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PCManFM Review - Yet Another Lightweight GTK File Manager

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Reviews

PCManFM is the default file manager in LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. Its goal is to offer a fast execution speed, providing in the same time enough functionality for a file manager of its class.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • The cloud is a lie

  • Cisco, Red Hat in the Cloud: Friends or Enemies?
  • Could Firefox 3.5 Spark a Web Design Boom?
  • First Linux Action Show released using the new HTML5 Video Tag – The RESULTS!
  • Could I Have Lost My PR3 Because of Firefox 3.5?
  • The Florida Linux Show Helps Establish FLAG
  • Ingres: We're Gaining From The MySQL Meltdown
  • there will be no Nokia devices running Android any time soon
  • Nokia Denies Android Reports
  • SSH, the Cluster is working.
  • No mandatory audio and video codecs in HTML 5
  • Firefox Icon History and Creative Brief – The Big Picture
  • A Comparison of Open Source Search Engines
  • DRM: The Programmers View
  • New Features Of PHP 5.3.0
  • Red Hat KVM virtualization announcement expected at VMworld
  • Will AMD's XvBA Beat Out NVIDIA's VDPAU?
  • My Week in Ubuntu: Twitter-fix
  • How to try Google Android on x86 computers with a LiveCD
  • Introducing the new FSF campaigns manager
  • Identifying pointless .la files for plugins
  • This is the house
  • Light and efficient teeny-weeny text editor
  • PostgreSQL speeds up database
  • Linux Outlaws 100 - Outlaws on the Autobahn

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to Record Skype Calls in Linux

  • Create your own yum repository
  • Run a program on one CPU core in Linux
  • Disable Boot Splash in Ubuntu
  • Sending Mail Through Gmail with Perl
  • Get Google Gears Up and Running in Firefox 3.5
  • Asynchronous Mirroring in Unix
  • Getting Loopy with Bash: using for loops

From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise

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Microsoft

tirania.org: First the big news: Microsoft will be applying the Community Promise patent licensing to both C# and the CLI.

Black Duck Report is Meaningless Without Source Code

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softwarefreedom.org: Black Duck Software recently published some summary statistics about free and open source software license adoption. Any of these conclusions might be reasonable if the 5% figure was meaningful, but Black Duck has given us no reason to believe it is; if anything, their own statements suggest it isn't.

Interview with Amanda McPherson of LinuxCon in Portland

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Interviews

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I had the pleasure to talk to Amanda McPherson, one of the minds behind LinuxCon, “LinuxCon is a new annual technical conference that will provide an unmatched collaboration and education space for all matters Linux”.

Akademy Awards 2009

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KDE

kde.org: The Akademy Awards for 2009 have been announced, celebrating the best of KDE contributors. As always the winners are chosen by the winners from the previous year.

A Review of the Smplayer Media Player for Linux and Windows

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tech-no-media: For me the the best free media player for Windows and Linux is mplayer. It is not only a very fast player, but it also offers a ton of advanced options.

DebConf9 schedule

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debconf.org/blog: The schedule for the upcoming DebConf9 is available. Most of it should be set already, but of course there still can be small changes until the conference starts, and honestly, until it ends. more here

KDE and Gnome Formulate Common Goals

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linux-magazine.com: When KDE chiefs Adriaan de Groot and Sebastian Kuegler, together with Gnome's Dave Neary and Federico Mena met the press, Kuegler explained the idea for a joint desktop conference was born two years ago and is meant to save developers from having to travel to two conferences.

Attempted Break-In on www.centos.org

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Web

lwn.net: CentOS is reporting that there was a break-in attempt made on the www.centos.org server. Due to an "administrative error", the Xoops content management system was abused to put some content onto the web server.

Open-source Bias Cheered, Booed in Planned EC Rules Review

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pcworld.com: Industry groups criticized and praised on Monday what they consider is a bias in favor of open-source software in the European Commission's plans to update the rules governing industry standard technologies.

Interim decision in Swiss open source case

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h-online.com: The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has issued an interim verdict in a legal action brought by a group of open source companies against the Swiss Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL) for awarding a software procurement contract to Microsoft without a tendering process.

Brazilian President brings attention to Free Software

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blog.worldlabel.com: In a symbolic show of support for Free Open Source Software and the OpenDocument Format, Brazilian President Lula da Silva recently attended the Linux-related FISL 10 conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he gave an address underscoring the importance of Free Open Source Software.

Pushing ahead with Fedora 12

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marilyn.frields.org: The days of summer may be hot, but they’re anything but lazy in Fedora. The Fedora 12 release, as many community members already know, is a somewhat tighter schedule overall.

Software SmackDown: SoftMaker Comes Out on Top?

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consortiuminfo.org: How could anyone expect a less well funded commercial competitor, much less an open source project, to equal Office for features, performance and interoperability with other office suites?

Debian developer clarifies Mono position

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  • Debian developer clarifies Mono position

  • The LibDave method of patent immunity
  • Open letter to Miguel de Icaza
  • Yet another opinion in Mono case
  • The Mono Firefight

KOffice 2.0

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linuxjournal.com: The long-awaited upgrade to KOffice has arrived. It looks good and provides a great base for its future evolution.

Epiphany - GNOME Web Browser Review

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Epiphany is usually the first choice for GNOME users who want to use a web browser which is lighter than Firefox and integrates well with GNOME.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 310

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Review: CDLinux 0.9.2 Community Edition

  • News: Debian and Ubuntu say Mono is no threat, rebootless updates for Jaunty, Fedora announces Fit and Finish project
  • Released last week: PCLinuxOS 2009.2, Sabayon Linux 4.2 "GNOME", Calculate Linux 9.7 "KDE", Yellow Dog Linux 6.2, blackPanther OS 9.1
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS, Pardus Linux 2009 RC2, Frugalware Linux 1.1pre2
  • New distributions: Sugar on a Stick, VESTA, Milnix, Mundus OS, BSD Router Project
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

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Security Leftovers

  • How To Improve The Linux System’s Security Using Firejail
    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
  • “Httpd and Relayd Mastery” off to copyedit
  • Kalyna Block Cipher

Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
  • [Old] Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

    The Hadoop community has so far failed to account for the poor performance and high complexity of Hadoop, Johnson says. “The Hadoop ecosystem is still basically in the hands of a small number of experts,” he says. “If you have that power and you’ve learned know how to use these tools and you’re programmer, then this thing is super powerful. But there aren’t a lot of those people. I’ve read all these things how we need another million data scientists in the world, which I think means our tools aren’t very good.”

Wine and Games

  • [Wine] Packaging changes
    Today we want to announce some important changes regarding the Wine Staging packages provided at repos.wine-staging.com and dl.winehq.org. We completely reworked our build system to make the packages available sooner after a release and also added some new features, like downloading old packages for Debian / Ubuntu. The complete list of changes can be found in the announcement email on the Wine mailing list.
  • Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Announced for PC, Mac, Linux, and Mobile
  • Podcast #6 with Ethan Lee, Porter on Fez, Transistor
    Have you ever played Fez on Linux ? Transistor ? Speed Runners ? Shenzen I/O ? Bastion ? or more recently, Owlboy ? Well if you have, you have benefited from the work of Flibitijibibo who is directly responsible for the port of such titles to your platform.