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Installing a modern Linux distribution

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Linux

raiden.net: I began installing Linux quite a few years ago starting with Red Hat 9 "Shrike". Though this was not too long ago in the physical world it was an eon ago in digital time. Todays modern Linux distribution or operating system is a different animal all together than those of days gone by.

Leveraging Free

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OSS

linuxjournal.com: "Free" has been a founding concept in the Linux world since before there was Linux. And the rest of the world is finally, irrevocably, catching up.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 245

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Interviews: Chris Hildebrandt, the sidux project

  • News: Hardy Heron reaches beta, Debian releases Lenny installer, Fedora removes Fluendo codecs, Novell announces SLE 11, 15 years of NetBSD
  • Released last week: Slax 6.0.3, MirOS BSD
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 9 Beta, Dreamlinux 3.0
  • Site news: Mining DistroWatch.com logs, part 2
  • New addition: TEENpup Linux
  • New distributions: Calculate Linux, Physics-Live CD, SliTaz GNU/Linux
  • Reader comments

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

Tracking Linux prereleases: OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, and Fedora

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Linux

arstechnica.com: We often hear from readers who want to track the development process of their favorite Linux distribution but don't know where to start. The mainstream desktop Linux distributions have adopted short release cycles because the open source desktop software ecosystem tends to evolve incrementally and at a rapid pace.

Quickly navigating Web pages with Firefox extensions

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Two things annoy me a lot when I'm browsing the Internet. First, I hate unclickable links, where I have to select the text link, open a new tab, paste the link, then press enter. I'd much rather deal with links that I can just click to open. The other issue is being forced to manually edit a URL in the address bar if I want to browse up one level on a site. Linkification and Uppity are two Firefox extensions that make my annoyances go away.

Apple’s dirty Safari installer wouldn't happen in open source

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Software

itwire.com: A lot has been said of late concerning the way Apple slipped in a brand-new Safari installer into the Apple Software Update used by many hundreds of thousands of iPod-wielding Windows users. Let me offer a new perspective, from the open source point of view.

KDE stuff

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KDE

  • KDE and Amarok Present at the OpenExpo in Bern

  • Theme Contest and New Features
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 16th March 2008
  • Still pleased with KDE 4
  • Why I won’t use Kubuntu/KDE

ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 83

  • Ubuntu Fun
  • Moving to Ubuntu Hardy
  • My thoughts on Ubuntu 8.04 Beta
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta - My Opinion

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • A simple way to test Plasma themes

  • Quickzi: How To Change PostgreSQL Root Password
  • Fixing Wireless on eee Ubuntu and Mandriva
  • Basics of URPMI in Mandriva
  • Hardlinks and Symlinks
  • mrename - A tool for easy and automatic renaming of many files
  • Use rsync for a simple incremental backup of a folder
  • Stranger in *x land
  • How To Dual Boot With Xp and Ubuntu

A Frugal experience

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Linux

beranger.org: Three days ago, I installed Frugalware 0.8. As the speed and the availability of the repositories is not always stellar, I decided to download the DVD1 and to install everything on it. I supposed this would give me the "feeling of bloatedness", something close to what you get when you install openSUSE and select everything.

Lina: Run Linux aps on Windows or OS X, or at least one Linux app

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Software

downloadsquad.com: It's been almost a year since we checked in on Lina, an attempt at creating a cross-platform solution for running Linux applications on pretty much any operating system. At the time, Lina was only available to a handful of folks. Now anyone can download and install Lina on a Windows, OS X, or Linux machine.

Why Business Doesn't "get" Desktop Linux

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Linux

linux-blog.org: As for Linux and a business like this...getting them to see the savings isn’t hard. They know if they didn’t have to buy antivirus for over 6 thousand desktops they’d save tons of money. They know that if they didn’t have to license the same number of office installs that they’d save an enormous amount of cash. This isn’t the problem.

9 Improvements Needed in GNOME

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Software

earthweb.com: Although I regularly use KDE, Xfce, and other desktops for GNU/Linux, I keep returning to GNOME. Despite being in development for a decade, GNOME still lacks one or two utilities that I consider essential. Here are the improvements that I would most like to see in GNOME:

Linux Tidbits

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HowTos

linuxtidbits.wordpress: Regular commands I use every day in Linux plus a few eclectic ones. Basically geared to the new user.

Freespire 2.0.3

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Linux

distro-review.com: The single most annoying thing about Freespire is that I've only just stumbled upon it's greatness. If someone dresses up the menus and the folder icons then this has the potential to be the best release in the world - and I genuinely believe that.

Playing RM And RMVB Video Files On Linux

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HowTos

I have a large collection of short videos, which are from various sources - friends, YouTube, or BitTorrent. Most of these are in the RM (Real Media) format, which was originally meant for streaming online video or audio.

One week of KDE

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KDE

Frederik Himpe: Last week, I swtiched back from GNOME to KDE for one week. I used KDE 3.5.9, not 4.0.2 because I think that one will very probably not be mature enough for my needs.

5 Tips to Improve your Linux Desktop

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HowTos

cheesemedia.net: Here are 5 funkalicious tips to improve your Linux desktop. Whether it be speed, or just look and feel, here are some of my favourites.

OpenOffice 3.0 promises to bash Office

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OOo

techworld.com: Microsoft’s Office suite could have plausible challenger on the desktop for the first time since Lotus gave up trying to take on Redmond a decade ago.

Install OpenWRT, Chillispot, FreeRadius Based Managed Hotspot(s) Including PayPal Payment Gateway

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HowTos

If you have ever tried to implement one of the hotspot HowTos on this and other sites, it might have dawned on you that this is not an easy feat to accomplish. Amazingly most solutions also leave out the most important part – how to get paid by the punters using the hotspot.

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Oracle: New VirtualBox 5.2 Beta, SPARC M8 Processors Launched

  • VirtualBox 5.2 to Let Users Enable or Disable Audio Input and Output On-the-Fly
    Oracle announced new updates for its popular, cross-platform and open-source virtualization software, the third Beta of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major release and VirtualBox 5.1.28 stable maintenance update. We'll start with the stable update, VirtualBox 5.1.28, as it's more important for our readers using Oracle VM VirtualBox for all of their virtualization needs. The VirtualBox 5.1 maintenance release 28 is here to improve audio support by fixing various issues with both the ALSA and OSS backends, as well as an accidental crash with AC'97.
  • SPARC M8 Processors Launched
    While Oracle recently let go of some of their SPARC team, today marks the launch of the SPARC M8. The initial SPARC M8 line-up includes the T8-1, T8-2, T8-4. M8-8, and SuperCluster M8-8 servers.

Wikileaks Releases Spy Files Russia, CCleaner Infected, Equifax Has a Dirty Little Secret

  • Spy Files Russia
    This publication continues WikiLeaks' Spy Files series with releases about surveillance contractors in Russia. While the surveillance of communication traffic is a global phenomena, the legal and technological framework of its operation is different for each country. Russia's laws - especially the new Yarovaya Law - make literally no distinction between Lawful Interception and mass surveillance by state intelligence authorities (SIAs) without court orders. Russian communication providers are required by Russian law to install the so-called SORM ( Система Оперативно-Розыскных Мероприятий) components for surveillance provided by the FSB at their own expense. The SORM infrastructure is developed and deployed in Russia with close cooperation between the FSB, the Interior Ministry of Russia and Russian surveillance contractors.
  • Malware-Infected CCleaner Installer Distributed to Users Via Official Servers for a Month
    Hackers have managed to embed malware into the installer of CCleaner, a popular Windows system optimization tool with over 2 billion downloads to date. The rogue package was distributed through official channels for almost a month. CCleaner is a utilities program that is used to delete temporary internet files such as cookies, empty the Recycling Bin, correct problems with the Windows Registry, among other tasks. First released in 2003, it has become hugely popular; up to 20 million people download it per month. Users who downloaded and installed CCleaner or CCleaner Cloud between Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 should scan their computers for malware and update their apps. The 32-bit versions of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 were affected.
  • Equifax Suffered a Hack [sic] Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed
  • This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication

    For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice.

Amazon Changes Rental ('Cloud') Model on GNU/Linux

Devices/Hardware: Embedded/Boards, CODESYS, and EPYC Linux Performance

  • Linux friendly IoT gateway runs on 3.5-inch Bay Trail SBC
    While the MB-80580 SBC lists SATA II, the gateway indicates SATA III. Also, the gateway datasheet notes that the RS232 ports can all be redirected to RS232/422/485. Software includes Windows IoT Core and Server, as well as Yocto, Ubuntu Snappy Core, and CentOS Linux distributions.
  • Rugged panel PC scales up to a 19-inch touchscreen
    The fanless, IP65-rated WinSystems “PPC65B-1x” panel PC runs Linux or Win 10 on a quad-core Atom E3845, and offers 10.4 to 19-inch resistive touchscreens.
  • CODESYS announces CODESYS-compatible SoftPLC for open Linux device platforms
  • EPYC Linux performance from AMD
    Phoronix have been hard at work testing out AMD's new server chip, specifically the 2.2/2.7/3.2GHz EPYC 7601 with 32 physical cores.  The frequency numbers now have a third member which is the top frequency all 32 cores can hit simultaneously, for this processor that would be 2.7GHz.  Benchmarking server processors is somewhat different from testing consumer CPUs, gaming performance is not as important as dealing with specific productivity applications.   Phoronix started their testing of EPYC, in both NUMA and non-NUMA configurations, comparing against several Xeon models and the performance delta is quite impressive, sometimes leaving even a system with dual Xeon Gold 6138's in the dust.  They also followed up with a look at how EPYC compares to Opteron, AMD's last server offerings.  The evolution is something to behold.
  • Opteron vs. EPYC Benchmarks & Performance-Per-Watt: How AMD Server Performance Evolved Over 10 Years
    By now you have likely seen our initial AMD EPYC 7601 Linux benchmarks. If you haven't, check them out, EPYC does really deliver on being competitive with current Intel hardware in the highly threaded space. If you have been curious to see some power numbers on EPYC, here they are from the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Making things more interesting are some comparison benchmarks showing how the AMD EPYC performance compares to AMD Opteron processors from about ten years ago.