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Selling Linux: what Dell could do

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Linux

iTWire: Recently I've been devoting some space to a discussion of Dell's efforts to sell Linux on certain PCs and laptops among its range of models. There's also been discussion of why this effort appears to be somewhat half-hearted.

Ubuntu snags top Linspire staffers

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Ubuntu

desktoplinux: Linspire, the troubled Linux distribution vendor, has recently lost a top executive and a lead developer to the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu, has hired former Linspire staffers Randy Linnell and Brian Thomason.

Linux Driver Project

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Linux

Greg K-H: Way back in January, I announced a program to write Linux drivers for companies for free. When I did that, I never expected the response to be as large as it was.

The real heart of the GPLv3 rift

jem report: A badly researched Yahoo News piece recently characterized open source developers' reluctance to adopt the new GNU General Public License version 3 as creating "a rift in the open source community between idealists who believe all software should be free of charge and free to use, and pragmatists who want to see open source software make further inroads into commercial use." There are so many things wrong in that statement that I hardly know where to begin.

Making Ubuntu 7.10 - Casper Persistent

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Ubuntu

pendrivelinux.com: Making a casper persistent Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon): With the coming release of Ubuntu 7.10 code named Gutsy Gibbon, most of the portable linux community is likely going to want to be able to run Ubuntu Gutsy in Qemu and at least be able to utilize a persistent partition or img (image) to save settings/changes to and restore settings/changes from. in the following tutorial, we will cover the process of making this possible.

Also: Ubuntu 7.10 Beta: Almost there!

openSUSE 10.3 Goldmaster...

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SUSE

Andreas Jaeger: Christoph, Coolo, and myself at our desks waiting for the DVD9s to burn before we can send them to the fab for producing. After Coolo released openSUSE 10.3 this morning (he started testing at 6am), we did the final tests. I concentrated on the bootloader.

Interview: Clement Lefebvre of Linux Mint by Tony Mobily

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Interviews

Free Software Daily: This is the first in what I hope will be a series of interviews with major GNU/Linux distribution lead developers. This interview is with Clement Lefebvre the lead developer of Linux Mint and he talks with me about his project, development, the community, and his views on free vs open source software.

Export Writer documents into any wiki format

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HowTos

linux.com: One of the most welcome additions to OpenOffice.org 2.3 is a new export filter that allows you to save Writer documents as MediaWiki-formatted pages. That's all fine and dandy if you are using MediaWiki, but what about other wiki systems? The answer to this question comes in the form of the OpenOffice2UniWakka.

Ubuntu 7.10 improvements for Firefox users

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Moz/FF
Ubuntu

mozillalinks: Ubuntu released today a beta version of forthcoming Ubuntu 7.10 (code name Gutsy Gibbon), scheduled for final release on October. It includes a couple of nice improvements for Firefox users.

QoS Power Management

kernelTRAP: "The following patches implement a more generalized infrastructure (than latency.c) for connecting drivers and subsystem's that could implement power performance optimizations with the data needed to implement such policies," began Mark Gross, describing his Quality of Service power management patchset. He added, "these patches are following up on the discussions and presentations at the power management summit last summer." Mark continued:

Ubuntu Beta: A Glimpse Of What's To Come In 7.10

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Ubuntu

wired blogs: The Ubuntu team has announced the beta release of Ubuntu 7.10 and its variants, including Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu. The final release of Ubuntu 7.10, dubbed "Gutsy Gibbon," will happen sometime next month.

Linux Mint 3.1 Review

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Linux

simplyjat.blogspot: Mint Linux is a buntu derivative. According to the project website; "Linux Mint's purpose is to produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution". Mint Linux is currently ranked #6, on distrowatch. Celena (codename for Linux Mint 3.1) boasts about mintAssistant, mintUpload, proprietary drivers, plug-ins, stability, performance and usability.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Beta Screenshots

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Ubuntu

phoronix: We are just about three weeks out from the final release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but those wishing to try out the new release early or wish to help in testing, the Ubuntu 7.10 Beta release is available today.

A guide to GNU Screen

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HowTos

Red Hat Mag: The same way tabbed browsing revolutionized the web experience, GNU Screen can do the same for your experience in the command line. GNU Screen allows you to manage several interactive shell instances within the same “window.”

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 10.3: Virtualisation

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SUSE

opensuse news: Some changes in openSUSE 10.3 have ensured that if you are interested in just about any type of popular virtualisation, then openSUSE is the operating system to be on. From Xen to VirtualBox, QEMU and KVM — it’s all availabe in the new version. Today we’ll be going through a few of these.

Local open-source provider thrives

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Linux

dailytarheel.com: The world's largest provider of Linux-based open-source software is based in Raleigh and has a workforce that draws heavily from the Triangle's technology-savvy workforce.

Windows alternatives gain ground

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SUSE

theglobeandmail.com: Last winter, when it was time to upgrade its Windows 98 and 2000 operating systems Whitelaw Twining, a boutique law firm in Vancouver, instead chose Novell's SUSE, a version of Linux.

Gadget retailer IWOOT goes open source

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SUSE

ITPro: Online gadget specialist I Want One of Those (IWOOT) has chosen to deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell as part of its ongoing open source strategy.

A clearlooks popsquares desktop

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HowTos

kmandla.wordpress: A long time ago I was messing with xscreensaver and found you could paint the root window — the desktop — with a screensaver, and use it like an animated wallpaper image. I was experimenting with them on the Thinkpad today, and this time I set popsquares to use Tango colors.

Open source geeks asked to 'stand up and be counted'

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OSS

builder.au: Australians working with open source software are urged to participate in an online census launched this week to discover the capabilities of the local industry.

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    Windows 10 was the least secure of of current Windows versions in 2016, with 46% more vulnerabilities than either Windows 8 or 8.1, according to an analysis of Microsoft's own security bulletins in 2016. Security firm Avecto said its research, titled "2016 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Study: Mitigating risk by removing user privileges", had also found that a vast majority of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft products could be mitigated by removing admin rights. The research found that, despite its claims to being the "most secure" of Microsoft's operating systems, Windows 10 had 395 vulnerabilities in 2016, while Windows 8 and 8.1 each had 265. The research also found that while 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities were reported — marginally up from the 524 reported in 2015 — and 189 given a critical rating, 94% could be mitigated by removing admin rights. This was up from 85% in 2015.
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  • Purism's Librem 13 Coreboot Port Now "100%" Complete
    According to Purism's Youness Alaoui, their Coreboot port to the Librem 13 v1 laptop is now considered complete. The Librem 13 was long talked about having Coreboot over a proprietary BIOS while the initial models still had shipped with the conventional BIOS. Finally in 2017, they have now Coreboot at what they consider to be 100% complete for this Linux-friendly laptop.
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  • Linux Update Fixes 11-Year-Old Flaw
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Kerala saves Rs 300 cr as schools switch to open software

The Kerala government has made a saving of Rs 300 crore through introduction and adoption of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) in the school education sector, said a state government official on Sunday. IT became a compulsory subject in Kerala schools from 2003, but it was in 2005 only that FOSS was introduced in a phased manner and started to replace proprietary software. The decision made by the curriculum committee to implement it in the higher secondary sector has also been completed now. Read more

Tired of Windows and MAC computer systems? Linux may now be ready for prime time

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