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Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 9:42pm
Story Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Continues To Focus On The Linux 4.4 Kernel Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 8:36pm
Story Will Steam Machine Solve Linux’s Gaming Woes? Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 8:19pm
Story Solus Is Getting Its Own UEFI Boot Loader Forked from gummiboot Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 7:45pm
Story Yorba Group, Developers of Geary and Shotwell, Is No Longer Active Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 7:43pm
Story Cloudy Issues and the Perfect Distro Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 7:41pm
Story AMD's Radeon Software Crimson doesn't live up to the hype on Linux Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 7:36pm
Story The Linux approach to human and ecosystem well-being Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 7:33pm
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 26/11/2015 - 1:07am
Story Mozilla: we’re not getting money from Google any more but we’re doing fine Rianne Schestowitz 26/11/2015 - 1:34am

6 Must-Have Firefox Extensions

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Moz/FF

ostatic.com/blog: In a photo tour I posted a few days ago, I provided some handy Firefox tips that can save you time if you spend a lot of time in almost everyone's favorite open source browser. To get the most out of Firefox, though, I recommend using the best extensions. In this post, I'll round up six of my favorites.

Also: Mozilla Developer News April 15

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Perl Script To Graph Iostat Output on Unix

  • Mandriva repo guide for newbie
  • Real Player 11
  • How-To: Import/Export GPG key pair
  • Bringing chat to the browser with JWChat

Budget Fair Queuing IO Scheduler

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "We are working [on] a new I/O scheduler based on CFQ, aiming at improved predictability and fairness of the service, while maintaining the high throughput it already provides," began Fabio Checconi, announcing the BFQ I/O scheduler.

My kid hates Linux too! (so what?)

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: My kid hates Linux too. He’s 16, loves games, and finally stopped whining for a GameCube when he learned his Windows DVDs could also be played online. But for a kid to say he “hates” Linux is simply mistaken, on the kid’s part. If he uses Google, or thousands of other sites, he loves Linux.

Also: First my kid hates Linux, now I have to buy laptops with Vista

ISO Ill at Ease Over OOXML

computerworlduk.com: The nominal approval of OOXML last month unleashed an unprecedented outpouring of anger, with much of that ire directed at the ISO for failing to uphold basic standards during the process. This has prompted it to respond with a rather interesting FAQ in which it desperately tries to defend itself.

Also: Microsoft's OOXML trophy is conditional

Putting Windows On A Diet ... To Compete With Linux

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OS

informationweek.com/blog: How scared is Microsoft of Linux? There's a hint or two of its fear in the fact that MS is preparing a special slim-and-trim version of Windows XP, within the next month or two, to run specifically on Asus's Eee PC.

Also: Microsoft looks to avoid losses to Linux in embedded OS market

Linux, Unix more reliable than Windows

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OS

theinquirer.net: The Yankee Group has been busy again this year, but its latest report seems to offer a very different story to last year’s, with Windows now performing significantly worse than its Linux and Unix rivals.

Also: Windows (in)security and open source

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • More Productive Window Management in GIMP

  • LS_COLORS Explained
  • Use Wireshark to capture and analyse packets
  • yum, can it be faster?
  • Install Nodoka (Fedora theme) on Ubuntu
  • Remove a path from your PATH variable
  • Network Configuration—Tunneling with Free BSD
  • Colored ls Output
  • Customizing Your Bash Prompt

Prosecutor Tells Jurors 'Nina is Dead' and Hans Reiser 'Killed Her'

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: "Nina is dead and the defendant killed her," prosecutor Paul Hora told jurors at the outset of his closing arguments here. Hora conceded to jurors that the case is based largely on circumstantial evidence. But he said the defendant should not be "rewarded" for successfully disposing of her body.

some shorts

  • Ryan Orser Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

  • Fallout From NVIDIA 173.08 Driver
  • Open Source Projects double every 14 months!
  • Kiowa goes KDE!
  • Mandriva 2008 Spring Quick Install
  • Visions of freedom: RMS as seen by TdR

Falling in Love with the XO All Over Again

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OLPC

blog.olenepal.org: I got involved with OLPC back in June of 2006. It’s hard to believe that was almost two years ago! Over the last two years this enthusiasm waxed and waned. It was only in January of this year that I really got to use the little device. At OLPC offices I disassembled and reassembled two XO’s. What fun!

Spotlight on FOSS: An Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

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Interviews
Ubuntu

onlamp.com: Jeremy and I were talking one day about how the world was changing so quickly, and we meant literally beneath our feet. To make a long story short, we decided to start an impromptu video podcast called, "Spotlight on FOSS," or Spotlight on Free and Open Source Software. Once we had our concept together we contacted a few connections, and came up an interview with Mark Shuttleworth.

Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 7

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: I finished compiling my tax return about a week ago…on paper. I do not do it as some form of corporal mortification nor does it have anything to do with the lack of tax software for Linux…ah, and that last point is a great segway into the next item on my Top 10 List, Linux software is always behind the curve.

Slax 6.0 on an Ancient Prestigio 109 Laptop

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Linux

junauza.com: I decided to take a closer look at Slax, by getting the latest “Distribution Release” which is version 6.0.3. This time, I’m using our ancient Prestigio 109 laptop to fully check the features and capabilities of this tiny distro.

AMD Opteron 2356 Quad-Core "Barcelona" Review

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Hardware

phoronix.com: When looking at the AMD Phenom 9500 under Linux, we had found this processor had posed a number of issues from kernel panics to other troubles. Released a month prior to the first Phenom desktop CPUs were the quad-core Opteron 2300 "Barcelona" processors. We have benchmarked the new Opteron 2356 in both single and dual CPU configurations and have compared the results -- under Linux -- to two of Intel's quad-core Xeon processors.

Linux is Good for the Elderly

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Linux

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: Some time ago, my father switched to Linux (Ubuntu). I think in some of the contributing factor to his switching was my excitement. I don’t know any other older people who use Linux, so I recently asked my father (he’s in his eighties and has been using Linux for about 6 years now) how he felt about Linux and what were some of his opinions.

Interview: Fedora developers Seth Vidal and Will Woods

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Linux
Interviews

fedoraproject.org: PreUpgrade is a new feature being developed for Fedora 9. It allows a user to do all the tedious work of a safe Anaconda upgrade in a running system that is still usable. This is the answer to every user who has ever wanted to do a live upgrade with yum, but been worried about the safety of doing this.

New effects plugin in compiz-fusion *-git packages

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Software

dev.compiz-fusion.org/~cyberorg: Compiz Fusion Git packages got updated in home:cyberorg repository, this time it has a cool new effect “Cube Cylinder” from onestone. This picture would tell more.

Review: Ubuntu 8.04

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Ubuntu

dun4d.com/blog: A cocktail of boredom and waiting creates the desire to do something quicker. Offically, Hardy Heron (the next Ubuntu release) doesn’t come out till the 24th. But thanks to it being free software, the beta came out a few weeks before. Time to apt-get dist-upgrade!

Run Windows andLinux without virtualization

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Software

linux.com: Linux does everything that many users want it to, but some people have tasks that require Windows applications. You can dual-boot both operating systems, or run Windows in a virtualized environment on Linux. Alas, virtualization makes the guest OS almost useless for processor- and RAM-intensive tasks like editing videos and playing games. Now, a Ubuntu-based distro called andLinux takes cooperation with Windows to a whole new level.

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Linux and Graphics: AMD, Linux 4.14 LTS, Etnaviv Gallium3D

  • Linux 4.14 Ensures The "Core Performance Boost" Bit Gets Set For AMD Ryzen CPUs
    Recently making waves in our forums was talk of a kernel patch to address a case where the AMD CPB (Core Performance Boost) isn't being exposed by Ryzen processors. Here's more details on that and some benchmarks. Being talked about recently is f7f3dc0: "CPUID Fn8000_0007_EDX[CPB] is wrongly 0 on models up to B1. But they do support CPB (AMD's Core Performance Boosting cpufreq CPU feature), so fix that."
  • Linus Torvalds Is Confident That Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS Will Arrive on November 5
    Development of Linux 4.14, the next LTS (Long Term Support) kernel series, continues with the fifth RC (Release Candidate) milestone, which was announced by Linus Torvalds himself this past weekend. According to Linus Torvalds, things have finally starting to calm down for the development of the Linux 4.14 LTS kernel, and it looks like the RC5 snapshot is smaller than he would have expected, at least smaller than last week's RC4, which is a good thing, meaning that there won't be need for eight RCs during this cycle.
  • Etnaviv Gallium3D Is Almost To OpenGL 2.0 Compliance
    The Etnaviv Gallium3D driver that provides reverse-engineered, open-source graphics support for Vivante graphics hardware is almost to exposing OpenGL 2.0. Etnaviv contributor Christian Gmeiner today posted a set of patches for adding occlusion queries support to the driver. The code at just over one thousand lines of code is the last major feature needed for exposing desktop OpenGL 2.0 capabilities with this community-driven driver.
  • AMD Developers Begin Making Open-Source FreeSync/AdaptiveSync Plans
    While the AMDGPU DC code is expected to land for Linux 4.15 with goodies like Vega display support, HDMI/DP audio, and atomic mode-setting, one of the sought after display features won't be initially supported: FreeSync or the VESA-backed AdaptiveSync. As we've known for a while, while AMDGPU DC fills out the requirements for being able to support FreeSync, the last bits of the implementation are not present as the interfaces are basically yet to be decided among the open-source driver developers. While AMD can post their existing FreeSync code as found in AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver, they are trying to come up with a more standardized interface that will satisfy the other upstream Linux driver developers too that might want to support AdaptiveSync.

Servers and Red Hat: Cloud Foundry, Docker, CRI-O 1.0, Alibaba and Elasticsearch

  • How to deploy multi-cloud serverless and Cloud Foundry APIs at scale
    Ken Parmelee, who leads the API gateway for IBM and Big Blue’s open source projects, has a few ideas about open-source methods for “attacking” the API and how to create micro-services and make them scale. “Micro-services and APIs are products and we need to be thinking about them that way,” Parmelee says. “As you start to put them up people rely on them as part of their business. That’s a key aspect of what you’re doing in this space.”
  • Docker Opens Up to Support Kubernetes Container Orchestration
    There's been a lot of adoption of Kubernetes in the last few years, and as of Oct. 17 the open-source container orchestration technology has one more supporter. Docker Inc. announced at its DockerCon EU conference here that it is expanding its Docker platform to support Kubernetes. Docker had been directly competing against Kubernetes with its Swarm container orchestration system since 2015. The plan now is to provide a seamless platform that supports a heterogenous deployment that can include both Swarm and Kubernetes clusters. "Docker adapts to you because it's open," Docker founder Solomon Hykes said during his keynote address at DockerCon.
  • Introducing CRI-O 1.0
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  • Red Hat brings its open source solutions to Alibaba Cloud
    Alibaba Cloud has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, with Red Hat solutions to become directly available to Alibaba Cloud customers in the coming months.
  • Elasticsearch now on Alibaba Cloud, eyes China market
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Software: VirtualBox 5.1.30, Cockpit 153, GNOME Mutter 3.27.1, KDE Neon

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  • Cockpit 153
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  • GNOME Mutter 3.27.1 Brings Hybrid GPU Support
    Mutter 3.27.1 has just been released as the first development release for the GNOME 3.28 cycle of this compositor / window manager. The change most interesting to us about Mutter 3.27.1 is support for hybrid GPU systems. The context for the hybrid GPU system support is explained via this bug report, "supporting systems with multiple GPUs connected to their own connectors. A common configuration is laptops with an integrated Intel GPU connected to the panel, and a dedicated Nvidia/AMD GPU connected to the HDMI ports."
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