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April 2012

Sabayon Linux – Stable if not without polish

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Linux

thelinuxexperiment.com: I have been running Sabayon Linux (Xfce) for the past couple of months and figured I would throw a post up on here describing my experience with it.

Libre Office is taking off 'like a rocket'

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LibO
Interviews

techradar.com: Michael Meeks is a long-time OpenOffice, now Libre Office, contributor and employee of Novell, now Attachmate. We caught up with him to get the inside perspective on the massive changes they, and desktop Linux as a whole, have gone through in the past few years.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Scorecard

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Ubuntu

zdnet.co.uk: Well, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting an Ubuntu 12.04 review, with pictures, videos, step-by-step instructions and everything else imaginable. So rather than write yet another, I am going to take a different approach -

Free as in awesome: our favorite open source apps for Ubuntu 12.04

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Software

arstechnica.com: In this short roundup, I’ll look at some great third-party applications that you can get from the Software Center to augment your Ubuntu installation.

Try 'Precise Tweak' to Customize Ubuntu Linux 12.04

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Software
Ubuntu

pcworld.com: Customizability has always been one of Linux's best defining features, and the newly released Ubuntu Linux 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” is no exception.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 454

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: The new Calligra office suite
  • News: Ubuntu's "Quantal Quetzal", interviews with Jane Silber, Jono Bacon and Artyom Zorin, whither Mandriva, upgrading to Fedora 17, Haiku overview
  • Questions and answers: Using native applications, a note on OpenSSH
  • Released last week: Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 201204 "Debian"

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Xfce 4.10 comes with more panel modes and new application finder

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Software

h-online.com: The developers of the Xfce desktop environment have released the newest version of their suite of applications. Xfce 4.10 was released roughly fifteen months after its stable predecessor Xfce 4.8.

Why Linux is a desktop flop

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Linux

networkworld.com: It's free, easier to use than ever, IT staffers know it and love it, and it has fewer viruses and Trojans than Windows. It's already ubiquitous on the server side. Plus, there are now alternatives to the most popular software packages out there. So, why hasn't Linux on the desktop taken off?

Is Apache overextending itself as rivals devour its core web server share?

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Software

zdnet.com: Has the Apache Software Foundation overextended itself by taking open source projects like OpenOffice and Cloudstack off the hands of proprietary giants while its famed HTTP web server continues losing ground to NGINX?

Ubuntu 12.04 Wins Me Back

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Ubuntu

datamation.com: Over the years I've found myself having a love/hate relationship with Ubuntu. But then came Ubuntu 12.04.

More in Tux Machines

Games and CrossOver

Red Hat and Fedora

Android Leftovers

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • CoreOS Tectonic Now Installs Kubernetes on OpenStack
    CoreOS and OpenStack have a somewhat intertwined history, which is why it's somewhat surprising it took until today for CoreOS's Tectonic Kubernetes distribution to provide an installer that targets OpenStack cloud deployments.
  • Docker and Core OS plan to donate their container technologies to CNCF
    Containers have become a critical component of modern cloud, and Docker Inc. controls the heart of containers, the container runtime. There has been a growing demand that this critical piece of technology should be under control of a neutral, third party so that the community can invest in it freely.
  • How Blockchain Is Helping China Go Greener
    Blockchain has near-universal applicability as a distributed transaction platform for securely authenticating exchanges of data, goods, and services. IBM and the Beijing-based Energy-Blockchain Labs are even using it to help reduce carbon emissions in air-polluted China.
  • An efficient approach to continuous documentation
  • The peril in counting source lines on an OSS project
    There seems to be a phase that OSS projects go through where as they mature and gain traction. As they do it becomes increasingly important for vendors to point to their contributions to credibly say they are the ‘xyz’ company. Heptio is one such vendor operating in the OSS space, and this isn’t lost on us. :) It helps during a sales cycle to be able to say “we are the a big contributor to this project, look at the percentage of code and PRs we submitted”. While transparency is important as is recognizing the contributions that key vendors, focus on a single metric in isolation (and LoC in particular) creates a perverse incentive structure. Taken to its extreme it becomes detrimental to project health.
  • An Open Source Unicycle Motor
    And something to ponder. The company that sells this electric unicycle could choose to use a motor with open firmware or one with closed firmware. To many consumers, that difference might not be so significant. To this consumer, though, that’s a vital difference. To me, I fully own the product I bought when the firmware is open. I explain to others that they ought to choose that level of full ownership whenever they get a chance. And if they join a local makerspace, they will likely meet others with similar values. If you don’t yet have a makerspace in your community, inquire around to see if anyone is in the process of forming one. Then find ways to offer them support. That’s how we do things in the FOSS community.
  • The A/V guy’s take on PyCon Pune
    “This is crazy!”, that was my reaction at some point in PyCon Pune. This is one of my first conference where I participated in a lot of things starting from the website to audio/video and of course being the speaker. I saw a lot of aspects of how a conference works and where what can go wrong. I met some amazing people, people who impacted my life , people who I will never forget. I received so much of love and affection that I can never express in words. So before writing anything else I want to thank each and everyone of you , “Thank you!”.
  • Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source [Ed: Microsoft Peter is openwashing a patent trap with back doors]
  • Simulate the Internet with Flashback, a New WebDev Test Tool from LinkedIn
  • Mashape Raises $18M for API Gateway Tech
    Casado sees Mashape's Kong API gateway in particular as being a particularly well positioned technology. Kong is an open-source API gateway and microservice management technology.
  • PrismTech to Demonstrate Open Source FACE 2.1 Transport Services Segment (TSS) Reference Implementation at Air Force FACE Technical Interchange Meeting
    PrismTech’s TSS reference implementation is being made available under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3 open source license terms.
  • How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

    The latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field.