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Story Advice to my Ubuntu Brothers srlinuxx 09/03/2013 - 9:16pm
Blog entry Desktop era oldgraygeek 09/03/2013 - 7:23pm
Story Kanotix 2013 CeBIT Surprise srlinuxx 09/03/2013 - 4:07am
Story Debian 6.0.7 at 500Mhz, 256Mb srlinuxx 08/03/2013 - 11:30pm
Story I really like Gnome3 srlinuxx 08/03/2013 - 11:28pm
Story Some (sad) numbers on how Linux desktop adoption is going srlinuxx 1 08/03/2013 - 8:26pm
Story Porteus 2.0 Review – Portable Computing for the indecisive srlinuxx 08/03/2013 - 8:12pm
Story This Cheat Sheet Makes Learning Your Way Around Linux Easy srlinuxx 08/03/2013 - 5:30pm
Story Kubuntu 13.04 Alpha 2 Review: Very promising srlinuxx 08/03/2013 - 5:28pm
Story The Ubuntu guide for displaced Windows users srlinuxx 08/03/2013 - 5:25pm

How to install Ubuntu Linux on the decTOP SFF computer

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librenix.com: I recently bought a decTOP small form factor (SFF) computer. My goal was to build a cheap, fanless, quiet, and low power consumption Linux server. This article details the steps I used to build the USB boot/installation drive and install Ubuntu 6.06 on the decTOP.

Book Review: The Official Ubuntu Book

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Reviews

techbookreport: It should be no surprise that Ubuntu has so quickly established itself as one of the leading Linux distributions. Now, for those looking for a book to help them on the way, the Official Ubuntu Book is out in a new edition to match the 7.04 release of the software.

Counting the roots of growth: BSD vs Linux vs Solaris

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OS

Paul Murphy: I think we all know which of the three major Unix variants has the largest number of paid up licenses for non embedded use, which generates the most headlines, and which offers the highest reliability. But which one is growing fastest?

3Com banks on open-source strategy

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OSS

ZDNet: Speaking at a media briefing in Malaysia on Tuesday, Peter Chai, vice president and general manager of 3Com Asia-Pacific, said the company's open services networking (OSN) platform will enable its customers to create and build relevant applications on top of its hardware offerings. The OSN infrastructure runs on Linux.

Addon tools for OpenOffice.org Writer

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OOo

OpenOffice.org Tips: I received this information a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it for some time. After a cursory look, it's a set of macros that provide the following tools:

Law Firm Goes SUSE Linux: Deposition at 11

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SUSE

opseast.wordpress.com: A Vancouver B.C. law firm has overruled Microsoft Windows’ objection to being replaced with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. After testing a number of competitive desktop Linux distributions, Giroux chose SLED 10, citing it’s speed and included applications as a deciding factor in SUSE’s favor.

Fighting Megatron: five steps to freedom

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OSS

FreeSoftware Mag: The free software world is being attacked by a large, wealthy, brutal monopolist, who I’ll call “Megatron” for today. As I wrote last month, Megatron is driving its OOXML tank through the village church of open standards. It’s a serious challenge to the community, and in this article I want to explain how we fight back.

First Release Candidate for GIMP 2.4.0!

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GIMP

The next stable GIMP release is close. The developers made available a first release candidate for GIMP 2.4.0.

Recompile your kernel for a perfect fit

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linux.com: After I wrote an article on optimizing disk performance, some readers commented that tweaking settings was just part of the job. They pointed out that you can get more speed if you also compile your kernel, adjusting it optimally for your specific hardware and needs.

Open Source

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OSS

courant.com: Even when restricted by intellectual property and copyright issues, the Internet still has one area that remains one big, happy sharing family - users of open-source software.

Malaysian Government Adopts the Open Document Format

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OSS

softpedia: Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) said they will first make a study and evaluate the open standards inside their information communications technology deployment sector.

No word on Linux Dell PCs for NZ

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Ubuntu

nzherald: Dell NZ can't say when the Ubuntu-packing PCs will make it to New Zealand - or if they will at all.

today's extra links:

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News
  • A quick overview of Linux kernel crash dump analysis

  • Linux, Speedtouch USB modem and ADSL = major headache!
  • Linux Goes Legit
  • How to install Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in OS X using Parallels Desktop 3.0
  • Freespire 2.0 Review
  • Linux: The Original Process Scheduler
  • Xandros Licenses MS Exchange Protocols
  • Where does SCO go from here?
  • Bash eternal history
  • Simply Mepis 6.0 64
  • Opera-9.23 Is Out, So Lets Install It In Debian And/or Ubuntu
  • Microsoft PR bunnies love Firefox - shocka
  • What does your favorite text editor say about you?

High-speed military networking device runs Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices: A U.K.-based embedded software consultancy says it recently implemented a Linux driver and other software for a marine-based military application involving high-speed, fiber-optic networking.

Also: How Linux became a mobile phone OS

LinuxMCE Partners with KDE for New Release

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KDE

the dot: After an extensive beta testing period a new version of LinuxMCE, release 0704, was recently made available to the public that shows how we can indeed have our media center cake and eat it too. Read on for details of this release and future plans for KDE integration.

50 Reasons to Dump Windows

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Microsoft

linuxhaxor.net: I wanted to write 5 reasons to dump windows over linux, but soon I was so overwhelmed by rush of reasons that I could find, that I ended up making a list of 50 reasons.

Sunny forecast for Linux kernel predictions

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Linux

linux.com: One of the first things many decision-makers want for any given software product is a roadmap, so they can plan around releases. However, the Linux kernel is and always has been bereft of a roadmap. To counter this, the Linux Foundation announced today that it is offering a Linux Weather Forecast to help provide some guidance to developers and organizations that need to know where the kernel is going.

Buying an HP Pavilion laptop for GNU/Linux

Linux Journal: In contrast to HP's printer division, the laptop division has almost no awareness whatsoever of non-Windows operating systems. Coming to the store armed with an Ubuntu Live CD, I eventually settled on an HP Pavilion dv2410ca. A quick investigation showed that the laptop could boot Live CDs for the latest versions of Debian and Ubuntu.

Nice Shorts:

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Software
  • Nice Awn mock up

  • Firefox 3 gets smooth tab scrolling
  • KDE4 Rev 680445 - Dolphin File Manager Preview
  • I Choose Debian Lenny Over Ubuntu
  • Howto restrict su command to superuser only in Linux
  • New Scribus Icon
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Leftovers: Software

Linux and FOSS Events

  • Debian SunCamp 2017 Is Taking Place May 18-21 in the Province of Girona, Spain
    It looks like last year's Debian SunCamp event for Debian developers was a total success and Martín Ferrari is back with a new proposal that should take place later this spring during four days full of hacking, socializing, and fun. That's right, we're talking about Debian SunCamp 2017, an event any Debian developer, contributor, or user can attend to meet his or hers Debian buddies, hack together on new projects or improve existing ones by sharing their knowledge, plan upcoming features and discuss ideas for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam
    Pieter Hintjens was a writer, programmer and thinker who has spent decades building large software systems and on-line communities, which he describes as "Living Systems". He was an expert in distributed computing, having written over 30 protocols and distributed software systems. He designed AMQP in 2004, and founded the ZeroMQ free software project in 2007. He was the author of the O'Reilly ZeroMQ book, "Culture and Empire", "The Psychopath Code", "Social Architecture", and "Confessions of a Necromancer". He was the president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), and fought the software patent directive and the standardisation of the Microsoft OOXML Office format. He also organized the Internet of Things (IOT) Devroom here at FOSDEM for the last 3 years. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with terminal metastasis of a previous cancer.
  • foss-gbg on Wednesday
    The topics are Yocto Linux on FPGA-based hardware, risk and license management in open source projects and a product release by the local start-up Zifra (an encryptable SD-card). More information and free tickets are available at the foss-gbg site.

Leftovers: OSS

  • When Open Source Meets the Enterprise
    Open source solutions have long been an option for the enterprise, but lately it seems they are becoming more of a necessity for advanced data operations than merely a luxury for IT techs who like to play with code. While it’s true that open platforms tend to provide a broader feature set compared to their proprietary brethren, due to their larger and more diverse development communities, this often comes at the cost of increased operational complexity. At a time when most enterprises are looking to shed their responsibilities for infrastructure and architecture to focus instead on core money-making services, open source requires a fairly high level of in-house technical skill. But as data environments become more distributed and reliant upon increasingly complex compilations of third-party systems, open source can provide at least a base layer of commonality for resources that support a given distribution.
  • EngineerBetter CTO: the logical truth about software 'packaging'
    Technologies such as Docker have blended these responsibilities, causing developers to need to care about what operating system and native libraries are available to their applications – after years of the industry striving for more abstraction and increased decoupling!
  • What will we do when everything is automated?
    Just translate the term "productivity of American factories" into the word "automation" and you get the picture. Other workers are not taking jobs away from the gainfully employed, machines are. This is not a new trend. It's been going on since before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Industry creates machines that do the work of humans faster, cheaper, with more accuracy and with less failure. That's the nature of industry—nothing new here. However, what is new is the rate by which the displacement of human beings from the workforce in happening.
  • Want OpenStack benefits? Put your private cloud plan in place first
    The open source software promises hard-to-come-by cloud standards and no vendor lock-in, says Forrester's Lauren Nelson. But there's more to consider -- including containers.
  • Set the Agenda at OpenStack Summit Boston
    The next OpenStack Summit is just three months away now, and as is their custom, the organizers have once again invited you–the OpenStack Community–to vote on which presentations will and will not be featured at the event.
  • What’s new in the world of OpenStack Ambassadors
    Ambassadors act as liaisons between multiple User Groups, the Foundation and the community in their regions. Launched in 2013, the OpenStack Ambassador program aims to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
  • Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Proprietary Traps and Openwashing

  • Integrate ONLYOFFICE Online Editors with ownCloud [Ed: Proprietary software latches onto FOSS]
    ONLYOFFICE editors and ownCloud is the match made in heaven, wrote once one of our users. Inspired by this idea, we developed an integration app for you to use our online editors in ownCloud web interface.
  • Microsoft India projects itself as open source champion, says AI is the next step [Ed: Microsoft bribes to sabotage FOSS and blackmails it with patents; calls itself "open source"]
  • Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities
    WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions."
  • SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says
    SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store. "If any SAP systems are being indirectly triggered, even if incidentally, and from anywhere in the world, then there are uncategorized and unpriced costs stacking up in the background," warned Robin Fry, a director at software licensing consultancy Cerno Professional Services, who has been following the case.
  • “Active Hours” in Windows 10 emphasizes how you are not in control of your own devices
    No edition of Windows 10, except Professional and Enterprise, is expected to function for more than 12 hours of the day. Microsoft most generously lets you set a block of 12 hours where you’re in control of the system, and will reserve the remaining 12 hours for it’s own purposes. How come we’re all fine with this? Windows 10 introduced the concept of “Active Hours”, a period of up to 12 hours when you expect to use the device, meant to reflect your work hours. The settings for changing the device’s active hours is hidden away among Windows Update settings, and it poorly fits with today’s lifestyles. Say you use your PC in the afternoon and into the late evening during the work week, but use it from morning to early afternoon in the weekends. You can’t fit all those hours nor accommodate home office hours in a period of just 12 hours. We’re always connected, and expect our devices to always be there for us when we need them.
  • Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
    The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.