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Linux Distro Of The Week: 64 Studio

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Linux

Serdar Yegulalp: Consider 64 Studio, which packs a whole slew of free and open source multimedia (music and video) content-creation applications such as Ardour, Hydrogen, and JAMin into a 64-bit Debian-derived Linux distribution.

Final Episode - Linux on the Desktop

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Linux

Linux on the desktop: It’s official I had to pull the plug on Linux on the desktop Podcast. I had many interesting things in the works and I had quite a large audience for a computer podcast.

Also: Podcast explores real-time Linux
And: Hack Week in review and a Preview of KDE 4.0

Export your Kopete History to text or HTML

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KDE

/dev/bram: The Kopete History plugin stores its data in some custom XML format. Not really pleasant to read some conversation afterwards or to look up a piece of information from it. Of course you can load Kopete and view the history, but wouldn't it be nicer to view it in a more pleasant format like plain text or HTML?

Firefox 3 gets full-page zoom

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Moz/FF

arstechnica: The much-anticipated page zoom feature has finally landed in Firefox 3 nightly builds. Firefox 3 will now be able to zoom the entire page, including images as well as text, just like Opera and IE 7.

Software Freedom Day: Taking open source to the streets

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OSS

linux.com: Thousands of open source advocates and enthusiasts from around the world are expected to take the message of free and open source software to the streets on September 15 for the fourth annual Software Freedom Day.

Develop Web apps with Wicket and Geronimo

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News

In this tutorial, learn how to set up your system to develop a simple Web application with Wicket, using Apache Geronimo as your application server and Apache Derby as the embedded database.

Power Saving for the Workstation, Part 1

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HowTos

LinuxPlanet: Ordinarily, the only place you see these programs are in laptops and the methods should work on laptops, and there are many places to go for information on the specialized laptop tweaks and GNOME and KDE laptop configuration options. But in an age of global warming and increasing costs per KWh, saving power on workstations by putting them to sleep when not in active use is a good idea, too.

Fedora stats offer insight into Linux usage

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Linux

linux.com: The Fedora Project offered a peek under its kimono recently with details about Fedora 7 adoption and other statistics. Fedora 7 has snagged more than 300,000 users since its release at the end of May. While that sounds pretty good, Fedora Core 6 managed to attract more than 400,000 in roughly the same amount of time after its release. We asked Max Spevack, the Fedora project leader, whether the numbers are telling the full story.

Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO - A Review

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Linux
Reviews

Shift+Backspace: I was quite excited when I noticed that Vector is based out of Canada, my home country. Based on the Slackware 11.0 code-base, Vector tried to deliver a more complete, out-of-the-box system.

Medison promises money back if it can't deliver... in three months

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Linux

engadget: That $150 Medison Celebrity we glanced a few days back seemed to smell a bit fishy from the get-go, and a recent press release from the firm does a fairly terrible job of assuring us all otherwise.

Red Hat High 2007: After Graduation Day, What Next?

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Linux

Red Hat Mag: The primary goal of Red Hat High, in this stage of its development, has been to prove that kids can do amazing things with free software. So how did we do? What did we prove?

Zenoss Core Garners Top Honors for Open Source Network & Systems Management

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OS

Review: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard Edition

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Linux
Reviews

Raiden's Realm: Vector Linux, a derivative of Slackware Linux, is an all in one Linux distribution targeted towards both beginners and the Windows refuge. Designed to be both powerful and easy to use, Vector Linux takes the Linux desktop and makes it enjoyable to use. Think of it as Slackware simplified.

Ubuntu "Gutsy Gibbon" Alpha Adds New Features

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Ubuntu

wired blog: The third alpha for the next revision of Ubuntu, version 7.10, dubbed Gutsy Gibbon, was released into the wild yesterday afternoon. This release packs a host of new features.

Thunderbird and the Mozilla Mission

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Moz/FF

mitchell's blog: There has been some interpretation of my Thunderbird /mail post as saying that Thunderbird doesn't fit into the mission of the Mozilla Foundation. This is not my view at all. If Thunderbird didn't fit into the mission, then we would be having a very different discussion.

Google grabs Novell SA boss

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Google
SUSE

itweb.co.za: Novell SA country manager Stafford Masie has resigned in order to establish and head up the local operation of Internet giant Google. This morning, Masie confirmed his resignation from software house Novell and his appointment as GM for Google locally.

Full Circle Magazine Issue 3

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Ubuntu

Full Circle Magazine is proud to announce our third issue. Highlights include Xubuntu install step-by-step, How-To: Get a Stunning Ubuntu Desktop, Review of Ubuntu on a Macbook, and Preview of several new Compiz Fusion effects.

GCC summit proceedings available

LWN: The proceedings from the 2007 GCC Summit (PDF) are now available. It's interesting reading for anybody who is curious about where the GCC and GDB developers are going.

One Laptop Per Child Becomes Reality

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OLPC

ABCnews: It began as a dream more than 40 years ago, and today Nicholas Negroponte's vision of providing affordable laptops to children all over the world is moving closer to reality.

Tux Goes to Elementary School

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Linux

Wired blogs: It's common knowledge that getting kids excited about computers and technology is the best way to get them excited about learning. Kiddix Computing has come up with a Linux-based operating system designed especially for children aged 5-10.

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Leftovers: Software

Linux and FOSS Events

  • Debian SunCamp 2017 Is Taking Place May 18-21 in the Province of Girona, Spain
    It looks like last year's Debian SunCamp event for Debian developers was a total success and Martín Ferrari is back with a new proposal that should take place later this spring during four days full of hacking, socializing, and fun. That's right, we're talking about Debian SunCamp 2017, an event any Debian developer, contributor, or user can attend to meet his or hers Debian buddies, hack together on new projects or improve existing ones by sharing their knowledge, plan upcoming features and discuss ideas for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam
    Pieter Hintjens was a writer, programmer and thinker who has spent decades building large software systems and on-line communities, which he describes as "Living Systems". He was an expert in distributed computing, having written over 30 protocols and distributed software systems. He designed AMQP in 2004, and founded the ZeroMQ free software project in 2007. He was the author of the O'Reilly ZeroMQ book, "Culture and Empire", "The Psychopath Code", "Social Architecture", and "Confessions of a Necromancer". He was the president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), and fought the software patent directive and the standardisation of the Microsoft OOXML Office format. He also organized the Internet of Things (IOT) Devroom here at FOSDEM for the last 3 years. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with terminal metastasis of a previous cancer.
  • foss-gbg on Wednesday
    The topics are Yocto Linux on FPGA-based hardware, risk and license management in open source projects and a product release by the local start-up Zifra (an encryptable SD-card). More information and free tickets are available at the foss-gbg site.

Leftovers: OSS

  • When Open Source Meets the Enterprise
    Open source solutions have long been an option for the enterprise, but lately it seems they are becoming more of a necessity for advanced data operations than merely a luxury for IT techs who like to play with code. While it’s true that open platforms tend to provide a broader feature set compared to their proprietary brethren, due to their larger and more diverse development communities, this often comes at the cost of increased operational complexity. At a time when most enterprises are looking to shed their responsibilities for infrastructure and architecture to focus instead on core money-making services, open source requires a fairly high level of in-house technical skill. But as data environments become more distributed and reliant upon increasingly complex compilations of third-party systems, open source can provide at least a base layer of commonality for resources that support a given distribution.
  • EngineerBetter CTO: the logical truth about software 'packaging'
    Technologies such as Docker have blended these responsibilities, causing developers to need to care about what operating system and native libraries are available to their applications – after years of the industry striving for more abstraction and increased decoupling!
  • What will we do when everything is automated?
    Just translate the term "productivity of American factories" into the word "automation" and you get the picture. Other workers are not taking jobs away from the gainfully employed, machines are. This is not a new trend. It's been going on since before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Industry creates machines that do the work of humans faster, cheaper, with more accuracy and with less failure. That's the nature of industry—nothing new here. However, what is new is the rate by which the displacement of human beings from the workforce in happening.
  • Want OpenStack benefits? Put your private cloud plan in place first
    The open source software promises hard-to-come-by cloud standards and no vendor lock-in, says Forrester's Lauren Nelson. But there's more to consider -- including containers.
  • Set the Agenda at OpenStack Summit Boston
    The next OpenStack Summit is just three months away now, and as is their custom, the organizers have once again invited you–the OpenStack Community–to vote on which presentations will and will not be featured at the event.
  • What’s new in the world of OpenStack Ambassadors
    Ambassadors act as liaisons between multiple User Groups, the Foundation and the community in their regions. Launched in 2013, the OpenStack Ambassador program aims to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
  • Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Proprietary Traps and Openwashing

  • Integrate ONLYOFFICE Online Editors with ownCloud [Ed: Proprietary software latches onto FOSS]
    ONLYOFFICE editors and ownCloud is the match made in heaven, wrote once one of our users. Inspired by this idea, we developed an integration app for you to use our online editors in ownCloud web interface.
  • Microsoft India projects itself as open source champion, says AI is the next step [Ed: Microsoft bribes to sabotage FOSS and blackmails it with patents; calls itself "open source"]
  • Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities
    WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions."
  • SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says
    SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store. "If any SAP systems are being indirectly triggered, even if incidentally, and from anywhere in the world, then there are uncategorized and unpriced costs stacking up in the background," warned Robin Fry, a director at software licensing consultancy Cerno Professional Services, who has been following the case.
  • “Active Hours” in Windows 10 emphasizes how you are not in control of your own devices
    No edition of Windows 10, except Professional and Enterprise, is expected to function for more than 12 hours of the day. Microsoft most generously lets you set a block of 12 hours where you’re in control of the system, and will reserve the remaining 12 hours for it’s own purposes. How come we’re all fine with this? Windows 10 introduced the concept of “Active Hours”, a period of up to 12 hours when you expect to use the device, meant to reflect your work hours. The settings for changing the device’s active hours is hidden away among Windows Update settings, and it poorly fits with today’s lifestyles. Say you use your PC in the afternoon and into the late evening during the work week, but use it from morning to early afternoon in the weekends. You can’t fit all those hours nor accommodate home office hours in a period of just 12 hours. We’re always connected, and expect our devices to always be there for us when we need them.
  • Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
    The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.