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January 2013

5 Ubuntu alternatives worth checking out

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Linux

extremetech.com: So while Ubuntu is generally a good choice, it might not be exactly what you need. There are many other options out there that are worth knowing about.

Have some fun with Deepin 12.12 alpha

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Linux

linuxbsdos.com: Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. A Chinese distro that is based on Ubuntu Desktop, it is not just a rebranded Ubuntu desktop, but offers a desktop computing experience different from that of its parent distribution.

Protection against Samsung UEFI bug merged into Linux kernel

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Linux

h-online.com: On Thursday morning, Linus Torvalds merged two changes into the main Linux development tree which mean that the samsung-laptop kernel driver will no longer be activated when Linux is booted via UEFI (1, 2). This should resolve the problem of some Samsung laptops being irreparably damaged when Linux is booted using UEFI.

Defence bets big on Linux

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Linux

itnews.com.au: Defence will shift about 400 more IT systems to Linux-based servers in the coming months as it nears completion of a decade-long upgrade of its radar surveillance systems.

10 open source projects to watch this year

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Software

pcworld.com: Following up on last year's list, Black Duck released its “2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year” on Wednesday, highlighting 10 key up-and-comers worth watching over the coming year. Here are 10 projects to keep an eye on:

VLC Multimedia Player Shows Changing Open Source License Is Hard, But Possible

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Software
OSS

techdirt.com: Licenses lie at the heart of open source -- and many other kinds of "open" too. That's because they are used to define the rights of users, and to ensure those rights are passed on -- that the intellectual commons is not enclosed. Their central importance explains in part the flamewars that erupt periodically over which license is "best."

some leftovers:

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News
  • Picking up Aaron Swartz's dropped flags
  • New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernate, Kexec Support
  • the real wikipedia of maps
  • Fedora 18 Gnome 3.6 Desktop Review
  • Kororaa 18 beta progressing well, final touches
  • Interview Google Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona
  • Which open source software license should I use?
  • Linux Foundation Announces New Members
  • Time to drop flash
  • Tutorial 1: Hello Elementary
  • Bootstrappable Debian - New Milestone
  • No, that “Most Trusted Company for Privacy Award” does not compute
  • XBMC 12 open source media centre adds Live TV and Android support
  • Python for Kids helps adults teach programming to youth
  • Improve KDE4 Performance: Disable Nepomuk and Akonadi
  • Fedora To Look At Reviving Apache OpenOffice
  • Manokwari Desktop on openSUSE 12.2
  • How to connect to remote server via SSH using Dolphin
  • Microsoft Cradles Linus Torvalds’ (Other) Baby

Plasma Active 4

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KDE
  • Plasma Active 4
  • Plasma.next()?
  • desktop containment moving to plasma quick
  • ktouch fun

LibreOffice 3.6.5 Finishes off 3.6

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LibO

ostatic.com: Today The Document Foundation announced the release of their final 3.6 update, LibreOffice 3.6.5. "This new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice, and facilitating the migration process to free software."

Why I contribute my changes to Libreoffice and won’t re-license

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LibO
OSS

mmohrhard.wordpress: So after reading several times on another mailing list that Libreoffice developers should relicense their patches to make them available to other descendents in the OpenOffice.org ecosystem I’m explaining why I contribute to the Libreoffice project and license my changes only as LGPLv3+/MPL.

More in Tux Machines

Development News/Tools

  • NVIDIA Makes Huge Code Contribution To Qt, New Qt 3D Studio
    The Qt Company today announced Qt 3D Studio, a new 3D UI authoring system, thanks to NVIDIA providing Qt with hundreds of thousands of lines of source code making up this application.
  • Cavium ThunderX Support Added To LLVM
    Cavium's ThunderX ARM 64-bit processors are now formally supported by the LLVM compiler stack.
  • How copying an int made my code 11 times faster
    Recently, after refactoring some Rust code, I noticed that it had suddenly become four times slower. However, the strange part is that I didn’t even touch the part of the code that became slower. Furthermore, it was still slower after commenting out the changes. Curious, I decided to investigate further. The first step was to use git diff to display all changes since the previous commit, which was normal speed. Then I started removing them one by one, no matter how inconsequential, and testing to see if it was still slow after the change. [...] Adding the print statement causes the code to go from 0.16 seconds to 1.7 seconds, an 11x slowdown (in release mode). Then, I posted it in the rustc IRC channel, where eddyb and bluss suggested a workaround and explained what was going on. The fix was to the change the print line to the following, which does indeed fix the slowdown.

Linux Kernel News

GNOME News: GNOME 3.24, Vala, and GNOME Shell Extensions

  • Ubuntu 17.04 Will Ship with GNOME 3.24
    For first time in a long time, Ubuntu will ship with the latest GNOME release.
  • Who Maintains That Stuff?
    If you use GNOME or Ubuntu, then GNOME Disks is probably what you rely on if you ever need to do any disk management operations, so it’s a relatively important piece of software for GNOME and Ubuntu users. Now if you’re a command line geek, you might handle disk management via command line, and that’s fine, but most users don’t know how to do that. Or if you’re living in the past like Ubuntu and not yet using Wayland, you might prefer GParted (which does not work under Wayland because it requires root permissions, while we intentionally will not allow applications to run as root in Wayland ). But for anyone else, you’re probably using GNOME Disks. So it would be good for it to work reliably, and for it to be relatively free of bugs.
  • On Problems with Vala
    If you’re going to be writing a new application based on GNOME technologies and targeting the GNOME ecosystem, then you should seriously consider writing it in the Vala programming language.
  • 10 Awesome Gnome Shell Extensions to Improve GNOME 3
    The GNOME desktop environment is loved by many, but it allows for very little out-of-the-box customisation. However, you can extend the features of the desktop by installing third-party extensions which help to fix any weird quirks you might have observed or change the behaviour of your desktop outright.

Android Leftovers