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CentOS 5.5 Finally Released

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Linux

phoronix.com: A month and a half has passed since the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, but CentOS 5.5 has finally made it out into the world as the community equivalent to the RHEL5.5 packages.

Hacks to Make Firefox Faster than Google Chrome

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Moz/FF

junauza.com: I tried a few tweaks that significantly improved the speed of Firefox making it a little bit snappier than the latest version of Google Chrome when loading webpages.

Morevna: Open Source Anime Using Synfig, Blender, Gimp, and Krita

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Software

blog.ibeentoubuntu.com: Most of the readers of this blog probably already know about Big Buck Bunny, Blender's open movie project codenamed Peach; some may even know about Sintel (Durian). Few, however, know about the Morevna project, an anime project dedicated to using only open-source tools in its production.

A litmus test for an open-source company

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OSS

sdtimes.com: Recently a colleague from Apache commented to me that there are no such things as open-source companies. Instead, he identified a few types of companies that "make money out of open source":

Microsoft turning into a toothless tiger?

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Linux
Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: Many moons ago, while the IT jungle was still fresh and green. There was a big blue king of the jungle. With a snarl here and a snarl there and everywhere a patent lawsuit this tiger ruled the pack for many, many years.

Desktop Fun: 21 Cool Ubuntu Wallpapers

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Ubuntu

howtogeek.com: Ubuntu 10.04 was released last month, and comes with some breath taking design enhancements, and has some fabulous art work integrated into it. We’ve put together a collection of wallpapers to make it more customized.

Feuds and rivalries are damaging open source

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OSS

techradar.com: For a community that's supposed to rally under the noble banners of freedom, fairness and fraternity, the world of free software is chockfull of disagreement, feuds and simmering rivalries.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Quake-Live Follow-Up: Strategy Observations
  • Pidgin 2.7.0: Movin' on Up
  • Carving up the corpse of Fluxbuntu
  • Using qemu to instrument Windows
  • Why Illumination Software Creator is Important
  • Akonadi Meeting and the KDE SC 4.5 release
  • Android Surges Into Second Place
  • Litl Plans to Launch Web-Connected TV Box
  • Chromium daily shifts buttons to left for Ubuntu
  • Penumbra: Overture, HPL1 Engine And OALWrapper Released As Open Source
  • More Images Of What Chrome OS Will Probably Look Like
  • Whoops! Google Says It Collected Private Data by Mistake
  • prll is a pearl of a utility for parallel command execution
  • Whats up in KDE Remote Desktop Client?
  • Time to Stop Preaching to the Converted?
  • Btrfs May Be The Default File-System In Ubuntu 10.10

linux & oss podcasts

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Linux
OSS
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.05.14
  • Linux Outlaws 149 - God's Favourite Coffee
  • FLOSS Weekly 120: The Haiku Operating System
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #353 05/12/10

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • set Smart Package Manager on PCLinuxOS
  • find who is using your disk space
  • How to save your rpm's for future reuse in Mandriva
  • How to Share Folders With Virtualbox/Ubuntu
  • Watch: Repeat Unix Commands or Shell-Scripts every N seconds

What Jon Stewart Said, I Say Too. A lot.

linuxtoday.com: These past few days I haven't felt so optimistic. I'm starting to think that trying to influence legislators is a losing battle. Because they keep upping the stakes, and it gets harder and harder to counter the tidal wave of big money sweeping over the hallowed legislative halls.

South African netbook runs Ubuntu Linux

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Hardware

linuxfordevices.com: South Africa-based mobile provider Vodacom has begun selling an Ubuntu Linux based netbook. The Linkbook, which was developed by a South African company of the same name, is equipped with 16GB of flash storage, HSDPA, WiFi, two USB ports, and an 8.9-inch display.

GNOME-Do Alternative: Kupfer

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Software

omgubuntu.co.uk: In case you haven't noticed, we're pretty big fans of Gnome-Do around these parts. However, there's a new little app that, in some ways, might just be drinking Do's milkshake. Its Kupfer, and no, I have no idea how thats pronounced.

Parallellized boot is now the default in Debian/unstable

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Linux

people.skolelinux.org: Since this evening, parallel booting is the default in Debian/unstable for machines using dependency based boot sequencing.

Some cool Linux tips/tricks

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HowTos

ghacks.net: It’s Friday and that means we’re all ready for the weekend. But that also means we’re ready for some fun. Because of that I thought it would be fitting to do an article on some of the cooler Linux tips and tricks that I have come across over the years.

Blender and Stephen Hawking

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Software

blendernation.com: Although the final CGI for the new Discovery Series: Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking, was created with Maya, Blender was used for pre-vis and concept tests.

Games You Can Play Now: 'The Humble Indie Bundle' Reviewed

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Gaming

switched.com: Yes, the purpose of our Friday roundups of free Flash games games is to get you through your final weekday. Till now (and after now, too), that's been our tenet, but we are cheating a bit this week. See, five indie designers got together and packaged a charmingly titled "Humble Indie Bundle," which works on PCs, Macs and Linux-based computers.

Linux Netbook Operating systems – A list

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Linux

gadgetmix.com: It is a proven fact that most Linux operating systems, if not all run like a duck soup on the netbooks now. We have compiled a list of compatible distros for the netbooks which support the hardware of the netbooks; are easy to install and run at acceptable speed.

Running Windows games on Linux gets easier

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Software
Gaming

blogs.computerworld: Two recent developments have made it even easier to run Windows games on Linux though. The first is Valve and the other is an improved version of Crossover Games.

Frustrations of supporting Windows

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Linux
Microsoft

zdnet.co.uk/blogs: Being in the IT world, I'm frequently contacted by family members for help with their computers. And unfortunately, their computers are running Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Why is it unfortunate?

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End of Fedora 27 Modular Server

  • Fedora 27 Server classic release after all — and Modularity goes back to the drawing board
    You may remember reading about plans for Fedora 27 Server. The working group decided not to release that at the same time as the general F27 release, and instead provided a beta of Fedora 27 Modular Server. Based on feedback from that beta, they decided to take a different approach, and the Modularity subproject is going back to the drawing board. Fortunately, there is a contingency plan: Fedora’s release engineering team made a “classic” version of Fedora 27 Server — very similar to F26 Server, but with F27’s updated package set. The quality assurance ran this version through validation testing, and it’s being released, so:
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today's leftovers

  • Personal Backups with Duplicati on Linux
  • Flatpak'ed Epiphany Browser Becomes More Useful
    Epiphany 3.27.3 was released this morning as the newest release of GNOME's web browser in the road to the GNOME 3.28 stable desktop debut next March.
  • BlackArch 2017.12.11
    Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISOs. For details see the ChangeLog below. Here's the ChangeLog: update blackarch-installer to version 0.6.2 (most important change) included kernel 4.14.4 updated lot's of blackarch tools and packages updated all blackarch tools and packages updated all system packages bugfix release! (see blackarch-installer)
  • Latest Linux Distribution Releases (The Always Up-to-date List)
  • Mining cryptocurrency with Raspberry Pi and Storj
    I'm always looking for ways to map hot technologies to fun, educational classroom use. One of the most interesting, and potentially disruptive, technologies over the past few years is cryptocurrencies. In the early days, one could profitably mine some of the most popular cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, using a home PC. But as cryptocurrency mining has become more popular, thanks in part to dedicated mining hardware, the algorithms governing it have boosted computational complexity, making home PC mining often impractical, unprofitable, and environmentally unwise.
  • Huawei Collaborated with the Developers of Phoenix OS for the Mate 10’s Easy Projection Feature
    Though the company has virtually no presence in the United States, Huawei is a top 3 smartphone manufacturer in the world. Its subsidiary, Honor, aims to penetrate the Indian market with budget smartphones. Elsewhere, Huawei recently launched the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro in several markets around the world, and rumors have it the device will launch in the United States as well. Apart from the AI features powered by the company’s HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, one of the company’s most publicized features is Easy Projection. While not as powerful as Samsung DeX, it brings a desktop OS-like experience without needing to purchase an expensive accessory. Huawei is pushing the feature on its flagship devices, though there’s something about Easy Projection that hasn’t really been mentioned in the press yet. Behind Huawei’s Easy Projection feature is a relatively unheard of player—Beijing Chaozhuo Technology, developers of Phoenix OS.
  • Namaste ! (on the road to Swatantra 2017)
    I’ll have the pleasure to give a talk about GCompris, and another one about Synfig studio. It’s been a long time since I didn’t talk about the latter, but since Konstantin Dmitriev and the Morevna team were not available, I’ll do my best to represent Synfig there.
  • #PeruRumboGSoC2018 – Session 4
    We celebrated yesterday another session of the local challenge 2017-2 “PeruRumboGSoC2018”. It was held at the Centro Cultural Pedro Paulet of FIEE UNI. GTK on C was explained during the fisrt two hours of the morning based on the window* exercises from my repo to handle some widgets such as windows, label and buttons.
  • Chrome 63 revamps Bookmark Manager w/ Material Design on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
    Chrome 63 began rolling out to Android and desktop browsers last week with the usual security fixes and new developer features. On the latter platform, this update introduces Material Design to the Bookmark Manager. Several versions ago, Google began updating various aspects of the browser with Material Design, including History, Downloads, and Settings. Like the Flags page for enabling experiments and in-development features, which Google also revamped in version 63, the Bookmark Manager (Menu > Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager) adopts the standard Materials UI elements. This includes an app bar that houses a large search bar. It adopts the same dark blue theme and includes various Material animations and flourishes.
  • ExpressVPN Unveils Industry’s First Suite of Open-Source Tools to Test for Privacy and Security Leaks
  • New format in GIMP: HGT
    Lately a recurrent contributor to the GIMP project (Massimo Valentini) contributed a patch to support HGT files. From this initial commit, since I found this data quite cool, I improved the support a bit (auto-detection of the variants and special-casing in particular, as well as making an API for scripts). So what is HGT? That’s topography data basically just containing elevation in meters of various landscape (HGT stands for “height“), gathered by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) run by various space agencies (NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, German and Italian space agencies…).
  • What You Need To Know About The Intel Management Engine
    Over the last decade, Intel has been including a tiny little microcontroller inside their CPUs. This microcontroller is connected to everything, and can shuttle data between your hard drive and your network adapter. It’s always on, even when the rest of your computer is off, and with the right software, you can wake it up over a network connection. Parts of this spy chip were included in the silicon at the behest of the NSA. In short, if you were designing a piece of hardware to spy on everyone using an Intel-branded computer, you would come up with something like the Intel Managment Engine. Last week, researchers [Mark Ermolov] and [Maxim Goryachy] presented an exploit at BlackHat Europe allowing for arbitrary code execution on the Intel ME platform. This is only a local attack, one that requires physical access to a machine. The cat is out of the bag, though, and this is the exploit we’ve all been expecting. This is the exploit that forces Intel and OEMs to consider the security implications of the Intel Management Engine. What does this actually mean?