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Story Docker: An open source startup you need to know about Rianne Schestowitz 20/11/2013 - 3:19am
Story Ubuntu Linux server with ARM processor rolled out by Boston Limited Rianne Schestowitz 20/11/2013 - 3:04am
Story In support of open source launchers sb56637 19/11/2013 - 11:53pm
Blog entry Windows 8.1 "The Worst Ever" gfranken 19/11/2013 - 10:58pm
Story New Linux Hypervisor Announced: Jailhouse Rianne Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 10:21pm
Story AMD Radeon R9 290 On Linux Rianne Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 10:11pm
Story Samsung defies critics, ships 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches in two months Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 10:11pm
Story Viber updates desktop app, brings support for stickers; launches Linux client Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 7:46pm
Story Looking For A Linux Laptop? Here's Help Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 7:40pm
Story Tiny open source board runs Linux on i.MX6 Roy Schestowitz 19/11/2013 - 7:23pm

Month in Vista vs Month in Ubuntu Linux

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OS

cxle.blogspot: As soon as things slowed down a little bit I started booting to Ubuntu more and more often. The install wasn't completely painless as the widescreen resolutions didn't work right away which was solved by installing ATI's closed fglrx driver.

Running KDE4 (preview) on Mandriva 2008

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KDE
MDV

linux-tip.net: KDE 4 is the next major release of the K Desktop Environment software. It contains a new multimedia API, called Phonon, a device integration framework called Solid and a new style guide and default icon set called Oxygen. Let me say this first: KDE 4 is still not ready but it is nice to see the major improvements in usability, performance and stability. KDE 4 (preview) is already included in the latest Mandriva release. This article describes the installation on a Mandriva 2008 desktop

Getting grubby: Demystifying the Linux start-up processes

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HowTos

iTWire: Linux users can boast long times between reboots, but even so, the startup screens will grace your display at some time. Here’s just what your computer is doing during this process, what the messages mean, and how you can take control.

My Linux Application List

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Software

Linux By Example: After experiencing Linux for two years, I have compiled a list of applications that I use it daily. I would like to share my point of views on those applications and its alternatives. I hope that will served as a reference for those who have dilemma selecting them.

9 Reasons that make Debian preferred Distro for Linux Device Developers

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Linux

smokinglinux: This post describes a comprensive list of why a Device Developer prefer Debian Linux distro to make their softwares.

UT3 Beta Server for Linux

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Gaming

linux-gamers.net: While the UT3 Demo for Windows is available sine a few days, the linux client is not yet ready. Nevertheless a beta version of the linux server is now available as icculus (Ryan C. Gordon) states in his blog.

10 Rocking Features in 10 Days: Better Firefox plugins and Gnash

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: Yesterday we took a look at Desktop Effects with Compiz. Today we turn to all the improvements for Firefox including the a better way to install plugins and the arrival of Gnash, a Free flash player.

Power your web research with QuickNote

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Moz/FF

tectonic: Here at Tectonic we spend way too much time online and a great deal of that time is spent doing research. QuickNote is one of the few Firefox extensions that make it possible for us to escape the Internet occasionally have lives in 'meat space'.

Also: Firefox And OpenOffice Document Handling

Mandriva 2008 Review

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MDV

Mandrake used to have a unique identity. Initial versions of Mandriva continued with that identity. But the latest version seems to be shedding that identity, and becoming a shadow of other distributions. If you want to lead, don't follow someone else.

Open source all about free and freedom

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OSS

The Oregonian: As director of the California-based Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin circles the globe proclaiming the virtues of open source software -- computer programs that are written collaboratively by developers all over the world, and are frequently given away free.

Decibel Audio Player: An Audio Player for Human Beings

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Software

DPotD: Aren’t you tired of those audio players with billions of useless features that clutter up their graphical interface? I am. Decibel Audio Player is a simple and nice audio player for the GNOME desktop. Decibel Audio Player follows as closely as possible the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines.

Fixing NTFS Deadlocks

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Linux

kernelTRAP: This NTFS update fixes the deadlock at mount time reported by several people over the years but it was only recently that someone who reported it actually replied to my response and helped me track it down (I have never been able to reproduce the deadlock).

Linux is a no-go

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Ubuntu

faler.wordpress: As for my opinion of Ubuntu? Pretty much a pile of dog shit. It tries hard to be “user friendly”, but still doesn’t go far enough like Windows, and you still end up having to edit obscure files like in traditional linux distros, only difference is the “user friendly” helper applications may overwrite your changes.

What does KDE mean to you?

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KDE

wadejolson.wordpress: In my ongoing series of asking people to reflect on “what does KDE mean to you?”… taking the standard question of “What does KDE stand for?”asked by people curious about the acronym and twisting it around to make it hopefully a more interesting answer and a bit more introspective.

Why Linux is Ready, Not Ready for the Desktop and Why we Care in the Wrong Way

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Linux

ciganthought.blogspot: We've all read these articles, and most of us have written angry responses. Listing flaws that either we all know about, or flaws we have no control over. These articles get it wrong because Linux is indeed ready for OUR desktops, and obviously ready for the desktops of certain professional developers, and public library and education stations. Well you know why it's ready for those desktops?

Ubuntu takes advantage

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Ubuntu

blog.blanco.net.ve: Yes, the next Oct. 18, Venezuelan institutions should report their progress in the process of migration to Linux. However, at this time there are many who have not done anything and others who rush passage.

15 New Ubuntu Distributions

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Humor

Chris Pirillo:

  1. Fugubuntu = Linux for Poisonous (Yet Tasty) Fish

  2. Stewbuntu = Edible Linux Compiled with Gigantic Meat Chunks

I want to be a MOTU, but…

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Linux

nixternal: Well, I just wanted to write up a quick post here and let you know that it isn’t all that hard. If you just started using Ubuntu, or Linux in general, then yes, it might be a tad bit hard at first. If you can compile and install a tarball, then you are well on your way.

OpenOffice 3.0 Wants to Compete with Outlook

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OOo

cybernet: I was just over at the OpenOffice site browsing through some of their marketing materials to see if there was anything interesting. I came across a presentation and it walked through some of the most notable features that are expected to be released in the next big OpenOffice milestone.

Mac OS, Linux May Share a Windows Flaw

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Security

PCWorld: This week Microsoft Corp said it would patch Windows to reduce the risk of a new kind of Web-based security vulnerability, but security researchers say that other operating systems are probably at risk too.

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Security Leftovers

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GNOME/GTK News

  • The Way GNOME Handles Wallpapers Really Annoys Me
    I love GNOME Shell — and no, not just because I’ve little choice now that is Ubuntu’s default desktop! But the more I use GNOME the more I learn that the desktop environment, like every other, has its own share of quirks, bugs and inconsistencies. Like the following appreciably niche niggle in the the way GNOME handles desktop wallpapers.
  • Drag-and-drop in lists
    I’ve recently had an occasion to implement reordering of a GtkListBox via drag-and-drop (DND). It was not that complicated. Since I haven’t seen drag-and-drop used much with list boxes, here is a quick summary of what is needed to get the basics working.

Containers News

  • How Kubernetes is making contributing easy
    As the program manager of the Kubernetes community at Google, Sarah Novotny has years of experience in open source communities including MySQL and NGINX. Sarah sat down with me at CloudNativeCon in Berlin at the end of March to discuss both the Kubernetes community and open source communities more broadly. Among the topics we covered in the podcast were the challenges inherent in shifting from a company-led project to a community-led one, principles that can lead to more successful communities, and how to structure decision-making.
  • How Microsoft helped Docker with LinuxKit and Moby Project [Ed: Microsoft 'helped'... embrace, extend, coerce; haven't Docker employees learned from history?]
    Today, supporting Linux is as critical to Microsoft as it is to Red Hat and SUSE.
  • How to make branding decisions in an open community
    On April 18, Docker founder Solomon Hykes made a big announcement via a pull request in the main Docker repo: "Docker is transitioning all of its open source collaborations to the Moby project going forward." The docker/docker repo now redirects to moby/moby, and Solomon's pull request updates the README and logo for the project to match. Reaction from the Docker community has been overwhelmingly negative. As of this writing, the Moby pull request has garnered 7 upvotes and 110 downvotes on GitHub. The Docker community is understandably frustrated by this opaque announcement of a fait accompli, an important decision that a hidden inner circle made behind closed doors. It's a textbook case of "Why wasn't I consulted?"

Ubuntu 17.04: Unity's swan song?

For the most part, not much has changed on Ubuntu's Desktop edition in the past year. Unity 7 has more or less remained the same while work was progressing on the next version of the desktop, Unity 8. However, now that both desktops are being retired in favour of the GNOME desktop, running Ubuntu 17.04 feels a bit strange. This week I was running software that has probably reached the end of its life and this version of Ubuntu will only be supported for nine months. I could probably get the same desktop experience and most of the same hardware support running Ubuntu 16.04 and get security updates through to 2021 in the bargain. In short, I don't think Ubuntu 17.04 offers users anything significant over last year's 16.04 LTS release and it will be retired sooner. That being said, I could not help but be a little wistful about using Unity 7 again. Even though it has been about a year since I last used Unity, I quickly fell back into the routine and I was once more reminded how pleasant it can be to use Unity. The desktop is geared almost perfectly to my workflow and the controls are set up in a way that reduces my mouse usage to almost nothing. I find Unity a very comfortable desktop to use, especially when application menus have been moved from the top panel to inside their own windows. While there are some projects trying to carry on development of Unity, this release of Ubuntu feels like Unity's swan song and I have greatly enjoyed using the desktop this week. While there is not much new in Ubuntu 17.04, the release is pretty solid. Apart from the confusion that may arise from having three different package managers, I found Ubuntu to be capable, fairly newcomer friendly and stable. Everything worked well for me, at least on physical hardware. Unity is a bit slow to use in a virtual machine, but the distribution worked smoothly on my desktop computer. Read more