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Story Ubuntu 14.10 Will Not Ship With Open-Source OpenCL Support Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 10:11pm
Story Chumby back from the dead with 1,000 apps Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 9:30pm
Story kGraft Being Discussed For Inclusion Into Linux-Next Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 9:23pm
Story Qt HiDPI Support Is On Hold For A Few Months Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 8:30pm
Story BrickPi Bookreader 2 interview Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 8:20pm
Story Preview: Fedora 20 Updated vs. Fedora 21 Rawhide Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 8:13pm
Story Satellite 6 Adds More Control For Red Hat Linux Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 7:58pm
Story Steam Linux Usage Was Up Slightly In June Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 7:46pm
Story KDE’s Krita gets 100% funding through Kickstarter Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 6:19pm
Story HP and Canonical Document OpenStack Cloud Deployment for Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 02/07/2014 - 2:05pm

Windows is a Waste of Time

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Microsoft

gnuru.org: Some years ago studies were produced to show that the introduction of IT did not increase productivity in organisations. "Why not?" wondered all and sundry. Well, here's an idea for an answer: Windows.

Microsoft Leaves the Door Wide Open for Linux on Netbooks

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Linux
Microsoft

linugadgetech.blogspot: According to an article on Computerworld, Microsoft plans to offer six different versions of Windows 7. The lightest version of the OS will be Windows 7 Starter Edition. It limits users to a maximum of three open applications.

Game up for desktop Linux?

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Linux
Microsoft

fmtech.co.za: With Microsoft readying itself for the release of a fast, streamlined operating system in Windows 7, the Linux community needs to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat if the free and open-source operating system is to stay relevant on desktop computers.

Canadian Government Considers Open Source

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OSS

opendotdotdot.blogspot: The Canadian Government has put out a "Request For Information" (RFI) - essentially, a formal invitation for feedback on the topic.

I Give Up: Civilization Is A Bust. Quick, Back To The Caves!

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Linux

penguinpetes.com: I'm sorry, I failed to bring the human race to terms with computers. But just look at what I had to work with! You see, I have a handicap. I don't have Alzheimer's disease.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linux on the HP 2133 Mini-Note, Part 3

  • iTunes Wishes it Could be Like Songbird
  • FOSS advocacy in Africa receives a big boost from the Open Society Institute for West Africa
  • Mozilla Developer News 02/04
  • The Kentucky Dumpster Test
  • Define “open source vendor”
  • HOWTO : Chinese characters Adobe Flash 10
  • Have KDE Ask for your SSH Passphrase on Login
  • Change The Message Of The Day In Ubuntu/Debian
  • IE or Firefox: Which browser is more secure?
  • LVM2 Auto-Reconnect
  • On the flip side. My GUI is great.
  • The Software Freedom Law Show - Episode 0x06
  • Linux Outlaws 75 - A Drawer Full of Twixes (Miguel de Icaza Interview)
  • VMWare Goes Open Source
  • Accounting Software for Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Use Scripts & Plugins In GIMP To Extend Its Functionality

  • Howto - Easily Install 9 Really Nice Ubuntu themes
  • Automating ssh and scp across multiple hosts
  • Set up OpenDNS on Ubuntu
  • The Fast Way to Read Compressed Files on Linux
  • 10 Open Source Implementation Tips
  • Do You Want Multiple Kernels on Your openSUSE System?
  • Package Management Basics on Debian GNU/Linux
  • HOWTO : Chinese characters Adobe Flash 10
  • Have KDE Ask for your SSH Passphrase on Login
  • Change The Message Of The Day In Ubuntu/Debian

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 57

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue #57 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this issue: openSUSE@FOSDEM2009, HP Builds on the openSUSE Education Project, and How to install KDE 4.2.

Canonical Survey Shows Ubuntu Server as Mission Critical

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Ubuntu

eweek.com: Canonical Ltd. and RedMonk have released findings of a survey of Ubuntu users. The survey, completed by nearly 7,000 respondents, showed that Ubuntu is considered “mission-critical” by most re-spondents.

If Microsoft Loved Open Source, Who Would It Buy?

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Microsoft

Charles Babcock: Could Microsoft take its cash reserves and buy an open source company? Why not? Who expected Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL) and Citrix Systems to become such big investors in open source. Citrix' purchase of XenSource sure has worked out--for Microsoft, in my opinion.

Firefox 3.0.6 security and stability release now available

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: As part of the Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing security and stability process, Firefox 3.0.6 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users as a free download from getfirefox.com.

Introducing LinuxCon - All Matters Linux

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Linux

linux-foundation.org/weblogs: The Linux Foundation is very excited to announce the launch of LinuxCon, a brand new annual North American technical conference. The 1st Annual LinuxCon is taking place September 21 – 25, 2009 in Portland, OR. Registration and Call for Papers are now open.

Upgrading an existing Ubuntu : the kill-your-desktop machine

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Ubuntu

taletil.eu: Back in 2002, there was no Ubuntu, no OpenSuse, no Fedora and Mandriva was called Mandrake. Installing a Debian was a geekish thing that didn’t detected anything automatically. It’s wonderful to see from how far we come and that, now, we can spend time to polish stuffs. And one big point that need polish is certainly the Ubuntu upgrade process.

Gnome's Text Editor, Gedit: A TextMate-like Editor for Linux

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Software

blog.astrumfutura.com: The humble Gnome editor is often compared to Windows notepad app. A simple editor with minimal features that is pathetic for anything else. Not true!

Which enterprise Linux to choose?

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Linux

itwire.com: Debate abounds between Linux lovers which distribution to choose on the desktop. But what about the server? Yes, all versions of Linux are equally capable of serving your mail and web site, but just what is it in those so-called "enterprise" editions that make them, well, enterprise-y?

Eyeing an Opening for Open-Source

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OSS

computerworld.com: Our security manager is surprised when her boss takes an interest in exploring some open-source security options.

Welcome to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

star-techcentral.com: When it comes to software nothing could be bigger than the operating system that runs the computer — even here, there are freeware operating systems based on Linux that enthusiasts and even casual users can install.

11 reasons to switch to Linux

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Linux

geekzone.co.nz: People like to publish top-10 lists of all sorts. And "reasons to switch to Linux" is no exception. Many of those have been published, and the latest entry is here. However, I think the author completely forgot a very important point.

Linux-driven BitTorrent appliance ships

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Myka is shipping an embedded Linux device that downloads, stores, and plays BitTorrent media files on an attached TV. Available in 80GB, 160GB, and 500GB models, plus a Developer's Edition with a 1TB disk, the Myka appliances offload BitTorrent peer-to-peer duties from a PC.

Mandriva Announces Pulse 2 v1.2

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MDV

news.softpedia.com: Mandriva announced the immediate availability of version 1.2 of their Pulse 2, an Open Source tool for managing workstations, mobile computers and servers. Mandriva Pulse 2's purpose is to make managing of information systems much easier for those who choose to use it.

Also: Mandriva Linux Assembly

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Diving into Drupal: Princeton’s Multi-site Migration Success with Open-source
    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
    GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
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  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
    Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well.
  • Dropbox’s tool shows how chatbots could be future of cybersecurity
    Disillusion with chatbots has set in across the tech industry and yet Dropbox’s deep thinkers believe they have spotted the technology’s hidden talent: cybersecurity.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
  • New Entroware Aether Laptop Pairs Intel Kaby Lake with Ubuntu
    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
    But we can be Free from Microsoft! As we saw above, there is a powerful – and now popular movement afoot to make alternative software available. The Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Project, both founded by Richard Stallman, provide Free software to users with licenses that guarantee users rights: the rights to view, modify, and distribute the software source code. With GNU-licensed software, such as Linux, the user is in complete control over the software they employ. And as people contribute to modify Free Software source code, and are required to share those modifications again, the aggregate creative acts give rise to the availability of many more, much more useful results. Value is created beyond what anyone thought possible, and our freedom multiplies.
  • Review of the week 2017/08
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Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
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    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • Unity Explained: A Look at Ubuntu’s Default Desktop Environment
    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
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