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GNOME usability hackfest

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Software

Mark Shuttleworth: The GNOME user experience hackfest in Boston was a great way to spend the worst week in Wall St history!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 43

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SUSE

Issue #43 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue: openSUSE Build Service Webclient Survey Started, Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 Now Available, and People of openSUSE: Henne Vogelsang.

today's leftovers

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  • It’s official - my wife likes Ubuntu, too

  • Ohio Linuxfest 2008
  • A $15 USB 802.11g WiFi Adapter For Linux
  • OSS Gaming: Ready for the Big Leagues?
  • Minimal Firefox
  • Paludis is about Choices
  • At Mozilla, blowing the lid off security practices
  • Some open source FUD is too lame to deserve a response
  • 3 Ways to Find Pages Fast with Firefox 3
  • Unix - What Is It? More Linux/Unix Humor
  • Firefox Themes: The Contention Between Visual Hierarchy and Toolbar Customization
  • Gmail gets cute with animated emoticons
  • Dell first TV ad all about Linux
  • Mandriva 2009 InstallFest, and what I’ve been doing lately
  • Open source looks to catch the falling knife
  • Mandriva 2009
  • Netbooks: Interview with Jon Ramvi of the Ubuntu Eee Project

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to Configure WiFi and Webcam in a Dell Inspiron 1525 for Hardy

  • Bash For Loop Examples
  • Check your disks' health with GSmartControl
  • KDE 4: Hiding of Task Bar is now Part of openSUSE 11.1
  • Debian Upgrade: GNU/Linux 4.0 Update 5 Available
  • Command not found - openSUSE 11.1 preview
  • Applied regular expressions in PHP: Provisioning the Linksys PAP2T
  • Troubleshooting Ubuntu Post-Installation Configuration Problems
  • Linux Tips: force fsck run during the next reboot
  • Update passwords in batch mode Using chpasswd

Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB

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Hardware

phoronix.com: The graphics cards introduced up to this point though haven't exactly been cheap, but ATI has now introduced their low-end graphics cards for the Radeon HD 4000 series. With Sapphire being a key ATI partner, they have of course introduced news models accordingly. What we have our hands on today is the Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which is a PCI Express graphics card that retails for a mere $50~60 USD.

5 Wallpaper Changer Apps For Linux

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Software

makeuseof.com: In Linux, setting an image as the desktop wallpaper is not a difficult task, but getting it to change automatically at a certain interval is. Here are 5 wallpaper changers that you can use in your Linux machine.

Linux incognito part two: Windows XP

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Linux

itwire.com: For an awful lot of people their first encounter with a computer will invariably be Microsoft Windows. This straight away creates a barrier against considering alternate operating systems because they look different to what the user has been accustomed to. Here's how to paint a Windows facade over Linux and remove that obstacle.

Everything is (and should be) a file

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Linux

oneandoneis2.org: I installed Linux on somebody's laptop recently. I installed Ubuntu, in fact. And I was going to give a quick explanation of some of the differences. I was going to start with the "everything is a file that forms part of the one, single filesystem" thing. Then I stopped.

Linux PC auction benefits charity

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Hardware

desktoplinux.com: Want to combine your love for robots and strange mini-ITX systems with your interest in furthering educational opportunities for U.S. schoolchildren? You, too, can bid on this strange, one-of-a-kind Linux system available only through a charity auction on eBay.

Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate Screenshot Tour

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Ubuntu

news.softpedia: The release candidate version of the upcoming Ubuntu 8.10 (codename Intrepid Ibex), which is scheduled for launch in late October this year, arrived a few hours ago and, as usual, we intend to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 8.10 development.

5 Gmail Notifiers For Linux

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Software

helpforlinux.blogspot: Gmail is undoubtedly the best web-based email around. Unfortunately Google doesn't have any Gmail notifier for Linux. However thanks to the open-source world there are many alternatives out to choose from.

Hands-on experience: Linux on the PS3

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news.cnet: The PS3 makes for a reasonably good desktop when not performing tasks that require a lot of memory, such as word processing, instant messaging, or viewing browser-based video. Unfortunately, because of the lack of available memory, hi-def video playback is near impossible to watch, and even a standard-res video (from the hard drive) will occasionally skip.

Kernel Log: New Atheros WLAN drivers and stable kernels, radeon vs. radeonhd

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heise-online.co.uk: Linux Wi-Fi specialist and developer Luis R. Rodriguez, who has worked for Atheros for several months now, has announced the release of the Otus driver under the ISC open source licence.

NVIDIA Delivers Beta OpenGL 3.0 Linux Driver

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phoronix.com: The OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 specification were released back in August during SIGGRAPH 2008. Just days later NVIDIA had delivered a beta driver for Windows that added OpenGL 3.0 functionality, but Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris users were left in the dark. Two months later though NVIDIA has now published a beta Linux driver that implements most of the latest GL/GLSL specification.

On the Linux laptop the distro is key

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Linux

blogs.zdnet: Last time I wrote about the second Linux laptop to come here for review, the Asus EeePC 1000, I talked about my frustration installing Open Office and promised to keep trying. I’ve given up.

Boycott Novell: Champion of freedom or den of paranoia?

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Linux
Web

linux.com: Few sites about free software attract more controversy than Boycott Novell. Founded in 2006 in response to the first Microsoft-Novell deal, as its name suggests, the site has evolved more recently into a site for commentary and investigation of any subject that might be a threat to free software.

the next battle lines

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OS

Aaron Aseigo: Microsoft recently conceded the Vista struggle and is now refocusing it's market on the yet-to-materialize Windows 7. Sure, Vista is slow and piggish and has some rather cute ideas of what "bling" means. People now see both Linux and Mac as viable options and no longer feel beholden to trudge along besides Microsoft and their pace.

Real life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

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Hardware

blogs.computerworld: For years, the mom-in-law had resisted getting a computer of her own. She just doesn't like technology. Everyone knows the old joke about people who are so slow when it comes to using technology that they never managed to set their VCR's clocks. She can't use a DVD player.

Ubuntu's Live USB Disk Creator

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phoronix.com: Ubuntu 8.10 is shipping next week with a horde of updated packages including the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X.Org 7.4, Pidgin 2.5, GIMP 2.6, and many other packages that have experienced significant milestones since the April release of Ubuntu 8.04. On top of these updated packages from the community, Canonical has been working on a few desktop Linux innovations of their own. For instance, arriving late into the Intrepid Ibex release cycle is a USB start-up disk creator.

Three Linux Distros To Watch and Use

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Linux

daniweb.com: There are three Linux distributions that didn't make it into my top 10 list of best Linux distributions but they are ones to watch. These three distributions are all aimed at the Desktop, are simple to install and use, and they're free.

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.