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Story Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy Roy Schestowitz 30/08/2014 - 7:41am
Story Scrivener Writing Software has a Linux Version gregladen 30/08/2014 - 1:44am
Story Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts Roy Schestowitz 30/08/2014 - 12:19am
Story Black Lab SDK 1.8 released Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 7:28pm
Story Did Red Hat’s CTO Walk – Or Was He Pushed? Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 7:24pm
Story Firefox OS Smartphones Change The Mobile Landscape Across India Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 7:20pm
Story Mozilla Marches Ahead with Ads for Firefox Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 3:48pm
Story What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 3:40pm
Story Jailhouse 0.1 released Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 3:33pm
Story Ubuntu Launcher 0.5.5 for Android Will Transform Your Phone in Ubuntu – Gallery Rianne Schestowitz 29/08/2014 - 3:26pm

Linux robot car targets autonomous navigation

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Tokyo-based ZMP Inc. is readying a Linux-based car robotics platform designed to test automotive robots and autonomous navigation algorithms. The RoboCar is built on a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800, and offers a stereo camera, multiple sensors, and an optional image recognition module.

The Linux UI future; more complex than ever

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Linux
Software

h-online.com: With Linux being used as the foundation for numerous smartphone and mobile internet devices, it is tempting to suggest that this movement is going to open the doorway to desktop Linux. Tempting, but not accurate.

Why I Use Linux: Ken’s Story

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Linux

itnewstoday.com: Several readers wrote in to share their stories in response to my “Why I Use Linux” article, and now I am going to start sharing their responses with all of you. One of the stories is below. This one comes from Ken.

Debian may include Mono in default install

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Linux
Software

itwire.com: The Debian GNU/Linux distribution may include Mono in its default install, with the project leader Steve McIntyre telling iTWire today that "there's a chance that it might do, but it's under discussion at the moment."

Opera Unite

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Software
  • Freedom

  • Opera Unite
  • Opera Unite claiming to 'reinvent the web'
  • Opera Unite Will Turn PCs Into Servers for Content
  • Taking the Web into our own hands, one computer at a time
  • Opera demonstrates 'Web 5.0'
  • Opera Wants To Unite Web, Critics Argue For Boycott
  • Opera adds media, file sharing services to browser
  • With Unite, Opera 10 becomes both a browser and a content server

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Enlightenment E17 Snapshot Released

  • Detect Wireless Networks with Kismet
  • Tribal Trouble 2 released
  • Ubuntu Sucks Like a Shopvac and Other Linux Rants
  • Six reasons to switch from Ubuntu to Vista
  • Indian Government takes a lead in getting FOSS in Education
  • RadicalCodex, Donations, OpenGL
  • HP servers still half-cold to Ubuntu
  • int@j hosts Red Hat
  • Linux Foundation Takes Training Online
  • Ictivity Training becomes Ubuntu Training Partner for the Netherlands
  • 2.2million Rwandan children to own OLPC laptops by 2012
  • 9.04
  • Hardware Compatability For LTS Releases
  • New Linux kernel adds file-system support
  • Eeebuntu vs Ubuntu
  • Screenshots with Xfce
  • A Visual Expedition Inside the Linux File Systems
  • Novell: SUSE Linux Training Plus Red Hat Migration Offer
  • IFRA using Drupal
  • Head in the Data Cloud Pt.II
  • Red Hat among ‘100 Best Places to Work in IT”
  • Open source vs Microsoft: further progress in Switzerland
  • World's Biggest Open-Source Event Announced

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OpenSUSE AutoYast/AutoInstall Howto Part 1

  • restoring grub after a reinstall
  • Howto Increase Desktop Functionality With Compiz Fusion
  • Alarm clock on Linux (Ubuntu), “geek style”
  • Building a Wide-area Linux-based Wireless Network, part 2
  • Reset windows administrative password using “Ubuntu"
  • Move File and Symlink to New Location

Firefox 3.5 Allows Watch Videos Without Adobe Flash Plugin

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Moz/FF

iblnews.com: Firefox 3.5, which is now a very stable beta, is faster than earlier versions, and most importantly, it embraces open-source video standards and treats videos like web pages (you can’t do any of that with Flash). If this takes off, Flash video could become history.

Using sidux with Midori

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Software

usalug-org.blogspot: Midori seems like it has the potential to evolve into one really fast, handy browser, especially if you want to create a light, fast desktop or window manager based system.

Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble opens door to Linux

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Microsoft
Ubuntu

channelregister.co.uk: Shuttleworth once told The Reg he can't wait for Windows 7 on this sub-laptop class of machines because it'll finally give Ubuntu the opportunity to compete fairly against Microsoft's operating system in this emerging market.

Five big issues with ARM and Android netbooks

zdnet.com: The tech industry is always looking for the next big thing: Bing is gaining on Google, the Palm Pre will dethrone the iPhone, and so on. One of the latest “next big things” is the duo of ARM and Android which, if you buy the hype, will wrest the PC industry from Wintel’s grip.

Xorg, a stumbling stone?

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Software

bushweed.blogspot: Xorg is a stumbling stone in the advancement of desktop linux. Xorg is bigger, slower and more complicated than the graphical servers of other operating systems.

Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes

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MDV

artipc10.vub.ac.be: It’s a long time ago I posted something on my blog, so this is a good moment to break the silence with a Cooker update:

Chinese Green Dam pilfers open source too

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OSS

zdnet.com: After claims that China's "Green Dam" filtering app includes code pirated from an American software maker, it should come as no surprise that the People's Republic censorshipware is also using open-source code without displaying the proper license.

Two hours (and counting) with an upgrade to Fedora 11

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Linux

Vincent Danen: Two days after the release of Fedora 11, I took the opportunity to upgrade my work laptop, which was running Fedora 10. With it being a work system, and upgrading so soon after release, I was a little nervous and did not know what to expect.

Fedora 11 Leonidas bleeds

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Linux

bitburners.com: Hardly ever has a Linux distribution raised such a mixed feelings as the Fedora has done for us. On the other hand it represents the most up-to-date software and has some cool innovations, and is backed by one of the biggest Linux contributors - RedHat.

10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: I'm often asked by new Linux (Ubuntu) users what things I do immediately after installing Ubuntu; to tweak it a bit more. Here's the answers for the 10 things I do to customize a new Ubuntu Hardy installation:

Gnome - The Curtain Is About To Go Up

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Software

linuxlock.blogspot: I see it every day...I feel it. The low rumble of an impending change that will alter the way people use their computers from now on. That change is Linux, and that change is going to be facilitated by Ubuntu.

The Plasma desktop shell of KDE 4

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Linux

See how to write simple Plasma applets that improves the KDE 4 Linux desktop

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Diving into Drupal: Princeton’s Multi-site Migration Success with Open-source
    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
    GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
  • Top open source projects
    TechRadar recently posted an article about "The best open source software 2017" where they list a few of their favorite open source software projects. It's really hard for an open source software project to become popular if it has poor usability—so I thought I'd add a few quick comments of my own about each.
  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
    Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well.
  • Dropbox’s tool shows how chatbots could be future of cybersecurity
    Disillusion with chatbots has set in across the tech industry and yet Dropbox’s deep thinkers believe they have spotted the technology’s hidden talent: cybersecurity.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
  • New Entroware Aether Laptop Pairs Intel Kaby Lake with Ubuntu
    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
    But we can be Free from Microsoft! As we saw above, there is a powerful – and now popular movement afoot to make alternative software available. The Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Project, both founded by Richard Stallman, provide Free software to users with licenses that guarantee users rights: the rights to view, modify, and distribute the software source code. With GNU-licensed software, such as Linux, the user is in complete control over the software they employ. And as people contribute to modify Free Software source code, and are required to share those modifications again, the aggregate creative acts give rise to the availability of many more, much more useful results. Value is created beyond what anyone thought possible, and our freedom multiplies.
  • Review of the week 2017/08
    This week we had to cancel a couple snapshots, as a regression in grub was detected, that caused issues on chain-loading bootloaders. But thanks to our genius maintainers, the issue could be found, fixed and integrated into Tumbleweed (and this despite being busy with hackweek! A great THANK YOU!). Despite those canceled snapshots, this review will still span 4 revisions: 0216, 0218, 0219 and 0224. And believe me, there have been quite some things coming your way.

Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
    Some people worry a lot about security issues. Anyone can worry about their personal information, such as credit card numbers, on the Internet. They can also be concerned with someone monitoring their activity on the Internet, such as the websites they visit. To help ease these frustrations about the Internet anyone can use the Internet without having to “look over their shoulder”.
  • Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces
    In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. With the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it. As consumers and denizens of the Internet, we have a responsibility to be aware of the risks we face and make an attempt to mitigate that risk by taking best-effort precautions. Poor password and authentication hygiene leaves a user open to risks such as credit card fraud and identity theft, just like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly can lead to cavities and gum disease. This leaves us with the question of what good password and authentication hygiene looks like. If we stick with the (admittedly poorly chosen) dentistry analogy, then there are five easily identifiable aspects of good hygiene.
  • Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare
  • Smoothwall Express
    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt
    Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017? (It's Season 10, Episode 17, if that information helps you.) The T-shirt appearance isn't as overt as Sheldon's mention of the Ubuntu Linux operating system way back in Season 3 (Episode 22, according to one YouTube video title), but it's an unusual return for Ubuntu to the world of "Big Bang."
  • Unity Explained: A Look at Ubuntu’s Default Desktop Environment
    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
  • A Look at Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi
    Installing Ubuntu MATE onto my Raspberry Pi 3 was straight forward. You can easily use Etcher to write the image to a microSD card, the partition is automatically resized to fill your microSD card when the pi is powered up for the first time, and then you are sent through a typical guided installer. Installation takes several minutes and finally the system reboots and you arrive at the desktop. A Welcome app provides some good information on Ubuntu MATE, including a section specific for the Raspberry Pi. The Welcome app explains that the while the system is based on Ubuntu MATE and uses Ubuntu armhf base, it is in fact using the same kernel as Raspian. It also turns out that a whole set of Raspian software has been ported over such as raspi-config, rpi.gpio, sonic-pi, python-sent-hat, omxplayer, etc. I got in a very simple couple of tests that showed that GPIO control worked.
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