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Story Linux Mint 17 improves multiple monitor, update and driver support Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:51pm
Story SYNCTHING: OPEN SOURCE BITTORRENT SYNC ALTERNATIVE (P2P SYNC TOOL) Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:46pm
Story PlayCanvas takes its WebGL video game engine open source Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:40pm
Story Mozilla Open-Sources Their PlayCanvas Gaming Engine Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:26pm
Story Android TV Pegged for June Appearance Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:24pm
Story Learn about 20 Amazing Raspberry Pi projects on our new digital Pi project bookazine Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:20pm
Story KVM Gets Improved For S390, POWER & MIPS Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:12pm
Story Tracking your time and tasks on Fedora Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:08pm
Story Linux Kernel 3.12.21 LTS Officially Released Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:02pm
Story New Sandboxing Features Come To Systemd Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 5:49pm

Google Seeks to Organize All of Human Ignorance

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Google
Humor

blogs.pcworld: Having organized all of human knowledge, Google has announced plans to organize all of human ignorance. Admittedly, human ignorance is vast -- perhaps unlimited – but our goal is to organize all of it. Consistent with our mobile strategy, we aim to provide anytime, anywhere ignorance.

Also: Introducing Gmail Custom Time
And: Announcing Project Virgle

yesterday's leftovers

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News
  • Future Open Source Superstars

  • Making the World Safe for Commercial Open Source
  • Adobe Joins Linux Foundation But Forgets About Flash for Linux
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd March 2008
  • Cloudsmith: A Hint of the Future
  • Mandriva and Novatice Technologies present Edutice
  • DRI2 Direct Rendering Now Available
  • 5 Excellent Firefox Extensions to Manage your Bookmarks

Comparison of CSS compatibility on IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera

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Software

builderau.com.au: Ever since CSS was first introduced there have been issues with cross-browser compatibility. To see where things stand now with the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera, I conducted some tests using a selection of CSS pseudo-classes.

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Small Business on Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu on the Eee: Way Cool!
  • A Blast from the Past
  • Ryan Orsers’ Review Of Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04)
  • Farewell Windows, Hello Ubuntu

Who Writes Linux? There Are a Lot of Unknowns

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Linux

internetnews.com: In the beginning, there was Linus Torvalds, a single developer who put together the original Linux kernel. Fast forward to 2008 and Torvalds is no longer the lone Linux developer.

Kubuntu Hippy Horse Released

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Ubuntu
Humor

kubuntu.org: The Kubuntu team is hilariously happy to announce "8.04 Hippy Horse OMeGa pONEy". New features include KDE 4, Automatix, and New artwork.

Twitux - a GNOME Twitter client

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Software

fosswire.com: Microblogging service Twitter is ever popular, and is a great way for keeping in contact with your friends in real time and seeing what they are up to. Twitux is a native GTK/Gnome client for Twitter.

Also: Fosik - A GTK+ front-end to mkisofs

some howtos:

  • OpenOffice.org Writer Navigator

  • FTP server on openSUSE
  • Home Network Security in OpenSUSE
  • gentoo and kde4
  • Enable Metacity Compositing in GNOME 2.22
  • Securely delete files with shred
  • Ubuntu Reset Your Password When You Have Forgotten It
  • Shell: Shortcut To Last Command Line Argument
  • Ubuntu Tip: How to Open/View .docx files in OpenOffice

KDE's ISO Delegate Votes Yes to Office Open XML

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KDE
Humor

dot.kde.org: Today our delegate voted yes to adopting the format as an international standard. "We have studied the standard hard and many changes have been made to it," said KDE's Supreme Leader Aaron Seigo "and following a $10,000 donation from an anonymous North American source we realised the market should decide the best formats to use, not technical bureaucrats".

Do we really want or need the crowds of Windows users moving over to Linux?

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Just talk

I'm sort of at a bit of a loss, as to why we need to emulate the Windows environment. for those of us who have managed to move our daily lives over to Linux, probably via numerous distros, i think i'm safe in saying, we are happy where we are at.

Dear Distros: Embrace USB Installs!!!

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Linux

groundstate.ca: A while ago I purchased a new laptop. BUT, it has no optical drive. Neither of my favorite distros runs 100% on it though, so I keep switching between them. Neither is embracing non-CD installs.

Richard Stallman, Live and Unplugged

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Linux
Interviews

earthweb.com: It’s almost 8 PM on a Tuesday night, and the lecture hall here at Virginia Tech University is filled nearly to capacity. The students – many of them computer science majors – have come to hear Richard Stallman, the grand forefather of GNU/Linux. The crowd is chatty and seems in a good mood.

Government Announces Penguin-Proof Firewall

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Linux
Humor

free-bees.co.uk: Today, government spokesman Uma Head made a startling announcement - that there were too many foreign operating systems in Britain today, and something needed to be done. She declared, "Over the past decade or so, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the choice of operating system, at the cost of our own native operating systems."

If the birthmark fits, Microsoft will wear it

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet.com: As we approach Wednesday’s announcement on the ISO decision concerning Office Open XML, the format for Microsoft Word, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the process has been, well, Gorbachevian.

Also: *Is Microsoft really any more trustworthy?
* Microsoft Isn't Credible About Open Source
* When is a Standard Not a Standard?

Open Source will never be the same…

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OSS
Humor

edwink.devhd.com: Ongoing rumors say that the French government is soon going to announce the creation of a major actor in the world of software development that will group together the main French Open-Source companies.*

Linux Applications You Must Be Familiar With If You Plan on Landing a Linux Job

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Software

foogazi.com: Landing a Linux job really doesn’t have much to do with your school qualifications or what your resume says. With Linux, it’s all about experience. What you actually know will determine how far you get with a Linux job. If you’re looking to land a Linux job you must be familiar with these Linux applications or daemons.

Novell insists it’s winning the Linux wars

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SUSE

Dana Blankenhorn: In the third of a series of interviews by Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian (right) insisted his company is not being hurt by its association with Microsoft.

First look: Adobe AIR alpha unleashed for Linux

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Software

arstechnica.com: Adobe has announced today the public availability of an Adobe AIR alpha release for Linux. Although the alpha is not feature-complete, it is already capable of running some mainstream AIR applications and is robust enough to facilitate AIR development on the Linux platform.

ISO to announce Microsoft Open XML result Wednesday

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OSS

reuters.com: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) said it would reveal on Wednesday whether Microsoft had won the support needed to have its document format made into a global industry standard.

Hackers "open source" Vista

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Microsoft

blogs.pcworld.co.nz: Microsoft reacted swiftly this morning to close down a site distributing the complete source code of its flagship Vista operating system -- but not before dozens of other sites had mirrored the code.

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More in Tux Machines

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".]
  • Canonical Teams Up with Microsoft to Enable New Azure Tailored Ubuntu Kernel
    In a joint collaboration with Microsoft's Azure team, Canonical managed to enable a new Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel in the Ubuntu Cloud Images for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure starting today, September 21, 2017. The Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel is now enabled by default for the Ubuntu Cloud images running the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, and Canonical vows to offer the same level of support as the rest of its Ubuntu kernels until the operating system reaches end of life.

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.
  • Kubernetes is Transforming Operations in the Enterprise
    At many organizations, managing containerized applications at scale is the order of the day (or soon will be). And few open source projects are having the impact in this arena that Kubernetes is. Above all, Kubernetes is ushering in “operations transformation” and helping organizations make the transition to cloud-native computing, says Craig McLuckie co-founder and CEO of Heptio and a co-founder of Kubernetes at Google, in a recent free webinar, ‘Getting to Know Kubernetes.’ Kubernetes was created at Google, which donated the open source project to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
  • 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

  • PostgreSQL 10 RC1 Released
    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the first release candidate of version 10 is available for download. As a release candidate, 10 RC 1 should be identical to the final release of the new version. It contains fixes for all known issues found during testing, so users should test and report any issues that they find.
  • 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.