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Story Five big names that use Linux on the desktop Roy Schestowitz 28/08/2014 - 10:00am
Story Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well Rianne Schestowitz 28/08/2014 - 8:27am
Story Red Hat Shake-up, Desktop Users, and Outta Time Rianne Schestowitz 28/08/2014 - 8:18am
Story Kano's Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That Rianne Schestowitz 28/08/2014 - 8:16am
Story Why Linux Isn't a Desktop Alternative Rianne Schestowitz 28/08/2014 - 8:03am
Story SelekTOR 3 now Open Source. Rianne Schestowitz 28/08/2014 - 7:53am
Story Red Hat CTO unexpectedly quits, amid rumors of executive 'friction' Rianne Schestowitz 27/08/2014 - 11:21pm
Story Is Microsoft engaging in digital imperialism? Rianne Schestowitz 27/08/2014 - 10:03pm
Story GSoC: Thumping the Malaria and voyaging in cosmos with KStars Rianne Schestowitz 27/08/2014 - 9:03pm
Story Meet Cornelius Schumacher - Akademy Keynote Speaker Rianne Schestowitz 27/08/2014 - 5:27pm

Rob Weir Exposes an Anti-ODF Whisper Campaign

groklaw.net: Alex Brown, the convenor of the OOXML BRM, has been editing Wikipedia's article on ODF. That strikes me odd, like finding out Steve Jobs had been editing the Microsoft Zune page. Some things are simply inappropriate. It puzzles me why Wikipedia allows it, frankly.

Ubuntu user magazine

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu user magazine

  • Ubuntu aims for ten-second boot time with 10.04
  • Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope on Dell XPS M1330
  • Ubuntu 9.04: New Intel Graphics Drivers
  • Fair is Fair - Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Why I switched from Fedora to openSUSE

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SUSE

terminal-variant.blogspot: Up until now I had a Fedora 11 KDE setup but just a few days back I installed openSUSE. There were a few reasons behind it and ultimately when you hop from one distribution to another your reasons for switching will vary.

Novell Pet project

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Web

novell.com: Perhaps you have allergies or maybe you live in a small apartment, and so you’ve lived without the companionship of an animal friend. Well, no matter what your circumstances now you can have your own virtual pet Geeko.

Yum, It’s Starting to Get Tasty

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Linux
  • Yum, It’s Starting to Get Tasty

  • Fedora 11 Review (KDE) - Desktop Emphasis
  • Fedora 11 Upgrade Tutorial

Disinformation Disinfected, pt. 3: Banshee in Ubuntu

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Software

meandubuntu.wordpress: Here, let’s take a look at one of the main things that get’s me going about mono-supporters. There is a strong push to get Banshee in as the default media player in Ubuntu. Here’s my take on that.

The USB Penguin: For the Linux Nerd in Your Life

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Hardware

i4u.com: Do you know someone who hates every commercial operating system with a passion that borders on the manic? Do they own a fleet of laptops, netbooks, and desktop PCs all loaded up with different Linux distros? If so, your holiday shopping just got a heck of a lot easier.

A Linux Day of Gratitude

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: I was toiling into the night on my studio computer (which is a dedicated machine for audio recording and managing digital photos) and I had one of those "wow, this is really excellent" moments. It's an average PC that runs Kubuntu 8.04LTS.

Does the Mac-Windows-Linux Race Ever Change?

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OS

earthweb.com: I’ve been on a history kick lately, inspired by the fact that the foundation of the Unix operating system was created just 40 years ago this summer, starting with software written by Ken Thompson at Bell Laboratories.

Open source, digital textbooks coming to California schools

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Interviews
OSS

arstechnica.com: The cash-strapped Golden State has decided that, starting next school year, schools will be able to use open source, digital textbooks for a number of math and science subjects.

Accessing your favorite media via the terminal

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Software
HowTos

ubuntumagazine.net: This article is touches upon learning how to leverage some of the real power of Linux via the terminal. The terminal gives you full control of everything behind the scenes.

Hands on with blazingly quick Firefox 3.5

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Moz/FF

nbr.co.nz: Mozilla Corp. has delayed the release candidate of Firefox 3.5 from this week ‘til next, but NBR's tests reveal it'll be worth the wait - this fox is blazingly fast.

Ubuntu, almost two weeks in

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Ubuntu

wttf.blogspot: Well, the laptop has been running Ubuntu Studio 9.06 (64bit) for almost two weeks and so far the verdict is: Bye-Bye Vista!

Fun Linux Wallpapers

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Software

howtogeek.com: Yeah, it's a little ironic that we'd put together a collection of Linux wallpapers since we cover mostly Microsoft topics—but we're also fans of open-source goodness and use Linux all the time.

Review: Linux Mint 7

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Linux

raiden.net: Linux Mint is one of those distributions that not only has a big parent, and an even bigger grandparent, but it's also a distribution that has always improved, and never failed to impress. But everything that goes up must at some point come down.

KDE 4.3 Beta 2 Out

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KDE

kde.org: The KDE release train continues to roll, delivering another beta release of KDE 4.3 to you today. The effort has shifted towards increasing stability and adding polish to the codebase so our users will find a well-working KDE 4.3.0 on their desktops when it is released in late July.

Linux Kernel 2.6.30 released

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Linux

h-online.com: After eight release candidates and a rather short development cycle, Linus Torvalds has released Linux version 2.6.30, dubbed "Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity".

Also: What's new in Linux 2.6.30

Linux Troubleshooting Guide: Fix the Most Common Problems

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Linux
HowTos

maximumpc.com: Troubleshooting has always been one of the most frustrating aspects of computer ownership. Due to the practically infinite number of potential problems, it would be utterly impossible to write a how-to guide to fix all of them, but in this article we are going to address some of the most common problems.

Another Site Shuns GNU/Linux Users

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Web

riplinton.blogspot: I have used MapsOnUs for years to map out my trips. Recently I started getting a message, that my browser is not supported.

First Linux USB 3.0 drivers emerge

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Software

linuxpromagazine.com: After a year-and-a-half's worth of work, Intel hacker Sarah Sharp announced that Linux will be the first operating system supporting USB 3.0.

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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.
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  • 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
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Security Leftovers

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    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”.
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    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.
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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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