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Story Tiny open-source module aims to make IoT apps easy Rianne Schestowitz 10/06/2014 - 6:36am
Story Tools for Diagramming in Fedora Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 9:05pm
Story GNU Linux-libre 3.15-gnu is now available Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:55pm
Story OpenELEC 4.0.4 Now Out, Is Based on XBMC 13.1 “Gotham” Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:51pm
Story Stable kernels 3.14.6, 3.10.42, and 3.4.92 Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:42pm
Story Tango Studio 2.2 Is a Distro for Musicians and Professional Studios Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:27pm
Story IT’S HERE: DOCKER 1.0 Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:21pm
Story Wireless speakers run Linux, control IoT stuff Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:13pm
Story F2FS Gets Enhanced For The Linux 3.16 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:12pm
Story Reports Cites Google Surpassing Microsoft in Browser Market Share Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 8:01pm

Hardy Heron -- Clean or Dirty

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Ubuntu

linuxjournal.com: As the release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS rapidly approaches, the all important question is beginning to form in everyone's mind. Upgrade, or freshly install.

Also: second worst dialog i saw during a recent ubuntu upgrade

Scribus - Desktop Publishing for Penguins

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Software

raiden.net: When it comes to desktop publishing, a lot of people might think of big organizations producing newsletters, or your local boy scouts producing a fund raising flier. But the average person out there might not see where any kind of desktop publishing is really needed. Honestly, if you really look deeply, you might be surprised.

NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver Released

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Software

phoronix.com: Last week it was exclusively reported by Phoronix that a new NVIDIA binary Linux display driver should be out in the next week, and sure enough we were right, again. The NVIDIA 173.08 Linux driver was released last night and features support for several new NVIDIA GPUs, including the GeForce 9800 series, experimental support for X Server 1.5, and a number of fixes with Linux 2.6.25 kernel compatibility.

Private deal to approve OOXML? More evidence surfaces

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OSS

universal-interop-council.org: Circumstantial evidence is mounting of one or more private deals having been struck to approve DIS-29500 Office Open XML ("OOXML") as an international standard, a deal that may have played a role in several key national standardization bodies changing their voting position to approve OOXML.

Also: A week in the life of Open XML

Tput: Add some spice to your UNIX shell scripts

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News

Many times, shell scripts evolve into menu-based scripts, and the scripter wants to display more to users than simply scrolling text. Regardless of the complexity, scripters have always needed a way to change their output to bold, underline it, reverse the highlights, and so on. That's where tput comes into play.

Why “how” is the most important question open source vendors can answer

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OSS

blogs.the451group: “The question is not why use open source, but how to best use open source,” wrote Matt Asay earlier this week. It was a throwaway point but one that I think deserves more attention.

Lucene: The Open-Source Search Engine

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Software

ostatic.com: If you want to search for a piece of text on the Web, you probably turn to Google or a similar search engine. But how can you integrate search into your Web site? You can build your own search engine, or hope to find an open-source alternative.

The joy of using Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

ckunte.com: It’s a strange feeling, but I really enjoy booting up and using Ubuntu—as my primary OS at home, like I have felt for no other before. I am neither a linux kernel diver, nor a developer. I’m just this regular guy.

Rollout help requested

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Software

A friend is soliticing advice for a project he's working on. It involves a small library that needs one of its computers limited to only a browser accessing one website where the card catalogue is stored.

Compiz is Cool – and Why That Matters

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Software

computerworlduk.com: One of the most vexed questions within the open source world is when, if ever, GNU/Linux will take off on the desktop. Strangely, this isn't really about capabilities: as someone who has Ubuntu running on both of his main systems, I can attest to the fact that GNU/Linux is not just usable, it's a downright pleasure to use.

Advocating free software in the real world

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Recently, in this column, I spoke about how we can lose our free software choices if we don’t use them. Sticking with that choice is not always easy so how do we get others to make it, particularly in a world where the choice is often made for them. How can we advocate free software in a world where others don’t seem to care?

Flock 1.1 offers nectar for social butterflies

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Software

linux.com: When we looked at Flock 0.9 last year, the social Web browser showed a lot of potential. Now that it's over the 1.0 hump, the Flock team has made good on the application's promise. Maybe too good -- while Flock serves up a lot of content on a single page, you practically need super-powers to take it all in.

Installing Ubuntu On Laptops: My Experience

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Ubuntu

allaboutubuntu.wordpress: Installing Ubuntu Linux onto a laptop ranges from simple to challenging, depending on the hardware you choose. What is that experience like? Here is how it went for me and where I found the support to do it.

What a Linux Mobile Device Needs

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Linux

jonreagan.wordpress: With the coming Linux powered devices, there are some things that I think are necessary for success. Hardware, system, and price all play a role in the overall success of a device.

Linux! Evil! MWAH HA HA HA HA!!!

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: I'll admit that I'm not a Marvel Comics fan (color me Vertigo), but this one's got me genuinely stumped: Iron Man is fighting the dark forces of Linux. That's direct from the writer's mouth!

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linux faithful see ray of light shining on client OS

  • Kernel space: Toward better direct I/O scalability
  • HP-UX Powered by Linux Development Tools?
  • The Secret of Open-Source Project Success
  • Live from the Linux Foundation! It's sjvn!
  • Linux and Ipod Video Conversion
  • If Windows Vista Advertisers Were Hired by Canonical…
  • Old laptop and Mepis 7.0: very nice indeed
  • Xfburn and the unbelievable mess in XFCE
  • RadeonHD 1.2 Driver Released
  • Another Red Letter Day For Open Source At ... Microsoft?
  • Support Libre Graphics 2008!
  • Virtual Servers Update: VMware vs. Microsoft vs. Xen

Why I can't get a new laptop

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Linux

dwasifar.com: It's all Linux's fault. All these cool new laptops that have been coming out over the last year or so. I want one. I want them ALL. But I can't have them. Why?

First Look: The GIMP 2.5.0

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GIMP

news.softpedia.com: The GIMP team announced today the first release from the 2.5 development series. It is true that this version is unstable, but a little bird told me to give it a try and see what's it capable of.

KDE 4 in Actual Usage

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KDE

digested.blogspot: I've been building KDE 4 from svn for a while, testing from time to time to see if it could be used. The answer was negative until recently. Most of what I want has stabilized enough to become my working desktop.

You Have To Take Your Hat Off To Red Hat

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Linux
  • You Have To Take Your Hat Off To Red Hat

  • Red Hat wrestles with Linux apathy
  • Red Hat leads open source contributions to Linux Kernel
  • Red Hat exec hits back at govt open source shyness
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Microsoft EEE

  • Why the Windows Subsystem for Linux Matters to You – Even if You Don’t Use it [Ed: Microsoft pulling an EEE on GNU/Linux matters. Sure it does... while suing GNU/Linux with software patents Microsoft says it "loves Linux".]
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Servers: Kubernetes, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Sysadmin 101

  • Kubernetes Snaps: The Quick Version
    When we built the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes (CDK), one of our goals was to provide snap packages for the various Kubernetes clients and services: kubectl, kube-apiserver, kubelet, etc. While we mainly built the snaps for use in CDK, they are freely available to use for other purposes as well. Let’s have a quick look at how to install and configure the Kubernetes snaps directly.
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  • Kubernetes gains momentum as big-name vendors flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation
    Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech. In the last month and a half alone AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal have all joined. It’s not every day you see this group of companies agree on anything, but as Kubernetes has developed into an essential industry tool, each of these companies sees it as a necessity to join the CNCF and support its mission. This is partly driven by customer demand and partly by the desire to simply have a say in how Kubernetes and other related cloud-native technologies are developed.
  • The Cloud-Native Architecture: One Stack, Many Options
    As the chief technology officer of a company specialized in cloud native storage, I have a first hand view of the massive transformation happening right now in enterprise IT. In short, two things are happening in parallel right now that make it radically simpler to build, deploy and run sophisticated applications. The first is the move to the cloud. This topic has been discussed so much that I won’t try to add anything new. We all know it’s happening, and we all know that its impact is huge.
  • Sysadmin 101: Leveling Up
    I hope this description of levels in systems administration has been helpful as you plan your own career. When it comes to gaining experience, nothing quite beats making your own mistakes and having to recover from them yourself. At the same time, it sure is a lot easier to invite battle-hardened senior sysadmins to beers and learn from their war stories. I hope this series in Sysadmin 101 fundamentals has been helpful for those of you new to the sysadmin trenches, and also I hope it helps save you from having to learn from your own mistakes as you move forward in your career.

Databases: PostgreSQL 10 RC1 and Greenplum

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  • PostgreSQL 10 Release Candidate 1 Arrives
    PostgreSQL 10 has been queuing up improvements to declarative partitioning, logical replication support, an improved parallel query system, SCRAM authentication, performance speed-ups, hash indexes are now WAL, extended statistics, new integrity checking tools, smart connection handling, and many other promising improvements. Our earlier performance tests of Postgre 10 during its beta phase showed some speed-ups over PostgreSQL 9.
  • Pivotal Greenplum Analytic Database Adds Multicloud Support
    Pivotal’s latest release of its Greenplum analytic database includes multicloud support and, for the first time, is based entirely on open source code. In 2015, the company open sourced the core of Pivotal Greenplum as the Greenplum Database project. “This is the first commercially available release that we are shipping with the open source project truly at its core,” said Elisabeth Hendrickson, VP of data research and development at Pivotal.

Graphics: NVIDIA Progress, VC4/VC5, Intel's Linux Driver & Mesa

  • NVIDIA 384.90 Linux Driver Brings Fixes, Quadro P5200 Support
    One day after releasing updated GeForce Linux legacy drivers, NVIDIA is now out with an update to their long-lived 384 branch. The NVIDIA 384 Linux series is the current latest series for their proprietary driver. Coming out today is the 384.90 update that is primarily comprised of bug fixes but also includes Quadro P5200 support.
  • NVIDIA Continues Prepping The Linux Desktop Stack For HDR Display Support
    Besides working on the new Unix device memory allocator project, they have also been engaged with upstream open-source Linux developers over preparing the Linux desktop for HDR display support. Alex Goins of the NVIDIA Linux team presented on their HDR ambitions for the Linux desktop and the work they are still doing for prepping the X.Org stack for dealing with these next-generation computer displays. This is a project they have also been looking at for more than one year: NVIDIA Is Working Towards HDR Display Support For Linux, But The Desktop Isn't Ready.
  • The State Of The VC4 Driver Stack, Early Work On VC5
    ric Anholt of Broadcom just finished presenting at XDC2017 Mountain View on the state of the VC4 driver stack most notably used by the Raspberry Pi devices. Additionally, he also shared about his early work on the VC5 driver for next-generation Broadcom graphics.
  • Intel's Linux Driver & Mesa Have Hit Amazing Milestones This Year
    Kaveh Nasri, the manager of Intel's Mesa driver team within the Open-Source Technology Center since 2011, spoke this morning at XDC2017 about the accomplishments of his team and more broadly the Mesa community. Particularly over the past year there has been amazing milestones accomplished for this open-source driver stack.