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Story Frugalware 2.0 (Rigel) released Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 2:39am
Story How to Hire Open Source Talent: Focus on the Community, Says Linux Foundation Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 2:34am
Story Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Is Now Available for Download, Chromebook Image Included Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 2:21am
Story wayland 1.7.0 Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 2:04am
Story Is Linux A Labour Of Love? Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 1:50am
Story The Usability of GNOME Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 1:01am
Story The Dangers of Boutique Linux Distros Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 12:54am
Story Spelling in Malawi Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 12:51am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 16/02/2015 - 8:39pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 16/02/2015 - 8:38pm

How To Create A Great Window Maker Desktop

maketecheasier.com: If you’ve never used Window Maker on your Linux desktop, you’re missing out. It’s elegant, functional, flexible, and FAST!

Linux and FOSS are Good, and Windows is Sucky, and the World is Mad

linuxtoday.com: It has been One Of Those Weeks. I don't know why it bothered me this week more than all the other weeks, but reading all the dopey news articles about Windows malware bringing down armies and navies all over the world got to me in a big way.

Complete your XBMC Media Center with YouTube Playlists and Give it Better Looks with XBMC Skin Manager

kabatology.com: XBMC Media Center is a free and open source application for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Xbox. Like any excellent Open Source application, what makes XBMC particular is its extensibility – add-ons, plugins.

First Look: Elive E17 Compiz

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Linux

news.softpedia: Yep, there is a special Elive E17 bundled with all the good 3D stuff. Knowing Elive's reputation of being one of the most beautiful and stylish distributions out there, what can really go wrong if you combine two of Linux's most valuable eye-candy providers?

RawSpeed and Rawstudio: exciting projects

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Software

jcornuz.wordpress: These are exciting times for photography on Linux. Rawstudio is not sitting still either with a couple of great projects down the line.

Valentine's Day ASCII Art

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Misc

Why You Shouldn’t Use Linux - A Linux Enthusiast’s Viewpoint

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Linux

daileymuse.com: Go to any technology web site or blog discussing either Microsoft Windows or Linux and you’ll bear witness to virtual mayhem and destruction. The Operating System Holy War. I’ve read dozens of articles from Linux proponents listing reason after reason why Linux is better than Windows. I only need one reason, however, not to use it.

Defending Linux

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Legal

marilyn.frields.org: Everyone knows patent trolls are constantly hard at work. Back in 2007, IP Innovation filed a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell alleging infringement of patents on a user interface that has multiple workspaces. Red Hat’s Legal department are inviting all of us to participate in the fight.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Cisco wants it both ways with open source

  • How Linux (and Ebooks) will save the publishing world
  • Nova Baire, el Linux cubano
  • Windows vs Linux
  • Linux Vs. Windows ... Round 2,671,852
  • Are Microsoft Partners Spreading Open-Source Fear?
  • The Open Source Movement, and Microsoft's Unlucky Breaks
  • A different open source market
  • Microsoft, the follower
  • It's That Time Again: KDE and GNOME Invite Students (and Mentors) to GSoC 2009
  • Netbook Nightmare: My Experience With the Sylvania g Netbook
  • An open door for open source?
  • Interview: Ubuntu and Wine Expert Scott Ritchie
  • Enterprise Sponsors and the Open Source Community: An Uneasy Symbiosis?
  • Happy 1234567890! Let’s Reminisce about the Past
  • Tyan Thunder n6650EX
  • Debian Lenny: A Linux Valentine Release
  • Can businesses trust open source?
  • Best Linux Wallpaper of the Day

Love and UNIX: An Undying Affection

oreilly.com: Way back in the last century, in 1999 to be exact, we had the good fortune of publishing several articles by Thomas Scoville. One of his most popular, and certainly the most timeless, is the following song to UNIX. It used to be a Valentines tradition for us, but for various reasons it lay neglected for several years in a little visited directory on one of our servers. But it's time we dusted it off again, and shared it with the world. Enjoy, and Happy Valentines Day.

Improving Linux GPU Power Management

phoronix.com: Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has actively been working on improving power management with graphics processors via the various open-source X.Org drivers. There is quite a lot of work involved, but at the FOSDEM X.Org meeting he shared an update on his progress.

The People of MySQL

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redmonk.com: I consider personnel moves to be material to their employers, and at such times I feel obligated to comment - whether I like it or not. Such is the case with the recent defections from Sun of Mårten Mickos most recently, and Monty Widenius a week or so distant.

Laying foundations

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Linux

marilyn.frields.org: If you’re not involved in Fedora already, you might not know that we have four foundations that guide what we do: Freedom, friends, features, first. If you look at what they mean you’ll see that these four foundations are the core values for our community.

A quick review of PC-BSD 7.0

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BSD

people.fruitsalad.org: It would never do to return from FOSDEM with the same OS on my laptop as when I left; so now I have been running PC-BSD instead of OpenSolaris for a week.

Linux keeps growing market share.

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Linux

dthomasdigital.wordpress: Not only is TuxRadar reporting that Linux Format magazine sales are up 13.3% over the last year, but I also find that my local book stores shelves appear to have much more Linux reference books on the shelves as well.

Hidden Linux : Font Frolics

blogs.pcworld: More isn't necessarily more useful. Somehow I've ended up with around 120 fonts. This might be great if I was a graphic designer, but as I typically use no more than half-a-dozen it's actually a damn nuisance.

New LM_Sensors Coming, Brings New Features

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phoronix.com: Jean Delvare of the LM_Sensors project has announced that a new release of this open-source system monitoring program will be coming soon.

A Mandriva user kicks around Fedora Core 10: How does it compare?

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: After using a single distribution for many years, it can be hard to give something new a try. Vincent Danen puts Fedore Core 10 through its paces.

6 Free Blog Editors That You Can Use On Your Linux Desktop

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Software

makeuseof.com: While there are many Windows-based blog editors around, there are only a handful that Linux users can use on their desktop. Here are 6 blog editors that you can use on your Linux desktop.

When Will Linux Really Go Mainstream?

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Linux

workswithu.com: Despite the Linux and Ubuntu netbook craze, I think there is a simple reason why Linux is not a mainstream solution for most users — yet. Let me explain.

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Review: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.10

Chakra is an unusual distribution for a few reasons. It is a rare semi-rolling project, which tries to maintain a fairly stable base system while providing up to date applications. This is an interesting compromise between full rolling and static operating systems. The semi-rolling concept is an idea I like and I was curious to see how well the approach would work dealing with around six months of updates. I was pleased to find Chakra handled the massive upgrade well. Chakra was once also considered unusual for being very KDE-focused. There are more KDE distribution these days (KaOS, Kubuntu and KDE neon come readily to mind) and I think Chakra may have lost some of its appeal as more competition has established itself in the KDE-centric arena. I found the distribution to be easy to set up and pretty straight forward to use, but there were a few characteristics which bothered me during my trial with Chakra. One was that while updates installed cleanly, once Plasma 5.12 was installed, I experienced slow login times and reduced performance on the desktop. It could be argued that this is a Plasma problem, not a Chakra problem, but the distribution's rolling release nature means any regressions in new versions of software end up in the user's lap. Something that tends to bother me about distributions which focus on one desktop toolkit or another is that this approach to selecting software means we are sometimes using less capable tools in the name of toolkit purity. This is not a trade-off I like as I'd rather be using more polished applications over ones which a particular affiliation. Finally, Chakra includes a number of command line aliases which got in my way. This seems to be a problem I have been running into more often recently. Developers are trying to be helpful by aliasing common commands, but it means that for some tasks I need to change my habits or undefine the provided aliases and the feature ends up being a nuisance instead of a convenience. Chakra seems to be a capable and useful distribution and I am sure there are people who will appreciate the rolling release nature. Many people will likely also like having lots of KDE applications, and I can see the appeal of this combination. However, one thing which makes me hesitate to recommend Chakra is that the distribution does not appear to bring any special features to the ecosystem. It's a useful operating system and, to be completely fair, users can install non-KDE alternatives if they want to use LibreOffice instead of Calligra or GIMP instead of KolourPaint. But I'm not sure Chakra brings anything unique which makes it stand apart from openSUSE's Tumbleweed or KaOS's polished Plasma offering. Chakra used to be special in its semi-rolling, KDE-focused niche, but these days the distribution has a more competition and I'm not sure the project has any special sauce to set it apart from the crowd. Read more

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​What's the most popular Linux of them all?

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