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Story Totally Legal Computer Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 5:25pm
Story 3D Printing's Next Revolution: Linux Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 5:21pm
Story Ubuntu is the most used OS for production OpenStack deployments Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 5:19pm
Story Packaged Linux Delivers Network Functions Virtualization Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 5:18pm
Story Popcorn Time lets you stream torrent movies on your Linux desktop Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 5:15pm
Story Linux Foundation to Build Massive Open Online Course Program With edX, Increase Access to Linux Training for All Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 5:10pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 4:36pm
Story Leftovers: Games Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 4:28pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 4:27pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 06/03/2014 - 4:25pm

This is the money being made TODAY in Open Source

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OSS While many companies don’t disclose detailed financial information we have dug around to find numbers for some well-known open source companies and projects to see how they are doing financially.

15 Scariest Tux Icons for Halloween

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Linux Since it's Halloween, let me give you a treat by sharing to you all some of the scariest tux icons in existence. Before going on, let me warn those with a weak heart that what you are about to see could be dangerous to your health.

The Scariest Things in Open Source

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OSS Since today is Halloween, I thought that an article discussing some of the scary things in the FOSS world would be a nice touch. What are the scariest things in Open Source?

Is Linux The Quick-Boot Miracle Fix? Don't Bet On It

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Linux Will demand for quick-booting PCs give Linux a leg up on Windows? That's how some folks see it, but I'm not one of them.

Fedora 7 to 10 Benchmarks

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Linux Earlier this week we published benchmarks of all Ubuntu releases from 7.04 to the release candidate and had found the performance degraded with time, at least with the test system we used. As part of our testing to explore this issue, we had repeated many of the same tests on Fedora with all of their releases going back to Fedora 7. Has Fedora's desktop performance degraded too?

LXDE, A stable and lightweight desktop environment

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linuxpoison.blogspot: LXDE is the abbreviation for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. LX also stands for LinuX. You will find it different from other desktop environments, due to its discrete components, which can be used independently and with few dependencies.

Review: Sabayon 3.5 Pod

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Linux ince both Gentoo and Sabayon were included on this Linux Format DVD, I decided I would first try and install Gentoo and then Sabayon and compare how easy the installations were since Sabayon is a derivative distro from Gentoo.

VMware Server 2 shows some improvement

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Software Despite being an entry-level server virtualization product, many people used VMware Server on the desktop. Taking that into consideration, you have to look at the recently released VMware Server 2, from two angles -- as an entry-level server virtualization platform and as an alternative to desktop virtualization products like VirtualBox. With its performance and other improvements, it does enough to keep existing customers happy, but probably not enough to get others to switch.

Ubuntu 8.10: what's new, Doc?

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Ubuntu Why do people climb Mount Everest? Well, because it's there, I guess. Why do so many people dislike George Bush? Saves a lot of time, I guess. Why do people keep downloading every new release of Ubuntu?

Also: Linux Kernel Regression in Ubuntu 8.10. Upgrade Now!
And: Ubuntu Linux 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) - Configuration Tips

today's leftovers

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  • Million’s of Linux Users, they can’t all be experts

  • Getting KMS Ready For Linux 2.6.29 Kernel
  • Cool New Happenings in uPnP and Telepathy Land
  • There is one global market in an open source world
  • GNOME Annual Report 2008 Kickoff
  • Open-source Silverlight slips into second gear
  • Prizefight: Battle of the browsers
  • vs. NextWiki: open source developers go their own way
  • openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 Slip
  • sudo zypper up from factory repo now requires EULA Agreement
  • AlgoScore - Music By The Numbers
  • Gentoo 2008.0 - a second attempt
  • New DMX Server Provides More Features, Less Complex
  • My Daily WTF!
  • Open source technology casts new perspective on China's development
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Released and Reviewed
  • Review: Ubuntu 8.10 Is The Real Deal

some howtos:

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  • how to drain your entropy and have fun with ssh fingerprint ASCII-art

  • Netconsole: how to get kernel messages you would not get otherwise
  • Common vi editor command list
  • How survive zypper dup on system with bad internet connection
  • Parallel SSH execution and a single shell to control them all
  • 11 Simple Ways To Recover Your Screen on Linux and Unix
  • Bash efficiency formula
  • NVidia Fan Speed Revisited
  • Ubucleaner - Simple bash script to keep your Ubuntu System Clean
  • Find out number of IP’s connected to the system
  • Script for deleting users (follow up for creating user)

AOL Goes Open Source The most old-school Web media brand is set to embrace an open source, Web 2.0 approach in a major way.

Also: opens its home page, but does anyone care?

Intel joins Taiwan on Linux OS for netbooks

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Linux (IDG): Intel and the Taiwan government plan to open a development center to further the Linux-based Moblin OS for devices such as netbooks and mobile Internet devices (MIDs), they jointly announced on Thursday.

Six Experimental Firefox Extensions We Love

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Moz/FF We love Firefox for its extensibility, but sometimes we run into an extension or two that dons the "Experimental" label on the Firefox add-ons site. So without further ado, read on for a closer look at seven awesome Firefox extensions we're into.

You Don't Make Mistakes Like This

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linuxlock.blogspot: It wasn't but just a few days ago that I laid into IBM for not only saying something that should make every Linux User wonder...but for saying something so outrageous that it was hard to believe they said it at all.

Desktop Linux tidal wave alert

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blogs.computerworld: In 2009, more Linux-powered desktops will sell then will Windows-powered ones. Sounds crazy doesn't it? Think again.

Opera Preps For More Browser Battles

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Interviews In an interview, Opera's CEO discusses the Web browser's fight for market share, how important the mobile space is, and why Google's Chrome has been good for Opera.

Also: Opera sings the security blues

The state of Linux gaming

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Gaming When people hear Linux, they hear open-source, and it usually comes to a shock to them that, not only have old games been successfully ported to Linux, but even some of the most modern first-person shooters have too been ported natively to Linux.

more ubuntu picks

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  • Ubuntu Brings the BBC to Linux

  • Ubuntu's Intrepid Ibex Loads Up on Linux Features
  • 10 Reasons to Not Upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10
  • Using Add/Remove Applications for Software Management in Ubuntu
  • Solving Privacy Issues in Ubuntu 8.10

How's Ubuntu 8.10

43% (296 votes)
22% (150 votes)
10% (71 votes)
Passed on it.
25% (174 votes)
Total votes: 691
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Leftovers: Software

  • i2pd 2.10 released
    i2pd (I2P Daemon) is a full-featured C++ implementation of I2P client. I2P (Invisible Internet Protocol) is a universal anonymous network layer. All communications over I2P are anonymous and end-to-end encrypted, participants don't reveal their real IP addresses. I2P client is a software used for building and using anonymous I2P networks. Such networks are commonly used for anonymous peer-to-peer applications (filesharing, cryptocurrencies) and anonymous client-server applications (websites, instant messengers, chat-servers). I2P allows people from all around the world to communicate and share information without restrictions.
  • Pixeluvo Review | Photo Editor for Linux & Windows
    A review of Pixeluvo, a great photo editor available on Linux and Windows. Pixeluvo is not free or open source.
  • Blit, A Retrospective On My Largest Project Ever
    I’ve always been someone who’s liked art and programming. Especially combining the two. One of my favorite genres is pixel art, or sprites as they are also known. I’ve dabbled in making a few other art programs before, but nothing like this. Originally Blit supposed to be only a sprite animation tool that had a modern look and feel, but my ideas for it grew greater (*sigh* feature creep). There are many other sprinting tools out there like GrafX2, Aseprite, (and other 2D animation programs like TVPaint). I’m not saying that it’s wrong that they make their own GUI toolkit, but it feels kind of odd. I really wanted to bring these types of programs out of the days of the Amiga. After doing some initial research, I settled on using Qt.
  • An alert on the upcoming 7.51.0 release
    In two weeks time, on Wednesday November 2nd, we will release curl and libcurl 7.51.0 unless something earth shattering happens.
  • Desktop Gmail Client `WMail` 2.0.0 Stable Released
    WMail is a free, open source desktop client for Gmail and Google Inbox, available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.
  • SpaceView: Ubuntu File System Usage Indicator
  • FunYahoo++: New Yahoo Messenger Plugin For Pidgin / libpurple [PPA]
    Yahoo retired its old Messenger protocol in favor of a new one, breaking compatibility with third-party applications, such as Pidgin, Empathy, and so on. Eion Robb, the SkypeWeb and Hangouts developer, has created a replacement Yahoo prpl plugin, called FunYahoo++, that works with the new Yahoo Messenger protocol. Note that I tested the plugin with Pidgin, but it should work with other instant messaging applications that support libpurple, like BitlBee or Empathy.
  • GCC Lands Loop Splitting Optimization
    The latest GCC 7 development code has an optimization pass now for loop splitting.
  • GCC 7 To End Feature Development Next Month
    Friday's GCC 7 status report indicates the feature freeze is coming up in just a few weeks. Red Hat developer Jakub Jelinek wrote in the latest status report, "Trunk which will eventually become GCC 7 is still in Stage 1 but its end is near and we are planning to transition into Stage 3 starting Nov 13th end of day time zone of your choice. This means it is time to get things you want to have in GCC 7 finalized and reviewed. As usual there may be exceptions to late reviewed features but don't count on that. Likewise target specific features can sneak in during Stage 3 if maintainers ok them."
  • GNU Parallel 20161022 ('Matthew') released [stable]
    GNU Parallel 20161022 ('Matthew') [stable] has been released. It is available for download at: No new functionality was introduced so this is a good candidate for a stable release.
  • GNU Health 3.0.4 patchset released
    GNU Health 3.0.4 patchset has been released !
  • guile-ncurses 2.0 released
    I am pleased to announce the release of guile-ncurses 2.0 guile-ncurses is a library for the creation of text user interfaces in the GNU Guile dialect of the Scheme programming language. It is a wrapper to the ncurses TUI library. It contains some basic text display and keyboard and mouse input functionality, as well as a menu widget and a form widget. It also has lower level terminfo and termios functionality.
  • Unifont 9.0.03 Released
    Unifont 9.0.03 is released. The main changes are the addition of the Pikto and Tonal ConScript Unicode Registry scripts.
  • PATHspider 1.0.0 released!
    In today’s Internet we see an increasing deployment of middleboxes. While middleboxes provide in-network functionality that is necessary to keep networks manageable and economically viable, any packet mangling — whether essential for the needed functionality or accidental as an unwanted side effect — makes it more and more difficult to deploy new protocols or extensions of existing protocols. For the evolution of the protocol stack, it is important to know which network impairments exist and potentially need to be worked around. While classical network measurement tools are often focused on absolute performance values, PATHspider performs A/B testing between two different protocols or different protocol extensions to perform controlled experiments of protocol-dependent connectivity problems as well as differential treatment.
  • The Domain Name System

today's howtos

Leftovers: KDE

  • Happy 20th birthday, KDE!
    KDE turned twenty recently, which seems significant in a world that seems to change so fast. Yet somehow we stay relevant, and excited to continue to build a better future. Lydia asked recently on the KDE-Community list what we were most proud of.
  • SETI – Week of Information Technology
  • KDevelop for Windows available on Chocolatey now
    Which is already great in itself! But now it's also possible to install it via the super popular Windows package manager for Windows, Chocolatey.
  • colord-kde 0.5.0 released!
    Last official stable release was done more than 3 years ago, it was based on Qt/KDE 4 tech, after that a few fixes got in what would be 0.4.0 but as I needed to change my priorities it was never released. Thanks to Lukáš Tinkl it was ported to KF5, on his port he increased the version number to 0.5.0, still without a proper release distros rely on a git checkout.
  • Call for attendees Lakademy 2017
    As many of you know, since 2012 we organize the Lakademy, a sort of Latin American Akademy. The event brings together KDE Latin American contributors in hacking sessions to work on their projects, promo meetings to think KDE dissemination strategies in the region and other activities.
  • Plasma 5 Desktop on FreeBSD Branding
    The FreeBSD packages of KDE software — the KDE 4 desktop, and soon KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 Desktop and KDE Applications — have traditionally been shipped pretty much as delivered from the upstream source. We compile, we package, and there is very little customization we do as a “distro”. The KDE 4 packages came with a default wallpaper that was a smidgen different from the one shipped with several Linux distro’s. I think Ivan Cukic did that artwork originally. For Plasma 5 Desktop, we also wanted to do a tiny bit of branding — just the default wallpaper for new users, mind.
  • A bit on Tooling
    So on the weekend I also worked on updating Qt 5.6.1 to Qt 5.6.2 on FreeBSD, which involves using new and scary tools as well. Power tools, they can be really useful, or they can take off a finger if you’re not careful. In this case it was Phabricator, which is also used in KDE — but not everywhere in KDE. For FreeBSD, the tool is used to review updates to ports (the packaging instructions), so I did an update of Qt from 5.6.1 to 5.6.2 and we handled the review through FreeBSD’s Phab. The ports infrastructure is stored in SVN, so the review is relatively straightforward: update the ports-tree checkout, apply your changes, use arc to create or update a review request. I was amazed by how painless it was — somehow I’d been frightened. Using the tool once, properly, makes a big difference in self-confidence.
  • Krita 3.1 second beta.
    The Krita 3.1 beta come with a full features and fixes. The linux version to download your krita-3.0.91-x86_64.appimage.
  • Second Beta for Krita 3.1 Available
    We’re still fixing bugs like madmen… And working on some cool new features as well, but that’s for a later release. In any case, here is the second Krita 3.1 beta! Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Originally, we had planned to use 3.0.2 as the version for this release, but there is so much news in it that it merits a bigger version bump.


  • Consequences of the HACK CAMP 2016 FEDORA + GNOME
    I used to do install parties in order to promote the use of FEDORA and GNOME project since five years ago. As you can see more details in the Release Party FEDORA 17 for Fedora, and Linux Camp 2012, GNOME PERU 2013, GNOME PERU 2014...
  • GNOME Shell Making It Easy To Launch Apps/Games For Optimus / Dual GPU Systems
    With the GNOME 3.24 desktop that's currently in development the latest GNOME Shell code has support for easily letting the user launch an app on a dedicated GPU when applicable for handling NVIDIA Optimus use-cases of having integrated and discrete GPU laptops. When a dual-GPU system is detected, a menu item will be added to opt for "Launch using Dedicated Graphics Card", per this commit. The GNOME Shell change for supporting discrete GPUs was made and when the user opts to launch on the dedicated GPU, the DRI_PRIME=1 environment variable will automatically be set for that new program/game.