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Story “Open Network Linux” could boost viability of vendor-neutral switches Roy Schestowitz 04/04/2014 - 6:38am
Story Linus Bans RH Hacker, Calligra 2.8 Sweeet, and SUSE 12 Roy Schestowitz 04/04/2014 - 6:29am
Story Microsoft Copies Canonical's Convergence Idea, Cripples It Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 11:23pm
Story New Ubuntu Touch App Switcher Looks Awesome Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 11:18pm
Story [rust-dev] Rust 0.10 Released Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 11:13pm
Story Fedora 21 to Feature KDE Frameworks 5 and MATE 1.8 Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 11:06pm
Story Blink’s First Birthday Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 10:59pm
Story Amazon’s Fire TV could scorch rivals Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 10:44pm
Story NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Jetson Will Be A Late April Debut Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 10:40pm
Story Steam Beta Client Released with Improved OpenGL Capture Speed Rianne Schestowitz 03/04/2014 - 10:33pm

Ubuntu vs Windows

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OS After reading a bunch of articles comparing Windows and Ubuntu. For me it seemed that, authors writing this articles never used Ubuntu they just installed because manager told them to compare this two operating systems.

Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas

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Linux Linux Mint version 6 Felicia came out on December 15th and I have been running it on my Dell Inspiron 530 Q6600 system for the past week.

The beam in their eye

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blogbeebe.blogspot: It seems great blood sport to report on the problems of Novell while ignoring the larger problems with those companies deemed worthier than Novell. So in the interests of "fair and balanced" reporting, lets look around the Linux world at a few of the other major players.

today's leftovers

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  • Scaling Images using GIMP

  • Ripping Multilanguage DVDs with Subtitles using Mencoder
  • Samba Quickies
  • openSUSE Revved
  • Communicating Through Gaim
  • The Twelve Days of Unix
  • Linux Directory Structure
  • System Information
  • When bandwidth is free
  • Sending pop-up message by ssh
  • No X Server 1.6 Release Candidate For Christmas

Do women matter in FOSS projects?

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OSS When will women be taken seriously in the FOSS community? That's a question that needs to be asked after the Debian GNU/Linux project garnered headlines earlier this month over an offensive mailing list post that had at least two women considering whether they would continue their involvement in the project.

The new face of open source

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OSS To get a glimpse of the changing face of open source, look no further than InfoWorld's "Future of Open Source" roundtable. Some of the thoughts expressed by various leaders in the open-source community are insightful, but that's not the real story. No, the real story is who InfoWorld chose to profile.

Open source business models must be voluntary

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OSS Entrepreneur Dave Rosenberg has a Christmas wish for you. Dave wants to make everyone pay for open source in 2009.

Gdium One Laptop Per Hacker Program

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MDV I have in fact joined a great new project managed by Dexxon, the company making the Gdium, which goal is to “provide access to information affordable to all, so that all can exercise their right to education”.

Cool Linux Projects that Need More Publicity

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Software Always when a type of application is missing, there is bound to be a version in development. In order to attract some interest for certain slow, but extremely important projects I’ve picked out a few attractive apps which could become powerful contributors to the widespread adoption of the Linux desktop.

Linux group to discuss free software in schools

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OSS The Indian Linux Users’ Group (ILUG), Kochi chapter, will discuss various aspects of free software education in schools in the State at its monthly meeting at the Internet Club in Broadway Enclave on Sunday.

Dell's Pricing "reeks of market distortion?"

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blogbeebe.blogspot: The Bumbling Nitwits of Boycott Novell recently wrote that Dell's pricing of Ubuntu-equipped netbooks vs. those with Windows "reeks of market distortion." The only thing that reeks is the deliberate distortion of facts.

The Annual Christmas Online Games Speedlink Post

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Web Just when you were all wondering if I'd abandoned the dang blog, I'll carry on my Christmas tradition of posting a list of online games and toys that I found interesting this year. Because at least I got Christmas off work!

The 10 Coolest Open Source Products Of 2008

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Software Open Source Software is about more than just the Linux operating system. Here's a look at the coolest open source products to come across the transom in 2008.

Watch Out - Great Looking Ubuntu Intrepid Apps

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Software When you install a fresh new version of Ubuntu on your machine, is there a time when you find yourself scrolling through the entire list of all available applications to install? Hoping to find something new that may make using your Linux system that much more easier, productive, or fun to use?

Replacing your Windows/Mac apps on Linux

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Software Switching operating systems can be tough. When you get accustomed to certain applications sometimes it can be hard to learn how to use other ones. Here’s a quick guide so you can make your Linux machine feel like home.

Ubuntu and Desktop Notifications

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Ubuntu Being the maintainer of libnotify, notification-daemon and the Desktop Notifications specification, some people were concerned that this work would supersede my own.

It's a Wonderful FLOSS

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OSS I don't miss the opportunity to watch It's a Wonderful Life when it inevitably airs each year. This year, what jumped out at me was the second of the three key speeches that George Bailey gives in the film. I thought immediately of Microsoft's presence at OSCON this year and the launch of their campaign to pretend they haven't spent the last ten years trying destroy all of Free Software and Open Source.

If Santa Claus used Linux

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Windows vs Linux mk 2

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aronzak.wordpress: A short while ago, I installed Windows XP on one of my computers. *horror*. It’s not so bad. It does some things quite well. Even after bloating it up with about 50 open source apps, it still seems to chug away quite merrily.

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Linux 4.8.4

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I'll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the normal testing, I figured it would be better to get them out earlier instead of later. And I like releasing stuff on this date every year... All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.7.10 Linux 4.4.27

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Security News

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  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
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  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
    Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
  • Major DNS provider Dyn hit with DDoS attack
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  • What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage
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  • Either IoT will be secure or the internet will be crippled forever
    First things first a disclaimer. I neither like nor trust the National Security Agency (NSA). I believe them to be mainly engaged in economic spying for the corporate American empire. Glenn Greenwald has clearly proven that in his book No Place to Hide. At the NSA, profit and power come first and I have no fucking clue as to how high they prioritize national security. Having said that, the NSA should hack the Internet of (insecure) Things (IoT) to death. I know Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating where the DDoS of doomsday proportions is coming from and the commentariat is already screaming RUSSIA! But it is really no secret what is enabling this clusterfuck. It’s the Mirai botnet. If you buy a “smart camera” from the Chinese company Hangzhou XiongMai Technologies and do not change the default password, it will be part of a botnet five minutes after you connect it to the internet. We were promised a future where we would have flying cars but we’re living in a future where camera’s, light-bulbs, doorbells and fridges can get you in serious trouble because your home appliances are breaking the law.
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