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Review: Zenwalk Linux 5.0

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Linux

raiden.net: Zenwalk Linux is a Slackware-based distribution that has set a personal goal for itself to be one of the slimmest and fastest distributions out there. Their focus in this distribution is towards a strong graphical desktop and multimedia implementation. But how does Zenwalk perform?

Microsoft & Linux: At What Point Is It Cheaper to Just Buy Novell?

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SUSE

sys-con.com: Microsoft no longer sees itself as simply a Windows company. One recent indication of this is their determination to buy the LAMP-centric (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) Yahoo! Instead of migrating all the tried and tested Yahoo! services over to a Windows server infrastructure, wouldn't it be simpler to establish Microsoft Linux through the acquisition of Novell?

KDE and Wikimedia Collaborate

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KDE

dot.kde.org: KDE e.V and Wikimedia Deutschland have opened a shared office in Frankfurt, Germany and have hired a joint employee for administration.

various shorts

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OSS
  • Devnet - PCLinuxOS Seperate

  • Free Software Conference
  • Geneva to Install Ubuntu on 9000 School Computers
  • Online Tour of Ubuntu in the Works

Xubuntu “Hardy Heron” Beta Still Can’t Fly

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Ubuntu

junauza.com: Being a fully satisfied Xubuntu 7.10 user, I've been eagerly waiting for the distribution release of Xubuntu 8.04 which will be coming out most probably at the end of the month. To have a feel of what's yet to come, I downloaded and installed the recently released Xubuntu 8.04 Beta. So, is Xubuntu "Hardy Heron" tough enough?

Git With the Program

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ostatic.com: The Internet has, of course, been essential to the growth of the open-source movement. The Internet has also made it possible for developers to parallelize their work, with each programmer on a project handling a different part of it. The solution is to use a version-control system. In the last few years, a new style of version-control system has emerged.

A Hard Look At The ASUS EeePC

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Linux
Hardware

blue-gnu.biz: I have been examining the ASUS EeePC since February, and would like to share my experience and viewpoint on this popular tool. The good news is that it works as advertised. And the bad news? Well, see for yourself.

The Official Ubuntu Book: Sample Chapters

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Ubuntu

informit.com: Informit has published some sample chapters from The Official Ubuntu Book. Chapters include: Introducting Ubuntu, Using Ubuntu on the Desktop, and Installing Ubuntu.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Gentoo: professional expectations from non professionals

  • Ubuntu + Sun = Very good idea
  • Open Media Now launched to boost digital freedom
  • A Business Case for Linux? (Laptops Marketed and Sold as Microsoft Vista Ready)
  • Ubuntu Continues Its Efforts to Be the Operating System for Humans (ufw)
  • You Know Open Source Has Really Arrived...
  • Canada Tells Why It Voted No on OOXML & How ISO Must Improve

Fedora 9 Beta - my review

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Linux

silentcoder.co.za: I have been wanting to try out Fedora 9 ever since I read in an interview with the project leaders about 2 months ago that it was going with a KDE4 default desktop. Now Fedora is an interesting beast…

KDE Built For Speed — Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO

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calummegan.wordpress: Back in January I wrote a review of Vector Linux 5.8 Standard. The fact that as I write this, over five months later, that review is still in the O’Reillynet Blogs Hot 25 says a lot about just how much interest there is in this up and coming Canadian distribution, a user friendly derivative of Slackware.

Shuttle KPC Linux PC now available

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Hardware

desktoplinux.com: What's cute, comes in a 6.4" high, 11" long, and 7.5" wide black box and runs Linux? That would be Shuttle Computers' KPC Shuttle.

How Friendly Is Open Source?

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itbusinessedge.com/blogs: silicon.com writer and IT analyst Martin Brampton says the open source movement isn’t as collaboration-friendly as its proponents would like you to think. How can that be, when open source development is all about sharing code and helping each other fix bugs or develop programs?

Open source pioneer Levanta goes out of business?

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OSS

blogs.techtarget.com: Rumor has it that Linux and virtualization provider Levanta, whose recent release of Levanta 6.0 earned it a SearchEnterpriseLinux.com Product of the Year award, may have gone belly up.

Future operating systems to remain as Windows and Linux

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OS

builderau.com.au: Gernot Heiser, professor of operating systems at UNSW has stated that Windows and Linux will remain as the future of desktop and server operating systems. In an interview at the recent Linux.conf.au in Melbourne, Heiser said "the operating systems of the future will be called Windows and Linux, no matter what they look like".

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Dapper To Hardy Direct Server Upgrade Works

  • Mount ISO’s easely in gnome - nautilus
  • How to read netstat output
  • Swapping Or Paging On Linux And Unix?

Compiz 0.7.4 Released

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phoronix: Skipping a Compiz 0.7.3 release, the Open Compositing community has this morning released Compiz 0.7.4. Since Compiz 0.7.2, there is now configurable handling of overlapping output devices, enhanced focus stealing prevention, configurable/optional delay for edge actions, and unredirection of fullscreen windows.

The silver lining in OOXML approval

blogs.the451group: I kept waiting to weigh in on the ISO approval of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) format, searching for some kind of silver lining for open source. Then I saw Paul McDougall’s report on the nations that represent emerging markets and how they voted against OOXML approval as an ISO standard.

The Good and Bad of Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

foogazi.com: Theres always the question of whether a popular, mildly mainstream Linux distribution like Ubuntu serves the overall GNU/Linux community well. It’s my belief that there are two sides to the debate regarding Ubuntu; the Good, and the Bad.

Quick look: openSUSE

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SUSE

fengshaun.wordpress: after a while using Fedora, I thought I would give openSUSE a try. It is a popular distro! After using it for a week now, I’m satisfied with it. There are some features I like about it, and some that I don’t. First I will go for what I like about it.

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Leftovers: Debian

  • The Pyra - handheld computer with Debian preinstalled
    The machine is a complete ARM-based PC with micro HDMI, SATA, USB plugs and many others connectors, and include a full keyboard and a 5" LCD touch screen. The 6000mAh battery is claimed to provide a whole day of battery life time, but I have not seen any independent tests confirming this. The vendor is still collecting preorders, and the last I heard last night was that 22 more orders were needed before production started.
  • New sources for contributors.debian.org
    Many people might not be aware of it, but since a couple of years ago, we have an excellent tool for tracking and recognising contributors to the Debian Project: Debian Contributors Debian is a big project, and there are many people working that do not have great visibility, specially if they are not DDs or DMs. We are all volunteers, so it is very important that everybody gets credited for their work. No matter how small or unimportant they might think their work is, we need to recognise it!
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    Jessie was released one year ago now and the Java Team has been busy preparing the next release.

Leftovers: OSS

  • The New Kingmakers and the Next Step for Open Source
  • Puppet Rebrands, Launches Numerous New Projects
    Folks who are focused on container technology and virtual machines as they are implemented today might want to give a hat tip to some of the early technologies and platforms that arrived in the same arena. Among those, Puppet, which was built on the legacy of the venerable Cfengine system, was an early platform that helped automate lots of virtual machine implementations. We covered it in depth all the way back in 2008. Fast-forward to today, and Puppet Labs is changing its name to mark a new era, and is out with several new product initiatives. The organization, now known as just Puppet, has also named its first president and COO, Sanjay Mirchandani, who comes to the company from VMware, where he was a senior vice-president.
  • Tracing Microconference Accepted into 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference
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  • Next Phase of Development Begins for The Hovalin, An Open Source 3D Printed Violin
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