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Story Tiny $14 ARM9 module runs Linux Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:44pm
Story Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Might Drop OpenJDK 7 (Java Support) Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:36pm
Story Open Source Power for Small Business in 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:27pm
Story Open Hardware for KDE Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:23pm
Story Valve Adds In-Home Streaming in the Steam Client with the Latest Update Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:13pm
Story Was Apple involved in the death of Pear OS? Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Story Programmer Claims Chrome Browser Lets Sites Listen In on Users Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 5:02pm
Story Lenovo Agrees to Buy IBM Server Business for $2.3 Billion Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 4:57pm
Story My top 10 open source software Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 9:29am
Story Fedora 22 To Push For Requiring Packages To Have AppData Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2014 - 7:50am

odds & ends

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News
  • Opera 9.6 beta: screenshots

  • PC-BSD 7.0 Screenshots
  • Adobe AIR launches on Linux
  • about:mozilla - 2010 goals, Add-on survey, and more…
  • Chromify Firefox with Chromifox
  • Linux Outlaws 54 - Compiling in Coffee Shops

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to access to music with amarok from anywhere (almost)

  • How to configure Evolution Mail Client for GMAIL
  • OpenOffice.org Basic crash course: Saving user settings
  • Untar multiple files in a directory
  • How to go a particular line or word in vi

OpenSolaris 2008.05 is robust and ready

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OS

linux.com: Sun has been getting serious about opening up its software for a few years now. OpenSolaris, an open source Unix operating system like Linux and BSD, released in May, is its latest foray into the open source arena. I found OpenSolaris to be a production-ready OS that works equally well on desktops and servers.

The double-edged sword of the economy for open source

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OSS

blogs.the451group: While I believe open source may have an advantage in hard economic times when organizations are truly being forced to cut costs, I’m not sure I entirely buy either perspective. I see a danger for open source as some of its largest enterprise users stumble or even cease to be.

5 Cool Apps to Make the Linux Terminal More Productive

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Software

makeuseof.com: If you work on Linux you’ll know that the command line is the way to go (in some cases at least). If you are in GUI mode than you can access the command line via the Terminal. Here are some applications/utilities that will transform your command line experience.

You're not trapped!

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Linux

lawofficelinux.com: Everyday, some attorney, somewhere is having an issue with Windows. Usually, when I suggest they switch to Linux, I get resistance. This is due largely to their fear of change. My message to them is simply that they are not trapped by Windows.

3G Cellular Success with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: Hooray! My Sierra Wireless AirCard 880 is working with Ubuntu 8.04.1 (Hardy Heron)! This is something I have been wanting to get working for quite a while. What it means is that I won't have to boot Vista in order to use my laptop on the train and bus during my daily commute.

Save time at the command line with shell aliases and functions

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HowTos

linux.com: Familiarity with command prompts and shell scripts is still necessary if you want to get the most from your GNU/Linux system, but the less time you spend doing that the better, right? Two powerful ways to minimize your time at the command line are shell aliases and functions.

Mozilla Re-Thinking Firefox EULA

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Moz/FF

internetnews.com: In a conversation with InternetNews.com, Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of Mozilla, admitted that Mozilla may not need both the EULA and open source license, with the EULA the likely casualty.

"Written Declaration" on Open Source in the EU

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OSS

computerworlduk.com/blogs: Some enlightened MEPs have crafted “Written Declaration 0046/2008” urging the European Union to step up its support of free software. I've just emailed my representatives in the European Partliament using the fine WriteToThem.com, and urge you to do the same.

An Open-Source Radeon HD 4670? Sort Of.

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Hardware

phoronix.com: The kind folks at Sapphire Technology had sent out the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card upon its release. The Radeon HD 4780 retails well under $100 USD and has 512MB of GDDR3 memory with a 128-bit interface.

Debian Project News - September 15th

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Linux

Welcome to this year's 11th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Some of the topics covered in this issue include: Release Update, Lenny Upgrade advisor, ... and much more.

Also: New Debian Developers

Shuttleworth: Python needs to focus on future

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Software

heise-online.co.uk: Mark Shuttleworth challenged the Python community to look to future trends for Python's next big opportunity. Presenting a keynote at PyCon UK 2008 in Birmingham, Shuttleworth looked at three big trends, cloud computing, transactional memory and future multicore processors and asked the Python community how they were approaching these trends.

Chrome uses Microsoft code

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Google

theinquirer.net: WHILE GOOGLE has acknowledged that its Chrome Web browser owes a lot to Open Source projects, Firefox and WebKit, it failed to mention the input from that great supporter od open saucing... Microsoft.

Installing Joomla 1.5.6 On A Lighttpd Web Server (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

This guide explains how you can install Joomla 1.5.6 on a lighttpd web server on Debian Etch. Joomla comes with an .htaccess file with mod_rewrite rules (for Apache) (to enable search-engine friendly URLs) that do not work on lighttpd.

Introduction to working in the bash shell

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News

This tutorial provides a brief history of Bash, which indicates how the Bash shell is different than some of the other popular UNIX shells, and also provides an overview of the major features available within Bash.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Funtoo on GitHub

  • SightSpeed to Announce Linux Version
  • GPL v3 Project Watch List for Week of 09/12
  • Peru to Be First With New OLPC Laptop With Windows
  • My «favorite» RHEL5 bug
  • What’s the big deal about the Firefox EULA?
  • Vietnam's open-source developers go global
  • How Open is the Open Video Player Initiative?
  • Chip PC Launches New Lineup of Linux-based Products (PR)
  • Chrome comes to Mac/Linux with CodeWeavers
  • Supercharge Firebug
  • Mandriva 2009 RC1 on Acer Aspire One: Follow-Up
  • Open-Source Alternatives To Microsoft Office
  • Open source teaches us how to sell games
  • The psychology behind open source and gaming
  • Firefox Plays Chrome Catch-up. Or does it?
  • Mozilla's Frank Hecker on Politics 2.0, Open Source, and Participatory Democracy
  • Linux Email Tips: KMail Templates, and Filters
  • Vista suffers a dose of Linuxitis
  • Is Microsoft buying Citrix? Novell!?
  • build an open source mainframe in your kitchen
  • Scratch: Open-source programming for kids
  • Capturing screens with GScrot
  • The most hated community Linux distribution

4 new mini-laptops -- which is smallest, lightest, best?

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Linux
Hardware

computerworld.com: To see what all the excitement is about, I got my hands on four of the latest minis available: the Sylvania G Netbook, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, the Acer Aspire and the Asus Eee PC 1000. These four mini-notebooks offer portability, low prices and a Linux operating system. How do they compare?

Open source and the Creative Commons

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OSS

stuff.co.nz: Open source software may sound like just another passing buzzphrase, but it is no fly-by-nighter. It has been around for decades and we have all relied on it for some time. As more and more people are coming into direct contact with open source, it's a good time to ask what makes it so special.

Video front-end comes with Linux drivers

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Nuvation is shipping a "video front end" reference design that digitizes multiple analog video streams, tiling them for display on a 1080i monitor. The Multichannel Video Front-End (McVFE) uses Texas Instruments (TI) video decoders and a Xilinx Spartan 3A FPGA, and ships with Linux drivers.

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today's leftovers

  • Linux Unable To Boot Lenovo Yoga 900 & 900; Is Microsoft At Fault?
    The popular device developer Lenovo has verified the claims that Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s unable to boot Linux OS but only Microsoft Windows 10. The new Lenovo convertible laptop, Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s, would reject and decline any attempt to install Linux operating system, making users turn their heads to Microsoft as the suspect for this issue. [...] This issue about the OS started when an identity of BaronHK posted on Reddit about installing Linux on the latest Lenovo Yoga book in which BaronHK encountered being blocked by a locked solid state drive (SSD) which Linux cannot define itself, and come up to link the issue to Microsoft.
  • How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros
    The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions. Tested for this quick, one-page-article comparison were Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2, Clear Linux 10660, Fedora 24, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20160927, and the Arch-based Antergos 16.9-Rolling release.
  • Qt 3D WIP branches
  • New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On
    Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit. It's not known if the next round of Qt 3D features will be ready for the Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, but KDAB is looking to have these new branches for feature work with continuous integration coverage.
  • Cross-compiling WebKit2GTK+ for ARM
    Of course, I know for a fact that many people use local recipes to cross-compile WebKit2GTK+ for ARM (or simply build in the target machine, which usually takes a looong time), but those are usually ad-hoc things and hard to reproduce environments locally (or at least hard for me) and, even worse, often bound to downstream projects, so I thought it would be nice to try to have something tested with upstream WebKit2GTK+ and publish it on trac.webkit.org,
  • Should we drop Vala?
    Is it Vala development a waste of time? Is Vala suitable for long term support libraries?
  • SUSECON 2016: Where Technology Reigns Supreme [Ed: “Article Sponsor: SUSE”]
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/39
  • Free software activities in September 2016

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.6 Is Out with MIPS and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers
    Today, September 30, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the latest stable Linux 4.7 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.7.6 comes only five days after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 4.7.5, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the last update, it changes a total of 76 files, with 539 insertions and 455 deletions. In summary, it updates multiple drivers, adds improvements to various filesystems and hardware architectures, and improves the networking stack.
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.23 LTS Has ARM and MIPS Improvements, Updated Filesystems, More
    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly informed the community about the general availability of the Linux 4.4.23 LTS kernel. The Linux 4.4 kernel is a long-term supported branch, the latest and most advanced one, used in many stable and reliable GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Alpine Linux 3.4. Therefore, it is imperative for it to receive regular updates that bring fixes to the most important issues, as well as other general improvements.
  • From NFS to LizardFS
    If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that we started our data servers out using NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit some load problems, switched to btrfs, hit load problems again, tried a hacky workaround, ran into problems, dropped DRBD for glusterfs, had a major disaster, switched back to NFS on ext4 mirrored over DRBD, hit more load problems, and finally dropped DRBD for ZFS.
  • IBM's Ginni Rometty Tells Bankers Not To Rest On Their Digital Laurels
  • BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel
    BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit. David Herrmann, one of the BUS1 developers, presented at this week's systemd.conf conference about the new capability-based IPC for Linux. He talked about how BUS1 is superior to KDBUS, how BUS1 is similar to Android's Binder, Chrome's Mojo, Solaris' Doors, and other common IPC implementations.
  • A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant
    In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center. Intel has been developing a new wireless daemon for Linux to potentially replace wpa_supplicant. This new daemon isn't yet public but the code repositories for it will be opened up in the next few weeks. This new daemon has improvements around persistency, WiFi management, reduced abstractions for different operating systems and legacy interfaces, and changes to operation. This daemon is designed to be very lightweight and work well for embedded Linux use-cases especially, including IoT applications.