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Story The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) falko 02/12/2012 - 10:31am
Story Plan 9 on the Raspberry Pi srlinuxx 01/12/2012 - 8:12pm
Story GNOME “Classic” will be a separate session in 3.8 srlinuxx 01/12/2012 - 5:22pm
Story Linux Game 'Crayon Physics Deluxe' Free for 24 Hours srlinuxx 01/12/2012 - 5:12pm
Story Secure Boot bootloader for distributions available now srlinuxx 01/12/2012 - 5:06pm
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Story Mint Team Rushes out 14.1 Update srlinuxx 01/12/2012 - 3:26am
Story Xubuntu 12.10 review - Very nice srlinuxx 30/11/2012 - 11:09pm

The Concept of "Interfaces"

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Software

Novell recently released some video of "usability" testing featuring 11 people who were familiar with Windows trying to accomplish various tasks under the Linux Desktop. Now, to me, that doesn't sound really effective.

M$ is Threatening Korea Again

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Microsoft

Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, has renewed its threat to pull the Windows operating system out of Korea, if the ongoing investigation by the nation’s antitrust agency doesn’t turn out to be in its favor.

Open source start-ups make their pitch - in public

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OSS

Three open source start-up executives Tuesday showed their daring by making pitches to potential customers. What made them daring is that they did it in front of dozens of attendees at the Open Source Business Conference in Newton, Mass.

Linux PCs: Customer service or lip service?

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Linux

Thinking about buying a new Linux-based home PC? Happy hunting.

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How to Save Your Neck in a Four Easy Steps

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Misc

Say what you will about Novell CEO Jack Messman, he's no dummy. Maybe it's for the good of Novell or maybe just to save his own neck, but since early September when Blum Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston went public with their gripes that the former railroad exec was fumbling Novell's golden opportunity to be the Red Hat challenger, he has been making big conciliatory moves fast.

The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 1

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OSS

In this series, we will consider key aspects that impact the future of OSS in the business and consumer markets. Will OSS re-shape the entire IT industry, or will it never be more than a passing fad for niche players?

Trying out the new OpenBSD 3.8

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Reviews

Yesterday OpenBSD, the proactively secure Unix-like operating system, released version 3.8, featuring several improvements to networking, RAID management tools, and increased security. I took this new release as an opportunity to perform my first ever OpenBSD install.

OSBC, DAY 1

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OSS

Well, that was a day well spent. Today's day at OSBC was a solid investment of my time. The most interesting interchanges came on borrowed time in hallways with folks like Stephe Walli or Scott Dietzen, but I'm delighted to report that the sessions were almost universally high value.

Image Management with F-Spot

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Software

Images. Oodles and oodles of images. Images coming out of your ears. Images scattered all over your hard drive. Images everywhere, relentlessly growing in numbers! How can your organize such an insane glut of images? Help!

Novell Changes Leadership

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Linux

Novell announced on Tuesday that the previous day its board of directors had promoted Ron Hovsepian, executive VP and president of global field operations, to president and chief operating officer of Novell.

Open Source For The Next Generation

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OSS

For today's young adults, buying shrink-wrapped software to load on a PC is as foreign as fiddling with rabbit ears to improve TV reception.

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Move over, Mac Mini -- MiniPC runs Linux

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Hardware

A Taiwanese systems integrator is readying a tiny 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 Linux-powered PC likely to make even Mac Mini owners envious.

PCLinuxOS .92 Test 02 ISO Available

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PCLOS

Houston, TX, November 1, 2005: PCLinuxOS .92 Test 02 is available. PCLinuxOS .92 features an updated 2.6.12-oci6 kernel, k3b, gimp, smb4k, kdemoreartwork, bluetooth, resierfs-progs, ntfs-progs and the following update from Test 01:

New book explains how to "Just Say No" to Windows

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Linux

Despite all the drawbacks, why haven't users switched to Mac or Linux? Tony Bove answers these questions and explains how to "escape the Beast from Redmond and still function," in his new book, Just Say No to Microsoft.

My sysadmin toolbox

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Software

Every administrator has a set of software tools that he just can't live without. These are the utilities that you install as soon as you log into a new machine, to help make day-to-day tasks a little easier. Here are my top 10 tools.

November 2005 of TUX, Issue 8

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Linux

The November issue of TUX is now available for download. This months version includes Linux on Hardware, Inkscape: the Elements of Design (2), Give Multiple Distros the Boot, and much much more.

Google Defaults to Microsoft...Literally

Has Google shown its true colors here? Why would a Linux link on google go directly to microsoft.com? Helios reported on this initially via lxer.com. Now that the dust has settled some, we may have an explanation. In the eyes of most Linux users, it doesn't pan out.

Sponsored Linux ad Hijacked by MS?

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Microsoft

Is MS stealing Linux traffic? It would seem so. Let's take a look and see what we can see.

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Graphics: Wayland, Radeon, Mir, Vulkan

  • Igalia Continues Working On Wayland & Accelerated Media Decode In Chromium On Linux
    Months ago we had reported on Igalia's efforts for improving hardware video/media acceleration on the Chromium browser stack for Linux and getting Chromium ready for Wayland but it's been relatively quiet since then with no status updates. Fortunately, a Phoronix reader pointed to a fresh round of ongoing work in this space. Igalia is working on supporting the V4L2 VDA (Video Decode Acceleration) on the Linux desktop for video/image decode of H.264, VP8, VP9, etc. Up to now the V4L2 VDA support was just used on ARM and under Chrome OS. This is part of the consulting firm's work on delivering first-rate Wayland support for Chromium -- it's a task they have been working on for quite some time.
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Security: The Microsoft Cyber Attack, VPNFilter, Compliance, Docker

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    The documentary is now available in English thanks to Deutsche Welle (DW), the German public international broadcaster, on its Youtube channel dedicated to documentaries : The Microsoft Cyber Attack. It should be noted that April considers itself as a Free software advocate, rather than open source, as the voice-over suggests.

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Programming: Fonts, Jupyter, and Open Source FPGAs

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