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Story Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn - Quite brilliant Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 11:36am
Story Linux Ruled 2014, Codenames, and Steam Linux Sales Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 11:33am
Story The truth about the thick skin of a community manager Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 11:32am
Story My Favorite Linux Applications and Desktops Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 11:27am
Story Is Linux Mint 17.1 really the best desktop of 2014? Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 11:22am
Story Was 2014 "The Year of Linux Desktop"? Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 11:17am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 5:08am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 5:08am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 5:08am
Story Fedora 21 Roy Schestowitz 11/12/2014 - 5:05am

Novell's Faustian Pact

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SUSE

computerworlduk.com: There is something rather curious about software companies operating in the open source world. Although they may be competitors in a particular sector, the open source licence they employ means that they are also partners: they can generally use the code of other companies if they wish.

How Ubuntu Lost Its Credibility and the Road to Regaining It

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Ubuntu

linuxloop.com: If Ubuntu announced that a radically new theme would be included in Ubuntu 9.04, would you believe them? After promising exactly that in 8.04 and again in 8.10 without ever delivering, I would not.

Tidy up your mailboxes with Archivemail

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Software

linux.com: Over time, people tend to accumulate a large number of messages in various email accounts, most of which they never bother with again. The problem is particularly acute for administrator accounts that receive routine notifications of events that are viewed, if at all, no more than once. The archivemail tool lets you easily archive these old messages and thereby free up some disk space and improve your mail client's performance.

How To Back Up An Ubuntu 8.10 System With SystemImager

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Ubuntu
HowTos

SystemImager lets you create images of your Linux installations. To do so, you need an image server (should have enough disk space to store your images) and a so-called golden client (i.e., the system of which you want to make an image). This means that you have to install some software on your image server and on your golden client in order to run SystemImager.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Support freedom by joining the FSF during our year-end fundraiser

  • openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4: Screenshots
  • openSUSE 11.1 beta 5 draft announcement
  • My beta 5 woes - Sad
  • Getting your eGalax touchscreen monitor working on Ubuntu
  • Cell processor specialist buys Linux distributor
  • Find your way with tangoGPS
  • Dismissing the open source bear at the door
  • Open source: The new patent regime
  • Fresh Ubuntu Install Without Losing Your Current Settings
  • How to get Atheros AR5007EG or AR242x working in Ubuntu
  • Kdenlive 0.7, for KDE 4
  • How to encrypt a USB thumb drive in Ubuntu
  • Using the % character in crontab entries
  • Linux Desktop Migration Tips Keep On Ticking
  • Ubuntu Jaunty: updates-available and reboot-required now in /etc/motd
  • NVIDIA Releases 177.82 Linux Driver
  • pdftotext: Linux / UNIX Convert a PDF File To Text Format
  • How To Share Files In VirtualBox With Vista Guest And Ubuntu Host
  • Proc and Processes
  • Keeping SSH Sessions Alive

Portrait: FOSS legal leader Andrew Updegrove

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OSS

linux.com: Attorney Andrew Updegrove specializes in technology, intellectual property, and standards. While other lawyers can make the same claim, few have his credentials -- maintainer of an online repository about standards consortia, former board member of the Linux Foundation, and progenitor of a major open source license.

ARM And Ubuntu To Join Forces In The Netbook World

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Ubuntu

umpcportal.com: The crossover is finally happening. The smartphone CPU designer is moving into the PC market while the PC CPU designer is moving into the smartphone market.

Firefox 3.0.4 update available now

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: Mozilla has released Firefox 3.0.4, the fourth update to Firefox 3, released last June. As usual, this release brings several stability and performance bug fixes, as well as, according to the release notes, some security patches.

Learn Ubuntu with Hackett and Bankwell

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Ubuntu

geek.com: I’ve been a GNU/Linux user for about a decade now. Back then, GNU/Linux absolutely deserved a lot of the criticisms it received: it was hard to use, it was a pain to configure, and interoperability with more mainstream protocols and file formats was a crap shoot at best. Enter Hackett and Bankwell.

few distro bloggings

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Linux

World without Linux

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: Microsoft CEO and President, Steve Ballmer was happy as a clam today at his WindowsWorld keynote in San Francisco's Gates Center. "Nothing can make me happier to tell you that, Larry Page CEO of Google," a niche AOL search engine, "has agreed to run their search engine on Windows Server 2004."

KDE4 apps: Dolphin

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KDE

polishlinux.org: Dolphin is the default file manager for KDE4. It is very powerful, offering many functionalities. The developers have focused on the functionality of Dolphin - being a file manager. As a long-time user, I can say it is a very proud substitute for its older brother, Konqueror.

Linux boot sequence visualized

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Linux

blog.makezine.com: This is a visualization of a linux boot sequence where each function is a node and each edge represents a function call, direct branch, or indirect branch. Nodes are laid out using an unweighted force-directed layout algorithm, where each node is simulated as if it were electrically repulsive and had springs between nodes.

Fragmentation And Linux

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Linux

linuxcanuck.wordpress: Windows users are familiar with fragmentation. When you have fragmentation, it means that it is time to do some drive maintenance. With Linux it takes on another meaning, since Linux drives are not as prone to fragmentation. To get fragmentation in Linux all you need to do is put two users in the same room.

Google's Chrome now works on Linux, crudely

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Software

cnet.com: Google is tight-lipped about the Linux version of its Chrome browser, but the company's programmers have proved a bit more forthcoming with a brief announcement that they have a crude version of Chrome working on Linux.

Google Gadgets for Linux: Eye-Candy or Useful?

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Software

tuxgeek.me: Released in June, Google Gadgets for Linux provides about the same functionality of Vista sidebar or Mac OS X dashboard. While other solutions like ‘gdesklets’ are pretty popular within the linux crowd, Google’s’ platform provides compatibility with both gadgets written for the Windows version and the huge repository of web-centered gadgets. Let’s take it for a spin and see if it’s worth installing.

Web camera support in Your Favorite Linux

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: If you're using Internet, there's a fair chance you're using some sort of instant messaging, voice, video - or both - telephony or other communication tools to stay in touch with people all over the world. Web cameras play a big part in Internet communication. The crucial question is, can you use these devices on your laptops, should they have Linux installed on them?

Kubuntu 8.10 + KDE 4 = Failed

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Ubuntu

junauza.com: After installing the latest KDE flavor of Ubuntu last night, I am supposed to write my initial impressions about it today, and I expected it to be good. Unfortunately, something unexpected happened. Kubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" failed miserably after the installation.

Splashtop moves into netbooks

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Linux

linux.com: The Splashtop instant-on Linux environment is included in the new Lenovo IdeaPad S10e netbook, marking the product's first appearance in that form factor. That news should come as no surprise, since netbooks' ultra-portability is a natural match for Splashtop's instant-on.

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GNOME and Fedora

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
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Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
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  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
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