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Story LinuxScreenshots.org is closed. Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 4:37am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 4:44am
Story Budgie 10.2.7 Released and Solus Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 9:08am
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:19am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:21am
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu and Linux Mint Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:23am
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:25am
Story SUSE at Daimler and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:26am
Story Leftovers: KDE Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:27am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 11/09/2016 - 10:28am

Microsoft + Novell = Monopoly 2.0?

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Microsoft
SUSE

opensource.org: Microsoft's silence on the topic of what they can do for Open Source has now been shattered by the news that they will follow none of the suggestions by any of the leaders in the open source community. Rather, they will spend another $100M on software they have no intention of ever actually using.

Blatantly Supporting Linux. Sort of.

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Hardware

blog.linuxtoday: More hardware manufacturers than ever support Linux in some way- they supply binary drivers, or support and sponsor FOSS drivers. Even better, some actually admit it publicly. Though some still act like you want to peek up their skirts when you ask about Linux.

Displaying System Information On Linux Or Unix With Cfg2html

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Software

linuxshellaccount.blogspot: The script (which is available for free) is called cfg2html and, from my experience so far, I must say it does a fantastic job of reporting what's reportable and making for a very easy-to-read html server analysis (even if I do have to page-down 50 times to look at absolutely everything it reports on).

phpMinAdmin is a powerful minimalist MySQL editor

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Software

linux.com: If you've ever worked with and manipulated MySQL databases, chances are you've used phpMyAdmin to manage your databases from a Web interface. But phpMyAdmin can be a little complex; if you want a lightweight alternative, try phpMinAdmin.

Taking it further: XEN and OpenVZ

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HowTos

In a prior tutorial I showed you how to install XEN on CentOS 5.2 to isolate services. This is a good aproach when you have a dedicated server and you want to isolate your services. However, what will you do if you have a dedicated server and you rent Virtual Machines (VMs)?

Travelocity's parent company hails Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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Linux

techtarget.com: Sabre Holdings Corp., the $3 billion online network best known for Travelocity, has adopted Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as the corporate standard for its global ticketing and airline services businesses and will implement RHEL 5 in all future acquisitions.

AMD Catalyst 8.8 Linux Driver, Exciting New Features

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Software

phoronix.com: Today AMD has announced another Catalyst driver release for Linux and this is arguably the most significant driver update since last October's release when AIGLX support was added. Catalyst 8.8 delivers CrossFire support on Linux, OverDrive overclocking support, adaptive anti-aliasing support, and other improvements.

Novell might infringe the GPL

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SUSE

beranger.org: Red Hat makes publicly available to anyone, in free access (here), the complete source code for all the packages included in RHEL, including the sources for the commercially-available updates. Novell only makes publicly available to anyone, in free access (here and here), only the source code for the packages "as of release."

Twitter Clients For Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop

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Ubuntu
HowTos

In this article I will show how to install and use two clients for the popular microblogging platform Twitter on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. The first one is Twitux, the second Twitter client is gtwitter. Both clients have similar features, so it is up to you which one you want to install.

Ultraportable laptops: Their rise and possible fall

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Hardware

computerworld.com: For some users, the new generation of ultraportable notebooks comes close to embodying the Holy Grail for road warriors. Their laptop-like keyboards make them more usable for typing tasks than smart phones, but they are lighter and cheaper than traditional laptops. However, while pundits and technology journalists have lavished attention on these products, skeptics have raised questions.

28 Coolest Firefox About:Config Tricks

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Moz/FF

maketecheasier.com: You may have installed countless add-on in Firefox to enhance your using experience, but if you want to get the most out of Firefox, you really have to hack your way into the about:config.

Using Linux for Photography, where we stand

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Software

jcornuz.wordpress: I feel like it is time for a little rant indepth analysis summary of where we stand. I mean of where Linux stands as far as photography is concerned.

Isn't Linux just UNIX under a different name?

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Linux

itwire.com: What's the big deal about Linux? Isn't it at heart just a PC-based version of UNIX – the ‘70’s hit operating system which has outlived the predictions of its demise throughout the ‘90’s? If you’ve come from a Solaris or HP/UX or AIX background isn’t a PC-based UNIX a bit, well, passé?

5 Great Alternative Linux Music Players

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Software

makeuseof.com: Amarok, Rhythmbox and Banshee are a few of the popular music players in Linux. They are great in features and have received plenty of good reviews. But what is unknown to many is that there are a lot of other music players for Linux which are also great in features, but are hidden in some corners of the world.

Also: 8 Free, Open Source Tools for Video Playback and Encoding

Linux popularity across the globe

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Linux

pingdom.com: The Linux landscape is constantly changing and has a strong community of both developers and users. But where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?

today's leftovers

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News
  • MySQL Drizzle Project

  • Red Hat: The money's in JBoss, not the desktop
  • How the Internet All Began…
  • Open source and the ‘fear factor’ mentality
  • Opera patches 7 bugs but keeps one secret
  • openSUSE to add SELinux Basic Enablement in 11.1
  • A starring role for open source in Government
  • SLE 11 Beta Testing - Apply If Interested…
  • Help your favorite "public interest" free software project win $10,000
  • Atlanta Linux Fest 2008
  • Pidgin IM Client 2.5.0 Released
  • Shadowgrounds Linux Game Update
  • Linux gains backup utility
  • Dragon Multimedia Player For Linux
  • Open Source: Why BusinessWeek is Wrong And Compiere Is Right
  • Ubuntu: Old Hat?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • SMILE - Slideshow video creator for Linux in openSUSE 11.0

  • How SUSE Loads the Kernel
  • Furius ISO Mount - Mount and Unmount ISO images
  • Ubuntu security repository structure
  • Replace Those Cute Kittens On Your Desktop With Auto Updating Wallpaper
  • Exclude Packages from being Installed and Upgraded in Debian/Ubuntu
  • Packages and Binaries: Where is it?
  • openSUSE Build service : layering, linking, patching and aggregating
  • Scheduling jobs based on filesystem activity with incron
  • Regular Linux desktops on the XO
  • HP Pavilion dv2940se Guide
  • Ubuntu on the Thinkpad X300: impressions and installation tips

Is Ubuntu Really the Most User Friendly Distribution?

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Ubuntu

itmanagement.earthweb: For several years, Ubuntu has been synonymous with user-friendliness. A Web search quickly unearths dozens of articles that suggest that Ubuntu is the distribution you should give non-technical people to introduce them to GNU/Linux. It even won a "Most User-Friendly Linux Distribution" award, which you might think confirms its status.

FSF Spring 2008 bulletin available online

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OSS

fsf.org: Our bulletin from Spring 2008 is now available online. Highlights include: GNU is 25 by Matt Lee, The Wikipedia Naming Controversy by Josh Gay, and End Software Patents by Peter Brown.

SUSE Linux GRUB Versus LILO

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Software

computingtech.blogspot: You may not realize it unless you are dual booting multiple operating systems, but after your BIOS starts firing up the fan, the microprocessor chip, and the power supply, a boot manager, or bootloader, takes over the process until the kernel starts up.

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  • Connected sex-toy allows for code-injection attacks on a robot you wrap around your genitals

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

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today's leftovers

  • qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client
    qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements. qBittorrent 4.0 is the first release of the application to drop OS/2 support, as well as support for the old Qt 4 framework as Qt 5.5.1 or later is now required to run it on all supported platforms. It also brings a new logo and a new SVG-based icon theme can be easily scaled. Lots of other cosmetic changes are present in this release, and the WebGUI received multiple enhancements.
  • 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.
  • 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC has dual mini-PCIe slots and triple displays
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