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Mandriva Oops?

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I've been so happy with Mandriva 2010, and this little oops doesn't ruin it, but it does make me scratch my head.

OMG, Best new Mandriva Feature

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or maybe it's kde 4..., um, no, it's Mandriva...

Upgraded Site software

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I upgraded the Drupal software to the latest and greatest last night. All went well except one (or two) little niggle(s).

Machinarium - A Tasty Gaming Treat

What would you do if you were thrown and locked out of town separated from your true love? You'd fight every obstacle to return and rescue her, of course. And that's your goal in Machinarium. As the hero, you must figure out how to out-smart the bad guys and to save your lovely girlfriend.

3 Non-Linux sites I like

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3 words I'm sick of hearing

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The Cloud
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Some Things I Like about KDE 4

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I've been complaining all over the place about how much KDE 4 sucks. Then after my post earlier I remembered something I've even said to other folks about stuff before myself, "Well, go ask for your money back!" Towards that end, I thought I'd share some of the things I think are kinda cool about KDE 4.

Top 10 Things I HATE about KDE 4

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I've been trying to like to KDE 4 since before its very first developmental release. I've been a KDE user since my first day in Linux, about the time KDE was at version 1.99 (the version that shipped with Mandrake 7.2). The buzz for KDE4 was humming quite loud and lot of happy users posted how nice it was. I kept trying it and was always so disappointed in not being able to like it. Here are the top 10 things that drive me nuts.

In Search of KDE 4

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I've been trying to like KDE 4 since its inception, but that hasn't happened. Despite my resistance, I know I need to make the move. KDE 3.5 lost its last footholds in Linuxville and it will be hard to continue using it. So, with the good things I've been hearing about 4.3.2, I figured now was the time. It's been quite a journey so far, and I'm probably not home yet. But here are some of the places I've seen and things I've done.

whoosh, now that's weather

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I've been a little disappointed in the appearance of the weather applets in kde 4, but I was getting used to the LCD weather station, However, mandriva includes an extra one...

TM's Top 10 Linux Distributions of 2009

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Daniweb published their list of Top 10 Linux Distributions for 2009 and unfortunately I and not-just-I didn't agree with his list. So here's our Top 10 List:

SAM Linux - Great little OS

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While writing my column I was testing SAM Linux to feature as one of the Linux distributions released last month. And in playing around with it, I realized what an untapped treasure it is. Light apps, tasteful eyecandy, handy tools, multimedia and hardware support add up to make this one of the best out-of-the-box desktops available.

Quick Tip: Old games can't find /dev/dsp

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Howtos

If your old games, like UT, Quake2, or Rune, won't start or don't have sound due to the error "can't find /dev/dsp" on your modern Linux systems, it's because they were made when OSS (Open Sound System) was the preferred sound system in Linux.

downtime lately

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I apologize for the downtime lately. The cable has been going out quite a bit recently. No one at the other end of the phone line seems to know any reason why, but I have my suspicions.

today's downtime

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Sorry 'bout 'dat. We had a cable outage in the area today resulting in our downtime.

intermittent downtime

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The intermittent downtime today and last week was due to loss of electrical power in the neighborhood. For those still interested, I do still plan to seek off-site hosting soon.

update on tuxmachines issues

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I wanted to update folks on our issues of downtime and hosting, as well as personally thank those who have contributed funds to help offset the cost of hosting.

tuxmachines issues lately

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I've been putting off blogging what's going on with tuxmachines lately because number 1: I don't really know what happened, and number 2: I don't really know what's gonna happen. But here's what I do know.

Please vote in latest Poll

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Almost everyone likes to tell their chosen Linux distribution. It's like your favorite football team or music group. Please let tuxmachines visitors and Linux Format readers know your favorite distribution by voting in our latest poll. I need about 250 more votes - so vote now!

Whoops! downtime...

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Whoops, I did it again. Big Grin The approximate 1/2 hour downtime wallago was due to user error this time.

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Security: Uber, Replacing x86 Firmware, 'IoT' and Chromebook

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    A key Democrat is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a massive Uber breach that released data on 57 million people, as well as the company's delay in reporting the cyber incident.

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Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Debuts with New Theme Engine and ZFS Integrations

Lumina 1.4.0 is a major release that introduces several new core components, such as the Lumina Theme Engine to provide enhanced theming capabilities for the desktop environment and apps written in the Qt 5 application framework. The Lumina Theme Engine comes with a configuration utility and makes the previous desktop theme system obsolete, though it's possible to migrate your current settings to the new engine. "The backend of this engine is a standardized theme plugin for the Qt5 toolkit, so that all Qt5 applications will now present a unified appearance (if the application does not enforce a specific appearance/theme of it’s own)," said the developer in today's announcement. "Users of the Lumina desktop will automatically have this plugin enabled: no special action is required." Read more

today's leftovers

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  • FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape
    Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.10075 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    A new firmware for the Kobo ebook reader came out and I adjusted the mega update pack to use it. According to the comments in the firmware thread it is working faster than previous releases. The most incredible change though is the update from wpa_supplicant 0.7.1 (around 2010) to 2.7-devel (current). Wow.
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