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Story Developer survey: HTML5 gaining, Windows slipping Roy Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 7:31pm
Story KDE Tops Desktop Poll Roy Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 6:38pm
Story FIRST LOOK: HP takes giant leap in server design Roy Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 6:31pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 5:44pm
Story Find the best desktop Linux distributions for new users Rianne Schestowitz 1 12/02/2014 - 12:14pm
Story Gedit 3.11.3 Text Editor for GNOME Improves the New Interface Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 6:21am
Story LibreOffice 4.1.5, Linux for Students, and the Weirdest Places Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 6:13am
Story Linux On Macs Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 4:22am
Story Debian init decision further isolates Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 3:12am
Story GNOME’s Web Browser Introduces a New History Window Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 2:40am

*All* Russian Schools to Use Free Software

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OSS

computerworlduk.com: I've often lamented how few schools in the UK use free software, and how difficult it is to break the lock that Microsoft has on the entire educational system. The pathetic state here is highlighted by contrast with Russia, which is making amazing strides in rolling out open source to schools.

What Is So Good About Linux?

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Linux

computingtech.blogspot: In recent years Linux has emerged as a powerful and innovative UNIX work-alike. Using the Internet, today’s skilled programmers submit additions and improvements to the operating system to Linus Torvalds, GNU, or one of the other authors of Linux.

Linux Mint Fluxbox Leaves A Very Pleasant Taste

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: DO you remember After Eight mints? When Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox CE appeared on the Distrowatch new releases list I experienced the same sense of excitement and anticipation that little boy felt on a cold Lancastrian Christmas morning, way back in the mists of time.

First look: OpenSUSE 11.1 beta 3 very promising

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SUSE

arstechnica.com: OpenSUSE 11.1 beta 3 offers some nice improvements and comes with the latest versions of popular open source software programs.

On the wife’s computer - Ubuntu does it again

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Ubuntu

education.zdnet: As you probably remember, an increasingly kludgy Vista Home Premium install finally irritated us enough that I installed OpenSUSE. The install went fine, but without a lot of fiddling, the Broadcom wireless card just wasn’t going to do its thing. Then I couldn’t resist pulling out the Ubuntu CD.

Linux Gaming Console Coming in November

ostatic.com: Envizions Computer Entertainment announced recently that the Linux-based EVO gaming console will be available for sale November 18. If anything, this release will heat up the "Linux isn't an operating system for gaming" chorus.

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 My first shot

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SUSE

benkevan.com: As you may have read, openSUSE 11.1 was realeased and was shipped with KDE 4.1.2. My installation was simple, I actually did a sudo zypper dup From openSUSE 11.0. I ran it a few times, and after a while all was updated.

Open Movie Editor: Linux Video Editor with Plot Twists

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Software

ostatic.com: A common lament from home videographers is that Linux lacks video editors. It's not exactly true. There's another alternative for those needing a basic video editor. Open Movie Editor seems plain compared to Kino, but works with more file formats (with fewer hassles).

Drizzle: Ahead of the Storm

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Software

redmonk.com: So Tim is sold on Drizzle. Well, to paraphrase Shrek, “join the club, we’ve got jackets.” For a while now, I’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of the MySQL fork, because it could be argued that it’s the most interesting - and important - project going.

Ubuntu explains OpenOffice.org 3.0 decision

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Interviews
OOo
Ubuntu

tectonic.co.za: The Ubuntu team has decided that instead of OpenOffice.org 3.0, released last week, the default version of the office suite in the Ubuntu 8.10 release will be OpenOffice.org 2.4.1. It’s not a decision that many Ubuntu fans are happy with.

today's leftovers

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News
  • KOffice 2.0 Beta 2 Released

  • Qt Gets Prettied Up
  • First look: Mozilla's mobile Fennec browser
  • Bill Gates founds a new tech company
  • Pidgin 2.5.1 (GNOME)
  • Open Source to the Rescue
  • Support the Free Software Foundation’s high-priority list campaign
  • On Opera patch day, a new zero-day flaw
  • Hands on: Toshiba NB100 netbook review
  • Van Dam Iron Works vacillates between Linux and Windows
  • Memory issues: Firefox 3.0.2 and Mandriva 2008.1
  • Screencast: gnome-do v0.5 for Fedora 10
  • Open Source Gets Into Wall St. Back Office
  • SilverStone Sugo SG04 (pc case)
  • Open shop on GNOME 3.0 planning
  • Straightening Out Some Silly Stuff Being Written About Apple v. Psystar

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Hands-on Hadoop for cluster computing

  • How to Convert .FLAC to .MP3 In Ubuntu
  • Awesome-menu in Awesome Window Manager
  • Multiple keyboard layouts in XFCE... and outside it
  • Performance tuning with System Control (sysctl) in Ubuntu
  • Adjust the fan speed on you NVida graphics card
  • Using bootchart to capture your boot process openSUSE 11
  • HOWTO : Penguinzilla (DRBL) on Ubuntu 8.04.1
  • Kubuntu Intrepid Dual Monitor Blinking
  • Changing Default OS On Dual-Boot System (Ubuntu)

Microsoft's global anti-user day

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Microsoft

fsf.org/blogs: Software companies like Microsoft often refer to copying they don't approve of as "piracy." They suggest that such copying is ethically equivalent to murder and robbery. Even these far-fetched analogies are not enough for Microsoft, who in their press release yesterday updated the comparison to draw a connection between such copying and organized crime.

The compelling economics of Linux: What it means for the future of computing

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Linux

Jim Zemlin: Today the Linux Foundation issued a report looking at the value of the Linux platform in terms of code. Although it wasn’t specifically covered in this paper it is also worth applying the economics of Linux to one of the fastest growing segments of technology; mobile devices, consumer electronics and low cost netbooks. This is the future of Linux.

Intrepid Gets Ready with Two More System Tools

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Ubuntu

quicktweaks.com: Canonical, the distributor of Ubuntu OS, is often blamed for not listening the community such as ignoring the request for changing/improving default appearance. But not this time. Ever since they launched brainstorm.ubuntu.com, they have been very responsive about what the Ubuntu fans want. As a result of this Intrepid Ibex, which is due to release on 30th of this month, will be packed with two very useful system tools.

7 Linux Tools For A Better Google Experience

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Software

hehe2.net: Google has changed our lives permanently, no one can deny it. The amount of innovation it brings to the table is almost dizzying. Here you will find some great apps and tools that will generally improve your experience on your preferred Linux desktop.

Linux.conf.au hits domain disaster

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Linux
Web

zdnet.com.au: The website of Australia's annual Linux conference has become temporarily inaccessible scant months before the event because of policy confusion over whether or not it is allowed to use its long-standing domain name.

Netbook runs Debian on China-made CPU

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices.com: A Chinese vendor of microprocessors and computer systems will reportedly soon ship a low-cost "netbook" with an 8.9-inch display, Debian Linux-based software, and a Chinese-made processor.

Enhance Your Clipboard with a Clipboard Manager

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Software

tombuntu.com: The clipboard system in Linux (X11 to be more specific) recives complaints from users who expect it to work differently when applications are closed. The problem is that when content is copied from an application and the application is closed, the clipboard item will be cleared. I ran into this problem recently.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Budgie-Remix Makes Progress With Ubuntu 16.10 Base, Beta 2 Released
    Budgie-Remix, the unofficial Ubuntu spin making use of the Budgie Desktop, has released its 16.10 Beta 2 milestone following this week's Yakkety Yak Beta 2 release. Budgie-Remix is re-based to the latest Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety package changes. In addition, a number of the Budgie-0Remix packages have been working their way into Debian proper and thus are available to Ubuntu 16.10 users via the official channels. Now available this way is the budgie-desktop package, Moka icon theme, Faba icon theme, and the Arc theme. The Ubuntu repository has also pulled in the Budgie artwork and wallpaper packages too.
  • Yakkety Yak Final Beta Released
  • Canonical Launches Commercial Support for Kubernetes
    Canonical, the lead commercial vendor behind the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, is getting into the Kubernetes market. Canonical now offers a freely available implementation of Kubernetes as well as commercial-support options. "I have no doubt that Kubernetes will be one of the major container co-ordination systems," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, told ServerWatch.
  • [How To] Build an Ubuntu Controlled Sous-Vide Cooker
    I’ll be honest with you from the off: I had zero idea what sous-vide cooking was before I started writing this post. Wikipedia dutifully informs me that’s Sous-Vide is a style of cooking that involves a vacuum, bags, and steam.
  • Mintbox Mini Pro Linux Mini PC Launches For $395
    This week a new version of the popular Mintbox Mini Linux PC has been launched for $395 in the form of the Mintbox Mini Pro which is now equipped with 120 GB of SSD mSATA together with 64-bit AMD A10-Micro6700T system-on-a-chip with Radeon R6 graphics and features 8GB of DDR3L. The latest Mintbox Mini Pro is shipped preloaded with the awesome Linux Mint 18 operating system and includes a microSD card slot a serial port, and a micro SIM card reader. The new Mintbox Mini Pro is the same size as the original and measures 4.3 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches in size and weighs in at around 255g. The Linux mini PC incorporates a fanless design and features an all-metal case made of aluminium and zinc.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Minijail: Running Untrusted Programs Safely by Jorge Lucangeli Obes, Google
  • Minijail: Google’s Tool To Safely Run Untrusted Programs
    Google’s Minijail sandboxing tool could be used by developers and sysadmins to run untrusted programs safely for debugging and security checks, according to Google Software Engineer Jorge Lucangeli Obes, who spoke last month at the Linux Security Summit. Obes is the platform security lead for Brillo, Google's Android-based operating system for Internet-connected devices. Minijail was designed for sandboxing on Chrome OS and Android, to handle “anything that the Linux kernels grew.” Obes shared that Google teams use it on the server side, for build farms, for fuzzing, and pretty much everywhere. Since “essentially one bug separates you and any random attacker,” Google wanted to create a reliable means to swiftly identify problems with privileges and exploits in app development and easily enable developers to “do the right thing.” The tool is designed to assist admins who struggle with deciding what permissions their software actually needs, and developers who are vexed with trying to second guess which environment the software is going to run in. In both cases, sandboxing and privilege dropping tends to be a hit or miss affair. Even when developers use the privilege dropping mechanisms provided by the Linux kernel, sometimes things go awry due to numerous pitfalls along that path. One common example Obes cited was trying to ride a switch user function that will drop-root and then forgetting to check the result of the situation relief, or setuid function, afterwards.
  • Intel and Cloudera Give Apache an Open Source Data/Security Tool
    For the past year, we've taken note of the many Big Data projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Recently, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines. And, Apache Twill has graduated as well. Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed Hadoop applications, allowing developers to focus more on their application logic. In another Apache-related Big Data move, Cloudera and Intel have announced that they've contributed a new open-source project to the Apache Software Foundation targeted at using Big Data analytics and machine learning for cybersecurity.
  • Twitter Open Sources Stream Processing Engine Heron
    Twitter announced the open sourcing of Heron, a stream-processing engine that is a successor to Apache Storm. Heron is backwards compatible with Apache Storm, which eases its adoption amongst developers. Heron has replaced Apache Storm as the stream data processing engine inside Twitter due to its scalability, debug-ability, ability to work in a shared cluster infrastructure and better performance. A comprehensive list of features is listed in the documentation.
  • Tencent: Transforming Networks with SDN
    “SDN can really transform the way we do networks,” said Tom Bie, VP of Technology & Operation of Data Center, Networking and Server, Tencent, during his Wednesday keynote address at the Open Daylight Summit. The China telecom giant should know about the issues of massive scale networks: they have more than 200 million users for QQ instant messaging, 300 million users of their payment service, and more than 800 million users of their VChat service. Bie noted that Tencent also operates one of the largest gaming networks in the world, along with video services, audio services, online literature services, news portals, and a range other digital content services.
  • The Second Wave of Platforms, an Interview with Cloud Foundry’s Sam Ramji
    In today’s world of platforms, services are increasingly connected. In the past, PaaS offerings were pretty much isolated. It’s that new connected infrastructure that is driving the growth of Cloud Foundry, the open source, service-oriented platform technology. Sam Ramji is CEO of Cloud Foundry, which is holding its European event in Frankfurt this week. At the conference, we spoke with Ramji to discuss, among other topics:
  • How to Find Your First OpenStack Job
  • LibreOffice 5.2.2 Now Available to Download
  • EC approves Slovenia courts data exchange solution
    First CEF AS4-compliant b2b solution developed as open source by a public administration The European Commission has tested and approved Laurentius, an eDelivery court documents and case exchange solution compliant with the AS4 profile of the OASIS ebMS standard. In September, Laurentius passed all tests by the EC’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for its so-called “e-SENS AS4 conformant solutions”.
  • SDL 2.0.5 Is Readying For Release: Relative Mouse Mode For Wayland/Mir, Audio Capture
    SDL 2.0 point releases have ranged from being a few months apart to as much as two years apart. Fortunately, SDL 2.0.5 is now being put together for release just nine months after SDL 2.0.4. With the Mercurial repository, Sam Lantinga bumped the version in preparation for the SDL 2.0.5 release. The SDL 2.0.5 release hasn't officially happened yet, but it should be here soon.
  • Open standards default at Slovenia supreme court
    The use of open ICT standards is an IT requirement at Slovenia’s Supreme Court, responsible for the IT support of the entire court system in the country. The Supreme Court’s IT department has a strong preference for the development of modular, reusable software solutions. This strategy provides agility and flexibility, says Bojan Muršec, director of IT. The focus on open standards frees up the IT department to concentrate on the business, Muršec says. The IT department takes the modular approach serious: the first reusable module ever developed by the court - a court documents dispatch and delivery system - is re-used by all IT systems across the courts. “Making everything reusable prevents creation of silos in the organisation”, the IT director says. A positive side effect of the IT strategy is that the court uses mostly open source software solutions. This in turn helps to keep IT costs down, says the IT director, who estimates that the court saves EUR 400 to 500 thousand per year on licence fees: “The cost of proprietary licences always goes up.”
  • Why there is no CSS4 - explaining CSS Levels
    We had CSS1, and CSS2. We even had CSS2.1 and we then moved onto CSS3 – or did we? This post is a quick explanation of how CSS is versioned today. CSS versions 1 and 2 were monolithic specifications. All of CSS was included in one massive document. Selectors, positioning, colour – it was all in there. The problem with monolithic specifications is that in order to finish the spec, every component part also has to be finished. As CSS has grown in complexity, and new features are added, it doesn’t make sense to draw a line at which all work is stopped on all parts of CSS in order to declare that CSS version finished. Therefore, after CSS2.1 all the things that had been part of the 2.1 specification were broken down into modules. As the new CSS modules included all that had gone before plus any new features, they all came into being at Level 3. Hence CSS3, and people like me who understood CSS as a single specification referred to the group of Level 3 modules as “CSS3”.

Security Leftovers

  • Linux.Mirai Trojan causing mayhem with DDoS attacks
    A Trojan named Linux.Mirai has been found to be carrying out DDoS attacks. The malicious program first appeared in May 2016, detected by Doctor Web after being added to its virus database under the name Linux.DDoS.87. The Trojan can work with with the SPARC, ARM, MIPS, SH-4, M68K architectures and Intel x86 computers.
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    Over 10,000 of you have joined EFF in calling on HP to make amends for its self-destructing printers in the past few days. Looks like we got the company’s attention: today, HP posted a response on its blog. Apparently recognizing that its customers are more likely to see an update that limits interoperability as a bug than as a feature, HP says that it will issue an optional firmware update rolling back the changes that it had made. We’re very glad to see HP making this step. But a number of questions remain. First, we’d like to know what HP’s plans are for informing users about the optional firmware update. Right now, the vast majority of people who use the affected printers likely do not know why their printers lost functionality, nor do they know that it’s possible to restore it. All of those customers should be able to use their printers free of artificial restrictions, not just the relatively few who have been closely following this story.
  • 6 Ways Driverless Cars Are Going To Kill Lots Of People
    You've probably read a few articles about driverless cars over the past couple of years. The technology is coming along quickly, with fleets of test cars already on the roads in some states. It seems like soon we'll achieve the American dream of stuffing our faces and texting all we want while still managing to avoid public transportation. But the reality is quite different. We're diving into this technology a little too quickly and ignoring all the warning signs about how we are going to screw up on the way to Driverless Car Utopia.

Red Hat and Fedora

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  • Fedora Hubs: Getting started
    Fedora Hubs provides a consistent contributor experience across all Fedora teams and will serve as an “intranet” page for the Fedora Project. There are many different projects in Fedora with different processes and workflows. Hubs will serve as a single place for contributors to learn about and contribute to them in a standardized format. Hubs will also be a social network for Fedora contributors. It is designed as one place to go to keep up with everything and everybody across the project in ways that aren’t currently possible.