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Do Package Managers Spoil Us?

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linux-blog.org: I thought of this interesting question the other day while messing around with Slackware 9.0 which was one of the last versions of Slackware to come on a single disk. The goal was to try to take a Slackware 9.0 install to the most recent stable and it was almost accomplished.

Does Nightingale Matter

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blogs.techrepublic.com: It didn’t take long before one of the active Songbird developers forked Songbird into a new Linux-first project called Nightingale. But already this project seems to be unstable enough to make one believe it will fail before it takes flight.

Writing made easy for young students: Introducing WriteType

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trombonechamp.wordpress: After several months of development, it is finally time to introduce the world to WriteType. WriteType is an application designed to aid young students in writing and typing on the computer.

Open MySQL security holes

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h-online.com: Oracle's forthcoming version 5.1.47 of MySQL is said to contain several important security patches. The changelog states that the developers have closed three security holes which allow attackers to cause a server crash, obtain unauthorised database access or, in the worst case, inject arbitrary code and execute it on the server.

Compiz Bugfixing and a-Testing

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smspillaz.wordpress: So a release is coming around, but there is nothing stopping you from testing the next development version of compiz right now!

Add a Pandora Screenlet to your Linux desktop

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ghacks.net: If you haven’t experienced Pandora radio you don’t know what you’re missing. Pandora can stream music to your web browser specifically tuned to your tastes. Imagine having that ability right on your desktop – always at your fingertips? Pretty cool eh?

Morevna: Open Source Anime Using Synfig, Blender, Gimp, and Krita

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blog.ibeentoubuntu.com: Most of the readers of this blog probably already know about Big Buck Bunny, Blender's open movie project codenamed Peach; some may even know about Sintel (Durian). Few, however, know about the Morevna project, an anime project dedicated to using only open-source tools in its production.

GNOME-Do Alternative: Kupfer

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omgubuntu.co.uk: In case you haven't noticed, we're pretty big fans of Gnome-Do around these parts. However, there's a new little app that, in some ways, might just be drinking Do's milkshake. Its Kupfer, and no, I have no idea how thats pronounced.

Blender and Stephen Hawking

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blendernation.com: Although the final CGI for the new Discovery Series: Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking, was created with Maya, Blender was used for pre-vis and concept tests.

Running Windows games on Linux gets easier

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blogs.computerworld: Two recent developments have made it even easier to run Windows games on Linux though. The first is Valve and the other is an improved version of Crossover Games.

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Leftovers: Software

  • OpenShot 2.2 Offers Free, Open Source Pro Editing for 4K and 5K Videos
    4K ultra HD resolution is without a doubt now at least the mainstream near future standard for digital recording, content and display resolution and we don’t expect this to change for at least a few years. The majority of new larger 50 inch+ TVs going on sale today are 4K models, 4K monitors are becoming much more common and now virtually all mid-range to premium digital recording cameras offer ultra HD resolution of at least [email protected] x 2160 pixels and in many cases even higher.
  • Google Drive CLI Client For Linux
    Google Drive is one of the most popular services to store your files in the cloud. You can access to your Google Drive account through a web browser or using a client. This time I’m going to talk about one Google Drive client but without graphical interface, in this tutorial you’re going to know how to use a client through the command line interface to access, download and upload to your google drive.
  • Calligra 3.0 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Krita and Author Out
    After a long time in development, Calligra, the open-source office suite designed for KDE Plasma desktops, makes a comeback in 2017 with the release of the 3.0 milestone. While many GNU/Linux users were able to download and install the new Calligra 3.0 office suite from the official channels of the project or the stable software repositories of their favorite GNU/Linux distribution since last week, an official announcement was published earlier this week.
  • Free Software Foundation Makes ‘Major Overhaul’ In High Priority Projects
    Coolness alert! The Free Software Foundation has announced an updated list of high priority projects on a global scale. Top priorities now include a free software phone operating system, clouds, hardware, voice and video chat, inclusiveness, security and internationalisation of free software. The announcement is available here. It includes a link to the new list. The update followed feedback from about 150 free software community members over the past year. FSF isn’t seeking to run or control the projects, but will encourage them whether they are under their auspices or not, they said.
  • GNU Screen v.4.5.0
    I’m proud to announce the release of GNU Screen v.4.5. This time it’s mostly a bugfix release. We added just one new feature: now it’s possible to specify logfile name by using parameter -L (default name stays screenlog.0). Myself also spent some time to make source code a bit cleaner. As you probably noticed we were going to release 4.5 until Christmas. Unfortunately, we could not do it because of some internal GNU problems. I’m very apologise for that.

OSS Leftovers

  • Why 2017 Will Bring Cheer for Open Source Enthusiasts
    A few years ago, open source was the less-glamourous and low-cost alternative in the enterprise world, and no one would have taken the trouble to predict what its future could look like. Fast-forward to 2016, many of us will be amazed by how open source has become the de facto standard for nearly everything inside an enterprise. Open source today is the primary engine for innovation and business transformation. Cost is probably the last reason for an organisation to go in for open source. An exclusive market study conducted by North Bridge and Black Duck brought some fascinating statistics a few months ago. In the study titled “Future of Open Source”, about 90 percent of surveyed organisations said that open source improves efficiency, interoperability and innovation. What is even more significant is the finding that the adoption of open source for production environments outpaced the proprietary software for the first time – more than 55 percent leverage OSS for production infrastructure.
  • Five ways open source accelerates IoT
    Just having seen Passengers in the theater the other night, I reflected on how soon we might see a self-piloted space vessel like this transporting passengers through deep space. This incredible film features a spacecraft that is a work of IoT art, where things interact with one another to manage some of the harshest conditions imaginable. As an advocate for open source software and the innovation derived from its collaborative development methodology, I have a deep interest in how the journey to an IoT where a future like this is possible can benefit from open source solutions. I would even argue that the acceptance of open source methodologies has helped IoT gain momentum, capture mindshare and quickly deliver real results.
  • How to gain confidence to participate in open source
    As your brain develops, you learn about what you can and should do in the world, and what you can't and shouldn't. Your actions are influenced by surroundings and norms, and many times what keeps you from participating is a lack of self-confidence.

Debian Isn't Difficult, Fedora Elections Winners, Fav Distro

Prospective users still avoid Debian initially because it's difficult to install, or so they believe. It turns out they're not basing their opinions on real life. Keith Curtis wrote up his experience installing Arch on his new Lenovo laptop, after a fairly complete hardware review as well. Jamie Watson got a new notebook too and today shared a bit on getting it ready for Linux. Part of that was booting Mint 18.1 which gave him something to smile about. Elsewhere, the Fedora committee elections results are in and Dominique Leuenberger posted a review of this week in Tumbleweed. Gary Newell test drove Elementary OS 0.4 and OpenSource.com asked, "What is your favorite Linux distribution?" Read more

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