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Aptik – A Tool to Backup/Restore Your Favourite PPAs and Apps in Ubuntu

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Aptik is a open source package that simplify backup and restore of PPAs, Applications and Packages after a fresh installation or upgradation of Debian based Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Ubuntu derivatives.

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Enlightenment 1.9.0-alpha1 Pre-release: MYSTERY RELEASE 2K14

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It's that time again! Stefan is off this week testing mountain robustness, so I've been pressed into service as the temporary pre-release release manager for this pre-release release.

What's New In This Release

Flaming text

Bug fixes?

Some other stuff!

You may notice that this section isn't super detailed; the release notes haven't been written/generated yet, so I have only a vague idea of what's going on. Hopefully this will get expanded, but until then I am dubbing this.

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Valve Releases Source Code For Their Virtual Reality API

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In a move that will please developers Valve has opened up the source code to their VR API so anyone can now dive in.

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New Intel NUC BIOS update fixes SteamOS, other Linux booting problems

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To recap briefly, UEFI-based systems all have a small partition on their hard drives where bootloader files are stored. These bootloaders, which usually have an .EFI file extension, direct the computer to begin loading the operating system from the drive's main OS partition. The problem with older NUC BIOSes is that they didn't always know where to look for Linux bootloader files. Linux distributions would install to the computer just fine, but by default the computer wouldn't be able to tell that the internal hard drive could boot the system, and you would have to manually move the bootloader file where the computer could find it. The NUC team tells us that further improvements to the boot process are coming, but this update appears to at least fix the problems that we had—Ubuntu, Mint, and SteamOS all install and boot just fine with the latest BIOS update installed.

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GNU Hurd Is Enjoying User-Space Device Drivers

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As some other good news for GNU Hurd, around 79% of the Debian archive is now building for GNU Hurd, including the Xfce desktop and Firefox web-browser. Future work planned for this GNU project is Xen PVH support, working x86_64 support, language bindings for translators, read-ahead, HDD/Sound/USB DDE support, and having a full GNU system with Hurd.

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Gedit 3.11.3 Text Editor for GNOME Improves the New Interface

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The development team behind GNOME’s default text editor application, Gedit, has announced recently that another milestone of the upcoming Gedit 3.12 release is available for download and testing.

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GNOME’s Web Browser Introduces a New History Window

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The GNOME Project has announced a few days ago that Epiphany 3.11.4 web browser is available for download and testing, as part of the recently released GNOME 3.11.5 unstable desktop environment.

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Tomahawk 0.7 Released – A Ultimate Social Music Player for Linux

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Tomahawk is a ultimate, open source and next-generation cross platform social music player that allows you to access music stored on your hard-drive (as any self-respecting music player does), but it also taps a wide variety of music sources such as SoundCloud, Spotify, Youtube and other music subscription services to organize everything at one place. This fundamentally turns the entire internet into one music library. From there, you can share your playlists, search for media on a variety of services at once.

Tomahawk also connects you with the other computers and friends on the network to share, view and stream your music libraries/radio stations via Google Chat, Jabber and Twitter. So, basically you don’t need to worry about going through other players or signing up for new things. It combines all varied music services and social networking in an easy to use, user-friendly interface.

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First look at cockpit, a web based server management interface

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The web page also states three aims: beginners friendly interface, multi server management – and that there should be no interference in mixed usage of web interface and shell. Especially the last point caught my attention: many other web based solutions introduce their own magic, thus making it sometimes tricky to co-administrate the system manually via the shell. The listed objectives also make clear that cockpit does not try to replace tools that go much deeper into the configuration of servers, like Webmin, which for example offers modules to configure Apache servers in a quite detailed manner. Cockpit tries to simply administrate the server, not the applications. I must admit that I would always do such a application configuration manually anyway…

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Autovala: Auto-Generating CMake Files For Vala Code

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The developer behind Autovala, Sergio Costas, wrote into Phoronix this morning to explain his project. Costas explained, "The idea behind Autovala is that CMake is a very powerful tool, but writing its configuration files is boring and repetitive, so why don't let the computer to do it automatically? To do so, Autovala is divided in two parts. The main one generates the CMake files itself, starting from a descriptive configuration file. There, instead of putting things like 'install this file here, that file there...', you just define things like 'this is an icon, this is a manpage, this is a binary that uses these source files and these packages...', and Autovala automagically determines where to install them. To do so, it even examines the files itself, so, for example, icons, it will check its size and type to decide whether to put it in 'scalable', '16x16'... Or for manpages, it automatically converts them from any of the supported formats to groff."

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Lightworks Video Editor Pulls Plenty of Weight

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Lightworks is a professional-grade nonlinear video editor now available for Linux. It is a cross-platform editor from a well-known player in the media market, so this first-time Linux release could be a big thing.

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Defora Provides Yet Another Open-Source Desktop

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If you have not yet found the perfect open-source desktop match for your needs, the desktop environment born out of DeforaOS is yet another option. This desktop environment is built using GTK2 and part of a larger effort to provide "ubiquitous, secure and transparent access to one's resources" and to work regardless of form factor.

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Choosing a Programming Language for Interviews

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Why choose just one?

Don’t get me wrong—I advocate learning and writing code in many programming languages. But when it comes time for programming interview preparation, I feel it’s important to choose one language to focus your prep on and get to know it very well.

While many interviewers don’t mind you writing pseudocode during the early planning step of answering a question, others I’ve come across really want you to show you can write compilable code without an IDE. Not only that, but that you appear very comfortable writing real code.

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10 VsFTP (Very Secure File Transfer Protocol) Interview Questions and Answers

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FTP stands for ‘File Transfer Protocol‘ is one of the most widely used and standard protocol available over Internet. FTP works in a Server/­Client architecture and is used to transfer file. Initially FTP client were command-­line based. Now most of the platform comes bundled with FTP client and server program and a lot of FTP Client/Server Program is available. Here we are presenting 10 Interview Questions based on Vsftp (Very Secure File Transfer Protocol) on a Linux Server.

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Torvalds gives Nvidia software thumbs up, not middle finger

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"This time I'm raising a thumb for Nvidia. Good times,"Torvalds said Sunday night on Google+, a strong contrast to a June 2012 speech in which Torvalds instead offered Nvidia a middle finger for its non-cooperation. Nvidia has preferred to offer proprietary binary drivers to let operating systems use its graphics chips, not open-source software that others can adapt, modify, and debug.

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Findings from working on Red Hat's installer

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I believe that the open source community as a whole would benefit if more open source developers considered the API and associated bindings as primary and the CLI as of secondary importance. Ideally, applications would be designed from the start with a well-defined API, a set of bindings that evolved with the API, and a CLI (if one was necessary) that was defined in a scripting language that made use of the bindings. Not only would this make the application ripe for automation, but it would likely have the added benefit of making the API better defined and more robust.

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Enlightenment E19 Going Into Feature Freeze Soon

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The freeze for E19 will begin in one month, on 28 Feb 2014. After that point, I am likely to reject most* requests for feature additions, and I will be shifting into release mode.

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