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Story Steam and HandBrake repository update Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 5:09pm
Story Perf-Per-Watt: Catalyst vs. Radeon Gallium3D Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 5:02pm
Story Finding Wayland at Flock 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 4:56pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 4:26pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 4:26pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 4:25pm
Story India opens up to operating system Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 4:14pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:59pm
Story RasPi magazine launches today – get your free downloads here Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:54pm
Story Flock Day One: Gijs Hillenius Keynote Rianne Schestowitz 06/08/2014 - 3:42pm

Are there too many desktop Linuxes?

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Linux

blogs.computerworld.com: I like choice. I like being able to pick just the right operating system for the right job. But, when I look in the mirror, I don't see an ordinary user. Most people want to use 1 (one) operating system and that's more than enough for them.

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu: What Does It All Mean?

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Ubuntu

bmighty.com/blog: Ubuntu Linux isn't just an operating system -- it's an ecosystem. Here is a quick guide to help you wind your way through this desktop jungle.

What’s behind “lzma compressed livecds”

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SUSE

opensuse.org: There are various ways to build a live cd and since 11.2 Milestone 1 there is a new one: clicfs. I’ll try to explain:

Are Linux netbooks becoming extinct?

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Linux
Hardware

itwire.com: The netbook ought to have been the domain of Linux. It certainly started that way. Then Windows XP came back into vogue and the vendors backed away. Both ASUS and Dell confirmed today that Linux features little in their future plans.

Which Programmer are you?

Debian and LXDE

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Linux
Software

celettu.wordpress: I’ve been trying to use Linux since 94. It replaced XP as my desktop OS in 2004, and I’ve been using it exclusively since then. So it’s rather puzzling to me I’ve never installed Debian.

Experimenting with Alternate Desktop Managers

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Software

zdnet.co.uk/blog: I have been recently been looking into desktop managers other than Gnome and KDE. Fortunately, with Ubuntu (and probably others) it is relatively easy to download and install several such desktop managers, and then choose between them on login.

HP debuts ProBook laptops with preinstalled SuSE Linux

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Hardware
SUSE

blogs.zdnet.com: Hewlett-Packard today announced its new ProBook series of 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-in. laptops intended to merge business functionality, stylish design cues and a (hopefully) low price tag.

Ubuntu brings advanced Screen features to the masses

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Software
Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: The latest version of Ubuntu includes some nifty embellishments to the GNU Screen program. These improvements make some of Screen's more sophisticated features accessible to users and simplify.

Ubuntu Karmic development kicks off

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Ubuntu

tectonic.co.za: With Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) now safely out the door the Ubuntu team has kicked off Karmic Koala development, the next major release scheduled for October this year.

Make Your Linux Desktop More Productive

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Linux
Software

debaira.blogspot: Apple has convinced millions that they can make the switch from Windows to OS X, but those curious about Linux have to see for themselves if they can work or play on a free desktop. The short answer is that, for most halfway tech-savvy people who aren't hardcore gamers, yes, you can.

The Great Mixer Debate (or, Where Did All My Sliders Go?)

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Software

happyassassin.net: Those of you - you poor, poor people - who read the Fedora development mailing list - were treated this week to a flamefest regarding the change to the official GNOME audio volume control applications which will appear in Fedora 11.

OIN spearheads review of Microsoft FAT patents

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: The Open Invention Network is making good on its pledge to try to overturn the Linux-related patents that were contained in Microsoft’s recently settled litigation against TomTomNV.

Linux for real people

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Ubuntu

manilastandardtoday.com: IT seemed like a perfectly geeky thing to do, so I braved rain and the Saturday night traffic to get to the Ubuntu Release Party at the Ortigas Center.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Desktop Linux: Why it may have lost its chance

  • What’s New in openSUSE 11.2
  • Novell SLED 11 feels a lot like Window 7, MacOS
  • Ubuntu Launch Week, CD Request Site Signs Off…
  • KVM vs. VMware: A Case Study
  • System76 Launches Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook
  • West Africa to invest in FOSS Study
  • When Would You Use OOXML and When ODF? -- What is OOXML For?
  • The Oracle open source credibility gap
  • Mandriva and Microsoft
  • Impressed with the PostgreSQL Installer
  • Amarok Playlist Usability Testing Summary
  • Military enlists open source community
  • The Netbook Flu and the Linux Pill
  • Desktop Linux: Where Art Thou?
  • Open-source software moves into public sector
  • Roll Your Own Linux with New Solutions
  • RMS issues ukase against Software as a Service - and I agree it’s an iffy idea

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to rip DVD movies in Linux with Handbrake

  • How to make a podcast
  • Linux Firewall Part 4: Installation
  • Making OpenSolaris and Ubuntu Coexist: Grub Config
  • How to install fonts on Ubuntu 9.04
  • LVM made easy
  • Remove The Shutdown/Restart Countdown
  • Creating an invoicing system with OpenOffice.org

ReactOS 0.3.9 boasts insanely huge speedups

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OS

tuxradar.com: For the last few years we've been intrigued by the progress of ReactOS, a free software Windows implementation that could one day give Microsoft the chills. Well, ReactOS 0.3.9 is now here, with major performance improvements.

Debunked: Linux OSs and Viruses

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Linux

tuxgeek.me: There’s seems to be a lot of confusion regarding viruses, the security of Unix based OSs, even in more tech savvy groups. So, what’s the deal with viruses and Linux?

Ubuntu Debates Usability Changes (Passionately)

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Ubuntu

earthweb.com: Ever since last summer, when Mark Shuttleworth called on Ubuntu to surpass Mac OS X in desktop design within two years, Ubuntu mailing lists and blogs have become one of the main places to go for detailed discussions about GNU/Linux usability.

Get a handy multi-item clipboard with Glipper

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blogs.techrepublic.com: One thing I really enjoy about OS X are a number of clipboard managers that allow you to retain a clipboard history of multiple items with easy access and navigation. Productivity tools like this also exist for some Linux desktop managers.

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Linux and Graphics

  • Linux Kernel 4.10 Now Available for Linux Lite Users, Here's How to Install It
    Minutes after the release of Linux kernel 4.10 last evening, Jerry Bezencon from the Linux Lite project announced that users of the Ubuntu-based distribution can now install it on their machines. Linux 4.10 is now the most advanced kernel branch for all Linux-based operating systems, and brings many exciting new features like virtual GPU support, better writeback management, eBPF hooks for cgroups, as well as Intel Cache Allocation Technology support for the L2/L3 caches of Intel processors.
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    Jiri Kosina submitted the HID updates today for the Linux 4.11 kernel cycle.
  • Mesa 13.0.5 Released for Linux Gamers with over 70 Improvements, Bug Fixes
    We reported the other day that Mesa 13.0.5 3D Graphics Library will be released this week, and it looks like Collabora's Emil Velikov announced it earlier this morning for all Linux gamers. Mesa 13.0.5 is a maintenance update to the Mesa 13.0 stable series of the open source graphics stack used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux distributions, providing gamers with powerful drivers for their AMD Radeon, Nvidia, and Intel GPUs. It comes approximately three weeks after the Mesa 13.0.4 update.
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Interview: Thomas Weissel Installing Plasma in Austrian Schools

With Plasma 5 having reached maturity for widespread use we are starting to see rollouts of it in large environments. Dot News interviewed the admin behind one such rollout in Austrian schools. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Top Lightweight Linux Distributions To Try In 2017
    Today I am going to discuss the top lightweight Linux distros you can try this year on your computer. Although you got yourself a prettyLinuxle linux already but there is always something new to try in Linux. Remember I recommend to try this distros in virtualbox firstly or with the live boot before messing with your system. All distro that I will mention here will be new and somewhat differ from regular distros.
  • [ANNOUNCE] linux-4.10-ck1 / MuQSS CPU scheduler 0.152
  • MSAA Compression Support For Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver
    Intel developer Jason Ekstrand posted a patch over the weekend for enabling MSAA compression support within the ANV Vulkan driver.
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 31
    As we announced in the previous report, our 31th Scrum sprint was slightly shorter than the usual ones. But you would never say so looking to this blog post. We have a lot of things to talk you about!
  • Comparing Mobile Subscriber Data Across Different Sources - How accurate is the TomiAhonen Almanac every year?
    You’ll see that last spring I felt the world had 7.6 Billion total mobile subscriptions when machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are included. I felt the world had 7.2 Billion total subscriptions when excluding M2M and just counting those in use by humans. And the most relevant number (bottom line) is the ‘unique’ mobile users, which I felt was an even 5.0 Billion humans in 2015. The chart also has the total handsets-in-use statistic which I felt was 5.6 Billion at the end of 2015. Note that I was literally the first person to report on the distinction of the unique user count vs total subscriptions and I have been urging, nearly begging for the big industry giants to also measure that number. They are slowly joining in that count. Similarly to M2M, we also are now starting to see others report M2M counts. I have yet to see a major mobile statistical provider give a global count of devices in use. That will hopefully come also, soon. But lets examine these three numbers that we now do have other sources, a year later, to see did I know what I was doing.