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Adobe rolls out beta of Flash Player 10

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Software

computerworld.com: Adobe Systems Inc. today rolled out a beta version of its Adobe Flash Player 10 (formerly called Astro) browser plug-in, which adds features to help designers and developers create special effects and cinematic Web experiences.

Also: Flash Player 10: Dazzling Effects, Better Performance, Runs on Linux

Linux: Who got it right, who got it very wrong?

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Linux

zdnet.com.au: Who predicted Linux servers would outnumber Windows servers by 2006? Who said one in five enterprise desktops would be Linux-based by 2008? We look back at the bad (and good) predictions made about Linux over the past decade.

The Many Faces Of Linux

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Linux

crn.com: Nowadays, the Linux user experience is slick, clean, and aesthetically pleasing, thanks to the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. Users can keep the same desktop experience from distribution to distribution.

How Windows helped me fix my Linux

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Linux

alternativenayk.wordpress: Last night, my Linux (PCLinux) broke. And this evening I finally fixed it, with some help from Windows. It was clearly my mistake in the start the led to the demise of my Linux. I messed around with my partition table.

some more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Change Permissions on Password files so no one can change them

  • 5 Asus Eee PC Customization Tips You'll Love
  • Install STUX Linux to a USB flash drive
  • How to: Install a Debian/Ubuntu package (.deb) cache server - apt-cacher
  • Firefox Flash Plugin on Fedora 9
  • OpenSSH ( SSHD ) Speed Optimization For Long Distance Data Transfer
  • The Ultimate SSH Security Tutorial
  • Linux: Watching Streaming channels via TVAnts

Other Open Source headlines

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OSS
  • Why open source developers can be more productive

  • "Good enough" ethics and "good enough" open source
  • Is "the community" hurting the OSS business model?
  • Filling In The Gaps With Open Source
  • Bdale Garbee: A fascinating 'open source celebrity' (video)
  • Reflections on Open Source Commerce, Pt. 1
  • NPR station WBUR Boston adds support for free audio standard

Firefox 3 is coming - is it everything we hoped for?

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Moz/FF

bigmouthmedia.com: There is no official release date as yet, but Mozilla's vice president of engineering announced on the Mozilla Developer Center blog that they are hoping for a release date in late May.

Exceptional Linux Programs for Kids

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Software

fanaticattack.com: There’s nothing worse than hearing how an entire school district is switching operating systems from Mac to Windows (or vice versa) because that’s what the “business” world relies on or some other blather. The idea in technology (and education for that matter), is to teach concepts so the whole underrated independent thinking mode can kick in. Below is a round-up of exceptional Linux programs for children.

Frequent open source miles

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: Matt Asay’s piece on “open source free- riders” got my goat this morning because we’re on opposite sides of the market. Matt’s a vendor. I’m a journalist.

Why Mac OS isn't the best OS around

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Mac

sjvn: When I recently explained one of the many reasons why I prefer desktop Linux to Windows, even over my favorite desktop Windows, XP SP3, I got a lot of people telling me I was full of hooey because I barely even mentioned Mac OS X. Good enough, here's my take on Apple's Mac OS X.

Fedora 9 and the road to KDE4

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KDE
Linux

redhatmagazine.com: Fedora 9 will include KDE 4.0.3 by default, so this is a look at the progress of one of the major free desktop environments. KDE 4.0 was released January 11, 2008 after a couple of years of discussions and hype. While a lot of things have changed, there is still a familiar feel from its initial days. So what has changed?

Linux’s biggest victory so far - Splashtop to ship on ASUS motherboards

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.zdnet.com: In what I think is the biggest victory for Linux so far, DeviceVM’s Splashtop Linux desktop will ship across the entire P5Q range of motherboards, with more to follow by the end of the year.

So you can teach an old dog new tricks after all

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Linux

linuxsolutions.fr: Puppy Linux 4.0 was released recently, but what changes have been made since Version 3.01? Puppy 3.01 was built from Slackware-12 binary packages. Puppy Linux 4.0 has been totally compiled from source utilizing the so-called T2-project.

From newb to 100 with Ubuntu Linux 8.04

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Your friends have been telling you to try out Ubuntu; forget the Microsoft proprietary operating system and liberate your computer. Yet, it's not such smooth sailing. Sure, you can download the Ubuntu CD, or get handed one, but once you're sitting at a login prompt what then? What can you actually do with this thing?

some more fedora

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Linux
  • Fedora 9: All That and a Bag O' Chips

  • Fedora 9 First Impressions
  • Fedora 9 Screenshots
  • Why should you go For Fedora 9
  • Fedora Core 9 Live Preview

First look to Thunderbird 3 (a.k.a Shredder) Alpha 1

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: It turned out that a few weeks were really more like a few minutes. Mozilla Messaging has released the first alpha of Shredder, the code name of Thunderbird 3.

Verizon Wireless, seven others join Linux phone org

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Verizon Wireless has chosen Linux as its mobile phone "platform of choice," it said. Starting with feature phones in 2009, followed by iPhone competitors, Verizon will offer Linux phones compliant with specifications from the Linux Mobile Foundation. In addition to Verizon, the LiMo Foundation plans to announce on Wednesday that Mozilla are also joining the group.

Linux examined: Fedora 9

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Linux
Reviews

computerworld.com: For many of us, our first painful introduction to old-school Linux installs came from installing early versions of Red Hat. Like most early Linux installs, it was a highly technical, highly finicky process that was best left to the experts. Well, times have changed. Unfortunately, Fedora 9, the community edition of Red Hat, was a bit too much of a blast from the past for me.

Intense and thoughtful ranting from the OLPC front

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OLPC

education.zdnet.com: Ivan Krstić has left OLPC and posted one heck of a rant on Tuesday. Being a non-profit that leverages goodwill from a tremendous number of community volunteers for its success and whose core mission is one of social betterment, it has a great deal of social responsibility.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • how to find out how long your system has been up?

  • The matrix on your Hardy Desktop
  • Swap out your ssh keys
  • HowTo: Building a firewall with Freebsd and IPfilter
  • Predictive text input with Soothsayer
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today's leftovers

  • Why Linus is right (as usual)
    Last year, some security “hardening” code was added to the kernel to prevent a class of buffer-overflow/out-of-bounds issues. This code didn’t address any particular 0day vulnerability, but was designed to prevent a class of future potential exploits from being exploited. This is reasonable. This code had bugs, but that’s no sin. All code has bugs. The sin, from Linus’s point of view, is that when an overflow/out-of-bounds access was detected, the code would kill the user-mode process or kernel. Linus thinks it should have only generated warnings, and let the offending code continue to run.
  • Kube-Node: Let Your Kubernetes Cluster Auto-Manage Its Nodes
    As Michelle Noorali put it in her keynote address at KubeCon Europe in March of this year: the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine is still hard for developers. In theory, developers are crazy about Kubernetes and container technologies, because they let them write their application once and then run it anywhere without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. In reality, however, they still rely on operations in many aspects, which (understandably) dampens their enthusiasm about the disruptive potential of these technologies. One major downside for developers is that Kubernetes is not able to auto-manage and auto-scale its own machines. As a consequence, operations must get involved every time a worker node is deployed or deleted. Obviously, there are many node deployment solutions, including Terraform, Chef or Puppet, that make ops live much easier. However, all of them require domain-specific knowledge; a generic approach across various platforms that would not require ops intervention does not exist.
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Software: VidCutter, Super Productivity, MKVToolNix

  • VidCutter 5.0 Released With Improved UI, Frame Accurate Cutting
    A new version of VidCutter, a free video trimmer app, is available for download. VidCutter 5.0 makes it easier to cut videos to specific frames, improves the export of video clips with audio and subtitle tracks, and refreshes the default application icon. Why Vidcutter? If you want split video, trim video, or join video clips into a single montage then Vidcutter is ideal. The app lets you perform these tasks, as well as many more, quickly and easily. VidCutter is a Qt5 application that uses the open-source FFMpeg media engine.
  • Linux Release Roundup: Fedora 27, Shotwell, Corebird + More
    It’s been another busy week in the world of Linux, but we’re here to bring you up to speed with a round-up of the most notable new releases. The past 7 days have given us a new version of free software’s most popular photo management app, a new release of a leading Linux distribution, and updated one of my favourite app finds of the year.
  • Super Productivity is a Super Useful To-Do App for Linux, Mac & Windows
    Super Productivity is an open-source to-do list and time tracking app for Windows, macOS and Linux. It’s built using Electron but doesn’t require an internet connection (which is pretty neat). And it has (optional) integration with Atlassian’s Jira software.
  • MKVToolNix 18.0.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Adds Performance Improvements
    A new stable release of the MKVToolNix open-source and cross-platform MKV (Matroska) manipulation software arrived this past weekend with various performance improvements and bug fixes. MKVToolNix 18.0.0 continues the monthly series of stability and reliability updates by adding performance improvements to both the AVC and HEVC ES parsers thanks to the implementation of support for copying much less memory, and enabling stack protection when building the program with Clang 3.5.0 or a new version.

OSS Leftovers

  • Reveal.js presentation hacks
    Ryan Jarvinen, a Red Hat open source advocate focusing on improving developer experience in the container community, has been using the Reveal.js presentation framework for more than five years. In his Lightning Talk at All Things Open 2017, he shares what he's learned about Reveal.js and some ways to make better use of it. Reveal.js is an open source framework for creating presentations in HTML based on HTML5 and CSS. Ryan describes Gist-reveal.it, his project that makes it easier for users to create, fork, present, and share Reveal.js slides by using GitHub's Gist service as a datastore.
  • Font licensing and use: What you need to know
    Most of us have dozens of fonts installed on our computers, and countless others are available for download, but I suspect that most people, like me, use fonts unconsciously. I just open up LibreOffice or Scribus and use the defaults. Sometimes, however, we need a font for a specific purpose, and we need to decide which one is right for our project. Graphic designers are experts in choosing fonts, but in this article I'll explore typefaces for everyone who isn't a professional designer.
  • Broader role essential for OpenStack Foundation, says Mirantis’ Renski
  • URSA Announces Name Change to Open Source Integrators to Reflect Their Full Spectrum of Open ERP Expertise
  • 2018 is Year for Open Source Software for Pentagon
    The US Pentagon is set to make a major investment in open source software, if section 886 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 is passed. The section acknowledges the use of open source software, the release of source code into public repositories, and a competition to inspire work with open source that supports the mission of the Department of Defense.
  • How startups save buckets of money on early software development
     

    Moving along, we have to segue with a short modularity lesson. More specifically, how modularity applies to software.

    Essentially, all products and services become cheaper and more plentiful when all the processes involved in production become modularised.

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