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Story Jolla Releases Its "Ohijärvi" Sailfish Linux Update Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 4:32pm
Story KDE wins Linux New Media Readers Choice Award 2014 Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 4:25pm
Story New in GTK+ 3.12: popovers Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 2:45pm
Story The easiest way to turn your app idea into an appliance Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 11:54am
Story TN state departments asked to switch over to open source software Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 11:49am
Story Open source forum 2014, a first Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 11:48am
Story Decking Out Linux for the Senior Set Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 11:45am
Story ACPI, firmware and your security Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 9:33am
Story Nixed, Seniors, and Networking Basics Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 9:02am
Story Geeksphone’s Revolution to offer Ubuntu Touch: Report Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 8:49am

few shorts:

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  • I will never bet again - day 1 with GNOME

  • Linux Outlaws 64 - Lick My Lenny
  • Nvidia 180.06 driver solves panel flickering problem with KDE 4 + OOo
  • High Quality Ubuntu Wallpapers

some howtos:

  • Bash script that process input from pipeline or file redirection

  • How to broadcast a message to all users - using wall
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 installation on OpenSuSe
  • How to install OpenSolaris
  • How to kill user's processes and logout the user

Using ntop, iftop and apachetop to Monitor Traffic on Ubuntu

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Not monitoring your server's network traffic is the equivalent of driving a car with your eyes closed. You must at all times be aware of your server's traffic. Just checking the logs is simply not enough.

Phoronix 2008 Linux Graphics Survey Launches

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Linux Last year we hosted our first annual Linux Graphics Survey as really the only study that's been done to get a better understanding what the Linux community is using in their computers to fulfill their graphics needs, what their key interests are, and where they are looking for improvements. Here we go again.

openSUSE 11 - Review & Tutorial

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SUSE First, you'll be pleasantly surprised. I will install openSUSE 11 not only on a test machine - but also on a production machine. This will give me (and you) an excellent opportunity to see how this distro behaves in a real situation.

Linux-Hater’s Blog, considered

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Web One of the advantages of having helped found the open-source movement that I cherish most is that nobody can criticize me when I criticize it. I’m a gadfly by nature, disgusted by cant even (actually, especially!) when it’s my own insights being reflected back at me as dogma. Anyone who actually does that is likely to flip me into full Discordian rascal-guru mode. So I was actually pleased to learn of the existence of Linux-Hater’s Blog.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 46

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Issue #46 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Released, Updated Build Service Roadmap, and KDE’s Compositing in openSUSE 11.1.

Customizing Ubuntu to provide stunning looks

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jamesselvakumar.wordpress: As I used my Ubuntu more and more, I felt the pain of living with Ubuntu’s default font rendering, especially when I browse using firefox. I tried all the options available under the “fonts” section in “Appearance Preferences” with no fruitful result. Then when I started looking around for solutions.

Open Source is a Way of Life

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lispmachine.wordpress: People are wrong when they say GNU (FSF) is just a collection of free softwares, GNU is a way of life. This way of life transcends itself from software profession into one’s personal and social life too. The truth is not that when people come in the GNU community then they become good, that they become the ones who think of society first instead like others who think of their selfish business interests based on the proprietary softwares.

What's Next For Linux? Unifying The OS Amid Steady Change

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Linux What's next for linux? There's no simple answer because Linux isn't a single entity but a galaxy of implementations and possibilities. The Linux kernel--version, to be precise--is at the center of it all, with the operating system continuously morphing into new shapes.

Xfce 4.6 Beta 2 (Hopper) released

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Software The second Beta was delayed for 2 weeks, but it was worth it. Every feature we made a freeze-exception for has made it into this release. This means a lot of bugs have been fixed this time as well:

Q&A: Richard Stallman

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Interviews In an exclusive interview with, Stallman discusses his views on free versus proprietary and open source software, social networking sites and privacy issues.

OpenOffice five times more popular than Google Docs

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OOo Confirming recent comments by Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer, an independent study released Friday found's free office suite to be five times more popular among adult U.S. internet users than Google Docs.

today's leftovers

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  • Short Review of Ubuntu 8.10 Final

  • Set Mantis to track your bugs
  • NASA turns to open-source problem-tracking databases
  • Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest
  • X Server 1.6 Gets A Release Schedule
  • NVIDIA Driver Brings PureVideo Features To Linux
  • PPC Linux distributor acquired
  • Bug Labs creates open source Lego for software engineers
  • Mozilla Thunderbird using Drupal
  • Ubuntu 8.10 on the AA1: installation/review
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3b adds to virtualization
  • A Peek at Fedora 10 "Preview"
  • openSUSE 11.1: Power Management

some howtos:

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  • Metacity Compositing Effects in Ubuntu 8.10

  • Install and Configure Cacti Monitoring tool in Ubuntu 8.10
  • list the most recent files in a directory
  • Back-of-the-napkin calculations with Frink
  • Internet Explorer in Linux - Tutorial
  • How to get the CMake version you need
  • FAQ: How to scrollback in GNU SCREEN?
  • Installing Apple's Safari Browser and Itunes 7 On OpenSuSe 11 With PlayOnLinux
  • Turn openSUSE 11 Live CD into a ZENworks Imaging Tool

Spotlight on Linux

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Linux Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and other small form-factor systems based on Intel Atom processors and the Intel-sponsored Linux stack are finally starting to arrive. This Hot Topic summary and reading list captures the early history of this key mobile stack.

my glowing heart .. er .. panel

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aseigo.blogspot: Plasma only unhides the panel when you move the mouse in the space the panel actually exists, whereas Kicker would just unhide everything on a screen edge when you came in contact with it. Thomas said it'd be neat if the panel 'glowed' when off screen.

Oblong's g-speak: the 'Minority Report' OS brought to life

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OS If you've been waiting for that Minority Report-style interface to really come to fruition, you can finally exhale. One of the science advisors from the Steven Spielberg film -- along with a team of other zany visionaries -- has created an honest-to-goodness, real-world implementation of the computer systems seen in the movie.

Ubuntu Intrepid Regression: Beware of Wireless and WPA

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journal.dedasys: A lot of people, myself included as of the upgrade I did last night, seem to be having trouble using certain wireless chipsets with WPA.

Why I Am Leaning Toward OpenSolaris

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codeghar.wordpress: Sun makes its own Unix operating system, called Solaris. In an effort to be more open source oriented, Sun is releasing parts of Solaris as OpenSolaris. Here I will try to find reasons why OpenSolaris would be a good choice.

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today's leftovers

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  • Install Laravel on Ubuntu 16.04
  • 'Tether' a very promising UE4 first-person adventure game will be coming to Linux
    It's not often a trailer leaves me begging for more, but 'Tether' [Steam Greenlight, Official Site] ticked all my boxes. The developer is using UE4 and claims the Linux builds are working as expected.
  • If you're in the mood for a decent Zombie survival game, don't pass up on Project Zomboid
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  • GTK+ 3.22.2 Deprecates APIs That Will Be Removed in GTK+ 4, Improves Win32 Theme
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  • No One Is Buying Smartwatches Anymore
    Remember how smartwatches were supposed to be the next big thing? About that... The market intelligence firm IDC reported on Monday that smartwatch shipments are down 51.6 percent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016. This is bad news for all smartwatch vendors (except maybe Garmin), but it’s especially bad for Apple, which saw shipments drop 71.6 percent, according to the IDC report Apple is still the overall smartwatch market leader, with an estimated 41.3-percent of the market, but IDC estimates it shipped only 1.1 million Apple Watches in Q3 2016, compared with 3.9 million in 2015. To a degree, that’s to be expected, since the new Apple Watch Series 2 came out at the tail-end of the quarter. But the news is still a blow, when you consider how huge the Apple Watch hype was just 18 months ago.
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