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The free software journalism club

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Misc

jem report: After I posted yesterday's call for stories from or about people who claim to have had comment posts deleted from Groklaw, I received an email from Pamela Jones asking me why I was "doing this." Since such a question presumes a certain level of conspiracy, I replied that the call for stories is self-explanatory. The next email I got on the subject was from Ziff Davis Enterprise editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Over 130 line up for inaugural Open Source Awards

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OSS

computerworld.nz: Among the 130-plus nominations for the inaugural Open Source Awards are a film project, a Hurricane Katrina disaster-help website and Pharmac’s open source publishing system for the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Hosted apps helping to drive open source

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OSS

vnunet: An increase in the use of hosted applications such as webmail and Google Apps is driving the adoption of open source software behind the scenes.

Linux is not so simple

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Linux

blog.lxpages: It seems the average people are constantly being brainwashed by the Linux community about Linux being the perfect replacement to Windows. I don’t necessarily disagree with them on this but I do think that Linux or Ubuntu is still not yet ready for an average grandma or grandpa.

Dealing with Mac-formatted drives on Linux

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HowTos

FOSSwire: If you deal with Macs at all, you might be curious as to whether Linux is capable of dealing with disks and drives formatted for Mac OS X. The answer is - yes, in most cases, and it is actually quite easy.

And:

  • Linux backup powered by RDiff-Backup

  • How to get PASV FTP to work behind a NAT router with ProFTPD
  • Controlling the size of the $PWD in bash
  • Create Video for an iPod Using Thin Liquid Film

New commercial Linux game slated by year end

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Gaming

linux.com: Hothead Games will soon be launching a new title based on the popular online Penny Arcade comic strip. Even better, the new game will be available for several platforms at its launch, including Linux.

MEPIS 7.0 Beta4: It's all Coming Together

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Linux

mepis.org (PR): The 4th Beta of SimplyMEPIS 7.0 has been released by Warren Woodford. The kernel in Beta4 is version 2.6.22.6 which contains more patches from the Kernel Development Team. Wireless-tools and wpasupplicant were updated.

How Open Source Software Can Improve Our Library

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OSS

degreetutor.com: Remember a time when doing research required us to have to go to the library? Your school had one, and that's probably where you spent most of your library time at. The depth a library can have can range greatly; it all depends on how much money that library gets in funding. Open source software is free for anyone to have.

Axfood is hungry for Red Hat

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Linux

Enterprise Linux Log: It’s a Wednesday, so that must mean yet another new customer for the folks at Red Hat. Today, it’s Axfood, one of the largest food retailers in Scandinavia.

Ubuntu World Domination in progress

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Ubuntu

modfree.org: The old question always used to be if linux will ever be as widely used as Windows. For years there were always comments on how Linux was ready for the desktop and getting more and more popular. Well, Ubuntu is clearly the Borg of Linux, users are being converted quicker than a Scientology rally.

Open Source Internet Utilities - Part 1

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Software

CyberCapital.Org: Here’s the SF day Gift collection from the CyberCapital. From Today on We are gonna list various Open Sources software utilities that you can use to get your work done. This is the first part of the upcoming series of Open Source Internet utilities.

Kernel space: Are Linux developers ignoring bug reports?

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Linux

LinuxWorld: Linux developers seem to be letting bug reports slip throught the cracks. With 1500 open kernel bugs in the tracking system, and 50 going unanswered on the mailing list, do developers need a better process or just new priorities?

Also:

  • CFS, Focusing on Simplification and Performance

  • BootUtils, Automatically Detecting the Root Volume
  • Virtual Machine Time Accounting
  • Data Errors During Drive Communication

What’s in a name? GNU, Linux, or GNU/Linux?

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Linux

daveshields.wordpress: I just came across a Slashdot story about an interview with Richard Stallman, Stallman: If you want freedom don’t follow Linus Torvalds. Reading this reminded me of a paper title written by my (then IBM) colleagues Ron Cytron and Jeanne Ferrante: What’s In a Name? Names do matter.

AMD 8.41.7 Display Driver

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Software

phoronix: After talking for the past week about AMD's new Linux efforts with announcing a new fglrx Linux driver overhaul and releasing ATI GPU specifications without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, the 8.41 fglrx driver is now released. In this article we have a few additional remarks on the AMD 8.41 Linux display driver for ATI Radeon graphics cards.

Also: AMD Releases 900+ Pages Of GPU Specs
And: AMD Specs Already Help Avivo Driver

Top Ten Rejected Ubuntu Version Names

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Ubuntu
Humor

Linux Online: Linux Online has obtained internal memos from the Ubuntu project regarding the codenames they choose for different releases of Ubuntu. For the first time, we're providing the names that were debated by the development team but were eventually rejected as official Ubuntu version codenames.

Krusader - The Ultimate KDE File Manager

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KDE

raiden's realm: During my testing I tried several different programs, none of which really gave me what I wanted, especially the ones with explorer type interfaces. Then I stumbled onto Krusader, a file manager that really does things right. But don't take my word for it. Let's go look at all the great things it offers.

PC World denies Linux warranty void

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Linux

ZDNet: A spokesperson for PC World denied the claims on Wednesday, telling ZDNet.co.uk that the store's policy was that "as long as we are still able to get the computer/laptop back to its original manufacturer's settings, the customer is free to install other operating systems like Linux".

A Date with Cassandra

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components.

People are gasping for Oxygen

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KDE

wadejolson.wordpress: We’ve got some subtle gradients, some nice shadows, some sexy drop-down menus, it’s thoughtful already - especially for a proof of concept. Let’s assume the drop-down has some fun japanimations or effects. Let’s see how it evolves.

Linux Game Development

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Linux

gamedev: Finding information about how to develop and publish games for Linux is difficult. There aren’t many articles or tutorials written about it, and there is no centralized web site you can go to find all the answers. So I’ve decided to write a series of articles to capture everything I have learned.

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Leftovers: Software

  • Picard 1.4 released
    The last time we put out a stable release was more than 2 years ago, so a lot of changes have made it into this new release. If you’re in a hurry and just want to try it out, the downloads are available from the Picard website.
  • Linux Digital Audio Workstations: Open Source Music Production
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  • i2pd 2.12 released
    i2pd (I2P Daemon) is a full-featured C++ implementation of I2P client. I2P (Invisible Internet Protocol) is a universal anonymous network layer. All communications over I2P are anonymous and end-to-end encrypted, participants don't reveal their real IP addresses.
  • 4 Command-Line Graphics Tools for Linux
    For the most part, they’re wrong. Command-line image tools do much of what their GUI counterparts can, and they can do it just as well. Sometimes, especially when dealing with multiple image files or working on an older computer, command-line tools can do a better job. Let’s take a look at four command-line tools that can ably handle many of your basic (and not-so-basic) image manipulation tasks.
  • CloudStats - Best Server Monitoring Tool for Linux Servers
    CloudStats is an effective tool for Linux server monitoring and network monitoring. With CloudStats you get whole visibility into key performance criteria of your Linux Server. You can proactively track different server metrics like CPU, disk and memory usage, services, apps, processes and more. The best thing is that you don’t need to have any special technical skills – this tool for server monitoring is very easy to install and run from any device.
  • New Inkscape 0.92.1 fixes your previous works done with Inkscape
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  • Qt 5.10 To Have Built-In Vulkan Support
    With Qt 5.8 there was experimental Direct3D 12 support that left some disappointed the toolkit didn't opt for supporting Vulkan first as a cross-platform, high-performance graphics API. Fortunately, with Qt 5.10, there will be built-in Vulkan support. Going back nearly one year there has been Vulkan work around Qt while with Qt 5.10 it's becoming a reality. However, with Qt 5.9 not even being released until the end of May, Qt 5.10 isn't going to officially debut until either the very end of 2017 or early 2018.
  • Rusty Builder
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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Unvanquished Open-Source Shooter Game Prepares For An Exciting 2017
    The Unvanquished open-source first person shooter game had been very promising and issuing monthly alpha releases all the way up to 48 alpha versions while they ended that one year ago without any new releases. The project is still ongoing and they are preparing for a great 2017. The Unvanquished team posted a teaser to their project site this weekend. They have been working on some "much bigger" changes. They aren't saying what the next release will be, but most will know what generally follows alpha builds... I'm a big supporter of Unvanquished, and have heard from their project lead and look forward to what's next ;)
  • OSS: RPG Maker MV CoreScript
    "RPG Maker MV CoreScript" is a game engine player for 2D games that runs on the browser. "RPG Maker MV CoreScript" is designed as a game engine dedicated to "RPG Maker MV", the latest work of "RPG Maker" series of 2DRPG world number one software with more than 20 years history, and more than 1000 games are running. (February 2017)
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Fedora: The Latest

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