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Switching To KDE From Gnome

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KDE

customdistros.com: This morning I thought I would shake things up a little and start using KDE instead of Gnome. Installation of KDE is simple enough, but actually using it turned out to be a little different for a KDE newbie such as myself.

10 things you should look for in a netbook

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Hardware

blogs.techrepublic.com: When you’re evaluating netbooks, you have to weigh the convenience of their small form factor against a variety of limitations. Erik Eckel explains several key considerations that will help you find a suitable middle ground.

Nexuiz 2.5

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Gaming

freegamer.blogspot: So what are the big selling points of 2.5 from the player side of view? According to the changelog: New HUD, new weapons, new racing game mode, improved look & sound, better bots.

Do you need to worry about the new /dev/mem rootkit problem?

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Security

blog.ibeentoubuntu.com: A new paper was presented in late March about using /dev/mem to inject and hide a rootkit (PDF), and the method has been getting some press, leading to a little concern.

Lancelot and Raptor menu - the other way

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KDE
Software

polishlinux.org: Lancelot and Raptor are alternative menus intended for KDE 4. We are, however, at the frosty point, and we should ask ourselves the most important question here - which one to choose.

Kernel Log: What's coming in 2.6.30

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Linux

h-online.com: The next major Linux version will include new Wi-Fi drivers for chips from Atheros, Intel, Intersil/Prism and Marvell and new drivers for Intel LAN chips. The kernel will also in future make better use of energy saving features.

Linux Desktop in Peril

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Linux

daniweb.com: As I've written before, the Linux desktop in danger of extinction. If operating systems could be placed on the Endangered Species list, I'd lobby for it.

Health Check: openSUSE - Then and now

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SUSE

h-online.com: openSUSE 11.1, the latest community edition of Novell SUSE Linux, was released just in time for Christmas, to largely favourable reviews. openSUSE remains one of the market leaders, and features the latest and greatest stable releases of most of the important packages that make a classic GNU/Linux distribution, but it has had its troubles during recent years.

Ubuntu circus set to start again

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Six days from today, the Ubuntu circus will start all over again. The release of version 9.04 is scheduled for April 23 and lots of bandwidth will be consumed that day as people upgrade or else download the distribution for the first time.

Xen vs. KVM: The Linux Foundation’s Small-Minded View of Virtualization

windowsconnected.com: But the crux of the issue is really around why The Foundation chose KVM in the first place. It’s simple: KVM = Linux; Xen = Xen (that is, a purpose-built hypervisor derived from Linux). Second, KVM is not a true hypervisor.

Desktop Linux Needs A Bit More Organisation

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Linux

eweekeurope.co.uk: There are plenty of desktop Linux apps. The problem is finding, installing and managing them, says Jason Brooks. Linux vendors and communities could do a lot better.

“US copyright law is far too strict” – GNU founder

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Interviews
OSS

russiatoday.com: American software freedom activist Richard Stallman, better known as the author of GNU General Public License, joined RT to give his comments on modern software copyright laws, and the risks of cyber sneaking.

Also: Of RMS, Ethical Visions, and Copyright Law

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Manipulate Your Way to the Root of It

  • Derivatives of Ubuntu used for various applications
  • One of the Philippines Leading Retailers to Use Linux-based System
  • IBM passes open source license baton to Eclipse
  • The new Ubuntu Certified Professional course
  • Open-source server distro builds on Ubuntu
  • Open-source misperceptions live on
  • Day Planner 0.10
  • Will telcos embrace open source and what if they did?
  • Will the U.S. follow UK into the open source market?
  • Distributed Distribution Development, and Why Git
  • Big investments in open source
  • Is RMS Entering the Fray Again?
  • How to Kill a Linux/Unix System and Live to Tell the Tale
  • Connecting hobby and business in open source
  • Is Open Source Experience Overrated?
  • Tart, Funny, Smart, Insightful, Whiny: Linux Today Reader Comments
  • TomTom/Microsoft: A Wake-Up Call for GPLv3 Migration
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Release Candidate Is Here

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Teaching Programing Skills to Children with Logo

  • How to build aircrack-ng on openSUSE
  • Upgrading Multiple Debian Machines Quickly With approx
  • BleachBit to cleanup unwanted files on your openSUSE
  • View hidden files
  • prevent your SSH session from disconnecting in Linux
  • Dropbox on Ubuntu
  • Automate Your System Backup With Back In Time

Shuttle offer now Power-saving Nettop with SUSE Linux

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Hardware
SUSE

hitechreview.com: Shuttle is now expanding its portfolio of Mini-PCs with Open Source operating systems. The latest offshoot is the X270V complete system based on the Shuttle Barebone X27D.

PC-BSD 7.1 Galileo Edition Review

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BSD

theitmassive.com: PC-BSD 7.1 is a desktop operating system aimed at the normal user and is based on FreeBSD. It enables fast installation of software and getting a working desktop running fast.

BBC iPlayer goes high definition

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Software

bbc.co.uk: The BBC's iPlayer is to start offering high definition (HD) streams and downloads of some programmes, and a cross-platform manager that will allow Windows, Mac, and Linux users to download BBC programmes, including those in HD.

NSW Government not giving away Linux vs MS details

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Linux

itwire.com: The Government has been far from forthcoming when it comes to revealing any details behind the New South Wales (NSW) laptop tender choices. There are unanswered questions.

Introducing KDE 4 - Kontact: To-do (KOrganizer)

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KDE

introducingkde4.blogspot: This is going to be a small overview, since the "To-Do" is in fact part of KOrganizer, which was mostly seen on the last article. It's just going be fast view at the main interface, the changes to the interface remain the same as on Calendar.

Top 5 Media Center Programs for Linux

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Software

thelinuxcauldron.wordpress: I though I would share my thoughts on my exploits with the popular Media Center Solutions for Linux. While none of them are perfect some come very close.

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today's howtos

Software: LibreELEC 8.0.1 (Kodi), MKVToolnix 10.0.0, Claws Mail 3.15)

  • LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.0.1 MR
    LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.0.1 MR is available bringing Kodi v17.1, hardware support for the Raspberry Pi Zero W, improved software HEVC decoding on RPi3/CM3 hardware, driver support for Fe Pi audio cards, and support for Cirrus Logic DAC audio cards (thanks to @HiassofT). The bump to Kodi v17.1 resolves several upgrade and user-experience issues we have seen with the initial Kodi v17.0 release, and happiness is enhanced for users wearing an official LibreELEC tee-shirt or hoodie.
  • LibreELEC 8.0.1 Is Out Based on Kodi 17.1, Adds Support for Raspberry Pi Zero W
    LibreELEC developers announced the release and general availability of the first maintenance update to the major LibreELEC 8.0 stable series of the Linux-based operating system built around the Kodi open-source media center.
  • NetworkManager 1.8 to Support Handling of PINs for PKCS#11 Tokens as Secrets
    Lubomir Rintel announced that the development of the NetworkManager 1.8 major release has kicked off with the availability of the first snapshot, versioned 1.7.2, for public testing.
  • MKVToolnix 10.0.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulator Improves H.264 and H.265 Parsers
    MKVToolnix developer Moritz Bunkus released a new major branch of his popular, open-source and cross-platform MKV (Matroska) manipulation software, versioned 10.0.0.
  • Claws Mail 3.15.0
    Claws Mail is a GTK+ based, user-friendly, lightweight, and fast email client.
  • Claws Mail 3.15 Open-Source Email Client Brings New Hidden Preferences, Bugfixes
    Claws Mail, the lightweight and open-source GTK+ based email client for Linux, UNIX, and Windows operating systems, was updated recently to version 3.15.0, a maintenance update that adds new functionalities and addresses a lot of bugs. Claws Mail 3.15.0 comes more than four months after the first point release to the 3.14 series of the application, and among the new features implemented we can mention a bunch of options that should help users configure Claws Mail when opening a selected message, such as checkboxes on the Display and Summaries page of Preferences.

Games for GNU/Linux

  • It looks like we may be getting a Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition
    Back in January Beamdog was looking for testers on a new game. Now the Planescape website has a countdown timer. It's legitimate too, as tweeted by the Beamdog and the D&D twitter accounts.
  • RTS game 'Deadhold' could come to Linux, considering an experimental Beta
    The developers of Deadhold [Steam, Official Site] want to support Linux and they are thinking about releasing an experimental Linux Beta.
  • Ten amazing Linux games you can play without WINE
    Those of us who have taken up the mantle of a Linux gamer know that our path is rarely easy. For a long time, few games were released for our chosen platform. Those that were shipped riddled with bugs, compatibility issues and rarely worked out of the box. Getting games to work require using WINE and deeply complex almost arcane workarounds to force windows games to work on our quirky systems. Unfortunately, games rarely worked well and usually required hours of complex tweaking in order to get them to function properly. To top this all of, there were graphics driver problems, optimization issues, peripherals rarely worked out of the box and our lives were generally difficult.

Ubuntu-Based LXLE 16.04.2 Gets an RC Build, Promises to Be the Best Release Ever

LXLE 16.04.2 is on its way to becoming the best release ever of the Ubuntu-based distribution built around the lightweight LXDE desktop environment, and it just received a Release Candidate (RC) build. Continuing to get all the goodies from Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus), LXLE 16.04.2 Release Candidate is here only two weeks after the last Beta milestone, and adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes. These include a reconfigured menu layout to be less cluttered for navigation, and a revamped Control Menu to act as a dynamic Control Panel. Read more