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AWN vs Cairo Dock vs Docky

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Software

hackourlives.com: Mac style docks or launchers have become very popular among *nix users with the increase in popularity of Macs. And unlike Snow Leopard users there are quite a few free options for Linux.

On the Brokenness of File Locking

0pointer.de: It's amazing how far Linux has come without providing for proper file locking that works and is usable from userspace. A little overview why file locking is still in a very sad state:

Locking Down Linux: Is it Necessary?

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Linux
Security

jeffhoogland.blogspot: Many Linux Advocates, myself included, assert that our operating system of choice is more than ready for the "general public" or "average user". In recent years it seems the term "user friendliness" has become associated with the exact opposite of what I love about Linux:

Moving to Linux

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Linux

linuxinexile.blogspot: How do you move an organization to Linux? What's the process? It's not as simple as coming in over the weekend, re-installing everyone's desktops with the latest Linux distro, and hoping things go for the best. You need a real transition plan, a strategy to move the organization.

New Releases Of GNOME Shell, Mutter

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Software

phoronix.com: Owen Taylor has announced a new development release of GNOME Shell in the run-up to GNOME 3.0, which is coming now in just a few short months.

Fun stats from Ubuntu Manual Project

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Ubuntu

omgubuntu.co.uk: I thought I'd share some interesting statistics with you that we've collected through our website over the past two months since the release of Ubuntu 10.04 and Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04.

openSUSE Weekly News Issue 129

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SUSE

Linux game-time refined with latest Wine

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Software
Gaming

theregister.co.uk: Wine 2.1 includes a new set of icons, a number of fixes for video rendering – improving Windows gaming – and better font anti-aliasing and handling of desktop link files.

Joojoo ripped for another failing, this time it’s a GPL violation

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Linux
Hardware
OSS

liliputing.com: Oh, Fusion Garage… Lately it seems the only good news which surfaces about your JooJoo tablet is the result of someone who doesn’t work for you doing something awesome with it — like installing Windows 7 on it.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Almanah – Application to ease management of a personal diary
  • Compiz 0.9 and GCC 4.5
  • Mandriva pt 2
  • Red Hat Seeking Ways To Avoid Channel Conflict With Service Partners
  • Lunar eclipse set for Saturday Morning
  • The Growing Open-vs.-Proprietary Rift Between Google and Mozilla
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #359 06-23-10
  • Opera Snapshot: Stability, font work, and Geolocation for Linux
  • Is Ubuntu a Realistic Alternative to Mac OS X?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Auto assign profile images on Ubuntu
  • How to fix: Too many open files
  • Kubuntu 10.04, disabled network manager, Solution
  • Quick Tip: Opening Adobe Illustrator files in Linux
  • For smooth sys-libs/glibc-2.11.1 upgrade, make sure to use >=gcc-4.3-
  • Open PDF files in a Linux Console using fbgs, a framebuffer PDF viewer
  • LXC 0.7 console output in Gentoo

Ubuntu Nearing X Server Not Running As Root

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Based upon a recent email to the X.Org developers' mailing list, Canonical is nearing the point of one of their goals for Ubuntu 10.10 of a rootless X Server, or being able to run the X.Org Server without root privileges.

The Stable Triple and Marketing Linux

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Linux

cbojar.blogspot: The first topic on my mind is the elusiveness of the stable triple in the Linux market. What do I mean by the stable triple? Let's look at some examples:

Mozilla Wins The American Business Awards “Most Innovative Company of the Year”

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Moz/FF

mozilla.com/blog: We are excited to announce that Mozilla won the American Business Awards Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year (with less than 2,500 employees) in the software category!

Lucid Lynx boot times - 10 seconds, yes or no?

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Ubuntu

dedoimedo.com: I love Lucid very much; it's slowly replacing Jaunty as the major Ubuntu flavor on my various machines. This begs the question, does Lucid bring in any improvements required to break the 10-second barrier?

Lightworks Switches the Lights On

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Software

stream0.org: Apparently I missed the announcement back in April this year that EditShare is to release an Open Source version of their award winning non-linear video editor, Lightworks. As I missed the previous announcement, I thought it would be a good idea to follow up and find out what's actually available.

Become a typeface pro with Fontmatrix

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Software

worldlabel.com: Casual computer users often give little thought to fonts, but once you starting working on design — from your web site to your stationary needs, you soon begin to appreciate the positive effects a good typeface can have on branding and marketing. The trouble comes when you start to collect more fonts on your system than you can keep track of.

Chumby, the Next Generation

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Hardware

linuxjournal.com: The folks over at www.chumby.com still sell the original Chumby device, but they've come out with a new model, the Chumby One. I'm rather fond of the numbering scheme they chose, because that would mean the original Chumby is number zero. If the next model is the Chumby 10, they will get extra geek points!

Why Tabs are on Top in Firefox 4

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Moz/FF

mozilla.com/faaborg: In the Firefox 4 nightly builds, and in Firefox 4 Beta 1, we are changing the default tab position so that tabs are on top. This is a preference that users can change by right clicking on any of their toolbars.

Fedora 11 reaches end of life

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Linux

h-online.com: Fedora developer and Red Hat employee Paul W. Frields has announced that Fedora 11, code named "Leonidas", has reached its end of life.

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GPL Violations: Grsecurity Carries on Bullying Bruce Perens, Israel Complies with AGPL, Xiaomi Violates GPL

  • Linux's Grsecurity dev team takes blog 'libel' fight to higher court
    Open Source Security, Inc., the maker of the Grsecurity Linux kernel patches, suffered a setback last month when San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler granted a motion by defendant Bruce Perens to dismiss the company's defamation claim, with the proviso that the tossed legal challenge could be amended. The code biz and its president Brad Spengler sued Perens over a blog post in June in which Perens said that using the firm's Grsecurity software could expose customers to a contributory infringement claim under the terms of the Linux kernel's GPLv2 license. Open Source Security contends that statement has damaged its business.
  • Israel’s Information and Communications Technology Authority Bows to Pressure to Comply with Affero GPL
    Under pressure from open source advocates, the Israeli Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority recently shared its first open source software, extensions made by the ICT Authority to the CKAN data portal platform to help make the platform usable in Hebrew. The CKAN software is an open source data portal platform used since 2016 by the ICT Authority to make Israeli government data open and available on its government database website. The CKAN software is licensed under the GNU AGPL Version 3 license, an “ultra-strong” open source license that requires users of modified versions of CKAN software to offer its source code, even in the absence of distribution, to users interacting with software over the Internet.
  • Xiaomi Violating GPL 2.0 License With Mi A1 Kernel Sources
    Xiaomi is in violation of the GPL 2.0 license of the Linux Kernel project by still not releasing the kernel sources for the Mi A1 Android One and has been publicly criticized on the matter by established Android developer Francisco Franco earlier this week. While the smartphone was released in September and the Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer’s official policy is to publicize kernel sources for its devices within three months of their market launch, the Android One edition of the Mi A1 remains undetailed in this regard. Mr. Franco — best known for his work on the Franco Kernel, one of the most popular custom OS cores in the Android ecosystem — had some harsh words for the company on Twitter, calling its laidback approach to publicizing the kernel sources for the Mi A1 “an embarrassment” for the open source community and the type of software it allows it to create its commercial devices in the first place.

Security: Updates, Secure Contexts, EFF, Google, Fedora

today's howtos

Introducing my new friend: a Slimbook

I have been following Slimbook for some time now. As you probably know, they ship a KDE laptop that is very cool, with KDE Neon pre-installed. They have attended to a couple of events I have attended to so I have been able to test their laptops, get feedback from buyers and ask them questions directly. The fact that they are a Spanish company was a beautiful surprise, We do not have that many hardware integrators and vendors in Spain. But what definitely caught my attention was the fact that they pay a lot of attention to the software. They ship the laptops with Linux pre-installed. Ok, that is not new any more. But they do pre-install several different distros. Now, that’s uncommon. But news do not stop there. Read more