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Why does Ubuntu keep shipping with Evolution?

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ghabuntu.com: The Evolution mail client has been the default such application in Ubuntu since I got to know of Linux. Sure it is the default GNOME mail/calendar application, but I really am of the view that Ubuntu needs to drop it in favor of say Mozilla's very brilliant Thunderbird.

Enable multipath SAN-boot Linux system on IBM DS8000 Storage

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Learn how to boot from storage area networks and improve your overall system performance

Measuring the popularity of distros – Part 4 Conclusion

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thelinuxblog.net: Having written about a few methods of measuring popularity, including Torrents, Google Trends and Distrowatch Rankings I felt that I could try and draw some conclusions from all the data collected.

Kernel Log: Linux 2.6.35 taking shape

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h-online.com: Linux 2.6.35 will deliver better network throughput, support the Turbo Core functionality offered by the latest AMD processors and de-fragment memory as required. On LKML, a discussion on merging several patches developed by Google for Android is generating large volumes of email.

15 Beautiful Android Wallpapers For Desktop

techdrivein.com: So here we are continuing our addiction with free and opensource wallpapers. Android operating system is spreading like wildfire. Let's celebrate this stellar success with some stunning android wallpapers.

Linux makes gains as Windows and Mac OS slip

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zdnet.com: Data by web metrics firm Net Applications shows that while both Windows and Mac OS lost usage share in May, Linux made a small gain.

CentOS 5.5 Left Me Clueless

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pclinuxos2007.blogspot: CentOS is a venerable server OS, no doubt about it! But when it comes to desktop, the same OS is a pig - you can't tame it to your liking.

Fedora 13

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software-latest.com: After the release of Ubuntu 10.04, is now the turn of Fedora developers to make front-page news, with a new version of their distribution. Fedora 13 is recently launched that comes loaded with news features and is one of the most popular Linux distributions.

Linux Mint 9: Fast, Stable, and Beautiful

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itnewstoday.com: It’s been a long time since I last looked at Mint, and a lot has changed since. After Ubuntu 10.04 LTS was released, I thought I would take a look at Linux Mint 9 “Isadora” to see what they are doing with the latest Ubuntu base.

Canonical - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS review

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itreviews.co.uk: With each and every release, Ubuntu Linux seems to get that little bit easier and friendlier to use. To put it through its paces, we downloaded the CD image of the latest iteration, Ubuntu 10.04, burned it to a disc and booted directly from it.

Netbooks are doing just fine, thanks largely to Linux.

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Brad Linder’s liliputing.com reported last week that netbook sales were slowing, partly due to the rising tide of tablets and also because the lines are blurring between netbooks and more powerful but equally small thin and light laptops.

GNU/Linux *Does* Scale – and How

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computerworlduk.com: As everyone knows, GNU/Linux grew up as a project to create a completely free alternative to Unix. Key parts were written by Richard Stallman while living the archetypal hacker's life at and around MIT, and by Linus Torvalds – in his bedroom.

Amarok 2.3.1 adds new applets

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h-online.com: The Amarok Project has released version 2.3.1 of its popular open source music player for the KDE desktop, code named "Clear Light".

Top 10 Linux Security Tips for System Administrators

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blog.taragana.com: Like every other Operating System Linux not free from security issues. These issues can be anticipated and averted only with suitable preventive steps.

If Or When Will X12 Actually Materialize?

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phoronix.com: The first version of the X protocol for the X Window System emerged in 1984 and just three years later we were at version 11. However, for the past 23 years, we have been stuck with X11 with no signs of the twelfth revision being in sight.

E17 review

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intosimple.blogspot: Enlightenment has been quite interesting to me. It has not even got a beta release so far yet I like to use it. That is because, it does things differently. It is very efficient, keeps the CPU far more cooler than any other desktop environment.

Ubuntu 10.04 vs Fedora 13

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linuxuser.co.uk: Spring is a lovely time of year, when the flowers bloom, the birds sing and community Linux projects release the fruit of their winter labours. Specifically, the Fedora and Ubuntu projects come to the end of their six-month cycles.

Three floppy-based distros

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kmandla.wordpress: This might sound strange, but I generally don’t endorse the floppy distros that are still available here and there on the Internet, and as a general rule, still work fine.

Ode to Summer, Fixer-Uppers and $10 for Courage

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linuxinsider.com: Yes, it is possible to build a Linux computer out of spare parts for next to nothing, but not every Linux fan believes it's a great idea. "Setting someone up with Linux on a junked computer will just set them up to hate Linux," argued Slashdot blogger Barbara Hudson.

First look: Fedora 13 from Red Hat

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infoworld.com: It seems like a million moons ago that Red Hat announced the demise of Red Hat Linux in favor of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and embraced the Fedora project as the testing ground for its commercial releases. Last week marked the 13th Fedora release in nearly seven years.

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New: NuTyX 9.93 and Linux Mint 18.3

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GNU: Glibc, GIMP, GCC

  • Glibc 2.27 Lands Yet More Performance Optimizations
    Earlier this month I wrote how Intel engineers have been busy with continuing to tune glibc's performance with FMA and AVX optimizations. That work has continued but also other architectures continue tuning their GNU C Library performance ahead of the expected v2.27 update. There has been a ton of optimization work this cycle, particularly on the Intel/x86_64 front. For those with newer Intel 64-bit processors, this next glibc release is shaping up to be a speedy update.
  • GIMP PIcks Up Support For The New Flatpak/FreeDesktop.org Screenshot API
    Hot off the release of the new GIMP 2.9.8 and ahead of the expected GIMP 2.10 release candidates that are expected to begin, a new addition to GIMP is a plug-in supporting the new FreeDesktop.org/Flatpak screenshot API. The org.freedesktop.portal.Screenshot specification aims to be a screenshot API that will work not only cross-desktop (e.g. KDE, GNOME, etc) but also work for sandboxed applications (i.e. Flatpak) and also work regardless of whether you are using Wayland or X11.
  • GCC Prepares For Fortran 2018 Support
    The Fortran committee decided last month to rename the upcoming Fortran 2015 programming language update to Fortran 2018. GCC support is being prepped. With this updated programming language technical specification not expected to be published until mid-2018, the committee behind this long-standing programming language decided to rename Fortran 2015 to Fortran 2018. Fortran 2018 should further improve interoperability with C code, improve its parallel programming capabilities, support hexadecimal inputs/outputs, and other improvements over Fortran 2008.

Security: Hackers, Back Doors, Microsoft Scam and Bots

  • Why Hackers Are in Such High Demand, and How They're Affecting Business Culture
    News headlines often focus on the hackers who launch cyber attacks and leak confidential data such as National Security Agency exploits, sensitive political emails, and unreleased HBO programming, but hackers can also affect organizations in positive ways. White hat hackers (as opposed to black hats) increasingly are finding employment in companies as security researchers. From conducting penetration tests and identifying vulnerabilities in software to providing companies with guidance about emerging threats, white hat hackers bring considerable value to organizations and play an instrumental role in helping them defend against today's advanced threats. White hats are highly coveted not only for their knowledge but also for their unique mindsets and ability to change corporate culture.
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  • Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble
     

    Analytics firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.