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Up to 24 percent of software purchases now open source

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OSS

news.cnet.com: Open source has become big business, suggests an article in the Investors Business Daily, but it has done so by becoming more like the proprietary-software world it purports to leave behind.

Panel PCs run Linux

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: The 15-inch Protege 15 and 8-inch Protege 8 respectively offer 1GHz Via Eden or 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processors, and both include gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Linutop 2 super small desktop PC

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Hardware

reghardware.co.uk: French vendor Linutop's original model of its eponymous machine was the size of a Nintendo DS, with no on-board storage at all – it booted from a USB stick. It's now been replaced with the Linutop 2, essentially a rebadged Ion A603 MiniPC from First Computer – but with European support.

Audacity: The Versatile Audio Tool for Everyone

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Software

I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s computers, and I see Audacity installed on a lot of them. Not many software programs deserve the adverb “versatile”, but Audacity is one of them. It is the Swiss Army knife of audio applications.

Audacity is used for all sorts of audio tasks. There may be more specialized applications in each category, but Audacity does a great job. If you have anything to do with audio, this program deserves to be in your toolbox.

Speak UNIX fluently with the best tools available

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Linux

The universe of UNIX tools changes constantly. Here are 10 tools—some you may have overlooked and some new—to tinker with.

Fresh vs. rotten ext3

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Linux

patrick-nagel.net: Did you ever hear sentences like “Linux/Unix filesystems are superior, to stuff like NTFS, let alone FAT32 - you don’t even need a defragmentation tool.”?

The X Window innovation: welcome to the new Xorg

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Over time, many people have complained about the X Window system. One thing is sure: it has evolved over the last year or so, immensely, especially as far as 3D and hardware acceleration.

Switching My Dad to Linux - Part One

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Linux

pcworld.com: I take a live-and-let-live approach to computers that aren't mine. But this changed a few days ago when my father got a new laptop that had Vista pre-installed. He asked me to set things up for him and, to cut a long story short, he got Ubuntu 9.04.

The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2009.1 Free (x86_64) [ISPConfig 2]

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MDV
HowTos

This tutorial shows how to set up a Mandriva 2009.1 Free (x86_64) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc

Test driving UbuntuOne

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Web
Ubuntu
  • Test driving UbuntuOne

  • Ubuntu One
  • Is this the One for Ubuntu?

Does GNU/Linux need cult figures like Jobs

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Linux

itwire.com: Does GNU/Linux need a cult figure like Steve Jobs to spread the word and convert the doubters? And does FOSS lend itself to the development of such egos, where technical merit alone does not count?

Ubuntu on my netbook

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Ubuntu

manilastandardtoday.com: ONE of the attractions of the new release of Ubuntu, a popular open source operating system based on Linux, is that it’s supposed to run well even on inexpensive netbooks.

Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.5.6 Benchmarks

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Mac
Ubuntu

phoronix.com: We have already looked at the performance of Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope, and even found it to perform with old hardware, but how does it now compete with Mac OS X? We have more benchmarks this morning to continue this performance investigation.

Give Linux for the holidays

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Linux

sutor.com: Now that Microsoft is evidently going to try to ship Windows 7 for the late 2009 holiday season, I see this as a challenge to the Linux comunity.

SA department of education shuts out FOSS

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OSS

tectonic.co.za: Despite a national open source strategy and a well-publicised set of minimum interoperability standards for government, the South African education department has launched a teacher laptop project that excludes free and open source software (FOSS).

5 Easy Wine Front-ends for Linux

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Software

repasik.com: WINE, which stands for ‘Wine Is Not an Emulator’ is a piece of software which enables Linux systems to run Windows software. These front-ends do the tweaking for users, resulting in a better ease of use of Windows software installation on Linux . Here are 5 easy wine front-ends.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Linux business pioneer dies in home accident

  • Mozilla Brings Webapps to the Desktop, Challenges AIR, Silverlight
  • Mozilla Magazine?
  • Linux is not an OS
  • GloobusPreview - Quick Look For Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Create your own yum repository
  • Remembering Apogee & 3D Realms
  • How To Install Arch Linux Via FTP
  • Education lessons for open source
  • Duke Nukem material released
  • Finding Files in Linux
  • Gmail Notifier For Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” – Review
  • Bluetooth , Network manager & Nokia n80i on Ubuntu 9.4
  • Commandline 101: cat, Not Just for Purring
  • Garmin Delays Nuvifone Again
  • Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls
  • How do open source projects develop? Continuation.
  • 2009 OSI Board Elections held in April
  • How to Setup P2P Tv with gtk-SopCast on Ubuntu 9.04
  • Parted Magic 4.1 Brings GParted 0.4.5
  • Get Amarok 1.4 In Kubuntu 9.04
  • GNU secrets – argp
  • Linux's position in cloud computing efforts
  • Adventures in Benchmarking - Part 4 : (Re)constructing an Environment
  • EMTEC Gdium Liberty 1000
  • The Second Most Dangerous Game!

An Open World

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OSS

cibmagazine.com.cn: Free is the business plan of the internet age – the challenge is to figure out how to make money from not charging any money. This is the problem that always faced open-source developers.

Virtual Desktops: Brilliant or Nuisance?

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Linux

celettu.wordpress: One of the best things about any Linux Desktop Environment/Window Manager, is the ability to have as many virtual desktops as you like. Funnily enough, whenever I put a Windows user on a Linux system, this is the thing they struggle most with.

UbuntuOne in Beta. Wait, WTF ?

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Web
Ubuntu
  • UbuntuOne in Beta. Wait, WTF ?

  • Canonical Launching Ubuntu Managed Storage Service
  • https://ubuntuone.com/
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Leftovers: OSS

  • Diving into Drupal: Princeton’s Multi-site Migration Success with Open-source
    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
    GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
  • Top open source projects
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  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
    Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well.
  • Dropbox’s tool shows how chatbots could be future of cybersecurity
    Disillusion with chatbots has set in across the tech industry and yet Dropbox’s deep thinkers believe they have spotted the technology’s hidden talent: cybersecurity.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
  • New Entroware Aether Laptop Pairs Intel Kaby Lake with Ubuntu
    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
    But we can be Free from Microsoft! As we saw above, there is a powerful – and now popular movement afoot to make alternative software available. The Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Project, both founded by Richard Stallman, provide Free software to users with licenses that guarantee users rights: the rights to view, modify, and distribute the software source code. With GNU-licensed software, such as Linux, the user is in complete control over the software they employ. And as people contribute to modify Free Software source code, and are required to share those modifications again, the aggregate creative acts give rise to the availability of many more, much more useful results. Value is created beyond what anyone thought possible, and our freedom multiplies.
  • Review of the week 2017/08
    This week we had to cancel a couple snapshots, as a regression in grub was detected, that caused issues on chain-loading bootloaders. But thanks to our genius maintainers, the issue could be found, fixed and integrated into Tumbleweed (and this despite being busy with hackweek! A great THANK YOU!). Despite those canceled snapshots, this review will still span 4 revisions: 0216, 0218, 0219 and 0224. And believe me, there have been quite some things coming your way.

Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
    Some people worry a lot about security issues. Anyone can worry about their personal information, such as credit card numbers, on the Internet. They can also be concerned with someone monitoring their activity on the Internet, such as the websites they visit. To help ease these frustrations about the Internet anyone can use the Internet without having to “look over their shoulder”.
  • Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces
    In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. With the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it. As consumers and denizens of the Internet, we have a responsibility to be aware of the risks we face and make an attempt to mitigate that risk by taking best-effort precautions. Poor password and authentication hygiene leaves a user open to risks such as credit card fraud and identity theft, just like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly can lead to cavities and gum disease. This leaves us with the question of what good password and authentication hygiene looks like. If we stick with the (admittedly poorly chosen) dentistry analogy, then there are five easily identifiable aspects of good hygiene.
  • Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare
  • Smoothwall Express
    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt
    Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017? (It's Season 10, Episode 17, if that information helps you.) The T-shirt appearance isn't as overt as Sheldon's mention of the Ubuntu Linux operating system way back in Season 3 (Episode 22, according to one YouTube video title), but it's an unusual return for Ubuntu to the world of "Big Bang."
  • Unity Explained: A Look at Ubuntu’s Default Desktop Environment
    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
  • A Look at Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi
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