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10 good reasons for upgrading to openSUSE 11.4

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SUSE

opensuse.org: #10 – Artwork – openSUSE 11.4 ships with ‘Stripes’ artwork. I love specially the console terminal which offers very good contrast.

Indicators and Accessibility

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Software
Ubuntu

ubuntuaccessibility.wordpress: With all the major user interface changes that are coming in Ubuntu Natty, its easy to get lost in exactly what is changing, how, and why. With all these changes, there is one change that hasn’t been heavily talked about, at least in the Ubuntu accessibility community, and the change that I am about to talk about has been around since Lucid, if not longer.

Amazon.com Includes Linux Users in new Movie Streaming Service

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Linux
Web

ostatic.com: Linux users have long searched for a way to legally watch premium movies on their computers with little luck. Even local video rentals or delivery services require the use of software that isn't legal in the US. Well, Amazon.com has come to the rescue.

Judge guts suit against Sony for killing Linux in PS3

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: A federal judge has dismissed all but one of the claims leveled against Sony for dropping Linux support from its PlayStation 3 game console, but gave the plaintiffs permission to refile an amended complaint that fixes the deficiencies.

The OpenPC project: Ready-made GNU/Linux Machines

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Linux
Hardware

freesoftwaremagazine.com: The Open Desktop communities Open-PC project is now offering three different models of open computers with turn-key GNU/Linux and KDE installations based on OpenSUSE (or Ubuntu). These systems could provide real competition with pre-installed Windows or Mac computers.

Two Awesome Tray Icon Sets for GNOME

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Software

techdrivein.com: I had never experimented with tray icons alone in my Ubuntu before and this was my first experience with different try icons for GNOME. Both of them looks very neat. Give them a try and find out for yourself.

Jane Silber – One of the Most Important Women in Mobile Tech

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Ubuntu

laptopmag.com: In the 1800s, Charles Babbage created the first mechanical computer. But it was Countess Ada Lovelace who wrote the first computer program in 1842. While women have played a critical role in technology’s evolution since the beginning, they only make up between 2 and 15 percent. A little less than a year ago, Jane Silber stepped into the CEO role at Canonical, the privately backed company behind the popular open source Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Paving the Last PC with Debian GNU/Linux

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Linux

mrpogson.com: My wife was the last holdout but even she could no longer love/hate XP after it slowed down for the umpteenth time and started freezing daily. Re-installing that other OS did no appeal to me.

The iPhone Verdict + Ubuntu 10.10

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Hardware
Ubuntu

mylifeinlinux.blogspot: Having been very kindly loaned an iPhone for a week, I have been impressed by many of its features but I remain sceptical of certain aspects and will be returning it to its original owner.

Bodhi Brings Enlightenment to Linux Desktop

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Linux

thevarguy.com: Fans of Enlightenment — the window manager, not the intellectual movement — have a treat to look forward to as Bodhi Linux, a new Ubuntu- and Enlightenment-based distribution, nears its first stable release. In anticipation, we gave Bodhi a spin. Here’s what we found.

Why Firefox Could Still Be the Browser Story of the Year

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Moz/FF

ostatic.com: As 2011 begins, browsers represent one of the most hotly contested categories in all of open source. Open source browsers, especially Google Chrome and Firefox, are leading innovation, and are both on increasingly rapid development cycles.

Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

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Ubuntu

earthweb.com: When Ubuntu first appeared, the free and open source software (FOSS) community was delighted. Suddenly, here was a distribution with the definite goal of usability, headed by a former space tourist who not only understood computer programming but had the money to throw at problems. What happened?

Upstreams, Downstreams, and Revenue Streams in Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Case in point: Vendors can take a hefty cut of the profits from applications sold through their app stores or shipped by default. But should they?

Challenges facing Linux on the desktop

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Linux

openswitch.org: I’ve been an avid proponent of Linux on the desktop since 2006 when I first burnt Ubuntu to a CD and booted from it. Yet even as we look back at the past half decade and admire how far Linux has come, there are two key hurdles preventing Linux from being more widely adopted on the desktop.

Greedy Car Thieves - New Linux Game Inspired by Grand Theft Auto Series

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Gaming

ubuntuvibes.com: Greedy Car Thieves is a new Linux game in development inspired by on of the most popular game series - Grand Theft Auto. The game is free as of now and developers have released a beta version for users to test.

Background: German Foreign Office drops Linux

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Linux

h-online.com: The German Foreign Office will migrate its desktop computers from Linux back to Windows. However, no truly compelling reasons for the decision appear to exist.

Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 5.5 (LAMP)

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HowTos

LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a CentOS 5.5 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

today's leftovers:

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News
HowTos
  • How to get your Realtek card reader working in Ubuntu
  • Default Wallpaper for GNOME:Ayatana
  • RhythmCat – A Linux only music player
  • Unifying the Two Worlds of Perl 5
  • Tips for an open source process
  • Check Websites for Broken Links with LinkChecker 6.4
  • TDF: A Warm Welcome To Canonical
  • Mandriva primary mirror outage is now fixed and a re-design is in progress
  • Install a Wireless Card in Linux Using Windows Drivers
  • Penetration Testing data management and reporting tool
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 30th January 2011
  • Fix Gnome Mouse Cursor Theme Change Back to Default in Opera
  • A Textures Primer
  • Instant Vintage Photo Effects with the FIL Script for GIMP
  • Output/Input Redirection With awk
  • NYSE, Deutsche Borse merger places IT on the front line

GIMP Paint Studio: A Digital Artist’s Playground

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GIMP

makeuseof.com: Some of us here really enjoy using GIMP. GIMP Paint Studio (GPS) is a package filled with goodies that improve GIMP’s drawing and painting features, especially useful if you own a drawing tablet.

Follow Ubuntu Progress at a Glance, or Not

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Software
Web
Ubuntu

ostatic.com: News came across the wire today about a new Ubuntu Launchpad feature that allows users to track bug and feature progress with a graphical at-a-glance layout. There's just one problem.

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Linux Foundation on Value of GNU/Linux Skills

  • Jobs Report: Rapid Growth in Demand for Open-Source Tech Talent
    The need for open-source technology skills are on the rise and companies and organizations continue to increase their recruitment of open-source technology talent, while offering additional training and certification opportunities for existing staff in order to fill skills gaps, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report, released today by The Linux Foundation and Dice. 87% of hiring managers report difficulty finding open-source talent, and nearly half (48%) report their organizations have begun to support open-source projects with code or other resources for the explicit reason of recruiting individuals with those software skills. After a hiatus, Linux skills are back on top as the most sought after skill with 80% of hiring managers looking for tech professionals with Linux expertise. 55% of employers are now also offering to pay for employee certifications, up from 47% in 2017 and only 34% in 2016.
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    The Linux Foundation in collaboration with Dice.com has revealed the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. The report is designed to examine trends in open-source careers as well as find out which skills are the most in demand. Key findings included 83 percent of hiring managers believes hiring open source talent is a priority and Linux is the most in-demand open-source skill. In addition, 57 percent of hiring managers are looking for people with container skills and many organizations are starting to get more involved in open-source in order to attract developers.

GNU/Linux Servers as Buzzwords: "Cloud" and "IaaS"

  • Linux: The new frontier of enterprise in the cloud
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  • Why next-generation IaaS is likely to be open source
    This is partly down to Kubernetes, which has done much to popularise container technology, helped by its association with Docker and others, which has ushered in a period of explosive innovation in the ‘container platform’ space. This is where Kubernetes stands out, and today it could hold the key to the future of IaaS.

Ubuntu: Snapcraft, Intel, AMD Patches, and Telemetry

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft
    Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was initially created in 2014, but recently underwent rebranding efforts.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Certified on Select Intel NUC Mini PCs and Boards for IoT Development, LibreOffice 6.0.5 Now Available, Git 2.8 Released and More
    Canonical yesterday announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is certified on select Intel NUC Mini PCs and boards for IoT development. According to the Ubuntu blog post, this pairing "provides benefits to device manufacturers at every stage of their development journey and accelerates time to market." You can download the certified image from here. In other Canonical news, yesterday the company released a microcode firmware update for Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the Spectre vulnerability, Softpedia reports. The updated amd64-microcode packages for AMD CPUs are available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), "all AMD users are urged to update their systems."
  • Canonical issues Spectre v2 fix for all Ubuntu systems with AMD chips
    JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HEARD THE END of Spectre, Canonical has released a microcode update for all Ubuntu users that have AMD processors in a bid to rid of the vulnerability. The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were made public at the beginning of this year, affecting literally billions of devices that had been made in the past two decades.
  • A first look at desktop metrics
    We first announced our intention to ask users to provide basic, not-personally-identifiable system data back in February. Since then we have built the Ubuntu Report tool and integrated it in to the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS initial setup tool. You can see an example of the data being collected on the Ubuntu Report Github page.

Most secure Linux distros in 2018

Think of a Linux distribution as a bundle of software delivered together, based on the Linux kernel - a kernel being the core of a system that connects software to hardware and vice versa – with a GNU operating system and a desktop environment, giving the user a visual way to operate the system via a graphical user interface. Linux has a reputation as being more secure than Windows and Mac OS due to a combination of factors – not all of them about the software. Firstly, although desktop Linux users are on the up, Linux environments are far less common in the grand scheme of things than Windows devices on personal computers. The Linux community also tends to be more technical. There are technical reasons too, including fundamental differences in the way the distribution architecture tends to be structured. Nevertheless over the last decade security-focused distributions started to appear, which will appeal to the privacy-conscious user who wants to avoid the worldwide state-sanctioned internet spying that the west has pioneered and where it continues to innovate. Of course, none of these will guarantee your privacy, but they're a good start. Here we list some of them. It is worth noting that security best practices are often about process rather than the technology, avoiding careless mistakes like missing patches and updates, and using your common sense about which websites you visit, what you download, and what you plug into your computer. Read more