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Microsofts next partners: Mandriva and TurboLinux

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opensourcelearning: Microsoft is on the march. Novell, Xandros, Linspire, hiring Tom Hanrahan straight from the Open Source Development Labs. There should be no doubt that Microsoft has a strategy to….. Yes, to do what to Linux?

Converting All Your MS Outlook PST Files To Maildir Format

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There are several non-commercial methods to achieve roughly the same goal, and in this tutorial we use IMAP (more specifically, courier-imap) to convert all our emails from PST to the Maildir format.

Controlling your Linux system processes

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HowTos All modern operating systems are able to run many programs at the same time. For example, a typical Linux server might include a Web server, an email server, and probably a database service. Each of these programs runs as a separate process. What do you do if one of your services stops working? Here are some handy command-line tools for managing processes.

Linux community getting its second wind

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networkworld: Linux is entering its second phase of growth, which will be defined by better cooperation among developers, new licensing options, and a stronger operating system, according the leaders of the nonprofit Linux Foundation.

Microsoft's next Linux partner is...?

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linux-watch: Believe it or not, on my way to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the Googolplex this week, I realized that I knew at least one more Linux distributor would form a partnership with Microsoft, and that the most likely one was Linspire. So, who's next?

FSM Crossword 1

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FreeSoftware Mag: Here's the first cryptic crossword from Free Software Magazine. Most clues should lead you to words somehow associated with free software, but one or two "everyday" words have been slipped in to act as decoys. Smile

The Manager’s View of GPL Version 3: Two (and a Half) Things to Like and Two More to Look Out For

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CIO: The GNU Public License, one of the oldest and most widely selected open-source licenses, is about to get its second makeover. There’s been a lot of uncertainty about the GPL’s differences in version 3, and exactly what they mean for end users, developers and corporations.

Linspire deal: What will ESR and Shuttleworth do now?

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iTWire: A few months back, the self-styled open source advocate Eric S. Raymond made a grand announcement about switching Linux distributions and moving from Fedora to Ubuntu. What Raymond did not let on at that time - February 2007 - was that he had joined the board of Freespire.

Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft

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Reuters: The high priests of free software have congregated at Google Inc. headquarters this week to debate the future of the movement and face down recent patent threats by Microsoft Corp.

Shuttleworth urges Linux patch and bug collaboration

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linux-watch: When Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd., spoke at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the Googleplex, he didn't talk about Ubuntu, patents, or hardware vendor partnerships. Instead he devoted his keynote speech to the importance of collaboration in fixing bugs and getting timely patches out to Linux users.

Flash Player 9 Update 3 Fullscreen Beta

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penguin.swf: Check out the new Flash Player 9 Update 3 beta, also available in Linux flavor. The most notable features of interest to Linux users: Fullscreen mode works on Linux.

Will Dell Help or Hurt Rival Linux PC Suppliers?

All About Ubuntu: Here’s some interesting commentary from Cathy Malmrose of, a small supplier of PCs with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled. I asked Cathy if Dell’s move into the Ubuntu market would help or hurt ZAreason’s business.

A Linux User in Vista-land: Part 2

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Nosredna Ekim: The first thing any OS aficionado does when he installs an OS is check how it performs on his hardware. Vista performs well, but it sure takes its liberty with the hardware. Fresh install size was 11GB. I wouldn’t begrudge it 11 GB if it had one of two things.

20 Firefox Extensions That Will Save You Money

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savingadvice: Immerse yourself in Firefox goodness while indulging your inner frugal fantasies. Here are 20 extensions that are sure to help you save some cash.

Linux Foundation summit explores kernel and application development, GPL

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O'Reilly Onlamp: The Linux Foundation–the new organization formed this year from the merger of Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group–is holding a summit this week at the main Google campus. I think we can already call the summit a success.

Linux: Btrfs, File Data and Metadata Checksums

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kernelTRAP: Chris Mason announced an early alpha release of his new Btrfs filesystem, "after the last FS summit, I started working on a new filesystem that maintains checksums of all file data and metadata."

Rocket man

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Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth has his gaze fixed firmly upwards, both towards the heavens and the open source movement. The South African entrepreneur, who is successfully making the Linux operating system commercially viable through Ubuntu, was also the second ever space tourist.

Microsoft Linspire agreement no big deal for Linux

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Enterprise Linux News: Sounds like momentum is swinging in Microsoft's favor, right? Not really, said Gordon Haff, senior analyst with Nashua, N.H.-based Illuminata.

Microsoft's true battlefront against Open Source

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Raiden's Realm: All the recent huss and fuss over Microsoft's patent FUD campaign and their "we will sue you unless you pay us grievous amounts of cash" threatening of Linux is only the tip of the iceberg in a much larger war.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
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    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
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  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
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    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
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