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Story Wine's Performance For Direct3D Gaming With Many Drivers Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 11:10pm
Story Expansion of Valve free games offer to Ubuntu developers Roy Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 11:04pm
Story Linux Foundation Branches Out: 10 Efforts Beyond Linux Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:55pm
Story LulzBot TAZ 3 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom Roy Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:47pm
Story DARPA government research agency publishes catalog of open source projects Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:43pm
Story OpenDaylight: Open-source SDN is growing fast Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:14pm
Story Linux 3.14-rc2 Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:10pm
Story Analysis of the top 10 Linux operating systems Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 4:04pm
Story Wine On Android Is Making Progress, Running Solitaire Roy Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 11:25am
Story gNewSense GNU/Linux - News: gNewSense 3.1 released Rianne Schestowitz 10/02/2014 - 10:45am

misc stuff

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News
  • Your mom runs Ubuntu?

  • KDE4: Resolving Dolphin crashes & the Krusaders to our rescue
  • How to Setup Broadcom Wireless BCM4312 (rev 02)for Ubuntu

Hands on: Revive an old PC with Linux

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Linux

pcw.co.uk: Reader Graham Steel wrote to ask about his computer. He said: “I have an old IBM Thinkpad installed with Windows 98 and incapable of running newer versions of Windows, with just 96MB of Ram and a Pentium II CPU."

Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.28 - Part 1: ATA support and block layer

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: In the week since the publication of Linux 2.6.27, the kernel developers have already integrated more than 4000 patches into the main development tree of Linux, from which kernel version 2.6.28 will emerge in late December or early January.

Opera 9.60 Review - Awesomeness, Great Features and a Few Annoying Crashes

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Software

tuxarena.blogspot: I must say that I think Opera is doing a great job supporting its browser on Linux. Even though it's closed-source, it's still one of the most powerful web browsers out there, and each release comes with packages for every major distribution out there.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to network Vista, XP, Linux and OS X

  • Some tips for correcting UUIDs in Ubuntu
  • memstat: Identify what is using up virtual memory

odds & ends

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News
  • FLOSS Weekly 45: KDE

  • Why Ubuntu Then?
  • Linux/Unix Want Ads - Humor That's Sad But True
  • GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/17
  • Linux versus Windows: another fine Microsoft TCO Analysis
  • Daniel Robbins: Metro Build Engine Released
  • Kernel Log: new Catalyst drivers, 2.6.27.1 resolves cause of e1000e problem
  • Leave It To The Little Guys...
  • Stop and Start Services in Arch Linux
  • Rufscript - A nice handwriting font
  • R.I.P. - Windows XP
  • Official drink for openSUSE addicts

Ubuntu 8.10 beta review

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Ubuntu

linuxowns.wordpress: Ubuntu 8.04.1 is a great OS, but I had a few problems. The ATI drivers in the repo weren’t performing like they should, the bootup time was over 1 minute, … All of those problems are fixed now.

3 Notes-Taking Applications for Linux

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tuxarena.blogspot: This is a review of three of the most popular notes-taking applications for Linux: BasKet, Tomboy and KNotes. I included the screenshots below the reviews, at the end of the article.

More Patent Threats From Microsoft

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Microsoft

groklaw.net: Ina Fried has an interview with "Microsoft's top intellectual property lawyer", Horacio Gutierrez, and Gutierrez directly threatens to sue any company, like Red Hat, that refuses to sell out and do a patent deal like the one Novell signed up for.

Meet PCLinuxOS 2009 (Beta 1)

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To the excitement of its many loyal users, the PCLinuxOS development team released the first beta of the highly anticipated 2009 release. It's been a long time coming but it seems it's finally on its way. There were no big surprizes found in this release, but lots of updates.

The 5 Best Xfce - based Linux Distributions

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internetling.com: I’ve been talking a lot about window managers and desktop environments. Nowadays most major distros simply go for KDE or GNOME, but it is not very common to see a distro use XFCE. This is a very sleek and useful little desktop environment, which provides great GTK compatibility and increases speed.

Debian (Etch) Linux

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symsysit.com: Debian is one of the mainstream and most popular distributions out there. It’s main target market is corporate desktops and Servers and it does very well in both fields. There are rumours out there, which do not do it justice, such as “Debian is very hard to install”, it isn’t at all.

Stable kernel 2.6.27.2

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lwn.net: The 2.6.27.2 stable kernel update is out; it contains about a dozen fixes for important problems. Meanwhile, the review process for 2.6.27.3 has already begun; that kernel can be expected sometime on or after October 22.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Customizing PCLinuxOS 2008 Minime

  • bashrun on opensuse
  • How to Backup Evolution
  • Mastering IPTables, Part 2
  • How To Install Free42 in Ubuntu
  • Advanced Tips For The ps Command
  • Commands you should never run

PCLinuxOS N1PTT-TR3 RELEASED!

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PCLOS

The Ripper Gang is pleased to announce the first public beta ISO release of what will ultimately become PCLinuxOS 2009. Due to some very personal issues, Texstar has taken a temporary leave of absence, but not to worry folks, he'll be back very soon.

No Linspire Love Lost

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Linux

practical-tech.com: When Michael Robertson sold Linspire to Xandros, I doubt many people saw a lawsuit coming his way from former Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony.

Looking at Perl

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Software

mr-oss.com: This article will be taking an introductory look at one of the most flexible programming languages known by almost any Linux/Unix system. Perl (Practical Extraction & Reporting Language) is an extremely powerful programming language that can be used for just about anything and runs on just about every operating system.

Professional-Level Photography With Linux

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Software

linuxtoday.com: Photography aficionados can be just as fussy and impossible-to-please as audio geeks. Only the most expensive, elite gear is good enough, and even then there are endless debates over which is the elitest.

The 1980s Netbook

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Linux
Hardware

itwire.com: Think bad hair and worse fashion. Think IBM Compatible Personal Computers. Think British. Yes, the eighties are back as Apricot Computers is reborn with the launch of, you guessed it, a Netbook.

Songbird 0.7.0 Review - Audio Player for Linux

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tuxarena.blogspot: 'Songbird promises to be the Firefox of media players'. Although not (yet) as popular in the audio players world as Firefox is in the one of web browsers, Songbird looks and offers an interface which integrates both powerful browsing features and music collection management.

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Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat, Logicalis in digital transformation partnership in Latin America
    PromonLogicalis, a provider of information technology and communication solutions and services in Latin America, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced a collaboration that aim to help organizations navigate the digital transformation of their infrastructures to pave the way for cloud and the software-defined technologies, and to advance open source technology awareness in the region. Open source is delivering significant advancements in many areas of technology through community-powered innovation, including cloud computing, mobile, big data, and more. And, as companies embrace modern technology as a competitive advantage via digital transformation efforts, many are turning to open source because of the flexibility and agility it can enable.
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    Fedora 25 should have good support for the open-source Vulkan Linux drivers (particularly if it lands the next Mesa release) while Fedora 24 users can now more easily play with the latest Mesa Git RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers via a new repository. A Phoronix reader has setup a Fedora Copr repository that is building Intel's Vulkan driver from Mesa Git plus the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver re-based from its source (David Airlie's semi-interesting GitHub branch). Fedora COPR, for the uninformed, is the distribution's equivalent to Ubuntu PPA repositories.
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Linux Devices

  • 96Boards SBCs host Intel Joule and Curie IoT modules
    Gumstix announced two SBCs this week, based on Intel Joule and Curie IoT modules and built to 96Boards CE and IE form-factor specifications, respectively. At Linaro Connect Las Vegas 2016, where earlier this week Linaro’s 96Boards.org announced a new 96Boards IoT Edition (IE) spec, Gumstix announced support for 96Boards.org’s open SBC standards with two new single-board computers. Both SBCs will be available for purchase in October.
  • ORWL — First Open Source And Physically Secure PC, Runs Linux And Windows
    ORWL is the first open source, physically secure computer. Using a secure microcontroller (MCU) and an ‘active clamshell mesh’, the device makes sure that nobody breaks the security of the system. Its maker, Design Shift, has also launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowd Supply.
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    Purism, the startup behind the Librem laptops with a focus on free software and user privacy/freedom, still has their minds set on coming up with a GNU/Linux smartphone. Purism continues selling their high-priced laptops and their Librem 11 is forthcoming as an Intel-based tablet/convertible device with stocking station. Next on their horizon they want to produce "the ideal no-carrier, Free Software phone running a bona fide GNU+Linux stack."

Leftovers: OSS

  • Asterisk 14 Improves Open-Source VoIP
    Digium, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk open source PBX project announced the release Asterisk 14 this week, continuing to evolve the decade old effort, making it easier to use and deploy.
  • Yahoo open-sources a deep learning model for classifying pornographic images
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Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security advisories
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