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The best news Linux could ever receive: LinuxWorld's a bust

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cnet.com: The latest proof that Linux has conquered the corporate data center crowd: LinuxWorld is a dud. The relatively sparse turnout reflects that change in perception. Some parts of the floor at San Francisco's cavernous Moscone convention center were so thinly populated that you could have run a pickup game of Frisbee football without risk of smacking into bystanders.

Also: The Last LinuxWorld Expo?

Lightweight GNOME alternative emerges

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desktoplinux.com: A fast, fast-booting, implementation of GNOME aimed at netbooks and older hardware has emerged, and shows "a lot of promise." LXDE has already stacked up a heap of distribution partners.

GNOME 2.23.6 Released

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gnome.org: FREEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZEEE! That's it. We're feature frozen now. This means what you have in 2.23.6 is a good approximation of what you'll get in 2.24.0.

openSUSE TV

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opensuse.org: Some may know about the Geeko’s Tube, I’m not so sure that many do though. There has been for a while now tube.opensuse.org, this is the official repository of videos by openSUSE people.

Record your desktop with Linux tools

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linux.com: You can capture video of all of the amazing things happening on your desktop with one of Linux's many screencasting applications. These programs are perfect for creating demonstrations for blogs and tutorials, and for illustrating projects with more than just still images.

Wine sucks and I'm not going to pretend otherwise

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yokozar.livejournal: Wine is a lot like my cell phone. It sucks, but it would be really awesome if it didn't. As much as we'd like to, we can't give up on it entirely. So the only reasonable thing to do is try and make it suck less.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Cairo-Dock - Desktop dock for openSUSE Linux

  • Inkscape tutorial: creating a simple ribbon
  • Howto use SSH local and remote port forwarding
  • Faking filesystem access
  • Portscan in one line
  • VirtualBox in Gentoo
  • Ubuntu Linux Install GDesklets GNOME Program
  • Putting Ubuntu on the R400
  • Recursive FTP with the command line
  • Customizing Amonymous Comments In Drupal
  • Fixing Windows MBR with Ubuntu 8.04.1 Live-CD
  • Fix Your MTRR on Gentoo with Thinkpad x61 Intel x3100
  • A Guide to Linux Graphics Software 01: bitmap vs vector

Desktop Linux still DOA

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blogs.ft.com: One of the great tech non-events of the last few years involves Linux on PCs. Every so often, another wave of hype washes in about how companies are finally going to ditch their Windows machines in favour of the open-source operating system and productivity apps.

8 Useful Adobe AIR Applications That Work In Linux

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makeuseof.com: While we have previously covered some of the cool AIR applications, most of them are meant for the Windows/Mac platform. For Linux users who are constantly looking for AIR applications, here is a list of 8 useful AIR applications that we have tested and found them to be working in Linux.

Today’s the big day: openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo

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zonker.opensuse: Hello from San Francisco! LinuxWorld Expo is going pretty well so far — we ran out of DVDs at the booth yesterday, which was a pleasant problem to have.

Reiser4 Update

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kerneltrap.org: "I have had to apply the reiser4 patches from -mm kernels to vanilla based patchset for over a year now. Reiser4 works fine, what will it take to get it included in vanilla?" began a brief thread on the Linux Kernel mailing list. Theodore Ts'o offered several links detailing the reamining issues with Reiser4.

We Don't Need Another Linux Hater

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junauza.com: While going over Linux Hater's Blog, I can best describe it as Béranger on anabolic steroids. I'm sorry if I can't find a better description than that, but for clarity sake, I would simply put Linux Hater's blog as a series of rants against Linux as well as other open source software.

Low-power netbooks run Linux

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: A Germany-based retailer called One is shipping four branded, Linux-based netbooks that consume only 3.5 Watts apiece. The One A440, A110, A115, and A140 are all based on the Via C7-M Ultra Low Voltage processor (ULV), and come with integrated Via graphics chips.

A New Acceleration Architecture For X

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phoronix.com: XAA, or the XFree86 Acceleration Architecture, is over twelve years old and finally in 2005 it was greeted by a replacement, EXA. EXA was designed to offer speed improvements over XAA by accelerating more options and enhancing X's RENDER extension.

Ulteo: What Gael Did Next

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: Almost immediately upon leaving Mandrakesoft, he began making teasing statements about his next project, claiming it would revolutionise the way we use computers. The Ulteo project, as it became known, was all about freeing us from our home desktops.

9 + 5 things you’ll get with Fedora 10

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fabrizioballiano.net: Fedora 10 will be released on 28th October 2008, let’s take a look at what some of the upcoming features, 9 of them have been accepted by the team, 5 more are still in the “proposed” state.

interesting Press Releases

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Linux
  • Freespire Returns to Debian Roots

  • VMware Joins The Linux Foundation
  • gOS Announces gOS 3 Gadgets -- the Newest Version of Its Linux OS

Mozilla reveals the Firefox of the future?

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Moz/FF

pcpro.co.uk: Mozilla has unveiled a spectacular new concept browser, dubbed Aurora. The bleeding-edge browser is part of a new Mozilla Labs initiative, in which the open-source foundation is encouraging people to contribute ideas and designs for the browser of the future.

Linux is a platform, not an OS

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raiden.net: There is one thing that many people have yet failed to realize, and that is that Linux is a platform, not an OS. Now as bizarre as that may sound, if you truly think about it, you'll realize that I'm right.

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    It’s been a while since I wrote a post here. A lot has happened since then. Now Gnome-games fully supports PlayStation games, with snapshoting capabilities. The next thing I’m working on is multi-disc support, specially for PlayStation titles. So far, there’s a working propotity although a lot needs to be re-engineered and polished. This last part of the project has involved working both in UI, persistance and logic layers.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 11
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 22 commits, with 6199 lines added and 1763 lines removed.
  • [Solus] Replacement of Release Schedule
    In the not so distant past, Solus followed a static point release model. Our most current release at this time is 1.2, with a 1.2.1 planned to drop in the near future. However, we also recently announced our move to a rolling release model. As such, these two schools of thought are in contradiction of one another.
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  • July ’16 security fixes for Java 8
    On the heels of Oracle’s July 2016 security updates for Java 8, the icedtea folks have released version 3.1.0 of their build framework so that I could create packages for OpenJDK 8u101_b13 or “Java 8 Update 101 Build 13” (and the JRE too of course).
  • Pipelight update
    I decided to do an update of my “pipelight” package. I had not looked at it for a long time, basically because I do not use it anymore, but after I upgraded my “wine” package someone asked if I could please write up what could be done for wine-pipelight. As you know, pipelight is a Linux plugin wrapper for Mozilla-compatible browsers which lets you install and use Windows plugins on Linux. This configuration enables you to access online services which would otherwise be unavailable to you on a Linux platform. The pipelight plugin wrapper uses wine to load the Windows software.
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Student survey data shows Open Source training uptake amongst women and young people remains extreme
    Future Cert, the UK and Ireland representative for the LPI (Linux Professional Institute), is calling for more awareness of Open Source software training amongst the under 21s and especially women, which the industry is so desperately in need of. New figures from a recent Future Cert student survey reveals that the number of women and young people taking LPI Certification in Open Source computing remains extremely low. Of those questioned, 98% were male, and just 2% were female, taking an LPI exam. This figure is significantly less than an already low figure of around 15% to 17% of women in IT careers in general. It raises the question, what does the industry need to do to make an Open Source career attractive to women?
  • Quality in open source: testing CRIU
    Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace, or CRIU, is a software tool for Linux that allows freezing a running application (or part of it) and checkpointing it to disk as a collection of files. The files can then be used to restore and run the application from the point where it was frozen. The distinctive feature of the CRIU project is that it is mainly implemented in user space. Back in 2012, when Andrew Morton accepted the first checkpoint/restore (C/R) patches to the Linux kernel, the idea to implement saving and restoring of running processes in user space seemed kind of crazy. Yet, four years later, not only is CRIU working, it has also attracted more and more attention. Before CRIU, there had been other attempts to implement checkpoint/restore in Linux (DMTCP, BLCR, OpenVZ, CKPT, and others), but none were merged into the mainline. Meanwhile CRIU survived, which attests to its viability. Some time ago, I implemented support for the Test Anything Protocol format into the CRIU test runner; creating that patch allowed me to better understand the nature of the CRIU testing process. Now I want to share this knowledge with LWN readers. [...] The CRIU tests are quite easy to use and available for everyone. Moreover, the CRIU team has a continuous-integration system that consists of Patchwork and Jenkins, which run the required test configurations per-patch and per-commit. Patchwork also allows the team to track the status of patch sets to make the maintainer's work easier. The developers from the team always keep an eye on regressions. If a commit breaks a tree, the patches in question will not be accepted.
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