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Story openSUSE 12.3 Reaches Another Milestone srlinuxx 10/11/2012 - 7:23pm
Story Participate in "Wheezy" BSP marathon srlinuxx 10/11/2012 - 7:19pm
Story New NVIDIA Driver ‘Doubles Performance’ on Linux srlinuxx 10/11/2012 - 3:27am
Story Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin on the New Lock-in srlinuxx 10/11/2012 - 2:25am
Story Firefox Is 8 Years Old srlinuxx 09/11/2012 - 3:53pm
Story Meet the Simon Cowell of Linux srlinuxx 09/11/2012 - 3:51pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 09/11/2012 - 4:19am
Story Gnome 3.8 is dropping Fallback Mode srlinuxx 08/11/2012 - 11:40pm
Story Lots Of Linux Users Perma-Banned In Diablo 3...Again srlinuxx 08/11/2012 - 11:37pm
Story ending the cults of personality in free software srlinuxx 08/11/2012 - 11:35pm

Microsoft to Submit Shared Source Licenses to OSI

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O'Reilly Radar: In his keynote at OSCON, Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf announced that Microsoft is submitting its shared source licenses to the Open Source Initiative. This is a huge, long-awaited move. It will be earthshaking for both Microsoft and for the open source community.

desktop zooming

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KDE

Aaron Seigo: our three level desktop zooming is now working in plasma. wee! the idea is this: plasmoids (launchers, icons, widgets, games, mini-apps, etc) exist in groups. a group can be displayed to take up the full area of the screen. when you zoom out, you see these various groups and the plasmoids within them shrink to mere icons.

Ingimp's tools may improve FOSS usability

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Software

linux.com: Since May, ingimp, a modified version of the GIMP, has collected daily logs on what users do with the program in the hope of improving its usability. What ingimp is really designed to do is develop the software and practices to put free and open source software usability testing on a professional footing "without placing an undue burden on either the developers or users."

hardinfo on Fedora

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Software

liquidat: I just discovered hardinfo in the Fedora repositories while I was checking for some data about my own packages and was curious what the program is capable of. And judging from the first looks the tool is indeed very helpful.

stellarium, A real-time realistic planetarium

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Software

linux by example: Stellarium is an education tools for those who enjoy astronomy. Stellarium present you the starry sky in different period of time, different locations and different directions in 3D.

Installation of Google Earth on the Inspiron E1505N

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about.com: Today I installed and test drove the latest version of Google Earth on my Dell Inspiron E1505 running Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). The process was remarkably pleasant and straight-forward.

Easing Configuration with Java

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News

Configuration can be a maintenance mess and add to a developer's burden. This article introduces a framework with which developers can define their application's configuration in terms of high-level interface.

Ten commandments for Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Matt Asay: I ended my presentation by suggesting that the Ubuntu community "make Ubuntu better, not simply a clone of yesterday's mistakes." To get there, I warned Canonical/Ubuntu to:

AWN Applet Dialog test case

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Software

aarobone: Here's a quick video of my first test case of a "Topaz" style dialog in my AWN Monitor applet. I had to create a patch for the core AWN codebase in order to get the position tracking stuff to work...its not perfect but it works.

OSI Approves New Open-Source License

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OSS

eWeek: The Open Source Initiative approved on July 25 its first new license in quite some time: the Common Public Attribution License, which is essentially the Mozilla Public License with a new attribution clause.

What Do We Really Want From Linux?

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Linux

Serdar Yegulalp: In my last blog post about the real-world cost of Linux, I was struck by the contrast between my words and fellow InformationWeek blogger Alexander Wolfe’s take on all this. He’s lamented the broad variety of distributions out there, and found fault with the way those who create Linux distributions seem unwilling to accept what users really want.

GPL whiz Moglen nails Web 2.0 O'Reilly on 'frivolous' charges

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OSS

the register: O'Reilly invited Free Software Foundation lawyer Eben Moglen to participate in a discussion about "licensing in the Web 2.0 era" at this week's OSCON. The conference organizers did their best to fix the conversation. Even though everyone laughs at O'Reilly's Web 2.0 moniker to his face, the conference promoter still takes the phrase very seriously and expects others to do the same.

So You Want to Be a Linux Developer - Part 1

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OSS

Linux Insider: Are you driving progress forward? Are you presenting papers educating your peers at open source events? Can you write papers explaining what you do and how to use your code? Do you participate in a wide variety of activities that enhance open source? Those things are all important to consider and something the Linux Foundation looks at closely.

Linux Bible 2007 Edition: Install/Run 10+ GNU/Linux Distributions

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Linux

Every Flavor Bean: The Wiley book, Linux Bible - 2007 Edition, by Christopher Negus, the author of popular book Red Hat Linux Bible, got at least one thing right: it gives the reader an option to select one of many GNU/Linux distributions available today according to his or her requirements/taste.

A first look at Tracker 0.6.0

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arstechnica: Tracker 0.6.0 was released earlier this week. The latest version of the open source search and indexing system includes an assortment of long-awaited features. I tested Tracker 0.6.0 on my desktop computer, which runs Ubuntu 7.04.

On Debian Maintainers

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Linux

No Title: I suppose most of our New Maintainers will aim to become a Debian Maintainer just to bridge the time until they’re full Debian Developers. And I predict that this is also the major target audience for this new Debian Maintainers class.

Fuzz testing with zzuf

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HowTos

linux.com: Fuzz testing, which uses random input to test software for bugs, has been the biggest thing to happen in IT security in quite awhile. Now you can quickly and easily direct your own fuzz testing ops, thanks to a cool little program called zzuf.

Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL On CentOS 5.0

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This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine.

The inadvertent Linux user

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Linux

ITPro: While Linux is still taking off relatively slowly in the desktop world, the same is not true in the mobile space where many are predicting that we will be presented with a mobile Linux Odyssey in 2012.

Jim Zemlin touts the 'second phase' of Linux

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Linux
Interviews

computerworld: In January, two of the most established Linux and open-source advocacy groups, the Open Source Development Lab and the Free Standards Group, merged, forming the San Francisco-based Linux Foundation. Yesterday, Zemlin spoke with Computerworld at the Ubuntu Live Conference, discussing what his group will focus on as Linux and other open-source applications continue to be embraced by corporate IT departments.

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