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Story Hands on: Google's new $999 Chromebook Pixel makes big changes under the hood Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 11:13am
Story 7 surprising facts about Linux Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 5:48am
Story New Linux Foundation Members Invest in Linux and Collaborative Development Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 5:46am
Story Interviews with the Ubuntu Community Council Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 5:18am
Story Why We Need Free Digital Hardware Designs Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 4:03am
Story New Linux Kernel Vulnerability Patched in All Supported Ubuntu OSes Rianne Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 2:29am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 2:24am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 2:24am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 2:23am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2015 - 2:23am

Your Pretty Linux GUI Fails and Dumps You to a Console. Now What?

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Software

linuxplanet.com: What can a Linux user do if you've been dumped to a black screen with a terminal prompt with a cursor blinking at you and you REALLY need access to troubleshooting information NOW? No GUI, no Firefox, no Opera.

tuxmachines issues lately

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Site News

I've been putting off blogging what's going on with tuxmachines lately because number 1: I don't really know what happened, and number 2: I don't really know what's gonna happen. But here's what I do know.

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

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Software

phoronix.com: Following today's Compiz Conference Call, it has been decided that both Compiz++ and Nomad (another branch of Compiz) will be merged back into Compiz. After the release of Compiz 0.8, Compiz++ will be merged in and then released in as Compiz 0.9.0.

Google: Friend or Foe of Ubuntu?

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Google
Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Google enjoys a pretty favorable image within the free-software community. In some respects, it deserves this reputation, as it strongly supports many open-source projects. On the other hand, Google is reluctant to open the code of most of its own software. Given this hesitancy, can we trust the company to be always on Ubuntu’s side?

Why Microsoft should release Internet Explorer for Linux

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Microsoft

blogs.computerworld.com: Market share for Internet Explorer continues to plummet, with potentially dire consequences for Microsoft. But there's one way Microsoft can help stem its overall losses: Release a version of IE for Linux. It's not as far-fetched an idea as you might think.

Are You Smart Enough To Use Linux?

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Linux

daniweb.com/blogs: Linux may never gain widespread success, that we, the Linux fans want it to, because it's just too complex for the average computer user. Sure, we now have KDE, GNOME, XFCE, and other fancy graphical user interfaces that attempt to mimic Windows and the Mac OS but underneath the shimmering polish, it's Unix and that scares people.

Vector Linux 5.9 Review - Desktop Emphasis (in VMware)

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Linux

superphysics.awardspace.com: had been experimenting quite a bit recently with VMware virtualization. Recently, I read that there was Vector Linux, a Slackware distro with auto-configuration and all that. And so I downloaded.

Open Source for kids?

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Software

brajeshwar.com: Open source programming really shine in the way it lets kids learn about programming in a less complex process. This actually reflects that open source software aren’t theoretical but - are able to compare for themselves how well it stacks up against the other OS.

Extreme Tux Racer, Smokin Guns, etc

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Gaming

freegamer.blogspot: The somewhat stop-start development of the various Tux Racer projects continues, but it looks hopeful that the latest incarnation of the iconic downhill penguin racer will not disappear like its predecessors.

Frustration and flight for my Linux netbook

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Linux

blogs.the451group.com: I ended up going with the Acer Aspire One, and while I was somewhat reluctant about the pre-installed Linpus Lite after hearing that it was somewhat underpowered and somewhat limited, particularly for Linux, my wife and I figured we should at least try it out.

Best-Reviewed Lightweight GNU/Linux Distros

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Linux

deaddogcafe.wordpress: With tons of excellent online software, I find all I really need from my computer 90% of the time is the ability to connect to the internet and use a powerful, modern browser like Firefox 3. Despite the affordability of hardware currently, I appreciate lean, efficient software and am devoting this post to identifying the best lightweight GNU/Linux distros available today.

5 Less Known PHP Functions

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Software

manishtech.wordpress: As all of you know that PHP has a large set of functions for the programmers. The list is so huge that we keep on learning each one of them day by day. There are some cases you would like to know them beforehand to use them in your app.

Linux Defenders organize to fight patent trolls

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OSS

networkworld.com: In December, General Patent Corp. announced it was working on behalf of Worlds.com to enforce its patents on "Scalable Virtual World Chat Client-Server System" and "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space," which date back to 1995.

Eye candy for KDE Desktop Manager (KDM)

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: There are several layers at which a GNU/Linux system’s appearance can be customized. By far the most visible, especially on a multi-user machine, is the login manager screen. KDM (the KDE desktop manager) has a highly-flexible and easy-to-use XML-based theme system.

My adventures in Gentoo, Ext4 and GCC 4.3.3

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Gentoo

blog.guillermoamaral.com: I finally got a chance to settled in and back to work after a nice trip to Jamaica. I did what any Gentoo loving person does in such situations, go crazy and reinstall everything \o/ yeey.

A Few Questions For Gustavo Noronha

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Linux
Interviews

times.debian.net: I started using GNU/Linux because I wanted to learn how to program and I got to know that C compilers were easily available in GNU/Linux distributions. I started with Conectiva Marumbi, in late 1998, and when I bought a Debian CD in early 1999 I was instantly in love.

Firefox 3.1 beta 3 delayed again

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet: Firefox 3.1 beta 3 was not released as planned on Feb. 2 and is not expected imminently.

More FOSS security scare-mongering

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: With all the talk of open source and the Obama administration, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the scare-mongering around FOSS security is going to be close behind — and here’s part of the first wave, fresh from Ernest M. Park.

Linux Mint makes Ubuntu suck less

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Linux

bitburners.com: The many of the best and the market dominant distributions have one in thing in common - they have strong commercial support behind them. Every now and then an interesting smaller distribution comes up and is able to attract major audiences and gain an active user group. Such distributions include SimplyMEPIS, PCLinuxOS and the LinuxMint.

A truly light-weight OS: Written in ASM, with GUI, networking and apps

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OS

geekzone.co.nz: Much has been written about resource hungry operating systems. Microsoft Vista or even various GNU/Linux desktop editions, which can't be happy unless you throw gigabytes of RAM at them. Today I came across an operating system that can truly claim to be light-weight.

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  • Debian XU4 images updated
    I've updated my Debian images for the ODROID XU4; the newest build was done before stretch release, and a lot of minor adjustments have happened since then.
  • Parrot 4.0 Ethical Hacking Linux Distro Released
  • FBI says Russians hacked [sic] hundreds of thousands of home and office routers

    The warning followed a court order Wednesday that allowed the FBI to seize a website that the hackers [sic] planned to use to give instructions to the routers. Though that cut off malicious communications, it still left the routers infected, and Friday’s warning was aimed at cleaning up those machines.

  • FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices

    Researchers from Cisco’s Talos security team first disclosed the existence of the malware on Wednesday. The detailed report said the malware infected more than 500,000 devices made by Linksys, Mikrotik, Netgear, QNAP, and TP-Link. Known as VPNFilter, the malware allowed attackers to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command. The report said the malware was developed by hackers [sic] working for an advanced nation, possibly Russia, and advised users of affected router models to perform a factory reset, or at a minimum to reboot.

Software and Games: KStars, Opera, OpenStack, MariaDB and More

  • KStars 2.9.6 is Released!
    I'm glad to announce the release of KStars 2.9.6 for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. This is a minor bugfix release.
  • Opera 54 Browser Enters Beta with News on the Speed Dial, Update & Recovery Menu
    Opera has promoted its upcoming Opera 54 web browser to the beta channel, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the final version, due for release sometime next month. Based on the open-source Chromium 67.0.3396.18 web browser, Opera 54 recently entered beta stages of development with a plethora of new features and improvements, among which we can mention a new Update & Recovery Opera menu page that makes it easier for users to update the web browser and reset it to its default state, including the ability to clear temporary data, such as cookies.
  • OpenStack at a Crossroads
    The OpenStack of a few years ago is dead, however. What has emerged from the hype cycle is a materially different foundation, mission and software stack, with a great deal of change still ahead of it.
  • The OpenStack Foundation grows beyond OpenStack
    The OpenStack Foundation has made a considerable change to its development process and governance structure by introducing two open source projects that are not part of the OpenStack cloud platform. This week, the organization launched version 1.0 of Kata Containers - a runtime system with an emphasis on speed and security, enabling users to boot a VM in as little as five seconds - and introduced a brand new project called Zuul, spinning out the software development and integration platform that has been used by the OpenStack community internally since 2012.
  • Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0
    Open-source database biz MariaDB has upped the ante in its war against Oracle, promising enterprise customers better compatibility with – and easier migration from – Big Red. The Finnish firm's latest offering, MariaDB TX 3.0, released for GA today, extends the number of use cases to include temporal processing and advanced data protection for sensitive and personally identifiable information, as well as Oracle compatibility. The broad aim is to tap into customers' grumbles over legacy vendor lock-in, while convincing the bigger customers that they can move to an open-source database without compromising performance.
  • The Humble Monthly Bundle just added two great Linux games
    For those that are interested, you can secure a copy of two great Linux games in the current Humble Monthly Bundle. Just added today are: Get Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
  • SC-Controller 0.4.3 Released, Support Steam Controller & Sony DS4 Over Bluetooth
    For those looking to manage your Steam Controller and other supported Linux gaming peripheral input devices outside of Steam, there is a new release of the independently-developed SC-Controller Linux user-space software. While Linux 4.18 is bringing the Steam Controller kernel driver, for those looking for a Steam Controller solution right now to enjoy this excellent gaming controller for now outside of Steam, SC-Controller fills that void.

Huawei, Fuchsia and More

  • Huawei will no longer allow bootloader unlocking (Update: Explanation from Huawei)

    "In order to deliver the best user experience and prevent users from experiencing possible issues that could arise from ROM flashing, including system failure, stuttering, worsened battery performance, and risk of data being compromised, Huawei will cease providing bootloader unlock codes for devices launched after May 25, 2018. [...]"

  • Fuchsia Friday: How ad targeting might be a hidden cost of Fuchsia’s structure
     

    Fuchsia, by its nature, comes with the potential for a handful of new opportunities for ad targeting. Let’s peer into the dark side of Fuchsia’s innovative features.

  • iPhone Quarter, ZTE Troubles, Facebook Troubles, Nokia Come-back
     

    So the past month or two? The Quarterly results cycle came in. The item often of great interest is the Apple iPhone performance. 52.2 million iPhones shipped and that gives roughly a flat market share compared to the year before, so about 14%-15%. I'll come and do the full math later of the quarterly data. That race is no longer in any way interesting.

    But two Top 10 smartphone brands ARE in the news. One who is facing imminent death and the other who is making a miraculous return-from-dead. So imminent death and current Top 10 brand first. ZTE. The Trump administration has put a massive squeeze on ZTE and the company is in serious trouble of imminent collapse. Then bizarrely, Trump reversed course and felt he needed to protect CHINESE employment (???) and after yet another typical Trump-mess, we now are at a Never-Neverland where Trump's own party Republicans are revolting against their President and well, ZTE may end up a casualty of this mess. We'll keep an eye on it.

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