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Microsoft publishes 'incomplete' OOXML specs

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zdnet.com.au: The Word, Excel and PowerPoint file format specifications were published on Friday, together with details of an open-source Office binary-to-Office Open XML (OOXML) translator project. However, the file format specifications were criticised as being incomplete by third-party OOXML developer Stephane Rodriguez.

some howtos:

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  • The Definitive Guide to Bash Command Line History

  • All the C you need to know for GTK+
  • OOo Shortcuts to Make Life Easier
  • Howto: use audio-convert in Thunar
  • HowTo: Two-Pane GUI File Manager
  • Ubuntu: Change How Often Your System Checks for Updates
  • Convert OGG to MP4 Using VLC Media Player

Linux, How Do We Love Thee?

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linuxinsider.com: As we bid goodbye to Valentine's Day and all its associated romantic pressures for another year, it seems entirely natural to turn our thoughts to more comfortable ground and the question of why, exactly, we love Linux so much. "I could go on and on about things I love about Linux," Slashdot blogger yagu told LinuxInsider.

Linux FUD Pattern #5: Linux is not secure

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linuxfud.wordpress: There are some out there who would like for you to believe that Linux is unsafe. What better way to instill fear than to form doubt in your mind about a system’s abilities to protect your data?

Much ado about SCO

Jim Zemlin: Much has already been made of a recent investment proposal filed by private equity firm Stephen Norris Capital Partners with the court overseeing the dwindling assets of the now bankrupt SCO Group. Let me cut to the chase: this story is likely to be far less sinister than it seems.

Get started with GAWK: AWK language fundamentals

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Discover the basic concepts of the AWK text-processing and pattern-scanning language. This tutorial gets you started programming in AWK: You'll learn how AWK reads and sorts its input data, run AWK programs, manipulate data and perform complex pattern matching. When you're finished, you'll also understand GNU AWK (GAWK).

The nuts and bolts of the Linux process scheduler

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itwire.com: One distinction between the genders, allegedly, is the ability to multitask. Now, depending on who you speak to either women possess this or men do but I’m not bold enough to join that debate. What I can tell you, however, is that Linux definitely does. And, in fact, many systems may not be taking full advantage of it. Here’s why.

U.K.'s Elonex readies low-cost Linux laptop

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Hardware

c|net: PC maker and services company Elonex is to launch a $195 laptop aimed at students. The British manufacturer will unveil the "One" laptop at The Education Show, which is to be held in Birmingham from February 28 to March 1.

The next frontier for GPL Violations

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Dana Blankenhorn: There’s another type of GPL Violation, one hinted at in the group’s workshops and implied with the growth of tools like Hewlett Packard’s Fossology. This is the user violation.

gtkpod: a better alternative than iTunes

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blogs.techrepublic: I have recently been inundated with questions about using an iPod (or iPhone) with Linux. I have written about Rockbox and how to “Open Source” your iPod, but for the average user that is not a viable option. So instead I am going to introduce you to Gtkpod.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 240

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Commentary: Distributions and security updates

  • News: Fedora and alternative desktops, VectorLinux Light, Kevin Carmony on the future of CNR.com
  • Released last week: SLAX 6.0.0, Parted Magic 2.0
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5, DragonFly BSD 1.12
  • New distributions: Damn Small Solaris, NuFW.Live, Tartuga
  • Reader comments

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

Why Ubuntu Needs to Charge for (some) Software

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justuber.com: You see people just don’t trust things that are free. They have been conditioned to believe that ‘you get what you pay for’ and hence find it hard to see the value of free software. As the article rightly points out, as far as Joe Newbie is concerned both Windows and Linux are free to him, so he will have the one worth $300 thank you very much…

Linux steps up to power NZ Stock Exchange

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computerworld.co.nz: The New Zealand Stock Exchange is moving to a Linux platform for its settlement and clearing system, replacing its existing HP NonStop platform and applications in order to reduce cost and increase flexibility.

Dreamlinux 3.0 Beta 3 Testdrive

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softpedia.com: I know many of you dream of a Linux distribution that combines Mac OS X's looks with Linux's power. Now, that dream becomes reality with Dreamlinux, a distribution that has under the hood Debian components and pleases the eye of the user with Mac-ish eye candy.

The Growth of Designer Linux Distros

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raiden.net: A recent phenomenon as of late that has appeared on the Linux scene is what I like to call "designer Linux distributions." These are distributions custom tailored to a specific piece of hardware. These have existed in one form or another for years, but have only recently begun to become a problem.

What is XFCE still needing to become the #1 choice

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beranger.org: To make XFCE be #1 (in "market share", if you want to put it this way), it doesn't have to look like Vista, nor to look like OS X Leopard; it's good that it's that configurable, but it's also good that it's simple by default. What is XFCE needing to reach the Nirvana? Here's the way I see things.

Google behind Photoshop's new Linux compatibility

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apcmag.com: Google recently confirmed in a blog posting that it had paid Codeweavers to help develop WINE to make Photoshop usable on the well-regarded but still somewhat unpredictable software package, which aims to replicate Windows libraries to enable popular Windows applications run in a Linux environment.

Bradypus variegatus aka Zenwalk's Mr. Kernel

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beranger.org: The recent Linux kernel local escalation of privilege is indeed a local vulnerability, however this should by no means neglected as minor: most of the vulnerabilities found in so many packages are local vulnerabilities, yet patches are issued responsibly (i.e. in a timely manner) by all the mainstream distros who ship the respective packages.

KGRUBEditor — A GRUB Editor for KDE 4

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phorolinux.com: KGRUBEditor is a visual GRUB configuration editor for KDE 4. With KGRUBEditor, you can edit GRUB entries and alter GRUB settings. KGRUBEditor is very easy-to-use. The latest version of KGRUBEditor is 0.5b. You can get it at KDE-Apps.org web site.

Today the start of the Ubuntu Developer Week!

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daniel.holba.ch: It’s an excellent day to get started developing Ubuntu! You never attended an event like Ubuntu Open Week before? Here’s how it works:

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Essential Applications for GNU/Linux Users

So, you’ve made the switch from Windows or MacOSX to GNU/Linux, congratulations! There is a good chance that you’ve also installed a distribution like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, or perhaps Manjaro; and so you have a wide range of software already installed. However, There are a number of applications that don’t always ship by default, that I feel every user should have or at least be aware of, and some that people have by default but have not ventured to use; so I thought a list of essential applications was in order! Read more

today's leftovers

  • EV3DEV Lego Linux Updated
    The ev3dev Linux distribution got an update this month. The distribution targets the Lego EV3 which is a CPU Lego provides to drive their Mindstorm robots. The new release includes the most recent kernel and updates from Debian 8.8. It also contains tools needed for some Wi-Fi dongles and other updates.
  • Purism Librem 13 / 15 Laptops Hit GA Status
    Purism has announced their privacy-minded Coreboot-friendly Librem laptops have reached a general availability state. Purism will now be holding an inventory of their Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops for quicker shipping rather than everything being made-to-order. While this means users will no longer need to wait "months" when ordering a Librem 13/15 laptop, it still doesn't sound like it will be a very quick turnaround time. Their press release announcing the GA state says, "will now arrive in user’s hands a few weeks after purchase."
  • Linux is Running on Almost All of the Top 500 Supercomputers
    Linux is still running on more than 99% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world. Same as last year, 498 out of top 500 supercomputers run Linux while remaining 2 run Unix.
  • Alioth moving toward pagure
    Since 2003, the Debian project has been running a server called Alioth to host source code version control systems. The server will hit the end of life of the Debian LTS release (Wheezy) next year; that deadline raised some questions regarding the plans for the server over the coming years. Naturally, that led to a discussion regarding possible replacements. In response, the current Alioth maintainer, Alexander Wirt, announced a sprint to migrate to pagure, a free-software "Git-centered forge" written in Python for the Fedora project, which LWN covered last year. Alioth currently runs FusionForge, previously known as GForge, which is the free-software fork of the SourceForge code base when that service closed its source in 2001. Alioth hosts source code repositories, mainly Git and Subversion (SVN) and, like other "forge" sites, also offers forums, issue trackers, and mailing list services. While other alternatives are still being evaluated, a consensus has emerged on a migration plan from FusionForage to a more modern and minimal platform based on pagure.
  • elementary + GitHub
    We’re excited to finally say that elementary has completed our move and now lives on GitHub! We’ve migrated over 70 repositories from Launchpad and bzr. So what does that really mean?
  • Ultimate Edition 5.4
    For those who like a visually enhanced form of Linux then Ultimate Edition 5.4 is for you. The graphics are extremely nice compared to other versions of Linux I have seen. With animated cursors and having a desktop called ‘Budgie’ the Operating System (OS) is visually pleasing.
  • Google Summer of Code day 16
  • Google Summer of Code day 17
  • Running virt-controller locally
  • How to install and use Monit on Ubuntu/Debian Linux server as process supervision tool
  • AMDGPU VRAM Improvements Could Help DiRT Rally, Dying Light
    A patch series posted on Friday could help games suffering from visible video memory pressure when using the AMDGPU DRM driver. Independent developer John Brooks has posted a set of nine patches for improving the driver's performance when limited CPU-visible video memory is under pressure.
  • Understanding Xwayland - Part 1 of 2
    In this week’s article for my ongoing Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project I planned on writing about the basic idea behind the project, but I reconsidered and decided to first give an overview on how Xwayland functions on a high-level and in the next week take a look at its inner workings in detail. The reason for that is, that there is not much Xwayland documentation available right now. So these two articles are meant to fill this void in order to give interested beginners a helping hand. And in two weeks I’ll catch up on explaining the project’s idea. [...] In the second part next week we’ll have a close look at the Xwayland code to see how Xwayland fills its role as an Xserver in regards to its X based clients and at the same time acts as a Wayland client when facing the Wayland compositor.

Flirting With Red Hat and Fedora Games Spin 25

  • Q&A: Flying the open source flag
    Red Hat’s vice-president and general manager for the ASEAN region, Damien Wong, sheds light on the company’s strategy for tackling a market that is not used to paying for software
  • Coming off a strong quarter, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst talks public clouds and containers
    Coming off a quarterly earnings report that shattered expectations, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst believes his company is as well-positioned to capitalize on the shift to cloud computing as it ever has been. Red Hat is in a very interesting place in 2017, with one foot in two different eras of enterprise computing but thriving in that position instead of feeling trapped. It still makes most of its money selling Red Hat Enterprise Linux to companies running their own data centers, but it has become the de facto leader of the OpenStack cloud computing project and has interesting DevOps products in Ansible (IT automation) and OpenShift (container management). On Tuesday, the company reported a 19 percent increase in both revenue and net income to $677 million and $73 million, respectively, during its first fiscal quarter of the year. Financial analysts, who peppered Whitehurst with more than their usual share of “Great quarter!” asides during a conference call, were expecting revenue of $648 million according to Marketwatch. The company also raised revenue guidance for its full fiscal year.
  • Fedora Games Spin 25
    Fedora Games Spin can be downloaded from https://labs.fedoraproject.org/games/download/index.html. Here, you can choose from the 32- or 64-bit version of the OS. Download the version you need and save it to your hard disk.

Software: Calibre, juju, Wine, Castle Game Engine, Budgie and Latte Dock

  • Calibre 3.1 Open-Source Ebook Manager Released with Support for RAR 5.0 Archives
    Last week's major Calibre 3.0 update made a lot of noise among the ebook community with its new support for reading books in-browser on your phone or tablet, and now developer Kovid Goyal announces the first point release to the series. Calibre 3.1 is out, and among the new features is ships with, we can mention support for reading RAR and CBR files compressed using the latest RAR 5.0 archiving format, a new option in the Tag browser to control the spacing between items, and new buttons to the Edit metadata dialog to easily set and clear the "Yes/No" columns.
  • conjure-up dev summary for week 25
    We recently switched over to using a bundled LXD and with that change came a few hiccups in deployments. We've been monitoring the error reports coming in and have made several fixes to improve that journey. If you are one of the ones unable to deploy spells please give this release another go and get in touch with us if you still run into problems.
  • Wine 2.11 Adds OpenGL Support in the Android Driver, Adobe Premiere Improvements
  • Castle Game Engine 6.2 release
    We’re proud to announce the release of Castle Game Engine 6.2!
  • Budgie Desktop User? Here’s 5 Applets You Should Be Using
    Are you a Budgie desktop user wanting to add a bit more functionality to your nimble, lightweight desktop? Well you can, by adding Budgie applets. Budgie applets are like little souped-up mini-apps that live in your panel. They provide additional features and functionality in an accessible and semi-uniform manner. You likely already have a small set of icons and applets nestled in the far reaches of your Budgie panel right now, such as the simple clock applet, Wi-Fi signal status, and volume control.
  • Latte Dock Is Working On Wayland Support, New Features
    Latte Dock, the desktop dock based on KDE's Plasma Framework and Qt, is preparing for their next release at the end of August. Latte Dock 0.7 is expected to be the next major release of this dock and it's slated for availability by the end of August.
  • Latte Dock accepts donations, what is coming...
    to cheer you up a bit for the upcoming 0.7 version which is scheduled for the end of August or maybe earlier ;) based on the effort...