Software news or reviews with focus on GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source software

What KDE can learn from Cinnamon

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Software Battle royale, except we have no gentry, just the two seemingly and arguably dominant desktop environments for Linux.

Coping with Loss (in Open Source)

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OSS Many software development teams use external components in their projects, libraries, or tools provided by commercial vendors or open source communities. However, as anyone who has ever had to scramble after a vendor has gone out of business can tell you, these external dependencies are not without risk.

Five apps to make the Linux desktop business-ready

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Software With the right apps could Linux run your business desktop PCs? Jack Wallen thinks so.

Who’s birthday is it today?

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Software Users today have countless ways of knowing or getting notified when their friends and family have birthdays. The most popular way comes from social networking where such data is shared publicly, but is there a way to get Gnome Shell notifications about this?

How Linux Foundation Runs Its Virtual Office

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Software Cost savings is only part of the picture behind the nonprofit's remote workforce strategy. Linux Foundation exec says the virtual office has made the team more productive and innovative, and happier in their jobs.

Don’t expect an Opera Next Linux build anytime soon

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Software It is too early to tell if Opera's move to the Blink engine away from Presto is going to pay off in terms of overall users who use the web browser as their primary, or if the company has shot itself in the foot with it.

GNOME 3, Windows 95 Disconnected

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Software About a week and a half ago, I was nearly taken-in when an item appeared on The Register that tied recent Linux desktop woes to behind the scenes moves by Microsoft to enforce patents against GNOME. Supposedly, GNOME was violating Redmond’s patented designs of the Windows 95 desktop, most specifically the Start Menu and the Start button.

Reasons For Losing Motivation In Wayland

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Software many are super excited about Wayland and the thought of X11 finally going away in the coming years, some who have been enthusiastic about Wayland/Weston are starting to lose interest. Here's the reasons by one Wayland enthusiast for losing motivation in the project.

RHEL 7 is shipping GNOME Shell in Classic Mode

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Software RHEL 7 the upcoming enterprise Linux of Red Hat is scheduled for the second half of 2013. Around half year ago Red Hat made known that they were going to ship GNOME 3 for their desktop, so it was easy to guess that they were going to use version 3.8 for RHEL 7 Beta.

Great Little Radio Player Tunes In Simplicity

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Software Why should you try GLRP? Well, it offers a fast and simple way to play streaming radio with a barely there interface. Also, having 400 radio stations available from worldwide locations is pretty cool.

Final Term

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  • ‘Final Term’: A Promising Terminal Emulator
  • LibreOffice Bug Confirmation (triage) Contest
  • HotShots: Lightweight Screenshot and Editing Tool for Ubuntu
  • Evolution 3.8.3 Brings Several Improvements and Fixes
  • PhotoAlbum - new feature in LibreOffice 4.1 Impress
  • Weechat, Irssi's Little Brother
  • Experimenting with user interfaces for todo lists
  • user file manager preferences
  • detox: Cleanup crew
  • How I compile Vim
  • How Firefox Can Beat Google Chrome
  • How to auto-close the terminal after a certain period of inactivity
  • Customize BASH
  • Ubuntu’s Best Selling Apps for May

KDE Working in Wayland

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  • KDE Working in Wayland
  • Wayland in Raspberry | Wayland in GNOME

The state of FOSS Desktop Environments and Window Managers. Pt 2

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Software In part 1 of this piece, we looked at the GTK based options for Desktop Environments, and/or Window Managers. Today, we’re going to look at the Qt based options.

Lightworks video editor: Another missing piece for Linux

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Software Lightworks has ported its video editing product to the Linux platform, and although it’s still in beta, it shows some serious polish and potential.

Linux Virtual Workspaces--How Do They Differ?

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Software Virtual workspaces have been a feature of Linux desktops since their earliest days. Not only are they easier to set up than extra monitors, but they allow basic apps like web browsers and terminals to stay open full-screen while leaving plenty of working room. Here's how KDE, GNOME, Unity, Mate, Cinnamon and Xfce each implement virtual workspaces.

GhostControl Inc. coming soon

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  • GhostControl Inc. coming soon
  • 2 GUI tools to check hardware information in Linux
  • Of bugzilla, python, fetchmail, and procmail
  • Server Installation GUI 4.1
  • 8 Free Multitrack Recording Software
  • Sky wallpapers
  • My application base: LibreOffice, graphviz
  • Life with eternal upgrades- XFCE 4.10
  • A look at XFCE 4.10 on Debian Jessie
  • May Stats Show Steam For Linux Use Declining
  • get rid of Firefox’s scrollbar completely
  • DrupalCon Dries Buytaert keynote
  • Quickly create custom software packages with FPM
  • How to cut video using ffmpeg

FLAC Audio Format gets First Update in 6 Years

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Software The Free Lossless Audio Codec, FLAC, loved by audiophiles for it’s lossless fidelity has been updated to version 1.3.0. FLAC is an audio format similar to MP3, but “lossless”, meaning that audio compressed in FLAC doesn’t suffer any loss in quality.

The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

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Software With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith and Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts.

One Week With GNOME 3: Conclusions

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sgallagh.wordpress: Yesterday (Day Six) was a very busy day at my day-job filled mostly with meetings, so I didn’t get a great deal of time to play with additional features of GNOME Classic.

New GNOME Control Center

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  • New GNOME Control Center Brings Dozens of Features
  • Gnome Sound Recorder mock-ups
  • Xfce Theme Manager, Change themes w/ preview
  • Better Fonts through Infinality
  • My application base: bash and kiss tools
  • 10 Practical Linux Cut Command Examples
  • Python - Sorting Lists inside of Lists
  • snakes: another cdl distraction
  • 10 Easy Steps To Upgrade From MySQL To MariaDB On CentOS
  • How To Use Skype From Pidgin on Ubuntu & Mint
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