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Google Chrome OS: Desktop Linux's Last Chance

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OS
Google

earthweb.com: “The year of Linux” – For how many years now have we come across this headline, usually prefaced by a bygone year? It must be for at least ten years. Is there any hope that Linux can actually make significant gains and become a credible alternative to Windows and Mac OS X?

Linux- 5 steps to a wider adoption

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Linux

sinaisix.blogspot: Linux is the world's best alternative to Microsoft Windows. It has everything that Windows has always dreamed of having. However, it is a big wonder why after being around for close to 20 years, Linux still has less than 5% of the desktop market share.

Introducing Guitarix

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Software

linuxjournal.com: Guitarix is a monaural amplifier designed for creating the distorted sounds typical of thrash, heavy metal, blues, and other rock guitar styles. In fact, Guitarix is capable of much more than distortion sounds. In this article I'll remove the software speaker grill and pull out the virtual chassis to take a closer look at the sonic possibilities of this "simple mono amplifier".

Novell vs. Red Hat: 9 Days to Watch

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Linux

thevarguy.com: That nine-day period will provide a healthy reality check for the Linux market — and it may also reveal how open source initiatives are shaping up across the IT channel. Here’s why.

An Open Letter to Michael Dell: Why I have no choice but return my Ubuntu Inspiron Mini 10

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Hardware
Ubuntu

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I bought an Inspiron Mini 10. I have no choice but return it. And now I can’t stop wondering: how could Michael Dell get it just so wrong?

Rethinking Empathy in Ubuntu 9.10

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Software
Ubuntu

workswithu.com: The Gnome application Empathy was set to become the default instant-messaging client in Ubuntu 9.10 upon its release October, replacing Pidgin. But Ubuntu developers have been reconsidering that decision in the last few days.

Top 7 Xfce Applications

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Reviews

Over the years, Xfce gained a reputation of being a lightweight alternative for the two major desktop environments on Linux, KDE and GNOME. In this article I will overview 7 essential applications for the Xfce desktop environment, including screenshots, most popular features, strong and weak points.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 317

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Puppy Linux 4.2.1
  • News: KDE becomes default in openSUSE, Novell promotes appliance building tool, Mandriva switches to Plymouth, Sabayon starts testing 5.0, interview with kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman
  • Released last week: CentOS 4.8
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 12 Alpha, FreeBSD 8.0-BETA3
  • Site news: Distribution pages get new layout
  • New additions: NuTyX GNU/Linux
  • New distributions: ÆrieBSD, Gordus GNU/Linux, juntaDados, VENENUX GNU/Linux
  • Reader comments

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

Is it time you swapped Ubuntu for Fedora?

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Linux
Ubuntu

techradar.com: The release of Fedora 11 comes hot on the heels of Ubuntu's latest offering. Both products are wedded to a six monthly release cycle that follows the biannual release of the Gnome desktop, and they both package the same version – 2.26. They also bundle the same versions of Xfce (4.6), the X server (1.6) and KDE (4.2).

All Linux needs is a good commercial

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: The scene comes up with Larry David (creator of Seinfeld and star of TVs “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) sitting at a desk in front of a laptop. He’s obviously having a bit of trouble (in the way only Larry David can have trouble). He’s getting frustrated at something. He’s growing verklempt over an issue with his laptop. He’s picking it up and shaking it saying “No, no, no, no, no!”

Top 3 Mozilla Firefox 4 Features

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Moz/FF

spreadfirefox.com: Mozilla Foundation surely do not believe in resting on their laurels. Mozilla Firefox 4 suits the idiom perfectly as it is coming up with some features we could have never imagined in a browser. So let us sneak into that world.

Linux saves the day ... again

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Linux

itwire.com: What do you do when Windows will not boot and cannot repair itself from the installation CD? You fire up a Linux Live CD!

Linux User-Friendliness

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Linux

osnews.com: A reader asks: Why is Linux still not as user friendly as the two other main OSes with all the people developing for Linux? Is it because it is mainly developed by geeks? My initial feeling when reading this question was that it was kind of a throwaway, kind of a slam in disguise as a genuine question. But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I felt.

today's leftovers & howtos:

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News
HowTos
  • Noteworthy Linux console fonts
  • Pidgin 2.6.1: The best Linux IM client gets better
  • Chromium popularity rising on Ubuntu, gains 64-bit support
  • New LGPL Python bindings for Qt slither into the light
  • Jolicloud Review on the HP Mini 1000
  • First look at Nokia N900
  • Mac and FreeBSD guy trying Debian
  • FLOSS Weekly 83: Web Comics
  • Test If My Graphics Card Has OpenGL Support Or Not
  • Powerful Remote Incremental Backup with rdiff-backup
  • Searching for multiple strings with grep
  • Speed Up Applications Load Time in Ubuntu - Preload
  • Increase The Maximum Sound Level in Ubuntu Linux
  • Headless X setup with Debian (Lenny)
  • Command Line Basics: Redirecting Output
  • FreeBSD: Benchmark The Disks Seek And Transfer Performance
  • small tip - How to play protected CD/DVD on Arch Linux
  • How to Control Startup Services on ubuntu

8 Minimal GTK Themes

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Software

d0od.blogspot: Below are 8 minimal GTK2 themes for your Ubuntu desktop. To install them either follow the instructions given or use the ‘Appearances’ dialog from the ‘System’ menu.

fcheck: easy-to-use file integrity checker

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Software

debaday.debian.net: fcheck is a program that emails an alert when important files or directories change. This is useful for change control or detecting unauthorized modifications that may indicate an intrusion.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #156

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Ubuntu

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #156 for the week August 16th - August 22nd, 2009 is available.

Why do companies prefer proprietary products to GPL products?

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OSS

dmartin.org: I do understand why companies often prefer BSD and Apache products to the GPL. But what I don't understand is why companies prefer proprietary over GPL.

12 add-ons every Firefox user must have

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Software
Moz/FF

techradar.com: Having so much choice can be confusing, and it's often hard to tell which add-ons are worth installing and which are best left alone. So look no further - here's our 12 essential Firefox extensions.

Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (10 August – 23 August)

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MDV

artipc10.vub.ac.be: Two weeks have passed, so it’s time for a Mandriva Cooker update again. There were lots of interesting changes in Cooker during this period:

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  • Samba flaw opens Linux systems to remote exploit

    A vulnerability in Samba, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, can be exploited remotely to gain access to Linux machines that have port 445 exposed.

  • UK cyber chief says directors are devolving responsibility for hacks {sic} [iophk: "a step towards banning Microsoft, yet the article closes with Microsoft talking points"]

    Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said it is unacceptable for boards to plead ignorance about the threat from cyber attacks.

  • Ransomware and the Internet of Things

    But it is a system that's going to fail in the "Internet of things": everyday devices like smart speakers, household appliances, toys, lighting systems, even cars, that are connected to the web. Many of the embedded networked systems in these devices that will pervade our lives don't have engineering teams on hand to write patches and may well last far longer than the companies that are supposed to keep the software safe from criminals. Some of them don't even have the ability to be patched.

    Fast forward five to 10 years, and the world is going to be filled with literally tens of billions of devices that hackers can attack. We're going to see ransomware against our cars. Our digital video recorders and web cameras will be taken over by botnets. The data that these devices collect about us will be stolen and used to commit fraud. And we're not going to be able to secure these devices.

  • Kodi 17.3 Security Update Patches Infamous Subtitle Hack, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Crash
    The second stable point release of the major Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center was launched the other day, on May 24, 2017, but it was missing some binary add-ons, so Martijn Kaijser announced today Kodi 17.3.
  • Samba vulnerability brings WannaCry fears to Linux/Unix