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Story Leftovers: Kernel Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:46pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:42pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:40pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:39pm
Story Leftovers: KDE Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:38pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:35pm
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:33pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:30pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 7:28pm
Story Geary 0.10.0 Email Client Lands in Elementary OS Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2015 - 3:47pm

Reaching way back: Bonzai Linux

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: Here and there, where I can, I have come across some workable distros that will run on a 150Mhz Pentium with only 32Mb of memory. It’s a rarity though, and even more unusual to find one that will boot and install, in that small a space.

Dell checks for open-source licensing misstep

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OSS
  • Dell checks for open-source licensing misstep
  • Dell Answers Critics Demanding Streak's Source Code
  • Dell promises to open-source Streak code

Demystifying Akonadi

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KDE

vizzzion.org/blog: The exotic-sounding ‘Akonadi’ refers to both a mythological figure and the KDE platform’s central information framework. This article will dispel some of the mystery about how Akonadi will improve performance and integration, and how it is being rolled out into KDE applications.

Brazil is open to open source

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OSS

networkworld.com: I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently to meet with Lucid’s customers and partners around the globe. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking at an event organized for business executives by our partner in Brazil, Primeware.

Give me some of that old-time, open source religion

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OSS

opensource.com: We’ve accepted the obvious benefits of open source principles in business and education, law and healthcare. In the Life channel, we get to examine some of the less-obvious avenues where open source is found--and here is one that even surprises us a little: open source religion.

58 Open Source Replacements for Small Business Software

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Software

earthweb.com: Many small business owners have never heard of open source software. That's unfortunate because in many ways small businesses are ideal environments for open source applications.

Lightweight Distro Roundup: Day 8 – Puppy 5.10

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Linux

g33q.co.za: Far be it for me to give too much away too early, but the title of today’s entry has the WOW attached for a reason. I reviewed Puppy about a month ago, and thoroughly blasted it. That was Puppy 5.01.

MPEG LA extends fee free use of H.264

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Software

h-online.com: MPEG LA, the organisation responsible for administering the H.264 patent pool, has announced that the patent holders will now continue waving licensing fees (royalties) for use of the codec in free web streaming services, extending the previous royalty free cut off point to the end of life of the licence.

Review of Qimo: Linux for Kids

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Linux

maketecheasier.com: We’ve talked about Linux software for kids a few times here at MakeTechEasier, but so far we’ve never actually sat down to take a closer look at whole distributions intended for children. Today we’ll take a look at what Qimo has to offer, and submit it to the ultimate test: a real live toddler.

My Favorite 10 xkcd Comics Part-2

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Humor

techdrivein.com: As I have said before, I started searching for top 10 xkcd comics initially but ended up with nearly 20 of them. So here is the part-2 of my favorite 10 xkcd comics. Between, don't miss top 10 xkcd comics part-1.

Stupid tar Tricks

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HowTos

linuxjournal.com: One of the most common programs on Linux systems for packaging files is the venerable tar. tar is short for tape archive, and originally, it would archive your files to a tape device. Now, you're more likely to use a file to make your archive.

Hands-on: Firefox 4 beta 4 brings Tab Candy and Sync

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Moz/FF
  • Hands-on: Firefox 4 beta 4 brings Tab Candy and Sync
  • Panorama in Firefox 4, your new eye-candy tab canvas

today's leftovers:

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News
  • KDE SC 4.5.1 will be tagged on 26 Aug
  • DebConf 10: Last day and retrospective
  • The future of open source licensing
  • Me-OS 1.1.0 Released
  • Allison Randal appointed Technical Architect of Ubuntu
  • Use Puppy Linux 5.0 for secure on-the-go browsing
  • Ubuntu Multi-Touch Videos: Evince And Inkscape
  • Nautilus revamped Places side-bar
  • Linux distro focuses on audio recording
  • publicly thanking dwdiff
  • openSUSE: Revising the Board Election Rules

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Checking Responses with ckrange
  • use custom keyboard shortcuts for a better workflow
  • Is packaging new software hard?
  • 15 (More) Awesome Conky Configurations
  • Packet Analyzer: 15 TCPDUMP Command Examples
  • Make Incremental Backups With Rsync
  • Set up an LDAP server on Fedora
  • Your own local repository for Mandriva
  • Fix Brasero copy and burn error
  • Fix Analog Devices AD1986A Speakers not working in Ubuntu

My Linux Computer is Acting Weird

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Linux

mandrivachronicles.blogspot: A few days ago, thanks to one student, I realized that something funny was happening with my Linux netbook.

Dell Vostro V13 review

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Hardware
Ubuntu

linuxuser.co.uk: Lightweight notebooks usually have lightweight specs, but as John Brandon discovers, the Dell Vostro V13 is an exception to the rule…

Linux Mint 9 Xfce Screenshots

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Linux

easylinuxcds.com/blogs: Most people that come into contact with Linux Mint tend to agree that it’s an excellent distributuion for beginners. In my opinion this is accomplished by the visual appeal and mint-specific tools you won’t find anywhere else.

The Debian apocalypse

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Linux

poisonbit.wordpress: I’ve been Debian user since many years ago. Debian is not Debian any more. Debian is canonical and canonical is Debian.

Trying out the Charka Project

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Linux

thelinuxexperiment.com: The Charka Project starts with Arch Linux as a base but, instead of forcing you to build your own distro piece of piece, Charka comes more or less pre-packaged.

Apple's Enhanced OpenGL Stack Versus Linux

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Software

phoronix.com: In this article we are looking at the OpenGL performance of Mac OS X 10.6, 10.6.2, 10.6.3, 10.6.4, and 10.6.4 with this graphics update installed.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
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Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

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    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
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Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

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