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Story Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Finally Gets GNOME 3.14 Rianne Schestowitz 10/01/2015 - 12:10am
Story Wine Announcement Rianne Schestowitz 10/01/2015 - 12:04am
Story Big names like Google dominate open-source funding Rianne Schestowitz 09/01/2015 - 11:58pm
Story PC Partner launches Linux mini PC with Tegra K1 Rianne Schestowitz 09/01/2015 - 11:43pm
Story KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 Officially Released Rianne Schestowitz 09/01/2015 - 11:37pm
Story Will Open Source Security Be on the Federal Agenda in 2015? Rianne Schestowitz 09/01/2015 - 11:26pm

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex raises the bar

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Ubuntu

linux.com: Each new Ubuntu release has raised the standard by which other Linux distros are judged. With the new Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, the focus is on mobility and 3G network support. I found Intrepid to be a fast and stable release, yet I experienced some minor issues that keep it from absolute perfection.

Ubuntu disappointment and data disasters

pcpro.co.uk/blogs: Ubuntu 8.10 made its appearence this week, and while everybody was busy touting the network manager’s new-fangled ability to handle mobile broadband connections, what nobody seemed to be mentioning was that it doesn’t actually work very well.

States Stand Aside as Open Source Bandwagon Rolls By

technewsworld.com: While some state governments have explored the idea of using open source software in their systems, the same gripes continue to hold back its adoption: Quality, compatibility and security. Some states make use of open source, but all stop short of mandating its use.

Open source Ogg Theora video codec completes beta phase

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Software

heise-online.co.uk: After a one year beta phase, the Xiph Foundation's free Ogg Theora video codec has been released in its final, "mainline", version 1.0. Rather than redesigning the open source compression algorithm from scratch, Xiph.org worked on enhancing the "Truemotion VP3.2" codec released under an open source licence by On2 Technologies.

Compiz Fusion News: Tons of new developments!

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Software

smspillaz.wordpress: The Compiz Fusion Community News for Nov 4, 2008 is now available. Topics include Improved startup time for compiz, Compiz 0.7.8 released, and Three new plugins.

OpenOffice 3.0 - the only option for masochistic Linux users

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OOo

theregister.co.uk: In a brilliant execution of public relations, OpenOffice.org 3.0 was released without enough capacity to handle the demand for downloads. Servers buckled under the traffic, and some of us in the media took the bait. Are people really getting that excited over an open source productivity suite?

What's up with the GNOME Linux Desktop?

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Software

internetnews.com: It takes money and it takes new ideas to build a better desktop, both of which are being raised by the open source GNOME Foundation. GNOME is one of the most popular Linux desktop GUIs and is included in nearly every Linux distribution.

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009 Review

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MDV

linuxbsdos.com: Mandriva Linux Powerpack is one of three editions of the Linux desktop published by Mandriva. Mandriva Linux Powerpack is the commercial edition, and costs 49 EUR, or 62 USD. In this tutorial, we take a somewhat detailed review of Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009.

Also: Distro Test: Mandriva Linux 2009 Kde 4 edition

The Last Gasp for Linux on the Desktop?

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Linux

ibeentoubuntu.com: I've been using Linux on the desktop for almost eleven years now. I enjoy it. I understand it. I'm not likely to ever leave it. I also know that I'm in a niche market. There were predictions that each year would be the "Year of Linux" and we all know where that led.

Four winning ways to monitor machines through Web interfaces

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Software

linux.com: System administrators need to keep an eye on their servers to make sure things are running smoothly. If they find a problem, they need to see when it started, so investigations can focus on what happened at that time. Here's a look at several tools that let you monitor one or more servers from a Web interface.

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Smoothly Transfer From Windows to Linux

  • Intrepid Ibex Release Party almost got arrested
  • What bloggers think of Ubuntu 8.10
  • Updating to Intrepid: Notes
  • Avoiding regressions more important than on-time release

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Debian Project News - November 3rd

  • Ubuntu’s Linux contributions
  • Top 10 improvements Ubuntu should work on
  • FSF Releases New Version of GNU Free Documentation License
  • Can Drupal beat Wordpress?
  • Mepis Fix for Mounting NTFS Partitions
  • Community relations key to open source success
  • Mandriva - Day 1, Day 2
  • Two additional ways to tail a log file
  • Fedora Classroom begins November 8
  • Filling the Open Source Usability Testing Gap
  • Acer Aspire One, and Power Saving in Ubuntu
  • Stormy Peters about Marketing GNOME
  • OpenOffice 3.0 Beefs Up Collaboration, Extensions
  • RPM Fusion For Fedora Officially Launches
  • 3 out of 10 Asus PCs run desktop Linux
  • Linux Outlaws 62 - Ballmer Island
  • There is a BBC in my Amarok

Why I switched to the OLPC—and why I dropped it

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OLPC
OSS

Richard M. Stallman: The One Laptop Per Child project, launched by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte in 2003, was supposed to lead millions of children around the world to information technology and freedom. The plans aimed for low cost, enabling many children to use the machines, and free software, so they would have freedom while using them. I thought it was a good idea. But...

Motorola and Google become GNOME sponsors

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Software

arstechnica.com: The GNOME Foundation announced today that Google and Motorola have joined the organization's advisory board and will sponsor ongoing development of the open source desktop environment.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Speed Up Linux Hard Drives by Disabling Atime

  • Installing Ubuntu 8.10 To A USB Flash Drive
  • Blender 2.46 Tutorial - Boning
  • Graphical Remote Control Desktops for Linux, part 2
  • Enable Apple iSight Camera : Ubuntu 8.10
  • TimeVault simplifies data backup for Ubuntu users
  • Simplify GRUB tweaks with Startup Manager
  • Using the zoom to view 2+ pages in the editable view, in OOo

Linux Vs. Windows 7: The Coming Showdown

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Linux
Microsoft

informationweek.com/blog: It's inevitable. I don't have the Windows 7 bits on hand, myself, but I know that one of the first things I plan to do once I get them -- it's a "when", not an "if" -- is to throw it onto the same hardware as my various Linux installations and see how things behave.

The Linux Four and the heat they pack

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Linux

bushweed.blogspot: t seems that Linux distribution releases are getting closer together, or maybe i'm just noticing it now. Remembering, my compatriot, Mr Shuttleworth's call for coordinated releases, it might be an obvious question to see the differences in packages and their versions.

Linux: The Joe Sixpack Strategy

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: On the surface, it would appear that a slowing economy might pave the way for increased Linux and Open Source software adoption by the unwashed masses.

Is Ubuntu killing other distributions?

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: First, it was the Debian people who were jealous of the success of Ubuntu. They, at least, had some reason to be annoyed. Now it appears there are others, from other distributions, who are envious too, and try to guise their envy under a veil of concern for GNU/Linux as a whole.

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Qt/KDE: Qt5 in Debian and Slackware, QtCreator on Android, KDE Discover, and Plasma's 10th Anniversary

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GNOME: Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04, Bug Fix for Memory Leak

  • Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04 [Quick Tip]
    Ubuntu 18.04 uses a customized version of GNOME and GNOME users might not like those changes. This tutorial shows you how to install vanilla GNOME on Ubuntu 18.04. One of the main new features of Ubuntu 18.04 is the customized GNOME desktop. Ubuntu has done some tweaking on GNOME desktop to make it look similar to its Unity desktop. So you get minimize options in the windows control, a Unity like launcher on the left of the screen, app indicator support among some other changes.
  • The Infamous GNOME Shell Memory Leak
    at this point, I think it’s safe to assume that many of you already heard of a memory leak that was plaguing GNOME Shell. Well, as of yesterday, the two GitLab’s MRs that help fixing that issue were merged, and will be available in the next GNOME version. The fixes are being considered for backporting to GNOME 3.28 – after making sure they work as expected and don’t break your computer.
  • The Big GNOME Shell Memory Leak Has Been Plugged, Might Be Backported To 3.28
    The widely talked about "GNOME Shell memory leak" causing excessive memory usage after a while with recent versions of GNOME has now been fully corrected. The changes are currently staged in Git for what will become GNOME 3.30 but might also be backported to 3.28. Well known GNOME developer Georges Stavracas has provided an update on the matter and confirmed that the issue stems from GJS - the GNOME JavaScript component - with the garbage collection process not being fired off as it should.

Graphics: AMDVLK, XWayland and Vulkan

  • AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Stack Gets Updated With More Extensions, Optimizations & Fixes
    AMD developers maintaining their official Vulkan cross-platform driver code have pushed their end-of-week updates to their external source repositories for those wanting to build the AMDVLK driver on Linux from source. This latest AMDVLK push updates not only their PAL (Platform Abstraction Layer) and XGL (Vulkan API Layer) components but it also updates their fork of the LLVM code-base used for their shader compilation.
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    It's still not clear if the EGLStreams XWayland support will be merged for xorg-server 1.20 but at least the patches were revised this week, making it possible to merge them into this next X.Org Server release for allowing the NVIDIA proprietary driver to work with XWayland.
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Xfce Releases/Updates

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