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Story Spyware Driver Notification in Ubuntu Shows Just How Vulnerable Windows Really Is Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2014 - 3:01am
Story User survey: Ubuntu is the top OpenStack OS Rianne Schestowitz 20/05/2014 - 12:40am
Story Elive 2.2.2 Beta Is a Linux Distro with a Fresh E17 Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 8:41pm
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Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 8:10pm
Story 6-Way Desktop Comparison On Linux Mint 17 Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 7:57pm
Story The desktop and the developer Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 7:35pm
Story Tux3 Gets Harshly Criticized Over Code Quality Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 7:12pm
Story Linux Takes to the Skies in Drones Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 7:09pm

Opera Sings an Ode to Browsers Everywhere

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Software

blogs.nytimes: I have to confess, I haven’t paid much attention to Opera Software until recently. The Norwegian company has been an also-ran in the browser market for 13 years. On Friday, I had a chance to sit down with its co-founder and chief executive, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. I can’t say that I’m convinced that Opera is now poised to take the Web by storm.

5 Interesting Linux Distro Names

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Linux

yabblog.com: Debian? Ubuntu? Sidux? Pardus? Mepis? Gentoo? Whoa! Why are these Linux distros so strangely named? Why not name a OS simply - door, room or window? Although, Linux distros have very strange names but it is interesting to know, why they are called so?

Review: 64 Studio 2.x

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Linux

raiden.net: 64 Studio is a Linux distribution built upon Debian with both 64 bit processors, and the designer in mind. It takes the best of Debian, strips out the unnecessary extras, then rebuilds it as a one stop shop for those doing everything from print to web design.

Ubuntu 8.10 - Comprehensive Review of 10 Main Features

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Ubuntu

blog.taragana.com: Ubuntu, right from its release, has been a very popular open source operating system for Linux lovers around the world. With its new release (Ubuntu 8.10 codenamed Intrepid Ibex) due in just 3 days' time, the hype and speculations are really reaching their heights.

Innovation Week in Africa – Young business innovators are making money with Open Source.

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OSS

opensource.org: All through last week, I spent my time in Ghana at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT ( AITI-KACE ) in Accra. It has been an incredibly refreshing experience for me, personally, and for the hundreds of students, developers, businesses, bankers and educators that are participating in the forum.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 276

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: Three versus Four

  • News: Ubuntu unveils Intrepid Ibex, Fedora finalises feature list, Mandriva coordinates worldwide install fest, openSUSE explains beta release process, DesktopBSD moves to KDE 4
  • Released last week: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r5, PC-BSD 7.0.1
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.10, OpenBSD 4.4
  • New additions: AsteriskNOW
  • Reader comments

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

Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower?

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: With the release of Ubuntu 8.10 coming out later this week we decided to use this opportunity to explore how the performance of this desktop Linux operating system has evolved over the past few releases. We performed clean installations of Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, Ubuntu 8.04, and Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook and used the Phoronix Test Suite to run 35 tests on each release that covered nine different areas of the system.

Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems

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Linux

lifehacker.com: These days, it only takes an increasingly-cheap USB thumb drive and a program like UNetbootin to create a portable Linux desktop you can run on any computer that can boot from a USB port. But check out the list of distributions UNetbootin can download and install—it's huge.

Four layout extensions for OpenOffice.org Writer

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OOo

linux.com: OpenOffice.org Writer is as much a desktop publishing program as a word processor. That fact, however, has yet to have much influence on the extensions created for Writer -- perhaps because most users prefer manual formatting to organizing themselves with page styles, templates, and other elements of document design. Still, extensions for layout are starting to appear.

Would The Internet Exist Without Linux?

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Linux

pcmech.com: The internet as we know it today predominantly runs on Linux. There’s an extremely high probability that the internet connection you’re using right now is connected thru a Linux server - and routed thru many other Linux servers along the way.

The Philosophy and Features of Ubuntu 8.10

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Interviews
Ubuntu

ostatic.com: Last week, I had the pleasure of getting some unique insight into the Ubuntu 8.10 release ("Intrepid Ibex") from Canonical's marketing manager, Gerry Carr. The finalized server and desktop editions of the 8.10 release will be available for download October 30th, and host a variety of new tools and features.

few more odds & ends

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News
  • Ubuntu® 8.10 Press Release Already

  • Ubuntu Linux: 8 Million Users and Growing
  • Ubuntu for Business
  • Speed up your Linux Boot and normal use (openSUSE)
  • GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/24
  • Open Season is now Open Sources... Episode 1
  • Open-Source Wireless Routing

odds & ends

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News
  • The dark (theme) side of Firefox

  • New feature for game developers coming to Jaunty
  • Lack of interest forces cancellation of Open Standards conference
  • Stable kernel 2.6.27.4
  • Kernel prepatch 2.6.28-rc2
  • Get Your Local TV Listings From The Bash Command Line
  • Preview: Ubuntu/Kubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex”
  • Geek War: Mac vs. PC vs. Linux
  • Deleting whole words on a bash command line
  • SplashTop Security Hole Still Exists
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 7
  • Naples goes Open Source
  • Australians Demand Linux Netbooks
  • Unmask packages in Gentoo
  • Piracy Hurts Open Source Also
  • Linus' Blog: Candyland

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Dell Inspiron Mini 12 First Impressions; The $600 MacBook Air??

  • Ubuntu Hard Drive Logos
  • Five Tips to Prepare for Release Day!
  • Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex - You can Tell Release is Approaching
  • Easy way to install libdvdcss2 and w62codecs for Ubuntu 8.10 AMD-64 bit
  • Ubuntu 8.04
  • Installing Wine in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
  • The upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10

Basket: Open Source replacement for Microsoft OneNote

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Software

blogs.techrepublic.com: Recently a client of mine came to me with a request: Find an open source replacement for Microsoft OneNote. I had actually never heard of OneNote, so when he told me what OneNote did I was pretty confident I could find something for the Linux operating system that could do the same things.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #114

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #114 for the week of October 19th - October 25th, 2008 is now available. In this Issue: * Ubuntu 8.10 RC released, * Intrepid Release Parties, and * Pre-order Intrepid CDs.

Battle for Wesnoth - Awesome Turn-Based Strategy Game

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Gaming

tuxarena.blogspot: Battle for Wesnoth is one of the most popular and played turn-based strategy (TBS) games on Linux, if not the most popular. It's a free, open-source community-driven project which has done some amazing improvements since its initial release.

My Intrepid Desktop

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Ubuntu

ubuntukids.org/blog: I couldn’t wait any longer so I did a 100% new install of Intrepid yesterday. I decided that is was time for an entirely new install. It takes a lot of faith to wipe out 200GB of data. However, I’m happy to report that my new Intrepid desktop is running beautifully and all my data survived, I hope.

My Firefox 3 experience

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Moz/FF

myviewmytake.wordpress: A few months ago, I wrote an article entitled Opera 9.5–My browser of choice. Since Firefox 3 has been released, I have used it more often than I have used Opera 9.5, mainly due to the way it works with WordPress.

How long until Apple is bigger than Microsoft?

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Mac

blogs.zdnet.com: While Microsoft executives like to talk about Apple as an insignificant company with less than 5% of the worldwide market share of all PCs and servers sold, the Mac maker now has more cash than Microsoft and earns more than half of its profits and over three fourths its revenues.

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Linux and FOSS Events

  • Debian SunCamp 2017 Is Taking Place May 18-21 in the Province of Girona, Spain
    It looks like last year's Debian SunCamp event for Debian developers was a total success and Martín Ferrari is back with a new proposal that should take place later this spring during four days full of hacking, socializing, and fun. That's right, we're talking about Debian SunCamp 2017, an event any Debian developer, contributor, or user can attend to meet his or hers Debian buddies, hack together on new projects or improve existing ones by sharing their knowledge, plan upcoming features and discuss ideas for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam
    Pieter Hintjens was a writer, programmer and thinker who has spent decades building large software systems and on-line communities, which he describes as "Living Systems". He was an expert in distributed computing, having written over 30 protocols and distributed software systems. He designed AMQP in 2004, and founded the ZeroMQ free software project in 2007. He was the author of the O'Reilly ZeroMQ book, "Culture and Empire", "The Psychopath Code", "Social Architecture", and "Confessions of a Necromancer". He was the president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), and fought the software patent directive and the standardisation of the Microsoft OOXML Office format. He also organized the Internet of Things (IOT) Devroom here at FOSDEM for the last 3 years. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with terminal metastasis of a previous cancer.
  • foss-gbg on Wednesday
    The topics are Yocto Linux on FPGA-based hardware, risk and license management in open source projects and a product release by the local start-up Zifra (an encryptable SD-card). More information and free tickets are available at the foss-gbg site.

Leftovers: OSS

  • When Open Source Meets the Enterprise
    Open source solutions have long been an option for the enterprise, but lately it seems they are becoming more of a necessity for advanced data operations than merely a luxury for IT techs who like to play with code. While it’s true that open platforms tend to provide a broader feature set compared to their proprietary brethren, due to their larger and more diverse development communities, this often comes at the cost of increased operational complexity. At a time when most enterprises are looking to shed their responsibilities for infrastructure and architecture to focus instead on core money-making services, open source requires a fairly high level of in-house technical skill. But as data environments become more distributed and reliant upon increasingly complex compilations of third-party systems, open source can provide at least a base layer of commonality for resources that support a given distribution.
  • EngineerBetter CTO: the logical truth about software 'packaging'
    Technologies such as Docker have blended these responsibilities, causing developers to need to care about what operating system and native libraries are available to their applications – after years of the industry striving for more abstraction and increased decoupling!
  • What will we do when everything is automated?
    Just translate the term "productivity of American factories" into the word "automation" and you get the picture. Other workers are not taking jobs away from the gainfully employed, machines are. This is not a new trend. It's been going on since before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Industry creates machines that do the work of humans faster, cheaper, with more accuracy and with less failure. That's the nature of industry—nothing new here. However, what is new is the rate by which the displacement of human beings from the workforce in happening.
  • Want OpenStack benefits? Put your private cloud plan in place first
    The open source software promises hard-to-come-by cloud standards and no vendor lock-in, says Forrester's Lauren Nelson. But there's more to consider -- including containers.
  • Set the Agenda at OpenStack Summit Boston
    The next OpenStack Summit is just three months away now, and as is their custom, the organizers have once again invited you–the OpenStack Community–to vote on which presentations will and will not be featured at the event.
  • What’s new in the world of OpenStack Ambassadors
    Ambassadors act as liaisons between multiple User Groups, the Foundation and the community in their regions. Launched in 2013, the OpenStack Ambassador program aims to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
  • Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Proprietary Traps and Openwashing

  • Integrate ONLYOFFICE Online Editors with ownCloud [Ed: Proprietary software latches onto FOSS]
    ONLYOFFICE editors and ownCloud is the match made in heaven, wrote once one of our users. Inspired by this idea, we developed an integration app for you to use our online editors in ownCloud web interface.
  • Microsoft India projects itself as open source champion, says AI is the next step [Ed: Microsoft bribes to sabotage FOSS and blackmails it with patents; calls itself "open source"]
  • Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities
    WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions."
  • SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says
    SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store. "If any SAP systems are being indirectly triggered, even if incidentally, and from anywhere in the world, then there are uncategorized and unpriced costs stacking up in the background," warned Robin Fry, a director at software licensing consultancy Cerno Professional Services, who has been following the case.
  • “Active Hours” in Windows 10 emphasizes how you are not in control of your own devices
    No edition of Windows 10, except Professional and Enterprise, is expected to function for more than 12 hours of the day. Microsoft most generously lets you set a block of 12 hours where you’re in control of the system, and will reserve the remaining 12 hours for it’s own purposes. How come we’re all fine with this? Windows 10 introduced the concept of “Active Hours”, a period of up to 12 hours when you expect to use the device, meant to reflect your work hours. The settings for changing the device’s active hours is hidden away among Windows Update settings, and it poorly fits with today’s lifestyles. Say you use your PC in the afternoon and into the late evening during the work week, but use it from morning to early afternoon in the weekends. You can’t fit all those hours nor accommodate home office hours in a period of just 12 hours. We’re always connected, and expect our devices to always be there for us when we need them.
  • Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
    The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena - The glass is half full

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena is an okay distro. It has more merit than Sarah, but then, it's also had almost a year to work on polishing some of the issues, and while a few have been ironed out, big quality issues that were never the domain of Mint before still persist. The live session experience is underwhelming, the default theme is not vibrant enough and can lead to ocular exhaustion quickly, there were problems with stability, multimedia playback, and the promise of Spotify never came to be. On the other hand, most of the stuff works out of the box, the repos are rich, the distro can be tamed relatively easily, and at the end of the day, you have a supported, popular system full of goodies and shiny colors with only a slight aftertaste of betrayal in your proverbial mouth. Good, but only if you've just started playing around with Linux. This distro has no flair. It doesn't have the magic and fire of yore. No fire, no nothing. It's not super green. And it must pop pop pop. So I guess, grade wise, 6.5/10 or some such. All in all, 'tis Linux Mint all right, but not the best offering by a long shot. Read more Also: Linux Mint 18.2 Features – What’s Ahead In the Next Release