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Ironically, it's free: a review of GIMP 2.6.4

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GIMP

arstechnica.com: As the open-source image editor of choice, the feature list of GIMP 2.6 is very long, and despite its status as a free application, it's as feature-packed as any commercial application.

Free Ways to approach Ubuntu from Windows

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Ubuntu

kabatology.com: For Windows Users: Apart the rhetoric that Linux is not Windows, how can one gradually get used to this different way of conceiving an operating system?

The New Ubuntu Brainstorm

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Ubuntu

linuxloop.com: The new and much improved version of Ubuntu Brainstorm, Ubuntu’s site for receiving ideas from users and allowing other users to vote on those ideas, was launched today.

Nokia Qt LGPL switch huge win for cross-platform development

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Software

arstechnica.com: Nokia has announced plans to make the open source Qt toolkit available under GNU's Lesser General Public License (LGPL), alongside the existing GPL and commercial licensing options.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linus: Odd Hardware

  • 3D graphics are 100% free software
  • What’s next for OLPC?
  • Why Pre is the right move for Palm
  • Fun With Linux
  • about:mozilla 01/13
  • Gentopia has left the building
  • X Input 2.0 Protocol Draft Specification
  • Humanitarian FOSS Project
  • The Outer Limits
  • Can Microsoft Make Windows For a Small World?
  • Is Linux really better than Windows 7?
  • Windows 7 Anti-Competitive in Nature?
  • The New York Times On Ubuntu: Half-Right
  • The real (sort of) $100 laptop
  • Interview: Dann Washko, The Linux Link Tech Show
  • Conky now supports MOC player
  • New Friends of GNOME
  • Linux is the Engine Under the Hood of Instant On
  • Portable Linux is now available
  • Ubuntu Launchpad to go open source
  • Where is all the open-source EDA software?
  • Where’s Open Source At National Retail Federation Convention?
  • Bridging the Server Divide
  • Liferea: Rewrite/Redesign From Scratch

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • An rsync primer

  • Make Sudo Applications Beautiful
  • How to reduce the icon size in Ubuntu 8.10
  • Adding Grub After Ubuntu Installation
  • Turn Thunderbird into a Full-Blown PIM with Lightning
  • Diff Two Directories
  • Regular Expressions in Python 3
  • Linux tip: How to run multiple X sessions
  • Discwrapper - Design CD/DVD covers and labels for your personal discs
  • BleachBit - Cleans unnecessary files to free disk space and maintain privacy
  • openSUSE 11.1 - The Workarounds
  • Gentoo Cache Mirror using apache and php
  • Understanding automatic blank Pages in Open Office
  • Mail Merge in Openoffice.org: Everything You Need to Know

Linux Succumbs to Creeping Windows-Itis

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Linux

blog.linuxtoday: I've been using Linux since 1995, and while that doesn't quite elevate me to grizzled geekbeard status, it's long enough to have observed a whole lot of growth and changes. Most of them are good; but some of them are rather alarming.

KDE 4.1.4 and 4.2 Release Candidate Available Now

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KDE

dot.kde.org: The KDE community has made available two new releases of the KDE desktop and applications today. KDE 4.1.4 is the latest update for the KDE 4.1 series. KDE 4.2 RC is the release candidate of KDE 4.2.

Where have all the community managers gone?

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Linux
OSS

blogs.the451group: As we have seen open source vendors trimming headcount just like many other companies in search of controlling costs and weathering the storm during recent months, community managers seem to be on the line among the layoffs.

Also: building a community around your F/OSS project

The Secret Lives of Ubuntu and Debian Users

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Linux
Ubuntu

earthweb.com: Using free and open source software (FOSS), advocates like to say, is not a popularity contest. It's about doing what's right. However, the Debian and Ubuntu Popularity Contest projects might disagree.

Linux Powers New Security System

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: French security company M2M Solution has developed a security gateway device called Homebox to monitor your home, office, vehicle, and even your pets while you're out.

Firefox to use Chrome-like tabs

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Moz/FF

techradar.com: Mozilla has announced a subtle but significant change to Firefox, tweaking the way tabs work on the browser.

Audio system taps Linux, 802.11n

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Cisco's Linksys division is shipping a networked home audio distribution system that runs Linux and uses 802.11n WiFi. The Cisco Wireless Home Audio system supports Internet radio and DLNA discovery, and includes a variety of receivers, speakers, players, iPOD docks, and a tablet-like touchscreen remote.

Whither Fedora?

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Linux

technologytales.com: I suppose that the calm is also a reflection of the fact that Ubuntu has matured but there is a sense that some changes may be on the horizon. For one thing, there are the opinions of a certain Mark Shuttleworth but the competition is progressing too.

Ubuntu 9.04 Boots in 21.4 Seconds

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Ubuntu

news.softpedia: There are only two days left until the third Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) will be available (for testing), and... we couldn't resist the temptation to take the current daily build for a test drive.

10 Linux RSS fead readers

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Software

linuxnongeek.com: RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (but also sometimes refers to Rich Site Summary or RDF Site Summary). It is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content. Here I compiled a list with the best (IMO) 10 RSS readers for Linux:

Ubuntu 8.10 upmc for the Asus EeePC? Don't bother, just install the full distro

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Ubuntu

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I discovered recently the truth of the old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. Yes, I finally did it. I bricked my beloved EeePc. I had just installed the Smart package manager and a subsequent reboot saw me stuck in, well, an eternal boot loop.

Free Software or Open Source? You Choose

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OSS

computerworlduk.com: “Free software” or “open source”? It's a perennial question that has provoked a thousand flame wars. Normally, the factions supporting each label and its assocated theoretical baggage manage to work alongside each other for the collective good with only a minimal amount of friction. But occasionally, the sparks begin to fly.

Linux institutionalized, a little look back

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: Linux as an Operating System, not just a specific distribution, but all of them. The collective. has been an institution in and of itself for several years now in the server world. Linux and FOSS server software together has developed a dominating presence in the business/server world.

7 Great Free/Open-source Platform Games for Linux

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Gaming

junauza.com: A platform game (also known as platformer) is a video game genre distinguished by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. I have here a list of some great free and open source platform games that you may enjoy.

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OSS Leftovers

  • After the First US Transaction, Propy Announces an Open Source Developer Program
    California-based blockchain startup Propy, is bringing the commercial use of blockchain technology to the US. After facilitating the first US Blockchain-based real estate deed in Vermont, Propy announced a new open source Developer Program. The idea behind Propy: it allows anyone to buy or sell real estate, anywhere, online. Propy provides an efficient crypto and fiat payment and an immutable record on the blockchain, ensuring that title deeds and property rights will be there forever.
  • Titus, the Netflix container management platform, is now open source
    Titus powers critical aspects of the Netflix business, from video streaming, recommendations and machine learning, big data, content encoding, studio technology, internal engineering tools, and other Netflix workloads. Titus offers a convenient model for managing compute resources, allows developers to maintain just their application artifacts, and provides a consistent developer experience from a developer’s laptop to production by leveraging Netflix container-focused engineering tools.
  • Netflix's Container Management System Is Now Open Source
    On Thursday Netflix announced it's made its home grown container management system, Titus, open source.
  • Lumina Networks on delivering open source SDN
    What kinds of companies should consider open source SDN, and what are the associated challenges in using such open source deployments? Lumina Networks has unrivalled expertise in working with customers and partners to deliver implementations, and explains its processes and outlines the benefits of using open source SDN.
  • Luxoft launches PELUX 1.0 open source platform for automotive
    Luxoft’s automotive division has launched PELUX 1.0, an open source platform available to developers. This has been developed from its PELUX software suite as used by carmakers and tier 1 suppliers to build converged infotainment, autonomous driving, communication, HMI and car body control systems.
  • Dev Preview: MongoDB Enterprise Running on OpenShift
    In order to compete and get products to market rapidly, enterprises today leverage cloud-ready and cloud-enabled technologies. Platforms as a Service (or PaaS) provide out-of-the-box capabilities which enable application developers to focus on their business logic and users instead of infrastructure and interoperability. This key ability separates successful projects from those which drown themselves in tangential work which never stops. In this blog post, we’ll cover MongoDB’s general PaaS and cloud enablement strategy as well as touch upon some new features of Red Hat’s OpenShift which enable you to run production-ready MongoDB clusters. We’re also excited to announce the developer preview of MongoDB Enterprise Server running on OpenShift. This preview allows you to test out how your applications will interact with MongoDB running on OpenShift.
  • Is Open Source The AI Nirvana for Intel? [Ed: openwashing a malicious company using buzzwords and urban myths]
  • Writing Chuck – Joke As A Service
    Recently I really got interested to learn Go, and to be honest I found it to be a beautiful language. I personally feel that it has that performance boost factor from a static language background and easy prototype and get things done philosophy from dynamic language background. The real inspiration to learn Go was these amazing number of tools written and the ease with which these tools perform although they seem to be quite heavy. One of the good examples is Docker. So I thought I would write some utility for fun, I have been using fortune, this is a Linux utility which gives random quotes from a database. I thought let me write something similar but let me do something with jokes, keeping this mind I was actually searching for what can I do and I landed up on jokes about Chuck Norris or as we say it facts about him. I landed up on chucknorris.io they have an API which can return different jokes about Chuck, and there it was my opportunity to put something up and I chose Go for it.

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