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Blender Game Engine Tech Demo

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Software

phoronix.com: For several months the Blender and Crystal Space projects have been working together to develop an open-source game they hope will be of a professional quality and deliver an industry standard 3D gaming experience.

On KDE4 Performance

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KDE

Aaron Aseigo: Andreas Pakulat recently blogged about performance issues with KDE 4.1 on his new desktop system. While I agree with some of the comments on that blog entry that his blog would've been better off on the kde-devel or even the kde-core-devel mailing list, since he's uncorked the genie I figured I may as well offer some commentary.

Ubuntu, Firefox and License Issues

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Moz/FF

Mitchell Baker: Ubuntu recently included a patch that causes an End User License Agreement for Firefox to appear. This has caused great concern on several topics. One is the content of the agreement. Another is the presentation. A third is whether there’s any reason for a license at all.

Codecs and DVD playback on Ubuntu 8.04 for all users

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Ubuntu

blog.canonical.com: For the first time we are making codecs for media playback and a DVD player, from our partners at Fluendo and Cyberlink, available through the Ubuntu store.

Extending Linux for Multi-Level Security

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Linux

Here's a paper originally presented at the SELinux Symposium that explores the evolution, rationale, and development of features to meet the Labeled Security Protection Profile.

Linpus Linux Lite Review

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Linux

linuxhaxor.net: A few weeks ago I became the proud owner of an Acer Aspire One Linux edition (reviewed here). Out of the box, this little wonder comes with the relatively unknown Linux distribution Linpus Linux Lite, which has been customized somewhat by Acer to make the most of the hardware in the Aspire One.

Top 20 Linux websites

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Web

alinuxblog.wordpress: I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux. They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:

OpenSUSE 10.3 > Kubuntu Hardy -> Fedora 9 -> Mandriva 2008.1 -> OpenSUSE 11

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Linux

movingparts.net: I got bored with my Ubuntu Hardy install last week and decided to have a look at what some of the other guys are up to these days. It was an interesting trek across the newest distros.

VLC gets a new look on Windows and Linux

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Software

heise-online.co.uk: After two years in development, VLC, the universal media player, has moved from the 0.8.x versions to version 0.9.2. The most visible new feature in the Windows and Linux versions is a new user interface.

Twelve Myths about Free and Open Source Software

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OSS

itmanagement.earthweb: By now, you'd think that anyone who owns a computer knows about free and open source software (FOSS). However, once you move beyond techie circles, you'll find that, for many people, the concept is unknown. Even worse, when people have heard of it, they have alarming -- and rather discouraging -- misconceptions of what it involves.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 270

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: On Ubuntu, its derivatives and trademark enforcements

  • News: Ubuntu "Jaunty Jackalope", Ubuntu for Eee PC, openSUSE and KDE,
  • Fedora updates, Red Hat security controversy

  • Released last week: Linux Mint 5 "Xfce", CentOS 4.7, OpenGEU 8.04.1
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1, Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6
  • New additions: Linguas OS
  • New distributions: Igelle OS
  • Reader comments

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

Frugalware 0.9 'Solaria': The Sweetie Shop Spoiled

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: CHOICE is good. Choice is healthy. But too much choice can be overwhelming. Frugalware's latest distribution, codenamed 'Solaria' is like a Linux sweetshop and, like that small boy who does not know what to spend his pennies on, it left me feeling overwhelmed.

Comparing Apples to Jackalopes

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Ubuntu

ostatic.com: Mark Shuttleworth, the man at the helm of Canonical and Ubuntu, went into greater detail last week about his thoughts on making future Ubuntu releases more user-focused. In the past, Shuttleworth has made no pretense that he feels Apple has, historically, offered a superior user experience.

Foresight rolls out mobile Linux edition

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Linux

tectonic.co.za: With competition in the netbook sector increasing rapidly, Foresight Linux has released a mobile edition of its distribution built for the new generation of ultra portables.

Linux feels the need for speed

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Linux

computerworlduk.com/community/blogs: I've been musing on the question of speed and the end of a relationship. Since this is IT we are talking about, let's ask a simple question but on that is difficult to answer: "How do you get folk who are perfectly happy with Windows XP to change to something else?"

ASUS Eee PC 901 / Intel Atom: Linux Distribution Comparison

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Linux

phoronix.com: Late last month we published our preview of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and we shared our plans for a number of benchmarks using this netbook with Intel's Atom processor. Following our Linux desktop encryption benchmarks of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and Intel Atom N270 CPU we have a performance comparison of Xandros, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva on this low-cost netbook PC.

odds & ends

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News
  • gnuProload : Or how I stopped asking for the sources and wrote my own software.

  • No Apple Emulation in Linux
  • Linux Scalability in a NUMA World
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 4 - MP3 - Fixed
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #108

on software

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Software
  • Tilda — transparent terminal on your desktop

  • Launchy : Application Launcher for Linux
  • Gufw - Simple GUI for ufw (Uncomplicated Firewall)
  • UT3 Linux Release To Include Editor
  • How Dropbox ended my search for seamless sync on Linux
  • Password Management with KeePassX
  • Mesa 7.2 Release Candidate 1

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Easy command line solution to the docx problem in Linux

  • Developing with libyui/libzypp & python - part1
  • How to Install Emulators on Ubuntu (NES Edition)
  • Reworking Shell Scripts - Part 2
  • Linux Mass Rename Recursively using a Bash Script
  • Dropbox: Backs Up and Syncs Files From Your Desktop
  • HOWTO: decoupling the dashboard from the KDE 4.1.x desktop
  • Mount Samba share using fstab
  • Fix for E: Cannot find filename or size tag error in AptOnCD
  • Remotely Control your Torrents in Linux
  • Adding a signing key to RPM
  • SELinux on Ubuntu (part 1)
  • How to know what version of linux is installed on the machine
  • Monitor you computer’s network connection in Linux
  • Configuring sudo for Fedora 9
  • Condensing Perl Scripts In Linux and Unix

Battle for the window manager…

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Software

tmenguy.free.fr: The Linux community has come up with a bunch of new technologies to bring the UI eye candy on Linux to the next level. But as it may happen way too often in the Linux desktop community the emphasis is on the technical aspects , not at all on the ease of use and usability improvements.

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Introducing the potential new Ubuntu Studio Council

Back in 2016, Set Hallström was elected as the new Team Lead for Ubuntu Studio, just in time for the 16.04 Xenial Long Term Support (LTS) release. It was intended that Ubuntu Studio would be able to utilise Set’s leadership skills at least up until the next LTS release in April 2018. Unfortunately, as happens occasionally in the world of volunteer work, Set’s personal circumstances changed and he is no longer able to devote as much time to Ubuntu Studio as he would like. Therefore, an IRC meeting was held between interested Ubuntu Studio contributors on 21st May 2017 to agree on how to fill the void. We decided to follow the lead of Xubuntu and create a Council to take care of Ubuntu Studio, rather than continuing to place the burden of leadership on the shoulder of one particular person. Unfortunately, although the result was an agreement to form the first Ubuntu Studio Council from the meeting participants, we all got busy and the council was never set up. Read more

today's leftovers

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    On the Linux Desktop, there are quite a few choices for email applications. Each of these has their own pros and cons which should be weighed depending on one’s needs. Some clients will have MS Exchange support. Others do not. In general, because email is reasonably close to free (and yes, we can thank Hotmail for that) it has been a difficult place to make money. Without a cash flow to encourage developers, development has trickled at best.
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  • Why Oppo and Vivo are losing steam in Chinese smartphone market
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  • iPhones Blamed for More than 1,600 Accidental 911 Calls Since October
    The new Emergency SOS feature released by Apple for the iPhone is the one to blame for no less than 1,600 false calls to 911 since October, according to dispatchers. And surprisingly, emergency teams in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California say they receive at least 20 such 911 calls every day from what appears to be an Apple service center. While it’s not exactly clear why the iPhones that are probably brought in for repairs end up dialing 911, dispatchers told CBS that the false calls were first noticed in the fall of the last year. Apple launched new iPhones in September 2017 and they went on sale later the same month and in November, but it’s not clear if these new devices are in any way related to the increasing number of accidental calls to 911.
  • Game Studio Found To Install Malware DRM On Customers' Machines, Defends Itself, Then Apologizes
    The thin line that exists between entertainment industry DRM software and plain malware has been pointed out both recently and in the past. There are many layers to this onion, ranging from Sony's rootkit fiasco, to performance hits on machines thanks to DRM installed by video games, up to and including the insane idea that copyright holders ought to be able to use malware payloads to "hack back" against accused infringers. What is different in more recent times is the public awareness regarding DRM, computer security, and an overall fear of malware. This is a natural kind of progression, as the public becomes more connected and reliant on computer systems and the internet, they likewise become more concerned about those systems. That may likely explain the swift public backlash to a small game-modding studio seemingly installing something akin to malware in every installation of its software, whether from a legitimate purchase or piracy.

Server: Benchmarks, IBM and Red Hat

  • 36-Way Comparison Of Amazon EC2 / Google Compute Engine / Microsoft Azure Cloud Instances vs. Intel/AMD CPUs
    Earlier this week I delivered a number of benchmarks comparing Amazon EC2 instances to bare metal Intel/AMD systems. Due to interest from that, here is a larger selection of cloud instance types from the leading public clouds of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine.
  • IBM's Phil Estes on the Turbulent Waters of Container History
    Phil Estes painted a different picture of container history at Open Source 101 in Raleigh last weekend, speaking from the perspective of someone who had a front row seat. To hear him tell it, this rise and success is a story filled with intrigue, and enough drama to keep a daytime soap opera going for a season or two.
  • Red Hat CSA Mike Bursell on 'managed degradation' and open data
    As part of Red Hat's CTO office chief security architect Mike Bursell has to be informed of security threats past, present and yet to come – as many as 10 years into the future. The open source company has access to a wealth of customers in verticals including health, finance, defence, the public sector and more. So how do these insights inform the company's understanding of the future threat landscape?
  • Red Hat Offers New Decision Management Tech Platform
    Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has released a platform that will work to support information technology applications and streamline the deployment of rules-based tools in efforts to automate processes for business decision management, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

Vulkan Anniversary and Generic FBDEV Emulation Continues To Be Worked On For DRM Drivers

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    This last week marked two years since the debut of Vulkan 1.0, you can see our our original launch article. My overworked memory missed realizing it by a few days, but it's been a pretty miraculous two years for this high-performance graphics and compute API.
  • Generic FBDEV Emulation Continues To Be Worked On For DRM Drivers
    Noralf Trønnes has spent the past few months working on generic FBDEV emulation for Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) drivers and this week he volleyed his third revision of these patches, which now includes a new in-kernel API along with some clients like a bootsplash system, VT console, and fbdev implementation.