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new quake 2 install

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If you've had difficulty finding a good binary that still works for quake 2 try Yamagi Quake 2. Just follow the instructions there cuz they work perfectly on modern Linux systems. Yipppeee!

Some site news

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In light of the malware scare yesterday, I thought it might be prudent to make sure everything else was up-to-date on security fixes as well. In addition, I've added a new theme for registered folks to try out.

Malware Warning (resolved)

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Site News

I have been informed that my site was producing malware warnings from Google. Google web tools reported that some malicious ads were possibly being served through my OpenX ad server. OpenX has been removed and the database deleted. tuxmachines.org is completely safe as are the google ads that remain.

Linux conundrums lately

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I'd been happily using Sabayon 5.3 past several months until one unhappy update. So, I went back to my Mepis install. Then I remembered why I had to move on from it. So with Sabayon 5.4, will my KDE desktop return to a usable state?

under the weather

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You may have noticed the lack of updates to the site past few days, and along with my apologies comes the explanation that I've been very ill.

Amnesia: TDD Ready

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Linux

Although I've not seen an official announcement yet, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is ready to download - at least for pre-orders.

under the weather

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Site News

If any have been wondering why things might seem a bit slow around here lately, it's because I haven't been feeling well. Hopefully things should be getting back to normal in the next coupla days. Thanks for your patience.

All hail the easy to use!

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I've run Linux since before the turn of the century. I know Linux. I love the commandline. But after 10 years of fiddling, I've come to realize one significant thing.

Big Thank You to Contributors

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I want to formally thank all those who contributed to the Tuxmachines' fund raiser this past 24 hours. The response has been heart warming to say the least.

KDE 4.4 Mail Misunderstanding Explained & Akregator Surprize

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I've gotten quite a few responses to my quickie look at KDE 4.4 under Mandriva written for this week's Distrowatch Weekly. One of which came from Aaron J. Seigo himself. I thought I might share some of what he said since several people expressed similar concerns on the topic here in comments. I also found one really super-duper neato new feature in Akegator in 4.4 that deserves a mention.

downtime today

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Site News

Again I'm in the awkward position of having to apologize for my cable company and their failing service lately. Service went out this morning about 8:30 and didn't return until almost 4 this afternoon.

woohoo - one of mine made top 10

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Linux

One of my stories made LinuxPlanet's Top 10 Linux Planet Stories 2009. Maybe I'll get some more work there this year. Big Grin

Downtime - connectivity issues

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I guess you might have noticed we were offline today and the connection is still very spotty right now (will connect, but drops after a few seconds). There's a lineman supposed to come sometime tomorrow maybe, you know how that goes. I am sorry for the trouble and hope we'll be back up soon. Just keep trying. Don't forget about tuxmachines while we're down. Big Grin

downtime (updated)

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Site News

We've suffered two occurrences of downtime within the last 4 days due to loss of electrical service in the area.

Ubuntu users Poll

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If you are (or were) an Ubuntu user and haven't voted in our latest poll, I ask that you please consider doing so now.

new word getting sick of

google!

downtime and slow updates

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My apologizes for today's problems. The lights blinked this morning and I've been having issues since. But they seem to be resolved now.

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Humor

Feedburner is annoying!!!

I know a lot of folks use feedburner 'cause they either don't have feed software available to them or they like the way feedburner keeps track of who's subscribed and who looks at what when where... But for me their new links are pissing me off!!!

swine flu under microscope

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I was expecting a real slide of the actual virus...

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Programming: Kotlin, Python and More

  • Android’s commitment to Kotlin

    When we announced Kotlin as a supported language for Android, there was a tremendous amount of excitement among developers. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of developers using Kotlin. Today, we’re proud to say nearly 60% of the top 1,000 Android apps contain Kotlin code, with more and more Android developers introducing safer and more concise code using Kotlin. During this year’s I/O, we announced that Android development will be Kotlin-first, and we’ve stood by that commitment. This is one of the reasons why Android is the gold partner for this year’s KotlinConf.

  • Google Reaffirms Commitment To Kotlin Programming Language For Android

    Google is continuing to embrace Kotlin programming for Android, making more Android APIs accessible by Kotlin, Jetpack Compose as a UI toolkit catered to Kotlin, and Kotlin extensions for more Google libraries. Google is also working to offer more Kotlin + Android learning material, working with JetBrains on improving the Kotlin code compiler, speeding up the build time of Kotlin code, and other improvements.

  • Comparing equivalent Python statements

    While teaching one of my Python classes yesterday I noticed a conditional expression which can be written in several ways. All of these are equivalent in their behavior...

  • Serving Files with Python's SimpleHTTPServer Module

    Servers are computer software or hardware that processes requests and deliver data to a client over a network. Various types of servers exist, with the most common ones being web servers, database servers, application servers, and transaction servers. Widely used web servers such as Apache, Monkey, and Jigsaw are quite time-consuming to set up when testing out simple projects and a developer's focus is shifted from producing application logic to setting up a server. Python's SimpleHTTPServer module is a useful and straightforward tool that developers can use for a number of use-cases, with the main one being that it is a quick way to serve files from a directory. It eliminates the laborious process associated with installing and implementing the available cross-platform web servers. Note: While SimpleHTTPServer is a great way to easily serve files from a directory, it shouldn't be used in a production environment. According to the official Python docs, it "only implements basic security checks."

Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers. Now he's suing the biz

A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company's software. The civil complaint [PDF], filed on behalf of plaintiff Tayo Daramola in US District Court in San Francisco, contends that Oracle violated whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, the RICO Act, and the California Labor Code. According to the court filing, Daramola, a resident of Montreal, Canada, worked for Oracle's NetSuite division from November 30, 2016 through October 13, 2017. He served as a project manager for an Oracle cloud service known as the Cloud Campus BookStore initiative and dealt with US customers. Campus bookstores, along with ad agencies, and apparel companies are among the market segments targeted by Oracle and NetSuite. Daramola's clients are said to have included the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Texas at Austin, Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California. The problem, according to the complaint, is that Oracle was asking Daramola to sell vaporware – a charge the company denies. "Daramola gradually became aware that a large percentage of the major projects to which he was assigned were in 'escalation' status with customers because Oracle had sold his customers software products it could not deliver, and that were not functional," the complaint says. Read more

Debian Developers Take To Voting Over Init System Diversity

It's been five years already since the vote to transition to systemd in Debian over Upstart while now there is the new vote that has just commenced for judging the interest in "init system diversity" and just how much Debian developers care (or not) in supporting alternatives to systemd. Due to Debian developers having differing opinions on handling non-systemd bugs in 2019 and the interest/commitment to supporting systemd alternatives in the scope of Debian packaging and various related friction points, they've taken to a new general resolution over weighing init system diversity. Read more