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Why Microsoft won round one of netbook wars

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Hardware

blogs.zdnet.com: Free is not the lowest possible price. If you want to get sell-through at retail, you have to support the product with collateral materials, with ads, with sales training and support.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook

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Hardware

phoronix.com: While there are many netbooks on the market from a variety of different vendors, for the most part they are composed of the same hardware. When it comes to Dell with their popular Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, they happen to be using Ubuntu but with a few modifications.

the sorry state of Linux

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Linux

akephalos.de: You see, you can get e.g. some Ubuntu - a flavour of Debian etc. pp., but nothing really different. Alas there are even flavours of Ubuntu … Anyway you certainly get a glimpse of the problem.

PC-BSD 7.1 released

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BSD

h-online.com: The PC-BSD developers have announced the release of version 7.1 – Galileo Edition of their open source operating system. PC-BSD 7.1 is based on the 7.2 Pre version of FreeBSD, an operating system derived from BSD UNIX that focuses on security and stability.

Is cloud computing a threat to open source?

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OSS

computerworlduk.com: Why the demise of proprietary software is creating a vacuum which is about to be filled... and we may not like it.

Android 1.5 "Early Look" SDK available

h-online.com: The Google Android Developers have announced the release of an "early look" of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android version 1.5. The new SDK provides a preview of the cupcake branch of the open source mobile platform and is based on the 2.6.27 Linux kernel.

Cooliris Now Available for Linux

ostatic.com/blog: Truth be told, I'm not sure I really get Cooliris, the browser plugin designed to enhance your photo and video browsing experience. Don't get me wrong, it's really cool, and fun, and now that it is officially available for Linux, I've spent way too much time fiddling around with it.

Book Review: Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server Administration

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Ubuntu

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server Administration From Novice to Professional aims to teach all you need to know to begin administering Ubuntu Server. The book covers installing, configuring and the systems administration tasks for Ubuntu Server Edition.

Your Distro is Insecure: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: Ubuntu Server has one of the cleanest and easiest Linux distribution installers. However, in many cases, its designers choose to ignore security in favor of ease-of-use. The result? An install that is not secure by default.

Parsing the nuances of OS decisions

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OS

blogs.zdnet.com: Perhaps the headline should be that Vista, Windows 7 and OS X are in decline—for Ubuntu.

SME Server: The Linux solution for growing businesses

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Linux

tectonic.co.za: f you’re running a small business and you’re in the market for server, you might want to consider SME Server, a Linux distribution customised specifically for the small and medium sized business environment.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • People of openSUSE: jean-daniel-dodin

  • Firewall Builder: an interview with Vadim Kurland
  • Open Source and Cloud: A Curse or Blessing
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition: What to Expect
  • Debian Lenny, Mighty Debian
  • Ubuntu 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' release on April 23
  • April tribute to the Fedora Project art team
  • Smolt in Mandriva
  • Will Linux overtake Windows on netbooks?
  • Bug Tracker Helps Mop Up Linux Kernel
  • Linux Foundation puts work into groups
  • Panelists ponder the kernel at Linux Collaboration Summit
  • Benchmarking On Fedora Is Very Easy
  • Driving Linux-based Benchmarking With Sandtorg
  • Grabbing Steaming Audio
  • Sacred: Gold Edition Available
  • Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 1
  • Ubuntu Wastes My Time and Money
  • Microsoft: Sorry, you can't use these vouchers to learn Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Scheduling Commands with crontab

  • Manage Sony Reader in Linux
  • Surveillance video under Linux using ZoneMinder
  • How to block DDOS attacks in Linux
  • Dodge the challenges of a dual-head display setup with Fedora 10
  • Death to Processes
  • Compiling Perl into Binary Code
  • How to add a directory to the path
  • Debian Lenny AMD64 Install Tutorial
  • Ubuntu 9.04: Installing Landscape on the Server
  • KVM in Ubuntu - Setup and Virtual Machine Creation Guide

Enter gNewSense - the free Ubuntu

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: The project gNewSense started with the goal of creating a GNU/Linux distribution whose first priority is users’ freedom - even if this limits user comfort and hardware support. As a starting point Ubuntu’s operating system is used.

Firefox Extensions Guide

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox Extensions Guide: Extend Your Experience

  • 15 Firefox add-ons for Web developers
  • Lifehacker's Favorite Firefox Extensions--Plus a Few of Our Own
  • Firefox New Tab: Visual Update

What Price Cool? Mac vs. PC

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OS

pcmag.com: There are two major platforms: Apple and Windows, and Macs generally cost more than PCs. Thus ends the latest propagandistic report. But what about Linux?

My PCLinuxOS 2009.1 Desktop

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PCLOS

penguiniplanetblog.blogspot: Not too long ago PCLinuxOS released two versions of the PCLOS 2009 distribution. One uses KDE 3.5, the Other uses Gnome 2.24.3. So, I was faced with a decision. Which would I choose?

3 Easy Ways to Test-Drive Linux

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Microsoft wants you to believe that their products are all you should ever have. Apple has been around as long as Microsoft, and are known for making elegant, stylish, user-friendly computers and other products. There is a third option, and that is the one that I prefer-- nice friendly, stout Linux desktop systems.

Distro Review - Arch Linux 2009.02

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: The Arch fans are always really passionate and enthusiastic in describing it to me; so I figured it was high time I found out for myself. After many broken promises and much procrastination, I finally made it onto Arch Linux and that’s where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks now.

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Leftovers: Software

  • Ekos Polar Alignment Assistant Tool
    When setting up a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) for imaging, a critical aspect of capturing long-exposure images is to ensure a proper polar alignment. A GEM mount has two axis: Right Ascension (RA) axis and Declination (DE) axis. Ideally, the RA axis should be aligned with the celestial sphere polar axis. A mount's job is to track the stars motion around the sky, from the moment they rise at the eastern horizon, all the way up across the median, and westward until they set.
  • KStars 2.7.4 for Windows is released!
    Glad to announce the release of KStars v2.7.4 for Windows 64bit. This version is built a more recent Qt (5.8) and the latest KF5 frameworks for Windows bringing more features and stability.
  • Atom 1.14 Has Been Released
    As you may know, Atom is an open-source, multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub, having a simple and intuitive graphical user interface and a bunch of interesting features for writing: CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other web programming languages. Among others, it has support for macros, auto-completion a split screen feature and it integrates with the file manager.
  • Computer Eye Strain Prevention App `SafeEyes` Sees New Release
    SafeEyes is a Linux application which tries to protect your eyes from eye strain by reminding you to take breaks, while also providing some simple exercises.
  • WeatherDesk Changes Your Wallpaper Based On Current Weather Conditions
    WeatherDesk is a Python3 tool that allows using a wallpaper that changes based on the weather and optionally, time of day. It supports most Linux desktop environments as well as Windows and Mac.
  • Penguin Subtitle Player 1.0 Released With SSA/ASS Subtitles Support [Quick Update]
    Penguin Subtitle Player is especially useful for online video streaming websites that don't support subtitles or don't allow custom subtitles. You can also use Penguin Subtitle Player to display subtitles in a custom position, like on the black top/bottom bands, or to display multiple subtitles in the same time. The Qt5 application should be able to display subtitles on top of any window, including HTML5 or Flash videos. Until now, Penguin Subtitle Player (which we've covered before) only supported SRT subtitles, however, with the latest 1.0.0 version, released yesterday, the application received support for SSA/ASS subtitles.
  • Jam: Listen To Google Play Music From The Console
    Jam is a new Google Play Music console player for Linux and Windows. The application, which is written in Go, had its first alpha release about two weeks ago, and it's currently at version 0.4.0. Jam features a console interface very similar to that of Cmus, with easy keyboard navigation. While the interface is easy to use, it currently lacks a help screen, so for a list of keyboard shortcuts, see the Jam GitHub page.
  • “Wiki, what’s going on?” is back again and has a lot to say!
  • Plasma Sprint: Legacy Media Support in KDE Applications
    Boudhayan Gupta dropped by for the final day of the Plasma Sprint because he had 3D printed that save icon and wanted to test it. Coincidently I found a treasure in the glove compartment of my dad’s car, a Eurythmics Greatest Hits audio CD.
  • Kubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Update Available
    The second point release update to our LTS release 16.04 is out now. This contains all the bugfixes added to 16.04 since its first release in April. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bugfixes. In addition, we suggest adding the Backports PPA to update to Plasma 5.8.5. Read more about it: http://kubuntu.org/news/plasma-5-8-5-bugfix-release-in-xenial-and-yakkety-backports-now/

today's howtos

Linux Mint 18.1 Is The Best Mint Yet

The hardcore Linux geeks won’t read this article. They’ll skip right past it… They don’t like Linux Mint much. There’s a good reason for them not to; it’s not designed for them. Linux Mint is for folks who want a stable, elegant desktop operating system that they don’t want to have to constantly tinker with. Anyone who is into Linux will find Mint rather boring because it can get as close to the bleeding edge of computer technology. That said, most of those same hardcore geeks will privately tell you that they’ve put Linux Mint on their Mom’s computer and she just loves it. Linux Mint is great for Mom. It’s stable, offers everything she needs and its familiar UI is easy for Windows refugees to figure out. If you think of Arch Linux as a finicky, high-performance sports car then Linux Mint is a reliable station wagon. The kind of car your Mom would drive. Well, I have always liked station wagons myself and if you’ve read this far then I guess you do, too. A ride in a nice station wagon, loaded with creature comforts, cold blowing AC, and a good sound system can be very relaxing, indeed. Read more

Make Gnome 3 more accessible for everyday use

Gnome 3 is a desktop environment that was created to fix a problem that did not exist. Much like PulseAudio, Wayland and Systemd, it's there to give developers a job, while offering no clear benefit over the original problem. The Gnome 2 desktop was fast, lithe, simple, and elegant, and its replacement is none of that. Maybe the presentation layer is a little less busy and you can search a bit more quickly, but that's about as far as the list of advantages goes, which is a pretty grim result for five years of coding. Despite my reservation toward Gnome 3, I still find it to be a little bit more suitable for general consumption than in the past. Some of the silly early decisions have been largely reverted, and a wee bit more sane functionality added. Not enough. Which is why I'd like to take a moment or three to discuss some extra tweaks and changes you should add to this desktop environment to make it palatable. Read more