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Story Android 4.3 flavors Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:36am
Story How And Why I Switched to Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:33am
Story The Open-Sorcerers Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:30am
Story OpenDocument ODF Support Coming To The Web Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:24am
Story AMD Catalyst 13.12 GPU Driver For Linux Released Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:19am
Story Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:15am
Story Latest Stable LibreOffice 4.1.4 Released Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 11:10am
Story Linux Australia membership falls by 10 per cent Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 10:00am
Story Lini PC offers small Linux computers with Haswell chips Roy Schestowitz 19/12/2013 - 9:55am
Story Increasing interest in Linux technologies continues to drive Unix to Linux migration Rianne Schestowitz 18/12/2013 - 10:25pm

GPLv3, one year later

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OSS Figures on adoption of the GPL family vary somewhat, depending on whom you talk to. According to Doug Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck Software, a company that tracks open source code, 2,476 projects are now using the third version of the GPL, 358 are using the LGPL, and 72 the AGPL.

some more howtos:

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  • “Suspend to RAM” in OpenSUSE 11 for HP

  • Gnome and Nautilus Keyboard Shortcut Keys
  • Speed up ubuntu boot speed
  • Getting Started with GNU Privacy Guard
  • How to: install Linux on your PlayStation 3
  • Trick: Backup and Restore MBR

Firefox 3.0 wins memory battle

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  • Firefox 3.0 wins memory battle, says tester

  • Firefox 3: Top ten extensions
  • Firefox 3: Top five themes

Linux Got Game: Urban Terror 4.1 Review

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Gaming I had the time to play yet another exciting game on my Linux box. It’s a free first person shooter called Urban Terror. The game is a total modification of the immensely popular Quake III Arena.

some shorts:

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  • 5 Reasons Ubuntu is superior to all other Linux distributions

  • OpenSuse 11
  • Shame Ubuntu shame

few howtos:

  • SUSE 11.0 handmade multimedia

  • Creating DVD subtitles using Linux tools
  • Is w32codecs Freezing Your Ubuntu?
  • How To Install Puppy Linux On a USB Flash Drive
  • HOW-TO fix “Timeout on Server” in openSUSE 11

KDE 4.1 beta 2 shows solid improvements

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KDE The developers of the open source KDE desktop environment announced the availability of the second KDE 4.1 beta release this week. This version has many improvements to usability and overall robustness compared to the previous beta. I tested KDE 4.1 beta 2 with a LiveCD build of openSUSE 11.

Showing package dependencies

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lizards.opensuse: In order to give an answer about “Why this package will be installed and who needs it?” I have added a new Dialog in the QT single package selector. Select one item (pattern, package) in the single selection frame and the result will be shown with this dialog.

Synchronize directories with Komparator and KDiff3

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Software If you work some of the time on your laptop and some of the time on your desktop box, making sure that your work is updated on both machines is a must. Many tools can help you accomplish this, from command-line tools such as scp and rsync to generic graphical applications like Konqueror or Krusader, to more specific tools like Unison. Komparator and KDiff3, a couple of KDE applications with interesting features, may offer better ways of syncing your work.

Linux and Open Source Marketing: Achieving Success the Hard Way

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Linux Over the past couple of weeks I've been involved in a college class on how to write a research report. It's certainly not the easiest class, but it's been informative. Being a geek myself, I chose for my research topic, the ever volatile subject of "The best ways to market Linux."

The Meaning of Open Source (to the U.S. Govt.)

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OSS I read about the U.S. government’s site using the Vivisimo engine for search federal, state, and local government sites in the U.S. This is the same engine used by the Clusty search site. The first phrase that came to mind to search for was Open Source.

Linux Distros - My Upgrade Mandate — Mandriva Challenge

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MDV In my last blog article I talked about how much progress the major distros have made lately in terms of creating much smoother and more usable interfaces for the general new Linux user. One major downfall remained. This article is about Mandriva.

Ubuntu’s role in bug management for the whole free software stack

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Software A distribution occupies a very specific niche in the free software ecosystem. Among other things, we need to accept some responsibility for ALL the software defects (”bugs”) that users actually experience across the entire stack. Most users don’t install their apps from upstream source tarballs, they install them from the packages provided by their distribution.

Linux Carputer Guide 101 Building a carputer the most difficult, expensive and rewarding do-it-yourself (DIY) projects I have ever completed. On the surface, the idea is simple, just take a computer put it in the car. In reality, it is several times more difficult than installing a car alarm.

Why Linux Developers Are Wasting Their Time

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: HOW many Linux users do you know who, once they have installed a new distribution, are so happy with its default appearance that they leave it alone? Once I have a distribution I am happy with, in terms of its performance and stability, I always spend an hour or two getting it to look exactly how I want.

Mozilla pitches Firefox 3.1 alpha for July release

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Moz/FF Just a week after Mozilla Corp. shipped Firefox 3.0, the open-source developer has proposed ship dates for the next version that, if approved, would produce an alpha release next month and a final no later than early 2009.

today's leftovers

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  • Mobile Linux has real trouble ahead

  • Ubuntu; fix Openoffice frequently crash
  • Open source tour of Europe: Germany
  • Automatically unlock LUKS encrypted drives with a keyfile
  • gnome-screenshot seems hopeless - I’m giving up & going to ksnapshot
  • 10 IRC client for Linux
  • Time for open source to build a Code Recycling Center
  • xf86-video-ati 6.9.0 Released
  • 2.6.26-rc8, "A Pretty Small Set Of Changes"
  • Mozilla Developer News June 26
  • Radeon HD 4870 Open-Source Support
  • Linux Outlaws 44 - Welcome to KDE 5 (openSUSE 11 Special)

Full Circle Magazine Issue 14 Out

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Full Circle Magazine Issue 14 Out. This month, we’re proud to introduce a new column, Command and Conquer. We’ll be taking a look at the command line and hopefully how to make it a little less scary for you.

Cloudbook Maker Everex Snapped up by Newmarket

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Hardware (IDG): Low-cost PC maker Everex this week said it had agreed to be acquired by systems integrator Newmarket Technology for an undisclosed sum. Everex is well-known for the Linux-based Cloudbook, an inexpensive ultraportable notebook computer like the Asus Eee PC.

When is an open-source project ready?

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OSS I’ve been getting told that my recent review of KDE 4 wasn’t fair because KDE 4 isn’t really ready for prime time. My response: “When is any program, especially an open-source program, ready?”

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today's leftovers

  • Why Is The Penguin Tux Official Mascot of Linux? Because Torvalds Had Penguinitis!
    The official mascot of the Linux kernel developed by Linus Torvalds is a penguin named Tux. You might have thought about the probable reasons why a penguin has been used as the face of the Linux kernel. Some people believe that Torvalds was bitten by a penguin that’s why he chose one to represent his kernel.
  • SafeEyes – An Useful Linux Utility That Prevents Eye Strain
    Working in Computer for long hours is pain, and it will definitely affect your eyes. You must take some breaks for your eyes at regular intervals. There are numerous utilities available out there to remind you to take breaks. The one we are going to discuss now is SafeEyes. It is a free and open Source Linux alternative for EyeLeo, a MS Windows-only app. As the name suggests, SafeEyes will protect you from Eye Strain by reminding or forcing you to take breaks after a particular period of time. During the break, it will suggest you some simple exercises like walking for a while, rolling your eyes etc., to relax yourself. If you are a hardcore user who work on computers for long hours, I recommended you to use SafeEyes in your system.
  • Awwh, This Linux Wallpaper Is Adorable
    I pimped some Fedora community wallpapers yesterday, there was that (rather gorgeous) Ubuntu Timeline wallpaper a few weeks back, and the steam from hype-train that brought the “new” Ubuntu default wallpaper still lingers in the air a bit. So — honestly — I wanted so bad not to write about yet another wallpaper.
  • IBM DB2 database gets ‘significant advances’ across Windows, Linux and z/ OSs
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