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Great and Disappointing Operating Systems of the Decade

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OS Writing about the best and worst in operating system is like a crap magnet: I'm pressing the big red button.

Too early to declare victory in the netbook war

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Ubuntu It really doesn’t matter much whether the world’s netbook owners prefer Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux so why was Microsoft’s Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc so excited about his rather dubious sales statistics?

World's Largest Python Conference Comes to Atlanta

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PyCon 2009 drew nearly a thousand Python programmers from around the world, representing projects on all seven continents - including Antarctica! They gathered for serious learning, discussion, and strategizing... and for not-so-serious fun. PyCon 2010, the eighth annual conference of the Python programming community, promises even more.

10 OSes on the Move

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OS It's certainly been quite a decade in the world of enterprise operating systems: There have been some spectacular winners, like Linux, and few epic failures, like Microsoft Vista. With the end of the decade little more than two weeks away, now seems a good time to take a look at what the future might hold. So to mark the end of the Noughties and the start of the Tens here is a highly subjective list of 10 OSes that will (or in some cases won't) be making the news during the next 10 years.

Five Web-Centric Alternatives to Google Chrome OS

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Google Despite Google’s move into the operating system (OS) space, the idea of a primarily cloud-centric OS is nothing revolutionary. Some current offerings present welcome alternatives to mainstream operating systems, packing in useful features and making it easier to access your online content.

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What Chrome OS has on Windows that Linux doesn’t

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OS Google’s Chrome OS isn’t the first operating system to challenge Microsoft Windows’ commanding lead. But it’s got an advantage that other rivals such as Linux lacked: the Web.

Intent Is The Problem

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OS Of late, I keep banging into the problem that people want systems to be “secure by default”: they don’t want to pester the user about security. They want the system to just do the right thing. The problem is, this just isn’t possible.

UNIX turns 40 - Why is it still thriving?

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The systems world will shortly be celebrating a major anniversary milestone. UNIX is turning 40 years old! Most of us know the story of how UNIX was born, but what about why? Was it born strictly because its founders wanted to play a computer game on a different platform? And why does UNIX continue to thrive 15 years after an (in)famous Byte Magazine article that asked: Is UNIX dead?

Make my OS Faster

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OS Have you noticed how all prominent operating systems seem to bloat with each release? Windows is probably the best example, but even Ubuntu had slowly gained weight and become more of a resource hog over the years.

FreeBSD 8.0 Benchmarked Against Linux, OpenSolaris

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OS With the stable release of FreeBSD 8.0 arriving last week we finally were able to put it up on the test bench and give it a thorough look over with the Phoronix Test Suite. We compared the FreeBSD 8.0 performance between it and the earlier FreeBSD 7.2 release along with Fedora 12 and Ubuntu 9.10 on the Linux side and then the OpenSolaris 2010.02 b127 snapshot on the Sun OS side.

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Leftovers: Software

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    Mplayer 1.2 is compatible with the recent FFmpeg 2.8 release. The tarball already includes a copy of FFmpeg, so you don't need to fetch it separately.
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    It's been three years since the release of MPlayer 1.1 while surprisingly this weekend MPlayer 1.2 was released.
  • Lightworks: A Professional Video Editor Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Fedora
    Lightworks is a professional video editor which is the fastest, most accessible and focused on Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software, the initial release of Lightworks was in 1989; 26 years ago. It support all resolutions available to public up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats. Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422.
  • Using G’MIC to Work Magic on Your Graphics
    If you’re a Gimp power user, G’MIC is, without a doubt, one of the single most important add-ons available for the flagship open source image editing tool. With G’MIC you can bring some real magic to your digital images… and do so with ease. Give it a go and see if it doesn’t take your Gimp work to the next level.
  • VirtualBox 5.0.6 Brings Fixes For Linux 4.3 & More
  • Kodi 16: Alpha 3
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    The third alpha release of the Kodi 16 HTPC open-source software is now available for testing with long-press support. Given the number of devices these days with limited remote control buttons but relying upon a long-press of the OK/Enter button to pull up a context menu, Kodi has now implemented similar long-press support for remotes. That's the main new feature of Kodi 16 Alpha 3.
  • Third Alpha Build of Kodi 16 Media Center Adds Long-Press Support for Remotes

Leftovers: Gaming

Red Hat and Fedora

Blackphone Android-based (SilentOS) Reviews

  • Blackphone: privacy-obsessed smartphone aims to broaden its appeal
    Can you hear me now? Not if you’re eavesdropping on a Blackphone. Privacy company Silent Circle has released a second version of its signature handheld, a smartphone designed to quell the data scraping and web tracking that’s become such an integral part of the digital economy in the last few years (and whose results might well end up with the NSA, if the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passes).
  • Blackphone 2: NSA-thwarting Android smartphone goes on sale
    The handset runs a new version of the firm's Android-based SilentOS, and comes with features including Silent Circle's Silent Phone app, which offers encrypted voice calls, messaging and file transfers.
  • Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10
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