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Bodhi Linux may just be your favorite new lightweight distro

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Linux

omgubuntu.co.uk: Bodhi Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution that supplants the usual desktop environment of GNOME, KDE or XFCE with something lighter – and better looking: the Enlightenment desktop.

today's odds & ends:

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News
  • ADeskBar – A lightweight and gorgeous GNOME panel replacement
  • Is Ubuntu Unknowingly Introducing FUD?
  • Things for which I'm Grateful
  • The best netbook distro of 2010
  • Q&A with Larry Augustin, SugarCRM CEO
  • HP Deskjet 3050 j610 on Debian Squeeze
  • Variety On The Desktop
  • The automated testing of Ubuntu SRUs
  • Open Source Monitoring, Icinga vs Nagios
  • People behind Debian: Colin Watson
  • Impressive 3d slide transations for OpenOffice presentations
  • It's Becoming Very Easy To Run Wayland
  • TrueHD, DTS-HD, E-AC3 Over HDMI On Linux
  • 5 of the Best Free and Open Source Data Mining Software
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 2 Episode 22

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Introduction to inotify
  • Bug Fix – Revisor not launching under Fedora 14
  • monitor traffic at Cisco router using Linux (Netflow)
  • Get the actual file-type using file command
  • Hide "Last login:" on bash login
  • GNU find – A Multidimensional Tool
  • Compiling the new responsive kernel from scratch
  • recursively delete / erase files with find and rm
  • GIMP Tutorial: Create sweet candy text!
  • Set Up a Rails Application That Uses MySQL on Ubuntu

KDE Look Part 5: KOffice 2

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ericsbinaryworld.com: Back when I first started using Linux I was using a very underpowered computer that I got donated as part of my research at school. So OpenOffice.org was a real pain in the butt to use. It took forever to load! KOffice, on the other hand, loaded up quickly.

Evolution, re-evolved

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afaikblog.wordpress: Time for the second instalment of the Evolution redesign saga. My first run threw out some ideas and generated some really useful feedback (thanks for that, everyone). Since then, I’ve gone back and developed the designs into something a little more coherent and much more Evolution-y.

The VLC Media Player – Does it Really Play Everything?

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makeuseof.com: The VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia program, developed by the VideoLAN project. It’s available for all common operating systems, plus a few more. The website boldly states that “It plays everything!” Is that so?

openSUSE Needs to Rebel

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SUSE

anditosan.blogspot: Over the course of a few years, and after openSUSE was launched, the relationship of openSUSE internally has been one of constant rediscovery and also lethargy. openSUSE heaveily relies on the power of the community and their votes on certain issues, features, etc. Simply put, openSUSE is democratic.

Kernel Log: Fast response times via process groups

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h-online.com: The automatic creation of process groups should keep the desktop interface responsive even when a large number of processes are making the CPU sweat. Meanwhile, the development of 2.6.37 is in full swing.

Penguspy makes it easy to find the best Linux games

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Gaming
  • Penguspy makes it easy to find the best Linux games, with ratings and more
  • Dage – A 3D adventure game engine that is Linux native
  • Alter Ego – a murder mystery adventure that runs out of the box in WINE
  • Blob Wars·: Blob And Conquer
  • Trine And Trine 2 Are Coming To GNU/Linux
  • Dress-Up Pups Is Coming To GNU/Linux
  • Ubuntu Invaders: First the wallpaper, now the game

KDE 4.6 Beta1 Released

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KDE
  • 4.6 Beta1 Brings Improved Search, Activities and Mobile Device Support
  • KDE 4.6 beta1… HALess!
  • New features in KDE SC 4.6 Beta 1

The King of Open Source Operating Systems: Ubuntu Rocks!

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Ubuntu

blogote.com: We have grown up with Linux over the years and seen the best of operating systems come and go. The best of Microsoft’s and Apple’s have given us in-depth entertainment options to choose from and it has certainly been able to live up to their name.

Firefox 4 Minefield Now With Improved Add-Ons Manager

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Moz/FF

ghacks.net: One of the design elements that I did not like in the development builds of Firefox 4 until now was the add-ons manager.

Some rant about desktops, evolution and everything..

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Linux
Software
MDV

dodonov.net/blog: I have been asking myself numerous times before: what does we miss to have the best Desktop? No matter if it runs Windows, or Mac, or Linux, or anything else.

Liberté Linux 2010.1

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lwn.net: The first release of Liberté Linux is available. "Liberté Linux is a secure, reliable, lightweight, and easy to use Gentoo-based LiveUSB Linux distribution intended as a communication aid in hostile environments."

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Shuttleworth's Ubuntu makes like Space Shuttle
  • FreetuxTV – Web TV and Radio player
  • Viewsonic and the GPL
  • Hands-on: Opera 11 tab stacking vs Firefox Panorama
  • A replacement for X finally!
  • French social security now run on PostgreSQL and Red Hat Linux
  • Fuduntu 14.5 - Subtle improvements
  • Introduction to the Blender Fluid Simulator
  • Control Points and Steering Mechanisms in Open Source Software Projects
  • Norway: All regions and nearly all municipalities now use open source
  • PL: Poznań city's e-Government platform built on open source components
  • Ubuntu One — good or bad?
  • Nero Linux 4 - Never Knew Nero had a Linux Version
  • Meet the GIMP: Episode 151: #150 reloaded!
  • Watch for Shares of Red Hat to Approach Resistance at $43.87
  • 7like GNoMenu theme: Ambiance meets windows
  • Xen Dom0 Support May Come Back To Fedora
  • Last Day at Mozilla
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 24th October
  • FLOSS Weekly 143: Ganymede

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Creating A Mobile Version of Your Drupal Website Part 1, 2, and 3
  • Solaris Directory Structure (File System Structure) Explained
  • Improve Flash performance under Linux
  • Ubuntu: Install and use Droid fonts
  • 2ClickUpdate Maintains And Cleans Up Your Ubuntu
  • Few KDE fixes
  • Is Your Bash Prompt Cramping Your Style?
  • How to Triple Boot Your Hackintosh with Windows and Linux
  • Set Up Drupal Multi-site Configuration with Nginx as Reverse Proxy
  • Installing Drupal 7
  • change the terminal colours from command line or console
  • My current "What to do after installing Ubuntu?" script
  • KDE Trinity Like Whoa
  • Script To Apply the "200 Lines Kernel Patch" Alternative In Ubuntu
  • Quickzi: Find files older than 5 days

LGP Is Partially Back Online

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Web
Gaming
  • LGP Is Partially Back Online; More Unforeseen Issues
  • TGatB 1.0.0.18
  • Happypenguin.org Is Back Online !

New Linux Mint 10 – Will you be lured into trying it?

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brajeshwar.com: Battling to be classified as the most reliable open source operating system is the Linux Mint team, which apparently has put its plans to action by leveraging its existing and most popular product the Linux Mint and in turn has brought out a new and updated version of the same.

Being US-centric does not serve GNOME Foundation well

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Software

itwire.com: The GNOME Foundation has been forced to change the rules for a design contest it is holding after one of its members objected to the exclusion of certain countries.

Who owns what in the Novell deal

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Microsoft
SUSE
  • Who owns what in the Novell deal
  • Novell Saying Little About Post-Attachmate ZENworks Plans
  • Understanding the Novell Deal (and when we'll learn more)
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Openwashing: Microsoft, Apple and Symphony Software Foundation

Linux Foundation: Real-Time Linux (RT Linux), LF Deep Learning Foundation, OpenTracing and More

  • Developers: Prepare Your Drivers for Real-Time Linux
    Although Real-Time Linux (RT Linux) has been a staple at Embedded Linux Conferences for years -- here’s a story on the RT presentations in 2007 -- many developers have viewed the technology to be peripheral to their own embedded projects. Yet as RT, enabled via the PREEMPT_RT patch, prepares to be fully integrated into the mainline kernel, a wider circle of developers should pay attention. In particular, Linux device driver authors will need to ensure that their drivers play nice with RT-enabled kernels. At the recent Embedded Linux Conference in Portland, National Instruments software engineer Julia Cartwright, an acting maintainer on a stable release of the RT patch, gave a well-attended presentation called “What Every Driver Developer Should Know about RT.” Cartwright started with an overview of RT, which helps provide guarantees for user task execution for embedded applications that require a high level of determinism. She then described the classes of driver-related problems that can have a detrimental impact to RT, as well as potential resolutions. One of the challenges of any real-time operating system is that most target applications have two types of tasks: those with real-time requirements and latency sensitivity, and those for non-time critical tasks such as disk monitoring, throughput, or I/O. “The two classes of tasks need to run together and maybe communicate with one another with mixed criticality,” explained Cartwright. “You must resolve two different degrees of time sensitivity.” One solution is to split the tasks by using two different hardware platforms. “You could have an Arm Cortex-R, FPGA, or PLD based board for super time-critical stuff, and then a Cortex-A series board with Linux,” said Cartwright. “This offers the best isolation, but it raises the per unit costs, and it’s hard to communicate between the domains.”
  • Clarifying the Linux Real Time Issue
    I recently posted an article about the increasing development and availability of Linux-powered automation devices. This is a clear industry trend that’s unavoidable for anyone following the automation technology industry. Shortly after posting the article, I heard from a reader who wrote: “I read your article and I am surprised that you would promote the idea that anyone would use Linux for anything critical. It isn’t even a real-time control system. It can be used for non-critical applications, but the article implies that industry is adopting it for everything.” This reader brings up a valid point. Linux is not a real-time OS in and of itself. As Vibhoosh Gupta of GE Automation & Controls noted in the original article, GE uses “Type 1 hypervisor technology to run a real-time OS, such as VxWorks, running traditional control loops alongside our PAC Edge technology operating on Linux.” [...] The Linux Foundation launched the RTL (Real Time Linux) Collaborative Project in October 2015. According to the Foundation, the project was “founded by industry experts to advance technologies for the robotics, telecom, manufacturing and medical industries. The aim of the RTL collaborative project is mainlining the PREEMPT_RT patch.” While there are plenty of mission critical applications running Linux OS with real-time extensions—as highlighted by GE, Opto and Wago—the Linux Foundation notes on its site that there remains “much work to be done.”
  • Linux Launches Deep Learning Foundation For Open Source Growth In AI
    The Linux Foundation has launched the LF Deep Learning Foundation, an umbrella organisation which will support and sustain open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. The organisation will strive to make these critical new technologies available to developers and data scientists everywhere, said a statement published by LF. Founding members of LF Deep Learning include Amdocs, AT&T, B.Yond, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, Univa, and ZTE, among others. LF Deep Learning, members are working to create a neutral space where makers and sustainers of tools and infrastructure can interact and harmonise their efforts and accelerate the broad adoption of deep learning technologies.
  • OpenTracing: Distributed Tracing’s Emerging Industry Standard
    What was traditionally known as just Monitoring has clearly been going through a renaissance over the last few years. The industry as a whole is finally moving away from having Monitoring and Logging silos – something we’ve been doing and “preaching” for years – and the term Observability emerged as the new moniker for everything that encompasses any form of infrastructure and application monitoring. Microservices have been around for a over a decade under one name or another. Now often deployed in separate containers it became obvious we need a way to trace transactions through various microservice layers, from the client all the way down to queues, storage, calls to external services, etc. This created a new interest in Transaction Tracing that, although not new, has now re-emerged as the third pillar of observability.
  • There’s a Server in Every Serverless Platform [Ed: "Serverless" is a lie. It's a server. One that you do not control; one/s that control/s you. Even Swapnil finally or belatedly gets it. The LF really likes buzzwords.]
    Serverless computing or Function as a Service (FaaS) is a new buzzword created by an industry that loves to coin new terms as market dynamics change and technologies evolve. But what exactly does it mean? What is serverless computing?
  • Take the Open Source Job Survey from Dice and The Linux Foundation
    Interest in hiring open source professionals is on the rise, with more companies than ever looking for full-time hires with open source skills and experience. To gather more information about the changing landscape and opportunities for developers, administrators, managers, and other open source professionals, Dice and The Linux Foundation have partnered to produce two open source jobs surveys — designed specifically for hiring managers and industry professionals.
  • Automotive Linux Summit & OS Summit Japan Schedule Announced [Ed: "Brian Redmond, Microsoft" so you basically go to an event about Linux and must listen to a talk from a company which attacks Linux with patent blackmail, bribes etc.]

Security: Updates, GrayKey, Google and Cilium

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Hackers Leaked The Code Of iPhone Cracking Device “GrayKey”, Attempted Extortion
    The mysterious piece of hardware GrayKey might give a sense of happiness to cops because they can get inside most of the iPhone models currently active, including the iPhone X. The $30,000 device is known to crack a 4-digit iPhone passcode in a matter of a few hours, and a six-digit passcode in 3 days, or possibly 11 hours in ideal scenarios. That’s why security experts suggest that iOS users should keep an alphanumeric passcode instead of an all-number passcode.
  • Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code
    Law enforcement agencies across the country are buying or have expressed interest in buying GrayKey, a device that can unlock up-to-date iPhones. But Grayshift, the company that makes the device, has attracted some other attention as well. Last week, an unknown party quietly leaked portions of GrayKey code onto the internet, and demanded over $15,000 from Grayshift—ironically, the price of an entry-level GrayKey—in order to stop publishing the material. The code itself does not appear to be particularly sensitive, but Grayshift confirmed to Motherboard the brief data leak that led to the extortion attempt.
  • It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files
    Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders. The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed created and sent spam with forged email headers. These not only override the send address, so that it appears a legit Gmail user sent the message, but it also mysteriously shows up in that person's sent box as if they had typed it and emitted themselves. In turn, the messages would also appear in their inboxes as sent mail.
  • Cilium 1.0 Advances Container Networking With Improved Security
    For last two decades, the IPtables technology has been the cornerstone of Linux networking implementations, including new container models. On April 24, the open-source Cilium 1.0 release was launched, providing a new alternative to IPtables by using BPF (Berkeley Packet Filter), which improves both networking and security. The Cilium project's GitHub code repository defines the effort as Linux Native, HTTP Aware Network Security for Containers. Cilium development has been driven to date by stealth startup Covalent, which is led by CEO Dan Wendlandt, who well-known in the networking community for his work at VMware on software-defined networking, and CTO Thomas Graf, who is a core Linux kernel networking developer.

Applications: KStars, Kurly, Pamac, QEMU

  • KStars 2.9.5 is out!
    Autofocus module users would be happy to learn that the HFR value is now responsive to changing seeing conditions. Previously, the first successful autofocus operation would set the HFR Threshold value of which subsequent measurements are compared against during the in-sequence-focusing step.
  • Kurly – An Alternative to Most Widely Used Curl Program
    Kurly is a free open source, simple but effective, cross-platform alternative to the popular curl command-line tool. It is written in Go programming language and works in the same way as curl but only aims to offer common usage options and procedures, with emphasis on the HTTP(S) operations. In this tutorial we will learn how to install and use kurly program – an alternative to most widely used curl command in Linux.
  • Pamac – Easily Install and Manage Software on Arch Linux
    Arch Linux is one of the most popular Linux distribution available despite its apparent technicality. Its default package manager pacman is powerful but as time always tells, it is a lot easier to get certain things done using a mouse because GUI apps barely require any typing nor do they require you to remember any commands; and this is where Pamac comes in. Pamac is a Gtk3 frontend for libalpm and it is the GUI tool that Arch Linux users turn to the most when they aren’t in the mood to manage their software packages via the terminal; and who can blame them? It was specifically created to be used with Pacman.
  • QEMU 2.12 Released With RISC-V, Spectre/Meltdown & Intel vGPU Action
    QEMU 2.12 is now officially available as the latest stable feature update to this important component to the open-source Linux virtualization stack.