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Story SBC mixes i.MX6 with FPGA for IoT and basestation duty Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2015 - 9:09pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2015 - 1:36pm
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Story Is Linux Free From Viruses And Malware? Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2015 - 12:51pm
Story Open Source Software and Corporations Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2015 - 12:46pm
Story Cookie Lickers, Headless Chickens & Other Open Source Troublemakers Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2015 - 12:43pm

5 Best Linux Distribution With No Proprietary Components

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OSS Linux is a free and open source operating system. However, Linux (and other open source operating system) can use and load device drivers without publicly available source code. In this post I will list five best Linux distribution that meets the FSF's strict guidelines and contains no proprietary components such as firmware and drivers.

Debian 6: First Impressions

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Linux Did Debian have a contest to redesign its graphics and it wasn’t made public? Did a third grader win that contest? Oh, the hallowed Debian developers must have had a fashion faux pas moment when deciding on a new look because this one makes me think it was designed for children or by children.

XFCE 4.8 Desktop Environment

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Software Although often classed as light-weight, XFCE qualifies as a medium weight amongst the Linux front ends. It's heavier than, say, LXDE or Window Maker but it uses less resources than KDE or Gnome. However, it is a desktop environment rather than simply a window manager, and as such, it comes with a set of associated utilities.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 393

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Introducing Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
  • News: Fedora announces graphics test day, openSUSE drops Unity from 11.4, OpenBSD developer's fund raising story
  • Questions and answers: Using noexec to prevent social engineering attacks
  • Released last week: Ubuntu 10.04.2, Tiny Core Linux 3.5, Pardus Linux 2 "Corporate"
  • Upcoming releases: FreeBSD 8.2, PC-BSD 8.2, openSUSE 11.4 RC2
  • New additions: Mageia

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

20 New User Misconceptions about Linux

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Linux The misconception that one OS acts just like another makes me crazy. It's like me going from a Toyota Prius to a sixteen wheeler "big rig" and expecting it to handle exactly the same.

A 3G-capable, Linux powered computer…in your car’s dashboard?

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Linux I might have found the right answer in the Navisurfer II. It is a full-blown Linux-based computer, with touchscreen monitor and 3G HSDPA modem all built in. Oh, and as the name implies, it also has a built-in GPS receiver with the Navit navigation system.

LibreOffice the last word in open source software

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LibO WHY do so many people and businesses keep buying Microsoft Office at about $200 for home users and $379 for businesses when there are good substitutes that cost zilch, or a only small fee?

Debian 6: Have your Debian and eat your Ubuntu too

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Linux A new version of Debian was once cause for celebration in Linux circles - no doubt it still is in some quarters. Debian's offspring Ubuntu, though, has managed to steal much of the thunder lately.

today's leftovers:

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  • QEMU 0.14 Improves Linux Virtualization
  • Software Center adds ‘inappropriate rating’ link, and more
  • CeBIT in Germany: the trade show I hate to love
  • Packman service interruption and migration
  • Intel to preview Poulson processor
  • Firefox 4 Final Beta Delayed – March Release Appears Likely
  • Firefox 4 beta 12 delayed, beta 13 possible
  • Replay Great Old Games on Dosbox
  • Going Linux Feb 20: #130 - Synergy 1.4.2 for Linux
  • Linux Action Show s15e07: Ubuntu vs Banshee

some howtos:

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  • Syncing Kontact with Android
  • How to use rsync to copy files, folders and backup in Linux
  • Drupal 6.2 or 7 with Hiawatha 7.4 WebServer on Ubuntu
  • Change The Firefox Default Zoom Level
  • Auto-change Ubuntu background according to weather
  • Get your USB drives to work with VirtualBox, Ubuntu Host
  • Hidden Linux: cat, less, tac and shuf
  • Installing openSUSE 11.4 GNOME Live CD Step by Step

A quick look to 5 Linux Games

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Gaming Sometimes I like to look at what offers the open source world on the games side, today I want to introduce three little-known games that run on our beloved penguin.

ArchBang 2010.09 vs 2011.02 - What's Changed?

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all-things-linux.blogspot: ArchBang is a spin, or custom install media, based on Arch Linux and is inspired by CrunchBang, which is currently based on Debian stable. As such both are using the Openbox window manager, and ArchBang seems to follow closely looks wise and in choice of applications.

22 Linux Icon Sets that are Great

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: Once of the best things about FOSS is the amount of customization it allows for! So why leave your Linux desktop bland with the default icon set that comes with your distribution? There are many good icon sets out there. Rest Here

Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Squeeze (LAMP)

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LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a Debian Squeeze server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

When KDE 4′s Activities Finally Made Sense

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KDE I’ve been using KDE since November of 2010 around the time that 4.5 was released for Fedora. Around the time of 4.4, the KDE folks, especially Aaron Seigo and the rest of the Plasma team, started really pushing activities. I kept talking to people on identica and I couldn’t quite figure out the point of activities.

Narwhal Plush Wallpaper

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Ubuntu Artist ICantThinkofAName has updated his wallpaper of all the Ubuntu versions as plush toys. Link here

Looks Do Matter

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OSS A few weeks past I wrote about why some open source projects, especially consumer-oriented technology, were not gaining the type of traction in the marketplace that is seen by infrastructure open source projects such as Linux. I initially focused on the disconnect between the consumer and the developer. I have thought more on this explanation and am now thinking that another factor is at play.

Can You Trust Google? Why Take a Chance?

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Google Google is the dominant search engine in the world right now, as everyone on the Internet surely knows. However, there are things I don’t love about Google. They’re very good at profiling you and targeting ads to you.

Popular Puzzle Game 'Wind and Water' Comes to Linux

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Gaming Wind and Water : Puzzle Battles is one of the most addictive puzzle games made by an independent game development company Yuan Works.

Fotoxx – The swiss army knife of Linux photo editors

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Software Fotoxx is an open source and freely available photo editing tool similar to Gimp. With its current version 11.02, it is packed with some pretty cool features despite its small size.

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Server/OSS: Data Storage, OpenStack, Nextcloud, Puppet

  • Open Source Storage: 64 Applications for Data Storage
    As data storage needs continue to grow and many organizations move toward software-defined infrastructure, more enterprises are using open source software to meet some of their storage needs. Projects like Hadoop, Ceph, Gluster and others have become very common at large enterprises. Home users and small businesses can also benefit from open source storage software. These applications can make it possible to set up your own NAS or SAN device using industry-standard hardware without paying the high prices vendors charge for dedicated storage appliances. Open source software also offers users the option to set up a cloud storage solution where they have control over security and privacy, and it can also offer affordable options for backup and recovery.
  • OpenStack Moves Beyond the Cloud to Open Infrastructure
    The OpenStack Summit got underway on May 21, with a strong emphasis on the broader open-source cloud community beyond just the OpenStack cloud platform itself. At the summit, the OpenStack Foundation announced that it was making its open-source Zuul continuous development, continuous integration (CI/CD) technology a new top level standalone project. Zuul has been the underlying DevOps CI/CD system that has been used for the past six years, to develop and test the OpenStack cloud platform.
  • OpenStack makes Zuul continuous delivery tool its second indie project
    The OpenStack Foundation has launched its Zuul continuous delivery and integration tool as a discrete project. Zuul is therefore Foundation’s second project other than OpenStack itself. The first was Kata Containers. Making Zuul a standalone effort therefore advance’s the Foundation’s ambition to become a bit like the Linux and Apache Foundations, by nurturing multiple open source projects.
  • OpenStack spins out its Zuul open source CI/CD platform
    There are few open-source projects as complex as OpenStack, which essentially provides large companies with all the tools to run the equivalent of the core AWS services in their own data centers. To build OpenStack’s various systems the team also had to develop some of its own DevOps tools, and, in 2012, that meant developing Zuul, an open-source continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform. Now, with the release of Zuul v3, the team decided to decouple Zuul from OpenStack and run it as an independent project. It’s not quite leaving the OpenStack ecosystem, though, as it will still be hosted by the OpenStack Foundation.
  • Nextcloud 13: How to Get Started and Why You Should
    In its simplest form, the Nextcloud server is "just" a personal, free software alternative to services like Dropbox or iCloud. You can set it up so your files are always accessible via the internet, from wherever you are, and share them with your friends. However, Nextcloud can do so much more. In this article, I first describe what the Nextcloud server is and how to install and set it up on GNU/Linux systems. Then I explain how to configure the optional Nextcloud features, which may be the first steps toward making Nextcloud the shell of a complete replacement for many proprietary platforms existing today, such as Dropbox, Facebook and Skype.
  • Why use Puppet for automation and orchestration
    Puppet the company bills Puppet the automation tool as the de facto standard for automating the delivery and ongoing operation of hybrid infrastructure. That was certainly true at one time: Puppet not only goes back to 2005, but also currently claims 40,000 organizations worldwide as users, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100. While Puppet is still a very strong product and has increased its speed and capabilities over the years, its competitors, in particular Chef, have narrowed the gap. As you might expect from the doyenne of the IT automation space, Puppet has a very large collection of modules, and covers the gamut from CI/CD to cloud-native infrastructure, though much of that functionality is provided through additional products. While Puppet is primarily a model-based system with agents, it supports push operations with Puppet Tasks. Puppet Enterprise is even available as a service on Amazon.

today's howtos

Oregan unveils new middleware for Linux STBs and Android TV

Oregan Networks, a provider of digital TV software services, has announced the launch of a new set-top box client middleware product for pay-TV operators called SparQ. The software is designed to work on the most challenging and resource-limited STB platforms in the field, making it feasible to introduce new OTT content services and applications on customer devices that were deployed as part of the first wave of IPTV and hybrid broadcast deployments. Read more

KDE Development Updates

  • Revisiting my talk at FOSSASIA summit, 2018
    Earlier this year, I had the chance to speak about one of KDE community’s cool projects that is helpding developers erase the line between desktop and mobile/tablet UI’s with ease. I’m referring to the Kirigami UI framework – a set of QtQuick components targetted at the mobile as well as desktop platforms. This is particularly important to KDE and a lot of projects are now migrating towards a Kirigami UI, particularly keeping in mind the ability to run the applications on the Plasma Mobile.
  • This Week in KDE, Part 2 : OYLG, Workspace KCM, Single/Double Click
    Last weekend, I went to İstanbul to attend Özgür Yazılım ve Linux Günleri (Free Software and Linux Days 2018) to represent LibreOffice. We had 3 presentations during the event about LibreOffice Development and The Open Document Format. We had booth setup with stickers, flyers, roll-up etc. These were all thanks to The Document Foundation’s supports! You can find detailed information about the event from here :
  • Watching the Detectives
    For instance, Kevin Ottens has been writing about understanding the KDE community by the “green blobs” method, showing who is active when. Lays Rodrigues has written about using Gource to show Plasma growing up. Nate Graham describes the goings-on in the KDE community nearly every week. Those are, roughly: a metric-, a visual-, and a story-based approach to understanding the community, over different timescales. But understanding of a system doesn’t come from a single dimension, from a single axis of measurement. It comes from mixing up the different views to look the system as a whole.
  • Managing cooking recipes
    I like to cook. And sometimes store my recipes. Over the years I have tried KRecipes, kept my recipes in BasKet notes, in KJots notes, in more or less random word processor documents. I liked the free form entering recipes in various notes applications and word processor documents, but I lacked some kind of indexing them. What I wanted was free-ish text for writing recipes, and some thing that could help me find them by tags I give them. By Title. By how I organize them. And maybe by Ingredient if I don’t know how to get rid of the soon-to-be-bad in my refridgerator.