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Story GNOME 3: Bearable with GNOME Shell Frippery srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 8:21pm
Story Gameolith Announced Launch Titles srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 8:19pm
Story Why a Devout Capitalist Loves Free Software srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 7:30pm
Story FOSS advocate who's free, frank and fearless srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 7:26pm
Story My favorite Linux. srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 5:07pm
Story The Linux Desktop: We've Arrived. srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 5:02pm
Story Scrollbars in Ubuntu, Why They Matter srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 5:01pm
Story Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 5.6 falko 12/07/2011 - 10:43am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 6:57am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 12/07/2011 - 5:58am

Nuts & Scrap for Linux now available

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Gaming

Nuts & Scrap is a platform arcade game aimed at the casual gamer, with some touches of a graphical adventure title featuring two fearless robots whose mission is to save the human race. Due to the success of the Win32 and ZetaOS versions, we're now releasing "Nuts & Scrap" for Linux on Intel 32 bits processors.

Ubuntu 6.10 impressions on Toshiba Satellite A105 S4134

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Ubuntu

My very first experience with Red Hat 2.1 when it first came out in 1996. Since then, I “lived and breathed” Linux. When I was in high school, my friends and I started a Linux User Group in Spokane. Here is my impression of Ubuntu: It is Stunning!

A brief review of the Wii

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Gaming

Those who know me know I've just bought my first house and therefore have as much disposable income as your average overdrawn chap, yet I've found my urge to buy Nintendo's latest offering increase... All because I had a go on one.

Print Color Text in Command Line

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HowTos

Sometimes echo is not enough, if you need to print more advanced format of text. Lucky, we have printf. printf is a common function call in c programming language, if you learn c before, you should very familiar with this function.

lxy lxy lxy Leapin' Linux! Here are predictions for 2007

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Linux

Nostradamus, Jeane Dixon, Miss Cleo and the Propeller Heads we're in good company. So here goes the 3rd annual Propeller Head Predictions!

MyahOS 2.3 -- Don't let the cute clouds fool you

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Linux
Reviews

Not too long ago, I got a posting on knolinux asking me to take a look at a distro called Myah OS, that typically is pretty close to the bottom of the top 100. It currently sits around 76, but Saturn was pretty persistent in his emails that I would like what I see. Well, the first couple of go's at it didn't go so well.

Ubuntu PXE Install Via Windows

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HowTos

This article expains in step by step instruction how to install Ubuntu over the network (although it's easy to adapt the how-to to other linux distros) via a Windows 2000/XP client.

Linux Mint 2.1

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Linux Mint is an installable LiveCD based on the latest version of Ubuntu Linux. Linux Mint, like Ubuntu is a distribution that has the ability to give you a try before you buy and you can try Linux Mint without installing it to your hard drive and if you decided to install it, it is quite simple to do.

Speed comparison between OpenOffice Calc 2.1 and MS Excel XP

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Software

There has been so many comparisons between OpenOffice and Microsoft Office its not funny. However they have all been between older versions of OpenOffice so now that 2.1 has been released I thought I would conduct my own speed test.

openSUSE 10.2 Final Report

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SUSE
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Although I had planned to write a full length review of openSUSE 10.2 at the time of the RC release, I later decided against it. ...until I received a shiny new HP Pavilion notebook computer for Christmas and needed to install a Linux distribution. I obviously chose openSUSE 10.2 and I'm not sorry I did. This will describe some of my experiences with this fine distro on my new equipment.

Read and write to Linux Ext2/Ext3 partition from Windows

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HowTos

Ext2 Installable File System for Windows is a freeware that provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003 full access to Linux Ext2 and Ext3 file systems. This program helps you to copy file from and to Linux and Windows.

MPlayerXP-0.6.1 Has Been Released

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MPlayerXP is a branch of the well known Mplayer (http://mplayerhq.hu) which is based on the new (thread based) core. The new core provides better CPU utilization and excellently improves performance of video decoding.

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Automate Insertion of YAST Installation Sources on Your openSUSE 10.2 Machine

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HowTos

Installation sources are wonderful things. That’s where the packages come from that we install on our SUSE machines. So how do we add them in YAST? Is there a way to add them via the command line? Is there any way to automatically add them? Is there a list somewhere of repositories to add?

Vim the MacGyver of text editors : Ubuntu

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If you’ve been following this blog or using Ubuntu for any amount of time I’m sure you’ve had to get your hands a bit dirty on the command line and use a text editor of some sort. Everyone seems to have their favorite. Some people prefer nano, maybe pico and the old-school peeps will always tell you about vi/vim. Why vim?

Installing the Intel Compiler on Ubuntu Linux

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HowTos

Most of my regular readers probably know by now that I am developing OpenMP-codes for work. I am also using Linux, more precisely Ubuntu Linux (even more precisely: Kubuntu Linux 6.10). When it comes to compilers for this platform, the Intel Compiler is one of the few affordable choices available - at least if you need OpenMP-support. I would like to tell you about how to install the Intel Compiler on a Debian-based system.

Ubuntu Feisty running on Mac using VMware Fusion

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The whole experience of installing Feisty on VMware Fusion was nothing short of impressive. Probably the first screenshot of Feisty running on VMware Fusion to hit the web.

Microsoft hiring "open source evangelist"?

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OSS

I couldn't make this up if I tried. A friend pinged me and said he'd gotten a call from a Microsoft recruiter trying to fill a position she described as "open source evangelist." My friend, who does not want his name associated with this story, is without question an open source evangelist, and quite a successful one at that. But he is not interested in going to work for Microsoft. Are you?

Playing encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu

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HowTos

The movie players provided in Ubuntu can play back unencrypted DVDs. However, many commercial DVDs are encrypted with a weak algorithm called Content Scrambling System (CSS).You can enable playback of encrypted DVDs with MPlayer, xine and Totem-xine by installing libdvdcss2.

Setting Up a Telnet Server in Ubuntu

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A terminal emulation program for TCP/IP networks such as the Internet. The Telnet program runs on your computer and connects your PC to a server on the network. Telnet is a common way to remotely control Web servers.

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Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat, Logicalis in digital transformation partnership in Latin America
    PromonLogicalis, a provider of information technology and communication solutions and services in Latin America, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced a collaboration that aim to help organizations navigate the digital transformation of their infrastructures to pave the way for cloud and the software-defined technologies, and to advance open source technology awareness in the region. Open source is delivering significant advancements in many areas of technology through community-powered innovation, including cloud computing, mobile, big data, and more. And, as companies embrace modern technology as a competitive advantage via digital transformation efforts, many are turning to open source because of the flexibility and agility it can enable.
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold”
  • An Easy Way To Try Intel & RADV Vulkan Drivers On Fedora 24
    Fedora 25 should have good support for the open-source Vulkan Linux drivers (particularly if it lands the next Mesa release) while Fedora 24 users can now more easily play with the latest Mesa Git RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers via a new repository. A Phoronix reader has setup a Fedora Copr repository that is building Intel's Vulkan driver from Mesa Git plus the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver re-based from its source (David Airlie's semi-interesting GitHub branch). Fedora COPR, for the uninformed, is the distribution's equivalent to Ubuntu PPA repositories.
  • Meeting users, lots of users
    Every year, I introduce Fedora to new students at Brno Technical University. There are approx. 500 of them and a sizable amount of them then installs Fedora. We also organize a sort of installfest one week after the presentation where anyone who has had any difficulties with Fedora can come and ask for help. It’s a great opportunity to observe what things new users struggle with the most. Especially when you have such a high number of new users. What are my observations this year?

Linux Devices

  • 96Boards SBCs host Intel Joule and Curie IoT modules
    Gumstix announced two SBCs this week, based on Intel Joule and Curie IoT modules and built to 96Boards CE and IE form-factor specifications, respectively. At Linaro Connect Las Vegas 2016, where earlier this week Linaro’s 96Boards.org announced a new 96Boards IoT Edition (IE) spec, Gumstix announced support for 96Boards.org’s open SBC standards with two new single-board computers. Both SBCs will be available for purchase in October.
  • ORWL — First Open Source And Physically Secure PC, Runs Linux And Windows
    ORWL is the first open source, physically secure computer. Using a secure microcontroller (MCU) and an ‘active clamshell mesh’, the device makes sure that nobody breaks the security of the system. Its maker, Design Shift, has also launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowd Supply.
  • Purism Is Still Hoping To Build A GNU/Linux Free Software Librem Smartphone
    Purism, the startup behind the Librem laptops with a focus on free software and user privacy/freedom, still has their minds set on coming up with a GNU/Linux smartphone. Purism continues selling their high-priced laptops and their Librem 11 is forthcoming as an Intel-based tablet/convertible device with stocking station. Next on their horizon they want to produce "the ideal no-carrier, Free Software phone running a bona fide GNU+Linux stack."

Leftovers: OSS

  • Asterisk 14 Improves Open-Source VoIP
    Digium, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk open source PBX project announced the release Asterisk 14 this week, continuing to evolve the decade old effort, making it easier to use and deploy.
  • Yahoo open-sources a deep learning model for classifying pornographic images
    Yahoo today announced its latest open-source release: a model that can figure out if images are specifically pornographic in nature. The system uses a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data (like dirty images) and getting them to make inferences about new data. The model that’s now available on GitHub under a BSD 2-Clause license comes pre-trained, so users only have to fine-tune it if they so choose. The model works with the widely used Caffe open source deep learning framework. The team trained the model using its now open source CaffeOnSpark system. The new model could be interesting to look at for developers maintaining applications like Instagram and Pinterest that are keen to minimize smut. Search engine operators like Google and Microsoft might also want to check out what’s under the hood here. “To the best of our knowledge, there is no open source model or algorithm for identifying NSFW images,” Yahoo research engineer Jay Mahadeokar and senior director of product management Gerry Pesavento wrote in a blog post.
  • Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Uber to Keynote at Apache Big Data and ApacheCon Europe
  • Vendors Pile on Big Data News at Strata
    Cloudera, Pentaho and Alation are among vendors making Big Data announcements at this week's Strata event. Vendors big and small are making news at this week's Strata + Hadoop event as they try to expand their portion of the Big Data market. Cloudera highlighted a trio of Apache Software Foundation (ASF) projects to which it contributes. Among them is Spark 2.0, which benefits from a new Dataset API that offers the promise of better usability and performance as well as new machine learning libraries.
  • New alliances focus on open-source, data science empowerment
    How can data science make a true market impact? Partnerships, particularly amongst open source communities. As IBM solidifies its enterprise strategies around data demands, two new partnerships emerge: one with Continuum Analytics, Inc., advancing open-source analytics for the enterprise; and another with Galvanize, initiating a Data Science for Executives program. Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda — a leading open data science platform powered by Python — has allied with IBM to advance open-source analytics for the enterprise. Data scientists and data engineers in open-source communities can now embrace Python and R to develop analytic and machine learning models in the Spark environment through its integration with IBM’s DataWorks Project. The new agreement between IBM and Galvanize, which provides a dynamic learning community for technology, will offer an assessment, analysis and training element for Galvanize’s Data Science for Executives program. This program empowers corporations to better understand, use and maximize the value of their data. The program will support IBM’s DataFirst Method, a methodology that IBM says provides the strategy, expertise and game plan to help ensure enterprise customers’ succeed on their journey to become a data-driven business.
  • Apache Spot: open source big data analytics for cyber
  • Chinese open source blockchain startup Antshares raises $4.5M through crowdsourcing [Ed: Microsoft-connected]
  • August and September 2016: photos from Pittsburgh and Fresno
  • Libre Learn Lab: a summit on freely licensed resources for education
    Libre Learn Lab is a two-day summit for people who create, use and implement freely licensed resources for K-12 education, bringing together educators, policy experts, software developers, hardware hackers, and activists to share best practices and address the challenges of widespread adoption of these resources in education. The 2nd biennial conference is Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th, at the MIT Tang Center. The keynote addresses will be delivered by the FSF’s own Richard M. Stallman, former Chief Open Education Advisor Andrew Marcinek and founder of HacKIDemia Stefania Druga. At the event, there will be a special tribute to Dr. Seymour Papert (the father of educational computing) by Dr. Cynthia Solomon.

Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security advisories
  • ICANN grinds forward on crucial DNS root zone signing key update
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is moving -- carefully -- to upgrade the DNS root zone key by which all domains can be authenticated under the DNS Security Extensions protocol. ICANN is the organization responsible for managing the Domain Name System, and DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) authenticates DNS responses, preventing man-in-the-middle attacks in which the attacker hijacks legitimate domain resolution requests and replaces them with fraudulent domain addresses. DNSSEC still relies on the original DNS root zone key generated in 2010. That 1024-bit RSA key is scheduled to be replaced with a 2048-bit RSA key next October. Although experts are split over the effectiveness of DNSSEC, the update of the current root zone key signing key (KSK) is long overdue.
  • Cybersecurity isn't an IT problem, it's a business problem
    The emergence of the CISO is a relatively recent phenomenon at many companies. Their success often relies upon educating the business from the ground up. In the process, companies become a lot better about how to handle security and certainly learn how not to handle it. As a CIO, knowing the pulse of security is critical. I oversee a monthly technology steering committee that all the executives attend. The CISO reports during this meeting on the state of the security program. He also does an excellent job of putting risk metrics out there, color coded by red, yellow, and green. This kind of color grading allows us to focus attention on where we are and what we’re doing about it.