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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

Ask Safia: How do I move from a proprietary software background into open source?

Your inexperience with open source tools definitely is not going to prevent you from participating in the open source community. Regardless of the closed nature of the platforms that you’ve worked with previously, you have all the skills needed to be a valuable open source contributor. If you’ve learned a thing or two about documentation, consider addressing documentation issues on projects. If you had experience in QA or testing, you can start off by user testing the software and identifying areas for improvement or for improving code coverage. Valuing your skill set and the nature of the environments that you have worked in is important. Read more

How Do You Support Your Distro?

I think of them as our own little personal supernovas. There’s a brilliant flash when a Linux distro tosses in the towel and calls it quits. But whenever a distro goes away, it leaves behind the people who’ve used and worked with it on a daily basis. While there’s no formation of a black hole, there is hole at the center of users’ work schedules and that disruption can do serious damage to those relying upon the distro’s stability. And while getting a new distro installed and running isn’t the nightmare it used to be, it’s still a pain. Read more

Rygel Open-Source Media Server Gets Hack to Support AVI Playback on Philips TVs

The open-source Rygel DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) media server software has been updated earlier, May 23, 2016, to stable version 0.30.3 and development build 0.31.1. Read more

GNOME News

  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2016
    This year summit held at Manav Rachna International University (MRIU), which is located in the Faridabad district Delhi, it’s a quiet, beautiful and very very hot place. It gave me a lot of wonderful memories.
  • Endless and Codethink team up for GNOME on ARM
    A couple of months ago Alberto Ruiz issued a Call to Arms here on planet GNOME. This was met with with an influx of eager contributions including a wide variety of server grade ARM hardware, rack space and sponsorship to help make GNOME on ARM a reality.
  • External Plugins in GNOME Software (5)
    There’s a lot of flexibility in the gnome-software plugin structure; a plugin can add custom applications and handle things like search and icon loading in a totally custom way. Most of the time you don’t care about how search is implemented or how icons are going to be loaded, and you can re-use a lot of the existing code in the appstream plugin. To do this you just save an AppStream-format XML file in either /usr/share/app-info/xmls/, /var/cache/app-info/xmls/ or ~/.local/share/app-info/xmls/. GNOME Software will immediately notice any new files, or changes to existing files as it has set up the various inotify watches.
  • External Plugins in GNOME Software (6)
    This is my last post about the gnome-software plugin structure. If you want more, join the mailing list and ask a question. If you’re not sure how something works then I’ve done a poor job on the docs, and I’m happy to explain as much as required.
  • Week 1 of May-August Outreachy
    The Outreachy internship requires that interns maintain a blog, writing at least every other week. This shouldn't be a problem for the usability project. For the first few weeks, I'll essentially give a research topic for Diana, Ciarrai and Renata to look into and write about on their blogs. I've structured the topics so that we'll build up to building our usability tests.