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Story Mangaka Is an Artful Blend of Simplicity and Style Rianne Schestowitz 14/07/2015 - 2:14am
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 8:54pm
Story Trinity Linux System Call Fuzz Tester Effectively Suspended Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 8:28pm
Story Android Makes Strides in Enterprise Embedded Market Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 8:14pm
Story FreeBSD 10.2 Beta 1 Now Ready for Download and Testing Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 8:05pm
Story Zorin OS 10 RC Screenshot Tour - A Gorgeous New Design for a Different OS Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 8:02pm
Story Review: SolydK 201506 Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 7:56pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 2:12pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 2:09pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2015 - 2:09pm

Dist Upgrade Or Clean Install

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Ubuntu
  • Dist Upgrade Or Clean Install - Here Is What I Prefer And Why
  • Indicator Applet: Why I like it
  • Ubuntu 10.04 marks 5 years of Ubuntu
  • Trick Out a Fresh Lucid Installation with the Start Script
  • Manage Ubuntu 10.04 and Study Linux with Ailurus

Distro-hopping notes

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: I had a lot of time available to myself over the past week. Some of that time was spent distro-hopping. Here are a few of the distros and tools I had the chance to experiment with.

Users want a Linux port of uTorrent?

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Software

openbytes.wordpress: uTorrent probably ranks as the most popular torrent client on the web and at any given time (and on any swarm) you can almost guarantee that the majority of peers/seeders will be running one version or another of it.

Preparing To Let Go Of GTK+ 2.x For GTK+ 3.0

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Software

phoronix.com: GTK+ 2.22 is expected to be the last stable GTK+ 2.x series release before all future development efforts are focused on GTK+ 3. GTK+ 2.22 will be released at the same time that GTK+ 3.0 makes its premiere this September with GNOME 3.0.

8 Best Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPG) for Linux

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Gaming

junauza.com: Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is a kind of computer role-playing games (RPG) that takes place in an online virtual world where a huge number of players interact with each other.

today's odds & ends:

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News
  • DRI2 Sync & Swap For ATI Finally Comes About
  • Linux on my Macbook Air
  • Microsoft: No longer evil, nor an empire
  • Linux Mint Scarf
  • Fastest way to install the media essentials in ubuntu
  • VRMS: Your Virtual RMS Detects Non-Free Software on Your Machine
  • EiskaltDC - a Direct Connect (DC) client for Linux
  • Linux lasershow Cool
  • Microsoft-funded open-source foundation aiming to diversify
  • Opera (Like Apple) Criticizes Adobe’s Flash
  • Yehuda Katz on Merging into Merb
  • Ubuntu: Migrating from Grip to Audex

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Installing fonts in Ubuntu 10.04
  • How to protect a password file in linux
  • boot ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” in text mode
  • Howto Fix ureadahead problem after upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04
  • How to Accelerates the Performance of PHP Scripts - XCache
  • Fix ATI vsync & video tearing issue once and for all!
  • Turn any Linux computer into SOCKS5 proxy in one command
  • AMD64 Ubuntu 10.04 and Flash
  • Upgrade Fedora 12 to Fedora 13 using YUM

Linux needs to do more for programmers

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: Much as I hate to admit it, Microsoft does some things better, much better, than Linux. Number one with a bullet is how Microsoft helps programmers.

Fedora 13 Expands Linux Virtualization

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Linux
Software

earthweb.com: Virtualization technology has long found a home in Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution. Ever since Fedora 4 emerged in 2005, virtualization technologies have continued to advance in the distro and that remains the case with the upcoming Fedora 13 release set for later this month.

Open source solves the mobile app dev dilemma

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OSS
  • Open source solves the mobile app dev dilemma
  • The Defensive Patent License makes patents less evil for open source
  • Recipe for a successful business: One part openness, two parts trust
  • The State of Flash

RHEL 6 - your sensible but lovable friend

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Linux

channelregister.co.uk: The first major update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux in more than three years hit last month, and judging by the traffic that took down Red Hat's download servers, it's long over due.

Desktop Wallpaper Changer Wally

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Software

ghacks.net: Most desktop wallpaper changers have one thing in common: They can cycle through a list of local wallpapers to display them alternately as background images on the computer system. Only a few wallpaper programs support the Internet.

Compiz master testers needed

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Software

smspillaz.wordpress: So we have about 95% of all the bugs fixed for a release and now we need YOUR help to identify the remaining bugs in git master before making the new development branch *official*.

I Wish to Make a Complaint!

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: There are some areas in which it's a bit weak. Take one of my personal annoyances: setting up the screen.

Is MySQL Doomed to Extinction?

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Software
  • Is MySQL Doomed to Extinction?
  • Ex-Sun exec Padir turns focus to startup's open-source software

GNU/Linux Users Contribute Twice As Much As Windows Users

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Linux
Gaming

linux-hardcore.com: One of the companies behind The Humble Indie Bundle, Wolfire Games reports that GNU/Linux users contribute twice as much as Windows users !

Neformal: A simple, casual audio player

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Software

sourceforge.net/blog: Sometimes you want an application with a ton of options, and sometimes you just want to simplify. Many audio players, for instance, come with equalizers and visualizations, but if all you want is just to play the music, all you need is Neformal.

Alien Arena 2010 released today

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Gaming

linuxgames.com: Alien Arena 2010 has been released today with new levels, several new weapon models, and a host of bugfixes, gameplay tweaks, and client improvements.

Nearing The Release Of Fedora 13

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Linux

phoronix.com: This week the Fedora 13 release candidate is available via their compose system as all hands are on deck to prepare for the release of Goddard.

Ubuntu One Music Store Starts on the Wrong Foot

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Ubuntu

itlure.com: It's been more than a week since the much awaited release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and one of the features I was sure it was going to attract quite a crowd is having some problems - at least on my system.

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.