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Story We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 8:40am
Story NetSurf and OSCON Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 8:38am
Story Linux Holds Its Own in VDI Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 8:26am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 8:15am
Story Phoronix on Graphics Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 8:15am
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Story Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Gets One Last Linux Kernel Update Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 7:55am
Story Linux Mint 17/17.1 KDE and Xfce Users Can Now Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.2 Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2015 - 7:53am
Story Linux 4.3 Will Have Many Intel Graphics Improvements, Better For Skylake Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 9:23pm

Finding the Ubuntu font design

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Ubuntu

canonical.com: In our second post from Dalton Maag we get an insight into the origin of our very own Ubuntu font. Over to you, Lukas.

Nero brings blue ray disc support to Linux

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Hardware
Software

linusearch.com: Nero Linux 4 brings support for all optical disk including, Blue Ray disc support. The company that produces Nero Linux 4 claims that this is the only product to support blue data laser burning in Linux.

There's more to FOSS than the Linux Foundation

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Linux
OSS

linux-magazine.com: As a Canadian, I'm always irked by airy statements by Americans that they won World War II. With all respect, I feel much the same way about the recent interview on Wired.com with Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation.

Most Beautiful GNOME Shell Themes Ever!

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Software

techdrivein.com: We saw the quiet evolution of GNOME Shell aka the next generation GNOME desktop environment. Now lets do some GNOME Shell theming.

Oh hey Wolf:ET Source

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Gaming

linuxgames.com: Carmack mentioned during the speech that the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory source code is being released today:

openSUSE 11.3 [Review]

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SUSE

thinkdigit.com: openSUSE is one of those few Linux distributions that gives you a choice of desktop environment while you are installing it, and doesn’t treat KDE or Gnome as a primary option. Both environments have equal support. This might not mean much for newcomers to the Linux world; however this does show that openSUSE is all about choice.

Tales From the Front: in Search of APT-GET UNDO

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I am currently in that level of hell reserved for people who upgrade their GNU/Linux system too quickly.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Confessions of a Windows 7 to Ubuntu switcher
  • Opera 10.61 released
  • Highlights from Day 1 at LinuxCon 2010
  • LinuxCon Day 2: Linux has Arrived
  • Granatier - A Bomberman alternative
  • The Battle for Wesnoth 1.8.4 Released
  • DNC uses open-source software to ease voter registration
  • Talking about Ubuntu Studio with Scott Lavender
  • KDE's New Default: Stripes wallpaper
  • Distribution branding and Stripes
  • Salix OS 13.1.1 Screenshots
  • What Tweaks Could Make Linux Even Better?
  • Chipmunk - GTK Last.fm player
  • Plasma: now comes for tablets

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Allow MySQL Client to Connect to Remote MySQL server
  • IPC Introduction w/ Examples
  • Fix Network connection icon disappear on top-right panel
  • Nautilus Location Bar in Lucid
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • All About Alsa
  • View HTML Files from the Command Line
  • Cool User File Systems: GlusterFS

Linux Security, Then and Now

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Linux

esecurityplanet.com: Linux is inherently not a secure operating system. The reason it's not secure is because Linux was based on the architectural design of UNIX, and the creators of UNIX didn't care about security – it was 1969 after all.

Also: Linux kernel report shows continued innovation 2.6.36 coming soon

Oracle sues Google over Java use in Android

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Google
Legal

computerworld.com: Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, charging that its Android phone software infringes Oracle patents and copyrights related to Java, Oracle said on Thursday.

Why this Linux veteran runs Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

softwarewhys.wordpress: I keep hearing Ubuntu described as merely a noob’s distro lately. Well, it’s about time people either come clean or switch already. I’ll start the ball rolling. My name is Karl (Hi, Karl), and I’m a Linux veteran who runs Ubuntu.

XBMC Camelot - Beautiful, stylish, classy, and fun

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Software

dedoimedo.com: Would you like to transform your television into a powerful media center with Internet connectivity, network sharing, video and music playlists, photo albums, weather forecast, maybe even games? Enter XBMC.

Linux is Political!

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Linux

idreamoflinux.com: I have had so many different discussions with people about which computer operating system is the best. Most people that I talk to swear by the one they use. I do think that an operating system should not be judged solely on its technical strengths and weaknesses but also on its ideology and the way it is developed.

3 Great Linux Radio Apps To Discover Great New Music

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Software

makeuseof.com: Massive MP3 collections are nice, but they don’t do everything. Sometimes you want to discover new music, for example, or listen to the news. Traditionally this was the role of the radio, but if you’re a geek (and if you’re reading this blog I’m betting you are) you’re far more likely to be around computers than FM receivers.

Firefox 4 a big deal

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox 4 a big deal
  • Mozilla Looks Ahead to More Secure Firefox

At Work with Linux: Linux Mint 9 Gnome and KDE

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Linux

blogbeebe.blogspot: One of the nicer features about the office lab is the fact we have a number of still-powerful workstations on which to run various operating systems. Linux Mint 9 KDE was actually the second Mint 9 distribution installed; the first was Linux Mint 9 Gnome.

How Much Faster Is Konqueror With WebKit?

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KDE
Software

digitizor.com: Yesterday we wrote about how you can make WebKit default in Konqueror. We always knew that WebKit is going to make Konqueror faster; but how much faster? Today we test.

Kernel.org shares some cute e-mails

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Linux

zdnet.com/blog: Should the Linux kernel be renamed the Linux “colonel” due to its prowess?

In Search of the Perfect KDE4 Distro – 4 Linux Mint 9?

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Linux

g33q.co.za: I love it. It has got all the goodness of Ubuntu, rolled with the good stuff that KDE4 brings you with an extra helping of Linux Mint special stuff.

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