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Story Nouveau In Linux 3.15: Maxwell Support, GPU Fault Recovery Work Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 12:32pm
Story Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Awarded William C. Friday Award Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 12:24pm
Story Windows 8 Update Might Delete GRUB2 and Set UEFI to Secure Boot Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 12:20pm
Story systemd 212 Arrives with Improvements for the Brightness Setting Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 11:57am
Story Microsoft's Website Thinks That All Linux Systems Are Windows 8.1 Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 11:53am
Story Nvidia Jetson TK1: most advanced hacker SBC? Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 11:28am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 10:04am
Story Review: Linux Mint MATE 201403 Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 9:44am
Story Inside Peppermint Linux - An interview with Shane Remington and Kendall Weaver Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 7:03am
Story Movie Players for Linux Rianne Schestowitz 26/03/2014 - 4:50am

Playing the numbers game 2008: number of Linux installations world wide

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liquidat.wordpress: The number of Linux users and installations is impossible to estimate. But there are several different statistical information available which can be used to at least get a rough idea of the number of Linux installations world wide.

Video: Fedora 10

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Linux Fedora 10 is out, and to celebrate that milestone, Fedora Project leader Paul Frields sat down with Red Hat community guru Greg DeKoenigsberg to talk about where Fedora’s been over the past five years and where it’s going.

A media player for the times: Songbird

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Software After about two years in the works, Pioneers of the Inevitable have released Songbird, a Mozilla-based music player, with which, POTI aims to do for music what Mozilla did with Firefox: provide an open source customizable multiplatform music player.

10 Ways To Trick Out Your Netbook for Free

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Software Netbooks are all the rage at the moment, with Asus predicting that it will sell 5 million of its Asus Eee PC netbooks by the end of this year. In this post, you’ll find 10 ways to pimp out your Windows or Linux netbook, without breaking the hardware resources bank.

Mingle brings group video chat to Linux

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Software The developers at Collabora have extended Jingle—a multimedia chat protocol for XMPP—so that it can support audio and video conversations with more than two participants. Support for this new XMPP extension, which they call Mingle, could eventually land in Empathy, the GNOME instant messaging client.

today's leftovers

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  • Yes, Linux can run Crysis!

  • Microsoft Should Worry Less About Live, More About Linux
  • I Want Sandy Back, Says Open Source Project
  • WiMAX deal "clears" Linux for takeoff
  • Yet another reason to use Linux instead of (Windows) Vista
  • From Evolution to Thunderbird (Part II)
  • Tux on a Groom's Cake
  • Q & A: Keith Curtis on Open Source
  • Nokia eyes wider use of Linux software in phones
  • SilverStone Fortress FT01
  • The Linux Newb: The Install
  • Mozilla Developer News Dec 02
  • Gentoo New Mplayer Real Support, dvdnav support
  • OpenOffice's UI will be getting a refurb
  • Reason to stay with Ubuntu 8.04
  • MySQL 5.1 released with crashing bugs
  • 40 Open Source Tools for Protecting Your Privacy
  • Blender Render Grid
  • Trumpet Windows Loudly--- Except When It's Malware Outbreaks
  • Open source phone gains "fat" distro

some howtos & such

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  • The Best Way To View Youtube in Ubuntu

  • OMG! I am running out of memory. What to do?
  • Hidden Linux : Doing the joins
  • Predicting Solaris 10 TCP Sequence Numbers Part 1: Initial Discovery
  • urpmi tricks
  • Keeping an eye on your network with PasTmon
  • Using Linux to Overcome Comcast's Policy of FUD
  • HowTo use Dig to check if a DNS server is using random source ports
  • Gentoo, build it like Lego.
  • Vim as typewriting tutor
  • Different signal handling under FreeBSD and Linux
  • Mandriva : Fixing input drivers issues in Cooker
  • Add right-click virus scanning capability to Nautilus
  • Where is All The Disk Space Going?
  • Dealing with Command Line Options in Python

Open-source developers set out software road map for 2020

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OSS (IDG): A group of open-source software advocates set out a road map for the software industry through 2020 at the Open World Forum conference in Paris on Tuesday.

Various Mandriva Things

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Frederik's Blog: Mandriva decided to end the contracts of at least Adam Williamson, Mandriva's community manager and Oden Eriksson, maintainer of the Apache, MySQL, PHP stack and other related packages. This has triggered a haevy reaction from the community now, with a public letter to the CEO being written, an online petition and people deciding not to spend money anymore to Mandriva, but instead spent it on other free software projects.

Konqueror is losing my conquest.

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KDE KDE comes with the everything including the kitchen sink konqueror program which acts as a file manager and browser although the file management part is being slowly replaced by dolphin. This leaves konquerors role to be primarily a web browser.

Silverlight for Linux : Moonlight 1.0 almost complete

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Software The beta version of Moonlight 1.0 is now available to download as a Firefox plug-in. The application, is the Linux version of Microsoft's rival to Flash, Silverlight. It makes it possible to play files such as WMV files under Linux.

NVIDIA 180.11 Linux Driver Released

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Software This afternoon, NVIDIA has pushed out another driver. The 180.11 Beta brings in a couple of fixes and improvements.

Open Source iTunes Competitor Songbird Officially Released

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Software Songbird is like an open source version of iTunes that handles just about everything that program does, while swapping out the iTunes store interface in favor of the world's music blogs.

Hands-on: KDE 4.2 beta 1 brings impressive improvements

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KDE The first beta release of KDE 4.2, the next major version in the KDE 4 series, was made available for download last week. Thousands of bugs have been fixed since the 4.1 release and many aspects of the environment are starting to feel very smooth and polished.

Whassup with Netbooks?

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Hardware It has suddenly become fashionable to diss the Netbook. Some of the blame goes to Intel, which didn’t understand who its buyers might be.

Excelixis 1.0: A new workbench

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Linux Excelixis is the awkwardly-renamed latest version of what was previously known as Workbench Linux. I liked that distro very much, so I was curious to see what (if any) improvements had been made.

Mozilla slates second Firefox 3.0 auto-update this week

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Moz/FF Mozilla Corp. said today that it will take another stab this week at convincing users running older versions of its Firefox browser to update to Version 3.0.

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is ready

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OS The OpenSolaris project developers have released the final version 2008.11, four weeks after the release candidate and in line with their six-monthly release cycle. Apart from Firefox 3, Gnome 2.24 and OpenOffice 3, which are mainly intended for desktop use, the operating system also offers a complete web stack.

Three graphical mount managers

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Software Mounting and unmounting filesystems used to be straightforward in GNU/Linux. However, with the addition of udev and the demand for hotswapping USB devices the process is now more complicated. That is where graphical mount managers such as Forelex Mount Manager, PySDM, and MountManager find their niche.

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Leftovers: KDE


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    The Cinnamon desktop environment is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Out of the box it offers a clean, fast and well configured desktop experience. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a little better with a few nifty extras. And that’s where Cinnamon Applets come in. Like Unity’s Indicator Applets and GNOME Extensions, Cinnamon Applets let you add additional functionality to your desktop quickly and easily.
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    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 335 commits, with 13631 lines added and 37699 lines removed.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Puppet Unveils New Docker Build and Phased Deployments
    Puppet released a number of announcements today including the availability of Puppet Docker Image Build and a new version of Puppet Enterprise, which features phased deployments and situational awareness. In April, Puppet began helping people deploy and manage things like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and CoreOS. Now the shift is helping people manage the services that are running on top of those environments.
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    At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin I gave a talk about Kubernetes titled "Why I love Kubernetes? Top 10 reasons." The response was great, and several folks asked me to write a blog about it. So here it is, with the first five reasons in this article and the others to follow. As a quick introduction, Kubernetes is "an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications" often referred to as a container orchestrator.
  • Website-blocking attack used open-source software
    Mirai gained notoriety after the Krebs attack because of the bandwidth it was able to generate — a record at well over 600 gigabits a second, enough to send the English text of Wikipedia three times in two seconds. Two weeks later, the source code for Mirai was posted online for free.
  • Alibaba’s Blockchain Email Repository Gains Technology from Chinese Open Source Startup
    Onchain, an open-source blockchain based in Shanghai, will provide technology for Alibaba’s first blockchain supported email evidence repository. Onchain allows fast re-constructions for public, permissioned (consortium) or private blockchains and will eventually enable interoperability among these modes. Its consortium chain product, the Law Chain, will provide technology for Ali Cloud, Alibaba’s computing branch. Ali Cloud has integrated Onchain’s Antshares blockchain technology to provide an enterprise-grade email repository. Onchain provides the bottom-layer framework for Ali Cloud, including its open-source blockchain capabilities, to enable any company to customize its own enterprise-level blockchain.
  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
    If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use DRM for HTML5 media should now just work, such as Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, the Netflix crew haven't 'flicked a switch' yet behind the scenes for Firefox on Linux, meaning if you run Netflix in the Mozilla browser at the moment, you'll likely just come across the old Silverlight error page. But there is a workaround. For some reason, Netflix still expects Silverlight when it detects the user is running Firefox, despite the fact that the latest Firefox builds for Linux now support the HTML5 DRM plugin.
  • IBM Power Systems solution for EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server
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  • How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
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OSS in the Back End

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