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Story Linux Kernel 3.18 RC8 Is Out, Final Version to Arrive in a Week Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 5:33am
Story Manjaro 0.8.11 Has Arrived, Users Can Choose Between Systemd and OpenRC Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 5:23am
Story Readers' Choices, Linux Philosophy, and Fedora Numbers Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 5:15am
Story The UbuTab - An Ubuntu powered tablet with Terabytes of storage space. Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 5:00am
Story Ubuntu MATE 14.10 to Get a Gorgeus New Theme Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:51am
Story First Quark-based SMARC module runs Linux on 2W Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:41am
Story Linux Lite 2.2 Is a Light and Fun OS for Users Disappointed in Windows Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:14am
Story Selling a Non-Product: The Multifaceted OpenStack Rianne Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 4:08am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 12:48am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 03/12/2014 - 12:46am

Karmic Koala: The best Ubuntu Linux ever?

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Ubuntu
  • Karmic Koala: The best Ubuntu Linux ever?
  • Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope on Lenovo G450
  • Why Matt Zimmerman must not quit Ubuntu.
  • Screenshots Tour of Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 Beta
  • Fixing Packaging in Linux #1

What makes Ubuntu so user friendly?

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Ubuntu

ghacks.net: Of all the Linux distributions, the consensus is beginning to become clear that Ubuntu is, hands down, the most user friendly of the Linux distributions. Naturally there are people that claim other distributions like PCLinuxOS, and Linux Mint are even more user-friendly than Ubuntu. But what exactly makes a Linux distribution user-friendly?

Mozilla augments Firefox's plug-in check

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: As it promised, Mozilla has created a page that checks for outdated plug-ins used by Firefox.

Some of Maryland's open source heroes

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OSS

baltimoresun.com: Mike Subelsky shares with us his non-scientific findings on who's doing a lot of novel work with open source. Feel free to nominate your own "open source heroes" in the comments section of this blog entry.

KDE 4.3.2 Available

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KDE

kdenews.org: The KDE community today proudly announces the immediate availability of KDE 4.3.2. As with any minor release, there are no new features but a strong concentration on further polishing the 4.3 series.

Upgrading a Motherboard in Linux: Kernel Panic

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Hardware

linuxplanet.com: I spent the weekend installing a new motherboard in my audio/video production computer. What should have been a 30-minute chore turned into a vexing showstopper.

Gmail Notifier Applets for Ubuntu

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Software

workswithu.com: Given the popularity of Gmail, it’s not surprising that a score of desktop applets have emerged for notifying users of new messages. I recently set out on a quest to find the best one. Here are the results.

The Open Source Initiative’s corporate status is suspended

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OSS

blogs.the451group.com: The ability of the Open Source Initiative to steward the Open Source Definition and police the use of the term open source as it relates to software is in doubt following the confirmation that the corporate status of the non-profit company has been suspended in California. What does it all mean?

A Free Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Visio

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Software

makeuseof.com: Do you diagram? Chart? Maybe you sketch room layouts or wiring schematics? How about flow charts? Well I think we have a solution!

learning a new shell: zsh

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Software

xylld.wordpress: So I’ve decided to start learning a new shell. I see so much talk about zsh and finally, I’m going to attempt to learn to use it. I installed it and started using it and a few things are immediately different.

Linux Mint, the perfect starter OS for Mac and Windows refugees.

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Ubuntu

"The window effects are exactly what a Mac user would expect, and pressing the big green button at the bottom-left corner of the screen reveals a Windows-like Start Menu -- but better. Much better." Read more...

My Slackware 13 review

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Slack

pdavila.homelinux.org: Well Slackware 13 was released a few weeks back and I had a chance to install it on my laptop. The install is pretty quick (as most Linux installers are these days). I’m not going to get too detailed so I’ll list what I liked and didn’t like.

Firefox 3.6 beta set to ship next week

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Moz/FF

theregister.co.uk: Mozilla tentatively plans to release the first beta of Firefox 3.6 on 13 October. The open source browser maker is expected to spin out the next iteration of Firefox in November, and next week’s upcoming beta is understood to be the only test build.

KDE Akademy 2010 Dates Announced

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KDE

kdenews.org: Last week Adriaan de Groot, Claudia Rauch and Kenny Duffus visited Tampere, Finland representing KDE. This gave a chance to meet face to face with members of the local team and talk about next summer's Akademy 2010 conference.

Which Linux do you tell n00bs to use?

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: As you were frantically pounding away at your keyboard, your workmate asks what sort of operating system you are using. Your eyes light up, you switch to evangilistic mode and start spouting the benefits of Linux.

Open Source Makes Big Gains at the London Stock Exchange

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Linux
OSS

computerworlduk.com: At first sight, news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is moving from the Microsoft .Net-based TradElect to the GNU/Linux-based MillenniumIT system, is just another win for free software. But the details provide some fascinating insights.

Top 10 Google Chrome Artist Themes

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Software

junauza.com: Adding to the list of Google Chrome themes, Google recently introduced a new set of themes that are created by well-known artists, illustrators, architects, musicians, filmmakers, and fashion and interior designers from around the world resulting in a colorful combination of art and technology. Here are some of my favorites:

some shorts:

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News
  • Open Source Revolution? It’s on the Phone.
  • Red Hat Up 69% Since SmarTrend's Buy Recommendation
  • Stallman vs the CodePlex Foundation and Miguel de Icaza
  • If OS's were cars

Exaile 0.3.0 is a Music Player for Ubuntu

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Software

howtogeek.com: Exaile is a solid choice for Ubuntu users to manage their music collections. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, lyrics, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm scrobbling.

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KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.