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Linspire Changes to Ubuntu-base

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Linux

Linspire will immediately transition from Debian to Ubuntu as the base for their Linspire and Freespire operating systems, and Canonical will utilize Linspire's CNR technology for aspects of Ubuntu's software delivery system.

Installing Ubuntu/Kubuntu Dapper Drake on a Single/Multi-Boot RAID System

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This guide describes how to install Ubuntu (Ubuntu+GNOME) or Kubuntu (Ubuntu+KDE) 6.06.1 LTS (Dapper Drake) on a single or a multi-boot RAID system. It is meant as a variation of Ubuntu Wiki FakeRAID HowTo document, but digested and with minimum commentary. Its goal is to allow new Ubuntu users to complete an entire installation within 30 minutes, almost entirely by copy and paste.

Good old-fashioned shooting with Kobo Deluxe

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Gaming

If you still dig the old-style arcade games, you owe it to yourself to check out Kobo Deluxe, an improved version of XKobo with sound and better graphics. I ran across Kobo Deluxe when I was looking for a game similar to Namco's arcade classic Bosconian. Your mission? Blow up the fortresses and move on to the next level, to ... blow up more fortresses. OK, so it's not exactly Shakespearean story development, but what do you want from a retro arcade-style game anyway? Right -- fast-paced action and an ever-increasing high score, which Kobo Deluxe delivers in spades.

Discussing Dyne:Bolic and Freedom with Denis Jaromil Rojo

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Interviews

Denis "Jaromil" Rojo is an artist and a FOSS hacker. He's popularly known for Dyne:Bolic, a Live CD distribution that contains several applications for audio and video manipulation. As a programmer, he is author of several free software that present new possibilities for online radios. As an artist he is known for his netart performances and for crafting the most elegant and efficient 13-character forkbomb ever written.

Richard Stallman on "World Domination 201"

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OSS

The "World Domination 201" made an impact on some parts of the Free Software community, including myself as I found myself in agreement. However, as I believe in Free Software and hence tend to prioritize the issue of freedom I was interesting in hearing what Richard Stallman, the head of the FSF, has to say about it. So I fired up the following email.

Also: No More Stallman On YouTube, Says No To The Use Of Proprietary Video

How Linux suspend and resume works in the ACPI age & Some Howtos

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HowTos

Back in the APM days, everything was easy. You called an ioctl on /dev/apm, and the kernel made a BIOS call. After that, it was all up to the hardware. Sure, it never really worked properly, and it was basically impossible to debug what the hardware actually did. And then ACPI came along, and nothing worked at all. Several years later, we're almost back to where we were with APM. But what's actually happening when you hit that sleep key?

Book review: Beginning GIMP - From Novice To Professional

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Reviews

So, you want a free software image manipulation program? You’ve always wanted to be able to smooth out your own photos? You’ve downloaded the GIMP, but when you open the program to have a go you just get intimidated? You can work out some of it, but you really want to optimise your use, and feel like you aren’t just wandering about in the dark? Where should you turn in this situation? Well your first stop should definitely be Beginning GIMP, From Novice to Professional by Akkana Peck.

Good Bye Microsoft

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Linux

Yesterday Cijal showed me this (Good Bye MS) site and I was immediately interested in it. Home page just contains one link “Click here to install Debian GNU/Linux”. And I clicked it, and it started downloading few components that can be run from windows, it will modify the boot.ini and when we reboot next time we will see ‘install debian’. It would be a net install (as always). Before rebooting the install gives you can option that we can select completely remove windows and install Debian.

Book Review: Beginning SuSE Linux - 2nd Edition

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Reviews

The book "Beginning SuSE Linux" is authored by Kier Thomas and published by APress. As the name of the book indicates, it is geared towards beginners in GNU/Linux who have set their eyes on trying out the SuSE Linux distribution.

The Pillars of KDE 4: Decibel

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KDE

The KDE development team is working hard on the KDE 4 platform. KDE 4 will include many exciting new technologies which will greatly enhance the functionality of KDE. One of these new technologies is Decibel. We would like to give you an idea of what Decibel is all about.

Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing

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Linux

We DO need to keep reinventing Linux and creating distributions that put critical bits in interesting and inventive if unusual places. Without these multiple distributions and their drive to do what isn't "normal" or "business as usual" innovation would be left up to a small number of distros and developers.

X marks the spot for Unix

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Software

About 30 developers from companies such as Intel, Sun Microsystems and VMware are attending the X.org Developer's Conference in Menlo Park, Calif. this week to ponder the direction of the X Window System.

Two flaws found in Firefox

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Security

A security company has reported two new flaws in the Mozilla Firefox browser that may leave locally saved files vulnerable to outside attacks.

Inside the $100 laptop’s security spec

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OLPC

Ivan Krstić mission to make the $100 laptop a monoculture of impossible targets shifted into high gear with the public release of Bitfrost, an architecture-level specification covering the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) security model.

Ooh! Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Free and open source software is becoming more and more popular among people who aren’t computer experts. If I had my way, I’d tell everyone to stop using Windows altogether. I have been personally testing the Ubuntu distribution since last fall and I love it.

KDE news: Kamion, Step, Phonon

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KDE

The commit digest issue 44 had a note that Kamion, a user data migration tool, has been added to the SVN and is pretty far in development (already with a first GUI). Troy Unrau, once again, posted an excellent article about a future KDE 4 technology. This time he wrote about the state of the art of Phonon.

Also: KDE 4's Sonnet will turbocharge language processing

Linspire sheds light on new "wiki-ized" CNR

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Software

Several weeks ago, desktop Linux distributor Linspire Inc. announced that it was going to open up CNR (Click N Run), its Web-based software downloader/manager, to other distributions. Now, the company is revealing more about what this new Linux software distribution system will look like.

Tutorial: Playing around with MPlayer & Other Howtos

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HowTos

This tutorial handles about the usage of the wonderful media player MPlayer. It explains several options, lists some useful keyboard shortcuts and handles about tips and tricks that can be used to enhance your multimedia experience.

Unifying Desktop Search

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Software

Wasabi is a new proposal on FreeDesktop.org for a unified desktop search and metadata specification. I'm not qualified to comment on the specifics of the proposal, but I definitely like the vision.

Microsoft is more serious about Linux than Oracle

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Linux

Do you remember the story about the dog that didn't bark? It was a Sherlock Holmes tale where the world's finest detective deduced the killer's identity by observing that a certain dog, who should have been barking ferociously, was in fact completely silent.

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today's leftovers

  • Linux Unable To Boot Lenovo Yoga 900 & 900; Is Microsoft At Fault?
    The popular device developer Lenovo has verified the claims that Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s unable to boot Linux OS but only Microsoft Windows 10. The new Lenovo convertible laptop, Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900s, would reject and decline any attempt to install Linux operating system, making users turn their heads to Microsoft as the suspect for this issue. [...] This issue about the OS started when an identity of BaronHK posted on Reddit about installing Linux on the latest Lenovo Yoga book in which BaronHK encountered being blocked by a locked solid state drive (SSD) which Linux cannot define itself, and come up to link the issue to Microsoft.
  • How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros
    The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions. Tested for this quick, one-page-article comparison were Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2, Clear Linux 10660, Fedora 24, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20160927, and the Arch-based Antergos 16.9-Rolling release.
  • Qt 3D WIP branches
  • New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On
    Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit. It's not known if the next round of Qt 3D features will be ready for the Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, but KDAB is looking to have these new branches for feature work with continuous integration coverage.
  • Cross-compiling WebKit2GTK+ for ARM
    Of course, I know for a fact that many people use local recipes to cross-compile WebKit2GTK+ for ARM (or simply build in the target machine, which usually takes a looong time), but those are usually ad-hoc things and hard to reproduce environments locally (or at least hard for me) and, even worse, often bound to downstream projects, so I thought it would be nice to try to have something tested with upstream WebKit2GTK+ and publish it on trac.webkit.org,
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