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Story OLPC XO-3 Tablet To Be Shown At CES srlinuxx 07/01/2012 - 7:24am
Story From Zero to Drupal in 30 Minutes srlinuxx 07/01/2012 - 5:07am
Story Revisiting Ubuntu Design srlinuxx 07/01/2012 - 5:04am
Story 2012 to be year of Linux domination srlinuxx 07/01/2012 - 1:12am
Story Some FOSS-Related Predictions for 2012 srlinuxx 07/01/2012 - 1:08am
Story Linux Mint 12 Lisa Review srlinuxx 07/01/2012 - 12:57am
Story The 7 Best Servers for Linux srlinuxx 06/01/2012 - 11:59pm
Story Red Hat picks Raleigh as global headquarters srlinuxx 06/01/2012 - 11:56pm
Story The Best Application Launcher for Linux srlinuxx 06/01/2012 - 11:53pm
Story Mint is fun, client-focused Linux distro srlinuxx 06/01/2012 - 11:51pm

Reviews - Ubuntu Studio

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performance pc: A weakness in multimedia production (or at least the perception of) has long been the Achilles’ heel of Linux. Yes, major Hollywood productions use Linux and there are a smattering of graphics and audio programs, but there has never been a comprehensive and cohesive collection of media creation tools for the average user—until now.

Guide to installing a LAMPP Server with GUI

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synergymx: With the latest release Ubuntu Linux I set about moving my PHP web sites from my Windows 2003 Server to a LAMPP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP Python) server. I tell you I have succeeded in both the improved performance of Linux while retaining my drug like addiction to easy to use GUIs.

'One Laptop Per Child' now reality in 1 South American classroom

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Associated Press: The machines are the first in South America from the much-publicized "One Laptop Per Child" project, which hopes to put low-cost portable PCs in the hands of children in developing countries. Still in a pilot phase, the group has also placed machines at one school in Nigeria and another in Thailand.

Kubuntu 7.04 A Desktop For Everyone

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Linux Loader: Welcome to the Kubuntu 7.04 How-to. This is intended for new users, but it has something for everyone. We will go from install to a complete XP/Vista replacement!!!

Three Scenarios For How Microsoft's Open Source Threat Could End

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InformationWeek: From peace in software to blowing up in Microsoft's face, here's where this brinkmanship could lead.

My Great Linux System Repair Adventure

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Linux-Watch: Thunder storms in the Blue Ridge Mountains can come fast. That's why my main Linux desktop system was still up when one, two, three lightning bolts slammed near my home. Thus began my Great Linux System Repair Adventure.

Some howtos:

  • A Better svndiff

  • Set a password on the GRUB boot loader
  • Dwm howto/tutorial
  • Howto Set Windows as Default OS in grub

Ardour 2.0 : A Brief Practical Introduction

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Linux Journal: Ardour 2.0 is now available for download. This version is a significant improvement over the 0.99 series (1.0 was never released), with many new features and enhancements to performance and stability.

Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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Linux Online: That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize' is to provoke fear.

One Laptop per Child on 60 Minutes, Sunday May 20

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Red Hat Mag: Little green men often make the front pages of supermarket tabloids. Little green laptops? Not so much. But this Sunday, the XO (which we’ve been talking about for months) will get its mainstream news debut on CBS’s highly regarded program, 60 Minutes. (A far cry from the National Enquirer.)


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paul cutler’s blog: With the recent announcement of Ubuntu forming a Media Center team focusing on Elisa as it’s media center platform, I took another look at Elisa as a potential solution for my home theater PC.

Government Department Ditches Windows, Moves to PCLinuxOS

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has successfully completed User's Training on Free open Source System (FOSS) and PC Linux to equip its staff and employees in Bicol the basic features of PCLinuxOS.

openSUSE 10.3 alpha 4 report

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openSUSE 10.3 alpha 4 was released a couple of days ago and I've been in testing mode. This release doesn't bring any new eye candy, but there are a few changes under the hood. As with the last, a lot of sites picked up on this release indicating that interest is ever increasing.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 - Simply Easy

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TechieMoe Rants: MEPIS was introduced to me originally by a fellow I met completely randomly in a book store. I liked it a lot back then, and subsequent versions have been solid, if not necessarily noteworthy.

Also: Minix 3.1.3

The 3D Desktop on Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring

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Mandriva Club: After having included the AIGLX, Xgl and Compiz 3D desktop technologies in Mandriva Linux 2007, Mandriva has added all the latest 3D desktop updates in Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring, like Metisse and Beryl.

Moglen: SUSE Vouchers Have No Expiration Date!

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Groklaw: This is news indeed. Todd Bishop has the story. Eben Moglen is saying that the SUSE vouchers Microsoft is distributing have no expiration date! I didn't know this. It's huge. This is, according to Moglen's remarks, another defense to any patent infringement claim by Microsoft, and it may well bring that campaign to a screeching halt.

Why people really don't switch to Linux

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DesktopLinux: Over in the DesktopLinux forums, people have been talking about why -- if Linux is so darned great -- don't people give up Windows and move to it.

KDE 3.5.7 in Cooker

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MDV KDE 3.5.7 just land in Cooker. KDE 3.5.7 will feature bugfixes and improvements over the 3.5.6 release ( as shipped in 2007.1 Spring ).

New GCC 4.2.0 -- boon to developers, bore to distros

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Software Earlier this week, the GNU project announced a major release of the popular GNU Compiler Collection. GCC 4.2.0 introduces new features and several improvements for developers, but most of the distribution developers we spoke with aren't rushing to take advantage of the new release.

Mozilla awarded the World Information Society Award

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mozillalinks: The International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency for information and communication technology has awarded the Mozilla Corporation with the World Information Society Award "for its outstanding contribution to the development of world-class Internet technologies and applications."

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Games for GNU/Linux

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    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
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  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
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  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
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