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The way is cleared for Debian 5

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: The Debian developers have decided to release the upcoming Debian 5 (Lenny) with proprietary firmware files to expedite the completion of the Linux distributions next release.

Evolution vs Kontact - Part 1 - Evolution

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Software

fosswire.com: A Personal Information Management (PIM) suite is supposedly a single application that gives you your email, contacts, calendar and other important information. On the Linux and Unix platforms there are two main competitors in this space - Evolution 2.24.2, for the GNOME desktop and KDE’s Kontact 4.1.3.

AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs On Linux

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Last quarter AMD introduced their "Shanghai" Opteron processors that join the ranks of Intel's Harpertown Xeon CPUs that are 45nm quad-core server/workstation parts. Initial reviews of these new AMD Opteron processors have been very positive, but how do these chips perform with Linux?

Microsoft on FLOSS

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OSS

Over the holiday break, I’ve been working on a small project. I’m trying to collect up quotes from Microsoft on Linux, Free Software, and Open Source.

A rolling distro gathers no moss

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toolbox.com/blogs: There are 10 sorts of distributions in the world. Those that have specific releases, where it is better to reformat and reload with each new release and rolling distributions.

Linux Netbooks: What's on the Menu?

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Hardware

linuxinsider.com: Linux and netbooks seem to be a well-met pair. Lightweight Linux distros sit comfortably on the shoulders of the mini laptops' compact hardware. Plenty of computer makers are offering models with pre-installed Linux. Here's a snapshot of what's out there.

Open source: a different approach to developing software

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computerweekly.com: It seems like a bit of a mystery how open source software ever sees the light of day. The idea of a large number of people working for glory and the greater good rather than recompense seems too idealistic to be true.

The Inherent Danger in "Just Working"

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ostatic.com/blog: The majority of computer users want their machines to "just work." And though I like seeing how my hardware and software interact, it is preferable to have things "just work." When something doesn't "just work" on a computer, it's frustrating.

Zenwalk Linux 5.2

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dylserx.wordpress: My Laptop is a Netbook in a Macbook size shell, so I decided to go for Linux as my OS for it as its fast, reliable and stable, most of the time.

Dropbox on Ubuntu 8.10

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itwire.com: In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to use Dropbox on the popular Ubuntu distribution.

few leftovers

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  • Xen 3.3 in RHEL/CentOS 5 and more Link Aggregation Fun

  • Revisiting urxvt
  • Attempting to Install Linux, Part 1
  • My Acer Aspire One with Ubuntu 8.10
  • Our One Laptop Per Child Hopes for 2009
  • Acer Laptop Wireless Tips
  • The canonical target
  • Energized by open source: Ditching closed apps spurred growth, utility says

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 52

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SUSE

Happy New Year! Issue #52 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out.

openSUSE defeats Mandriva

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MDV
SUSE

marcfearby.com: About this time last year I decided that Linux simply wasn’t good enough and returned to Windows XP. A week later I discovered that Mandriva was actually up to scratch. Given that Mandriva fired one of their most valuable employees recently, I think the writing is on the wall for that distro, sadly.

MadTux Closes Its Doors

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Web

broadcast.oreilly: After eight years in business California-based MadTux, an online retailer specializing in systems preloaded with Linux, has closed.

Zenwalk 5.4 Beta1

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linux-hardcore.com: Old year's day and a few hours to kill ... so I thought why not try out an XFCE using distro that I have tried out several times Zenwalk. Just before Christmas the Beta 1 of Zenwalk 5.4 was released. So downloaded it, burned it to CD, popped the CD in and fired it up.

Ubuntu in 2009

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mybroadband.co.za: The first release of Ubuntu in 2009 will be the April debut of Jaunty Jackalope, otherwise known as Ubuntu 9.04. Most users will be looking forward to a release packed with exciting features.

The biggest threat to open source in 2009

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blogs.zdnet.com: There is no longer any doubt that hackers and malware writers are going after open source projects as they once went after Windows. Vulnerabilities are being found, discovered, created, exchanged.

some shorts

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  • NUBUNTU 8.12 BETA

  • Dell Studio 1535 OpenSuse 11.1 and latest ALSA
  • Comparing Windows Update to Ubuntu Linux’s Update Manager
  • A Better Desktop Button for Ubuntu
  • Latest Ubuntu
  • More proof that Microsoft are incompetent
  • Ubuntu Advertisement

10 Best Instant Messengers for Linux

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anewmorning.com: Like other Operating systems, there are some great Instant messengers for Linux. These IM’s comes with features like any other, including custom emoticons, web-cam support, nudges, themes, plugins, customizations and lots more. Here’s a list of 10 Best Instant messengers for Linux.

"Doomed to Obscurity" - New Web Comic Launched

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penguinpetes.com: For a New Year's Day surprise, I'm finally launching the webcomic I've always wanted to do. It's called Doomed to Obscurity and if you give it time, it'll grow on you. Strip #1 is up today; subsequent strips will be published every odd-numbered calendar day.

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    I spent last weekend at the Core Apps Hackfest in Berlin. The agenda was to work on GNOME’s core applications: Documents, Files, Music, Photos, Videos, Usage, etc.; to raise their overall standard and to make them push beyond the limits of the framework. There were 19 of us and among us we covered a wide range of modules and areas of expertise. I spent most of my time on the plumbing necessary for Documents and Photos to use GtkFlowBox and GtkListBox. The innards of Photos had already been overhauled to reduce its dependency on GtkTreeModel. Going into the hackfest we were sorely lacking a widget that had all the bells and whistles we need — the idiomatic GNOME 3 selection mode, and seamlessly switching between a list and grid view. So, this is where I decided to focus my energy. As a result, we now have a work-in-progress GdMainBox widget in libgd to replace the old GtkIconView/GtkTreeView-based GdMainView.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Did Amazon Just Kill Open Source?
    Back in the days, we used to focus on creating modular architectures. We had standard wire protocols like NFS, RPC, etc. and standard API layers like BSD, POSIX, etc. Those were fun days. You could buy products from different vendors, they actually worked well together and were interchangeable. There were always open source implementations of the standard, but people could also build commercial variations to extend functionality or durability. The most successful open source project is Linux. We tend to forget it has very strict APIs and layers. New kernel implementations must often be backed by official standards (USB, SCSI…). Open source and commercial implementations live happily side by side in Linux. If we contrast Linux with the state of open source today, we see so many implementations which overlap. Take the big data eco-systems as an example: in most cases there are no standard APIs, or layers, not to mention standard wire protocols. Projects are not interchangeable, causing a much worse lock-in than when using commercial products which conform to a common standard.
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    Lots of missing features & big bugs were fixed recently . All of the blockers that were initially mentioned on tracking bug are now fixed.
  • Linux & Open Source News Of The Week — Comma.ai, Patches For Firefox and Tor, And OSS-Fuzz
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    A team of Australian student researchers at Sydney Grammar School has managed to recreate the formula for Daraprim, the drug made (in)famous by the actions of Turing Pharmaceuticals last year when it increased the price substantially per pill. According to Futurism, the undertaking was helped along by an, “online research-sharing platform called Open Source Malaria [OSM], which aims to use publicly available drugs and medical techniques to treat malaria.” The students’ pill passed a battery of tests for purity, and ultimately cost $2 using different, more readily available components. It shows the potential of the platform, which has said elsewhere there is, “enormous potential to crowdsource new potential medicines efficiently.” Although Daraprim is already around, that it could be synthesized relatively easily without the same materials as usual is a good sign for OSM.
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