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Finding Bugs With CFS

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Linux

kernelTRAP: A potential bug reported against the Completely Fair Scheduler suggested that it was causing a network slowdown, measured with the 'Iperf' bandwidth performance benchmarking tool. The performance hit was quickly tracked to the previously discussed changes in how CFS handles sched_yield().

Enable Automatic Time Synchronization In Ubuntu And Kubuntu

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HowTos

watchingthenet: If you are running KDE in Kubuntu or Gnome in Ubuntu, you can easily set up the clock to synchronize the time to any time source on the Internet. Doing so will keep the time on your System accurate and keep you from missing any appointments!

Making a backup reminder script

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HowTos

linux.com: I like to back up the data on my laptop computer as often as possible, just in case I have trouble with it. I have some large files on the laptop that prevent me from scheduling an Internet backup to my home machine, so I have written a script that reminds me to periodically plug in an external USB drive; then upon clicking continue, the reminder script runs my custom backup script.

Can Ubuntu Linux replace Windows Vista for consumers?

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OS

techlogg.com: But upon using Ubuntu for the first few days, I felt I’d stumbled on this utopian world where software wasn’t about companies check up on you and give you passwords and licenses, it was about creativity, about collaboration.

today's leftovers

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  • Hand-Me-Down Linux: The Notebook Edition

  • What else did Evans survey say?
  • Alexander Wolfe: In Debate Over Desktop Linux, It All Comes Down To Money
  • Gauging Microsoft threat to Europe's Linux users
  • SELinux — is it *really* too complex?
  • OLPC revisited - a skeptics view
  • Open source vs. proprietary software bugs: which get squashed fastest?

Technical Advisory Board Election Results

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Linux

kernelTRAP: James Bottomley announced the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board election results from September 5th, "sorry this has taken so long to get out ... I just, er, forgot." He noted that there were eight candidates.

Creating dynamic swap space

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HowTos

debian administration: When a GNU/Linux machine runs out of physical memory it will start to use any configured swap-space. This is usually a sign of trouble as swap files and partitions are significantly slower to access than physical memory, however having some swap is generally better than having none at all. Using a dynamic system can ease the maintainance of this size.

The trouble with artwork and free software licenses

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OSS

linux.com: Are you a crafter of icons, sounds, backgrounds and splash screens, or even window manager themes? Selecting the right license for your artwork to coexist with free software is no trivial task.

Also: Artwork/Incoming/GutsyIdeas

Linux Mint Celena - Initial review

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Linux

techzone: The download was slick and the LiveCD booted to a very impressive looking desktop. The artwork was awesome, I was simply bowled over. However, an error popped up informing me that Linux Mint Menu has quit unexpectedly.

Novell's Linux business spikes since Microsoft deal

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SUSE

computerworld: Novell's Linux business has soared 243 percent since last November when the company signed its controversial deal with Microsoft. And, that growth doesn't seem to be short-lived.

Linspire adds paid support option to Freespire

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Linux

desktoplinux: Linspire has announced the immediate availability of its first commercial paid support offerings for Freespire 2.0 users. Linspire has now made competitively priced paid support options available at its Freespire support site.

Sabayonlinux: How things are going

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planet.sabayonlinux.org: Well, this morning I was thinking that I need to blog a little bit more, so here I am. Things are going well on the Sabayon side, we released a nearly perfect miniEdition last week and that’s a good thing from the QA side. Talking about future releases:

openSUSE 10.3 RC 1 Report

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Reviews
SUSE
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OpenSUSE 10.3 final is due out in just a few days, so let's take a look at the progress. Folks have been testing this release candidate and posting their thoughts here and there. My own testing was delayed primarily due to the some of the joys of running Gentoo fulltime, but I was finally able to devote my full attention to openSUSE 10.3 RC1. As per my usual, I downloaded the DVD iso delta. This time it was 422 MB. I don't usually test everything with these developmental releases, but what I have tested is looking good.

NVIDIA SLI: Linux vs. Windows

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Hardware
Software

phoronix: It is going on two years since support for Scalable Link Interface (SLI) was introduced into NVIDIA's Linux binary display driver. This support had come a year after it was officially launched and supported by the Windows ForceWare display driver and there were a number of problems. However, things have changed recently and in this article we compare the single and dual GPU performance under both operating systems.

Also: Nouveau Companion 27

Five Ways Linux Is Better Than Vista

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crn.com: A user or sysadmin posts about problems with a brand new Vista PC on a support forum. Within minutes, a "helpful" soul suggests a fix: "Install Linux!"

Quickies: openSUSE 10.3 RC 2 Live-CDs, SUSE Linux 10.0 Soon Discontinued, And More

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opensuse news: Stephan Kulow has announced openSUSE 10.3 Live CDs based on Release Candidate 2 which also got synced out - its live installer should still be considered Alpha. The security support for SUSE Linux 10.0 will be discontinued soon, after over two years. The openSUSE Codecs Site went online which will provide openSUSE 10.3 users with hints when they try to play unsupported formats.

Gaming on Linux

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Gaming

foogazi.com: I’ve always been the guy my friends and family turn to with computer questions. I’ve also always been the guy my computer literate friends turn to with Linux questions. I always find myself answering the “Should I use Linux?” question with one simple answer: “Not if you want to play games. Stick with Windows.”

Linux4afrika: An Interview with the Founder

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Linux
Interviews

packt publishing: Linux4afrika has the objective of bridging the digital divide between the developed countries and the disadvantaged countries, especially in Africa, by supporting people getting access to information technology. In this interview with the founder Hans-Peter Merkel, we explore the idea, the support, and the future of this movement.

Fedora virtualization via Xen

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linux.com: Xen is a powerful new virtualization system that enables you to run multiple operating systems on one computer. Here's how you can install it on your Fedora machine, and how to get it configured to best suit your environment.

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    Windows 10 was the least secure of of current Windows versions in 2016, with 46% more vulnerabilities than either Windows 8 or 8.1, according to an analysis of Microsoft's own security bulletins in 2016. Security firm Avecto said its research, titled "2016 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Study: Mitigating risk by removing user privileges", had also found that a vast majority of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft products could be mitigated by removing admin rights. The research found that, despite its claims to being the "most secure" of Microsoft's operating systems, Windows 10 had 395 vulnerabilities in 2016, while Windows 8 and 8.1 each had 265. The research also found that while 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities were reported — marginally up from the 524 reported in 2015 — and 189 given a critical rating, 94% could be mitigated by removing admin rights. This was up from 85% in 2015.
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    According to Purism's Youness Alaoui, their Coreboot port to the Librem 13 v1 laptop is now considered complete. The Librem 13 was long talked about having Coreboot over a proprietary BIOS while the initial models still had shipped with the conventional BIOS. Finally in 2017, they have now Coreboot at what they consider to be 100% complete for this Linux-friendly laptop.
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Kerala saves Rs 300 cr as schools switch to open software

The Kerala government has made a saving of Rs 300 crore through introduction and adoption of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) in the school education sector, said a state government official on Sunday. IT became a compulsory subject in Kerala schools from 2003, but it was in 2005 only that FOSS was introduced in a phased manner and started to replace proprietary software. The decision made by the curriculum committee to implement it in the higher secondary sector has also been completed now. Read more

Tired of Windows and MAC computer systems? Linux may now be ready for prime time

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Braswell based Pico-ITX SBC offers multiple expansion options

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