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Story Android vs iPhone: 15 Reasons Android is Better Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 9:00pm
Story LibreOffice 4.4 review – Finally, it rocks Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 7:13pm
Story ASUS’ First Android 5.0 Lollipop Tablet Has Arrived Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 6:58pm
Story 11 ways to get involved with Humanitarian FOSS Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 6:52pm
Story Intel now No. 1 sponsor of Linux contributions Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 5:53pm
Story Ubuntu phones: will consumers bite? Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 11:40am
Story New ARM Platform Support For The Linux 3.20 Kernel Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 11:34am
Story GNOME's Mutter Updated For Latest Wayland Support Roy Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 10:50am
Story Gorgeous Ozon OS "Hydrogen" to Get a Beta Very Soon Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 10:47am
Story NGINX: The secret heart of the modern web Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2015 - 10:43am

Ubuntu and Mac

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Ubuntu

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

news.softpedia: We are pleased to announce yet another Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, this time... with "super powers," called Super Ubuntu.

Who Gives a Crap About Open-Source Software?

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OSS

redshtickmagazine.com: Source code is the set of instructions that some programmer wrote for your electronic device. That programmer may very well have been me, and I may have told that device to despise you and to do anything in its power to make your life hell. In truth, I didn’t do that. I’m a mediocre programmer, but if I was more talented, I certainly could. I could because you would let me.

The Google Linux desktop has arrived

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Linux
Google

blogs.computerworld: Google has been slowly, but surely, displacing Microsoft as the number one PC technology company. Google has done it by misdirection. Now founders of the stealth startup Mobile-facts, have found that you can take Google's smartphone operating system, Android, and use it as a desktop operating system.

Whoops! downtime...

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Site News

Whoops, I did it again. Big Grin The approximate 1/2 hour downtime wallago was due to user error this time.

Will OpenOffice.org Go to the Ball this Year?

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OOo

computerworlduk.com: I remain perplexed by the state of OpenOffice.org. Since 2.0, I've had practically no problems - no crashes at all that I can remember. What's not to like? Plenty.

My Distro Is Better Than Your Distro

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Linux

pthree.org: I was hanging out in ##linux on Freenode this morning, willing to help anyone out who needed it, and I came smack into the middle of an argument about why Gentoo is the best distribution in the world, and Debian is the worst.

The way is cleared for Debian 5

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: The Debian developers have decided to release the upcoming Debian 5 (Lenny) with proprietary firmware files to expedite the completion of the Linux distributions next release.

Evolution vs Kontact - Part 1 - Evolution

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Software

fosswire.com: A Personal Information Management (PIM) suite is supposedly a single application that gives you your email, contacts, calendar and other important information. On the Linux and Unix platforms there are two main competitors in this space - Evolution 2.24.2, for the GNOME desktop and KDE’s Kontact 4.1.3.

AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs On Linux

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Last quarter AMD introduced their "Shanghai" Opteron processors that join the ranks of Intel's Harpertown Xeon CPUs that are 45nm quad-core server/workstation parts. Initial reviews of these new AMD Opteron processors have been very positive, but how do these chips perform with Linux?

Microsoft on FLOSS

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OSS

Over the holiday break, I’ve been working on a small project. I’m trying to collect up quotes from Microsoft on Linux, Free Software, and Open Source.

A rolling distro gathers no moss

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: There are 10 sorts of distributions in the world. Those that have specific releases, where it is better to reformat and reload with each new release and rolling distributions.

Linux Netbooks: What's on the Menu?

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Linux
Hardware

linuxinsider.com: Linux and netbooks seem to be a well-met pair. Lightweight Linux distros sit comfortably on the shoulders of the mini laptops' compact hardware. Plenty of computer makers are offering models with pre-installed Linux. Here's a snapshot of what's out there.

Open source: a different approach to developing software

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OSS

computerweekly.com: It seems like a bit of a mystery how open source software ever sees the light of day. The idea of a large number of people working for glory and the greater good rather than recompense seems too idealistic to be true.

The Inherent Danger in "Just Working"

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: The majority of computer users want their machines to "just work." And though I like seeing how my hardware and software interact, it is preferable to have things "just work." When something doesn't "just work" on a computer, it's frustrating.

Zenwalk Linux 5.2

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Linux

dylserx.wordpress: My Laptop is a Netbook in a Macbook size shell, so I decided to go for Linux as my OS for it as its fast, reliable and stable, most of the time.

Dropbox on Ubuntu 8.10

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Software

itwire.com: In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to use Dropbox on the popular Ubuntu distribution.

few leftovers

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News
  • Xen 3.3 in RHEL/CentOS 5 and more Link Aggregation Fun

  • Revisiting urxvt
  • Attempting to Install Linux, Part 1
  • My Acer Aspire One with Ubuntu 8.10
  • Our One Laptop Per Child Hopes for 2009
  • Acer Laptop Wireless Tips
  • The canonical target
  • Energized by open source: Ditching closed apps spurred growth, utility says

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 52

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SUSE

Happy New Year! Issue #52 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out.

openSUSE defeats Mandriva

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MDV
SUSE

marcfearby.com: About this time last year I decided that Linux simply wasn’t good enough and returned to Windows XP. A week later I discovered that Mandriva was actually up to scratch. Given that Mandriva fired one of their most valuable employees recently, I think the writing is on the wall for that distro, sadly.

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Graphics: Vulkan and Vega M

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    Of the hundreds of projects for this year's Google Summer of Code, there are many interesting GSoC 2018 projects but one of those that I am most excited for is Vulkan-Virgl for getting this modern API supported with hardware acceleration by guest virtual machines. As implied by the name, this effort is based upon the Virgl project started by David Airlie and originally tasked with getting OpenGL acceleration to guest VMs using a fully open-source Linux driver stack. Virgl has been in good shape for a while now with OpenGL, while this summer the hope is to get the Vulkan API support going for opening up VMs to using this high-performance graphics and compute API.
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Plasma 5.13 – Amazing Tux, How Sweet Plasma

Plasma 5.13 is (going to be) a very nice release. It builds on the solid foundation that is the LTS edition, and adds cool, smart touches. The emphasis is on seamless integration of elements, which is what separates professionals from amateurs. It’s all around how the WHOLE desktop behaves, and not individual programs in isolation. And Plasma is making great strides, offering a polished version of an already mature and handsome product, with extra focus on fonts, media and browser connectivity and good performance. There are some rough patches. Apart from the obvious beta issues, those goes without saying, KDE Connect ought to be a true multi-phone product, the network stack really needs to be spotless, and that means full Microsoft Windows inter-operability, Spectacle should allow for configurable shadows and alpha channel, and I want to see if the decorative backend has been cleaned up, i.e. can you search and install new themes and icons without encountering useless errors and inconsistencies. But all in all, I’m quite impressed. The changes are big and noticeable, and above all, meaningful. You don’t just get features for the sake of it, you get things that improve the quality and consistency of the desktop, that maximize fun and productivity, and there’s deep thought in orchestrating it all together. It ain’t just a random bunch of options that happen to work. I like seeing patterns in things, and I’m happy when there’s functional harmony. This spring season of distro testing hasn’t been fun, and Plasma 5.13 is balm for my weary wrists, so hurting from all that angry typing. More than worth a spin, and highly recommended. Full steam on, Tuxers. Read more Also: This week in Usability & Productivity, part 20

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