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10 ways that Linux is outgrowing the stereotype

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Linux

distro-review.com: Linux has a negative image associated with it; a most unfortunate affliction when that image is contrary to the truth. I'm occasionally asked "why do you bother with Linux?" by people who haven't used it recently under the assumption that it's difficult to use. However it is my intention to raise awareness that Linux is remarkably usable these days.

Windows Application Emulation: Wine vs VirtualBox

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Software

raiden.net: In my ever ongoing efforts to completely shed all connections to Microsoft Windows and all Windows applications, including 3rd party ones, I've been doing a lot of research over time into various methods by which I could make that one final push to completely shed all of those lingering connections.

Taking A Good Long Look At Vector Linux 5.9 Standard

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Linux
Reviews

Caitlyn Martin: Over the past 14 months I’ve reviewed two previous releases of Vector Linux: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard and Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO. Anyone who has run those versions of Vector Linux would find the new version quite familiar. In reality the changes between 5.8 and 5.9, which was released in December, are like day and night.

Installing My First Linux OS

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PCLOS

carlanderson.blogspot: Well, I am excited. I have been reading/researching open source software for a long time and I have the go ahead to do a trial. My goal is to install Linux on a handful of school computers in the computer lab and load them with open source software that equates with the proprietary software our students and faculty are used to.

Today is Document Freedom Day!

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OSS

documentfreedom.org: Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide are organising local activities to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. The question of Document Freedom has severe repercussions for freedom of choice.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Red Hat: Open source benefits from US unpopularity

  • Website for blind and vision impaired developed with open source CMS
  • Windows XP vs. Vista vs. Linux
  • Linux pros prefer IT generalists to vendor-specific certs
  • Acer touts cheaper rival to Asus Eee PC, wither the OLPC?
  • Educational Linux Software For Children
  • Novell, open source and the Madagascan Mongoose
  • It a long, long road to Open Source nirvana
  • Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth: Linux server, client will be big in the cloud and mobile sectors
  • Interview with John Knottenbelt of Introversion Games
  • Linux on the desktop: Soon, but not yet
  • Linux on Ancient Hardware

Include ODF support in the Linux Standard Base?

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OSS

commandline.org.uk: Should the Linux Standard Base Desktop Specification provide a specified standard for office documents? I.e. should the Linux Standard Base specify OpenDocument for office documents as it specifies .PNG for bitmaps? As you may have guessed, I personally think it should.

Kernel space: authoritative hooks for containerization

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Linux

linuxworld.com: The containers developers have what would seem to be a relatively straightforward problem: they would like to control access to devices on a per-container basis. Implementing this feature has been a longer journey than these developers had imagined. A final resting place may have been found.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • End-to-end video podcast production with Kino and FFmpeg

  • Recovering your Password Database in Epiphany 2.20.x on Ubuntu
  • I’ve Got the Broadcom Blues…
  • Installing Apple Safari On Linux (PCLinuxOS)
  • Read DVD Content Information With lsdvd
  • Toggle Compiz with Fusion-icon in Ubuntu 8.04
  • The Three Amigos - Tar, bz2, and gunzip
  • Never Forget to Lock Again

XO Laptop Review

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OLPC

ugo.com: The XO is about the size of a standard textbook and weighs a little over three pounds. It runs at 433 Mhz with 256 MB of RAM, 1 GB of flash storage and, not surprisingly, a free Linux-based operating system. It has three USB ports, microphone and headphone jacks, built-in microphone and 0.3-megapixel camera, and SD memory card slot.

GPL v3 Has Reached 2000 Projects

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OSS

gpl3.blogspot: Our database now contains over 2000 projects that are using the GPL v3. This is a large milestone for the license, and seems to still be the beginning of wider adoption. Nine months have passed since the release of the controversial license. If the trend continues, the license will be used by 5000 projects by the end of the year.

It’s official: Microsoft’s concerned about GNU/Linux

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OS

larrythefreesoftwareguy.wordpress: Without fanfare (as expected), Microsoft filed its 10-K form to the Security and Exchange Commission. In it, however, we find that Microsoft bemoans the fact that their “business model,” well, might tend to suck in comparison to the open source business model.

Hardy Beta: Ooh La La

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Ubuntu

Jono Bacon: An Ubuntu beta is a great opportunity to really test Ubuntu and ensure it is as bug free as possible, so go and check it out. Think of it like building a huge wall, if we each put in one brick, together we can make something pretty darn solid. I just wanted to highlight a couple of my fave features in the new release that I am digging:

Czech Republic gives nod to OOXML

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OSS

linuxworld.com: The Czech Standards Institute (CSI) has voted to make Microsoft's Open Office XML format a standard, the organization said Tuesday.

Firefox 2.0.0.13 now available

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: As part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 2.0.0.13 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download. We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release.

Also: about:mozilla - Mozilla Developer News March 25

Open-Source Technology in Digital Signage

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OSS

marcelgagne.com: This note describes some of the facts, outlines how EnQii, the Digital Signage company where the author is Chief Technology Officer, is benefiting from OSS, and outlines how in the future, OSS will be increasingly used.

An introduction to CrossOver Games

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Gaming

wine-review.blogspot: CrossOver Games is a commercial variant of Wine released by CodeWeavers with support for many of today's most popular games. CrossOver Games is tested for performance and stability with many games such as Guild Wars, Eve Online, and Steam games like Half-Life 2 and Portal.

Red Hat CEO: We haven’t done a good enough job as an industry leader, or project leader

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Linux

Paula Rooney: No doubt, Red Hat is the leading open source company but ”I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job” of leading the industry, the former Delta Airlines COO said.

Fedora 9 Beta Preview

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Linux

phoronix.com: It's been almost two months since Fedora 9 Alpha was released, which we subsequently previewed. Now with the release of Fedora 9 just being 35 days out, Red Hat has pushed out the beta release of Fedora 9 (codenamed Sulphur) with many more features implemented and ready to be tested. We have taken the time to explore the features of Fedora 9 and the progress that has been made.

All About Linux 2008: Great Moments in Linux History

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Linux

crunchgear.com: In Helsinki in 1991, a college student named Linus Torvalds was working on what was “initially a terminal emulator, which Torvalds used to access the large UNIX servers of the university” developed on Minix using the GNU C compiler. Linus “wrote the program specifically for the hardware he was using and independent of an operating system because he wanted to use the functions of his new PC with an 80386 processor.”

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Leftovers: Software

  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client
    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24
    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems. According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700. Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.
  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands
    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release. MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio. Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.
  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux
    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components. FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.
  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released
    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods. The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'
    Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied heavily on proprietary software systems, “must actively embrace open source software” and buck the status quo. Currently, DOD uses open source software “infrequently and on an ad hoc basis,” unlike tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that wouldn’t exist without open source software.
  • The Honey Trap of Copy/Pasting Open Source Code
    I couldn’t agree more with Bill Sourour’s article ‘Copy.Paste.Code?’ which says that copying and pasting code snippets from sources like Google and StackOverflow is fine as long as you understand how they work. However, the same logic can’t be applied to open source code. When I started open source coding at the tender age of fourteen, I was none the wiser to the pitfalls of copy/pasting open source code. I took it for granted that if a particular snippet performed my desired function, I could just insert it into my code, revelling in the fact that I'd just gotten one step closer to getting my software up and running. Yet, since then, through much trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use open source code effectively.
  • Affordable, Open Source, 3D Printable CNC Machine is Now on Kickstarter
    The appeals of Kickstarter campaigns are many. There are the rewards for backers, frequently taking the form of either deep discounts on the final product or unusual items that can’t be found anywhere else. Pledging to support any crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, but it’s an exciting gamble; just browsing Kickstarter is pretty exciting, in fact, especially in the technological categories. Inventive individuals and startups offer new twists on machines like 3D printers and CNC machines – often for much less cost than others on the market.
  • Open Standards and Open Source
    Much has changed in the telecommunications industry in the years since Standards Development Organization (SDOs) such as 3GPP, ITU and OMA were formed. In the early days of telecom and the Internet, as fundamental technology was being invented, it was imperative for the growth of the new markets that standards were established prior to large-scale deployment of technology and related services. The process for development of these standards followed a traditional "waterfall" approach, which helped to harmonize (sometimes competing) pre-standard technical solutions to market needs.

Leftovers: BSD

  • The Voicemail Scammers Never Got Past Our OpenBSD Greylisting
    We usually don't see much of the scammy spam and malware. But that one time we went looking for them, we found a campaign where our OpenBSD greylisting setup was 100% effective in stopping the miscreants' messages. During August 23rd to August 24th 2016, a spam campaign was executed with what appears to have been a ransomware payload. I had not noticed anything particularly unusual about the bsdly.net and friends setup that morning, but then Xavier Mertens' post at isc.sans.edu Voice Message Notifications Deliver Ransomware caught my attention in the tweetstream, and I decided to have a look.
  • Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box