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Story An Indecent Proposal: Microsoft and Red Hat? Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 10:15pm
Story Debian Could Get PPA Support Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 9:55pm
Story The First Git Pull Request Submitted For Linux 3.15 Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 8:43pm
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Story Meeting Windows User Expectations With Linux Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 8:25pm
Story GNOME Software 3.12.0 Released! Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:59pm
Story No Android for Obama yet, sticking with BlackBerry Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:49pm
Story Intel’s Linux Driver Installer Updated to 1.0.4 Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:22pm
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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 47

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Issue #47 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5.1 for PowerPC Released, Fresh Factory Live-CDs, and People of openSUSE: Vincent Untz.

A primer on switching from Windows to Linux

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Linux What's involved in a switch from Windows to Linux? An editor and a couple of readers posed that question after last week's column. Given the proliferation of cheap Linux-based "netbooks" it is worth a systematic look.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 8.10

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This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu Studio 8.10 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

more stuff

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  • Mandriva Smile

  • Finally: 64-bit Flash Comes to Ubuntu
  • When Ubuntu Breaks, Who’s to Blame?
  • Review: Zenwalk 5.2
  • Nexenta, Can you say SolaBuntu
  • Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" – What to expect
  • About Objects, Names and Variables

few more odds & ends

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  • Linux Void Episode 13 - Echo

  • Powerdevil: Looks Good
  • Bit More Customized Help for End Users
  • Enable Sudo insults and sl for some laughs
  • Why Apple and Google need to get into the Netbook business
  • Logitech G15 Keyboard

odds & ends

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  • openSUSE 11.1: Updates via PackageKit and PolicyKit

  • WUBI - Windows Ubuntu Installer - Tutorial
  • Ask NAS, Find, Squid, and EFS
  • Linux And Martial Arts Humor - Linus Torvalds Vs. Chuck Norris
  • FLOSS Weekly 47: Mifos
  • Open source & Linux
  • File downloads over the command line via CURL
  • Freedom at your disposal
  • How To Buy A Laptop
  • Screencapture made easy with GScrot
  • Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1 Available
  • OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 Released

October 2008: Firefox, Opera gain & IE, Safari, Chrome drop

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Software Chrome amassed a higher market share than Opera in its first month, stealing market share from the speedy browser, as well as IE and Firefox. Only Safari gained as well. This month, things have flipped around completely, except for Microsoft.

The best laid plans, No. 73

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Linux I was going to spend some time tonight writing a big warm and fuzzy blog post about looking forward to Fedora 10 and all the good times ahead. That would have been awesome.

GIMP 2.6.3 Released

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GIMP GIMP 2.6.3 is another bug-fix release in the stable GIMP 2.6 series. Fixes include Plugin Map Color Range disappears from GIMP, zoom-focus better, and document history crash.


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  • Asus Eee, Ubuntu’d

  • Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Sighting Inside Elastic Server
  • Review: Ubuntu 8.10 'Intrepid Ibex' – Missed the mark?
  • My New Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Installation
  • Asus Says Windows and Linux Eee PCs Getting the Same Return Rate?

today's leftovers

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  • KDE Video Cast Episode 2, Nov 22nd

  • WINE 1.1.9 Brings Improved Memory Performance
  • From the SuperComputing '08 Floor, Part 3
  • From the SuperComputing '08 Floor, Part 4
  • Musical Geek Friday #15: Kill -9
  • IBM buys code-converter firm in Linux move
  • using Drupal
  • Mind Maps: The Fedora Project
  • The Daemon, the GNU, and the Penguin
  • Extended Linux support from Red Hat
  • Ubuntu Linux Install Week at AIS Picture Gallery
  • Metrics of open source success
  • Create Read View Edit Word Document on Ubuntu
  • OpenSUSE 11
  • Public Open Source Companies: Much Ado About Nothing?
  • Five reasons Sun won't be acquired
  • The tanking economy and OSS
  • Damn you Gentoo Devs!
  • The Software Freedomometer

Ten Reasons To Get Fired Up Over Fedora 10

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Linux Over the next week we plan to post a series of blogs that explore ten examples from around our community, of people making a difference to free software through their work in Fedora.

some howtos:

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  • Gitting going with git: creating your first repository

  • python: writing binary file
  • make your BIOS love security
  • How the Linux Kernel Manages Virtual Memory
  • USB Hard drive spindown fix on Linux
  • An Executive Guide to Open Source
  • Parallels Desktop 4: Installing Parallels Tools with Ubuntu as Guest
  • A graphical way to MySQL mastery
  • Problem installing PECL PHP extensions while /tmp is secured
  • Customizing Firefox for Netbooks

The Gentoo Council

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Gentoo The Gentoo Council is a group of elected Gentoo Developers that are elected on a yearly basis by the developer body as a whole for the purpose of deciding on global issues and policies which affect the Gentoo Linux Distro as a whole or part.

Interview With Dries Buytaert

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Drupal In this interview we talk with Dries. In specific, we talk about: Building specialized commercial support for open source technology, Making cloud computing more viable for widespread use, and The relationship between Drupal and Linux distros.

Linux Should Copy Amiga

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OS Mark Shuttleworth made headlines not too long ago when he called for the Linux desktop to surpass Mac OS X in both beauty and functionality. I'm not much of an Apple fan-- I don't care for the Apple desktop. I think there is a better model to aspire to, and that is the AmigaOS.

Tactical Linux computer muscles up

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Hardware Eurotech subsidiary Parvus announced a more powerful version of its rugged tactical mission computer. The Parvus DuraCor 810-Duo runs Linux on a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and targets "high reliability" military and homeland defense applications.

Reliable Linux netbooks for Black Friday

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blogs.computerworld: Before charging out the door to buy one, though you need to think this through. You don't want to just rush out there and grab the first cheap machine you see. For example, if your ring size is '11,' than a 7" display netbook isn't going to be for you at any price.

Red Hat Fedora Claims It's the Leader in Linux

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Linux Counting Linux users is no easy task since there is typically no requirement for users to register their installations. Yet on the eve of its next major release, the distro produces new figures showing that it's ahead of rivals in total users.

YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!

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SUSE The openSUSE Project and YaST team are happy to announce the winner of the YaST Mascot Contest. After extensive deliberation, the judges have chosen the Aardvark concept, submitted by Klára Cihlářová.

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Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
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