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Xubuntu 8.10 + Xfce 4.6: Screenshots

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Software

zdnet.com.au: If GNOME feels like it is too bulky and KDE is not the Linux desktop answer that you are looking for, then you should consider the Xubuntu distribution that ships with the Xfce desktop.

UT3 Linux Still Undergoing Work, No ETA

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Unreal Tournament 3 was released back on the 17th of November in 2007. Nearly a year and a half later, we still have no UT3 Linux client.

Programming languages that melt your brain

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Software

tuxradar.com: In their day-to-day jobs, coders naturally focus on the more commonly used languages, such as PHP, Python and SDL, but there are plenty of more left-field choices, such as Ruby and assembly, that are well worth learning.

PC Vendors: Put up or shut up on the Linux desktop

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Linux

blogs.computerworld.com: I was really happy when Dell started selling mainstream PCs with pre-installed Ubuntu Linux. Other companies started shipping mass-market PCs and notebooks with Linux too. Well. Sort of. You see, except for Dell, everyone makes it a pain to get their Linux-enabled PCs. And, I'm sick of it.

Renoise 2.0

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Software

tuxradar.com: Soundtrackers are cool. They let musicians create music in a style reminiscent of the way assembler programmers write code. Notes become numbers and timing becomes a position in a list. Renoise is a proprietary sound tracker for Windows, OS X and Linux.

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 now available for download

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.1.

Two Reasons the Command Line Trumps the Graphical User Interface

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Software

blog.eracc.com: I am not a text mode Luddite. I use a graphical user interface (GUI) every day. However, for certain tasks a GUI is just not the best choice.

Supercomputer niche chucks rocks at Nehalem

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Gentoo
Hardware

theregister.co.uk: As niche supercomputer-maker SiCortex works on the next generation of its line and watches the IT marketing machine gearing up for Intel's impending Nehalem-based Xeon EP, the company says that Chipzilla isn't moving in the right direction for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.

Why Is Moblin's X.Org Stack Faster Than In Ubuntu?

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Software

phoronix.com: Canonical's Scott James Remnant recently set out to explore why X.Org started up so much faster on Moblin than on Ubuntu.

O hai Knoppix

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Linux

newlinuxuser.com: I’ve successfully download the latest version of Knoppix and it’s now running live from my USB drive. Awesome, ain’t it?

TomTom Linux impact light hit so far

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Legal

blogs.the451group: I’ve been talking to device manufacturers and the Linux-centered software providers and I can definitively report that I am not hearing or sensing any fear, uncertainty or doubt (FUD) as a result of Microsoft’s TomTom patent suit.

Kernel Log: What's new in 2.6.29 - Part 5

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Linux

h-online.com: It will be at least another week or two before Linux kernel 2.6.29 becomes available. The Kernel Log will, therefore, continue its report about the new features scheduled for 2.6.29 with what's new in terms of file systems.

Delayed allocation and the zero-length file problem

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Software

thunk.org/tytso: A recent Ubuntu bug has gotten slashdotted, and has started raising a lot of questions about the safety of using ext4. The essential “problem” is that ext4 implements something called delayed allocation.

The Free Beer Economy

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OSS

linuxjournal.com: Why is FREE! the world's best-selling noun, verb, adjective and adverb, yet so hard to credit as a foundation for business in the Internet Age? And what will happen when business folk finally grok the abundant opportunities that FREE! provides?

Russia Rolls Out Open Source for Government

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OSS

opendotdotdot.blogspot: Russia is rapidly turning into open source's best-kept secret. I wrote about plans to roll out free software to all schools; more recently, there has been talk about creating a Russian operating system based on Fedora. And now there's this:

Mozilla Contemplates a Future Without Google

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Moz/FF

businessweek.com: Google also shows up all over the balance sheet of Mozilla, creator of the Firefox browser and other software. To date, the arrangement has proved mutually beneficial. How much longer this pairing can last has been called into question since September.

the new look of plasma

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KDE

nowwhatthe.blogspot: Yesterday I updated KDE SVN. So, I have the latest dev stuff on my box again. Upon logging in, I was greeted by the new look of plasma.

Linux Has Worse Device Support Than Windows...I Don't Think So

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Linux

riplinton.blogspot: I was cleaning a virus out of a Windows XP system for a client when the UPS driver showed up with my latest gadget. The virus was one of the fake Anti-Virus viruses, you know, the kind that pops up all kinds of warnings.

High-security, RAMdisk Linux rev'd

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Linux

desktoplinux.com: An interesting physical security-focused Linux distribution was upgraded a couple of days ago. Tin Hat Linux reportedly takes a Vista-like five minutes to boot, because its whole filesystem is decrypted and loaded from an optical drive onto a RAMdisk (tmpfs). But after that, it's likely Puppy-fast!

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GNOME and Other Software

  • Nautilus 3.24 – The changes
    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
  • GNOME hackaton in Brno
    Last week, we had a presentation on Google Summer of Code and Outreachy at Brno University of Technology. Around 80 students attended which was a pretty good success considering it was not part of any course. It was a surprise for the uni people as well because the room they booked was only for 60 ppl.
  • Peek Gif Recorder Gets Updated, Now Available from a PPA
    Peek, the nifty animated gif screen capture app for Linux desktops, has been updated. Peek 0.9 reduces the size of temporary files, adds a resolution downsampling option (to help the app use fewer resources when rendering your gif), and introduces fallback support for avconf should ffmpeg be unavailable.
  • Cerebro is an Open Source OS X Spotlight Equivalent for Linux
    Billed as an ‘open-source productivity booster with a brain’, Cerebro is an Electron app able to run across multiple platforms. It’s an extendable, open-source alternative to Spotlight and Alfred on macOS, and Synapse, Kupfer, Ulauncher, GNOME Do, and others on Linux.
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  • Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer [Ed: Used to work for Microsoft and now spreads the GPL ("cancer" according to Microsoft) in the US government]
    The manager of the project, Berg said, really wanted to release MOOSE as open source, but didn't know how to do so. As a result it took 18 months to traverse government bureaucracy and to obtain the necessary permissions. It's now available under the GPL 2.1 license.