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Sun pimps out OpenOffice as Microsoft 'clarifies' Office for web

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OOo

theregister.co.uk: I know this annoys my friends in the free software community, but branding allows us to invest more in OpenOffice.org community and features, from which everyone benefits.

today's leftovers

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News
  1. Banshee 1.4 hits the streets, packed with Awesome

  2. Linux Basement Episode 31 - One Year Old
  3. ASUS On Linux & Warranties
  4. Mixing free and proprietary software: not a rosy future
  5. On Zenwalk, briefly
  6. AMD Catalyst 8.11 Linux Driver Released
  7. openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Now Available
  8. Novell's FOSSA architecture document out by December
  9. Intel Releases Two New Open-Source Drivers
  10. Reasons to love Linux #1: package management
  11. Free Software Foundation does the right thing for free culture
  12. UNMSM migrating to Ubuntu
  13. Problems and mitigation strategies for --as-needed
  14. New GNU releases Ocotber 2008
  15. Speed Dial: One of the Handiest Firefox Extensions
  16. Nouveau Merged In Gallium3D 0.2
  17. Open Source Apps in Your Brain
  18. "Pico" projector demo'd
  19. KDE video cast details

Two Weeks After, Your Comments on Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

Ryan Orser wants you to say how much you like or dislike Ubuntu 8.10. We want your comments as you the readers get a say.

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some howtos:

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HowTos
  1. Using Ubuntu as a 24/7 Lobby Display Driver

  2. How To Turn An Old Router Into A Wireless Bridge
  3. Ubuntu/Debian vs. OpenSuse 10.3 Cheatsheet
  4. Getting CPU Information
  5. Configure Synaptics Touchpad Ubuntu 8.10
  6. Shiki-Colors and Community Themes in Ubuntu 8.10
  7. Pasting from HTML or Word into OOo
  8. Short Tip: access a running X session via x11vnc
  9. How to easily configure Mandriva Software Manager to use wget
  10. Setting a X property using xprop
  11. How to use dstat to monitor your Linux/UNIX server
  12. Make (Almost) Any Wifi Card Work with Ubuntu
  13. Installing Amarok 2 from SVN in your home directory

Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

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OSS

linux.com: The word "big" has two meanings here. Ace Suares is not only a big-time GNU/Linux and FOSS advocate, but he is close to 2.5 meters tall and built like a football lineman. He lives on the island of Curacao in the Netherland Antilles, where he and his wife run a small Web design and hosting firm that (of course) runs Linux servers. But trying to convert other IT people on Curacao to the FOSS cause has not been easy.

Help Spread Linux… Don’t Preach It

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Linux

hehe2.net: What does using Linux mean to you? Do you simply use it because it works best for you? While at its heart Linux itself, is nothing more than a software kernel, to many people it is much more. It is a mission.

Ubuntu’s Intermediate Ibex

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Ubuntu

bitburners.com: When Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Canonical/Ubuntu, made the comment that Ubuntu should be prettier than Apple OSX in near term I got excited - the man was absolutely right. It doesn’t matter how customizable and operating is, or how good can you make it look with some effort if it does look bad out of the box.

Fighting Fragmentation on Linux

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Linux

oneandoneis2.org: So you have some files that are fragmented. And this obviously is slowing your machine down. Right?

Wrong.

Novell vs. Red Hat: Linux vs. Linux

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: If you think about where Linux is fighting for market and mind-share, chances are you're thinking about Linux slugging it out with Microsoft Windows, and to a far lesser extent, from Mac OS X. That's all true, but there's also fierce competition between Linux distributions.

Also: Chickens Pecking Red Hat

Debian Lenny blinks its peepers

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: It appears that Debian 5.0 (aka "Lenny") will soon take its big binocular eyes out into the wider world. The Debian project has completed the first release-candidate of Lenny's installer, which features much-improved support for ARM-based devices, along with much faster installation from "live" CDs.

Internet Explorer balks at Firefox download link

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Microsoft

kmandla.wordpress: On a clean installation of Windows XP (don’t ask; it’s a long story), Internet Explorer 6 claims there’s an error on the GetFirefox.com download page, and refuses to allow a click on the download button.

Debian Blues

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Linux

crumja.wordpress: After running Debian Lenny for a while, I’ve got a few things to report. Performance is admirable and is certainly a step up from Ubuntu 8.04 in terms of reponsiveness. However, not all packages behaved well.

Experiences with Linux

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Linux

community.zdnet: I've been going in circles for a while now, I think it is time to pass along a few notes and experiences from those circles...

Child’s Play: Linux Conversion Through Education

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Linux

linux-mag.com: Successful and peaceful conversion of a population to any new concept occurs through its children. Do you want to introduce a new type of mathematics? Introduce it in Elementary School. You may convert the world to Linux by providing free and engaging Elementary School level educational and edutainment programs.

Clone your Ubuntu installation onto a new hard disk

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HowTos

linux.com: Just upgraded your system with a shiny new hard disk and want to make it your new book disk? Cloning Ubuntu to another hard disk is easy. In fact, Ubuntu provides tools to clone the entire hard disk -- including the Windows partition, if there's one on there. This is the kind of fundamental task that Linux excels at, in fact.

Intel X.Org, Mesa Performance In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Earlier this week we had published ATI benchmarks of the open-source Mesa stack and X.Org in the Ubuntu releases going back to Ubuntu 7.04. To see if the open-source Intel situation is any different, we have carried out similar tests with an Intel 945G Chipset across the past four Ubuntu releases.

Introducing Plasma

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KDE

introducingkde4.blogspot: In KDE 3.5.x we had kicker, but for KDE 4, it has been killed and replaced by the most famous part of the KDE technologies, known as Plasma.

Opinion: Why GNU/Linux will ultimately succeed

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Linux

itwire.com: In the last few weeks and months, there have been some very interesting articles and discussions on iTWire about Linux, Windows and Mac OS and their relative merits. Here's my take on why I think that Linux will ultimately succeed.

Novell's Faustian Pact

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SUSE

computerworlduk.com: There is something rather curious about software companies operating in the open source world. Although they may be competitors in a particular sector, the open source licence they employ means that they are also partners: they can generally use the code of other companies if they wish.

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SF’s Elections Commission asks mayor to put $4M toward open source voting system

While the Elections Commission may be among the least followed city bodies, the seven members are playing a critical role in determining whether San Francisco will begin to use an open-source voting system. For years, open-source voting advocates have called on San Francisco officials to part ways with traditional voting machine companies. Open-source voting is widely considered the best defense to voter fraud with the added benefits of cost savings and flexibility. Much to chagrin of these advocates, The City has continued to sign contracts with nonopen-source voting companies. While no open-source voting system has been deployed elsewhere, other jurisdictions are currently working on it, such as Travis County, Texas. After The City allocated $300,000 in the current fiscal year to move San Francisco toward an open-source voting system, the effort has gotten off to a slower-than-expected start. Advocates worry if funding isn’t committed to building out such a system, the effort will face further delays. Read more [Ed: Microsoft a threat]

KaOS 2017.02

KaOS is proud to announce the availability of the February release of a new stable ISO. The policy is, once a first pacman -Syu becomes a major update, it is time for a new ISO so new users are not faced with a difficult first update. With the exceptional large amounts of updates the last four to five weeks a new ISO is needed a bit sooner than usual. As always with this rolling distribution, you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.31.0, Plasma 5.9.2, KDE Applications 16.12.2 & not yet released ports of KDE Applications. All built on Qt 5.8.0. Read more

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux 4.11 Adds EFI Memory Attributes Table Support
    The (U)EFI support continues to evolve within the Linux kernel and with the 4.11 release will be new and improved functionality.
  • Security Changes Bring Major AppArmor Update, Better TPM 2.0 To Linux 4.11
    James Morris has filed the security subsystem feature updates targeting the Linux 4.11 merge window. Changes to the security-related components in the kernel include a major AppArmor update with policy namespaces support and many fixes, /sys/kernel/security/lsm now makes it easy to show loaded Linux Security Modules, SELinux updates, and improved TPM 2.0 support.
  • Linux 4.10 arrives
    With more than 13,000 commits, the release of Linux 4.10 was not as small at Linus Torvalds was expecting. Nonetheless, it arrived over the weekend, bringing with it significant changes, such as the introduction of support for virtual GPUs.
  • Linux Kernel 4.10 Released -- Happy Anniversary!
    Kernel 4.10 has the honor of being christened the "Anniversary Edition" by Linus Torvalds. I'm guessing this is because of the recent 25th anniversary of the release of Linux 0.01. Admittedly, it is a bit late for that (the anniversary was back in September); however, Linus had not named any of the recent releases for the occasion, opting instead for naming them after several deranged animals.
  • Collabora Contributions to Linux Kernel 4.10
    Linux Kernel v4.10 is out and this time Collabora contributed a total of 39 patches by 10 different developers. You can read more about the v4.10 merge window on LWN.net: part 1, part 2 and part 3. Now here is a look at the changes made by Collaborans. To begin with Daniel Stone fixed an issue when waiting for fences on the i915 driver, while Emil Velikov added support to read the PCI revision for sysfs to improve the starting time in some applications.
  • Mesos Is to the Datacenter as the Kernel Is to Linux
    Necessity is the mother of invention. We needed our datacenters to be more automated, so we invented tools like Puppet and Chef. We needed easier application deployment, so we invented Docker. Of course it didn't stop there. Ben Hindman, the founder and chief architect of Mesosphere, co-created Apache Mesos. In his keynote at MesosCon Asia 2016, Hindman relates how failures and elasticity led to the development of Mesos.
  • Power Management Sees More P-State Tweaking, Other Changes For Linux 4.11
    Rafael Wysocki has submitted the ACPI and power management feature updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel. The work in the power management space this cycle includes improvements to Operating Performance Points (OPP), CPUFreq core clean-ups, new CPUFreq drivers for Broadcom BMIPS and TI SoCs and Qoriq.
  • RADV Vulkan Driver's PRIME Code Rewritten
    Red Hat's David Airlie keeps to work on improving the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver.

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