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Story Customer Service and Open Source Software: A Budding Relationship Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:59am
Story Ext4 Filesystem Improvements to Address Scaling Challenges Roy Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:59am
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Artwork for Ubuntu Jaunty Already Impressive

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  • Artwork for Ubuntu Jaunty Already Impressive

  • Jaunty Jackalope - New Volume Control Applet

Goodbye openSUSE. Hello Linux Mint.

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alternativenayk.wordpress: Enough is enough. After numerous attempts to get openSUSE 11.1 working, including many many reinstalls, I finally erased everything in favour of Linux Mint 6 (Felicia… whatever that means!).

today's leftovers

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  • Turn Your Linux Desktop into an Alarm Clock

  • Navigate on Linux command shell history
  • A gentle introduction to video encoding, part 4: captioning
  • How To Create Your Own IRC Chat Channel
  • Linux CLI (Command Line Interface) Tricks
  • The CentOS Test
  • Linux netbooks to hit the UK highstreet
  • Dell Mini 9 gets 64GB SSD option for Linux
  • EMTEC to Reveal Gdium Mobile Netbook at CES
  • rm -rf /
  • Migration Assistant In Ubuntu 9.04
  • OpenSuse 11.1 Day 3 Disaster
  • An Update on OpenSUSE 11.1
  • Interview With Pat Tiernan of Climate Savers Computing
  • Red Hat, Ingres Put Twist On LAMP Developer Stack
  • Mot taps Linux for rugged mobile phone
  • Packaging Quality
  • Linux breadboard targets wireless geo-location
  • Funtoo and Sunrise
  • Why Desktop Linux Holds Its Own Against OS X

Using the Broadcom proprietary wireless driver on Mandriva Linux 2009

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MDV

HappyAssassin.net has a guide to using the Broadcom proprietary wireless driver on Mandriva Linux 2009. It's easier to set up and performs better than the native 'b43' driver, or using ndiswrapper.

NLnet to fund AbiWord OpenDocument improvements

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uwog.net: As some of you might know, some of the AbiWord developers started a company called AbiSource Corporation a few months back. Today NLnet agreed to fund AbiSource Corporation (still need to sign the papers) to work on resolving the OpenDocument issue list, which is awesome!

OLPC Just Got Gutted, 50% Staff Gone!

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OLPC

olpcnews.com: The official OLPC blog so innocently says that One Laptop Per Child is "Refocusing our mission" with an email from Nicholas Negroponte that clearly shows that the OLPC organization is really being gutted.

The smallest threat to open source in 2009

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blogs.techrepublic.com: How much of a problem is security updating for open source software going to be in 2009?

The Linux Deployment Iceberg

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daniweb.com: There are over 1 million Linux system deployments worldwide. No, make that 2 million. Wait, it's really closer to 3 million. Ok, I really have it this time--there are over 3.5 million Linux deployments worldwide as of January 7, 2009. But according to the Linux Counter, there's fewer than 150,000.

ReactOS - Open Source Windows

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OS

xenstreet.com: ReactOS is based on the earlier versions of Windows. Hence, it is not really directly competing with Vista or even XP. Hence, we wont be seeing it running on modern PCs anytime soon.

Novell: Another Channel Chief Change

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SUSE

thevarguy.com: After less than four months as Novell’s channel chief, Javier Colado (pictured) has been promoted into a new position and Novell’s partner program will now report to Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon.

Searching for the Linux of Mass Appeal

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jehurst.wordpress: As a computer service volunteer and Linux advocate, how can I get the average computer user to adopt Linux?

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 - Review

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dedoimedo.com: SimplyMEPIS is a Debian-based distribution, aiming at being simple and usable out of the box. Currently, version 7.0 is available to the users, with advanced betas of version 8.0 getting ever more ready toward the release. I decided to give it a whirl.

GOS 3 is Still the Best Linux OS

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xenstreet.com: A few months back I wrote a review about gOS on one of my blogs which received some raving reviews. I did not just review it, but decided to start using it as my default Linux desktop. So here is what I think after a month of using it as a default desktop.

MoLinux 4.2: Linux de La Mancha

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Ubuntu

techiemoe.com: Based on Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10), MoLinux is put out by the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha in Spain. The name is derived from the Spanish word "molino."

How does Ubuntu Linux differ from Debian?

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itwire.com: Bring up the topic of Ubuntu and you'll receive a mixed response from unexpected corners. No, it's not the Windows brigade, but the Debian crowd. So just how does Ubuntu differ from Debian to inflame such passion?

Should open source boycott Cisco’s contest?

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blogs.zdnet.com: While lawyers debate the merits of the FSF’s suit against Cisco, open source developers may be asking themselves how they can make their views heard. Here’s an idea. Boycott Cisco’s contest.

10 things Linux Ubuntu should REALLY copy from Mac OS X

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grigio.org: Linux grows up less than Mac OS, Why? The most important reasons are: Mac still offers a better user experience (as Mark Shuttleworth admits) and not enought commercial software are avalaible for Linux. So, what is this "user experience" that Mac has and Linux lacks?

Is Phoenix about to Enter GPL Violation HyperSpace?

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computerworlduk.com: If ultraportables were last year's big surprise success for GNU/Linux, one of the potentially exciting technologies for this year is the instant-on pre-operating system that loads in seconds when you power up a desktop or portable. Does Phoenix hope to get away without respecting the GNU GPL?

Memo to Dell: Pump Ubuntu Into the Channel

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workswithu.com: Pssst: Hey Greg Davis. You’ve just been named Dell’s global channel chief — in charge of the PC giant’s worldwide partner strategy. What are you going to do next? Here’s one suggestion:

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Kernel Coverage at LWN (Outside Paywall Now)

  • XArray and the mainline
    The XArray data structure was the topic of the final filesystem track session at the 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit (LSFMM). XArray is a new API for the kernel's radix-tree data structure; the session was led by Matthew Wilcox, who created XArray. When asked by Dave Chinner if the session was intended to be a live review of the patches, Wilcox admitted with a grin that it might be "the only way to get a review on this damn patch set". In fact, the session was about the status of the patch set and its progress toward the mainline. Andrew Morton has taken the first eight cleanup patches, Wilcox said, which is great because there was a lot of churn there. The next set has a lot of churn as well, mostly due to renaming. The 15 patches after that actually implement XArray and apply it to the page cache. Those could be buggy, but they pass the radix-tree tests so, if they are, more tests are needed, he said.
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    While the 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit (LSFMM) filesystem track session was advertised as being a filesystem test suite "bakeoff", it actually focused on how to make the existing test suites more accessible. Kent Overstreet said that he has learned over the years that various filesystem developers have their own scripts for testing using QEMU and other tools. He and Ted Ts'o put the session together to try to share some of that information (and code) more widely. Most of the scripts and other code has not been polished or turned into a project, Overstreet continued. Bringing new people up to speed on the tests and how they are run takes time, but developers want to know how to run the tests before they send code to the maintainer.
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today's leftovers

GNOME 3.29.3 Released

  • GNOME 3.29.3 released
    GNOME 3.29.3 is now available. This release is primarily notable in that all modules are buildable in this release, which is historically very rare for our development releases. This is an accomplishment! I hope we can keep this up going forward.
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