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Bodhi Linux 1.0 review

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Linux

linuxaria.com: I liked from the beginning the idea behind Bodhi Linux and so I followed the progress of this young version of Linux and take advantage of version 1.0 (congratulations to Jeff and the entire team) to make a review.

KDE’s Dolphin tips and tricks

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KDE

ghacks.net: If you are using the latest, greatest KDE, then you are enjoying the default Dolphin file manager. So for those of you who do want to play by the rules, I thought it might be nice to offer up a few tips and tricks for the Dolphin file manager.

How Many People Use GNU/Linux? Lots!

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Linux

mrpogson.com: I was reading in the transcripts of IPI v RedHat that back in the day, 12 million unique IP addresses connected to RedHat and Fedora repositories to update/install systems. When I checked today, Fedora Project showed 1.913 million in a recent week.

Menu Bars in Dolphin (KDE)

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KDE

ppenz.blogspot: The menu bar has always been a kind of "holy grail" of user interface elements for me. Until I tried those applications I've been a strong opponent of those "menu bar violations". But after working a while with both approaches it seems that ribbons work very well.

Ubuntu has not solved the agency problem in community software development

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Ubuntu

abstractfactory.blogspot: I genuinely thought Ubuntu had a fighting chance of resolving this agency problem. Surely with a dictator taking responsibility for the entire desktop stack, there would be progress. When there's a bad corner of usability for a common user task, somebody will crack some heads and get it fixed.

The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 11.4 x86_64 [ISPConfig 2]

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SUSE
HowTos

This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 11.4 server (x86_64) that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. In the end you should have a system that works reliably, and if you like you can install the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig 2 (i.e., ISPConfig runs on it out of the box).

A neutral approach at GNOME Shell and a comparison with Unity

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Software
Ubuntu

ubunturocking.wordpress: Just 10 days to go for the release of the next version of the most popular X Desktop environment: GNOME 3. I decided to give its beta a try.

Zenwalk Linux 7.0 Screenshots Tour

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Linux

unixmen.com: Zenwalk 7.0 is released, This release brings several major changes at user level and system level. At user level, the Xfce desktop environment has been updated to major version 4.8.1, coming with a new VFS,

Slackware Linux 13.37 RC 3.1415926535897932384626433832 Released

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Slack

distrowatch.com: More fun with Slackware's version numbers as Patrick Volkerding announces the latest release candidate for the upcoming Slackware Linux 13.37:

New KWin Shadows

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KDE

blog.martin-graesslin.com: One of the features which got killed in the process of porting KWin’s Compositor to OpenGL ES was the Shadow effect. For some time already the Shadow effect was not on the level we expect from our components.

My review of Firefox 4

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Moz/FF
  • My review of Firefox 4
  • Firefox 4 Has Already Become More Popular Than IE9
  • Firefox 4 Review Round-Up: Critics Weigh In
  • Firefox 4: at a glance

some leftovers:

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News
HowTos
  • How to Install and Setup Gcc 4.1(g++4.1) in Ubuntu
  • Awesome 3.4.9 available in Mageia
  • Linux Basement Episode 68.5
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 20 March
  • Thoughts on the Future of FOSS on Modern Devices
  • Adventures in the shell
  • Linux Outlaws 197 - Don't Mess with the Gunmonkey
  • How to copy Flash Video in Firefox 4
  • OOo or LibO Personal/Family Budget Spreadsheet
  • L.G.C. |B-Reel| — 0 A.D. Alpha 4 Daedalus – First Look

Mageia 1 Alpha2 -- A Status Report

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Linux

On September 18, 2010, in response to Mandriva's liquidation of its “Edge-IT” subsidiary and the attendant layoff of a substantial share of its developers, a group consisting of former Mandriva developers and Mandriva community contributers announced their intention to form a non-profit organization and release a fork of Mandriva Linux called Mageia Linux.

How is the Mageia 1 release shaping up? This status report takes a look at Mageia Linux 1 Alpha 2 release (updated daily), from a KDE-user perspective.

Software users get to choose the best of both worlds

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OSS

zawya.com: Don’t believe everything you read about tech camps siding only with either proprietary software (PS) or open source software (OSS), says a Harvard Business School professor.

Ubuntu: Even the Computer-Averse Can Use It

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Ubuntu

dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot: Yesterday, I was talking to one of my relatives (whom I shall refer to as $relative) about computers, and I inquired as to whether $relative was still using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" that I had installed on $relative's laptop shortly before I left for college.

Full Circle, openSUSE Weekly out

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SUSE
Ubuntu
  • Full Circle #47 – out NOW!
  • openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 168 is out!

Common user interface mistakes in KDE applications, part 4: Being GNOME friendly

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KDE
Software

agateau.wordpress: This time I want to talk about being GNOME friendly. While that may sound odd for a KDE developer to think about GNOME, assuming we want our applications to reach the largest possible audience, we should try to ensure GNOME users get a pleasurable experience.

Debian 6 - does it get the credit it deserves? Absolutely not!

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Linux

linuxtweaking.blogspot: Since becoming interested in Linux I haven't really paid much attention to Debian. My first ever encounter with Debian was with Debian 5 and on a very old Mitac Laptop with an AMD Athlon Mobile processor. That was a positive experience because unlike the releases of Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu at that time it was the only distribution that worked on this laptop. However,

Update on Fedora 15 Development - GNOME 3 Shell Updates

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Linux
Software

montanalinux.org: I've been keeping up with Fedora 15 development. I installed a nightly build on my wife's dual-boot computer. I've noticed a few changes that came with some updates yesterday that I wanted to share:

Mandriva Application Manager preview

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MDV

blog.mandriva.com: Today we have posted the first publicly available screencast of the new Mandriva Application Manager (MAM) on youtube. It shows the basic look&feel.

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Linux Foundation on Value of GNU/Linux Skills

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GNU/Linux Servers as Buzzwords: "Cloud" and "IaaS"

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Ubuntu: Snapcraft, Intel, AMD Patches, and Telemetry

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft
    Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was initially created in 2014, but recently underwent rebranding efforts.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Certified on Select Intel NUC Mini PCs and Boards for IoT Development, LibreOffice 6.0.5 Now Available, Git 2.8 Released and More
    Canonical yesterday announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is certified on select Intel NUC Mini PCs and boards for IoT development. According to the Ubuntu blog post, this pairing "provides benefits to device manufacturers at every stage of their development journey and accelerates time to market." You can download the certified image from here. In other Canonical news, yesterday the company released a microcode firmware update for Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the Spectre vulnerability, Softpedia reports. The updated amd64-microcode packages for AMD CPUs are available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), "all AMD users are urged to update their systems."
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    JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HEARD THE END of Spectre, Canonical has released a microcode update for all Ubuntu users that have AMD processors in a bid to rid of the vulnerability. The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were made public at the beginning of this year, affecting literally billions of devices that had been made in the past two decades.
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Most secure Linux distros in 2018

Think of a Linux distribution as a bundle of software delivered together, based on the Linux kernel - a kernel being the core of a system that connects software to hardware and vice versa – with a GNU operating system and a desktop environment, giving the user a visual way to operate the system via a graphical user interface. Linux has a reputation as being more secure than Windows and Mac OS due to a combination of factors – not all of them about the software. Firstly, although desktop Linux users are on the up, Linux environments are far less common in the grand scheme of things than Windows devices on personal computers. The Linux community also tends to be more technical. There are technical reasons too, including fundamental differences in the way the distribution architecture tends to be structured. Nevertheless over the last decade security-focused distributions started to appear, which will appeal to the privacy-conscious user who wants to avoid the worldwide state-sanctioned internet spying that the west has pioneered and where it continues to innovate. Of course, none of these will guarantee your privacy, but they're a good start. Here we list some of them. It is worth noting that security best practices are often about process rather than the technology, avoiding careless mistakes like missing patches and updates, and using your common sense about which websites you visit, what you download, and what you plug into your computer. Read more