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Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 528 srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 10:03am
Story Report: NSA has little success cracking Tor srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 10:02am
Story 2 Reasons Red Hat Really Shouldn't Be This Cheap srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 10:00am
Story Limpag: Elementary, my dear PC srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 9:59am
Story History of Linux: The Timeline srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 9:48am
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 06/10/2013 - 5:41pm
Story The Question of the Moment: Too Many Distros? srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:53pm
Story arkOS: Building the anti-cloud (on a Raspberry Pi) srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:51pm
Story Zorin OS 7 - The sum of all parts is average srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:50pm
Story E-Mail App Geary Gets New Look, New Features srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:49pm

Price of MIT professor's '$100 laptop' hits $200

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OLPC

Reuters: A computer developed for poor children around the world, dubbed 'the $100 laptop,' has reached a milestone: Its price tag is now $200.

Also: Uruguay buys first $100 laptops

Hyperic charges after disgruntled Ubuntu upgraders

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Ubuntu

the register: Canonical's release of a fresh version of Ubuntu has been met with plenty of grumbles. And now we find some other open source players trying to cash in on Ubuntu's issues.

OSX Tiger vs. Vista vs. Ubuntu Security: a 15 Point Report Card

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OS

virtualhosting.com/blog: When shopping for a new computer, your mind is probably spinning with considerations. Perhaps the hardest part is choosing an operating system on which everything will run. To get a good idea of what capabilities Apple’s OSX Tiger/Leopard, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux have to offer, check out our 15 point report card that compares the levels of protection you’ll get with each of them.

Miguel's delusions of grandeur

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OSS

iTWire: What is Miguel de Icaza's latest game? His obsession with tailgating everything that Microsoft develops - and trying to impress the company by producing Linux equivalents - now seems to be spreading to others as well.

Also: ODF infighting could help Microsoft’s OOXML

Cruisin' with Linux- Penguins and Muscle Cars

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Linux

Linux Planet: There's an enormous difference between your average PC consumer and the hardcore computer enthusiast. One of the key differences is how much time someone is willing to expend on a system. The hardest of hardcore abandon the mainstream world of Windows and Mac and have switched to a Linux distro.

Listening to and recording audio and video streams with MPlayer

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Software

linux.com: Most streaming audio and video on the Internet is disseminated in proprietary formats such as RM, RAM, WMV, and ASF. Fortunately, the open source application MPlayer can play and even record streams in almost any format.

Ars at FOSSCamp: revolutionizing the command line with Hotwire

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OSS

arstechnica: Colin Walters of Red Hat chaired a FOSSCamp session about Hotwire, a unique and innovative graphical shell environment designed to improve the command-line user experience. I've been testing Hotwire releases for some time now, so the opportunity to see Walters present his invention in person seemed too good to pass up.

Ubuntu Dells - Not in France?

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Ubuntu

linuxquestions.org: The folks here at Dell France simply cancelled my order, pretexting that it was just a time-limited one and that systems with Ubuntu are no longer shipped, whereas their site still boasts of offering "AT LAST and BY SPECIAL REQUEST" open-sourced systems ! Now, WTF is that ?

Review: Freespire 2.0: Better than you might expect

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Linux

desktoplinux: When I downloaded Freespire 2.03 for review, I wasn't sure what I was going to get. The company behind it, Linspire, was in disarray, it had shifted from Debian to Ubuntu for its foundation, and the development of its key feature—CNR (Click 'N Run) download and install—seemed to have stalled out.

Review: The Linux Powered Neuros OSD

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Linux
Hardware

raiden's realm: The Neuros OSD is a fascinating piece of Linux powered multimedia hardware. The Neuros OSD is a small device, yet it packs a big punch. Think of it as an all in one media center that's no bigger than your average hard backed novel.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Using FileZilla on Linux

  • Setting up a search engine for your website
  • UberScript lets you do more with XChat
  • How to enable extra repositories in Ubuntu 7.10
  • How to enable CD ripping and mp3 encoding with Sound Juicer in Ubuntu 7.10
  • Stop Syslog from putting –MARK– in the logs

AntiX "Lysistrata", 7.0 Version Released

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Linux

mepis.org: MEPIS has announced the "Lysistrata" release of antiX, a lightweight derivative of SimplyMEPIS 7.0. AntiX is built and maintained by MEPIS community member anticapitalista, as a free version of MEPIS for very old 32 bit PC hardware.

Fedora 8 Werewolf Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix: As a sneak peak at the final release of Fedora 8, taken from the Fedora 2007-10-24 Rawhide spin we have screenshots of the improvements to the Fedora Firstboot, the Fedora 8 GNOME desktop, and also the KDE version of Fedora 8.

PCWorld First Looks: Ubuntu & openSUSE

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SUSE
Ubuntu
  • First Look: OpenSUSE 10.3 Desktop Linux

  • First Look: Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Linux

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 226

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: A look at Ubuntu and Kubuntu 7.10

  • News: FreeBSD release engineering team back in action, Mandriva updates,
  • Ubuntu "Hardy Heron" features, ALT Linux interview, GIMP 2.4

  • Released last week: Sabayon Linux 1.1 "Professional", Damn Small Linux 4.0
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 9, FreeBSD 6.3 and 7.0
  • Site news: User agent statistics
  • New additions: Comfusion

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Get a fresh desktop distro: Linux Mint 4

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Linux

tectonic: Linux Mint 4.0, codenamed Daryana, was released on Friday. Based on the Ubuntu Gutsy packages, this distro appears to fulfil the the development team's stated goal to "produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution".

Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy

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OLPC

zdnet: While the news that Microsoft is developing a version of Windows for the so-called "$100 laptop" has caused some consternation, the head of the One Laptop per Child project has said the scheme could not promote openness if it blocked Windows.

3 Days with gentoo

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Gentoo

silentcoder: So I finally made my choice of new distros. I opted for gentoo. I actually tried archlinux first but it annoyed me insanely within ten minutes. Now I last used Gentoo a good 3 years ago, so a lot has changed, here then, a short review after my first 3 days, as we speak - I just loaded up my first functional KDE desktop.

this morning's ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • One Wild Week with Ubuntu Linux

  • Ubuntu Hardy Heron Roadmap
  • Edubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Screenshots
  • Ubuntu Georgia US 7.10 Release Party
  • Get better sound in Ubuntu with the Brand new OSS 4!
  • Why I Switched (Ubuntu vs Gentoo)

GIMP tricks: Liquid rescaling by example

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HowTos

polishlinux: Have you ever taken a picture which would be just great only if you could remove that strange unwanted object that showed up in the middle of nowhere and now kills the whole effect? Or perhaps you just want to get rid of your ex-girlfriend and keep the photo with a fantastic landscape alone? Whatever your secret plans are, GIMP Liquid rescale plugin is there for you. Just use it!

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Making your OpenStack monitoring stack highly available using Open Source tools
    Operators tasked with maintaining production environments are relying on monitoring stacks to provide insight to resource usage and a heads-up to threats of downtime. Perhaps the most critical function of a monitoring stack is providing alerts which trigger mitigation steps to ensure an environment stays up and running. Downtime of services can be business-critical, and often has extremely high cost ramifications. Operators working in cloud environments are especially reliant on monitoring stacks due to the increase in potential inefficiency and downtime that comes with greater resource usage. The constant visibility of resources and alerts that a monitoring stack provides, makes it a fundamental component of any cloud.
  • InfraRed: Deploying and Testing Openstack just made easier!
  • The journey of a new OpenStack service in RDO
    When new contributors join RDO, they ask for recommendations about how to add new services and help RDO users to adopt it. This post is not a official policy document nor a detailed description about how to carry out some activities, but provides some high level recommendations to newcomers based on what I have learned and observed in the last year working in RDO.
  • Getting to know the essential OpenStack components better
  • Getting to know core components, speed mentoring, and more OpenStack news
  • Testing LibreOffice 5.3 Notebookbar
    I teach an online CSCI class about usability. The course is "The Usability of Open Source Software" and provides a background on free software and open source software, and uses that as a basis to teach usability. The rest of the class is a pretty standard CSCI usability class. We explore a few interesting cases in open source software as part of our discussion. And using open source software makes it really easy for the students to pick a program to study for their usability test final project.
  • [Older] Drupal member sent out after BDSM lifestyle revealed

    Drupal, like many other open source projects, has a stated goal of welcoming and accepting all people, no matter their heritage, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.

  • Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public
    Drupal is a popular open-source content-management system, used to build websites. Like many other open-source projects, Drupal is guided by several committees that are supposed to be accountable to the community and its code of conduct, which enshrines values like "be considerate" and "be respectful." Also like many other open-source projects, Drupal attracts all sorts of people, some of whom are eclectic. Last week, under murky circumstances, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert banned one of the project's technical and community leaders, Larry Garfield. Buytaert attributed the decision to aspects of Garfield's private sex life. Many Drupal users and developers are up in arms about the perceived injustice of the move, exacerbated by what they see as a lack of transparency.
  • HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
    When open source software is used for global health and global relief work, its benefits shine bright. The benefits of open source become very clear when human health and human lives are on the line. In this YouTube video, hear Harrisburg, Pennsylvania software developer Joel Worrall explain about HospitalRun software – open source cloud-based software used at developing world healthcare facilities.
  • Scotland emphasises sharing and reuse of ICT
    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
    The State Secretary at Austria’s Federal Chancellery, Muna Duzdar, is encouraging the making available of government data as open data. “The administration must set an example and support the open data culture by giving society its data back”, the State Secretary for Digitalisation said in a statement.
  • Study: Hungary should redouble open data initiatives
    The government of Hungary should redouble its efforts to make public sector information available as open data, and actively help to create market opportunities, a government white paper recommends. The ‘White Paper on National Data Policy’ was approved by the government in December.
  • Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
    Science textbooks may be a thing of the past in Williamson County Schools. The Williamson County school board approved a proposal Monday night to use open source science resources instead of science textbooks. The switch will require a team of nine teachers to spend a year developing an open source curriculum.
  • How Elsevier plans to sabotage Open Access
    It was a long and difficult road to get the major publishing houses to open up to open access, but in the end the Dutch universities got their much awaited ‘gold deal’ for open access. A recently revealed contract between Elsevier and the Dutch research institutes lays bare the retardant tactics the publishing giant employs to stifle the growth of open access.
  • #0: Introducing R^4
  • RcppTOML 0.1.2

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
    FedEx is making you an offer you can’t afford to accept. It’s offering to give you $5 (actually, it’s a discount on orders over $30) if you’ll just install Adobe Flash on your machine. Nobody who knows anything about online security uses Flash anymore, except when it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Because Flash is the poster child for the “security-vulnerability-of-the-hour” club — a group that includes another Adobe product, Acrobat. How unsafe is Flash? Let’s put it this way: seven years ago, Steve Jobs announced that Flash was to be forever banned from Apple’s mobile products. One of the reasons he cited was a report from Symantec that “highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.” Flash security hasn’t gotten any better since.
  • 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

    Regel says that he has contacted Miele on a number of occasions about the issue, but had failed to get a response to his missives, and this has no updated information on the vulnerability.

    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
    Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that Internet of Things devices will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that IoT devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway. What this says to me is that we need a law that guarantees consumers the right to buy versions of products that are not wirelessly enabled at all.
  • Remember kids, if you're going to disclose, disclose responsibly!
    If you pay any attention to the security universe, you're aware that Tavis Ormandy is basically on fire right now with his security research. He found the Cloudflare data leak issue a few weeks back, and is currently going to town on LastPass. The LastPass crew seems to be dealing with this pretty well, I'm not seeing a lot of complaining, mostly just info and fixes which is the right way to do these things.

Lightroom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching

In summer 2015, I posted a detailed account of my tentative switch from Windows7 and Lightroom to Linux and Darktable. This was sparked by sudden crashes that were afflicting my system, but in a deeper sense grew from frustration with Windows and, to a lesser degree, with Lightroom. Once I headed for Linux, I decided to plunge in fully and commit to using Ubuntu and free, open-source photo software for several months – at least until the end of that year. That would give me a chance to see whether I could actually run my photography business on the new system. Read more

7 Linux Mainstream Distros Alternatives

Linux Mainstream Distros are quite popular as they have a large number of developers working on them as well as a large number of users using them. In addition, these distros also have strong support system. People often search alternatives for Linux Mainstream Distros but often get confused about which is the best one for them. So listed below are 7 best Linux mainstream distros alternative choices for you. Read more