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Story Fedora 20 KDE, Baconless Ubuntu, and Witcher's Bad Spell Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 6:10am
Story Knoppix 7.3.0 / ADRIANE 1.7 (CeBIT) Release Roy Schestowitz 4 24/05/2014 - 12:59am
Story The inside story of the open source PC, and how it could stop you being a slave to your hardware Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:53pm
Story MIPS Open-Source Group Takes Aim at ARM, Intel Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:49pm
Story Linux Becoming a ‘First Class Member’ of the Unreal Engine Family Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:42pm
Story My first patch Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:21pm
Story How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 10:23pm
Blog entry Tux Machines Turning 10 on June 10th Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 10:14pm
Story Linux-based eyewear tracks eye movements Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 9:26pm
Story Test driving NVIDIA GRID Workspace (Windows client). Linux client is in the works Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 9:23pm

Microsoft makes online Office play, but not for Linux

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Microsoft

tectonic.co.za: Microsoft yesterday announced a beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, an online platform were users can store documents and share them with others. Reviews of Microsoft Office Live Workspace have been varied but if you’re running Linux you won’t get to use the Live Workspace at all.

Use Drupal to empower your OSS project community

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Drupal

linux.com: When I started my tenure as marketing lead for the Haiku project in 2006, my highest priority was to renovate the project's Web site. The admins wanted a new site that was easy to add content to and maintain, preferably based on an open source content management system (CMS) with a proven track record. The Web team chose Drupal.

today's leftovers

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News
  • A shared passion for software is what drives the open-source movement

  • Foresight News
  • KDE 4.0.2 and Ubuntu Packages
  • OpenOffice in a more open world
  • Simon Phipps was right
  • The effects of commercialization on open-source communities
  • Second Life Viewer for GNU/Linux Goes Beta
  • Thunderbird 3.0 to begin ascent next month: what to expect
  • Distros that did not make the cut
  • Close the open-source legal gap
  • Watching Amarok Grow
  • More About Open Source Music
  • Nero fires up Blu-ray burning for Linux
  • Loading times
  • Linux-based Ripserver wants your CDs
  • Sun: Economic slowdown favors open source
  • Open Source Without Tears
  • Screenlets
  • X Server 1.4.99.901 Released

Australia stalls OOXML vote as NZ scratches head

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OSS

zdnet.com.au: With the countdown on to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ballot on OOXML, Australia and New Zealand's representatives are keeping their cards close to their chests on which way they will vote.

Also: OOXML: Why the debate?
And: The Edited Notes and the Resolutions from the BRM

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha 6 Screenshots

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: The final alpha release for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron is now available. Among the features that are available to Ubuntu 8.04 users are Firefox 3 Beta 3, the Vinagre VNC client, PolicyKit, PulseAudio, improved Virtualization capabilities, and even improved memory protection.

A £99 GNU/Linux laptop: is it just too cheap?

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Linux
Hardware

freesoftwaremagazine.com: On 28 February 2008, Elonex launched the Elonex ONE—the first sub-£100 laptop in the UK. Clearly competing against the much in-demand Asus EeePC [2], Elonex say they are aiming at the school-student market. The thing is, I just can’t stop asking: isn’t £99 too cheap for a laptop?

Firefox to Internet Explorer: Bring it on!

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Moz/FF

junauza.blogspot: Yesterday, the Beta 1 version of Internet Explorer 8 was released for download. Meanwhile, Mozilla Firefox Beta 3 was released last February with great new features of its own. And the browser wars continue...

Hardly Any Hardware Works on Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: Imagine, I’m starting my day and reviewing messages and posts over a cup of tea, when I read this rather desperate plea for help because “… apparently Ubuntu, and all of Linux is worthless, there is no hardware support for these crappy #$@*!+? OS’s!

Why falling Flash prices threaten Microsoft

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OSS

guardian.co.uk: It seems that the £200 ultraportable Asus Eee PC can do no wrong. Until now, there has been no obvious advantage for the average user in choosing GNU/Linux over Windows. The Asus Eee PC changes all that.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Protecting filesystems and swap space with Cryptmount

  • OOo: borders around pieces of text without frames
  • chrt command: Real Time Attributes of a Linux Process
  • HowTo: Automatically Change your Fedora Desktop Wallpaper
  • Share a Dial Up Internet Connection
  • Multiboot a mixture of Linux and Microsoft
  • Gentoo and Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180E - part 1: Sound
  • Gentoo and Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180E - part 2: Video
  • Easily Use Cron to Backup Thunderbird eMail in Ubuntu Linux
  • Lighttpd Webserver setup with php5 and Mysql support
  • How to Split lighttpd Logs With vlogger in Debian Etch
  • How To Install Gnome-Do Plugins
  • Photoshop in Ubuntu
  • Put Your Best Chat Buddies on Your Panel
  • Remap Caps Lock key for virtual console windows
  • SSH Tunnel
  • Test Hardy Heron using Virtual Box
  • HOWTO: Optimize Your Eee PC Screen Real Estate

Alien Arena 2008 released!

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Gaming

Alien Arean 2008 has been released featuring nearly all new game media, gameplay improvements, and a client that has been signifigantly upgraded for improved visual effects as well as major optimizations that greatly improve the fluidity and performance.

VCs regain interest in open source

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OSS

linux.com: Venture capitalists (VC) first discovered open source during the dot-com bubble at the turn of the millennium. When the bubble burst, open source was connected closely enough with its general failure that all but a handful of VCs lost interest. In the last few years, however, investor interest has started to return.

Linux Foundation Adds New Members to Board

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Linux

tmcnet.com: The Linux Foundation has elected new members to its board—including Linux and open-source expert Larry Augustin, Advanced Micro Device’s Chris Schlaeger and Texas Instrument’s Eric Thomas.

Novell Exec Slams Deal With Microsoft

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SUSE

informationweek.com: Novell vice president Miguel de Icaza, one of the more public faces of a growing relationship between Microsoft and Novell, Thursday slammed the patent licensing agreement between the two companies during a wide-ranging panel discussion of Microsoft's commitment to openness.

A hands-on look at the Splashtop instant-on Linux environment

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Linux

linux.com: San Jose-based startup DeviceVM made waves last year when it unveiled Splashtop, a nearly instant-on Linux environment stored in the flash memory usually reserved for motherboard BIOS. The company previewed an upcoming revision to Splashtop at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January, then gave us the chance to take a hands-on look at this intriguing system software.

BusyBox Developers and High-Gain Antennas Agree to Dismiss GPL Lawsuit

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OSS
Legal

softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and High-Gain Antennas today jointly announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GPL enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox.

Reiser Fumbling Over Why Police Told Nina to Get Gun

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Murder defendant Hans Reiser fumbled for the first time on the witness stand Thursday, his third day of testifying before jurors who are weighing whether the popular Linux programmer killed his wife in 2006.

Also: Judge Gags Lawyers in Hans Reiser Murder Trial

Asus EeePC gets another competitor from ECS

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Hardware

The battle for the inexpensive UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC) market has begun. ECS will be introducing its version of a UMPC and it looks like the smaller brother to the MacBook.

PCLinuxOS 2007: It really is as good as the Hype!

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PCLOS

desktoplinux.wordpress: I may have found myself a new favorite distro. PCLinuxOS found all my hardware and booted up just fine. Aside from simply working, there’s other things I’m discovering that I like.

Red Hat branding police outlaws RHEL

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Linux

Matthew Aslett: I just noticed an article from last month’s Red Hat Magazine that states: “It is never correct to abbreviate ‘Red Hat Enterprise Linux’ as ‘RHEL’.” Red Hat’s branding police will have their work cut out editing the 47,400 uses of the term RHEL on Red Hat’s own web site.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

Today in Techrights

Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.