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December 2007

A Very Good (Linux) Year, new KDE4 splashscreen, Tomboy

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  • 2007: That Was a Very Good (Linux) Year

  • Who Is The Openest Of Them All?
  • Say hello to the new KDE4 splashscreen!
  • Advanced bashrc (’Turning a simple chroot into a binpkg repository’)
  • Note taking with Tomboy
  • Mozilla Reflections on 2007

Novell M$ still Honeymoonin', Top OSS Apps, AMD 790FX Phenom, |337 k3y

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  • The Sound Of Linux 2007

  • Novell Execs: Microsoft Partnership Is Working Out Just Fine
  • What the X-Files Taught Us about Real Aliens
  • 11 Predictions For Free Software in 2008
  • Best Ten Open Source Desktop Applications of 2007
  • Understanding Basic Unix File System Permissions
  • AMD 790FX Phenom Chipset On Linux
  • Suggestions for that old computer
  • Write a DVD-Video from the Linux console
  • |337 k3y f0r f1r3f0x
  • Lanier’s attack on open source religion

Red Hat-Ubuntu war, Beyond The Red Line, localized Linux

  • Beyond The Red Line - Demo Release!

  • Asus Eeepc fastinit reimplementation
  • For 2008 media will create Red Hat-Ubuntu war
  • The importance of delivering localized Linux
  • The Netscape Story: From Mosaic to Mozilla

this morning's topics

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  • Configuring XGI Volari XP5 video card on a Dell Inspiron 5160

  • So, just what can you do with this ASUS Eee Linux PC thing anyway?
  • Sexy boot screens
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Eight Firefox extensions you don't need
  • Flipping the Linux switch: KDE, the K desktop environment
  • Core2Duo dream machine running Ubuntu Gutsy

New Years Resolutions

Slick Howto, Ubuntu takes over, Jepsen quits OLPC

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  • Intel 945 Video Hint

  • Fancy A Slick Screensaver As Your Wallpaper?
  • Ubuntu takes over Hungary too (sort of)
  • The top Linux/FOSS events of 2007
  • OLPC CTO Jepsen quits nonprofit effort

Gentoo Stages, PCLOS on Thinkpad, Intel XvMC Driver

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  • Daniel Robbins: More Gentoo Stages, new OpenVZ templates

  • PCLinuxOS 2007 on Thinkpad x60
  • KDE is still alive in the Ubuntu Community
  • New Intel Video XvMC Driver Branch
  • Resize and Watermark Images in Linux

Firefox Tricks & Live Chat, Linux Cheat Sheet, Songbird

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  • Linux Command Reference Manual Part I

  • Firefox Live Chat launching today
  • N800 Users: Flash to OS2008
  • 15 must-have Firefox tricks
  • Songbird - a viable Linux alternative to iTunes
  • Is converting a good idea?
  • HOW TO: ATI w/ Compiz, Hibernate, and Suspend Working

Konqueror Flash & Other Howtos, Ubuntu on Aussie Laptops, Crux Linux

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  • Konqueror with latest Adobe Flash HOWTO

  • sed tip: Remove All Leading Blank Spaces
  • Celebrate the New Year with Comet 8P/Tuttle
  • CRUX Linux on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb
  • Good Guys do Ubuntu
  • Radeon Driver Gets R500 TV-Out Support
  • Check your Laptop Battery status from the command line

this morning's headlines

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  • Archive Games on Linux

  • Efforts to promote open source software gather momentum
  • Install PostgreSQL on Ubuntu 7.10
  • Open Source in 2007 : Complete Coverage
  • Using netcat and tar for network file transfer
  • Open Source vs Proprietary: A Battle of different Kind
  • Asus Brings On New Eee PC 2Gb And 8Gb Models
  • End-of-year frenzy in the Linux world

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today's howtos and leftovers

  • Linux commands for user management
  • CONSOOM All Your PODCASTS From Your Terminal With Castero
  • Install Blender 3D on Debian 10 (Buster)
  • Things To Do After Installing openSUSE Leap 15.2
  • GSoC Reports: Fuzzing Rumpkernel Syscalls, Part 2

    I have been working on Fuzzing Rumpkernel Syscalls. This blogpost details the work I have done during my second coding period.

  • Holger Levsen: DebConf7

    DebConf7 was also special because it had a very special night venue, which was in an ex-church in a rather normal building, operated as sort of community center or some such, while the old church interior was still very much visible as in everything new was build around the old stuff. And while the night venue was cool, it also ment we (video team) had no access to our machines over night (or for much of the evening), because we had to leave the university over night and the networking situation didn't allow remote access with the bandwidth needed to do anything video. The night venue had some very simple house rules, like don't rearrange stuff, don't break stuff, don't fix stuff and just a few little more and of course we broke them in the best possible way: Toresbe with the help of people I don't remember fixed the organ, which was broken for decades. And so the house sounded in some very nice new old tune and I think everybody was happy we broke that rule.

Programming Leftovers

  • Podcast: COBOL development on the mainframe

    Nic reached out when COBOL hit the news this spring to get some background on what COBOL is good for historically, and where it lives in the modern infrastructure stack. I was able to talk about the basics of COBOL and the COBOL standard, strengths today in concert with the latest mainframes, and how COBOL back-end code is now being integrated into front ends via intermediary databases and data-interchange formats like JSON, which COBOL natively supports.

  • What I learned while teaching C programming on YouTube

    The act of breaking something down in order to teach it to others can be a great way to reacquaint yourself with some old concepts and, in many cases, gain new insights. I have a YouTube channel where I demonstrate FreeDOS programs and show off classic DOS applications and games. The channel has a small following, so I tend to explore the topics directly suggested by my audience. When several subscribers asked if I could do more videos about programming, I decided to launch a new video series to teach C programming. I learned a lot from teaching C, and in the process, I came across some meaningful takeaways I think others will appreciate. Make a plan For my day job, I lead training and workshops to help new and emerging IT leaders develop new skills. Outside of regular work, I also enjoy teaching as an adjunct professor. So I'm very comfortable constructing a course outline and designing a curriculum. That's where I started. If you want to teach a subject effectively, you can't just wing it. Start by writing an outline of what topics you want to cover and figure out how each new topic will build on the previous ones. The "building block" method of adding new knowledge is key to an effective training program.

  • Google's Flutter 1.20 framework is out: VS Code extension and mobile autofill support
  • Google Engineers Propose "Machine Function Splitter" For Faster Performance

    Google engineers have been working on the Machine Function Splitter as their means of making binaries up to a few percent faster thanks to this compiler-based approach. They are now seeking to upstream the Machine Function Splitter into LLVM. The Machine Function Splitter is a code generation optimization pass for splitting code functions into hot and cold parts. They are doing this stemming from research that in roughly half of code functions that more than 50% of the code bytes are never executed but generally loaded into the CPU's data cache.

  • Modernize network function development with this Rust-based framework

    The world of networking has undergone monumental shifts over the past decade, particularly in the ongoing move from specialized hardware into software defined network functions (NFV) for data plane1 and packet processing. While the transition to software has fashioned the rise of SDN (Software-defined networking) and programmable networks, new challenges have arisen in making these functions flexible, efficient, easier to use, and fast (i.e. little to no performance overhead). Our team at Comcast wanted to both leverage what the network does best, especially with regards to its transport capacity and routing mechanisms, while also being able to develop network programs through a modern software lens—stressing testing, swift iteration, and deployment. So, with these goals in mind, we developed Capsule, a new framework for network function development, written in Rust, inspired by Berkeley's NetBricks research, and built-on Intel's Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).

  • This Week in Rust 350
  • Firefox extended tracking protection

    This Mozilla Security Blog entry describes the new redirect-tracking protections soon to be provided by the Firefox browser.

  • Karl Dubost: Browser developer tools timeline

    I was reading In a Land Before Dev Tools by Amber, and I thought, Oh here missing in the history the beautifully chiseled Opera Dragonfly and F12 for Internet Explorer. So let's see what are all the things I myself didn't know.

  • Daniel Stenberg: Upcoming Webinar: curl: How to Make Your First Code Contribution

    Abstract: curl is a wildly popular and well-used open source tool and library, and is the result of more than 2,200 named contributors helping out. Over 800 individuals wrote at least one commit so far. In this presentation, curl’s lead developer Daniel Stenberg talks about how any developer can proceed in order to get their first code contribution submitted and ultimately landed in the curl git repository. Approach to code and commits, style, editing, pull-requests, using github etc. After you’ve seen this, you’ll know how to easily submit your improvement to curl and potentially end up running in ten billion installations world-wide.