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The Unbuntu SEO Experiment

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Linux

junauza.com: Since Ubuntu is without doubt the most popular Linux distribution at the moment, a lot of people are making search queries about it using keywords like ubuntu forums, install ubuntu, ubuntu howto, etc. However, there are also plenty of people who are making mistakes while searching for Ubuntu.

Introducing Your KDE Software Labels

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KDE

kdenews.org: A while ago, the KDE promo team organized a competition to choose a design for labels that producers of software within our community can use to show that they are part of KDE. Today we are happy to announce the winning designs:

VLC version drops support for spyware

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Software

theinquirer.net: OPEN SOURCE media player Videolan has been forced to drop Shoutcast support in its latest version.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Ubuntu on TV: The IT Crowd
  • Cute Knight Kingdom For GNU/Linux Released
  • Linux Odyssey 2010 - Logging Software
  • Meet Steve Kowalik
  • Enabling --as-needed, whose task is it?
  • Augmented reality in openSUSE 11.2
  • Boston's Summer of (FOSS) Love
  • Isadora KDE Development Report
  • GRUB 2 boot problems
  • Linux Action Show! s12e06 - Nokia N900 Review

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OOo: Eliminate blank rows columns in spreadsheets
  • Bash If Statements
  • Bash Conditional Expressions
  • Guide to dual-booting
  • Guake: Hide-able terminal goodness
  • Hide Desktop Icons in Ubuntu
  • noCD? |boot from usb| Sabayon Linux
  • How to install webmin in Ubuntu
  • Prevent brute force attacks using fail2ban

Dru Lavigne Appointed "Director of Community Development" for PC-BSD Project

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BSD

prweb.com: Dru Lavigne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the FreeBSD Foundation and is the current Chair of the BSD Certification Group. As of August 2nd, she will be adding Director of Community Development for the PC-BSD project to her resume.

Microsoft Cites Success of Novell Linux Interop Deal

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Microsoft
SUSE

redmondmag.com: Microsoft touted its operating system interoperability partnership with Novell on Monday, saying that more than 500 customers have signed up since the program began more than three years ago.

Red Hat among 100 best places to work

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Linux
  • Hanging Our Hats at One of the Best Companies to Work
  • Red Hat Looking At Systems Management Market?
  • Red Hat Ahead Of Earnings
  • Red Hat Recognizes 2010 Red Hat Certified Engineers of the Year

WYSIWYG music app makes a score

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Software

sourceforge.net: Musical inspiration may come from heaven, but once it arrives, you’d better record it or it’ll fly back to where it came from. MuseScore software lets you set down your music notation and compose (or at least create sheet music) on your computer.

The Spirit of Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

linuxplanet.com: My father-in-law Ron is 88 years old. A few months ago he remarked that Linux sounded interesting. Naturally I jumped at the opening. I sent him Ubuntu 9.04.

The Economics of Open Source: Why the Billion Dollar Barrier is Irrelevant

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OSS

redmonk.com/sogrady: The explanation of why zero pure play open source vendors have hit the one billion dollar revenue mark has never seemed, to me, particularly complicated. The economics of open source are fundamentally differentiated from the closed source models that preceded it.

Photoshop brush support in Krita

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Software
  • Week 24: Photoshop brush support in Krita
  • Last Week in Krita - Week 24

KDE 4.5 2nd Beta: The End of an Era

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KDE

earthweb.com: The last two years have seen the KDE desktop not only rewritten from scratch, but adding innovation after innovation. Sooner or later, the moment had to come when its breakneck pace of development slowed -- and, judging from the second beta, that moment is the upcoming 4.5 release.

8 Live and USB Distros For All Occasions

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: If you're new to the Linux or open source community, you might not have heard of live disc or USB distributions yet. They let you run a operating system on PCs without installing anything on the hard drive. It loads directly from the CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive. Here we'll review several.

You Want Linux to Run What?

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Linux

daniweb.com: Someone left a comment on one of my posts similar to, "Linux won't be popular on the Desktop until it runs Windows applications." To which I silently responded, "Huh? and, "You've got to be kidding me."

“The Cloud”, Tablets, Desktop PCs and Control

  • “The Cloud”, Tablets, Desktop PCs and Control
  • Confessions of a cloud skeptic

Netbook Linux -- for hairdressers? Part 1 of an ongoing series...

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Humor

This isn’t a knock against all hair stylists, per se — but mine is not only a Linux n00b, but also a bit shaky on computer and Internet fundamentals. However, unlike some of my other friends she freely owns up to her ignorance and wants to learn. Thus she is the perfect subject for a netbook Linux usability test…

More here...

The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: One of the common complaints about Linux is that there are too many different editions (or “distributions”) to choose from, and only a hardcore nerd can tell them apart.

OpenOffice at the crossroads

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OOo

h-online.com: OpenOffice.org is a flagship for free and open source software, released under free software licenses and achieving downloads in the hundreds of millions. But there have long been murmurings of discontent among developers resulting in complaints of "non-responsiveness and lack of leadership" on the project.

Review – Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Remix

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Ubuntu

g33q.co.za: Ubuntu Netbook Remix, or UNR, sports the same purple theme that the Gnome Ubuntu release has. There is only a toolbar at the top, and then the Netbook Interface.

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today's leftovers

  • CRI: The Second Boom of Container Runtimes
    Harry (Lei) Zhang, together with the CTO of HyperHQ, Xu Wang, will present “CRI: The Second Boom of Container Runtimes” at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2018, May 2-4 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The presentation will clarify about more about CRI, container runtimes, KataContainers and where they are going. Please join them if you are interested in learning more.
  • Meet Gloo, the ‘Function Gateway’ That Unifies Legacy APIs, Microservices, and Serverless
    Gloo, a single binary file written in Go, can be deployed as a Kubernetes pod, in a Docker container, and now also on Cloud Foundry. The setup also requires a copy of Envoy, though the installation process can be greatly simplified through additional software developed by the company, TheTool. The user then writes configuration objects to capture the workflow logic.
  • Why is the kernel community replacing iptables with BPF?

    The Linux kernel community recently announced bpfilter, which will replace the long-standing in-kernel implementation of iptables with high-performance network filtering powered by Linux BPF, all while guaranteeing a non-disruptive transition for Linux users.

  • The developer of Helium Rain gave an update on their sales, low overall sales but a high Linux percentage
    Helium Rain [Steam, Official Site], the gorgeous space sim from Deimos Games is really quite good so it's a shame they've seen such low overall sales. In total, they've had around 14,000€ (~$17,000) in sales which is not a lot for a game at all. The good news, is that out of the two thousand copies they say they've sold, a huge 14% of them have come from Linux. It's worth noting, that number has actually gone up since we last spoke to them, where they gave us a figure of 11% sales on Linux.
  • Want to try Wild Terra Online? We have another load of keys to give away (update: all gone)
    Wild Terra Online [Steam], the MMO from Juvty Worlds has a small but dedicated following, now is your chance to see if it's for you.
  • Arch Linux Finally Rolling Out Glibc 2.27
    Arch Linux is finally transitioning to glibc 2.27, which may make for a faster system. Glibc 2.27 was released at the start of February. This updated GNU C Library shipped with many performance optimizations particularly for Intel/x86_64 but also some ARM tuning and more. Glibc 2.27 also has memory protection keys support and other feature additions, but the performance potential has been most interesting to us.
  • Installed nvidia driver
  • Stephen Smoogen: Fedora Infrastructure Hackathon (day 1-5)
  • Design and Web team summary – 20 April 2018
    The team manages all web projects across Canonical. From www.ubuntu.com to the Juju GUI we help to bring beauty and consistency to all the web projects.
  • Costales: UbuCon Europe 2018 | 1 Week to go!!
    We'll have an awesome weekend of conferences (with 4 parallel talks), podcasts, stands, social events... Most of them are in English, but there will be in Spanish & Asturian too.
  • Tough, modular embedded PCs start at $875
    Advantech has launched two rugged, Linux-ready embedded DIN-rail computers with Intel Bay Trail SoCs and iDoor expansion: an “UNO-1372G-E” with 3x GbE ports and a smaller UNO-1372G-J with only 2x GbE, but with more serial and USB ports.

OSS Leftovers

  • IRS Website Crash Reminder of HealthCare.gov Debacle as OMB Pushes Open Source
    OMB is increasingly pushing agencies to adopt open source solutions, and in 2016 launched a pilot project requiring at least 20 percent of custom developed code to be released as open source – partly to strengthen and help maintain it by tapping a community of developers. OMB memo M-16-21 further asks agencies to make any code they develop available throughout the federal government in order to encourage its reuse. “Open source solutions give agencies access to a broad community of developers and the latest advancements in technology, which can help alleviate the issues of stagnated or out-dated systems while increasing flexibility as agency missions evolve over time,” says Henry Sowell, chief information security officer at Hortonworks Federal. “Enterprise open source also allows government agencies to reduce the risk of vendor lock-in and the vulnerabilities of un-supported software,” he adds.
  • Migrations: the sole scalable fix to tech debt.

    Migrations are both essential and frustratingly frequent as your codebase ages and your business grows: most tools and processes only support about one order of magnitude of growth before becoming ineffective, so rapid growth makes them a way of life. This isn't because they're bad processes or poor tools, quite the opposite: the fact that something stops working at significantly increased scale is a sign that it was designed appropriately to the previous constraints rather than being over designed.

  • Gui development is broken

    Why is this so hard? I just want low-level access to write a simple graphical interface in a somewhat obscure language.

OpenBSD and NetBSD

Security: Twitter and Facebook

  • Twitter banned Kaspersky Lab from advertising in Jan
     

    Twitter has banned advertising from Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab since January, the head of the firm, Eugene Kaspersky, has disclosed.  

  • When you go to a security conference, and its mobile app leaks your data
     

    A mobile application built by a third party for the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week was found to have a few security issues of its own—including hard-coded security keys and passwords that allowed a researcher to extract the conference's attendee list. The conference organizers acknowledged the vulnerability on Twitter, but they say that only the first and last names of 114 attendees were exposed.

  • The Security Risks of Logging in With Facebook
     

    In a yet-to-be peer-reviewed study published on Freedom To Tinker, a site hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, three researchers document how third-party tracking scripts have the capability to scoop up information from Facebook's login API without users knowing. The tracking scripts documented by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan represent a small slice of the invisible tracking ecosystem that follows users around the web largely without their knowledge.

  • Facebook Login data hijacked by hidden JavaScript trackers
     

    If you login to websites through Facebook, we've got some bad news: hidden trackers can suck up more of your data than you'd intended to give away, potentially opening it up to abuse.