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PCLinuxOS 2010.1 KDE - Update Review

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PCLOS

cristalinux.blogspot: While I was waiting, much to my surprise, I have seen the PCLinuxOS team has released a bug fix/enhancement version of their much acclaimed PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE.

Easy to Use Lucid Themed Conky

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Software

omgubuntu.co.uk: Conky is a is a light-weight system monitor that can be customized extensively (Windows converts think ‘rainmeter’.) and the following Conky theme by Veoduendes certainly proves that.

Mousepad: A variation on the Leafpad theme

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ghacks.net: If you’ve been following my series on Linux text editors you have read about a number of different variations on this theme. There is another editor, very similar to Leafpad, that was developed to be very Xfce friendly. That editor – Mousepad.

You can't even drive free software without a license

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networkworld.com: Software licensing in general, and open source licensing in particular, is poorly understood. I was reminded of this last week when speaking on a panel to a group of investors and entrepreneurs, the value of whose companies depends on protection of their intellectual property.

Rhythmbox Knows the Words and the Tune

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Software

linuxinsider.com: As a music-playing application for the Gnome Desktop, Rhythmbox really has its bases covered. The only area in which Rythmbox is deficient is in ripping, but there are many other programs that take care of that.

BSD Magazine issue 2010-05: Embedded BSD

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bsdmag.org: A new issue of the BSD Magazine is available as free PDF: Embedded BSD (issue 2010-02)

Welcome to the Fer and Xan weekly comic

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people.gnome.org: Kal from the Evince hall of fame, proposed me to create with Xan a weekly comic strip about GNOME. I don't know if I can be funny enough for this, and I have not talked with Xan about it yet, but here is my first try.

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Linux As A Religious Experience

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Linux

lockergnome.com: Hey folks, gotta’ a bit of news for you. Linux is an operating system. Using Linux will not redeem your immortal soul. It won’t even grant you that out-of-body experience you’ve been wanting.

From Karmic to Lucid: Distribution Update Screenshots

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In line with its newbie-friendly tradition of providing a way to do everything via a graphical user interface, Ubuntu provides a way to do a distribution upgrade by clicking a button at the top of the Update Manager. Since version 10.04 was released on April 29, it was once again time to see how well the upgrade went. Here are screenshots of the entire process.

Even Gates and Ballmer can't live without Linux.

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toolbox.com/blogs: Linux has increased in both popularity and usage over the years in an almost exponential curve. So much so that Bill Gates has called Linux a virus and Steve Ballmer describes it as a cancer.

A Linux Baker’s Dozen

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Linux

testfreaks.com/blogs: First, let’s take a look at the most popular distributions of Linux. The next most popular distro is Fedora, with SUSE, Debian, and Red Hat filling out the top 5.

16 Slick Lucid Wallpapers From Around The Web

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Ubuntu

techdrivein.com: Here is some more eyecandy coming your way. Collection of 16 beautiful made-for-lucid wallpapers from around the web.

PCLinuxOS 2010.1 KDE 4 Edition Released

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pclinuxos.com: PCLinuxOS 2010.1 KDE 4 Edition now available for download. Linux kernel updated to 2.6.32.12-bfs.

Canonical clarifies its H.264 licence

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Ubuntu

h-online.com: With the current controversy over H.264 patent pools and open source codecs, some observers have noted that Canonical is listed as a licensee of H.264 from MPEGLA, the patent pool which licenses out the codec patents, causing some to ask if Ubuntu users were covered by this license.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • EasyPeasy 1.6 Screenshots Tour
  • Fedora 14 Might Be Called Fytnargin
  • Introducing Open Source to A Middle School
  • Performance problem in AMD's Phenom II X6 under Linux
  • GTK surprises on Maemo
  • Solving an upgrade hitch en route to Ubuntu 10.04
  • Android 2.2 to get full Flash support
  • FOSS community, FOSS business, and the nature of allies
  • Red Hat Open Your World forum
  • A Database Admin/Music Enthusiast's Linux Workstation
  • Heroes of Newerth Launch Date
  • When Linux interoperable incompatibilities frustrate
  • After Scid row, a new chess app is born
  • Testing out Funtoo
  • Managed Hosting Provider ServInt Joins Linux Foundation
  • Who Needs Flash?
  • Going Linux 101 May 5- Ubuntu 10.04, Wav, iTunes alternatives

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Grub Error codes explained
  • create a customize Ubuntu distribution – Reconstructor
  • Unable to mount USB
  • Browse Through Your System Information
  • fix intel video card freezing problem in Ubuntu 10.04
  • Managing MySQL with MySQL Workbench
  • Rotating email into your inbox using imapfilter
  • Bug in Ubuntu 10.04 causing Firefox crashes with NoScript
  • Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 1
  • Complete Guide to Symbolic Links (symlinks) on Windows or Linux
  • Wacom bamboo CTL-460 in Ubuntu 10.04

PulseAudio and Jack

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0pointer.de/blog: One thing became very clear to me during my trip to the Linux Audio Conference 2010 in Utrecht: even many pro audio folks are not sure what Jack does that PulseAudio doesn't do and what PulseAudio does that Jack doesn't do.

Storage Technology for the Home User

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Hardware

linux-mag.com: Sometimes you just have to get excited about what you can buy, hold in your hand, and use in your home machines. Let’s look at some cool storage technology that the average desktop user can tackle.

Other Highlights For GNOME 2.31.1

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phoronix.com: Other packages are also being checked-in this week for the first GNOME 3.0 development release known as GNOME 2.31.1. Besides the updates to Totem and the major work going on to the GNOME Shell / Mutter / Zeitgeist, there is some other interesting new features too.

My Last Hop?

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Linux

robinzrants.wordpress: I have truly grown weary of distro-hopping. What I have right now is just about perfect. Best Linux ever for me, Linux Mint 8, Xfce Edition. So why would I want to look around again?

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    Just as a mainframe from decades ago might be ready for retirement, the IT staff who originally procured and installed that system might also be preparing for a new phase in their lives. It’s up to the current and next generation of government IT employees to prepare for that eventuality, but there are indications they may not be ready, despite evidence that older IT professionals are retiring or will soon be leaving their positions. Unfortunately, a skills gap exists even among younger generation IT workers. Agencies are scrambling to find personnel with expertise in cloud service management, cybersecurity, technical architecture and legacy technologies, such as common business-oriented language (COBOL) and mainframes, among other areas. At the same time that many workers are getting ready to retire, leaving behind a wealth of knowledge, many younger IT professionals are struggling to gain the knowledge they will need to take their agencies into the future.
  • Introducing Fn: “Serverless must be open, community-driven, and cloud-neutral”
    Fn, a new serverless open source project was announced at this year’s JavaOne. There’s no risk of cloud lock-in and you can write functions in your favorite programming language. “You can make anything, including existing libraries, into a function by packaging it in a Docker container.” We invited Bob Quillin, VP for the Oracle Container Group to talk about Fn, its best features, next milestones and more.
  • Debian seminar in Yokohama, 2017/11/18
    I had attended to Tokyo area debian seminar #157. The day’s special guest is Chris Lamb, the Debian Project Leader in 2017. He had attended to Open Compliance Summit, so we invited him as our guest.
  • Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure
    Overclock Labs wants to make it easier for developers to deploy and manage their applications across clouds. To do so, the company is building tools to automate distributed cloud infrastructure and, unsurprisingly, it is betting on containers — and specifically the Kubernetes container orchestration tools — to do this. Today, Overclock Labs, which was founded two years ago, is coming out of stealth and announcing that it raised a $1.3 million seed round from a number of Silicon Valley angel investors and CrunchFund — the fund that shares a bit of its name and history with TechCrunch but is otherwise completely unaffiliated with the blog you are currently reading.
  • MariaDB Energizes the Data Warehouse with Open Source Analytics Solution
    MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, today announced new product enhancements to MariaDB AX, delivering a modern approach to data warehousing that enables customers to easily perform fast and scalable analytics with better price performance over proprietary solutions. MariaDB AX expands the highly successful MariaDB Server, creating a solution that enables high performance analytics with distributed storage and parallel processing, and that scales with existing commodity hardware on premises or across any cloud platform. With MariaDB AX, data across every facet of the business is transformed into meaningful and actionable results.
  • AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System [Ed: AT&T wants to openwash its surveillance equipment]
    AT&T says it’s not enough to deploy white box hardware and to orchestrate its networks with the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) software. “Each individual machine also needs its own operating system,” writes Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture, in a blog post. To that end, AT&T announced its newest effort — the Open Architecture for a Disaggregated Network Operating System (dNOS).
  • Intel Lands Support For Vector Neural Network Instructions In LLVM
  • p2k17 Hackathon report: Antoine Jacoutot on ports+packages progress
  • GCC 8 Feature Development Is Over
    Feature development on the GCC 8 compiler is over with it now entering stage three of its development process. SUSE's Richard Biener announced minutes ago that GCC 8 entered stage three development, meaning only general bug fixing and documentation updates are permitted.
  • 2018 Is The Year For Open Source Software For The Pentagon
  • Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out
    Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes. On one side, the Software Freedom Law Center, which today seeks to resolve licensing disputes amicably. On the other, the Software Freedom Conservancy, which takes a relatively harder line against the noncompliance of licensing terms. The battleground: the, er, US Patent and Trademark Office. The law center has demanded the cancellation of a trademark held by the conservancy.
  • Open Source Underwater Glider: An Interview with Alex Williams, Grand Prize Winner
    Alex Williams pulled off an incredible engineering project. He developed an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) which uses a buoyancy engine rather than propellers as its propulsion mechanism and made the entire project Open Source and Open Hardware.

Programming Leftovers

Security: Linux, Free Software Principles, Microsoft and Intel

  • Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds
    Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has offered some very choice words about different approaches security, during a discussion about whitelisting features proposed for version 4.15 of the Linux kernel. Torvalds' ire was directed at open software aficionado and member of Google's Pixel security team Kees Cook, who he has previously accused of idiocy. Cook earned this round of shoutiness after he posted a request to “Please pull these hardened usercopy changes for v4.15-rc1.”
  • Free Software Principles
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  • New warning over back door in Linux
    Researchers working at Russian cyber security firm Dr Web claim to have found a new vulnerability that enables remote attackers to crack Linux installations virtually unnoticed. According to the anti-malware company, cyber criminals are getting into the popular open-source operating system via a new backdoor. This, they say, is "indirect evidence" that cyber criminals are showing an increasing interest in targeting Linux and the applications it powers. The trojan, which it's calling Linux.BackDoor.Hook.1, targets the library libz primarily. It offers compression and extraction capabilities for a plethora of Linux-based programmes.
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  • Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking [sic] safeguards for elections
     

    The guidelines are intended to reduce risks in low-budget local races as well as the high-stakes Congressional midterm contests next year. Though most of the suggestions cost little or nothing to implement and will strike security professionals as common sense, notorious attacks including the leak of the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, have succeeded because basic security practices were not followed.  

  • Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions of Devices Exposed
     

    On Monday, the chipmaker released a security advisory that lists new vulnerabilities in ME, as well as bugs in the remote server management tool Server Platform Services, and Intel’s hardware authentication tool Trusted Execution Engine. Intel found the vulnerabilities after conducting a security audit spurred by recent research. It has also published a Detection Tool so Windows and Linux administrators can check their systems to see if they're exposed.