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Story A Linux love story with real love and romance Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 8:07am
Story What’s in a job title? Rianne Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 8:04am
Story Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:59am
Story Samsung to accelerate the pace of Tizen based Business from Next Year Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:57am
Story 12 open education videos for China Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:54am
Story Mathematics that you can touch Rianne Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:52am
Story I will never again talk about the benefits of Free Software Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:47am
Story Redefining the Public Library Using Open Source Ideas Rianne Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:34am
Story Launching the project 'i18nWidgets for Android' Rianne Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:28am
Story Maddog's New Strategy, Linux Gaming Gloom, and ChromeOS Rianne Schestowitz 18/09/2014 - 7:17am

Why I Use Linux: Bart’s Story

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Linux

itnewstoday.com: In 1997 or so I started playing with Linux. At the time Linux was just a hobby and I loved playing around but it just wasn’t stable enough to be my main system.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Ubuntu Migration Assistant to Automatically Install Equivalent Programs

  • Office suite released in netbook version
  • Linux mainframe use grows
  • A few good bug squadders
  • Starting a Business as an Open Source Consultant
  • Should Novell buyout Mandriva?
  • Embedded Linux: Out of sight, out of mind
  • Stop it.
  • ODF Interoperability: Rough Consensus and Running Code
  • Add Linux host to nagios server
  • Fedora Marketing TNG: Project FooBar
  • Guadalinex v6 is out
  • Linux KDE Web Development Tools – Reviews and Screenshots
  • Why Did I Upgrade Again?
  • Solang is in Ubuntu repositories now
  • President Lula of Brazil receives ITU Award, Open Source Software cited
  • Another view on Red Hat's Virtualization Portfolio
  • Museums Turn to Open Source During Lean Times
  • Novell not for sale, but perhaps should be
  • Upcoming exciting news from Tech World
  • SourceForge Announces Finalists of Fourth Annual Community Choice Awards

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Setup Approx On A Debian Server

  • Bash Startup Scripts: .bashrc and .bash_profile
  • Email Subaddressing (or "plus addressing") with Exim
  • Howto Recover Grub2 After Windows Installation
  • Hide Files in Images
  • VMWare server NAT configuration
  • Watch Live Interrupts
  • Back In Time – free backup tool in openSUSE
  • Run virtual machines directly from your desktop with VirtualBox
  • Stop ssh brute force attack using SuSEfirewall
  • Simple Interface Bonding (Gentoo)
  • Install & Configure Nagios in less than 5 minutes
  • Fixing Dates in Image EXIF Tag Data from Linux
  • How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps
  • Some basic hardware testing on Linux
  • Debugging MySQL Stored Procedures
  • Creating postcards in OpenOffice Draw
  • The different ways to execute a Linux application

Empathy and Banshee to be in Karmic (9.10)?

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Software
Ubuntu

blog.ibeentoubuntu: The debate over whether to replace the cross-platform Pidgin IM client with Gnome's own Empathy IM client has been raging since Empathy was included in Gnome (Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy). It's that time in the Karmic release cycle, and the debate begins anew.

IE is like malaria, says Mozilla VP

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Microsoft

techradar.com: Mozilla's VIP of engineering has again likened Internet Explorer to malaria, insisting that although a lot of people have it, most of them wouldn't actively choose it.

A Conversation with Chris Mason on BTRfs

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Interviews

linux-foundation.org: If you run your data center on Linux you have likely heard of BTRfs, the next generation file system that was recently merged into the kernel. I recently sat down with Oracle developer Chris Mason to discuss the file system, how he corrupted Linus’ root filesystem with his first patch (and lived to tell about it).

Praise the Mono and Pass the Ammo

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Software

thelinuxlink.net: There has been a lot of pro-Mono and anti-Mono arguments assaulting the community of late. The debate is not new but both sides have taken up arms since some distributions have decided to either remove Mono or include Mono by default.

Gripes with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

gnuski.blogspot: I don't want to be negative, but Ubuntu just doesn't cut the souce with me. When people ask why I don't use Ubuntu, I can come up with many reasons. I've decided to list them here.

Easily run Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver Linux 8

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Software

blogs.computerworld: I was running Windows, and before it came along, MS-DOS, applications on Unix and Linux for ages. It was never especially easy, but experts could do it. With CodeWeavers' latest CrossOver Linux 8, though, it's become so easy that anyone should be able to do it.

Introduction to the Command Line

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Linux

fsf.org/blogs: Guest blogger Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals writes about the production of the new textbook, Introduction to the Command Line.

First results of Electrolysis, multi-process Firefox

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: A few weeks ago, Mozilla announced Electrolysis, a new project that aims to make Firefox a multi-process application, with separate processes for the user interface (chrome), each tab, and plugins, in order to provide higher stability.

Why I switched back from Ubuntu to Fedora

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Ubuntu

atomkarinca.wordpress: The reason I switched from Windows to Linux was a very simple one: freedom. I used Ubuntu exclusively for about 3 years. But here I am, an Ubuntu enthusiast, using Fedora 11 now. And the reason is again simple: freedom.

Minirok 2.0 - Minimalist Audio Player for KDE4

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Software

tuxarena.blogspot: Minirok is a minimalist audio player which ships with a simple and intuitive interface, which kind of resembles Amarok.

Creative Commons 101: Learn, understanding, and using

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OSS

raiden.net: Now anybody who's ever been in the tech world has likely heard of free software licenses such as the ever famous GPL, as well as other open source licensing systems. But far fewer have heard of Creative Commons.

Nvidia says no to Linux on Tegra netbooks, chooses WinCE

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Linux

arstechnica.com/gadgets: Nvidia is endorsing Windows CE as its platform of choice for netbooks built with its ARM-based Tegra SoC. The company says that Linux is a nonstarter and Android isn't ready.

5 Ways to Decide on a Linux Distribution

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Linux

daniweb.com/blogs: Prejudices and opinions aside, at some point in your career you'll be asked to select a viable Linux distribution for your corporate network. How will you choose? Here are 5 ways.

Channel ambition is not a conspiracy

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: Dietrich H. Schmitz has posted to Groklaw a piece quoting my CompuTex coverage and claiming a dark conspiracy. I hate to disagree, but what happened at CompuTex was no conspiracy.

Honesty and openness 'will keep Firefox popular'

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Moz/FF

techradar.com: Firefox 3.5 will continue to take market share from Internet Explorer, according to Mozilla's Vice President of Engineering Mike Shaver – with honesty and user focus still the main aim in an increasingly competitive environment.

Two clues Microsoft is losing its way

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Microsoft

cnet.com: Steve Ballmer needs to brush up on Roman history. Otherwise he seems doomed to repeat it, as two recent Microsoft campaigns suggest.

Canonical’s Four Most Critical Ubuntu Partners

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Ubuntu

thevarguy.com: Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, continues to build its channel partner program. Although the effort isn’t generating headlines yet, solutions providers can measure Canonical’s progress by keeping their eyes on four key Ubuntu partners.

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  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
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  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

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    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
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