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Story Raspberry Pi-like boardset packs quad-core i.MX6 Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 8:48pm
Story Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 8:41pm
Story U talking to me? Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 6:05pm
Story Yes, you should replace Windows XP with Linux Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 5:58pm
Story Google Web Designer Available For Linux Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 5:52pm
Story Steam Updated For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, SteamOS Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 5:48pm
Story The OnePlus One smartphone is a denim-clad $299 Cyanogen monster Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 5:03pm
Story Week in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 4:31pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 3:21pm
Story DNF 0.5.0 Released Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2014 - 3:09pm

Wikipedia moving 400 servers to Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

computerworld.com: Since the free, online Wikipedia user-created encyclopedia began in 2001, the Linux-based IT infrastructure behind it has been expanded and lassoed together to keep up with the demands of the popular Web site. Soon, that problem will be gone.

Linux in The Economic Meltdown

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Linux

earthweb.com: As the US economy continues to shift for the worse, I find myself thinking back to recent trips to a local bank where I noticed that Windows 2000 Pro is the norm and the computers, if updated at all, might be using Windows XP.

Linux at 17 - What Windows promised to be

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: Linux has come a long way in those intervening 17 years. Linux is what Windows had once promised to be - at least in terms of cross-platform support.

Firefox add-on blocks 'clickjacking' attacks

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Moz/FF
Security

computerworld.com: A popular Firefox add-on designed to block scripts and plug-ins has been updated to stymie the new "clickjacking" class of attacks, the extension's developer said today.

AMD's MultiView On Linux

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Hardware
Software

phoronix.com: Introduced in the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver and further stabilized within Catalyst 8.9 was AMD's MultiView technology. MultiView makes it possible to use multiple GPUs on the same system not for Linux CrossFire but for driving multiple display heads. Using MultiView on Linux you can easily drive four, six, or even eight screens.

KOffice 2.0 beta hints at improved capabilities

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Software

linux.com: KOffice has been trailing the office application leaders for a long time. Despite years of development, it has yet to match OpenOffice.org feature for feature. Judging from the first beta, KOffice 2.0 will still not rival OpenOffice.org or other free software rivals, but it should be a major step in that direction.

Opera bitten by ‘extremely severe’ browser bug

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Software

blogs.zdnet: Buried in the flurry of feature-related news surrounding the release of Opera 9.6 is the fact that the update fixes an “extremely severe” vulnerability that could expose Opera users to code execution attacks.

Apple awarded patent on the Dock

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Legal

appleinsider.com: It took nearly nine years, but Apple chief executive Steve Jobs and Co. were awarded this week with a patent for their implementation of a software-based computer dock that has since become a trademark of the Mac OS X operating system.

visual goodies

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Humor
  • Hackles: Funniest Comic Strip About Hacking and Linux

  • Blue Screen of Death in unexpected locations

To XFCE, or not to XFCE?

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Software

beranger.org: The XFCE team seems to be more and more «tightly connected» to a specific distro. This is weird, given that the unnamed distro implements some custom hacks that weren't accepted upstream, allegedly because they would only work under Linux and when some dependencies are satisfied.

KDE and GNOME Users: Different Download Habits

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Software

earthweb.com: Most GNU/Linux users get the bulk of their applications from their distribution's repositories. However, those who want the cutting edge take to the Web to find it, often to GNOMEfiles if they use the GNOME desktop, or to KDE.apps.org if they use KDE.

The road to Sabayon 4.0

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Linux

joostruis.blogspot: Our team is growing stronger and everybody is working hard to get things in shape. I think its like 2 months ago that we decided to write down an organisation structure in wich everybody invloved gets a place and its tasks.

Ubuntu tweak 0.4.0 Released!

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Software

ubuntu-unleashed.com: After two months of development, another milestone version of Ubuntu Tweak is released: that’s Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.0!

Netbooks will boost adoption of Linux, says Novell CTO

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Linux
Hardware
SUSE

thestandard.com: A surge in demand for netbooks is helping drive business for Linux, as the devices are designed to be low-cost with smaller storage, according to Novell's chief technology and strategy officer for Linux.

GIMP 2.6.1 Released

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GIMP

GIMP 2.6.1 is a bug-fix release in the stable GIMP 2.6 series. Fixed: PSD file crashes PSD plug-in, JPEG Save Options Dialog does not remember, Gimp crashes creating a new image using a template, and some gif files will not be open.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Released

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MDV

softpedia.com: a special day for all Mandriva users. Why? Because the MANDRIVA S.A. just released into the wild the new and greatly improved version of the Mandriva Linux operating system.

Also: Mandriva packs in changes for new release

today's leftovers

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News
  • Monitor your network with GroundWork Monitor Community Edition

  • OS and Virtualization or Virtualization and OS: Red Hat Analyst Day
  • Open-Source ATI R500 PowerPlay Support
  • Linux For The Masses: Are We There Yet?
  • Linux-to-BlackBerry sync tool goes beta
  • check your internet speed in Real-time (Ubuntu)
  • Mixing Windows and Linux: How Do You Manage Choice?
  • ubuntu, ATI and two monitors
  • Open source and software protectionism?
  • Changing open source terms bad move in a recession
  • Drupal 6.5 and 5.11 released

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Famous Sed One-Liners Explained, Part I

  • Network Performance Fine Tuning in openSUSE
  • Short Tip: grep with more than one expression
  • Bash Extended Globbing
  • Write a Perl module
  • PClinuxOS 2008 MiniMe Remastering
  • HowTo: Creating Desktop Shortcuts
  • PHP5 vs. daylight saving in Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS
  • Nautilus Actions: Do just about anything to a file by right-clicking it
  • Forcing Ubuntu (and Debian) to upgrade to a newer distribution version
  • Blubuntu!

Mepis 8: It's a beautiful thing!

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Linux

eyemeansit.blogspot: As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used Mepis for quite a while, back in the Mepis 6 days. I have to say that I am very glad to see that they have gone back to using a Debian base and repositories instead of Ubuntu (which is Debian based). Why put one more layer of complexity between you and Debian?

Mozilla locks in Firefox 3.1 feature list

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Mozilla Corp. will use a several-week delay it recently added to the Firefox 3.1 schedule to build a private browsing mode and beef up the browser's address bar, the company said today.

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Docker 1.13, Containers, and DevOps

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Kernel Space/Linux

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  • Long-Term Maintenance, or How to (Mis-)Manage Embedded Systems for 10+ Years
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  • libinput 1.6.0
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  • Libinput 1.6 Released With New Touchpad Acceleration
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