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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: Former VMware exec takes the reins at Linux Foundation collaborative project.
VFIO support on the kernel and qemu has been progressing nicely so i decided to re-post a guide i made some time ago, since like me, i know a lot of people are interesting in this, here it is: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=162768
Also heres a phoronix article showing some of the progress: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTUwOTcsubmitted by santellads
So I have a home server that I'm using to do small projects. It's a XenServer install and I think I want to have my server in front on my router and have the network go through a firewall there. I'll be needing DHCP, firewall, internal Dns, and maybe caching on it. I would like to get some opinions from you guys on whether I should go for a distro made for this purpose, go with a base install and build my functionality as I need it or if you have other ideas. I don't know too much about this so if you know of good distros for this please enlighten me. Right now I'm considering using pfsense until I have more knowledge about the subject and feel comfortable setting it up from scratch, and would love to know what you think.submitted by koera
A startling fact is that there are in excess of a billion people who have some type of disability. That represents approximately 15% of the world's population with a physical, sensory or mental limitation that interferes with their ability to move, see, hear or learn. 350 million people in the world are partially sighted or blind. The faster computer technology evolves, the more excluded these individuals would become without development in computer software that seeks to address their needs.
Whether you are actively considering a move away from Photoshop, or simply hoping there is a non-proprietary tool for reading your Photoshop images if you ever decide to stop subscribing to Adobe’s cloud, you’ve probably wondered about GIMP. A free, open-source, image editor, the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has been a go-to tool for Linux users for years, but has a reputation for being hard to use and lacking many of Photoshop’s features. The reality has changed dramatically over the last couple years. GIMP now has a very competent user interface, as well as an extensive and powerful set of features. Its openly extensible nature means that in some areas, like running well-known image processing algorithms on your photos, it actually outshines Adobe Photoshop.
I was disappointed with the “beta” release for GNU/Linux. It seemed “alpha” to me and was very awkward to install. There’s news of a new release for December, synchronized for That Other OS and GNU/Linux. It should be smoother this time. Perhaps I’ll really get to do something with it.
With past ISP problems, I've been able to run a continuous ping to an outside IP address and show the tech-support representative that I have packet loss. Unfortunately, a running ping command doesn't give a history of when the packets are lost. With SmokePing, not only is there a record of when packets are lost, but there's also a graphical representation of how many packets were lost, and from several IP addresses to boot.
I spent the past year writing The Librarian’s Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud, a book which focuses on using and thinking about cloud services in an academic research context. I’m fortunate enough to belong to a union that negotiated research leave for new faculty, and that leave made the book possible.
Keeping a daily journal is one of the best ways to keep your thoughts organized. Not only can it help you think more clearly, it can also help you reflect on your past actions. After writing for a while, you'll get used to putting your thoughts in text form and reflecting upon them. Journaling isn't something new, though. The act of writing a journal has been practiced for centuries. However, it is now that this lost art form is regaining its popularity.
about 5 months ago I decided to try Gnome Shell (I'm on Ubuntu 13.04). I'm using the faience icons but that is about the only theme change.
I thought I really liked Unity. It was only yesterday I decided to log back into Unity and it felt really alien, and well fugly!
So I can confidently say that for me at least, I really enjoy Gnome shell, its fast, stable and super clean.
So hands up guys/gal if you like Gnome Shell..submitted by nullnullnull
softpedia: Gnote 3.11.0 introduces several new features, including an updated boost.m4, a TODO plug-in, the ability to disable spell check per note, a plug-in to export to Getting Things GNOME, and options to disable note and URL autolinking.
In the end, Linux is great for a lot of things, even if you don't use it as your main OS. It's perfect for setting up a home theater PC without buying Windows, or reviving a super old machine. But if you want to really dig deeply and use it as your main operating system, just know that things are going to be a little different than Windows or OS X. For some, it's well worth the effort, but others may find that it's too much work for little payoff. The only way you can know is to try it out for yourself.
Looking back on my time with Kubuntu 13.10 the thing which stood out the most was that not much stood out. Apart from having some network issues which slowed things down during my first installation attempt, my time with the distribution was quite good. The installer is nicely laid out, the KDE 4.11 desktop is quite polished, providing a clean, feature-rich environment. I like that Kubuntu comes with a guest account for those odd times people wish to borrow my computer. I'm also happy to see there is an option in the KDE System Settings panel to turn off the guest account for people who see the guest account as a security concern. The new user account manager is slick and easy to use, I'm quite happy to see it included in this release. So far I'm tentatively happy with the new Discover software manager. It looks pretty and it seems to work well enough. The software manager's interface is a little busy for my taste, but otherwise I have no complaints. I think most people will take to it and those who don't can fall back on the older package manager. Overall, Kubuntu 13.10 feels like a stable, mature release that has some nice new features, but nothing ground shaking that would put off existing users. I'm actually sorry this version is not a long-term support release and will only receive security updates for nine months, the short support cycle seems to be the only weak point in an otherwise excellent desktop operating system.
I try to write articles for the readers on this site that I hope they will find useful and so I agreed to write the review on the basis that if it is a great book then I can share that knowledge and if it isn't then I can also share that knowledge.
A USB key or thumb drive or USB stick is the best device to use in installing your favorite Linux distribution. It’s not just because it’s reusable forever (unless you mess it up), but the system runs much faster than if you used a CD or DVD disc for installation.
grsync is a graphical rsync tool in ubuntu linux. It provides a graphical user interface to backup or sync important files & directories to remote machine or in local machine using rsync. It currently supports only a limited set of the most important rsync features, but can be used effectively for local directory synchronization.
Google's Nexus 5 has arrived, along with the newest version of the Android operating system, KitKat. The phone offers a number of improvements over its Nexus predecessor: It's lighter, thinner and faster. The KitKat software offers several other advantages, including better image processing, more sophisticated search capabilities and improved memory management.
Wozniak told the BBC that Apple would be more powerful if it had a good professional relationship with Google. Apple would be able to improve services such as voice-assistant software Siri (thanks to Google's search-engine ties) and even develop better wearable tech, such as smartwatches and augmented-reality glasses, Wozniak said.
Modularity in smartphones could "go a long way to overcoming whatever inflexibility is left in the system of small, cheap computers," blogger Robert Pogson suggested. "Rather than just tweaking software, the end user or retailer can mix and match bits of the hardware, too.