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Story Magellan GPS takes Android for an RV adventure Rianne Schestowitz 31/07/2014 - 1:01am
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Story Looking for a technology job? Learn as much as you can about open source Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2014 - 10:20pm
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Story Tor anonymity service says unknown attackers compromised its network Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2014 - 8:39pm
Story AMD Catalyst 14.6 Does Slightly Better With APITest OpenGL Tests Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2014 - 8:30pm
Story GNOME's GTK+ Is Still Striving For A Scene Graph, Canvas API Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2014 - 8:23pm
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Persistent Configuration Options For X.Org Drivers

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Software

phoronix.com: In recent times, the xorg.conf (or formerly, XFree86.conf) file once used for configuring all static X-related server options has been shrinking in size. Thanks to more reliable EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) on LCD panels, it's generally no longer needed to manually specify mode-lines within this X.Org configuration file.

Apple sues clone maker Psystar

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Mac
Legal

cnet.com: Apple has sued Psystar, the company that for months has been selling the Open Computer, a Mac clone. Of course, if anything, the surprising thing is not that Apple is suing Psystar, but what took them this long?

Myah OS: Not quite ready

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Linux

linux.com: Myah OS is a desktop-oriented distribution built from the ground up around a custom package manager. When things go right, it has the potential to be an easy to use, simplistic deskop operating system. As you will see, however, not everything always goes right.

Automate backups on Linux

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News

The loss of critical data can prove devastating. If you use Linux, you already have access to extremely powerful tools for creating custom backup solutions. The solutions in this article can help you perform simple to more advanced and secure network backups using open source tools that are part of nearly every Linux distribution.

Evidence mounts for August Eee PC carnage with $299 Dell E launch

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Hardware

digitimes.com & engadget.com: Dell is planning to introduce a low-cost notebook in August to join the low-cost notebook market, according to the market sources. The notebook will be manufactured by Compal Electronics, according to the sources.

An Early Look At OpenSolaris 2008.11

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OS

phoronix.com: Over the weekend we had posted our synopsis of Solaris Express Community Edition Build 93, which brings a great deal of needed changes to the Solaris Nevada code-base in order to bring its packages up-to-date. While OpenSolaris 2008.05 is only two months old, work at Sun is already underway in preparing for the second OpenSolaris release, which will be known as OpenSolaris 2008.11.

A Reader’s Guide to the Red Hat/Firestar Settlement

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Linux
Legal

redhat.com: Last month, we announced that Red Hat had settled a patent infringement case with an agreement that was significant in fashioning a new model for protection for the open source community. We demonstrated that it is possible to satisfy the letter and spirit of GPL licensing in resolving patent litigation.

Linux guru? then switch to Arch Linux!

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Linux

antonywilliams.com: It's official, I've ditched Debian (and Ubuntu) completely. All my computers are now running Arch Linux. Why did I switch? It's more stable, faster, updated more frequently and more customisable. Let me explain some of the main differences.

Too many Linux distributions?

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Linux

celettu.wordpress: That’s one you often hear, right? There are too many Linux distributions, and that’s a problem. To some people, who then feel compelled to blog about it. Most of the times, the reasons stated are confusion for new Linux users, and lack of a unified install method for all Linuxes.

Benchmarking hardware RAID vs. Linux kernel software RAID

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Linux

linux.com: Want to get an idea of what speed advantage adding an expensive hardware RAID card to your new server is likely to give you? You can benchmark the performance difference between running a RAID using the Linux kernel software RAID and a hardware RAID card. My own tests of the two alternatives yielded some interesting results.

The Value of Free

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OSS

goodcomputing.blogspot: How do you put a value on the products created through open source? Do you consider all the time spent crafting quality software? Take into account your own effort in advocating its use? Charge for packaging and a profit margin? How, exactly, would Best Buy have come to the conclusion that Ubuntu Linux is worth $19.99? I think the answer is fairly simple: they guessed.

Dang, Darn, Damn Small Linux!

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Linux

zdnet.co.uk/blog: I've been looking at a very interesting variant of Linux called Damn Small Linux. Its 3 major contributors have basically taken a minimalist approach to Linux and have created a system that can provide a basic desktop running on an OS that's right around 50 Megabytes.

First few days with Mandriva 2009.0

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MDV

ruminationsonthedigitalrealm.org: With the first few days (and couple of hundred updates) under the belt I can say a little bit more about my first impressions with the Alpha 2 release of Mandriva 2009. I started last Sunday and have been using it pretty much as the default since.

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Fedora 9

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HowTos

This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

today's leftovers

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News
  • In Memory of Uwe Thiem

  • My Perfect Desktop: Kubuntu KDE 4
  • My kid hates Linux
  • The new and improved Ubuntu QA
  • Problems with encrypted networks in Fedora
  • If you use Linux, you MUST try gLabels
  • 2.6.26 at last
  • Brasero 0.8.0 gets cover editor, new plugin and much more
  • Edimax EW-7728In 802.11n (RaLink rt2860) with Linux 2.6.26

  • Tweaking the Eee PC part 3
  • Backup GMAIL with FetchMail
  • Use Vim As A Syntax Highlighting Pager
  • Using SFDISK to backup your partition table
  • Doom3 and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Fix
  • Screencasting from Linux/Ubuntu
  • Converting Binary Numbers To Decimal The Hard Way On Linux Or Unix

Amarok 2 alpha 1 looking strong

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Software

arstechnica.com: The first alpha release of Amarok 2 was made available for download last week. The popular open-source music player is undergoing a significant transformation and receiving a highly anticipated update for KDE 4.

Malware on GNU/Linux

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Security

[M]alware includes not just virii, but worms, trojans and root-kits. These known and widely available tools are not the only options available to intruders either. GNU/Linux users should not have any false sense of security just based on the fact that viruses designed for exclusively for windows won't run on GNU/Linux.

Flaws found in BSD, Linux software updaters

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Linux

zdnet.com.au: The software update mechanisms used by most BSD and Linux operating systems can be tricked into installing buggy or known-to-be-compromised software on users' systems, creating serious security risks, according to new research.

An introduction to Wubi

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Software

technologytales.com: The Toshiba laptop that I acquired at the start of the year is a Windows Vista box and it isn’t something with which I want to play too roughly because the OS came pre-installed on it. I still want to continue to see how Vista goes at close quarters so removing it to put Ubuntu or some other Linux distribution on there wasn’t ever going to be an option.

Enterprises still not getting full benefits of open source

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: We have been discussing this for weeks here, but now there’s confirmation from Forrester Research. Enterprises are not getting the full benefits of open source. The real problem, it seems to me, is they don’t understand the nature of open source.

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New Manjaro Release

What a week we had. With this update we have removed most of our EOL tagged kernels. Please adopt to newer series of each, when still be used. PulseAudio and Gstreamer got renewed. Also most of our kernels got newer point-releases. Series v4.12 is now marked as EOL. Guillaume worked on Pamac to solve reported issues within our v6 series. The user experience should be much better now. Latest NetworkManager, Python and Haskell updates complete this update-pack. Please report back and give us feedback for given changes made to our repositories. Read more