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Story Why Chromebooks Make More Sense Than Ever Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 5:50pm
Story FSF statement on Court of Appeals ruling in Oracle v Google Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 5:42pm
Story The Companies That Support Linux: CoreOS Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 5:28pm
Story AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Driver Coming Soon To Linux Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 1:41pm
Story Microsoft's China Syndrome Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 1:28pm
Story Ubuntu Studio 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr : Video Review and Screenshot Tour Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 1:21pm
Story Perl 5.20.0 released Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 1:13pm
Story Antergos 2014.05.26 Distro Powered by Numix Looks Stunning Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 1:10pm
Story Randa: Moving KDE Forward Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 1:05pm
Story WRITE YOUR FIRST LINUX KERNEL MODULE Rianne Schestowitz 27/05/2014 - 12:47pm

Fast ext4 fsck times, revisited

thunk.org/tytso/blog: Last night I managed to finish up a rather satisfying improvement to ext4’s inode and block allocators. The ext4’s original allocator was actually a bit more simple-minded than ext3’s, in that it didn’t implement the Orlov algorithm to spread out top-level directories for better filesystem aging.

Linux forensics - Part 2: Protech

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dedoimedo.com: In this article, we will talk about Protech, a high-end hacking toolbox for the enterpreneuring system administrator. It is a young, new distribution, based on Ubuntu and running an extremely streamlined, lightweight Fluxbox desktop.

CodeWeavers Updates CrossOver Games

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ostatic.com/blog: If you're a gamer, you'll want to know about CodeWeavers' latest update for its popular gaming software. CrossOver Games 7.2.0 is now available for both Linux and Mac OS X, and includes a bunch of fixes, formal support for Spore, and an updated version of Wine.

Tour the Linux generic SCSI driver

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Linux

Linux provides a generic driver for SCSI devices and an application programming interface so users can build applications to send SCSI commands directly to SCSI devices. In this article, the author introduces some of the SCSI commands and methods of executing SCSI commands when using SCSI API in Linux. He also provides background on the SCSI client/server model and the storage SCSI command.

Microsoft supports punk'd open source

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet.com: Oh sure. Microsoft loves open source. If your open source company is willing to admit Microsoft owns Linux, acknowledge the legitimacy of its proprietary standards, and put “whatever Microsoft wants.”

I hate Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

kev009.com: I hate Ubuntu. I immediately lose respect for anyone who runs it, and especially those who advocate it. Here’s why:

Also: Ubuntu Makes Cloud Strategy a Big Joke

Novell-Red Hat Conundrum: What’s a FOSS Supporter to Do?

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Linux

earthweb.com: When you are a free and open source software (FOSS) supporter, life often seems black and white. What you decided would say a great deal about your reasons for supporting FOSS.

You Want A Beautiful OS? Try Elive

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Linux

maketecheasier.com: What do you get when you put a stable operating system, an innovative desktop manager and plenty of eye candies together?

Is Red Hat Taking Aim at Ubuntu?

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Linux

workswithu.com: A representative of Red Hat told a reporter recently that will indeed be pushing the Linux desktop again. Such a move would presumably present a challenge to Ubuntu, which has dominated the desktop scene for a long time. Or would it?

VMware moves vCenter to Linux

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Software

zdnet.co.ukVMware will release future versions of vCenter, its flagship virtualisation-management software, in Linux versions as well as for Windows.

Five Questions With A.J. Venter - Creator Of Kongoni Linux

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Linux
Interviews

opensourcereleasefeed.com: Kongoni is a completely new distribution to Linux, who is behind this and please give some background on what got you to this place.

Linux dominates in Amazon Kindle competitors

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Linux

apcmag.com: Linux runs on the first e-book reader released this year ... and on the second ... and the third.

today's leftovers

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News
  • KDE 4.2 Lures Me Back to Kubuntu

  • Basic Linux Security for Beginners
  • Around the Distros
  • OLPC users discover free WiFi at Rwandan Airport
  • The dollar is tight, where does that leave open source?
  • What is an “Open Source Company?” The Billion Dollar Question
  • Microsoft suit over FAT patents could open OSS Pandora's Box
  • Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: UK Government Policy
  • The Losing Battle Against Technology Freedom
  • HackerPublicRadio - NewsCast Ep0
  • Red Hat upgrades its mission
  • Kernel 2.6.28 Notes and Upgrade to Ext4
  • Moore's Law and open source
  • This is not Gnome
  • Howto create CentOS Xen VM under Ubuntu Dom0
  • Superuser Privilege Management: It's Not About Trust
  • 10 things to tell your kids when you've ditched windows for linux
  • MySQL forks: Monty splits from Sun
  • The Phoronix Test Suite Gets A GUI
  • What you should do before, during & after an Ubuntu install
  • A Third of Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbooks Comes with Ubuntu
  • Installing LXDE, LightWeight X11 Desktop Environment on openSUSE 11.1
  • Install Software from the Command Line in openSUSE

My Impressions of KDE 4.2

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KDE

jintoreedwine.wordpress: I have been using KDE 4.2 on both my Gentoo systems (laptop and desktop) since about a week after it was released. I still run it now and plan on running it until the next big release of KDE.

Distro Review: Sabayon 4.0

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: Today’s candidate is the latest release of a distro I first looked at some time ago, Sabayon. I’ve had mixed feelings about it in the past. I wanted to see how it had developed now they’d reached version 4.0, so here goes nothing…

Is Gentoo dying or just becoming old?

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Gentoo

mindstab.net: I haven't really touched my Gentoo desktop in over a year. If I wanted to stay with Gentoo, I'd have a day or two of compiling a head of me, and then who knows what integration head aches as programs and config files change.

Subtle Improvements In Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Due out tomorrow is the fifth alpha release for Ubuntu 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope). Ubuntu 9.04 is now in a feature freeze so there isn't much to expect in Jaunty Alpha 5, but there are a few items worth highlighting.

Binary-only device drivers for Linux and the supportability matrix of doom

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Software

thunk.org/tytso/blog: I came across the following from the ext3-users mailing list. The poor user was stuck on a never-updated RHEL 3 production server and running into kernel panic problems. He was advised to try updating to the latest kernel rpm from Red Hat, but he didn’t feel he could do that.

Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims

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Legal

techflash.com: Microsoft filed suit against TomTom today, alleging that the in-car navigation company's devices violate eight of its patents -- including three that relate to TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel.

Addressing the OpenSUSE layoffs

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SUSE

Zonker.opensuse.org: I want to address the recent layoffs that have taken place at Novell. As is very obvious by now, there have been layoffs at Novell, and some of them did hit contributors to the openSUSE community employed by Novell.

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    Hardware giant Lenovo is banking on a future where both public and private clouds are critical in driving IT innovation, and the glue binding those hybrid environments is mostly open source technologies. Dan Harmon, Lenovo's group director of cloud and software-defined infrastructure, encouraged solution providers attending the NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on Wednesday to explore opportunities to engage Lenovo as its products stock the next generation of cloud data centers. Both public and private clouds are growing rapidly and will dominate the market by 2020, Harmon told attendees of the conference produced by CRN parent The Channel Company.
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Ah, yes. I remember the good old days when you had to be a real man or woman to install Linux, and the first time you tried you ended up saying something like “Help!” or maybe “Mommmmyyyyy!” Really, kids, that’s how it was. Stacks of floppies that took about 7,000 hours to download over your 16 baud connection. Times sure have changed, haven’t they? I remember Caldera advertising that their distribution autodetected 1,500 different monitors. I wrote an article titled “Monitor Number 1501,” because it didn’t detect my monitor. And sound. Getting sound going in Linux took mighty feats of systemic administsationish strength. Mere mortals could not do it. And that’s why we had installfests: so mighty Linux he-men and she-women could come down from the top of Slackware Mountain or the Red Hat Volcano and share their godlike wisdom with us. We gladly packed up our computers and took them to the installfest location (often at a college, since many Linux-skilled people were collegians) and walked away with Linuxized computers. Praise be! Read more

What New Is Going To Be In Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Right on the heels of Ubuntu 16.10 'Yakkety Yak' is Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Ubuntu 17.04 is currently scheduled for release on April 13, 2017 but know that this is only an estimate. One thing to know is that all things being equal, it is going to be released in April 2017. Ubuntu Zesty Zapus will be supported for only 9 months until January 2018 as it is not a LTS (long term support) release. Read
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