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Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:28pm
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:27pm
Story LibreOffice 4.3.6 "Still" Is Out with 110 Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:26pm
Story Mozilla Firefox 36 Will Bring Support for HTTP/2 Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:19pm
Story Xfce 4.12 Should Be Released in One Week, at the End of February Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:15pm
Story Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Released – Detailed Review and Installation Instructions Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:11pm
Story Creating Forms for Easy LibreOffice Database Entry on Linux Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 6:03pm
Story INTERVIEW: TIM O’REILLY Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 5:56pm
Story Using play/pause buttons in Chrome with GNOME 3 Rianne Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 5:48pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 20/02/2015 - 5:19pm

Unofficial Ubuntu Store for Phones Now Available on PCs

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu for phones doesn't have an official online store for the applications accessible from the PC, but that doesn't mean someone didn't manage to put one together. It's not official, but it works very well.

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Where do we stand after 30 years after the founding of the Free Software Foundation?

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GNU
Interviews

There is a growing concern about government surveillance. At the same time, those of us who live and breathe technology do so because it provides us with a service and freedom to share our lives with others.

There is a tacit assumption that once we leave the store, the device we have in our pocket, backpack, or desk is ours. We buy a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, and we use applications and apps without even thinking about who really owns the tools and whether we truly own any of it. You purchase a device, yet you are not free to modify it or the software on it in any way. It begs the question of who really owns the device and the software?

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and defend the rights of all free software users. FSF proudly promotes the idea of free software—not "free" as in "free beer," but "free" as in "free to modify the code, share the code, and distribute it freely."

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Google's Android One debuts in PHL, priced below P5k

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Android
Google

Google Philippines, together with local phone brands Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, announced on Tuesday, February 17, that it is finally bringing the much-anticipated Android One smartphone into the country at a retail price of under P5,000.

Touted as a smartphone for the masses, the Android One is Google's attempt to establish a range of baseline features at an affordable price point.

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MakuluLinux 2.0 Cinnamon

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Reviews

I think it is easy to get excited about Makulu as the distribution offers a lot. Users are given a modern, feature rich desktop (Cinnamon), a lot of useful software, including VLC, the WPS suite, a rich settings panel and easy to use backup utility. Multimedia is well supported and the operating system (when run on a physical machine) performed well. Plus users have access to a huge supply of software in the Debian repositories. I was a little surprised at some of the choices offered. For example, offering us WPS over LibreOffice is an unusual choice for an open source operating system. It's not a bad choice necessarily, just uncommon. Likewise, the focus on gaming (providing Steam and PlayOnLinux) is an interesting choice. The theme, with its focus on rich, 3-D icons, is also strange, but a welcome breath of fresh air when compared against the stark utility of GNOME or the flat, washed out look of recent KDE releases.

I suppose what really stands out about Makulu is it is an open source operating system that does not shy away from including proprietary applications when the developers feel those are the right tools for the job. It is a philosophy that may disappoint proponents of free software, but I have to admit it seems a practical path, one which is likely to attract people transitioning from Windows to Linux.

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Elementary OS: A good looking cheap Apple lookalike

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Reviews

So after spending the not-so-bad-after all-valentine watching “romantic” movies I decided to go on a cleanse and get back in my geek groove. What better way to do this than testing a Linux Distro Beta? So I remembered how one reader once requested a review of Apple lookalike Linux distros and decided to take the latest Beta of Elementary OS nicknamed Freya which is due for release “when it is ready!”

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First Ubuntu Phone BQ Aquaris Sold Out; But Will It Challenge iOS-Android Dominance?

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Android
Ubuntu

The world’s first Ubuntu phone, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, finally went on sale last week and promptly sold out within day. The Ubuntu OS offers an alternative to iOS and Android but it has a long way to go before it can take on the two market leaders.

Ubuntu's phone itself is not that exciting; the most interesting thing about it is the software.

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Also: Ubuntu-Powered Meizu Handset Will Be Unveiled At MWC, Company’s Official Teaser Confirms

Ask LH: Can I Get A Refund Because Presto Doesn't Work On Linux?

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Dear Lifehacker, I was recently in hospital and wanted to try out some streaming services in Australia. I have a Linux laptop. I tried out Stan on the free 30-day trial but then realised it uses Silverlight so I cancelled that straight away. Then I wanted to try Presto which has no free trial.

I signed up because it was only 10 bucks and on the supported devices it lists PCs and Macs, with no qualification, but much to my dismay the service doesn’t work on Linux machines. Foxtel refuses to give me a refund. Is this false advertising, and is there any way to submit a complaint about them? Thanks, No Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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Keep A Portable Ubuntu Installation With You Wherever You Go

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Ubuntu
HowTos

There’s so much you can do with an Ubuntu installation. But what if you could take that same Ubuntu installation and make it portable so you can have it with you wherever you are?

We’ve looked at several options where you can use Linux with your USB drive, but now we’re going to take a look specifically at keeping a portable Ubuntu installation with you so that you have access to all your apps, settings, and files wherever you go.

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New Project Points to Danger of Boutique Distros

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-s

On February 6 the CrunchBang project called it quits and certain community members spoke of resurrecting the once popular Linux distribution. Well, over the weekend a new project sprang forth from the ruins to form CrunchBang++. Elsewhere, Charles Schulz says the more distros change the more some stay the same and Matt Hartley warns of the dangers of smaller "boutique" distributions.

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Task Coach 1.4.2 Released, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint To Organize Tasks

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Linux
Reviews
HowTos


task coach 1.4.2 install in linux

Do you struggle managing your tasks? Don't remember what and when to do it? Then, Task Coach is for you.Task Coach is free, cross-platform and open source to-do list manager that can manage your simple and complex tasks easily. With features like, breaking bigtasks into small ones make completing tasks much better and easier.
 

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Frugalware 2.0 (Rigel) released

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OS

The Frugalware Developer Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 2.0, our twentieth stable release.
No new features have been added since 2.0rc2. If you didn't follow the changes during the rc releases, here are the most important changes since 1.9 in no particular order:

Package updates:
Linux kernel 3.14.19
Xorg server 1.15.2
KDE 4.14.3
GNOME 3.12.2
Xfce 4.10.1
LXDE 0.99.0
LibreOffice 4.3.3.2
Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1
Chromium browser 39.0.2171.96
New features:
MATE 1.8.1

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How to Hire Open Source Talent: Focus on the Community, Says Linux Foundation

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OSS

Soaring demand for professionals with expertise in Linux and open source is great for people with the requisite skills. But it makes finding the right employees more difficult for companies. That's why the Linux Foundation recently outlined tips for attracting open source talent, which is about much more than the hiring process itself.

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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Is Now Available for Download, Chromebook Image Included

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Linux

While there’s no official announcement on the Bodhi Linux website about the 3.0.0 release at the moment of writing this article, we’ve spotted the final ISO images of the anticipated Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 release on SourceForge and decided to share them with you on this space.

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systemd 219

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GNU
Linux

Heya!

Many many improvements, in particular in the area of containers, btrfs
hookup, and networkd. Also, many bugfixes. Enjoy!

http://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/systemd-219.tar.xz

Note that this version is not available in Fedora F22/F23 yet. The
linker on ARM segfaults. Since the i386 and x86_64 versions built
fine, I decided to release 219 anyway.

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wayland 1.7.0

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Graphics/Benchmarks

The 1.7 release of Wayland is now available for download. Thanks to all
who have contributed, and especially to the desktop environments and
client applications that now converse using Wayland.

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Is Linux A Labour Of Love?

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Linux

So is Linux a labour of love? I think that there is money to be made but not in the traditional sense of just making a single product and selling it. If distributions are out to generate income then they have to be a bit creative about how they do that. Multiple revenue streams are definitely going to be important.

I think charging for a download may help to generate income in the short term but it will ultimately mean missing out on possible revenue streams later on.

The debate is much like the newspaper paywalls. Would you really pay to read a newspaper online when the BBC provide similar or sometimes better information for free? Therein lies the problem for Elementary.

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The Usability of GNOME

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GNOME

I recently spoke at GUADEC, the GNOME Users And Developers European Conference, and I opened my presentation with a reminder that GNOME is competing for mind share with other systems that are fairly easy for most people to use: Mac, iPad, Windows and Chromebook. So for GNOME to continue to be successful, it needs to be easy for everyone to use—experts and newcomers alike. And, that's where usability comes in.

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The Dangers of Boutique Linux Distros

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GNU
Linux

Every time a new boutique Linux distro rolls out into the limelight it seems the same two thoughts cross my mind. First, the distro’s developer must be excited to present their vision to potential uses and work hard to provide the best distro possible. Second, this also means that if something happens to the developer the project can instantly end in its tracks.

In this article, we’ll examine the risks of relying on a boutique Linux distro and what to do when you're forced to switch due to a distro ending its development.

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Spelling in Malawi

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GNU
LibO
Linux

The inquiry from Malawi was passed to our local expert, Esben Aaberg, who after a few hours of work got the dictionary to work. Unfortunately dictionaries can not be registered without the language been known by LibreOffice. Instead, Esben "cheated" by using a language code from another language. Of course we need the language Chichewa registered, but here and now, it works after all.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
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