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Ubuntu 10.10: Benchmarked And Reviewed

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 10.10: Maverick Meerkat Benchmarked And Reviewed
  • It's my Linux. I will distribute it how I want to.
  • Using Unity – Day 2
  • Cutting through the noise about Unity
  • Ubuntu Developer Summit Natty, Tuesday and Wednesday

today's leftovers:

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News
  • 20 Stunning Illustrated Wallpapers: Halloween Edition
  • Real-time Sunlight Earth Wallpaper for Ubuntu
  • Design Ideas for the SUSE/KDE Desktop
  • Red’s Bull Trade Action Alert: Red Hat, Inc.
  • openSUSE Conference 2010 Impression
  • LimeWire ordered to close by Court
  • Learning Linux the hardcore way: Linux From Scratch
  • Banshee gets new UI for podcasts
  • Tate using Drupal
  • OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2010
  • Remmina – A Better Ubuntu RDP Client
  • openSUSE Conference: A Time for Introspection?
  • Russia to create 'Windows rival'
  • Marseille's desktop plans conflict with procurement rules
  • Portuguese Gvt must stop breaking procurement rules and move to open source
  • Crossfire- Another Open Source MMORPG
  • Oracle: Google 'directly copied' our Java code
  • New Sabayon Site Design & Sabayon 5.5 Teaser
  • 7 Things We Don't Have to Invent for Animation Production
  • why newbies should use linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Using Strace to Trace Problems
  • Boot from CD-ROM in newer versions of VirtualBox
  • Get Up to Speed with Blender, for Graphics and Animation Panache
  • PostgreSQL 9: Balancing Hardware Spending
  • PostgreSQL 9: Reliable Controller and Disk Setup
  • Prevent DOS with iptables
  • How To Use Kindle With Ubuntu
  • How to Use policy to control bluecoat ProxySG administrator access
  • KDE 4.5.2 available for Mandriva 2010

Ubuntu 11.04 Unity

Firefox 3.6.12 and 3.5.15 security updates now available

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: Firefox 3.6.12 and Firefox 3.5.15 are now available as free downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux. We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to these latest releases to stay secure.

Also: Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6.12 and Delays 4.0
And: What's the matter with Firefox these days?

GNOME Developers Attack Canonical

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Software
Ubuntu
  • GNOME Developers Attack Canonical’s Ubuntu Decision
  • When is a Gnome Not a Gnome?
  • The Right Question
  • Why Unity is good for the future of Ubuntu, Gnome, Canonical
  • New Ubuntu Advert makes for a slick introduction

How did we learn to use our computers?

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: It is a common argument that Linux will never make it mainstream because everybody already knows windows. It has been said that because everybody knows windows that there is nobody to teach them Linux. Ipso facto, nobody will learn Linux because there is nobody around to show them how to use Linux.

Gnome-Do: The Little App That Could

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Software

muktware.com: Gnome-Do is a great little application that enhances the Linux-desktop experience. It is essentially a launcher, but is much more innovative and handy than most.

FLOSS is the right word

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OSS
  • FLOSS is the right word
  • Open Source Projects Have To Protect Their Brand
  • Open Data, Open Source, and the City of Portland
  • Open doors to open source computing
  • Open Source Trademarks

System 76 Starling Netbook Review

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Hardware
Ubuntu

ghacks.net: I’ve had the pleasure of trying out plenty of netbook hardware. After plenty of use on this machine, I thought I should report back on the hardware and the OS so that anyone looking for a new netbook might be swayed to the System 76 side.

Jolicloud 1.1 Hands On

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Linux

softpedia.com: Our last review of the Jolicloud 1.0 operating system was very appreciated, and we thought that it will be a very good idea to give you guys a glimpse into the next release, Jolicloud 1.1, which will be available for download/upgrade in November 2010.

Teacher Ousted Over Open-Source Software

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Linux
OSS

themoscowtimes.com: A battle over whether open-source or proprietary software should be used in Moscow's public schools spilled into the open Wednesday when a schoolteacher said he was forced to quit for complaining about being forced to use Microsoft programs.

Mozilla delays Firefox 4 release until 2011

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Mozilla today announced that it will delay the release of Firefox 4 until 2011. The decision comes after several weeks of stalled progress on Firefox 4 Beta 7.

Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Review

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Ubuntu

maketecheasier.com: On October 10, Canonical released its latest installment of Ubuntu, codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”. Like previous iterations, Maverick also includes variations from the standard Ubuntu Gnome interface. Kubuntu is the KDE variation of Ubuntu, and last week, I decided to upgrade from 10.04 and give 10.10 a try.

Ultimate Edition 2.8

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Linux
Ubuntu

desktoplinuxreviews.com: Ultimate Edition 2.8 is the latest release of yet another Ubuntu-based distro. As you can tell by the name, there’s very little about Ultimate Edition that’s subtle.

What Operating Systems are Developers Using?

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OS

redmonk.com/sogrady: Ian Skerrett of Eclipse asserted that, according to Eclipse’s community survey data, Mac had fallen behind Linux as an operating system of choice for developers. Rolling up their numbers, I get the following distribution of operating systems:

Why I Love Unix

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Linux

itworld.com: I love Unix because of all the wonderful things that I can do on the command line. When I first used Unix in 1983, it was love on first sight.

Using Unity – Day One

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Software
Ubuntu

g33q.co.za: My first day of using Unity for work. I have showed it off to a few colleagues and the “ooh” is strong with this one.

Empathy’s Still Around….A stalemate

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Software

ericsbinaryworld.com: Last time I spoke about Empathy, I was a little disappointed in the project. t’s been 2 years, or 4 releases of Gnome, since then and the project has come a long way.

What’s next in GNOME’s future?

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Software

stormyscorner.com: Many developers were really disappointed to hear that Unity will be the default shell on Ubuntu. Some are disappointed because they don’t like Unity. Others are disappointed because they feel like Canonical is doing its own thing instead of working with the greater GNOME community.

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Linux Foundation: Real-Time Linux (RT Linux), LF Deep Learning Foundation, OpenTracing and More

  • Developers: Prepare Your Drivers for Real-Time Linux
    Although Real-Time Linux (RT Linux) has been a staple at Embedded Linux Conferences for years -- here’s a story on the RT presentations in 2007 -- many developers have viewed the technology to be peripheral to their own embedded projects. Yet as RT, enabled via the PREEMPT_RT patch, prepares to be fully integrated into the mainline kernel, a wider circle of developers should pay attention. In particular, Linux device driver authors will need to ensure that their drivers play nice with RT-enabled kernels. At the recent Embedded Linux Conference in Portland, National Instruments software engineer Julia Cartwright, an acting maintainer on a stable release of the RT patch, gave a well-attended presentation called “What Every Driver Developer Should Know about RT.” Cartwright started with an overview of RT, which helps provide guarantees for user task execution for embedded applications that require a high level of determinism. She then described the classes of driver-related problems that can have a detrimental impact to RT, as well as potential resolutions. One of the challenges of any real-time operating system is that most target applications have two types of tasks: those with real-time requirements and latency sensitivity, and those for non-time critical tasks such as disk monitoring, throughput, or I/O. “The two classes of tasks need to run together and maybe communicate with one another with mixed criticality,” explained Cartwright. “You must resolve two different degrees of time sensitivity.” One solution is to split the tasks by using two different hardware platforms. “You could have an Arm Cortex-R, FPGA, or PLD based board for super time-critical stuff, and then a Cortex-A series board with Linux,” said Cartwright. “This offers the best isolation, but it raises the per unit costs, and it’s hard to communicate between the domains.”
  • Clarifying the Linux Real Time Issue
    I recently posted an article about the increasing development and availability of Linux-powered automation devices. This is a clear industry trend that’s unavoidable for anyone following the automation technology industry. Shortly after posting the article, I heard from a reader who wrote: “I read your article and I am surprised that you would promote the idea that anyone would use Linux for anything critical. It isn’t even a real-time control system. It can be used for non-critical applications, but the article implies that industry is adopting it for everything.” This reader brings up a valid point. Linux is not a real-time OS in and of itself. As Vibhoosh Gupta of GE Automation & Controls noted in the original article, GE uses “Type 1 hypervisor technology to run a real-time OS, such as VxWorks, running traditional control loops alongside our PAC Edge technology operating on Linux.” [...] The Linux Foundation launched the RTL (Real Time Linux) Collaborative Project in October 2015. According to the Foundation, the project was “founded by industry experts to advance technologies for the robotics, telecom, manufacturing and medical industries. The aim of the RTL collaborative project is mainlining the PREEMPT_RT patch.” While there are plenty of mission critical applications running Linux OS with real-time extensions—as highlighted by GE, Opto and Wago—the Linux Foundation notes on its site that there remains “much work to be done.”
  • Linux Launches Deep Learning Foundation For Open Source Growth In AI
    The Linux Foundation has launched the LF Deep Learning Foundation, an umbrella organisation which will support and sustain open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. The organisation will strive to make these critical new technologies available to developers and data scientists everywhere, said a statement published by LF. Founding members of LF Deep Learning include Amdocs, AT&T, B.Yond, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, Univa, and ZTE, among others. LF Deep Learning, members are working to create a neutral space where makers and sustainers of tools and infrastructure can interact and harmonise their efforts and accelerate the broad adoption of deep learning technologies.
  • OpenTracing: Distributed Tracing’s Emerging Industry Standard
    What was traditionally known as just Monitoring has clearly been going through a renaissance over the last few years. The industry as a whole is finally moving away from having Monitoring and Logging silos – something we’ve been doing and “preaching” for years – and the term Observability emerged as the new moniker for everything that encompasses any form of infrastructure and application monitoring. Microservices have been around for a over a decade under one name or another. Now often deployed in separate containers it became obvious we need a way to trace transactions through various microservice layers, from the client all the way down to queues, storage, calls to external services, etc. This created a new interest in Transaction Tracing that, although not new, has now re-emerged as the third pillar of observability.
  • There’s a Server in Every Serverless Platform [Ed: "Serverless" is a lie. It's a server. One that you do not control; one/s that control/s you. Even Swapnil finally or belatedly gets it. The LF really likes buzzwords.]
    Serverless computing or Function as a Service (FaaS) is a new buzzword created by an industry that loves to coin new terms as market dynamics change and technologies evolve. But what exactly does it mean? What is serverless computing?
  • Take the Open Source Job Survey from Dice and The Linux Foundation
    Interest in hiring open source professionals is on the rise, with more companies than ever looking for full-time hires with open source skills and experience. To gather more information about the changing landscape and opportunities for developers, administrators, managers, and other open source professionals, Dice and The Linux Foundation have partnered to produce two open source jobs surveys — designed specifically for hiring managers and industry professionals.
  • Automotive Linux Summit & OS Summit Japan Schedule Announced [Ed: "Brian Redmond, Microsoft" so you basically go to an event about Linux and must listen to a talk from a company which attacks Linux with patent blackmail, bribes etc.]

Security: Updates, GrayKey, Google and Cilium

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Hackers Leaked The Code Of iPhone Cracking Device “GrayKey”, Attempted Extortion
    The mysterious piece of hardware GrayKey might give a sense of happiness to cops because they can get inside most of the iPhone models currently active, including the iPhone X. The $30,000 device is known to crack a 4-digit iPhone passcode in a matter of a few hours, and a six-digit passcode in 3 days, or possibly 11 hours in ideal scenarios. That’s why security experts suggest that iOS users should keep an alphanumeric passcode instead of an all-number passcode.
  • Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code
    Law enforcement agencies across the country are buying or have expressed interest in buying GrayKey, a device that can unlock up-to-date iPhones. But Grayshift, the company that makes the device, has attracted some other attention as well. Last week, an unknown party quietly leaked portions of GrayKey code onto the internet, and demanded over $15,000 from Grayshift—ironically, the price of an entry-level GrayKey—in order to stop publishing the material. The code itself does not appear to be particularly sensitive, but Grayshift confirmed to Motherboard the brief data leak that led to the extortion attempt.
  • It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files
    Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders. The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed created and sent spam with forged email headers. These not only override the send address, so that it appears a legit Gmail user sent the message, but it also mysteriously shows up in that person's sent box as if they had typed it and emitted themselves. In turn, the messages would also appear in their inboxes as sent mail.
  • Cilium 1.0 Advances Container Networking With Improved Security
    For last two decades, the IPtables technology has been the cornerstone of Linux networking implementations, including new container models. On April 24, the open-source Cilium 1.0 release was launched, providing a new alternative to IPtables by using BPF (Berkeley Packet Filter), which improves both networking and security. The Cilium project's GitHub code repository defines the effort as Linux Native, HTTP Aware Network Security for Containers. Cilium development has been driven to date by stealth startup Covalent, which is led by CEO Dan Wendlandt, who well-known in the networking community for his work at VMware on software-defined networking, and CTO Thomas Graf, who is a core Linux kernel networking developer.

Applications: KStars, Kurly, Pamac, QEMU

  • KStars 2.9.5 is out!
    Autofocus module users would be happy to learn that the HFR value is now responsive to changing seeing conditions. Previously, the first successful autofocus operation would set the HFR Threshold value of which subsequent measurements are compared against during the in-sequence-focusing step.
  • Kurly – An Alternative to Most Widely Used Curl Program
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  • Pamac – Easily Install and Manage Software on Arch Linux
    Arch Linux is one of the most popular Linux distribution available despite its apparent technicality. Its default package manager pacman is powerful but as time always tells, it is a lot easier to get certain things done using a mouse because GUI apps barely require any typing nor do they require you to remember any commands; and this is where Pamac comes in. Pamac is a Gtk3 frontend for libalpm and it is the GUI tool that Arch Linux users turn to the most when they aren’t in the mood to manage their software packages via the terminal; and who can blame them? It was specifically created to be used with Pacman.
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