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Winning the war won't secure peace for open source

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OSS

zdnet.co.uk: Open source may have won the argument, but that does not mean the world will now change, says Mark Taylor.

Miro - Internet TV

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Software

dedoimedo.com: Some of you may have heard of Miro before; it used to be known as the Democracy Player. For those who have not heard of Miro, it is a good-looking, versatile, modern multimedia application intended to open the taps of Internet media and stream music and videos onto users' desktops.

Google debuts Chrome for Mac, Linux

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Software

cnet.com: Google released Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux Thursday--but only in rough developer preview versions that the company warns are works in progress.

June 5, 2002: Browser, Philosophy Born of Turmoil, Defeat

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Moz/FF

wired.com: 2002: Mozilla 1.0 is released. The first major milestone for the open source browser doesn’t do much to impress users or shake loose Microsoft’s crown. However, it proves to the world that free software can succeed not just in the server room, but also on the desktop.

25 Sites about Fedora You Can’t Miss

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Linux
Web

2indya.com: Fedora is an open-source community developed operating system and there are many sites that provide help and support and other solutions for using it. Here is a compilation of 25.

Slackware and Zenwalk

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Linux

linux-blog.org: I’ve been distro shopping lately. I had become complacent while working with PCLinuxOS because everything just works when using it. After some initial toolings in Arch and Gentoo, I settled on Slackware…

Happy 5th Birthday, Phoronix!

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Web

phoronix.com: It was five years ago today, on the 5th of June 2004, that Phoronix.com launched. It was also one year ago to the day that Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 was released. Here are a few statistics and highlights from the past five years.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Apt URL Part Two

  • The Bourne Shell War On Terror
  • Fedora casts Mono into outer darkness
  • SEO Tools For Linux
  • Recovering from Linux freezes
  • Increased competition 'uncomfortable' for Firefox
  • Getting Started with Firewall Builder
  • Moving from Solaris to Linux
  • Install a large number of packages with aptitude
  • Howto Make Applications Start in Specified Workspace
  • Sony Ericsson Using Drupal
  • Share Folders Between a Linux Host and Linux Virtual Machine on VirtualBox
  • Of Open Standards, Interoperability and Open Source
  • My Open Source 'Leech' Is Your Open Source User
  • The irony of free-software advocacy
  • Far Cry 2 Linux Server
  • How to Get a Quake-style Drop-down Terminal in Linux
  • X Input 2.0 Merged Into The X Server
  • Open source clicking the channels
  • Mondo & Mindi - Disaster recovery solution
  • Searching PDF Files With grep
  • Atlassian's Summit, and its Freebies for Open Source Developers
  • This Week on Github: In Good Company
  • EasyTAG
  • Kundra advocates open source
  • Linux Outlaws 95 - All Those Sheep Got PDAs

Don't Get Me Wrong, Linux Sucks as Much as Windows

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Linux

linuxtoday.com/blog: here is the latest hot trend in anti-Linux baloney: supposed Linux fans and advocates who really really love Linux and have been using it for years, but can't recommend it for anyone else because "It's not ready."

Intel buys Wind River to push Linux

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Linux

itworld.com: Intel's acquisition of Wind River on Thursday is a strong push by the chip maker to extend Linux support across devices that use its processors, analysts said.

Review: Acer Aspire One D150

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Linux
Hardware
  • Review: Acer Aspire One D150

  • Moblin 2.0 - A New Way to Make a Netbook Sing With Linux
  • Future of netbooks, laptops unfolds at Computex

The Case of the Disapearing Linux and other Mysteries of the Internet

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Linux

homelinux.com/blog: Lately I have noticed a pattern. It is mystery that keeps getting deeper and darker as I go along. It started with getting very tired of seeing “Windows only”, or “Windows and Mac Only,” or “Windows and Mac for now but Linux Support Coming Soon.”

Linux Driver Project Status Report as of June 2009

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Linux
Software

kroah.com: This is a status report for the Linux Driver Project as of June 2009, describing what has happened in the past year of work.

Qt vs. GTK: Juk and Amarok

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Software

celettu.wordpress: This is the fourth in a series of articles comparing different kind of applications. This one be about music managers, or “Itunes clones” if you will.

The GNOME Foundation Is All About People

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Software

stormyscorner.com: As open source projects mature, they tend to join or create a foundation to manage the project's financial and software assets, provide a marketing and legal entity, and help to set the direction of the project.

It’s time for the community to take charge of its brand

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OSS

blogs.fsfe.org: There are a couple of “beginner’s mistakes” when thinking about Free Software in general and its commercial application, in particular. One is to believe there was a substantial difference in the software referred to by the terms “Free Software” and “Open Source.” There isn’t.

What’s the point of Ubuntu remixes?

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Ubuntu

psychocats.net: There seemed to be (and sometimes continues to be) an objection to the very notion that you might take a Linux distribution, change the default packages and artwork in it, and then re-release it as a remix.

The path forward for Linux is child's play

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Linux

news.cnet.com: Linux has been growing in importance for years in the darkened server closets. In the consumer world of personal computers and mobile devices, however, Linux hasn't fared particularly well.

Enlightenment E16 Reaches Version 1.0.0

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Software

phoronix.com: While Enlightenment E17 is still undergoing development, the Enlightenment E16 window manager has finally reached version 1.0.0.

Russia launches antitrust probe of Microsoft

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Microsoft

reuters.com: Russia's state anti-monopoly service launched a probe of Microsoft Corp over cutbacks in supplies of the Windows XP operating system in Russia, it said on Thursday.

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Security Leftovers

  • Atom Installer
    One thing that I miss about using Ubuntu is PPA’s there are lot’s of PPA in Ubuntu and you can hack around and install all types of software which are required for your usage. In the Fedora side of the world there are copr repos but they don’t have as many repos as in Ubuntu and you can’t build non-free software (don’t get me wrong here, I love FREEdom software but couldn’t resist not using some beautiful non-free applications such as Sublime). I am creating a work around for this by using shell scripts which are open source (cc0) but when those scripts are executed they install non-free software on your system.
  • MKVToolNix 9.9.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New GUI Improvements, More
    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus announced today, February 20, 2017, the release and general availability of MKVToolNix 9.9.0 "Pick Up" for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. MKVToolNix 9.9.0 represents a month of hard work, during which the developer managed to add a bunch of new and interesting features, fix as many bugs reported by users since last month's MKVToolNix 9.8.0 point release, as well as to improve the build system, especially in regards to the man pages of the software.
  • Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.9.2 and KDE Applications 16.12.2, More
    The developers behind the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system have announced today the immediate availability of all the latest KDE technologies released this month in the stable repositories of the distribution. Yes, we're talking about the KDE Plasma 5.9.2 desktop environment, KDE Applications 16.12.2 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.31.0, and KDE Development Platform 4.14.29, all of which can be found in your Chakra GNU/Linux's repos if you want to run the newest KDE software.

today's howtos

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • IOTA: IoT revolutionized with a Ledger
    Ever since the introduction of digital money, the world quickly came to realize how dire and expensive the consequences of centralized systems are. Not only are these systems incredibly expensive to maintain, they are also “single points of failures” which expose a large number of users to unexpected service interruptions, fraudulent activities and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious hackers. Thanks to Blockchain, which was first introduced through Bitcoin in 2009, the clear benefits of a decentralized and “trustless” transactional settlement system became apparent. No longer should expensive trusted third parties be used for handling transactions, instead, the flow of money should be handled in a direct, Peer-to-Peer fashion. This concept of a Blockchain (or more broadly, a distributed ledger) has since then become a global phenomenon attracting billions of dollars in investments to further develop the concept.
  • Return Home and Unify: My Case for Unity 8
  • Can netbooks be cool again?
    Earlier this week, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg covered a laptop called the GPD Pocket, which is currently being funded on Indiegogo. As Chaim pointed out, the Pocket’s main advantage is its size — with a 7-inch screen, the thing is really, really small — and its price, a reasonable $399. But he didn’t mention that the Pocket is the resurrection of one of the most compelling, yet fatally flawed, computing trends of the ‘00s: the netbook. So after ten years, are netbooks finally cool again? That might be putting it too strongly, but I’m willing to hope.

Linux Devices

  • Compact, rugged module runs Linux or Android on Apollo Lake
    Ubiqcomm’s 95 x 95mm, Apollo Lake-based “COM-AL6C” COM offers 4K video along with multiple SATA, USB, GbE, and PCIe interfaces, plus -40 to 85°C operation. Ubiqconn Technology Inc. has announced a “COM-AL6C” COM Express Type 6 Compact form factor computer-on-module built around Intel’s Apollo Lake processors and designed to withstand the rigors of both fixed and mobile industrial applications. The module offers a choice among three Intel Apollo Lake processors: the quad-core Atom x5-E3930, quad-core x5-E3940, and dual-core x7-E3950, which are clocked at up to 2.0GHz burst and offer TDPs from 6.5 to 12 Watts.
  • Internet-enable your microcontroller projects for under $6 with ESP8266
    To get started with IoT (the Internet of Things), your device needs, well, an Internet connection. Base Arduino microcontrollers don't have Internet connectivity by default, so you either need to add Ethernet, Wi-Fi shields, or adapters to them, or buy an Arduino that has built-in Internet connectivity. In addition to complexity, both approaches add cost and consume the already-precious Arduino flash RAM for program space, which limits what you can do. Another approach is to use a Raspberry Pi or similar single-board computer that runs a full-blown operating system like Linux. The Raspberry Pi is a solid choice in many IoT use cases, but it is often overkill when all you really want to do is read a sensor and send the reading up to a server in the cloud. Not only does the Raspberry Pi potentially drive up the costs, complexity, and power consumption of your project, but it is running a full operating system that needs to be patched, and it has a much larger attack surface than a simple microcontroller. When it comes to IoT devices and security, simpler is better, so you can spend more time making and less time patching what you already made.
  • Blinkenlights!
  • Blinkenlights, part 2
  • Blinkenlights, part 3
  • [Older] Shmoocon 2017: The Ins And Outs Of Manufacturing And Selling Hardware
    Every day, we see people building things. Sometimes, useful things. Very rarely, this thing becomes a product, but even then we don’t hear much about the ins and outs of manufacturing a bunch of these things or the economics of actually selling them. This past weekend at Shmoocon, [Conor Patrick] gave the crowd the inside scoop on selling a few hundred two factor authentication tokens. What started as a hobby is now a legitimate business, thanks to good engineering and abusing Amazon’s distribution program.
  • 1.8 Billion Mobile Internet Users NEVER use a PC, 200 Million PC Internet Users never use a mobile phone. Understanding the 3.5 Billion Internet Total Audience
    As I am working to finish the 2017 Edition of the TomiAhonen Almanac (last days now) I always get into various updates of numbers, that remind me 'I gotta tell this story'.. For example the internet user numbers. We have the December count by the ITU for year 2016, that says the world has now 3.5 Billion internet users in total (up from 3.2 Billion at the end of year 2015). So its no 'drama' to know what is 'that' number. The number of current internet total users is yes, 3.5 Billion, almost half of the planet's total population (47%).