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Why Red Hat doesn't see CentOS as a Linux rival

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blog.internetnews.com: "We are not actively chasing users of CentOS, but rather find that enterprises are naturally turning to Red Hat for the value of the Red Hat subscription model and support," Bill-Peter said.

UNIX turns 40 - Why is it still thriving?

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OS

The systems world will shortly be celebrating a major anniversary milestone. UNIX is turning 40 years old! Most of us know the story of how UNIX was born, but what about why? Was it born strictly because its founders wanted to play a computer game on a different platform? And why does UNIX continue to thrive 15 years after an (in)famous Byte Magazine article that asked: Is UNIX dead?

Essential tips and tricks for the Emacs editing environment

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Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Emacs and then some

Automatically Download All The National Geographic Wallpapers With A Bash Script

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Linux

I have created 2 very simple bash scripts which automatically download all the wallpapers from the 2008 and 2009 wallpaper contests - almost 500 beautiful wallpapers you can use in your favourite wallpaper changer application (or script).

Review: Linux Mint

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Linux

raiden.net: Normally, I don't really fancy Ubuntu based distros, as most of them are nothing more than custom / remastered versions of the original Ubuntu. However, Linux Mint has really broken the tradition of poorly made custom respins.

Performous brings Karaoke to Linux

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Software

linuxcritic.com: Performous is a karaoke game for Linux that brings the popular past time to the operating system in a unique and entertaining way. Performous has recently seen an update with the release of version 0.4.0.

Open Source Projects and the Meritocracy Myth

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earthweb.com: Clearly, meritocracy is one of the myths that the FOSS community tells itself. By "myth," I do not mean that the claim is a lie, but that meritocracy is part of the story that community members tell themselves to establish and maintain a common identity.

OpenSUSE sacks SaX2

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SUSE

lwn.net: Novell has announced that its much-loved "SaX2" tool for the configuration of the X Window System will be retired as of the openSUSE 11.2 release. "Novell has decided to no longer invest in development maintenance of SaX2 but instead rely on the new automatic and dynamic configuration features and invest in desktop applets to perform dynamic changes."

Interview With Louis Landry – Joomla Development Lead

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Interviews

howsoftwareisbuilt.com: If you look at any list of open source content management systems, you'll find Joomla right in top. In this interview, we talk with Louis Landry, who started as the principal architect of Joomla and today acts as the development coordinator.

Bells & Whistles

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Linux

linuxuser.co.uk: What are the defining features and characteristics of Ubuntu? Or Mandriva? Or openSUSE? What are the killer features that are born to illuminate point-of-sale material and tedious slideshows the world over? What’s – heck, why not? – the ‘killer app’ that’s going to get the world excited about Linux?

Window Maker - your NeXT window manager

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ardchoille42.blogspot: Window Maker is an X11 window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment. In every way possible, it reproduces the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP user interface.

Acer to launch Chrome OS netbook

  • Acer to launch Chrome OS netbook in 2H10
  • Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions
  • What Kind Of Bird Are You Booting?

today's leftovers:

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  • Diet Chrome OS is smaller, faster, has better hardware support
  • What if Oracle's buyout of Sun falls through?
  • GNOME's Zeitgeist 0.3 Reworks The API, Engine
  • The New Economics of Open Source in the Enterprise
  • Fully packaged Drupal distributions now deployed on drupal.org
  • Mozilla announce Extend Firefox winners
  • Ubuntu Lucid To Use Plymouth; Non-Intel Users To Lose Out?
  • KDE Multitouch screencast overload
  • A Little Virtual Machine Recreation
  • Newsflash for GE, you're already using 'risky' open source
  • AntiX-M8.5 beta release is available for testing
  • Options Spotlight: Red Hat Inc.
  • GE European CIO calls open source risky, playground — really?
  • Gentoo wins again with Python 3
  • 74% of the world, Google’s Chrome OS is not for you
  • BBC Podcast: Martin Owens - English translation of the Ubunchu manga
  • OpenLogic Now Supporting CentOS
  • Mark Speaks; New Artwork, Messaging Applet Improvements, ChromeOS
  • DtO: KKK chat
  • SugarCRM Gets a True Open Source Visionary in Larry Augustin
  • Gentoo service announcement: keep clear of GNU patch-2.6
  • Acer's crippled GNU/Linux
  • Linux Vs Windows Which One to Pick?

The Phoronix Kernel Test Farm Is Alive

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phoronix.com: The year is not over yet, nor is our work on ensuring that the Phoronix Test Suite is the most powerful and robust testing/benchmarking platform. With that said, as of this morning our Phoronix kernel test farm is now alive!

Security in Linux

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Security

linuxuser.co.uk: Over the last few years, system security has gained a lot of momentum and software professionals are focusing heavily on this aspect. Linux is often treated as a highly secure operating system. However, the reality is that Linux too has its own share of security flaws.

Ghosts in the Machine or Why Does Your Computer Hate You

terminally-incoherent.com: You can’t blame your computer for crashing, being slow or losing your work. If it is behaving in a funny way, then it is problem with you – it’s operator. You are doing something wrong. Or did in the past, and now you are paying the consequences. Barring unforeseen hardware issues and unpredictable software bugs, almost every computer issue can be traced back to you. Why?

A note of improvement for ath5k

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Software

kmandla.wordpress: I like it when I can report something improving, as opposed to just making notes about things that don’t work.

VirtualBox 3.1 adds live migration and branched snapshots

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arstechnica.com: The latest version of VirtualBox delivers some compelling new features including support for live migration and branched snapshots. Migration capabilities reflect VirtualBox's potential for ascending into the enterprise arena.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Reinstall Ubuntu automatically
  • How to solve problems in Linux - a novice's guide
  • Some wget tricks
  • Howto switch from Ubuntu to Debian – My Experience – Part I
  • Howto setup Wireless on Chrome OS
  • Acetone: Mount and manage your CD/DVD ISOs
  • Drupal 6.14, Introduction and Installation
  • How To Tell If Someone Is On Your Wireless Home Network
  • Faster Internet With an Old Laptop – Revisited

Linux Desktop Search Engines Compared

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linux.com: I have a large electronic library (over 15,000 books) and I was looking for a way to cope with this mass of information. I didn't like the idea of a special catalog, since it would take a lot of manual work to enter the metadata. These files lack metadata way too often and I thought a local indexing service with a full-text search might solve my problem.

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Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
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