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Story 18-GPU NVIDIA/AMD Linux Comparison Of BioShock: Infinite Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2015 - 9:44am
Story 11 Activities for KDE Plasma Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2015 - 9:20am
Story Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff Rianne Schestowitz 25/03/2015 - 9:03am
Story One-armed manipulation robot runs Linux and ROS Rianne Schestowitz 25/03/2015 - 8:52am
Story Introducing The Library Operating System For Linux Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2015 - 8:50am
Story Docker's No Flash in the Pan Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2015 - 11:56pm
Story GNOME Shell and Mutter Updated for GNOME 3.14, Nvidia Corruption Fixed Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2015 - 10:55pm
Story Five key skills for Linux job seekers Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2015 - 10:50pm
Story HP Expands Open Source Cloud Push Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2015 - 8:20pm
Story Report: Linux takes leading role in IoT-obsessed market Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2015 - 8:07pm

Why desktop market share shouldn’t be Linux’s priority

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softvision.wordpress: During the time in which I’ve followed Linux development and its various distributions, every year I come across several articles on “Why 200X will be the year of the Linux Desktop“. Every time I read those posts, I have just one reply in mind – “It’s not going to happen”.

Symbian kernel Open Source release and Tanenbaum

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gnumonks.org: There's a difference between releasing software under a FOSS license and running a successful FOSS project. The latter involves a sufficiently large community of developers, ways how they can contribute, ...

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Chromium Rocks
  • Happy Birthday PCLinuxOS
  • “Linux” support
  • Upstart in Ubuntu 9.10
  • Hudzilla Coding Academy: Assignment Two
  • Ding Dong, The Wicked Vista's DEAD!
  • It's official: we love Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Vodka and the Microsoft Hangover
  • Working together
  • Sabayon FDC09 photos! Here they are!
  • Why XBMC is the best thing on TV
  • Imagination – A lightweight and simple DVD Slideshow Maker
  • FLOSS Weekly 92: MakerBot
  • Meet The Gimp - Episode 124: PS Translation Service

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to install a software that comes in a tar.gz package in Linux?
  • Setting IO Scheduler for Maximum Performance on OpenSuSe Linux
  • Encrypt-Decrypt file using OpenSSL
  • How to install Windows 7 and Ubuntu side by side
  • How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot Environment
  • SheevaPlug Kernel and Gentoo binhost
  • Install Postfix for reliable email delivery
  • Offline Package Management for APT
  • karmic and log rotation
  • Using vSphere Client on Ubuntu Linux with Single Application RDP
  • Axel – ultimate download accelerator for Linux that actually works
  • If Apache mod_rewrite isn’t working…

Create Greetings Using Kreeting Kard

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Software

everyjoe.com: Wondering how on earth to create a quick greeting card or postcard without having to go through using Scribus or some other software? I grew up in the 80s so I was used to Print Master. Unfortunately I haven’t found anything like this yet. So far, the only one I saw that’s close enough is Kreeting Kard.

Akonadi goes Web2.0

steveire.wordpress: At the recent Akonadi sprint, I decided to spend some time putting together a proof of concept for a web client for Akonadi. Here’s a screencast of the result:

GNU/Linux Security: Linux House vs Microsoft House

blog.eracc.com: This is the second article in my series about GNU/Linux security for the GNU/Linux curious and new GNU/Linux user.

Linux Friendly Audiobooks

berkeleylug.com: When people first think of getting audiobooks online, they probably think of Audible. But, Audible has one really big problem: DRM (Digital Rights Management). There is no application for Linux to play Audible audiobooks, and Android devices don’t support playing Audible files (yet anyway) either. Do not despair, though.

An Amazing Coincidence or Something More Sinister?

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Linux
Hardware

ever-increasing-entropy.blogspot: Yesterday, as anyone involved in computing knows, Windows 7 was released by Microsoft with much marketing hype and fanfare. Canonical chose the day to announce the release candidate of their upcoming Ubuntu Linux 9.10. Hewlett-Packard also did something yesterday, albeit very quietly.

What Windows7 could mean for Linux

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Linux
Microsoft

blogs.zdnet.com/Murphy: I’ve had people using Windows 7 for about three months now, and everything about it so far seems to confirm my first impression that it’s a lot better than Vista. Once you get past the sheer shock of using a Microsoft OS that doesn’t fail daily, however, you start to fret about the things that aren’t there.

Ubuntu 9.10 Review

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 9.10 Review; even better than before
  • Karmic Upgrade Can Break Wireless
  • Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala - A Guided Tour
  • SudUbuntu- A nice icon theme site for ubuntu

Linux frequently asked questions for newbies

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tuxradar.com: Here at TuxRadar, and in the magazine behind the website, Linux Format, we get a lot of really basic questions from new users. We've taken the most common questions and printed them verbatim below, providing Plain English answers.

Reviewed: Gnome 2.28

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tuxradar.com: The Gnome project's latest release, comes just in time to be bolted on to Karmic Koala. But with KDE making big strides forward with each point release of KDE 4, are the Gnome team doing enough to keep up? Only just... read on to find out more!

OpenSUSE 11.2 the Perfect KDE Distribution

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SUSE

linuxcrunch.com: While openSUSE community are preparing to release openSUSE 11.2 in the next month, I decide to discover what's new in openSUSE 11.2. I downloaded the RC1 image and start play with it. In short, it is fast, stable and beautiful.

Audio Production in Linux

linuxtoday.com: Audio recording and editing with computers is still in its infancy, and is full of pitfalls. Just figuring out what hardware to use is enough to drive a person to drink. But once you get it all figured out and get everything working, it's fun and powerful.

Let’s all be overjoyed about Windows 7

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Microsoft

dwasifar.com: What a coup Microsoft has pulled off. After getting millions of people all over the world to shell out for the sugar-frosted turd that was Windows Vista, here we are three years later at the Windows 7 launch, and Microsoft has people practically falling over themselves to pay more money so they don’t have to use Vista any more.

Even The Open Source Community Gets Overly Restrictive At Times

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OSS

techdirt.com: Reader Brad sent in a fascinating post from a little while back by Steve Streeting, a software developer who created an open source 3D rendering engine called OGRE. In the post, Streeting describes his evolving view on open source licenses.

Beware Open Source Encryption

ddj.com: There's nothing like an official letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce's munitions control office to make you choke on your morning coffee. At least that was my response upon receiving such a notice.

openSUSE Weekly News #94 is out

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SUSE

news Issue #94 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out.

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Security: Uber, Replacing x86 Firmware, 'IoT' and Chromebook

  • Key Dem calls for FTC to investigate Uber data breach

    A key Democrat is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a massive Uber breach that released data on 57 million people, as well as the company's delay in reporting the cyber incident.

  • Multiple states launch probes into massive Uber breach
  • Replacing x86 firmware with Linux and Go

    The problem, Minnich said, is that Linux has lost its control of the hardware. Back in the 1990s, when many of us started working with Linux, it controlled everything in the x86 platform. But today there are at least two and a half kernels between Linux and the hardware. Those kernels are proprietary and, not surprisingly, exploit friendly. They run at a higher privilege level than Linux and can manipulate both the hardware and the operating system in various ways. Worse yet, exploits can be written into the flash of the system so that they persist and are difficult or impossible to remove—shredding the motherboard is likely the only way out.

  • Connected sex-toy allows for code-injection attacks on a robot you wrap around your genitals

    However, the links included base-64 encoded versions of the entire blowjob file, making it vulnerable to code-injection attacks. As Lewis notes, "I will leave you to ponder the consequences of having an XSS vulnerability on a page with no framebusting and preauthed connection to a robot wrapped around or inside someones genitals..."

  • Chromebook exploit earns researcher second $100k bounty
    For Google’s bug bounty accountants, lightning just struck twice. In September 2016, an anonymous hacker called Gzob Qq earned $100,000 (£75,000) for reporting a critical “persistent compromise” exploit of Google’s Chrome OS, used by Chromebooks. Twelve months on and the same researcher was wired an identical pay out for reporting – yes! – a second critical persistent compromise of Google’s Chrome OS. By this point you might think Google was regretting its 2014 boast that it could confidently double its maximum payout for Chrome OS hacks to $100,000 because “since we introduced the $50,000 reward, we haven’t had a successful submission.” More likely, it wasn’t regretting it at all because isn’t being told about nasty vulnerabilities the whole point of bug bounties?
  • Why microservices are a security issue
    And why is that? Well, for those of us with a systems security bent, the world is an interesting place at the moment. We're seeing a growth in distributed systems, as bandwidth is cheap and latency low. Add to this the ease of deploying to the cloud, and more architects are beginning to realise that they can break up applications, not just into multiple layers, but also into multiple components within the layer. Load balancers, of course, help with this when the various components in a layer are performing the same job, but the ability to expose different services as small components has led to a growth in the design, implementation, and deployment of microservices.

Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Debuts with New Theme Engine and ZFS Integrations

Lumina 1.4.0 is a major release that introduces several new core components, such as the Lumina Theme Engine to provide enhanced theming capabilities for the desktop environment and apps written in the Qt 5 application framework. The Lumina Theme Engine comes with a configuration utility and makes the previous desktop theme system obsolete, though it's possible to migrate your current settings to the new engine. "The backend of this engine is a standardized theme plugin for the Qt5 toolkit, so that all Qt5 applications will now present a unified appearance (if the application does not enforce a specific appearance/theme of it’s own)," said the developer in today's announcement. "Users of the Lumina desktop will automatically have this plugin enabled: no special action is required." Read more

today's leftovers

  • qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client
    qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements. qBittorrent 4.0 is the first release of the application to drop OS/2 support, as well as support for the old Qt 4 framework as Qt 5.5.1 or later is now required to run it on all supported platforms. It also brings a new logo and a new SVG-based icon theme can be easily scaled. Lots of other cosmetic changes are present in this release, and the WebGUI received multiple enhancements.
  • FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape
    Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.10075 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    A new firmware for the Kobo ebook reader came out and I adjusted the mega update pack to use it. According to the comments in the firmware thread it is working faster than previous releases. The most incredible change though is the update from wpa_supplicant 0.7.1 (around 2010) to 2.7-devel (current). Wow.
  • 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC has dual mini-PCIe slots and triple displays
    Avalue’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “ECM-APL2” SBC features Apollo Lake SoCs, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 2x mini-PCIe, triple displays, and optional -40 to 85°C. Avalue’s 3.5-inch, Apollo Lake based ECM-APL single-board computer was announced a year ago, shortly after Intel unveiled its Apollo Lake generation. Now it has followed up with an ECM-APL2 3.5-incher with a slightly different, and reduced, feature set.
  • 7 Best Android Office Apps To Meet Your Productivity Needs
    Office application is an essential suite that allows you to create powerful spreadsheets, documents, presentations, etc., on a smartphone. Moreover, Android office apps come with cloud integration so that you can directly access the reports from the cloud, edit them, or save them online. To meet the productivity need of Android users, the Play Store offers an extensive collection of Android office apps. But, we have saved you the hassle of going through each one of them and provided you a list of the best office apps for Android. The apps that we have picked are all free, although some do have Pro version or extra features available for in-app purchases. You can also refer to this list if you’re looking for Microsoft Office alternatives for your PC.

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