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Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion?

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Microsoft

Information Week: Apple has one. So do Java, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is dedicated to spreading the gospel of St. Linus Torvalds and St. Richard Stallman. But does anyone really worship the Gods of Redmond?

The Freedom to be Civil

Linux Today: This whole business of how we treat each other online has been on my mind a lot lately. I know you've heard all the same excuses and justifications as I have for treating other people shabbily. Maybe I'm getting mushy in my old age, but I think it's wrong and destructive.

Why Dolphin is a Good Choice for KDE4

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Software

Linux App Finder: I've always been a big fan of Konqueror so when I heard that Dolphin was going to be the new default file manager for KDE4 I was disappointed. But after researching the decision further and actually giving Dolphin a try, I'm a convert.

15 Coolest Firefox Tricks Ever

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Moz/FF

LifeHacker: Everybody’s favorite open-source browser, Firefox, is great right out of the box. And by adding some of the awesome extensions available out there, the browser just gets better and better. Get to be a Jedi master with the following cool Firefox tricks.

Rethinking the Linux Distribution

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Linux

ONLamp.com: This article ties together a number of exciting ideas in the Free/Open Source (FOSS) community, to suggest a new direction for the Linux distribution. Many of these ideas are also applicable to BSD-based systems.

Gaim, er, Pidgin, finally hits 2.0

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Software

Linux.com: It's the release that Gaim users have been waiting for since December 2005. After seven beta releases, several interface revamps, and a name change, Pidgin 2.0 is finally available in the wild. It's an improvement over the Gaim 1.5 series, but it's disappointing that after all that time, voice support for instant messaging networks that support that feature is still absent.

South Chilean penguin strays to Peru

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Misc

physorg.com: A Magellanic penguin has stunned scientists by showing up in Peru, some 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) from home in southern Chile. he penguin appeared to have been acting alone and not as part of a migration.

Cropping multiple images the same way

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HowTos

Linux Tutorial Blog: Sometimes you'll want to crop the same area from multiple images (think of taking the contents of the same window from a load of screenshots). Of course, you could fire up your favourite image editor to select and crop over and over, but, as usual, there is a better way. This short tutorial describes an efficient way to do this for a theoretically infinite amount of images.

IBM middleware on Linux

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Linux

This technical briefing gives you an overview of Linux and introduces key IBM middleware products that run on Linux.

School District Fires Network Manager

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Linux
Microsoft

ThisWeek News: The Bexley school district announced May 8 that it acted on the recommendations of a recently released technology audit and fired 11-year district Network Manager Curtis Mason. Some teachers, according to high school teacher Ben Trotter, were upset by the plan to switch to Linux.

Linux Mint 3.0-BETA-012 Cassandra Quickie

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Reviews

I was anxious to test the new Linux Mint release in hopes that wireless might be working, but alas, I spent the better part of 4 days downloading in vain.

Installing Ubuntu Studio 7.04 - Linux For The Creative

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HowTos

Howtoforge: Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia editing/creation flavour of Ubuntu, built for the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional. It is an official derivative of the Ubuntu open source operating system and comes with applications such as Ardour2, Wired, Hydrogen, Blender, Inkscape, Pitivi, and many more, as well as a beautiful dark theme (read the release notes to learn more). This walkthrough shows how to install it.

Open source is bad for vendors

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: Howard Anderson has a moan out today, complaining that open source is very, very bad for vendors. ...He's right.

Terminator kill-bots to be run by system called 'Skynet'

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Sci/Tech

The Register: Following the announcement of the new Flying-HK-style "Reaper" death machines for the British forces, the prophetic nature of the Terminator movies has been further confirmed.

KDE 4.0-alpha1 Released: "Knut"

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KDE

dot.kde.org: The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first alpha release of the KDE Desktop Environment, version 4.0. This release is a basis for the integration of powerful new technologies that will be included in KDE 4.

Understanding, setting up and using Kmail

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KDE
HowTos

Raiden's Realm: One of the first questions that any new user to Linux is going to ask is, "So how do I get my email?" The answer is simple. Kmail.

Book Review - The Apache Modules Book

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Reviews

PCBurn: The first five chapters contain prepwork to answer any questions you might have on the background of Apache as it relates to modules. All of the specifics involved in coding up Apache modules, the various functionality on offer and ways to access it, are the domain of the rest of the book.

Extending OpenOffice.org: Must-have OpenOffice.org extensions

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OOo

Linux.com: As with Firefox, you can add new features and extend OpenOffice.org's functionality by installing extensions. Here some of the most useful ones to try.

Interview: Open-source advocate Eben Moglen

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Interviews

ZDNet: The former general counsel to the Free Software Foundation, Eben Moglen, was at the Red Hat Summit in San Diego on Thursday to put his considerable oratorical skills to use, updating attendees around the soon-to-be-launched third instalment of the GNU General Public License — a set of rules and restrictions that underpins the use of a lot of open-source software.

Firefox isn't quite that popular, but …

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Moz/FF

Network World: Although I do not follow Web browser market share numbers with the rapt attention of, say, the American League East standings (Sox up 7), I was still fairly certain that this blog headline was a crock: "Firefox has almost caught IE in browser share, now 33% of market!" It's a crock on both points, all right.

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Leftovers: Software

  • Linux Twitter App ‘Corebird’ Now Supports Longer Tweets
    An updated version of the open-source desktop Twitter client Corebird is available for download. Corebird 1.3.2 is the second bug-fix release since the release of Corebird 1.3 back in July. It enables support for the social media service’s newer, longer tweets. Twitter says the new so-called “expanded tweets” do not count media attachments (photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) towards the 140-character limit. It also says it plans to exclude usernames in replies from the character count too, though an exact date for this has yet to be announced.
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  • Kdenlive news and packaging
    Following our last week’s monthly Café, we decided to concentrate on advanced trimming features and if possible an audio mixer for the next Kdenlive 16.12 release. It was also mentionned that several users requested the comeback of the rotoscoping effect, which was lost in the KF5 port, preventing some users to upgrade their Kdenlive version.

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Linux Graphics

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  • My talk about Mainline Explicit Fencing at XDC 2016!
    Last week I was at XDC in Helsinki where I presented about the Explicit Fencing work we’ve been doing on the Mainline Linux Kernel in the lastest few months. There was a livestream of all presentations during the conference and recorded sections are available. You can check the video of my presentation. Check out the slides too.

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux 4.8 gets rc8
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    The fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is currently the most advanced, secure and stable kernel branch you can get for your GNU/Linux operating system, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Linux kernel 4.7.5 is here only ten days after the release of the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.4, and it's a big update that changes a total of 213 files, with 1774 insertions and 971 deletions, which tells us that the kernel developers and hackers had a pretty busy week patching all sorts of bugs and security issues, as well as to add various, much-needed improvements.
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    Financial services firms and startups looking to be the bridge to blockchain ledgers continued to dominate presentations on the second and final day of the Blockchain Summit, ending International Blockchain Week in Shanghai that also saw Devcon2 and a startup demo competition.
  • Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel
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