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PCLinuxOS 2010.12 Holiday CD's available

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We uploaded some freshly baked ISOS for PCLinuxOS to the repositories. They are gui hot and delicious. PCLinuxOS 2010.12 holiday CDs are now available for KDE 4, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE and Enlightenment desktops featuring the latest updates from the PCLinuxOS software repository. All CD features kernel 2.6.33.7bfs kernel for maximum desktop performance. Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 154 is out

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Jolicloud 1.1 - Very good, but impolite

dedoimedo.com: A few things have changed since my last Jolicloud review. One, Chrome OS was released into the wild. Moblin became MeeGo. Cloud became the rage of the modern society. Most importantly, Jolicloud is no longer Atom-only.

Humble Bundle #2 Breaches $900k, On Way To $1M USD

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phoronix.com: While this unique game offering has just been going on for three days, the developers have already raked in more than $900,000 USD. At the time of writing they have banked away $911,134.35 and it looks like over the weekend they should exceed $1 million USD.

Developer defends claims of backdoors in OpenBSD

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BSD

itwire.com: Perry, chief executive of a company named GoVirtual, told iTWire: "I have absolutely, positively nothing to gain from making those statements to Theo, and only did so to encourage a source code audit of the OpenBSD Project. If I had this to do over again, I would have sent an anonymous postcard to WikiLeaks.

OpenIndiana development release oi_148 hit public, download available

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techonia.com: OpenIndiana Project Team announced the next development release of OpenIndiana operating system to oi_148.

Opera 11 Benchmarked

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digitizor.com: A couple of days ago Opera 11 was released. The new release of Opera has generated great interest from users resulting in record download numbers for Opera. Today we decided to benchmark Opera 11 to see how it stack up against the latest that other browsers are coming up with.

Pimp My PIM!

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KDE
Software

agateau.wordpress: I worked a bit on some user-interface improvements for kdepim applications. So far I worked on KOrganizer and Akregator.

Realtek gigabit network performance in Linux sucks

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Hardware

linuxtweaking.blogspot: Recently I have been doing a lot of network file transfers between a few PCs but the very slow transfer speed of a 100Mbps connection has been making things too time consuming.

today's leftovers:

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  • openSUSE FUD
  • Educational track at openSUSE conference 2010 big success
  • CodeWeavers 30% off Winter Solstice Sales on CrossOver Mac and Linux
  • Why I run Ubuntu and not something else
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics plans open source census
  • Open Source Think Tank 2011
  • New: OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 Release Candidate 8 Available
  • new x.org multitouch patchset posted
  • Is your heart fonder?
  • Fixing the Web with the help of the open source community
  • Let's see the 2010 winter solstice lunar eclipse!

some howtos:

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  • Disable mouse-over text boxes in Ubuntu Gnome panel/menu
  • Install LXDE or XFCE on Fedora 14 Laughlin
  • Command Line | System Information
  • How to speed up compilation times in Linux using Ramdisk
  • Introduction to extended attribute
  • Adobe Flash 64 bits under openSUSE 64bits (11.2,11.3,11.4,factory)
  • Wi-Fi on the Command Line
  • Avoid a newbie packager mistake: don’t build your Debian packages with dpkg -b

5 Notes-Taking Applications for Linux

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Reviews

Tomboy

Tomboy is a feature-rich notes application for GNOME with support for spell-checking, links, font style and size, bullet lists, global shortcuts, and plugins. Tomboy will also let you search notes and export them to HTML. The plugins (called add-ins in Tomboy) include exporting to HTML, backlinks to see what other notes link to the current note, Evolution Mail integration, printing support, local directory synchronization.

New EU Software Rules Give FOSS the Inside Track

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OSS

linuxinsider.com: The European Union has announced public procurement rules for technology that appear to favor open source.

Also: European Interoperability Framework Supports Open Source

Valve's Alien Swarm Game For Linux?

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phoronix.com: While the best cards have not yet been dealt, for those hoping to see Valve's "Alien Swarm" game supported on Linux upon the Steam / Source Engine Linux release, you may be in luck.

Oracle’s Solaris take-over, SUSE angst top Linux stories of the year

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Linux

techtarget.com: There was a lot of action in the enterprise Linux world in 2010: Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and its storied Solaris franchise, leaving uncertainty about the future of Linux support from Oracle, and OpenSolaris and MySQL development. In Q2, a private equity firm proposed a not-so-friendly buyout of Novell Inc., spurring speculation about the future of SUSE Linux. ...

On Why Open Source Developers Run Mac OS X

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OSS

sharms.org: A common trend among many of the best developers is to see them posting screenshots running OS X. Many of the best developers, some my personal ‘developer heroes’, have made the switch to OS X.

My Five Favorite Not-Usual Linux Distros

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Yes, "my bestest distros!" is a overworked topic, but it's fun and Ubuntu is not on this list. So perhaps this will introduce you to something new and interesting.

What’s New in Dropbox 1.0 for Ubuntu

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starryhope.com: The folks over at Dropbox released version 1.0 yesterday. This release has been a long time coming and is a major upgrade for Windows, Mac and Linux. For Ubuntu users, the biggest changes

Firefox 4 Beta 8 Coming December 21, Beta 9 Teased

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Moz/FF

conceivablytech.com: The next Firefox 4 Beta is scheduled for a release next Tuesday, while the following beta is already being teased as a pre-release. Mozilla is also reacting to the accelerated release schedule of Chrome and is evaluating new release models, including the integration of a Chrome-like Flag model of beta features.

Google Chrome OS and Android: arranging a difficult marriage

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Google

There has been a lot of talking, lately, about Google’s Chrome OS. People didn’t take it too seriously initially; then, last week, Google started sending out demo netbooks which ran — hear hear — Google Chrome OS. Google Chrome OS is based on Google’s browser, Chrome — hence the name. The idea is that all you run on your laptop is your browser — that’s it. But this raises a lot of questions. In this article I propose a possibly interesting solution to Google’s issues, and how a possible (and not-so-painful) merge with Android should be possible.

Read the article at Freesoftware Magazine.

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    Kubernetes startup Heptio has added another project to its roster of open-source efforts that provide expanded capabilities for container orchestration users.
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  • The Role of Site Reliability Engineering in Microservices
    You can always spot the hot jobs in technology: they’re the ones that didn’t exist 10 years ago. While Site Reliability Engineers (SREs) did definitely exist a decade ago, they were mostly inside Google and a handful of other Valley innovators. Today, however, the SRE role exists everywhere, from Uber to Goldman Sachs, everyone is now in the business of keeping their sites online and stable. While SREs are hotshots in the industry, their role in a microservices environment is not just a natural fit that goes hand-in-hand, like peanut butter and jelly. Instead, while SREs and microservices evolved in parallel inside the world’s software companies, the former actually makes life far more difficult for the latter.
  • Lying with statistics, distributions, and popularity contests on Cooking With Linux (without a net)
    It's Tuesday and that means it's time for Cooking With Linux (without a net), sponsored and supported by Linux Journal. Today, I'm courting controversy by discussing numbers, OS popularity, and how to pick the right Linux distribution if you want to be where are the beautiful people hang out. And yes, I'll do it all live, without a net, and with a high probability of falling flat on my face.
  • Voyage open sources its approach to autonomous vehicle safety
    In an effort to improve autonomous vehicle safety, Voyage is open sourcing its Open Autonomous Safety (OAS) library that contains the company’s internal safety procedures, materials, and test code that is intended to supplement the existing safety programs at autonomous vehicle startups. Voyage is the self-driving business from the educational organization Udacity.
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to KubeCon Europe
    The cloud native community is gathering in Copenhagen next week for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe! Here’s your guide to the talks and events you won’t want to miss. Meet the Red Hat and CoreOS team members all week long, May 1-4 at booth D-E01.
  • Event - "GNU Health Con 2018" (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
    GNU Health is this year holding the III International GNU Health Conference, GNU Health Con 2018. This conference will gather the community of activists and developers who have been working on the project during the past 10 years.
  • ONNX: the Open Neural Network Exchange Format
    The good news is that the battleground is Free and Open. None of the big players are pushing closed-source solutions. Whether it is Keras and Tensorflow backed by Google, MXNet by Apache endorsed by Amazon, or Caffe2 or PyTorch supported by Facebook, all solutions are open-source software. Unfortunately, while these projects are open, they are not interoperable. Each framework constitutes a complete stack that until recently could not interface in any way with any other framework. A new industry-backed standard, the Open Neural Network Exchange format, could change that.
  • L.A. Lawmakers Looking To Take Legal Action Against Google For Not Solving Long-Running City Traffic Problems
    The city's government believes the traffic/mapping app has made Los Angeles' congestion worse. That the very body tasked with finding solutions to this omnipresent L.A. problem is looking to hold a private third party company responsible for its own shortcomings isn't surprising. If a third-party app can't create better traffic flow, what chance do city planners have? But beyond the buck-passing on congestion, the city may have a point about Waze making driving around Los Angeles a bit more hazardous. For several months, it's been noted that Waze has been sending drivers careening down the steepest grade in the city -- Baxter Street. Drivers seeking routes around Glendale Ave. traffic choke points have been routed to a street with a 32% grade, increasing the number of accidents located there and generally resulting in barely-controlled mayhem. When any sort of precipitation falls from the sky, the city goes insane. Drivers bypassing Glendale are now hurtling down a steep, water-covered hill, compounding the problem.
  • Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed
    Microsoft’s given users of its collaboration apps on Windows Phone under a month’s warning of their demise. A support note from late last week advises that “Windows phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer are retiring on May 20, 2018.” “Retiring” means all three will vanish from the Microsoft store on May 20, with differing results.
  • Should You Build Your Own DIY Security System?

"Native Linux apps in Chrome OS" and Kernel News From LWN

  • Native Linux apps in Chrome OS will have a slick, electric Material Design theme
    The Chrome OS developers have been working out the stylistic elements of what you’ll see once you open your first native Linux apps in Chrome OS, and they’ve opted for Adapta, a popular Material Design-inspired Gtk theme that can be used on many of your favorite GNU/Linux distributions. For those of you not keeping track, the Chrome OS developers have been busy baking native container functionality into Chrome OS that allows the user-friendly startup of regular Linux applications in containers-within-VMs. This project, codename “Crostini,” is the largest change to Chrome OS since Android apps were introduced. Containers allow for applications to run in their own dedicated environment in isolation of the host OS – like a virtual machine, except unlike a VM, it doesn’t virtualize the whole OS to make the application work, it just bundles up the application and necessary baggage into an executable package.
  • The rhashtable documentation I wanted to read
    The rhashtable data structure is a generic resizable hash-table implementation in the Linux kernel, which LWN first introduced as "relativistic hash tables" back in 2014. I thought at the time that it might be fun to make use of rhashtables, but didn't, until an opportunity arose through my work on the Lustre filesystem. Lustre is a cluster filesystem that is currently in drivers/staging while the code is revised to meet upstream requirements. One of those requirements is to avoid duplicating similar functionality where possible. As Lustre contains a resizable hash table, it really needs to be converted to use rhashtables instead — at last I have my opportunity. It didn't take me long to discover that the rhashtable implementation in Linux 4.15 is quite different from the one that originally landed in Linux 3.17, so the original LWN introduction is now barely relevant. I also quickly discovered that the in-kernel documentation was partially wrong, far from complete, and didn't provide any sort of "getting started" guide. Nevertheless I persisted and eventually developed a fairly complete understanding of the code, which seems worth sharing. This article gives an introduction to the use of the rhashtable interfaces without getting into too many internal implementation details. A followup will explain how rhashtables work internally and show how some of the mechanism details leak though the interfaces.
  • The second half of the 4.17 merge window
    By the time the 4.17 merge window was closed and 4.17-rc1 was released, 11,769 non-merge changesets had been pulled into the mainline repository. 4.17 thus looks to be a typically busy development cycle, with a merge window only slightly more busy than 4.16 had. Some 6,000 of those changes were pulled after last week's summary was written.

Software: LibreNMS, Pidgin, Wireshark and More

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    LibreNMS is an open source, powerful and feature-rich auto-discovering PHP based network monitoring system which uses the SNMP protocol. It supports a broad range of operating systems including Linux, FreeBSD, as well as network devices including Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Foundry, HP and many more.
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    Technology is at an interesting crossroads, where Linux rules the server landscape but Microsoft rules the enterprise desktop. Office 365, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Outlook... the list goes on of Microsoft software and services that dominate the enterprise workspace. What if you could replace that proprietary software with free and open source applications and make them work with an Office 365 backend you have no choice but to use? Buckle up, because that is exactly what we are going to do with Pidgin, an open source replacement for Skype.
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  • A look at terminal emulators, part 2
    A comparison of the feature sets for a handful of terminal emulators was the subject of a recent article; here I follow that up by examining the performance of those terminals. This might seem like a lesser concern, but as it turns out, terminals exhibit surprisingly high latency for such fundamental programs. I also examine what is traditionally considered "speed" (but is really scroll bandwidth) and memory usage, with the understanding that the impact of memory use is less than it was when I looked at this a decade ago (in French).
  • Counting beans—and more—with Beancount
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  • Firefox release speed wins
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  • LibreOffice 6.1 Alpha 1 Is Ready To Roll For Advancing The Open-Source Office
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