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Fedora 8

Fedora 8 - a video tour

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Linux

linux.com: These three short videos -- all less than 8 minutes long -- give you an idea of Fedora 8's "look and feel" during the installation and setup process, and show you what software is installed by default. The third video shows you how to install and -- just as important -- uninstall software in Fedora 8.

Spinning a New Kind of Distro

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Linux

linux today blog: When Fedora 8 came out last week, the first thing that came to mind was this was the first release of Fedora in recent memory that didn't have some sort of glitch associated with it.

Unlock The Power Of Gnome's Text Editor

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HowTos

blog.wired.com: One of the first questions from those who switch operating systems is usually — how can I make it more familiar? Typically this boils down to how can I make program X on my new system behave more like Program Y on the old system that I was used too?

Linux Preloaded–an Insider’s View

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Linux

linuxtechdaily.com: There is a story today that WalMart’s $200 Linux machine running Ubuntu with Enlightenment is sold out and selling like hotcakes. The article links to WalMart’s product page, where it is listed as sold out and filled with glowing reviews. It feels good to see that. At one point I got to put my money where my mouth was, but was burned by bad timing.

KDE 4.0 Release Event Contest Winners Announced

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KDE

the dot: We received many great submissions from community members with very different backgrounds from around the globe. In the end, with generous approval from KDE e.V. Vice President and Treasurer Cornelius Schumacher, we have decided to fly out two contestants:

Introducing the first official Oxygen wallpaper.

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KDE

pinheiro: Vlad from http://www.vladstudio.com was one of the contestants to enter the great oxygen wallpaper contest, and one of his submitted wallpapers got in.

Foresight Linux 2.0 Alpha 1 Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix: With its lime green theme, the appearance of Foresight 2.0 Alpha 1 is certainly distinct from most other desktop Linux distributions. However, it's color theme is not all that's unique about this new development release.

DesktopBSD Day 10 - Customizing the Desktop

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BSD

ruminations: Just like real candy. If you have to prepare the candy from scratch, you loose you appetite along the way. How easy is it to change the look-N-feel of the KDE desktop?

Smolt passes the 200k entries mark

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Software

liquidat: Smolt, the distribution independent hardware data collection tool reached another mile stone: it passed the 200.000 entries mark. Almost all machines are still Fedora machines by now since other distributions haven’t picked up the tool - yet.

Linux and Windows: virtualize, Wine or dual boot route?

iTWire: As I've mentioned in previous articles I currently have all the applications I need on my Ubuntu Linux desktop so I never need to use Windows. However, there are unfortunately still plenty of applications that some users need which are not available under Linux and have no equivalent. Luckily for those users there are at least three options that will allow them to run the software they need.

Nine Features Included in Fedora 9

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Linux

softpedia: Although Fedora 8 just got released, the developers are thinking about the features which are going to be included in the next release, Fedora 9. There are no approved features yet, but the community is working on providing material for developers to choose from.

DSL 4.0: Damn small improvement

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Linux

linux.com: Damn Small Linux is tiny Linux distribution that John Andrews originally created in 2002 to see just how many applications could fit into a 50MB system. The project has grown over the years to include many other contributors working on hundreds of packages and applications. Last month's release of DSL 4.0 brought many updates and changes, yet it remains a special-purpose distribution for older hardware because it lacks support for many modern features.

Mesh networks on OLPC: it's all about the application level

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OLPC

o'reilly onlamp: I went down to the Cambridge, Massachusetts lab of One Laptop Per Child today to find out what they’re doing with mesh networks. A One Laptop Per Child system has limited value on its own. Its most innovative and powerful features lie in its participation in a mesh network with other laptops. So get your neighbors and workmates to buy them too!

Ubuntu Server: Considering Kernel Configuration

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HowTos

Carla Schroder: Last week we looked at Ubuntu Server's documentation, discussed hardware requirements, tried to figure out what sets Ubuntu Server apart from Ubuntu Desktop. We're taking such a deep dive into the very bowels of Ubuntu Server that this is expanding into a three-parter, so hold on to your hats and enjoy the ride.

Popular Mechanics Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

popularmechanics.com: To give a little something to the rest of our geeky readers out there, we’re also posting its operating system on the Popular Mechanics Web site for free. We received permission from Ubuntu to dress up the OS with a Popular Mechanics skin and post it on our site.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Installation of openSUSE 10.3 (10.2 to 10.3 upgrade)

  • the ubuntu project
  • Interesting Changes For GNOME 2.21.2
  • How a bread truck invented the internet
  • Ars on Ubuntu Gutsy
  • How to set up your own Debian Linux Mirror
  • How Do Penguins Build Their Nests?
  • Yahoo to launch open source program
  • Linux: Scheduler Fixes
  • Debian Ubuntu - Webcam in Yahoo! Chatrooms
  • Ubuntu: Last nail in the coffin
  • Put a puppy in your PC Part 1
  • Does Ubuntu Need a New Flavor Aimed At Developers?
  • Mozilla to make Firefox memory issues a priority

The disconnect between Open Source advocates and the rest of the world

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OSS

geekzone.co.nz: A recent thread in our Geekzone discussion forums illustrated a couple of interesting points about the way Linux proponents talk about their favourite OS and about the way other (non-Linux) users tend to react to this. This is about perception and also about an apparent disconnect between those two user groups.

How to gear up your desktop for the Christmas holidays

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com/blogs: I just saw my first Christmas lights a few days ago. Do you know what that means? It brings a very special time: decorating your GNU/Linux-based PC.

Also: Desktop delights for digitally delicious wallpapers

XO laptop sales begin, but support plan is nonexistent

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OLPC

Richard Koman: Today the effort moved to the world of consumer sales and philanthropy, as OLPC’s Give 1, Get 1 program launched. And it appears that by the end of day the website was saying there were only 12 days left in the sale. That’s confusing because OLPC has said there will be no limit.

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Linux 4.9.13

I'm announcing the release of the 4.9.13 kernel. All users of the 4.9 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.9.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.9.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Read more Also: Linux 4.4.52 Linux 4.10.1

OSS Leftovers

  • What motivates the open-source community?
    Many of us will have been involved in a free-software community that ran out of steam, and either ended up moribund or just plain died. Some of us will have gone through such cycles more than once; it's never nice to watch something that used to be a vibrant community in its death throes. Knowing what motivates the sort of people who get heavily involved in free software projects is really useful when trying to keep them motivated, and a systematic approach to understanding this is what Rina Jensen, Strategist at Mozilla, talked about at FOSDEM 2017. Mozilla talks a lot about promoting innovation and opportunity on the web, and the organization does care a lot about those objectives, but the realities of day-to-day life can interfere and make working toward them tedious. The thinking was that if Mozilla could help make the experience for contributors better, then the contributors could make Mozilla better — but doing that required understanding how things could be better for contributors.
  • Shuttle Music Player is now Open Source
    Music is a major part of everyone’s life, and our smartphones allow us to truly enjoy our music anywhere. Over the years, Android has received a fair share of excellent music player apps, and Shuttle Music Player has managed to stand out. Shuttle is a music player following Google’s Material Design guidelines, and its listing is nearing 4 Million downloads. Currently, the app offers two versions: free and paid. The paid version is priced at $0.99 and has received over 50 thousand downloads on the Play Store already.
  • OpenStack isn’t dead. It’s boring. That’s a good thing.
    The first OpenStack Project Teams Gathering (PTG) event was held this week in Atlanta. The week was broken into two parts: cross-project work on Monday and Tuesday, and individual projects Wednesday through Friday. I was there for the first two days and heard a few discussions that started the same way.
  • NetBSD 7.1_RC2 available
  • NetBSD 7.1 RC2 Released
    The second release candidate to the upcoming NetBSD 7.1 is now available for testing. NetBSD 7.1 RC2 is primarily comprised of fixes since 7.1 RC1, and in particular, security fixes. The raw list of NetBSD 7.1 changes can be found here.
  • Pentagon Launches Open-Source Experiment
    With a new website showcasing federal software code, the Pentagon is the latest government entity to join the open-source movement. The Defense Department this week launched Code.mil, a public site that will eventually showcase unclassified code written by federal employees. Citizens will be able to use that code for personal and public projects. Code written by government employees can be shared with the public because that material usually isn't covered by copyright protections in the U.S., according to the Pentagon.
  • Coder Dojo: Kids Teaching Themselves Programming
    Despite not much advertising, word has gotten around and we typically have 5-7 kids on Dojo nights, enough that all the makerspace's Raspberry Pi workstations are filled and we sometimes have to scrounge for more machines for the kids who don't bring their own laptops. A fun moment early on came when we had a mentor meeting, and Neil, our head organizer (who deserves most of the credit for making this program work so well), looked around and said "One thing that might be good at some point is to get more men involved." Sure enough -- he was the only man in the room! For whatever reason, most of the programmers who have gotten involved have been women. A refreshing change from the usual programming group. (Come to think of it, the PEEC web development team is three women. A girl could get a skewed idea of gender demographics, living here.) The kids who come to program are about 40% girls.
  • Microsoft hasn't turned a phone into a PC just yet [Ed: copying GNU/Linux again]
    Using the Lapdock wired to the X3 charges the phone and provides the most reliable connection for Continuum. I found the wireless connection made things a little unreliable and choppy on some more graphically intense things like full-screen video playback. Connecting the phone is as simple as just plugging it in and watching a Windows 10 desktop burst to life on the Lapdock. While the Windows 10 desktop looks familiar, this is exactly when I realized just how limited Continuum really is. There’s a Start Menu that’s basically the home screen of a Windows phone, and access to Cortana, but there’s a lot missing. Things like putting apps side by side simply don’t exist in this Continuum world, nor do a lot of the typical places you’d right-click on apps or use keyboard shortcuts to get to the desktop. If you’re a Windows power user like me, or even if you’re just used to a standard window management system, it’s immediately frustrating.

today's howtos

UKSM Is Still Around For Data Deduplication Of The Linux Kernel

Several years back we wrote about Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging (UKSM) for data de-duplication within the Linux kernel for transparently scanning all application memory and de-duping it where possible. While the original developer is no longer active, a new developer has been maintaining the work and continues to support it on the latest Linux kernel releases. Read more