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How to get started with Linux

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Linux

techradar.com: Sometimes it's easy to forget that we all had to start somewhere with Linux. When you're not used to the way it works, or the kind of concepts involved, Linux can seem like a foreign language.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Teaser, Web Site & Pre-order

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Gaming

linux-hardcore.com: From the makers of the Penumbra series comes a brand new survival horror game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Today we are happy to announce the release of the game’s web site and a first look at actual in-game footage, in the form of a horrifying teaser.

CAD - Computer Aided Death

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Linux
Microsoft
Web

zdnet.co.uk/blog: There's a website called "Boycott Novell" and with a name like that you can guess the slant of the content. However, this article about MS Windows leading to loss of life left me with a really uneasy feeling.

Banshee Extensions Getting Easier

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ostatic.com/blog: The Banshee Project is working on making it easier for developers to make extensions and get them to users. Gabriel Burt, who works on the Banshee Project, announced yesterday the Banshee Community Extensions (BCE) sub-project.

using gentoo

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Gentoo

wonkabar.org: There was an interesting thread I read in the forums this morning that was talking about the general process of stabling software. Got me thinking about the distribution as a whole, and why I like it, and why I keep coming back to it. In short, why I freaking love Gentoo.

Arch Linux + Kdevelop + Irrlicht 3D + Blender

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Software

jimmyburnett.com: If you’re into any type of 3D development in Linux be sure to give Arch a try with your 3D tools. The i686 compiled binaries offered up by Arch Linux gave me a little more of an edge, especially when it came to developing models.

Chrome OS vs Ubuntu Netbook Remix

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OS

techradar.com: Although Chrome OS is based on Ubuntu, Google has no intention right now of targeting the mass market. Google has no interest in this, so a Chrome OS device is geared towards getting control to Linux as soon as possible.

OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

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OOo
HowTos

blog.worldlabel.com: Office applications like OpenOffice.org can bring out the worst in people. The same people who wouldn’t dream of driving a car without a few lessons will start pounding away in a word processor as though it were a typewriter, ignoring basic features like styles and templates.

Pulseaudio and Kmix 4.4 in Sabayon 5

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Linux

Recently there have been a number of issues reported in the forums and other places of people having issues with pulseaudio and kmix after updating to KDE 4.4.0. I am glad to announce that most of those issues should now be resolved...

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What’s the difference between a Hub, a Switch and a Router?

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Hardware

linuxdesk.wordpress: Hubs, switches, and routers are all devices that let you connect from one computers to other computers, networked devices, or to other networks.

Create Your Own Avatar for Free on Linux

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Software

junauza.com: Create Your Own Avatar for Free on Linux: Do you want to create your own avatar? I'm not talking about the Avatar movie but the graphical representation of yourself inside the computer world that you can use as a profile image.

OpenSolaris community worried by Oracle silence

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OS

h-online.com: The OpenSolaris community is concerned by the silence from Oracle over its future plans for the open source operating system. In a blog posting, OpenSolaris developer Peter Tribble complained that Oracle has not mentioned OpenSolaris.

EXT3, EXT4, Btrfs Ubuntu Netbook Benchmarks

phoronix.com: We received a request from Canonical to look at the EXT3 performance. We have done just that.

Jacobsen and FOSS Community Win Big in Jacobsen v. Katzer Settlement

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OSS
Legal

lawandlifesiliconvalley.com/blog: As expected, the Jacobsen case has now settled. The settlement was a complete victory for Jacobsen and is great news for the FOSS community. The Jacobsen case was very significant for the FOSS community because it was the first case in the US about the enforcement of open source software licenses.

Linux Laptop launched to aid computer novices

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Linux
Hardware

news.bbc.co.uk: People confused and frustrated by computers can now turn to a laptop called Alex built just for them. Based on Linux, the laptop comes with simplified e-mail, web browsing, image editing and office software.

Creating MySQL Backups With AutoMySQLBackup On Ubuntu 9.10

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Ubuntu
HowTos

AutoMySQLBackup is a shell script that lets you take daily, weekly and monthly backups of your MySQL databases using mysqldump. It can back up multiple databases, compress the backups, back up remote databases, and email the logs. This tutorial explains how to install and use it on an Ubuntu 9.10 server.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • FreeBSD and the GPL
  • Subversion accepted as a Apache Top-Level Project
  • Maemo + Moblin = MeeGo: The Q&A
  • Linux, open source driving smartphone revolution
  • Open Source, UK Gov. & Institutional Profligacy
  • Open Source Licensing Nirvana
  • Ubuntu 10.04 May Backport More Kernel DRM
  • The Evolution that is Linux
  • Why you subsidize Google's Soviet-style Net
  • It’s the hot topic and we’re all part of it – the Gen Y
  • Mandriva 2010 – A Review
  • Comparing Browsers on Linux
  • Linux Gaming With Sabayon Gaming Edition DVD
  • We're All Makers

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Easily Install Nautilus CoverFlow In Ubuntu
  • Easy folder sharing in KDE 4.4
  • HOWTO: Customized Live DVDs with Reconstructor's Web UI
  • Remove Duplicates with fdupes
  • Ubuntu/Lucid: recovering from yesterday's messy update
  • How to change the default Opera download directory
  • Dual booting Debian and KolibriOS
  • Activating Virgin Media Broadband on Linux
  • How to add/remove User accounts
  • How to install GOsa on RHEL/CentOS 5
  • Make Your Personal Linux Cloud With Tonido
  • Getting Google Calendar to work with KDE PIM on Kubuntu
  • Making a videoloop with Kino and Audacity

Ubuntu live CDs now boot 33% faster!

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Ubuntu

downloadsquad.com: How to convince a Mac OS X or Windows user to try GNU/Linux? Installing the desired distribution in a Virtual Machine? Read them all those FAQs about partitioning your hard drive for a dual-boot system? No, no - there's an easier way:

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Microsoft EEE

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Servers: Kubernetes, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Sysadmin 101

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Databases: PostgreSQL 10 RC1 and Greenplum

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Graphics: NVIDIA Progress, VC4/VC5, Intel's Linux Driver & Mesa

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  • The State Of The VC4 Driver Stack, Early Work On VC5
    ric Anholt of Broadcom just finished presenting at XDC2017 Mountain View on the state of the VC4 driver stack most notably used by the Raspberry Pi devices. Additionally, he also shared about his early work on the VC5 driver for next-generation Broadcom graphics.
  • Intel's Linux Driver & Mesa Have Hit Amazing Milestones This Year
    Kaveh Nasri, the manager of Intel's Mesa driver team within the Open-Source Technology Center since 2011, spoke this morning at XDC2017 about the accomplishments of his team and more broadly the Mesa community. Particularly over the past year there has been amazing milestones accomplished for this open-source driver stack.