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Story Zen Web to Join Firefox OS Phone Players in India Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 7:03pm
Story Wind River Linux taps Yocto 1.7, adds binary option Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 6:52pm
Story NVIDIA Brings GPU Acceleration Support for PhysX on Linux Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 6:46pm
Story KRunner and Plasma 5 Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 6:41pm
Story FreeBSD 10.1-RC2 Now Available Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 6:32pm
Story Is the TouchWiz successor, Iconic UX coming to Android and Tizen ? Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 6:26pm
Story [GIT PULL] xfs: updates for 3.18-rc1 Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 6:20pm
Story What Google's petition to the Supreme Court really means Rianne Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 2:13pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 12:39pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/10/2014 - 12:39pm

Boosting The Internet With BIND

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Software

For the first time in almost three years, the open source BIND Domain Name System (DNS) (define) server, which translates and routes IP addresses into domain names, is getting a key point upgrade.

Ubuntu and Linux-based GIS in Virtual PC

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Ubuntu

I posted about HostGIS for Linux server-based GIS the other day... Nice canned distribution, but if you want flexibility or desktop apps, you may want to try some other goodies. I am still working my way up to the whole tilecache/OpenLayers thing... I have my own AJAX WMS client that I wrote, but want to look at doing some interesting things with tile servers and some open-source backend stacks.

Echelon Scrapped After Finding Too Many Examples Of Government Misconduct

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Humor

The idea was simple. Develop the world's largest electronic surveillance system to search for suspicious activities by criminals and terrorists. The resulting system, however, worked a little too well -- it kept finding dubious transactions that it traced back to Congress and the White House.

Book Review: Linux System Administration

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Reviews

If you’re an experienced system administrator looking to acquire Linux skills, or a seasoned Linux user facing a new challenge, Linux System Administration offers practical knowledge for managing a complete range of Linux systems and servers.

OpenOffice.org Calc functions, part 1: Understanding functions

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HowTos

A function is a pre-defined calculation entered in a cell to help you analyze or manipulate data in a spreadsheet. All you have to do is add the arguments, and the calculation is automatically made for you. Beginners might be content to use Calc for lists, but, for advanced users, functions are the main reason for spreadsheets.

Stranger Than Fiction

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OSS

As I prepare for a Sunday's worth of April Fools' stories flooding the tubes of the Internet, it strikes me that some of the things that are going on right now, in reality, would have been considered April Fool's jokes just a few years or even months ago.

Foresight Linux Launches Newsletter

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Linux

Foresight Linux is a distribution based on rPath Linux (and its Conary package management), which showcases the latest and greatest from the GNOME project. Today marks the beginning of the new monthly publication recounting the newest developments in all things Foresight.

Some of this month's highlights include:

* Foresight Linux 1.1 Released March 15th
* Latest Package Updates

Dell's March to Linux PCs Won't Be A Walk In the Park

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Linux

In pre-installing Linux on consumer PCs, Dell's biggest challenge will be in finding a full set of open-source drivers for the hardware that will run with the new machines, the software architect on the project said Friday.

HP clarifies warranty under Linux

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Linux

We received the following today by email from Hewlett Packard, which clarifies their warranty policy for customers running Linux on HP hardware, at least in the specific case we reported on recently.

Per the HP spokesperson:

HP is committed to supporting its customers and backs its PCs with a solid hardware warranty regardless of the operating system.

Kword: New feature; time to completion; 18 months

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KDE

In KWord we always had a very simple way to structure pages. We just stored the height of a page and when there is a frame at position 10000 you can calculate its at, say, page 12. Naturally, this only gets you so far and we had requests for things like differently sized pages and pagespreads.

GPL sparks openness debate in tech sector

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OSS

A divisive philosophical battle in an arcane corner of the software business could lead to some unexpected consequences for consumer electronics makers and other technology companies, according to industry lawyers and analysts.

Red Hat Reaches Adulthood

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Linux

Linux is all grown up these days.

Once, it was the Little Penguin That Could, mostly a hobby platform for system administrators to play around with on the side, or powering workstations rather than servers. Real business happened on proper Unix systems from Hewlett-Packard, or Sun, or IBM, if not on the mainframe.

Firefox tip - use a master password

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HowTos

Firefox is probably the single free software project that is used by the most people and it’s a browser I personally love. Today I’m going to look at the issue of how to use a master password to protect your saved passwords.

Portrait: GNOME Foundation's Dave Neary

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Interviews

Many free software advocates make a name for themselves by being involved with a single project. Dave Neary casts a wider net. He is a GNOME Foundation member, community manager of the OpenWengo project, and a former contributor to the GIMP project.

Novell dissolves its Linux Impact Team

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SUSE

Novell this week dissolved its Linux Impact Team (LIT), headed by Nancy Faigen, and rolled the members of LIT into the regional sales teams. While disruptive to the individuals involved (and the LIT had some of Novell's very best employees - John Vigeant before he went to XenSource, Seth Shaw (not sure where he landed), Walter Knapp, etc.), I think this is a good move for Novell.

Tux Droid... cool toy, or Tuxploitation?

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Misc

A Belgian firm is shipping a wireless robot shaped like Tux, the Linux mascot. The KYSOH (Keep Your Sense of Humor) "Tux Droid" itself does not run Linux, however, leading some early observers to question whether the gadget exploits the Tux form factor unfairly.

Google starts running Dell Linux Desktop ads

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Linux

On March 28, Dell quietly announced that it would start offering a variety of laptops and desktops with pre-installed Linux. Now, Dell has started advertising its Linux desktops on Google ads.

While working on my personal blog site, which happens to have Google Adsense ads running on it, I was surprised to find Google ads for Linux-powered Dell desktops showing up. Here's what I saw:

Vector Programming with GCC

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HowTos

The original intention of C was to provide a portable substitute for assembly language for implementing UNIX. C semantics are very similar to those of the PDP-11; for example, C includes shift operations but not rotation, because the PDP-11 didn’t have a rotate instruction. C did register naming for you, but everything else was designed to be trivial to map to an assembly language.

Displaying "MyComputer", "Trash", "Network Servers" Icons On A GNOME Desktop

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HowTos

This short guide describes how you can configure your GNOME desktop to display various icons such as My Computer, Network Servers, Trash, etc. on the desktop. By default, these items are placed on one of the panels (Trash) or hidden in the Places menu.

Do You Have Questions You'd Like to Ask FSF About GPLv3?

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OSS

Well, we've had some time to think about the new draft of GPLv3, and many of us have some questions. There is a new GPLv3 draft 3 FAQ that answers some questions that have already come up, like what do the brackets mean in the draft (that they are possible inclusions, but not certain - more on that in a minute).

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Linux at 25: How Linux changed the world

I walked into an apartment in Boston on a sunny day in June 1995. It was small and bohemian, with the normal detritus a pair of young men would scatter here and there. On the kitchen table was a 15-inch CRT display married to a fat, coverless PC case sitting on its side, network cables streaking back to a hub in the living room. The screen displayed a mess of data, the contents of some logfile, and sitting at the bottom was a Bash root prompt decorated in red and blue, the cursor blinking lazily. I was no stranger to Unix, having spent plenty of time on commercial Unix systems like OSF/1, HP-UX, SunOS, and the newly christened Sun Solaris. But this was different. Read more

Linux Kernel News and Microsoft Breaks PowerShell

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