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Linux - A Social Justice Issue

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Linux For those who could not edit the source code of a program if their life depended on it, why should you care whether or not the software you use is open or closed source? In my mind, the attractiveness of open source (and in turn Linux) is that it is a more socially just model for using technology.

some howtos

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  • How To Get Started With Logical Volume Management In Linux

  • Linksys WPC54G ver. 1.2 with WPA on Hardy
  • How To: Open a root terminal in Ubuntu
  • Enable The Nautilus Advanced Permissions Dialog In Ubuntu 8.04
  • How-To: Change Console Resolution
  • Configuring PCLOS in console mode

Application posts

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  • Penny Arcade Game
  • Gwenview
  • Open Source Forum Shootout - phpBB
  • Linux web tools and HTML editors, Pt. 1
  • Brasero 0.7.90 and Xfburn 0.3.0: two pleasant surprises!

Welcome to the Official openSUSE Forums!

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After announced on March 11, 2008, official openSUSE forums has been established and starting work for providing better support for openSUSE community on June 09, 2008. Forums merges 3 existing openSUSE forums,, and the openSUSE support forums at

Debian Weekly News - June 9th, 2008

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Welcome to this year's 4th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community.
Some of the topics covered in this issue: Release Update, Beta-2 of the Lenny Debian Installer released, Report from LinuxTag 2008, and Call for help by the german translation team.

Also: Lenny won’t ship rng
And: Debian Weather is back

How's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Doing?

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Linux One of the great things about the double-barrel open source software and fee-based subscription support strategy that commercial Linuxes have is that there is very little economic pressure on Linux shops to upgrade from one version of the platform to another as their Linux vendor (or vendors) tweak, change, upgrade, and improve their distros.

Tuxpaint is fun for kids and adults

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Software My granddaughter has been sitting on my lap at the computer since before she could even hold herself up. She was only a few months old when she became interested in the mouse and began learning to place the cursor on the screen. A friend of mine laughed at us and stated that I'd "have her compiling kernels by the time she was three." Well, she's three years old now, and though she's not compiling kernels yet, she is having hours of fun on her own thanks to Tuxpaint.

Comic touches keeps Rain-Slick Precipice fun

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Gaming When edgy, risque, and retro all come together in a video game, smart people stay off the street. Off the streets of New Arcadia, circa 1922, that is, because that's where evil seems to thrive in Episode 1 of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, a newly released game from Hothead Games and Penny Arcade. We first wrote about it last fall, and the game has just been released for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Xbox platforms. Now that we finally have Episode 1 in hand, here's our review.

Boy Scouts of America look to open source community for help

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OSS Scouts honor, the 98-year-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization is adopting open source software as a path to building better software that supports the almost 3 million scouts and 1.1 million adults who make up the group.

My Experience With Arch Linux

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nycjv321.wordpress: Usually I can tell if a like a distro within 2mins of using it, call me judgmental but thats me. Well I am here today describing my experience with the Arch Linux distribution and I must say it was a unique one.

3 Reasons Why Your System Might Be Slow Computer users expect their systems to work well at all times, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. If your system becomes slow, there certainly is something you can do about it. This article will help.

Trying Out Ubuntu's Netbook Remix

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Ubuntu Last week at Computex Taipei the Canonical OEM team had unveiled Netbook Remix. Netbook Remix is based upon the stock package selection found in Ubuntu but with specific optimizations for Mobile Internet Devices and Ultra Mobile PCs.

Multi-finger gesture support for Linux Laptops

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Hardware on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows allows for gestures beyond point and click that create more-efficient navigation. Discover the tools needed to add this gesture support on Linux-enabled hardware. In this article, learn to enable swipe and pinch gestures for Linux applications by analyzing synclient program output for a Synaptics TouchPad.

GPL: why can't a lawyer understand it?

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OSS Nearly a year after the Free Software Foundation released an updated version of the General Public License - the GPLv3 - there appears to be a great deal of confusion about what the license actually means, if one goes by two recent publications.

Analysis: One Year In, Dell's Linux Desktops Still Standing

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Linux One year after Dell became the first tier-one OEM to offer modern Linux preloaded on desktops, Dell hasn't blown up, its customers haven't revolted and the Earth still spins on its axis.

Firefox 3: Past, Present, and Future

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Moz/FF Firefox 3 is almost here. The latest version is now at release candidate two and, in a word, it’s great. It strikes me that we forget, even as many of us look forward to this great open-source browser just what hurdles Firefox had to overcome.

Linux Survival Guide for Beginners

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Linux Ubuntu may be a user-friendly Linux distribution, but as i80and pointed out, it isn’t perfect. What should you do if you happen to be stuck in the wilderness of the terminal? Well, since Google SERPS (Search Engine Result Pages) can be hard to read in Lynx, it’s best if you know some basic commands and the locations of files.

GNewSense, the Present and the Future

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Linux You would think that a GNU/Linux distribution dedicated to shipping only free software would be uncontroversial. After all, isn't free software what GNU/Linux is all about? Yet, when the latest version of GNewSense was announced recently, Slashdot readers were divided in their reactions.

New Development with Reiser

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Reiser Hans Reiser developed a file system a while back, for LInux computers (but in theory useful for other systems as well) which is probably the best file system out there. Hans Reiser has just recently been convicted of murdering his wife. I have two related proposals.

Quake 3: A True Classic That Never Dies

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vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: I started to play Quake 3 soon after its source code was licensed under the GPL. I must admit, I didn't play it from the beginning, and I'm at best a good player, but I always enjoyed playing online some classic mode.

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Leftovers: Software

  • Easy, Automated Benchmarking On Linux With PTS
    It's easy to run benchmarks on Linux as well as Solaris, BSD, and other operating systems, using our own Phoronix Test Suite open-source benchmarking software. For those that haven't had the opportunity to play with the Phoronix Test Suite for Linux benchmarking, it's really easy to get started. Aside from the official documentation, which is admittedly limited due to time/resource constraints, there are a few independent guides, Wiki pages, and other resources out there to get started.
  • LibreOffice 5.3 Alpha Tagged, New Features Inbound
    The first alpha release of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.3 open-source office suite was tagged a short time ago in Git. LibreOffice 5.3 is a major update to this distant fork of LibreOffice 5.3.0 is planned to be officially released in late January or early February while this week's alpha one is just the first step of the process. The hard feature freeze on 5.3 is at the end of November followed by a series of betas and release candidates. Those interested in more details on the release schedule can see this Wiki page.
  • MPV 0.21 Player Adds CUDA, Better Raspberry Pi Support
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  • MPV 0.21.0 Media Player Adds Nvidia CUDA Support, Raspberry Pi Hardware Decoding
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  • anytime 0.0.4: New features and fixes
    A brand-new release of anytime is now on CRAN following the three earlier releases since mid-September. anytime aims to convert anything in integer, numeric, character, factor, ordered, ... format to POSIXct (or Date) objects -- and does so without requiring a format string. See the anytime page for a few examples.

KDE Leftovers

  • Choose Your Own Experience in Plasma 5.8 and beyond
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  • KDevelop 5.0.2 released for Windows and Linux
    Four weeks after the release of KDevelop 5.0.1, we are happy to announce the availability of KDevelop 5.0.2, a second stabilization release in the 5.0 series. We highly recommend to update to version 5.0.2 if you are currently using version 5.0.1 or 5.0.0.
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Linux/FOSS Events

  • FOSDEM Desktops DevRoom 2016 all for Participation
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  • LatinoWare
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  • Attending a FUDcon LATAM 2016
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