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Story Fedora internationalization and localization Test Week this week! AdamW 01/03/2011 - 2:21am
Story Fedora IPv6 Test Day tomorrow AdamW 08/06/2011 - 2:49am
Story Fedora 16 Alpha released AdamW 23/08/2011 - 7:31pm
Blog entry Using a Different Office adriantry 04/11/2008 - 11:51am
Blog entry Free Software: Do you get what you pay for? adriantry 04/11/2008 - 11:55am
Blog entry Expanding Your Office Suite adriantry 06/11/2008 - 10:24pm
Blog entry Try OpenOffice.org. I dare you! adriantry 09/11/2008 - 9:17pm
Blog entry Try OpenOffice.org. It's the Same But It's Different adriantry 10/11/2008 - 9:28pm
Blog entry I'm Trying OpenOffice.org. How do I learn more? adriantry 11/11/2008 - 9:29pm
Blog entry Try OpenOffice.org. Exploring the Difference. adriantry 12/11/2008 - 9:30pm

Why you should consider cloud-hosted Linux desktops

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GNU
Linux

With all the licensing troubles that can come with hosting Windows desktops in the cloud, some companies -- and vendors -- are looking to Linux operating systems instead.

VMware plans to offer a Horizon View client for Linux, and Horizon DaaS, formerly Desktone, has had a hosted Linux option for years. Citrix is planning a similar strategy for XenDesktop and XenApp with Linux Virtual Apps and Desktops. These two big-name virtualization vendors putting attention on Linux shines a spotlight on the OS.

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Elementary OS 0.3 Freya Beta 2 : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

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OS
OSS

Elementary OS 0.3 Freya Beta 2 has been released by Elementary OS Team, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and featuring with pantheon desktop environment, it comes with various User Interface improvements, UEFI/SecureBoot support, better and more discoverable multitasking, updated 3rd party apps (including Geary, Simple Scan, Document Viewer & more), Updated development libraries (including Gtk 3.14), Security and Stability improvements, tons of stylesheet and icon changes and fixes along with other interesting changes as well as almost 600 bug fixes.

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Intel Quark SoC x86 Platform Support For Linux 3.20/4.0?

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Linux

Ingo Molnar has asked Linus Torvalds to pull the x86 platform support for Intel Quark SoC systems for the Linux 3.20/4.0 kernel.

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Also: Code Merged This Week For Linux 3.20/4.0 Is Just As Exciting As Last Week

Wayland/Weston 1.7.0 Make It For Ubuntu 15.04

Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 about to become the coolest Android phone ever?

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Android

Gauging what a smartphone is going to look like before its released is sort of like solving one of those toss-up puzzles on Wheel of Fortune – the answer gets clearer the longer you wait.

And the Samsung Galaxy S6 – probably the most-hyped smartphone being made by a company besides Apple – is no exception. While its release at the upcoming Mobile World Congress may yet provide a surprise or two, it seems fairly obvious that the Galaxy S6 will be a slick, metallic powerhouse of a device.

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Locally Integrated Menus (LIM) Set As Default In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

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Ubuntu

After getting an option to always show the menus as well as global menu (Appmenu) support for Java Swing applications, yet another menu-related change has landed in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet: locally integrated menu (LIM) is now the default menu.

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Raspberry Pi, oh my: From classrooms to the space station

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Linux

Well, this is starting to look sort of like "Jamie's Mostly Raspberry Pi Stuff", but that's not intentional. There are just a lot of interesting things going on with the RPi at the moment, so that's where I seem to be spending a lot of my time right now.

The big news, of course, was the announcement and immediate availability of the Raspberry Pi 2 hardware two weeks ago. The new hardware needs updated software to really make the most of its capabilities, so there was also a new Raspbian and NOOBS release (1.3.12) made at the same time.

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Node.js fork JXcore goes open source, aims for mobile developers

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OSS

With all the noise surrounding the Io.js variant of Node.js, it's easy to forget about another Node fork that's been quietly percolating: JXcore. Last year it added multithreading (sort of) and the ability to turn Node apps into stand-alone executables -- but at the cost of JXcore being a closed source project.

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GDB 7.9 released

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Development
GNU

Release 7.9 of GDB, the GNU Debugger, is now available via anonymous
FTP. GDB is a source-level debugger for Ada, C, C++, Objective-C,
Pascal and many other languages. GDB can target (i.e., debug programs
running on) more than a dozen different processor architectures, and GDB
itself can run on most popular GNU/Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows
variants.

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Linux-based desktops work despite Windows app prevalence

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Linux

With so many devices already based on Linux -- Android devices and Chromebooks, to name a few -- it makes sense for some companies to consider virtual and cloud-hosted Linux desktops. Windows applications are a hurdle, however.

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Demand for Linux developers on the rise

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Linux

The demand for Linux developers has jumped seven percent in comparison to last year, a study has shown.

The 2014 Linux Jobs Report shows that hiring managers at tech-powered companies are focusing more attention on Linux talent, and that’s reverberating in the market, with stronger than average salary increases to those working with the OS.

Dice and The Linux Foundation surveyed both hiring managers and Linux talent to gain a 360-degree view of the thriving jobs landscape, and here’s what they found.

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It Could Be A While Before Seeing The Tamil GPU Driver Code

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Linux

While the Tamil driver is moving along for open-source ARM Mali T-Series graphics support, it could be a while before seeing the actual source code.

Luc Verhaegen presented at FOSDEM a few weeks back about his work on Tamil, the Lima driver project's work on supporting the newer ARM Mali T-Series GPUs found on various SoCs. While Luc showed off some demos and is working towards a Tamil Mesa driver, the code hasn't yet been opened up.

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Wine 1.7.37 Adds Multi-Channel Audio Support, Fixes 71 Bugs

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Software

Wine 1.7.37 has just been released today, February 20, and it brings interface change notifications, support for the UTF-7 character encoding, various graphical fixes for themed controls, support for multi-channel audio, a new implementation of Wininet on top of the Win32 sockets, as well as several bugfixes.

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Untangling the intense politics behind Node.js

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OSS

The news that broke at the Node Summit last week -- that Joyent and others are proposing to create a Node.js Foundation -- came as no surprise to anyone who has been watching the controversy around everyone's favorite server-side JavaScript platform. It’s been clear for a while that Node.js has outgrown its roots and become an important structural tool for the software industry.

Node.js's hosts at Joyent didn’t plan for this -- the code had been an employee project rather than a strategic investment. While Node.js is an important part of Joyent's operations, it’s not a key product for the company, which has certainly spent far more to host it than it has received in business value as a pioneer of container-based cloud deployment. Joyent deserves credit for acting responsibly and maintaining its commitment as steward, despite the intense interest -- and fierce political intrigue -- in which it found itself.

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Enterprise Software Giants Live In An Open Source World

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OSS

A decade ago now, I was recruited by ZDNet to launch a blog about open source software.

At the time, the concept was controversial. Proprietary giants like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) argued that open source was insecure, that the business model would not work, that it would destroy the enterprise software space, that they couldn't make money with it.

One decade on and it's clear what has happened. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android dominates the consumer space, and those who advocate proprietary models would claim it proves their point. Android OEMs don't make money, while Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), with its proprietary model, is making a fortune.

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

LibreOffice 4.3.6 "Still" Is Out with 110 Fixes

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LibO

The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice 4.3.6, which is a new maintenance version in this branch of the famous office suite.

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Mozilla Firefox 36 Will Bring Support for HTTP/2

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Moz/FF

This just got in: Mozilla Firefox 36.0 will bring support for the brand-new HTTP/2 protocol, according to the official release notes from the last Beta version of the web browser. HTTP/2 will enable a faster, more responsive, and more scalable Web.

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Xfce 4.12 Should Be Released in One Week, at the End of February

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GNU
Linux

After several emails between Xfce developers and numerous delays, it appears that the highly anticipated Xfce 4.12 desktop environment will finally be released at the end of February 2015, in the last weekend, most probably on March 1, if nothing goes wrong.

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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Released – Detailed Review and Installation Instructions

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Linux
Reviews

Bodhi GNU/Linux is a Ubuntu-based distribution designed especially for Desktop computing and is best known for its elegant and lightweight nature. The Distribution philosophy is to provide a minimal base system that can be populated with the applications as per user’s choice. The base System only include those applications which are essentially required viz., ‘Etecad‘ File Manager, ‘Midori‘ web browser, ‘Terminology‘ terminal emulator, ePhoto and ePad. Apt or AppCenter can be used to download and install lightweight applications in one go.

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