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Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 03/11/2012 - 5:08pm
Story LibreOffice: A Continuing Tale of FOSS Success srlinuxx 03/11/2012 - 3:00am
Story Pear Linux 6 Review srlinuxx 03/11/2012 - 2:59am
Story Linus Trying KDE Again, Calls it Whimsical srlinuxx 03/11/2012 - 2:51am
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 02/11/2012 - 6:58pm
Story Choosing a Desktop: Mate vs Xfce srlinuxx 02/11/2012 - 2:35am
Story Chakra 2012.09 - Chakra Chakra Chameleon srlinuxx 02/11/2012 - 2:33am
Story LibreOffice Pushes Back, Releases 3.6.3 srlinuxx 02/11/2012 - 2:31am
Story Red Hat Shows Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World srlinuxx 01/11/2012 - 7:55pm
Story Linux Preloaded: Coming Soon to a PC Near You srlinuxx 01/11/2012 - 7:53pm

Torvalds gives props to Microsoft for sharing

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news.com: Linus Torvalds, leader of the Linux kernel project that's among the best-known open-source threats to Windows, has words of praise for Microsoft's announcement last week that it would share some previously hard-to-get technology with open-source programmers.

The Shadow Tales of Microsoft

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Microsoft

raiden.net: If there's one thing to be said for Microsoft, it's a shrewd player. They've done in just a few years what takes some companies decades to do. They've cornered the desktop OS market. All of this success has caused some of their detractors to call them dishonest, unethical, and in some cases just downright evil.

Linpus Lite 9.4

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Linux

techiemoe.com: It's rare these days for me to start up a Linux distribution and be surprised. Most major distributions all look fairly similar, use either KDE or Gnome (or XFce with a theme that resembles one of those), and offer essentially the same set of applications. Linpus, a Chinese distribution that I'd never heard of until a random post about it on a tech blog, is definitely different.

5 Free Linux Backup Solutions

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Software

foogazi.com: If you’ve ever lost data due to a system crash, you know how crucial backing up important files can be. Here are 5 Linux Backup Solutions you should check out. I recommend you implement at least one of these Linux Backup Solutions before it’s too late.

Linux ThinkPad T61 Review

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Linux

notebookreview.com: Operating system selection has almost always locked consumers into the Microsoft Windows operating systems, but recently many manufacturers have started to offer Linux alternatives. Lenovo has started to offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on some Thinkpad models.

Ubuntu: Bridging the technology gap

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Ubuntu

itpro.co.uk: In our second interview with Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, we discuss issues of interoperability and the learning curve associated with switching to Linux.

Coming out party with Linux

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: Recent headlines have made me feel like it’s 1999 and Linux has just peaked its head through the veil of mainstream computing. Everyone is all wide-eyed about the little operating system that could. But this time there’s a different feeling surrounding the coming out party. This time it’s serious. This time Linux is the Belle of the ball.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 241

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Tips and tricks: UNIX cut and paste

  • News: FreeBSD reaches 7, Ubuntu introduces Intrepid Ibex, Gentoo conducts developer survey; gNewSense "frees" software packages, PCLinuxOS announces security board, interview round-up
  • Released last week: GoblinX 2.6, CentOS 5.1 Live CD
  • Upcoming releases: FreeBSD 7.0, Mandriva Linux 2008.1 RC1
  • New addition: Ultimate Edition
  • New distributions: Inquisitor, Zebuntu
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Dawn of the Linux dead

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Linux

itwire.com: Over the last week we’ve been covering how the Linux multitasking scheduler works. Today it’s time to see what Linux has in common with popular horror flicks: this story has it all – zombies and zombie children, and a reaper.

Office Suite Goes Online…

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Software

maketecheasier.com: The advantage of using online office suite is not only the prices (it’s free), but also the ease of sharing and collaborating with others. In addition, there’s no software to download and install, not to mention any operating system compatibility issue.

Firefox feed extensions

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Few features are as essential to modern Web browsing as feeds. Certainly feeds are more efficient than resolutely clicking dozens or hundreds of bookmarks one after another. To satisfy the need to feed, developers have written dozens of Firefox add-ons to help you view both classic feed formats and sites that lack a feed.

Bug me not

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Linux

exploringfreedom.org: Software always has bugs, and free software is no exception to this. Apparently, none of the people who write free software bug trackers ever actually use them to report a bug, or if they do, they have a very high tolerance for pain and annoyance.

Thunderbird Awn Plugin

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Moz/FF

thelinuxmovement.blogspot: I just started to use thunderbird with my gmail account. I have liked it so much, I am using it now all the time, and not using my online version of gmail.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Quick Tip: Replace Pidgin Tray Icons with Some Nicer Ones

  • Get Notified by SMS When Someone Contacts you on Pidgin
  • Why I stopped using ad blockers
  • OpenGL Programming on Linux - Installing the software
  • Recovering Macintosh User
  • In Ubuntu Any User Can Change Root’s Password

Fixing Linux: wishlist for Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

pcauthority.com.au: With Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" now in feature-freeze in preparation for its April release, the Ubuntu developers have started planning for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex", which is due this October. Ubuntu is my distribution of choice, but it's definitely not perfect, so I've come up with a list of improvements I'd like to see by the time 8.10 ships.

Open Voices Podcast with Mark Shuttleworth

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OSS

linux-foundation.org: This Open Voices installment features Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical, who sheds light on the roots of Ubuntu, trust relationships, his desire for increased collaboration in the Linux community and much more in a casual conversation with Jim Zemlin.

80th Annual Academy Awards Winners

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Movies

The 80th Annual Academy Awards is now history and although it still seems to lack the luster of "the old days," we still find ourselves drawn toward the star-studded festivities. There were a few surprises this evening in the awards recipients, but it was a good show.

Is Linux Ready for Prime Time?

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Linux

blog.laptopmag.com: My problems with the CloudBook last weekend had me wondering, is there something wrong with me or something wrong with the CloudBook or, maybe, is there something wrong with Linux itself?

Linux on a Dell Inspiron 1501

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Linux

blog.genewilburn.com: Since I’ve retired from IT work, I don’t have much chance to keep my Unix skills fresh so when it came time for a new laptop, I decided I’d devote it primarily to Linux, with a dual-boot option to Windows. One of Dell Canada’s least expensive laptops at the beginning of 2008 was the Inspiron 1501.

Sound filtering... with the Gimp!

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GIMP

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Gimp is universally used for image manipulation. However, with a bit of creativity and a couple of tricks, it can also be used as an audio filter! Here is how…

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today's leftovers

  • iTWire - Microsoft to reduce global workforce
  • Microsoft Faces Two Lawsuits For Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Campaign
    The series of lawsuits against Microsoft doesn’t seem to terminate sooner.
  • Controlling access to the memory cache
    Access to main memory from the processor is mediated (and accelerated) by the L2 and L3 memory caches; developers working on performance-critical code quickly learn that cache utilization can have a huge effect on how quickly an application (or a kernel) runs. But, as Fenghua Yu noted in his LinuxCon Japan 2016 talk, the caches are a shared resource, so even a cache-optimal application can be slowed by an unrelated task, possibly running on a different CPU. Intel has been working on a mechanism that allows a system administrator to set cache-sharing policies; the talk described the need for this mechanism and how access to it is implemented in the current patch set.
  • Why Blockchain Matters
    If your familiarity with Bitcoin and Blockchain is limited to having heard about the trial of Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht, you can be forgiven -- but your knowledge is out of date. Today, Bitcoin and especially Blockchain are moving into the mainstream, with governments and financial institutions launching experiments and prototypes to understand how they can take advantage of the unique characteristics of the technology.
  • Our Third Podcast, with Cybik, is Out Now
    Cybik comes back on how he came to know and use Linux in the first place, his gaming habits, how he got involved into the Skullgirls port, and shares with us his outlook on the Linux gaming landscape. The podcast is just an hour long and you can either download it below, and use our RSS feed (that has the additional benefit of making it easy for you to get new episodes from now on):
  • GSoC: final race and multi-disc implementation
    It’s been a while since I wrote a post here. A lot has happened since then. Now Gnome-games fully supports PlayStation games, with snapshoting capabilities. The next thing I’m working on is multi-disc support, specially for PlayStation titles. So far, there’s a working propotity although a lot needs to be re-engineered and polished. This last part of the project has involved working both in UI, persistance and logic layers.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 11
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 22 commits, with 6199 lines added and 1763 lines removed.
  • [Solus] Replacement of Release Schedule
    In the not so distant past, Solus followed a static point release model. Our most current release at this time is 1.2, with a 1.2.1 planned to drop in the near future. However, we also recently announced our move to a rolling release model. As such, these two schools of thought are in contradiction of one another.
  • First release of official ArchStrike ISO files! [Ed: last week]
  • July ’16 security fixes for Java 8
    On the heels of Oracle’s July 2016 security updates for Java 8, the icedtea folks have released version 3.1.0 of their build framework so that I could create packages for OpenJDK 8u101_b13 or “Java 8 Update 101 Build 13” (and the JRE too of course).
  • Pipelight update
    I decided to do an update of my “pipelight” package. I had not looked at it for a long time, basically because I do not use it anymore, but after I upgraded my “wine” package someone asked if I could please write up what could be done for wine-pipelight. As you know, pipelight is a Linux plugin wrapper for Mozilla-compatible browsers which lets you install and use Windows plugins on Linux. This configuration enables you to access online services which would otherwise be unavailable to you on a Linux platform. The pipelight plugin wrapper uses wine to load the Windows software.
  • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Current Analyst Ratings
  • Friday Session Wrap for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Fedora @ EuroPython 2016 - event report
  • Android 7.0 Nougat could be release as soon as next month
  • Android gains anti-spam caller ID feature
  • Amazon Cloud Revenue Hits $2.9B
  • ServerMania – Discover High Availability Cloud Computing, powered by OpenStack
    Cloud computing is fast growing in the world of computer and Internet technology, many companies, organizations and even individuals are opting for shared pool of computing resources and services. For starters, Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing where users consume hosted services on shared server resources. There are fundamentally three types of cloud computing available today: private, public and hybrid cloud computing.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Student survey data shows Open Source training uptake amongst women and young people remains extreme
    Future Cert, the UK and Ireland representative for the LPI (Linux Professional Institute), is calling for more awareness of Open Source software training amongst the under 21s and especially women, which the industry is so desperately in need of. New figures from a recent Future Cert student survey reveals that the number of women and young people taking LPI Certification in Open Source computing remains extremely low. Of those questioned, 98% were male, and just 2% were female, taking an LPI exam. This figure is significantly less than an already low figure of around 15% to 17% of women in IT careers in general. It raises the question, what does the industry need to do to make an Open Source career attractive to women?
  • Quality in open source: testing CRIU
    Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace, or CRIU, is a software tool for Linux that allows freezing a running application (or part of it) and checkpointing it to disk as a collection of files. The files can then be used to restore and run the application from the point where it was frozen. The distinctive feature of the CRIU project is that it is mainly implemented in user space. Back in 2012, when Andrew Morton accepted the first checkpoint/restore (C/R) patches to the Linux kernel, the idea to implement saving and restoring of running processes in user space seemed kind of crazy. Yet, four years later, not only is CRIU working, it has also attracted more and more attention. Before CRIU, there had been other attempts to implement checkpoint/restore in Linux (DMTCP, BLCR, OpenVZ, CKPT, and others), but none were merged into the mainline. Meanwhile CRIU survived, which attests to its viability. Some time ago, I implemented support for the Test Anything Protocol format into the CRIU test runner; creating that patch allowed me to better understand the nature of the CRIU testing process. Now I want to share this knowledge with LWN readers. [...] The CRIU tests are quite easy to use and available for everyone. Moreover, the CRIU team has a continuous-integration system that consists of Patchwork and Jenkins, which run the required test configurations per-patch and per-commit. Patchwork also allows the team to track the status of patch sets to make the maintainer's work easier. The developers from the team always keep an eye on regressions. If a commit breaks a tree, the patches in question will not be accepted.
  • Open-source Wire messenger gets encrypted screen-sharing
    Chat app Wire has been rapidly adding feature as of late as it looks to gain some traction against the myriad of competitors out there. The latest trick in its arsenal is screen sharing. Now you can click on the new screen-sharing button to, well, share your screen during a call (if you’re on a desktop, that is). It works during group chats too and, as with all Wire communications, is encrypted end-to-end. Wire believes it’s the first messaging app to include end-to-end encryption.
  • SPI board election results are available
    Software in the Public Interest (SPI) has completed its 2016 board elections. There were two open seats on the board in addition to four board members whose terms were expiring. The six newly elected members of the board are Luca Filipozzi, Joerg Jaspert, Jimmy Kaplowitz, Andrew Tridgell, Valerie Young, and Martin Zobel-Helas. The full results, including voter statistics, are also available.
  • SFK 2016 - Call for Speakers
    Software Freedom Kosova is an annual international conference in Kosovo organized to promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge, now in its 7th edition. It is organized by FLOSSK, a non governmental, not for profit organization, dedicated to promote software freedom and related philosophies.
  • Microsoft's Next Open Source Target Could Be PowerShell: Report
  • Open-source drug discovery project advances drug development
  • The First-Ever Test of Open-Source Drug-Discovery
  • Open-Source Drug Discovery a Success
  • CNS - Open-Source Project Spurs New Drug Discoveries
    Medicines for Malaria Venture, a nonprofit group based in Geneva, Switzerland, distributed 400 diverse compounds with antimalarial activity — called the Malaria Box — to 200 labs in 30 nations in late 2011. The findings from subsequent studies and analyses were published Thursday in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Distributing the Malaria Box to various labs enabled scientists to analyze the compounds and develop findings that have led to more than 30 new drug-development projects for a variety of diseases. As a stipulation to receiving the samples, the various research groups had to deposit the information from their studies in the public domain.
  • Wire and Launchkit go open source, a water flow monitoring system, and more news
  • Apache, astsu, Biscuit, Python, Puppet 4, systemd & more!
  • The Onion Omega2: The Latest Router Dev Board
  • Build a $700 open source bionic prosthesis with new tutorial by Nicolas Huchet of Bionico
    The 3D printing community has already successfully taken over the market for cosmetic prostheses, as fantastic initiatives like E-NABLE have proven. But the world of bionics is a different place and just a handful of makers have gone there with any form of success, such as the very inspiring Open Bionics. But even 3D printed bionic prostheses are definitely within our reach, as French open source fanatic Nicolas Huchet of Bionico has proven. Though by no means a making expert himself, he 3D printed his own open source bionic hand during a three month residency at FabLab Berlin and has now shared all the files – including an extensive tutorial – online. This means you can now 3D print your very own bionic prosthesis at home for just $700.
  • BCN3D Technologies develops open source 3D printed 'Moveo' robotic arm for schools
    Designed from scratch and developed by BCN3D engineers in collaboration with the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Departament d’Ensenyament (Department of Education), the BCN3D Moveo is an Arduino Mega 2560-powered, 3D printed robotic arm which could enable schools and colleges in Spain and elsewhere to teach students the basics of robotics, mechanical design, and industrial programming. When the Departament d’Ensenyament approached BCN3D one year ago regarding the possibility of an educative robotics project, the tech organization jumped at the chance to get on board.

Security Leftovers

10 hot Android smartphones that got price cuts recently

With numerous smartphone getting launched each month, brands always adjust prices to give slightly competitive edge to older smartphone models and also to clear inventories. Here are 10 smartphones that got price cuts recently. Read more