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Story Elive 2.2.2 Beta Is a Linux Distro with a Fresh E17 Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 8:41pm
Story locale changes in plasma next Rianne Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 8:16pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 8:10pm
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
Story Samsung Knox tapped by UK gov for public sector Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 7:06pm
Story Archos offers up 10.1-inch ArcBook Android laptop for $169.99 Roy Schestowitz 19/05/2014 - 7:04pm

Fedora 10 Prepares For Development Freeze

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Linux

phoronix.com: The release date for Fedora 10 (codenamed Cambridge) is less than one month away and as a result this Red Hat distribution will go into a development freeze beginning Tuesday. The new desktop background in Fedora 10 is part of their solar theme. Some of the packages currently in Fedora 10 / Rawhide are GNOME 2.24.1, the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X Server 1.5.2, OpenOffice.org 3.0, Firefox 3.0, and GIMP 2.6.1.

Linux Provides a Secure Hierarchical Filesystem

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Linux

computingtech.blogspot: A file is a collection of information, such as text for a memo or report, an accumulation of sales figures, an image, a song, or an executable program. The Linux filesystem provides a structure whereby files are arranged under directories, which are like folders or boxes.

Rename music files through Ex Falso

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Software

newlinuxuser.com: If you have a huge collection of music files already, sometimes you realize that you were too lazy to add tags and/or descriptive file names to them. It’s a mess! But no need to worry! Ex Falso will help you organize your files.

rdiff-backup: Easy incremental backups from the command line

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Software

debaday.debian.net: Storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper: you can find hard drives that cost less than a dollar per GiB. Buying an external hard drive to make backups (or even having a backup server) is a must if you value your work and what you have stored in your computer. However, doing backups should be easy enough to be done on a regular basis. The more automated, the better.

First-Person Shooter Games for Linux II: Nexuiz and OpenArena

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Gaming

tuxarena.blogspot: Today I will continue with two other first-person shooter (FPS) games, natively available for Linux: Nexuiz and OpenArena. They both are currently maintained and the wonderful thing about them is that they all are completely open-source, free and usually available in all the major distributions.

Windows 7 pre-beta build: What’s inside

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet: Microsoft isn’t going to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles until Tuesday, October 28. But new info about what’s part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers is beginning to trickle out.

Review: Gentoo 2008.0 and beyond Part 1

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Gentoo

ericsbinaryworld.com: Another distro in the seven distros included in Linux Format Magazine issue #110 is Gentoo 2008.0. This is an interesting release given the recent news that, at least for the time being, Gentoo is not going to be releasing these discs anymore. Apparently for both of the last two years there has been a lot of trouble with compiling the LiveCDs.

Puppy 4.1: What’s Not to Like?

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Linux

linuxdistrochoices.com: I have used Puppy in the past, over a year ago, and I thought it was OK…just OK. Now you have to realize that Puppy is a small form distribution which is designed to use minimail resources and at the same time provide all of the functions that a Desktop user would want. All that said, when Puppy 4.1 came out I decided to look at it again….I am glad I did.

Arch Linux Report Card

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Linux

eyemeansit.blogspot: I've used Kubuntu, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, but was irked by all the bloat, as well as the need to wait for the next "Intrepid Ibex" or whatever.

odds & ends

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News
  • Why Linux Is Popular with Hardware Companies and Developers

  • The Fastest Way To Upgrade Ubuntu
  • Open Source Coding: A new buzzword for college graduates
  • SourceForge using Drupal
  • Test Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 in Debian Without Changing Your Existing Installation
  • No need for VMware Tools in openSUSE 11.0
  • Ridiculous Resumes - Unix, Linux And Everything In Between
  • Security Flaw Is Revealed in T-Mobile’s Google Phone
  • The TV Server I Always Wanted, Part 2 -- Options
  • Firefox Removes its License Agreement From Ubuntu
  • How to fix an Ubuntu crash

ZIM - A Desktop Wiki / Note Taking App

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Software

makeuseof.com: Wikis are great for collaboration and note taking. ZIM is one such package that helps you create a wiki on your desktop. Or in other words you can use it as an excellent note taking application.

Linux Hater's Blog goes bye bye

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Linux
Web

linuxhaters.blogspot: It was fun while it lasted folks. I'm closing up shop. Moving on. It turns out, the more hate I dished out, the less I had to hate on.

Listen to Linux

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Linux
  • FLOSS Weekly 46: SCALE

  • Linux Outlaws 60 - ...Poking a Hole Into Your Firewall
  • Linux Void Episode 10.1 - Open Force

Everything you Need to Know about Ubuntu 8.10 - Intrepid Ibex

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Ubuntu

maximumpc.com: Ubuntu 8.10, named Intrepid Ibex, is scheduled for release next week, so we figured it's time to run down the checklist of improvements, fixes, and enhancements since Hardy Heron came out earlier this year.

Wine 1.1.7 Review - First Steps of Direct3D 10 Implementation

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Software

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: I think Wine is one of the most promising and useful applications, especially for those who need to run Windows programs in a Linux environment. A new development release is put up every two weeks or so, and improvements are visible from each version to another.

Reference for Ubuntu Starters

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Ubuntu

yabblog.com: Synaptic? deb? sudo? apt? Damn! I still remember when I first installed Ubuntu. Here, I will be posting a reference about Ubuntu things! And to end with top 5 Ubuntu resources on web for Ubuntu starters.

Linux Is Making Me Insane

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Ubuntu

thebigmoney.com: I installed Ubuntu after being repeatedly challenged by a small but vocal group of readers to look beyond my comfort zone. Whenever I write about the relative differences between Apple and Microsoft-based machines, I invariably get comments from people who are irritated that I didn't mention Ubuntu as an alternative.

10 Cool and Funny Firefox Video Ads

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Moz/FF

junauza.com: Firefox is the only web browser in the world that has tons of enthusiastic followers. I've seen desktop wallpapers, icons, t-shirts, graffiti, and even tattoos that are dedicated to Firefox. But it didn't stop there. Just recently, I saw some videos on YouTube that promotes the use of Firefox.

Java and Linux on the Android - Almost the Perfect Match?

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Misc

steamingopencup.blogspot: As this blogspot's subtitle states, you'll be reading more about Java and Linux here (aside from physics) than anything else, and I was hoping I'd have the opportunity to write a post that would talk about both of them under the same spotlight. Tonight, I was given that opportunity.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Ask Linux.com: Missing memory, built-in webcams, and shared servers

  • How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.0 in Ubuntu 8.10
  • Turn on Font Autohinting
  • Linux Tips: run fsck on a loopback filesystem
  • How to Install And Configure FUPPES on Ubuntu Hardy
  • Fun with Linux Commands-II
  • Sabayon-Funtoo Linux - Howto
  • Multiple Desktop Wallpapers in Ubuntu 8.10
  • Script for adding new users
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Security Leftovers

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    One thing that I miss about using Ubuntu is PPA’s there are lot’s of PPA in Ubuntu and you can hack around and install all types of software which are required for your usage. In the Fedora side of the world there are copr repos but they don’t have as many repos as in Ubuntu and you can’t build non-free software (don’t get me wrong here, I love FREEdom software but couldn’t resist not using some beautiful non-free applications such as Sublime). I am creating a work around for this by using shell scripts which are open source (cc0) but when those scripts are executed they install non-free software on your system.
  • MKVToolNix 9.9.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New GUI Improvements, More
    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus announced today, February 20, 2017, the release and general availability of MKVToolNix 9.9.0 "Pick Up" for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. MKVToolNix 9.9.0 represents a month of hard work, during which the developer managed to add a bunch of new and interesting features, fix as many bugs reported by users since last month's MKVToolNix 9.8.0 point release, as well as to improve the build system, especially in regards to the man pages of the software.
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    The developers behind the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system have announced today the immediate availability of all the latest KDE technologies released this month in the stable repositories of the distribution. Yes, we're talking about the KDE Plasma 5.9.2 desktop environment, KDE Applications 16.12.2 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.31.0, and KDE Development Platform 4.14.29, all of which can be found in your Chakra GNU/Linux's repos if you want to run the newest KDE software.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • IOTA: IoT revolutionized with a Ledger
    Ever since the introduction of digital money, the world quickly came to realize how dire and expensive the consequences of centralized systems are. Not only are these systems incredibly expensive to maintain, they are also “single points of failures” which expose a large number of users to unexpected service interruptions, fraudulent activities and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious hackers. Thanks to Blockchain, which was first introduced through Bitcoin in 2009, the clear benefits of a decentralized and “trustless” transactional settlement system became apparent. No longer should expensive trusted third parties be used for handling transactions, instead, the flow of money should be handled in a direct, Peer-to-Peer fashion. This concept of a Blockchain (or more broadly, a distributed ledger) has since then become a global phenomenon attracting billions of dollars in investments to further develop the concept.
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    Earlier this week, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg covered a laptop called the GPD Pocket, which is currently being funded on Indiegogo. As Chaim pointed out, the Pocket’s main advantage is its size — with a 7-inch screen, the thing is really, really small — and its price, a reasonable $399. But he didn’t mention that the Pocket is the resurrection of one of the most compelling, yet fatally flawed, computing trends of the ‘00s: the netbook. So after ten years, are netbooks finally cool again? That might be putting it too strongly, but I’m willing to hope.

Linux Devices

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    Ubiqcomm’s 95 x 95mm, Apollo Lake-based “COM-AL6C” COM offers 4K video along with multiple SATA, USB, GbE, and PCIe interfaces, plus -40 to 85°C operation. Ubiqconn Technology Inc. has announced a “COM-AL6C” COM Express Type 6 Compact form factor computer-on-module built around Intel’s Apollo Lake processors and designed to withstand the rigors of both fixed and mobile industrial applications. The module offers a choice among three Intel Apollo Lake processors: the quad-core Atom x5-E3930, quad-core x5-E3940, and dual-core x7-E3950, which are clocked at up to 2.0GHz burst and offer TDPs from 6.5 to 12 Watts.
  • Internet-enable your microcontroller projects for under $6 with ESP8266
    To get started with IoT (the Internet of Things), your device needs, well, an Internet connection. Base Arduino microcontrollers don't have Internet connectivity by default, so you either need to add Ethernet, Wi-Fi shields, or adapters to them, or buy an Arduino that has built-in Internet connectivity. In addition to complexity, both approaches add cost and consume the already-precious Arduino flash RAM for program space, which limits what you can do. Another approach is to use a Raspberry Pi or similar single-board computer that runs a full-blown operating system like Linux. The Raspberry Pi is a solid choice in many IoT use cases, but it is often overkill when all you really want to do is read a sensor and send the reading up to a server in the cloud. Not only does the Raspberry Pi potentially drive up the costs, complexity, and power consumption of your project, but it is running a full operating system that needs to be patched, and it has a much larger attack surface than a simple microcontroller. When it comes to IoT devices and security, simpler is better, so you can spend more time making and less time patching what you already made.
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