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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Security: Uber, Replacing x86 Firmware, 'IoT' and Chromebook

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    A key Democrat is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a massive Uber breach that released data on 57 million people, as well as the company's delay in reporting the cyber incident.

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Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Debuts with New Theme Engine and ZFS Integrations

Lumina 1.4.0 is a major release that introduces several new core components, such as the Lumina Theme Engine to provide enhanced theming capabilities for the desktop environment and apps written in the Qt 5 application framework. The Lumina Theme Engine comes with a configuration utility and makes the previous desktop theme system obsolete, though it's possible to migrate your current settings to the new engine. "The backend of this engine is a standardized theme plugin for the Qt5 toolkit, so that all Qt5 applications will now present a unified appearance (if the application does not enforce a specific appearance/theme of it’s own)," said the developer in today's announcement. "Users of the Lumina desktop will automatically have this plugin enabled: no special action is required." Read more

today's leftovers

  • qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client
    qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements. qBittorrent 4.0 is the first release of the application to drop OS/2 support, as well as support for the old Qt 4 framework as Qt 5.5.1 or later is now required to run it on all supported platforms. It also brings a new logo and a new SVG-based icon theme can be easily scaled. Lots of other cosmetic changes are present in this release, and the WebGUI received multiple enhancements.
  • FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape
    Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.10075 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
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