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Terminating a Bad Assumption

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Linux

lxer.com: Why do we in the "Linux community" assume prior experience with Windows, or any WIMP interface? At its core, this is a bad assumption for absolutely everyone, proprietary software houses included.

Where am I?

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KDE

andrewcoles.blogspot: One of the up-and-coming features in Plasma, thanks particularly to Petri Damstén, is the geolocation DataEngine - a backend for determining where in the world the user is.

openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 Reloaded

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SUSE

opensuse.org: While 11.2 is still months away there’s still plenty of activity going on with openSUSE. In addition to last week’s milestone release, you can also get your hands on openSUSE 11.1 Reloaded. This is a respin of openSUSE 11.1, including KDE 4.2.2 packages and updates to 11.1.

3 Ways to Record Your Linux Desktop

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Software

tuxarena.blogspot: In this article I'll include three ways to screencast your Linux desktop with the help of recordMyDesktop, XVidCap and Istanbul.

Linux Journal Announces Winners of its 2009 Readers' Choice Awards

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Linux
Software

linuxjournal.com: Linux Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards take the pulse of the Linux community, allowing readers to choose their favorites in a number of categories.

Are Careless Linux Users Giving Ext4 A Bad Rap?

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Software

bmighty.com/blog: There is a new Linux file system in town, and some people see it as a menace. But the real problem may have more to do with users who ignore simple, common-sense IT practices.

Top 7 Reasons People Quit Linux

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Linux

pcworld.com: I've heard a lot of excuses why people quit Linux, and return to Windows. I'm happy to say that the excuses are getting far less common nowadays. Here are the top seven.

If Linux Didn’t “Suck” It Wouldn’t Exist

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Linux

whatan00b.com: There was a great presentation that made it to the top of digg in the last couple of days on how Linux “sucks” and how we can fix it. It was a very good down-to-earth overview of the problems with Linux, but the solutions that were suggested disturbed me a bit.

Why prefer Mandriva over another distribution?

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MDV

artipc10.vub.ac.be: What is the the advantage of Mandriva above other distributions like Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora. I wrote down a couple of reasons why I use Mandriva on my desktop systems.

Adventures with Desktop Ready Linux

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Linux

sob.apotheon.org: I'm not the world's greatest Linux fan these days. I object to the license, I dislike the way the GNU project is trying to reinvent Unix, and I dislike the way the various Linux distributions' developer communities take shortcuts.

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope feels rushed and premature

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Ubuntu

bitburners.com: They could have called it the Rushed Ram or Bugsy Bear, but instead its a fictional creature Jackalope. Ubuntu’s latest tries to bring some innovation to the table, after the intermediate Ibex, but unfortunately it doesn’t feel ready from day one.

Linux clients break 1% web usage share

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: According to NetApplications, Linux usage share on client devices has, for the first time, passed the 1% mark.

PC-BSD 7.1 Galileo - Review

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BSD

dedoimedo.com: The world of open-source desktop revolves mainly around Linux. Still, there are several other players that you may want to consider as your desktop distribution. One of them is PC-BSD.

Chasing the white whale

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 9.04 does not use ext4 by default

  • Canonical Engaging Ubuntu Software Partners
  • Chasing the white whale- “the year of the linux desktop” and “new ubuntu theme”

State of the GNU/Linux Desktop 2009 Part 2/4: Hardware Support

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Linux

codingexperiments.com: As mentioned in part one of this series, despite the legendary pace of development in the Open Source community, it can be difficult to keep tabs on what is being worked on. Arguably, multimedia is just a subdivision of hardware support, another area where Free operating systems have suffered.

Windows 7 leaves netbook market open for Linux

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Linux
Microsoft

itwire.com: Microsoft's newest operating system Windows 7 will leave much of the burgeoning netbook market open for Linux because of its relatively large footprint.

New Sauerbraten Release Is Imminent

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Within the next few days we should see the first 2009 release of Sauerbraten and it brings a host of new features. In this article is a rundown on some of the key features along with screenshots we captured when running their latest Subversion code.

today's leftovers & howtos:

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News
HowTos
  • Installing VICE 2.1 on Ubuntu 9.04

  • More Karmic plans
  • Gmail Notifier Highly Integrates with Ubuntu 9.04
  • Reconfigure automatic login in ubuntu 9.04 jaunty jackalope
  • Replacing text in multiple files
  • Red Hat: Building $600 Million Partner Channel?
  • Microsoft Admits Windows 7 Is Not Really Suitable For Netbooks
  • NetBSD, Mandriva get shiny new releases
  • Command Line vs. GUI Reality Check
  • How to upgrade from Mandriva 2009 to the new Mandriva 2009 Spring
  • The GNOME Foundation Needs Your Help
  • Palm's Pré: the $170 phone
  • Quickly edit your images with IrfanView
  • Customize your Ubuntu GNOME theme
  • ntop installation/configuration on OpenSuSe
  • Sound Converter
  • Are configuration management tools still needed in the cloud?
  • A brief introduction to mod_perl - Part 1

Ubuntu Backup Software

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Software

tuxguides.com: Backing up files can be useful in case you suffer hard drive issues, but it can also be helpful in case of “messing up” a file, and needing a backup of it. There are many different backup options available for ubuntu.

Open source app puts the squeeze on network traffic

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Software

linuxdevices.com: A group called the Traffic Squeezer project released an open source application that accelerates WAN network traffic.

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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

Openwashing and EEE

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more