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Story An open source software updating tool Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:21am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:20am
Story Evolve OS’ New Beta Brings Linux Kernel 3.19.1 and systemd 218 - Screenshot Tour Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:14am
Story LibreOffice 4.4.2 Release Candidate 1 Is Now Available for Download Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:11am
Story Strange Bedfellows and Linux Reviews Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 7:05am
Story Customer Service and Open Source Software: A Budding Relationship Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:59am
Story Ext4 Filesystem Improvements to Address Scaling Challenges Roy Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:59am
Story Red Hat 7.1 is here, CentOS 7.1 coming soon Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:51am
Story MIPS Creator CI20 v Raspberry Pi 2 Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:46am
Story Seamonkey review: Firefox’s lightweight hyper-functional cousin Rianne Schestowitz 17/03/2015 - 6:37am

AMD Catalyst 9.3 For Linux Brings OpenGL Composite Support

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phoronix.com: While the Catalyst driver for Windows was released a number of days ago, the Catalyst Linux driver was missing. It has, however, been released today.

Kernel Log: Development of 2.6.30 is under way

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h-online.com: Shortly after the release of Linux 2.6.29 last Tuesday, the kernel subsystem developers began to prepare the first changes to be merged into the main development branch for Linux 2.6.30.

Desktop Linux: I'm Here for the Apps

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Software

blogs.eweek: The best and the worst attributes of Linux as a desktop operating system involve acquiring and maintaining software applications.

The last Linux crusade is audio cd burning

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linux-wizard.net/blog: I couldn't believe it yesterday, but burning an audio CD under Linux is presently a very difficult and hazardous task ... Here is a quick summary of the situation :

The state of Linux - Is it ready for the "average" user?

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blogs.zdnet.com: The other day I realized that it had been a long time since I’d talked about Linux as a whole as opposed to looking at specific distros. I can see that a lot has changed.

Microsoft worried by Linux cloud

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Microsoft

tech.blorge.com: Microsoft has opposed an industry-wide plan to promote interoperability in cloud computing claiming, officially it’s because the firm believes the plan is unnecessarily secretive. But there are allegations Microsoft feels threatened by the plan boosting Linux-based systems.

Portraits of Linux

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linuxfoundation.org/blog: I was wandering through the mall the other day with my youngest, we happened to stumble across this:

Linux and UNIX Document publishing using XML

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Create, format, and publish documents on Linux and UNIX using XML standards and open source tools

Nowhere to hide: Forensic tool moves to Linux

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desktoplinux.com: Linux'ers who thought they had erased all traces of their latest Ponzi scheme, beware: MacForensicsLab's desktop forensic tool has moved to Linux.

Can Ubuntu's 'Jackalope' Build A Better Netbook?

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bmighty.com/blog: As one Ubuntu Linux release bows out, another is on its way. And this time around, Canonical is clearly taking aim at the netbook market.

The case for a secondary motherboard OS

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techreport.com: It seems like every year, someone thinks that Linux is on the verge of making real inroads on the desktop. Yet Linux continues to pop up in new places, one of which should be of great interest to enthusiasts.

Help people without broadband around the world

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dedoimedo.com: He raised a very valid point: Linux was easy and multimedia on Linux was easy - but only for people with solid Internet connection. Let's help people without broadband enjoy Linux.

Also: Free Linux DVDs for schools and unis

Linux - a changed environment

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brajeshwar.com: The future of Linux can be predicted based on the fact that it stands to provide its users the features they looking for, be it Wi-Fi compatibility, games, intuitive UI, et al.

Please forget to FLOSS

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esr.ibiblio.org: In email to a third party, copied to me, Linux activist and long-time friend Rick Moen comments on the acronym FLOSS (usually explanded “Free, Libré, and Open Source”.

Fedora Test Day - Nouveau - Experience

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loupgaroublond.blogspot: Today i participated for the first time in a Fedora Test Day. Conveniently i had a few hours free today, so i decided to devote some time to making sure my nVidia chip will work well in the next Fedora release. The short answer, it does.

PCLinuxOS is GREAT

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some leftovers:

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News
  • Pimp your startup sequence with Bootchart

  • Mandriva will be present at the Linux 2009 Solutions Exhibition
  • Canonical To Not Enable UXA, Too Problematic
  • Two Great Kid-Friendly Linux Projects
  • Michelle Hall On Qimo - Linux For Kids
  • Ubuntu and my work
  • Thoughts about gentoo packages
  • Things I wrote down during OSBC
  • March in the archive: a view from the Ubuntu Server team
  • Takeaways and Study Materials from the OSBC
  • Suse Linux powers SA tax collection
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Beta Screenshot Tour
  • Who really keeps open source out of business?
  • Introducing KDE 4 Notification Icons
  • Microsoft deeds are the problem
  • Sharing, Contributing... and Caching
  • Learning Geography with KGeography on Ubuntu Linux
  • Brian Aker: What Would an IBM Buyout of Sun Mean for MySQL?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Diagnose and fix network problems yourself

  • Writing GNOME Docs, Part II
  • How to Install GCC (c/c++) Compiler in Ubuntu Linux
  • Echo Debugging
  • Mailman with lighttpd and Postfix on Gentoo
  • Chainloading with Grub
  • Multi touch for any, all synaptics touchpad
  • Install the Fedora 10 Desktop Theme in Ubuntu
  • How to sendemail from the command line
  • VirtualBox and Running a Virtual Ubuntu Image within an Ubuntu Host
  • Convert pdf to jpg
  • Find files the easy way

Linux is about choice (pt 1)

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nthrbldyblg.blogspot: I argue that Linux is about choice. Why then, do applications (or their developers) decide to take away that choice?

Moonlight plans video-patent police beater for Linux

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theregister.co.uk: The open-source version of Microsoft's Silverlight is adopting hardware-based decoding for video, a move that will boost multimedia on Linux devices.

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  • Lying with statistics, distributions, and popularity contests on Cooking With Linux (without a net)
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    In an effort to improve autonomous vehicle safety, Voyage is open sourcing its Open Autonomous Safety (OAS) library that contains the company’s internal safety procedures, materials, and test code that is intended to supplement the existing safety programs at autonomous vehicle startups. Voyage is the self-driving business from the educational organization Udacity.
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  • Event - "GNU Health Con 2018" (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
    GNU Health is this year holding the III International GNU Health Conference, GNU Health Con 2018. This conference will gather the community of activists and developers who have been working on the project during the past 10 years.
  • ONNX: the Open Neural Network Exchange Format
    The good news is that the battleground is Free and Open. None of the big players are pushing closed-source solutions. Whether it is Keras and Tensorflow backed by Google, MXNet by Apache endorsed by Amazon, or Caffe2 or PyTorch supported by Facebook, all solutions are open-source software. Unfortunately, while these projects are open, they are not interoperable. Each framework constitutes a complete stack that until recently could not interface in any way with any other framework. A new industry-backed standard, the Open Neural Network Exchange format, could change that.
  • L.A. Lawmakers Looking To Take Legal Action Against Google For Not Solving Long-Running City Traffic Problems
    The city's government believes the traffic/mapping app has made Los Angeles' congestion worse. That the very body tasked with finding solutions to this omnipresent L.A. problem is looking to hold a private third party company responsible for its own shortcomings isn't surprising. If a third-party app can't create better traffic flow, what chance do city planners have? But beyond the buck-passing on congestion, the city may have a point about Waze making driving around Los Angeles a bit more hazardous. For several months, it's been noted that Waze has been sending drivers careening down the steepest grade in the city -- Baxter Street. Drivers seeking routes around Glendale Ave. traffic choke points have been routed to a street with a 32% grade, increasing the number of accidents located there and generally resulting in barely-controlled mayhem. When any sort of precipitation falls from the sky, the city goes insane. Drivers bypassing Glendale are now hurtling down a steep, water-covered hill, compounding the problem.
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    Microsoft’s given users of its collaboration apps on Windows Phone under a month’s warning of their demise. A support note from late last week advises that “Windows phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer are retiring on May 20, 2018.” “Retiring” means all three will vanish from the Microsoft store on May 20, with differing results.
  • Should You Build Your Own DIY Security System?

"Native Linux apps in Chrome OS" and Kernel News From LWN

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  • The rhashtable documentation I wanted to read
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