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Story Ubuntu Touch OS wins its first smartphone partner Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 10:06pm
Story Xen Project Builds Its Own Cloud OS Mirage Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 9:12pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 8:58pm
Story What's keeping you from using open source software? Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 8:53pm
Story Knock: TCP Port Knocking Proposed For Linux Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 7:45pm
Story Mozilla Firefox 26 Is Shipping Today With Fun Features Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 6:20pm
Story Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 6:17pm
Story Linux Foundation, Panasonic, Qualcomm Form AllSeen Alliance Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 6:14pm
Story Ubuntu 13.10: The good, the bad and the ugly Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 5:06pm
Story The People Who Support Linux: PhD Student Powers Big Data with Linux Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2013 - 4:32pm

Battle of the Titans - Mandriva vs openSUSE: The Rematch

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Last fall when the two mega-distros openSUSE and Mandriva both hit the mirrors, it was difficult to decide which I liked better. In an attempt to narrow it down, I ran some light-hearted tests and found Mandriva won out in a side-by-side comparison. But things change rapidly in the Linux world and I wondered how a competition of the newest releases would come out. Mandriva 2008.1 was released this past April and openSUSE 11.0 was released just last week.

24 hours with openSUSE 11.0

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bear454.blogspot: 24 hours. Not 'a day'; not figuratively; I've spent 24 hours with the recently released update to my long-running favorite OS. OpenSUSE Linux 11.0 is revolutionary, but my enthusiasm is tempered by substantial regressions.

Also: OpenSUSE 11.0 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T61

few early howtos:

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  • Firefox 3 Tips & Tricks

  • Quick documents from the desktop
  • How to personalize a package’s CFLAGS in Gentoo
  • Resolve Windows (Netbios) Hostname in Ubuntu
  • Simple Perl Script To Ease Console Server Use On Linux And Unix
  • How to install Mplayer codecs in openSUSE 11-x86_64

Kernel space: drivers that don't make the kernel scene

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Linux Linux supports most hardware "out of the box" without adding a driver. Most of the missing drivers are proprietary, from uncooperative manufacturers, but there are a few where the license is right but the actual code is still missing. Why?

Another Programming Language for Kids, but This One Is Impressive

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Software I just spent today spending my time with an interesting little app, Scratch. It’s a cool little application that introduces children and early teens to programming and animation.

My Newfound Love for Xfce!

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Software For the past week to two weeks I’ve done something I had’t done in years - I switched my default desktop environment in my GDM login screen. I’ve been logging into Xfce instead of my usual Gnome. There are basically three reasons why I’m loving Xfce over Gnome.

Interview with Jean-Philippe Guillemin, Zenwalk’s creator

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Interviews Zenwalk is one of the most promising Linux distribution. Based on Slackware, the distro is lightweight, simple and stable. We decided to make some questions to Jean-Philippe Guillemin, Zenwalk’s creator, regarding future plans and developments about this “GNU-Linux Operating System”.

today's leftovers

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  • Lessons of the Linux revolution

  • VirtualBox B0rken By Gutsy Kernel Upgrade
  • OpenLX and KalCulate pair Linux distro with proprietary accounting app
  • Report: Open Source City in Liverpool
  • Jim Zemlin: Nokia Launches a Full Scale War for the Mobile OS
  • Kiss VMWare's rump good-bye
  • Linux vs. Closed-Source Kernel Modules
  • Firefox: checking for updates?
  • Mozilla Developer News June 24
  • Vi Assistant
  • Open source tour of Europe: The Netherlands
  • Mandriva: Compatibility & Drivers I
  • Europcar buys into Red Hat's allegedly nonexistent desktop
  • Open Source vs. Profit: Google Android (iPhone 3G), Linux (Microsoft Vista)
  • A low-cost education-use mobile computer 'LUKID'
  • Gdium, another Eee PC competitor
  • LOLspeak creeping into code

openSUSE 11.0 x86_64 Review

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SUSE I have finished setting up openSUSE 11.0 on my HP dv2000z AMD Turion64 X2. Up to version 10.3 I was running the 32-bit version of SUSE and decided now was a good time to do a 'New' install and give x86_64 a spin.

I Did It - Ubuntu Linux on my Laptop

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browncoatcat.wordpress: The great thing about Linux, all the distributions, not just Ubuntu is that people share what they have learnt, and it is always possible to find help with a problem. So in this spirit of sharing, here is how I got my new laptop to work with Ubuntu Linux.

Acer Aspire One

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Hardware The Acer Aspire One is better than most netbooks. It's fantastic for anyone who wants a small, cheap machine on which to type and surf the Web. However, its battery life lets it down slightly.

some howtos:

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  • Chroot users with OpenSSH: An easier way to confine users to their home directories

  • Booting of a Live CD without a CD or an Emulator
  • Adding XFS Support to RHEL5
  • How to scan and OCR like a pro with open source tools
  • Linux And Unix System Security Wrap-Up - Part 4b
  • Vi Search and Replace
  • Ubuntu Hardy: How To Disable Synaptics Touchpad When Typing
  • Monitoring network performance with speedometer
  • Development with Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)
  • Quickzi: How To Add a Line into the middle of a Text File
  • Making Music (Beats) on Linux/Ubuntu with Hydrogen

Arch Linux 2008.06

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celettu.wordpress: It’s taken some time, but here it is, the spankin new, fresh from the press Arch release, ambitiously called “Overlord”. In this review, I’ll have a look at it, and discuss a bit of the Arch philosophy in general.

Coders now can try mobile Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu Canonical on Tuesday released its first publicly available developer edition of Ubuntu for mobile Internet devices. Ubuntu MID works on two devices at present, the Samsung Q1U and the Intel Crown Beach.

ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Edition Review

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Hardware If the ASUS Eee 900 basically amounted to a larger-screened version of the 7-inch original, then the Eee 901 marks its graduation into a distinct model. Thankfully they’ve subjected the 901 to a mild degree of fettling, tweaking case and controls and making for a markedly more attractive proposition.

openSUSE 11.0 Numbers?

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  • Numbers?

  • First on openSUSE 11.0 Based KDE Four Live Release
  • Interview with Christer Edwards, Ubuntu Utah Founder
  • Staying with openSUSE - Switching to GNOME
  • Ubuntu faster than openSUSE?

What does it mean to be an Open Source author? A story from the inside

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OSS I hear daily about open source projects, the open source business model, what it means in terms of freedom, choice, risks, investment, etc... What I rarely hear about is what is life like for those who actually contribute and dedicate a part of their life to open source?

Sorry Simon, but you’re still screwing up

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OSS In an interview with Builder AU Sun’s chief open source officer, Simon Phipps, admits that Sun “screwed up” regarding open source. But he isolates the “screw-up” to 2001-2002, when Sun was still a proprietary company. This is like a candidate for re-election blaming the problems he faces on a predecessor from the other party.

coLinux gets its second wind

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Linux Cooperative Linux (coLinux for short) occupies a unique niche in the field of virtualization -- that of running GNU/Linux natively in Windows. Now, with the current interest in attracting Windows users to GNU/Linux, as evidenced by such tools as Ubuntu's Wubi and Fedora's Live USB-Creator, the technology behind coLinux seems overdue for a closer look.

Open Up To The World Of Opportunities With Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Linux is a widely used operating system, which has recently launched ubuntu, a program allows the users to customize desktops and perform several functions easily.

Also: Ubuntu "Hardy Heron" -- Observations After Upgrading

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Linux 4.8.4

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Security News

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  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
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  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
    Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
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  • Either IoT will be secure or the internet will be crippled forever
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