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Gcal the ultra-powerful command line GNU calendar

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Software Gcal can be used for a lot of calendar related questions. A zillion calendar options. Of course, if you are not a calendar freak, this is not the main selling point.

GNU Compiler Collection 4.5 released

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Software The GCC developers have announced the availability of version 4.5 of the GNU Compiler Collection. The major release includes several changes and new features.

MySQL fork duo tear down Oracle's Iron Man fantasy

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Software MySQL father Michael - Monty - Widenius and leading MySQL architect Brian Aker spoke separately at the annual MySQL Con in Santa Clara, California, where they pitched hard their MySQL forks.

How to switch your small or home office to Linux

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Software Regardless of how you feel about the Linux desktop, this is one area in which Linux can have a real impact, both financially and productively, and any small or home office has the potential to be transformed by just switching one application or two to their open source equivalents.

LXDE, the New Lightweight Linux Desktop

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Software Juliet Kemp LXDE (the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) is new to the Linux desktop scene, having been launched in 2006. It aims to provide a fully-functional desktop environment whilst being as lightweight as possible.

Pinta – Image Editing Alternative to The GIMP

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Software I’m not the only one who thinks that the GIMP is complex. So, what are your options if you’re casual user who just wants to edit a few images here and there and isn’t really interested in all the power that GIMP offers but would rather have a light weight but functional editor.

New Features In Bash Version 4.x - Part 3

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Software In this installment, we are going to look at a couple of commands that have been updated in bash 4.x

PowerPC and KDE fans rejoice

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Software Here is a new build with some very nice fixes for PowerPC and our initial work on KDE 4 integration. hit by targeted XSS attack, passwords compromised

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Web Combining a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability with a TinyURL redirect, hackers successfully broke into the infrastructure for the open-source Apache Foundation in what is being described as a “direct, targeted attack.”

The future of MySQL according to Oracle

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  • Oracle Outlines Plans For MySQL Database
  • The future of MySQL according to Oracle
  • Oracle boosts MySQL investment, targets Microsoft
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  • This Is the Final Artwork of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Operating System
    Today, October 25, 2016, Debian Project's Laura Arjona Reina and Niels Thykier proudly announced Juliette Taka Belin as the official artwork winner for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system.
  • Rankings, Condorcet and free software: Calculating the results for the Stretch Artwork Survey
    We had 12 candidates for the Debian Stretch Artwork and a survey was set up for allowing people to vote which one they prefer. The survey was run in my LimeSurvey instance, LimeSurvey its a nice free software with a lot of features. It provides a “Ranking” question type, and it was very easy for allowing people to “vote” in the Debian style (Debian uses the Condorcet method in its elections). However, although LimeSurvey offers statistics and even graphics to show the results of many type of questions, its output for the Ranking type is not useful, so I had to export the data and use another tool to find the winner.
  • Reviews: Quirky Zorin and Boring Ubuntu
    Perhaps not so coincidentally, Joshua Allen Holm reached nearly the same conclusion today with Ubuntu 16.10. He began, "At first glance, little has changed in Ubuntu 16.10. It looks almost exactly like every other recent release of Ubuntu." He spent most of his article looking at Unity 8, which is still just a preview, and said it does show promise with its early "polish." Holm concluded there was little reason to recommend an upgrade unless you need a fix provided or wish the newer software. In addition, Chin Wong recently upgraded and came to nearly the same exact conclusions.
  • Canonical explains Ubuntu Advantage benefits -- could your business switch to Linux?
    Linux-based desktop operating systems are better than Windows because they are free, right? Whoa there, folks. Neither are necessarily better or worse -- it really depends on your needs. Cost-free operating systems, such as Ubuntu and Fedora, are definitely great for home consumers looking to breathe new life into old machines. With that said, the benefits of Linux extend beyond money and cost-savings. Linux being free is sort of misleading when it comes to business use too. While a small business with a few employees can get by with free support, larger companies would be crazy to go it entirely alone -- paid support is a necessity for success. Today, Canonical releases a well-designed infographic that explains the benefits of its paid support, called 'Ubuntu Advantage'. "Ubuntu Advantage is the commercial support package from Canonical. It includes Landscape, the Ubuntu systems management tool, and the Canonical Livepatch Service, which enables you to apply kernel fixes without restarting your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems", says Canonical.