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Enlightenment's Edje Has A Nice, Easy-To-Use Theme Editor Under Development

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Linux

Edje is the library within the Enlightenment realm that seperates the UI from the application and allows for skinning the UI to easily change the GUI of Enlightenment applications. For encouraging skinning of apps and making it easier to handle, Eflete is under development as a new Enlightenment program to serve as a theme editor for Edje.

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NVIDIA Wins Over AMD For Linux Gaming Ultra HD 4K Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Hardware

As it's been a while since last delivering any "4K" resolution OpenGL benchmarks at Phoronix, out today -- now that we're done with our massive 60+ GPU open-source testing and 35-way proprietary driver comparison -- are benchmarks of several NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards when running an assortment of Linux games and other OpenGL tests at the 4K resolution.

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Debian is switching (back) to GLIBC

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Debian

Five years ago Debian and most derivatives switched from the standard GNU C Library (GLIBC) to the Embedded GLIBC (EGLIBC). Debian is now about to take the reverse way switching back to GLIBC, as EGLIBC is now a dead project, the last release being the 2.19 one. At the time of writing the glibc package has been uploaded to experimental and sits in the NEW queue.

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Why Migrating from Proprietary Software to Linux Is Cutting Costs for Ecommerce

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Linux

A lot has changed since then. Commodity servers running Linux are the norm, virtualisation and Cloud services are common, but some organisations are still running UNIX or Windows systems because Linux migration seems like a lot of work and a big risk. It didn’t do Amazon any harm though, did it?

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Facebook turns its attentions to homegrown Wedge switch and Linux OS

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Linux
Server
Microsoft

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has introduced some of the fruits of its Open Compute project, revealing a networking switch and a supporting Linux operating system (OS).

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Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Will Come With A Lot Of Changes

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Linux
Ubuntu

As you may know, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn will come with interesting changes. The integration of Qt 5.3 is almost done, but the developers still have to fix some known issues.

The developers hope to make Qt 5.3 available as default next week, due to the fact it has passed 99% of the tests.

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Red Hat results beat estimates on subscription growth

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Linux
Red Hat
Server

Red Hat Inc, the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, reported better-than-expected adjusted profit and revenue for the first quarter, helped by growth in subscriptions.

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My Recent Linux Journey

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Linux

A journey from Windows through doubt, frustration and despair to relief and a finally joy. This journey started on 31 May 2014 the day after the release of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Cinnamon and finished on the 17 June 2014. I worked on this continually for 8 or more hours a day over this time can’t work at the moment so I had time on my side.

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Which Linux Distribution Powers HP Helion Cloud? [VIDEO]

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Linux
Server
Debian

HP Helion uses its own version of Linux based on the the open-source Debian Linux operating system at its core, which is a shift away from Ubuntu Linux, the Linux distribution previous iterations of HP's cloud efforts had been using.

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Also: HP Launches Helion Managed Services

A Process for Managing and Customizing HPC Operating Systems

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Linux
Server

High-performance computing (HPC) for the past ten years has been dominated by thousands of Linux servers connected by a uniform networking infrastructure. The defining theme for an HPC cluster lies in the uniformity of the cluster. This uniformity is most important at the application level: communication between all systems in the cluster must be the same, the hardware must be the same, and the operating system must be the same. Any differences in any of these features must be presented as a choice to the user. The uniformity and consistency of running software on an HPC cluster is of utmost importance and separates HPC clusters from other Linux clusters.

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Refurbished HP Laptops with Kubuntu

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GNU
KDE
Linux

It’s always nice to come across Kubuntu being used in the wild. Recently I was pointed to a refurbished laptop shop in Ireland who are selling HP laptops running Kubuntu 14.04LTS. €140 for a laptop? You’d pay as much for just the Windows licence in most other shops.

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A free photo editor worth trying: Getting started with GIMP

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GIMP

When most of us are looking for a photo-editing tool, we immediately think of Photoshop. Adobe’s program is powerful and popular, but it’s pricey at $100—and that's for the “light” version called Photoshop Elements.

Meanwhile, $20 per month is the standard charge for individual one-app subscriptions to Photoshop Creative Cloud. Adobe offers a free in-browser version called Photoshop Express Editor, but it’s very limited and only allows you to edit JPEG files.

A better free alternative is to turn to the open-source world and a popular program called GIMP. The GNU Image Manipulation Program is the standard photo-editing tool included or available to most Linux distributions. GIMP is also available for Windows (XP and up) and Mac.

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7 Improvements The Linux Desktop Needs

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In the last fifteen years, the Linux desktop has gone from a collection of marginally adequate solutions to an unparalleled source of innovation and choice. Many of its standard features are either unavailable in Windows, or else available only as a proprietary extension. As a result, using Linux is increasingly not only a matter of principle, but of preference as well.

Yet, despite this progress, gaps remain. Some are missing features, others missing features, and still others pie-in-the sky extras that could be easily implemented to extend the desktop metaphor without straining users' tolerance of change.

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Zukimac Is a Flawless Mac Theme for Ubuntu (If You Like that Sort of Thing)

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Linux
Mac

Unlike other attempts at aping the appearance of Cupertino’s finest OS, this one actually looks and feels like it was made for Linux and not the half-hearted mish-mash of OS X assets laid over basic theming that other themes of this ilk tend to resemble. If Apple made a GTK3 theme chances are it would look like Zukimac.

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What other people are saying about Lubuntu 14.04

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Linux
Ubuntu

Personally I think Lubuntu is great, especially for low end computers short of RAM. Lubuntu lends itself perfectly to netbooks and I wrote an article when Lubuntu 13.10 was released explaining why.

Shortly I will be showing how to try Lubuntu out without messing up your current Windows XP installation. Before I do though I thought I would list a few alternative reviews so that you can get a fully balanced opinion.

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GIMP On TV

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GIMP

I was watching an issue of CNN’s “Forensic Files” early this morning when I was surprised to see GIMP on TV. A murder had been committed and the local anthropologist lacked software to compare a skull with a portrait to verify the identity of the victim. A local computer guru was able to use GIMP to compare photographs of the skull with the portrait. That set the police on a course towards solving the crime. It turned out the truck driver did it. DNA from a tooth compared to some surgical evidence confirmed GIMP’s conclusions.

What was interesting is that Forensic Files mentioned that GIMP was available to anyone for a $free download. I liked that. The software licence, GPL, described in generic terms the public can understand got out there.

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Migration to open source tool inspires new Linux distribution

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Linux

In 2005, in version 5.0, The Pharmacy Server was mature and solid, running on a central server that supported over 300 drugstore chains in Brazil, and has been featured by Red Hat as a certification success story.

In 2010, after mergers and acquisitions, the company's operation was terminated and Pharmacy Server was shut down. Its last version used Red Hat 5.4, Firebird 1.5.3, and a custom version of Webmin web admin interface.

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Rescatux 0.32 Beta 1 OS Can Help Users Fix Windows Systems and Linux Distributions

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Linux

Rescatux can fix GRUB and GRUB2, check and fix filesystems (Windows MBR included), change GNU/Linux passwords, regenerate sudoers files, and much more.

Having a set of tools that can help you save your system from various problems is great, especially when those tools are packaged in a nice Debian-based Live distro. It may not look like much, but the point of this OS is not to look good, but to do a very specific job.

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Initial thoughts on Linux Mint 17

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Linux
  • Initial thoughts on Linux Mint 17

    As night follows the day, so too do Linux Mint launches follow Ubuntu releases. Linux Mint is a project which puts together a desktop-oriented distribution based on Ubuntu packages. The Linux Mint project tends to take a more practical and conservative approach to crafting a desktop operating system when compared to Ubuntu. While Ubuntu experiments with the Unity desktop, servers, cloud computing and mobile devices, the Mint team stays focused on producing a familiar, user-friendly, multimedia-enabled desktop solution. Starting with their most recent release, Linux Mint 17, the Mint team has announced they will be adjusting their release cycle, basing all Linux Mint releases on the most recent Ubuntu long term support release. This should make for a more stable platform and a more relaxed release cycle.

  • Download Linux Mint 17 Xfce and KDE release candidates

    In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint 17 Xfce and KDE RC released. Plus: Deepin 2014 RC released, and a review of Linux Mint 17 MATE by DistroWatch

Linux professionals use tweak tools to customize their OS, and so can you

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Linux

Where Windows has utilities, Linux has tweak tools. And whether you're a Linux pro or a recent refugee from Windows XP, they can help you makeA Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" (the latest and greatest offering from Linux distro pioneer Canonical) really start to feel like home.

Customizability has long been one of Linux's most compelling features--particularly when compared with proprietary alternatives such as Windows and OS X--but the tweak tools out there today let you refine the OS even further. And if you're making the migration to Linux on your workplace PCs, tweak tools can help ease the transition.

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