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What should be the colours of Gnome-Terminal?

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linuxers.org: While clearing out the big pile of emails today, I came across this huge discussion on ubuntu-dev -discuss list about the colours of gnome-terminal. Honestly, I never thought this could be a point of discussion at all, but I was wrong.

78% of adults believe Internet access a fundamental right; 50% want no regulation

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blogs.zdnet.com: Four of every five adults believe access to the Internet is a fundamental right, and more than half believe it should never be regulated, according to a new survey.

Kernel Log: Stable kernels analysed, Linux without firmware, new graphics drivers

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h-online.com: The development of Linux 2.6.34 has started and is causing heated discussions on the LKML. LWN.net has analysed Linux 2.6.32.9 for security fixes and found almost twenty of them. Linux-Libre removes proprietary files from the kernel, and new graphics drivers for Radeon cards offer numerous improvements.

Redesigning Ubuntu – behind the scenes on 10.04

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linuxuser.co.uk: The next version of Ubuntu – codename Lucid Lynx – will be the 10.04 release, and is scheduled to be released and declared stable in April. As a long-term support version, coupled with increasing popularity, this is undoubtedly the most important Ubuntu release to date.

Power & Memory Usage Of GNOME, KDE, LXDE & Xfce

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phoronix.com: Xfce, LXDE, and other desktop environments are often referenced as being lighter-eight Linux desktop environments than KDE and GNOME, but what are the measurable performance differences between them?

OpenShot 1.1 Released - Gets New Effects

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  • OpenShot 1.1 Released - Gets Undo/Redo, New effects, in Ubuntu 10.04
  • OpenShot Linux video editor updated

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 344

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Taking a look at PC-BSD 8.0
  • News: Ubuntu unveils new desktop theme, KNOPPIX releases 6.3 CeBIT edition, openSUSE adds LXDE desktop to install media, multicd.sh
  • Questions and answers: RHEL 6, useful shell tips
  • Released last week: Elive 2.0, Linux From Scratch 6.6
  • Upcoming releases: Frugalware Linux 1.2, Fedora 13 Alpha
  • New additions: Lubuntu
  • Reader comments

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

Ubuntu Linux for Mainframes? Not Quite…

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thevarguy.com: Canonical wants Ubuntu Linux to run on a range of devices — from mobile Internet devices all the way up to high-end servers and cloud systems. But there are two markets where Canonical has no plans to push Ubuntu.

An intelligent move

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cbronline.com: Novell’s latest CEO has got the company back on an even keel, but can his bold new strategy help it return to growth?

Apache bug prompts update advice

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Security
Web

zdnet.com.au: IT security company Sense of Security has discovered a serious bug in Apache's HTTP web server, which could allow a remote attacker to gain complete control of a database.

Docky and GNOME Do, now separated

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h-online.com: Alex Launi, a GNOME Do developer, has announced that GNOME Do and Docky are now separate applications. GNOME Do was created as a rapid keyboard driven launcher for the GNOME desktop, similar to applications such as QuickSilver for Mac OS X.

Open Source and Security: Are there Limits?

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computerworlduk.com: You might think that's a pretty ridiculous question to ask, since the canard about open source being less secure than closed source has been debunked many times. But it seems that some people didn't get the memo:

today's howtos & leftovers:

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HowTos
  • Booting ISO files from GRUB 2
  • Monitoring System Usage with systat
  • Change Ubuntu Login Screen
  • Change the Hostname in Linux
  • Try to navigate up the directory using cd followed by consecutive dots
  • Virtual Consoles / Terminals in Ubuntu / Debian Linux
  • Manage your projects with KPlato
  • Abusing MySQL and Thoughts on NoSQL
  • Developing with HTML5
  • Make Ubuntu apply all updates automatically
  • Version 1.98 Of GRUB2 Boot Loader Released
  • Unigine Engine Advances, But No Linux Heaven Yet
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 11 Episode 3
  • Linux Outlaws 139 - The Facegroup Twisness Model

82nd Annual Academy Awards Winners

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It's that time of year again when all of Hollywood dressed to the nines came together to honor the best performances and movies of 2009. I didn't see as many of the nominees this years as in the past, but the awards ceremony was as glamorous as ever.

Moonlight's Olympic-sized failure

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zdnet.com.au/blogs: Microsoft only produces the Silverlight runtime for Windows and OS X, leaving Linux support to Novell's Mono project, which produces Moonlight. Mono developers argue that Mono is not chasing tail lights, but in the case of Moonlight it very clearly is.

Elive 2.0 'Topaz': The Gem That Comes At A Price

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: DIFFERENT is good. Different is refreshing, interesting, challenging. Elive 2.0 is different, but that does not necessarily mean that you are going to be happy with it.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #183

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is Issue #183 for the week February 28th - March 6th, 2010.

Will Novell Sell Before BrainShare?

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thevarguy.com: Novell’s board of directors is facing a pair of symbolic deadlines: The VAR Guy thinks Novell will need to somehow address the pending private equity takeover bid by Elliott Associates before the BrainShare conference starts March 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah and before Red Hat announces quarterly results on March 24.

Gentoo@SCALE

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blogs.gentoo.org/nightmorph: I'd say we had the most diverse assortment of machines at any booth -- something like 10 different machines on 5 architectures. Certainly we had a bunch of developers; we haven't had a showing like this since SCALE 5x.

The style is light, the software is …

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kmandla.wordpress: While the Ubuntu rebranding is still at the forefront of everyone’s mind, I think I’ll throw in my meager opinion: Waitaminute. Are we talking about the logo, or are we talking about the software?

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LWN on Linux: LTS, API, Pointer Leaks and Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)

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    While the 4.14 development cycle has not been the busiest ever (12,500 changesets merged as of this writing, slightly more than 4.13 at this stage of the cycle), it has been seen as a rougher experience than its predecessors. There are all kinds of reasons why one cycle might be smoother than another, but it is not unreasonable to wonder whether the fact that 4.14 is a long-term support (LTS) release has affected how this cycle has gone. Indeed, when he released 4.14-rc3, Linus Torvalds complained that this cycle was more painful than most, and suggested that the long-term support status may be a part of the problem. A couple of recent pulls into the mainline highlight the pressures that, increasingly, apply to LTS releases. As was discussed in this article, the 4.14 kernel will include some changes to the kernel timer API aimed at making it more efficient, more like contemporary in-kernel APIs, and easier to harden. While API changes are normally confined to the merge window, this change was pulled into the mainline for the 4.14-rc3 release. The late merge has led to a small amount of grumbling in the community.
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An update on GnuPG

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