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today's howtos & stuff:

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HowTos
  • a bug or a feature?
  • Minimum Profit, a programmer's text editor
  • Compiling and running PulseAudio from Git
  • Easily Integrate Thunderbird into the Ubuntu Messaging Menu
  • Bash Programming Tutorial 1 – A Quick Introduction
  • USB copy times on Ubuntu
  • 8,080 OLPC XO's stolen & sold
  • The GIMP metal wires and abstract background tutorial
  • KDE MU Kolab Groupware
  • Meet the GIMP Episode 147: The Looming Tower
  • Pylyglot.org
  • The also-rans
  • An rss2email fork that sucks less
  • Queue music into Rhythmbox from Nautilus
  • Accessing your encrypted home directory in Ubuntu

GNOME 2.32 Screenshots needed

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Software

paulcutler.org: The GNOME 2.32 release notes need your help! If you have a GNOME 2.31.x development environment, I’m looking for 2 or 3 screenshots:

Clementine 0.5: New and Improved KDE4 Port of Amarok 1.4

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tuxarena.blogspot: Clementine is a port to KDE4 of one of the most beloved music players on Linux, Amarok 1.4. The latest release brings several new features.

A walk around the GNOME desktop

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Software

ghacks.net: Recently I had a reader request a bit of a “how to” on the GNOME desktop. After giving it some thought, and at first wondering why anyone would need a walk around for the GNOME desktop, I realized that some users simply don’t have the ability to look at the computer desktop from the same vantage point as those of us who “get it”.

Choosing and Using Free Licenses

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: What is this “Free Culture” thing? What is “Free Software”? And how do I get my work out there? If you’re looking to participate in the “Commons”, you’ll need to get comfortable with the idea of free, public licenses and how to use them for your works.

Running The X.Org Server Without Root Privileges

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phoronix.com: Besides talking about the X.Org Server development process and the X.Org Server 1.10 plans, Keith Packard also talked about not running the X.Org Server as root (also sometimes referred to as a "root-less X Server") during XDS Toulouse.

Custom PS3 operating system in the works

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Linux

afterdawn.com: A member of the PS3Hax forum has posted this weekend early screenshots of a custom PlayStation 3 operating system, one that can be installed if you have a jailbroken PS3 console.

Standard Ubuntu on the Netbook

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Ubuntu

amysramblings.wordpress: I’ve reinstalled standard Ubuntu on my netbook. Why?

Linux networking made easy

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HowTos

techradar.com: Ten years ago, most of us thought we would be able to live a full and happy life without worrying about whether we were getting maximum throughput across our networks, or whether the point-to-point latency on our machines would preclude us from popular gaming. But things have changed.

Krita - The KDE Answer to GIMP

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KDE
Software

tuxarena.blogspot: I remembered I only tried Krita once, in KDE 3, and I was a little dissatisfied with it (can't remember exactly why), so at the time I decided to stay with GIMP. This is why this article brought Krita again in my attention, so I decided to give it a spin and see how it looks like.

full circle magazine Issue 41

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Ubuntu

Issue #41 is out, and as usual, we’ve got lots of great stuff for you. We’ve got an overview of running Windows apps on Ubuntu, a feature on running a business with Ubuntu, more interviews, how-tos, and everything else in between!

The Defenders of Free Software

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OSS

nytimes.com: Mr. Hemel serves as a volunteer watchman for free, open-source software like the Linux operating system, which competes with Microsoft’s Windows.

few day's leftovers:

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News
  • Can an Application Store Succeed in a Free Operating System?
  • Digital Primer Video Available from the Xiph.Org Foundation
  • Behind KDE: David Faure
  • Running An Encrypted LVM In Ubuntu 10.10
  • FocusWriter 1.3.0 Released – Distraction free writing on Ubuntu
  • Create Your Own Online Backup Service With SparkleShare
  • Install DeadBeef-Ultimate Music Player in Ubuntu
  • Atlanta hopes to draw Red Hat away from N.C.
  • Linux Outlaws 166 - Narwhals in Your Head
  • VideoEgg acquires Movable Type blogging software
  • Open Source Community Welcomes Government Support
  • Linux Mint 10 to use Faenza icon set?
  • Pithos Melds Pandora Streaming with Linux Desktops
  • Loving Squeeze & Small Victories
  • Tomboy To Zim Wiki Conversion Script
  • nVidia - There is No Optimus Support for Linux
  • Clubbing baby seals is GPL-compatible: Why Oracle can do better
  • Popular webOS Feed Reader Goes Open Source
  • Linux Link Tech Show Sept 22
  • The Rise or Fall of Open Source?
  • Linux: Paradox of choice
  • New life for Mandriva
  • Oracle's invisible elephant
  • Open Source vs Proprietary Software – The never ending Battle
  • Keryx: Offline Package Installation made easy in Ubuntu
  • Five Rhythmbox extensions
  • With Six You Get Netware
  • Government wants to break free from Microsoft? – France shows you how.
  • PCLinuxOS vs. Ubuntu - or - Linux XXX vs. Linux YYY
  • 5 Reasons to Wrap Your Enterprise in Python
  • Are We Entering the Golden Age of Forks?
  • FLOSS Weekly 136: Emacs Org-Mode

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Anatomy of an exploit: CVE-2010-3081
  • Quick Way to upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10
  • Listen to Text and Instant Messages with Gespeaker
  • How to read Ext3/Ext4 linux partition from windows 7
  • Merge, split, and watermark your PDFs with PDF Chain
  • How to Backup Your Linux PC with Simple Backup
  • Understanding and modifying file permissions using chmod
  • Free Up Disk Space in Ubuntu by Deleting Cached Packages
  • Changing Mouse Sensitivity from the Command Line
  • Ratpoison and dmenu
  • How to set Shell Environment Variables (bash shell)?
  • Hidden Linux: Sensing temperature
  • Free-form note taking with Xournal
  • Turn a Pogoplug into a Fully-Featured Linux Web Server
  • Install Create Background Slideshow (CreBS) On Ubuntu 10.10
  • NTOP for Network Analysis
  • Building a Security Audit Toolkit
  • Retrieve mail from Yahoo!'s webmail service - FetchYahoo
  • Zeya- Streaming music server using HTML 5 | Ubuntu
  • Restore suspend function in Xfce Xubuntu 10.10
  • Writing Better Shell Scripts – Part 3, Part 2, Part 1
  • File Associations With Different Applications for KDE

User Riots: What Does Not Work with Launcher Menus (Part 2)

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SUSE

Various stats suggest that 85% of people are right handed. These could also be interpreted as the majority of people using computers are right handed as well. The majority of Launcher menus sit on the bottom left of the screen.

Lightspark's Advanced Graphics Engine Progresses

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phoronix.com: For those interested in the state of the "advanced graphics engine" for Lightspark, the newest and promising open-source project to implement support for Adobe's Flash/SWF specification, there's an update.

Bye bye Suse, welcome Fedora

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Linux
SUSE

blog.delouw.ch: After using SuSE and later OpenSuse since 1994 it was time for a change. I was stuck at OpenSuse because of its excellent multimedia support trough 3rd party repostitories from packman. Last evening another update brought the system down once again. Time for change.

Top 12 PC Games Of All Time

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Gaming

informationweek.com: With a click of the mouse, gamers can transport themselves into futuristic worlds, realistic battle scenes and a virtual life of organized crime. Although there they face extensive competition from console-makers such as Nintendo and Sony, PC software games continue to flourish, as each year hundreds of titles vie for consumers' attention, loyalty and dollars. Here's a dozen of the all time best.

Amarok 2.3.2 Raises The Bar On Linux Media Players

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Software

thebluemint.net: A heads up, for those who haven't heard: the venerable flagship media player Amarok has released a new version upon the masses. 2.3.2, Codenamed "Moonshine", includes a series of bug fixes along with some cool new features as well.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 142 is out!

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.