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Story Putting Chromebook Sales in Proper Perspective Rianne Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 6:22pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 4:33pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 4:23pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 4:22pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 4:21pm
Story Mozilla partners with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS to the TV, details progress on tablet and desktop versions Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 2:14pm
Story A minty fresh start Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 2:09pm
Story Frameworks 5 Tech Preview Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 1:47pm
Story Adding Enginio (qtenginio) to the Qt release Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 1:17pm
Story Nvidia's Tegra K1 tablet shows a beautiful future for Android gaming Roy Schestowitz 07/01/2014 - 12:40pm

Differences between paid and volunteer FOSS contributors

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fossbazaar.org: There's a lot of debate these days about the impact of the increasing number of paid developers in FOSS communities that started as volunteer efforts and still have significant numbers of volunteers.

Open Source You Can Use: October Edition

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Software

informationweek.com/blog: In this edition: Chrome vs. Flock, a new OpenOffice.org release candidate, leaving behind free-as-in-beer, and a tiny open source gem.

Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

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Software

linux.com: Pidgin, formerly known as Gaim, is a popular Instant Messaging (IM) client for Linux. It works with 16 different IM services, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and Google, and can handle simultaneous connections to as many of them as you like. This 10-minute video is a brief introduction to Pidgin.

KDE 4.1.2 "Codename" Finally Out

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KDE

Two days later than initially planned, "Codename" (or more traditionally KDE 4.1.2) was released just a few minutes ago. 4.1.2 is another one of those monthly bug fix and translation updates. No new features are allowed into the 4.x/ branches, so no new features went into KDE 4.1.2, but some nice bug fixes instead.

Bruce Perens: A Big Change for Open Source

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OSS

earthweb.com: An appeals court has erased most of the doubt around Open Source licensing, permanently, in a decision that was extremely favorable toward projects like GNU, Creative Commons, Wikipedia, and Linux. The man who prompted that decision could be described as the worst enemy a Free Software project could have. This is the story of how our community was able to benefit from that enemy.

Review: PC-BSD 7

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BSD

osnews.com: Recently the PC-BSD team released their latest stable version (PC-BSD 7) code-named Fibonacci Edition. Some of major changes from the previous version include a newer kernel, an experimental ZFS module, and a KDE 4 for desktop environment. Being a Linux junkie, I thought of this as a perfect opportunity to venture into the BSD arena.

Linux on laptops

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Linux
Hardware
  • Is Toshiba ACPI Permanently Broken?

  • Ubuntu on HP mini note
  • Our second Linux laptop has a real keyboard

First Look: Ubuntu ‘Intrepid Ibex’ Beta Delivers

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Ubuntu

webmonkey.com: The first beta for the next major version of Ubuntu Linux is now available for download and testing. While it isn’t finished yet, the beta version of “Intrepid Ibex,” as this release is known, promises a number of important improvements.

Is twhirl the "most awesomest" Twitter desktop client for Linux?

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Software

junauza.com: The first thing that I did after I got a Twitter account was look for a desktop client for Linux. Unfortunately, I only found a few, and most them are still under development and their features are anemic.

Marble: 'Googe Earth Lite' Comes Free With KDE 4

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Software

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: EVERYONE seems to love using Google Earth. It is such a thrill to use, allowing you to zoom across oceans and continents at the click of a mouse button, or to look at your own home from the heavens.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to install GIMP 2.6 on Linux

  • Adding search to your Web site with Xapian and Omega
  • OOo: Sorting mixed 5- and 9-digit zip codes
  • How to Convert flv (flash video) to dvd iso in Ubuntu
  • How to Play Super Nintendo (SNES) Game In Ubuntu Hardy
  • Sharing Files with a USB Drive in Ubuntu
  • Protect your network with pfSense firewall/router
  • Bash Weather Script - World Update

FSF: wrong priorities

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OSS

beranger.org: That's here: FSF Campaigns: High Priority Free Software Projects. And I don't see any vision at all, but mostly politics.

AspireOne: a review

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Linux
Hardware

tommorris.org/blog: On Sunday, I purchased an Acer Aspire One - a 120Gb Linux machine in 'Sapphire Blue'. Ever since some of my friends started using Asus Eee machines, I'd been thinking about buying a 'netbook.'

Vendors rush to fix critical TCP/IP bug

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Security

techworld.com (IDG): Internet infrastructure vendors are rushing to develop patches for a set of TCP/IP security flaws, which could help hackers knock servers offline with very little effort. Robert Lee and Jack Louis, have said that they can knock Windows, Linux, embedded systems and even firewalls offline.

7 Days of M1530: First Impressions

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Hardware
Ubuntu

linuxloop.com: It’s been four days now since I got my Dell XPS M1530 pre-installed with Ubuntu. I am ready to give some first impressions. Here is what I have noticed so far:

Picasa 3 (beta) for Linux released

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Google
Software

googlephotos.blogspot: We're proud to announce the public beta of Picasa 3.0 for Linux. With version 3, Picasa adds improved Linux desktop integration. For instance, it now uses your preferred file manager, and you can use your preferred email program to send photos directly from Picasa.

OOXML Leaked: The Stuff ISO Doesn’t Want You to Have

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OSS

boycottnovell.com: In light of the systematic abuse and the demise of ISO, which IBM loudly protested against [1, 2], we shall no longer let this process remain secretive. We finally have complete copies of the documents which the shenanigans keep behind passwords (unlike ODF which they attack). This includes 6 files, namely:

50 significant moments from internet history

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Web

zdnet.com.au: We decided to plough the history of the entire internet, from the roots of its underlying technology, to the Web properties that helped it explode, the litigation it endured on the way and disasters companies have suffered as a result of the Net's popularity. We've picked 50 of what we think are the most significant moments.

What I wish I'd read months ago about KDE3 vs. KDE4

This could have saved me (and probably others) a lot of public freaking out.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Mastering IPTables, Part I

  • FSF high priority list becomes a campaign, seeks donations
  • When Linux does well: the e1000e Ethernet bug fixed
  • Developing with libyui/libzypp & python - part3
  • A Minor Stumble with Ubuntu
  • Microsoft changes the Managed Extensibility Framework License
  • Sistine: A sify broadband client
  • Perens new crusade is patent law
  • Macs now have 8% of computer market
  • Bubba Two: The little server that could
  • Handy wallpaper for basic linux commands
  • Rwanda: Kagame Launches One Laptop Per Child
  • Application servers that developers love
  • Red Hat Delivers First Integrated Linux-Based High Performance Computing Platform
  • Red Hat Hosts Fourth Annual Government Users and Developers Conference
  • Mr. Clean actor dies at 92
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Leftovers: Software

  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client
    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24
    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems. According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700. Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.
  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands
    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release. MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio. Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.
  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux
    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components. FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.
  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released
    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods. The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

today's howtos

Leftovers: OSS

  • Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'
    Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied heavily on proprietary software systems, “must actively embrace open source software” and buck the status quo. Currently, DOD uses open source software “infrequently and on an ad hoc basis,” unlike tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that wouldn’t exist without open source software.
  • The Honey Trap of Copy/Pasting Open Source Code
    I couldn’t agree more with Bill Sourour’s article ‘Copy.Paste.Code?’ which says that copying and pasting code snippets from sources like Google and StackOverflow is fine as long as you understand how they work. However, the same logic can’t be applied to open source code. When I started open source coding at the tender age of fourteen, I was none the wiser to the pitfalls of copy/pasting open source code. I took it for granted that if a particular snippet performed my desired function, I could just insert it into my code, revelling in the fact that I'd just gotten one step closer to getting my software up and running. Yet, since then, through much trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use open source code effectively.
  • Affordable, Open Source, 3D Printable CNC Machine is Now on Kickstarter
    The appeals of Kickstarter campaigns are many. There are the rewards for backers, frequently taking the form of either deep discounts on the final product or unusual items that can’t be found anywhere else. Pledging to support any crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, but it’s an exciting gamble; just browsing Kickstarter is pretty exciting, in fact, especially in the technological categories. Inventive individuals and startups offer new twists on machines like 3D printers and CNC machines – often for much less cost than others on the market.
  • Open Standards and Open Source
    Much has changed in the telecommunications industry in the years since Standards Development Organization (SDOs) such as 3GPP, ITU and OMA were formed. In the early days of telecom and the Internet, as fundamental technology was being invented, it was imperative for the growth of the new markets that standards were established prior to large-scale deployment of technology and related services. The process for development of these standards followed a traditional "waterfall" approach, which helped to harmonize (sometimes competing) pre-standard technical solutions to market needs.

Leftovers: BSD

  • The Voicemail Scammers Never Got Past Our OpenBSD Greylisting
    We usually don't see much of the scammy spam and malware. But that one time we went looking for them, we found a campaign where our OpenBSD greylisting setup was 100% effective in stopping the miscreants' messages. During August 23rd to August 24th 2016, a spam campaign was executed with what appears to have been a ransomware payload. I had not noticed anything particularly unusual about the bsdly.net and friends setup that morning, but then Xavier Mertens' post at isc.sans.edu Voice Message Notifications Deliver Ransomware caught my attention in the tweetstream, and I decided to have a look.
  • Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box