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Story OpenSuSE 11.2 KDE: Actually quite nice srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:48pm
Story A review of GNOME Do srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:49pm
Story Latest OpenShot Release Gains Enhancements srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:51pm
Story Finally: rebranding KDE srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:53pm
Story Repositioning the KDE Brand srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 9:56pm
Story Open source revolution in the public sector srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 10:13pm
Story Microsoft: ”Do it our way, or not at all”? srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 10:15pm
Story 9 Hilarious Websites To Visit When You Need To Kill Time srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 10:18pm
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 25/11/2009 - 5:58am
Story Inkscape 0.47 Released With a Batch of Cool Improvements srlinuxx 25/11/2009 - 12:22pm

GNewSense, the Present and the Future

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Linux

earthweb.com: You would think that a GNU/Linux distribution dedicated to shipping only free software would be uncontroversial. After all, isn't free software what GNU/Linux is all about? Yet, when the latest version of GNewSense was announced recently, Slashdot readers were divided in their reactions.

New Development with Reiser

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Reiser

scienceblogs.com: Hans Reiser developed a file system a while back, for LInux computers (but in theory useful for other systems as well) which is probably the best file system out there. Hans Reiser has just recently been convicted of murdering his wife. I have two related proposals.

Quake 3: A True Classic That Never Dies

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Gaming

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: I started to play Quake 3 soon after its source code was licensed under the GPL. I must admit, I didn't play it from the beginning, and I'm at best a good player, but I always enjoyed playing online some classic mode.

Linux Vocabulary for the New Linux User

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Linux

foogazi.com: If you’re just starting out with using Linux then chances are you’ve probably seen or heard a few Linux terms that you don’t recognize. It’s typical that when you ask, or search, for help on the Internet for Linux, you’ll see some of the following terms.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 256

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Report: Computex 2008 - Linux ultra-portables galore

  • News: Debian "Lenny" freeze, Mandriva Cooker news, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, FreeBSD EoL notice, openSUSE package repositories, CentOS search resources, Gentoo release delays, interview with Red Hat CEO
  • Released last week: Damn Small Linux 4.4, Linux Mint 5, Zenwalk Linux 5.2
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1
  • Site news: Annual package database update
  • New distributions: PING, ZevenOS
  • Reader comments

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

Vienna failed to migrate to GNU/Linux: why?

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Several governments and councils reported multi-year migration plans to GNU/Linux. Free software activists praised each one of them in their blogs and commentaries. However, a few months or years on, some of those plans crumbled. Vienna is one of them. A question here begs to be answered: why did it happen?

Translate words with EuroOffice Dictionary extension

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Software

linux.com: Need a multilingual dictionary tool that allows you to quickly translate words and expressions without leaving the convenience of OpenOffice.org? Drop in the EuroOffice.org Dictionary (EOD) extension.

few early morning howtos:

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HowTos
  • Filesystem & file organization in Linux

  • Accessing Remember the Milk from your Ubuntu Desktop
  • Finding The Number Of Open File Descriptors Per Process On Linux And Unix

Getting To Grips With Netpkg In Zenwalk 5.2

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: All the usual review issues - the installer, the artwork, the applications, the hardware detection, yada, yada, yada – are all fine and dandy in Zenwalk 5.2. Really, they are – there's not a bad thing to be said about any of it. So, what am I going to write about? Netpkg.

Music players: so much choice, but…

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Software

celettu.wordpress: Music players in Linux are a dime a dozen. Even if you don’t count the media players like VLC and mplayer, there are still enough that will manage and play your music collection. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all at this point…and I still haven’t found one I’m perfectly satisfied with.

Netbooks pre-loaded with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

markshuttleworth.com: The Canonical OEM team has been approached by a number of OEM’s who want to sell netbooks (small, low-cost laptops with an emphasis on the web) based on Ubuntu. Almost universally, they’ve asked for standard Ubuntu packages and updates, with an app launcher that’s more suited to new users and has the feeling of a “device” more than a PC.

The impact of the Eee PC

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Hardware

itpro.co.uk: Had most people in IT even heard of Asus' Eee PC a year ago? Probably not. Yet its impact has been nothing short of remarkable...

Linux captures the 'green' flag, beats Windows 2008 power-saving measures

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Linux

networkworld.com: Independent tests show that Red Hat Linux pulls as much as 12% less power than Windows 2008 on identical hardware

Rock star Linux: remixed, unplugged and live

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Linux

itwire.com: Ubuntu is on the verge of enhancing its already good name as the most end-user friendly Linux distribution by coming out with its own mobile-optimised release, Ubuntu Netbook Remix. We're on the tip of a revolution and here's why.

Michael Chen: India Third-Largest Contributor To Fedora Community

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Linux
Interviews

efytimes.com: Michael Chen, director, Red Hat was recently on a visit to India. In an interview with Swapnil Bhartiya, assistant editor, EFYtimes.com, Chen elucidated upon various issues ranging from the awareness about Linux and open source to India's strengths and the challenges the country is facing in the open source world. Here are some excerpts from the lively exchange.

Linux kernel compile secrets. Part 3

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Linux
HowTos

blogs.ittoolbox.com: In the previous episode of Linux kernel compile secrets. Part 2. I went through various methods on collecting the hardware data necessary for configuring your kernel. Now comes the head scratching, brow furrowing and hair pulling time of deciding which options to choose. Now while I cannot go through every single choice in detail. I intend to highlight the important ones that can make or break your kernel.

Openoffice.org mailing labels solution

My daughter is getting married this Summer, and she purchased some weird Avery return address labels for invitees to RSVP whether they plan to attend. The labels have an Avery number of 18195. I have no MS-Windows workstations at home, and I couldn't find an Openoffice.org Writer template for this particular label stock. What to do?

today's leftovers

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News
  • How Ultra-portable Laptops will help Linux

  • Linux Training
  • Gates Says Linux Best OS Ever
  • Mark Shuttleworth buys MicroSoft codecs for Ubuntu
  • The best Ubuntu-Look I cud find - Ubuntu Studio Look
  • So much for "community" in the Linux community
  • There is only one Linux!!!

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Cracking ubuntu 8.04 to work with nVidia 8200 chipset motherboard

  • HowTo recompile Debian packages
  • Creating a bootable USB from an iso
  • Share files between 2 ubuntu computers
  • KVM and Virt-Manager On Ubuntu 8.04
  • Vim Tip: Save file with root permissions

Slackware 12.1 - The Newest Version of the Oldest Surviving Linux Distribution

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Slack

news.oreilly.com: Last month I wrote in my Entropy (personal) blog about the failures of two of my computer systems. I ended up wiping the hard drive. I chose to install two Linux distributions in a dual boot configuration and decided to take a good long look at the oldest surviving Linux distribution and one of the first ones I worked with: Slackware. A new release, 12.1, came out early in May so this seemed like the perfect time to take a look at the venerable distro.

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Linux Foundation: OpenContrail, SDNs, ONAP

  • Juniper Flips OpenContrail To The Linux Foundation
    It’s a familiar story arc for open source efforts started by vendors or vendor-led industry consortiums. The initiatives are launched and expanded, but eventually they find their way into independent open source organizations such as the Linux Foundation, where vendor control is lessened, communities are able to grow, and similar projects can cross-pollinate in hopes of driving greater standardization in the industry and adoption within enterprises.
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    Canadian telecommunications company Bell announced it has become the first company to launch an open source version of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) in production. The announcement was noted by Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at the Linux Foundation, in a company blog post. According to Joshipura, the news marks a first step toward using ONAP as a common platform across Bell’s network as the company re-aligns itself to follow a multi-partner DevOps model.

OSS/Sharing Leftovers

  • Chrome 64 Beta: stronger pop-up blocker, Resize Observer, and import.meta
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    Ahead of the holidays Google has pushed out the Chrome 64 beta to all supported platforms.
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  • Open source science: Scientists researching rice plant genetics agree to not file for patents
    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support, awarded a $1 million Seeding Solutions grant to University of California, Davis (UC Davis) to study the genetics of rice plants. Together with researchers at the University of North Carolina and collaborators, the team will develop and implement a chemistry-driven gene discovery approach to identify genes that modulate root traits.
  • Lytro could open source their light-field photo sharing platform
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    Lytro is reportedly considering an open source solution after announcing it would no longer support its sharing platform for Lytro cameras’ ‘living images.’
  • When Waze Won't Help, Palestinians Make Their Own Maps
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    A common problem in component frameworks, class libraries, foundation services, and other infrastructure code is that many are designed to be general purpose without reference to concrete applications. This leads to a dizzying array of options and possibilities that are often unused or misused — or just not useful. Generally, developers work on specific systems; specifically, the quest for unbounded generality rarely serves them well (if at all). The best route to generality is through understanding known, specific examples, focusing on their essence to find an essential common solution. Simplicity through experience rather than generality through guesswork.
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Games: SteamOS Birthday, Best Linux Games of 2017, Finding Paradise

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OSS: Blockchain, Avast, Predictions, GreenKey

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