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Story Android Wear review: the everything inbox Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:56pm
Story TI spins Cortex-A9 Sitara SoC Rianne Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:54pm
Story digiKam Software Collection 4.1.0 released Rianne Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:48pm
Story Linux Mint 17: Fresh and Long-Lasting Rianne Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:42pm
Story Peppermint Five Linux Brings the Cloud to Linux Desktop Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:36pm
Story CoreOS Linux does away with the upgrade cycle Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:32pm
Story Ubuntu phone release date: on track for 2014 launch Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:25pm
Story 3 open source content management systems compared Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:13pm
Story The People Who Support Linux: Hacking on Linux Since Age 16 Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:08pm
Story Privacy focused Blackphone starts shipping Roy Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 9:02pm

Top Four Alternatives To Ubuntu Linux

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Linux

pthree.org: Of course, everyone who reads the article are going to have differing opinions, and I don’t know anything about Matt Hartley, the journalist behind the piece. However, I have disagreements with the distributions he picked.

Kernel Log: What's new in 2.6.29 - Part 4: ACPI, PCI, PM – notebooks and power saving improvements

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Following a one-week pause due to the LCA 2009, Linus Torvalds restarted the integration of patches into the development branch a few days ago, and has now released the third pre-release version of 2.6.29.

Karaoke Software for Linux

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Software

junauza.com: Lately, I’ve been looking for a karaoke program that I can use on my Linux box. That’s why I bumped into this open source Python-powered karaoke software appropriately called PyKaraoke.

Did Linus Jump Too Soon?

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OSS

linuxjournal.com: One of the many great things about Linus is that he doesn't bottle it up: he speaks his mind on things that matter to him, without worrying overly about what others might say as a result. I want to explore the possibility that Linus decided to jump to GNOME at precisely the time when KDE could soon leapfrog it in important ways.

H & R Block Works with Linux

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Linux

lxer.com: Ah yes it is that time of year again for U.S. citizens. So when we started looking for an online tax tool that worked with Linux we were disappointed and surprised.

Is KDE 4.2 the Answer to the Linux Desktop?

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KDE

internetnews.com: A year after the first KDE 4.x Linux desktop release, developers now claim it's ready. Is the Linux desktop ready for mainstream users?

Damn Small Linux - Puppy's small brother

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: I guess I'm biased, but I have a soft spot when it comes to small-size distros. I like it when developers have the craftsmanship to bundle lots of great stuff into small, highly practical packages, proving that size matters not.

Kernel Log: New stable kernels, AMD 3D documentation and Mesa 7.3 released

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Over the last two weeks, the kernel developers have released versions 2.6.27.11, 2.6.27.12 and 2.6.28.1 of the stable kernel and at the weekend they added versions 2.6.27.13 and 2.6.28.2.

How Vista's total failure hurt Linux

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Microsoft

blogs.computerworld.com: Once I got a good look at Vista, I knew desktop Linux was in for good times. What I hadn't expected though was that Vista would be such an absolute sales flop that Microsoft would actually reverse course and bring back XP.

Linux Distro Review - OzOS 0.9

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Linux

linux-hardcore.com: OzOS is a Linux operating system unknown, but marked by a desktop environment that is called Enlightenment. It's a system of which I heard about for the first time in the international forums of Dreamlinux. It's a derivative of Ubuntu.

OpenOffice 3.0.1 Released

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OOo

heise-online.co.uk: The OpenOffice.org project team have released OpenOffice 3.0.1 to the general public. Version 3.0.1 for Windows was leaked early by FileHippo on Monday, but now is officially available for download from the OpenOffice.org website and its mirrors.

The Net Net of Netbooks

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Hardware

computerworlduk.com: Netbooks have been one of the surprise successes over the last year. They have also been one of the most contentious areas of computing. There are conflicting reports on most aspects of the sector. It's good to have some figures – any figures – that might throw a little light on this promising sector.

KDE 4.2 installation/upgrade on Debian,Kbuntu and OpenSuse

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KDE
HowTos

linuxpoison.blogspot: The KDE Community announced the immediate availability of "The Answer", (a.k.a KDE 4.2.0), readying the Free Desktop for end users. KDE 4.2 builds on the technology introduced with KDE 4.0 in January 2008. After the release of KDE 4.1, which was aimed at casual users, the KDE Community is now confident we have a compelling offering for the majority of end users.

5 Things Mark Shuttleworth Has Learned about Organizational Change

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Ubuntu

cio.com: Mark Shuttleworth is not your average IT manager. A few weeks ago, he posted a question on an Ubuntu list. Not an order. Not a policy decision. A question: "Should we think about...?" he asked. Collaboration, community and teamwork are part of his personal style.

KDE 4.2 arrives, takes aim at free desktop 'answer'

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KDE

techworld.com.au: Almost a year to the day KDE 4 releases started with 4.0.0, the KDE project has been in damage control about how it handled the apparent developers release, but that all changed today with the second major release in the KDE 4 series, KDE 4.2.0, codenamed “the answer” aimed squarely at a whole new free desktop experience.

Also: KDE 4.2: I'm tired of Pundits, Here's MY Take

Ubuntu pocket guide and handy Linux tips

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Ubuntu

blogs.techrepublic.com: This week, it seems like everyone is writing about how Windows 7 spells the demise of Linux (or not) or, alternatively, how Linux has contributed to the decline of Microsoft. I figure we’ve got several weeks left to kick them around, though, don’t you? So with that in mind, I found some practical resources to highlight.

How To Choose The Best Linux For Your Business

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Linux

bmighty.com: For IT decision makers in small and midsize-businesses, Linux is all about choice. But the dizzying array of different distros, service, and support options can make the choice a challenge. This guide to understanding the differences will help you pick the distro your business needs.

NVIDIA Releases Four New Linux Drivers

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Hardware
Software

phoronix.com: The NVIDIA 180.22 Linux driver was released less than three weeks ago, but today NVIDIA has released a new 180.xx display driver update. In addition, NVIDIA has updated all three of their legacy display drivers.

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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
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    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
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Security Leftovers

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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