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Story Luis Villa Leaving Mozilla srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 4:35pm
Story Hedgewars sees special 0.9.15 Winter Release srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 4:33pm
Story Linux kernel slips out at CES srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 4:05pm
Story Ubuntu At CES srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 4:03pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 5:38am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 5:36am
Story Review of openSUSE Trademark Guidelines srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 1:15am
Story ‘Angry birds’ may be coming to Ubuntu srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 1:10am
Story Timesys Joins Linux Foundation srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 1:06am
Story VIA's Open Linux Graphics Driver Has Been Defenestrated srlinuxx 07/01/2011 - 1:04am

Book Review: C++ for beginners

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Illustrated, colourful and well explained, C++ Programming in Easy Steps is a good grounding in the language if you've never programmed before and for the price is relatively good value. But do factor in the cost of your next C++ book, because this one will only get you so far before you're ready to tackle more challenging programming tasks.

Developers are from Mars, Programmers are from Venus

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Misc

Many of us use the terms "programmer" and "developer" interchangeably. When someone asks me what I do for a living I tend to describe my vocation as "computer programmer" rather than "software developer", because the former seems to be understood more readily by those unfamiliar with IT. Even when writing pieces for this site, I tend to swap back and forth between the two terms, to try and avoid sounding repetitive. But in truth, there is a world of difference between a computer programmer and a software developer.

iXsystems Announces Acquisition of PC-BSD Operating System

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BSD

iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider, announced today its acquisition of PC-BSD, a rock solid UNIX operating system based on FreeBSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format.

Install songbird in Debian Machine With Screenshots and enjoy Your Music

This is first time songbird installation articlee in debin.Songbird plays the Media Web. Play MP3s without leaving the page. Songbird views Web pages as dynamic playlists to play, save, download or subscribe to.

Songbird plays your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player. Like Firefox, Songbird’s features may be improved with user installed and contributed cross-platform extensions.

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AI versus AI: N.E.R.O. on Linux

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Gaming

If you've ever been frustrated with the artificial intelligence (AI) in video games, then you are a prime candidate for Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives (N.E.R.O.), a cross-platform combat game where the key to winning is training your own intelligent non-player characters. On the field of play, the only rule is "let the best AI win." I tested my skills with the Linux client, and found N.E.R.O. to be a very different sort of game.

French urged to adopt OpenDocument format

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OSS

A REPORT commissioned by the French prime minister has called for the country's bureaucrats to adopt the OpenDocument Format.

Ubuntu Seeks Idents on Demo Scene

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Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth explained at Sundown that Ubuntu is looking into ways to include demoscene animation during the wait for Ubuntu to boot. The project returns to the origins of the demo scene, an identity projected while loading software.

Making Sense of the OLPC Proprietary Software Row

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OLPC
Interviews

Theo de Raadt, the leader of the OpenBSD project and a vociferous crusader for hardware (especially networking) documentation, recently went public with his concerns about the One Laptop Per Child project's choice to use a wireless networking chip from Marvell, a company with an unusually poor record of supporting free software operating systems, in the 2B1 laptop computer that it is developing.

Open Source madness!

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OSS

I love free software. I use open-source programs and operating systems every day. But once in a while, I want to take some free software developers and shake them until their teeth rattle.

Updates on Flash Player 9 for Linux

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Software

There has been some interesting stuff coming out about Flash Player 9 for Linux, and I wanted to put it all in one place for those following the development.

More Here.

Aussie Feds assess open source

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OSS

FEDERAL government use of open-source software will be examined to assess how many agencies have adopted Linux and other systems.

Google to acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock

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Google

Google Inc. said Monday it’s buying No. 1 Internet video sharing Web site YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in stock. The deal is regarded as a largely defensive one that leapfrogs Google into a leading role in a burgeoning Internet marketplace.

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Ray Noorda, Father Of Network Computers, Dies

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Obits

Ray Noorda, the Novell Inc. founder who battled Microsoft Corp. in the early years of network computers, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.

Partition Table Backup

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HowTos

Many of us are doing backups of all kinds of data: from regular files, databases, to full partitions or hard drives. What I have noticed that very few peoples even think about the partition table.

Book Review: Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks

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I recently came across a very nice book titled "Ubuntu Linux for non-geeks" authored by Rickford Grant and published by No Starch Press. What attracted me to this book was the obvious title which makes no bones about the fact that this book is targeted at non-geeks.

What's the best Linux for beginners?

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Linux

I recently received a letter from a computer pro who's nearing 80. He's disgusted by "how [Microsoft] things have developed, and how most software is put out there full of errors and omissions. Help is virtually none existent. One really has to dig to find answers." So, here's my list of the best Linuxes for people who just want a working PC.

A look at Firefox 2.0 RC2

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Moz/FF

The official release of Firefox 2.0 is right around the corner and the second release candidate (RC2) was made available last week. Release candidates provide insight into the features and functionality that will be available in the final release. Much has changed since the Firefox 2.0 alpha builds were made available to the public early this year.

Book review: ImageMagick Tricks

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Command-line utilities can be powerful, but it takes some doing to make a typical desktop user work in the shell. The image manipulation program ImageMagick is one command-line program that gives users a good reason to use the CLI. Now Packt Publishing has released ImageMagick Tricks, a book that covers ImageMagick from the ground up. If you've never used ImageMagick before, this book is a good starting place.

The Scrabble For Open Source

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OSS

I was fascinated to read about Software Freedom Day last month, where open source enthusiasts took to the streets around the world to celebrate open software. We've had freedom marches in favour of land rights, troop withdrawal and industrial relations laws, but I never realized proprietary software was in the same category as country invasions and reductions in workers rights.

Fedora Core 6 vs Ubuntu 6.10

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Linux

I've been using Fedora Core 6 pre-release for a couple of days now, and I'm ready to write about my experience so far. Overall, there are both good and bad things about Fedora. Here are some things that I like about it:

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European Unified Patent Court goes Open Source

Using Private Cloud and Drupal as a starting point together with small expert partners and agile management the new platform for the European UPC has been shaped to the exact requirements and quickly adapted while more needs surfaced. The only ready to use Open Source tool used has been Zarafa Collaboration Platform which integrated with the Case Management System will provide secure email, instant messaging, file sharing and video conferencing to the platform's users. The result is that, thanks to Open Source based platform and by working with SMEs, the UK IPO team has been able to deliver to the Unified Patent Court team the project earlier than planned and under budget. Read more

Linux Foundation: Open Source Programming and DevOps Jobs Plentiful

Open source can help you make money, especially if you have skills in programming or DevOps, which is emerging as one of the hottest areas of interest for hiring managers seeking open source admins and developers. That's according to the latest Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation, which is out this week. Read more Also: The 2016 Open Source Jobs Report: Companies Hungry for Professional Open Source Talent

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • The Simply Ubuntu Desktop
    Over on Flickr, fosco_ submitted this simple Ubuntu desktop, with just a few things tweaked for a cleaner experience. Like we’ve said, sometimes less is more, and this desktop makes good use of a few widgets to make a great UI even better.
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.5 Supports Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Debian 8.4
    The team of developers behind the HPLIP (short for HP Linux Imaging and Printing) project, announced a few moments ago the availability of the fifth maintenance build in the 3.16 stable series of the software. For those of you who are not in the loop, HP Linux Imaging and Printing is an open-source initiative to bring the latest HP (Hewlett-Packard) printer drivers to GNU/Linux operating systems. The software has a pretty active development team working behind it, releasing maintenance builds at least once a month.
  • Convergence delayed: Unity 8 won’t be the default desktop in Ubuntu 16.10
    Canonical’s vision of convergence—a single, highly adaptive environment that spans mobile and desktop uses—has been delayed yet again. The Unity 8 desktop and Mir display server, which are key to that vision, won’t be used by default in Ubuntu 16.10, according to discussion in the Ubuntu Online Summit.
  • Questions and answers: Ubuntu bq tablet
    After Jack Wallen's recent review of the bq Aquaris M10 tablet, he was hit with a number of questions about the tablet. Jack addresses some of those questions to help you decide if the Ubuntu tablet is a worthy investment.