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Story Xiaomi’s MIUI overlay makes Android prettier, more clever Roy Schestowitz 13/02/2015 - 10:42am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 13/02/2015 - 2:06am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/02/2015 - 2:05am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/02/2015 - 2:04am
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 13/02/2015 - 2:02am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 12/02/2015 - 11:11pm
Story Upcoming Features of Fedora 22 Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2015 - 7:16pm
Story Frugalware 2.0 (Rigel) released Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 2:39am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 16/02/2015 - 7:57pm
Story Removing Systemd from Debian (and still running a desktop) Roy Schestowitz 16/02/2015 - 7:24pm

Interview: The OpenBSD Foundation's Ken Westerback

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jem report: Yesterday the OpenBSD Foundation announced its inception as a legal entity in charge of donations of money and equipment for the OpenBSD operating system and its associated projects. Today we have an interview with Ken Westerback, one of the foundation's founding members.

Using Epiphany with WebKit

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arstechnica: GNOME's Epiphany web browser recently gained support for rendering HTML with WebKit. The patch for WebKit support in Epiphany—which was experimentally implemented at the GNOME GUADEC conference—is now available for testing.

Also: Second Life client to use GStreamer for video on Linux

Ubuntu creator claims more Linux-based Dells to emerge

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engadget: It's not like this one was too difficult to see coming, but it sounds like Dell just may have a few more machines ready to take the Linux dip in the not-too-distant future.

Also: Dell to expand Linux PC offerings, partner says

Advertising the open source way with OpenAds

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Matt Asay: OpenAds is one of the most interesting open source projects/companies on the planet. Period. I caught up today with Scott Switzer, OpenAds' founder and CTO, to learn more about the company and what it does.

Rockin' on without Microsoft

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C|Net: Sterling Ball, a jovial, plain-talking businessman, is CEO of Ernie Ball, the world's leading maker of premium guitar strings. Ball's IT crew settled on a potpourri of open-source software--Red Hat's version of Linux, the OpenOffice office suite, Mozilla's Web browser.

Linux companies that didn't deserve to die

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linux-watch: A recent story entitled, "Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die" didn't cover Linux or open-source companies. That got me to thinking. So here, without further adieu, is my list of five Linux companies that died before their time.

Review: Pardus Linux 2007.2

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the distrogue: Pardus comes in two varieties, "Calisan" and "Kurulan" images. The "Calisan" image is a live CD, while the "Kurulan" disk installs almost 3 gigabytes of software.

Linux Kernel Performance Improvements

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Caitlyn Martin: On July 22nd a new set of kernel packages was released for Vector Linux, my chosen primary and current favorite distribution. In the past the only reason I’ve recommended upgrading a kernel is to close security vulnerabilities or to add support for new hardware. Recently, though, there is another very good reason.

Linux: The 0.01 Release

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kernelTRAP: "This is a free minix-like kernel for i386(+) based AT-machines," began the Linux version 0.01 release notes in September of 1991 for the first release of the Linux kernel.

Why (almost) everyone should try Ubuntu

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MaximumPC: If you've just started using Linux in the last year or two, chances are you're running Ubuntu. And if you're sitting on the fence contemplating trying Linux for the first time, you should definitely be considering Ubuntu. Here's why.

Microsoft to Submit Shared Source Licenses to OSI

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O'Reilly Radar: In his keynote at OSCON, Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf announced that Microsoft is submitting its shared source licenses to the Open Source Initiative. This is a huge, long-awaited move. It will be earthshaking for both Microsoft and for the open source community.

desktop zooming

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Aaron Seigo: our three level desktop zooming is now working in plasma. wee! the idea is this: plasmoids (launchers, icons, widgets, games, mini-apps, etc) exist in groups. a group can be displayed to take up the full area of the screen. when you zoom out, you see these various groups and the plasmoids within them shrink to mere icons.

Ingimp's tools may improve FOSS usability

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linux.com: Since May, ingimp, a modified version of the GIMP, has collected daily logs on what users do with the program in the hope of improving its usability. What ingimp is really designed to do is develop the software and practices to put free and open source software usability testing on a professional footing "without placing an undue burden on either the developers or users."

hardinfo on Fedora

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liquidat: I just discovered hardinfo in the Fedora repositories while I was checking for some data about my own packages and was curious what the program is capable of. And judging from the first looks the tool is indeed very helpful.

stellarium, A real-time realistic planetarium

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linux by example: Stellarium is an education tools for those who enjoy astronomy. Stellarium present you the starry sky in different period of time, different locations and different directions in 3D.

Installation of Google Earth on the Inspiron E1505N

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about.com: Today I installed and test drove the latest version of Google Earth on my Dell Inspiron E1505 running Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). The process was remarkably pleasant and straight-forward.

Easing Configuration with Java

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Configuration can be a maintenance mess and add to a developer's burden. This article introduces a framework with which developers can define their application's configuration in terms of high-level interface.

Ten commandments for Ubuntu

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Matt Asay: I ended my presentation by suggesting that the Ubuntu community "make Ubuntu better, not simply a clone of yesterday's mistakes." To get there, I warned Canonical/Ubuntu to:

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Networking and Servers

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Desktop GNU/Linux

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Google and Mozilla

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