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Fun with Boxee for Linux (Beta)

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Software

extremetech.com: Back in 2008, I looked at Boxee on the Apple TV. I thought this was a good time to take a look at Linux.

The Linux That Blew My Mind

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Linux

reviewglitz.com: I have always been searching for some amazing stuff from the linux world. And this time i was thunderstruck by one of them and that is

Do we really need all these different Linux distributions?

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Linux

locutus.us: If you have any inkling of the word Linux and know what it means then you most probably know that there are hundreds of Linux distributions floating around waiting for our attention. In reality there is no real functional difference between all of these Linux distributions.

Web code is already open - why not make it free as well

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Legal

Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft Poland’s apparent racist photoshopping, Microsoft China went and got the company in hot water for allegedly “stealing” code. Yes you read that right: Microsoft and wholesale “theft” of code from another website. Of course it’s not “theft” it’s copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto.

some leftovers:

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News
  • New KDE Decoration control module
  • Cool hack - html5tube
  • OLPC Sending XO Laptops to Haiti, Critics Say 'Don't Bother'
  • Linux Mint 8 KDE CE Release Candiate Leaked
  • Open-PC Begins to Take Shape
  • Linux laptop orchestra reprograms musical conventions
  • Linux Foundation Announces 2010 Event Schedule
  • 10 reasons why not to use Hotmail
  • Ubuntu Forums Hits 1 Million
  • Sun-Oracle: Death by Bureaucracy
  • openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2010
  • SFLS - Episode 0x1F: Is Mobile Software Freedom Possible?
  • Wicd 1.7 is out now with new features
  • Hardware database in the Mint Community website
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #176
  • Backing up your booty

today's howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to change MAC address of your WIFI or Ethernet card
  • Manipulate monitor displays easily with the xrandr extension
  • Reflashing A Dead N900
  • MySQLTuner - Performance Tunning MySQL on Linux
  • How to Remember Running Applications in Ubuntu
  • Record Your Ubuntu Desktop and Convert to .AVI
  • Install GNOME Activity Journal in Ubuntu
  • VirtualBox’s Little Secret: The Command Line

Google's Creepy Club of Chrome

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Google
  • Google's Creepy Club of Chrome
  • How To Hide From Google
  • Why Firefox Will Flame Out

Linux.conf.au - Day Two

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Linux
  • Linux.conf.au - Day Two
  • LCA 2010: From India with code
  • LCA 2010 Tuesday

Commercial open source had very good 2009

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OSS
  • Commercial open source had very good 2009
  • BETT 2010 Review
  • Black Duck Software Names Open Source Rookies of 2009
  • EU: Open Universities open source master published first two books
  • Extracting license information from rpm files and distributions

KDE vs. GNOME: Email Readers

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Software

earthweb.com: Aside from perhaps the web browser, an email reader is likely to be the first application configured on a new computer installation. And, if you are using a desktop, the default choice is likely to be KMail if you are using KDE, or Evolution if you are using GNOME.

5 Great OEM Linux Servers

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Linux has long been popular in the datacenter, and Tier 1 vendors like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell have all had good lines of OEM Linux servers for several years now. Now Ubuntu is showing up everywhere.

Will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform?

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Linux

sutor.com: I had an interesting email exchange over the weekend with a reader of this blog who was wondering if video game producers targeted desktop Linux as platform then would this significantly increase adoption of Linux over Windows?

Novell slapped for impersonating Red Hat

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Linux
SUSE

cnet.com: It's no secret that Novell would dearly love to trade market share with Red Hat in the Linux market. Red Hat, however, isn't happy with at least one of Novell's chosen strategies for getting there: Cloning.

Businesses That Dumped Microsoft ... and Won

itworld.com: Over the past couple of years, Microsoft shops have been increasingly wooed by vendors offering alternatives to Windows, Exchange, Microsoft Office and other Microsoft wares. The competition has grown so fierce that in May, Red Hat went so far as to sue Switzerland (and win).

More Free Games for Linux

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Gaming

linuxjournal.com: Back in 2007, I wrote an article on free games for Linux and thought it was time to write a bit more on the subject. Since there are so many very good games out there, I don't waste my time on games that run poorly, or aren't aesthetically appealing.

Why Business Resists Open Source

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OSS

earthweb.com: Most open source advocates like to believe that the migration from proprietary software products over to open source alternatives is fairly straight forward. Unfortunately, it's never that simple.

From Gtk to Qt: Amarok, Knetworkmanager, and Kopete

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celettu.wordpress: I’ve blogged before how I think Gtk applications are superior to their Qt counterparts, but since I’m using KDE pretty much exclusively since October last year, I’m always on the lookout for good Qt apps.

Jobs.Linux.Com: When Job Boards Go Bad

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Linux
Web

daniweb.com: Last week, The Linux Foundation launched it's new Linux Jobs board and normally, I applaud anything that The Linux Foundation (TLF) does but not this time. And I think it's great that TLF has a job board on Linux.com, however, the execution lacks the luster I've come to expect from these guys. So, what's my beef with something so positive as a job board?

The Performance Of EXT4 Then & Now

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Linux

phoronix.com: Over the past week there has been a lot of talk about the EXT4 file-system following the announcement that Google is migrating their EXT2 file-systems to EXT4. Their reasons for this transition to EXT4 are attributed to the easy migration process and Google engineers are pleased with this file-system's performance. However,

Can you force freedom and it still be freedom?

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OSS
Ubuntu

trausch.us/blog: “You can have freedom without choice.” That someone could even come up with this one is just amazing to me. The ability to choose is a major part of what freedom—or liberty—is. If you cannot make a choice on a matter, then by definition you do not have freedom in the context of that matter.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

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Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.