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April 2005

Review: Mac Os X steps ahead of Windows

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Mac
Reviews

Tired of waiting while your PC slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago? Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files? Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

wanna try linux but dont know how?

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Linux

Another one a couple days old, but hey, it's a slow news day.

"Tired of not able to know how to install Linux
Tired of getting called nOOb by so called experts
Tired of just downloading Linux but not able to install it.

Well.......

you have some place to look now and get help without being called noob or any other name."

Windows vs Linux: a modern desktop comparison

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Linux
Microsoft

This story is a couple days old, but I just saw it. What a cool idea. I wish I had thought of it! Big Grin

"We've put together a series of Windows XP, SUSE 9.3 and Ubuntu 5.04 desktop screen shots as a side-by-side comparison of some of the common desktop features available in the modern operating system desktop."

Qt 4.0 Progress

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KDE

Qt4 is really progressing well. The only problem at this point is that it still changes a lot even after Beta 2... So what’s new in Qt land since Beta 2?

Wiley Programmers Work for Peer Respect

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Linux

LXer is running an open letter to developers in general (on? of?) Linux. To be honest, I"m a bit confused in the same way I don't really understand why your mom using Linux should matter to me as the developer of a Linux Benchmark.

I've composed an earnest response to Ken Starks open letter to developers.

Windows XP 64-bit, a virtual minefield?

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Microsoft

Granted, you'll have to give it to Microsoft for often being overly optimistic about their accomplishments. As honestly what other company would be pitching a product that's been delayed by almost two years and features nothing new but for 64-bit support like it is a quantum leap from the 32-bit version of Windows XP?

M$ & Intel Scarfing Up more Patents

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Misc

As Washington eyes patent reforms, the imperative to secure intellectual property is driving companies to build up their portfolios.

From The Laptops Of Terrorists

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Misc

If you can't catch terrorists, then the next best thing seems to be snatching their laptop computers. And as luck would have it, they're just as sloppy about protecting their sensitive personal information as the rest of us.

Apple's Tiger unleashed in San Francisco

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Mac

Mac fans let out a collective roar Friday night, with thousands of eager shoppers turning out at Apple stores across the globe to scoop up Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, the latest version of Apple's operating system, as it went on sale at 6 p.m. PST.

Gates Pushes Auto Industry on Technology

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Microsoft

From the dear-gawd-just-shoot-me-now dept:

Microsoft Corp. mogul, Bill Gates, and the leader of Ford Motor Co. outlined a future Friday in which software enables cars to fix themselves and avoid accidents.

More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

GNU Linux-libre 5.3-gnu

GNU Linux-libre 5.3-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
<http://www.fsfla.org/selibre/linux-libre/download/releases/5.3-gnu/>.
It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc7-gnu, the first
published rc-gnu.  Freesh binaries are already available!, thanks to
Jason Self; others are on the way.


Besides recognizing new false positives (sequences that our blob hunter
would report as suspicious, but that are neither blobs nor requests for
blobs), updating the deblobbing scripts for 5.3 required adjusting
cleaned up drivers for updated blob names, recognizing one new Free
piece of firmware with binary and corresponding sources embedded in the
kernel sources, and disabling blob loading introduced in a few drivers:
QCOM, DRM (HDCP), Allegro-DVT, and Meson-VDEC.

This last one was particularly disappointing: the firmware sources were
supposed to be available from LibreELEC, and though the link to the
alleged sources there is broken, I managed to find the "source" repo
containing them, only to find out the "source" was just a binary blob
encoded in C as an array of char, just like Linux used to do back when I
got involved with Linux-libre.  Oh well...  Request disabled...

If anyone can find Freely-licensed actual source code for that, or for
any other file whose loading we disable, please let us know, so that we
can refrain from disabling its loading.


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pod.libreplanetbr.org or pump.io at identi.ca.  Check my web page (link
in the signature) for direct links.


Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.
Read more Also: GNU Linux-Libre 5.3 Kernel Arrives for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs GNU Linux-libre 5.3 Continues Deblobbing & Dealing With Firmware Trickery

New WireGuard Snapshot Offers Better Compatibility With Distributions/Kernels

WireGuard sadly isn't slated for the now-open Linux 5.4 merge window, but lead developer Jason Donenfeld has put out a new development snapshot of this open-source secure VPN tunnel. Coming barely two weeks since the previous WireGuard snapshot, this newest development release isn't too heavy on the changes but the focus is on better portability/compatibility. Read more

A Simple Review of GNOME 3.34

That's all for now. As always, I love how simple and beautiful GNOME release announcement was. After testing in 3 days, I immediately like this version more than the previous one for the speed improvement and I hope Ubuntu and other distros adopt it soon. Ah, I forgot, regarding Ubuntu, good news for us: next October's Ubuntu Eoan Ermine will feature 3.34! Regarding GNOME, I don't know if this is coincidence or what, but this year's KDE Plasma is faster and smoother and so is GNOME. I think next GNOME 3.36 will be faster and better as well. Finally I would love to say thank you GNOME developers! You all did well in last 6 month. How do you think about 3.34? Let me know in the comment section! Read more Also: Internet Speed Indicator for GNOME 3.34