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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

Open-Source Technology in Digital Signage

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OSS

marcelgagne.com: This note describes some of the facts, outlines how EnQii, the Digital Signage company where the author is Chief Technology Officer, is benefiting from OSS, and outlines how in the future, OSS will be increasingly used.

An introduction to CrossOver Games

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Gaming

wine-review.blogspot: CrossOver Games is a commercial variant of Wine released by CodeWeavers with support for many of today's most popular games. CrossOver Games is tested for performance and stability with many games such as Guild Wars, Eve Online, and Steam games like Half-Life 2 and Portal.

Red Hat CEO: We haven’t done a good enough job as an industry leader, or project leader

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Linux

Paula Rooney: No doubt, Red Hat is the leading open source company but ”I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job” of leading the industry, the former Delta Airlines COO said.

Fedora 9 Beta Preview

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Linux

phoronix.com: It's been almost two months since Fedora 9 Alpha was released, which we subsequently previewed. Now with the release of Fedora 9 just being 35 days out, Red Hat has pushed out the beta release of Fedora 9 (codenamed Sulphur) with many more features implemented and ready to be tested. We have taken the time to explore the features of Fedora 9 and the progress that has been made.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

Today in Techrights

Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.