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Story OpenShift, Red Hat's Q3 Results, and More Red Hat Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:40pm
Story Leftovers: Debian and Derivatives Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:39pm
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:38pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:37pm
Story Misc. Picks About Collabora Online Developer Edition (CODE) and LibreOffice Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:35pm
Story Development News Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:33pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:33pm
Story LibreOffice as a service offers alternative to Google Docs, Office 365 Rianne Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:23pm
Story BitPay Releases New Version Of Open Source Bitcoin Wallet Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:17pm
Story Did You Know? 13 Amazing Facts About Linux That Will Surprise You Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2015 - 8:14pm

The Linux Saga: boot loader, initrd & Sys V

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Linux

polishlinux.org/linux: Linux was filling up the memory. The boot loader was fetching more and more kilobytes of code. Thoughtlessly, without emotion. But what kind of emotions can we expect from a boot loader, honestly? Bit after bit, byte after byte, incoming chunks of code produced within many years of common effort, by many wise folks. They are the soul of the System.

Kernel space: Full disclosure for security holes

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Linux
  • Kernel space: Full disclosure for security holes

  • Kernel log: ath9k driver for new Atheros WLAN chips, discussions of Nvidia drivers
  • Proposing Read-Only ZFS
  • When Will ZFS Come To Linux?
  • Anatomy of Linux loadable kernel modules

Mandriva and Precedent Technologies work together to offer a new low cost desktop: TechSurfer

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Hardware
MDV

mandriva.com: Mandriva and Precedent Technologies ("PTech"), announce a new partnership, working together on the release in September in the United States of a new low-cost desktop, with Intel Atom CPUs and Mandriva Linux preinstalled on these machines.

Easiest way to try linux on windows

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Software

jamesselvakumar.wordpress: Ever had these questions in your mind..?
- You are a windows user but want to try linux
- You are interested in trying linux but don’t want to ditch windows either
- You want linux and windows in your machine without disturbing each other

Linux, Laptops and Dual Displays

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Linux
Hardware

zdnet.co.uk/blog: I need to update some information related to a post that I made last week about multiple displays with Linux. In a nutshell, I have a laptop and a port replicator with a display connected to it. That gives rise to three basic "states" for display.

Apache’s open source governance model

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: The core Apache servers power the web: combining dominant market share with dominant performance and stunning software reliability - and because that combination is unusual, we have to ask why and how?

Benchmarking Microsoft Word 95 through Word 2007

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Software

oooninja.com: The responses to benchmarking multiple versions of OpenOffice.org varied. Common responses were oversimplification of the results and some unrealistic expectations. To put that data into perspective, here is a benchmark for Microsoft Word 95 through 2007.

Mozilla to release first Firefox 3.1 preview Friday

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Moz/FF
  • Mozilla to release first Firefox 3.1 preview Friday

  • Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 code freeze is on
  • about:mozilla - Developer News July 22

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Deleting files from root's trash folder in Ubuntu

  • Sharing folders between Windows and Linux
  • Part 2: Building a Secure & Redundant Intranet Server With Gentoo - Apache - PHP5 - MySQL
  • Linux tools to convert file formats
  • How to install microdia on debian and ubuntu based
  • Nautilus Tips and Tricks
  • Setting up Rails Development Environment on Ubuntu GNU/Linux
  • How To Find Hard Disk Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) Speed From A Shell Prompt
  • Test Drive Adobe Flash Player 10 Beta 2 in Ubuntu

Bill Gates vs. Linus Torvalds: Who has a bigger ego?

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OS

junauza.com: If you are Bill Gates or Linus Torvalds, it is totally understandable to have an ego the size of the biggest planet. The two has been known to make comments that will forever keep the geek pride alive. If you want proof, just read the following quotes.

Open source still the best way to develop software

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OSS

practical-tech.com: The open-source way of creating programs is still the best way, just don’t confuse it with being the perfect way — there’s no such thing.

Ubuntu Puts Big Emphasis on Small PCs at OSCON

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Ubuntu

pcworld.com: This week at OSCON, the annual open-source conference in Portland, Oregon, Canonical is showing off a new version of its Ubuntu Linux operating system that's designed specifically for Intel Atom-based Netbook PCs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Mobile Internet Device editions of Linux are gearing up to compete with Windows.

Dictators in free and open source software

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Some people seem to challenge the idea that most (if not all) free software projects need a benevolent dictator—that is, somebody who has the last say on every decision. They are quick to point out Linus Torvalds’ past “mistakes” (see the brackets): using BitKeeper to manage the kernel, not allowing “pluggable” schedulers in Linux, etc. As a software developer, I feel that a dictator is absolutely necessary in every free software project. Here is why.

Exactly who, is Linux for?

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: Is Linux for everyone? Is Linux destined to be the Great Replacement? Will Linux ever reach billions on billions of installs in the world? Not likely. If Linux isn't for everyone, then who is it for?

Gaming on Ubuntu (Linux)

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Gaming

look2linux.com: From browsing the site I found that we get a lot of comments here that say things like “I am not switching to Linux because then I can’t play my games!” and “Ubuntu sucks because I can’t play games!”. Well, here is the thing… you can. There are tonnes and tonnes of games out there for you to try and play. There are even sites and programs dedicated to getting your windows games up and running.

Nvidia on KDE 4.1: a greedy problem

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KDE
Software

liquidat.wordpress: KDE 4.1 was released as a RC recently and will soon be released. While it will be a very usable and stable desktop environment ready to be used almost everywhere most users with NVIDIA cards will not be pleased: their proprietary driver spoil the fun.

Why windows why??

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Microsoft

it.toolbox.com/blogs: Rant mode on. Why does windows make it so difficult to transfer settings? Why does windows go out of its way to be incompatible with itself? Why is windows purposely designed to make our lives a nightmare? Why can't I take a windows hard disk out of one machine and put it in another and have it work? Why?

Mark Shuttleworth: life on mars, Ubuntu in emerging markets

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Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: After the technical sessions concluded, some OSCON attendees headed across town to see Mark Shuttleworth, the charismatic founder of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, give a presentation to local Portland group Legion of Tech.

Why Linux is Not on the Desktop

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Linux

blogcritics.org: Let me start by saying that I love Linux. So when I saw the site Why Linux is Better, I was kind of nodding my head in agreement to many of its reasons. But then I thought about it:

IBM nears a decade of Linux and open source

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OSS

techtarget.com: After nearly a decade of active involvement in open source, IBM's commitment to Linux is broad and deep, said Inna Kuznetsova, the director of IBM Linux strategy – a sentiment shared by most, though not all, IBM observers.

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    ZenStates is an independent effort to offer P-States-based overclocking from the Linux desktop of AMD Ryzen processors and other tuning. ZenStates-Linux is an open-source Python script inspired by some available Windows programs for offering Ryzen/Zen CPU overclocking from the desktop by manipulating the performance states of the processor.
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