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Story Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Windows killer: Chromebook Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 9:12pm
Story Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Fedora 20 Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 9:04pm
Story Linux Wins the Desktop in 2014 and 3 More Bold Predictions Rianne Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 8:42pm
Story Intel, NVIDIA To Support Google's VP9 Codec Rianne Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 8:35pm
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Story Chromebooks surge at business in 2013, researcher says Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 7:48pm
Story Acer Delivers New Chromebook and an Android-based All-in-One Rianne Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 7:34pm
Story Leftovers: Games Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 5:45pm
Story Leftovers: Applications Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 5:44pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2014 - 5:42pm

5 Things That Make Linux Great

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Linux

daniweb.com/blogs: Have you ever heard of or considered using Linux? Here are five reasons to give it a look for your desktop or server. This article gives you a look at the five biggest reasons why you should take a look at Linux for yourself or your business.

Richard Stallman looks back at 25 years of the GNU project

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OSS

linux.com: On September 27, 1983, Richard M. Stallman announced his intention to found the GNU project in order to build a free operating system. Now, 25 years later, the Free Software Foundation is marking the anniversary of the announcement with a month-long celebration.

Ubuntu Server Team Wants to Know – How do you Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu

LONDON, September 25, 2008 – Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is asking users of Ubuntu Server edition just exactly how they are using it and in what kind of organisations.

why 5-a-day makes me cringe

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Ubuntu

laserjock.wordpress: An issue with any metric is that you need to make very sure that you’re actually measuring/reporting what people think you are. 5-a-day stats are exactly that, stats on the 5-a-day participants, not Ubuntu as a whole. 5-a-day promotes quantity rather than quality.

Devil-Linux distro bundles router/firewall and server in one live CD

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Linux

linux.com: Devil-Linux might sound hellish for a Linux distribution, but this live CD offers many blessings for your server needs. Originally developed as a router/firewall distribution, Devil-Linux has expanded its functionality to include nearly every service that a server might offer. It can function as an LDAP server, a VPN server, an email or file server, and more.

10 amazingly alternative operating systems

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OS

royal.pingdom.com: This post is about the desktop operating systems that fly under the radar of most people. We are definitely not talking about Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, or even BSD or Solaris. There are much less mainstream options out there for the OS-curious.

Avoiding Ruinous Compromises

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OSS

Richard Stallman: The free software movement aims for a social change: to make all software free so that all software users are free and can be part of a community of cooperation. Every non-free program gives its developer unjust power over the users. Our goal is to put an end to that injustice.

Review: Pan Newsreader 0.129

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Software

raiden.net: In my quest to find the best possible Usenet news reader on Linux, especially one that can easily handle binaries posts, I've been scouring the web quite a bit and have found a few that might meet my needs. Pan Newsreader is one of those suggested to me.

Introducing enhancerepo 0.3

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SUSE

duncan.mac-vicar.com: You may know that we are slowly heading to use the rpmmd format as the default one. We already do for the build service since the beginning, and the only remaining part is the media.

Looking Forward to Distro Octoberfest

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Linux

junauza.com: October is going to be an exciting month for Linux enthusiasts. Three big-time distributions namely Debian, Mandriva, and Ubuntu will unleash their latest and hopefully their greatest distro versions.

Five operating systems that time forgot

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OS

techradar.com: While you're cursing the slow boot times of your modern PC or wondering why you can't have 50 applications open at once without the system taking a hit, cast your mind back to the operating systems of old. Here are five operating systems we fondly remember.

Europe lagging on open source

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OSS

techworld.com: Open-source software developers are seeing a lot of interest in their products in Europe - but it's North American companies that are opening their cheque books, said speakers at Paris Capitale du Libre, a conference organised by the Federation of Open Source Software Industry.

Linux Where You'd Least Expect It

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Linux

linuxinsider.com: We all know Linux is at home in enterprise servers and, sometimes, on desktops. However, it's not so easy to tell that Linux is at home inside all sorts of consumer electronics.

A dozen cool plasmoids for your KDE desktop

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KDE

techworld.com.au: A plasmoid is an applet developed with KDE’s new Plasma application development environment. So let’s take a look at what people have been cooking up with Plasma – the results are quite surprising and many are already shipping with the standard KDE 4.1 desktop.

FOSS: time to stop the navel-gazing

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OSS

itwire.com: Discussions about free and open source software can arouse strong emotions. That's something I've known for many years but one often tends to forget these things in the rush of daily life.

GOS 3 on a EEE pc 901

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Linux

linuxexperimentation.blogspot: I am environment friendly, I am a botanist and probably that's the reason why I love Green. I am a fan of the environmental friendly Asus EEE pc which consumes less power and seemingly helps reduce global warming. It would be a good combination for GOS and EEE to work together in delivering a great computing experience. So I set out to test my hypotheis by installing GOS on my new EEE 901.

How To Stop Firefox Clickjacking Exploit Attack

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Security

cyberciti.biz: Really scary exploit attack in wild, which affects all browsers under any desktop operating systems including MS IE, Linux, Apple safari, Opera, Firefox and Adobe flash. Any website that uses CSS, flash and IFRAME can be used to attack on end users. Attacker is able to take control of the links that your browser visits.

today's leftovers

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News
  • 125+ Linux wallpapers

  • Linux triumphs in UK schools as hell freezes over
  • Will GNOME 2.2.4 improve the Linux desktop?
  • Upgrade Your Linux Desktop Experience With GNOME 2.24
  • Mandriva Mini: Linux For Atom -- And For OEMs Only (So Far)
  • More On The Mandriva Mini
  • Open source: The new usability testing
  • Linux criticisms probably won't win Solaris converts
  • 2.6.27 Kernel Killing Network Hardware
  • openSUSE Membership Applications…
  • 3 Ways to Visualize Your Search History With FireFox
  • How To Avoid Becoming a Defendant in a GPL-Related Lawsuit
  • GNOME 3.0 Art / User-Interface Roadmap
  • S01E15 - Five Sleepy Heads - Ubuntu UK Podcast
  • Sidux 2008-03
  • Microsoft: Windows and Linux offer same TCO in emerging markets
  • Verify that a daily cron function is running in gentoo

  • How to run the jack audio connection seamlessly in gnome on Fedora
  • Never Installed a Firewall on Ubuntu? Try Firestarter
  • TuxGuitar - A multitrack guitar tablature editor and player
  • Process monitoring with ps-watcher
  • A Poor Man’s Multi-Monitor Setup On A Single Physical Head

Installing Linux apps: A few good tips

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HowTos

computerworld.com: Sooner or later, we all end up installing new software on our computers. Whether it's a new version of Firefox, or a cool game, or a video editing package, there comes a time when you want to make your system do more than it can do now.

Define “Contributions”

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Linux
Ubuntu

redmonk.com/sogrady: In his opening keynote at the Linux Plumbers Conference in Portland, Greg Kroah-Hartman did so succinctly, if bluntly. His metric? Kernel contributions. Simple. Underneath all the rhetoric and the broadsides lies a real question: is Canonical a member in good standing of the Linux ecosystem?

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Leftovers: Software

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  • 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.

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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