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Story Epiphany 3.8 gets integrated AdBlock srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 9:18pm
Story HP webOS: Open Source Software Reaches 1.0 srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 6:49pm
Story Dreamlinux Is No More :( srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 6:45pm
Story From Noobs to Experts: Is There an ABC for Linux Distros? srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 6:44pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 4:28pm
Story Blender 2.64 released srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 4:00am
Story Thinking Small With Tiny Core Linux srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 3:58am
Story 10 obscure Linux apps you should know about srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 2:03am
Story Greg KH: 5 Open Source Projects That Need Developers srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:38pm
Story Calligra Productivity Suite: Too Much Trouble srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:36pm

Misc Link Dump

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News
  • Apparently, Vista can barely walk and chew gum at the same time

  • FireGL 5600 OpenGL performance surprises
  • Rumor: Google Phone Will Be Linux-Powered, GPS-Loaded and Cheap
  • The State of the Desktop
  • Noel Hidalgo interview with Drupal's Dries Buytaert
  • Why Microsoft fears open source more than other proprietary vendors do
  • Ubuntu: Using closed-source application securely with AppArmor
  • Open-Source Licensing Suffers Setback in Court
  • Successful pilot leads to open source implementation at AU state agency

OOXML in the news

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Microsoft
OSS
  • The OOXML Vote: How Bad Can it Get? (Keep Counting)

  • OOXML gains ground even as US remains apathetic on new document formats
  • Retired Ecma chief expects Open XML's approval by March
  • More Irregularities in the OOXML ISO Process Surface
  • Microsoft Bought Sweden's ISO Vote on OOXML?
  • Microsoft bashed in OOXML shens (and comparing loos)
  • OOXML in Norway: The haywire process
  • One more proof of Microsoft’s ugly face?
  • U.S. Will Likely Vote Yes on OOXML

today's howtos:

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HowTos
  • Why my Linux server ext3 filesystem go read-only?

  • Linux Tip: How to Tell if Your Processor Supports VT
  • Command line tip - determine a file’s type with file
  • Tip of the Trade: cURL
  • use gprof to check your codes for performance issues
  • Howto: Completely Transparent Shell on your Ubuntu desktop with Compiz Fusion
  • Documentation Coverage Testing With dcov

X.Org 7.3 Preview

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Software

Phoronix: Scheduled for release tomorrow is X.Org 7.3. Among the new features for X.Org 7.3 include the Xorg server 1.4, an application for adjusting a display's backlight, updated display drivers, and support for font catalog directories. In this article today, we will briefly go over some of the changes found in X.Org 7.3 and we will follow up with some benchmarks in early September.

id's "Tech 5": a Linux no-go?

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Gaming

linux-gamers.net: Id-Software's next graphics-engine "Tech 5" could possibly have no Linux support. This would go hand in hand with no Linux version of Rage - the new id-software game based on "Tech 5".

Touring the KDE 4 Beta

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KDE

itmanagement: Few major pieces of free software are more eagerly awaited than KDE 4. With changes to everything from the core libraries and window manager to the look, feel and function of the desktop, by any standard, KDE 4 is an extreme makeover of the popular desktop environment.

Free Software Foundation to Microsoft: You are not above the law

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Microsoft
OSS

Matt Asay: Microsoft may wish that it were above the law, but the Free Software Foundation has issued a press release calling Microsoft to repentance for its efforts to deny GPLv3's hold on it.

Using Firefox More Efficiently - Top 9 Functional/Usability Extensions

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Moz/FF

techpersona: Firefox is becoming increasingly popular. One reason may be simple spite against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. For me, the reason is Firefox’s extensibility. Its interface and functions can be customized. I have 13 extensions–the functional add-ons. I want to suggest for you.

Microsoft beats back Linux?

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Linux
Microsoft

bloggingstocks.com: The theory goes that Linux, the open-source operating system, will replace Windows as the preferred software to run servers. Over time, the cost advantage of software created by a community of developers would overwhelm the pricey Microsoft product. So much for theory.

German universities migrate to Linux

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Linux

ComputerWeekly: Around 560,000 German students plus thousands of staff at 33 German universities will now be supported by Linux systems from Novell.

Adventures in Ubuntu: Downloading & Installing Software

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HowTos

lo-fi-librarian.co.uk: Installing stuff with Ubuntu is a very different experience. Ubuntu comes with stacks of applications ready to use, but there is likely to be other stuff you want to run.

The Four Freedoms Applied to Hardware

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Hardware

linuxdevcenter: The Free Software Foundation has defined Four Freedoms related to software. These freedoms apply to users of software, not necessarily developers. In the view of the FSF, these freedoms are ethical in nature, so much so that they argue that software which violates these freedoms is unethical.

Ubuntu: Enlightenment 17

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Software

geek00l.blogspot: I have been toying with enlightenment DR17, just like fluxbox there's no so called "stable release" and it is still in pre-alpha stage, if you know about enlightenment, DR17 is completely rewrite.

Avant Window Navigator

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Software

FOSSwire: There are many different Dock-like launchers available for Linux these days, some of them better than others. One such program is Avant Window Navigator. It bills itself as a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen tracking open windows.

Three MythTV Linux distros compared

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Linux

linux.com: My Series 1 TiVo is getting old, so I am planning an escape route based on MythTV, a free software system that turns an old computer into a personal video recorder. This week I tested three MythTV-specific Linux distributions: KnoppMyth, MythDora, and MythBuntu.

what's new with compiz fusion

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Software

smspillaz.wordpress.com: We’ve made some exciting progress this week in bugs, features and the website. Just to get this out of the way, it is now safe to upgrade Compiz Fusion.

GPLv3 Myth #4: GPLv3 undercuts the Microsoft/Novell deal

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OSS

zdnet blogs: In part 4 of a 5 part series on the new version of the most commonly used free/open source license, today we take a look at one of the reasons it took so long to create–the Microsoft/Novell patent deal.

People of openSUSE: Andreas Jaeger

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Interviews
SUSE

opensuse.news: Today we present the interview with Andreas Jaeger, Director Platform/openSUSE and also the very first person who came up with the idea to launch the project ‘People of openSUSE’.

The invisible desktop

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Linux

manilastandardtoday.com: IF you go by what the mainstream press reports, you’d think there were only two computer desktop operating systems in the world—Windows and Mac. This notion would be most unfortunate because it might keep you or your company from exploring Linux.

today's leftover links

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News
  • AWN Manager and Themes

  • How hypervisors can defeat GPLv3's "anti-tivoization"
  • Linux and real-time Java power German traffic lights
  • Ekiga: The “Duh” VOIP/SIP Software
  • XGI driver 1.5.0 release
  • Linux: Sanitizing block_device_operations
  • Judge sides with RIAA: file sharing apps lead to direct infringement
  • TorrentSpy shuts down in the U.S.
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Lenovo Cloud Director: Open Source Technologies Are The Glue That Binds The Hybrid Cloud
    Hardware giant Lenovo is banking on a future where both public and private clouds are critical in driving IT innovation, and the glue binding those hybrid environments is mostly open source technologies. Dan Harmon, Lenovo's group director of cloud and software-defined infrastructure, encouraged solution providers attending the NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on Wednesday to explore opportunities to engage Lenovo as its products stock the next generation of cloud data centers. Both public and private clouds are growing rapidly and will dominate the market by 2020, Harmon told attendees of the conference produced by CRN parent The Channel Company.
  • Cloudera Ratchets Up its Training for Top Open Source Data Solutions
    Recently, we've taken note of the many organizations offering free or low cost Hadoop and Big Data training. MIT and MapR are just a couple of the players making waves in this space. Recently, Cloudera announced a catalog of online, self-paced training classes covering the company's entire portfolio of industry-standard Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark training courses. The courses, according to Cloudera, allow you to learn about the latest big data technologies "in a searchable environment anytime, anywhere." Now, Cloudera has announced an updated lineup of training courses and performance-based certification exams for data analysts, database administrators, and developers. The expanded training offerings address the skills gap around many top open source technologies, such as Apache Impala (incubating), Apache Spark, Apache Kudu, Apache Kafka and Apache Hive.
  • Netflix’s open-source project Hollow, NVIDIA’s deep learning kits for educators, and new IBM Bluemix integrations—SD Times news digest: Dec. 6, 2016
  • Open governance enhances the value of land use policy software
    In December 2015, the COP21 Paris Agreement saw many countries commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through initiatives in the land sector. In this context, emissions estimation systems will be key in ensuring these targets are met. Such solutions would not only be capable of assessing past trends but also of supporting target setting, tracking progress and helping to develop scenarios to inform policy decisions.
  • Blender Institute collaborate with Lulzbot in the name of open source
    Blender Institute, a platform for 3D design and animation, are collaborating with Lulzbot 3D printers. This project a continuation of Lulzbot and Blender Institute’s approach to open source and aimed at enhancing collaboration. The Blender Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is an important figure in the Free and Open Source Software community (FOSS). Providing open source design tool software for 3D movies, games, and visual effects. While Lulzbot, a product line of Aleph Objects take an open source approach to hardware through their 3D printers.
  • Bluetooth 5 Specification Released

Remembering Linux Installfests

Ah, yes. I remember the good old days when you had to be a real man or woman to install Linux, and the first time you tried you ended up saying something like “Help!” or maybe “Mommmmyyyyy!” Really, kids, that’s how it was. Stacks of floppies that took about 7,000 hours to download over your 16 baud connection. Times sure have changed, haven’t they? I remember Caldera advertising that their distribution autodetected 1,500 different monitors. I wrote an article titled “Monitor Number 1501,” because it didn’t detect my monitor. And sound. Getting sound going in Linux took mighty feats of systemic administsationish strength. Mere mortals could not do it. And that’s why we had installfests: so mighty Linux he-men and she-women could come down from the top of Slackware Mountain or the Red Hat Volcano and share their godlike wisdom with us. We gladly packed up our computers and took them to the installfest location (often at a college, since many Linux-skilled people were collegians) and walked away with Linuxized computers. Praise be! Read more

What New Is Going To Be In Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Right on the heels of Ubuntu 16.10 'Yakkety Yak' is Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Ubuntu 17.04 is currently scheduled for release on April 13, 2017 but know that this is only an estimate. One thing to know is that all things being equal, it is going to be released in April 2017. Ubuntu Zesty Zapus will be supported for only 9 months until January 2018 as it is not a LTS (long term support) release. Read
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Security News

  • News in brief: DirtyCOW patched for Android; naked lack of security; South Korea hacked
  • Millions exposed to malvertising that hid attack code in banner pixels
    Researchers from antivirus provider Eset said "Stegano," as they've dubbed the campaign, dates back to 2014. Beginning in early October, its unusually stealthy operators scored a major coup by getting the ads displayed on a variety of unnamed reputable news sites, each with millions of daily visitors. Borrowing from the word steganography—the practice of concealing secret messages inside a larger document that dates back to at least 440 BC—Stegano hides parts of its malicious code in parameters controlling the transparency of pixels used to display banner ads. While the attack code alters the tone or color of the images, the changes are almost invisible to the untrained eye.
  • Backdoor accounts found in 80 Sony IP security camera models
    Many network security cameras made by Sony could be taken over by hackers and infected with botnet malware if their firmware is not updated to the latest version. Researchers from SEC Consult have found two backdoor accounts that exist in 80 models of professional Sony security cameras, mainly used by companies and government agencies given their high price. One set of hard-coded credentials is in the Web interface and allows a remote attacker to send requests that would enable the Telnet service on the camera, the SEC Consult researchers said in an advisory Tuesday.
  • I'm giving up on PGP
    After years of wrestling GnuPG with varying levels of enthusiasm, I came to the conclusion that it's just not worth it, and I'm giving up. At least on the concept of long term PGP keys. This is not about the gpg tool itself, or about tools at all. Many already wrote about that. It's about the long term PGP key model—be it secured by Web of Trust, fingerprints or Trust on First Use—and how it failed me.