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Flipping the Linux switch: Control freaks, meet KDE Kiosk

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downloadsquad.com: Linux is great to use at home. It can be handy at work. It's a great server operating system. But there's one other place that Linux is really worth its weight in gold: public, or semi-public, computers. There's nothing quite as nerve-wracking as seeing someone on a computer you're responsible for, and wondering what exactly they're up to.

How To Explain Linux to a Windows User

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Linux

foogazi.com: Theres been a question I have seen on multiple occasions both on the “How do I explain Linux to a Windows user” end as well as the “What is Linux?” question. That got me thinking.. what is the best way to explain Linux to a normal Windows user who has never heard of Linux?

Test-driving OpenOffice.org 3.0

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OOo

linux.com: With OpenOffice.org 2.4 just released, OpenOffice.org 3.0 (OOo3) has already passed its feature freeze, and is scheduled for release in September. Based on recent development builds, what can you expect?

Review: Zenwalk Linux 5.0

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Linux

raiden.net: Zenwalk Linux is a Slackware-based distribution that has set a personal goal for itself to be one of the slimmest and fastest distributions out there. Their focus in this distribution is towards a strong graphical desktop and multimedia implementation. But how does Zenwalk perform?

Microsoft & Linux: At What Point Is It Cheaper to Just Buy Novell?

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SUSE

sys-con.com: Microsoft no longer sees itself as simply a Windows company. One recent indication of this is their determination to buy the LAMP-centric (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) Yahoo! Instead of migrating all the tried and tested Yahoo! services over to a Windows server infrastructure, wouldn't it be simpler to establish Microsoft Linux through the acquisition of Novell?

KDE and Wikimedia Collaborate

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KDE

dot.kde.org: KDE e.V and Wikimedia Deutschland have opened a shared office in Frankfurt, Germany and have hired a joint employee for administration.

various shorts

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OSS
  • Devnet - PCLinuxOS Seperate

  • Free Software Conference
  • Geneva to Install Ubuntu on 9000 School Computers
  • Online Tour of Ubuntu in the Works

Xubuntu “Hardy Heron” Beta Still Can’t Fly

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Ubuntu

junauza.com: Being a fully satisfied Xubuntu 7.10 user, I've been eagerly waiting for the distribution release of Xubuntu 8.04 which will be coming out most probably at the end of the month. To have a feel of what's yet to come, I downloaded and installed the recently released Xubuntu 8.04 Beta. So, is Xubuntu "Hardy Heron" tough enough?

Git With the Program

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Software

ostatic.com: The Internet has, of course, been essential to the growth of the open-source movement. The Internet has also made it possible for developers to parallelize their work, with each programmer on a project handling a different part of it. The solution is to use a version-control system. In the last few years, a new style of version-control system has emerged.

A Hard Look At The ASUS EeePC

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Linux
Hardware

blue-gnu.biz: I have been examining the ASUS EeePC since February, and would like to share my experience and viewpoint on this popular tool. The good news is that it works as advertised. And the bad news? Well, see for yourself.

The Official Ubuntu Book: Sample Chapters

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Ubuntu

informit.com: Informit has published some sample chapters from The Official Ubuntu Book. Chapters include: Introducting Ubuntu, Using Ubuntu on the Desktop, and Installing Ubuntu.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Gentoo: professional expectations from non professionals

  • Ubuntu + Sun = Very good idea
  • Open Media Now launched to boost digital freedom
  • A Business Case for Linux? (Laptops Marketed and Sold as Microsoft Vista Ready)
  • Ubuntu Continues Its Efforts to Be the Operating System for Humans (ufw)
  • You Know Open Source Has Really Arrived...
  • Canada Tells Why It Voted No on OOXML & How ISO Must Improve

Fedora 9 Beta - my review

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Linux

silentcoder.co.za: I have been wanting to try out Fedora 9 ever since I read in an interview with the project leaders about 2 months ago that it was going with a KDE4 default desktop. Now Fedora is an interesting beast…

KDE Built For Speed — Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO

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calummegan.wordpress: Back in January I wrote a review of Vector Linux 5.8 Standard. The fact that as I write this, over five months later, that review is still in the O’Reillynet Blogs Hot 25 says a lot about just how much interest there is in this up and coming Canadian distribution, a user friendly derivative of Slackware.

Shuttle KPC Linux PC now available

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Linux
Hardware

desktoplinux.com: What's cute, comes in a 6.4" high, 11" long, and 7.5" wide black box and runs Linux? That would be Shuttle Computers' KPC Shuttle.

How Friendly Is Open Source?

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OSS

itbusinessedge.com/blogs: silicon.com writer and IT analyst Martin Brampton says the open source movement isn’t as collaboration-friendly as its proponents would like you to think. How can that be, when open source development is all about sharing code and helping each other fix bugs or develop programs?

Open source pioneer Levanta goes out of business?

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OSS

blogs.techtarget.com: Rumor has it that Linux and virtualization provider Levanta, whose recent release of Levanta 6.0 earned it a SearchEnterpriseLinux.com Product of the Year award, may have gone belly up.

Future operating systems to remain as Windows and Linux

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OS

builderau.com.au: Gernot Heiser, professor of operating systems at UNSW has stated that Windows and Linux will remain as the future of desktop and server operating systems. In an interview at the recent Linux.conf.au in Melbourne, Heiser said "the operating systems of the future will be called Windows and Linux, no matter what they look like".

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Dapper To Hardy Direct Server Upgrade Works

  • Mount ISO’s easely in gnome - nautilus
  • How to read netstat output
  • Swapping Or Paging On Linux And Unix?

Compiz 0.7.4 Released

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phoronix: Skipping a Compiz 0.7.3 release, the Open Compositing community has this morning released Compiz 0.7.4. Since Compiz 0.7.2, there is now configurable handling of overlapping output devices, enhanced focus stealing prevention, configurable/optional delay for edge actions, and unredirection of fullscreen windows.

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Uganda's Move to Free/Open Source Software

  • Uganda: Govt to Cut Costs With Open Source Software
    The private sector and government departments have been urged to adopt Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to increase their efficiency and competitiveness, writes ALI TWAHA. FOSS is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance to suit their needs, something that is not possible with commercial software currently being used in most government departments. Speaking during the seventh African conference on FOSS at Speke Resort hotel in Munyoyo, ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze said government departments will gradually integrate the use of FOSS to reduce the cost of public service delivery. "Presently, government has been spending over $40m (Shs132bn) annually on commercial software from the like of Oracle systems and Microsoft Cooperation. [Using] FOSS will result into enormous savings that can be re-injected into other under-funded areas," Tumwebaze said.
  • Uganda: New Software Policy to Boost Innovation in Offing
    A Science, Technology and Innovations driven economy may soon be a reality in Uganda if Cabinet approves a free and open software being developed. Speaking at the 7th Africa Conference on Open Source Software at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo on Monday, Mr James Saaka, the executive director of National Information and Technology Authority Uganda, said there is a lot of registered software being used but is very costly. He said globally, people develop Free Open Source Software (Foss) which Uganda would emulate for national development. Mr Saaka said the country is in the initial stages to develop Foss, adding that the software can spur investment in research and development. "We see that the Proprietary software is still expensive and if we are going to develop more online services, we can't afford but use alternative means to develop our e-government service," Mr Saaka said. He also added that in Uganda, there is an advent of talent skilled in Foss and can help in innovations.

Linux Turns 25 Exactly Today. More LinuxCon and Anniversary Coverage. Plus Microsoft Interjection PR.

Red Hat Virtualization 4

  • Red Hat’s gunning for VMware with virtualization platform update
    Open-source Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. has thrown in support for OpenStack Neutron and other new technologies with the latest release of its software virtualization package, in what looks like a bid to steal customers away from VMware Inc.’s more widely-used solution. Targeted at convergence, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is the first version of the platform that doesn’t include the word “enterprise,” in a move that suggests the company is hoping its virtualized stack will become the platform for convergence, rather than a server density product. OpenStack Neutron is the open-source networking project used by Software-Defined Networks (SDNs), which up until now has only been available as a preview. Many have criticized Neutron’s development for lagging behind the rest of OpenStack’s code base, and Red Hat was one of several vendors to concede that things could be sped up a bit. With the inclusion of the software in Red Hat Virtualization, the company says its Linux platform can be used to run both cloud-enabled and “traditional” workloads in concert.
  • Red Hat Virtualization 4 woos VMware faithful
    It's easy for a virtual machine user to feel left out these days, what with containers dominating the discussion of how to run applications at scale. But take heart, VM fans: Red Hat hasn't forgotten about you. RHV (Red Hat Virtualization) 4.0, released today, refreshes Red Hat's open source virtualization platform with new technologies from the rest of Red Hat's product line. It's a twofold strategy to consolidate Red Hat's virtualization efforts across its various products and to ramp up the company's intention to woo VMware customers.

NOAA Breaks Weather Apps, Slackware Updates, Valve @ 20

The LinuxCon headlines continue to dominate but, more importantly, our desktop weather apps are broken thanks to NOAA decommissioning the site. Liam Dawe looked back at 20 years of Valve and Sebastian "sebas" Kügler introduced new KDE kscreen-doctor. Slackware rolled out some updates including a rare kernel upgrade and The VAR Guy wants to hear about your first time. Read more