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Story Trojita 0.4.1, a security update for CVE-2014-2567 / Announcing Geary 0.6.0 Rianne Schestowitz 21/03/2014 - 11:17am
Story KDE 4.13 Makes It Into Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 10:53pm
Story Blender 2.70 Release Notes Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 8:49pm
Story Huawei kills plans to launch a dual-OS Windows Phone-Android smartphone Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 8:33pm
Story Fedora 21 Gets U-Boot, Xorg, jQuery Changes Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 8:26pm
Story European Union in talks to move to the Open Document Format Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 8:12pm
Story Gnome Boxes 3.12 Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 8:06pm
Story BBQLinux and OS for Android developers and Arch enthusiasts Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 7:59pm
Story "Cryogenic" Linux Kernel Drops Power Use Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 7:55pm
Story Tim Cook blasts latest Apple-bashing book as ‘nonsense’ Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 7:46pm

Introducing Kwin

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introducingkde4.blogspot: KDE 3.5.x had an option for enabling composite called kcompmgr. The KDE developers wanted eye-candy composite for they KDE 4 series, so they had 3 options, writing a whole new window manager, use compiz or improving kwin, they took the last one.

Flickr Uploaders for Linux: Secretive, But Not Endangered Beasts

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Software Flickr is almost like Xerox, or Kleenex, in that its name is in some ways inextricably linked to the service it delivers. Though Flickr has a browser uploader, there are limitations. For years, there has been one uploader option on that page -- a third party, cross platform (and very serviceable) -- that is Linux compatible.

Open Source Considered Harmful

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OSS As soon as I think I have a handle on where things are currently at, along comes some new complex twist; some new turn; some new innovation that threatens to take the status quo and put it through the wood chipper. I blame the open source phenomenon for that.

Firefox 3.1 gets tab tearing

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Moz/FF The latest Firefox 3.1 development release features the announced option for tab tearing: drag a tab out of its current window, and it is removed and opened on a new one, providing a more intuitive way to organize your web browsing.

Also: Here Be Dragons!

Linux Netbooks

Three Ways to Use Free Software Without Ripping Anyone Off

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I talk to people a lot about free and open software. I usually find that people have never heard of it before. So I talk to people a lot, and hand out CDs full of free software, believing I’m helping people by giving them options that don’t cost hundreds of dollars. One person I talked to a lot about free software was Ross.

Mandriva Linux 2009 One Xfce released

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Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.

From Windows Capable to the Linux laptop

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Linux I think you can draw a straight line from the Vista Capable brouhaha to recent introductions of laptop Linux by HP and Dell, once Microsoft’s most loyal OEMs.

The Super Windows That...Couldn't

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Linux One of the more bizarre accusations flung by Microsoft at GNU/Linux over the years is that it doesn't scale. Sadly, that narrative has been rather undermined by the independent Top500 supercomputing sites ranking.

Linux Mint

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Linux I’ve always had a geeky side which has led to experimentation with other operating systems, such as FreeBSD, Solaris, and Linux. This weekend I started to wonder what the Linux community was up to so I headed over to DistroWatch to read up on the news. I saw a distro that I had never heard of before in the number 3 spot: Linux Mint.

Banshee 1.4.1 Review

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Another crappy review of Banshee? I don't think so!

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 278

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Commentary: DistroWatch Weekly - end of an era

  • Released last week: Sabayon Linux 3.5.1, Ultimate Edition 2.0
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 1, Fedora 11 release schedule
  • New additions: ExTIX
  • New distributions: CAINE, Canaima, Progex, RsLive, Suriyan Linux, VortexBox, WeakNet Linux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

8 Great Alternative Desktop Managers For Linux

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Software Most of the Linux users should be familiar with Gnome and KDE since both of them are the most commonly used desktop managers in the various Linux distros. Now, if you are using an old PC with low hardware specs, you might find that the above two desktop environments are too heavy for your computer to handle.

Attack Of The Ubuntu Forks

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Ubuntu Every time there is a new Linux distro that is making a lot of noise in the Linux community, it is just waiting to be forked by someone. Today, we will look at some of the well-received Ubuntu based forks out there, which are not supported by Canonical.

The wit and wisdom of Linus Torvalds

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Linux Linus Torvalds is known, rightly so, as the creator of the Linux kernel. What began as his own hobby project now powers major data centres, enabled the netbook market to exist, and has given rise to many a user group install-fest. It's no wonder his opinion is canvassed regularly but the answer may not always be what you expect. Here are some of the best and most defining.

Enrich your Joomla! site with image extensions

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Software Several extensions can help you work with photographic images on your Joomla! content management system. Here are some of the best.

Dell’s Linux Ads: Microsoft’s Nightmare Before Christmas?

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Linux For at least the third time in recent weeks, prominent Dell newspaper advertisements feature the Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook running Canonical’s Ubuntu 8.04 (that’s a small Linux notebook, folks)

GTKRawGallery, a Python Based RAW Developper and Organizer

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jcornuz.wordpress: Just after packing my photo computer for overseas travel, I received an email from Daniele Isca the man behind GTKRawGallery. I had been waiting for that email for months.

The extremely vocal desktop Linux tinority

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Linux Neither Ubuntu nor any other brand of Linux is ever going to make it as a mainstream desktop operating system. Listen to a roar of protests from some of the millions of Linux desktop users around the world. Very loud they are but in the scheme of things their numbers are tiny - they are a tinority.

Mint 6 RC1 on the Acer Aspire One

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on-being-open.blogspot: Mint 6 is built off the solid basis of Ubuntu 8.10, and inherits most of its goodness, and layers on the extras that make Mint my favorite Distro right now.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.