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Story Restricting Use of Free (as in Freedom) Software in Surveillance, Censorship, Assassinations, and Wars Roy Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 12:26pm
Story News Roundups Roy Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 10:46am
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 10:40am
Story USB & Staging Driver Changes For The Linux 3.14 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 10:06am
Story Tiny hacker SBC offers robot-friendly Linux distro Roy Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 9:29am
Story Memory Protection Extensions Not Done For Linux 3.14 Rianne Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 9:22am
Story India’s Aakash IV Tablet To Get 2G Connectivity; Tender Process Open Roy Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 8:54am
Story Pear OS Is No Longer Available for Download Rianne Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 8:46am
Story Did China copy Android in its new mobile operating system? Rianne Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 8:32am
Story Can Android desktops disrupt the PC market? Rianne Schestowitz 21/01/2014 - 8:24am

Tinest Linux system, yet?

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linuxdevices.com: CompuLab introduced a tiny fanless PC using 4-6 Watts of power. The Linux-ready "Fit-PC Slim" measures 4.3 x 3.9 x 1.2 inches (110 x 100 x 30mm), but includes a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800, Ethernet, VGA output, WiFi, and a 2.5-inch hard drive option, says CompuLab.

Video: The history of Fedora

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Linux

redhatmagazine.com: Who is that masked man? It’s the Fedora Project’s Greg DeKoenigsberg. And who better to talk about this history of the Fedora than someone who has been involved nearly every step of the way…

Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 2

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Software

linuxjournal.com: In this second part of my survey I list and briefly describe some of the Java sound and music applications known to work under Linux. Java applications show up in almost every category found at linux-sound.org and the Applications Database at linuxaudio.org.

odds & ends

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News
  • Opera 9.6 beta: screenshots

  • PC-BSD 7.0 Screenshots
  • Adobe AIR launches on Linux
  • about:mozilla - 2010 goals, Add-on survey, and more…
  • Chromify Firefox with Chromifox
  • Linux Outlaws 54 - Compiling in Coffee Shops

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to access to music with amarok from anywhere (almost)

  • How to configure Evolution Mail Client for GMAIL
  • OpenOffice.org Basic crash course: Saving user settings
  • Untar multiple files in a directory
  • How to go a particular line or word in vi

OpenSolaris 2008.05 is robust and ready

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OS

linux.com: Sun has been getting serious about opening up its software for a few years now. OpenSolaris, an open source Unix operating system like Linux and BSD, released in May, is its latest foray into the open source arena. I found OpenSolaris to be a production-ready OS that works equally well on desktops and servers.

The double-edged sword of the economy for open source

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OSS

blogs.the451group: While I believe open source may have an advantage in hard economic times when organizations are truly being forced to cut costs, I’m not sure I entirely buy either perspective. I see a danger for open source as some of its largest enterprise users stumble or even cease to be.

5 Cool Apps to Make the Linux Terminal More Productive

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Software

makeuseof.com: If you work on Linux you’ll know that the command line is the way to go (in some cases at least). If you are in GUI mode than you can access the command line via the Terminal. Here are some applications/utilities that will transform your command line experience.

You're not trapped!

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Linux

lawofficelinux.com: Everyday, some attorney, somewhere is having an issue with Windows. Usually, when I suggest they switch to Linux, I get resistance. This is due largely to their fear of change. My message to them is simply that they are not trapped by Windows.

3G Cellular Success with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: Hooray! My Sierra Wireless AirCard 880 is working with Ubuntu 8.04.1 (Hardy Heron)! This is something I have been wanting to get working for quite a while. What it means is that I won't have to boot Vista in order to use my laptop on the train and bus during my daily commute.

Save time at the command line with shell aliases and functions

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HowTos

linux.com: Familiarity with command prompts and shell scripts is still necessary if you want to get the most from your GNU/Linux system, but the less time you spend doing that the better, right? Two powerful ways to minimize your time at the command line are shell aliases and functions.

Mozilla Re-Thinking Firefox EULA

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Moz/FF

internetnews.com: In a conversation with InternetNews.com, Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of Mozilla, admitted that Mozilla may not need both the EULA and open source license, with the EULA the likely casualty.

"Written Declaration" on Open Source in the EU

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OSS

computerworlduk.com/blogs: Some enlightened MEPs have crafted “Written Declaration 0046/2008” urging the European Union to step up its support of free software. I've just emailed my representatives in the European Partliament using the fine WriteToThem.com, and urge you to do the same.

An Open-Source Radeon HD 4670? Sort Of.

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Hardware

phoronix.com: The kind folks at Sapphire Technology had sent out the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card upon its release. The Radeon HD 4780 retails well under $100 USD and has 512MB of GDDR3 memory with a 128-bit interface.

Debian Project News - September 15th

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Welcome to this year's 11th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Some of the topics covered in this issue include: Release Update, Lenny Upgrade advisor, ... and much more.

Also: New Debian Developers

Shuttleworth: Python needs to focus on future

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Software

heise-online.co.uk: Mark Shuttleworth challenged the Python community to look to future trends for Python's next big opportunity. Presenting a keynote at PyCon UK 2008 in Birmingham, Shuttleworth looked at three big trends, cloud computing, transactional memory and future multicore processors and asked the Python community how they were approaching these trends.

Chrome uses Microsoft code

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Google

theinquirer.net: WHILE GOOGLE has acknowledged that its Chrome Web browser owes a lot to Open Source projects, Firefox and WebKit, it failed to mention the input from that great supporter od open saucing... Microsoft.

Installing Joomla 1.5.6 On A Lighttpd Web Server (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

This guide explains how you can install Joomla 1.5.6 on a lighttpd web server on Debian Etch. Joomla comes with an .htaccess file with mod_rewrite rules (for Apache) (to enable search-engine friendly URLs) that do not work on lighttpd.

Introduction to working in the bash shell

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News

This tutorial provides a brief history of Bash, which indicates how the Bash shell is different than some of the other popular UNIX shells, and also provides an overview of the major features available within Bash.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Funtoo on GitHub

  • SightSpeed to Announce Linux Version
  • GPL v3 Project Watch List for Week of 09/12
  • Peru to Be First With New OLPC Laptop With Windows
  • My «favorite» RHEL5 bug
  • What’s the big deal about the Firefox EULA?
  • Vietnam's open-source developers go global
  • How Open is the Open Video Player Initiative?
  • Chip PC Launches New Lineup of Linux-based Products (PR)
  • Chrome comes to Mac/Linux with CodeWeavers
  • Supercharge Firebug
  • Mandriva 2009 RC1 on Acer Aspire One: Follow-Up
  • Open-Source Alternatives To Microsoft Office
  • Open source teaches us how to sell games
  • The psychology behind open source and gaming
  • Firefox Plays Chrome Catch-up. Or does it?
  • Mozilla's Frank Hecker on Politics 2.0, Open Source, and Participatory Democracy
  • Linux Email Tips: KMail Templates, and Filters
  • Vista suffers a dose of Linuxitis
  • Is Microsoft buying Citrix? Novell!?
  • build an open source mainframe in your kitchen
  • Scratch: Open-source programming for kids
  • Capturing screens with GScrot
  • The most hated community Linux distribution
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today's leftovers

  • My Experiences Converting Users To GNU/Linux
    My wife, TLW, runs GNU/Linux with few problems. She uses a tablet, an Odroid-C2 ARMed thick client, and a big notebook all running Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu and her Android/Linux smartphone and her scanner and printer all deal with Beast, my GNU/Linux server. I have her file-system plugged in via NFS so she can do IT in bed, in front of the TV, on TV, or in her office and all her thousands of pictures, documents, scans etc. are all in the same place. She doesn’t even have much problem using Ubuntu or XFCE4 on Debian because she mostly uses the same applications all day long. It just works for her and memories of That Other Operating System are fading. She was locked to a single thick client with limited capabilities in those Dark Days. She had repeated crashes and malware. Today, her issues with IT are things like changing the name of a file on the FTP server or how to scan a light image or…, real problems, not problems M$ causes billions of people every day.
  • Shame on Microsoft for Leaving Surface Pro Customers in the Dark
    When Microsoft came out with its first batch of Surface tablets a few years ago, the company took a bath on them. It didn't help that they were conceived around the unpopular Windows 8 and the now-defunct Windows RT and that the prospects for the OS were in question. After Microsoft wrote off $900 million on its money-losing Surface business, the deathwatch was on. But the Intel-based Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 showed a glimmer of hope, and Microsoft finally delivered a solid hit with the Surface Pro 3. After that water­shed release, the Surface division is now an important business that brings in more than $1 billion revenue per quarter. Yet Microsoft isn't showing much appreciation toward the customers who helped put its Surface business on solid footing.
  • A quick introduction to Audacity for teachers
  • SX 2.2 RELEASE
    Skylable is proud to announce immediate availability of SX 2.2. The new release provides a significant performance boost by improving calculation, index usage and maintaining cache of frequently computed values, as well as performing background propagation of all replicas above 1 by default. Additionally, sxfs now enables caching of smaller objects for improved latency. The source code and binary packages are available for download now. SX 2.2 is backward compatible with previous 2.x releases, and all you need to do is to run sxsetup –upgrade on every node after updating it!
  • 3 Awesome Themes For Plank, The Linux Dock App
    Plenty of people use the desktop dock Plank on their Linux desktop — and for good reason. Plank is a nimble, customisable desktop dock for Linux desktops.
  • hackmud, a cyberpunk themed text-based hacking simulator is now out with Linux support
    The game is listed as Single-player and Multi-player, so it's not entirely clear what type of game it is. As it also claims it's an MMO. I think the developer needs to make it much clearer exactly what is online and what is offline.
  • Yooka-Laylee has another trailer, featuring Shovel Knight
  • ContractPatch, Step 2: Understanding the power balance
    At the point you are presented with a job offer, your prospective employer really wants to hire you. Chances are, they’ve screened and interviewed a number of candidates and put a lot of work into the process. Your manager has thought deeply about who they want in the position and has probably imagined how it will all work out with you in the role. Both you and the hiring decision-maker(s) are probably very optimistic about what you’ll accomplish in the role and how well you’ll get along working together. At this point, no one wants to go back to the drawing board and start the process over again. You will be excited to start the new job but it’s worth taking a step back to appreciate the unusual position you are in with your new employer.
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  • Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3 Is Out with Full EFI Support, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    Softpedia was informed today, September 26, 2016, by Black Lab Software's CEO Robert J. Dohnert about the availability of the third Beta development snapshot of the upcoming Black Lab Linux 8 GNU/Linux operating system. Black Lab Linux 8 "Onyx" Beta 3 is here approximately three weeks after the second Beta pre-release and it comes with a major change. It is no longer based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), as the development team decided to switch base and move to the next Ubuntu LTS version, namely Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
  • DevOps: All Development, No Database
    Since the last time I touched working code in a production environment, it’s no exaggeration to say that no part of the development process remains untouched. Over the last decade plus, effectively every aspect of the application development process has been scrutinized, rethought and in many cases reinvented. From version control to build systems to configuration and deployment to monitoring, modern development’s toolchain is multi-part and sophisticated. As it must be. Processes that work for code released in cycles measured in months cannot be expected to handle workflows measured in days or minutes. For all that the process of developing software has evolved, however, the database remains curiously overlooked. Consider the example of Cloud Native. Describing a modern, typically legacy-free approach to building applications appropriate for cloud environments, the term Cloud Native has gone from informal descriptor to accepted industry shorthand in short order – to the extent that it has its own technical foundation. If we look at the membership of that foundation, the CNCF, it would appear that the roster includes no database vendors at the Platinum or Gold membership levels, at least if you assume Google’s involvement is around Kubernetes and not tools such as BigQuery. Of the 41 silver members, meanwhile, two can be considered database vendors: Crunchy and Treasure Data.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • What does it mean to change company culture?
    Tools are specific concrete things that a culture has decided is a way to improve a process. Buckminster Fuller has a great quote about tools and thinking: "If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking." In particular, DevOps tools can provide folks new ways to look at things—like delivering code into a production environment, for example. But there's lots of examples where a new tool doesn't influence the thinking of the people who use it, so things don't change.
  • Why Open Beats Closed
  • Google Improves Image Recognition; Releases Project as Open Source Software
    Google says its algorithm can correctly caption a photograph with nearly 94 percent accuracy. The company says the improvements come in the third version of its system named Inception, with the score coming from a standardized auto-caption test named ImageNet. It reports the first version scored 89.6 percent, the second 91.8 percent and the new one 93.9 percent.
  • Contributing to Open Source Projects Not Just For the Experts
    XDA has long been a proponent of open source development, and we’ve seen it flourish over the years. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons our community has grown as fast as it has over these past 13 years, with Android’s core being the driving force. Many people desire to be part of open source and contribute but often don’t know how they can, whether because they think they lack the skills or they just don’t have the time.
  • Firefox Reader Mode is Finally Getting a Keyboard Shortcut
    Among the changes which arrived in the September release of Firefox 49 were an enhanced set of Reader Mode features, including spoken narration and line-width spacing options. All very welcome. But the improvements aren’t stopping there. Firefox 50, which is due next month, will add another sorely needed feature: a keyboard shortcut for Reader Mode. Y
  • Introduction to OpenStack by Rich Bowen
    In this talk, Rich, the OpenStack Community Liaison at Red Hat, will walk you through what OpenStack is, as a project, as a Foundation, and as a community of organizations.
  • How Microsoft Measures Open Source Success [Ed: Wim Coekaerts got a bigger salary offer from Microsoft than from Oracle so now he’s propagandist/EEE in chief]
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  • NIST Releases New 'Family' of Standardized Genomes
    With the addition of four new reference materials (RMs) to a growing collection of “measuring sticks” for gene sequencing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now provide laboratories with even more capability to accurately “map” DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and future customized drug therapies. The new tools feature sequenced genes from individuals in two genetically diverse groups, Asians and Ashkenazic Jews; a father-mother-child trio set from Ashkenazic Jews; and four microbes commonly used in research. NIST issued the world’s first genome reference material (NIST RM 8398)—detailing the genetic makeup for a woman with European ancestry—in May 2015. Together, all five RMs serve as a collection of well-characterized, whole genome standards that can tell a laboratory how well its DNA sequencing processes are working by measuring the performance of the equipment, chemistry and data analysis involved.
  • ANSI Seeks Organizations Interested in Serving as U.S. TAG Administrator for ISO Technical Committee on Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger
  • Industrial IoT leaders work towards interoperability and open source collaboration

LLVM News

  • Pairing LLVM JIT With PostgreSQL Can Speed Up Database Performance
    Using the LLVM JIT with PostgreSQL can vastly speed up the query execution performance and shows off much potential but it hasn't been mainlined yet. Dmitry Melnik presented at this month's LLVM Cauldron over speeding up the query execution performance of PostgreSQL by using LLVM. Particularly with complex queries, the CPU becomes the bottleneck for PostgreSQL rather than the disk. LLVM JIT is used for just-in-time compilation of queries.
  • LLVM Cauldron 2016 Videos, Slides Published
    The inaugural LLVM Cauldron conference happened earlier this month ahead of the GNU Tools Cauldron in Hebden Bridge, UK. All of the slides and videos from this latest LLVM conference are now available.