an application or configuring one for a server, eventually, you will need to store persistent information. Sometimes, a configuration file, such as an INI or YAML file will do. Other times, a custom file format designed in XML or JSON or similar is better. But sometimes you need something that can validate input, search through information quickly, make connections between related data, and generally handle your users' work adeptly. That's what a database is designed to do, and MariaDB (a fork of MySQL by some of its original developers) is a great option. I use MariaDB in this article, but the information applies equally to MySQL.

  • Creating a Linux-Windows hybrid system with Cygwin | Enable Sysadmin

    When you need a consistent scripting platform in a heterogeneous data center, Cygwin delivers.

  • Eight ways to protect SSH access on your system | Enable Sysadmin

    The Secure Shell is a critical tool in the administrator's arsenal. Here are eight ways you can better secure SSH, and some suggestions for basic SSH centralization.

Android Leftovers

Krita 4.4.1 Released

Despite an extra-long beta period during which we got awesome feedback from our community, 4.4.0 was released with several regressions, that is, bugs that weren’t present in 4.3.0. So today we’re releasing Krita 4.4.1 with the following fixes... Read more

10 Best Free and Open Source Linux Revision Control Tools

Version control systems play an essential role for developers. First up, they allow developers to safely store successive versions of source code. Besides providing a secure backup of the source code, this type of software lets developers revert back to a stable release if subsequent code changes have unforeseen consequences. Equally important, revision control tools enable team members to work simultaneously on a project’s code. If you have ever collaborated with other people on a project, you will appreciate the frustration caused by swapping files. Revision control is an excellent way to combat the problem of sharing files between developers without treading on each other’s toes. For open source projects having tens/hundreds of people working on the same code base, revision control software is essential. Read more