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xfmedia player for Ubuntu - bye bye Audacious

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geekzone.co.nz: After a recent upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.10, which works really well for me, I discovered to my dismay that xmms is not in the repositories anymore. The prefered replacement now is 'audacious' which around 12% to 14% of my CPU.

Installing Programmes In Linux Vs. Windows: Which Is Easier?

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linuxcanuck.wordpress: I don’t usually do follow ups. This one illustrates a point that I made in the previous post and it underscores the kind of thinking that I was referring to in my article and is worth singling it out. "What is hard about clicking on an exe?”

When Linux fails

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Linux

tuxdeluxe.org (Jeremy Allison): Recently I was able to visit the Ontario Linux Fest. I love shows like Ontario, as they're run by amateurs, not by professional show companies. Ian had gone to Africa as part of an organization called Geekcorps, dedicated to promoting IT use in developing nations.

A no-fly zone to protect Linux from patent trolls

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Linux

blogs.fortune.cnn.com: On Tuesday a consortium of technology companies, including IBM (IBM), will launch a new initiative designed to help shield the open-source software community from threats posed by companies or individuals holding dubious software patents and seeking payment for alleged infringements by open-source software products.

NimbleX Linux - 94% satisfaction

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: On the surface, NimbleX is another Linux distribution, shipping as a live CD, meant to be used primarily as a live CD, with the optional installation. It is based on Slackware and designed to fit under 256MB to allow it to be used from small USB thumb drives.

What’s Been Bugging you in Ubuntu 8.10?

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Ubuntu

tombuntu.com: When it’s about time for a new version of Ubuntu to arrive, usually I end up installing a late alpha or beta version before the final release. Recently I did get time to take a stab at working out some of the issues I have been having.

The future of climate change is in Linux's hands

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Linux

news.zdnet.com: The Millennium Simulations, an earth modeling venture at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, will allow scientists to model the changes in the world's climate over the last millennium as well as centuries into the future.

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Moves Closer to Final Release with Beta 6

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Linux

mepis.org: In beta 6, the kernel has been updated to upstream version 2.6.27.7 and the extra drivers have been rebuilt for the new kernel. This kernel release fixes an error in the last release that resulted in the tg3 driver being disabled.

Review: Songbird 1.0

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Software

raiden.net: Songbird has been one of those media players that's been an enigma of sorts, a player that tries to be an all in everything player, an iTunes competitor, and so much more, and yet seemed to ultimately try to do too much, and yet succeed at too little. At least that was my impression of it in it's beta stages. Has that changed these days?

A Better Office .docx Converter

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OOo

oooninja.com: There's plenty of ways to convert Microsoft Office 2007 file formats (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) to OpenOffice.org. Now OpenOffice.org 3.0 imports these Office OpenXML files natively, but natively doesn't mean a fluent translation.

The evolution of a new Ubuntu User

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Ubuntu

the-gay-bar.com: The new Linux Ubuntu user is not a rare species nowadays so it's time to spend some time studying that interesting creature. This case study will have a look at The Linux newb and his self-proclaimed "day-to-day log of my conversion from Windows to Linux".

Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: gOS, the brains trust behind the failed $200 Linux-based “gPC” at WalMart, has seen fit to throw the dice one more time, introducing an operating system called Cloud that lets your computer boot into a browser. I, for one, welcome this innovation. I've always been a fan of neutering the most versatile machine in human history, restricting its use to only a small subset of the intended functionality. Yeah, this one's a winner from the start.

Test Center preview: Fedora turns 10

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Linux

infoworld.com: There comes a point in the life of any hard-core Linux user when the idea of digging about to find yet another obscure piece of software, compiling the code, and integrating it into your daily routine just seems annoying, not compelling. This is where Fedora comes through. Red Hat's open source standard bearer and mineshaft canary is still everything to every Linux power user.

5 Tips for free software advocates

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Free software advocacy is something I do — both for a living and as a hobby. Over the years I’ve gleaned a few best practice tips and I thought I’d pass them on.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 281

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • First Look: VectorLinux 6.0 Beta 2

  • News: Mandrake CEO responds to community, Novell/SUSE sales, OpenSolaris benchmarks, Ovatio awards, Omega 10 Desktop, DragonFly BSD overview
  • Released last week: OpenSolaris 2008.11, Puppy Linux 4.1.2
  • Upcoming releases: Linux Mint 6
  • New additions: OzOs
  • New distribution: CentServer
  • Reader comments

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

Notes from the field: Fedora 10 and OpenSUSE 11.1 RC1

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blogbeebe.blogspot: Over the weekend I had the opportunity to install Fedora 10 on a Dell Latitude D630 notebook and to tweak the OpenSUSE 11.1 installation.

Top Five Reasons to Love Compiz Fusion in Linux

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chris.pirillo.com: So, you’ve just switched to Linux, probably to the Ubuntu distribution, due to its popularity. Come on, don’t lie - the main reason you switched is because you wanted all the effects from Compiz Fusion you saw on Youtube.

Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared

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Software

informationweek.com: In search of an alternative to Microsoft Office, we test OpenOffice.org, StarOffice from Sun, IBM's Lotus Symphony, KOffice for Linux, and AbiWord.

Xubuntu 8.10 - Review

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Ubuntu

linuxblogonline.org: Well, in keeping with my need for speed and my love of the Xfce desktop, my next partition filler is Xubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.

today's odds & ends

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News
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #120

  • FLOSS Weekly 49: XMPP
  • Fixing Fedora 10 Linux - Root login in GUI
  • QuickQuote for Thunderbird
  • NVClock Needs GeForce 8/9 Help
  • Fix for video problem on the Dell Latitude C600/C500
  • openSUSE Build Service KDE:KDE4:* Repository Changes
  • Beyond Wubi…
  • weather the recession with Linux and Open Source models
  • Fashion Your Firefox released
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 10
  • International Open Source Comunity focus on China
  • Testing “Scratch” - the easy programming language
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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.