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Microsoft's audacity at its best: "Our software is less of a security risk than Linux, Mac OS X"

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Matt Asay: Wow. Sometimes, you read things like this and you wonder if Microsoft employees inhabit the same universe. Apparently, they haven't been following the rampant, constant security holes discovered and exploited in Windows over the past decade.

Vista: They took five years for this?

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Microsoft

iTWire: Linux users can, at times, be the worst kind of ingrates, whining and complaining about what they perceive as missing features in a free operating system. My advice to all such whingers: spend 10 days using the latest version of Windows and you'll realise that you are living in a world of relative bliss.

Relive a classic, penguin style

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Gaming

FOSSwire: How long did you use to spend sitting in front of a PC or NES playing the classic Lemmings? Don’t lie. That’s right, countless hours. Well, prepare to do it all over again in the open-source game Pingus.

Open Source is Not Innovative

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OSS

huffingtonpost.com: Quick -- name an open source product that's innovative. If you said "Linux," you failed the test. Linux -- the darling of counter-culture programmers, for its "free software" advocacy and for providing an alternative to Microsoft Windows -- is not an innovation. It's essentially a copy of another operating system, called Unix, that has been around since the 1970s.

KDE's Plasma is heating up

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KDE

linux.com: If you visited the Plasma project's outdated Web site in past weeks, you might have gotten the impression that the team behind the project to revitalize the KDE desktop hasn't been up to much these past months. Delve into KDE's SVN repository, mailing lists, or the mind of lead developer Aaron Seigo, however, and you'll find a more exciting story.

Also: KDE 4 to have Cool Icon Enhancement

Amarok 1.4.6 Released

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Software

Your very own Amarok team announces the immediate availability of the latest 1.4 series release, 1.4.6. So, what's new?

Digging People Out of Holes via the Command Line

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Software

ubuntu-tutorials.com: If nothing else it is proof that the Linux command line is a very powerful tool.. if you take the time to learn it.

Ubuntu on a $99 computer

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Ubuntu

p2pnet.net: Chipzilla is doing everything it can to undercut MIT's One Laptop Per Child project not, sadly, in the name of helping disadvantaged kids in Africa and elsewhere, but instead to pander to the God of the Bottom Line. But it's not the only game in town and another cheap system is quietly trundling along in the background.

NVIDIA Linux Display Driver v. 100.14.11 Released

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Software

Version: 100.14.11
Operating Systems: Linux x86, Linux x64, FreeBSD x86, & Solaris x64/x86
Release Date: June 21, 2007

Dirty Dell or Deliverer Dell?

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Ubuntu

Nosredna Ekim: There have been many whispers and flat out rants in the blogosphere about Dell’s lack of advertising, support and passion for the Ubuntu systems that they are selling. This could actually hurt the Dell initiative.

Linux gaming, part three: strategy games (continued)

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Gaming

kahvipapu.com: As many readers pointed out, there are many cool strategy games available for Linux that weren’t mentioned in the part two. These games are simply too good to be missed, so here’s take two for the strategy games.

Linux file recovery

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HowTos

blog.lxpages.com: If you’re like me, you must’ve at some point deleted a file or directory that you immediately regretted after. On Windows, it’s easy to recover…just go to recycle bin and restore but on Linux, how do you do it?

Things We’re Tired of Hearing from Linux Users

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Linux

askreamaor.com: Now hear this: From now on, Linux fans can just retire these tired old lines, because they have been officially declared to not work any more!

Leaving a trail of breadcrumbs (using bookmarks) in OpenOffice Writer

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HowTos

OpenOffice.org Training, Tips, and Ideas: You can use the Navigator for a huge number of things to find your way throughout a Writer document. I want to point out something specific today. You can insert bookmarks in a Writer document, and use the Navigator to find them.

Rumors of new Gnash functionality exaggerated

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Software

linux.com: A free Flash viewer is one of the last major gaps in GNU/Linux desktop functionality, so last week's news that Gnash, the free Flash player, had reached the stage where it could play YouTube and Lulu.tv videos seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was.

Make Windows and Linux Play Nice

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HowTos

Pimp Your Linux: This article will show you how to get NTFS partitions working in Linux for read/write access, and how to get EXT3 file systems working in windows.

The Many Faces Of Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

lockergnome blogs: Ubuntu may just be one of the most popular distributions that the Linux community has developed over the past 5 years. What has made this distribution so popular is not only is it available for free download but you can also get a free CD mailed to you as well.

Customize Conky

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HowTos

Linux by Example: conky is a light-weight system monitor, which it draws the system information with text, lines and dots. conky allows customization, in fact it is a drawing block that prepare for you to configure. Put all your settings into ~/.conkyrc.

Is Open Source Dying?

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OSS

eWeek: On the face of it, open-source software has been gaining ground of late. The much-anticipated draft of GNU GPLv3 (GNU General Public License Version 3) has been finally published, giving the open-source community an opportunity to finally get out of its own way.

Also: Linux Is Free to Sidestep a Stubborn FSF
And: Open Source Bites Back
&: Crack in open source community

SLAX 6.0.0 RC4 Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix: The Slackware-based mini LiveCD Linux distribution, SLAX, has come out with its fourth release candidate for the upcoming 6.0 release. New in SLAX 6.0.0 RC4 is the Linux 2.6.21.5 kernel, KDE 3.5.7, new Linux-Live technologies.

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today's leftovers

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  • Kernel maintenance, Brillo style
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  • Reviewing Project Management Service `Wrike` And Seems Interesting
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  • World Wine News Issue 403
  • OSVR on Steam, Unity drops legacy OpenGL, and more gaming news
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest 2016
    This November from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 was held in Berlin the GNOME Core Apps Hackfest. My focus during this hackfest was to start implementing a widget for the series view of the Videos application, following a mockup by Allan Day.
  • Worth Watching: What Will Happen to Red Hat Inc Next? The Stock Just Declined A Lot
  • Vetr Inc. Lowers Red Hat Inc. (RHT) to Buy
  • Redshift functionality on Fedora 25 (GNOME + Wayland). Yes, it's possible!
    For those who can't live without screen colour shifting technology such as Redshift or f.lux, myself being one of them, using Wayland did pose the challenge of having these existing tools not working with the Xorg replacement. Thankfully, all is not lost and it is possible even right now. Thanks to a copr repo, it's particularly easy on Fedora 25. One of the changes that comes with Wayland is there is currently no way for third-party apps to modify screen gamma curves. Therefore, no redshift apps, such as Redshift itself (which I recently covered here) will work while running under Wayland.
  • My Free Software Activities in November 2016
  • Google's ambitious smartwatch vision is failing to materialise
    In February this year, Google's smartwatch boss painted me a rosy picture of the future of wearable technology. The wrist is, David Singleton said, "the ideal place for the power of Google to help people with their lives."
  • Giving Thanks (along with a Shipping Update)
    Mycroft will soon be available as a pre-built Raspberry Pi 3 image for any hobbyist to use. The new backend we have been quietly building is emerging from beta, making the configuration and management of you devices simple. We are forming partnerships to get Mycroft onto laptops, desktops and other devices in the world. Mycroft will soon be speaking to you throughout your day.
  • App: Ixigo Indian Rail Train PNR Status for Tizen Smart Phones
    Going on a train journey in India? Ixigo will check the PNR status, the train arrival and departure & how many of the particular tickets are left that you can purchase. You can also do a PNR status check to make sure that your seat is booked and confirmed.

Networking and Servers

  • How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud
    In my last infrastructure update, I documented our challenges with storage as GitLab scales. We built a CephFS cluster to tackle both the capacity and performance issues of NFS and decided to replace PostgreSQL standard Vacuum with the pg_repack extension. Now, we're feeling the pain of running a high performance distributed filesystem on the cloud.
  • Hype Driven Development
  • SysAdmins Arena in a nutshell
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Desktop GNU/Linux

  • PINEBOOK Latest News: Affordable Linux Laptop at Only $89 Made by Raspberry Pi Rival, PINE
    PINE, the rival company of Raspberry Pi and maker of the $20 Pine A64, has just announced its two below $100-priced Linux laptops, known as PINEBOOK. The affordable Linux laptop is powered by Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor and comes with an 11.6" or 14" monitor.
  • Some thoughts about options for light Unix laptops
    I have an odd confession: sometimes I feel (irrationally) embarrassed that despite being a computer person, I don't have a laptop. Everyone else seems to have one, yet here I am, clearly behind the times, clinging to a desktop-only setup. At times like this I naturally wind up considering the issue of what laptop I might get if I was going to get one, and after my recent exposure to a Chromebook I've been thinking about this once again. I'll never be someone who uses a laptop by itself as my only computer, so I'm not interested in a giant laptop with a giant display; giant displays are one of the things that the desktop is for. Based on my experiences so far I think that a roughly 13" laptop is at the sweet spot of a display that's big enough without things being too big, and I would like something that's nicely portable.
  • What is HiDPI and Why Does it Matter?

Google and Mozilla

  • Google Rolls Out Continuous Fuzzing Service For Open Source Software
    Google has launched a new project for continuously testing open source software for security vulnerabilities. The company's new OSS-Fuzz service is available in beta starting this week, but at least initially it will only be available for open source projects that have a very large user base or are critical to global IT infrastructure.
  • Mozilla is doing well financially (2015)
    Mozilla announced a major change in November 2014 in regards to the company's main revenue stream. The organization had a contract with Google in 2014 and before that had Google pay Mozilla money for being the default search engine in the Firefox web browser. This deal was Mozilla's main source of revenue, about 329 million US Dollars in 2014. The change saw Mozilla broker deals with search providers instead for certain regions of the world.