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Story Plasma Media Center 1.3 Available Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 8:33pm
Story Linux gaming Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 8:28pm
Story Red Hat, Joyent, and others break down licensing barriers Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 8:28pm
Story The Latest Fedora Debate: DNF Can Remove Systemd, RPM Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 7:10pm
Story AUDACIOUS GOING BACK TO GTK2 STARTING WITH VERSION 3.6 Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 6:11pm
Story Panasonic launches 5-inch rugged handheld tablets Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 6:02pm
Story Switching to Ubuntu: User Tips Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 6:00pm
Story Linux Deepin Brings Mac-Like Sensibility to the Linux Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 5:33pm
Story Top500 Supercomputer Remains Stuck at 33.86 Petaflops/s Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 5:13pm
Story Russia Government Chooses GNU/Linux with Chips Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2014 - 4:55pm

OpenOffice.org obeys Moore's Law?

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oooninja.com: Let's compare these laws against OpenOffice.org to see which law wins. We'll measure the installed disk usage of OpenOffice.org for Linux in English as built by Sun Microsystems. The size of OpenOffice.org installation over time fits a linear equation with R2 = 0.858 and an expoential curve with R2 = 0.876: that means it is predictable like Kryder's Law.

You Can Hack An OS But You Can't Hack People - part 6: The Black Hand

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Linux

penguinpetes.com: Have you noticed that the differences in major computer platforms really do seem to make them like different countries? The different ways we do things like run system tasks, open files, shut down and restart, have different file formats and character schemes and default fonts.

more Fedora stuff

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Linux
  • Fedora 9 Released with KDE 4.0.3

  • Fedora 9 Gives Ubuntu a Run For Its Money
  • Hats off to Fedora 9
  • Red Hat lives on the edge with Fedora 9
  • First Look at Sulphur, Fedora 9
  • Promoting Fedora the Blurbuntoo way

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Kubuntu KDE4 Remix: An Ubuntu User’s View

  • 5 types of people who should be using Ubuntu
  • Week 1 with Ubuntu 8.04LTS

Open letter to standards professionals, developers, and activists

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: You’ve read how Microsoft drove its tank through the international standardization process last year and this year, finally winning ISO approval for its legacy OOXML format. The OOXML event proved that we’re in a real fight, and that money and power can break down the existing polite rules and agreements that constitute the international standardization process.

NYSE Euronext banks on Red Hat

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Linux

Matt Asay: If anyone out there persists in believing that Linux isn't ready for serious prime time, NYSE Euronext's dependence on Red Hat should finally lay that silly notion to rest.

Could investor short-termism undermine open source?

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OSS

Matthew Aslett: There is a small, but growing, list of VCs that clearly understand the open source development and distribution models and the long-term profit potential of open source software vendors. Can the same be said of individual and institutional investors buying and selling shares in publicly traded software companies?

some app stuff

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Software
  • Application of the Day - katapult

  • Kumblr - a Lightweight Tumblr Client for KDE
  • Critical security update for openssl
  • vnstat - Command Line Tool to check how much bandwidth you use
  • Make synaptic package manager use gtk theme
  • Review: CNR

Fedora 9 Released

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Linux

fedoraproject.org: Fedora 9 was released today just six months after Fedora 8 was released. It comes in a variety of “spins” with improved networking and eyecandy.

Some Gnome Panel Applets you may not know about!

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Software

ubuntu-unleashed.com: Here is a collection of gnome panel applets that I have found in the repositories, installed applets can be viewed and added to your gnome panel via right click on an empty panel space then click "Add to Panel"

Linux kernel compile secrets. Part 1

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Linux

blogs.ittoolbox.com: The Linux kernel is the beating heart of any Linux distribution. It is a strange and complex beast and to many people somewhat mystical in nature. I intend to shed light on some of that mystical shroud and show how simple and easy compiling a Linux kernel really is.

aTunes tries to be the best of two worlds

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Software

linux.com: Are you looking for a free and open source music player that you can use no matter which operating system you boot or switch to during the day? Meet aTunes, a small competitor to both Amarok and Apple's iTunes. Its name sounds like a hybrid of the two, and it tries to have a unique combination of the best of both user experiences.

today's leftovers

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News
  • MIT students show power of open cell phone systems

  • Ubuntu and Windows compared SIDE BY SIDE, literally
  • Defending the oppressed and the forsaken (i.e. KDE3)
  • Google Desktop for Linux
  • The best desktop OS is...
  • Open-Source Software: How the Stock Market Views It
  • Control Your TiVo With Your Ubuntu Machine
  • Radio Free Software: Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE and OpenSolaris Community Managers
  • Give Linux a chance
  • optimize/improve internet connection speed and responsiveness
  • Fix Firefox and epiphany Flash Crash
  • Novell to Sun: Here’s an offer you can’t refuse

First look: OpenSolaris 2008.05 a work in progress

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OS

arstechnica.com: The OpenSolaris project, which has been slowly gaining momentum over the past year, issued its first official release last week. Designed with an emphasis on usability and easy installation, OpenSolaris aims to provide a complete desktop platform for users and developers built on top of Sun's Solaris kernel. We have been testing OpenSolaris 2008.05 in order to see how it compares to modern Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE.

Linux PCs still available at Wal-Mart: Just not the one down the road

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Linux
Hardware

practical-tech.com: Recently there were some rumors that Wal-Mart was once more selling Everex PCs with gOS Linux. Well, they got it about a third right.

More Fedora stuff

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Linux
  • Fedora 9 promises better eyecandy, networking

  • Fedora 9: Linux Desktop Alive and Well at Red Hat
  • Rawhide moving on to Fedora 10
  • Paul W. Frields on Fedora 9
  • Fedora 9 - Why it’s so awesome

the hands of many

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KDE

aseigo: thomasz just posted a link to this email from a KDE-on-Kubuntu user. Honest and heartfelt, it's one of the most beautiful things I've read in a while. Who knows what the people of the world will do tomorrow because of what we are doing today.

Best Computing Solutions: Windows vs. Linux

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OS

osweekly.com: As long as there are choices in computing platforms, there will be those that claim that their OS is the best over all others. In this article, I will work to put my own preferences aside, examine my years of experience with past clients who have used all three major platforms and why each made the most sense for them.

more howtos:

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HowTos
  • What UUIDs Are and How To Use Them in Ubuntu

  • Installing WeatherBug For Linux
  • 5 Steps for resetting a forgotten password
  • How to improve KDE4
  • How to disable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace from restarting X
  • Preventing Debian Package Upgrades
  • Connect a Motorola cellular phone to Linux
  • Killing Zombie Processes In Linux And Unix
  • Samba to Vista after SP1
  • Check your rootkits at the door with rkhunter
  • Stop GNOME from Asking to Import Photos

Movies about KDE 4.1 Alpha

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KDE

czessi.de: Jos Poortvliet present some movies, which show some new features in KDE 4.1, especially in Plasma, Kwin, Dolphin, Gweniview and some other applications. This movies show imposingly the proceedings of KDE 4.1.

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KDE and GNOME: Kubuntu Site, Marble Maps, Kube in Randa, and UX in GNOME

  • Call for design: Artful Banner for Kubuntu.org website
    Kubuntu 17.10 — code-named Artful Aardvark — will be released on October 19th, 2017. We need a new banner for the website, and invite artists and designers to submit designs to us based on the Plasma wallpaper and perhaps the mascot design.
  • Randa 2017 Report – Marble Maps
    Just came back home yesterday from Randa Meetings 2017. This year, even though my major motive for the sprint was to use Qt 5.8’s Qt Speech module instead of custom Java for text-to-speech during navigation, that could not be achieved because of a bug which made the routes not appear in the app in the first place. And this bug is reproducible both by using latest code, and old-enough code, and is even there in the prod app in the Google Play Store itself. So, although most of my time had gone in deep-diving on the issue, unfortunately I was not able to find the root-cause to it eventually. I will need to pick up on that in the coming weeks again when I get time, to get it fixed.
  • Kube in Randa
    I’ve spent the last few days with fellow KDE hackers in beautiful Randa in the Swiss Mountains. It’s an annual event that focuses on a specific topic every year, and this time accessibility was up, so Michael and me made our way up here to improve Kube in that direction (and to enjoy the scenic surroundings of course).
  • Usability testing for early-stage software prototypes
    In this article, Ciarrai Cunneen and I describe how to do a paper-based usability test, using an early redesign of the GNOME Settings app as an example. The updated Settings features in GNOME 3.26, released on September 13. When writing open source software, we often obsess about making our logic elegant and concise, coming up with clever ways to execute tasks and demonstrate ideas. But we sometimes forget a key fact: Software is not useful if it is not easy to use. To make sure our programs can be used by our intended audience, we need usability testing. Usability is basically asking the question, "Can people easily use this thing?" or "Can real people use the software to do real tasks in a reasonable amount of time?" Usability is crucial to the creative process of building anything user-based. If real people can't use our software, then all the hard work of creating it is pointless. [...] In early 2016, GNOME decided to make a major UI update to its Settings application. This visual refresh shifts from an icon-based menu to drop-down lists and adds important changes to several individual Settings panels. The GNOME design team wanted to test these early-stage design changes to see how easily real people could navigate the new GNOME Settings application. Previously, GNOME relied on traditional usability tests, where users explore the software's UI directly. But this wouldn't work, since the software updates hadn't been completed.

FSF, GNU and FSFE

  • LibrePlanet 2018: Let's talk about Freedom. Embedded.
    The call for sessions is open now, until November 2nd, 2017. General registration and exhibitor and sponsor registration are also open. Pre-order a LibrePlanet 10th anniversary t-shirt when you register to attend! Do you want to discuss or teach others about a topic relevant to the free software community? You've got until Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC) to submit your session proposals. LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts and everyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. For the past nine years, LibrePlanet has brought together free software developers, policy experts, activists, hackers, students, and people who are at the beginning of their free software journeys. LibrePlanet 2018 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
  • LibrePlanet free software conference celebrates 10th anniversary, CFP and registration open now
    The call for proposals is open now, until November 2, 2017. General registration and exhibitor and sponsor registration are also open. LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts and anyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. For the past nine years, LibrePlanet has brought together free software developers, policy experts, activists, hackers, students, and people who are at the beginning of their free software journeys. LibrePlanet 2018 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
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  • FSFE Newsletter - September 2017

    To push our demand, the FSFE launched a new campaign last week: "Public Money Public Code". The campaign explains the benefits of releasing publicly funded Software under free licences with a short inspiring video and an open letter to sign. Furthermore, the campaign and the open letter will be used in the coming months until the European Parliament election in 2019 to highlight good and bad examples of publicly funded software development and its potential reuse.

  • Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Call For Taxpayer-Funded Software To Be Licensed For Free Re-use
    Considered objectively, it's hard to think of any good reasons why code that is paid for by the public should not be released publicly as a matter of course. The good news is that this "public money, public code" argument is precisely the approach that open access advocates have used with considerable success in the field of academic publishing, so there's hope it might gain some traction in the world of software too.

Security: WordPress 4.8.2, CCleaner 5.33, Apache Patch and Cryptocurrencies

  • WordPress 4.8.2 Security and Maintenance Release
    WordPress 4.8.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.
  • Attack on CCleaner Highlights the Importance of Securing Downloads and Maintaining User Trust
    Some of the most worrying kinds of attacks are ones that exploit users’ trust in the systems and softwares they use every day. Yesterday, Cisco’s Talos security team uncovered just that kind of attack in the computer cleanup software CCleaner. Download servers at Avast, the company that owns CCleaner, had been compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner 5.33 updates for at least a month. Avast estimates that over 2 million users downloaded the affected update. Even worse, CCleaner’s popularity with journalists and human rights activists means that particularly vulnerable users are almost certainly among that number. Avast has advised CCleaner Windows users to update their software immediately. This is often called a “supply chain” attack, referring to all the steps software takes to get from its developers to its users. As more and more users get better at bread-and-butter personal security like enabling two-factor authentication and detecting phishing, malicious hackers are forced to stop targeting users and move “up” the supply chain to the companies and developers that make software. This means that developers need to get in the practice of “distrusting” their own infrastructure to ensure safer software releases with reproducible builds, allowing third parties to double-check whether released binary and source packages correspond. The goal should be to secure internal development and release infrastructure to that point that no hijacking, even from a malicious actor inside the company, can slip through unnoticed.
  • Apache bug leaks contents of server memory for all to see—Patch now
    There's a bug in the widely used Apache Web Server that causes servers to leak pieces of arbitrary memory in a way that could expose passwords or other secrets, a freelance journalist has disclosed. The vulnerability can be triggered by querying a server with what's known as an OPTIONS request. Like the better-known GET and POST requests, OPTIONS is a type of HTTP method that allows users to determine which HTTP requests are supported by the server. Normally, a server will respond with GET, POST, OPTIONS, and any other supported methods. Under certain conditions, however, responses from Apache Web Server include the data stored in computer memory. Patches are available here and here.
  • The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining
    Cryptocurrencies usually are mined with CPU power initially, she told LinuxInsider. Users then find ways to speed up the hashing before going to GPU. They build specialized hardware and field programmable gate array (FPGA) chips to carry out the hashing function in order to mine much faster. [...] The notion that The Pirate Bay effectively would borrow resources from its own users is not the problem, suggested Jessica Groopman, principal analyst at Tractica.