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Text-to-Speech Software for Linux

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junauza.com: If you've been using Mac OS X or Windows Vista before, you may be a bit disappointed to learn that there's no speech synthesizer or text-to-speech (TTS) application that is installed by default on your Linux distribution.

Seven Firefox Plug-ins That Improve Online Privacy

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csoonline.com: As strange as it might sound, there are times when I wish for the old days of the Internet circa the early 1990's. The days of Mosaic and Lynx, where there was no Flash, no Javascript and no Java. A simpler time where protecting your privacy and security wasn't as essential as it is today.

Desktops and their performance

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Phoronix has used its Test Suite to compare the memory and power consumption of different desktop environments. However, the results should be handled with care.

Eight Must-Have Apps for Linux

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linux.com: Linux comes in all shapes and sizes...from the full-blown app-heavy distros like Fedora and Ubuntu, to the lean and mean distros such as Puppy and Damn Small Linux. Whatever the size of the distribution, there are always going to be applications that you will want.

What is it with the “dist-upgrade” option of apt-get?

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ghacks.net: There has always been a bit of confusion when people learn they can do a full upgrade of their distribution from the command line.

Linux Arpeggiators, Part 1

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linuxjournal.com: In my last article I looked at performance loopers for Linux. This week I begin a 2-part review of similar applications called arpeggiators.

Window Maker Desktop: Lightweight Linux Minimalism

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linuxplanet.com: Window Maker is a fast, lightweight window manager based as closely as possible on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface.

GNOME Do to get more pizazz

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GNOME and KDE: Seven Attractions in Each

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earthweb.com: Despite all the talk about the mythical Year of the Linux Desktop, somewhere in the last few years, free software passed a milestone without anyone noticing. At some point, after years of struggling to rival proprietary desktops, both GNOME and KDE have caught up in features and narrowed the gap in usability. We are now at a point where free software is often an innovator on the desktop.

Windows: Choice But No Choice

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lxer.com: In the area of window managers Linux users are completely and totally spoiled rotten. We constantly debate the merits of one desktop environment/window manager over another. I wish Windows users had this problem, but they don't. Why? Because they have no choice.

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  • 7 myths about open sourcing your company's software
    Many companies benefit from open source, and countless companies have opted to open source components of their infrastructure (or even their bread and butter) in an effort to give back. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about what happens when you open up your business' code and workflows to the public, and as companies delve into how to apply open principles within their organization, it's easy to get lost in the weeds. Here are some common misconceptions about what happens when you open source your code.
  • Open source software has to sell user experience
    Open source software that is to succeed in this new world is going to have to be better than anything else. You can't sell just openness anymore; it is added value, not a unique selling point. Open source software now has to sell user experience. In a way it is a simpler metric, and probably one that is going to change open source forever—for the better.
  • Top 7 open source business intelligence and reporting tools
    In this article, I review some of the top open source business intelligence (BI) and reporting tools. In economies where the role of big data and open data are ever-increasing, where do we turn in order to have our data analysed and presented in a precise and readable format? This list covers tools which help to solve this problem. Two years ago I wrote about the top three. In this article, I will expand that list with a few more tools that were suggested by our readers. Note that this list is not exhaustive, and it is a mix of both business intelligence and reporting tools.

Linux Devices

  • MediaTek Announces An Interesting Deca-Core ARM Dev Board
    The folks at MediaTek in Hsinchu announced the Helio X20 Development Board today as the first development board using a tri-cluster, deca-core design. As implied by the name, this developer board is using the Helio X20 SoC, which features a tri-cluster CPU architecture and ten processing cores: two Cortex-A72 at 2.3GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores @ 2.0GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.4GHz. Depending upon system load, the relevant/needed cores will power up. The X20 uses ARM's Mali graphics, supports 2 x LPDDR3 POP memory, and has integrated 802.11ac WiFi.
  • Voice control your embedded systems with 20 lines of software code
    Speech recognition software technology provider Sensory is offering TrulyHandsfree SDK to embed voice enabled functions in your embedded systems software. TrulyHandsfree SDK supports fixed triggers, user enrolled triggers and commands phrase spotting technology.
  • No SSD Storage On Raspberry Pi 3? Try MinnowMax Turbot Board
    The fact that you can not use an SSD storage device with the Raspberry Pi is a huge drawback. Devices that use the Raspberry pie consume a lot of storage. Devices like drones etc could use the onboard SSD storage. Too bad that the Raspberry pi 3 does not support it. But no worries have you head of the MinnowMax Turbot board?