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Story LibreCalc, The 3D Printed Linux Calculator Rianne Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 5:52pm
Story FreeBSD Finishes Switching Over To GNOME 3.x Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 12:25pm
Story Nope. Munich Never Happened. – Deny, Deny, and Deny Some More Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 12:21pm
Story KDE Frameworks 5.1 & Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 12:08pm
Story [KDE] Curses! … I mean, Cursors! Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 12:04pm
Story Techrights RMS Interviews Roy Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 1:42am
Story Firefox KDE Wallet for KF5 Rianne Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 1:21am
Story The GTX 970/980 Maxwell GPUs Light Up With Nouveau On Linux 3.19 Rianne Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 12:52am
Story Manjaro Linux - Works For Me! Rianne Schestowitz 11/01/2015 - 12:45am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 10/01/2015 - 5:28pm

Ballmer: 'We're cheaper than Apple! (But not Linux)"

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Microsoft

news.cnet.com: Whenever Microsoft starts to look like a company that is ready to play fair with open source, along comes its CEO, Steve Ballmer, to ruin all the goodwill the rest of the company has created.

Go Back to School With Linux: Part Three

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: Today marks the final installment in our series that takes a look at educational versions of popular Linux distributions that are ideal for students returning to class in the next few weeks. Today let's take a look at Debian Jr.

Skype shutdown: where are free software and free protocols?

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News

Free software is definitely going strong in some areas, especially in the server market. However, there are other areas where free software and free protocols have failed.

Twitter, Linux, Red Hat, Microsoft "honored" with Pwnie Awards

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Linux

networkworld.com: Think of the annual Pwnie Awards delivered at the Black Hat conference as a geek version of the Oscars – if they were combined with the tongue-in-cheek Razzies that celebrate the worst of Hollywood.

Sony Pictures Imageworks Launches Open Source Program

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OSS

prnewswire.com: Sony Pictures Imageworks is launching an open source development program, it was announced today by Imageworks' chief technology officer, Rob Bredow. Five technologies will be released initially:

Gaze at the stars with Stellarium

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Software

dedoimedo.com: We have had lots of programs featured here on Dedoimedo, but we never really focused on educational software. Until today. I'm going to present Stellarium, a beautiful, pleasant, addictive open-source planetarium software.

1,000,000,000: That’s a Lot of Zeros!

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Moz/FF

Adobe patches 12 Flash bugs

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Software

computerworld.com: Adobe on Thursday patched 12 vulnerabilities in Flash Player, including three it inherited from faulty Microsoft development code and one that hackers have been exploiting for at least a week. The vulnerabilities affect the Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Flash Player.

Some backpedaling on Debian freeze dates

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Linux

lwn.net: Buried deep within a "bits from the release team" posting to the Debian development community is this text: "Based on feedback of the community we are revisiting the decision to freeze December 2009."

Linux Chrome Builds Get Plug-In Support

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Software

Mozilla Sunbird Finally Approaches 1.0

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Moz/FF

linux-mag.com: After about five years of development, the Mozilla Sunbird 1.0 is nearly ready to fly out the door. The 1.0 beta made its way to the servers this week, and Mozilla’s calendaring app is almost gold.

Does openSUSE need a default desktop?

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SUSE

dissociatedpress.net: The most popular feature in openFATE (at least of this writing) is a proposal from KDE e.V. member Frank Karlitschek to make KDE the “default” in openSUSE. Michael Loeffler has also blogged about this and put it on the opensuse-project mailing list.

Take Fancy Screenshots With Shutter

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Software

ostatic.com/blog: While the native screenshot applications found in most Linux distributions are fine for quick screengrabs, you need something heftier if you plan to highlight, annotate, resize or otherwise tinker with images.

A new player in Linux music production

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Software

linuxmusicproduction.com: I recently discovered a fairly new project that has an interesting take on Linux music production: the Open Octave Project. The goal of Open Octave is to provide an environment for audio and MIDI production specifically for orchestral music and film scoring.

Red Hat to step up developer efforts

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Linux

zdnetasia.com: Red Hat will step up its efforts to help drive developer contribution and remains unfazed by desktop competition, according to its chief executive Jim Whitehurst.

why you should keep multiple gcc versions around (a case study in stupidity)

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Gentoo
Software

psykil.livejournal: configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables

Oops. Every Gentoo user has seen this at some point.

3 Dockbar like applications for Linux / Mac OS X / Windows

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Software

osrevolution.com: In the past, the dock bar has been just an appearance enhancer in operating systems. In truth, the dock bar can provide you more if you want it to.

I got your latest GNOME right here!

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Software

ogmaciel.com: Just wanted to re-enforce what Zhang said earlier today about the bleeding edge GNOME Developer’s Kit, now with extra sauce! What is it? It is a continuous build of GNOME packages all bundled up into a distribution.

Murphy's Law: LiberKey. GPL Violation or Sour Grapes?

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OSS

maximumpc.com: Hell hath no fury like an open-source developer scorned. In the red corner, we have Portable Apps and its developer, John Haller. In the blue corner, we have LiberKey and project manager Christophe Peuch.

Dell’s Inspiron 15n With Ubuntu

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Hardware
Ubuntu

itnewstoday.com: I decided to get a Dell. Not just any Dell, an Ubuntu Dell. I ended up with an Inspiron 15n, and I thought I would take the time to write up a quick blog about it.

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