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  • New Note-taking App ‘Springseed’ Debuts on Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu may do it better, but Canonical head sees merits of Windows 8 efforts
  • Ubuntu: One OS, one interface, all devices
  • What Linux Distribution Should Be Benchmarked The Most?
  • Hands on With the Ubuntu SDK Beta
  • Firefox: let us tell websites what you're interested in
  • As Linux stalks windows, the poor countries will benefit
  • Fidus Writer: Open Source Collaborative Editor For Non-Geek Academics
  • OSCON 2013: Find a Nonprofit Home for Your Open Source Project
  • Mozilla experiments with users sharing interests with websites
  • Microsoft reorganization should begin with Steve Ballmer’s departure
  • Open Source Typing Software List Rolled Out (pr)
  • Europa Universalis IV brings global domination to OS X, Windows, and Linux
  • Chromecast hacked: uses Google TV code, stripped of Android features

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  • Arch Linux Is the First Stable Distro with Linux Kernel 3.10
  • HowTo run commands from Gjs
  • How to install LibreOffice 4.1.0 in Mageia 3
  • GCC Cauldron 2013 Recap
  • Thoughts on Security
  • International character sets and encodings are hard
  • usevim: Repeat Side-Effects
  • Meeks: pretty overview of non-leaf modules
  • The main reason I love Linux: it works. Plain and simple.
  • KStars GSoC: Aberration with a Stereographic Projection
  • Experience Booting Linux Using the Windows 7 Bootloader
  • A Couple of Rebuilds and Upgrades in Slack-Current
  • Sayonara – A small, clear and fast audio player for Linux
  • This week in fedora infrastructure
  • Memories of Akademy 2013
  • Happy 5th birthday,!

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  • Neurology student invents software for video game makers (video)
  • Open Source Solves J.K. Rowling Mystery
  • You err, it stirs… (linux spellcheck pen)
  • No bees in the support bonnet for Red Hat
  • The Indian connection to Red Hat's growth story

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  • Ubuntu 13.10 Alpha 2 Released, Five Flavours Taking Part
  • Watermint Game, Open-Source Engine Move Forward
  • Wasteland 2 Has Been Delayed But There Is Still Some Good News
  • 7 More Titles Greenlit On Steam For Linux
  • Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo
  • The rise of Linux in in-vehicle infotainment (IVI)
  • Find And Block Who Is Tracking You Online
  • Interview: Mike Woster Discusses The Yocto Project
  • kobo aura hd: first impressions
  • Install virtualbox guest additions in Debian 7 wheezy
  • Fedora 19: Installing Software from DVD After System Installation
  • pyradio: Now that’s different
  • bugs and fixes in LibreOffices issue tracker — beyond the 3.6 series
  • Will Ubuntu Edge commit to using only free software?
  • Gluon and the state of the project
  • How to Enable and Tweak Ubuntu’s Flashy Graphical Effects
  • Open source in the era of digital marketing
  • A Command Line Web Browsing with Lynx and Links Tools
  • S06E22 – I Still Know What You Did Last Ubuntu
  • Report BoF KDE France
  • Install Facebook Messenger in Linux Mint 15

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  • CANDLE - A Handmade Dynamic Graphic Adventure
  • Enable KDE style for Iceweasel and other GTK apps in Debian
  • Ubuntu Edge might just change the computing world
  • Another day another hacked website
  • install HotShots on Fedora 19 and Ubuntu 13.04
  • LXDE waves goodbye to GTK in merge with Razor-qt
  • usevim: Powerline Escape Fix
  • A good "second board" for learning
  • Parsix 5.0 Test 3 (Lombardo) Distro Is Optimized for Laptops
  • Day: Things I’ve been doing
  • Bored again: Looking into Gestures
  • GUADEC Keynote Speaker: Cathy Malmrose
  • Transparent Decompression Support For EXT4
  • Windows 8 Beats Ubuntu Linux For Intel "Haswell" OpenGL Performance
  • FLOSS Weekly 258

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  • IBM Files Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Based on Novell Agreement in SCO v. IBM
  • Stallman on Companies That Work With Free Software (video interview)
  • Linux lets you customize your environment, but find a partner to address continuity
  • SUSE Cloud 2.0 Launches in Beta
  • A Peek At What Some Governments Are Doing With FLOSS
  • Fedora Project Developer Proposes Layered, More Agile Design to Distribution
  • install LightZone (digital darkroom software) on Debian 7/6
  • shred: A power for good or evil
  • setterm: Some minor magic
  • Call for Automotive Linux Summit Speakers
  • E17 Enlightenment Revist | Configuration from scratch (video)
  • Join Fedora 19 to Active Directory Domain
  • Sync Progress Display
  • Short Tip: Write buffers and jump to next in Vim
  • How To Extract Images From PDF Files With Pdfimages
  • new default artwork for lubuntu
  • OOXML improvements in LibreOffice Writer 4.1

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  • MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon
  • Securely Erasing Your SSD with Linux: A How-To
  • Are donations effective for open source projects?
  • How to migrate your server from Debian to CentOS
  • Managing Linux Services at Startup With Chkconfig Command
  • Canonical Invests In Failure Hyping
  • find: Simply the best tool out there
  • XBMC on Mir
  • GNOME raises $20,000 to enhance security and privacy
  • The future of Razor and LXDE-Qt
  • AudioCD. Week 5.
  • Rwanda’s laptop project making progress
  • SETI – What are we looking for?
  • openSUSE Conference 2013 3rd day
  • A great and unexpected first Akademy experience
  • gnome-screenshot Utility
  • Embedded Pi Review
  • Team Fortress 2 Linux version now runs on older Intel graphics cards
  • Oracle Linux Gains Momentum
  • Bacon: Announcing the Ubuntu Edge
  • Sailing Through The World of Linux BASH Scripting – Part III

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 517

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Welcome to this year's 29th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Converting computer users from Windows to Linux isn't always an easy task, but there are distributions that try hard to recreate a Windows-like experience in Linux to make new users feel more at home in their new operating system. One of such distributions is Zorin OS.

today's leftovers:

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  • Btrfs Mount Option Performance Tuning On Linux 3.11
  • Happy pi approximation day
  • My Revised Linux Wish List
  • Astro Emporia On Desura
  • Rush And Edge Follow Toki Tori Onto Steam For Linux
  • Akademy Impressions
  • Mobile Media Converter on Linux
  • Enlightenment On Wayland Still Being Done
  • Two Hacks For The NVIDIA Linux Graphics Driver
  • Gnomecraft | GNOME Software App for Fedora 20?!
  • Burning Circle Episode 123
  • Linux Drive Recovery | LAS s27e10
  • Linux Outlaws 317 – Heatwave

today's few leftovers:

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  • DraftSight: a free and cross-platform alternative to AutoCAD
  • What’s new in the Akonadi World
  • Firefox OS Emulator is available for Linux
  • Open Source Dictation: Wrapping up
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Security: WPA2, CVE-2017-15265, Fuzzing, Hyperledger

  • Fedora Dev Teaches Users How to Protect Their Wi-Fi Against WPA2 KRACK Bug
    Former Fedora Project leader Paul W. Frields talks today about how to protect your Fedora computers from the dangerous WPA2 KRACK security vulnerability that affects virtually any device using the security protocol to connect to the Internet.
  • WPA2 was kracked because it was based on a closed standard that you needed to pay to read
    How did a bug like krack fester in WPA2, the 13-year-old wifi standard whose flaws have rendered hundreds of millions of devices insecure, some of them permanently so? Thank the IEEE's business model. The IEEE is the standards body that developed WPA2, and they fund their operations by charging hundreds of dollars to review the WPA2 standard, and hundreds more for each of the standards it builds upon, so that would-be auditors of the protocol have to shell out thousands just to start looking. It's an issue that Carl Mamamud, Public Resource and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been fighting hard on for years, ensuring that the standards that undergird public safety and vital infrastructure are available for anyone to review, audit and criticize.
  • Patch Available for Linux Kernel Privilege Escalation
    The issue — tracked as CVE-2017-15265 — is a use-after-free memory corruption issue that affects ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), a software framework included in the Linux kernel that provides an API for sound card drivers.
  • ​Linus Torvalds says targeted fuzzing is improving Linux security
    Announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds has revealed that fuzzing is producing a steady stream of security fixes. Fuzzing involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce errors, which in turn may help identify potential security flaws. Fuzzing is helping software developers catch bugs before shipping software to users.
  • Devsecops: Add security to complete your devops process [Ed: more silly buzzwords]
  • Companies overlook risks in open source software [Ed: marketing disguised as "news" (and which is actually FUD)]
  • Q&A: Does blockchain alleviate security concerns or create new challenges?
    According to some, blockchain is one of the hottest and most intriguing technologies currently in the market. Similar to the rising of the internet, blockchain could potentially disrupt multiple industries, including financial services. This Thursday, October 19 at Sibos in Toronto, Hyperledger’s Security Maven Dave Huseby will be moderating a panel “Does Blockchain technology alleviate security concerns or create new challenges?” During this session, experts will explore whether the shared nature of blockchain helps or hinders security.

Games: Nowhere Prophet, Ebony Spire: Heresy, The First Tree, Daggerfall, Talos Principle

  • Nowhere Prophet, a single-player tactical roguelike with card-based battles has Linux support
    Nowhere Prophet [Official Site,], a single-player tactical roguelike with card-based battles is currently going through 'First Access' (itch's version of Early Access) and it has Linux support.
  • Ebony Spire: Heresy, a first-person turn-based dungeon crawler will release next month
    For fans of the classic first-person dungeon crawlers, Ebony Spire: Heresy [Steam] looks like it might scratch the itch. One interesting thing to note, is that Linux is the primary platform for the development of the game. It's really great to hear about more games actually developed on Linux! Even better, is that the source code for the game is under the MIT license. You can find the source on GitHub. The source is currently a little outdated, but the developer has told me that it will be updated when the Beta becomes available.
  • The First Tree, a short and powerful exploration game is now available on Linux
    The developer of The First Tree [, Steam, Official Site] email in to let everyone know that their beautiful 3rd-person exploration game is now on Linux 'due to a ton of requests'. Linux support arrived as part of a major patch, which improves gamepad support, adds an option to invert the Y-axis and Camera Sensitivity options are in too. On top of that, a bunch of bugs were also squashed.
  • The open source recreation of Daggerfall hits an important milestone
    Another classic game is getting closer to being fully playable natively on Linux. The project to recreate The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall in the Unity engine has hit an important milestone and now the the main quest is completely playable. Daggerfall is the second entry in Bethesda’s long-running Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games and was originally released way back in 1996. It was an ambitious game, with thousands upon thousands of locations to explore in an virtual game area the size of a small real-world nation. It’s a game that I personally lost a lot of time to way back in the day and I’m happy to see that a project that allows me to play it natively on Linux is coming along swimmingly.
  • The Talos Principle VR Launches With Linux Support
    Croteam has just released The Talos Principle VR, the virtual reality edition of their award-winning The Talos Principle puzzle game. SteamOS/Linux with the HTC Vive is supported alongside Windows. This VR-enhanced version of The Talos Principle is retailing for $39.99 USD.

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Review: Google Pixel 2

If I had to pick the moment I most appreciated the Google Pixel 2, it would be when our airboat driver-slash-tour guide put a hot dog and a piece of raw chicken in his pocket, dove into the New Orleans swamp, and began playing with a giant gator named Who Dat. I’m no social media whiz, but I knew there was Instagram gold unfolding in front of me. So I pulled out my Pixel 2 XL, the larger of Google’s two new models, double-clicked on the power button to open the camera, and started snapping. Read more