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Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Culture Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 6:17pm
Story GitHub Reveals Most Popular Programming Languages Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 6:11pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 6:02pm
Story Libreoffice 5 review Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 5:50pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 5:47pm
Story Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela - Tight as a tiger Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 5:28pm
Story Linux Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 5:22pm
Story The Strangest, Most Unique Linux Distros Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 5:18pm
Story Weird Names, New Filesystem, and Strange Distros Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 5:10pm
Story Ubuntu Touch's Clock App Gets a Major Revamp with Custom Alarm Sounds, Stopwatch Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2015 - 11:23am

Enlightenment. Is There Life After Bodhi?

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Linux

The Bodhi website made the announcement about the intended move to Moksha in April of this year so in fact this news isn't exactly new either.

Without Bodhi, Enlightenment isn't really used by many other Linux distributions. Most of the major distributions have Enlightenment available for installation but how many people install a new desktop environment over the one that is installed by default?

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Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user

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Android
Security

Do your hats tend to fall into the tinfoil range? Are you afraid there is always somebody watching you? If so, rest assured that the Android ecosystem offers plenty of apps to soothe your paranoia. But which apps are the must-haves? Here are five apps you should immediately install and put to work. They'll bring you peace in the knowledge that your mobile data is far more secure than those around you.

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HP Probook 455 G2 Ubuntu review

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Reviews
Ubuntu

The HP Probook 455 G2 with Ubuntu is very affordable, but even without the expense of Windows it feels a little cheap and lacks polish in various places from the hardware to Ubuntu itself. It’s by no means bad, but unless you specifically need Linux then a good Chromebook would be a better value and better designed Windows alternative – as long as you’re happy to work exclusively in the cloud.

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Which Open Source Linux Distributions Would Presidential Hopefuls Run?

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Linux

If people running for president used Linux or another open source operating system, which distribution would it be? That's a key question that the rest of the press—distracted by issues of questionable relevance such as "policy platforms" and whether it's appropriate to add an exclamation point to one's Christian name—has been ignoring. But the ignorance ends here: Read on for this sometime-journalist's take on presidential elections and Linux distributions.

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An Open Letter to Apache Foundation and Apache OpenOffice team

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OSS

So I realize that the Apache Foundation took a lot of pride in and has invested a lot of effort trying to create an Apache Licensed Office suite based on the old OpenOffice codebase, but I hope that now that it is clear that this effort has failed that you would be willing to re-direct people who go to the openoffice.org website to the LibreOffice website instead. Letting users believe that OpenOffice is still alive and evolving is only damaging the general reputation of open source Office software among non-technical users and thus I truly believe that it would be in everyones interest to help the remaining OpenOffice users over to LibreOffice.

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Open Source First Starting to Converge with Cloud First

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OSS
Security

Of course, PostgeSQL is only one instance where open source and the cloud are starting to converge. The same argument could also be applied to everything from Node.js to Docker containers. The point is that as the critical mass of open source software in the cloud continues to build, it’s only a matter of time before that same software starts showing up on premise in much greater numbers than it already has.

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Keen IO open-sources its Data Explorer tool for making quick queries

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OSS

Keen IO, a startup with a cloud-based data analytics tool, is announcing today that it’s releasing one of its tools for customers, the Data Explorer, under an open-source license.

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London.gov.uk beta site demonstrates growing “Open Source mentality” among public sector organisations

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OSS
Drupal

The beta version of London.gov.uk, the website serving the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly (GLA), signals a “growing Open Source mentality” within government organisations, according to the site’s developers.

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Best Lightweight Linux Distros

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Linux

You might wonder why you should care about lightweight Linux distributions in the era of multicore processors and inexpensive RAM. Basically, there are three points that make lightweight distros important: 1) They can revive old hardware, bringing new life into it; 2) They can power modern, but low-power systems such as Raspberry Pi; and 3) They can run on the most powerful modern hardware, reserving resources for users instead of consuming them themselves.

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Debian GNU/Linux Birthday : A 22 Years of Journey and Still Counting…

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GNU
Linux
Debian

On 16th August 2015, the Debian project has celebrated its 22nd anniversary, making it one of the oldest popular distribution in open source world. Debian project was conceived and founded in the year 1993 by Ian Murdock. By that time Slackware had already made a remarkable presence as one of the earliest Linux Distribution.

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KDE Plasma 5--No separate wallpaper or widgets for each virtual desktop!

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KDE

I've been sticking with KDE4, but I decided to install a distro with the new KDE and Plasma 5 on a spare machine. Imagine my shock, when I set-up two virtual desktops under Plasma 5 and I could only have the same wallpaper for both!

Not only that, but each virtual desktop must display exactly the same widgets.

Mozilla defaults Tracking Protection for Firefox developer builds, but only for private browsing

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Moz/FF
Security

Pre-beta versions of Firefox will block domains known to track users by default when a private browser window is opened.

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IncrediBuild 7 brings Windows code compiler accelerator to Linux and Android

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Android
Linux

The company has now announced that it is bringing the tech, which can decrease compilation time by a factor of 30 in some cases, to Linux and Android development.

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Getting acquainted with Linux: a primer on dipping into the ‘Free’ software world

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Linux
OSS

So what is Linux all about and where did it come from? Linux is a term broadly used to refer to the collection of operating systems belonging to the GNU/Linux distributions (see box on the history of GNU/Linux.) A distribution is basically an operating system that is based on a variation of the GNU/Linux core.

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8 accessible Linux distributions to try

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Linux
HowTos

One of the most common questions I'm asked by a disabled prospective Linux user is, "There are so many different Linux distributions. Which one is for me? Which one is most accessible?"

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IBM LinuxOne

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Server

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Enters Feature Freeze

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Ubuntu

The development cycle for the upcoming OTA update for Ubuntu Touch is coming to a close and developers are preparing to enter the final freeze stage.

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Debian 9.0 "Stretch" Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.1

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Debian

The Debian team has decided to upgrade the Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 2 and the project is now using Linux kernel 4.1, an upgrade from the previous 4.0 branch.

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How an open-minded sysadmin got me hooked on Linux

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Linux

By the time I met my wife and eventually moved to the US, I had been an ardent Linux user for nearly 10 years. I finally made the switch away from proprietary software, and now I only use Linux as my operating system of choice. Over the course of 21 years, I have gone from an old 486 running Slackware to Fedora on my laptop and Debian on my desktops at home. I am very fortunate that I now make a living writing software on an operating system with which I have so much fun. And, that I work with great people who are equally passionate about open source.

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Android M's name is Marshmallow, and it's version 6.0

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Android

Google has revealed what the M in Android M stands for: Marshmallow. The Android 6.0 update, set for release this fall, was first previewed at the company's I/O conference in late May. But as it's done before, Google held off on announcing the full name to build anticipation around the software. It's safe to say the company went with the obvious choice. Sorry, M&M's fans. And if you've ever wondered how those Android statues on Google's campus are made, this video offers a behind-the-scenes peek.

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