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Sun opens up OpenOffice

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OOo

matt asay: Jim Parkinson of Sun has been listening to critiques of OpenOffice's governance policies and responds with a post that suggests that Sun plans to address the problems. Specifically, Sun will be using the Sun Contributor Agreement (SCA) for code contributed to OpenOffice.

Wikipedia Censors Ubuntu CE!

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Ubuntu

whatwouldjesusdownload: Unfortunately the Ubuntu CE Wikipedia entry has been removed. The entry is now redirected to a list of Ubuntu based derivatives which, ironically, all still have their own pages on Wikipedia.

Release Day - All Hell Breaks Loose

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SUSE

opensuse news: Yesterday we released openSUSE 10.3, and we are pretty impressed what happened. Some rough numbers:

UK culture holding back open source

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OSS

vnunet.com: Industry experts have identified cultural, as well as technical, factors affecting the take up of open source software in the UK. Many countries in the European Union are showing enthusiastic support for open source, while support in the US is less strong.

Starting from a review of CentOS 5 LiveCD...

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Linux

beranger: I happened to read Is CentOS 5.0 Worth Every Penny? and this made me even grumpier. How smart have you to be to try a LiveCD under VMWare? Why is it live if not for being able to test it "for real", with direct contact with your real hardware?

Novell Open Audio: openSUSE 10.3

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SUSE

opensuse news: As part of a Novell Open Audio series on openSUSE, they will be interviewing various openSUSE developers to find out more about the project, particular involvements and new technologies in the distribution.

Also: OpenSUSE beats Ubuntu to the punch
And: Novell targets Ubuntu, Fedora with OpenSuse 10.3

PC-BSD Day 30: The verdict

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BSD

ruminations: Thirty days with PC-BSD. One month that flew by. In this month I tried to work with PC-BSD every day, sometimes from a more novice viewpoint, sometimes by pushing the limits from the perspective of the more daring user. But, overall, I did what I would normally do on a Linux desktop or at work on a Windows desktop, which -for me- indicates I can make a decent judgment about PC-BSD as a day to day desktop.

Ubuntu - a Speedup guide

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HowTos

my10sen.com: Ubuntu has been main player in Linux distro for a couple of years, and yet some might found it to be a little bit slow in a few aspects. Here i try to show some of guides that might give a boost to your Ubuntu systems. These tweaks will make your system faster and more responsive.

Is CentOS 5.0 Worth Every Penny?

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: CentOS is a Linux distribution based on the ever reliable Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The name stands for Community ENTerprise Operating System and is not related to a coin. The main purpose of CentOS is rebuilding the commercial RHEL and makes it available to those who want the reliability of an enterprise class operating system minus the cost.

Skype 1.4 for Linux out of beta with new features

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Software

zdnet blogs: Skype 1.4 for Linux is officially out of Beta, and is available for download. The two big WNITVs (What’s New In This Version) are call forwarding, and a “Birthday Alert” service that notifies you when anyone in your Contact list has a birthday.

Top 40 Linux blogs

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Linux
Web

linuxworld: Doc Searls makes some good points about blog ranking. It's so bogus, but it's so much fun people can't stop doing it. So here is the Official Linux Blog Top 40 List, divided into A, B, C, and D lists for your status-seeking convenience.

Mozilla Corp, ARM Inc. and Others to Build a New Device

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Linux
Hardware

softpedia: Mozilla Corp., Arm Ltd, MontaVista Software Inc. and four other companies are trying to extend the market for a new category of devices, a combination between a smartphone and a laptop.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Software Freedom Day

  • Kopete for KDE 4.0; Skype 1.4.0 final released
  • Low disk space
  • Linux group calls Microsoft's bluff
  • The Four Freedoms Applied to Software as a Service
  • ODF and OOXML: Something New to Ponder
  • A TortoiseSVN replacement for Ubuntu
  • NFS Client Updates for 2.6.24
  • If I needed one more reason to dismiss Debian...
  • Open Source for Business: Now More Than Ever, Part 1
  • David Pogue on the OLPC
  • NetworkManager 0.7 feature list
  • Will open source desktops succumb to bloat?
  • MyFive: Making Firefox Better
  • Optimized pow() approximation for Java and C / C++

Could PCLinuxOS 2007 Spell Death for Windows on the Desktop?

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PCLOS

Linux Today: I have been using Linux for about 12 years now and a few weeks ago I discovered PCLinuxOS 2007. Being so impressed with this new, fast, and super easy to use Linux distribution, has made me not only an advocate but an evangelist.

System and enviromental variables

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HowTos

polishlinux: System and enviromental variables define parts of the system behavior so it’s worth knowing what they are, what they influence and how to adjust them to your needs. This is the last part of the “console basics” series.

Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status

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Ubuntu

the register (open season): I'd like to live in a tub of cream cheese icing. Sadly, that's not an option for me. It is, however, an option for Canonical/Ubuntu head Mark Shuttleworth. The open source advocate has plenty of cash - enough cash to build a breathing apparatus and waste removal system for a man-sized icing pool.

Your First Computer

more openSUSE and Novell headlines

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SUSE
  • ReviewLinux.Com: First Look openSUSE 10.3 i386 DVD

  • Novell boosts desktop Linux
  • Novell Gives openSUSE the (Faster) Boot
  • New Feature List for OpenSUSE 10.3
  • Stay Away from OpenSUSE 10.3
  • OpenSUSE 10.3 Launch Party Locations
  • OpenSUSE Linux 10.3 Review
  • OpenSUSE 10.3 opens for business
  • And Novell Fires the First Shot

a few statistics:

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News
  • Swedish police saves 400 cars by using MySQL

  • Hardware4linux : more than 1500 systems reported and ranked
  • LATU Uruguay Buying 100,000 OLPC XO's Over Classmate PC!!

today's howtos

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HowTos
  • check weather conditions and forecasts on the command line

  • How to automatically sign in to Ubuntu
  • Using a MySQL Performance Tuning Analyzer Script
  • What package is that file in ?
  • Handy script protects Linux against traffic spikes
  • Use ssh on multiple servers at one time
  • Installing Audacity MP3 export support on Linux
  • Adjust the Transparency of Window Decorations with Compiz
  • Digitizing records and tapes with Audacity
  • Compiz-Fusion On Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbin”
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KDE Leftovers

  • Integrate Your Android Device With Ubuntu Using KDE Connect Indicator Fork
    KDE Connect is a tool which allows your Android device to integrate with your Linux desktop. With KDE Connect Indicator, you can use KDE Connect on desktop that support AppIndicators, like Unity, Xfce (Xubuntu), and so on.
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Leftovers: OSS

  • D-Wave Unveils Open-Source Software for Quantum Computing
    Canada-based D-Wave Systems has released an open-source software tool designed to help developers program quantum computers, Wired reported Wednesday.
  • D-Wave builds open quantum computing software development ecosystem
    D-Wave Systems has released an open source quantum computing chunk of software. Quantum computing, as we know, moves us on from the world of mere 1’s and 0’s in binary to the new level of ‘superposition’ qubits that can represent many more values and therefore more computing power — read this accessible piece for a simple explanation of quantum computing.
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  • Hadoop Creator Doug Cutting: 5 Ways to Be Successful with Open Source in 2017
    Because of my long-standing association with the Apache Software Foundation, I’m often asked the question, “What’s next for open source technology?” My typical response is variations of “I don’t know” to “the possibilities are endless.” Over the past year, we’ve seen open source technology make strong inroads into the mainstream of enterprise technology. Who would have thought that my work on Hadoop ten years ago would impact so many industries – from manufacturing to telecom to finance. They have all taken hold of the powers of the open source ecosystem not only to improve the customer experience, become more innovative and grow the bottom line, but also to support work toward the greater good of society through genomic research, precision medicine and programs to stop human trafficking, as just a few examples. Below I’ve listed five tips for folks who are curious about how to begin working with open source and what to expect from the ever-changing ecosystem.
  • Radio Free HPC Looks at New Open Source Software for Quantum Computing
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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

  • Debian Creeps Closer To The Next Release
    I’ve been alarmed by the slow progress of Debian towards the next release. They’ve had several weird gyrations in numbers of “release-critical” bugs and still many packages fail to build from source. Last time this stage, they had only a few hundred bugs to go. Now they are over 600. I guess some of that comes from increasing the number of included packages. There are bound to be more bad interactions, like changing the C compiler. I hate that language which seems to be a moving target… Systemd seems to be smoother but it still gives me problems.
  • Mir: 2016 end of year review
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  • Ubuntu Still Planning For Mir 1.0 In 2017
    Alan Griffiths of Canonical today posted a year-in-review for Mir during 2016 and a look ahead to this year.
  • Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE – BETA Release

GNU Gimp Development

  • Community-supported development of GEGL now live
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