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Adjusting PulseAudio to play .wav files without distortion

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Linux

Well, it turned out that the distorted/scratchy system sounds in Thunderbird described in my previous postwere due to PulseAudio. Here is what I did to fix the problem...

Developers Close GTK+ Bug in Ubuntu That Allowed Users to Bypass the Lock Screen

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu developers have corrected a small issue with GTK+, which would allow users to bypass the lock screen in certain conditions. It might be a trivial matter, but it had to be fixed nonetheless.

According to the security notice, "Clemens Fries discovered that GTK+ allowed bypassing certain screen locks by using the menu key. An attacker with physical access could possibly use this flaw to gain access to a locked session."

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Linux Mint 18 Could Adopt Systemd

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Linux

The Linux Mint project is using Ubuntu as its base and there is even a branch that's using Debian, but it looks that for the moment it won't be using systemd as the default init system.

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The TrackingPoint 338TP, the Linux Rifle that's accurate up to a mile

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Linux

First, the 338TP uses the .338 Lapua Magnum long-range rifle for its base. This rifle started as a design for a US Marine sniper rifle. Then, to acquire the target, the rifle uses a laser to enable you to "tag" your target. More than just a laser-targeting system, its sensors also track wind speed, direction, temperature, and barometric pressure. As serious shooters know, all of these factors must be taken into account for an accurate shot at great ranges.

This data is then passed on to the built-in Linux computer. Once you've tagged the target, the rifle will automatically track it. You then bring your reticule, the optical target-aiming point, to match the rifle's computed impact point. Once you've matched it up and you decide to take the shot, you pull the trigger and the TriggerLink computer works out all the details needed to hit the target. Thus, and this is surprising until you get used to it, there may be up to a second of delay between the time you pull the trigger and when the shot goes off.

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NVIDIA Releases Massive Stable Driver, Brings Support for Latest Kernels and X.org

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Graphics/Benchmarks

A new stable NVIDIA driver has been released and the developers have made a series of very important improvements, implementing support for new video cards and Linux kernels.

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Manjaro XFCE 0.9.0-pre1 edition released

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Linux

Some of you might already noticed that some of our developers started in September last year to work on our next release series we call Bellatrix (0.9.0). With this series we switch over to a more modern graphical installer framework called Calamares.

The new, Qt5/python3 based installer is a joint effort of several distributions. In May 2014, developers of Netrunnner, KaOS and Manjaro got together to discuss the possibility to work jointly on a brand new, Qt5 based installer. The idea was born to create Calamares. By June the coding started and by September a first, raw usable version was put into testing for XFCE based ISOs. Currently, Calamares is being developed with contributions from BBQLinux, Fedora, KaOS, Kubuntu, Manjaro, Maui and Netrunner.

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Linux 3.19-rc5

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Linux

Another week, another -rc.

Fairly normal release, although I'd wish that by rc5 we'd have calmed
down even further. But no, with some of the driver tree merges in
particular, this is actually larger than rc4 was.

That said, it's not like there is anything particularly scary in here.

The arm64 vm bug that I mentioned as pending in the rc4 notes got
fixed within a day of that previous rc release, and the rest looks
pretty standard. Mostly drivers (networking, usb, scsi target, block
layer, mmc, tty etc), but also arch updates (arm, x86, s390 and some
tiny powerpc fixes), some filesystem updates (fuse and nfs), tracing
fixes, and some perf tooling fixes.

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today's leftovers

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Misc

Handheld Linux Terminal Gets an A+

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Linux

Are you all thumbs when it comes to Linux? If you follow [Chris]’s guide to building a handheld Linux terminal, that particular condition could work to your advantage. His pocket-sized machine is perfect for practicing command line-fu and honing your scripting skills on the go.

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Asynchronous Device/Driver Probing For The Linux Kernel

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Linux

While Google's Chrome OS supports asynchronous device/driver probing, the mainline Linux kernel does not. However, patches are working toward this feat in order to speed up the kernel's boot process for hardware/drivers that are slow at probing.

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First ownCloud lustrum

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Server
OSS

This weekend ownCloud turns 5 (5 years old, not 5.0 Tongue), congratulations to Frank Karlitschek and the entire ownCloud community!

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Dear Computer Makers: I Want an Ubuntu Notebook!

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GNU
Linux

I want to buy an inexpensive, low to medium-end notebook that comes preinstalled with Ubuntu. I want it to have hardware that is supported by the latest Linux kernel so I can put any GNU/Linux distribution on it that I want. I want it to look nice, you know, like all those fancy HP Stream notebooks and Chromebooks that you're selling. I want it to cost $300 to $450.

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Linus Torvalds and the cults of niceness and diversity

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Linux

Sometimes in life YOU have to be the wolverine, and fight for what’s yours with tooth and claw! Reach inside and unleash your inner wolverine. It’s in there and it’s waiting for you to use it when the need arises to defend yourself or what’s yours. So if you go into open source or anything else, stand up for yourself when you need to and don’t let anybody walk all over you.

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GNU LibreJS 6.0.8 released

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GNU

There's a new version of LibreJS - version 6.0.8.
LibreJS is a Mozilla add-on that prevents nonfree JavaScript programs
from running in your web browser.
First, there's an update on LibreJS development: I've moved the primary
development repository from Bazaar to Git. You can see the new
repository's web interface here:
http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/librejs.git/

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Improving KDE's support for Korean (and other CJK languages)

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KDE

In addition to my usual work on things like Plasma and Konversation, I've been hacking away on bugs that pose barriers to the use of the Korean language and writing system in KDE/Qt systems lately (I took up studying Korean as a new hobby last year). As a bonus, many fixes also tend to help out users of other CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) languages, or even generally of languages other than English.

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Castilla-La Mancha nurtures open source sector

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OSS

The government of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) continues to strengthen the region’s free and open source ICT service providers. The region’s Technology Support Centre (BILIB) is helping companies pilot cloud solutions based on this type of software.

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Android Lollipop vs. Android KitKat: New Features & Material Design Explored

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Android

Android Lollipop is a HUGE update that sees Google taking its already mature platform several steps further. The Big G has tightened up nearly every element of its mobile platform, refining the look and feel of Android across the board, as well as touching up back-end tools and protocols to make the platform even more efficient.

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
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