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Guayadeque Music Player: Light, Unique, Awesome?

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Software

omgubuntu.co.uk: It may have a name like an exotic fruit but Guayadeque music player is a surprisingly powerful new addition to the Linux music player scene. Light on resources and heavy on features.

Stop Fighting Linux and Learn Your Distro

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Linux

enterprisenetworkingplanet.com: Is Linux frustrating for you? Do you find yourself spending time trying to figure out why package updates broke or undid changes you've made? You're not alone, but we have good news: it doesn't have to be that way.

You can’t have it your way

kmandla.wordpress: I have some advice for you, if you’re thinking about spearheading an open source project: Define your goal at the outset, and never ever allow the public to determine which way your project goes.

Linux Training Week: Ease of Use

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Linux

zath.co.uk: For most consumers, the number one factor when buying a computer is for it to ‘just work’ without them having to play around with various settings or install drivers for various hardware components.

Lucas Rocha Resigns from GNOME Board

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Software

blogs.gnome.org: So, considering my priorities now, I feel that I would be more useful to the Board by stepping down and letting another person with a lot of energy to take my position.

Is RHEL5 the New XP of Linux World?

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Linux

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: If you blamed Redmond for late release of Vista (almost 6 years after XP) then think again, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is the new XP of Linux World. And the same user-reaction is building towards it.

Firefox 3.5.8 And 3.0.18 Downloads Today

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Moz/FF

ghacks.net: Mozilla has announced plans to update the Firefox 3.0.x and Firefox 3.5.x branch today earlier this week. The updates are currently distributed to the official mirror server network to be prepared for the increased traffic after the official release announcement.

OpenShot Now Included in Ubuntu 10.04

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Software
Ubuntu
  • OpenShot Now Included in Ubuntu 10.04!
  • Lucid Software Centre Adds 'Featured' Gallery, PPA View
  • Elementary Theme Getting New Metacity
  • Bad Karma with the Koala -Take 2
  • Prey for Ubuntu
  • What's the best laptop to run Ubuntu Linux?

Shuttleworth, Rodriguez Keynote at PyCon 2010

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OSS

Mark Shuttleworth and Antonio Rodriguez keynote at PyCon 2010, the world's largest conference of the Python programming community.

KDE 4.4 Mail Misunderstanding Explained & Akregator Surprize

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Linux

I've gotten quite a few responses to my quickie look at KDE 4.4 under Mandriva written for this week's Distrowatch Weekly. One of which came from Aaron J. Seigo himself. I thought I might share some of what he said since several people expressed similar concerns on the topic here in comments. I also found one really super-duper neato new feature in Akegator in 4.4 that deserves a mention.

SAM Linux - In the twilight zone

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: SAM, an acronym that stands for Surface to Air missile. SAM, Linux. SAM Linux is a distribution based on PCLinuxOS, a small if rather popular distribution that caters to new users by offering a rich, exciting desktop, with everything working out of the box. That is PCLinuxOS. So what can SAM Linux do?

Personalizing KDE 4.4

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KDE
HowTos

ghacks.net: Sticking with our KDE theme this week, it’s time to learn how to make KDE 4.4 yours. You’ve downloaded it, you’ve used it, and now you want to personalize it. In this article I am going to show you how.

Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 5) - Drivers

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Linux

h-online.com: Enhancements to the ALSA code for HD audio codecs, a V4L/DVB driver for the Mantis TV chip, drivers for MSI laptops and drivers for newer AMD CPUs are just some of the improvements to Linux hardware support.

Linux Installation Choices

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Linux

linux.com: One of the advantages of an open source environment like Linux is the myriad number of personalities involved in its development, future, and feature-inventory. When the available choices do not meet the needs of one person, he/she can create an alternative methodology, test it, and then offer it to the community for their use or not. Installation choices for Linux is no different:

Measuring FAIL: A Scorecard for Evaluating Open Source Projects

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OSS

ostatic.com/blog: Ever wonder whether a given FLOSS project is going to succeed or flounder? Need a little help reading the tea leaves? Now you can follow along at home with a handy scorecard that looks at everything from source control to project communication.

Is Novell working on a KVM hypervisor?

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SUSE

infoworld.com: In spite of currently having a very small user base, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is getting quite a bit of attention lately from the press and the virtualization market.

CentOS, I had to try it

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Linux

distrocheck.wordpress: I’ve been busy making some websites and paid 5 dollars for some L.A.M.P hosting, but after being very frustrated by the server not functioning properly I decided I would get up my own server. I was deciding between FreeBSD, CentOS or ArchLinux.

OpenSource Operating Systems

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OS

elevenislouder.blogspot: I figured that I should take an opportunity to introduce a few opensource OSs that really haven't been in the lime light much. We all know about Linux and many of us also know about Darwin and BSD. Still some know about OpenSolaris. Which ever ones you know or don't here's a chance to get the scoop.

Open source: dangerous to computing education?

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opensource.com: At a time when we are trying to broaden participation in computing, open source development is even more closed and less diverse than commercial software development.

Where has my network gone?

toolbox.com/blogs: While Linux is a very simple and easy to understand operating system it can sometimes be confusing. What? You say. Linux..simple? Easy to understand? What are you on Locutus?

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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
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
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    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.