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Story Linux alternatives to popular Windows Software Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:51am
Story Firms wasting over £1bn per year on Linux-based cloud servers Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:48am
Story Doing VFX Work in Linux? Here’s Your Reference Platform Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:42am
Story Now it’s easier to boot Linux on an RK3188 Mini PC (with a microSD card) Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:39am
Story Old school: I work in DOS for an entire day Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:36am
Story Episode 299: Turnkey Linux Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:32am
Story Mozilla's Rust programming language at critical stage Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:18am
Story E19 ALPHA2: NOW WITH 50% MORE EXPLOSIONS! Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 8:12am
Story A Bundle of Tor Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:43am
Story Scientific Linux 7 Alpha released - LiveDVD and OS Templates built Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:37am

Building on Richard Stallman's Greatest Achievement

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OSS

linuxjournal.com: What was Richard Stallman's greatest achievement? Some might say it's Emacs. Others might plump for gcc. And then there is the entire GNU project. But for me, his single most important hack was the creation of the GNU General Public Licence.

10 Cool Cursor Themes for Linux

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Software

cooltuxapps.com: If you are looking for a beautiful, cool, lovely cursor theme for Linux, I recommend the following cursor themes.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #135

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #135 for the week of March 22nd- March 28th, 2009 is now available.

10 Essential Applications Included in Kubuntu 9.04

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Software

tuxarena.blogspot: While I agree that there are applications for KDE 4.2 which still lack several important features, I must say that it also improved very much since the last time I had a look at it. I will briefly review ten applications which are included by default on the Kubuntu 9.04 CD.

Some Distros Need And Deserve A Higher Profile

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Linux

linuxcanuck.wordpress: I use Ubuntu. So do many other users. I use it mainly because it works for me and my particular hardware best and because I like the community. I have used just about everything out there. So why would an Ubuntu user want other distros to have a higher profile?

Heart-broken....A Review of SimplyMEPIS 8.0

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Linux

ning.com: I first started tinkering with Linux about 4 or 5 years ago. My first distribution was Mandrake. Depressed, and almost giving up, I came across MEPIS. I gave it one more shot....and I was hooked!

My teenager top 8 Linux games

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Gaming

bapoumba.wordpress: So my eldest son is not a young kid any longer.. He still plays a lot on his computer running Ubuntu along with msn and jabber talks with his friends. Here are his most popular Linux games.

The Death of the Linux Debate: A Eulogy

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Linux

daileymuse.com: In a very recent article entitled Think Before You Speak: Migrating the Enterprise to Linux I offered a set of opinions that differed from that of a blogger from the Linux community, who felt that Linux can be justified to IT management as a full replacement for Microsoft Windows.

Testing Out The Nouveau Driver On Fedora 11

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Linux

phoronix.com: With the forthcoming release of Fedora 11, Red Hat has made the bold (but wise) decision of replacing xf86-video-nv as the default open-source NVIDIA driver with the Nouveau driver instead.

Easily Mount ISO Files in Linux on Right Click

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HowTos

This article will explain how to add a script to Nautilus so that you can easly mount and unmount ISO files in most linux distros running Gnome (it needs Nautilus to show the desktop).

The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 11.1 [ISPConfig 3]

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SUSE
HowTos

This tutorial shows how to prepare an OpenSUSE 11.1 server for the installation of ISPConfig 3, and how to install ISPConfig 3.

some odds & ends:

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News
  • An Early Look At OpenSolaris 2009.06

  • Scribus and Linux and Comic Strips
  • Find the right Firefox add-ons
  • Worst of the week (roundup)
  • Mother and Ubuntu
  • Linux version of TwickerTape now available
  • Some Off-Season Linux Humor
  • Star Wars Vs. Star Trek: Some Off-Topic Humor
  • Q&A: When Mobility and Open Source Collide
  • Awesome Ubuntu
  • FLOSS Weekly 62: eBox
  • Acer Aspire One D150 running Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to write an interactive shell script

  • How to update ALSA to latest version easily
  • Making a Screencast in Linux
  • Get PDF Word Count In Linux
  • TuxCards - Hierarical notebook for TuxFreaks
  • A handful of Firefox tweaks that will double speed
  • Fixing mplayer Sound
  • How to prepare a system for kernel crash dump analysis
  • Kill X session in Jaunty Jackalope
  • Hudzilla Coding Academy: Project Seven

BitDefender Antivirus for Unices

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Software

tuxradar.com: Just because you use Linux, it doesn't mean your computer doesn't have viruses or worms. Virus is a catch-all phrase, and BitDefender's designed to catch them all - from executable viruses, script viruses, macro viruses, to backdoors, trojans, spyware, adware, diallers, and more.

Beware of so-called Linux proponents

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Linux

thebeezspeaks.blogspot: Every now and then you stumble across a blog that is run by a so-called Linux enthusiast. But when you start to look a little closer, you will see that they spread the SOFUD.

The Year of the Linux-powered Robots

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Linux

junauza.com: In the very near future, robots will become an indispensable tool that man can’t live without. Just like computers. At the moment, there are already different kinds of robots that run on Linux.

Dreamlinux 3.5 Review - Desktop Emphasis

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Linux

superphysics.awardspace.com: I have been distro hopping a lot in recent times. I was testing a lot of the less known Linuxes but never came across one that had no big problem. Of course, Dreamlinux is a fairly popular Linux distro.

A Short Review of OpenSolaris 2008.11

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OS

blog.hydrasystemsllc.com: I decided to finally check out OpenSolaris 2008.11. While this release came out back in November of 2008 (hence the 2008.11 naming convention), it has taken me this long to finally give it a chance. Maybe it is because I am still somewhat skeptical with the whole OpenSolaris Project.

Deciding Which Linux Flavor is Best

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Linux

linuxdistrochoices.com: Even the smallest amount if research into Linux will have illustrated the sheer range of distributions out there. They are all based on the original Linux kernel built by Linus Torvalds (the father of modern Linux) and can all interoperate to varying degrees.

full circle magazine #23, hot from the digital presses!

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Ubuntu

We’ve got a whole lot of Full Circle goodness for you in this issue! This month: Command and Conquer - Troubleshooting, How-To : Program in C, and Becoming An Ubuntu User.

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Docker 1.13, Containers, and DevOps

  • Introducing Docker 1.13
    Today we’re releasing Docker 1.13 with lots of new features, improvements and fixes to help Docker users with New Year’s resolutions to build more and better container apps. Docker 1.13 builds on and improves Docker swarm mode introduced in Docker 1.12 and has lots of other fixes. Read on for Docker 1.13 highlights.
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    Docker announced today the general availability of Docker 1.13, the third major update of the open-source application container engine for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Docker 1.13 has been in development for the past couple of months, during which it received no less than seven RC (Release Candidate) versions that implemented numerous improvements for the new Swarm Mode introduced in Docker 1.12, a few security features, as well as a new Remote API (version 1.25) and Client.
  • Distributed Fabric: A New Architecture for Container-Based Applications
    There’s a palpable sense of excitement in the application development world around container technology. Containers bring a new level of agility and speed to app development, giving developers the ability to break large monolithic apps into small, manageable microservices that can talk to one another, be more easily tested and deployed, and operate more efficiently as a full application. However, containers also demand a new architecture for the application services managing these microservices and apps, particularly in regards to service discovery — locating and consuming the services of those microservices.
  • DevOps trends emerging for 2017 and beyond
    Finally, one of the biggest trends for 2017 will not be just a focus on engaging and implementing some of these DevOps best practices into your enterprise, but a sweeping adoption of the DevOps/agile culture. This is because one of the most important – if not the absolute most key –tenets to a successful DevOps organization is culture. The enterprises that most espouse the shared responsibility, the empowered autonomous teams, the can-do attitudes, and the continuous learning environment in which DevOps thrives will see the biggest benefits.

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Optimizing Linux for Slow Computers
    It’s interesting, to consider what constitutes a power user of an operating system. For most people in the wider world a power user is someone who knows their way around Windows and Microsoft Office a lot, and can help them get their print jobs to come out right. For those of us in our community, and in particular Linux users though it’s a more difficult thing to nail down. If you’re a LibreOffice power user like your Windows counterpart, you’ve only really scratched the surface. Even if you’ve made your Raspberry Pi do all sorts of tricks in Python from the command line, or spent a career shepherding websites onto virtual Linux machines loaded with Apache and MySQL, are you then a power user compared to the person who knows their way around the system at the lower level and has an understanding of the kernel? Probably not. It’s like climbing a mountain with false summits, there are so many layers to power usership. So while some of you readers will be au fait with your OS at its very lowest level, most of us will be somewhere intermediate. We’ll know our way around our OS in terms of the things we do with it, and while those things might be quite advanced we’ll rely on our distribution packager to take care of the vast majority of the hard work.
  • Long-Term Maintenance, or How to (Mis-)Manage Embedded Systems for 10+ Years
    In this presentation, kernel hacker Jan Lübbe will explain why apparently reasonable approaches to long-term maintenance fail and how to establish a sustainable workflow instead.
  • Linux 4.9 Is the Next Long-Term Supported Kernel Branch, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman
    Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman confirmed today, January 19, 2017, in a short message, on his Google+ page, that the Linux 4.9 branch is now marked as "longterm," or as some of you know as LTS (Long-Term Support). The story behind Linux kernel 4.9 becoming the next long-term supported series dates from way before it's launch last month, on December 11, when Linus Torvalds officially announced the new branch. It all started back on August 12, 2016, when Greg Kroah-Hartman dropped a quick Google+ post to say "4.9 == next LTS kernel."
  • Maintainers Don't Scale
    First let’s look at how the kernel community works, and how a change gets merged into Linus Torvalds’ repository. Changes are submitted as patches to mailing list, then get some review and eventually get applied by a maintainer to that maintainer’s git tree. Each maintainer then sends pull request, often directly to Linus. With a few big subsystems (networking, graphics and ARM-SoC are the major ones) there’s a second or third level of sub-maintainers in. 80% of the patches get merged this way, only 20% are committed by a maintainer directly. Most maintainers are just that, a single person, and often responsible for a bunch of different areas in the kernel with corresponding different git branches and repositories. To my knowledge there are only three subsystems that have embraced group maintainership models of different kinds: TIP (x86 and core kernel), ARM-SoC and the graphics subsystem (DRM).

Graphics in Linux

  • RADV Vulkan Driver Has Geometry Shader Support For Testing
    David Airlie has published a set of 31 patches for testing that provide initial support for geometry shaders within the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver. While RadeonSI has long supported geometry shaders, it's been a bigger work item bringing it to this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver within Mesa. The patches are enough for Vulkan geometry shaders to get working on RADV, but Airlie explains that the support isn't gold: "This is a first pass at geometry shader support on radv, all the code should be here in reviewable pieces, it seems to mostly pass CTS tests but triggers some llvm 3.9 bugs around kill, and there might still be a GPU hang in here, but this should still be a good place to start reviewing."
  • libinput 1.6.0
    This release fixes the slow touchpad acceleration on touchpads with less than 1000dpi, a missing call to normalized the deltas was the source of the issue.
  • Libinput 1.6 Released With New Touchpad Acceleration
    Libinput 1.6.0 was announced a short time ago on wayland-devel.
  • Mesa 17 Gets a First Release Candidate, Final Planned for Early February 2017
    Collabora's Emil Velikov announced today, January 19, 2017, the availability of the first of many Release Candidate (RC) development versions of the upcoming and highly anticipated Mesa 17.0.0 3D Graphics Library. Mesa 17 is shaping up to be a huge milestone that should dramatically improve the performance of the bundled open-source graphics drivers for Intel, AMD Radeon, Nvidia graphics cards on a Linux-based operating system. Just the other day it enabled OpenGL 4.5 support for Intel Haswell GPUs, which is already a big achievement.

Android Leftovers

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