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Story The Penguin or the Egg: How To Increase Adoption Of Desktop Linux Rianne Schestowitz 26/07/2015 - 9:41pm
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OpenOffice at the crossroads

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OOo

h-online.com: OpenOffice.org is a flagship for free and open source software, released under free software licenses and achieving downloads in the hundreds of millions. But there have long been murmurings of discontent among developers resulting in complaints of "non-responsiveness and lack of leadership" on the project.

Review – Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Remix

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Ubuntu

g33q.co.za: Ubuntu Netbook Remix, or UNR, sports the same purple theme that the Gnome Ubuntu release has. There is only a toolbar at the top, and then the Netbook Interface.

New Post-Release Repository For New Applications Starting With Ubuntu 10.10

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Ubuntu

When a developer creates a new application, he must start writing it very early in the Ubuntu development stages to be able to get his application in the official Ubuntu repositories. But Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat wants to change that.

Mutter Can Cause A Gaming/OpenGL Performance Hit Too

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Software

phoronix.com: Last month we looked at the cost of running Compiz. Today we are seeing if and how using Mutter, the window manager for the GNOME 3.0 desktop that uses Clutter-based compositing, will affect the performance of several different open-source games.

Dell in talks with Google over Chrome OS

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OS

reuters.com: Dell Inc is in talks with Google Inc over the use of the Chrome operating system on its laptops, a top company executive said on Monday.

What does Microsoft think of open source?

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Microsoft
OSS

computerweekly.com/blogs: It's easy to forget that Microsoft is a software company. Given our near ubiquitous exposure to the Windows operating system (OS), many people don't think of an OS as software in quite the same way as an application - or "app" as it is increasingly becoming known. Of course Microsoft is a software company. What does Microsoft think of open source?

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 359

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: An introduction to Peppermint OS
  • News: Open letter to Mandriva, openSUSE strategy proposal, Debian release update, anti-vuvuzela filters and plugins
  • Questions and answers: Slackware-based live CDs

Preview: OpenSUSE 11.3 Release Candidate 1

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SUSE

cristalinux.blogspot: Just a few days ago the OpenSUSE developers released the first release candidate of the soon to be available OpenSUSE 11.3. We are still about a month from that final release, so I decided to check it out.

The FSF is needed now - more than ever

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OSS

itwire.com: When would one expect an organisation like the Free Software Foundation to be really relevant to the world of computing at large - when there is a limited threat to freedom in computing or when the threat is increasing exponentially?

Solaris, OpenSolaris, and the Oracle wall of secrecy

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OS

theregister.co.uk: Sometimes, Google's search engine does a better job of telling us about IT vendors than the vendors' own public relations and marketing machines. So it is with the next commercial and development iterations of Oracle's Solaris Unix operating system.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #198
  • Zarafa: And how Linux can finally Conquer the world
  • Linux Tag in Berlin
  • Ubuntu 10.10 sound menu starts to stir to life
  • Qt on Rails v0.1 released. But is it doomed?
  • How to broadcast your desktop on UStream, justin.tv, etc
  • twin, vwm and my imagination

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Setting up a network printer in Fedora 13
  • The why and how of RPATH
  • Open Images in a Linux Console using fbi, a console based Image Viewer
  • Manage Tabs in Opera Like a Pro
  • Strip All Unwanted MP3 ID3 Tags
  • Reverting to Alsa Sound System in Ubuntu
  • Restore Grub 2.0 after Windows 7 Install
  • How to disable Ping response in Ubuntu
  • How to make a Hockney style Photograph in GIMP

This Mac devotee is moving to Linux

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Linux

salon.com: Seeking real freedom of choice in a technology ecosystem where vendors are exerting more and more control

Disk Space: The Final Frontier

linux-mag.com: Disk space is always at a premium but how do you handle it when you have a disk or filesystem that’s full? After today, you’ll know how to boldly go into that dark realm.

Mandriva Linux Wins My BIg Fat Gratitude

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MDV

hackingthevalley.com: Over the last few days I’ve installed a smorgasboard of *nix distros, trying to find one that will work with my hardware. I was looking for a recent distribution with a decent desktop, either KDE or Gnome. You’d think that this kind of generic iron wouldn’t be a problem to find an OS for.

The Perfect File Manager?

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Software

omgubuntu.co.uk: We’ve seen a tonne of awesome re-designed Nautilus mock-ups, nautilus tweaks, hacks & add-ons, Nautilus critiques, rants & diatribes over the last few months. Seif Sallam certainly thinks so and has come up with his designs for the “perfect file manager.

Using Gnome Shell – Day 7

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Software

g33q.co.za: Fathers Day, and the end of my Gnome-Shell series. I still find it surreal to log into a session running Gnome-Shell and see a desktop devoid of familiar features. Gnome-Shell is the new direction Gnome is going for release 3, and Ubuntu seems set on following suit. Will this be a smart move?

Sidux Hypnos 2010-01 Xfce Review

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Linux

linuxnov.com: Debian based distribution comes with two Desktops KDE, Xfce and this one going to review today here. most packages with Xfce version is upgraded to last version. Fully customized with xfce window manager, will show exactly how to fully customize many things on Sidux Hypnos.

UFO: Alien Invasion 2.3

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Gaming

linuxgames.com: UFO: Enemy Unknown, otherwise known as X-COM: UFO Defense, is one of my favorite games ever published. Consequently, I was elated to see that the open source project inspired by the game has a new release.

Linux: “Free” Software vs “You Get What You Pay For”

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Linux

blog.eracc.com: Everyone of us has heard or read some form of the old phrase, “You get what you pay for!”. The gist of this phrase is basically if something is “free” or low cost it is probably worth nothing or very little. However, is this true when applied to Free Open Source Software (FOSS) and Linux?

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GNOME and Fedora

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  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
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Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.