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Why GNU/Linux for academics and why Debian in particular?

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cddesjardins.wordpress: This is an attempt to explain my position as to why I use GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/Linux, in particular, and why you as a reader, surfer, or couch academic, should want to run GNU/Linux and Debian.

Two Open Source Tools for Photographers

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scribblesandsnaps.wordpress: digiKam is a truly versatile and powerful application for managing and tweaking photos, but it’s not the only photographic tool around. In fact, there are a few other nifty open source utilities that can make great additions to your photographic toolbox. Here are a couple.

Review: Linux Browsers

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  • Review: Linux Browsers, Part 1
  • Review: Linux Browsers, Part 2
  • Browser Wars: The Sequel

Stallman and Free Software Foundation launch Day Against DRM

computerworlduk.com: Tuesday May 4 has been named as this year's Day against Digital Rights Management (DRM) by the President of the Free Software Foundation.

Pocketing Police

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doctormo.wordpress: An odd bit of news from the xorg foundation. During some discussion on their mailing list about missing funds it became apparent that PayPal had simply taken $5k of their money.

iPlayer On, iPlayer Off

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linuxjournal.com: The BBC's iPlayer has long been a thorn in the side of the Open Source community. Since it entered public beta in mid-2007, the BBC has consistently flip-flopped between completely ignoring FOSS users, serving them third-rate pacifier versions.

The Linux Desktop Expansion

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pcplus.techradar.com: There are three reasons why Linux isn’t succeeding on the desktop, and none of them are to do with missing functionality, using the command line or the politics of free software.

Analysis: Ubuntu 10.04 Keeping Pace, Or More, With Windows 7

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crn.com: The Ubuntu community released Alpha 3 of the next-generation Lucid Lynx version of its desktop OS, and it's becoming increasingly clear that Microsoft will have difficulty putting any daylight between Windows 7 and the free operating system.

Beautify your Ubuntu desktop using the software center

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mybroadband.co.za/blogs: There is nothing wrong with wanting to spruce up your computing environment. Sure there are those who live and breathe more than comfortably in a console environment but if you function in a GUI then appearances can matter.

Say, this is almost as easy as Linux!

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blogs.computerworld.com: But next morning it's fish who gets a panicked call from the user, who tells fish that nothing is working and can he please come right over to take a look? Fish knows he's not up on the latest Windows issues, so he heads to the user's desk with a bit of trepidation.

Mint Enlightenment

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linuxcritic.wordpress: A couple of weeks back I was talking with my Dad about what to do with his nearly-antiquated laptop (meaning from 2002.) Having had recent experience with lightweight linux distros and window managers, I decided to shop around a bit and see what else was out there.

Early peak into Gnome 3’s potential

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gnome.org/seth: I am stoked to be designing a Gnome that kicks ass for hackers too. McCann is right: the ‘choice‘ between design for office monkeys and hacking monkeys is a false dichotomy.

Linux users, the coolest cats in town

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computerworlduk.com: My experience of individuals in the Open Source Software community, has been and continues to be, a privilege. They are amongst the most able and independent thinkers I have met.

Fedora 13 Alpha Pushed Back By A Week

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phoronix.com: The first alpha release of Fedora 13 (codenamed Goddard) was going to be due out next week, but that release is now pushed back by a week.

Ubuntu Music & Backgrounds

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  • 20 Breathtaking Ubuntu Studio Wallpaper Collection
  • Ubuntu One Music Store FAQ

Lubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3 Released (w/ Screenshots)

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The most important changes in Lubuntu Alpha 3 are 4 new default applications: Chromium for the browser, gnome-mplayer as the default media player, Wicd has been replaced with the Network Manager and Pcmanfm2 as the default file manager.

But there are a lot of visual changes too. Full Story

today's leftovers:

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  • Where is Mozilla Ubiquity?
  • How to install Sodipodi SVG Vector Editor in Ubuntu
  • How to create a Gentoo USB installation medium
  • Boxee Beta Newer Version Released
  • Forget Linux for Dummies: now it’s Linux for Grannies
  • Iceweasel hullabaloo, part eleventy-two
  • OLPC breaks 1,000 machine barrier
  • DtO: Geekette's Syndrome
  • Kernel Newbies: Linux 2 6 33
  • Open Source Advocates Lobby Obama
  • Software industry's false choice for governments
  • Spanish government's adds software development site to OSOR's list
  • Things I've Learned about eReaders
  • Banshee 1.5.4 Released
  • Ubuntu Now Available to Fed Customers on GSA Advantage
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #342 2/24/10
  • Linux Outlaws 137 - Bing!

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Add medibuntu sources to install more useful softwares in Ubuntu
  • OpenOffice Keyboard Shortcuts
  • How to Control the CPU Usage of a Process w/ cpulimit
  • Gentoo, awesome and themes
  • How To: Change Timezone
  • Switching Between Absolute and Relative Cell References in OOo Calc
  • remap Control to Caps_Lock Key
  • How To Run Ubuntu in Windows 7 with VMware Player
  • Linux Howto: Cleaning up Your GRUB 2 Menu (part 2)
  • Turn Your Linux Box into a Home Theater with Boxee

A Return to Linux: Review of Ubuntu

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timgray.blogspot: I have been a linux guy ever cince the pre 1.0 release days. I cut my teeth after the home PC on a real os with a login to a local BBS as an admin on a Unix machine, a Cromemco running Cromix. But about 5 years ago Linux became "unusable" for me at home.

Ogg Theora vs. H.264: head to head comparisons

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arstechnica.com: Streaming video websites like YouTube face growing pressure from consumers to provide support for native standards-based Web video playback. The HTML5 video element provides the necessary functionality to build robust Web media players without having to depend on proprietary plugins, but the browser vendors have not been able to build a consensus around a video codec.

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Debian/Ubuntu: Q4OS, Ubuntu Dock and LXD Weekly Status Update

  • There's Now a Windows 10 Installer for the Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distribution
    The Q4OS development team is pleased to inform us today about the immediate availability for download of a Windows installer for their Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution, Q4OS, allowing users to create a dual-boot environment on their PCs. For those not familiar to Q4OS, it's an open-source and free Linux distro based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), which resembles the look and feel of the old-school KDE 3.5 desktop environment. Created with an emphasis on Windows users who want to migrate to a free, open-source, and more secure operating system, Q4OS now lets them install the distribution alongside Microsoft Windows in an easy manner, without having to do any modifications to your personal computer or install any other apps.
  • Ubuntu Dock Now Has Dynamic Transparency
    Ubuntu devs have listened to our gripe on the jarring contrast between GNOME 3.26's transparent top bar and the Ubuntu Dock.
  • Ubuntu Dock Features Adaptive Transparency on Ubuntu 17.10, Here's How It Works
    Ubuntu contributor Didier Roche continues his development on the look and feel of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, and today he announced that Ubuntu Dock is getting adaptive transparency. Canonical confirmed that Ubuntu 17.10 would come with the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment by default, though the default session has suffered numerous modifications compared to the vanilla one to make things easier for those using the Unity interface on Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Most probably, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users won't upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10, but we're sure Ubuntu 17.04 users will because it'll reach end of life in about four months from the moment of writing, sometime in January 2018. Therefore, Canonical wants to make their Unity to GNOME transition as painless as possible.
  • LXD: Weekly Status #15
    This week has been pretty quiet as far as upstream changes since half the team was attending the Open Source Summity, the Linux Plumbers Conference and the Linux Security Summit in Los Angeles, California.

Events: KDE/Randa 2017 and Linux Foundation

  • KMyMoney’s Łukasz Wojniłowicz in Randa
    Please read the following guest post from Łukasz who joined me last week in Randa to work on KMyMoney.
  • Randa 2017 – Databases are back to KMyMoney
    On the morning of Day 5 we chased and fixed a problem that was introduced a long time ago but never caused any trouble. The code goes back into the KDE3 version of KMyMoney and was caused by some changes inside Qt5. The fix prevents a crash when saving a transaction which opens an additional dialog to gather more information (e.g. price information). With the help of other devs here in Randa, we were able to drill down the problem and update the code to work on KF5/Qt5 keeping the existing functionality.
  • Randa 2017 – Days 3 and 4
    On Day 3, we started out at 7:02 as usual with the team responsible for breakfast meeting in the kitchen. KMyMoney wise, we worked some more on keyboard navigation and porting to KF5. The dialog to open a database and the logic around it have been rewritten/fixed, so that it is now possible to collect the information from the user and proceed with opening. The database I have on file for testing does not open though due to another problem which I still need to investigate.
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    Unikernels are small and fast and give Docker a run for its money, while at the same time still giving stronger features of isolation, says Florian Schmidt, a researcher at NEC Europe, who has developed uniprof, a unikernel performance profiler that can also be used for debugging. Schmidt explained more in his presentation at Xen Summit in Budapest in July. Most developers think that unikernels are hard to create and debug. This is not entirely true: Unikernels are a single linked binary that come with a shared address space, which mean you can use gdb. That said, developers do lack tools, such as effective profilers, that would help create and maintain unikernels.