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Story "Cryogenic" Linux Kernel Drops Power Use Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 7:55pm
Story Tim Cook blasts latest Apple-bashing book as ‘nonsense’ Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 7:46pm
Story Linux and botnets: It's not Linux's fault! Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 7:38pm
Story Firefox 28 released: Windows 8 Metro version removed at the last moment because it only had 1,000 users Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 6:43pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 5:28pm
Story Open source gets 'major role in Future Internet' Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 4:07pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 4:02pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 3:58pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 3:57pm
Story Open source introduces Polish schools to ICT Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 3:52pm

Kubuntu Moves Forward: You Can't Please Everyone, All the Time

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Ubuntu It's nearly a year since KDE released the KDE4 desktop. The initial roll-out was rocky for KDE, and while subsequent releases have brought ever increasing stability and enhancements, some KDE users feel it's not quite ready for daily use.

Software Selection Tips: StarOffice Vs. OpenOffice

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Software Now that Sun has released StarOffice 9, it's a good time to answer an important question: What, exactly, is the difference between and StarOffice?

Let's talk about LINUX Ubuntu 8.10

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ariewijaya.blogspot: About four years ago, I tried to free myself from the oppression and misery of running Windows XP by installing Linux on my PC. Ever installed the Linux operating system? It’s not for the faint of heart. So, when it was recently reported that Linux-based netbooks are being returned at a rate four-times higher than their Windows-based brethren, I can’t say I was surprised.

The sound of empire falling

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Microsoft I predicted years ago that what would eventually do Microsoft in was white-box PC makers defecting because they needed to claw back profit margin as the Windows license became the largest single item in their bills of material. And here’s the confirmation.

How to Select A Linux Distribution

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Linux The most commonly asked question by new Linux users is often “Which Linux distribution is the best for me?”. With hundreds, possibly thousands of different Linux distros out there, it is really a tough job deciding which is the one for you.

today's leftovers

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  • Support Firefox Day 4

  • Thunderbird released
  • Mozilla - about:plugins Nov 20
  • Custom-Branded Firefox Browser Recognized for Excellence
  • You know you've won...
  • Tom Brady Teams Up With OLPC
  • Gartner tries to scare businesses adopting open source
  • Linux gets Common Criteria certs
  • Opportunities for open source M&A
  • Qualcomm’s Kayak “PC alternative” pictured
  • Which check to write? when open source means Jack
  • 64-Bit Flash On Linux: It's A Portal
  • Deploy on Linux or stay with XP - Hasta la Vista
  • Open Source CMS Webcast: Drupal, by O’Reilly
  • VirtualBox 2 sucks, gnome-terminal sucks
  • From the SuperComputing '08 Floor
  • From the SuperComputing '08 Floor, Part 2
  • unix, then and now
  • Simple Scriptlet To Make The Linux CLI More User Friendly

some howtos:

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  • Netgear WG111T working with Debian

  • Complete Backup and Restore Using “tar” Command
  • Plain English Explanation Of An Awk Statement
  • How To Add a New Hard Drive in Ubuntu
  • FTP port forwarding using Linux router
  • Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part I
  • Misguided link and --as-needed
  • Thinkpad X30 freeze if the Lid is closed Gnome
  • Automount NTFS drives in Linux
  • Using external commands in Nagios
  • How to change Duplex and/or Auto-Negotiation NIC settings in Linux?

The Linux tinority responds

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Linux I'm not one of those highly vocal GNU/Linux users referred to by my editor Stan Beer a few days back. But then I am definitely one of the "tinority" because I do use the operating system on my desktop - and anywhere else that I need computing power. So you can call this a tinority view.

Penumbra:Requiem released

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Gaming Penumbra: Requiem is an expansion for the horror game Penumbra: Black Plague and takes off where the last game ended. Requiem sees Philip, the game protagonist, falling deeper into madness and has to fight inner demons as well as outer ones.

S3 Announces New GPU, Magical Linux Driver In addition to VIA announcing a register documentation drop and driver partnership, S3 Graphics, which is a VIA Technologies joint venture company, has announced a new graphics card.

Fedora 11 Release Schedule, Along With Five Features

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Linux Fedora 10 isn't even being released until next week, but five features have already been approved for Fedora 11 and a release schedule has been put in motion.

SUSE Linux on Supercomputers

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SUSE Due to Autobuild and now the OpenSUSE Build Service we have been able to build a common code base across many architectures like: x86, x86_64, Power, Itanium and System Z. This gives people the ability to either scale out with commodity processors are scale up with higher power CPUs.

An Easier Way to Deploy Ubuntu, CentOS

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Linux Ubuntu and CentOS are now in the rPath. The company yesterday began shipping a version of its rBuilder build and release management system for Linux that adds those distros; the tool previously worked only with Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise and its own rPath Linux.

USB Linux key targets netbooks

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Hardware French mini-PC vendor Linutop announced a version of its Ubuntu 8.4-based Linux distribution on a USB key targeting Asus Eee PCs. The key is based on its small-footprint Linutop 2.2 distro, which is designed for ultra-low-powered systems such as its own Linutop 2 mini-PC.

On Distributions, Kubuntu, and KDE

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weblog.obso1337: The open source operating system experience exists in pieces, scattered across a world of projects and technologies. Distributions exist because they attempt to create a unified experience from the bits and pieces of open source functionality out in that world, while establishing themselves as a vendor their users can trust.

Open-source traffic is way up in 2008

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Matt Asay: Just when I think we've tapped out all possible open-source business opportunities, I hear of another open-source startup. Or several.

Is Red Hat's Whitehurst Right? Open Source Thrives In Downturn?

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OSS CEO Jim Whitehurst says Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) will perform robustly through a recession. Is that true or is he engaged in wishful thinking?

Also: Red Hat Finds 250 Ways to Push Beyond Linux

Speed up your Internet access using Squid's refresh patterns

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HowTos Bandwidth limitation is still a problem for a lot of people who connect to the Internet. You can improve your available bandwidth by installing Squid caching proxy server on your network with configuration parameters that will increase your byte hit rate, giving you about 30-60% more bandwidth.

OpenX: the Unknown Variable

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Interviews The open source company OpenX, which is behind the free ad server of the same name, is something of a mysterious beast. Things have not been helped by the fact that it has gone through so many names changes - phpAds, phpAdsNew, MaxMediaManager, Openads – that it's been hard to keep up.

People of openSUSE: Vincent Untz

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SUSE Continuing the last ‘People of openSUSE” interviews with people involved in the openSUSE Board Elections Committee, today we introduce you another member - Vincent Untz. Vincent is a Novell employee working 101% of his time for the openSUSE and GNOME projects, non-stop!

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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
    Puppet released a number of announcements today including the availability of Puppet Docker Image Build and a new version of Puppet Enterprise, which features phased deployments and situational awareness. In April, Puppet began helping people deploy and manage things like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and CoreOS. Now the shift is helping people manage the services that are running on top of those environments.
  • 9 reasons not to install Nagios in your company
  • Top 5 Reasons to Love Kubernetes
    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
    The primary focus of this article is on the use, configuration, and optimization of PostgreSQL and EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server running on the IBM® Power Systems™ servers featuring the new IBM POWER8® processor technology. Note: The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.2 operating system was used. The scope of this article is to provide information on how to build and set up of PostgreSQL database from open source and also install and configure EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server on an IBM Power® server for better use. EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server on IBM Power Systems running Linux® is based on the open source database, PostgreSQL, and is capable of handling a wide variety of high-transaction and heavy-reporting workloads.
  • Valgrind 3.12 Released With More Improvements For Memory Debugging/Checking
  • [Valgrind] Release 3.12.0 (20 October 2016)
  • Chain Launches Open Source Developer Platform [Ed: If it’s openwashing, then no doubt Microsoft is involved]
  • LLVM Still Looking At Migration To GitHub
    For the past number of months the LLVM project has been considering a move from their SVN-based development process to Git with a focus on GitHub. That effort continues moving forward.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released With File Manager Improvements
    Lumina is a lightweight Qt-based desktop environment for BSD and Linux. We show you what's new in its latest release, and how you can install it on Ubuntu.
  • Study: Administrations unaware of IT vendor lock-in
    Public policy makers in Sweden have limited insight on how IT project can lead to IT vendor lock-in, a study conducted for the Swedish Competition Authority shows. “An overwhelming majority of the IT projects conducted by schools and public sector organisations refer to specific software without considering lock-in and different possible negative consequences”, the authors conclude.
  • 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.
  • Where to find the world's best programmers
    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

  • AtScale Delivers Findings on BI-Plus-Hadoop
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  • Study Says OpenStack at Scale Can Produce Surprising Savings
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