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Story Los Angeles County voting to shift from inkblots to open source Rianne Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 5:27pm
Story Five unusual Android launchers to spruce up your phone Rianne Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 5:15pm
Story Chapeau 22 Officially Released, Based on Fedora 22 and GNOME 3.16 - Gallery Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 12:29pm
Story Smallwall 1.8.2 Released To Let Monowall Live On Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 12:18pm
Story We Is Us — OPNFV & ETSI Accelerate NFV Adoption Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 12:14pm
Story openSUSE transformation step 2. The user oriented distro. Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 12:10pm
Story Mint Simplicity Versus Calculate Complications Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 12:01pm
Story Ubuntu's Unity 8 and Mir Get Another Massive, Exciting New Update Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 11:58am
Story Release of KDE Frameworks 5.11.0 Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 11:46am
Story Fedora: The Latest Roy Schestowitz 13/06/2015 - 10:39am

Ubuntu One Music Store Pushed In Rhythmbox

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: One of the features that was talked about and proposed a few months back was a music store for Ubuntu. Plans were laid out for an Ubuntu One Music Store and the first packages to support this in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS are now available.

Rhythmbox + Last.fm

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Software

everyjoe.com: I haven’t used Rhythmbox’s Last.fm to scrobble lately because it doesn’t let me ‘love’ a song. Well, that is until I found this particular Last.fm plugin for Rhythmbox called “New Style Last.fm Scrobbler.”

PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

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Software

linuxbsdos.com: The firewall application on PC-BSD is OpenBSD’s Packet Filter. It is a very powerful firewall application with many advanced features and functionalities. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager.

Five nice and useful plugins for Gimp

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GIMP

unixmen.com: One of the big advantages of The GIMP is the fact that it can be easily extended with new functionality. So with sufficient addons (particularly plugins), you can achieve a lot of functionality found in other editors.

Also: Adding a New Background to an Image with the GIMP

Is Open Source Too Open for its Own Good?

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OSS

h-online.com: While I was at linux.conf.au 2010 last month, I finally met Ted Ts'o, one of the most senior figures in the Linux world, and, like many of them, now working for Google. Indeed, few people go further back in the world of Linux than Ts'o.

Has Linux Mint Killed Distrohopping?

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Linux

extremetech.com: Back in the old days, Linux used to be a tough cookie to get installed. These days, it's more or less a snap to get Linux working on your computer. Perhaps a little too simple.

Does Open Source really hate windows?

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Microsoft

locutus.us: What is it with Open Source, more commonly Linux advocates, and windows? There seems to be an underlying theme amongst this crowd that they hate windows. They say that windows 5ux0r35 or mention it as windaze, windoze, winblows and many other derogatory terms and spelling plays.

10 Best Linux Distributions in 2010

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Linux
  • 10 Best Linux Distributions / Distros in 2010
  • Will the Decade's Best Distros Please Stand Up?

Two new-mail notification apps for Linux

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Software

downloadsquad.com: Do you sometimes find yourself desperately checking for new emails, afraid you're going to miss something important? Well, no more! All you need to do is to choose one of these extremely handy panel plug-ins!

Issues Within The X.Org Foundation?

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Software

phoronix.com: For the past two weeks elections have been going on by X.Org members to elect five people to serve as board of directors for the X.Org Foundation, the formal 501(c)(3) organization that backs the development of the X.Org project. Since the elections started there has been a rather explosive mailing list discussion.

MySQL Database Replication With SSL On CentOS

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HowTos

This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL using an SSL connection for encryption (to make it impossible for hackers to sniff out passwords and data transferred between the master and slave). MySQL replication allows you to have an exact copy of a database from a master server on another server (slave), and all updates to the database on the master server are immediately replicated to the database on the slave server so that both databases are in sync. This is not a backup policy because an accidentally issued DELETE command will also be carried out on the slave; but replication can help protect against hardware failures.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Top 25 Programming Errors list updated
  • Review: Patriot Box Office PVP
  • Kdenlive 0.7.7 Released
  • Open source is a restaurant where everyone is a chef
  • Benchmarks Of Nouveau's Gallium3D OpenGL Driver
  • AMD Catalyst 10.2 For Linux Gets Direct2D
  • Take the 2010 Future of Open Source Survey
  • Mono: What have we been up to?
  • Microsoft to Talk Open Source at OSBC
  • CodePlex open source group moves beyond Microsoft
  • Why SDL Perl Matters
  • From Slovenia, with love: A new Snoopy Logger
  • FSF submits comment in USTR Special 301 Review
  • openSUSE Milestone 2 released
  • AMD Reveals Upcoming Catalyst Driver Changes
  • Linux Outlaws 136 - Make Love, Not Proprietary Software
  • Ubuntu ported onto Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1
  • Conversation with a free software radical
  • SimplyMepis Linux 8.0.15 Review
  • Why teachers should boycott ICT (except Linux)

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Generate a moderately secure random password
  • tput
  • multicd.sh - Combine several CDs into one
  • Multiple IP uplinks with Gentoo
  • How to setup Chrome as your default browser on Ubuntu
  • Installing and configuring PPTP VPN server on lenny
  • Good Collection of Linux Tutorials
  • How To Fix Sound Issues in Ubuntu 9.10
  • Using Templates in digiKam
  • Compiling custom kernel for different GNU/Linux distributions
  • 4 Awk If Statement Examples ( if, if else, if else if, ? )

Introducing LinuxSearch.org!

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Web

blog.dustinkirkland.com: While I know the available Ubuntu resources very well, I may not necessarily have Gentoo's bugtracker or Arch's forums at my fingertips. Thus, I created LinuxSearch.org!

Flinks—Speed-Reading Web Browser

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Software

linuxjournal.com: I'm always on the lookout for original projects, and this particular application really took me by surprise. According to its Web site, “Flinks is a text-mode flashing word Web browser. It is intended for speed reading.

Computer Science Education Benefits from FLOSS

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OSS

ebb.org/bkuhn/blog: I read with interest today when Linux Weekly News linked to Greg DeKoenigsberg's response to Mark Guzdial's ACM Blog post, The Impact of Open Source on Computing Education. I must sadly admit that I was not terribly surprised to read such a post from an ACM-affiliated academic that speaks so negatively of FLOSS's contribution to Computer Science education.

Also: Damned Lies and Statistics, FOSS Sexism and Education

KDE 4.4 Review, Screenshot Tour (and KDE 4.0 Comparison)

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KDE

internetling.com: 21,000 closed bugs later, the KDE team has announced the new KDE 4.4 and I simply had to take a look. After all, the last time I took KDE 4 Series for a spin was back when I still thought open source was one word.

Multimedia Codecs: The Legal Path

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Software

workswithu.com: If the American government invested as many resources rounding up violators of software licenses as it does fighting “terror,” I’d have been put away long ago, because all of my Ubuntu systems use patented multimedia software that I didn’t pay for.

Getting a good grip on Claws - a review for daily use

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Software

nuxified.org: In 2009 I had written about my experience with Claws Mail. After almost a year with Claws and a few minor releases, I thought it useful to share my experiences after a longer period of time.

Google’s strategy unveiled: a little bit of everything you do

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Google

itwriting.com/blog: Schmidt’s blind spot is that he does not really see privacy as an issue. He mentions it from time to time; but he is clear that he regards the trade-off, that we give our personal data to Google in return for these cool services.

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GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
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  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.