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Boxee

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Software

aplawrence.com: Maybe it's because I'm just coming off having the flu. Maybe it's because at heart I'm an anti-social misanthropist. Whatever - Boxee leaves me underwhelmed.

Open Source versus Microsoft: The next battlefield

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OSS

reviews.cnet.com: The competition between Microsoft and Open Source software reaches into the automotive space with the announcement of a new alliance amongst automakers and technology providers called Genivi.

RadeonHD Driver Takes A Blow In Novell Layoffs

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Software
SUSE

phoronix.com: Due to the tough economic conditions around the world, Novell last month began slashing some of their workforce. As a major blow to the development of the open-source ATI graphics stack, one of the key RadeonHD driver developers has been lost.

Dia: A useful, though flawed, solution for simple diagrams

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Dia is specifically billed as a “diagram editor”, which is of course where the name comes from. In principle, you can create vector graphics “from scratch” in Dia, but the interface favors using the built-in symbols and simply connecting.

Ubuntu 'stagnation' is really innovation

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Ubuntu

news.cnet.com: Keir Thomas believes that Ubuntu and Mozilla Firefox have forgotten their core values in the rush to popularity. I can't agree.

SSD’s, Journaling, and noatime/relatime

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Linux

thunk.org/tytso/blog: On occasion, you will see the advice that the ext3 file system is not suitable for Solid State Disks (SSD’s) due to the extra writes caused by journaling — and so Linux users using SSD’s should use ext2 instead. However, is this folk wisdom actually true?

Before Google became Google: The original setup

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Google

royal.pingdom.com: Since it launched in 1998, Google has become one of the true giants of the Internet. These days, Google has data centers all around the world and hundreds of thousands of servers. Back in early 1998, the entire search engine and website ran on homemade Lego disk box.

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier Fights FOSS License FUD

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Interviews
SUSE

daniweb.com/blogs: Seems every time I write a piece suggesting open source as an option, I get a couple of comments warning readers about the scary complexities of open source licenses. So I decided to ask a guy who knows.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 292

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • First look: SimplyMEPIS 8.0

  • News: openSUSE gets system upgrade ability, Red Hat returns to the desktop, Novell signs with VMware, Arch drops ATI's Catalyst driver, interviews with Linux Mint and Kongoni developers, Linux Starter Kit
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 6 "Xfce", Dreamlinux 3.5
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC1
  • Donations: Wolvix GNU/Linux receives US$200
  • New additions: Estrella Roja, Maryan Linux
  • New distributions: dvd::rip Cluster live CD, Elementary OS, GUARA Linux OS, Hag GNU/Linux, Qimo 4 Kids
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Linux Foundation Announces Training Program to Meet Increasing Demand for Linux Talent

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Linux

linux-foundation.org: The Linux Foundation today announced the Linux Foundation Training Program, which will kick off with courses taught at the Linux Foundation’s Annual Collaboration Summit April 8 - 10, 2009 in San Francisco.

Building belonging is the secret to open source success

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OSS

arstechnica.com: Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon explained the importance of community building during a presentation at the Southern California Linux Expo.

Qimo and Linux MInty

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Linux

jdeeth.blogspot: This week on Linux Monday, let's look at two Ubuntu-based distributions that are designed to make things easy. One's for kids, and one does a little more of the setup work for you.

Linux Netbook Roundup

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Linux
Hardware

Desktop Linux: Ready for the mainstream

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Linux

infoworld.com: When my colleague Neil McAllister made the case for desktop Linux, I snorted, "Give me a break! Desktop Linux is nowhere." He challenged me to try it myself. He had a point: It had been a decade since I fired up any desktop Linux distro. So I accepted his challenge. My verdict:

Linux is like an onion

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: Linux is like an onion. Not in the sense that it will make you cry. All operating systems do that every now and again, some more than others. It is like an onion in the sense of how it is constructed.

some howtos & others

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News
HowTos
  • Customize The Ubuntu 8.10 Boot Splash

  • Installing a New Hard Drive on Ubuntu
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 10 Episode 1
  • Convert audio files with Gnormalize
  • Good, Cheap Tech for Schools, Cloud Computing and More
  • My Experiences With Ubuntu 9.04 So Far
  • Flip - Convert text file line endings between Unix and DOS formats
  • Blueman - Bluetooth manager for Ubuntu
  • Mounting LVM
  • How to Install Adobe Flash in Debian Etch/Lenny
  • The Last Word: Where’s the Beef?
  • Finding differences in two files with TkDiff
  • How to install Gnome Do in 3 minutes
  • Build your own email server with Postfix
  • Draksnapshot

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #131

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #131 for the week of February 22nd- February 28th, 2009 is now available.

Gentoo Linux - how to save no energy?

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Gentoo

marscel.wordpress: Yeah, yeah, there’re guys out there that really enjoy tuning their cars, travelling around by plane, doing whatever and those claiming Genoo Linux is of ultimate performance.

Dell & Ubuntu's mighty Mini 9

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Hardware

blogs.computerworld.com: Dell & Ubuntu's mighty Mini 9 Want a great Linux netbook for a great price? Then, give Dell's Ubuntu-powered Mini 9 a try. I like netbooks. Not all netbooks are created equal, though.

GOS 3.1 Mini Review

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Linux

ryanorser.com: Today I am going to review GOS 3.1 codenamed Gadgets. This is a great Operating System because it has stuff I will use a lot: GMail, Pidgin, Calendar, Youtube (for my sister as she loves it,) FireFox, Open Office and a lot more great programs!

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Doxyqml 0.4.0

After almost two years, here comes a new version of Doxyqml, the QML filter for Doxygen. This new version adds a new command-line option: --namespace to wrap the generated C++ in a namespace, and makes the parser more robust. Nothing ground-breaking, but some nice changes nevertheless. What's interesting with this project is that I don't use it these days, but it still receives contributions from time to time. This puts me in the unusual position (for me) where most of my contributions to the project are reviewing code, cleaning things, a bit of infrastructure (I just added code coverage checks: 88%, not too bad) and release management. Surprisingly, I like doing this, I am happy to see this little tool remains useful enough that others keep it alive. Read more

Plasma 5.12.5, Applications 18.04.1 and Frameworks 5.46.0 by KDE now available in Chakra

On your next system upgrade you will receive all the latest versions of KDE’s Plasma, Applications and Frameworks, in addition to several other package updates. For more details and the full changelogs on KDE’s software releases, you can read the official announcements: Plasma 5.12.5 Applications 18.04.1 Frameworks 5.46.0 Other noteworthy package updates include wine 3.8, skypeforlinux 8.20.0.9 and pypy 6.0.0. Read more

SMTube review - Your train to Youtube

It's a no brainer. On the desktop, you go online, and you open a tab and you load Youtube, and then you play clips. But then, on mobile devices, you have dedicated applications, which usually offer a somewhat more efficient media experience. So, on the desktop, it's the browser way or the ... SMTube way? SMTube is a cross-platform Youtube player, which allows you to search and play videos from the popular media platform, with some additional search tweaks and filters, and extra download options, all this from the desktop, without having to keep a browser tab open. It's a convenient tool to use, and with the recent rewrite, it actually works, and it works fairly well. I decided to test to see what gives. [...] SMTube looks like a nice tool. It is not strictly necessary or needed, but it does allow you to have Youtube open and playing, even if you're not currently using your browser, i.e. you can use it like any other media player. This is nice, plus you get a clean and intuitive interface, decent search and filter options, and it's easy to change settings and configure additional players. You also have the option to download clips. I don't know where SMTube stands when it comes to Google, Youtube, but ordinary users will surely appreciate the extra flexibility they get with a media player rather than just a browser tab. Of course, you're not signed in, you don't get recommendations, comments or playlists, and such, so I guess there are benefits to going directly to Youtube. But if you're only after what Youtube can play without any socializing, SMTube is an excellent choice. It's had a rough ride, it never quite fully worked for me in my various distro reviews, but this new version is stable, robust and works well. At the very least, it's worth testing. Choo choo. Read more