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In praise of floppies

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kmandla.wordpress: Behold the floppy, a miracle of post-modern technology! Does your computer still have a floppy drive? Count yourself among the lucky! Why? Thousands of reasons!

Open Source On Same Side of Law Suit As Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel and Dell?

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OSS Now there is a headline you don't see everyday. How often does the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Apache Foundation join such strange bedfellows as Apple, Google, Intel and Dell in (get this) support of a case that Microsoft is trying to put before the Supreme Court.

Pioneers – a strategy board game for Ubuntu

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HowTos Pioneers is an open source clone of The Settlers of Catan board game. These rules are for the standard game without expansions (for extra players, board tiles and pieces).

The Ideal Linux Distribution, As I See It

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dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot: As I review more distributions, I'm continually fleshing out exactly what I want to see in a distribution. Here's what I'd like to see:

Sabayon & Ubuntu releases

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  • Sabayon Linux 5.4 GNOME and KDE Released
  • Ubuntu 10.10 Release Candidate Released

Multicore may not be so scary - Linux will keep up

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Hardware Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more ‘cores,’ or processing units, to computer chips.

Penguin in the picture: top video editors for Linux fans

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Software When it comes to video editing platforms, Windows and Mac own the field. They run the software from Adobe, Apple, and Avid that's preferred by professionals, and most –including all Windows machines – come with free, basic editing software for everybody else.

Ubuntu 10.10 beta preview

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Ubuntu THE LATEST OUTING of Canonical's Linux distribution Ubuntu shows that the firm is on the right track to make it the default choice of Linux for those thinking of making the switch from Windows.

New LibreOffice community forum up and running

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Well, somebody had to do it first. LibreOffice is going to be play a huge role in the open source software ecosystem, so we need a community forum. And here it is:

today's leftovers:

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  • Six add-ons that already work with Firefox 4.0
  • Red Hat: The New Big Monopoly?
  • Minimalist kiosk distro revs to Ubuntu 10.04 foundation
  • Download Faenza Icon Theme For KDE4
  • Free Software News for September 29th 2010
  • Security features of Linpus Lite 1.4
  • Maddog: Late Night Frustrations
  • Red Hat Responds to USPTO Request for Guidance on Bilski
  • First Content Update to Quake Live
  • Data centres increasing reliability on Linux
  • Mad Money goes up close, personal with Red Hat CEO
  • Fund-raising and self-publishing (the open source way)
  • The Gaia '10 Linux Desktop
  • Vision control PC supports six IP video cameras
  • Windows users face as many choices as Linux users
  • The Right Approach to Deprecation
  • MindTouch Makes Technical Documentation A Snap
  • Teambox is an Open Source, Social Network-Influenced Online Project Management App
  • XtreemOS Consortium Announces Public Access to Open Test Bed
  • 6 Useful Nautilus Extensions and Scripts You Should Know
  • Novell to migrate all its Sun customers
  • 3.3.0 needs QA
  • Novell Announces Judges for First Annual aEURoeDisteraEUR Awards Celebrating Linux Innovators

some howtos:

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  • More Alias Quickies to Save You Time
  • How To Add MPD To The Ubuntu Sound Menu
  • 10 Killer Firefox Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts
  • Use msmtp with Mutt to send email
  • What is Input/Output Redirection in Unix?
  • 30+ useful Linux commands list
  • Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu and Debian-based Distros
  • 10 Ways to Generate a Random Password from the Command Line
  • GIMPBox gives stable versions of The GIMP single window mode
  • 2 Methods To Change TimeZone in Linux
  • AWN Window Manager (Tile) - New Avant Window Navigator Applet
  • linux take screenshot from command line
  • Script to backup your MySQL tables and send them to your email
  • How to Talk to Your Lawyer about Open Source Software
  • Improved Font Rendering in Gentoo

The Difference Between Apple and Linux

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Mac Mike has ditched Linux for Mac OS X. His blog post and most of the comments are quite measured, which is nice. A lot of Mike’s criticisms are probably quite valid too. However, he is comparing quite different things.

Postcards from Laughlin

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larrythefreesoftwareguy.wordpress: Just to clear something up, I am not writing this from the southern Nevada community of Laughlin. For the last month or so I’ve been running Fedora 14 Alpha on one of my laptops because I could.

openSUSE Ambassadors rocking around the world

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SUSE Last week our Ambassadors did what they do every week: promote openSUSE. They went to meetings, conferences and tradeshows for a talk or staffing a booth. And they organized meetings, gave students lessons in using openSUSE, handed out DVD’s and valuable knowledge.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Apache, KDE

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Software Recently the Apache Software Foundations SVN repository hit the 1,000,000 commit milestone (landmark?). There are very few projects that last so long and survive being so large and so active. In fact, I can think of only one other:

Linux Mint: the tastier Ubuntu

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Linux Launched in October of 2004, Linux Mint has rapidly emerged as one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions. In this review, LinuxTrends takes a look at the latest Linux Mint release and finds it to be preferable to Ubuntu in several significant ways.

Marketing Bug: How Do I Contact You?

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OSS Free software is based on contact between users and developers. Without that, it’s just not very efficient, and any free software project that breaks that bond is going to flounder for the same reasons that so many proprietary products flounder — total disconnect with the users.

Celebrating the release of GNOME 2.32!

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Software Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 2.32, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform free desktop environment and of its developer platform.

James Franco to make movie of Nina Reiser murder

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Movies James Franco has purchased the rights to the memoir The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder by Stephen Elliott with the intention of adapting, directing, producing and starring, according to Variety.

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On OpenSUSE 11.3

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Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on an OpenSUSE 11.3 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

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Programming: Python 2.*, Functional Computation, and Plagiarism in CS

  • 1.5 Year Warning: Python2 will be End of Lifed
    The end of upstream Python 2.7 support will be January 1, 2020 (2020-01-01) and the Fedora Project is working out what to do with it. As Fedora 29 would be released in 2019-11 and would get 1.5 years of support, the last release which would be considered supportable would be the upcoming release of Fedora 28. This is why the current Python maintainers are looking to orphan python2. They have made a list of the packages that would be affected by this and have started a discussion on the Fedora development lists, but people who only see notes of this from blogs or LWN posts may not have seen it yet.
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    So: both OOP and functional computation can be completely compatible (and should be!). There is no reason to munge state in objects, and there is no reason to invent “monads” in FP. We just have to realize that “computers are simulators” and figure out what to simulate.

  • Why we still can’t stop plagiarism in undergraduate computer science

    The most important goal is to keep the course fair for students who do honest work. Instructors must assign grades that accurately reflect performance. A student who grapples with a problem — becoming a stronger programmer in the process — should never receive a lower grade than one who copies and pastes.


    University administrators should communicate their support. Instructors should know that, not only will they suffer no retaliation, but that the university encourages them to enforce university policies. This might require administrators to acknowledge the inconvenient truth of widespread plagiarism.

Debian: Turris Omnia With Debian, ClojureSYNC, Debconf 2018

  • Using the switch on Turris Omnia with Debian
    After installing Debian on Turris Omnia there are a few more steps needed to make use of the network switch. The Armada 385 CPU provides three network interfaces. Two are connected to the switch (but only one of them is used to "talk" to the switch), and one is routed directly to the WAN port.
  • ClojureSYNC Talk Resources
  • Debconf 2018, MATE 1.2.0, libqalculate transition etc
    First up is news on Debconf 2018 which will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Apparently, the CFP or Call for Proposals was made just a few days ago and I probably forgot to share about it. Registration has also been opened now. The only thing most people have to figure out is how to get a system-generated certificate, make sure to have an expiry date, I usually have a year, make it at least 6 months as you would need to put up your proposal for contention and let the content-team decide it on the proposal merit. This may at some point move from alioth to salsa as the alioth service is going away. The best advice I can give is to put your proposal in and keep reworking/polishing it till the end date for applications is near. At the same time do not over commit yourself. From a very Indian perspective and somebody who has been to one debconf, you can think of the debconf as a kind of ‘khumb‘ Mela or gathering as you will. You can definitely network with all the topics and people you care for, but the most rewarding are those talks which were totally unplanned for. Also it does get crazy sometime so it’s nice if you are able to have some sane time for yourself even if it just a 5-10 minute walk.

Mozilla: Facebook-Mozilla Rift, MDN, No More Notifications (If You Want)

  • Mozilla stops Facebook advertising, demands privacy changes
    It’s probably not top of Mark Zuckerberg’s worry list this week but Mozilla Corporation, developer of the Firefox browser, is officially unhappy with Facebook.
  • Results of the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” SEO experiment
    The next SEO experiment I’d like to discuss results for is the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” experiment. In this experiment, performed through December into early January, involved selecting two of the top search terms that resulted in MDN being included in search results—one of them where MDN is highly-placed but not at #1, and one where MDN is listed far down in the search results despite having good content available. The result is a comparison of the quality of our content and our SEO against other sites that document these technology areas. With that information in hand, we can look at the competition’s content and make decisions as to what changes to make to MDN to help bring us up in the search rankings.
  • No More Notifications (If You Want)
    Online, your attention is priceless. That’s why every site in the universe wants permission to send you notifications about new stuff. It can be distracting at best and annoying at worst. The latest version of Firefox for desktop lets you block those requests and many others.

EUPL planned actions

A revised set of guidelines and recommendations on the use of the open source licence EUPL v1.2 published by the Commission on 19 May 2017 will be developed, involving the DIGIT unit B.3 (Reusable Solutions) and the JRC 1.4 (Joint Research Centre – Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer). The existing licence wizard will be updated. New ways of promoting public administrations' use of open source will be investigated and planned (such as hackathons or app challenges on open source software). The target date for the release of this set of guidelines on the use of the European Public Licence EUPL v1.2, including a modified Licence Wizard, is planned Q2 2018. Read more