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Xubuntu’s crisis of identity

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Ubuntu

I love Xubuntu. If you were to knock down the door to my house and come charging in to where the computer is, there’s a much higher chance that you’d see a Xubuntu icon on the screen than the logo of any other complete, prepackaged distro.

Create a Customized Live Linux CD or Bootable USB Thumb Drive Using Knoppix

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HowTos

Earlier this year, I was asked to find a bootable CD that would allow PCs in a special purpose lab, many of which had bad hard drives, to access our Citrix environment. Basically, we wanted to turn these PCs into thin clients to extend their life. I had been experimenting with Knoppix and decided it was time to try customizing my own Knoppix CD for use in the lab.

Ghana pursuing open source policy - Minister

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The government of Ghana is serious about free and open source software. This is according to Ghanaian communications minister Mike Oquaye who was speaking at a free and open source software media training conference in Ghana's capital Accra yesterday.

Google releases enhancement patches for MySQL

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Google

Google uses MySQL open source database for some of it’s application. They have released some enhancement patches for MySQL under GPL license. They would like MySQL team to integrate those patches into the MySQL code and until they do that, Google has released the code under GPL license for anyone to use them.

Is Ubuntu enterprise ready?

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Ubuntu

Anyone who follows Linux at all knows that Ubuntu is currently the Linux community's favorite distribution. But can Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, translate that popular success into business success?

Intel vs. OLPC: A Battle of Good Wills

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OLPC

For Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, deciding what computer to give his country's youth requires more than a trip to the nearest CompUSA. He's deciding between two models of specially designed, affordable laptops, one manufactured by Intel and the other by the OLPC (One Laptop per Child) Association.

KDE4 Devel Live-CD Review: Work in Progress

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KDE

A few days ago first KDE4 CD images presenting the current development version of KDE4 have been published in the Internet (as a custom openSUSE Live-CD). Nobody should expect that this version is close to the final product.

Latest Mambo release fully translatable

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Software

Team Mambo have announced the release of version 4.6.2 of the Mambo Open Source content management system (CMS). Released under the GNU Public Licence, it can be downloaded freely from here.

Interview with the KTorrent developers

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Interviews

One of the most hotly debated topics about the Internet today is, without a doubt, BitTorrent: the most popular peer-to-peer network protocol today. Why is it controversial? Because clients (applications) for BitTorrent file transfer proved to be first choice of people sharing and downloading movies and music from the Internet.

PCLinuxOS launching hardware certification program

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PCLOS

The PCLinuxOS Hardware Database (HWDB) collects user-submitted reports on the compatibility of various hardware with the PCLinuxOS distribution. Now its founder has announced a plan to begin a hardware certification program for personal computer manufacturers.

Free computing! How to revitalize mature pentiums

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OSS

Free software is great, so why not run it on a free PC? Here’s how to get a free PC and configure it with free software to perform many tasks as well as a newly-purchased computer.

Sniffing out a PC

How Digg.com uses the LAMP stack to scale upward

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Software

Digg.com credits two particular features of its LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) server cluster for helping the news aggregation site maintain speedy performance in the face of high growth.

SMPlayer - Best Frontend For MPlayer

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Software

SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more.

GIMP 2.3.16 Development Release

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GIMP

Getting closer to the 2.4 release, GIMP 2.3.16 is another development snapshot. The source code can be downloaded from the usual places. Check the NEWS file for an overview of the changes in this release. If you want to try this unstable development snapshot, please read the release notes for the development releases.

Changes in GIMP 2.3.16
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CentOS 5: Linux for Grownups

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Linux

Some folks love life on the edge, so they run Debian Unstable, or the newest Ubuntu or Fedora releases. These are all wonderful Linux distributions, and under most circumstances are reliable enough.

DistroWatch News: Top Ten Distributions

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Linux

Today we interrupt our regular schedule of distribution release announcements to draw the attention of readers to our newly updated Top Ten Distributions page. This page is an unbiased attempt to list the most widely-used distributions available today, complete with brief overviews of their history, purpose, pros and cons, available editions, and possible alternatives.

Cacti On CentOS 4.4 Including The Plug-in Architecture

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HowTos

This guide will step you through the process of setting up a functional Cacti installation on CentOS 4.4 including the Plug-in Architecture, which will allow you to expand your monitoring solution.

Amarok: listening to music will never be the same

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Software

Amarok is a fully featured music player well integrated into the KDE environment. Amarok uses a database (SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL) delivering fast collection access, and a wide array of searching/sorting methods.

Kernel space: How much memory am I really using?

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Linux

Anybody who has tried to figure out why a Linux system is running short of memory can attest that the memory usage information made available by the kernel is, at best, difficult to use. Matt Mackall has recently been working on a set of patches aimed at improving this situation.

Linux and live CD's. What's the attraction?

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Every Linux distribution available seems to be coming out as a live CD. A reader (you know who you are Smile has asked me how these live CD's work and what is the use of them. Here is my attempt at providing an answer.

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    Florent Revest is a French computer science student who has been working on an open source operating system for smartwatches for the last two years. Yesterday, he officially launched version 1 of the alpha for AsteroidOS. The goal for the platform was to create something that gave smartwatch owners more control over their privacy, as well as the hardware they purchased. Florent feels that the current proprietary platforms do not guarantee this, and this was the basis for AsteroidOS. He wanted his open source smartwatch operating system to provide freedom with free software, more privacy than other wearable platforms offer, interoperability so it could communicate with other devices, modularity that enabled the user to tweak and change the OS as they see fit, the ability to port the software to as many devices as possible, and gathering a community who is passionate about the platform.
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  • Red Hat Takes OpenShift Dedicated to Google Cloud Platform
    Red Hat has steadily taken significant steps in the cloud computing arena, expanding the focus of its OpenShift open source Platform-as-a-Service hybrid cloud computing offering, including launching a cloud-hosted commercial edition called OpenShift Online. Now, the company has announced the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, according to Red Hat. Users also get access to Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services.
  • Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s award-winning container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, benefiting from Red Hat’s deep enterprise experience. Users also benefit from Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services.
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  • Fedora 23 End of Life
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openSUSE Says Goodbye to AMD/ATI Catalyst (fglrx) Proprietary Graphics Drivers

openSUSE developer Bruno Friedmann, informed the community of the openSUSE Linux operating system about the fact that he's planning to remove the old ATI/AMD Catalyst (also known as fglrx) proprietary graphics drivers. Read more