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Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 4:39pm
Story Leftovers: KDE Software Roy Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 4:06pm
Story Open Source Neutrino 32-bit Miniature Arduino Zero (video) Roy Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 7:58am
Story First Look at the New Tab-Based Preferences in Mozilla Firefox 38.0 Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 7:51am
Story GNOME's Evince Document Viewer Adds Search Support to the Browser Plugin Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 7:48am
Story PC-BSD 10.1.2-RC1 Now Available Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 7:46am
Story Entroware Announces Aura, a Tiny PC That Runs Ubuntu or Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 7:43am
Story Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 6.5 RC2 Released with KDE 4.14, MATE 1.8 Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 7:35am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 12:35am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 03/05/2015 - 12:33am

Open source in 2010

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OSS

mybroadband.co.za: Is 2010 the "year of open source"? Probably not, but by the end of the year expect to see open source software everywhere.

The Microsoft-Linux Story As Told in the Comes Exhibits

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Microsoft
Legal

groklaw.net: As we are working on the data in the Comes v. Microsoft exhibits, describing the contents or transcribing each so as to make them keyword searchable, we are coming across some interesting materials regarding Microsoft's view of Linux. As far back as 1999, Bill Gates was asking his executives if there was a way to make things harder for Linux.

Flexible for a Fluxbox? – Lightweight X Window Manager

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Fluxbox
HowTos

thegeekstuff.com: One of the many great things about using UNIX or a UNIX-like operating system is the ability to tailor your environment to your liking. If you want something less resource intensive that offers a greater degree of control then Fluxbox Window Manager is what you’re looking for.

Wine Is a Long Shot at Solving the Windows-Apps-on-Linux Problem

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Software

eweek.com: The open-source Wine project is less a solution and more a workaround when it comes to the issue of running Windows applications on Linux.

woohoo - one of mine made top 10

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Linux

One of my stories made LinuxPlanet's Top 10 Linux Planet Stories 2009. Maybe I'll get some more work there this year. Big Grin

Screencasting Under Linux--A brief Story

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Linux

Since my recent retirement from 34 years of mathematics and computer science teaching, I've been working on creating creating screencasts for teaching how to use various kinds of computer software. So, I need to record my screen while narrating audio. What follows is my story of what it takes to do this under Linux.

GNOME Shell tryout

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Software
  • GNOME Shell tryout
  • Dispelling GNOME 3 Myths

5 powerful open source applications for businesses

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Software

ghabuntu.com: A significant part of the IT expense of most businesses comprises the cost of acquiring and running enterprise applications. Would it not be better to have the same applications your business relies on at a much reduced cost but with higher productivity?

The 9 most important events in Open Source history

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OSS

royal.pingdom.com: Have you ever wondered about those key moments in time that made open source software such an immense success story? We just did, and here below is our list.

Open Solaris 2009.06 - Slowly getting there

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OS

dedoimedo.com: For some strange reason, I keep going back to Open Solaris. Maybe it's the beautiful Gnome desktop, well arranged and streamlined. Maybe it's the belief that Sun, one of the great technology leaders in the past 30 years, can deliver a usable operating system intended for the home market. And maybe it's my desire to crack open the frightening secrets of UNIX, for Linux, Open Solaris is not.

Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2

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Ubuntu
  • Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 Has Plymouth
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 Benchmarks With Early Fedora 13 Numbers
  • Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 Released; Software Center Changes, Fewer Games, and New Applets
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 Removes HAL
  • New Leader for the Ubuntu Women Project
  • Ubuntu primes music service
  • Becoming a Geek Super Hero by Evolving from "Thinking Green" to "Acting Green"
  • Ubuntu Wants To Know What Closed Source App You Long For
  • Is GNOME Going To Duplicate The Efforts From Canonical?

Firefox 3.7 dropped from Schedule

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Moz/FF
  • Mozilla Drops Firefox 3.7, Switches to More Frequent Feature Updates
  • Firefox 3.7 dropped from Schedule, next release is Firefox 4.0
  • Firefox 3.7 dumped in favour of feature updates
  • Make Firefox a Productivity Powerhouse
  • Why I Broke Up With Firefox

Reviewed: Linux Mint 8

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Linux

tuxradar.com: Bored with brown? Looking for more oomph in your Ubuntu installation? We test the latest release of Linux Mint, the shiny green distro that stands on the shoulders of giants and offers its own unique tools. Read on to find out whether Mint is actually a better Ubuntu than Ubuntu...

Canonical To Bring Closed Source Apps Like iTunes And Photoshop To Ubuntu?!?!

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Ubuntu

A recent official post on the Ubuntu Forums asks users to complete a survey with the applications they would like to see in upcoming version of Ubuntu:

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Downtime - connectivity issues

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Site News

I guess you might have noticed we were offline today and the connection is still very spotty right now (will connect, but drops after a few seconds). There's a lineman supposed to come sometime tomorrow maybe, you know how that goes. I am sorry for the trouble and hope we'll be back up soon. Just keep trying. Don't forget about tuxmachines while we're down. Big Grin

Testing OpenShot Video Editor

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Software

workswithu.com: When Lucid Lynx ships in April, it will come with a video editor installed by default, which will be a first for Ubuntu. With this in mind, I decided to test drive OpenShot, an open-source, nonlinear editor that reached its 1.0 release very recently.

Back Home, with Debian!

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Linux

ebb.org/bkuhn/blog: By the end of 2004, I'd been running Debian ‘testing’ on my laptop since around early 2003, but after 6-8 months of woody, I was backporting far too much and I couldn't spare the time for upkeep. At just about that time, a thing called ‘warty’ was released.

Five Essential Ubuntu Features

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: I just finished configuring a Vista laptop for my brother, who needs to run some Windows-only applications for college. Whenever I find myself compelled to deal with proprietary operating systems, I’m reminded why I use Ubuntu.

some shorts:

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Linux
Software
OOo
Gaming
  • SuperGamer, 8GB of Linux-Only Gameplay
  • OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 Release Candidate 2 available
  • Number Crunching with Pelican HPC 2.0
  • LM_Sensors Gets A New Configuration Utility
  • The ChoKolate Linux Desktop
  • Linux on the repaired Laptop
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today's leftovers

Software: GIMP, VLC, Cryptsetup, Caprine, KWin and NetworkManager

  • GIMP 2.9.8 Open-Source Image Editor Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing
    GIMP 2.9.8, a development version towards the major GIMP 2.10 release, was announced by developer Alexandre Prokoudine for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released
    Newly released GIMP 2.9.8 introduces on-canvas gradient editing and various enhancements while focusing on bugfixing and stability. For a complete list of changes please see NEWS.
  • It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon
    VLC 3.0 is something we've been looking forward to for years and it's looking like that big multimedia player update could be released very soon. Thanks to Phoronix reader Fran for pointing out that VLC 3.0 release candidates have begun to not much attention. VLC 3.0 RC1 was tagged at the end of November and then on Tuesday marked VLC 3.0 RC2 being tagged, but without any official release announcements.
  • cryptsetup 2.0.0
  • Cryptsetup 2.0 Released With LUKS2 Format Support
    A new major release is available of Cryptsetup, the user-space utility for dealing with the DMCrypt kernel module for setting up encrypted disk volumes. Cryptsetup 2.0.0 is notable in that it introduces support for the new on-disk LUKS2 format but still retaining support for LUKS(1). The LUKS2 format is security hardened to a greater extent, more extensible than LUKS, supports in-place upgrading from LUKS, and other changes.
  • Caprine – An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App
    There is no doubt Facebook is one of the most popular and dynamic social network platform in the modern Internet era. It has revolutionized technology, social networking, and the future of how we live and interact. With Facebook, We can connect, communicate with one another, instantly share our memories, photos, files and even money to anyone, anywhere in the world. Even though Facebook has its own official messenger, some tech enthusiasts and developers are developing alternative and feature-rich apps to communicate with your buddies. The one we are going to discuss today is Caprine. It is a free, elegant, open source, and unofficial Facebook messenger desktop app built with Electron framework.
  • KWin On Wayland Without X11 Support Can Startup So Fast It Causes Problems
    It turns out that if firing up KDE's KWin Wayland compositor without XWayland support, it can start up so fast that it causes problems. Without XWayland for providing legacy X11 support to KDE Wayland clients, the KWin compositor fires up so fast that it can cause a crash in their Wayland integration as KWin's internal connection isn't even established... Yep, Wayland compositors are much leaner and cleaner than the aging X Server code-base that dates back 30+ years, granted most of the XWayland code is much newer than that.
  • NetworkManager Picks Up Support For Intel's IWD WiFi Daemon & Meson Build System
    NetworkManager now has support for Intel's lean "IWD" WiFi daemon. IWD is a lightweight daemon for managing WiFi devices via a D-Bus interface and has been in development since 2013 (but was only made public in 2016) and just depends upon GCC / Glibc / ELL (Embedded Linux Library).

Linux Foundation: Servers, Kubernetes and OpenContrail

  • Many cloud-native hands try to make light work of Kubernetes
    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, home of the Kubernetes open-source community, grew wildly this year. It welcomed membership from industry giants like Amazon Web Services Inc. and broke attendance records at last week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conference in Austin, Texas. This is all happy news for Kubernetes — the favored platform for orchestrating containers (a virtualized method for running distributed applications). The technology needs all the untangling, simplifying fingers it can get. This is also why most in the community are happy to tamp down their competitive instincts to chip away at common difficulties. “You kind of have to,” said Michelle Noorali (pictured), senior software engineer at Microsoft and co-chair of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America & Europe 2017. “These problems are really hard.”
  • Leveraging NFV and SDN for network slicing
    Network slicing is poised to play a pivotal role in the enablement of 5G. The technology allows operators to run multiple virtual networks on top of a single, physical infrastructure. With 5G commercialization set for 2020, many are wondering to what extend network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help move network slicing forward.
  • Juniper moves OpenContrail's SDN codebase to Linux Foundation
    Juniper Networks has announced its intent to move the codebase for OpenContrail, an open-source network virtualisation platform for the cloud, to the Linux Foundation. OpenContrail provides both software-defined networking (SDN) and security features and has been deployed by various organisations, including cloud providers, telecom operators and enterprises to simplify operational complexities and automate workload management across diverse cloud environments.
  • Juniper moves OpenContrail’s codebase to Linux Foundation, advances cloud approach
    Juniper Networks plans to move the codebase for its OpenContrail open-source network virtualization platform for the cloud to the Linux Foundation, broadening its efforts to drive more software innovations into the broader IT and service provider community. The vendor is hardly a novice in developing open source platforms. In 2013, Juniper released its Contrail products as open sourced and built a user and developer community around the project. To drive its next growth phase, Juniper expanded the project’s governance, creating an even more open, community-led effort.
  • 3 Essential Questions to Ask at Your Next Tech Interview
    The annual Open Source Jobs Report from Dice and The Linux Foundation reveals a lot about prospects for open source professionals and hiring activity in the year ahead. In this year’s report, 86 percent of tech professionals said that knowing open source has advanced their careers. Yet what happens with all that experience when it comes time for advancing within their own organization or applying for a new roles elsewhere?