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Story The Linux 3.14 Kernel Will Likely Be Released Today Rianne Schestowitz 31/03/2014 - 12:43pm
Story Beautiful Zukitwo Theme Is the First One for GNOME 3.12 Rianne Schestowitz 31/03/2014 - 12:40pm
Story Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement Roy Schestowitz 31/03/2014 - 3:20am
Story Tech 101: What Is Open Source Software? Roy Schestowitz 31/03/2014 - 3:18am
Story 10 Free, Open-Source Replacements for Commercial Applications Chris7mas 31/03/2014 - 1:28am
Story digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0-beta4 is out.. Roy Schestowitz 30/03/2014 - 7:44pm
Story Qt3D, QtOpenCL Spark New Interest Roy Schestowitz 30/03/2014 - 7:41pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 30/03/2014 - 1:08pm
Story Red Hat Banking on OpenStack for Future Growth Roy Schestowitz 30/03/2014 - 7:23am
Story NVIDIA's GeForce Driver On Ubuntu 14.04 Runs The Same As Windows 8.1 Rianne Schestowitz 30/03/2014 - 6:58am

Second Day KDE 4 Multimedia Meeting

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KDE

Though it was still rainy here at the Annahoeve in the Netherlands, the KDE 4 multimedia meeting was definately up to speed. This article will report on the progress the hackers made yesterday, including the "why" and "what" of redesigning and speeding up amaroK, work on the KIO slaves and Phonon.

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NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX Driver Round-Up

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Software

With the NVIDIA 1.0-8762 driver pushed out to the Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD community last week, this has marked the end of the 1.0-8XXX series, with Rel90 approaching later this year. How have the NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX Linux display drivers matured through this series? Today we are having a look as we check back with the 1.0-8174, 1.0-8178, 1.0-8756, and the most recent 1.0-8762 candidate.

Ubuntu tips June 1 upgrade, server release plans

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Ubuntu

UK-based Canonical Ltd. will introduce all-new versions of its popular Debian-based Linuxes -- Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu -- along with its first enterprise server edition on June 1, a company spokesman told DesktopLinux.com May 25.

Setup a transparent proxy with Squid in three easy steps

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HowTos

Y’day I got chance to play with Squid and iptables. The job was to setup Squid proxy as a transparent server. Main benefit of setting transparent proxy is you do not have to setup up individual browsers to work with proxies.

Backup your MySQL databases automatically with AutoMySQLBackup

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HowTos

If you site relies on MySQL and stores its sensitive data in a MySQL database, you will most definitely want to backup that information so that it can be restored in case of any disaster. The script that I liked the most is AutoMySQLBackup, because it doesn’t have any real requirements.

Under... SELinux standing !

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HowTos

Security-enhanced Linux (SELinux) is an implementation of a mandatory access control (MAC) mechanism. This mechanism is in the Linux kernel, checking for allowed operations after standard Linux discretionary access controls are checked. Standard Linux security is a discretionary access control model (DAC).

Warsow 0.1 has been released

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Gaming

The new version of Warsow, a free of charge first person shooter based on the QFusion engine, has finally been released to the public. Warsow is a game similar to the Quake series, Unreal Tournament and Tony Hawks Pro Skater.

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Ubuntu for your grandmother.

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Ubuntu

They say its for geeks, they say its for nerds, they say its for those whose pinkie finger has the imprint of the enter key tattooed on it. We say its for your grandmother ! Yes my friends, I kid you not, for all of those who are afraid to dip their little toe into the great Linux-Lake let us reassure you : If your grandmother can do it ? So can you.

Linux (still) trumps OS X

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Linux

We recently ran a feature item which suggested, heretically, that Linux was faster than Apple's OS X for statistics. Sekhon followed up his first study and states a Linux performance advantage remains, although it's substantially smaller.

Nuremberg Region Becoming Hotbed for Open Source

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OSS

SuSE's success drew the attention of U.S. software giant Novell, which bought the German company in 2004. Novell now aims to become the world's leading Linux vendor. Programmers are already envisaging a "Linux Valley" in the middle of Germany's Franconia region, where tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost in recent years.

Saga of the Upgrade to SuSE 10.1: Advil needed!

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SUSE

That's the new kid in town, having had a lot of reviews even from its beta releases. Some people may want to get into it because of the hyped Xgl/Compiz, AppArmor, Xen and who knows what else (NX, anyone?). Some others might just consider to install it for a fully-fledged, user friendly, desktop GNU/Linux distro.

In my case, I was having SuSE 10.0 on my desktop PC, and I only considered upgrading from 10.0 to 10.1, with as little as possible disruption of the service.

Remastering DSL: A Short HOWTO with a Long Preamble

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I chose DSL as the basis for my new toy. For those unfamiliar with the Distro, DSL is a severely stripped down version of Debian/Knoppix. The distribution aims to include as many useful applications as possible while remaining under 50MB. It uses a 2.4 series kernel, busybox, a tiny little Xserver, Fluxbox as the default WM, and a host of other microscopic office, media and Internet applications. It is designed to be easily expandable by via a system called 'MyDSL'. MyDSL packages come in several flavours and formats.

Blending: The Best of Both Worlds

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OSS

Mixing Open Source and commercial software isn't a new concept. IT departments have been doing it for years, especially when building out their core server, networking, and database infrastructures. But using a novel "blended" application development strategy - one that combines Enterprise Java APIs and Open Source Java application frameworks - offers the best of both worlds.

The Basics of CRON and Linux Automation

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HowTos

This beginner introduction to the CRON process and tables allows even a novice to automate commands that need to be run repeatedly. Let's get started with the basics of cron and at.

New Xara Xtreme for Linux

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Software

Xara are pleased to announce a milestone target has been achieved with the release of Xara Xtreme LX version 0.5. This is the Open Source version of the commercial Xara Xtreme graphics and illustration software.

First Day KDE 4 Multimedia Meeting

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KDE

In the rainy Netherlands, eighteen KDE hackers have been working in the Annahoeve on Multimedia for the fourth incarnation of KDE. This report outlines the meeting topics, and the results of interesting presentations and explains how KDE developers outbid each others marshmallow records.

U.S. PTO smashes JPEG patent

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Misc

Another attempt to tie down a standard with a patent has gone down in flames. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a patent that Forgent Networks was asserting against the Joint Photographic Experts Group, better known as JPEG, images standard.

Mark Shuttleworth Interview, Part I: on Dapper, and Ubuntu in the Enterprise

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Interviews
Ubuntu

Recently, Ubuntu founder and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth spoke with The 451 Group at length about Dapper, Ubuntu, and the trends and development of the open source and free software movements as they relate to enterprise information technology. In this multi-part series, The 451 Group will present Shuttleworth’s comments along with insight and commentary from 451 Group analysts who cover the worlds of open source and enterprise software.

Games Review - Triplex Invaders : Maniadrive : Lost Labyrinth

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Gaming

Sometimes you just need to take a break and play some games. To that end we've got the return of the weekly gaming review at PCBurn! Three different Linux titles, all free software, have made the cut.

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Games: Metropolisim, Monster Prom, Kingdom Two Crowns and Lots More

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    Metropolisim from developer Halfway Decent Games is releasing next year, with a pretty bold aim to be the deepest city-building simulation experience ever.
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    Kingdom Two Crowns, the third in the Kingdom series released recently for Windows and Mac. It looked like we weren't getting it, but it's now confirmed to be coming. In their new roadmap post on Reddit and Steam, under the "QoL #01 Update" (Quality of Life Update) they noted that they will add "Add SteamOS (Linux) Support". This update is due out sometime early next year. This is really nice news, it's good to know they didn't give up on supporting Linux after all.
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    After a rather short beta period, the Steam Link application for the Raspberry Pi is now officially out.
  • Valve in it for the 'long haul' with Artifact, first update out and a progression system due soon
    Artifact, the big new card game from Valve isn't doing so well but Valve won't be giving up any time soon. The first major update is out, with a progression system due soon. At release, it had around sixty thousand people playing and that very quickly dropped down hard. Harder than I expected, a lot worse than Valve probably thought it would too.
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    Bearded Giant Games, developer of Ebony Spire Heresy have announced their new online store along with a 'Linux First Initiative'. I know what you're thinking already "not another store", but fear not. For now, it's mainly going to be a place for them to sell their games directly. Speaking about it in a blog post, they mentioned how they hate having to check over multiple forums, channels, emails and so on to stay up to date and they wish "to spend more time giving love to my projects instead of updating 4 different distribution channels, translating pages, writing different press releases and making separate builds"—can't argue against that.
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  • Pre-order Meeple Station for instant beta access, what the developers say is like Rimworld in space
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Wine 4.0 Release Candidate 2

  • Wine Announcement
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A Look At The Clear Linux Performance Over The Course Of 2018

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it's time for our annual look at how the Linux performance has evolved over the past year from graphics drivers to distributions. This year was a particularly volatile year for Linux performance due to Spectre and Meltdown mitigations, some of which have at least partially recovered thanks to continued optimizations landing in subsequent kernel releases. But on the plus side, new releases of Python, PHP, GCC 8, and other new software releases have helped out the performance. For kicking off our year-end benchmark comparisons, first up is a look at how Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux distribution evolved this year. For getting a look at the performance, on four different systems (two Xeon boxes, a Core i5, and Core i7 systems), the performance was compared from Clear Linux at the end of 2017 to the current rolling-release state as of this week. Read more