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Story LFTP 4.5.3 File Transfer Software Is for People Who Love the Terminal Rianne Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 9:16am
Story Open Source boost as Linux Conference heads to Auckland Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 7:15am
Story This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman CEO In The Male-Dominated Open-Source Software World Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 7:10am
Story When "Free" Can Suck. Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 6:49am
Story 5 Games You Can Play from Your Linux Command Line Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 6:43am
Story Mozilla brings Indian communities together Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:21pm
Story Linux 3.16-rc5 Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:12pm
Blog entry July's Record Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:06pm
Story GSRC Brings New & Updated GNU Packages Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:01pm
Story Cubietruck review Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 10:57pm

What Price Cool? Mac vs. PC

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OS

pcmag.com: There are two major platforms: Apple and Windows, and Macs generally cost more than PCs. Thus ends the latest propagandistic report. But what about Linux?

My PCLinuxOS 2009.1 Desktop

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PCLOS

penguiniplanetblog.blogspot: Not too long ago PCLinuxOS released two versions of the PCLOS 2009 distribution. One uses KDE 3.5, the Other uses Gnome 2.24.3. So, I was faced with a decision. Which would I choose?

3 Easy Ways to Test-Drive Linux

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Microsoft wants you to believe that their products are all you should ever have. Apple has been around as long as Microsoft, and are known for making elegant, stylish, user-friendly computers and other products. There is a third option, and that is the one that I prefer-- nice friendly, stout Linux desktop systems.

Distro Review - Arch Linux 2009.02

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: The Arch fans are always really passionate and enthusiastic in describing it to me; so I figured it was high time I found out for myself. After many broken promises and much procrastination, I finally made it onto Arch Linux and that’s where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks now.

N280 netbook has optional TV tuner

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: MSI has announced a netbook that uses Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor and offers an optional TV tuner. The "Wind U123" has a 10-inch display, 80GB, 120GB, or 160GB hard disk drives, "EasyFace" security software, and available HSDPA.

Browser wars 2009: Firefox, Chrome, & Internet Explorer

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Software
Moz/FF

blogs.computerworld: Over the last weeks, I've been working a lot with all three of the major Web browsers, and I've come to some conclusions.

Review: Sandisk Sansa Clip w/ Linux

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Hardware

montanalinux.org: I have always wanted a good quality audio player that works well with Linux and plays Ogg Vorbis files. Even though the Sansa Clip was originally released in 2007, I somehow missed it.

10 Expert Ubuntu Tricks

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Ubuntu
HowTos

pcworld.com: Recently I started work on a new Ubuntu tips book that will partner my existing title, Ubuntu Kung Fu. The new book is still being planned and won't be published until next year, but I thought I'd share 10 tips that are on my list to be included.

Vista/7 more secure than Linux and Mac OS X

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet.com: Operating system security is always a hotly contended subject, and last week Microsoft amped up the hype by claiming that Windows Vista and the soon-to-be-released 7 is the world’s most secure OS, beating both Linux and Mac OS X.

Expanding Linux desktop market

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: Quite a lot of people have given this prospect a thought. Can Linux become a serious player on the desktop market? Can it contest with Windows and MAC - and possibly even overcome them one day? Here's my view.

Introduction to GNU Screen

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Software

nixtutor.com: Screen is one of those tools you can’t live without once you know about it. In this guide we check out some of the most common uses of screen and give you an introduction to this wonderful utility.

Install Firefox 3.6 alpha1pre Minefield in Ubuntu (from repository)

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Ubuntu

You may ask why would you want to install Firefox 3.6 alpha1pre Minefield in Ubuntu. Well, for testing purposes of course.

5 Excellent ToDo List Apps For Linux

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Software

makeuseof.com: Most Gnome users probably use Evolution, the default PIM, to manage their tasks and ToDo lists. However, if you are like me, who is not a user of Evolution and are looking for a native standalone ToDo list app for your Linux machine, here are 5.

10 Individuals who have contributed the most to FOSS

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OSS

l2admin.com: This is a followup to my previous post on the top 5 companies involved in enterprise Linux. enjoy!

Two Linux Twitter Clients: Twidge and Tircd

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Software

itmanagement.earthweb: Most Twitter and other micro-blogging clients use the same interface as Twitter.com, but two new free software clients make Twitter easy to use from the command-line or an IRC client.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 298

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Review: First look at PC-BSD 7.1

  • News: Linux Foundation to include Novell Build Service, Moblin aims for 2-second boot, Fedora 11 64-bit beta re-issued, FreeBSD hits 20,000 ports, new Debian leader announced, Kubuntu prepares KDE 3 images, Ubunchu! manga
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 6 "Fluxbox" and "KDE", PC-BSD 7.1
  • Upcoming releases: Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0, Ubuntu 9.04 RC
  • New additions: Baltix GNU/Linux, Canaima GNU/Linux, Toorox
  • New distributions: TurnKey Linux, ayuOS
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Mandriva 2009.1 Preview and Screenshots

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MDV

techenclave.com: Mandriva one of the leading distro provider has finally released their last testing version for their upcoming spanking distro named 2009.1 Spring ... 2009.1 tries mend the flaws that 2009.0 came with..

Intel, Google warn of Open Source risks

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OSS

theinquirer.net: IN MOST OPEN sauce fairy tales, little Linux developers tremble in fear at the mention of the big, bad Vole, but with Google and Intel now seemingly joining Microsoft in its huffing and puffing, the story of open sourcery could do with a refresh.

Eeebuntu: The perfect netbook OS

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Ubuntu

blogs.techrepublic.com: Recently, I purchased a Linux-based EeePC. I bought it for easy “packing” so I could have the means to write in serious “go mode.” It worked well but there was something that bothered me a bit - the pre-installed OS.

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Leftovers: Software

  • HandBrake 1.0.2 Open-Source Video Transcoder Released for Linux, Mac and Windows
    After more than 13 years of development, the HandBrake open-source video transcoding app reached 1.0 milestone on Christmas Eve last year, and the second bugfix release is already available. HandBrake 1.0.2 is full of improvements and bug fixes enhancing the out-of-the-box video, audio, and subtitles support, but also adds various platform specific changes for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.
  • SMPlayer 17.1 Open-Source Video Player Introduces Chromecast Support, More
    It's been two and a half months since you last updated your SMPlayer open-source video player, and a new stable release is now available, versioned 17.1, with some exciting features. Sporting initial Chromecast support, SMPlayer 17.1 will let you send video files from your personal computer to your Chromecast device to watch them on your big-screen TV, or your friends for that matter. The feature supports both online and local sources, including those from popular video hosting services like YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Firefox 51 Released with FLAC Support, Better CPU Usage
    A new month means a new release of the venerable Mozilla Firefox web browser. Firefox 51 ships with FLAC support, WebGL 2, and a whole heap more — come see!
  • Mozilla Firefox 51.0 Now Available for Download, Supports FLAC Playback, WebGL 2
    It's not yet official, but the binary and source packages of the Firefox 51.0 web browser are now available for download on your GNU/Linux, macOS, or Microsoft Windows operating system. Mozilla will have the pleasure of unveiling the Firefox 51.0 release tomorrow, January 24, according to the official schedule, but you can already get your hands on the final version of the web browser by downloading the installers for your favorite OS right now from our website (links are at the end of the article).

OSS Leftovers

  • Berkeley launches RISELab, enabling computers to make intelligent real-time decisions
  • Amazon, Google, Huawei, and Microsoft sponsor UC Berkeley RISELab, AMPLab's successor
  • Brotli: A new compression algorithm for faster Internet
    Brotli is a new open source compression algorithm designed to enable an Internet that's faster for users. Modern web pages can often be made up of dozens of megabytes of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and that's before accounting for images, videos, or other large file content, which all makes for hefty downloads. Such loads are why pages are transferred in compressed formats; they significantly reduce the time required between a website visitor requesting a web page and that page appearing fully loaded on the screen and ready for use. While the Brotli algorithm was announced by Google in September 2015, only recently have the majority of web browsers have adopted it. The HTTP servers Apache and nginx now offer Brotli compression as an option. Besides Google, other commercial vendors (such as Cloudflare and DreamHost) have begun to deploy support for Brotli as well.
  • New Year’s resolution: Donate to 1 free software project every month
    Free and open source software is an absolutely critical part of our world—and the future of technology and computing. One problem that consistently plagues many free software projects, though, is the challenge of funding ongoing development (and support and documentation). With that in mind, I have finally settled on a New Year’s resolution for 2017: to donate to one free software project (or group) every month—or the whole year. After all, these projects are saving me a boatload of money because I don’t need to buy expensive, proprietary packages to accomplish the same things.
  • Toyota and Ford Promote Open Source Smartphone Interfaces
    Ford and Toyota have formed a four-automaker consortium to speed up the deployment of open source software for connected in-car systems, according to a report by Bloomberg. The SmartDeviceLink Consortium, which includes Mazda, PSA Group, Fuji, and Suzuki, aims to prevent Apple and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their vehicles. Suppliers Elektrobit, Harma, Luxoft, QNX, and Xevo have also joined the organization, which is named after an open source version of Ford’s AppLink connectivity interface, a system used in over 5 million vehicles globally.
  • What your code repository says about you
    "You only get one chance to make a first impression," the old saying goes. It's cliche, but nevertheless sound, practical advice. In the realm of open source, it can make the difference between a project that succeeds and a project that fails. That's why making a positive first impression when you release a repo to the world is essential—at least if your motivations involve gaining users, building a community of contributors, and attracting valuable feedback.
  • The Open Source Way of Reaching Across Languages
    I don’t speak Spanish, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn some important things from this video. The visuals alone are quite instructive. At my public library job, I mentor a number of wonderful Latino youth. One of them might ask me about open source CAD software — and I’ll direct them right to this FOSS Force article. Of course, I subscribed to the YouTube channel of the creator of this video, and also clicked on its like button. If the screencast creator comes back to look at this video in February, they’ll find that they have a number of new subscribers, a number of likes for the video and the video view count might be more than 100. All those indicators will be encouragement for them to make their next open source screencast. And so it goes. That’s how we support each other in the open source world.
  • School systems desperate for standards-aligned curricula find hope
    Open Up Resources is a nonprofit collaborative formed by 13 U.S. states that creates high-quality, standards-aligned open educational resources (OERs) that are openly licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Unlike other providers, Open Up Resources provides curriculum-scale OER options; they believe that while many people seem to know where to find supplemental materials, most curriculum directors would not know where to look if they were planning a textbook adoption next year.
  • Visual Studio Test joins Microsoft's open source push [Ed: More openwashing of proprietary software from Microsoft, which interjects surveillance into compiled code]
  • Microsoft Open-Sources DirectX Shader Compiler [Ed: Windows lock-in.]

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