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Firefox and Thunderbird phone home daily

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Moz/FF Several of you have emailed me to let me know of a Firefox and Thunderbird feature that you might not be aware of - both applications phone home on a daily basis.

OpenSUSE 11: nice kid, bad custodians

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SUSE Sometime back, I had a couple of encounters with OpenSUSE, the so-called community distribution which was started by Novell in 2005. Neither of them was exactly salutary. With version 11, there is somewhat better news. Or maybe I should I say mixed news.

Pushing the Glacier

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wearenixed.blogspot: Free and Open Source Software is a wonderful thing. I know that I am saving money, time, and hard disk space by not using the commercial alternatives. For the rest of my college career, I no longer need to pay for expensive software. I am not the only one who has come to this realization. But how can it be spread?

How Can We Harness the Firefox Effect? Three things are striking about the recent launch of Firefox 3. But the question has to be: what now? How can we harness that amazing spirit, to make the Firefox Effect permanent, not just a media event that comes around once every few years?

ATI Radeon HD 4850 Linux Performance

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Hardware Now that we have had time to complete testing of the Radeon HD 4850, today we are sharing the first Linux results from this brand-new ATI graphics processor. Before you think the Windows and Linux performance is equal for the Radeon HD 4800 series, this isn't the case, at least not yet.

IT leaders urged to contribute code to open-source projects

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OSS Open source is no longer a novelty, even within the largest corporations. Today, 53% of businesses use open-source software, according to a recent survey. However, not enough of those businesses are contributing code back to the open-source community.

Don't forget the text editor

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Software Text editors are important for many tasks, from editing configuration files, nudging cron jobs, and manipulating XML files to quickly pushing out a README. Luckily, there are a number of interesting editors available. Here's a brief introduction to nine intriguing choices.

Also: Intro to HTML editors

few howtos:

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  • Validating an IP Address in a Bash Script

  • How to use Wget to download a file needs password for downloading
  • How To Install and Configure Avant Window Navigator for Ubuntu
  • Printing with openSUSE 11 (and HOW-TO install MS fonts)
  • How to save time and traffic upgrading with apt-proxy
  • Some usability tricks and tips

A beginner’s guide to Korn shell scripting

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The AIX operating system and other UNIX-like operating systems need a way to communicate with the kernel. This is done through the use of a shell. The Korn shell is the default shell used with AIX. Discover how to automate many tasks and save a great deal of time by writing your own Korn shells scripts.

Improvements in KDE’s Folderview

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liquidat.wordpress: Folderview is an awesome plasmoid which makes it possible to show the content of a folder on a screen. It also is the first step to say good bye to the traditional way of storing links and folder on the desktop itself - the idea is to now store the data on the desktop but to show the data from some place directly on the desktop as if they would be there.

few bloggings

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  • openSUSE 11, a quick look

  • A Quick Appraisal: Xfce in OpenSUSE 11.0
  • Here are the 8 Reasons 'why i love Ubuntu'?

Ten fantastic keyboard shortcuts in

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OOo A lot of software users I meet seem to feel they are not using their software as efficiently as they could. If that includes you, then listen up. Here is my list of the ten, lesser-known, Writer keyboard shortcuts that will help you improve your productivity.

Zenwalk 5.2 on a Dell Inspiron 1150 Review

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Linux Zenwalk is a Slackware based distribution that is aimed at giving it’s users a fast, stable, and to easy to use machine. . Zenwalk 5.2 was released this month so I decided to give it a try on my Dell Inspiron 1150 system.

And finally… that is a big NO-NO

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KDE We need users. Users don’t need us. So better do it good. I hope I misunderstood previous posts that I have read on the planet. We don’t need certain users that are completely useless for the project, but sure we need the 99,99% that are normal people, with wishes reported and contributing in a very different ways.

Also: KDE4, aseigo, Troy, the users and the open-source conundrum

Two Linux mobile groups merge to pool efforts

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Linux In a move aimed at consolidating their efforts to support Linux use on mobile phones, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum is merging into the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation.

Will Bill Gates’ departure usher in open source friendly era at Microsoft?

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OSS It’s a tough call. Observers from both the open and closed source worlds say the exit of Microsoft’s longtime leader won’t usher in a GPL era at the company but it will likely accelerate what is already a changing attitude in Redmond.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 28

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SUSE Issue #28 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue: GNOME Helping Hands Project Launches, People of openSUSE: Tanja Roth, and Benjamin Weber: openSUSE 11.0 KDE4 inclusion.

Linux Is Supposed To Be Easy?

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Linux Linux is extremely powerful, robust and flexible, which means it must have a significant amount of complexity. Do you think I learnt everything in a day? I don't know who told you Linux was easy, many times other people make it harder than it has to be by thinking they need to understand everything at once.

"Aaron, we owe you" or "Why I am happy that Nepomuk is not as popular as Plasma"

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trueg's blog: After more than two weeks of vacation I read up on my email and of course am also sickened by some of the stuff I have to read there. Let me open with a quote: Here's a real suggestion: give us back our Desktops! That is just plain sad!

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1

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This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.