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Story OpenStack Juno is out, Debian (and Ubuntu Trusty ports) packages ready Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:24am
Story Video: Systemd the Core OS (no coughing) Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:20am
Story GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:14am
Story Ubuntu Touch RTM Update Is Out, Has Better Performance and Beautiful New Indicators Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:10am
Story Ubuntu turns 10: A look back at desktop Linux standard bearer Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:09am
Story Forking Debian, Celebrating Ubuntu, and Best Desktops Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:04am
Story 5 open access journals for open source enthusiasts Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:04am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 20/10/2014 - 11:47pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 20/10/2014 - 11:47pm
Story Emacs 24.4 released Rianne Schestowitz 20/10/2014 - 11:16pm

Office Suites for Linux

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Software

elevenislouder.blogspot: Nearly every desktop computer and laptop has some kind of office or productivity suite. I have found there are six common office/productivity solutions for UNIX/Linux systems with which most of us are already familiar.

Misinterpretation of a prototype?

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OOo

blogs.sun.com/GullFOSS: It was really interesting to follow the media in the last days where discussion around the latest Renaissance prototype took place. And many many people commented on the blog from Frank a colleague of mine and other public sources.

Monty claims commercial MySQL license is too restrictive

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OSS

h-online.com: Monty Widenius, founder of MySQL, has said in a blog posting – "Thoughts on Dual-Licensing Open Source Software" – that he recently became aware that Sun Microsystem's OEM licence agreement for MySQL would restrict users who had signed up for the commercial licence to the open source database from modifying MySQL or using any forks of MySQL.

Writing a book with the help of the Sakai free software community

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Misc

This article is about writing a book with the help of the free software community. The book in question is Sakai Courseware Management with the main authors being Alan Berg (Me myself and Sleepy and Michael Korcuska, the executive director of the Sakai Foundation. In reality, around forty community members delivered valuable content, which the authors distributed strategically throughout the book.

Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Raster Graphics System in KDE 4

  • Free Desktop Communities come together at the Gran Canaria
  • Desktop Summit

  • Open Multiple Links At Once In Firefox
  • Add A Search Engine to Firefox Search Bar
  • Progress with Pardusman on Web
  • Debian stable(?) on the HP Mini
  • Tweet From your KDE 4 Desktop
  • Checking Chrome on Linux
  • Is Google's open-source advocacy a patent-busting scheme?
  • Is Google spending $106.5m to open source a codec?
  • AMD Releases OpenCL SDK For Linux Too
  • BOH lands on Linux
  • An ever increasing entropy war with CentOS
  • A Perfect Illustration of Why I Now Choose Scientific Linux Over CentOS
  • Is Your Linux Distro Here For The Long Haul?
  • Amanda McPherson: The Value of Linux Job Skills Rises 50%
  • Linux UI designer working on netbook-optimized calendar, mail

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to build a KDE 4.3 distro with SUSE Studio

  • Make Firefox Fit Your Netbook in 30 Seconds
  • How to connect to SmartBro Prepaid in Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Tech Tip: Remote Mirroring Using nc and dd
  • TIP: Resolving grub-probe warning message on libata transition
  • How to Open a docx file in Ubuntu 9.04 through Openoffice?
  • Snmpd Listen to Specific IP Address (BIND To Selected Interfaces)
  • How to Run Windows Software (and Games) on Linux with Wine
  • Migrating to an Encrypted Home Directory
  • Howto Set Movie Covers as Thumbnails on Ubuntu
  • Quick OOo spreadsheet tips
  • Converting OpenOffice files to/from Microsoft Office files

Music Player Review: Music Player Daemon Explored

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Software

gquigs.blogspot: Music Player Daemon is an application that organizes and plays your music, that can be controlled through various applications that you can actually see and use.

KDE 4.3 “Caizen” Review

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KDE

terminalvariant.co.cc: Now that KDE 4.3 “Caizen” is out of the oven I’d like to share my views on the latest release and see if it’s living up to the promise it showed in 4.2.

Buddi: Personal finances without a headache

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Software

linuxbeacon.com: Although the idea of using an application to manage your personal finances does make a lot of sense, not all of us have the time and patience to learn all the intricacies of tools like GnuCash or Money Manager Ex. In this case, you need Buddi.

Also: Digitalizing My Personal Finances on Linux

Linux Distro with a Hint of Hyper-V a la Perlow

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Linux

daniweb.com/blogs: My good friend and partner in crime, Jason Perlow is working on (as I'm writing this) a new Linux distribution that is Hyper-V ready. It is a modified OpenSUSE 11.1 that includes the Linux Integration Components (ICs) from Microsoft.

AMD FirePro V8750 2GB

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Hardware

phoronix.com: We reviewed the FirePro V8700 1GB workstation graphics card back in March, but AMD has now introduced its evolutionary successor to this ultra high-end product, and that is the ATI FirePro V8750 2GB.

Giving ATI a second glance

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Hardware

zdnet.com.au/blogs: For those of us running Linux desktops, a graphics card decision can make or break a system in ways no commercial OS user can fathom.

Firefox Director Talks Firefox 3.6, Tasks, and Competing with Chrome

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Interviews
Moz/FF

lifehacker.com: We were eager to know what's happening with Firefox. Mike Beltzner, the open-source browser's director, was glad to tell us. Here's what he had to say.

When “choice” becomes a burden

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OSS

weblog.obso1337.org: A recent LWN article on the openSUSE desktop debate has an excellent quote from user Naheem Zaffar: “Choice is only good if you are informed enough to exercise it.”

OpenOffice.org: It’s a little too late for April Fool’s jokes, don’t you think?

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OOo

linuxcritic.wordpress: The developers of the beloved OpenOffice.org office suite are giving serious development time to the despised and reviled ribbon interface of Microsoft Office 2007. I was, well, shocked to say the least.

Top 24 Linux Apps

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Software

laptoplogic.com: Though Linux comes in many different flavors, there are a common string of favorite apps that seem to unite all users.

A look at the server GUI argument

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: So much has been said about the pros and cons of using a GUI/X server on a Linux server. It has been condemned, vilified and threatened with brutality by the "command line only" crowd. It has been revered, praised and even worshiped by the "GUI or Bust" crowd. What is it really all about?

Another step forward for open source video

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OSS

opensource.org: The history and circumstances of video technologies have long militated against open source success, but a number of events this year point to the inevitability of open source reaching even into the video space. It's about time!

Linux Mint 7 (KDE)

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Linux

desktoplinuxreviews.com: I recently took a look at the Gnome version of Linux Mint 7. I’ve been patiently waiting for the KDE version to be finished and now it’s finally here. So I snagged a copy and gave it a whirl.

Slackware 13.0 RC2 Brings Updated X Server and Video Drivers

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Slack

news.softpedia.com: A few hours ago Slackware's creator, Patrick Volkerding, announced that the second release candidate of the upcoming Slackware 13.0 Linux distribution was available for download.

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Leftovers: Debian, Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • Debian Developers Make Progress With RISC-V Port
    Debian developers continue making progress with a -- currently unofficial -- port of their Linux operating system to RISC-V. There is a in-progress Debian GNU/Linux port to RISC-V along with a repository with packages built for RISC-V. RISC-V for the uninitiated is a promising, open-source ISA for CPUs. So far there isn't any widely-available RISC-V hardware, but there are embedded systems in the works while software emulators are available.
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  • [Video] Ubuntu 17.04 KDE
  • deepin 15.4 Released, With Download Link & Mirrors
    deepin 15.4 GNU/Linux operating system has been released at April 19th 2017. I list here one official download link and two faster mirrors from Sourceforge. I listed here the Mega and Google mirrors as well but remember they don't provide direct download. The 15.4 provided only as 64 bit, the 32 bit version has already dropped (except by commercial support). I hope this short list helps you.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Overlayfs snapshots
    At the 2017 Vault storage conference, Amir Goldstein gave a talk about using overlayfs in a novel way to create snapshots for the underlying filesystem. His company, CTERA Networks, has used the NEXT3 ext3-based filesystem with snapshots, but customers want to be able to use larger filesystems than those supported by ext3. Thus he turned to overlayfs as a way to add snapshots for XFS and other local filesystems. NEXT3 has a number of shortcomings that he wanted to address with overlayfs snapshots. Though it only had a few requirements, which were reasonably well supported, NEXT3 never got upstream. It was ported to ext4, but his employer stuck with the original ext3-based system, so the ext4 version was never really pushed for upstream inclusion.
  • Five days and counting
    It is five days left until foss-north 2017, so it is high time to get your ticket! Please notice that tickets can be bought all the way until the night of the 25th (Tuesday), but catering is only included is you get your ticket on the 24th (Monday), so help a poor organizer and get your tickets as soon as possible!
  • OpenStack Radium? Maybe…but it could be Formidable
    OK the first results are in from the OpenStack community naming process for the R release. The winner at this point is Radium.
  • Libreboot Wants Back Into GNU
    Early this morning, Libreboot’s lead developer Leah Rowe posted a notice to the project’s website and a much longer post to the project’s subreddit, indicating that she would like to submit (or resubmit, it’s not clear how that would work at this point) the project to “rejoin the GNU Project.” The project had been a part of GNU from May 14 through September 15 of last year, at which time Ms. Rowe very publicly removed the project from GNU while making allegations of misdeeds by both GNU and the Free Software Foundation. Earlier this month, Rowe admitted that she had been dealing with personal issues at the time and had overreacted. The project also indicated that it had reorganized and that Rowe was no longer in full control.
  • Understanding the complexity of copyleft defense

    The fundamental mechanism defending software freedom is copyleft, embodied in GPL. GPL, however, functions only through upholding it--via GPL enforcement. For some, enforcement has been a regular activity for 30 years, but most projects don't enforce: they live with regular violations. Today, even under the Community Principles of GPL Enforcement, GPL enforcement is regularly criticized and questioned. The complex landscape is now impenetrable for developers who wish their code to remain forever free. This talk provides basic history and background information on the topic.

  • After Bill Gates Backs Open Access, Steve Ballmer Discovers The Joys Of Open Data
    A few months ago, we noted that the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the leaders in requiring the research that it funds to be released as open access and open data -- an interesting application of the money that Bill Gates made from closed-source software. Now it seems that his successor as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, has had a similar epiphany about openness. Back in 2001, Ballmer famously called GNU/Linux "a cancer". Although he later softened his views on software somewhat, that was largely because he optimistically claimed that the threat to Microsoft from free software was "in the rearview mirror". Not really: today, the Linux-based Android has almost two orders of magnitude more market share than Windows Phone.
  • New Open Door Policy for GitHub Developer Program
    GitHub has opened the doors on its three year old GitHub Developer Program. As of Monday, developers no longer need to have paid accounts to participate. "We're opening the program up to all developers, even those who don't have paid GitHub accounts," the company announced in a blog post. "That means you can join the program no matter which stage of development you're in,"
  • MuleSoft Joins the OpenAPI Initiative: The End of the API Spec Wars
    Yesterday, MuleSoft, the creators of RAML, announced that they have joined the Open API Initiative. Created by SmartBear Software and based on the wildly popular Swagger Specification, the OpenAPI Initiative is a Linux Foundation project with over 20 members, including Adobe, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.