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Story NHS open-source Spine 2 platform to go live next week Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 4:41am
Story What the Linux Foundation Does for Linux Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 3:54am
Story Arch-based Linux distro KaOS 2014.08 is here with KDE 4.14.0 Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 3:45am
Story diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 3:38am
Story GNU hackers discover HACIENDA government surveillance and give us a way to fight back Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 3:26am
Story Play Hexen, Quake I, and Quake II with 4MLinux Game Edition 9.1 Beta Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 3:21am
Story Firefox gets preliminary support for casting to Chromecast Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 2:45am
Story SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 2:37am
Story WebKitGTK+ 2.5.2 Drops GTK+2 Dependency Rianne Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 12:55am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 8:52pm

Gnome Elections: meet the candidates

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Software

stefanoforenza.com: Gnome Foundation elections are getting near, and the candidacies have already been submitted to the mailing list. Here’s an overview of the candidates, along with the copy paste of their candidacy mail.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to turn a photo into a card with GIMP

  • How to hide mouse pointer on secondary / TV screen
  • How to install Ubuntu themes
  • Emergency Swapfile: when your memory fills up
  • Date and Calendar Module in Drupal 5: Part 2
  • Giving New Life to Old Macs With Linux
  • Fixing Screen Artefacts with OpenOffice and Ubuntu Linux

Project Goblin - openSUSE And Moblin

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SUSE

suse.co.in: I can finally release my super secret project to you the lovely community: Project Goblin. You may well be asking "WTF is Goblin?!" and the answer is pretty simple really - our illustrious mascot Geeko + Moblin = Goblin.

Fedora 11: Virtual(ization) Reality

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Linux
Interviews

jaboutboul.blogspot: In an interview with Daniel P. Berrange, Red Hat Virt Team Engineer and Fedora Virtualization guru, we talk about the many key upgrades to virt technology in F11.

Comparing UNIX innovation

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Linux

This article compares and contrasted recent innovations and functionality improvements of UNIX

15 Beautiful KDM Themes

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KDE

junauza.com: If you are already bored with your simple KDE login screen, you can spice it up a little through theming. To help you, I have collected several user-submitted and ready-to-use KDM themes that I think would stand out above all others.

Flock 2.5 Delivers the Promise of Social Media on the Web

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Software

linux-mag.com: As you spend more-and-more of your time on the Internet and connecting with others, Flock can help to streamline repetitive social activities.

Canonical developers aim to make Android apps run on Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona, Canonical has unveiled a prototype Android execution environment that will allow Android applications to run on the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Getting to know Gnote

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Software

scottnesbitt.net: As someone who writes for a living, I tend to take a lot of notes. For a while, used an application called Tomboy for that purpose. It was a nifty little app, but it ran a bit slowly for my tastes. I heard about Gnote, which is a rewrite of Tomboy in C++. Of course, I decided to give it a try.

AMD Phenom II X3 On Linux

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Hardware

phoronix.com: With the Phenom II series there is the X3 and X4 line-up for triple-core and quad-core processors, respectively. In this article we are looking at how well the AMD Phenom II X3 710 performs under Ubuntu Linux.

Why Your Boss Wants You to Use Linux

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Linux
Humor

detector-pro.com: As you “already know” – boss knows the best. If bosses were given to choose an operating system which would be right for their employees, that will be Linux. Here is the reasons:

KDE 4.3 Beta 1: A Short Preview

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KDE

itnewstoday.com: As a KDE fan myself, I couldn’t wait to try it out. It took a while before Kubuntu packages were made available, however as soon as they were released I jumped on it and installed the beta on my laptop. What did I think of it?

Wii Fit board speaks to Linux

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Hardware

ostatic.com: One of the best things about technology and its innate hackability (intentional or otherwise) is the endless variety of seemingly mismatched hardware and software that end up working (logically, even) once a hack is finished.

Visual Polish in the Firefox 3.5 Themes

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Moz/FF

blog.mozilla.com/faaborg: We are now in the process of landing a few refreshed icons for the Firefox 3.5 themes. Across all 4 platforms roughly 25 of the icons are either being tweaked or are entirely new (there were some last minute feature additions, like geolocation). Here are a few highlights.

Do we need our own Linux?

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Linux

manilastandardtoday.com: I downloaded a pre-release version of Bayanihan 5, the upcoming version of the state-sponsored Linux distribution, hoping to put it through its paces. Unfortunately

Why You Want a Dell Mini 10v and not a Dell Mini 10

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Hardware

blog.ibeentoubuntu: Well, the Dell Mini 10v just came out, and it's cheaper. That's one reason to get it right there.

some odds & ends:

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News
  • Linux data backup and recovery strategies

  • Ubuntu Picks Up X Input 2 Support In PPA
  • Infiniband Strikes Back with Help from Linux
  • Announcing first Africa Open Source Fellowship in memory of Guido Sohne
  • Start-up built on free software
  • Geneva to migrate to Ubuntu
  • Got a Linux in the Law Office question?
  • Harvard using Drupal

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Automate Tasks In KDE

  • How to Create a Multi Part Tar File with Linux
  • Use an ISO as if it were a real CD
  • How to Convert RHEL 5 to CentOS 5
  • How to: add features to Firefox with Mozilla's new Jetpack
  • How To Change The Speed Dial Size In Opera
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Leftovers: OSS

  • Diving into Drupal: Princeton’s Multi-site Migration Success with Open-source
    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
    GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
  • Top open source projects
    TechRadar recently posted an article about "The best open source software 2017" where they list a few of their favorite open source software projects. It's really hard for an open source software project to become popular if it has poor usability—so I thought I'd add a few quick comments of my own about each.
  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
    Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well.
  • Dropbox’s tool shows how chatbots could be future of cybersecurity
    Disillusion with chatbots has set in across the tech industry and yet Dropbox’s deep thinkers believe they have spotted the technology’s hidden talent: cybersecurity.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
  • New Entroware Aether Laptop Pairs Intel Kaby Lake with Ubuntu
    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
    But we can be Free from Microsoft! As we saw above, there is a powerful – and now popular movement afoot to make alternative software available. The Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Project, both founded by Richard Stallman, provide Free software to users with licenses that guarantee users rights: the rights to view, modify, and distribute the software source code. With GNU-licensed software, such as Linux, the user is in complete control over the software they employ. And as people contribute to modify Free Software source code, and are required to share those modifications again, the aggregate creative acts give rise to the availability of many more, much more useful results. Value is created beyond what anyone thought possible, and our freedom multiplies.
  • Review of the week 2017/08
    This week we had to cancel a couple snapshots, as a regression in grub was detected, that caused issues on chain-loading bootloaders. But thanks to our genius maintainers, the issue could be found, fixed and integrated into Tumbleweed (and this despite being busy with hackweek! A great THANK YOU!). Despite those canceled snapshots, this review will still span 4 revisions: 0216, 0218, 0219 and 0224. And believe me, there have been quite some things coming your way.

Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
    Some people worry a lot about security issues. Anyone can worry about their personal information, such as credit card numbers, on the Internet. They can also be concerned with someone monitoring their activity on the Internet, such as the websites they visit. To help ease these frustrations about the Internet anyone can use the Internet without having to “look over their shoulder”.
  • Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces
    In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. With the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it. As consumers and denizens of the Internet, we have a responsibility to be aware of the risks we face and make an attempt to mitigate that risk by taking best-effort precautions. Poor password and authentication hygiene leaves a user open to risks such as credit card fraud and identity theft, just like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly can lead to cavities and gum disease. This leaves us with the question of what good password and authentication hygiene looks like. If we stick with the (admittedly poorly chosen) dentistry analogy, then there are five easily identifiable aspects of good hygiene.
  • Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare
  • Smoothwall Express
    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt
    Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017? (It's Season 10, Episode 17, if that information helps you.) The T-shirt appearance isn't as overt as Sheldon's mention of the Ubuntu Linux operating system way back in Season 3 (Episode 22, according to one YouTube video title), but it's an unusual return for Ubuntu to the world of "Big Bang."
  • Unity Explained: A Look at Ubuntu’s Default Desktop Environment
    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
  • A Look at Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi
    Installing Ubuntu MATE onto my Raspberry Pi 3 was straight forward. You can easily use Etcher to write the image to a microSD card, the partition is automatically resized to fill your microSD card when the pi is powered up for the first time, and then you are sent through a typical guided installer. Installation takes several minutes and finally the system reboots and you arrive at the desktop. A Welcome app provides some good information on Ubuntu MATE, including a section specific for the Raspberry Pi. The Welcome app explains that the while the system is based on Ubuntu MATE and uses Ubuntu armhf base, it is in fact using the same kernel as Raspian. It also turns out that a whole set of Raspian software has been ported over such as raspi-config, rpi.gpio, sonic-pi, python-sent-hat, omxplayer, etc. I got in a very simple couple of tests that showed that GPIO control worked.
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    This new release of Zorin OS Business takes advantage of the new features and enhancements in Zorin OS 12, our biggest release ever. These include an all new desktop environment, a new way to install software, entirely new desktop apps and much more. You can find more information about what’s new in Zorin OS 12 here.