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VirtualBox vs. KVM on the Desktop: A Comparison

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Software As we wrote recently, KVM has a lot to recommend it as a virtualization solution in Ubuntu 10.04, especially in the server room. But how ready is it for the desktop, and can it contend with applications like VirtualBox when it comes to ease-of-use?

Five tips for improving Linux security

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HowTos Protecting a networked computer is a never-ending challenge — even in Linux. These simple measures will help protect your Linux box.

New priorities for Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu Ubuntu has come a long way. Now developers need to focus on polishing up this rough gem

Linux Is Winning

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Linux Linux doesn’t have a CEO. Consequently, there’s no annual keynote hosted by a charismatic alpha male. But if it did, and if there were a conference covering the first half of this year, the first speech would start with three words: ‘Linux is winning’.

ZaReason Verix Notebook

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Hardware One year ago we reviewed the ZaReason Ion Breeze computer that was built around NVIDIA's ION platform with an Intel Atom CPU, but today we are looking at our first ZaReason notebook and it boasts some very high-end hardware.

Debian Project News - June 14th

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Welcome to this year's fifth issue of DPN. Topics covered in this issue include: Debian Community Poll, Automatic installation of hardware-specific packages, and Desktop artwork and themes for Debian Squeeze.

10 People Who Should Use Linux

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Linux I’ve been thinking lately that there are actually certain types of people out there that should be using Linux instead of Windows.

Red Hat claims fastest growing OS

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Linux Red Hat General Manager Max McLaren has told IT Brief that the company has the fastest growing operating system in the world.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 358

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Opinion: Binary firmware and your freedom
  • News: Fedora 14 features, Slackware and Peppermint OS interviews, ZFS for Linux
  • Questions and answers: Encrypting hard disk partition

No Ubuntu for tablets

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Ubuntu Ubuntu sponsor Mark Shuttleworth has told IT news service Golem that rumours circulating in recent days of a special version of Ubuntu Linux for tablets are based on a misunderstanding.

Pardus 2009.2 review

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Linux Pardus is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution sponsored and developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey. It’s not a perfect Linux distribution, but it works – out of the box.

A new and better Open Source Initiative

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OSS When I said recently that we still need the Open Source Initiative (OSI), it started a flood of comment. There's no doubt that we need OSI - but we need a better OSI.

Cortina: Yet Another Gnome Wallpaper Changer

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Software Few years back, I always lamented that there are few and little wallpaper changer apps for Ubuntu desktop. Fast forward to today, this is no longer the case.

Not using desktop Linux? You're wasting your money

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Linux If you're not using Linux on the desktop in call center and other fixed-purpose computing environments, you're doing your company a disservice.

some odds & ends:

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  • Monitor User Accounts on your system
  • Problem after Upgrading GCC from 4.3.4 to 4.4.3 on Gentoo
  • How will a fully GEGL powered GIMP look like?
  • How to take Screenshots in Linux Terminal
  • Wine-Cellar – new package manager for WINE
  • Install Bluetile In Ubuntu
  • Proposed Ubuntu 10.10 Installer changes
  • Remember the Searchbag
  • Improving Software Quality
  • Five Audio and video utilities
  • Minimal Ubuntu Lucid Setup

Comparison: Best 2010 Linux desktop for begginers

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Linux Recently I have reviewed three distros that stood out in terms of ease of use, documentation and user aids: Linux Mint 9, Pardus 2009.2 and PCLinuxOS 2010. I will now run a head to head comparison.

The Butterfly Effect

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  • The Butterfly Effect
  • Astromenace- A 3D space shooter

High School XO-1.5 - a New Laptop Build for Teenage Students

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OLPC We all know OLPC as an amazing educational tool for primary school children in the developing world. But is it appropriate for high school students? Will teenagers flock to the XO's kid-friendly design and child-centric Sugar OS?

Firefox vs. Opera

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Software While Microsoft continues its dominance in the world of browsers, competitors weight as Firefox, Opera and most recently the Google Chrome occupy increasingly users. Now we will define the strengths and weaknesses of two popular browsers.

Shotwell – The Future of Linux Photo Management Software

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Software It’s taken a long time, but finally the future of Linux photo managers is looking up. It’s all thanks to amazing new photo management software called Shotwell.

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Software: KDE, DocKnot and More

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 10
    Today’s Usability & Productivity status is jam-packed with awesome stuff that I think you’re all really gonna love.
  • DocKnot 1.03
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today's howtos/technical

Graphics: X.Org Foundation Board of Directors and Vulkan

  • Six Candidates Are Vying For This Year's X.Org Foundation Board
    There are six candidates running for this year's X.Org Foundation Board of Directors with four seats being open this election. Those six candidates for this year's X.Org elections include Eric Anholt (Broadcom), Robert Foss (Collabora), Bryce Harrington (Samsung), Keith Packard (HP), Laurent Pinchart (Ideas on Board), and Harry Wentland (AMD).
  • Vulkan 1.1.71 Released As The First Update To Vulkan 1.1
    The first point release to the Vulkan 1.1 release from earlier this month is now available. Vulkan 1.1 promoted a lot of functionality to core while also officially adding sub-groups and protected content support. This Vulkan 1.1.71 point release adds a new extension and fixes. This first point release to Vulkan 1.1 is officially version 1.1.71. This is because when Vulkan 1.1 was created, Khronos decided not to reset the patch number... Vulkan 1.1 was technically 1.1.70 and not 1.1.0. So now with this first update it's bumped to Vulkan 1.1.71.
  • AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Updated With Improvements For Sub-Groups & Multi-View
    The AMD developers working on their official cross-platform "AMDVLK" Vulkan driver have updated their open-source code-base for Linux users. On Friday the AMD developers pushed to the open-source repository their latest work, their first update since introducing Vulkan 1.1 support back on launch day earlier this month.

Programming: Google Opens Maps APIs, Survey, Firefox Addons and GCC

  • China's open source AI, a GitHub tool for licensing, and more news
  • Google Opens Maps APIs and World Becomes Dev Playground
    Google this week announced that it will open its Maps APIs to video game developers, which could result in far more realistic settings in augmented reality games. With access to real-time map updates and rich location data, developers will have many choices of settings for their games. The APIs will provide devs with what Google has described as a "living model of the world" to use as a foundation for game worlds. Developers will have access to more than 100 million 3D buildings, roads, landmarks and parks from more than 200 countries around the globe.
  • Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey
    Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint. According to the poll, which took in the views of more than 100,000 devs, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year running. It is closely followed by Kotlin, which makes its debut in the survey. [...] At the other end of the spectrum is Visual Basic 6, which has been voted most dreaded programming language. Visual Basic 6 is also linked to lower pay, with Stack Overflow saying that devs using it are “paid less even given years of experience”.
  • [Firefox] March Add(on)ness: Momentum (2) vs Grammarly (3)
  • Intel SGX Enclave Support Added To GCC
    The latest feature addition to the GCC compiler this week is support for Intel's new "ENCLV". ENCLV is a new intrinsic that is part of the Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX). The Enclave happens to be a trusted execution environment embedded into a process with isolated memory regions of Enclaves are protected areas of execution and the ENCLV instruction is needed to put application code into that special mode.