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July 2012

Could this be the year of the Linux desktop?

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Linux
Gaming

extremetech.com: In the 21 years or so since its inception, Linux has gained some amazing enthusiast street cred, but failed time and again to enter the mainstream. This year, however, may afford it an opportunity it’s never had before: to gain the momentum necessary to join the big boys in the operating system world.

GNU founder Stallman calls DRM’d Steam for Linux games "unethical"

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Gaming

arstechnica.com: The prospect of the open source operating system attracting a rich ecosystem of proprietary DRM-encumbered computer games raises questions for Richard Stallman, who issued a statement outlining what he views as the positive and negative consequences of this development.

Linux Desktops Dominate at Black Hat

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Linux

internetnews.com: There are some people that don't believe the Linux Desktop is relevant. I'm not one of them and apparently neither are hordes of security professionals that were at the recent Black Hat security conference.

Debian Project News - July 29th

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Linux

debian.org: Welcome to this year's fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community.

PCLinuxOS: A surprise addition to our family computers

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PCLOS

karimlalani.blogspot: We have 5 computers in our household. My mom and my wife use Kubuntu on their computers, while my dad and I have ArchLinux/KDE. I figured it was time to give another more beginner friendly Linux distribution a try.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 467

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Book review: Ubuntu Made Easy
  • News: Debian 8.0 "Jessie", OpenBSD on Secure Boot; DragonFly BSD live options; Fedora "Rawhide" status; Oracle Linux overview, interview with Mageia's Claire Robinson
  • Questions and Answers: Changing desktop background from command line
  • Released last week:

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

Open source won

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OSS
  • Open source won
  • Free open-source software: My take on its inexorable rise
  • Linux Foundation Adds Antelink, Calxeda and Reaktor as New Members

Valve, Linux and the Windows 8 'Catastrophe'

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Linux
Gaming
  • Valve, Linux and the Windows 8 'Catastrophe'
  • Fresh eyes on Linux

Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors'

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Linux
Microsoft
  • Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors' to open source for working with Microsoft
  • Installing Linux on Windows 8 PCs: No easy answers
  • Red Hat, Canonical accused of being traitors to the open sauce cause

GNOME implodes - again

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Software
  • GNOME implodes - again
  • GNOME’s Future: Open Source Desktop Interface In Doubt?
  • Is GNOME “Staring into the abyss?”

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Review of FuryBSD 12.0

FuryBSD is the most recent addition to the DistroWatch database and provides a live desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. FuryBSD is not entirely different in its goals from NomadBSD, which we discussed recently. I wanted to take this FreeBSD-based project for a test drive and see how it compares to NomadBSD and other desktop-oriented projects in the FreeBSD family. FuryBSD supplies hybrid ISO/USB images which can be used to run a live desktop. There are two desktop editions currently, both for 64-bit (x86_64) machines: Xfce and KDE Plasma. The Xfce edition is 1.4GB in size and is the flavour I downloaded. The KDE Plasma edition is about 3.0GB in size. Booting from the live media brings up the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment. Along the bottom of the screen is a panel which holds the application menu, task switcher and system tray. Icons on the desktop open the Thunar file manager, launch the system installer, and provide quick access to a Getting Started document. There are two more icons for accessing X.Org configuration options and showing system information. The Getting Started document is a quick reference text file containing command line instructions for setting up networking and installing video drivers. The System Information icon opens the Firefox web browser and displays a locally generated page which contains general information about our computer and its resource usage. Read more

DebConf20: offer to speak in Palestine censored

On 20 December 2019, a Debian Developer posted the message below to the debian-project mailing list, offering to give the same talk at both DebConf20 in Haifa, Israel and again in Palestine. The message never appeared in the list and can't be found in the list archive for December. Alexander Wirt (formorer) has previously declared that he will censor messages about Israel due to anti-semitism. Yet the message below doesn't include anything against Israel and doesn't mention the boycott campaign. It is simply a volunteer offering to give up more of his time to help a population in Palestine who suffer from extraordinary discrimination. Is Wirt really fighting anti-semitism, or could the DebConf20 organizers simply be afraid of any discussion that may deter wealthy Israeli sponsors? Read more

Shows and Screencasts: Linux Action News, Open Source Security Podcast, GNU World Order and More

  • Linux Action News 142

    The real reason Rocket League is dropping support for Linux, Wine has a massive release, and the potential for Canonical's new Android in the cloud service. Plus, our take on the FSF's Upcycle Windows 7 campaign, and the clever Chrome OS strategy upgrade for education in 2020.

  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 180 - A Tale of Two Vulnerabilities

    Josh and Kurt talk about two recent vulnerabilities that have had very different outcomes. One was the Citrix remote code execution flaw. While the flaw is bad, the handling of the flaw was possibly worse than the flaw itself. The other was the Microsoft ECC encryption flaw. It was well handled even though it was hard to understand and it is a pretty big deal. As all these things go, fixing and disclosing vulnerabilities is hard.

  • GNU World Order 337

    The **acct** command from the Slackware **ap** software series.

  • Podcast.__init__: Simplifying Social Login For Your Web Applications

    A standard feature in most modern web applications is the ability to log in or register using accounts that you already own on other sites such as Google, Facebook, or Twitter. Building your own integrations for each service can be complex and time consuming, distracting you from the features that you and your users actually care about. Fortunately the Python social auth library makes it easy to support third party authentication with a large and growing number of services with minimal effort. In this episode Matías Aguirre discusses his motivation for creating the library, how he has designed it to allow for flexibility and ease of use, and the benefits of delegating identity and authentication to third parties rather than managing passwords yourself.

  • Solus 4.1 Budgie Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at Solus 4.1 Budgie.

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