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Story Would you crowdfund a $500 Ubuntu “open to the core” laptop? Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2014 - 6:36pm
Story More File-System Tests Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2014 - 6:24pm
Story How To Install IceCat On Any Distro BenIX 22/11/2014 - 5:17pm
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today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Confirms Linux Netbook Returns Higher than Anticipated

  • October promises to be hot month for Drupal, Mono, OpenOffice, Ubuntu
  • Microsoft's OOXML Endgame Revealed?
  • In Open Source Development, Does Money Change Everything?
  • KWord: ODF Lists
  • GIMP User Manual 2.4.2 Released
  • One more 2.6.27 prepatch
  • Freeing your phone with the FIC Neo FreeRunner
  • Executive moves: Sonatype and Novell upgrade their open-source execs
  • Interview: Rich Green, Executive VP of Software, Sun Microsystems
  • Linux Void Episode 9 - Cockta Rules
  • Areca and plan/b offer Java-based backup for Linux
  • Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase Winners
  • New Manju project plans to redraw desktop art
  • maddog: digital tipping point
  • You get what you pay for: Paid contributors drive open source
  • zypper best feature
  • The Future of KDE's Online Presence?

Is .NET on Linux Finally Ready?

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Software

internetnews.com: Microsoft's .NET framework on Linux is getting a big boost today with the official release of Novell's Mono 2.0. With the latest version, the gap between the two is getting smaller.

Rewarding Scottish Open Source

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OSS

openpr.com (PR): The 2008 Scottish Open Source Awards is now open for nominations. As we talk around we are hearing of Open Source initiatives in Scotland that are outside of the seen Open Source community.

What Wall Street can learn from FOSS

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OSS

itwire.com: If you haven't been living under a rock in recent times, you would be fully aware of the serious financial crisis in which the US finds itself. And as the contagion spreads, in smaller measure, to the rest of the world, people's thoughts often devolve to cost-cutting.

openSUSE turns 3

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SUSE

zonker.opensuse: Just three years ago today, the openSUSE Project announced its first release. Andreas Jaeger sent the word out to the opensuse-announce list on October 6, 2005, announcing the release of SUSE Linux 10.0.

Linux netbook return rates higher?

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Tung's statement may reflect his subjective impression, rather than actual return figures. Still, it is worth noting that early netbook vendors do often rush to market with hasty Linux implementations.

Mozilla: We're Not Using Firefox to Track You

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Moz/FF

appscout.com: Mozilla on Monday denied that it wants to use its Firefox browser to track your online activities. Firefox and Mozilla will remain intensely focused on privacy, protection of personal data and user control over that data.

What won't the next version of Ubuntu bring us?

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Ubuntu

blogs.howtogeek: We’re just a couple of weeks away from the Ubuntu 8.10 launch on the 30th, but the feature list doesn’t look that impressive. In this article we’re going through 7 most requested Ubuntu features that didn’t make the cut in this release.

Review: Shuttle KPC K-4800

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Linux
Hardware

reviews.cnet.com: We liked Shuttle's original low-cost Linux desktop, but even though the KPC K-4800 adds a DVD drive and a few other upgrades, the price increase takes a toll on its overall value. Regardless of their operating system, too many Windows PCs give you more hardware for the money.

OOXML standardisation: Norwegian experts resign

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OSS

heise-online.co.uk: Thirteen of the twenty three members of the Standard Norge expert committee, which dealt with the standardisation of Microsoft's OOXML document format, have announced their resignations. They are protesting against the way Norway's decision in favour of ISO standardisation was made.

Linux, Seti@Home, And The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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Software
HowTos

hightechsister.com: “The destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars…beyond Mars. Other star systems. Living worlds.” I was never too good at using a telescope, but that’s done nothing to hinder my endless fascination with the stars. I can’t help but to wonder what’s really out there.

The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet: On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs. While this doesn’t impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come — the move is another symbolic nail in Vista’s coffin.

Also: Vista R.I.P.

Usenet for Linux

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Linux

I’ve already done an article called Usenet for Dummies, where you can learn about what exactly Usenet is. Go read that article if you haven’t already. If you have, then this article will go over a variety of tools you need to get up and running with Usenet on Linux.

Just Released: Amarok 2.0 Beta 2

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Software

softpedia.com: The Amarok team has proudly announced a few hours ago the second beta release of the upcoming Amarok 2.0 music player. The much-anticipated release brings lots of improvements, new features and numerous bug fixes.

commandline interface here to stay!

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: I do my best to contain my emotions when I run across something on the forums that irritates me. What has gotten my goat lately (aside from the random nitpicking over default themes), is the constant attempts to earmark command line use as some sort of detriment to Linux altogether.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Examining the Compilation Process. Part 1

  • How to Compress and Split Files in Ubuntu
  • Short Tip: Managing system services on the command line
  • Wireless headphones on a budget
  • openSUSE 11.0 on eMac G4
  • HowTo Remaster a LiveCD or LiveDVD using SLAX
  • Clean up your filesystems with fslint
  • Error: Could not find kernel image: Linux

Sneak Peak at Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.0 (beta)

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Software

helpforlinux.blogspot: Recently I got an opportunity to try out the latest beta of Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.0. After taking it for a test drive, here are my thoughts.

some interviews

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Interviews
  • The spread of Open Source (Santhosh D'Souza, Sun Microsystems India)

  • Interview: Gentoo's Berkholz and Gaffney Look Ahead
  • The man who wears the Red Hat (Jim Whitehurst)

Poll indicates a turning away from Linux

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Linux

eetimes.eu: About one third of the respondents to an EE Times Europe poll are planning to use Linux as an embedded operating system in their next project. This compares with about 50 percent when the same question was asked one year ago.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 273

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Overviews: Linux Mint and CentOS

  • News: Barry Kauler retires from Puppy Linux, more OpenSolaris features
  • Released last week: Ultima Linux 8.4, NetSecL 2.3
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2009, NetBSD 4.0.1
  • Site news: DistroWatch on Voice of America
  • Donations: Miro receives US$300
  • New additions: BlankOn
  • New distributions: Incogninto LiveCD, Privatix Live-System
  • Reader comments

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

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today's leftovers

  • State of Linux Containers
    In this video from the Stanford HPC Conference, Christian Kniep from Docker Inc. presents: State of Containers. “This talk will recap the history of and what constitutes Linux Containers, before laying out how the technology is employed by various engines and what problems these engines have to solve. Afterward, Christian will elaborate on why the advent of standards for images and runtimes moved the discussion from building and distributing containers to orchestrating containerized applications at scale. In conclusion, attendees will get an update on what problems still hinder the adoption of containers for distributed high performance workloads and how Docker is addressing these issues.”
  • ONS 2018: Networking Reimagined
    For the past seven years, Open Networking Summit (ONS) has brought together the networking industry’s ecosystem of network operators, vendors, open source projects, leading researchers, and investors to discuss the latest SDN and NFV developments that will shape the future of the networking industry. With this year’s event, taking place March 26-29, 2018 in Los Angeles, ONS will evolve its approach as the premier open source networking event. We’re excited to share three new aspects of this year’s ONS that you won’t want to miss:
  • AT&T contributes code to Linux open source edge computing project
    The Linux Foundation recently announced a new project, dubbed Akraino, to develop an open source software stack capable of supporting high-availability cloud services for edge computing systems and applications. To kick off the project, AT&T will contribute code made for carrier-scale edge computing applications running in virtual machines and containers.
  • AT&T Brings Akraino Networking Project to Edge of the Linux Foundation
    The Linux Foundation has been particularly busy in 2018 thus far consolidating its existing networking project under a single umbrella, known as LF Networking. That umbrella might need to get a bit larger, as on Feb. 20 the Linux Foundation announced the new Akraino project, with code coming initially from AT&T.
  • FreeOffice 2016 – An Efficient Alternative to Microsoft Office
    FreeOffice 2016 is the latest version of the Office software from SoftMaker. In fact, you wouldn’t be wrong if you called it the free version of SoftMaker Office 2018 seeing as it features the same suite of applications.
  • Stellaris 2.0 'Cherryh' patch & Stellaris: Apocalypse expansion released, over 1.5 million copies sold
    Stellaris: Apocalypse [Steam], the latest expansion for the grand space strategy game from Paradox Development Studio is out. The big 2.0 'Cherryh' patch is also now available. Paradox has also announced today, that Stellaris has officially passed 1.5 million copies sold making it one of their most popular games ever made. I'm not surprised by this, as I consider Stellaris their most accessible game.
  • Action-packed platformer with local and online co-op 'Vagante' has left Early Access
    After being in Early Access for quite some time, the action-packed platformer 'Vagante' [Steam, Official Site] has now officially left Early Access.
  • Gentoo has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code 2018 mentoring organization
  • Getting Debian booting on a Lenovo Yoga 720
    I recently got a new work laptop, a 13” Yoga 720. It proved difficult to install Debian on; pressing F12 would get a boot menu allowing me to select a USB stick I have EFI GRUB on, but after GRUB loaded the kernel and the initrd it would just sit there never outputting anything else that indicated the kernel was even starting. I found instructions about Ubuntu 17.10 which helped but weren’t the complete picture. What seems to be the situation is that the kernel won’t happily boot if “Legacy Support” is not enabled - enabling this (and still booting as EFI) results in a happier experience.
  • Dell PowerEdge T30
    I just did a Debian install on a Dell PowerEdge T30 for a client. The Dell web site is a bit broken at the moment, it didn’t list the price of that server or give useful specs when I was ordering it. I was under the impression that the server was limited to 8G of RAM, that’s unusually small but it wouldn’t be the first time a vendor crippled a low end model to drive sales of more expensive systems. It turned out that the T30 model I got has 4*DDR4 sockets with only one used for an 8G DIMM. It apparently can handle up to 64G of RAM.
  • Quad-Ethernet SBC and controller tap new Renesas RZ/N1D SoC
    Emtrion’s Linux-ready “SBC-RZN1D” SBC, which will soon power a “Flex2COM” controller, features a Renesas dual-core -A7 RZ/N1D SoC and 4x LAN ports, and is designed for multi-protocol fieldbus communications. Emtrion, which recently announced its emCON-RZ/G1H module based on an octa-core Renesas RZ/G1H SoC, has unveiled a Renesas based, quad-LAN port SBC-RZN1D SBC focused on industrial communication. The SBC-RZN1D taps the Renesas RZ/N1D (R9006G032), one of a new line of RZ/N1D SoCs launched last year by Renesas for industrial multi-protocol communications. Renesas recently collaborated with Avnet to ship its own dual-Ethernet Renesas RZ/N1D Solution Kit (see farther below).
  • Postage-Stamp Linux
    There was a time when big operating systems ran on big iron. IBM, Data General, Burroughs, DEC, and other computer makers built big machines with big, blinking lights, and big price tags. They ran grown-up software and they supported multiuser operating systems. If you wanted a toy, you built a microcomputer. If you wanted a real machine for serious work, you bought a mainframe. Maybe a minicomputer, if it were for lesser tasks.
  • Most Popular Android Versions In February 2018 (Always Updated List)
    Android is the most used operating system on the planet. In fact, it’s almost omnipresent in the mobile ecosystem. Even the Android versions, like Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, etc. have been able to build their individual fan following.

Red Hat and Fedora: David Egts, Radcom, Google Summer of Code 2018, FOSS Wave

  • Red Hat’s David Egts: Microservices Tech Could Help Simplify App Deployment
    David Egts, chief technologist for Red Hat’s public sector, told MeriTalk in an interview published Wednesday that the microservices technology works to help the developer split complex, large applications into small components and share them with other members of the DevOps team.
  • Radcom partners with Red Hat for NFV management
    Radcom announced it is collaborating with Red Hat to provide operators with a fully virtualized network visibility solution running on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. As operators transition to NFV, a critical first step is gaining end-to-end network visibility. This collaboration enables operators to attain cloud-native network visibility without the hassle of building their own private cloud infrastructure, the vendor said. Once the operator's transition to NFV matures, integration efforts with the NFV and MANO infrastructure can be simplified.
  • The Markets Are Undervaluing these stock’s: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Xerox Corporation (XRX)
  • Meeder Asset Management Inc. Has $1.75 Million Holdings in Red Hat Inc (RHT)
  • Justin W. Flory: Humanitarian open source work: My internship at UNICEF
    In December, I received the happy news of an offer for a internship position at UNICEF in the Office of Innovation. The Office of Innovation drives rapid technological innovation by rapid prototyping of new ideas and building full-stack products to make a positive impact in the lives of children. This is a simple answer, but a more detailed description is on our website. My internship at UNICEF is unique: I support open source community engagement and research as my primary task for the MagicBox project. For years, I’ve done this in open source communities in my free time (namely SpigotMC and Fedora), but never in a professional role. As I navigate my way through this exciting opportunity, I plan to document some of the experience as I go through blogging. My intent is that my observations and notes will be useful to someone else in the humanitarian open source space (or maybe to a future me).
  • Fedora participating in Google Summer of Code 2018
    GSoC is a summer program aiming to bring more student developers into open source software development. It enables students to spend their summer break working with open source organizations on projects proposed by participating organizations and supported by mentors.
  • FOSS Wave with Fedora at KGISL, Coimbatore
    Recently, I was invited by Prem to NASSCOM to give a brief talk on FOSS and Technology as part of the FOSS Wave community. Prem is doing a great job there by putting his effort in helping students from Tier2 and Tier3 cities. Around twenty enthusiastic students were selected and invited to Bengaluru to take part in such events. Mine was one of them. I conducted a GitHub session after Intro to FOSS and a brief intro about Fedora Project.

OSS Leftovers

  • Comment: Many happy returns to open source
    Twenty years ago the phrase “open source” was first used and the development of software – and hardware – was changed forever. Very few designers today will not use some element of open source software in their development projects.
  • Percona Unveils Full Conference Session Schedule for the Annual Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2018
  • Worth seeing in Barcelona: Open source for white box vRAN solutions
    News this week from cloud and carrier infrastructure platform company Kontron builds on our earlier coverage of the emerging virtual radio access network (vRAN); a promising technology that could help the evolution to 5G by maximising available bandwidth while lowering costs. The market for open vRAN solutions is gaining wider acceptance as operators seek more cost-effective approaches to network architectures and deployment. According to analyst firm Research and Markets, the growth of the vRAN market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 125 per cent during the next three years.
  • Barcelona is the first city council to join the FSFE's "Public Money? Public Code!" campaign
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    Researchers at Earlham Institute (EI) have released ‘GeneSeqToFamily’, an open-source Galaxy workflow that helps scientists to find gene families based on the ‘EnsemblCompara GeneTrees’ pipeline. Published in Gigascience, the open source Galaxy workflow aims to make researchers job of finding find gene families much easier.
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    DevOps, it has often been pointed out, is a culture that emphasizes mutual respect, cooperation, continual improvement, and aligning responsibility with authority. Instead of saying no, it may be helpful to take a hint from improv comedy and say, "Yes, and..." or "Yes, but...". This opens the request from the binary nature of "yes" and "no" toward having a nuanced discussion around priority, capacity, and responsibility.
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    As I wrote in the first article of this three-part series on the power and importance of communities, building a community of passionate and committed members is difficult. When we launched the NethServer community, we realized early that to play the open source game, we needed to follow the open source rules. No shortcuts. We realized we had to convert the company in an open organization and start to work out in the open.
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OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

  • OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability
    A few days back FreeBSD 11 stable was mitigated for Meltdown (and Spectre vulnerabilities), which came more than one month after these nasty CPU vulnerabilities were disclosed while DragonFlyBSD was quickly mitigated and the first of the BSDs to do so. While OpenBSD is known for its security features and focus, only today did it land its initial Meltdown mitigation.
  • Meltdown fix committed by guenther@

    Meltdown mitigation is coming to OpenBSD. Philip Guenther (guenther@) has just committed a diff that implements a new mitigation technique to OpenBSD: Separation of page tables for kernel and userland. This fixes the Meltdown problems that affect most CPUs from Intel. Both Philip and Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) spent a lot of time implementing this solution, talking to various people from other projects on best approaches.

    In the commit message, Philip briefly describes the implementation [...]