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Story Candice Swanepoel Likes Ubuntu and Unity in New Axe Commercial Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 5:33pm
Story Red Hat and Canonical to Increasingly Compete with OpenStack Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 5:24pm
Story HP goes dirt cheap with $100 Android tablet Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 5:12pm
Story HP Strengthens Commitment to Open Networking and the Open Cloud Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 4:57pm
Story Linux, Linux everywhere Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 2:37pm
Story Chakra-2014.05-Descartes released Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 2:32pm
Story Android-x86 4.4-RC2 (KitKat-x86) Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 2:11pm
Story Smallest OS for Raspberry Pi, piCore 5.3, Returns with Linux Kernel 3.14.4 Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 1:57pm
Story NVIDIA On Ubuntu 14.04 Has Some New Advantages Over Windows 8.1 Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 10:24am
Story Epic Games Wants Linux to Take Off as a Gaming Platform Rianne Schestowitz 21/05/2014 - 9:10am

Hans Reiser Denies Murdering His Wife

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Hans Reiser was just sworn in. His attorney, William DuBois, is lobbing questions to him. The defendant says he met his wife in a café in 1998 in Russia.

Open the full KDE Control Centre in Kubuntu

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KDE

fosswire.com: Kubuntu (and some other KDE-based distributions) features a special System Settings application which takes the place of the full KDE Control Centre application, which is used for setting all sorts of KDE preferences and changing different settings on the system.

The LinuxSampler Project

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Software

linuxjournal.com: This week we'll look at what's been going on recently with LinuxSampler, a very cool software audio sampler. I have to say at the outset that this article was tough to write, I was just having far too much fun with the program.

Absolute FreeBSD 2nd Edition review

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BSD

thejemreport.com: There aren't many FreeBSD books on the market -- compared to the number of Linux books, anyway -- so it's important that the few extant titles be superbly written and technically accurate. I was really looking forward to reading Absolute FreeBSD 2nd Edition because I'd heard such great things about the aged first edition.

Also: How To Upgrade FreeBSD 6.3 to 7.0 Stable Release

Asus announces EeePC with 9-inch display

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Hardware

tech.blorge.com: It’s here just a little bit sooner than expected; the EeePC with a 9-inch display. If you liked the 7-inch model then you’ll love the 9-inch model. There isn’t much available in the way of specs yet, aside from the larger display.

Ubuntu 7.10 Now Available to Dell Customers in China

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Ubuntu

direct2dell.com: Earlier today, we began offering Ubuntu 7.10 on the Inspiron 530 desktop to customers in China. We did this because many Dell China customers have asked about it there.

Easing into Open Source

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OSS

eweek.com: Open-source software can save an organization money and open the door to customization, but it pays to know where to start and where to get help.

Mandriva 2008.1 What's New Wiki Online

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MDV

wiki.mandriva.com: Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring is coming this April. The planned schedule for the final is April 9. This page provides a run down of the biggest new versions and features that will be coming with Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring.

NDISwrapper and the GPL

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "A change after 2.6.24 broke ndiswrapper by accidentally removing its access to GPL-only symbols," noted Pavel Roskin, offering a patch to address the issue. Linux creator Linus Torvalds was unimpressed, "I'm not seeing why ndiswrapper should be treated separately."

Ten Steps Needed for Fiery Desktop Linux Adoption

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Linux

itmanagement.earthweb: With each passing month, I find one article after another claiming to have the magic formula needed for desktop Linux to see significant gains. But to me, this feels a lot like putting the carriage before the horse. Here’s a list of the areas that I believe are in desperate need of attention.

Green Computing With Gigabyte's EP35-DS4

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Gigabyte has made a few changes to their latest motherboards in order to provide heightened power efficiency. The newest Gigabyte motherboards support DES, or Dynamic Energy Saver, technology. In this review we are taking a brief look at Gigabyte's efforts into green computing with their Dynamic Energy Saver technology on the GA-EP35-DS4 motherboard.

Bash and command line (terminal)

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HowTos

roderick-greening.blogspot: OK, so you've undoubtedly come across some problem and found a post which says you need to open a terminal and run some series of commands. You ask yourself, what is this terminal and why am I typing commands and what do they mean?

Open Source Tool of March: ZoneMinder

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Software

linuxsecurity.com: Surveillance software with this kind of remote monitoring capability isn't just for those with thousands of dollars. It's free, it's open source and its ZoneMinder.

My thoughts on Slackware 12.0

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Slack

raiden.net: It seems that the strength of OSS and GNU/Linux in the past was the number of projects that existed. Now that very strength gets in the way of a person searching for the distribution that works for them. Many distributions of GNU/Linux and other operating systems do much of what most people need, but very few do everything that the average user wants their computer to do.

Hands on: Inside the Eee

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Linux
Hardware

whatpc.co.uk: Every so often a new product comes along that fires up almost everyone who sees it. The latest product to earn this kind of cult status is the Asus Eee PC 4G, a mini laptop that stole the show at Computex 2007.

A slight difference of opinion

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Microsoft

Matthew Aslett: The Ballot Resolution Meeting to discuss the technical comments arising from the fast track process to have Microsoft’s Office Open XML formats accepted as an ISO standard was held last week in Geneva. The object of the BRM is to seek consensus on potential modifications. Opinion is divided as to whether the meeting was a success, however:

Also: What's in a label? ODF vs. OOXML and Open Standards
And: Rubber-stamping of OOXML raises concerns

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 242

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Linux
BSD

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • First looks: FreeBSD 7.0

  • News: Debian 5.0 "Lenny" updates, KNOPPIX 5.3 CeBIT edition, what's new in FreeBSD 7.0, Cooker vs Rawhide, RHEL risk report
  • Released last week: FreeBSD 7.0, SystemRescueCd 1.0
  • Upcoming releases: Gentoo Linux 2008.0 Beta, Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 6
  • Donations: Frugalware Linux receives US$340
  • New addition: MythDora
  • New distribution: Russix
  • Reader comments

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

An incomplete list of high quality Open Source games

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Gaming

liquidat.wordpress: It is often mentioned that many games are not available on Linux. While several big titles are indeed missing such Linux ports, the Open Source community itself produced some impressive titles. Here is a short list together with some promo videos.

A quick view of Mandriva 2008 Spring RC1 GNOME

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MDV

beranger.org: When I see the default KDE layout (with the horrendous 'Menu' button), I wonder how many years would take to Mandriva to figure out a better default. A default is supposed to be studied as "the preferred option" or as "a reasonably good compromise" for as much as possible people from the intended targeted group.

Unclutter Firefox menus

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Moz/FF

linux.com: If you like your browser interface to be simple, try these extensions designed to unclutter Firefox. Compact Menu 2 and two alternative extensions collapses all the menus into a single drop-down button, creating room for you to add buttons such as Downloads, History, and Bookmarks to the menu bar. Organize Status Bar lets you rearrange all the items displayed on your status bar, or even hide some.

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Red Hat: Patent 'Promise', Proprietary 'Gifts', Imminent Results, Fedora 27 Delays

  • Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware [Ed: And when Red Hat gets taken over (like Sun and Oracle) this promise will be worthless]
    Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open source software. The company's made more or less the same offer since the year 2002, when it first made a “Patent Promise” in order to “to discourage patent aggression in free and open source software.” In 2002 the company didn't own many patents and claimed its non-enforcement promise covered per cent of open source software. The Promise was revised in order to reflect the company's growing patent trove and to spruce up the language it uses to make it more relevant. The revised promise “applies to all software meeting the free software or open source definitions of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) or the Open Source Initiative (OSI)”. That verbiage translates into any software licensed on terms the OSI approves on this list, or which meet the Initiative’s definition of open source offered here. Licenses listed by the Free Software Foundation as a free software license at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#SoftwareLicenses also come under the Promise's purview, as do those here as of the date this edition of Our Promise is published.
  • Red Hat Open Source Day rewards with proprietary hardware. For the fourth time
    The above is an excerpt of the 2017 event announcement. Which, as you can see below, will be at least the fourth consecutive one in which Red Hat Italia will award participants with some of the most proprietary devices around. Please note the absence of anything like, e.g. Matchstick, “100% Linux compatible laptop, with Linux preinstalled”, or a Fairphone, in the screenshots...
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  • Fedora 27 Beta Hit By A Second Delay
    Last week it was decided to delay the Fedora 27 beta due to bugs while this week they've been forced to delay the release a second time. The first beta delay wasn't too bad as the F27 schedule already had a built-in "rain date", in acknowledging Fedora's frequent release delays. But today a second unplanned delay is pushing back F27 Beta by at least one more week. This will now also push back the Fedora 27 final release by at least one week.
  • Fedora 27 Beta status is NO-GO
  • News: The new Krita 3.3.0

Security: Apple's Betrayal, Intel ME Back Doors Backfire, and Optionsbleed

  • iOS 11 Muddies WiFi and Bluetooth Controls
    Turning WiFi and Bluetooth off is often viewed as a good security practice. Apple did not rationalize these changes in behavior.
  • How To Hack A Turned-Off Computer, Or Running Unsigned Code In Intel Management Engine
    Intel Management Engine is a proprietary technology that consists of a microcontroller integrated into the Platform Controller Hub (PCH) microchip with a set of built-in peripherals. The PCH carries almost all communication between the processor and external devices; therefore Intel ME has access to almost all data on the computer, and the ability to execute third-party code allows compromising the platform completely. Researchers have been long interested in such "God mode" capabilities, but recently we have seen a surge of interest in Intel ME. One of the reasons is the transition of this subsystem to a new hardware (x86) and software (modified MINIX as an operating system) architecture. The x86 platform allows researchers to bring to bear all the power of binary code analysis tools.
  • Optionsbleed: Don’t get your panties in a wad
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OSS: Puppet Acquires Distelli, Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection, Fake List of Open Source Companies, and Open Source Summit

  • Puppet Acquires Distelli, Boosting Its Cloud Automation Offerings
    Puppet, the open source company that markets cloud-native software management tools, has acquired startup Distelli. Based in Seattle, Distelli offers a software as a service platform used by developers to build, test, and deploy code written in any language to any server, including cloud platforms. This is an obvious good match, as both platforms enable developers to manage infrastructure and applications across the entire software delivery process to make app development quicker. "Today, a company's success is predicated on how quickly and successfully it can deliver new experiences to customers through software," Puppet's CEO, Sanjay Mirchandani, said in a statement. "Automation makes world-class application delivery straightforward for every enterprise, not just for companies born in the cloud. Together with Distelli, we are bringing a comprehensive solution for orchestrating and automating the entire software delivery lifecycle, from infrastructure, all the way up through containers."
  • Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection to Firefox for iOS, Focus Gets Multitasking
    Mozilla released on Thursday new updates for its Firefox for iOS and Firefox Focus for Android apps adding new features like tracking protection and multi-tasking, along with various other improvements. Firefox for iOS has been updated today to version 9.0, a release that's available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 10.3 or later. It comes with support for Apple's recently launched iOS 11 operating system, as well as tracking protection, which is enabled by default in the private browsing mode to automatically block third-party trackers in an attempt to increase browsing speed.
  • 35 Top Open Source Companies [Ed: Easy to see that this list will be a 'scam' when the company listed in number one is Adobe. It has even listed Black Duck as "Open Source Company". It’s PROPRIETARY and ANTI-FOSS.]
  • Open Source Summit in Los Angeles: Day 1 in 5 Minutes
    Open Source Summit North America in Los Angeles was packed with keynotes, technical sessions, and special presentations, including a conversation with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. In case you couldn't make it, CodePop.com's Gregg Pollack has put together some short videos recapping highlights of the event.