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Ubuntu and Multimedia Patents: An Introduction

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: If you’re like me, you don’t put much thought into where your multimedia codecs come from: you run a quick “apt-get install gstreamer-plugins-ugly” on new installs and move on to more important things. But not everyone’s like me, and as Ubuntu moves increasingly into government and the workplace, patent and licensing issues are becoming more and more important for many Ubuntu users.

RMS GNU/Linux-Libre!

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Linux

fsf.org/blogs: RMS GNU/Linux-Libre is a project to create a complete free software distribution of GNU/Linux that's small enough to run on a USB key, or pendrive.

GNOME Shell Usability Test Plan

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Software

mairin.wordpress: For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working with Jon McCann, Jeremy Perry, and Owen Taylor on developing a usability testing plan for GNOME Shell. It’s a work-in-progress, and I wanted to make a quick posting about the effort and where it’s going.

Also: GNOME 2.30 Beta released

Desktop publishing for Linux at its finest

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Software

zdnet.co.uk/blog: Over the years, Linux has lacked a good all-around desktop publishing application. Well, those times are over. Enter: Scribus.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Slideshow: KDE SC 4.4 screenshots
  • The Best Windows Themes for GNOME
  • Geeking Out on SSD Hardware Developments
  • The virtuous circle model of support for open source
  • KDE Application Indicators In GNOME
  • Online Music and Open Source Business Models
  • Chumby One
  • This Idiot' skipped formal education to pursue his passion for computers
  • Curl Learns IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • General Motors using Drupal
  • Karmic install
  • VLC promotional Movie you sure don't want to miss
  • Learning with the computer using open source
  • Record your Desktop with Linux Tools
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Beta Expands Virtualization
  • Red Hat Revs While VMware Takes to the Streets
  • My Debian Adventure 3: Squeeze & KDE4
  • What Matters to Open Source: Licensing or Community?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Using screen as your login shell
  • Secure your Linux box with MoBlock
  • Backup Your Firefox Profile Easily using about:support
  • Hidden Linux : Example commands - df and du
  • How To Set JAVA_HOME in Ubuntu
  • Linux Mint 8 Installing Adobe AIR…
  • How To Replace The Pino Notification Area Icon
  • Turbocharge Awk Scripts – Translate into C (Sudoku Revisted)
  • Prompt Tricks
  • Sync Files Between Your iPhone/Touch And Linux PC
  • White Dune is a low level VRML97 tool
  • Migrate users from one Linux machine to another
  • Determine If Shell Input is Coming From Terminal or Pipe
  • Use Latex like a guru
  • Pidgin Plugin That Enables Invisible Status For GTalk
  • How to install Songbird Music Player in Ubuntu 9.10

Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 3.1.x On An OpenSUSE 11.2 Server

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SUSE
HowTos

This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with Sun VirtualBox 3.1.x on a headless OpenSUSE 11.2 server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop environment. Fortunately, VirtualBox comes with a tool called VBoxHeadless that allows you to connect to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, so there's no need for the VirtualBox GUI.

Turn your netbook into a portable music studio with Indamixx USB stick

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Linux

liliputing.com: Indamixx has been putting out custom netbooks designed for creating and editing music for a year or two now. Now the company is offering Indamixx Portable Studio USB Stick Version for netbooks and laptops.

When you think flash card, think Mnemosyne

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Software

sourceforge.net/blog: Good students of mythology will remember that Mnemosyne was the personification of memory in Greek mythology, and the mother of the Muses. Weaker students might learn more about mythology – or any topic – by spending time with Mnemosyne.

Cyan Worlds Revives Myst Online, Moots Shift to Open-Source

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Gaming

wired.com: After two years of downtime, Cyan Worlds relaunched its star-crossed MMO Myst Online this week. Cyan Worlds retained the rights to the game, and says on its official web site that its plans are to make it an open-source project.

Thunderbird in 2010

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Moz/FF

ascher.ca/blog: 2010 will be a big year for Thunderbird. Last year, we launched Thunderbird 3, which is a huge milestone for us. In this post, I’d like to give people a heads-up as to what the coming year will look like.

Why can’t I send myself an e-mail on Gmail?

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Google
  • Why can’t I send myself an e-mail on Gmail?
  • Iran to shut down Google email service: report
  • A quick privacy note on Chromium
  • Google Goes With Gentoo Portage for ChromeOS Build
  • Think big with a gig: Google experimental fiber network
  • One month later, Google still censors China search

Using Amarok

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Software

everyjoe.com: Music is one thing I couldn’t live without. Especially while working, music keeps me sane. Whether I am writing a lot of documentation or testing software, background music helps me from going ballistic. And because Amarok was installed when I installed the Kubuntu desktop package, I thought of giving it another try.

Five Brilliant Ubuntu-based Distros You Never Knew Existed

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Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: The major derivatives of Ubuntu are well known, but what about the others? Just because they aren’t as popular doesn’t mean they don’t have something to offer! We introduce five of the least known, yet simply outstanding distributions.

Linux users, get your Windows refund today

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Linux
Microsoft

zdnet.co.uk/blog: The problem of the "Windows Tax" as some call it, is that PCs are being offered by vendors with Windows, for less than systems that have Linux.

Mozilla Developer Preview (Gecko 1.9.3a1) available

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Moz/FF

developer.mozilla.org: A Mozilla Developer Preview of improvements in the Gecko layout engine is now available for download. This is a pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.3 platform, which forms the core of rich Internet applications such as Firefox.

Linux-based Roku Player has an SDK

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Hardware

The Roku player, that nifty little Linux-based device which streams Netflix, Amazon movies, Revision3 shows, and more, now has an SDK available for programmers to create their own channels:

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With the Roku Software Developer’s Kit, you too can build a channel that streams your content to the TV.
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http://gnuski.blogspot.com/2010/02/roku-sdk-available-someone-make-my.html

Small distro, big ego

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: Dedoimedo lemma to happy computing states that the fanaticism of a Linux user is inversely proportional to the size of the user base for the said distro.

Xfce Desktop: Less Lard, More Usability

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Software

linuxplanet.com: This is the first in a series of articles looking at some lightweight, but still fully-functional, desktop alternatives to KDE or Gnome. First up: Xfce.

Telling the Linux Story

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Linux

itworld.com: If you were one of the 106.5 million people who watched the Super Bowl this year, you very likely caught the now (more) famous Google ad, "Parisian Love." I got to thinking about the search field as a storytelling metaphor the other day when I had yet another occasion to explain to a technological newcomer just exactly what Linux and open source was.

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.