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Story Budapest district debunks misgivings over open source Roy Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 10:19pm
Story Out in the Open: How to Resurrect a Dead Open Source Project Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 10:09pm
Story NVIDIA Helping Nouveau With Video Decoding Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 10:00pm
Story HP Launches Portal to Sell Its Software Online Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 9:54pm
Story Moto G Goes Open Source Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 9:47pm
Story How to make the brave move from commercial to open source Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 9:31pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 9:29pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 9:25pm
Story GParted 0.17 Supports Online Resizing Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 9:17pm
Story Open Source, Closed Doors? FOSS and the Racial Divide Rianne Schestowitz 09/12/2013 - 7:54pm

Kernel space: Interview with Andrew Morton

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Interviews A core Linux maintainer answers users' questions about quality, the pace of development, and how new kernel developers can get involved.

Timeline: Firefox vs. IE over the years

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Moz/FF Since the fall of 2004, Mozilla's Firefox has been pitting itself against Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer for the Web browser crown. While IE is still the dominant power by far, Firefox has picked up a lot more loyal adherents than many expected when it first launched. What follows are some of the highlights of Computerworld's coverage of the battle of Firefox vs. IE.

Also: The cake is a lie: IE team bakes a treat for Mozilla

some howtos:

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  • Tunnel to locally running mysql server using ssh

  • Bash for Loop
  • Bash Arrays
  • Use Fuse to mount remote ssh directories
  • Apache and OpenSSL
  • How-To: Use Web Shortcuts in Firefox
  • Firefox 3, RealPlayer, Ubuntu and BBC’s iPlayer
  • Howto add permanent static routes in Ubuntu
  • HowTo Fix Resolution Problem in Ubuntu

Firefox? Who's that? Opera says 4.7 million have downloaded version 9.5

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Hardware Are the oldschool browser wars starting up again? It sure seems like it. Who's missing from this uber release party? Oh, that would be Microsoft's Internet Explorer...

Dell at Red Hat Summit and FUDCon

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Hardware This week, Dell will be out "in force" at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. If you're attending the show, be sure to stop by the Dell booth in the expo area, where we'll have one of our new PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosures on hand, as well as a Precision M6300 mobile workstation (coincidentally sold with Red Hat Enterprise Linux installed).

Mandriva Linux 2009 plans announced

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MDV Mandriva Linux 2009 comes a step closer to reality today with the unveiling of the release schedule and the technical specifications. The schedule includes two alphas, two betas, and two release candidates, prior to the final release in early October 2008. The first alpha release is scheduled for June 25th - just a week away.

Why upgrade to openSUSE 11 from openSUSE 10.x

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SUSE You’re at the breaking point of what to do with your current openSUSE 10.x (hopefully at least 10.2) installation. You hear that openSUSE 11.0 is just about to come out, but why should you go from a .2/.3 release to a .0 release? Well here are some main reasons why:

Mozilla servers back up, serving Firefox 3.0

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Moz/FF After a blackout of more than an hour caused by users trying to download the final release of Firefox 3.0, Mozilla Corp. has restored service to its servers.

And: Firefox Fail: Download Day Derailed By Servers
And: Test Center review: Firefox 3 comes out sizzling
And: Download Counter

openSUSE 11 Review

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theunixgeek.blogspot: I know it's a day early, but I was able to get my hands on a copy of the release version of openSUSE 11 and I must say it's a really good distribution! Here are three lists of what I noticed, what I liked, and what I didn't like about the GNOME live CD.

Tried Arch Linux after 2 years: hummmmm

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Linux I used Arch Linux from 2004 to 2006 with pleasure. In 2006 I decided to switch to Ubuntu. Today I decided to give Arch a try to see what’s happened in these 2 years.

First Look at Firefox 3.0 for Linux

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  • First Look at Firefox 3.0 for Linux

  • Firefox 3 launches today; Five reasons you can't live without it
  • Hold off on Firefox version 3
  • Mozilla Developer News - Firefox 3 launch day edition

Get ready for Firefox 3.0

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Mozilla Firefox 3 is a major release with many enhancements, some of which are targeted at users, and some at developers. In this article, you will learn more about these new Firefox 3 features. For example, one of the updates gives Web developers the ability to build Web applications that work even when the user is disconnected from the Internet.

Flock me! It’s a new 2.0 beta browser based on Firefox 3!

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Software Social networking browser, Flock, has reached the 2.0 milestone in beta status, bringing together all the major social networking sites in the one browser. Offering all the enhancements of Firefox 3.0, you’ll only be flocking to use this browser if you’re a big social networking user.

Why I’m Still Waiting to Upgrade to Fedora 9

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Linux I’m not 100% sure, but I think this is the longest I’ve purposely waited to upgrade to another Fedora release. I’ve been reading the Fedora user and developer mailling lists and what’s I’ve seen there has pretty much convinced me not to upgrade.

What does open source *really* look like?

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  • What does open source *really* look like?

  • What do Free and Open Source Software Leaders Think of Microsoft?
  • Open source tour of Europe: Czech Republic
  • Open source tour of Europe: Greece
  • Open source has yet to learn it pays to advertise

openSUSE 11.0: The Plasma Desktop

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SUSE openSUSE 11.0 will be finally released on Thursday! Smile The Sneak Peeks story about KDE has just been published and I want to follow up with a list how our Plasma desktop differs from the stock KDE 4.0 version.

Songbird 0.6 - The Bird Got Wings

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vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: When it first starts, Songbird prompts the user to select default language and extensions it should load by default, downloading them if necessary. Scanning a music collection of almost 4000 OGG Vorbis songs took around 3 minutes on an Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz with 1 GB DDRAM2.

Firefox 3 available today at 17:00 UTC

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  • Firefox 3 available today at 17:00 UTC (10am PDT)

  • Firefox 3.0 final - First thoughts
  • How To Install firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 in Linux

Bringing the trashcan to the command line

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HowTos The trash project allows you to interact with your desktop trashcan from the command line. It lets users "undo" deletions made with the trash command in a similar manner to restoring files from the trashcan in a desktop environment. For experienced Linux users, the trash command comes in handy when you want to put a file into the trashcan from the command line.

Ubuntu Compared to Other Linux Distributions

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suresh-mobileweb.blogspot: If you log into the command line of both an Ubuntu system and a Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Fedora system, very little will look different. Let's see how Ubuntu differs from other Linux Distributions - Redhat or Fedora, Debian, Suse, Knoppix.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.