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Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:54pm
Story Introducing GNOME To Do Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:44pm
Story Qt 5.5 Release Candidate Available Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:40pm
Story Raspberry Pi Default Firmware Updates To Using Linux 4.0 Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:37pm
Story The Third Platform: The Time for Open Source Is Nigh Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:27pm
Story Solus Is the First OS to Get Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:10pm
Story WPA and WPA2-Related Exploits Closed in Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 8:07pm
Story New Freescale i.MX7 SoCs take on low-power Linux IoT Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Story A Look at Mageia 5’s Magic Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 7:24pm
Story Ubuntu: Introducing the Fan – simpler container networking Rianne Schestowitz 22/06/2015 - 7:15pm

The color of stability

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Ubuntu
  • The color of stability
  • It’s time to fix the window controls
  • Ubuntu as project in Google SoC 2010
  • Adding Ubuntu to a list of distros I use
  • Purple vs Orange

Desktops and their performance

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KDE
Software
Reviews

Phoronix has used its Test Suite to compare the memory and power consumption of different desktop environments. However, the results should be handled with care.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Free Software- To sell or not to sell?
  • Swedes serve up flicks with KVM
  • Mandriva at the 2010 Solutions Linux exhibition
  • European Parliament gives the US a lesson on freedom
  • A peek at Unreal Engine on Palm Web OS
  • Linux has permanently lost the desktop
  • LF Announces Keynotes for Collaboration Summit
  • The Linux Link Tech Show 344 3/10/10
  • Linux Crazy Podcast 73 - Understanding Portage and Ebuilds
  • Open Source NoSQL Databases Ramp Up
  • Internet restrictions curtail human rights, says US
  • Linux Outlaws 140 - So Say We All
  • Differences between /tmp and /var/tmp
  • Digg Dumps MySQL for Cassandra
  • DtO: Efficiency expert
  • Come Out as Part of KDE

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Project: Building An All-Text Linux Workstation - Part 13
  • Linux Date Command: Convert Named Stats Dump Date
  • Using Grub2, Part 3
  • Linux search and replace quickies
  • Perl – How to install CPAN module, the easier way
  • Switch to Linux
  • Bash History: Display Date And Time For Each Command
  • Fedora Linux Install Linux Kernel Headers And Developer Files
  • Opening Password Protected 7zip Files in Ubuntu

Ubuntu Server: The Linux OS Dark Horse

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Ubuntu

serverwatch.com: Everyone has heard of Ubuntu Linux and how great it is on the desktop, but have you heard that there's a server version of that same uber-cool operating system? There is, and you should know about it.

Microsoft Proves it Can Go Open Source

opendotdotdot.blogspot: One of the technologies I am waiting for would allow me to effect transactions without giving over vast quantities of personal data. After all, what companies really need to know are: can I pay, and do I have the necessary qualities (age, residence) I claim to have. They don't need to know a vast range of irrelevant *details* about me.

VirtualBox’s Seamless Mode: Combine Two Operating Systems Into One Desktop

makeuseof.com: Installing two operating systems at the same time isn’t just possible; it can also be downright slick.

Eight Must-Have Apps for Linux

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Software

linux.com: Linux comes in all shapes and sizes...from the full-blown app-heavy distros like Fedora and Ubuntu, to the lean and mean distros such as Puppy and Damn Small Linux. Whatever the size of the distribution, there are always going to be applications that you will want.

Simon Phipps elected as OSI director

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OSS

h-online.com: The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has elected Simon Phipps to the board of directors; Phipps recently left Oracle after serving as Sun's Chief Open Source Officer. He will take up his new position on the OSI board from April 1st.

PCLinuxOS 2010 beta - fantastic!

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PCLOS

opensuse.org: I recently put a brand new desktop system together in order to get better performance with some of the FPS games I like to play. Of course the first thing I did was install openSUSE 11.2. After installing and re-installing many different versions of openSUSE, I just decided to accept the fact that my machine was too new. Then yesterday I stumbled into PCLinuxOS.

Valve mum On Steam for Linux

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Back in 2007 we reported on Valve looking for a senior software engineer to port their Windows-base games to Linux, then in 2008 we said the Source Engine would be coming to Linux based upon our sources. This week Valve finally announced Mac OS X support for Steam and the Source Engine.

Why Ubuntu is Better Than Windows

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Ubuntu
  • Why (I think) Ubuntu is Better Than Windows
  • Canonical's design team responds to theme criticisms
  • Time For Ubuntu to Fork Evolution
  • New Ubiquity slide-show for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
  • Using testdrive to save time on testing

Banshee 1.5.5 Released With Grid View, YouTube Plugin And Gapless Playback

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Linux

Like we told you a few days ago, Banshee 1.5.5 (aka 1.6 RC1) got a very nice new YouTube extension but the new version also brings some other new features like Grid View and Gapeless Playback.

What is it with the “dist-upgrade” option of apt-get?

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Software

ghacks.net: There has always been a bit of confusion when people learn they can do a full upgrade of their distribution from the command line.

Health Check: Mandriva

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MDV

h-online.com: Mandriva began life in July 1998 as Linux Mandrake in France in Gael Duval's bedroom after he ported a KDE 1.0 desktop onto Red Hat Linux 5.1, uploaded the result onto two FTP servers, went away on holiday, and came back to find that he had a popular and successful Linux distribution on his hands.

Virtual Linux

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Linux

earthweb.com: The definition of virtual Linux is as fluid as the Linux platform itself. For the desktop user, virtual Linux translates into being able to use Linux without changing their existing operating system. For those working with servers however, virtual Linux can mean something very different altogether.

Meet Ubuntu Linux's new CEO (Q&A)

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Interviews
Ubuntu

news.cnet.com: Jane Silber has been chief executive of Canonical for 11 days. But she's no outsider swooping in to take over Ubuntu Linux's corporate sponsor. She joined Canonical in June 2004, two months after previous CEO Mark Shuttleworth founded the company.

Firefox 3.6.2 Coming March 30th - Where is 3.6.1?

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Moz/FF

blog.internetnews.com: From the 'What Happened to Firefox 3.6.1?' files: No, that's not a typo. Mozilla is currently scheduled to release its next open source Firefox browser version 3.6.2 on March 30th.

Linux: Big With the Bulge Brackets

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Linux

securitiesindustry.com: The open-source software Linux has become by far the most-widely used operating system among the largest firms on Wall Street, according to a presentation made Thursday by Tabb Group analyst Kevin McPartland.

Virtualization With VirtualBox 3.1.x On A Headless Fedora 12 Server

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HowTos

This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with Sun VirtualBox 3.1.x on a headless Fedora 12 server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop environment. Fortunately, VirtualBox comes with a tool called VBoxHeadless that allows you to connect to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, so there's no need for the VirtualBox GUI.

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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.
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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.