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Story GNOME Control Center 3.13.4 Gets More HiDPI Improvements Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 5:06pm
Story Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 4:55pm
Story SysAdmin Day 2014: Best Linux Foundation SysAdmin Quotes Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 4:44pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 4:25pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 4:24pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 4:23pm
Story Linux Foundation SysAdmin Aric Gardner Avoids a GUI at All Costs Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 4:16pm
Story FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report - Second Quarter 2014 Roy Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 3:51pm
Story Interview with Nathan Willis, GUADEC Keynote Speaker Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 10:28am
Story Nginx Plus r4 Improves Web Server Security Rianne Schestowitz 25/07/2014 - 10:21am

We Won't Leave You Behind...

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KDE

christian-loose.de: Although the future belongs to newer application launchers like Kickoff, Lancelot or Raptor, some users prefer the old K Menu style.

ATI Linux Drivers Gain Support For Unreleased RS880

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Hardware
Software

phoronix.com: AMD's current flagship offering when it comes to integrated ATI graphics is the Radeon HD 3300 / 790GX. As something new for consumers to consider, soon it looks like AMD will be introducing the RS880.

Arduino hardware hacking: Part 1

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Hardware

tuxradar.com: Arduino is cool. It's cool because it's a tiny device - about three inches by two inches - that comes with a USB port and a programmable chip. It's cool because you can program it using a very simple programming language known as Wiring.

THREE reasons to upgrade to openoffice.org3

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OOo

collinpark.blogspot: OK, here are three reasons to upgrade to openoffice.org3 if you're still using 2.x

Six Latest Firefox Addons You Should Check Out

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Moz/FF

killertechtips.com: We all love Firefox for the sheer number of extensions that can be added to it. There are plenty of brilliant yet unpopular extensions that have been written about before.

Move over Tux; it's time for Tuz the Tassie Devil

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Linux

itwire.com: Ever socially aware, Linux has a new mascot for a short while. Tuz will instead embrace the boot screen of many a distro in kernel 2.6.29.

Virtualization With KVM On A Fedora 10 Server

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HowTos

This guide explains how you can install and use KVM for creating and running virtual machines on a Fedora 10 server. I will show how to create image-based virtual machines and also virtual machines that use a logical volume (LVM).

Review - OpenSUSE 11.1

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Reviews

I decided to install OpenSUSE this weekend onto my new Maxtor 4 USB hard drive. I've used the live CD before with KDE 4.1, but didn't like not having the option to have different backgrounds on the multiple desktops. Supposedly, this option and others will be available in KDE 4.2. So, instead of waiting, I decided to install KDE 3.5.10. Here's how it went.....

today's odds & ends:

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News
  • Arch Linux Review

  • A PCLinuxOS 2009.1 userbar
  • SAM-Linux, PCLinuxOS' Ugly Duckling?
  • pwn2own confusion
  • Installing Linux on my girfriend’s laptop: an overview
  • Digest of Enlightenment 17 Dimensions
  • FLOSS Weekly 61: Arduino
  • Linux
  • A Working X Input 2 Implementation
  • Programming for Kids with Basic-256 on Ubuntu
  • why I chose openSuSE again and howto make updates faster

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Howto: Easily Get free newsgroup access over ipv6 in Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu: Picviz 0.5 Installation
  • How To Configure PXE Boot on CentOS 5
  • How to set up a web server with Apache
  • TV-Browser - A Digital TV Guide in openSUSE
  • Fixing High Latency with KDE4 - Display Flickering - Freezing Videos
  • Get system specs in Linux
  • Domainkeys/Dkim with Postfix (quick way)
  • Mplayer on Gentoo with VDPAU
  • Configure BIND 9 For IPv4 (or IPv6) Only

2009 and still in fear of using new hardware in GNU/Linux!

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Linux

When the GNU/Linux revolution started reaching the masses, around 2000, I predicted that by 2010 there would be full vendor support for the free operating system. Well, it’s 2009, and I have to admit it — I am feeling nervous. Read the full article at Freesoftware Magazine.

Get prepared for the inevitable with automated backups

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Linux

No excuses: do-it-yourself, secure, distributed network backups made easy

My Distro Is Better Than Yours…. Not!

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Linux

linuxcanuck.wordpress: I read a lot of news feeds. Sometimes too many. I admit it. About 10% of what I read is new. The most tiresome ones have to be the my-distro-is-better-than-yours. Only slightly less tiresome are the Linux vs. Windows ones.

Fedora 10 goes Minstrel, wifi users rejoice

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Software

izanbardprince.wordpress: If you’re getting erratic wifi performance in your favorite Linux distribution, no it is not just you, the old algorithm was actually quite bad. Enter Minstrel.

Distro Review: Debian Lenny

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: Ok it’s time for another distro review and I’m a bit overdue with this one but I’m a big fan of Debian and when I reviewed Etch (4.0) last year I declared that if I were to finally grow up and settle down with just one distro this would be the one.

RMS "Broke into Microsoft and Stole Software"...

opendotdotdot.blogspot: ...that, at least, is what this deranged story in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper claims.

Linux Netbooks - Cheap is good

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Linux

brajeshwar.com: The Linux Netbooks are cheap, simple and small — just apt for performing the basic tasks. The future for this next wave of personal technology gadgets is simple as it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket and has portability advantages.

More on the Ubuntu Jaunty Notifications Crapfest

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Ubuntu

izanbardprince.wordpress: I mentioned earlier that I had some objections to this new “Indicator” crapplet in Ubuntu Jaunty, I view it as a kind of foistware that has nothing to do with the system.

Why Linux is Better

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Linux

scienceblogs.com/gregladen: Why is Linux the coolest erector set in the world, that you should be willing to pay for? In part because Linux lacks the kind of freaky design oddities that arise when the makers of the software must go to meetings with a marketing department.

Detox your Linux box!

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Linux

tuxradar.com: We like to install things. Lots of things. The net effect on the average Linux installation is that things will eventually start to break. It might not be in the first six months, or even the first year, but there will be a point when things start to fail.

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  • Windows 10 least secure of Windows versions: study
    Windows 10 was the least secure of of current Windows versions in 2016, with 46% more vulnerabilities than either Windows 8 or 8.1, according to an analysis of Microsoft's own security bulletins in 2016. Security firm Avecto said its research, titled "2016 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Study: Mitigating risk by removing user privileges", had also found that a vast majority of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft products could be mitigated by removing admin rights. The research found that, despite its claims to being the "most secure" of Microsoft's operating systems, Windows 10 had 395 vulnerabilities in 2016, while Windows 8 and 8.1 each had 265. The research also found that while 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities were reported — marginally up from the 524 reported in 2015 — and 189 given a critical rating, 94% could be mitigated by removing admin rights. This was up from 85% in 2015.
  • Windows 10 Creators Update can block Win32 apps if they’re not from the Store [Ed: By Microsoft Peter. People who put Vista 10 on a PC totally lose control of that PC; remember, the OS itself is malware, as per textbook definitions. With DRM and other antifeatures expect copyright enforcement on the desktop soon.]
    The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build doesn't add much in the way of features—it's mostly just bug fixes—but one small new feature has been spotted, and it could be contentious. Vitor Mikaelson noticed that the latest build lets you restrict the installation of applications built using the Win32 API.
  • Router assimilated into the Borg, sends 3TB in 24 hours
    "Well, f**k." Harsh language was appropriate under the circumstances. My router had just been hacked. Setting up a reliable home network has always been a challenge for me. I live in a cramped three-story house, and I don't like running cables. So my router's position is determined by the fiber modem in a corner on the bottom floor. Not long after we moved in, I realized that our old Airport Extreme was not delivering much signal to the attic, where two game-obsessed occupants fought for bandwidth. I tried all sorts of things. I extended the network. I used Ethernet-over-powerline connectors to deliver network access. I made a mystic circle and danced naked under the full moon. We lost neighbors, but we didn't gain a signal.
  • Purism's Librem 13 Coreboot Port Now "100%" Complete
    According to Purism's Youness Alaoui, their Coreboot port to the Librem 13 v1 laptop is now considered complete. The Librem 13 was long talked about having Coreboot over a proprietary BIOS while the initial models still had shipped with the conventional BIOS. Finally in 2017, they have now Coreboot at what they consider to be 100% complete for this Linux-friendly laptop.
  • The Librem 13 v1 coreboot port is now complete
    Here are the news you’ve been waiting for: the coreboot port for the Librem 13 v1 is 100% done! I fixed all of the remaining issues, it is now fully working and is stable, ready for others to enjoy. I fixed the instability problem with the M.2 SATA port, finished running all the tests to ensure coreboot is working correctly, fixed the headphone jack that was not working, made the boot prettier, and started investigating the Intel Management Engine issue.
  • Linux Update Fixes 11-Year-Old Flaw
    Andrey Konovalov, a security researcher at Google, found a use-after-free hole within Linux, CSO Online reported. This particular flaw is of interest because it appears to be situational. It only showed up in kernels built with a certain configuration option — CONFIG_IP_DCCP — enabled.

Kerala saves Rs 300 cr as schools switch to open software

The Kerala government has made a saving of Rs 300 crore through introduction and adoption of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) in the school education sector, said a state government official on Sunday. IT became a compulsory subject in Kerala schools from 2003, but it was in 2005 only that FOSS was introduced in a phased manner and started to replace proprietary software. The decision made by the curriculum committee to implement it in the higher secondary sector has also been completed now. Read more

Tired of Windows and MAC computer systems? Linux may now be ready for prime time

Are you a bit tired of the same old options of salt and pepper, meaning having to choose only between the venerable Windows and MAC computer operating systems? Looking to branch out a bit, maybe take a walk on the wild side, learn some new things and save money? If so, the Linux operating system, which has been around for a long time and is used and loved by many hard-core techies and developers, may now be ready for prime time with the masses. Read more

Braswell based Pico-ITX SBC offers multiple expansion options

Axiomtek’s PICO300 is a Pico-ITX SBC with Intel Braswell, SATA-600, extended temperature support, and both a mini-PCIe and homegrown expansion connector. Axiomtek has launched a variation on its recently announced Intel Apollo Lake based PICO312 SBC that switches to the older Intel Braswell generation and offers a slightly reduced feature set. The board layout has also changed somewhat, with LVDS, SATA, and USB ports all changing location. Read more