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Introducing KDE 4: Dragon and SMPlayer

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KDE
Software

introducingkde4.blogspot: Kaffeine was the most used Video Player on KDE 3, however, for KDE 4.x it's in a pretty early stage, but fear not, the SMPlayer (which is technically a Qt application, not a KDE one) and Dragon Player came to fill this hole.

End Game Piracy: Open Source

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OSS

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: As 2008 has proven - draconian digital restrictions management (DRM) does not stop people from illicitly using computer games. Spore, whose DRM was so bad they got ratings bombed on Amazon.com, was the most pirated game of 2008. The DRM caused hassles for legitimate users and did nothing to stop illicit use. This is always the case.

Turning Linux’s Advantages in to Advantages

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Linux

linuxloop.com: Linux’s key advantages, such as customizability, the repository system, hardware support, and excellent interfaces, are frequently viewed as downsides or deal-breakers to new users.

KDE4 performance on NVidia 8600GT: problem solved by bying ATI

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KDE
Hardware

adymo.blogspot: I've been running KDE4 desktop since May and I've constantly suffered from poor desktop performance and various graphics card related problems. Now I've solved those problems:

today's leftovers

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News
  • 5 Best Linux Distros to Convert Windows Users

  • Installing Games in Steam
  • KDE 4.2 [Beta 2] on openSUSE 11.1
  • LGP Launches PenguinPlay
  • Upgrading to Fedora 10
  • Using Wget's User Agent Option Safely
  • The Software Freedom Law Show Episode 0x04
  • Podcast, Novell’s John Dragoon
  • What OS for Your Netbook?
  • Virtualization Congress 2009: vote now for the Ulteo presentation
  • /bin/bash: bad interpreter: Text file busy Error and Solution
  • How the next openSUSE theme is chosen
  • How To Resize And Create Partitions With Gnome Partition Editor (GParted)
  • Blog from your Ubuntu Desktop
  • Open source trends
  • The difference a year makes
  • Linux Distro Review - BIG LINUX 4.2
  • Vietnam to Widely Use Open Source Software
  • How MIDs Are Complicating Mobile Linux Development
  • Super Hi-Fi Digital Audio in Linux

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 53

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SUSE

Issue #53 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Masim Sugianto: First Hackfest for Indonesian openSUSE Community, How to Make openSUSE 11.1 LiveUSB, and Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE - One of the 10 coolest of 2008.

Review of Circus Linux

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Gaming

ryanorser.com: Well, I am back from holidays and I wanted to get a game review in. The game I have decided to review is called Circus Linux.

Fedora, Two Weeks On

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Linux

bushweed.blogspot: After two weeks of using Fedora on a daily basis, i thought it important to give an overview. With any OS there are pros and cons. Fedora 10 is definitely no exception.

Song Parodies: Ubuntu's Full of User Guys

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Ubuntu
Humor

Ubuntu's full of user guys
Their forums are insane
Whenever a new distro's out
My question is the same

Opinion: Absolutism hurting Debian

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Linux

VC funding for open source: mixed messages from 2008

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OSS

blogs.the451group: The figures for publicly disclosed venture capital funding in open source vendors during Q4 and FY08 are in and while the numbers themselves provide a mixed picture, the statistics don’t necessarily tell the full story.

Tools for Migrating from Windows to Linux

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Software

earthweb.com: Taking baby steps to become more familiar with a new operating system can be as simple as revamping the OS already in use on your computer. Here are some tips on utilizing different open source resources to make the goal of a full time switch over to Linux a lasting one:

16 Free Games - Part 1

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Gaming

pcmech.com: Here’s a list of free games you can get right now. Many of these games run on Windows, Mac OS X and/or Linux. All of them are ready for download and don’t cost a dime.

An Inside Look at how Microsoft got XP on the XO

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Linux

As part of a small personal project, I've been reading through the court exhibits presented in Comes V Microsoft. One of those exhibits is a chain of internal Microsoft emails discussing how to get Windows XP on the OLPC.

Everyone's free Linux: DeviceVM's Splashtop

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: One of the neat things about Linux has always been that you can run it on just about anything: iPhones, xBoxes, PS3, you name it, you can run Linux on it. So, why not, the good people at DeviceVM thought, make a desktop Linux that came bundled in a PC's motherboard: Splashtop.

Also: Phoenix HyperSpace: An Instant-On Linux Environment?

The great window manager speed test

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Software

toolbox.com/blogs: The regular readers of my blog would remember a few articles ago where I observed that some window managers don't seem to be as fast in screen redraw speed as others. I stated that I would perform some tests and report the results. Well I did those tests and here are the results.

The Open Source BIOS is Ten

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Interviews

heise-online.co.uk: Most PCs use a commercial, proprietary BIOS, but steadily, open source firmware is making a place for itself. coreboot, previously known as LinuxBIOS, is one of the leading BIOS projects and is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Anton Borisov, who has researched the economics of open source firmware.

America's Army 3.0 "May Return" To Linux

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Back in September we talked about the possibility of America's Army returning to Linux with the 3.0 release. One of the America's Army developers mentioned that it's a possibility and there may be a way to get the client restored and updated on Linux.

Mandriva, Litrix Reviews

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Linux
  • Mandriva Linux 2009 review

  • Linux Distro Review - Litrix 9.0
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OSS Leftovers

  • OpenMake Software turns its ARA solution into open-source offering
    OpenMake Software wants to improve how developers use the Continuous Delivery pipeline with its recently open-sourced Application Release Automation (ARA) solution, Release Engineer, which is based on version 7.7 of the ARA solution and offered under the FreeBSD license.
  • Open source needs social freedoms for business to thrive
    When open source was first introduced in 1991 with Linux, it was considered a novelty in the industry, a new toy for developers to play with. Today, it’s a fundamental driver of technology innovation across all software companies, according to Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief open source officer at VMware Inc. “Open source is more than software development methodology; open source is how a group of people interact and how you create fantastic technology,” said Hohndel.
  • Facing down copyright claims, Doom roguelike fan game goes open-source (correction)
  • Doom-inspired roguelike goes open-source in a bid to outrun Zenimax lawyers
    Last week news broke that Zenimax is threatening legal action against the developer of DoomRL, a free Doom-inspired roguelike. Now, DoomRL's creator is open-sourcing it in an attempt to put it beyond the reach of Zenimax's legal team. Many devs will probably appreciate the symbolic resonance of this move, given that id Software open-sourced the original Doom code almost twenty years ago.
  • 6 organizational growing pains you can avoid
    Everything has a season, and as organizations age—communities, charities, companies, churches and more—they face similar diseases of time. These are emergent patterns of failure that arise not from mistakes but from the consequences of earlier success. In open source, we are seeing the same patterns emerge; this should not be a surprise. Some of them are unavoidable. Understanding them helps leaders reduce the risk that will arise and helps identify them when they do. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but we have encountered all of these modes of systemic failure, some of them often.
  • Spark and Hadoop Training Can Lead to Top Job Prospects
    In the tech job market race these days, hardly any trend is drawing more attention than Big Data. And, when talking Big Data, the subject of Hadoop inevitably comes up, but Spark is becoming an increasingly popular topic. IBM and other companies have made huge commitments to Spark, and workers who have both Hadoop and Spark skills are much in demand.With all this in mind, several providers are offering free Hadoop and Spark training.
  • Michael Meeks: 2016-12-08 Thursday.
    Mail chew; really encouraged to see Kolab's lovely integration with Collabora Online announced and available for purchase. Wonderful to have them getting involved with LibreOffice, doing testing, filing and triaging bugs up-stream and so on, not to mention the polished marketing.
  • LibreOffice Goes Online
    Well, Meeks and company have done it. What was at first a rather limited demonstration of LibreOffice running in a browser window is now available as a Docker image for everyone to try out. I haven’t yet, because I’m under the weather with yet another winter cold, but that shouldn’t delay you.
  • Tullett and Quaternion partner CU FinTech Lab on open source risk project
    Frank Desmond, CEO at TPI, says: “Quaternion’s open source risk framework is of huge value to the academic community, facilitating research into the fundamental drivers of financial markets. Our data, Quaternion’s innovative approach and Columbia University’s research will provide the financial markets with more clarity on risk."
  • Integral Ad Science Launches Open Source SDK For Mobile Viewability Measurement
    IAS worked on the SDK with support from Ansible, Google, InMobi, Lenovo, the Media Rating Council (MRC), and other firms. The goal is to bring more transparency and interoperability for mobile viewability measurement to publishers, marketers, and agencies.
  • Innovate Your Holiday Celebrations With Our Open Source Guide to Festivity
    Kate McKinnon’s got the right idea. In the spirit of “open source” sharing and collaboration, Slate’s holiday coverage this month will be an enthusiastic invitation to good-willed appropriation. In the weeks remaining until the new year, we’ll present a series of recommendations for the best traditions we know of, with an eye toward the specific, the peculiar, and the surprising—at least to non-adepts. We hope you’ll take one (or all!) of them, and incorporate it into your own celebrations. Consider it our gift to you. Happy holidays!

Devices/Mobile

  • AsteroidOS is an Open Source OS for Smartwatches
    Florent Revest is a French computer science student who has been working on an open source operating system for smartwatches for the last two years. Yesterday, he officially launched version 1 of the alpha for AsteroidOS. The goal for the platform was to create something that gave smartwatch owners more control over their privacy, as well as the hardware they purchased. Florent feels that the current proprietary platforms do not guarantee this, and this was the basis for AsteroidOS. He wanted his open source smartwatch operating system to provide freedom with free software, more privacy than other wearable platforms offer, interoperability so it could communicate with other devices, modularity that enabled the user to tweak and change the OS as they see fit, the ability to port the software to as many devices as possible, and gathering a community who is passionate about the platform.
  • AsteroidOS Brings Open Source Functionality To Smartwatches
    Smartwatches may not have taken off like companies were hoping, but they have come quite far in terms of what they can offer and what sorts of features are available for the many different models of smartwatches that are out there. Even with the updated functionality of options like Samsung’s Gear S lineup and Android Wear platforms, though, smartwatches can still feel a little bit limiting, and part of this undoubtedly includes the reason that the operating systems aren’t as open as platforms like Android. That is now changing thanks to a platform called AsteroidOS which is an open source operating system for smartwatches.
  • Mini Apollo Lake module takes the heat — and the cold
    Congatec’s “Conga-MA5” is a Linux-ready COM Express Compact Type 10 Mini module with Apollo Lake SoCs, up to 128GB eMMC 5.1, and -40 to 85°C support. Congatec was one of the first embedded vendors to announce computer-on-modules based on Intel’s Atom E3900 and other Apollo Lake Pentium and Celeron SoCs. The offerings included a Qseven module, a SMARC 2.0 module, and a COM Express Compact Type 6 Conga-TCA5. The company has now followed up with a COM Express Compact Type 10 Mini Conga-MA5 module.
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  • Smartphone game: Indian Football League game comes to the Tizen Store

Security News

Red Hat and Fedora

Technical
  • Red Hat Takes OpenShift Dedicated to Google Cloud Platform
    Red Hat has steadily taken significant steps in the cloud computing arena, expanding the focus of its OpenShift open source Platform-as-a-Service hybrid cloud computing offering, including launching a cloud-hosted commercial edition called OpenShift Online. Now, the company has announced the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, according to Red Hat. Users also get access to Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services.
  • Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s award-winning container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, benefiting from Red Hat’s deep enterprise experience. Users also benefit from Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services.
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Financial Fedora/Community
  • Fedora 23 End of Life
    With the recent release of Fedora 25, Fedora 23 will officially enter End Of Life (EOL) status on December 20th, 2016. After December 20th, all packages in the Fedora 23 repositories will no longer receive security, bugfix, or enhancement updates, and no new packages will be added to the Fedora 23 collection. Upgrading to Fedora 24 or Fedora 25 before December 20th 2016 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 23.
  • What Is Wayland and What Does It Means for Linux Users
    Fedora 25 is now out. People are buzzing, as the team have decided to make Wayland the default graphical session going forward. For many Linux users Wayland is a new term that has popped up, but one that they do not understand. In this article we’ll briefly go over what Wayland is, what it does, and why developers are flocking to it in droves! What exactly is Wayland? Let’s find out!
  • Korora 25 is Ready
    The Korora Project has released version 25 (codename "Gurgle") which is now available for download. As usual, you can find a list of already known problems at the common F25 bugs page.
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