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Story Google reveals Android Wear operating system: Linux rules Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 7:49pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 7:42pm
Story Chrome OS security holes found, patched Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 7:40pm
Story GNU Guile 2.0.10 released Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 6:29pm
Story Weston's Full-Screen Shell Protocol Revised Again Rianne Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 6:19pm
Story Asus May Be Developing an Android Game Box Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 5:10pm
Story Red Hat plans unified security management for Fedora 21 Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 4:49pm
Story GitHub puts co-founder on leave after harassment claims Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 4:41pm
Story Jolla Releases Its "Ohijärvi" Sailfish Linux Update Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 4:32pm
Story KDE wins Linux New Media Readers Choice Award 2014 Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2014 - 4:25pm

Linux growth tied to personnel issues

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Linux

blogs.techtarget.com: Linux has outpaced Windows and Unix in corporate adoption rates, according to research firm IDC’s 2007 server market numbers. The pace of Linux’s future adoption could partly depend upon whether certain people choose early retirement, another researcher says.

The unholy quad: Miguel, Mono, Moonlight and Microsoft

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Software

itwire.com: Does GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's backflip over the Novell-Microsoft deal a few days ago mean that he has finally been convinced that he is on a one-way path to nowhere?

Firefox 3 Beta 4 review

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: Firefox 3 Beta 4 is about to be released (later today or tomorrow), as the twelfth milestone, in what already is the longest development time for a Firefox version since the initial Firefox 1.0 back in 2004.

Review: Flock--Open Source Social Media Browser

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Software

blog.linuxtoday.com: If you are a social media hound you probably have a Flickr Uploader, a web browser chock full of extensions, maybe a Twitter client like Twhirl, and a slew of other tools for interacting on the web. Maybe it's time to consolidate all these tools into your web browser. That's where Flock comes in.

Yes, my grandma can run Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

Matt Asay: Last week Lenovo lent me one of its X61 ThinkPad laptops so that I could give Ubuntu Linux a try. A week into a new trial with Ubuntu Linux, however, it's clear that desktop Linux has come a long way. This is an operating system that my grandma could (and, in fact, did) use.

Losing My Religion: Firefox 3 (Confessions of a Linux Geek)

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Moz/FF

linuxplanet.com: Forgive me, Linux Community, for I have sinned. It has been forever since my last confession and I am prepared for my penance. The truth is that I have never particularly cared for the Firefox browser. Putting my own religious fervor and proselytizing nature aside, my task is to review the new Firefox 3 browser for you.

First impressions of Vista and Ubuntu

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OS

joewein.net/blog: Last week I decided it was finally time for to buy a new notebook computer. I picked a Gateway M-6750 with some form of Vista preinstalled. One of the reasons I picked this model was its large hard disk, because I was planning to also run Ubuntu.

Also: The Downfall of Vista

A cure for nvidia drivers in Ubuntu

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Software

blogs.techrepublic: Over the weekend I finally upgraded my main machine. This was not just an upgrade but also a migration to another distro. After about ten years with Red Hat/Fedora I finally jumped over to Ubuntu. There’s a reason: nvidia.

US gives thumbs up to OOXML for ISO standard

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OSS

theregister.co.uk: The US delegation has voted to maintain its “Approve” recommendation for Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) to be adopted by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Also: Fun with Microsoft OOXML

Back up Linux with ease

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HowTos

tectonic.co.za: I’m not particularly fond of backing up my data. I know I should do it and I feel pretty smug when it is done, but it is a time-consuming and frustrating process. I want is a one-click backup tool that, once set, does all the work for me. Backerupper may not be TimeMachine but it is pretty idiot-proof and does the job.

Review: Nokia N810 Internet Tablet

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Hardware

vnunet.com: The problem with pocket-sized internet gadgets (such as smartphones) is that the web facilities they offer tend to be patchy. This is no good to serious web users, who yearn for a portable internet experience that’s the same the one you get sat at a desktop PC. Nokia’s new N810 promises precisely this.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 243

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature story: Entropy - a new package management toolkit for Sabayon Linux

  • News: What's new in Mandriva Linux, Fedora Xfce spin updates, OpenBSD pre-release testing, free download of YDL 6.0
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 4.0 "KDE", Kiwi Linux 8.03
  • Upcoming releases: Gentoo Linux 2008.0 Beta, Frugalware 0.8
  • Data mining: Data-peeler analysis of DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking logs
  • New addition: Ophcrack LiveCD
  • New distribution: PA-RISC Linux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

few howtos

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HowTos
  • How To Sync Amarok With iPOD Classic & 3rd Generation iPOD Nano

  • Ubuntu/XP: Streaming Sopcast to your mobile devices
  • Recording sounds for Impress slides with eVoice
  • Debian amd64: iceweasel with i386 plugins, outside a chroot
  • Redirecting Ports Using iptables Prerouting
  • Fix for suspend and hibernation problem for Laptops

Martin Buckley quits Novell over "certain principles"

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SUSE

Matt Asay: Wow. Martin Buckley, long time product manager and global evangelist for Novell's Systems and Resource Management products (e.g., ZENworks), has quit Novell.

Amarok 2 feature freeze planned for later this month

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Software

arstechnica.com: The Amarok developers have been working on a major overhaul that will dramatically reinvent the program's user interface and deliver a lot of really compelling new features. The new theme looks very polished and will likely blend well with a KDE 4 environment.

MSI Shows Off Eee PC Competitor

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Hardware

gizmodo.com.au: At CeBIT, it is showing off the MSI Wind, a subnotebook very much in the style of the Eee. The 8-inch model is expected to cost less than 400 euros and it will come with either Linux or Windows installed.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Me and You and a GPG Key Named Boo

  • Downloading Music the 1337 Way!
  • Timeline of the Debian project
  • Configure Exim with anti-spam
  • FSF New Website and Newsletter
  • A “Word” on Document Interoperability
  • Decibel in 14 easy steps
  • an interview with pmdematagoda
  • Will it always be about Microsoft?
  • People power transforms the web in next online revolution
  • Linux a few months in
  • Linux Mint Darnya on HP Pavilion dv6000

Eee PC to Get Intel’s Diamondville, Hard Drives, and Fashion Forward Style

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Hardware
Interviews

laptopmag.com: Asus’ Eee PC has become a low-cost laptop to reckon with. Everex has snuck up on the low-cost leader with the CloudBook and other vendors are rumored to be releasing their own low-cost notebooks in the near future. Shen thinks the days of the Eee PC are just taking off and that the competitors will try to knock them off their course but won’t succeed.

Linux Filesystem Exposed

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Linux

gorkee.com: On Linux, there is only a single hierarchical directory structure. Everything starts from the root directory, represented by ‘/’, and then expands into sub-directories. Where DOS/Windows had various partitions and then directories under these partitions, Linux places all the partitions under the root directory by ‘mounting’ them under specific directories. The closest to root under Windows would be c:.

Talking Ubuntu Linux: Q&A with System76 President Carl Richell

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Interviews
Ubuntu

allaboutubuntu.wordpress: System76, one of the best-known providers of Ubuntu systems, recently introduced new servers certified to run the operating system. All About Ubuntu caught up with System76 President Carl Richell to discuss his views on the Ubuntu server market.

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.