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Linux. Still not ready for the average user.

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Linux

ayfs.wordpress: Every year or so, I fire up a Linux build or two, just to see where we stand on things. Every time I try out Linux, it gets a little better, but is nowhere near the ease of use as Windows.

Terminology Wars I: Linux versus GNU/Linux

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Linux

boycott-boycottnovell.com: I initially wrote most of this as a response to a comment on Groklaw, where PJ is busily carrying water to assist in running down an active member of the open source community as a "traitor to the free software movement". The comment began by stating that the FSF had never "ordered" anyone to use the terminology "GNU/Linux" (as if they could), and continued,

So you want to know how important KDE 4 is?

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KDE

softvision.wordpress: I’ve followed and written about the development of the KDE 4.0 project on the old version of this blog. Until now however, I’ve never addressed the criticism that some sections of the Linux community have heaped on it. So I’ll just start.

few shorts:

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Software
  • Manage Collections with Tellico
  • Anjal - Slick Evolution Interface For Netbooks
  • leafpad: a graphical text editor that starts really fast

How Important is KDE 4?

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KDE

jonreagan.wordpress: Just by looking at the KDE project, it appears as if development has slowed down. This certainly would not be a bad thing; the KDE project really needs to focus on stability and performance. The question still lingers: exactly how important is KDE 4?

Collection of themes for Gnome & Ubuntu - Octobre

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Software

unixmen.com: Here is a nice collection of themes for Gnome and ubuntu, some themes were updated and somes you will see them for the first time.

R700, KMS, 3D, SSD, and other hardware

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Hardware

gentoo.org/nightmorph: Yesterday, October 3, I made some big ol' changes to my workstation. I decided to try out the new video driver stack that all the kids have been talking about.

Vim: edit with vim

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Software

aplawrence.com: For people who hate vi, vim does not offer much relief. They might end up hating vim as well and sing paeans for emacs.

Hymera Open Review

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Reviews

Hymera is a Debian-based, GNU/Linux operating system. It is a relatively brand new distribution developed and maintained by Hymera Engineering S.r.l., an Information Technology outfit based in Milan, Italy. Hymera Engineering publishes four versions of their Linux distribution – Hymera Open, Hymera Desktop, Hymera Evolution, and Hymera Server.

few leftovers:

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News
HowTos
  • Linux / UNIX: Restrict Access To A Given Command
  • Computers make big difference for families in need
  • Use this iptables script for Web/Mail server security
  • Launch Application Menu In Ubuntu With Windows Key
  • Gnome Find Drive Serial Number
  • Steuben ARC switched to Linux after hack

Linux is for doing, not socializing

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: The biggest problem Linux needs to overcome is the Linux community.

Introducing the ‘openSUSE Boosters’ Team

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Following its announcement in August, the dedicated openSUSE Boosters team held its inaugural meeting in Germany last week to plan its activities to promote the growth of openSUSE and its community. Who They Are:

Linux on everything!

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Linux

ugarro.com: My current work is mostly related to embedded devices. Many gadgets, like gps devices, pda, mobile phones, netbooks, etc. also run on linux these days. But, by no means, when I bought this tv, did I expect the following:

Gentoo in commercial environments

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Gentoo

gentooexperimental.org: I've been busy collecting some really great stories from people using Gentoo in places that I really didn't expect. There are some gems like this one:

7 cool VLC features worth knowing

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Software

sinaisix.blogspot: For most people, VLC is the favorite media player because it plays everything they throw at it without hiccups. No hunting for codec. But VLC can do a lot of other things as well.

Chinese IT shops love the free-ness of open source

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OSS

theregister.co.uk: If everything is free in the Land with No IP - not TCP/IP, but rather intellectual property - then it stands to reason that IT managers and programmers in China would love open source software.

Google Chrome OS on Chinese netbook next month?

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OS

cnet.com/blogs: Google announced their plans to make an operating system for computers earlier this summer, and its eagerly awaited release date is 'sometime in 2010'. But a Chinese manufacturer might be about to get a head-start.

Eyes on the Skies

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Software

barrons.com: AS THE DAYS GROW SHORTER AND THE NIGHT skies clearer (if also colder), gazing at the heavens through a telescope or binoculars can again be a delight. But it's much more fun if you know what you are looking at -- and the best thing for that is a good computer astronomy program.

openSUSE Weekly News #91 is out

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SUSE

Issue #91 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out.

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Security Leftovers

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

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.