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Story Ubuntu 12.10 Review & Screenshots srlinuxx 23/10/2012 - 12:10am
Story Which Linux Distro is Best? srlinuxx 22/10/2012 - 6:53pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 479 srlinuxx 22/10/2012 - 6:50pm
Story Ubuntu Founder Takes Aim at Red Hat srlinuxx 22/10/2012 - 6:48pm
Blog entry Ubuntu 12.10 on the Macbook Pro fieldyweb 21/10/2012 - 3:27pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 20/10/2012 - 5:03pm
Story Fuduntu - And now for something the same but different srlinuxx 19/10/2012 - 9:24pm
Story Highly Recommended Linux Distributions for Beginners srlinuxx 19/10/2012 - 9:21pm
Story Ubuntu 12.10 Review – biggest ever super test srlinuxx 19/10/2012 - 9:19pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 19/10/2012 - 2:53am

KDE 4.1: Visual Changelog (rev 777000)

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KDE KDE 4.1 will be what everyone expected 4.0 to be — a fully functional revolutionary Linux desktop. I took a look at the revision 777000 of this desktop environment and what you get is a visual changelog describing the current progress in terms of look and feel and features.

Get rid of stowaway packages with GNU Stow

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HowTos The installation instructions in most free software reviews aren't enough. If you decide a package sucks, how do you get rid of it? If a package rocks, how do you upgrade it? GNU Stow, a package manager for packages you compile and install yourself, provides an easy answer to both questions.

Linux Desktops: Real Relief for Windows Users

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Linux What an odd thing it is to find so many people still questioning the merits of moving to a Linux Desktop. It’s almost as though those of us who have been extensively using Windows for years now have some sort of problematic memory issue. Perhaps the proper psychology term is something like ST-PiT-MR also known as Short term pain in the tush memory relapse syndrome.

Simple Firefox Tips and Tricks (Some of Which You Might Not Know…)

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HowTos I have used Firefox browser for a long time and I always think that I know all the features inside out. When I was told of the following seemingly simple but useful tricks, I know I was wrong.

Quick and easy photo management with F-Spot

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Software Photo management software for Windows makes us weep. For most people, photo management consists of loading the software (and drivers) that came from the camera manufacturer. So you've got a Nikon camera, and the photo management software is really different from your significant other's Kodak software.

today's leftovers

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  • OLPC: one bad idea per child

  • Tethered capture with gphoto2
  • How to install Mythbuntu 8.04 Alpha 2
  • Redux: Gentoo's top 3 issues
  • Life before Google
  • Adding System Services with Upstart
  • Func, the Fedora Unified Network Controller
  • KDE PIM Team Meets to Talk Akonadi and KDE 4.1
  • Abyss: a small, sweet Web server
  • Red Hat not impressed with Microsoft's interoperability plans
  • Open source fans offer differing views of MS move
  • Winners and losers in Microsoft open API move
  • Is Microsoft using the "anti-lock-in" argument from OSS's playbook?
  • Novell and the Community
  • Back to Gentoo
  • Miguel de Icaza talks to the INQ
  • Local Caching For Network Filesystems

Logo War: Red Hat Takes On DataPortability

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Linux Open source giant Red Hat sent a Cease and Desist letter to the group today demanding the removal of the DP logo from the group's website, saying their logo is "identical to the Fedora Infinity design logo owned by Red Hat."

Samba author: GPLv3 has further to go

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OSS While he sees the GPLv3 as "extremely good", Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell believes that the free software licence still needs strengthening. In this video interview he said that the anti-DRM provisions didn't go far enough.

The paradox of FOSS projects supporting Windows

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OSS As we near in on the Inkscape 0.46 release, I've been increasingly focusing on the few remaining "critical" bugs. A lot of these are specific to the Windows port, which is a bit frustrating for those of us whose big hope in life is to *replace* Windows, not to support it.

some howtos:

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  • Network Tip No.3: Global Configuration Mode

  • Network Tip No. 4: exit Command
  • to HUP or nohup?
  • Automatic tab title in gnome-terminal
  • How to install Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu Feisty or later versions
  • colordiff — a tool to colorize diff output
  • How To: Run Call of Duty 4 (COD4): Modern Combat in Linux
  • Boot Speed Ubuntu
  • Restore the Master Boot Record
  • How to install Grub from a live Ubuntu cd
  • Boot CD for Ubuntu usb flash

Ktorrent 3.0 - hello, KDE 4

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liquidat.wordpress: With Ktorrent one of the largest external KDE projects now released a first stable KDE 4 version of their product. This also shows that KDE 4 is also accepted by external developers.

It’s time to face it: Linux is not coming to the desktop. Ever.

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theubuntuexperiment.wordpress: While it was great fun trying to convert my mother to Ubuntu, this experiment ended up in a complete failure. Linux is not ready for the desktop, and never will be, too.

Why I use Fedora

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felipec.wordpress: For quite some people it seems if you use Fedora you are committing an open source sin; at best it seems as if there is no good reason to use it, or so has been my experience.

Ubuntu Essentials

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Ubuntu I'm Ubuntu user for years now. I have gained a lot of knowledge on how to customize my Ubuntu box and how to make it better. This guide targets any Ubuntu user or any one is thinking about trying Ubuntu but it will be very useful for newbies.

Explore the Universe from your Desktop with Celestia

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Software While it may not let you go where no man has gone before, Celestia is an amazing desktop application that lets you travel anywhere in the known Universe.

Open source disruption realized

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blogs.the451group: Open source fans are buzzing about Microsoft’s latest move to open its APIs, which follows along the path it has been on recently. Another announcement they may have been somewhat overshadowed is chipmaker AMD’s new open source application library project, Framewave. I would say this is just another case of companies coming around to market realities.

Dell Ubuntu Systems Launching in Canada and Latin America

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Ubuntu Several new developments on the Linux front today. We're introducing Ubuntu 7.1-based Dell systems in Canada and Latin America. Beyond that, we're introducing the Inspiron 1525n to customers in the United States.

Psychiatrist in Reiser Murder Trial Says Heavy Computer Users Might Have Asperger's Disorder

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Reiser A day after the Hans Reiser murder trial drifted into the netherworld, the murder case against the Linux programmer careened Thursday into the world of psychiatry. Beverly Parr testified that those who use a computer regularly "possibly" might have Asperger's Disorder, impaired social skills.

Also: Hans Reiser Murder Trial: Trance Music, Belly Dancing and the Minotaur

Get Mac style menus on Ubuntu with Global Menu

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downloadsquad: Theming one's OS to look like a Mac is all the rage these days, but for the most part such modifications are superficial. However, Global Menu actually changes the user experience quite a bit.

Also: Free software menus reinvented

SourceForge Opens 2008 Community Choice Awards to ALL Open Source Software

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Ross Turk, Community Manager at, today announced the guidelines for the 2008 Community Choice Awards. Starting this year, the awards are open to any open source project, even those hosted outside of SourceForge.

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Security News

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  • The End of Gmane?
    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces. The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks. Our upstream have been good about helping us filter out the DDoS traffic, but it’s meant serious downtime where we’ve been completely off the Internet.
  • Pwnie Express makes IoT, Android security arsenal open source
    Pwnie Express has given the keys to software used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software to the open-source community. The Internet of Things (IoT), the emergence of devices ranging from lighting to fridges and embedded systems which are connected to the web, has paved an avenue for cyberattackers to exploit.
  • The Software Supply Chain Is Bedeviled by Bad Open-Source Code [Ed: again, trace this back to FUD firms like Sonatype in this case]
    Open-source components play a key role in the software supply chain. By reducing the amount of code that development organizations need to write, open source enables companies to deliver software more efficiently — but not without significant risks, including defective and outdated components and security vulnerabilities.
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  • Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies
    In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart of most of the world's smartphones: memory protection and reducing areas available for attack by hackers.

today's howtos

Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more