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1942: The Pacific Air War

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Gaming

dedoimedo.com: I use DOSBox to play the great oldies. 1942: The Pacific Air War runs quite well, with the exception of sound that sometimes stutters a bit, but it's exceptional fun regardless.

Selling your soul is clearly worth the money (Novell)

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SUSE

Dave Rosenberg: I am hesitant to even mention Novell at this point but I saw this article "Novell credits Microsoft for soaring Linux sales" wherein Novell gushes about how well they are doing thanks to their satanic pact with Microsoft.

Also: openSUSE Quickies: Goldmaster, oS 10.3 RC 1 Report, Bug Reporter Statistics, Reinforced Linux Drivers Project

Ndiswrapper and SMC USB Wireless Adapters

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HowTos

tiagoboldt.net: Today I had the roughest Ubuntu installation ever. The problem was the lack of documentation to get ndiswrapper and SMC adapters working. After some reading and trying, I’ve figured out the solution:

Grr... out of Fedora soon (again!)

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Linux

Beranger: I want stability and reliability, I don't need a Linux as bad as Vista, and I don't need a system that can break (1) at random, after an update; (2) six months later, when I install (or upgrade to) the next release.

How to install beautiful X11 cursors

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HowTos

blog.ccw.com.cn: X11 comes with unattractive mouse cursors, but it’s trivial to replace them with other themes. In this article I’ll explain how to install mouse cursors system-wide or for a single user, and give you links to my favorite cursor themes.

Review: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon (beta)

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Ubuntu

seopher: While I may be taking Seopher.com away from being completely Linux oriented, it's impossible for the impending release of Ubuntu 7.10 to be completely overlooked. Let's take a look at the newly released Gutsy Gibbon Beta to see quite how big a splash the Gibbon is going to make.

Capturing your screen with Istanbul

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HowTos

FOSSwire: Making video recordings of your screen can be very useful. If you’re trying to demo something to someone or just want to record something on your desktop, it can be an invaluable tool. One such program for recording your Linux (or other X11-based) desktop is Istanbul.

Also: Short Tip: Get file extension in Shell script

Applet Browser in libplasma

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KDE

Ivan Čukić: The Plasma Applet Browser is now integrated into the libplasma and it will be available in the next Beta that is going to be published on Wednesday. I’ve replaced the old drag-and-drop with a bit fancier stuff.

Also: Gallium3D, Shaders and LLVM

101 (36) reasons why Linux is better than Windows

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Linux

cityblogger.com: Many a times Windows users talk about what Windows can do but Linux can’t. To be fair, they need to know what Linux can do but Windows can’t.

UBIFS Writeback

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Linux

kernelTRAP: UBIFS is described as, "a new flash file system which is designed to work on top of UBI." It has replaced the JFFS3 project, a choice explained on the project webpage, "we have realized that creating a scalable flash file system on top of bare flash is a difficult task, just because the flash media is so problematic (wear-leveling, bad eraseblocks).

Smolt towards other distributions; KnetworkManager devel version 0.7

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Software

liquidat: Smolt got a new project home page outside the Fedora project, making a step further towards other distributions. Also, KNetworkManager, the KDE tool for NetworkManager, was released in a new development branch which works with the new NM 0.7.

Open Source Software for Corporate IT

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OSS

opensource.sys-con.com: Selecting open source software is often bewildering for corporate IT departments accustomed to commercial closed source software. Of all the choices, which ones are likely to meet business and technology requirements? The Enterprise Open Source Directory (www.eosdirectory.com) helps companies find the gems they need.

New Release of Zonbu imminent

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Linux

mrzonbu.wordpress: Great news - a MAJOR new Zonbu OS release should be arriving any day now and I’ve been playing with an early preview. It’s full of lots of changes and improvements.

The Progress Of The RadeonHD Driver

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Software

phoronix: It's going on two weeks since the RadeonHD driver was made available, which is AMD's sanctioned open-source driver for the Radeon X1000 (R500) and Radeon HD 2000 (R600) series (as well as future generations of AMD GPUs). In this time, we have seen some great progress made with this open-source driver and have a few additional remarks to share about its status and the first bits of this driver's roadmap.

Linux and Me, Part 1: Distros and life beyond Windows

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Linux

carsonspost.wordpress: A year ago I had the frightening Windows realization that between Anti-Virus, Firewall and Defender (what does it do?) software, my PC was still not secure. I had a couple of days of stress as I tried to unload some ugly spyware. I found this really upsetting, unbelievably frustrating and that was the point where I no longer trusted Windows.

Taoism of open source

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OSS

linux.com: Confucius say, "Lao-tzu has passed us the Tao. In his mouth, there are no teeth but only a tongue. The hard ones (teeth) died, but the soft one (the tongue) lives; the soft power is stronger than the hard power. That's the Tao!" Open source is such a soft power.

Merging the iwlwifi Wireless Driver

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "It doesn't seem to pull any dependency nor affect any other external piece of code unless I'm missing something, so it's a perfect example of what we've been discussing back then: there is just no point not merging it at any time right ? :-)"

Also: Out of Memory Notification

Skype dev plans: GUI-less Skype for Linux and more

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Software

zdnet blogs: Last night at the Skype Developer Open House in San Jose, Skype presented the public roadmap for its API (Application Programming Interface) which outlines plans for a Web service API for Skype and the open sourcing of Skype4Com.

Customized spins of Fedora

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Linux

Red Hat Mag: When Fedora 7 was released, one of the big features that we talked about was the idea of customized spins of the distribution. Now that Fedora 8 is on the way, it’s useful to look and see how we have done, and what sort of custom spins have been created.

Liquid rescale feature now available as a GIMP plugin

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Software

All About Linux: One month back I had written about a content aware image rescaling technology. And I hoped that this technology will be incorporated in Gimp in the future. Well we didn't have to wait that long.

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Docker 1.13, Containers, and DevOps

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Kernel Space/Linux

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    It’s interesting, to consider what constitutes a power user of an operating system. For most people in the wider world a power user is someone who knows their way around Windows and Microsoft Office a lot, and can help them get their print jobs to come out right. For those of us in our community, and in particular Linux users though it’s a more difficult thing to nail down. If you’re a LibreOffice power user like your Windows counterpart, you’ve only really scratched the surface. Even if you’ve made your Raspberry Pi do all sorts of tricks in Python from the command line, or spent a career shepherding websites onto virtual Linux machines loaded with Apache and MySQL, are you then a power user compared to the person who knows their way around the system at the lower level and has an understanding of the kernel? Probably not. It’s like climbing a mountain with false summits, there are so many layers to power usership. So while some of you readers will be au fait with your OS at its very lowest level, most of us will be somewhere intermediate. We’ll know our way around our OS in terms of the things we do with it, and while those things might be quite advanced we’ll rely on our distribution packager to take care of the vast majority of the hard work.
  • Long-Term Maintenance, or How to (Mis-)Manage Embedded Systems for 10+ Years
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  • libinput 1.6.0
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  • Mesa 17 Gets a First Release Candidate, Final Planned for Early February 2017
    Collabora's Emil Velikov announced today, January 19, 2017, the availability of the first of many Release Candidate (RC) development versions of the upcoming and highly anticipated Mesa 17.0.0 3D Graphics Library. Mesa 17 is shaping up to be a huge milestone that should dramatically improve the performance of the bundled open-source graphics drivers for Intel, AMD Radeon, Nvidia graphics cards on a Linux-based operating system. Just the other day it enabled OpenGL 4.5 support for Intel Haswell GPUs, which is already a big achievement.

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