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about Spring, Mandriva and the Community

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David Barth: We are now taking a short break before the next run: Mandriva Linux 2008. But during this break, we are making several changes in preparation for the next release. First, I'm reorganizing the teams in the Engineering, promoting Anne Nicolas as Engineering Director.

Novell and Microsoft detail 12 new Linux coupon customers

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CBRonline: Novell and Microsoft have announced another dozen customers signing up to their interoperability agreement through which Microsoft is distributing vouchers for SUSE Linux Enterprise support.

Unreal Tournament3 web site comes to life

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the Inquirer: AFTER A SMALL name change the ground has finally been set for arrival of mega-hit title for this year, Unreal Tournament III. This game is being finalised as we speak, and haiving ditched UT2k7 to become UT III, it looks even more impressive now.

Future Version of Ubuntu Will Do Your Work For You

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bbspot: The Linux distribution, Ubuntu, has grown quickly because of its ease of use. It makes the normally confusing Linux something even a Windows user can use. However, the Ubuntu developers are aiming even higher for the future. The next release, "Gutsy Gibbon," will be even easier to use, but the "Harry Hamlin" release will actually do your work for you.

Fault-tolerant Web hosting on a shoestring

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Linux.com: The words "fault-tolerant Web hosting" bring to mind hosting centers with multiple redundant power supplies, complex networking, and big bills. However, by taking advantage of the underlying fault-tolerance of the Internet, you can get a surprising level of reliability for little cost.

Edubuntu update - it freakin’ rocks

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Ubuntu

ZDNet: So after my last Edubuntu debacle (With Feisty Fawn comes a new Edubuntu) I decided to wait until I could devote a bit of time to a proper install.

Set Gmail as Default Mail Client in Ubuntu

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HowTos

how-to-geek: Every Geek uses Gmail… it’s pretty much required. And now you can set Gmail as the default client in Ubuntu without any extra software.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1)

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

GPL likely to regain Apache compatibility

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CNET: In a significant change of course, the Free Software Foundation is working to make the upcoming version 3 of the General Public License (GPL) compatible with an alternative, the Apache License.

McNealy Says Sun Evaluating OpenSolaris On GPL

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LinuxWorld (IDG): Sun Microsystems is evaluating whether it should release OpenSolaris under the GNU GPL (general public license), company co-founder and chairman, Scott McNealy told reporters in Bangalore on a conference call Wednesday.

United We Stand, Divided They Linux

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sKatterBrainZ World: The recent merger news of OSDL and FSG (not to be confused with MSG), as reported by InformationWeek, doesn’t ring my bell. Why? Because almost every Linux nut I know (and I know quite a few) doesn’t care about consistency across distributions.

Ye Olde Linux Desktop

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Red Hat Mag: So Dell decided to ship Ubuntu on the desktop. Doesn’t that bother you guys at all? Let Ubuntu take the lead in building the better horse. They’ve earned that lead, and good on them.

GlassFish shows open source at its best

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Interviews

ComputerWorld (IDG): GlassFish is the first project to spring from Sun Microsystem's decision to open source its Java programming code and Ken Drachnik, one of its chief evangelists, points to the project as a lesson in how open source spurs innovation.

Kubuntu Takes Over Georgia; Ubuntu Summit Video

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kdedevelopers: Georgia is rolling out Kubuntu in all their schools. This is being done as part of a project to bring the internet to every school in Georgia. I don't have many details yet but it should become a Canonical case study soon enough.

Fix "Password required" Error When Using Unrar in Ubuntu

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the how-to-geek: If you’ve tried to use the built-in “Extract Here” functionality in Ubuntu’s File Roller to extract either a single or a multi-part zip or rar file and ended up with a “Password required” error, then you might just assume the files are password protected when in fact they are not.

DC Parris of LXer to Linux community member: shut up!

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Penguin Pete's: I saw this LXer thread (on Tux500) yesterday, and decided not to comment. Then I thought about it again last night, but decided not to blog it. Then I had a hard night sleeping, and this morning it popped up again. What was bothering me? Oh, yes, my conscience.

A Pig(Snort), A Moon (Lua) and one very happy developer (Bill)

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Linux Security: About one month ago, Snort 3.0 Alpha was released for testing in the community. If you want to be on the cutting edge of intrusion detection, packet sniffing, and keeping your system safe, check out this introduction to preparing for the future of intrusion detection.

Enchanting Pictures with ImageMagick

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polishlinux: Since digital still cameras hit mainstream, we’ve all become flooded with hundreds of photos. Luckily there are some free magicians available, who can answer our call for help and automate all processes causing them take minutes instead of days.

Also: Managing Photos on your Desktop Linux Installation

Gentoo's Graphical Installer is Unnecessary

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Gentoo

daniweb: Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer. The bigger question is, why provide a GTK+ based installer in the first place?

Also: Ubuntu User on Installing Gentoo

KDE tip - taking screenshots

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FOSSwire: In GNOME, it’s really easy to take a screenshot of your system, you just hit Print Screen and a handy window pops up where you can save it. For some reason, this functionality doesn’t work with KDE out of the box, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take screenshots.

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LibreOffice Office Suite Celebrates 6 Years of Activity with LibreOffice 5.2.2

Today, September 29, 2016, Italo Vignoli from The Document Foundation informs Softpedia via an email announcement about the general availability of the first point release of the LibreOffice 5.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite. On September 28, the LibreOffice project celebrated its 6th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than to push a new update of the popular open source and cross-platform office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide. Therefore, we would like to inform our readers about the general availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, which comes just three weeks after the release of LibreOffice 5.2.1. "Just one day after the project 6th anniversary, The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family," says Italo Vignoli. "LibreOffice 5.2.2, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, provides a number of fixes over the major release announced in August." Read more

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    Most of the open source questioners come from larger organisations. Banks very rarely pop up here, and governments have long been hip to using open source. Both have ancient, proprietary systems in place here and there that are finally crumbling to dust and need replacing fast. Their concerns are more oft around risk management and picking the right projects. It’s usually organisations whose business is dealing with actual three dimensional objects that ask about open source. Manufacturing, industrials, oil and gas, mining, and others who have typically looked at IT as, at best, a helper for their business rather than a core product enabler. These industries are witnessing the lighting fast injection of software into their products - that whole “Internet of Things” jag we keep hearing about. Companies here are being forced to look at both using open source in their products and shipping open source as part of their business. The technical and pricing requirements for IoT scale software is a perfect fit for open source, especially that pricing bit. On the other end - peddling open source themselves - companies that are looking to build and sell software-driven “platforms” are finding that partners and developers are not so keen to join closed source ecosystems. These two pulls create some weird clunking in the heads of management at these companies who aren’t used to working with a sandles and rainbow frame of mind. They have a scepticism born of their inexperience with open source. Let’s address some of their trepidation.
  • Real business innovation begins with open practices
    To business leaders, "open source" often sounds too altruistic—and altruism is in short supply on the average balance sheet. But using and contributing to open source makes hard-nosed business sense, particularly as a way of increasing innovation. Today's firms all face increased competition and dynamic markets. Yesterday's big bang can easily become today's cautionary tale. Strategically, the only viable response to this disruption is constantly striving to serve customers better through sustained and continuous innovation. But delivering innovation is hard; the key is to embrace open and collaborative innovation across organizational walls—open innovation. Open source communities' values and practices generate open innovation, and working in open source is a practical, pragmatic way of delivering innovation. To avoid the all-too-real risk of buzzword bingo we can consider two definitions of "innovation": creating value (that serves customer needs) to sell for a profit; or reducing what a firm pays for services.
  • This Week In Servo 79
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  • Riak TS for time series analysis at scale
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  • Time to Kill Security Questions—or Answer Them With Lies
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