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8 Essential OpenOffice Extensions

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OOo

junauza.com: OpenOffice is already a complete desktop office suite that is at par in terms of features with the proprietary Microsoft Office. However, its functionality can still be improved by utilizing useful extensions that are easily available.

Review: gNewSense Version 2.2

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Linux

raiden.net: The gNewSense project today announced version 2.2 of its free GNU/Linux distribution. This is the second point update to the release codenamed 'deltah'. We're especially excited to see that, as a result of the cooperation between SGI and the FSF to relicense the core 3D library code as free software, today's release re-introduces GLX.

The Merits of Control-Alt-Backspace, or Geeks vs. Reality

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: For the release of Jaunty, the Ubuntu developers decided to disable the control-alt-backspace shortcut for killing the graphical X session. This move prompted a lot of complaining from advanced users.

Wireless Linux group chalks out ambitious plans

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Linux

reuters.com: Open-source wireless Linux foundation LiMo aims to grow its share of the mobile phone operating system market, dominated by Nokia, by adding about 10 members and launching 20 new models this year.

Why are we pinning Linux desktop hopes on netbooks

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Linux

infoworld.com: Consumers already have a user experience in mind when using a device focused on personal computing tasks. That experience is largely Microsoft Windows-based.

Ubuntu - Embed a Terminal into Your Desktop using Compiz [Howto]

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Ubuntu

I guess you could use a screenlet or something similar to embed a terminal into your desktop, but I want to have it transparent, with no titlebar or border and basically to look like my wallpaper has a terminal. For that, i used Compiz and this is what it looks like:

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 released

  • I Can Name That Distro in Two Notes
  • Flash isn't going open source, but it may already be more open than Moonlight
  • State IT Agency to host FOSS vendor day
  • Linux Netbooks: What's the Secret Sauce for Sales?
  • How the Debian OpenSSL bug almost spawned a disaster
  • Microsoft’s Linux Rivals Try to Head Off Acrimony
  • Comux 010101
  • The Future Of Gnome DE Looks Promising
  • How Old is that Data on the Hard Drive?
  • The Battle for ODF Interoperability
  • The best Linux disk cloning software - Mephisto Backup 1.5
  • What kept me from sticking to Ubuntu as a desktop solution
  • redhat.com - 2nd round
  • World’s Smallest Computer Runs on Ubuntu
  • ODF Alliance Finds Serious Shortcomings Office 2007 SP2 ODF
  • Video: Open source government
  • Leading Voices - Michael Tiemann, VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat
  • Drupal is a Webware 100 winner for the third year in a row
  • about:mozilla 05/19

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Convert Any Video File Format Under Linux

  • Fix Slow Or Hanging Thunderbird Email Client
  • How to install Chromium (Google Chome) on Gentoo Linux
  • Gedit won't save to SSHFS mount, cured
  • Get to know Linux: Removing files
  • How to setup and use YUM on Fedora Linux
  • How to get ath5k working on Jaunty
  • Jargon Jam - Repo
  • Comandline 101: Aliases for Common Commands
  • Debian Lenny 5.0.1 PXE initrd update

The KDE 4.3 beta: KDE Returns to Incremental Releases

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KDE

earthweb.com: With the release of the KDE 4.3 beta, the project is returning to incremental releases, and concentrating on customization and ease of use on the desktop, the panel, and system settings.

Musix To My Ears

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Linux

beginlinux.wordpress: Musix is a Live CD/DVD Linux operating system that is based on the popular Debian distro. Musix focuses on the x86 processor and contains many audio production, graphic design, and general applications.

Hands-on: Intel brings rich UI to Moblin Linux platform

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Linux

arstechnica.com: Intel has unveiled the next-generation user interface of Moblin, the company's open source Linux platform for netbooks and mobile Internet devices. We tested it on real netbook hardware so that we could give you a detailed hands-on look.

Lundumb

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OSS

blogbeebe.blogspot: Coward? You're calling Linux Hater a coward? Do you know who the real coward in the Linux community is? Her name is Pamela Jones. Yeah, that Pamela Jones, keeper of Groklaw.

My good ol’ friend PC-BSD 7.1

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BSD

blog.hydrasystemsllc: While I continue to use GNU/Linux, I still hold an emotional tie to BSD-based operating systems. It was not until recently that I had decided to give the latest version of PC-BSD a try.

Desktop Linux: it ain't a better Windows

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Linux

itwire.com: One debate which the FOSS community will never give up on is the one about GNU/Linux on the desktop. No matter that the two big companies which were once interested in putting GNU/Linux on the desktop have now officially given up.

Linux Hater is an Excuse Lover

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Linux

lunduke.com: Oh good. Linux Hater has replied to my challenge to stop being anonymous and debate me. And, look at that, it is a numbered list of excuses why he isn’t going to man up.

One week slip of Fedora 11 Release

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Linux

redhat.com: In a meeting today between Release Engineering, QA, and various team leads, we decided to enact a 7 day slip of the Fedora 11 release date.

Slackware64 -current made public!

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Slack

slackware.com: Ready or not, Slackware has now gone 64-bit with an official x86_64 port being maintained in-sync with the regular x86 -current branch.

Using PHP directly from the command line on Linux and UNIX

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Linux

Learn how to use PHP directly from the command line on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X (running BSD) or some other flavor of UNIX

Trademarks: Open Source Friendly (TM)

pcworld.com: Keir Thomas calls trademarks a menace to open source, but I couldn't disagree more. When used properly, like copyright, trademarks are a handy tool to protect and promote open source projects.

Intro to AwesomeWM

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Software

tuxtraining.com: awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license.

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New GNU/Linux Releases: TheSSS, Arkas OS, Black Lab, and Parrot

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    4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia about the availability of a special edition of the TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) Live Linux operating system. Carrying the same version number as the original TheSSS release, namely 21.0, and dubbed TheSSS7, the new flavor ships with more recent PHP packages from the 7.0.x series. Specifically, TheSSS7 includes PHP 7.0.15, while TheSSS comes with PHP 5.6.30.
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  • Black Lab Linux 8.1 Out Now with LibreOffice 5.3, It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    Softpedia was informed today by the Black Lab Software project about the general availability of the first point release to the Black Lab Linux 8.0 operating system series. Serving as a base release to the company's enterprise offerings and equipped with all the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel from the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, Black Lab Linux 8.1 comes with up-to-date components and the latest security patches ported from Ubuntu's repositories as of February 15, 2017. "Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.1. Our first incremental release to the 8.0 series. In this release we have brought all security updates up to Feb 15, 2017, as well as application updates," said Roberto J. Dohnert, CEO of Black Lab Software.
  • Parrot 3.5 – Call For Betatesters
    We did our best to prepare these preview images including all the updates and the new features introduced since the last release, but now we need your help to understand how to make it even better, and of course we need your help to understand if there is something that doesn’t work as expected or something that absolutely needs to be included in the final release.

Linux and Graphics

  • Linux Kernel 4.10 Now Available for Linux Lite Users, Here's How to Install It
    Minutes after the release of Linux kernel 4.10 last evening, Jerry Bezencon from the Linux Lite project announced that users of the Ubuntu-based distribution can now install it on their machines. Linux 4.10 is now the most advanced kernel branch for all Linux-based operating systems, and brings many exciting new features like virtual GPU support, better writeback management, eBPF hooks for cgroups, as well as Intel Cache Allocation Technology support for the L2/L3 caches of Intel processors.
  • Wacom's Intuos Pro To Be Supported By The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    Jiri Kosina submitted the HID updates today for the Linux 4.11 kernel cycle.
  • Mesa 13.0.5 Released for Linux Gamers with over 70 Improvements, Bug Fixes
    We reported the other day that Mesa 13.0.5 3D Graphics Library will be released this week, and it looks like Collabora's Emil Velikov announced it earlier this morning for all Linux gamers. Mesa 13.0.5 is a maintenance update to the Mesa 13.0 stable series of the open source graphics stack used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux distributions, providing gamers with powerful drivers for their AMD Radeon, Nvidia, and Intel GPUs. It comes approximately three weeks after the Mesa 13.0.4 update.
  • mesa 13.0.5

Interview: Thomas Weissel Installing Plasma in Austrian Schools

With Plasma 5 having reached maturity for widespread use we are starting to see rollouts of it in large environments. Dot News interviewed the admin behind one such rollout in Austrian schools. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Top Lightweight Linux Distributions To Try In 2017
    Today I am going to discuss the top lightweight Linux distros you can try this year on your computer. Although you got yourself a prettyLinuxle linux already but there is always something new to try in Linux. Remember I recommend to try this distros in virtualbox firstly or with the live boot before messing with your system. All distro that I will mention here will be new and somewhat differ from regular distros.
  • [ANNOUNCE] linux-4.10-ck1 / MuQSS CPU scheduler 0.152
  • MSAA Compression Support For Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver
    Intel developer Jason Ekstrand posted a patch over the weekend for enabling MSAA compression support within the ANV Vulkan driver.
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 31
    As we announced in the previous report, our 31th Scrum sprint was slightly shorter than the usual ones. But you would never say so looking to this blog post. We have a lot of things to talk you about!
  • Comparing Mobile Subscriber Data Across Different Sources - How accurate is the TomiAhonen Almanac every year?
    You’ll see that last spring I felt the world had 7.6 Billion total mobile subscriptions when machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are included. I felt the world had 7.2 Billion total subscriptions when excluding M2M and just counting those in use by humans. And the most relevant number (bottom line) is the ‘unique’ mobile users, which I felt was an even 5.0 Billion humans in 2015. The chart also has the total handsets-in-use statistic which I felt was 5.6 Billion at the end of 2015. Note that I was literally the first person to report on the distinction of the unique user count vs total subscriptions and I have been urging, nearly begging for the big industry giants to also measure that number. They are slowly joining in that count. Similarly to M2M, we also are now starting to see others report M2M counts. I have yet to see a major mobile statistical provider give a global count of devices in use. That will hopefully come also, soon. But lets examine these three numbers that we now do have other sources, a year later, to see did I know what I was doing.