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Zeitgeist coming to KDE

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KDE
Software

omgubuntu.co.uk: The KDE desktop has taken the lead to bring the semantic desktop to users with their KDE 4.0 release. Nepomuk always stood out as a major and remarkable service/technology.

Media Players

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Software
  • 16 Music Players for Linux
  • Best Media Players for Ubuntu Linux

Unity - What is it good for? An in-depth review

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Software
Ubuntu

dedoimedo.com: Today, I'll talk about Unity, what it does and doesn't. So here we go. After reading this article, you will really know whether to fear Natty Narwhal release come the spring 2011.

The bad guys are worried - did we win?

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Recently two pieces of first class anti-free software diatribe hit the headlines. The first is Microsoft’s “please don’t use OpenOffice.org” video and the second is Steve Jobs’ anti-Android rant.

Open source software more suitable for Oxford

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OSS

futuregov.asia: Open source software is more attractive and better suited to traditional education needs, the IT head of Oxford University has said.

A history of viruses on Linux

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Linux
Software
Security

neowin.net: As requested by a user we wanted to give you a history of viruses on Linux. Given the tight security integrated into Linux, it is difficult to take advantage of a vulnerability on the computer, but some programmers have found ways around the security measures.

Invitation to Debian Novice Night

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Linux
  • An Invitation to Debian Novice Night - December 1, 2010
  • find the right Debian packages: high-level search interface
  • ZFS in Debian First

Announcing openSUSE factory-tested

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SUSE
  • Announcing factory-tested
  • What We Do (and Don’t) Know about the Novell Patent Sale
  • What's new about the Novell deal?
  • 882 Patents?
  • The Novell deal is done: Let the patent scandals begin

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 382

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Triaging a trio - Upstream OS, Fuduntu and LightDesktop
  • News: Attachmate acquires Novell, openSUSE project "safe", Debian's new package classification system, netbook distro group test, Jolicloud Jolibook review
  • Questions and answers: Using a distro with upstream packages
  • Released last week: Tiny Core Linux 3.3, Ultimate Edition 2.8 "Games"
  • Upcoming releases: DEFT Linux 6, Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1, Pardus Linux 2011 Beta 2
  • New distributions: Kajonix, linuxacessivel.org, Oz Unity
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Seven Improvements Needed in KDE

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KDE

earthweb.com: For the past eighteen months, KDE has been my primary desktop. You could call me a generally happy user -- but, as with any desktop not designed for me personally, KDE has one or two quirks or deficiencies that make my computing less than ideal.

Fedora 12 approaches end of life

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Linux

h-online.com: Fedora Project developer Kevin Fenzi has issued a reminder that Fedora 12, code named "Constantine", will reach its end of life (EOL) on Thursday, the 2nd of December, 2010.

Ubuntu Interview: Prakash Advani

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Interviews
Ubuntu

muktware.com: Ubuntu, the Canonical-sponsored operating system is gaining new grounds – in both enterprise and consumer segments. The Company now has new challenges -- the challenges which develop as a company grows. We talked to Prakash Advani, Partner Manager - Central Asia at Canonical, to understand how Canonical is preparing Ubuntu for the future.

Puppy Linux founder releases Quirky 1.4

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Linux

h-online.com: Puppy Linux founder Barry Kauler has announced the release of version 1.4 of Quirky. The Quirky Linux distribution is a platform for trying out new, "quirky ideas" and is in the same family as Puppy Linux, but its creator points out that it's a "distinct distro in its own right."

today's odds & ends:

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News
  • Compiz in November 27 daily build of Ubuntu 11.04
  • Cassidy: As valley changes, so do startups
  • Gnome Activity Journal’s "mystery" hacker continues
  • 9 Videos from the 2010 Blender Conference
  • Introducing Module-Format
  • Google Insights and Tweets for CentOS 6
  • VideoLan Movie Creator (VLMC) Gets Video Effects
  • Linux Radio
  • Symbian Sputters Towards Open-Source Irrelevancy
  • Linux Outlaws 178 - I Want It Dead!

today's howtos:

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HowTos
  • dbpath (/data/db/) does not exist – but you don’t have to create it
  • Fixing mint Fluxbox 9 menus
  • 3 Ways To Bypass The MegaVideo Time Limit
  • Quickly Enable/Disable Laptop Touchpad in Ubuntu
  • Configure Linux to boot without a monitor
  • New eshowkw script released into the wild
  • Disable Unity Interface and restore original interface in Ubuntu
  • hdsentinel - or let's make smartctl reports readable
  • DHCPd failover
  • Pac - replacement for SecureCRT/Putty

Squeak, Scratch and Etoys on Ubuntu and Maemo

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Software
Ubuntu

orient-lodge.com: When my older daughters were young, I told them they could play any game on the computer that they could write. Now, my youngest daughter has asked for a Nintendo DS and a cellphone for Christmas. I’ve told her the same thing about writing her own programs, so today, we spent a bit of time working in Scratch on her Ubuntu based laptop.

Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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Obits

bbc.co.uk: Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84. He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

Librarians, developers push open-source alternative

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Software
OSS

computerworld.co.nz: Librarians, information managers and open-source developers have founded a formal collaborative initiative, Open Network Libraries (ONL), aimed at providing services to library users and staff through the use of open source software.

Evolution of my netbook UI

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Linux
Software
  • Evolution of my netbook UI
  • A retro retro desktop facelift

Hands-on: a first look at Diaspora's private alpha test

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Software
Web

arstechnica.com: The Diaspora project has launched a private alpha test of its open source social network. It is opening up its own hosted instance of Diaspora to a select group of testers, starting with people who contributed financial support when Diaspora was first getting off the ground.

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Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

OSS, Openwashing and More

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    Open Source Summit Europe is the leading technical conference for professional open source. Join developers, sysadmins, DevOps professionals, architects and community members, to collaborate and learn about the latest open source technologies, and to gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.
  • MariaDB launches Oracle compatible enterprise open source database
    Enterprise computing has often been reliant on proprietary database architecture, but this can be both complex and costly, putting up a barrier to innovation. Now open source database specialist MariaDB is launching its latest enterprise offering with Oracle compatibility. This allows existing Oracle Database users to reuse existing code and established skill sets when migrating applications or deploying new ones. MariaDB TX 3.0 introduces built-in, system-versioned tables, enabling developers to easily build temporal features into applications. This eliminates the need to manually create columns, tables and triggers in order to maintain row history, freeing DBAs to simply create new tables with system versioning or alter existing tables to add it, streamlining the process significantly. Developers can query a table with standard SQL to see what data looked like at a previous point in time, such as looking at a customer's profile history to see how preferences have changed over time.
  • MariaDB TX 3.0 Delivers First Enterprise Open Source Database to Beat Oracle, Microsoft and IBM
    MariaDB® Corporation today announced the release of MariaDB TX 3.0, the first enterprise open source database solution to deliver advanced features that, until now, required expensive, proprietary and complex databases.
  • 5 Open-Source SQL IDEs for You to Learn and Explore
    If you’ve done a lot with SQL, you’ve probably used some form of SQL IDE to help you complete that work. Yes, it’s possible to do everything in SQL from the command line; but creating or even maintaining databases and tables that way is an exercise in masochism. There are some nice commercial IDEs such as dbArtisan and SQL Server’s Management Studio, but IDEs is one area where open-source can do just as well (or in some cases, even better).
  • LibreOffice 6.1 Branches & Now Under Feature Freeze, LibreOffice 6.2 On Master
    LibreOffice has reached its hard feature freeze and branching period with the first beta release being imminent. As of yesterday is now the libreoffice-6-1 branch for continued with on this next open-source office suite while the Git master code is tracking what will later become LibreOffice 6.2.
  • Securing Third-Party and Open Source Code Components: A Primer [Ed: Citing, as usual, firms that try to sell their proprietary software by badmouthing FOSS]
    The increasing popularity of open source code continues to be a boon for developers across the industry, allowing them to increase efficiency and streamline delivery. But there are security risks to be considered when leveraging open source and commercial code components, as each carries with it a significant risk of becoming the enemy within, creating a vulnerability in the program it helps build.
  • FOSSID Awarded Grant for Artificial Intelligence in Open Source Auditing by Sweden's Government Agency for Innovation
  • Intel AI Lab open-sources library for deep learning-driven NLP
    The Intel AI Lab has open-sourced a library for natural language processing to help researchers and developers give conversational agents like chatbots and virtual assistants the smarts necessary to function, such as name entity recognition, intent extraction, and semantic parsing to identify the action a person wants to take from their words. Just a few months old, the Intel AI Lab plans to open-source more libraries to help developers train and deploy artificial intelligence, publish research, and reproduce the latest innovative techniques from members of the AI research community in order to “push AI and deep learning into domains it’s not a part of yet.”
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  • FSFE Newsletter - May 2018
    Following a more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW) in Barcelona, Spain, as a meeting point for world-leading legal exper...
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Firefox 63 Plans and Mozilla's Error Code Plans

  • Firefox 63 to Get Improved Tracking Protection That Blocks In-Browser Miners
    Mozilla developers are working on an improved Tracking Protection system for the Firefox browser that will land in version 63, scheduled for release in mid-October. Tracking Protection is a feature that blocks Firefox from loading scripts from abusive trackers. It was first launched with Firefox's Private Browsing mode a few years back, but since Firefox 57, released in November 2017, users can enable it for normal browsing sessions at any time.
  • Firefox 63 To Block Cryptojackers With Advanced Tracking Protection
    It has been reported by Bleeping Computer, a security blog, that Firefox 63 will be launched with an improved tracking protection system to ward off the threats and security concerns posed by in-browser miners. With the surge in incidents involving mining malware trying to use your CPU power to perform some CPU-intensive calculations for their own benefit, many browsers have raised their guards by providing additional security features. (You can read more about blocking cryptocurrency mining in your browser in our earlier published article.)
  • What’s the 411 on 404 messages: Internet error messages explained
    Nothing’s worse than a broken website. Well, maybe an asteroid strike. Or a plague. So maybe a broken website isn’t the end of the world, but it’s still annoying. And it’s even more annoying not knowing what those weird error messages mean. That’s why we’ve decoded the most common HTTP error messages.

OpenStack News/Leftovers

  • Canonical founder calls out OpenStack suppliers for ‘lack of focus’ on datacentre cost savings
    The OpenStack supplier community’s reluctance to prioritise the delivery of datacentre cost savings to their users could prove “fatal”, says Canonical co-founder Mark Shuttleworth.
  • OpenStack in transition
    OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you’ve never heard of. It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of hype around OpenStack as the project went through the usual hype cycle. Now, we’re talking about a stable project that many of the most valuable companies on earth rely on. But this also means the ecosystem around it — and the foundation that shepherds it — is now trying to transition to this next phase.
  • Free OpenStack Training Resources
  • How the OpenStack Foundation Is Evolving Beyond Its Roots
    The OpenStack Foundation is in a period of transition as it seeks to enable a broader set of open infrastructure efforts than just the OpenStack cloud project itself. In a video interview at the OpenStack Summit here, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier discussed how the open-source organization is still thriving, even as corporate sponsorship changes and attendance at events declines. At the event, Collier said there were approximately 2,600 registered attendees, which is nearly half the number that came to the OpenStack Boston 2017 event. OpenStack's corporate sponsorship has also changed, with both IBM and Canonical dropping from the Platinum tier of membership.