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Story It's Been Three Years Since "GNOME 4.0" Was Proposed Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 11:34pm
Story The FSF's statement on Windows 10 Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:19pm
Story More AMD Radeon R9 Fury Linux Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:15pm
Story Lubuntu 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Ready for Download, Still Using the LXDE Desktop Environment Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:11pm
Story Ubuntu Kylin 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Out for Testing with Linux Kernel 4.1, More Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:10pm
Story Linux-powered smart sniper rifle can be hacked Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:01pm
Story 5 heroes of the Linux world Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 9:57pm
Story Open source part of Bulgarian eGovernment tender requirements Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 9:53pm
Story Phoronix on Graphics Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 8:26pm
Story More Reliable Upgrades Hoped For With Fedora 23 Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 8:11pm

Travels With Teo: Linux Netbook Hits the Road

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Hardware

linuxplanet.com: A couple of months ago the nice ZaReason people sent me their Teo Ubuntu netbook to review. I was favorably impressed and gave it a positive review. Then they let me take it on my vacation, so little Teo traveled 2500 miles with us. This was the ultimate portability, performance, and battery test. How did Teo do?

Akademy 2010: Almost Like Being There

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KDE

kdenews.org: Not everyone can make it to Akademy. For those of you not able to be here, the Akademy team has been making great efforts to video the talks, capture the atmosphere through photographs and pick up some of the Akademy chatter through informal interviews with community members.

IBM, EU Create Research Consortium For Open Source

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OSS

muktware.com: IBM, in collaboration with the European Union, industry and academia, is launching a research consortium which aims to help businesses more easily take advantage of Internet-based services - or "e-services" - to create collaborative business operations and achieve shared business goals.

Storage Management with an LVM GUI

linux-mag.com: Have you been looking for open-source storage management tools that are easy to use and provide a graphical representation of your storage. Alas, there are no comprehensive tools but there are graphical tools that you can pair with command-line wizardry, particularly LVM.

Dell cuddles Canonical for big Ubuntu fluffer love

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Ubuntu

theregister.co.uk: Dell is working with Canonical to help customers float Ubuntu-powered open-source clouds while also cozying up to developers.

First look: new Ubuntu font boosts Linux typography

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Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: Today Canonical launched a closed beta for the new font, making it available to testers and Ubuntu contributors. I tested it on my desktop computer, running Ubuntu 10.04. After installing the package, I enabled it in the GNOME appearance preference dialog.

Installing and using Xfce 4

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Software
HowTos

ghacks.net: I am going to start by showing how to install and start using Xfce 4. I have already introduced this lightweight window manager way back in my article “Get to know Linux: Xfce 4“. That article only skimmed the surface.

Red Hat adds new premier SA partner

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Linux

tectonic.co.za: Linux giant Red Hat has announced that Linux System Dynamics (LSD), an open source consulting firm, has been appointed a Red Hat Premier Business Partner for the Southern Africa region.

Looking at KDE, and looking at apps

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KDE

nancib.wordpress.com: Late last month I said I was looking at the possibility of moving from Ubuntu to a different GNU/Linux distribution. While I haven’t had a lot of time for checking out other distros I have I’ve managed to create a spreadsheet to compile information on the distros I’m looking at.

OSS vs proprietary software quality and usage.

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OSS

toolbox.com/blogs: I get the argument thrown at me quite often that if open source software (hereon in OSS) is so good then why are people not using it? Actually there is quite a lot.

Spotlight on Linux: Sabayon Linux 5.3

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: Sabayon Linux is a very fun distribution based on Gentoo Linux. That tidbit of information may be one of the reasons Sabayon isn't more popular, although it shouldn't be. The mention of Gentoo usually invokes visions of difficulty and hours of compiling to Linux users. While that general assessment of Gentoo may be correct overall, it certainly isn't true of Sabayon.

Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.35 (Part 1) - Graphics

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Linux

h-online.com: Power management features for Radeon graphics chips, the first groundwork for supporting 3D with Evergreen GPUs, H264 decoding in Intel's Ironlake driver and the support of Intel's next generation of desktop and notebook chips, are some of the major graphics driver advancements of Linux 2.6.35.

4 Linux Games You Probably Have Not Played

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Gaming

maketecheasier.com: It is no secret that Linux is not a popular gaming platform. Despite that stigma, however, the open nature of Linux makes it easy, even for relatively inexperienced developers, to produce quality games.

Roundup: Text Based Text Editors

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Software

fosswire.com: For some reason, text editors are something that us Unix geeks get very passionate about. Whether it’s an argument over which editor is better, or just professing our love for our favourite keyboard shortcuts, it’s an emotive issue.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 Beta 2 Benchmarks Against Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE

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Linux

phoronix.com: Now that the second beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 was released last week, we took the workstation build and have benchmarked it against the latest releases of Ubuntu, CentOS, and openSUSE.

Four Great Gnome Panel Applets

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Software

jeffhoogland.blogspot: Gnome is the most popular Linux desktop environment and one of it's key features that makes it so wonderful is the "gnome panel". For those unfamiliar the "gnome panel" is the bar that is typically located at the bottom (and top sometimes) of the screen where your menu, task-bar, and icon tray are located.

Mandriva is alive!

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MDV

tuxradar.com: Finally, after weeks of uncertainty, we've just received a press release from Mandriva, and we're pasting it verbatim so you can read the news for yourselves. Let us know what you think this all means.

Chromium BSU is a shining 2-D shooter

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Gaming

sourceforge.net/blog: July is when the summer doldrums start to threaten. If you feel your hammock calling, resist the temptation, and turn instead to Chromium B.S.U., an adrenaline-pumping 2-D vertical shooter.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • A closer look at Open Source World Summit
  • Planet Stronghold Alpha Available
  • Open Source: It's all LinkedIn
  • We’ve packaged all of the free software…what now?
  • GIMP Plugin Registry 3.5.1 Gets ~129 New Plugins
  • Learning While Playing for a Better World
  • Open Source: strategic software with economic value
  • Why GLEP 55 Is A Bad Idea
  • 6+ Great Alternatives To Windows XP That Are Free and Open Source
  • Spurned security researchers form anti-MS collective
  • Ubuntu 10.04 (Desktop)
  • Debian Editions
  • Debian by its numbers, as seen by keyring-maint
  • Introducing OpenCL
  • a map of the open web
  • Linux Foundation releases Windows accessibility software under BSD
  • Maestro, strike up the MIDI
  • Gems Found Going Down the Road
  • Meerkat needs you to edit software descriptions

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Repairing a Broken GRUB 2 Boot-Loader on Ubuntu
  • How to add user to a Group on Linux
  • Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu
  • Theming Ubuntu 10.04 To How You See Fit
  • How to block access to a server by IP address on Linux
  • Python and OpenOffice - Hello World
  • Gejengel – Lightweight audio player
  • Remove Firefox 4.0's big, ugly, unmovable orange button
  • Watermark Photos with digiKam
  • LiveUSB Drives: Why, How-to, and Where At
  • How to configure Samba using a graphical interface in Ubuntu
  • OpenBSD: Static Routing Configuration
  • Top Ten Useful Grammar and Punctuation Tips
  • Get Control of Linux / Unix Terminal with Screen
  • sudo redirection
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  • Gentoo has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code 2018 mentoring organization
  • Getting Debian booting on a Lenovo Yoga 720
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  • Dell PowerEdge T30
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  • Postage-Stamp Linux
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  • Most Popular Android Versions In February 2018 (Always Updated List)
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Red Hat and Fedora: David Egts, Radcom, Google Summer of Code 2018, FOSS Wave

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OSS Leftovers

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OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

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    In the commit message, Philip briefly describes the implementation [...]