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Story Recommending Linux to a Friend Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 10:08pm
Story Are Android phones too big? Rianne Schestowitz 2 21/02/2014 - 10:07pm
Story 11 Percent of Windows XP Users Will Switch to Linux, Survey Claims Rianne Schestowitz 2 21/02/2014 - 10:03pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 9:00pm
Story Wine 1.7.13 Lands More Task Scheduler Support Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 8:16pm
Story Zorin OS 8 - More like Windows 7 than Windows 7 Roy Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:59pm
Story Seven ways to set up multi-booting with Windows 8 and Linux Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:58pm
Story Linaro tackles Android and Linux security Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:47pm
Story GNOME 3.12 Might Come To Fedora 20, Packages Available Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:43pm
Story Jolla’s Sailfish OS will be available for Android devices Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:37pm

Untangle Joins The Linux Foundation

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Linux (PR): Open source network gateway company Untangle increases community involvement with Foundation membership; academic affiliates also join the organization.

LinuxWorld is now OpenSource World

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jeremy.linuxquestions: As a valued member of our LinuxWorld conference speaker community, we wanted you to be among the first to hear of the launch of OpenSource World Conference & Expo, a new event that will focus on open source software and all things Linux.

AMD Walks Away From Manufacturing

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  • AMD spins off plants into venture with Abu Dhabi

  • AMD Splits, Launches The Foundry Company
  • AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
  • AMD: Keeping Competition Alive

New Ubuntu 8.10

Gonna be great!
52% (354 votes)
24% (163 votes)
Gonna suck!
7% (48 votes)
Won't test it.
18% (121 votes)
Total votes: 686

Listen to music with open source Banshee

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Software Perhaps one of the most popular media players for Linux currently is Amarok, a KDE-based music player. While Amarok is certainly good, for GNOME users who prefer something that looks more native, Banshee is a great alternative.

Has open source won--or has it lost?

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OSS Assessing the Open Source scorecard is complicated. A complete "state of Open Source" would fill many pages. But here are a few things that have struck me over the past year or two.

Rallying call for late Debian 5.0

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Linux GNU/Linux Debian 5.0, "Lenny" has missed its originally proposed September release because of too many critical bugs. The developers have now issued a rallying call to Debian maintainers and users to encourage them to work on the next major release of Debian, with the aim of getting 5.0 out before the end of 2008.

The free software ecosystem and its denizens

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mdzlog.wordpress: Free software is a remarkable phenomenon. It is a highly evolved form of collaboration: compared to other creative endeavors, free software developers all over the world are able to work together on a project with surprisingly little friction. There are many recognized roles in free software, but they can be broadly classified into three types.

OOXML: Flogging a Dead Horse

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OSS I am continually amazed by the amount of time, energy and expense that the ISO are going to to support the standard that nobody really wants or believes (in except for one corporation and it’s paid lackeys of course). Yes, it’s IS29500 (OOXML to you and me).

Installing Xbox Media Center (XBMC) On Ubuntu 8.04

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The Xbox Media Center (XBMC) is a media center application for Linux, Mac, and Windows that allows you to manage/watch/listen to/view your videos, music, and pictures. It has a nice interface, can be controlled from the desktop or a remote control or via its built-in web interface, and it can be extended by custom scripts.

PC-BSD 7 is a mixed bag

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BSD FreeBSD is a Unix-like open source operating system that can trace its ancestry back to the original Unix. It's well known and well respected in the server marketplace, but until recently FreeBSD lacked an easy-to-use desktop version. In 2005 the PC-BSD project was started to provide just that. This month PC-BSD version 7 was released.

8 Ways to Maintain a Clean, Lean Ubuntu Machine

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Ubuntu Once in a while, you may want to do some maintenance on your Ubuntu machine and clean up unnecessary files that are chunking up large storage space in your hard disk. Here are 8 ways that you can use to clean up your Ubuntu:

Bad marketing undermines Linux netbooks

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Hardware Over the past couple of days the online media has been full of stories of dissatisfied Linux netbook users returning their computers. Bloggers and journalists quickly picked up on the fact that return rates for Linux-based netbooks were apparently much higher than for Windows.

Browser surf wars

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Software Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari... We rate the Big 5 of the browser brigade to help you decide which should be your window to the cyber-world. 3.0 RC 4

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OOo Release Candidate 4 is available. If all goes well, this is the last RC before 3.0 comes out.

today's leftovers

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  • Ubuntu Confirms Linux Netbook Returns Higher than Anticipated

  • October promises to be hot month for Drupal, Mono, OpenOffice, Ubuntu
  • Microsoft's OOXML Endgame Revealed?
  • In Open Source Development, Does Money Change Everything?
  • KWord: ODF Lists
  • GIMP User Manual 2.4.2 Released
  • One more 2.6.27 prepatch
  • Freeing your phone with the FIC Neo FreeRunner
  • Executive moves: Sonatype and Novell upgrade their open-source execs
  • Interview: Rich Green, Executive VP of Software, Sun Microsystems
  • Linux Void Episode 9 - Cockta Rules
  • Areca and plan/b offer Java-based backup for Linux
  • Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase Winners
  • New Manju project plans to redraw desktop art
  • maddog: digital tipping point
  • You get what you pay for: Paid contributors drive open source
  • zypper best feature
  • The Future of KDE's Online Presence?

Is .NET on Linux Finally Ready?

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Software Microsoft's .NET framework on Linux is getting a big boost today with the official release of Novell's Mono 2.0. With the latest version, the gap between the two is getting smaller.

Rewarding Scottish Open Source

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OSS (PR): The 2008 Scottish Open Source Awards is now open for nominations. As we talk around we are hearing of Open Source initiatives in Scotland that are outside of the seen Open Source community.

What Wall Street can learn from FOSS

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OSS If you haven't been living under a rock in recent times, you would be fully aware of the serious financial crisis in which the US finds itself. And as the contagion spreads, in smaller measure, to the rest of the world, people's thoughts often devolve to cost-cutting.

openSUSE turns 3

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zonker.opensuse: Just three years ago today, the openSUSE Project announced its first release. Andreas Jaeger sent the word out to the opensuse-announce list on October 6, 2005, announcing the release of SUSE Linux 10.0.

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Leftovers: KDE


  • 4 Useful Cinnamon Desktop Applets
    The Cinnamon desktop environment is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Out of the box it offers a clean, fast and well configured desktop experience. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a little better with a few nifty extras. And that’s where Cinnamon Applets come in. Like Unity’s Indicator Applets and GNOME Extensions, Cinnamon Applets let you add additional functionality to your desktop quickly and easily.
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest
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  • This Week in GTK+ – 21
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 335 commits, with 13631 lines added and 37699 lines removed.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Puppet Unveils New Docker Build and Phased Deployments
    Puppet released a number of announcements today including the availability of Puppet Docker Image Build and a new version of Puppet Enterprise, which features phased deployments and situational awareness. In April, Puppet began helping people deploy and manage things like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and CoreOS. Now the shift is helping people manage the services that are running on top of those environments.
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    At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin I gave a talk about Kubernetes titled "Why I love Kubernetes? Top 10 reasons." The response was great, and several folks asked me to write a blog about it. So here it is, with the first five reasons in this article and the others to follow. As a quick introduction, Kubernetes is "an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications" often referred to as a container orchestrator.
  • Website-blocking attack used open-source software
    Mirai gained notoriety after the Krebs attack because of the bandwidth it was able to generate — a record at well over 600 gigabits a second, enough to send the English text of Wikipedia three times in two seconds. Two weeks later, the source code for Mirai was posted online for free.
  • Alibaba’s Blockchain Email Repository Gains Technology from Chinese Open Source Startup
    Onchain, an open-source blockchain based in Shanghai, will provide technology for Alibaba’s first blockchain supported email evidence repository. Onchain allows fast re-constructions for public, permissioned (consortium) or private blockchains and will eventually enable interoperability among these modes. Its consortium chain product, the Law Chain, will provide technology for Ali Cloud, Alibaba’s computing branch. Ali Cloud has integrated Onchain’s Antshares blockchain technology to provide an enterprise-grade email repository. Onchain provides the bottom-layer framework for Ali Cloud, including its open-source blockchain capabilities, to enable any company to customize its own enterprise-level blockchain.
  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
    If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use DRM for HTML5 media should now just work, such as Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, the Netflix crew haven't 'flicked a switch' yet behind the scenes for Firefox on Linux, meaning if you run Netflix in the Mozilla browser at the moment, you'll likely just come across the old Silverlight error page. But there is a workaround. For some reason, Netflix still expects Silverlight when it detects the user is running Firefox, despite the fact that the latest Firefox builds for Linux now support the HTML5 DRM plugin.
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  • How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
    Mobile Internet connectivity is growing rapidly in rural India, and because most Internet users are more comfortable in their native languages, websites producing content in Indian languages are going to drive this growth. In a country like India in which only a handful of journals are available in Indian languages, open access to research and educational resources is hugely important for populating content for the various Indian language Wikipedias.
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OSS in the Back End

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