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June 2012

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Gentoo Summer of Documentation – Let’s do it!
  • Live Chat with Shuttleworth
  • AMD Catalyst 12.6 For Linux Disappoints
  • Alien Arena Reloaded Coming Next Week
  • KDE on the Raspberry Pi
  • How to Change Your Default Applications on Ubuntu: 4 Ways
  • FLOSS Weekly 216
  • Network Gotcha
  • Set up a Mailing List in Minutes with Simple Mailing List
  • Revisited: SolusOS 1.1 "Eveline"

Sabayon 9: One Linux Distro, Three Desktop Flavors

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Linux

pcworld.com: With all the attention that tends to get heaped on Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora, it can be easy to forget about all the many other worthy contenders out there offering users a world of free choice.

Upcoming Features of openSuse 12.2

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SUSE

muktware.com: openSuse 12.2 will be released soon,or atleast we can hope so. Here is a list of upcoming features supposed to be shipped by default with the next version of this operating system.

Mandriva Foundation Structure Illustrated, OpenMDV Intro'd

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MDV

ostatic.com: Mandriva Open Source Relations Manager, Charles Schulz, today tried to clarify the foundation's vision of structure of community interaction and resulting products.

How Red Hat Decides Which Open Source Companies to Buy

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Linux

datamation.com: It's a classic business school case study – when do you decide to buy a company and when do you decide to build it on your own?

Linux Distro Digest

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Linux

h-online.com: With new major releases of Ubuntu and Fedora out the door in the past quarter, the developers at these and other community distributions are now hard at work on future versions of their respective Linux-based operating systems. Smaller, more specialised distributions have also been publishing new versions at a rapid pace.

Why Can’t Linux Crack The Desktop?

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Linux

darkduck.com: Many computer geeks have always held Linux in high regard. They endlessly talk about its stability and security features. For many years people talked about how Linux may eventually take over in the future, but the OS is yet to take off as the leading operating systems.

Video, Graphics and GNU/Linux

mrpogson.com: On my blog a lot of commentators who are fans of M$ begin to harp about how that other OS has huge advantages in choices of applications whenever they are losing an argument.

Adding Context Menus in the Dolphin File Manager

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HowTos

The concept of the right-click context menu has been around since forever but you don't have to be content with the defaults that come with your software, especially file managers. KDE's Dolphin and Konqueror are no exceptions. It's a complete no brainer to install more contextual menus, so let's do it.

Read the howto at Free Software Magazine.

The PHP Singularity

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Software

codinghorror.com: What you're seeing is not Photoshopped. This is an actual photo of a real world, honest to God double-clawed hammer. Such a thing exists. Isn't that amazing? And also, perhaps, a little disturbing? That’s what’s wrong with PHP.

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Kernel Space: HMM, Cloud Native, Linux 4.12, TFS, Linux 4.11.2, and 4.10 EoL

  • Faster machine learning is coming to the Linux kernel
    Heterogenous memory management (HMM) allows a device’s driver to mirror the address space for a process under its own memory management. As Red Hat developer Jérôme Glisse explains, this makes it easier for hardware devices like GPUs to directly access the memory of a process without the extra overhead of copying anything. It also doesn't violate the memory protection features afforded by modern OSes.
  • Product Development in the Age of Cloud Native
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ROSA Fresh R9

ROSA is a desktop distribution that was originally forked from Mandriva Linux, but now is independently developed. While the company which produces ROSA is based in Russia, the distribution includes complete translations for multiple languages. The ROSA desktop distribution is designed to be easy to use and includes a range of popular applications and multimedia support. ROSA R9 is available in two editions, one featuring the KDE 4 desktop and the second featuring the KDE Plasma 5 desktop. These editions are scheduled to receive four years of support and security updates. I decided to download the Plasma edition of ROSA R9 and found the installation media to be approximately 2GB in size. Booting from the ROSA disc brings up a menu asking if we would like to load the distribution's live desktop environment or begin the installation process. Taking the live option brings up a graphical wizard that asks us a few questions. We are asked to select our preferred language from a list and accept the project's warranty and license. We are then asked to select our time zone and keyboard layout from lists. With these steps completed, the wizard disappears and the Plasma 5.9 desktop loads. Read more