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How valuable are rumors in open source?

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: I spent part of this morning seeking out open source rumors. None of the top 200 open source stories at Google News dealt with rumors, but the blogosphere had a few.

Where’s the KDE4 Desktop?

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KDE

apaku: This is just my personal impressions from the 10/15 minutes I played with the current KDE4 desktop yesterday. I’m completely aware that there’s still 2 months of work happening and that KDE 4.0 is not primarily targeted at the broad user base that KDE is. Buut...

Five cool open-source sleeper apps

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Software

iTWire: For a computer, software content is king. Programmable computers began the home computer revolution over 20 years ago. The modern revolution is Open Source software, giving immeasurable utility with no cost or risk. Sadly a lot goes under the radar but here are five sleeper apps really worth checking out.

Hi There! Care to Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu

mitchelaneous.com: No, that’s not an offer to dance but one of the best desktop OS (operating systems) out there today that runs on Linux instead of Windows. Interested?

OLPC battery life-- what's the real story?

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OLPC

c|net blogs: Hearing OLPC representative Walter Bender repeat the claim of "10 or 12 hours" of battery life "with heavy use" reminded me of an open question from the last few times I blogged about the OLPC project. What is the battery life of this machine, really?

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 217

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: How popular is a distribution?

  • Statistics: DistroWatch in Europe
  • News: openSUSE package management, Gentoo overlays, Debian with initng, KDE 4
  • Released last week: SmoothWall Express 3.0, PAIPIX 7.0
  • Site news: DistroWatch Weekly podcast returns
  • New additions: TinyMe
  • New distributions: BlackRoute, Embun, Lapwing-Linux
  • Reader comments

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

Discontent with LiveContent

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Software

linux.com: Perhaps Creative Commons' LiveContent 1.0 CD would work better if more clearly defined. LiveContent is a sampler of free content and free software, but this purpose seems lost in a cloud of rhetoric, even to project members. The CD suffers from lackluster presentation, a mediocre assortment of samplers, and a lack of explanation.

Is that light at the end of the tunnel?

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MDV

François Bancilhon: The Mandriva weather has been a little rough over the past quarters, which might have added to the general mood. So it will soon be time to cheer you up with some good news. We have been kind of quiet recently, which does not mean we have not been active.

PC-BSD Meets Software Piracy?

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BSD

OSWeekly: I have been a fan of PC-BSD for sometime now; however, it was after discovering this page that had me disturbed. Using PC-BSD's awesome packaging methods, the webmaster of this site has apparently packaged some applications that might cause some licensing concerns.

KDE Commit-Digest for 26th August 2007

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KDE

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: "Pencils down" marks the end of the Summer of Code for 2007. Python highlighting support, with work on a new, handwritten lexer in KDevelop. A data engine and associated Plasma applet for KGet. Start of the Plasma-based Wikipedia and Service Info applets for Amarok 2.

Skype collects Linux user data too

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Software
Security

the inquirer: We already reported how Skype was taking a deep interest in the workings of the BIOs of Windows users, now it seems that the outfit is snooping on Linux users too.

Ubuntu Linux Games - Top Picks

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Gaming

thepemberton.com: If you’ve switched to Ubuntu (as I have) or any other Linux distribution, you may consider the following free (and in most cases open-source) games, as they’ve been favorites of mine for some time now.

Matt Zimmerman on Ubuntu Mobile

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Interviews

ossblog.it: Ubuntu Mobile is one of the most promising flavour for Canonical distro. So we intervieweved Matt Zimmerman, Ubuntu’s CTO and chairman of the Ubuntu Technical Board, to better know which are the main features of this Ubuntu derivative and what we have to expect.

Promise SATA300 TX4 SATA 2.0

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Hardware
Reviews

phoronix: We don't review many disk controllers or hard drives at Phoronix but we decided to take a quick look at the Promise Technology SATA300 TX4 PCI controller card. In this review of the Promise SATA300 TX4 we tested it with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn using an nForce 430 chipset.

A list of new features expected in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

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Ubuntu

All about Linux: Ubuntu is on a roll to create the best Linux distribution targeted at the lay person ever. And a number of user friendly features are expected to be included in the yet to be released Gutsy Gibbon.

Linux works just fine, thank you very much!

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Linux

blogbeebe: In the last posting I made a few snide comments about Vista's documented network (un)performance while Vista was playing back something as simple as an MP3. I found a moment this evening to set up an extremely simple experiment where I streamed a movie and played an MP3 at the same time on europa.

A weekend with fluxbox.

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Fluxbox

ITtoolbox Blogs: Over the weekend I got into a mood to try out another window manager besides my beloved KDE. Warning! There may be some prejudice here Smile I thought that if I could find a good WM to run on my aging flaky computer I might be able to squeak by until I get a new motherboard.

Backing Up Your Linux

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HowTos

techgage: Although I don't like to admit it, I have screwed up many times since I first began using computers. But, no longer. I made it a goal to keep perfect backups of my data so that I don't suffer such a fate again. Today's article will be focusing on backing up your files in Linux.

KDE 4: first hints of the kicker replacement

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KDE

/home/liquidat: Current KDE svn already comes along with the first bits of the future task and system bar. While the current version is not functional yet it shows that we can soon expect news about that topic.

Calculate with Qalculate on Linux

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Software

how-to geek: The calculator options on Linux just blows the Windows calculator away. Imagine a calculator where you can solve extremely complicated expressions, or just convert between different measurements, and you've got Qalculate.

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Raspberry Pi based computer offers Real-Time Ethernet

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GNOME Migration and Slideshow

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Dowry to Linux Foundation From NSA Ally

  • AT&T takes up membership in the Linux Foundation, furthers open source efforts
    AT&T has become a Platinum member in the Linux Foundation, a move that reflects the telco’s ongoing effort to implement open source and open networks not only in its own networks but also to drive broader industry collaboration. One example of this is AT&T's Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) architecture. In February, AT&T contributed several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors.
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    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced that AT&T has become a Platinum member. This follows news of the company’s contribution of several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors.

GNU/Linux on Servers: VisionMobile Report, Cilium, Microservices, and Kubernetes

  • VisionMobile Report Lays Out Developer Salaries by Skill, Software Sector, and Location
    In 2017, that means skilled cloud and backend developers, as well as those who work in emerging technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) can make more money -- tens or sometimes hundreds of times more -- than frontend web and mobile developers whose skills have become more commoditized. “In Western Europe, for example, the median backend developer earns 12% more than the median web developer; a machine learning developer makes 28% more,” according to the report.
  • Cilium leverages Linux kernel for advanced container networking
    Networking has always been one of the most persistent headaches when working with containers. Even Kubernetes—fast becoming the technology of choice for container orchestration—has limitations in how it implements networking. Tricky stuff like network security is, well, even trickier. Now an open source project named Cilium, which is partly sponsored by Google, is attempting to provide a new networking methodology for containers based on technology used in the Linux kernel. Its goal is to give containers better network security and a simpler model for networking.
  • Modules vs. microservices
    Much has been said about moving from monoliths to microservices. Besides rolling off the tongue nicely, it also seems like a no-brainer to chop up a monolith into microservices. But is this approach really the best choice for your organization? It’s true that there are many drawbacks to maintaining a messy monolithic application. But there is a compelling alternative which is often overlooked: modular application development. In this article, we'll explore what this alternative entails and show how it relates to building microservices.
  • What Is Kubernetes?
    Kubernetes is open source software for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. The project is governed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is hosted by The Linux Foundation. And it’s quickly becoming the Linux of the cloud, says Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. Running a container on a laptop is relatively simple. But connecting containers across multiple hosts, scaling them when needed, deploying applications without downtime, and service discovery among several aspects, are really hard challenges. Kubernetes addresses those challenges with a set of primitives and a powerful API.