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Story Building Ubuntu for the Raspberry Pi Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 4:46pm
Story Today's Howtos and Software Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 11:21am
Story How Hard Is It to Switch to Linux? Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 9:45am
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 8:52am
Story Leftovers: Android Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 8:48am
Story Leftovers: Programming Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 8:46am
Story Leftovers: Games Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2013 - 8:43am
Story Theme, Ads, Format, Scope, Etc. Roy Schestowitz 6 13/11/2013 - 8:40am
Story Linux 3.13 To Support EFI On ARM Roy Schestowitz 12/11/2013 - 9:32pm
Story How did the Outreach Program for Women work out for the Linux kernel this year? Roy Schestowitz 12/11/2013 - 7:45pm

TinyMe, The Little PCLinuxOS That Could

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: TinyME is a fresh and minute version of PCLinuxOS aimed at low-end computers and to those who want it fast. It is still under development but is already gaining popularity at a fast pace.

WoW: Self-Cast in KDE and Faster Performance in Wine

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HowTos

latenightpc.com: There are a couple things I’ve done to tweak World of Warcraft on my Linux box. I run OpenSuse 10.3 now but most of this will be the same for other distros, especially if you use KDE. These are just specific to what worked for me but I guess that some other Linux WoW players might benefit from the same settings.

When it comes to releasing operating systems, Ubuntu have it figured out

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Ubuntu

zdnet blogs: I know that it might not seem like it at times, but I’m a big Ubuntu fan. I haven’t fully figured out how and where it fits into my computing ecosystem yet, but I know that it does have a place there. One aspect of Ubuntu that particularly impresses me is the clear development time-line that is published and adhered to. You always know what’s coming and when to expect it.

History of Web Browsers - Opera, Netscape, Firefox, and IE

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Software

cybernetnews: Have you ever wondered how browsers have evolved over time? Today I want to revive your memories of old versions of Opera, Netscape, Firefox, and Internet Explorer showing how they have become the browsers we use today. It’s time to open the door and step back into the time machine!

a review of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

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Ubuntu

arstechnica: Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon, emerged from the jungles last month and has been beating its chest ever since. Touted as the easiest-to-use desktop Linux distro yet, 7.10 hopes to bring the power of Linux to the masses.

Overcoming Social Inertia

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OSS

Richard Stallman: 15 years have passed since the combination of GNU and Linux first made it possible to use a PC in freedom. During that time, we have come a long way. You can even buy a laptop with GNU/Linux preinstalled from more than one hardware vendor, although the systems they ship are not entirely free software. So what holds us back from total success?

FOSS for cartoonists and illustrators

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Software

linux.com: As more and more traditional publishers accept digital images, artists are turning to free and open source software (FOSS) tools to create cartoons and illustrations.

Apple Releases Leopard Source Code

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Mac

pcworld: Darwin 9.0 forms the backbone of the UNIX-based operating system and is being made available to developers in the open source community. Darwin 9.0 is a fully-conformant UNIX operating system that's built on Mach 3.0 and FreeBSD 5.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Constructing the Bazaar: Taking advantage of the open-source development model

  • The Ubuntu Book
  • matroska + vobsub + subtitles … finally!
  • Why Gphone Will Use Ubuntu
  • Asus EeePC - too awesome to not talk about
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 4th November 2007
  • Tried the openSUSE gnome live cd.
  • Popularizing Linux
  • NVIDIA's ESA Standard For Linux?
  • Mom's Using Ubuntu with a Non-Ascii Character Set

Qemu Launcher: A Free Frontend

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Software

FOSSwire: If you need an open-source virtualizing solution, VMware is not really an option. If you are on a KDE system, VirtualBox is the way to go. But, if you are an avid GNOME user and don’t like running Qt apps in your GTK+ environment, then Qemu Launcher is the end-all solution.

timer-applet: a countdown timer applet for the GNOME panel

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Software

DPotD: When working at my PC, I often forget that I need to do something, say, in ten minutes. Therefore, I need an easy way to set up a reminder and be prodded when the time elapses. timer-applet is a small applet for the GNOME panel that does this.

Gentoos Emerge In Action

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Gentoo
HowTos

benin.1st: This a a little sample of emerge the python system Gentoo Linux uses to download compile install and manage packages Awesome indeed.

Speed Up Amarok With Large Music Collections

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HowTos

how-to-geek: Amarok is a wonderful application for managing and playing your music collection, but the default settings aren't optimized for speed when it comes to large collections of music. The problems are especially noticeable while trying to use the search box.

Fun with Ubuntu "Gutsy Gibbon" (and a bug)

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Ubuntu

linuxworld blogs: The message "New distribution release '7.10' is available." and the "Upgrade" button have been sitting there taunting me for a while, and one of my home servers has donated 25GB of Bittorrent traffic to the task of spreading the new release since it came out last month. But I was on a trip, and we all know not to upgrade the main work laptop right before a trip.

Fluxbuntu - not a bad start, I like it

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Ubuntu

mrzonbu.wordpress: This distribution deserves more detail here, and it will get it in a later post, but so far Fluxbuntu is looking like a solid candidate for a base to build a Debian/Ubuntu derived distro for the Zonbu.

Linux. Its all about choice!

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OS
Linux

Whenever we go to a store we are bombarded with choices. From mobile(cell,pocket) phones to furnishings, clothes, even trains, planes and automobiles. Wherever you go and whatever you want there is some store out there which will have just the thing for you. That is what makes our lives our own. This is what makes us, us!

Rift Brewing Between Reiser and His Attorney

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Reiser

wired: As Linux engineer Hans Reiser's murder trial ended its first day here Tuesday, the rift between the defendant and his attorney appeared to be fracturing even more.

The unabated development of Fedora Linux

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Linux

linux-noob: Werewolf shall be officially released November 8th, 2007. There are so many new features in Fedora 8 that it would warrant a separate review (coming soon), however I will try and cover some of the main points here.

Kernel space: experimental container support for 2.6.24

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Linux

linuxworld: Faster than virtualization, but harder to implement, containers are a promising security technology for Linux. Watch the 2.6.24 kernel for experimental support for creating and managing containers.

Also: Fixing Compiler Misoptimizations

One-Click-Install support at Packman

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Software

/dev/loki: The Packman website now has basic support for the new openSUSE One-Click-Install (also known as YMP).

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  • HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
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    Scotland’s public administrations should focus on common, shared technology platforms, according to the new digital strategy, published on 22 March. The government says it wants to develop “shared infrastructure, services and standards in collaboration with our public sector partners, to reduce costs and enable resources to be focused on front-line services.”
  • [Older] OpenSSL Re-licensing to Apache License v. 2.0 To Encourage Broader Use with Other FOSS Projects and Products

    OpenSSL Launches New Website to Organize Process, Seeks to Contact All Contributors

  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
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Security Leftovers

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  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

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    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
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Lightroom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching

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