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Story President Obama to ditch BlackBerry, switch to Android Roy Schestowitz 2 25/03/2014 - 9:37am
Story Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 Gets Real Rianne Schestowitz 2 25/03/2014 - 9:36am
Story NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD Join Forces to Improve OpenGL Performance Up to 15 Times Rianne Schestowitz 2 25/03/2014 - 9:35am
Forum topic Scope Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 9:33am
Story Reviews, Indecent Proposal, and Ubuntu Graduation Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 9:25am
Story Linux community wants Witcher 3 Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 6:47am
Story AMD is Looking at Feasibility of Mantle on Linux – No Mantle-Linux Code Currently Exists Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 6:44am
Story Enea AB: Enea signs 3M USD OSE and Linux deal Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 6:40am
Story Graduating from Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 6:27am
Story Mozilla hires new CEO who will focus on Firefox OS Roy Schestowitz 25/03/2014 - 4:05am

New features in MySQL 5.1

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Software Since the big leap forward to MySQL 5.0, it's taken the MySQL development team three years, during which there have been a whole string of pre-release versions, to release the new version 5.1 of the popular database. MySQL 5.1.30 (General Availability) is available to download from various mirrors.

Also: Monty says beware of MySQL 5.1 GA

Cool Command Line Apps for GNU/Linux and other Unix Systems

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Software Even though I am a strong advocate of learning as much as you can about using the command line, I admit I like my GUI a lot (and Compiz of course Smile ). The CLI can be really useful for repairing your system or just doing some task that takes far more clicks in the graphical interface.

Fedora, OpenSuse, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris

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mmartinsoftware.blogspot: I've been running Fedora for some time at home and on several work computers--most recently the latest Fedora 10 development branches. I ventured out to try OpenSuse, and brought in Beta 5. I must admit, I was blown away.

The State Of The Tux3 File-System

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Software We last talked about Tux3 file-system in September and just this past week the project's Daniel Phillips has shared a progress report. Up until recently, work on the Tux3 file-system was done as a Linux FUSE module, but work is well underway in a kernel port for Tux3.

10 mistakes new Linux administrators make

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Linux If you’re new to Linux, a few common mistakes are likely to get you into trouble. Learn about them up front so you can avoid major problems as you become increasingly Linux-savvy.

Ubuntu and the ‘Average User’

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Ubuntu For years, free-software advocates have asserted that Linux is ready for the mainstream desktop. Critics have responded that, sure, Linux has come a long way since 1991, but it’s still not for ‘average users’. Until grandmothers can get an Ubuntu system up and running without having to hack a wireless driver or an xorg.conf file, we’re told, the Linux user base will remain limited.

First steps for Linux on iPhone

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Linux The Linux on the iPhone project has released the first results of its work. The current port of Linux includes a bootloader, OpeniBoot, which allows the user to select booting either the iPhone OS or the Linux port.

Look at This, Mac Users! User Interfaces on the Linux Desktop Can Have Consistency!

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Linux Mac users are very proud of their oh-so-shiny operating system and hardware. They have to be. Mac users paid good money for their system, and it would be quite a big waste of they weren’t proud of it.

There's something different about OpenSource people

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linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: It's actually kind of unfortunate that many of the folks who work on providing OpenSource software don't get the recognition, or at least the respect they deserve.

Review: Fedora 10

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  • Review: Fedora 10

  • Fedora 10: LiveCD install
  • A Visual Desktop Tour of 10 Fedora Releases
  • Fedora 8 end-of-life is January 7

today's leftovers

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  • RandR 1.3 Arrives With Panning Support

  • What might end Apple’s open source pass
  • Fedora 10 is a 10
  • Fedora 10 out - is it the best alternative to Ubuntu?
  • Intel's Linux-based Moblin platform arrives on devices
  • How open should your open source business strategy be
  • Crappy economy = great time for open source in schools
  • Do you miss the Elephant Skin Wallpaper in Ibex?
  • The Top 5 Best Online Sources For Fonts
  • Spice up Your System with Open Source Fonts
  • 40 Tips for optimizing your php code
  • Fixing UMTS upload performance on Linux
  • Shopping for Your Linux Loved Ones
  • Dealing With "Argument list too long" Errors on Linux and Unix
  • Netbook world summit
  • GNU Xnee: Workaround for Xvfb bug
  • Linux System monitoring using Dstat
  • Building an OpenBSD Gateway - Part 3
  • Useful programs and procedures for gentoo newcomers: USE flags
  • Multimedia Support in Fedora 10
  • Using wvdial in Linux
  • Ubuntu on an iBook
  • Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA
  • Create new virtual machine in Virtualbox

OpenSUSE 11.1 RC and KDE 4.1

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blogbeebe.blogspot: The release Thursday of OpenSUSE 11.1 RC 'incited' me to download the KDE-based Open CD version and give it a spin. I've been tracking KDE 4.1 across three distributions (Mandriva 2009, Fedora 10, and OpenSUSE). Kubuntu in any version is one of the worst ways to experience KDE.

Mandriva 2009.0 Review:

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MDV Mandriva has been great for users who just like to have something that looks peaceful and easy to use. For new users with laptops I would recommend Mandriva One 2009 as it has a better background and supports wireless….

Ubuntu developers discovered exactly nothing

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Ubuntu Only a site like Softpedia can post an article such as Newly Discovered Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect All Ubuntu Users, which starts this way: «Yesterday, November 27th, the Ubuntu developers discovered yet another security issue (actually, more than one) in the Linux kernel packages.» On the contrary, they were late to fix those kernel vulnerabilities...

Picasa 3: Great Linux photo software

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blogs.computerworld: I have a confession to make. There's no software on earth I can't make dance and sing... except for photography programs. Whether it's Adobe Photoshop CS4 on a Mac or GIMP 2.6.3 on Linux, I'm a klutz.

KDE Videocast Episode 3, November 29

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aseigo.blogspot: Episode 3 of my KDE videocast will be broadcast live at 17:00 UTC on Saturday, November 29nd over at UStream.

Also: dolphin screencast

Linux and Us Kenyans - Part II

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mwendariungu.wordpress: Most of us are still holding on to ancient Linux distros whose operation may involve extensive use of command line tools made necessary by the need to install software from external sources.

Newly Discovered Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect All Ubuntu Users

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Security Yesterday, November 27th, the Ubuntu developers discovered yet another security issue (actually, more than one) in the Linux kernel packages. These vulnerabilities affect the following Ubuntu distributions: 6.06 LTS, 7.10, 8.04 LTS and 8.10 (also applies to Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu).

Half of Firefox Extensions Not Compatible with 3.1

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Moz/FF Mozilla is on the verge of releasing Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, and it’s quite possible that in the next month or two the final version will be pushed out the door. A major new release like this means that some of your favorite extensions might not be working, and Mozilla doesn’t want that to happen.

Proprietary Firmware and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel

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Linux Knowing when a GNU/Linux distribution is free used to be simple. If all its software had licenses approved by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) or the Open Source Initiative, then a distribution was free. Otherwise, it wasn't. However, the release of the GNewSense distribution a few years ago has complicated the situation.

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Leftovers: KDE


  • 4 Useful Cinnamon Desktop Applets
    The Cinnamon desktop environment is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Out of the box it offers a clean, fast and well configured desktop experience. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a little better with a few nifty extras. And that’s where Cinnamon Applets come in. Like Unity’s Indicator Applets and GNOME Extensions, Cinnamon Applets let you add additional functionality to your desktop quickly and easily.
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest
    The hackfest is aimed to raise the standard of the overall core experience in GNOME, this includes the core apps like Documents, Files, Music, Photos and Videos, etc. In particular, we want to identify missing features and sore points that needs to be addressed and the interaction between apps and the desktop. Making the core apps push beyond the limits of the framework and making them excellent will not only be helpful for the GNOME desktop experience, but also for 3rd party apps, where we will implement what they are missing and also serve as an example of what an app could be.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 21
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 335 commits, with 13631 lines added and 37699 lines removed.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Puppet Unveils New Docker Build and Phased Deployments
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    At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin I gave a talk about Kubernetes titled "Why I love Kubernetes? Top 10 reasons." The response was great, and several folks asked me to write a blog about it. So here it is, with the first five reasons in this article and the others to follow. As a quick introduction, Kubernetes is "an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications" often referred to as a container orchestrator.
  • Website-blocking attack used open-source software
    Mirai gained notoriety after the Krebs attack because of the bandwidth it was able to generate — a record at well over 600 gigabits a second, enough to send the English text of Wikipedia three times in two seconds. Two weeks later, the source code for Mirai was posted online for free.
  • Alibaba’s Blockchain Email Repository Gains Technology from Chinese Open Source Startup
    Onchain, an open-source blockchain based in Shanghai, will provide technology for Alibaba’s first blockchain supported email evidence repository. Onchain allows fast re-constructions for public, permissioned (consortium) or private blockchains and will eventually enable interoperability among these modes. Its consortium chain product, the Law Chain, will provide technology for Ali Cloud, Alibaba’s computing branch. Ali Cloud has integrated Onchain’s Antshares blockchain technology to provide an enterprise-grade email repository. Onchain provides the bottom-layer framework for Ali Cloud, including its open-source blockchain capabilities, to enable any company to customize its own enterprise-level blockchain.
  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
    If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use DRM for HTML5 media should now just work, such as Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, the Netflix crew haven't 'flicked a switch' yet behind the scenes for Firefox on Linux, meaning if you run Netflix in the Mozilla browser at the moment, you'll likely just come across the old Silverlight error page. But there is a workaround. For some reason, Netflix still expects Silverlight when it detects the user is running Firefox, despite the fact that the latest Firefox builds for Linux now support the HTML5 DRM plugin.
  • IBM Power Systems solution for EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server
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  • How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
    Mobile Internet connectivity is growing rapidly in rural India, and because most Internet users are more comfortable in their native languages, websites producing content in Indian languages are going to drive this growth. In a country like India in which only a handful of journals are available in Indian languages, open access to research and educational resources is hugely important for populating content for the various Indian language Wikipedias.
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    One source of data about programmers' skills is HackerRank, a company that poses programming challenges to a community of more than a million coders and also offers recruitment services to businesses. Using information about how successful coders from different countries are at solving problems across a wide range of domains (such as "algorithms" or "data structures" or specific languages such as C++ or Java), HackerRank's data suggests that, overall, the best developers come from China, followed closely by Russia. Alarmingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the United States comes in at 28th place.

OSS in the Back End

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