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Lightspark Flash Player Continues Marching Forward

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phoronix.com: It was just earlier this month that we were talking about Lightspark. This morning the 0.4.4 release has even made it out the door.

NVIDIA 256.52 Linux Driver Brings Fixes

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phoronix.com: Just shy of a month ago was when NVIDIA last released a proprietary Linux driver, at which point they also released a second driver that was their OpenGL 4.1 preview driver. This Saturday though NVIDIA has provided a new driver release.

Spicebird – An Email Client That Integrates A Calendar, Chat & iGoogle

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makeuseof.com: We have reviewed a number of free email clients before. You have tasks, calendar, email and social networking (via plugins) all built in into one interface and they all gel together. Evolution does that for Linux, but Thunderbird falls short of the much needed integration. This is where SpiceBird comes in.

Some Windows apps make GRUB 2 unbootable

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chiark.greenend.org.uk: If you find that running Windows makes a GRUB 2-based system unbootable (Debian bug, Ubuntu bug), then I'd like to hear from you. This is a bug in which some proprietary Windows-based software overwrites particular sectors in the gap between the master boot record and the first partition.

Canonical's X Gesture Extension Being Re-Evaulated

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Earlier this month Canonical introduced its own multi-touch framework for Ubuntu that is set to premiere with Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" and it's called UTouch and is joined by their own gesture/touch language. The X.Org Gesture Extension is already being re-evaluated and may in fact not be needed.

Using Disk Compression With Btrfs To Enhance Performance

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phoronix.com: Earlier this month we delivered benchmarks comparing the ZFS, EXT4, and Btrfs file-systems from both solid-state drives and hard drives. In this article we have our Btrfs test results when the zlib compression mount option was enabled for looking at the SSD compression performance.

GCC - 'We make free software affordable'

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h-online.com: GCC and GNU Emacs are the two facets of the GNU operating system that have probably done more than any other to take GNU and free software from idealistic concept to a utilitarian reality.

Open-sourcing SETI

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networkworld.com: The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence got a boost this week with the release of the first open source code from setiQuest.

Native ZFS Is Coming

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  • Native ZFS Is Coming To Linux Next Month
  • LLNL Talks To Us About Their Linux ZFS Port

Next Generation of Btrfs Nears Prime Time

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linuxplanet.com: Mason said he would like to see Btrfs ultimately replacing existing Linux filesystems like the popular Ext3 and Ext4 systems that are often the default on enterprise Linux distributions.

Also: No Btrfs in Ubuntu 10.10 afterall

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Oracle recently updated their VirtualBox open-source and cross-platform virtualization software with initial support for the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel series. VirtualBox 5.2.2 is the first maintenance update to the latest VirtualBox 5.2 stable series of the application, and it looks like it can be compiled and used on GNU/Linux distribution running the recently released Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. It also makes it possible to run distros powered by Linux kernel 4.14 inside VirtualBox VMs. Read more

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  • End of an open source era: Linux pioneer Munich confirms switch to Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft paid (bribed) all the right people, got a Microsoft fan -- by his own admission -- in power, gifted him for this]
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More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
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    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.