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3 Notes-Taking Applications for Linux

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tuxarena.blogspot: This is a review of three of the most popular notes-taking applications for Linux: BasKet, Tomboy and KNotes. I included the screenshots below the reviews, at the end of the article.

More Patent Threats From Microsoft

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groklaw.net: Ina Fried has an interview with "Microsoft's top intellectual property lawyer", Horacio Gutierrez, and Gutierrez directly threatens to sue any company, like Red Hat, that refuses to sell out and do a patent deal like the one Novell signed up for.

Meet PCLinuxOS 2009 (Beta 1)

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To the excitement of its many loyal users, the PCLinuxOS development team released the first beta of the highly anticipated 2009 release. It's been a long time coming but it seems it's finally on its way. There were no big surprizes found in this release, but lots of updates.

The 5 Best Xfce - based Linux Distributions

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internetling.com: I’ve been talking a lot about window managers and desktop environments. Nowadays most major distros simply go for KDE or GNOME, but it is not very common to see a distro use XFCE. This is a very sleek and useful little desktop environment, which provides great GTK compatibility and increases speed.

Debian (Etch) Linux

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symsysit.com: Debian is one of the mainstream and most popular distributions out there. It’s main target market is corporate desktops and Servers and it does very well in both fields. There are rumours out there, which do not do it justice, such as “Debian is very hard to install”, it isn’t at all.

Stable kernel 2.6.27.2

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lwn.net: The 2.6.27.2 stable kernel update is out; it contains about a dozen fixes for important problems. Meanwhile, the review process for 2.6.27.3 has already begun; that kernel can be expected sometime on or after October 22.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Customizing PCLinuxOS 2008 Minime

  • bashrun on opensuse
  • How to Backup Evolution
  • Mastering IPTables, Part 2
  • How To Install Free42 in Ubuntu
  • Advanced Tips For The ps Command
  • Commands you should never run

PCLinuxOS N1PTT-TR3 RELEASED!

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The Ripper Gang is pleased to announce the first public beta ISO release of what will ultimately become PCLinuxOS 2009. Due to some very personal issues, Texstar has taken a temporary leave of absence, but not to worry folks, he'll be back very soon.

No Linspire Love Lost

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Linux

practical-tech.com: When Michael Robertson sold Linspire to Xandros, I doubt many people saw a lawsuit coming his way from former Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony.

Looking at Perl

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mr-oss.com: This article will be taking an introductory look at one of the most flexible programming languages known by almost any Linux/Unix system. Perl (Practical Extraction & Reporting Language) is an extremely powerful programming language that can be used for just about anything and runs on just about every operating system.

Professional-Level Photography With Linux

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linuxtoday.com: Photography aficionados can be just as fussy and impossible-to-please as audio geeks. Only the most expensive, elite gear is good enough, and even then there are endless debates over which is the elitest.

The 1980s Netbook

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Hardware

itwire.com: Think bad hair and worse fashion. Think IBM Compatible Personal Computers. Think British. Yes, the eighties are back as Apricot Computers is reborn with the launch of, you guessed it, a Netbook.

Songbird 0.7.0 Review - Audio Player for Linux

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tuxarena.blogspot: 'Songbird promises to be the Firefox of media players'. Although not (yet) as popular in the audio players world as Firefox is in the one of web browsers, Songbird looks and offers an interface which integrates both powerful browsing features and music collection management.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 42

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opensuse.org: Issue #42 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Power Outage of most openSUSE servers, Retiring from the openSUSE Board, and Status openSUSE distribution.

The Sine Qua Non of the Free Desktop

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Software

oreilly.com: GNOME hacker Christian Schaller posed the question What do the free [desktops] need to grow in market share?. The comments are instructive.

10 features Ubuntu should implement

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Ubuntu

kumailht.com: Ubuntu is a great Linux distro and has achieved a lot in very less time. Here are a few ideas that Ubuntu could implement. Most of these are GUI changes that are very simple but exciting.

New version of Alien Arena 2008 released

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Gaming

PR: COR Entertainment announces the latest release of it's freeware, open sourced FPS shooter, Alien Arena 2008!

Running Google Chrome Under Wine 1.1.6 in Debian and Ubuntu

Google Chrome is an open-source web browser from Google, currently available only for the Windows platform. It aims to have a minimal and easy to use interface. Chrome uses the WebKit rendering engine, which was developed from KHTML, and it is used in various browsers like Konqueror on KDE4 or Safari (on Mac OS X).

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today's leftovers

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News
  • Kernel Log: Ext4 completes development phase as interim step to btrfs

  • Michael Robertson Continues Shell Game with Linspire's Missing Cash
  • Proprietary services vs. open-source services
  • History of Ubuntu, from Warthog to Ibex
  • Microsoft dances with open source businesses
  • Open source licence violations manual published
  • PCLinuxOS - Why would you want to try it out?
  • Lubi - Linux based Ubuntu Installer
  • Setting mouse gestures with EasyStroke and Gestikk
  • Ubuntu 8.10 and Evolution 2.24
  • Reminder: 7.04 Reaches End-Of-Life Sunday, 19 Oct 2008
  • Review: Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 -- The Best Is Yet To Come
  • Linux Foundation to boost user ties following summit
  • Jets 'n' Guns Enters Beta On Linux
  • People of openSUSE: Henne Vogelsang
  • The Untapped Open Source Online Gaming Opportunity
  • FOSSBazaar Tackles Open Source's Legal Obstacles

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Four top tips for installing software on to Linux PCs

  • Connect to a wireless network with the command line
  • Command Line Bookmarks
  • Fun with Commands-I
  • Short Tip: GNU Screen with proper scroll, session management support
  • How to use samba on the command line
  • Sabayon - Sipie for Sirius Radio
  • Howto: Burn Audio Cd's From mp3 in ubuntu
  • Building ffmpeg on Ubuntu Linux
  • Suspend on Dell D820 openSUSE 11.1 (Beta 2) Nvidia Driver
  • Automatically process new files with fsniper
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Browsers: Mozilla Firefox and Bromite

  • Firefox 60 Product Integrity Requests Report
    Late last year I was putting out weekly reports on the number of requests Mozilla’s Product Integrity group was receiving and how well we were tracking toward our self-imposed service-level agreement (respond to 90% within 48 hours). The initial system we set up was only ever intended to be minimally viable and has not scaled well, although that’s probably to be expected. There’s been quite a lot of growing pains so I’ve been tasked with taking it to the next level.
  • Tab Warming: How Firefox Will Improve Web Browsing Experience? How To Get It Now?
    Mozilla developer Mike Conley described the details about Tab Warming in a post on his personal blog. It will improve tab switching by pre-loading the contents of a tab before it gets displayed in front of the users.
  • Bromite Is the New NoChromo — Open Source Chrome Port with Ad Blocking
    A while back, we told you about NoChromo, a no-root ad-blocking browser based on Google Chrome's open source code base, Chromium. That browser was wildly successful, as it offered an identical interface to regular Chrome, but without any ads. Sadly, the developer abandoned NoChromo, but a new ad-blocking Chromium port called Bromite has been released to fill its void.

GNOME: GNOME Shell, Bug Tracking, GXml

  • How to Install GNOME Shell Extensions GUI / CLI
    GNOME Shell extensions are small and lightweight pieces of codes that enhance GNOME desktop’s functionality and improves the user experience. They are the equivalent of add-ons in your browser. For instance, you can have add-ons that download videos like IDM downloader or block annoying ads such as Adblocker. Similarly, GNOME extensions perform certain tasks e.g. Display weather and geolocation. One of the tools used to install and customize GNOME Shell extensions is the GNOME tweak tool. It comes pre-installed in the latest Linux distributions. This article we cover how to install GNOME Shell extensions from GUI and from the command line on various Linux distros.
  • Musings on bug trackers
    I love bugzilla, I really do. I’ve used it nearly my entire career in free software. I know it well, I like the command line tool integration. But I’ve never had a day in bugzilla where I managed to resolve/triage/close nearly 100 issues. I managed to do that today with our gitlab instance and I didn’t even mean to.
  • ABI stability for GXml
    I’m taking a deep travel across Vala code; trying to figure out how things work. With my resent work on abstract methods for compact classes, may I have an idea on how to provide ABI stability to GXml. GXml have lot of interfaces for DOM4, implemented in classes, like Gom* series. But they are a lot, so go for each and add annotations, like Gee did, to improve ABI, is a hard work.

More on Barcelona Moving to Free Software

  • Barcelona Aims To Oust Microsoft In Open Source Drive
    The city of Barcelona has embarked on an ambitious open source effort aimed at reducing its dependence on large proprietary software vendors such as Microsoft, including the replacement of both applications and operating systems.
  • Barcelona to ditch Microsoft software for open source software
    Barcelona, one of the most popular cities in the Europe is now switching to open-source software by replacing Microsoft Windows, Office and Exchange with Linux, Libre Office and Open Xchange respectively. The city council is already piloting the use of Ubuntu Linux desktops along with Mozilla Firefox as the default browser. With this move, Barcelona city is planning to save money over the years by reducing software/service licensing fees. They are also planning to hire new developers to write open-source software. The open-source product will also be made available to other Spanish municipalities and public bodies further afield allowing them the opportunity to save money on software licences.
  • Barcelona to ditch Microsoft in favour of open source Linux software
    Catalan capital Barcelona is planning to ditch proprietary software products from Microsoft in favour of free, open source alternatives such as Open-Xchange email. That’s according to a report by Spain's national paper El Pais, which reports that Barcelona plans to invest 70% of its annual software budget in open source this year.

OSS Leftovers

  • Open Source turns 20
    While open source software is ubiquitous, recognized across industries as a fundamental infrastructure component as well as a critical factor for driving innovation, the "open source" label was coined only 20 years ago. The concept of open source software - as opposed to free software or freeware - is credited to Netscape which, in January 1998, announced plans to release the source code of its proprietary browser, Navigator, under a license that would freely permit modification and redistribution. This code is today the basis for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) regards that event as the point at which "software freedom extended its reach beyond the enthusiast community and began its ascent into the mainstream".
  • Coreboot 4.7 Released With 47 More Motherboards Supported, AMD Stoney Ridge
    Coreboot 4.7 is now available as the latest release of this free and open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement. Coreboot 4.7 is the latest tagged release for this project developed via Git. This release has initial support for AMD Stoney Ridge platforms, Intel ICH10 Southbridge support, Intel Denverton/Denverton-NS platform support, and initial work on supporting next-gen Intel Cannonlake platforms.
  • Thank you CUSEC!
    Last week, I spoke at CUSEC (Canadian Undergraduate Software Engineering Conference) in Montreal.   I really enjoy speaking with students and learning what they are working on.  They are the future of our industry!  I was so impressed by the level of organization and the kindness and thoughtfulness of the CUSEC organizing committee who were all students from various universities across Canada. I hope that you all are enjoying some much needed rest after your tremendous work in the months approaching the conference and last week.
  • Percona Announces Sneak Peek of Conference Breakout Sessions for Seventh Annual Percona Live Open Source Database Conference
  • The Universal Donor
    A few people reacted negatively to my article on why Public Domain software is broadly unsuitable for inclusion in a community open source project. Most argued that because public domain gave them the rights they need where they live (mostly the USA), I should not say it was wrong to use it. That demonstrates either parochialism or a misunderstanding of what public domain really means. It should not be used for the same reason code known to be subject to software patents should not be used — namely that only code that, to the best efforts possible, can be used by anyone, anywhere without the need to ask permission (e.g. by buying a patent license) or check it it’s needed (e.g. is that PD code PD here?) can be used in an open source project. Public domain fails the test for multiple reasons: global differences in copyright term, copyright as an unalienable moral rather than as a property right, and more. Yes, public domain may give you the rights you need. But in an open source project, it’s not enough for you to determine you personally have the rights you need. In order to function, every user and contributor of the project needs prior confidence they can use, improve and share the code, regardless of their location or the use to which they put it. That confidence also has to extend to their colleagues, customers and community as well.