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Story Scientific Linux 7 Alpha released - LiveDVD and OS Templates built Roy Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:37am
Story Six Linux home automation clicks Rianne Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:25am
Story On NSA Watchlist, Dream Machines, and Ten Tips Rianne Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:19am
Story Google launch Android Wear Apps on Play Store Rianne Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:16am
Story Systemd 215 Works On Factory Reset, DHCPv4 Server Support Rianne Schestowitz 04/07/2014 - 7:08am
Story Wink's Linux Hub and Mobile App Take on Home Automation Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 11:26pm
Story Linux 3.14 Is Now A Long-Term Stable Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 10:30pm
Story Today in Techrights Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 8:51pm
Story Intel Linux Driver Trying Bay Trail Aggressive Downclocking Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 8:03pm
Story 100,000 App Downloads Rianne Schestowitz 03/07/2014 - 7:59pm

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

Review: Sabayon 4 Lite MCE (Media Centre Edition)

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: I have been waiting quite a while for Sabayon 4 Lite MCE: A version of Sabayon Linux which might not leave me feeling quite so overwhelmed.

Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality

theregister.co.uk: It's nine degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow right now. In the middle of this icebox, Dmitry Zavalishin is cooking up a new operating system. He calls it Phantom. Phantom is a different approach on the OS than any other out there, with the primary goal of being immortal.

SkyOS faces choice of go open source or go away

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OS

blogs.zdnet.com: SkyOS, an ambitious operating system for x86 PCs, has halted development and is considering whether to go open source or just close up shop.

Your Pretty Linux GUI Fails and Dumps You to a Console. Now What?

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Software

linuxplanet.com: What can a Linux user do if you've been dumped to a black screen with a terminal prompt with a cursor blinking at you and you REALLY need access to troubleshooting information NOW? No GUI, no Firefox, no Opera.

tuxmachines issues lately

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Site News

I've been putting off blogging what's going on with tuxmachines lately because number 1: I don't really know what happened, and number 2: I don't really know what's gonna happen. But here's what I do know.

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

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Software

phoronix.com: Following today's Compiz Conference Call, it has been decided that both Compiz++ and Nomad (another branch of Compiz) will be merged back into Compiz. After the release of Compiz 0.8, Compiz++ will be merged in and then released in as Compiz 0.9.0.

Google: Friend or Foe of Ubuntu?

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Google
Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Google enjoys a pretty favorable image within the free-software community. In some respects, it deserves this reputation, as it strongly supports many open-source projects. On the other hand, Google is reluctant to open the code of most of its own software. Given this hesitancy, can we trust the company to be always on Ubuntu’s side?

Why Microsoft should release Internet Explorer for Linux

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Microsoft

blogs.computerworld.com: Market share for Internet Explorer continues to plummet, with potentially dire consequences for Microsoft. But there's one way Microsoft can help stem its overall losses: Release a version of IE for Linux. It's not as far-fetched an idea as you might think.

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    Links is an open source text and graphical web browser with a pull-down menu system. It renders complex pages, has partial HTML 4.0 support (including tables and frames and support for multiple characters sets such as UTF-8), supports color and monochrome terminals and allows horizontal scrolling. It’s very useful for low resources computers because day by day the web pages are bigger and heavier. If your computer doesn’t have a suitable performance you’ll have some mistakes while you’re surfing. So, Links is much faster than any common web browser (with GUI) because it doesn’t load all the content of a website, for example, videos, flash, etc.
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    Windows 10 was the least secure of of current Windows versions in 2016, with 46% more vulnerabilities than either Windows 8 or 8.1, according to an analysis of Microsoft's own security bulletins in 2016. Security firm Avecto said its research, titled "2016 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Study: Mitigating risk by removing user privileges", had also found that a vast majority of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft products could be mitigated by removing admin rights. The research found that, despite its claims to being the "most secure" of Microsoft's operating systems, Windows 10 had 395 vulnerabilities in 2016, while Windows 8 and 8.1 each had 265. The research also found that while 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities were reported — marginally up from the 524 reported in 2015 — and 189 given a critical rating, 94% could be mitigated by removing admin rights. This was up from 85% in 2015.
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Kerala saves Rs 300 cr as schools switch to open software

The Kerala government has made a saving of Rs 300 crore through introduction and adoption of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) in the school education sector, said a state government official on Sunday. IT became a compulsory subject in Kerala schools from 2003, but it was in 2005 only that FOSS was introduced in a phased manner and started to replace proprietary software. The decision made by the curriculum committee to implement it in the higher secondary sector has also been completed now. Read more