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Story PulseAudio: An Achilles Heel that needs repair srlinuxx 05/03/2013 - 3:01am
Story 5 Useful Plasmoids for KDE srlinuxx 05/03/2013 - 2:58am
Story Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS Review: Now I like Unity srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 10:48pm
Story Fedora 18 + Cinnamon - Not bad srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 10:44pm
Story Linus switches back to Gnome srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 10:39pm
Story 0 A.D. Music Shows There’s More to Open Source Than Code srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 7:57pm
Story Recent GNOME 3.7 sightings srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 7:56pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 497 srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 5:51pm
Story Debian Project News - March 4th srlinuxx 04/03/2013 - 5:49pm
Poll UEFI/Secure Boot srlinuxx 1 03/03/2013 - 9:34pm

Asian Linux 2.0 Review

"AsianLinux is one of the complete Linux Distributions developed in India. It has a lot of additional Entertainment & Development tools as compared with other Linux Distributions. It consists of Mozilla Firefox Browser with Flash Plugins & Java Runtime which makes it fully compatible for Internet Applications"

Mandriva 2008 Beta 1, "Cassini" -- A few thoughts

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Linux

I can recall when a new impending release from Mandrake/Mandriva was great cause for excitement. In the last few years, Mandriva has been on the decline. Could the upcoming 2008 release start to turn things around?

Today's Extras

  • Open source sys man vendors challenge status quo

  • Firms struggle with open source licences
  • The 7th Thailand Open Source Software Festival In Bangkok
  • Linux Geeks Dust Nerds In Golden Penguin Trivia Bowl
  • Motorola ups its Linux commitment
  • Will Google Be Destroyed By Open Source Search Engines?
  • Google caught eating thier own
  • Linux Mint 3.0 and the Single Dell
  • Nouveau Companion 25
  • filter what to backup with rsync
  • Easy plugin management for Firefox 3

Google Hack For Finding ISO Files On Servers

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HowTos

penguinway: They had a neat Google search tip on episode 182 of DL.TV. It allows you to search for file extensions in directories.

Command line progress bar - a progress bar for dd

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HowTos

FOSSwire: If you’re using dd for making backups or shifting around data of an considerable size, a lack of progress bar can be annoying and leave you having to employ annoying hacks to try and get status on your data transfer.

Vim Tip of the Week - Word Find?

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HowTos

ubuntu tutorials: Vim is the greatest editor of all time. Let me tell you! Every week when I go to put together a new tip there is just so much to offer. I can keep this going for years!

People of openSUSE: Francis Giannaros

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SUSE

opensuse news: Here is another ‘People of openSUSE’ interview: this time you can read Francis Giannaros’ answers! He does things like writing and editing articles on the wiki, bug reports, IRC and mailing list discussions still, and launching openSUSE-Community.org.

A look at the Mozilla-based One Laptop per Child web browser

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OLPC
Moz/FF

mozilla links: The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project is in the final steps to finally ship the first laptops to poor children living in poor countries. The Gecko-based browser is as simple as it gets and then a little bit simpler.

Changes at MySQL draw fire from community

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Software

LinuxWorld: MySQL AB has made it harder for developers to use the enterprise edition of its database software for free, sparking a debate about whether the company has strayed from its obligation to its open-source community.

Also: Another Reason Why MySQL Gets It

First Impressions: My Ubuntu-based Dell

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Ubuntu

MaximumPC: When Dell first announced its line of preinstalled Linux PCs a couple of months ago, Maximum PC was eager to check them out. But, fearing the tough criticism for which Max PC is widely known, Dell flatly refused to send us a system to check out.

OpenGL 3.0: Longs Peak in September

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Software

/home/liquidat: OpenGL Architecture Review Board has officially announced OpenGL 3 for the next month. This release will be the expected “Longs Peak” release, while “Mount Evans” is now scheduled for 4-5 months after “Longs Peak”.

Novell wins; SCO loses

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SUSE

groklaw: Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most: [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights.

Linus explains why open source works

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Linux

linux.com: Linus Torvalds is often described as an open source champion, interested in licensing only insofar as it affects his ability to share code and improve software more quickly. However, his real position is more complicated -- and to some, perhaps surprising.

Linux: The 0.10 Release

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "BACK UP ANY IMPORTANT DATA," began the Linux 0.10 installation instructions. "Linux accesses your hardware directly, and if your hardware differs from mine, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Doublecheck that your hardware is compatible:

BitTorrent's closed protocol: fact or fiction?

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Software

arstechnica: Last year, BitTorrent Inc. acquired the company that makes uTorrent, one of the most popular BitTorrent clients available on the Windows platform. The next major version of the official BitTorrent client—which is currently in beta—is based on the closed-source uTorrent client rather than the open-source BitTorrent reference implementation.

Linspire executives exodus?

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Linux

linux-watch: According to multiple sources close to Linux distributor Linspire, former CEO Kevin Carmony was not the only executive to leave Linspire at the end of July. Sources say that Chad Olson, the company's CFO, and other high-ranking officials including the comptroller and the head of the Linux engineering team had also left by July 31.

Linux Is Boring

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Linux

internetnews: There was a time when selling Linux (or even just writing about it) was an evangelical endeavor. Users needed to be sold on Linux's benefits and, more importantly, assured that it actually worked. Not so at LinuxWorld San Francisco 2007.

The Year Of The Small Distro

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Linux

Caitlyn Martin: Articles about Linux and mainstream Linux news tends to be dominated by the big Linux distributions. In the past year a number of medium sized and small distros have lept past the big players among Linux distributions, offering single CDs with lots of apps, excellent hardware support, speedy performance, and relatively few bugs.

Immoral Choice

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Software

cyberorg: When guys like Richard Stallman are fighting to maintain the freedom of software developers and users, compiz-fusion project goes and picks a paid, closed source and proprietary software for it’s community forum.

MEPIS Releases KDE 4 Beta 1 Live DVDs

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KDE
Linux

mepis.org: Warren Woodford of MEPIS has built KDE4-Beta1 Live DVDs to verify the compatibility of KDE 4 with SimplyMEPIS 7.x. The 32 and 64 bit DVD isos are available from the testing directory of the MEPIS subscriber site and the MEPIS public mirrors.

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BSD Leftovers

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    LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs. Hans Wennborg commented on the mailing list that while the release should have happened on 21 February, serving as release manager, he hasn't tagged the release yet due to open blocker bugs.
  • FreeBSD-Based pfSense 2.3.3 Open-Source Firewall Released with over 100 Changes
    Rubicon Communications' Jim Pingle announced the availability of a new point release to the pfSense 2.3 stable series, which adds over 100 improvements and a bunch of new features. Updated to FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p16, the pfSense 2.3.3 maintenance release is here more than seven months after the 2.3.2 update and introduces several new packages, including TFTP Server, LCDproc, cellular, and tinc, a lot of improvements for the OpenVPN and IPsec implementations, as well as numerous stability and security fixes from FreeBSD. Dozens of bug fixes are included in pfSense 2.3.3 for WebGUI, graphs and monitoring, gateways and routing, notifications, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, NTP and GPS, DNS, resolver and forwarder, DHCP and DHCPv6 servers, router advertisements, HA and CARP, traffic shaping, firewall, rules, NAT, aliases, states, users, authentication, and privileges.
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