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Story Touchscreen Support Added To GNOME's Mutter On Wayland Rianne Schestowitz 25/06/2014 - 4:30am
Story An Everyday Linux User review of Lubuntu 14.04 Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 11:27pm
Story The Fedora 21 Change Freeze Is In Two Weeks Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 9:32pm
Story Smooth like btrfs: Inside Facebook’s Linux-powered infrastructure Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 9:01pm
Story Fedora Linux running on the Amazon Fire TV (video) Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 8:58pm
Story Peppermint Five is Live Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 8:05pm
Story The People Who Support Linux: Systems Engineer Teaching Himself Python Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 7:45pm
Story OpenStack chair: Linux at the cutting edge of the cloud Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 7:40pm
Story Linux Mint KDE 17 review; is this the Plasma you were looking for? Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 7:08pm
Story Resurrect Your Old Computer with Emmabuntüs 1.08 Rianne Schestowitz 24/06/2014 - 4:51pm

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • how to find out how long your system has been up?

  • The matrix on your Hardy Desktop
  • Swap out your ssh keys
  • HowTo: Building a firewall with Freebsd and IPfilter
  • Predictive text input with Soothsayer

Closing The Open Source ASP Loophole

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OSS

informationweek.com/blog: What is to be done about companies who use open source software to create something derived from open source, but provide it as a Web service and don't contribute their changes back to the community? Aren't they violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the open source agreement? I don't think so.

EU won't seek new antitrust complaint against Microsoft

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Microsoft

computerworlduk.com: The European Commission confirmed it has received a complaint about Microsoft's business practices from a British government agency Tuesday, but isn't following it up as it normally would with an antitrust complaint, according to a press officer.

Eee PC Face-Off: Eee PC 701 vs. Eee PC 900

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Linux
Hardware

laptopmag.com: It's finally here. The eagerly -awaited ASUS Eee PC 900 has touched down stateside after several agonizing weeks of reading overseas techies chronicle their experiences with the mini-notebook. So we decided to pit our fresh-out-the-box Eee PC 900 against the original Eee PC 701 (both with Xandros Linux) in a knock-down drag-out.

Also: Asus Eee PC 900 is a ripper not a rip-off: review

Top 10 Firefox Extensions to Impress Your Friends

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Moz/FF

cybernetnews.com: Firefox extensions are often lauded for the additional features and functionality that they bring to the browser. Today we’re going to flaunt what the developers have given us. That’s right, it’s time to tell your friends that your browser is better than theirs.

I'm on the Verge of Leaving Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

ibeentoubuntu.com: I started with Ubuntu on the day of their first release, having come from Debian. I've been loyal since then. I spent countless hours on teh forums working with people to help them get settled into Ubuntu. I wrote howtos for the wiki and for this blog. I guess I'll be back to Debian tomorrow.

Also: Giving up on Hardy... for now

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Hardware Compatibility List. Know It, Love It

  • Who is The VAR Guy?
  • Working With Arrays - Porting Between Linux Or Unix Using Bash, Perl, C and Awk
  • Linux Users: Why Did You Switch?
  • Gentoo Foundation Reinstated
  • Need a generic iptables tcp proxy?
  • Open source software player sets up in Dublin
  • XP's end: Another reason to look at Linux
  • A caution about Drupal as a social software platform
  • Howto: Fix compiz display white screen when locked issue in Ubuntu Hardy

Next Ubuntu LTS in 2010, unless Linuxes synchronize

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: Mark Shuttleworth, head of Canonical and founder of the Ubuntu project, has called on other Linux developers to synchronize releases of new versions of their distros.

The 2008 Google SoC: 21 Projects I'm Excited About

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: The annual Google Summer of Code is upon us again. This is where great projects like the GDebiKDE installer were created. And this year looks even better than before, with 175 organizations and 1125 students. So today, I’m going to do a short rundown of some of my favorites.

UK education agency nixes OOXML

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OSS

informationweek.com: Brits Want Microsoft Office 2007 Expelled From Classrooms. Instead of Open XML, BECTA wants the EU to compel Microsoft to support open standards, such as the Open Document Format.

New Fedora 9 makes waves by emphasizing contributors

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Linux

linux.com: The Fedora distribution has a reputation for innovation, and the new Fedora 9, released today, is no exception. But for Paul W. Frields, who became Fedora project leader in February, what distinguishes the release is less the technology than the community that supports it, and how the technology contributes to the larger free software world.

Linux gains action RPG

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Software
Gaming

desktoplinux.com: Linux Game Publishing has announced a Linux port of "Sacred Gold," an action role-playing game first published for Windows three years ago. The U.K.-based game publisher plans to ship the title in August of this year, priced at 27 GBP (~ $50).

Totem Movie Player can play YouTube Videos

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Software

linuxdesk.wordpress: It’s installed by default in Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 and works fabulously! Totem Movie Player now includes a plug-in for searching and playing You Tube videos without leaving the player and without Flash.

OpenSSL & OpenSSH Vulnerabilities : Confirm & Fix Instructions

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HowTos

ubuntu-tutorials.com: I’m sure many of you have heard by this point that there is a reported vulnerability in openSSL and openSSH. Security patches have been deployed to the Ubuntu archives so the first step is to, of course, apply any security patches available. Am I Affected?

Mozilla and Flock stuff

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Moz/FF
  • Customising Firefox 3

  • Flock 1.2 Beta Includes Digg Integration
  • Mozilla Developer News May 13

Open Source Security Myths Dispelled

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OSS

itproportal.com: Many IT professionals can’t seem to shake off the belief that OSS is inherently risky unreliable and complex. I am going to examine the most common of these perceptions to highlight how the facts are very often the exact opposite to what people believe.

Flipping the Linux switch: My OS is okay, your OS is okay

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Linux

downloadsquad.com: All right, let's quit the touchy-feely psycho-babble talk. There is a lot written about choosing distributions, desktops, and other fun stuff that comes with Linux. But how do you really know if it's something you want to invest time in trying at all?

ReactOS no threat to Windows

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OS

blogs.zdnet.com: ReactOS is an implementation of Windows Server 2003, still in alpha stage, and very interesting. But it is no threat to Windows. None at all. Especially compared with Linux. Here's why.

OpenOffice.org obeys Moore's Law?

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OOo

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.

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GNOME: PlayStation 4 Controller Support, Global App Menu GNOME Update

  • PlayStation 4 controller support for Fedora Linux
    GNOME developer Bastien Nocera has implemented enhancements to the Bluetooth stack of the Fedora Linux operating system, reported Softpedia. The improvements are set to enhance the use of PlayStation 3 DualShock controllers in the GNOME desktop environment. The controller is now easier to connect to a PC, but still requires an initial connection via USB.
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    The developer behind the popular Global App Menu GNOME extension has announced it is “discontinued for the moment”. Explaining the reasons for his decision on Github, Lester Carballo cites the shift to Wayland (the extension doesn’t work in Wayland for a whole spaghetti heap of technical and ideological reasons) as being the primate motivator to move on. Canonical also has no plans to support the unity-gtk-module under Wayland (a crucial component that this extension, and similar app menu implementations, rely on).

Security: Patches, CCleaner, Equifax Story Changes, 'Trusted IoT Alliance', Kali Linux 2017.2 and NBN

OSS: Open Source Strategies, Symphony Software Foundation, FOSS History, ROS, Ericsson, Harald Welte and Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko)

  • Open source strategies bring benefits, but don't rush in
    When organizations adopt open source strategies, they rarely intend to dive into the source code. That would require hiring internal miracle workers -- an expensive proposition. Instead, they contract for support, usually with a vendor that's a primary contributor to the open source project. Often, but not always, this is the company that has many of the original open source project contributors on staff, and continues to make the most commits back to the code base. Sometimes, like with big data analytics, this gets competitive, resulting in several downstream distributions -- each from a different vendor.
  • The Symphony Software Foundation: Bringing Open Source To Wall Street
    Whenever banks merge, they typically bring along their overlapping, proprietary software platforms as luggage. “In most cases, they don’t merge ... because it’s a massive business and technological endeavor,” Gabriele Columbro, 35, the executive director of the Symphony Software Foundation, told Benzinga. “Rather than undertaking massive consolidation projects, open source gives you a way to leapfrog it.” It’s one area in the financial services universe in which the nonprofit arm of the messaging platform Symphony Communications is working to bring wider adoption of open source software.
  • Unix to GitHub: 10 Key Events in Free and Open Source Software History
  • Engineer Spotlight: Brian Gerkey of Open Robotics Talks ROS and Robotics
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inception of the Robotic Operating System (ROS) — an open source robotics platform being used around the world in research, industrial, and recreational settings. The premise of ROS is simple: to simplify and standardize robotic programming, enabling faster development of robotic systems through the spirit of open source collaboration. On September 21st and 22nd, the Open Robotics (formerly the Open Source Robotics Foundation) will convene for the fifth time for ROSCon 2017. Delegates ranging from students, researchers, industry representatives, and hobbyists/enthusiasts will meet, discuss, and present on a range of topics related to the development of ROS. Even though ROSCon is still a relatively young event, every year it has continued to grow in both number of attendees and sponsors.
  • Ericsson CTO: Open source is good but fragmentation, not so much
    Open source, just like standards, can be a good thing as long as there aren’t too many of them, because that can result in fragmentation and too many resources being spread across too many groups, according to Ericsson Group CTO Erik Ekudden. “We can’t spread ourselves too thin, so we are focusing of course on open source as it’s relevant to network platforms”—and that includes everything from the cloud side to management and control, he told FierceWirelessTech on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA).
  • The Faces of Open Source: Harald Welte
    Harald is the original GPL enforcer. He reached out to companies and brought the GPL to court for the first time, way back in the early 2000s. His activities, initially seen as controversial, ultimately led to much greater and improved dialogue between companies and the community-at-large, not least because it cast the GPL as a solid, simple legal document, with terms that a court could rule on. One of Harald's most noticeable characteristics is his calm, measured, and carefully considered approach to matters. His passion for free software is genuine, but he is not driven by passion alone. He has clear, thoughtful arguments for issues that he engages with, and he often provides insight in an accessible manner. While he is far too modest to use the term, Harald is a thought-leader in open source, and this is one of the interviews I was most excited to shoot.
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