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Why desktop Linux really hasn’t (yet) succeeded

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Linux

zdnet blogs: The most important reason you don’t see Linux desktops everywhere you look is that Linux desktop applications aren’t generally compelling.

GPLv3 shunned, survey says

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OSS

infoworld blogs: Just 6 percent of developers working with open-source software have adopted the new GNU General Public License version 3, an Evans Data survey has found.

Negative Press about Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

LoCo About Ubuntu!: There really has been some good reviews of Ubuntu, as well as editorials, but in the past week or so there seems to have been a mini-explosion of anti-Ubuntu articles. They seem to be coming from two groups of people.

IBM's Symphony Hitting Wrong Notes, Reviewers Say

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Software

pcworld.com: Early user reviews of IBM's new Lotus Symphony office software suite are unlikely to be music to IBM's ears. "Overall, I don't see this as an Office killer," blogged a tester.

some howtos, shorts, and leftovers

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News
  • Howto: SSH without a password

  • Obscure Linux Commands: Cheating At Word Games
  • Key Authentication for SSH with GUI Configuration in Fedora and Ubuntu
  • Six Keys to the Success of Desktop Linux
  • Pamela Jones gets gong
  • steveno: Debian
  • steveno: Wolvix
  • openSUSE 10.3 almost ready
  • OpenSuse 10.3 is a dissapointment
  • Qtparted - a graphical partition editor

Will Linux Ever be a Popular Desktop Product?

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: Linux, although it’s highly touted as a more secure and reliable operating system, simply won’t work in my environment. I suppose I could consider Linux for my servers, but not for my desktops. In fact, I’ve seen it reported that Linux is running on eight of the ten most reliable Web Hosting Servers. But for desktop systems, Linux is almost nowhere to be seen.

Ubuntu Gutsy’s new default wallpaper

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Ubuntu

lunapark: Over the weekend Ubuntu released the likely default wallpaper for their next release Gutsy 7.10 (coming in October). Although it’s only a wallpaper, it does help to mold the first impressions.

Get into KDE Hacking

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KDE

Aaron Seigo: A couple of blog entries back a reader left this comment: About kde hacking though, I'm in the first year of a computer science program that I don't think is going to touch on anything kde related, Where should I start if I wanted to get into kde hacking? Pick up the qt 4 manual, or something else?

Why I Haven't Reviewed Puppy Linux

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Linux

Caitlyn Martin: Every time I write a review I get comments and e-mails asking me to review Puppy Linux. Puppy has lots of people who really seem to love and zealously support the distro. I invariably download a copy (most recently 2.17) and try and run it. I invariably give up on it very quickly.

Generic Filesystem Caching Facility

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "The attached patch adds a generic intermediary (FS-Cache) by which filesystems may call on local caching capabilities, and by which local caching backends may make caches available," explained David Howells describing his "generic filesystem caching facility" patch.

PC-BSD 1.4 Released

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BSD

pcbsd.org: The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 1.4 (da Vinci edition)! Some highlights include Xorg 7.2, KDE 3.5.7, and Compiz-Fusion 0.5.2.

LugRadio Returns With Season 5

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Linux

jonobacon: Today the LugRadio team are proud to announce opening of Season 5 with the very first episode entitled All Things Happen In Fives. This is not just any old season though, we have two new presenters, Adam Sweet and Chris Procter, a brand new website, some new promotional photography and we are also going to be doing more live shows with Season 5.

Marcel Marceau, Renowned Mime, Dies at 84

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Obits

nytimes: Marcel Marceau, the wiry French mime who mostly performed as the chalk-faced Bip and did much to revive the art of pantomime, died Saturday in France. He was 84.

Looking for Algae--the Next Voyage

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Misc

Jon maddog Hall: Algae is very important to our lives. It is estimated that 73% to 87% of the net global production of oxygen is produced by algae. It is at the bottom of the food chain. How does this fit in with computing?

PRISM Coalition lobbies against open access

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Misc

linux.com: Forces are mashaling to oppose the open access movement, the open source-inspired movement to make academic research publicly available online. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) recently announced the creation of the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine (PRISM), an apparent lobby group organized to resist efforts to compel academic publishers to make publicly funded research generally available.

A free market for free software

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OS

ZDNet: It is one thing to recognise a problem, quite another to fix it. Although the Globalisation Institute is quite correct in saying that Microsoft's effective monopoly of the desktop is unfair to competitors and holds back the market, its proposed solution is no solution at all.

Microsoft's in the hen house

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Microsoft

raiden's realm: One of the biggest things that bothers me about Linux today is how it continues to fail at gaining any decent ground against Microsoft. By now, Linux should be kicking in Microsoft's door, stormtrooper style. But instead, the only jack boots I see around here are those worn by Microsoft.

howtos and stuff

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HowTos
  • hping: Your Linux Network Traffic Generator

  • Tips and tricks: How can I use webalizer to process the logs of multiple virtual hosts?
  • Gmail Manager extension lets you manage multiple accounts
  • Group text editing with Gobby
  • Vamp the Linux LAMP with PHP
  • Installing OpenOffice.org 2.3 on Fedora, Red Hat and Centos Linux
  • Getting things done with mutt
  • How to shutdown and reboot without sudo
  • OOo: Sorting by months or days of the week, in date order instead of alphabetical order

E-tailer cuts licensing costs with Linux server

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Linux

computerweekly: An online retailer has saved more than £56,000 in software licensing costs after moving its IT platform from Microsoft Windows to Linux. "Under a Linux environment our server software licensing costs are a tenth of what it was costing us under Microsoft," said Angus Gow, programme director at Iwantoneofthose.com.

digiKam splashscreens contest : and the winners are...

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Software

digikam.org: This weekend, the team have voted to choose the splashscreens used with next release. You can seen the pictures with links below:

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Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • [elementaryOS] AppCenter: Funded
    A few moments ago, we hit 100% funded for our AppCenter campaign on Indiegogo. Thank you, backers! More than 300 people backed us over just two weeks to help bring our pay-what-you-want indie app store to life.
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  • LEDE-17.01 is coming [Ed: it has actually just come out, just like LWN's paywall]
    For some years, OpenWrt has arguably been the most active router-oriented distribution. Things changed in May of last year, though, when a group of OpenWrt developers split off to form the competing LEDE project. While the LEDE developers have been busy, the project has yet to make its first release. That situation is about to change, though, as evidenced by the LEDE v17.01.0-rc1 release candidate, which came out on February 1. Many of the changes made in LEDE since the 2015 OpenWrt "Chaos Calmer" release will not be immediately visible to most users. The core software has been updated, of course, including a move to the 4.4.42 kernel. There are a number of security-oriented enhancements, including a switch to SHA256 for package verification, the disabling of support for several old and insecure protocols, compilation with stack-overwrite detection, and more. There is support for a number of new devices. Perhaps the most anticipated new feature, though, is the improved smart queue management and the WiFi fairness work that has been done as part of the bufferbloat project. It has been clear for some time that WiFi should work far better than it does; the work that has found its way into the LEDE release candidate should be a significant step in that direction. Your editor decided that it was time to give LEDE a try, but there was some shopping to be done first. Getting the full benefit from the bufferbloat and airtime fairness work requires the right chipset; most of this work has been done on the Atheros ath9k driver. So the first step was to go out and pick up a new router with ath9k wireless. That is where the things turned out to be harder than one might expect.
  • Microsoft Faces European Privacy Probes Over Windows 10
    Microsoft Corp. faces a coordinated investigation by European privacy regulators after it failed to do enough to address their concerns about the collection and processing of user data with a series of changes to Windows 10 last month. European Union data-protection officials sent a letter to Microsoft saying they remain “concerned about the level of protection of users’ personal data,” according to a copy of the document posted by the Dutch watchdog Tuesday. Regulators from seven countries are concerned that even after the announced changes, “Microsoft does not comply with fundamental privacy rules.”