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Story Mozilla Advances JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0 Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 8:12pm
Story Manjaro 0.8.10 Receives Its Third Update Pack and Linux Kernel 3.15 Support Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 8:08pm
Story FFmpeg 2.2.5 Officially Released Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 7:56pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 4:19pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 4:19pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 4:18pm
Story Best Linux Desktop: Top 10 Candidates Roy Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 4:13pm
Story “To whom much has been given, much is expected in return” – Free Software economics Roy Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 4:11pm
Story Announcing Project Zero Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 2:36pm
Story New Plasma brings a cleaner interface on top of a new graphics stack Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2014 - 1:41pm

5 Months And Still No UT3 For Linux

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Five months ago from today, Unreal Tournament 3 for the PC was released in North America. Linux gamers around the world, however, were let down with the lack of an available Linux client and all UT3 gamers were impacted by the lack of any Linux server for this game.

What Should I Use - PCLinuxOS or Windows XP or Mac OSX?

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OS

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: Some previous Windows users claim to have tried Linux and found it to be not suitable them. Even some long time Linux users tell that it's not good. However, some others are fanatic about Linux - they would go out of their way to help new linux users and love to create a propaganda for their pet OS.

Two Weeks with Fedora 9

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Linux

blogs.eweek.com: Impressed by the persistent USB LiveCD fun and partition encrypting installer improvements, I chose to throw caution to the wind and load up Fedora 9 Beta on my main notebook, replacing the beta Hardy Heron install I'd been running--quite stably--for several weeks.

Also: Fedora 9 & Kernel Mode Setting

Mandriva on a Low cost notebook : Kira

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Hardware
MDV

linux-wizard.net: Many people are talking about the Asus Eee PC : low cost, tiny, and for the "geeks", running Linux. Mandriva 2008 Spring is compatible out of the box with Asus Eee PC. However a new low cost PC is appearing, done by a spanish company : AIRIS KIRA.

mandriva installation on acer 5050 laptop

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MDV

bearrider.wordpress: Kubuntu left a lot to be desired on my machine so I looked around for another good KDE distro and found Mandriva!

Gentoo Frustrations - Back to PC-BSD

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Gentoo

saigonnezumi.com: Using Gentoo Linux, you have to get used to things just breaking, especially in the last couple of years. I have been quite impressed with Portage 2 the last couple months. Things seem to be improving. Yesterday I noticed that I had a problem with my screen resolution.

The future of open-source infrastructure is...applications?

Matt Asay: It occurred to me today that open-source infrastructure providers (e.g., commercial providers of open-source operating systems, databases, application servers, etc.) may have much in common with telecommunications infrastructure providers (like cable, wireless, etc. providers).

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Predictions

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Ubuntu

besttechie.net: Now with the release of the latest version of Ubuntu only 5 days away what better time then now to make this post. So lets get down to it, shall we?

Firefox 3 is Worth the Upgrade!

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Moz/FF

kdubois.net: Today, I ran an upgrade of my laptop, which runs Ubuntu. A nice little feature that came with this particular upgrade is a working installation of Firefox 3. About 2 months ago, I upgraded to Firefox 3, but it was in an unusable state, so back to Firefox 2.0 I went. With this working version though, I have to say that a downgrade back to Firefox 2 won’t happen again.

Linux replacements for your favourite Windows apps

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Software

computerworlduk.com: For many users, getting started with Linux is surprisingly easy. New, friendlier versions of the free operating system, such as Fedora and Ubuntu, feature straightforward menus and automated installations that make switching from Windows to Linux a relatively simple process.

Sitebar: centralized bookmarking

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Software

debaday.debian.net: Like many people nowadays, I use many different computers. You use your computer at work, home, school and in public places. Maybe you also got several computers at home? One thing that easy comes to annoyance is bookmarking. Sitebar is an easy way store your bookmarks in one place.

12 Step Program for Ubuntu Update-Manager Addicts

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Ubuntu

91courtstreet.net: Hi, my name is Chris. I am Ubuntu update-manager addict. I began innocently enough, sometime back in Febuary, I ran ‘update-manager -d‘ to get a peek at Unbuntu Hardy Heron. Since that time I have been unable to resist the little orange “Updates Available” icon.

Mandriva Spring 2008.1

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MDV

lazytechguy.com: Mandriva has just released their 2008.1 spring edition. This release promises a lot. Mandriva has really tried hard to make this release an extremely user friendly one. I tried the Mandriva One KDE edition and am very impressed with it.

Benchmarking Linux filesystems on software RAID 1

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Linux

jejik.com: A couple of months ago I got two Western Digital 500 GB SATA 3.0 drives, which were promptly supplemented with a 3ware 9550XS 4-port hardware RAID card. Immediately I came up with the idea for this article. I though it would be perfect to bench mark the hardware RAID against the software RAID using all kinds of file systems, block sizes, chunk sizes, LVM settings, etcetera.

Mandriva 2008.1 Spring: Close but no Cigar

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MDV

techiemoe.com: Mandriva (when it was called Mandrake) was one of my first exposures to Linux. It was solid, it was pretty, and it made Linux feel welcoming and fun. If one thing can be said is the distribution has remained consistently pleasant to look at.

4 days until Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron takes off

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Hardy Heron, the latest version of Ubuntu, arguably the world’s most well known version of Linux, is set to be released in a mere four days. Keen as I am on – shock horror – Windows Vista, and less of a shock, Mac OS X, I await the release of Ubuntu’s newest bird with great anticipation.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux and internal OS caching

  • Find files having permissions 644 in Linux
  • How To Show The Top Largest Files and Directories
  • HUBackup - Backup application for Ubuntu Home Users
  • Encrypting the root & swap partitions on Gentoo with cryptsetup (LUKS)
  • Easily Create Seperate Home partition
  • Linux On A Stick

Red Hat Begs To Clarify Its Desktop Position

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Linux

sys-con.com: In the last 36 hours – thanks to a posting on one of its blogs – Red Hat has gotten itself in a pretty mess over whether it’s in or out of the desktop market, with the influential Wall Street Journal, among others, reporting that “Red Hat Abandons PC Plan.” Well, Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens says that’s not exactly true.

Fedora 9 Preview Review

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Linux

montanalinux.org: Yesterday the Fedora Project released a "Preview" of Fedora 9. Today Ubuntu released a "Release Candidate" of 8.04 "Hardy Heron" and the openSUSE team released openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1. Since my preferred Linux distribution for the desktop is Fedora, I've been keeping up with all of the test releases. What follows is some commentary about my experiences.

Oh My gOS!

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Linux

ubuntusite.com: While I’m waiting for the release of Hardy Heron, I got a chance to look for some other distros using the Ubuntu repositories and one distro that I noticed is the gOS All the while I thought that gOS was a distro made really by Google but that wasn’t the case.

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today's leftovers

Graphics: Intel, Mesa, Wayland and Bosch

  • Intel's Mesa GLSL Shader Cache Is Speeding Up Game Load Times
    At the start of the month the Intel i965 Mesa driver finally landed its on-disk shader cache, months after the GLSL on-disk shader cache originally landed in core Mesa and wired up for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. While you can't play too many shader-heavy games with current Intel integrated graphics, this GLSL shader cache within Mesa 17.4-dev Git is working well for speeding up load times and does provide some frame-rate benefits in games dynamically loading shaders.
  • Bosch Has Been Developing A 3D Window Manager Using Wayland
    In what appears to be research for potential use within in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, Bosch in conjunction with other organizations has been developing a 3D window manager that's built atop Wayland/Weston. Wayland is already used within automobiles for IVI purposes, etc, but this is the first we're seeing at least publicly of creating a 3D window manager around it. Harsha Manjula Mallikarjun of Bosch has talked about their work in developing a middleware framework for a 3D window manager that is making use of Wayland's Weston library, libweston. The window manager maps client buffers to 3D shapes like cubes and cylinders.
  • MESA_program_binary_formats Added To The OpenGL Registry
    Intel developers have seen their MESA_program_binary_formats extension added to the official OpenGL registry. The extension is really quite simple and just documents the unique format designator to be used by Mesa for ARB_get_program_binary/OES_get_program_binary extensions. Overnight it was merged into the OpenGL Registry.

Software: Nuclide, QEMU, Mailspring, GNOME Calendar and To Do, LibreOffice

  • Nuclide – An Open IDE for Mobile and Web Development
    It wasn’t too long ago that we wrote about an IDE that was developed by adding support for advanced debugging and development functions to Atom text editor to create Atom-IDE. We’ve got another such application for you today and it goes by the name of Nuclide. Nuclide is a free Electron-based IDE created by combining a collection of Atom’s features to provide IDE-like functions for several programming languages and technologies.
  • “Improving the performance of the qcow2 format” at KVM Forum 2017
    I was in Prague last month for the 2017 edition of the KVM Forum. There I gave a talk about some of the work that I’ve been doing this year to improve the qcow2 file format used by QEMU for storing disk images. The focus of my work is to make qcow2 faster and to reduce its memory requirements.
  • QEMU and function keys (follow-up)
    Since I posted my suggestion for QEMU a few weeks ago, I've learned a few things about QEMU. Thanks so much to the folks who contacted me via email to help me out. A brief review of my issue: I like to run FreeDOS in QEMU, on my Linux laptop. QEMU makes it really easy to boot FreeDOS or to test new installations. During our run up to the FreeDOS 1.2 release, I tested every pre-release version by installing under QEMU.
  • Mailspring Email Client is now available as a Snap app
    The Mailspring email client is now available as a Snap application on Ubuntu and other Linux distros. The part-Electron, part C++ mail app works with most major email providers, lets you add multiple accounts, has fast mail searching, and offers some advanced features, like read receipts and quick reply templates.
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  • LIBREOFFICE MASCOT SURVEY: THE PROGRESS SO FAR
    As you’ve no doubt seen, over the last few months we’ve been looking for a LibreOffice mascot. This is just something fun for our community to use, for instance on T-shirts at events, so it doesn’t have to be ultra slick and professional – it isn’t a replacement for the official branding and logos that we use in the software, website and marketing materials. At the start, we asked for your submissions and received over 300 of them – thank you so much to everyone who contributed! Many of them were excellent, but we had to remove quite a few from the following voting round for various reasons (such as potential copyright issues, conflicts with other FOSS projects, and use of the official LibreOffice document logo). If your submission didn’t make it to the voting round, we still really appreciate your input, and we apologies if we didn’t make it clearer why some didn’t get through!