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October 2010

Optimization in KWin 4.6

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KDE

blog.martin-graesslin.com: Apart from the scripting interface KWin will not ship any major new feature in 4.6. Most of the work I did for 4.6 was to improve the overall performance of our compositing engine.

The 4 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs

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Software

makeuseof.com: Does a Linux user need antivirus software? If you insert your thumb drive regularly into Windows computers, for example, it might be infected, meaning you’re spreading malware with it and not even knowing it.

Unity: Some Further Clarification Points

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Ubuntu
  • Jono Bacon: Unity: Some Further Clarification Points
  • Using Unity – Day 5 How Does It Compare to Gnome Shell?
  • Ubuntu 10.10 upgrade woes
  • 4 steps to freedom

Star Trek Enterprise Owner's Manual

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Movies
  • Star Trek's Enterprise now has an owner's manual
  • Texas Supreme Court Cites The Wisdom Of Spock On Star Trek

Jumping the shark, no. 14.

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Linux

paul.frields.org: With only two days left until Fedora 14 release, I went ahead and upgraded the behemoth in my home office, a Dell XPS 730x workstation, to the new “Laughlin” release.

KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt

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KDE

phoronix.com: Well, here's some interesting weekend news: there's a polarized discussion taking place right now among core KDE developers about merging the KDE libraries into upstream Qt.

The best anti-virus out there

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Ubuntu

idreamoflinux.com: Last week my mom forwarded an email to me and I started to laugh. The email was to warn me about a virus that is spreading and destroying peoples data.

Eating Your Own Dogfood

Jon maddog Hall: I started saying this many years ago when I noticed that the Unix product managers at Digital Equipment Corporation were not using Unix in their day to day work. They had Microsoft Windows systems on their desktop, and would often go over to VMS to use “EDT” (the VMS text editor) for doing “real editing”.

Open Source License Used Widely In App Store Apps

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OSS

groundreport.com: According to a study from OpenLogic, a software services vendor, licensing for open source are used widely in app store apps for mobiles.

Minecraft Halloween Update

  • Minecraft Halloween Update is out – can you take on The Nether?
  • Generative wallpapers for Ubuntu: Game of Life
  • Happy Halloween With Ubuntu Pumpkin

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Free Software and Proprietary Software

  • [ProtonVPN] Release notes for Linux client version 2.0

    We’re proud to release version 2.0 of the ProtonVPN Linux client. Entirely rewritten in Python, the new version of the client is lighter, faster, and more stable. Version 2.0 also includes the Kill Switch feature, which keeps your data private, even if your VPN connection is interrupted.

  • LibreOffice community at Czech free software events

    Like every year, we would like to say few words about our impressions and experiences from our Czech free and open source software (FOSS) conferences in autumn. As in the last year, we participate with our LibreOffice booth at LinuxDays in Prague (me and Zdeněk Crhonek), and at OpenAlt in Brno (Petr Valach and Zdeněk Crhonek).

  • Google's Stadia Game Streaming Service Arrives To A Collective 'Meh'

    As we noted last week, there's a laundry list of potential issues plaguing Google's attempted entry into the game streaming space via Google Stadia, not least of which is the US' substandard broadband networks and arbitrary broadband caps. Stadia eliminates the physical home game console and instead moves all game processing to the cloud. And while it's clear that this is the inevitable path forward and somebody is going to eventually dominate the space, there's no solid indication yet that it's going to be Google.

  • Security lessons from a Mac-only fintech company

    Apple remains a highly secure choice for enterprise professionals, but security threats remain and the environment requires sophisticated endpoint management tools, according to Build America Mutual (BAM) CTO David McIntyre.

  • Trump is lying about the ‘new’ ‘Apple’ factory

    This is not true for a couple reasons — one of them nitpicky and one of them a lot more serious. The nitpicky problem is that Apple isn’t actually building a manufacturing plant. The company is building a new campus in Austin, but it’s miles away from the factory and the jobs are going to be very similar to the kind of white-collar design and engineering work that Apple does in Cupertino. Apple doesn’t do its own manufacturing, and the plant Trump is standing in belongs to a contractor called Flex Ltd (formerly Flextronics).

    But the bigger problem is that what Flex is doing isn’t anything new. This particular factory has been manufacturing Mac Pros since 2013, when Cook first announced it would assemble them in the United States. That’s before Trump took office. So the idea that we’re seeing the beginning of something, or that Trump has done something during his presidency to bring about this particular instance of US manufacturing, just doesn’t hold water.

    Trump is talking as if Apple has created a brand-new factory in Texas to build Mac Pros. If all you saw was a five-second clip on the news, that’s probably the impression you would get — but it just isn’t true.

  • SecureCRT 8.7 and SecureFX 8.7 Beta Releases from VanDyke Software Introduce New Enhancements for Increased Efficiency and Streamlined Workflow

    The new releases also introduce macOS Dark Mode, local Proxy command firewall, new algorithms, and support for Ubuntu 19.x and macOS Catalina.

  • SaltStack adds automatic vulnerability remediation tool to portfolio

    IT automation tool provider SaltStack has kicked off its SecOps division by announcing the general availability of SaltStack Protect. Protect is meant to make the “massive amount of coordination and work required to actually fix thousands of infrastructure security vulnerabilities” less daunting, by throwing some automation into the mix. To do that, the product ingests vendor CVE advisories and delivers scans and remediation workflows as a service to SaltStack customers. Automatic prioritisation of which issues to tackle first can be realised by feeding the system with real-time data on the configuration state of all assets in a SaltStack environment, which ties it in with the rest of the SaltStack portfolio.

today's howtos

  • NMCLI Command To Show Available WiFi Networks, Signal Strength on Linux!
  • Looping Through a File that Contains Spaces (for Loop)
  • Zsync HTTP-based File Transfer Utility Transfers Large Files Efficiently
  • How to open a PSD file without Photoshop

    It stands to reason that with the PSD file being a photo-editing file, the best ways to open PSD image files without Photoshop are going to be other photo editing programs. GIMP, which stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program is an excellent and free image editor alternative to Photoshop. GIMP works on Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows powered devices and is open source software, meaning it is developed voluntarily by developers all over the world. GIMP offers professional level features, which include being able to open and indeed edit PSD files. Many professional photographers and graphic designers use GIMP for their jobs, and many contribute towards developing new features. If you want to have complete control over the Photoshop file you’re trying to open without Photoshop, then GIMP is the tool you’re looking for. You can download GIMP by pressing the download button below. Then, once you’ve installed it, you can open a PSD file as you would open any other file type.

Devices: Librem 5, Raspberry Pi, TPC-DCM

  • Librem 5 Birch Shipping update — delay of just a few days.

    We want to give everyone a super quick update on shipping of the current batch of Librem 5 smartphones. There’s a delay. But, never fear, it’s only a delay of just a couple days. We had hoped, and expected, that the resistor issue (mentioned in this post last week) wouldn’t delay shipping, but it turns out it has caused a few days’ delay. We have just received official word that final parts for Birch are shipping to us as we speak — and we expect to have them on Tuesday, November 26 (next week). At which point we will be shipping phones out those receiving this batch of Librem 5’s next week. (There is always a chance the final parts will be delivered early, but the tracking currently says November 26.)

  • Exploring the interface of ecology, mathematics, and digital making | Hello World #11

    In Hello World issue 11, Pen Holland and Sarah Wyse discuss how educators and students can get closer to the natural world while honing maths and computing skills. Using a Raspberry Pi, you too can join this citizen science collaboration.

  • AiO touch-panel systems tap Intel’s Whiskey Lake

    Full specs have yet to be posted, and there’s no mention of OS support. However, the earlier TPC-DCM supports Linux distros including Ubuntu, Debian, and Mageia, as well as various Windows flavors.

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