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Dragbox bridges command line and desktop

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Software

linux.com: The GNU/Linux command line and desktop are both sophisticated interfaces, but they are mostly separate realities. You can drag text into a virtual terminal from the desktop, or use Edit -> Copy to move text in either direction, but by default moving files and directories between them is impossible. Dragbox is designed to solve this problem.

Whither the Linux Foundation?

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Linux

itwire.com: We live in the age of the spinmeister, the age when language is used more as a means to confuse than to educate, an age when obfuscation is preferred to clarification. I've been wondering what is important - the Foundation itself or the kernel.

Why Microsoft should not lose (and free software will still win)

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OS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: There has always been a section of the free software community which has an anti-Microsoft agenda. It’s almost like their mission statement is “It’s not over until Microsoft is dead”. Certainly there is a lot of feeling that if Microsoft went away, a lot of our problem would be over. But do Microsoft even need to “lose”; is there even a battle to be fought and if so what would constitute winning it?

New Distro Releases on the Horizon

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Linux

ostatic.com: Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing: several popular Linux distributions are getting ready for their next release. Let's take a look at the upcoming versions of Fedora, Ubuntu, and openSUSE to see what's new, what's improved, and what will be worth the wait.

Did Canonical Just Get Punked by Red Hat and Novell?

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Linux

blog.linuxtoday: My first opinion during all of this hooplah was that why should I care about Red Hat and SUSE Linux not having a consumer desktop line? It doesn't detract from the Linux desktop as a whole (since their business desktop products are doing just fine, thank you), plus let's face it: Ubuntu is kicking butt and taking names. Except I think I may have been wrong.

Also: Red Hat, Novell, Canonical and the free software desktop

Microsoft Office 2007 Fails OOXML Conformance Tests

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Microsoft

groklaw.net: This takes the cake. Alex Brown has just admitted on his Griffin Brown blog and further to ZDNET UK's Peter Judge that Microsoft Office 2007 has failed two OOXML conformance tests he ran. Color me surprised.

The Trials and Travails of Linux on a Laptop

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Linux

raiden.net: Over the years I've been slowly working towards getting myself a laptop, but ultimately one thing or another stopped me. But these days you almost can't live without one. So I finally made the plunge. But obviously before I did that I also spent a decent amount of time researching whether or not Linux or Freebsd would work on said laptop before I bought it.

Is it lift off for Linux?

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Interviews
Ubuntu

bbc.co.uk/blogs: I had a very interesting conversation with Mr Ubuntu, aka Mark Shuttleworth, at the end of last week. His main point was that Linux, and use of Ubuntu, was on the rise. He also had lots of interesting things to say about open source more broadly, the Microsoft-Yahoo deal etc, which I thought I'd detail here as a Q&A.

One last, good look at KDE 3

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KDE

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: I initially loved KDE over Gnome. It looked more like Windows, it had more neat options, and great programs. But I left KDE for Gnome for a few reasons. But now I want to look at KDE again because a few things have come together to change some of the reasons why I left KDE.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 249

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Draco GNU/Linux 0.3

  • News: Fedora 9 delay, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS release, openSUSE's OBS update, Red Hat and
  • OpenSolaris desktops, Gobuntu vs gNewSense, sidux-seminarix

  • Released last week: BeleniX 0.7, DragonFly BSD 1.12.2
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • New distributions: Turtle Kevux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Add faceted search to Thunderbird with Seek

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Do you struggle to keep tabs on your Thunderbird inbox? The SIMILE Seek extension might be the answer to your problems. The extension adds faceted browsing to Thunderbird, which allows you to search and manage your email messages in a radically different way than you are used to.

A case study: Video Ezy and Microsoft myths about open source lead to flawed network

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OSS

itwire.com: The Redmond giant’s PR spin has gone into overdrive to warn budding potentials away from the evils of Linux and open source. The messages are consistent: Linux may be free, but there’s a catch; it has a higher total cost of ownership, a lower return on investment, less support and is a less sound platform. I declare bunkum. And here's why.

Linux FUDdy duddy!

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Linux

blogs.ittoolbox.com: This morning I was shocked to see the headline "Seagate Kills Linux Support" in Linux Today. I followed the link to the story on Mad Penguin. In this story, or should I say unsubstantiated rant, the author goes on about how Seagate has foregone support for Linux and how everyone should boycott Seagate and go to Western Digital. This is pure and unadulterated FUD!

Ubuntu 'reaping Linux dividend'

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Ubuntu

news.bbc.co.uk: The public perception of open source software is changing fast, said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads distribution of the Ubuntu operating system (OS). "There has been a sea change in the way people think of Linux, which is very healthy," he said.

Also: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition Released

Novell expands Microsoft alliance with China deal

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SUSE

boston.com: Linux software vendor Novell Inc. of Waltham is expanding its alliance with Microsoft Corp. into China, in a bid to encourage Chinese companies to start paying for the software they use to run their businesses.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Sar, Vmstat, Free Memory And Swap On Linux or Unix

  • Open Solutions Alliance looking for momentum boost
  • Back to the future for MySQL
  • eeePC Video With Compiz-Fusion
  • OTR: Secure Conversations
  • Bradley Kuhn makes a better world through software freedom

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Running SPIN (Promela Model Checking) on linux

  • HOWTO install and run rkhunter
  • Get your fingerprint reader to work in Ubuntu
  • Find File by Modification Time
  • Howto: Printer sharing with CUPS
  • rcdrecord is a command line client of web CDwriter
  • Save Streaming Videos in Mplayer in 4 Easy Steps
  • Automatically compile and install the latest kernel using KernelCheck in Ubuntu

While Everyone Else Is Awaiting The Release Of Hardy Heron, I Am Not

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Ubuntu

linuxcanuck.wordpress: I see counters on websites. Only four more days to the official release. Only three more days. And then what? The wait will be over. The counter will increase to six months until Intrepid Ibex. And what exactly will happen on the 24th anyway? It will be slow going if past releases are any indicator. I have a better plan.

Debian 4 GNU/Linux with KDE

agnustics.blogspot: My distribution of choice is Debian. It's currently at version 4 and named Etch. Debian, in my opinion, is rock-solid stable and does absolutely everything I ask it to. A word of advise before you install Linux.

5 Months And Still No UT3 For Linux

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Five months ago from today, Unreal Tournament 3 for the PC was released in North America. Linux gamers around the world, however, were let down with the lack of an available Linux client and all UT3 gamers were impacted by the lack of any Linux server for this game.

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Leftovers: KDE

  • Plasma Wayland ISO Checkup
    My Plasma Wayland ISOs are building nicely fresh each day. I asked Betty the fuzzy Guinea Pig to gave one a try today and there’s still obvious bugs like no text on task bar and the blue window bars are back but she’s generally impressed at how this is likely to be a good replacement for X in the near future.
  • Call for new KStars splash screen
    KStars gained two seats for Google Summer of Code 2016. The first project is to develop KStars Lite, a small footprint KStars aimed for tablet/mobile and low powered devices. The second project is to port KStars to Windows, including migration of INDI Client library and Ekos. Both projects are progressing along quite nicely and we expect to see stellar results by the end of the summer.
  • KDAB Training Day at QtCon
  • Faster than Fast String Search in Qt
  • Very explicit operator bool
  • Kdenlive: features and next Cafés
    Our monthly Kdenlive Cafés (*) really helped us focusing the development on some awesome features. We now have a small team of really involved people that help us evolve towards the best free open source video editor for professionnals.
  • KDev-Embedded, The alpha version is coming !
    Today one of the most important steps was performed, the first upload to a microController. The code was a blink compiled with a makefile and uploaded with the KDev-Embedded plugin to an AVR microController (Arduino Nano board).
  • Verdigris: Qt without moc
    Verdigris is a header-only library that can be used with Qt. It uses macros to create a QMetaObject that is binary compatible with Qt's own QMetaObject without requiring moc. In other words, you can use Verdigris macros in your Qt or QML application instead of some of the Qt macros and then you do not need to run moc.
  • Kubuntu Party 4 – The Gathering of Halflings
    Come and join us for a most excellent Gathering of Halflings at Kubuntu Party 4, Friday 17th June 19:00 UTC.
  • Some plans do not cooperate with you…
    I reached the creator at the IRC channel of KDE to see if he could help me, and Jonathan Riddel gives me the help that I need it, at the selection of bugs that I could work and others things that I was thinking about Umbrello. After two days, one before the end of submission time, I submitted my project to the KDE Community.
  • Coding at Lakademy
    Today is the third day that Lakademy is happening at Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), and since the first hour, I’m doing a lot of code. The work is concentrate on my GSoC Project, and finally getting on track on my work in Umbrello.
  • if (LaKademy 2016) goto Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa”, land of the eternal Summer. The sunlight here is always clear and hot, the sea is refreshing, the sand is comfortable. The people is happy, Rio de Janeiro has good music, food, the craziest parties of the world, and beautiful bodies having fun with beach games (do you know futevolei?).
  • Breeze Dark Color Scheme
    Just as quick info, with the next KDE Frameworks 5 release, namely KF5 version 5.23, the KTextEditor framework gains a Breeze Dark color scheme. The colors mostly stick to the Breeze color palette, with some minor changes, since KTextEditor needs more colors the the color palette itself ships. To use this color scheme, go to the config dialog and choose “Breeze Dark” in the Fonts & Colors config page. We hope this is useful – mandatory screenshot:
  • kmail 16.04.1 and Novell Groupwise 2014 IMAP server - anyone?
  • Yet Another GSoC Blog
    TL;DR: Well Hey there, Chantara here. I will be working with 2 awesome mentors, Stikonas and teo-, to add LVM and hopefully RAID support for KDE Partition Manager and KPMCore library over my summer with Google Summer of Code. If you’re interested, read on!!! :)
  • KDE Partition Manager 2.2.0
    KDE Partition Manager and KPMcore 2.2.0 are now released with a proper LUKS support! This is a fairly big feature release but it also got tested more than usual, so a lot of bugs were fixed (including some crashes). Unfortunately there is still one more reproducible crash (bug 363294) on exit when file open/save dialogs are used (and very similar crashes actually exist in some other KDE programs, e.g. kdebugdialog or Marble). If anybody has any idea how to fix it I would be grateful.
  • Hello KDE
    Plasma Mobile Emulator will be the solution for developing, testing and accessing plasma mobile system without having to install on real phone.
  • Interview with Neotheta
  • The work on animation features continues
    While the first stable Krita version with animation is just around the corner, I am already rolling up my sleeves with plans to take the feature to the next level. It's Google Summer of Code time again. A lot has happened since last year. Import for image sequences was added, the timeline docker was reworked and a large number of smaller changes and fixes were implemented to make the animation tools ready for inclusion in Krita 3.0. For a nice overview, check out GDQuest's video tutorial.
  • Free Software Artists and their Tools — Part I: David Revoy & Krita
    The idea that Free Software has no decent design programs, and that it is impossible to produce quality art without proprietary apps is one of those myths that refuses to die. For quite some time now, OCSmag has been on a mission to prove otherwise. In this latest series we talk to three artists who use Free Software tools to produce their works.
  • Krita at KomMissia
    Last weekend, ace Krita hacker Dmitry Kazakov attended KomMissia, the annual Russian comics festival. Best quote award goes to the Wacom booth attendants, who install Krita on all their demo machines because “too many people keep asking about it”!
  • KStars on Windows – Alpha version
    Using emerge tool, I started to build KStars on Windows. Since this process could be very troublesome, I used a Windows 7 32-bit virtual machine. Actually, for building KDE sources, the KDE developers recommend the 32-bit version of Windows 7.

Kubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus - Not meant to be

There's one thing that is consistent with the Xenial family of spring disappointments. The disappointment. When one goes bad, you know they all do, and in this regard, Ubuntu LTS delivers badly across its entire range. 16.04 was meant to be sweet hope, salvation and joy, it is just a string of rushed, badly QA-ed images. Kubuntu Xerus does not have any redeeming factors. It's pretty all right, but it's buggy, Samba support is weak, smartphone support is sub-par, package management is atrocious, battery life is just average but still much worse than the spectacularly useless Werewolf release, and there are lots of other small problems everywhere. Nothing about this particular edition oozes confidence, quality or long-term vision. Really sad. 2/10. My weekend has been ruined again, thank you. Don't bother. Bye. Read more

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Cinnamon 3.0.4 Desktop Updates the Overlay Scrollbar, Sound and Menu Applets

While the Linux Mint 18 operating system is still in heavy development, Clement Lefebvre and his team of developers announced a new update for the Cinnamon 3.0 desktop environment. Cinnamon 3.0.4 is now the latest version of the acclaimed GNOME 3-based open-source graphical desktop interface, which will be used by default for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" OS, on the Cinnamon Edition, of course. It comes a few days after the release of Cinnamon 3.0.3. Read more Also: The New Control Center Is Being Worked On For GNOME 3.22