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Story Kano review – doing it for the kids Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 5:24pm
Story Synology DS414j review – the future of NAS? Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 5:17pm
Story Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Is Now Available for Download Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 5:10pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 4:59pm
Story Release notes for the Genode OS Framework 14.05 Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 4:46pm
Story Linaro forms digital media group Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 4:41pm
Story New platform to evaluate open source software Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 4:36pm
Story Is Cinnamon a worthy replacement for Ubuntu Unity? Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 4:33pm
Story Firefox to Green Light Voice and Video Features Via WebRTC Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 4:22pm
Story Deepin's Functionality Is a Bit Too Shallow Rianne Schestowitz 30/05/2014 - 6:39am

UK to fly the flag for OOXML

channelregister.co.uk: A source close to the matter told The Register today that the technical group chaired by Francis Cave and assigned to make recommendations to the policy making panel overwhelmingly came out five to one in favour of OOXML.

Also: Microsoft claims Office OpenXML standard Czechmate
And: Microsoft Files Complaint About India's No Vote on OOXML

Linux Reality Episode 100 - The Final Episode

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Linux

linuxreality.com: In this, the last Linux Reality episode: I bring back some old audio clips, fire up one last listener tip, play a bunch of audio comments, and then take a few minutes to say thanks.

Is open source anti-American?

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: While Matt Asay and Paula Rooney chose the meat in Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s remarks at OSBC, others chose to play the political game of gotcha. So, is open source anti-American?

Disruptive Technologies that Affect Desktop Linux

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Linux

Matt Hartley: Perhaps what has given desktop Linux its biggest shot in the arm is the evolution of various disruptive technologies that have, by design, made desktop Linux adoption just that much easier. The following are some of the most disruptive examples of disruptive technology on the Linux platform.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 15

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue 15 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3 is Out, SoC Student Application Period Open, and One-Click-Install improvements.

10 ways that Linux is outgrowing the stereotype

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Linux

distro-review.com: Linux has a negative image associated with it; a most unfortunate affliction when that image is contrary to the truth. I'm occasionally asked "why do you bother with Linux?" by people who haven't used it recently under the assumption that it's difficult to use. However it is my intention to raise awareness that Linux is remarkably usable these days.

Windows Application Emulation: Wine vs VirtualBox

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Software

raiden.net: In my ever ongoing efforts to completely shed all connections to Microsoft Windows and all Windows applications, including 3rd party ones, I've been doing a lot of research over time into various methods by which I could make that one final push to completely shed all of those lingering connections.

Taking A Good Long Look At Vector Linux 5.9 Standard

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Linux
Reviews

Caitlyn Martin: Over the past 14 months I’ve reviewed two previous releases of Vector Linux: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard and Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO. Anyone who has run those versions of Vector Linux would find the new version quite familiar. In reality the changes between 5.8 and 5.9, which was released in December, are like day and night.

Installing My First Linux OS

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PCLOS

carlanderson.blogspot: Well, I am excited. I have been reading/researching open source software for a long time and I have the go ahead to do a trial. My goal is to install Linux on a handful of school computers in the computer lab and load them with open source software that equates with the proprietary software our students and faculty are used to.

Today is Document Freedom Day!

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OSS

documentfreedom.org: Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide are organising local activities to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. The question of Document Freedom has severe repercussions for freedom of choice.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Red Hat: Open source benefits from US unpopularity

  • Website for blind and vision impaired developed with open source CMS
  • Windows XP vs. Vista vs. Linux
  • Linux pros prefer IT generalists to vendor-specific certs
  • Acer touts cheaper rival to Asus Eee PC, wither the OLPC?
  • Educational Linux Software For Children
  • Novell, open source and the Madagascan Mongoose
  • It a long, long road to Open Source nirvana
  • Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth: Linux server, client will be big in the cloud and mobile sectors
  • Interview with John Knottenbelt of Introversion Games
  • Linux on the desktop: Soon, but not yet
  • Linux on Ancient Hardware

Include ODF support in the Linux Standard Base?

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OSS

commandline.org.uk: Should the Linux Standard Base Desktop Specification provide a specified standard for office documents? I.e. should the Linux Standard Base specify OpenDocument for office documents as it specifies .PNG for bitmaps? As you may have guessed, I personally think it should.

Kernel space: authoritative hooks for containerization

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Linux

linuxworld.com: The containers developers have what would seem to be a relatively straightforward problem: they would like to control access to devices on a per-container basis. Implementing this feature has been a longer journey than these developers had imagined. A final resting place may have been found.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • End-to-end video podcast production with Kino and FFmpeg

  • Recovering your Password Database in Epiphany 2.20.x on Ubuntu
  • I’ve Got the Broadcom Blues…
  • Installing Apple Safari On Linux (PCLinuxOS)
  • Read DVD Content Information With lsdvd
  • Toggle Compiz with Fusion-icon in Ubuntu 8.04
  • The Three Amigos - Tar, bz2, and gunzip
  • Never Forget to Lock Again

XO Laptop Review

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OLPC

ugo.com: The XO is about the size of a standard textbook and weighs a little over three pounds. It runs at 433 Mhz with 256 MB of RAM, 1 GB of flash storage and, not surprisingly, a free Linux-based operating system. It has three USB ports, microphone and headphone jacks, built-in microphone and 0.3-megapixel camera, and SD memory card slot.

GPL v3 Has Reached 2000 Projects

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OSS

gpl3.blogspot: Our database now contains over 2000 projects that are using the GPL v3. This is a large milestone for the license, and seems to still be the beginning of wider adoption. Nine months have passed since the release of the controversial license. If the trend continues, the license will be used by 5000 projects by the end of the year.

It’s official: Microsoft’s concerned about GNU/Linux

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OS

larrythefreesoftwareguy.wordpress: Without fanfare (as expected), Microsoft filed its 10-K form to the Security and Exchange Commission. In it, however, we find that Microsoft bemoans the fact that their “business model,” well, might tend to suck in comparison to the open source business model.

Hardy Beta: Ooh La La

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Ubuntu

Jono Bacon: An Ubuntu beta is a great opportunity to really test Ubuntu and ensure it is as bug free as possible, so go and check it out. Think of it like building a huge wall, if we each put in one brick, together we can make something pretty darn solid. I just wanted to highlight a couple of my fave features in the new release that I am digging:

Czech Republic gives nod to OOXML

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OSS

linuxworld.com: The Czech Standards Institute (CSI) has voted to make Microsoft's Open Office XML format a standard, the organization said Tuesday.

Firefox 2.0.0.13 now available

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: As part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 2.0.0.13 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download. We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release.

Also: about:mozilla - Mozilla Developer News March 25

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