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Audio conversion tools for Linux

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Software

linux.com: Most portable audio players can play music encoded in the MP3 audio format, but some consumers also have music in Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, or even WMA files. How do you change from one format to another when you need to? Here are some of the best audio conversion tools available in Linux.

Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications

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Software

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: The following is a list of about 100 of the best OpenSource Applications, that actually help make Linux more usable for people. It is my hope that this list shows potential Linux users that there really is a large, effective, productive and usable range of free, OpenSource applications.

Slack Off: GoblinX vs. Zenwalk

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: Today, two Slackware-based Linux distributions from the lightweight division will square off to find out once and for all, who has the clear edge. On the left corner, please welcome the Brazilian sensation, GoblinX. On the right corner, put your hands together for the Zenmaster, Zenwalk.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Dual Boot Ubuntu Gutsy And Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.1

  • Uninstalling Wubi
  • HowTo: Extract Lines That Started With Matching String Using Grep
  • Howto write an ISO image to a CD-RW from the Linux console
  • Becoming Root User Without Password In GNU/Linux Ubuntu

Fedora on the Final Frontier

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Linux

jaboutboul.blogspot: There has been a long standing rumor regarding NASA running Fedora which all of us in the Fedora community have been always intrigued by. Is it true? What are they doing with it there? Why don't they run RHEL. Fortunately enough, a couple of weeks ago, I got to experience NASA behind the scenes, first hand, and hang out with the coolest members of the Fedora community, and find out the answer to these questions and lots more.

Linux Powers The Spiderwick Chronicles

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Linux

Robin Rowe: A Linux-based production pipeline is a perfect choice for a major motion picture like The Spiderwick Chronicles, with its many goblins and magical creatures. Hollywood has been the realm of Linux since 1997, when the movie Titanic proved that Linux can do big computer graphics jobs like rendering a sinking ocean liner.

Back Up Your Files With Fwbackups On Fedora 8

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HowTos

This document describes how to set up, configure and use Fwbackups on a Fedora 8 desktop. The result is an easy-to-use backup system for desktop usage.

$200 Linux Desktop Systems Are No Bargain

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Linux
Hardware

pcworld.com: On Sears.com and Wal-Mart.com -- two sites that sell cheap Linux-based PCs -- potential buyers post questions like, "Which version of Windows does this have?" and "Can I run Windows applications on this?" While either the Mirus SITLC420 or the Everex gPC TC2502 might be an option for technically savvy people who want to dabble in Linux, these machines are very poor choices for the folks the two stores usually cater to.

KDE Rocks FOSDEM 2008

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KDE

dot.kde.org: The combined KDE/Amarok booth and developer room at the annual Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brusssels was a great experience (as usual!). Many people showed up from the KDE and Amarok communities, and we had a hard time fitting all our cool hardware and people in the booth.

Debian 4.0 on Dell Latitude D505

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Linux

mindwerks.net: So tried my hand at getting Linux up and running on a hand me down laptop. It is a Dell Latitude D505 with 1.2 Gigs of DDR ram, 1024×768 15in LCD, Pentium-M 1.5Ghz, Intel based wireless (802.11b), 120Gig Drive, and Intel based video card.

Asian open source summit moved to China

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OSS

zdnetasia.com: The organizers of Open Source Software Summit (OSSummit) Asia are now looking to hold the conference in mainland China.

Making Ubuntu Play Nice in a Windows World

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Ubuntu

allaboutubuntu.wordpress: If you’re like me, your Ubuntu machine is on a network that is dominated by Windows machines. Fortunately, Ubuntu comes with some very easy and quick tweaks to help you get along nicely with your Windows counter parts.

The Ministry of Finance in FYROM Uses Debian on Its Servers

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Linux

softpedia.com: According to Jovanovic, the Ministry of Finance is the largest organization in the country that's using open source software. "The IT department has been using and developing Open Source solutions and open standards ever since 2001."

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Awn Curves theme

  • GNOME focuses on accessibility -- with a little help from Mozilla and others
  • Mono? Mono!
  • Handy Linux Network Diagnostic Tool
  • Red Hat Invests More in Thailand
  • Novell's PlateSpin play
  • Document Freedom Day 2008
  • Growing open source in the land of pirates
  • China's Firefox growth kicks Aussies off top user list
  • The many faces of Ubuntu
  • Running GNU Mailman at home
  • i have the choice, and i still don’t use windows
  • Get Ubuntu System facts with facter

Debate on OOXML standard continues behind closed doors

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OSS

linuxworld.com: With 6,000 pages of text subject to 1,100 modifications, all to be approved by 120 delegates from 37 countries in just five days, the task facing the standards committee discussing Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format in Geneva this week is mammoth.

An Opera Update And A Farewell to Netscape

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Software

blog.washingtonpost: A new version of the Opera Web browser fixes at least three security vulnerabilities in the software. Separately, a security patch from AOL marks the final update for the venerable Netscape browser.

Linux-based Unison server to challenge Microsoft Unified Communications Platform

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Linux

Paula Rooney: A group of former execs from a Microsoft messaging hosting partner are going to launch a Linux-based unified communications platform that will compete directly against Microsoft.

Windows Server 2008 catching up with Linux?

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Microsoft

searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com: Windows Server 2008 will never be Linux. And it's not likely to woo Linux users away from open source anytime soon. But two of Windows Server 2008's new features, PowerShell and Server Core, solve long-lamented Windows shortcomings in snappy Linux-like fashion.

Also: What Windows Server 2008 Learned from OSS

Fedora Update Ready For Distribution?

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Linux

internetnews.com: Paul Frields is new to Red Hat, but he's not new to the Fedora Linux community. Frields became the Fedora project leader and a Red Hat employee at the beginning of February. As the new leader takes the helm, Fedora 9 unveils FreeIPA and a plethora of new features.

Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 Alpha Screenshots

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Ubuntu

phoronix: Arriving today, albeit a week after the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 release, is the first KDE 4.0.1 Hardy Heron build.

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  • Apache Graduates Another Big Data Project to Top Level
    For the past year, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Only days ago, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines. And now, Apache Twill has graduated as well. Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed Hadoop applications, allowing developers to focus more on their application logic.
  • Spark 2.0 takes an all-in-one approach to big data
    Apache Spark, the in-memory processing system that's fast become a centerpiece of modern big data frameworks, has officially released its long-awaited version 2.0. Aside from some major usability and performance improvements, Spark 2.0's mission is to become a total solution for streaming and real-time data. This comes as a number of other projects -- including others from the Apache Foundation -- provide their own ways to boost real-time and in-memory processing.
  • Why Uber Engineering Switched from Postgres to MySQL
    The early architecture of Uber consisted of a monolithic backend application written in Python that used Postgres for data persistence. Since that time, the architecture of Uber has changed significantly, to a model of microservices and new data platforms. Specifically, in many of the cases where we previously used Postgres, we now use Schemaless, a novel database sharding layer built on top of MySQL. In this article, we’ll explore some of the drawbacks we found with Postgres and explain the decision to build Schemaless and other backend services on top of MySQL.
  • GNU Hyperbole 6.0.1 for Emacs 24.4 to 25 is released
    GNU Hyperbole (pronounced Ga-new Hi-per-bo-lee), or just Hyperbole, is an amazing programmable hypertextual information management system implemented as a GNU Emacs package. This is the first public release in 2016. Hyperbole has been greatly expanded and modernized for use with the latest Emacs 25 releases; it supports GNU Emacs 24.4 or above. It contains an extensive set of improvements that can greatly boost your day-to-day productivity with Emacs and your ability to manage information stored across many different machines on the internet. People who get used to Hyperbole find it helps them so much that they prefer never to use Emacs without it.
  • Belgium mulls reuse of banking mobile eID app
    The Belgium government wants to reuse ‘Belgian Mobile ID’ a smartphone app for electronic identification, developed by banks and telecom providers in the country. The eID app could be used for eGovernment services, and the federal IT service agency, Fedict, is working on the app’s integration.
  • Water resilience that flows: Open source technologies keep an eye on the water flow
    Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of global climate change, these events will only become more frequent and intense. Water variability, at its worst, can threaten the lives and well-beings of countless people. Sadly, humans cannot control the weather to protect themselves. But according to Silja Hund, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, communities can build resilience to water resource stress. Hund studies the occurrence and behavior of water. In particular, she studies rivers and streams. These have features (like water volume) that can change quickly. According to Hund, it is essential for communities to understand local water systems. Knowledge of water resources is helpful in developing effective water strategies. And one of the best ways to understand dynamic water bodies like rivers is to collect lots of data.