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Boxee

Boxee is an open, connected and social media center for Linux and OSX (Windows not supported yet). At the moment it is still in an Alpha stadium, but I haven’t had much problems with it. You will need an invite to be able to use Boxee, not to worry, I’m giving them away.

Interview with a new Linux user

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Linux

briancarper.net: After countless, endless hours of nagging on my part, my girlfriend finally put Linux on her laptop. I thought it would be interesting to hear what a long-time Windows-using non-programmer thinks of Linux (Kubuntu in this case) after a few weeks of use. So I interviewed her.

The "Appliancising" of Free Software

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Linux

blog.ibeentoubuntu.com: Ever since I watched the fledgling Free Software movement take hold a few years ago in Thailand, I've thought that the current trend of what I'll call "appliancising" was the natural end game for Free Software (and really all OSes in general).

some bloggings

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Linux
  • Linux Rant

  • Linux/BSD Versions I have tried
  • Linux redo
  • Slackware to Wolvix
  • EeePC Skin / Linux Mint
  • Linux, College, and Others

Displaying RSS And Atom Feeds On Your Web Site With SimplePie

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HowTos

SimplePie is a PHP library that can fetch, cache, parse, and normalize RSS and Atom feeds. It allows you to display the newest articles from websites with RSS or Atom feeds on your own site. This is a great way to add new, fresh, and relevant information to your site.

DevTodo: a reminder/task program aimed at developers

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Software

debaday.debian.net: DevTodo is a simple command-line-based package to keep todo lists. Lists are prioritized and hierarchical. Each task in the list has a priority (very high, low, medium etc.) and a given task can be linked to another todo database, making the list hierarchical.

Who's your buddy, who's your friend?

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Software

blogbeebe.blogspot: Long ago, in the halcyon days of 2006 while I was basking in the goodness of Suse 10.2, I happened to come across Bug Buddy. I'll let you read the details, but the real story is what happened next.

Photo KDE Tutorial 1-3: White balance

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HowTos

kdedevelopers.org: This is the 3rd tutorial in this series, trying to show how effective KDE photography applications can be for fixing and/or improving your photographs overall. In this third part we will continue addressing the light issues, but we will target color issues rather than brightness issues.

Novell’s Linux Business is Booming

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SUSE

practical-tech.com: On a superficial level, Novell’s third quarter, which ended July 31, 2008, didn’t look that good. A closer look reveals though that Novell did quite well in general and extremely well with its Linux business.

Mandriva Improves Silicon Motion Driver

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Software

phoronix.com: Along with VIA releasing a new open-source X.Org video driver, there is work underway on improving the status of another open-source graphics driver. Silicon Motion is perhaps more obscure than VIA Technologies when it comes to integrated graphics, but they primarily specialize in low-power graphics chips for tablet PCs.

odds & ends

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Linux
  • Ubuntu UK Podcast #13

  • df and du explained
  • Free-software activist speaks on moral duty to share
  • Ubuntu Preinstalled in Poland
  • Progress with Arch Linux

10 Beautiful Themes for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

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Ubuntu

junauza.com: The upcoming release of Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) is highly anticipated not only for the system enhancements it will likely get, but also for its new default theme. I decided to collect 10 beautiful existing GTK 2.x themes that I think can be further improved or altered and be used as the default desktop theme for Intrepid Ibex.

howtos & shorts:

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HowTos

* Work With Linux Partitions From Windows
* A basic instruction set for Nvidia chipsets and KDE 4
* Converting music file formats in Linux
* openSUSE 11.0 KDE 3.5 Live CDs
* MSI's Wind U90 to boast 8.9-inch display

Wish list: 10 improvements for KDE 4.2

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KDE

linux.com: KDE 4.1, released last month, brought a great number of improvements to the popular desktop environment. It's the best desktop I've ever used -- but that doesn't mean it couldn't be better. 2009 will see the release of KDE 4.2. Here are 10 features that would be great additions to a future KDE release that I hope the developers will consider.

Interview With Joe Brockmeier - OpenSUSE Community Manager At Novell

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Interviews
SUSE

howsoftwareisbuilt.com: In this interview we talk with Joe. In specific, we talk about: Where openSUSE fits into the desktop Linux landscape, Relationships between openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and upstream projects, The effect of commercial agreements on open source projects, and more.

The Linux Experience

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Linux

conradmiguel.com: I am an eight-year Windows user. In short, I grew up with Microsoft and other proprietary software. It is only at this stage of my life that I decided to go open-source. It’s now almost a week since I moved to Linux. And yeah, as I always say, it was fun — really fun.

Full Circle Magazine Issue 16 is out

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Ubuntu

fullcirclemagazine.org: This month: Creating And Moving Files, How-To: Create Your Own Ubuntu, Create Your Own Server Part 8, Using GIMP Part 5 and GNOME-Look Guide.

few howtos

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HowTos

today's leftovers

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News
  • 10 useful Plugins To Spice Up Your Pidgin

  • ROFLthing 2008
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 17th August 2008
  • Idiotic Move of the Year Award
  • Ubuntu Netbook Remix: the movie
  • Test Driving the new Thunderbird3 alpha2 (Shredder) on Linux
  • Cutting Deals With Redmond
  • Linux 2.6.27-rc5 Kernel Released
  • Revised DRI2 Enters Mesa, X Server
  • Ubuntu Challenge: Update 3
  • Paraguayan Ranger Police Adopts OpenOffice.org
  • OpenOffice_org 3.0.0.2 available in openSUSE Build Service
  • Gerald Carter of Likewise talks about LDAP for Linux (video)
  • Novell recovery continues
  • Novell: Quietly developing some momentum
  • VIA releases open source Xorg driver
  • Interview with Krita developers
  • Wanna try linux ? try gentoo, its best for linux newbies!
  • piracy vs. theft
  • More Funny Unix, Linux and Mainframe Error Messages

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Run Quicken Personal Finance Management Software

  • Ignore Aliases / Functions When Running A Command
  • For A Parallel World. Case Study n.1: automake variables misuse
  • For A Parallel World. Case Study n.2: misknowing your make rules
  • The Joys of xargs
  • Track your investments with Grism
  • Workflow and switching to Git, part 1: Processes
  • Workflow and switching to Git, part 2: The tools
  • Using Pidgin to Send and Receive Text Messages for Free
  • Recording IRC Chats in Linux with Irssi
  • Automatic backup for sporadically connected clients with Box Backup
  • EVDO and VoIP for remote audio transmission
  • Desktop recording made easy with Byzanz in Ubuntu
  • Splunk on Ubuntu 8.04
  • How to Enable USB Support in Virtualbox
  • Quick fix for Firefox 3 bug with Yahoo Mail
  • Installing VMware Workstation 6.x in Foresight Linux
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OSS Leftovers

  • Sunjun partners with Collabora to offer LibreOffice in the Cloud
  • Tackling the most important issue in a DevOps transformation
    You've been appointed the DevOps champion in your organisation: congratulations. So, what's the most important issue that you need to address?
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Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

  • Net Neutrality, NSF and Mozilla's WINS Challenge Winners, openSUSE Updates and More
    The National Science Foundation and Mozilla recently announced the first round of winners from their Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges—$2 million in prizes for "big ideas to connect the unconnected across the US". According to the press release, the winners "are building mesh networks, solar-powered Wi-Fi, and network infrastructure that fits inside a single backpack" and that the common denominator for all of them is "they're affordable, scalable, open-source and secure."
  • New AirMozilla Audience Demo
    The legacy AirMozilla platform will be decommissioned later this year. The reasons for the change are multiple; however, the urgency of the change is driven by deprecated support of both the complex back-end infrastructure by IT and the user interface by Firefox engineering teams in 2016. Additional reasons include a complex user workflow resulting in a poor user experience, no self-service model, poor usability metrics and a lack of integrated, required features.
  • Perplexing Graphs: The Case of the 0KB Virtual Memory Allocations
    Every Monday and Thursday around 3pm I check dev-telemetry-alerts to see if there have been any changes detected in the distribution of any of the 1500-or-so pieces of anonymous usage statistics we record in Firefox using Firefox Telemetry.

Games: All Walls Must Fall, Tales of Maj'Eyal

  • All Walls Must Fall, the quirky tech-noir tactics game, comes out of Early Access
    This isometric tactical RPG blends in sci-fi, a Cold War that never ended and lots of spirited action. It’s powered by Unreal Engine 4 and has good Linux support.
  • Non-Linux FOSS: Tales of Maj'Eyal
    I love gaming, but I have two main problems with being a gamer. First, I'm terrible at video games. Really. Second, I don't have the time to invest in order to increase my skills. So for me, a game that is easy to get started with while also providing an extensive gaming experience is key. It's also fairly rare. All the great games tend to have a horribly steep learning curve, and all the simple games seem to involve crushing candy. Thankfully, there are a few games like Tales of Maj'Eyal that are complex but with a really easy learning curve.

KDE and GNOME: KDE Discover, Okular, Librsvg, and Phone's UI Shell

  • This week in Discover, part 7
    The quest to make Discover the most-loved Linux app store continues at Warp 9 speed! You may laugh, but it’s happening! Mark my words, in a year Discover will be a beloved crown jewel of the KDE experience.
  • Okular gains some more JavaScript support
    With it we support recalculation of some fields based on others. An example that calculates sum, average, product, minimum and maximum of three numbers can be found in this youtube video.
  • Librsvg's continuous integration pipeline
    With the pre-built images, and caching of Rust artifacts, Jordan was able to reduce the time for the "test on every commit" builds from around 20 minutes, to little under 4 minutes in the current iteration. This will get even faster if the builds start using ccache and parallel builds from GNU make. Currently we have a problem in that tests are failing on 32-bit builds, and haven't had a chance to investigate the root cause. Hopefully we can add 32-bit jobs to the CI pipeline to catch this breakage as soon as possible.
  • Design report #3: designing the UI Shell, part 2
    Peter has been quite busy thinking about the most ergonomic mobile gestures and came up with a complete UI shell design. While the last design report was describing the design of the lock screen and the home screen, we will discuss here about navigating within the different features of the shell.