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Story Evolve OS - an Upcoming Linux Distribution Featuring a New Desktop Environment Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 12:07am
Story New SliTaz GNU/Linux 5.0 Cooking Release Features Linux Kernel 3.2.53 Rianne Schestowitz 19/02/2014 - 12:01am
Story HowTo watch TV on your Linux pc Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 11:54pm
Story Debunking four myths about Android, Google, and open-source Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 11:47pm
Story YaCy Team Celebrates Successful Campaign Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 11:39pm
Story MiracleCast: Miracast / WiFi Displays Come To Linux Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 11:05pm
Story Krunner: maximize your productivity in KDE’s Plasma Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 10:56pm
Story Top 9 Linux Podcasts Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 10:50pm
Story Linux-based NVR offers remote mobile access Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 10:44pm
Story GNOME 3.12 Removes Support for MD-RAID Because It Never Really Worked Well Rianne Schestowitz 18/02/2014 - 10:40pm

This Week's Open Source Round Up

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Linuxville? Penguin Heights? What would you name a city dedicated to open source software? Our lead story is indeed that odd. Back in the real world, Free Software magazine carried a short 'n sweet interview with Mark Shuttlesworth. Interview of the week has to go to Paul Krill of InfoWorld, who sat down for a long chat with Tim Bray, the director of web technologies at Sun Microsystems.

Wall Street: Linux Gets a Lift from Web Services, Tech Support

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Are Linux and open source implementations rising on Wall Street? "Yes," said participants in a financial services IT trade show held this week in New York City, who cited Web services and incremental improvements to tech support as two big drivers.

Four Flat Tires: Accelerated Knoppix

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Distrowatch says, "Japan's Alpha Systems has released Accelerated KNOPPIX 1.0, a fast-booting variant of the popular KNOPPIX live CD. By re-arranging the Cloop file system block and optimising the hardware detection and configuration step, the developers have succeeded in reducing the CD boot time to under 60 seconds, while maintaining the full functionality of the distribution. More details with illustrations of the technology" on their site. Whoohoo. To quote a famous American actor, "I feel the need, the need for speed!"

apt-pinning - Configuring Debian to run the latest packages

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The first time I installed and tried out Debian Linux distribution, I was surprised by the different way of configuring it which included the placement of configuration files, the change in commands used and so on.

Viewing Word files at the command line

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As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS -- such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors -- such as OpenOffice.org Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker -- can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line.

ADODB in PHP vs. ADO in Windows

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ADOdb is a Database Abstraction Library for PHP (and Python). Although it's based on the same concept as Microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), it's not the same thing!

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Gentoo Has an Installer Now

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Gentoo is a very cool distro, but because it didn't have an equally cool installer, a lot of Linux users kept their distance from it. Yesterday things changed, as Gentoo announced the release of Gentoo Linux 2006.0 which comes with a graphical installer. As soon as I heard this news, I downloaded the LiveCD ISO image that includes the new installer.

Q & A About The KDE Usability Project

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KDE

The KDE Usability Project reports I posted last week received a lot of feedback. They are a useful reference for developers and other usability specialists as well as provides a public appearance for what the project does. So, let me answer some of these questions for you.

DDoS Attacks Target Prominent Blogs

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Several prominent weblogs have been hit with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in recent weeks, as the target list for digital attackers continues to broaden. While some of the attacks appear to be politically motivated, on Monday a DDoS struck one of the blogosphere's most financially successful bloggers.

Win4Lin Announces Major Upgrade to 2000/XP Desktop Product

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Win4Lin, the leading purveyor of desktop and enterprise Windows-on-Linux solutions announced today a major performance and functionality upgrade to their Win4Lin Pro Desktop™ product.

Tux-shaped computer runs Linux

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Acme Systems is shipping a Penguin-shaped case for a tiny SBC (single-board computer) powered by an innovative MCM (multi-chip module) that runs Linux. The 6.7-inch tall, 30-Euro "Tux Case" houses the company's "Acme Fox," a 2.6 x 2.8-inch, 100-Euro, RISC-based board with Ethernet and dual-USB interfaces, and surface-mount connectors for other I/O.

The Ubuntu Experience

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Ubuntu Linux is a new experience for me. Having used only Red Hat's Fedora Core, I was anxious to try out the recently released Ubuntu 5.10. I was not disappointed.

Longhorn vs. Linux: the server battle of 2007

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Recently, for the first time ever, Microsoft's server shipment numbers surpassed those of Unix. Soon, however, Microsoft is going to be asking its server customers to switch to Longhorn Server, the next version of its Windows Server, which is due in 2007. Will they switch? Can Unix make a comeback? Can Linux overtake them all?

Using PHP on the command line

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PHP is generally regarded as one of the most powerful and easy-to-learn Web scripting technologies, and emphasis has largely been devoted to using PHP on Web sites. However, the same power that can be harnessed to handle complex Web sites can also be used on the command line.

Book Reviews: Ajax Foundations, Ajax at Work

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Ajax has been making the rounds lately, and I needed to learn a bit more about it. So, I grabbed copies of Foundations of Ajax, from Apress, and Ajax in Action, from Manning. One book for new Ajax users and one for those wanting more code than theory.

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Distributed computing cracks Enigma code

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According to the organizers of M4, their open-source message-breaking application managed to crack one of the three original Enigma messages that were intercepted in 1942 early last week.

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Openwashing Leftovers

The Last Independent Mobile OS

The year was 2010 and the future of mobile computing was looking bright. The iPhone was barely three years old, Google’s Android had yet to swallow the smartphone market whole, and half a dozen alternative mobile operating systems—many of which were devoutly open source—were preparing for launch. Eight years on, you probably haven’t even heard of most of these alternative mobile operating systems, much less use them. Today, Android and iOS dominate the global smartphone market and account for 99.9 percent of mobile operating systems. Even Microsoft and Blackberry, longtime players in the mobile space with massive revenue streams, have all but left the space. Then there’s Jolla, the small Finnish tech company behind Sailfish OS, which it bills as the “last independent alternative mobile operating system.” Jolla has had to walk itself back from the edge of destruction several times over the course of its seven year existence, and each time it has emerged battered, but more determined than ever to carve out a spot in the world for a truly independent, open source mobile operating system. After years of failed product launches, lackluster user growth, and supply chain fiascoes, it’s only been in the last few months that things finally seem to be turning to Jolla’s favor. Over the past two years the company has rode the wave of anti-Google sentiment outside the US and inked deals with large foreign companies that want to turn Sailfish into a household name. Despite the recent success, Jolla is far from being a major player in the mobile market. And yet it also still exists, which is more than can be said of every other would-be alternative mobile OS company. Read more

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