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Story Google’s Marshmallow Treats Now on Tap Rianne Schestowitz 30/09/2015 - 7:18pm
Story Android now has 1.4bn active users, 300m on Lollipop Rianne Schestowitz 30/09/2015 - 7:06pm
Story Linux Foundation Study: Open Source Collaborative Code is Worth $5B Rianne Schestowitz 30/09/2015 - 6:58pm
Story ​Why there will never be a year of the Linux desktop Roy Schestowitz 4 30/09/2015 - 6:57pm
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More stuff you can, but shouldn’t, do

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kmandla.wordpress: Remember 3ddesktop? Before Compiz was adopted as the messiah of the Linux desktop experience, 3ddesktop was the way cool kids spun their work environments and dazzled their Windows-using friends.

Games resurrected using DOSBox - Part 3

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Gaming

dedoimedo.com: It's been a long while since I wrote parts one and two, so I decided to freshen up the collection a bit and add several more titles to the list of successfully tested and played games using DOSBox.

Windows 7 Theme for GNOME

lifehacker.com: Last week, we shared a program that makes your Windows machine look like OS X, and today we feature a similar method to change your Linux GUI to a more familiar Windows interface.

Make use of the KDE 4.5 Clipboard

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KDE
HowTos

ghacks.net: In this article I am going to introduce you to the Klipper tool contained within the KDE 4.5 desktop.

Lightweight Distro Roundup: Day 5 – Dreamlinux

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Linux

g33q.co.za: Just getting Dreamlinux Installed or running in anything but a VM has been a nightmare. It kernel panicked when booting from a flashdrive, and installation failed repeatedly.

Ubuntu fail

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Ubuntu

djberg96.livejournal: Only a short time ago I setup my laptop to be a dual boot Ubuntu/Vista system. At first, it worked well. The wireless worked (yay!) and the Ubuntu interface was pretty nice. But, all was not well.

User friendly showdown: Ubuntu 10.04 versus Windows 7

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Microsoft
Ubuntu

techrepublic.com: So recently I have written a lot about how user-friendly Linux has become. Naturally the nay-sayers have spoken loudly and insisted that Linux is far, far behind Windows in the user-friendliness category. So, I decided I wanted to figure out a way to test this argument to see which operating system was, in fact, more user friendly.

Important system tools

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unixbhaskar.wordpress: In this article I am going to take you to different level of system information. To know more about internals and methods.

BleachBit: A Utility To Clean Up Your Linux System

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HowTos

makeuseof.com: It’s no secret: many programs fill your hard drive with well-meaning, but useless, crap. From browser caches to install leftovers to logs, computers are full of unnecessary information.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137

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We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137.

Apple Looks To Take Over X Server 1.9 Release Management

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phoronix.com: Like the past few X.Org Server releases, Keith Packard will go on to continue being the release manager for this new series. Keith Packard put a call out for anyone interested in serving as Peter's replacement to cut the xorg-server 1.9.x releases and it looks like it will be Jeremy Huddleston, Apple's main X.Org contributor.

A Win-Lin situation: moving a small office over to Linux

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itwire.com: Michael Pope is a pragmatic person by nature - a developer who, before he sets out on a task, takes sufficient care to create a soft-landing in case it is needed. Hence, when he was asked by his employer to convert a small accounting firm from Windows to Linux, it is not surprising that his methods embodied his whole approach to things.

Free Software, Real Profits

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OSS

fool.com: Socially responsible investing begs the question: Is it financially viable? The same question arises with regard to free, or open source, software. Free software is clearly beneficial to society, but is it good for business?

Mandriva’s future?

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artipc10.vub.ac.be: Recently it became clear that Mandriva was once again in serious financial trouble. Mandriva 2010.1 was even delayed because of that, although not much explanation was given. In the end the company was saved by a new investor, but how things will involve in the more long-term, remains unclear.

Working with KDE desktop effects

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HowTos

ghacks.net: In this article I am going to introduce you to the KDE Desktop Effects manager and how to use it to make your KDE desktop experience as sleek as it can be.

Valve rubbishes Linux Steam rumours

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Gaming

computerandvideogames.com: Valve has taken a Left 4 Dead-style shotgun to rumours that it is working on a Linux compatible version of its Steam platform.

Ubuntu One on KDE – Technical Aspects

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Software

apachelog.wordpress: Following my post on Ubuntu One in KDE I would now like to take a closer look at how Ubuntu One works using KDE technologies and what the current state of affairs is. So be prepared for a lot of technical blah...

Putting It All Together

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modernperlbooks.com: The Perl community gets a lot of things right right now. Consider the CPAN: we expect a few standards of compatibility and kwalitee, but as long as you adhere to rough consensus, your work is useful and usable to a million other Perl programmers.

another official ubuntu ad you probably didn't see

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omgubuntu.co.uk: A few weeks back we featured an official promotional advert for Ubuntu that barely anyone had ever seen which totally rocked. Today we're back with another, courtesy of the very ace John Bernard in Canonical's marketing team.

Some Random Linux Usability Thoughts, or, Linux is not Windows

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linuxtoday.com: Some Linux design decisions seem like hangovers from Windows-land. But, unlike Windows, Linux does not need to be protected from itself, so why hang on to old habits?

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Linux 4.17-rc7

So this week wasn't as calm as the previous weeks have been, but despite that I suspect this is the last rc. This week we had the whole "spectre v4" thing, and yes, the fallout from that shows up as part of the patch and commit log. But it's not actually dominant: the patch is pretty evenly one third arch updates, one third networking updates, and one third "rest". The arch updates are largely - although not exclusively - spectre v4. The networking stuff is mostly network drivers, but there's some core networking too. And "the rest" is just that - misc drivers (rdma, gpu, other), documentation, some vfs, vm, bpf, tooling.. The bulk of it is really pretty trivial one-liners, and nothing looks particularly scary. Let's see how next week looks, but if nothing really happens I suspect we can make do without an rc8. Shortlog appended as usual. Go out and test. Read more

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Libre Hardware

  • Flash your Libre Firmware with a Libre Programmer
    Whether or not you personally agree with all the ideals of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), you’ve got to give them credit: they don’t mess around. They started by laying the groundwork for a free and open source operating system, then once that dream was realized, started pushing the idea of replacing proprietary BIOS firmware with an open alternative such as Libreboot. But apparently, even that’s not enough, as there’s still more freedom to be had. We’re playing 4D Libre Chess now, folks. [...] Luckily, the FSF has just awarded the Zerocat Chipflasher their “Respects Your Freedom” certification, meaning every element of the product is released under a free license for your hacking enjoyment.
  • Coreboot Picks Up Support For Another Eight Year Old Intel Motherboard
    If by chance you happen to have an Intel DG41WV motherboard, it's now supported by mainline Coreboot so you can free the system down to the BIOS. The DG41WV motherboard comes from the LGA-775 days with an Intel G41 Eaglelake chipset back when DDR3-1066 was great, motherboards topped out with 4GB of RAM, four USB 2.0 ports were suitable, and motherboard PCBs were much less fashionable. The DG41WV was a micro-ATX board and a decent choice for the times to pair with a CPU like the Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad.

Events: KubeCon, openSUSE Conference 2018 and Hacker Summer Camp 2018

  • Diversity, education, privilege and ethics in technology
    And that is the ultimate fraud: to make the world believe we are harmless little boys, so repressed that we can't communicate properly. We're so sorry we're awkward, it's because we're all somewhat on the autism spectrum. Isn't that, after all, a convenient affliction for people that would not dare to confront the oppression they are creating? It's too easy to hide behind such a real and serious condition that does affect people in our community, but also truly autistic people that simply cannot make it in the fast-moving world the magical rain man is creating. But the real con is hacking power and political control away from traditional institutions, seen as too slow-moving to really accomplish the "change" that is "needed". We are creating an inextricable technocracy that no one will understand, not even us "experts". Instead of serving the people, the machine is at the mercy of markets and powerful oligarchs. A recurring pattern at Kubernetes conferences is the KubeCon chant where Kelsey Hightower reluctantly engages the crowd in a pep chant: When I say 'Kube!', you say 'Con!' 'Kube!' 'Con!' 'Kube!' 'Con!' 'Kube!' 'Con!' Cube Con indeed... I wish I had some wise parting thoughts of where to go from here or how to change this. The tide seems so strong that all I can do is observe and tell stories. My hope is that the people that need to hear this will take it the right way, but I somehow doubt it. With chance, it might just become irrelevant and everything will fix itself, but somehow I fear things will get worse before they get better.
  • openSUSE Conference 2018
    This year openSUSE conference was held in Prague and, thanks to both my employer and openSUSE conference organizers, I've been able to spend almost a full day there. I've headed to Prague with a Fleet Commander talk accepted and, as openSUSE Leap 15.0 was released Yesterday, also with the idea to show an unattended ("express") installation of the "as fresh as possible" Leap 15.0 happening on GNOME Boxes. The conference was not so big, which helped to easy spot some old friends (Fridrich Strba, seriously? Meeting you after almost 7 years ... I have no words to describe my happiness on seeing you there!), some known faces (as Scott, with whom I just meet at conferences :-)) and also meet some people who either helped me a lot in the past (here I can mention the whole autoyast team who gave me some big support when I was writing down the autoinst.xml for libosinfo, which provides the support to do openSUSE's express installations via GNOME Boxes) or who have some interest in some of the work I've been doing (as Richard Brown who's a well-know figure around SUSE/openSUSE community, a GNOME Boxes user and also an enthusiastic supporter of our work done in libosiinfo/osinfo-db).
  • Hacker Summer Camp 2018: Prep Guide
    For those unfamiliar with the term, Hacker Summer Camp is the combination of DEF CON, Black Hat USA, and BSides Las Vegas that takes place in the hot Las Vegas sun every summer, along with all the associated parties and side events. It’s the largest gathering of hackers, information security professionals and enthusiasts, and has been growing for 25 years. In this post, I’ll present my views on how to get the most out of your 2018 trip to the desert, along with tips & points from some of my friends.