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Gentoo 2008.0_beta1 unleashed. No joke.

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: When we said "soon," even we didn't realize how soon it would be. 2008.0_beta1 is here. Your support and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated—thank you.

School districts serve up lessons in Linux

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Linux

computerworld.com.au: Windows may boast the lion's share of the desktop education market, but the economic and technical benefits of open source software has seen many schools and education institutions implement various flavours of Linux across their desktops and server back-ends.

Ubuntu Hardy: The latest and greatest or a total mess?

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Ubuntu

downloadsquad.com: Ubuntu has become so popular, so quickly, that it is almost synonymous with the word "Linux". Common wisdom holds that it is the easiest to use, simplest, and most stable Linux based OS out there, and that is is the best hope for "Linux on the Desktop". This reputation is a well earned one, but after trying out the latest beta of Ubuntu Hardy, due out this April, I can't help but wonder if they are getting a little careless.

Also: My first impressions of Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) Beta

Hands on: What you need to run Linux

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Linux

whatpc.co.uk: Some people who are new to Linux want to install the operating system on an older, second computer, to try it out and see how they get on. Consequently, the question of the minimum specifications to run Linux frequently comes up. So what type of hardware do you need?

Mono to be renamed as Duo

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Software
Humor

itwire.com: The well-known open-source Microsoft imitation Mono has been renamed Duo to better reflect the project's intentions and purposes.

LLA announces new skill requirements and fees for Linux users

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Linux
Humor

linux.com: The LLA (Linux Liberation Army) announced today that it has adopted tough new rules governing all future Linux users. Driven by the escalating popularity of Linux and the accompanying surge in requests for support from new users, the LLA sees raising the barrier to further Linux adoption to be more than just a good idea, so it's now the law.

Ubuntu Linux Has Been Bought Out by the Big “M”!

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Ubuntu
Humor

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: In an unprecedented move, Microsoft Corp. has acquired all rights to the Ubuntu Linux operating system (OS). The announcement came after numerous series of private negotiation meetings.

kernel.org downtime due to upgrade to FreeBSD

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Linux
Humor

After much deliberation, research and argument in #korg (along with screaming matches between HPA and I over dinner) we are upgrading the kernel.org machines from Fedora Core 5 to FreeBSD 7.0.

GiMP User Manual 2.4.1 - Special Release

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GIMP
Humor

gimp.org: After four months of hard work we are proud to announce a special release of the user manual for GIMP. This release features a significant change in the internationalization strategy of the user manual.

Acid 3: Opera first to 106

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Software
Humor

my.opera.com: While working on the last few remaining issues we have with the Acid3 test, one of our testers discovered an easter egg in the test. Over the weekend our developers have hunted down more of them and worked around the clock to improve our score.

The Open Source Initiative looks forward to working with Microsoft

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OSS
Humor

opensource.org: As you can see, there have been some changes here at the Open Source Initiative. We've decided to stop fighting Microsoft and join them. After all, Microsoft has been using, maintaining, and distributing Open Source software for years now.

Google Seeks to Organize All of Human Ignorance

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Google
Humor

blogs.pcworld: Having organized all of human knowledge, Google has announced plans to organize all of human ignorance. Admittedly, human ignorance is vast -- perhaps unlimited – but our goal is to organize all of it. Consistent with our mobile strategy, we aim to provide anytime, anywhere ignorance.

Also: Introducing Gmail Custom Time
And: Announcing Project Virgle

yesterday's leftovers

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News
  • Future Open Source Superstars

  • Making the World Safe for Commercial Open Source
  • Adobe Joins Linux Foundation But Forgets About Flash for Linux
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd March 2008
  • Cloudsmith: A Hint of the Future
  • Mandriva and Novatice Technologies present Edutice
  • DRI2 Direct Rendering Now Available
  • 5 Excellent Firefox Extensions to Manage your Bookmarks

Comparison of CSS compatibility on IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera

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Software

builderau.com.au: Ever since CSS was first introduced there have been issues with cross-browser compatibility. To see where things stand now with the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera, I conducted some tests using a selection of CSS pseudo-classes.

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Small Business on Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu on the Eee: Way Cool!
  • A Blast from the Past
  • Ryan Orsers’ Review Of Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04)
  • Farewell Windows, Hello Ubuntu

Who Writes Linux? There Are a Lot of Unknowns

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Linux

internetnews.com: In the beginning, there was Linus Torvalds, a single developer who put together the original Linux kernel. Fast forward to 2008 and Torvalds is no longer the lone Linux developer.

Kubuntu Hippy Horse Released

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Ubuntu
Humor

kubuntu.org: The Kubuntu team is hilariously happy to announce "8.04 Hippy Horse OMeGa pONEy". New features include KDE 4, Automatix, and New artwork.

Twitux - a GNOME Twitter client

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Software

fosswire.com: Microblogging service Twitter is ever popular, and is a great way for keeping in contact with your friends in real time and seeing what they are up to. Twitux is a native GTK/Gnome client for Twitter.

Also: Fosik - A GTK+ front-end to mkisofs

some howtos:

  • OpenOffice.org Writer Navigator

  • FTP server on openSUSE
  • Home Network Security in OpenSUSE
  • gentoo and kde4
  • Enable Metacity Compositing in GNOME 2.22
  • Securely delete files with shred
  • Ubuntu Reset Your Password When You Have Forgotten It
  • Shell: Shortcut To Last Command Line Argument
  • Ubuntu Tip: How to Open/View .docx files in OpenOffice

KDE's ISO Delegate Votes Yes to Office Open XML

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KDE
Humor

dot.kde.org: Today our delegate voted yes to adopting the format as an international standard. "We have studied the standard hard and many changes have been made to it," said KDE's Supreme Leader Aaron Seigo "and following a $10,000 donation from an anonymous North American source we realised the market should decide the best formats to use, not technical bureaucrats".

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Rise of Open Cloud Architecture and Over-the-Top (OTT) Network Services
  • Amazon’s Giving Away the AI Behind Its Product Recommendations
    Amazon has become the latest tech giant that’s giving away some of its most sophisticated technology. Today the company unveiled DSSTNE (pronounced “destiny”), an open source artificial intelligence framework that the company developed to power its product recommendation system. Now any company, researcher, or curious tinkerer can use it for their own AI applications.
  • Genode OS Framework release 16.05
    The current release marks the most profound API revision in the project's history. The new API is designed to reinforce the best practices for implementing Genode components. It is the result of countless experiments and the practical experiences made while developing over hundred genuine components during the past ten years.
  • Old projects and the free-software community
    The Community Leadership Summit (CLS) is an annual event for community managers, developer evangelists, people who work on public-facing forums, and those with a general interest in engagement or community development for free-software projects. The 2016 edition was held in Austin, Texas the weekend before OSCON. Several sessions at CLS 2016 dealt with the differences exhibited between old and new free-software projects where community management is concerned. One of those tackled the problem of how to foster community around an older software project, which poses a distinct set of challenges.
  • Thunderbird powered by SoftMaker
    Thunderbird, powered by SoftMaker, is a custom version of the popular email client featuring enhancements that come all in the form of extensions. [...] SoftMaker, a company best known for its SoftMaker Office suite, announced recently that it plans to include the Thunderbird email client into the 2016 version of the office suite.
  • The Document Liberation Project: What we do
    The Document Liberation Project: empowering creators to free their data from proprietary formats.
  • EMC Releases UniK Software for Cloud and IoT App Deployments
  • Microsoft Research Awards Demonstrate Commitment to Open Source [Ed: Microsoft openwashing and claims to be about research rather than cheating, bribery, witch-hunting etc.]
  • The open-source generation gap
    OSI General Manager Patrick Masson was one of the session's attendees, and he pushed back on that last point. There is too much "open-washing" these days, he said, but it does not come from the OSI. There is still only one Open Source Definition; the dilution of the term comes from others who use "open" to describe organizations, workflows, processes, and other things unrelated to software licensing. "We have open hardware and open data, but also 'open cola' and 'open beer.' That blurs over an important distinction. Not everything fits." [...] Among the other points raised during the session, attendees noted that it was important that the community distinguish between minting new project contributors and minting new free-software activists, and that it was important for projects to put a check on flamewar-style debates—particularly those that focus on dismissing certain technologies. It is easy for experienced developers to become attached to a language or framework, but there will always be new languages and projects popping up that are the entry points for new coders. Project members deriding language Y because it is not language X may only serve to tell newcomers that they are not welcome.
  • A discussion on combining CDDL and GPL code
    Within the context of an event dedicated to discussing free and open-source software (FOSS) legalities, such as the Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), the topic of conflicting licenses was bound to come up. The decision by Canonical to start shipping the ZFS filesystem with its Ubuntu server distribution back in February led to a discussion at LLW about distributing the kernel combined with ZFS. Discussions at LLW are held under the Chatham House Rule, which means that names and affiliations of participants are only available for those who have agreed to be identified. This year's LLW was held in Barcelona, April 13-15.
  • Mobile Age: using mobility and open data to include senior citizens in open government
    Helping older European people to be part of the open government process and encouraging their access to civic participation through mobility are the main goals of the Mobile Age project, launched last February.
  • All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020
    And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of its impact on innovation. These are the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 27 May.
  • Council of the European Union calls for full open access to scientific research by 2020
    A few weeks ago we wrote about how the European Union is pushing ahead its support for open access to EU-funded scientific research and data. Today at the meeting of the Council of the European Union, the Council reinforced the commitment to making all scientific articles and data openly accessible and reusable by 2020.
  • Hackaday Prize Entry: An Interface For The Headless Linux System
    Connecting a headless Raspberry Pi to a wireless network can be quite a paradoxical situation. To connect it to the network, you need to open an SSH connection to configure the wireless port. But to do so, you need a network connection in the first place. Of course, you can still get command-line access using a USB-to-UART adapter or the Pi’s ethernet port – if present – but [Arsenijs] worked out a much more convenient solution for his Hackaday Prize entry: The pyLCI Linux Control Interface.
  • RepRap, Open Source and 3DPrinting
    The RepRap project started in 2005 by Adrian Bowyer – “Mister RepRap”, when the patent about this technology expired. 3DPrintings isn’t a new technology, history dates that the first model of stereolithography printing emerged in 1984. The main idea around RepRap projects is to produce 3DPrinters that can auto-replicate most of the parts itself. And in 2006, the RepRap 0.2 successfully printed the first part of itself and in 2008, the first 3d model was printed by an end-user. Currently, the printer more replicated and customized of the 67 printers that are listed on RepRap website, is the Prusa Mendel, the model created by Josef Průša, that was disponibility to the public in 2011 and had a lot of development since.
  • Here is a web interface for switching on your light
    Like I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to try out a more hackable wifi plug. I got a Kankun “smart” plug. Like the other one I have the software is horrible. The good news is that they left SSH enabled on it.
  • LeMaker Guitar review
    Anyone who has worked with the Compute Module will find the LeMaker Guitar immediately familiar. The system-on-chip processor, an Actions S500, sits alongside 1GB of memory, a combined audio and power management unit, and 8GB of NAND flash storage on an over-sized small-outline DIMM (SODIMM) form factor circuit board. This board then connects to a baseboard, supplied with the Guitar, which provides more accessible connectivity than the SODIMM’s 204 electrical contacts.
  • Open Source Vs Personal Life — Should GitHub Remove Contribution Graph?
    Should GitHub remove contribution graph from the personal profile of the contributors or the developers? This step might be taken for the personal well-being of the developers. Open source is good but personal life cannot be ignored either.

Leftovers: BSD