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Counting the roots of growth: BSD vs Linux vs Solaris

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OS

Paul Murphy: I think we all know which of the three major Unix variants has the largest number of paid up licenses for non embedded use, which generates the most headlines, and which offers the highest reliability. But which one is growing fastest?

3Com banks on open-source strategy

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OSS

ZDNet: Speaking at a media briefing in Malaysia on Tuesday, Peter Chai, vice president and general manager of 3Com Asia-Pacific, said the company's open services networking (OSN) platform will enable its customers to create and build relevant applications on top of its hardware offerings. The OSN infrastructure runs on Linux.

Addon tools for OpenOffice.org Writer

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OOo

OpenOffice.org Tips: I received this information a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it for some time. After a cursory look, it's a set of macros that provide the following tools:

Law Firm Goes SUSE Linux: Deposition at 11

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SUSE

opseast.wordpress.com: A Vancouver B.C. law firm has overruled Microsoft Windows’ objection to being replaced with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. After testing a number of competitive desktop Linux distributions, Giroux chose SLED 10, citing it’s speed and included applications as a deciding factor in SUSE’s favor.

Fighting Megatron: five steps to freedom

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OSS

FreeSoftware Mag: The free software world is being attacked by a large, wealthy, brutal monopolist, who I’ll call “Megatron” for today. As I wrote last month, Megatron is driving its OOXML tank through the village church of open standards. It’s a serious challenge to the community, and in this article I want to explain how we fight back.

First Release Candidate for GIMP 2.4.0!

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GIMP

The next stable GIMP release is close. The developers made available a first release candidate for GIMP 2.4.0.

Recompile your kernel for a perfect fit

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HowTos

linux.com: After I wrote an article on optimizing disk performance, some readers commented that tweaking settings was just part of the job. They pointed out that you can get more speed if you also compile your kernel, adjusting it optimally for your specific hardware and needs.

Open Source

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OSS

courant.com: Even when restricted by intellectual property and copyright issues, the Internet still has one area that remains one big, happy sharing family - users of open-source software.

Malaysian Government Adopts the Open Document Format

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OSS

softpedia: Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) said they will first make a study and evaluate the open standards inside their information communications technology deployment sector.

No word on Linux Dell PCs for NZ

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Ubuntu

nzherald: Dell NZ can't say when the Ubuntu-packing PCs will make it to New Zealand - or if they will at all.

today's extra links:

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News
  • A quick overview of Linux kernel crash dump analysis

  • Linux, Speedtouch USB modem and ADSL = major headache!
  • Linux Goes Legit
  • How to install Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in OS X using Parallels Desktop 3.0
  • Freespire 2.0 Review
  • Linux: The Original Process Scheduler
  • Xandros Licenses MS Exchange Protocols
  • Where does SCO go from here?
  • Bash eternal history
  • Simply Mepis 6.0 64
  • Opera-9.23 Is Out, So Lets Install It In Debian And/or Ubuntu
  • Microsoft PR bunnies love Firefox - shocka
  • What does your favorite text editor say about you?

High-speed military networking device runs Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices: A U.K.-based embedded software consultancy says it recently implemented a Linux driver and other software for a marine-based military application involving high-speed, fiber-optic networking.

Also: How Linux became a mobile phone OS

LinuxMCE Partners with KDE for New Release

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KDE

the dot: After an extensive beta testing period a new version of LinuxMCE, release 0704, was recently made available to the public that shows how we can indeed have our media center cake and eat it too. Read on for details of this release and future plans for KDE integration.

50 Reasons to Dump Windows

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Microsoft

linuxhaxor.net: I wanted to write 5 reasons to dump windows over linux, but soon I was so overwhelmed by rush of reasons that I could find, that I ended up making a list of 50 reasons.

Sunny forecast for Linux kernel predictions

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Linux

linux.com: One of the first things many decision-makers want for any given software product is a roadmap, so they can plan around releases. However, the Linux kernel is and always has been bereft of a roadmap. To counter this, the Linux Foundation announced today that it is offering a Linux Weather Forecast to help provide some guidance to developers and organizations that need to know where the kernel is going.

Buying an HP Pavilion laptop for GNU/Linux

Linux Journal: In contrast to HP's printer division, the laptop division has almost no awareness whatsoever of non-Windows operating systems. Coming to the store armed with an Ubuntu Live CD, I eventually settled on an HP Pavilion dv2410ca. A quick investigation showed that the laptop could boot Live CDs for the latest versions of Debian and Ubuntu.

Nice Shorts:

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Software
  • Nice Awn mock up

  • Firefox 3 gets smooth tab scrolling
  • KDE4 Rev 680445 - Dolphin File Manager Preview
  • I Choose Debian Lenny Over Ubuntu
  • Howto restrict su command to superuser only in Linux
  • New Scribus Icon

Distributed administration using SSH

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News

Use Secure Shell (SSH) to run commands on remote UNIX systems and, with some simple scripts, put together a system that enables you to manage many systems simultaneously from one machine without having to log in directly to the machines themselves.

Package management abstraction with D-Bus

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Software

/home/liquidat: Richard Hughes recently proposed to use D-Bus to abstract the package management solutions for Linux. He implemented the abstraction in the “PackageKit” layer and showed a working GUI.

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New CloudLinux 7 Kernel Released, Rebased to Red Hat's OpenVZ Linux 3.10 Kernel

CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced the general availability of an updated kernel package for the enterprise-ready CloudLinux 7 operating system based on the freely distributed sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. CloudLinux is the operating system of choice for hosting providers and data centers, powering over 20 million websites. It's a super-platform designed for stability, security, and efficiency in shared hosting by isolating each occupant and giving them allocated server resources. A new kernel version, tagged as build 3.10.0-427.36.1.lve1.4.26, has been announced earlier for those who are using the CloudLinux 7 release on their server infrastructures, and it's now available for installation from the updates-testing repository. It's been rebased on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7's OpenVZ rh7-3.10.0-327.36.1.vz7.18.7 kernel. Read more

Leftovers: OSS

  • Dutch govt should consider sharing all its software
    The Dutch government is to create a vision document on how all software developed for and by public administrations can be made available as open source. On Tuesday, the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament agreed that sharing software developed for or by the government has significant benefits, including information security, efficiency and openness.
  • Communicating To The World: Why Open-Source Could Help Your Small Business
    Just as groundbreaking advancements in technology in the ‘90s and 2000s have fundamentally changed the way film, music and television are produced and distributed today, more recent tech innovations have also provided entrepreneurs with the tools they need to compete in the global marketplace. Here is a look at some of the open-source solutions that you can use in order to realize your entrepreneurial ambitions. [...] The rise of high quality open-source web utilities has made it possible for anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of web design to make a quality site. In fact, open-source content management systems like WordPress are so easy to use and comprehensive, companies like Best Buy and Xerox use them to maintain their web presences. Additionally, open-source business management and accounting program Solegis, customer relationship management app ConcourseSuite and e-commerce solution Zen Cart all exist to empower entrepreneurs with limited resources.
  • What lies ahead for open source technology in 2017?
    2016 has been a polarising year. A year when the unexpected and largely unpredicted has occurred, shocking people worldwide. We have lurched into a post-truth era, where emotion transcends logic, and maintaining the status quo is no longer a given. Change is inevitable and there are vast swathes of global society who are disappointed and apprehensive about what lies ahead. In times of uncertainty, an increased focus on collaboration and community is appealing and desirable. The internet has long been a polarising force, a connecting platform that allows individuals to find kindred spirits they might not have been able to find before, regardless of their allegiances and views.
  • Financial tech-ops chief: open source is a recruitment talent imperative
    Developers don’t want to take what companies tell them at face value: they want to look under the bonnet, and assess the quality and design of the code for themselves. If you want to win credibility among the developer community and encourage the right people to your brand, you need to share your work and demonstrate best practice, not just talk about it. The benefits to an open source approach don’t end with the positive impression it can help foster among developers.
  • Speaking in Tech: Did an open source guru just ask us to join Amazon?
  • Family Farming and Open Source Wireless Networking
    Open source methods are being covered more often on television and radio these days, as witnessed by this recent story posted Monday on YouTube by CNBC that mentions Drupal-based Farm OS and covers the story of Dorn Cox, an organic grain grower at Tuckaway Farm in Lee NH; the Director of Green Start, an organization working towards food and fuel security; and co-founder of Farm Hack, an open source community for resilient agriculture.
  • WordPress 4.7 Provides Improved Customization
    WordPress 4.7 was released on December 6, providing the tens of millions of internet users that rely on it, with a long list of new features. As always with every new major WordPress milestone, there is a new theme. For WordPress 4.7 the new theme is Twenty Seventeen, which provides users with video headers and features images.
  • Open Compliance in the Enterprise: Why Have an Open Source Compliance Program?
    Traditionally, platforms and software stacks were implemented using proprietary software, and consisted of various software building blocks that originated as a result of internal development or via third-party software providers with negotiated licensing terms. The business environment was predictable and companies mitigated potential risks through license and contract negotiations with the software vendors. It was very easy to know who was the provider for every software component.
  • Why You Should Have a Personal CI Server
    As a developer, I rely on a CI server to take care of the day-to-day routine of building, testing and deploying software...so much so that I often find myself committing code after every new class or group of methods as a “fire and forget” signal to the CI server to go ahead and run my tests, check my code for style violations, and push a new version to the dev server. When I have finished my train of thought, I can jump into the CI server and either be greeted with a green tick or have a handy (and more importantly authoritative) list of issues to be addressed. However, for all the convenience that a central CI server brings, there are times when this environment lets me down. Maybe my jobs are at the end of the queue, I can’t deploy to the dev servers during a certain time frame, or the configuration of the build just doesn’t quite do what I want it to do but I don’t have the authority to change it.

Leftovers: Software

  • grep-2.27 released
    There have been 40 commits by 4 people in the 9 weeks since 2.26. Note that there were many additional important changes via gnulib.
  • GCC 6.3 Should Be Here By Christmas
    For those looking toward the next maintenance release of GCC 6, the GNU Compiler Collection 6.3 is aiming to be out by Christmas.
  • Yum! GNOME Recipes is a New Cooking App for Linux
    Do you like to cook? No, me neither. And that’s largely because I don’t know how to cook. Could a desktop cooking app help? GNOME’s Matthias Clasen is hoping so, and has started work on a brand-new desktop recipe app that you — and anyone you know — can help contribute to.
  • Heron Animation, Free Stop Motion Software for Linux
    Looking for free stop motion animation software? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Heron Animation. A free program, Heron Animation lets you take a series of pictures from a connected webcam and assemble each shot into a real moving animation. The tool, which is written in web technologies, pitches itself as ‘perfect for beginners and more experienced animators alike’. That sort of balance is notoriously hard to achieve.
  • EasyTAG 2.4.3 Audio Tag Editor Supports MP4 Files with the .aac File Extension
    EasyTAG, an open-source, simple, free, and cross-platform application for viewing and editing tags in audio files, supporting MP3, MP4, FLAC, Ogg, MusePack, Monkey's Audio, and WavPack files, was updated to version 2.4.3. It's been more than nine months since EasyTAG 2.4.2 was released, and we're now finally able to update the software on our GNU/Linux or Windows operating systems. Version 2.4.3 is out as of December 5, 2016, bringing support for MP4 files that use the .aac file extension, as well as Adwaita-style artist and album icons.
  • FSF Blogs: Seventeen new GNU releases in November
  • IceCat 45.5.1 release
    GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
  • Permabit Hits New Milestone in 2016 by Delivering the First Complete Data Reduction for Linux
  • FOSS DOS for 21st Century Hardware
    The founder and coordinator of the FreeDOS Project writes about FreeDOS 1.2, which is scheduled for a Christmas Day release. There is good news for classic gamers and nostalgia buffs: this one’s got games.
  • A Look At Async/Await JavaScript For Firefox 52
    While Chrome 55 has JavaScript async/await support, the Firefox support isn't coming until the Firefox 52.0 stable release in March while currently it's available in the latest Firefox Developer Edition and early alpha builds. Mozilla developer Dan Callahan wrote a post today on hacks.mozilla.org for the async/await support in Firefox and can be used if you are running the latest Firefox Developer Edition. Check it out if you're interested in JavaScript async await support for more asynchronous programming for the web.
  • Chrome bug triggered errors on websites using Symantec SSL certificates
  • Announcing openSUSE’s GPG Key Server – keyserver.opensuse.org
    Does it happen to you, too, that there are moments where you ask yourself why others want something from you that is there already since a while? Exactly this happened with https://keyserver.opensuse.org/: the original machine was set up a long time ago to make it easier for people attending the openSUSE GPG key-signing parties, but it looks like nobody officially announced this “new service” for our users… …and so here we are: the openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that keyserver.opensuse.org is up and running as public GPG keyserver. We are of course also part of the official keyserver pool, which means that some people might already noticed us, as they got redirected to our server with their requests. (And for those who are interested to setup their own SKS keyserver: we have also written a nice monitoring plugin that helps you keeping an eye on the pool status of your machine and the ones of your peers.)

Office Suites

  • Microsoft Office, Google Docs beware: This open-source startup is after your users
    "That was one of the reasons why we chose an open-source model. We want be open, want people to trust us, want to overcome that barrier they have in mind, those strong beliefs that there's nothing but Microsoft Office, that nothing better could be created. We won't change our mind about open source." Bannov says he ultimately sees OnlyOffice becoming a firm that provides consulting, technical support and remote managed services to companies using its open-source products.
  • Collabora Online 2.0 Puts LibreOffice In the Cloud, Adds Collaborative Editing
    Today, December 7, 2016, Collabora Productivity, through Michael Meeks, is proud to inform Softpedia about the general availability of the long anticipated Collabora Online 2.0 office suite based on the LibreOffice, Nextcloud, and ownCloud technologies. After being in development for the past six months, Collabora Online 2.0 is finally here as the powerful cloud-based office suite that promises to protect users' privacy and freedom of expression while editing various documents formats online. Collabora Online is mainly targeted at the enterprise world, hosting and cloud businesses.