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Story Expansion of Valve free games offer to Ubuntu developers Roy Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 11:04pm
Story Linux Foundation Branches Out: 10 Efforts Beyond Linux Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:55pm
Story LulzBot TAZ 3 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom Roy Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:47pm
Story DARPA government research agency publishes catalog of open source projects Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:43pm
Story OpenDaylight: Open-source SDN is growing fast Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:14pm
Story Linux 3.14-rc2 Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:10pm
Story Analysis of the top 10 Linux operating systems Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:04pm
Story Wine On Android Is Making Progress, Running Solitaire Roy Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 11:25am
Story gNewSense GNU/Linux - News: gNewSense 3.1 released Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:45am
Story Vodafone backs Ubuntu - but no sign of smartphone yet Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:40am

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  • Tar remote dir over SSH
  • Using wine to run windows application on openSUSE 11
  • Nokia E71 as a USB or Bluetooth 3G Data Modem on Linux
  • Mailman and Exim4
  • Combinations Vs. Permutations On Linux and Unix
  • How to View .Chm files in Linux
  • How to Achieve Nice Font Rendering in Ubuntu Hardy

A new Linux landscape

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Linux A FEW years ago, the open-source operating system Linux was well known to techies, and barely known to the person on the street. It wasn't the easiest system to install or use for typical computer users. Well, Linux has arrived.

Welcome to the new browser wars

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Software I feel like I've just jumped into the Wayback Machine and landed in 1997. The Spice Girls are playing on the radio. Everyone and their dog is taking a dot-com public. And, oh yes, Netscape and Microsoft are at each others' throats, fighting for control of the browser markets.

Switched From Ubuntu To Gentoo

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clintonskakun.wordpress: Ubuntu has served me well for a few months, I think it was April when I started using it. I have to say Ubuntu is one of my favorite Linux distributions. It’s great for people who are new to Linux or have been using Windows for a long time and want to try out something different or more reliable.

IEs4Linux lets you install Internet Explorer under Linux

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Software Because a large portion of end user machines attached to the Internet are Windows machines, Web developers have no choice but to develop Web applications that, while they don't necessarily rely on Microsoft technology, do have to work properly with Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. That usually means developers require a Windows installation at their disposal.

Linux alternatives to Windows SBS part one

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Software I've claimed that Microsoft's Small Business Server (SBS) is hampered by its built-in limitations. These constraints have been designed in. Why would you opt for SBS when you could have it all using Linux? It's time to put my money where my mouth is. Here's what I look for in a Linux-based solution and starting today not one, but five, options to pick from.

What Mozilla Means to Me

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Moz/FF When I talk to my friends and family about Mozilla, I notice that they all have different perceptions of what Mozilla is. Looking at Mozilla’s Wikipedia entry doesn’t shed much light on things either, as it’s largely a glorified disambiguation page that attempts to clarify the word’s many different meanings over time.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Alpha 6 Screenshots

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Ubuntu Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 has been released as the final alpha build for Intrepid Ibex. This release ships with the latest GNOME 2.24 and Linux 2.6.27 bits along with X Server 1.5.0.

some shorts

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  • Ubuntu-ZA LoCoTeam gets new leader

  • Slax: Your Pocket Operating System
  • Firefox vs. Internet Explorer
  • When 3?
  • 32 times faster deleting your home directory

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 39

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SUSE Issue #39 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Board election, OpenOffice_org 3.0rc1 available, and Call for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Beta Testers.

Canadian party includes open source software in election platform

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weblog.infoworld: As computer hardware improves, it is important that software programs are readily modifiable by the people who buy and use them.

Netbook sports 320GB hard disk

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Hardware Czech vendor Eltrinex has announced a netbook computer that runs Linux or Windows XP Home Edition, and sports a 320GB hard drive. The "MobilePC" includes a Via C7-M ULV processor, 10.2-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, and a bundled external DVD writer, the company says.

AMD Catalyst 8.9 Gets WINE Fix, RandR 1.2 Support

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Software This new driver update does bring a few exciting changes: the long-awaited WINE fixes, what appears to be RandR 1.2 with accelerated rotation support, and a horde of bug-fixes.

Why GNU/Linux needs slick marketing

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Linux In the wake of the Firefox EULA issue, the well-known GNU/Linux news accumulation website, Linux Today, ran a very short editorial which came to the rather hurried conclusion that the free operating system does not need what it characterised as "slick marketing."

Toshiba's first netbook offering arrives

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Hardware TOSHIBA HAS ANNOUNCED today the joyous occasion of the arrival of the NB100 – the company’s first netbook product. This versatile little netbook will be powered by the Intel Atom CPU and comes with Linux Ubuntu 8.04 or MS Windows XP Home Edition.

Does Linux Lag Windows? If So, Why? Part 1

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Linux It's often claimed that Linux is not as prepared for the desktop as MS Windows (hereafter called just "Windows") is. I'd like to compare the time-lines for some parts of the Desktop systems to figure out whether that's true and if so, why it might be.

Linux Terminal Emulation Graphics capabilities

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computingtech.blogspot: The most important part of terminal emulation is how it displays information on the monitor. When you hear the phrase ‘‘text mode,’’ the last thing you’d think to worry about is graphics. However, even the most rudimentary dumb terminals supported some method of screen manipulation.

PCMan: An Alternative File Manager For Linux

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Software I had been mostly using Nautilus as my primary file manager and i was a bit sick to be honest from using it, Nautilus is very basic and a bit heavy file manager. So I was searching for a file manager that was both light weight, had a simple interface and loads of features. 3.0 Promises New Life for Office Software

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OOo is in an unenviable place. Office suites -- word processors, spreadsheets, presentations and the ilk -- are utilitarian, complex bundles of software. They are a necessity of modern life, used daily by individuals and businesses all over the world.

Unreal Tournament 3 Running On Linux

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Gaming For those Linux gamers that have been waiting almost a year to play Unreal Tournament 3, it looks like that day is finally getting close.

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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.
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    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
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  • 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

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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
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  • 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
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  • Consequences of the HACK CAMP 2016 FEDORA + GNOME
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