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Story Open Source License Trivia srlinuxx 10/08/2013 - 12:33am
Story Orbital: A New Shell For Wayland's Weston srlinuxx 10/08/2013 - 12:29am
Story AdamW: Flock 2013 (and stuff) srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 11:11pm
Story New Humble Bundle to be a breakout hit srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 8:55pm
Story GNOME Photos 3.9.x srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 7:47pm
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Story The What Why and How of Wayland and Weston on Linux srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 7:44pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 3:49pm
Story Is Apache the Most Important Open Source Project? srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 4:25am
Story 10-Way Linux File-System Comparison On Linux 3.10 srlinuxx 09/08/2013 - 4:24am

Making Hardy Heron as LTS is a tactical mistake

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Ubuntu

dogbuntu.wordpress: In April Canonical released Ubuntu 8.04 LTS more popularly known as Hardy Heron. It was the eighth Ubuntu version to be released so far but more importantly it is an LTS release which means that it would be supported 3 years for the desktop and five years for the servers.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • FAQ: How to select fastest APT server in Debian

  • Unix Create a Symbolic Link
  • How to add a Disclaimer To Outgoing Emails in Postfix
  • Table and table-text flow control features for OpenOffice Writer
  • Sliding into SELinux Policy Development with Fedora 9
  • Install multimedia Support in Fedora 9
  • Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” Broadcom Wireless

Twenty Four Hours with Mint 5.0 Beta

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Linux

bmc.com/blogs: These days the Distro I am always watching and waiting for a new release of, more than any other, is Mint. I have expressed that preference here quite a bit since I discovered Mint back in its 3.x release days. Mint 5.0 Beta is out now, and I am not really sure why it is considered Beta. All I have had with it so far is about 24 hours, but it is solid.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 22

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SUSE

Issue #22 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue Linuxtag 2008 - latest information, People of openSUSE: Marcus Hüwe, and Upcoming… openSUSE 11.0beta3.

Firefox 3 Themes

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Moz/FF

blog.mozilla.com/faaborg: If you are reading this post odds are you are one of the 1.2 million people currently enjoying a beta or nightly build of Firefox 3. However are you a big enough Firefox fan that you like to run it simultaneously on 4 different platforms? If not, here are some screen shots of the new themes for Firefox 3 for Vista, Linux, OS X and XP.

The Perfect Server - Fedora 9

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HowTos

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Fedora 9 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable) with PHP5 and Ruby, Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Eee PC: the perfect computer for a conference?

  • Penumbra: Black Plague Now Available for Linux and Mac/Unbirth Alpha Demo
  • Top 10 Things That You Need to Do After Installing Hardy Heron
  • Installing Google Applications in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
  • Chandra and VLA spot Firefox logo
  • Finding An "Invisible" Proc's Working Directory Without lsof On Linux Or Unix
  • Low-end RAID controllers support Linux
  • Terminator runs multiple GNOME terminals in the same window
  • Linux rides pillion on Mumbai city buses
  • Doubting the Debian Doubters
  • STFUbuntu - The HOT New Linux Distro
  • First public release of Silverlight for Linux is out
  • Review of the New OpenOffice 3 beta
  • The community is angry!

Ubuntu Stealing Linux Thunder?

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Linux

osweekly.com: There is a growing identity crisis in the Linux community. In simplest terms, is Ubuntu taking the spotlight away from other deserving Linux distributions? This has been charged over and again.

Praise for the Humble gedit

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Software

linux-mag.com: I’ve been a fan of lightweight text editors for more than 10 years now. I started out on Emacs, drifted over to Vi(m) for a long stretch and then somehow settled into Textmate for the last couple of years. This week, since I’ve been bouncing from OS to OS, I’m checking in with a number of text editors that I’ve either never used or haven’t visited in a long time. Having been a KDE guy back in the day, gedit falls under the former category.

Adobe rolls out beta of Flash Player 10

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Software

computerworld.com: Adobe Systems Inc. today rolled out a beta version of its Adobe Flash Player 10 (formerly called Astro) browser plug-in, which adds features to help designers and developers create special effects and cinematic Web experiences.

Also: Flash Player 10: Dazzling Effects, Better Performance, Runs on Linux

Linux: Who got it right, who got it very wrong?

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Linux

zdnet.com.au: Who predicted Linux servers would outnumber Windows servers by 2006? Who said one in five enterprise desktops would be Linux-based by 2008? We look back at the bad (and good) predictions made about Linux over the past decade.

The Many Faces Of Linux

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Linux

crn.com: Nowadays, the Linux user experience is slick, clean, and aesthetically pleasing, thanks to the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. Users can keep the same desktop experience from distribution to distribution.

How Windows helped me fix my Linux

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Linux

alternativenayk.wordpress: Last night, my Linux (PCLinux) broke. And this evening I finally fixed it, with some help from Windows. It was clearly my mistake in the start the led to the demise of my Linux. I messed around with my partition table.

some more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Change Permissions on Password files so no one can change them

  • 5 Asus Eee PC Customization Tips You'll Love
  • Install STUX Linux to a USB flash drive
  • How to: Install a Debian/Ubuntu package (.deb) cache server - apt-cacher
  • Firefox Flash Plugin on Fedora 9
  • OpenSSH ( SSHD ) Speed Optimization For Long Distance Data Transfer
  • The Ultimate SSH Security Tutorial
  • Linux: Watching Streaming channels via TVAnts

Other Open Source headlines

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OSS
  • Why open source developers can be more productive

  • "Good enough" ethics and "good enough" open source
  • Is "the community" hurting the OSS business model?
  • Filling In The Gaps With Open Source
  • Bdale Garbee: A fascinating 'open source celebrity' (video)
  • Reflections on Open Source Commerce, Pt. 1
  • NPR station WBUR Boston adds support for free audio standard

Firefox 3 is coming - is it everything we hoped for?

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Moz/FF

bigmouthmedia.com: There is no official release date as yet, but Mozilla's vice president of engineering announced on the Mozilla Developer Center blog that they are hoping for a release date in late May.

Exceptional Linux Programs for Kids

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Software

fanaticattack.com: There’s nothing worse than hearing how an entire school district is switching operating systems from Mac to Windows (or vice versa) because that’s what the “business” world relies on or some other blather. The idea in technology (and education for that matter), is to teach concepts so the whole underrated independent thinking mode can kick in. Below is a round-up of exceptional Linux programs for children.

Frequent open source miles

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: Matt Asay’s piece on “open source free- riders” got my goat this morning because we’re on opposite sides of the market. Matt’s a vendor. I’m a journalist.

Why Mac OS isn't the best OS around

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Mac

sjvn: When I recently explained one of the many reasons why I prefer desktop Linux to Windows, even over my favorite desktop Windows, XP SP3, I got a lot of people telling me I was full of hooey because I barely even mentioned Mac OS X. Good enough, here's my take on Apple's Mac OS X.

Fedora 9 and the road to KDE4

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KDE
Linux

redhatmagazine.com: Fedora 9 will include KDE 4.0.3 by default, so this is a look at the progress of one of the major free desktop environments. KDE 4.0 was released January 11, 2008 after a couple of years of discussions and hype. While a lot of things have changed, there is still a familiar feel from its initial days. So what has changed?

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Kernel Space/Linux

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.6 Is Out with MIPS and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers
    Today, September 30, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the latest stable Linux 4.7 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.7.6 comes only five days after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 4.7.5, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the last update, it changes a total of 76 files, with 539 insertions and 455 deletions. In summary, it updates multiple drivers, adds improvements to various filesystems and hardware architectures, and improves the networking stack.
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  • BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel
    BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit. David Herrmann, one of the BUS1 developers, presented at this week's systemd.conf conference about the new capability-based IPC for Linux. He talked about how BUS1 is superior to KDBUS, how BUS1 is similar to Android's Binder, Chrome's Mojo, Solaris' Doors, and other common IPC implementations.
  • A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant
    In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center. Intel has been developing a new wireless daemon for Linux to potentially replace wpa_supplicant. This new daemon isn't yet public but the code repositories for it will be opened up in the next few weeks. This new daemon has improvements around persistency, WiFi management, reduced abstractions for different operating systems and legacy interfaces, and changes to operation. This daemon is designed to be very lightweight and work well for embedded Linux use-cases especially, including IoT applications.

Software and Games

Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat, Logicalis in digital transformation partnership in Latin America
    PromonLogicalis, a provider of information technology and communication solutions and services in Latin America, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced a collaboration that aim to help organizations navigate the digital transformation of their infrastructures to pave the way for cloud and the software-defined technologies, and to advance open source technology awareness in the region. Open source is delivering significant advancements in many areas of technology through community-powered innovation, including cloud computing, mobile, big data, and more. And, as companies embrace modern technology as a competitive advantage via digital transformation efforts, many are turning to open source because of the flexibility and agility it can enable.
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Linux Devices

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