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Linux in a University Workshop

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Linux
MDV

linuxmigrante.blogspot: Yesterday, Mechatotoro and I were in charge of a workshop on technology and education for a congress at our university. The basic idea was to apply Freire's philosophy that education needs to be eye-opening and mind-freeing while the current approach to technology is somehow acting conversely in the classrooms.

NVIDIA 2010 Driver Year In Review

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Hardware
Software

phoronix.com: At the end of each year for the past five years we have delivered "year in review" articles looking at the performance of NVIDIA's (and ATI/AMD's) proprietary Linux drivers. Both in terms of new features introduced during the year in their driver updates and benchmarking the driver releases to see how the performance has evolved over twelve months.

Alien Arena 2011 - Overview & Screenshots

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Gaming

tuxarena.blogspot: Alien Arena 7.50 (a.k.a. Alien Arena 2011) was released yesterday and it comes with several new notable features regarding the physics engine, as well as two new maps, updated player and skins models, new music for various maps, revamped in-game IRC client, as well as several bug fixes and improvements.

Software flaws don't negate "many eyes" in open source

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OSS
Security

itworld.com: The allegations from Greg Perry regarding backdoors allegedly placed within OpenBSD about a decade ago seem to be shifting more and more into the realm of fantasy as each day goes by.

2010 was the year of Ubuntu, but can it last?

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Ubuntu

infoworld.com: Canonical's early bet on cloud and user experience let Ubuntu become the de facto cloud Linux distribution in 2010

In the Browser Game, Open Source Players Continue to Define the Pace

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Software
Moz/FF

ostatic.com: As 2010 draws to a close, one of the biggest open source stories of the year continues to be the ongoing decline in market share of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, as Google Chrome and Firefox take share from it.

Red Hat joins charge to fend off patent madness

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Linux

linuxuser.co.uk: Current U.S. court ruling could jeopardise the future of software innovation – Linux User & Developer magazine’s news reporter Rory MacDonald explains all…

Ubuntu's Natty release

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Ubuntu

mybroadband.co.za: It's still a few months off but the next release of Ubuntu Linux could be an important one

Attachmate: Open Letter to Novell Customers

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SUSE

attachmate.com: Since the announcement of our intent to acquire Novell, we have received a number of questions regarding our plans for supporting Novell products. Attachmate is committed to delivering quality products, providing exceptional customer service, and being easy to do business with.

Quick Look at Firefox 4 Beta - New Features With Screenshots

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Reviews

Firefox 4 is knocking at the door and the latest beta release looks just awesome. The seventh beta release introduces several important changes, including a revamped user interface (with the tab location above the address bar and navigation buttons), tab grouping, improved bookmarking system, re-open recently closed windows, built-in synchronizing system, rendering engine improvements, and more. This article contains a screenshot gallery with all the main features and changes brought until now by Firefox 4.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Myth Busted #6: Ubuntu is only for n00bs and not for serious linux users
  • It’s Been a Crazy Year at Canonical
  • Vietnam slow in applying open source software
  • Bodhi 0.1.3 Released
  • Bored of your homepage? Try this bright Ubuntu-ized one instead
  • Free Software turns DisplayLink docking stations into Linux client PCs
  • The Power of openSUSE Build Service
  • Git Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy
  • Support GNOME by shopping at Amazon this Xmas
  • Fedora Board Meeting Dec 13
  • The Linux 2.6.37 Kernel Nears Completion
  • Periodic table to get atomic weight update
  • Skrooge 0.8.0 personal finance manager released
  • World's first dual-core smartphone debuts in Korea
  • Experiences with (very) rare Linux crashing, upgrades
  • Paludis 0.56.1 Released
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #380 Dec 15

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • SilentEye - Hide messages in pictures
  • Environment Variables
  • Use gkDebconf to reconfigure debconf-using programs
  • Eva's Great Guide to Ubuntu – Part 4
  • How to compile from sources in Ubuntu or Debian
  • Matching Text Strings in Bash
  • How to create a screencast of your Linux desktop
  • Tools for Storage Monitoring: iostat
  • Enabling HTTP Strict Transport Security on debian servers

Pardus Corporate 2 beta review

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Linux

linuxbsdos.com: Pardus Corporate 2 is the corporate (professional) edition of Pardus, the Linux distribution developed and maintained by the National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology (UEKAE), Turkey. This is the first beta, released on December 13.

2010: The year open source went invisible

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OSS

theregister.co.uk: The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible. It's not that the media stopped reporting on open source. Far from it. Up until 2010, coverage of open source had remained roughly static, as evidenced by Google News result for "open source" in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

OpenBSD backdoor claims: bugs found during code audit

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Security
BSD

itwire.com: The OpenBSD project has found two bugs during an audit of the cryptographic code in which, it has been alleged, the FBI, through former developers, was able to plant backdoors.

AUSkey finally gets open source support

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OSS

zdnet.com.au: After initially airing plans for Linux support in July, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is now offering preliminary support to open-source users on specific platforms.

"Ubuntu: Up and Running" Book Review

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Ubuntu

maxolasersquad.blogspot: This book touts itself as "A Power User's Desktop Guide." This rather accurately defines the target audience of the book. It is not for your average user, but for a technically inclined user who is interested in getting his or her hands dirty with Ubuntu.

How’d Ya Do That?

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Software

georgetoon.com: “How’d ya do that?” I get this question as often as I get , “How do you get your ideas?” And, of course, the first question refers to the kinds of digital tools I use to help produce my cartoon features and images for my blog posts.

What has happened to the Dot?

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KDE
Web

hanschen.org: Some of you might see a message if you visit dot.kde.org, forum.kde.org or try to edit a page in one of the KDE wikis and wonder what it’s all about. There’s no need to worry.

Top 6 Eyecandy Compiz Plugins

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Software

techdrivein.com: Who doesn't like some eyecandy for their desktops, definitely not me. Compiz is actively being developed now and we can expect a lot of surprises for next major Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal". Here is a collection of Compiz experimental plugins that does not come with the default package.

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    In an effort to improve autonomous vehicle safety, Voyage is open sourcing its Open Autonomous Safety (OAS) library that contains the company’s internal safety procedures, materials, and test code that is intended to supplement the existing safety programs at autonomous vehicle startups. Voyage is the self-driving business from the educational organization Udacity.
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  • Event - "GNU Health Con 2018" (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
    GNU Health is this year holding the III International GNU Health Conference, GNU Health Con 2018. This conference will gather the community of activists and developers who have been working on the project during the past 10 years.
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  • L.A. Lawmakers Looking To Take Legal Action Against Google For Not Solving Long-Running City Traffic Problems
    The city's government believes the traffic/mapping app has made Los Angeles' congestion worse. That the very body tasked with finding solutions to this omnipresent L.A. problem is looking to hold a private third party company responsible for its own shortcomings isn't surprising. If a third-party app can't create better traffic flow, what chance do city planners have? But beyond the buck-passing on congestion, the city may have a point about Waze making driving around Los Angeles a bit more hazardous. For several months, it's been noted that Waze has been sending drivers careening down the steepest grade in the city -- Baxter Street. Drivers seeking routes around Glendale Ave. traffic choke points have been routed to a street with a 32% grade, increasing the number of accidents located there and generally resulting in barely-controlled mayhem. When any sort of precipitation falls from the sky, the city goes insane. Drivers bypassing Glendale are now hurtling down a steep, water-covered hill, compounding the problem.
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"Native Linux apps in Chrome OS" and Kernel News From LWN

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