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Create Games the Easy Way with Pygame

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Gaming

junauza.blogspot: Pygame is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. It is possible to write simple but decent games with just a few lines of code using the Pygame module. Anyone with a little programming knowledge can create like some of the games shown below:

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Answers to Linux Questions

  • Canon i250 on Ubuntu 7.10
  • Obscure Linux Commands: Some of My Favorite Incantations
  • How do you check if your webcam is working properly?
  • HowTo: Convert First Letter of Dir Folder to Uppercase
  • Creating the debian-sys-maint MySQL account on a Debian or Ubuntu system
  • Reading compressed Files

Consumer hardware shipping too many Linuxes by default

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Linux

bytebot.net: At the top of my head now, Linux is hitting the mainstream desktop market, in many variants. So what am I getting at? Complexity.

RHEL 5.2: Changing the compass?

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Linux

beranger.org: The release of RHEL 5.2 with "re-basing" of the "top desktop applications" would lead to a strange situation: the conservative, long time supported RHEL, that usually doesn't upgrade any package if backporting the patches is feasible, will become much fresher than Debian stable!

Foresight Linux 2.0 Features GNOME 2.22

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Linux

softpedia.com: Foresight Linux 2.0 has been released, bringing you the latest GNOME 2.22. Foresight Linux is an rPath-based distribution with a lot of apps that make your computing experience much easier.

Play Windows games on Linux with PlayOnLinux

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Software

linux.com: If you are an avid gamer, you probably dual-boot your favorite Linux distribution with Windows, because that's where you find most new cutting-edge games. But what if you could run your Windows games on Linux?

Does choice make support for Linux harder?

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Ubuntu

progbox.co.uk: Upon listening to lugradio the other day, I was interested by their segment on support. It got me thinking, does the choice ethic that we are so proud of actually make it harder to support the product. Imagine: In the windows world - Click on the start button. How would we approach that in the Linux world? Click on whatever you normally click on to start programs up.

Getting the login right: moving from xdm to gdm or kdm

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HowTos

freesoftwaremagazine.com: For years now, I have been clinging to xdm as my display manager; years ago, I spent several days tweaking the configuration files of xbanner and xdm to get it to look “just so”, and I didn’t want to change it. But no more! I decided to spend a little time trying to get each display manager to look “right” with my original login screen design.

Creative Commons Releases LiveContent DVD

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Linux

fanaticattack.com: The Creative Commons recently released LiveContent 2.0 a Free Live DVD. We checked it out and wanted to give you an overview of what it’s all about. Basically, it’s a Fedora Live DVD with free and open source content that comes loaded with Creative Commons’ (CC) licensed material.

GTK+ 3.0: Getting serious

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Software

federkiel.wordpress: GTK+ has come a long way. From its humble beginnings as “The GIMP ToolKit”, it is now used in a plethora of applications. In fact, GTK+ is very popular. GNOME, one of the leading desktop environment on Unix systems, uses GTK+ almost exclusively.

today's leftovers

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News
  • EZblue Linux server makes administration easy

  • Doing More For An Open NVIDIA
  • OSS Traffic Management: Open Road Ahead?
  • GNOME: 10 years of self-congratulation
  • Samba: EC ruling made Microsoft talk again
  • WannabEees: Eee PC vs Elonex One vs OLPC vs EasyNote XS vs MSI Wind and more
  • The riches of Linux point to the server. Whither Ubuntu?
  • Fight The FUD: Lies, Damned Lies, And Linux
  • First release of the Gentoo Arch Testing Tool
  • Linux Reality: Episode 98 - Super Basic Shell Scripting
  • Open-source software worth considering
  • Email client to the stars
  • Linux and Games
  • (Planet Sabayon) Portage tree: DEPEND/RDEPEND split situation = dramatic

kubuntu-de.org in conversation with Tobias König

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KDE
Interviews

kubuntu-de.org: Tobias König is a Computer Science student and one of the core developers of Akonadi, one of the innovative technologies that will be implemented in KDE4. Akonadi will be a platform independent innovative storage solution for personal data. In this interview, Tobias König shares his impressions.

FUD Alert! Wal-Mart, Everex & Linux

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: Monday, the Associated Press released a story on Wal-Mart’s decision to discontinue the line of Everex Green gPCs in their brick-and-mortar stores. I was intrigued by the way the story mutated as the day progressed.

Update: Novell’s SuSE Linux Desktop Strategy

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SUSE

thevarguy.com: At first glance, Novell’s desktop Linux goals are humble. Novell insiders tell The VAR Guy they’d be pleased if SuSE Linux eventually captures 1 percent of the overall global desktop market. So, how is Novell’s desktop strategy performing so far — especially vs. Red Hat and Ubuntu?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • HowTo Send a Command Through SSH to Several PCs Simultaneously

  • Dstat - Versatile resource statistics tool
  • How do I set the real time scheduling priority of a process?
  • A Tutorial on Wget
  • Make Your Own Plug ‘N Play Zone Using Ubuntu Linux!
  • Getting Awn dock on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon
  • Running Fedora 8 on Legacy Windows XP

Making KDE look good

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KDE

freesoftwaremagazine.com: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” goes the old saying. What looks great to me, might not be very appealing to you. Most GNU/Linux distributions pick default images that are bland, inoffensive, and boring, all of which have their place, but we can do better. This article will look at making your GNU/Linux machine look beautiful.

Asus EEE PC – is it really good news for FOSS and Linux?

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Linux
Hardware

geekzone.co.nz: The Asus EEE PC is a truly marvellous little machine. I had heard a lot of good things about it. But usually, I'm not all that interested in those fancy ultra mobile devices everyone is supposed to buy these days. But the EEE PC is running Linux, so my interest was piqued. Great for Linux? Wait... where IS Linux?

The Everex "green" gPC isn’t so green

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Hardware

tech.blorge.com: Everex has been advertising its gPC desktop as being “green” but reviews say otherwise. Aside from the software, driver and operating system issues; the desktop wastes plastic and isn’t as environmentally friendly as the company would like you to believe.

Latest Firefox 3 beta offers exciting features

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Firefox 3 is in testing, with the latest build, beta 4, released Monday. Mozilla is aiming for a final release of its flagship product before the end of the first quarter of 2008. Let's take a look at the changes coming down the pike.

Also: Firefox 3 Beta 4 Offers Speed, Security Improvements

Linux Foundation: We'd love to work with Microsoft

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Linux
Interviews

infoworld.com: In an interview, Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation's executive director, talks about desire to interoperate and discusses the desktop outlook for Linux

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Rise of Open Cloud Architecture and Over-the-Top (OTT) Network Services
  • Amazon’s Giving Away the AI Behind Its Product Recommendations
    Amazon has become the latest tech giant that’s giving away some of its most sophisticated technology. Today the company unveiled DSSTNE (pronounced “destiny”), an open source artificial intelligence framework that the company developed to power its product recommendation system. Now any company, researcher, or curious tinkerer can use it for their own AI applications.
  • Genode OS Framework release 16.05
    The current release marks the most profound API revision in the project's history. The new API is designed to reinforce the best practices for implementing Genode components. It is the result of countless experiments and the practical experiences made while developing over hundred genuine components during the past ten years.
  • Old projects and the free-software community
    The Community Leadership Summit (CLS) is an annual event for community managers, developer evangelists, people who work on public-facing forums, and those with a general interest in engagement or community development for free-software projects. The 2016 edition was held in Austin, Texas the weekend before OSCON. Several sessions at CLS 2016 dealt with the differences exhibited between old and new free-software projects where community management is concerned. One of those tackled the problem of how to foster community around an older software project, which poses a distinct set of challenges.
  • Thunderbird powered by SoftMaker
    Thunderbird, powered by SoftMaker, is a custom version of the popular email client featuring enhancements that come all in the form of extensions. [...] SoftMaker, a company best known for its SoftMaker Office suite, announced recently that it plans to include the Thunderbird email client into the 2016 version of the office suite.
  • The Document Liberation Project: What we do
    The Document Liberation Project: empowering creators to free their data from proprietary formats.
  • EMC Releases UniK Software for Cloud and IoT App Deployments
  • Microsoft Research Awards Demonstrate Commitment to Open Source [Ed: Microsoft openwashing and claims to be about research rather than cheating, bribery, witch-hunting etc.]
  • The open-source generation gap
    OSI General Manager Patrick Masson was one of the session's attendees, and he pushed back on that last point. There is too much "open-washing" these days, he said, but it does not come from the OSI. There is still only one Open Source Definition; the dilution of the term comes from others who use "open" to describe organizations, workflows, processes, and other things unrelated to software licensing. "We have open hardware and open data, but also 'open cola' and 'open beer.' That blurs over an important distinction. Not everything fits." [...] Among the other points raised during the session, attendees noted that it was important that the community distinguish between minting new project contributors and minting new free-software activists, and that it was important for projects to put a check on flamewar-style debates—particularly those that focus on dismissing certain technologies. It is easy for experienced developers to become attached to a language or framework, but there will always be new languages and projects popping up that are the entry points for new coders. Project members deriding language Y because it is not language X may only serve to tell newcomers that they are not welcome.
  • A discussion on combining CDDL and GPL code
    Within the context of an event dedicated to discussing free and open-source software (FOSS) legalities, such as the Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), the topic of conflicting licenses was bound to come up. The decision by Canonical to start shipping the ZFS filesystem with its Ubuntu server distribution back in February led to a discussion at LLW about distributing the kernel combined with ZFS. Discussions at LLW are held under the Chatham House Rule, which means that names and affiliations of participants are only available for those who have agreed to be identified. This year's LLW was held in Barcelona, April 13-15.
  • Mobile Age: using mobility and open data to include senior citizens in open government
    Helping older European people to be part of the open government process and encouraging their access to civic participation through mobility are the main goals of the Mobile Age project, launched last February.
  • All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020
    And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of its impact on innovation. These are the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 27 May.
  • Council of the European Union calls for full open access to scientific research by 2020
    A few weeks ago we wrote about how the European Union is pushing ahead its support for open access to EU-funded scientific research and data. Today at the meeting of the Council of the European Union, the Council reinforced the commitment to making all scientific articles and data openly accessible and reusable by 2020.
  • Hackaday Prize Entry: An Interface For The Headless Linux System
    Connecting a headless Raspberry Pi to a wireless network can be quite a paradoxical situation. To connect it to the network, you need to open an SSH connection to configure the wireless port. But to do so, you need a network connection in the first place. Of course, you can still get command-line access using a USB-to-UART adapter or the Pi’s ethernet port – if present – but [Arsenijs] worked out a much more convenient solution for his Hackaday Prize entry: The pyLCI Linux Control Interface.
  • RepRap, Open Source and 3DPrinting
    The RepRap project started in 2005 by Adrian Bowyer – “Mister RepRap”, when the patent about this technology expired. 3DPrintings isn’t a new technology, history dates that the first model of stereolithography printing emerged in 1984. The main idea around RepRap projects is to produce 3DPrinters that can auto-replicate most of the parts itself. And in 2006, the RepRap 0.2 successfully printed the first part of itself and in 2008, the first 3d model was printed by an end-user. Currently, the printer more replicated and customized of the 67 printers that are listed on RepRap website, is the Prusa Mendel, the model created by Josef Průša, that was disponibility to the public in 2011 and had a lot of development since.
  • Here is a web interface for switching on your light
    Like I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to try out a more hackable wifi plug. I got a Kankun “smart” plug. Like the other one I have the software is horrible. The good news is that they left SSH enabled on it.
  • LeMaker Guitar review
    Anyone who has worked with the Compute Module will find the LeMaker Guitar immediately familiar. The system-on-chip processor, an Actions S500, sits alongside 1GB of memory, a combined audio and power management unit, and 8GB of NAND flash storage on an over-sized small-outline DIMM (SODIMM) form factor circuit board. This board then connects to a baseboard, supplied with the Guitar, which provides more accessible connectivity than the SODIMM’s 204 electrical contacts.
  • Open Source Vs Personal Life — Should GitHub Remove Contribution Graph?
    Should GitHub remove contribution graph from the personal profile of the contributors or the developers? This step might be taken for the personal well-being of the developers. Open source is good but personal life cannot be ignored either.

Leftovers: BSD

Security Leftovers

Red Hat News

  • Why SELinux is inherently complex
    The root of SELinux's problems is that SELinux is a complex security mechanism that is hard to get right. Unfortunately this complexity is not (just) simply an implementation artifact of the current SELinux code; instead, it's inherent in what SELinux is trying to do.
  • SELinux is beyond saving at this point
    SELinux has problems. It has a complexity problem (in that it is quite complex), it has technical problems with important issues like usability and visibility, it has pragmatic problems with getting in the way, and most of all it has a social problem. At this point, I no longer believe that SELinux can be saved and become an important part of the Linux security landscape (at least if Linux remains commonly used). The fundamental reason why SELinux is beyond saving at this point is that after something like a decade of SELinux's toxic mistake, the only people who are left in the SELinux community are the true believers, the people who believe that SELinux is not a sysadmin usability nightmare, that those who disable it are fools, and so on. That your community narrows is what naturally happens when you double down on calling other people things; if people say you are an idiot for questioning the SELinux way, well, you generally leave.
  • Systemd 230 Is Upsetting Some Over Its KillUserProcess Setting
    Systemd 230 was released just last week and it has taken heat not only for opening up FBDEV to potential security issues, which already reverted, but also for changing the default behavior of user processes. Systemd 230 made a change where KillUserProcess defaults to yes. This terminates user processes that are part of the user session scope when the user logs out. This is causing problems for ssh-agent, screen, and other common Linux processes.
  • Basics you must know for RHCSA Exam preparation
  • Test Fedora 24 Beta in an OpenStack cloud
    Although there are a few weeks remaining before Fedora 24 is released, you can test out the Fedora 24 Beta release today! This is a great way to get a sneak peek at new features and help find bugs that still need a fix.
  • State of syslog-ng 3.8 rpm packaging
  • My Fedora Badges intern
    For the past two weeks I was lucky to have an intern, who worked on Fedora Badges. Badges is a great way to start as a Fedora design contributor, as they have low entry level. Templates are ready, graphics is available to download, all the resources available here.