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Story Peppermint introduces cloud-based open source desktop to Africa Rianne Schestowitz 12/03/2014 - 7:27pm

Canonical Sets Ubuntu 8.10, Taps KVM Virtualization

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Ubuntu

itjungle.com: Commercial Debian Linux distributor Canonical has given its moniker to the next iteration of its Ubuntu Linux, code-named "Intrepid Ibex" in keeping with the silly names the Ubuntu project uses and probably coming to market as Ubuntu 8.10 in October. The company has also talked a bit more about the Ubuntu 8.10 feature set, its use of KVM virtualization, and a reseller deal it has with IBM.

Asus Eee PC 4G

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Hardware
Reviews

techtree.com: Sub-notebooks or Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) have been around for quite a while now. Most of the sub-notebooks that were in the market till 2006, however, belonged in the premium segment, making people think twice before investing in one of theses. Then in 2007, Asus changed all that. We're sure you'll want to know what it's like, and what we think of it, having spent a while using and testing it.

Do Linux Users Care About Freedom?

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OSS

bytesfree.org: Over at the TuxToday blog, there’s a post about Linux users not caring about freedom - because they’d rather just use Adobe’s Flash plugin in lieu of Free Software like Gnash. Or they think Richard Stallman and the FSF are morons who are hurting the Open Source movement.

Mandriva 2008.1 looks pretty good

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MDV

linsec.ca: As usual, I take a day or two when a new Mandriva version is in RC status to install and play around with it. Every release since I’ve had the Libretto, there is always something that needs to be tweaked or that just doesn’t work out quite right.

should ubuntu be more like arch?

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: If you spend a week or two with Arch Linux, you start to wonder if maybe the Ubuntu machine should be following the same game plan as the Arch contingent. Let me reply to that.

Fedora Project Leader: Hello and Goodbye

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Linux
Interviews

fedoraproject.org: For the last two years Max Spevack has led the Fedora Project through many changes. Now, he has decided it's time for him to move on to other areas. In this interview we catch up with both Max and Paul as they discuss their experiences of the Fedora Project Leader job, the project's past and its future.

Ubuntu Brainstorm Update

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Web

ubuntu.com: Four amazing days have passed since the launch of brainstorm.ubuntu.com, and all we can say is Whoah! And the numbers keep growing! We had not expected such a success.

The best Linux system repair disk graduates to 1.0

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Linux

linux-watch.com: If you need to repair PCs, even if you don't use Linux as a rule, you should have a Linux repair CD. These self-booting Linux distributions give you all the software tools you need to bring all but the deadest computers back to life. The best of these distributions is, hands-down, SystemRescueCd.

Don't use Emacs, says Java's father

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Software

computerworld.com.au: Known in the development world as the father of Java, Sun Microsystems' vice president and fellow James Gosling has urged coders to stop using the antiquated Emacs text editor and move to a more modern IDE like Sun's own open source NetBeans.

The $100 Headache

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OLPC

popsci.com: This past year has brought the high-flying OLPC back to earth. Production of the laptops has stalled, and the price tag of the machine has doubled to $200. As of January, OLPC had built only around 250,000 laptops, and delivery problems left some critics fuming.

ATI & NVIDIA In The Linux Hollywood

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Linux

phoronix.com: The first main talk that occurred at FOSDEM was on the major growth of Linux within the motion picture industry and Hollywood. Linux is now the primary operating system being used in the render farms and post-production environments.

Hans Reiser Denies Murdering His Wife

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Hans Reiser was just sworn in. His attorney, William DuBois, is lobbing questions to him. The defendant says he met his wife in a café in 1998 in Russia.

Open the full KDE Control Centre in Kubuntu

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KDE

fosswire.com: Kubuntu (and some other KDE-based distributions) features a special System Settings application which takes the place of the full KDE Control Centre application, which is used for setting all sorts of KDE preferences and changing different settings on the system.

The LinuxSampler Project

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Software

linuxjournal.com: This week we'll look at what's been going on recently with LinuxSampler, a very cool software audio sampler. I have to say at the outset that this article was tough to write, I was just having far too much fun with the program.

Absolute FreeBSD 2nd Edition review

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BSD

thejemreport.com: There aren't many FreeBSD books on the market -- compared to the number of Linux books, anyway -- so it's important that the few extant titles be superbly written and technically accurate. I was really looking forward to reading Absolute FreeBSD 2nd Edition because I'd heard such great things about the aged first edition.

Also: How To Upgrade FreeBSD 6.3 to 7.0 Stable Release

Asus announces EeePC with 9-inch display

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Hardware

tech.blorge.com: It’s here just a little bit sooner than expected; the EeePC with a 9-inch display. If you liked the 7-inch model then you’ll love the 9-inch model. There isn’t much available in the way of specs yet, aside from the larger display.

Ubuntu 7.10 Now Available to Dell Customers in China

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Ubuntu

direct2dell.com: Earlier today, we began offering Ubuntu 7.10 on the Inspiron 530 desktop to customers in China. We did this because many Dell China customers have asked about it there.

Easing into Open Source

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OSS

eweek.com: Open-source software can save an organization money and open the door to customization, but it pays to know where to start and where to get help.

Mandriva 2008.1 What's New Wiki Online

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MDV

wiki.mandriva.com: Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring is coming this April. The planned schedule for the final is April 9. This page provides a run down of the biggest new versions and features that will be coming with Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring.

NDISwrapper and the GPL

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "A change after 2.6.24 broke ndiswrapper by accidentally removing its access to GPL-only symbols," noted Pavel Roskin, offering a patch to address the issue. Linux creator Linus Torvalds was unimpressed, "I'm not seeing why ndiswrapper should be treated separately."

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