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Story Building The Linux Kernel In 60 Seconds srlinuxx 1 12/12/2011 - 8:19pm
Story Will Linux’s Hardware Requirements Stifle Its Acceptance? srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 8:13pm
Story Charter of Open Source Org is Classified, CIA Says srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 8:11pm
Story Judge Dismisses PlayStation 3 'Other OS' Removal Class Action Suit srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 8:09pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 435 srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 6:18pm
Story Red Hat Shares Given New $60.00 Price Target srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 6:16pm
Story Firefox is bursting at the seams srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 6:13pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 5:57am
Story Firefox's Steady Fall from Grace srlinuxx 1 12/12/2011 - 4:07am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 12/12/2011 - 4:07am

KDE Games Taking Shape for KDE 4.0

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On May 1st, the KDE games developer community held its monthly IRC meeting. This time the major topic was discussing which games would stay in the kdegames module for KDE 4 and which ones would have to be removed because they don't meet our self-imposed quality standards.

ATI Has Open-Source Drivers Too

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Since late last year the open-source Linux community has been ecstatic about the growing progress made by the Nouveau developers. Nouveau is an X.Org and project for developing an open-source 2D/3D display driver for NVIDIA graphics cards.

Is brand name Ubuntu over hyped ?

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution which is famed for its ease of use and has built up an image of being a newbie friendly Linux distribution. Ubuntu has arguably the largest community following compared to all other Linux distributions. And it has enhanced its cause many times by following the policy of shipping free CDs of Ubuntu to anyone willing to try this Linux distribution.

Push for Indy 500's first TeamLinux car stirs controversy

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At first glance, the story of the Tux500 project doesn't look too unusual. A couple of devoted Linux advocates were looking for a cool way to promote the operating system they love. Advertising on a race car is a great way to get open source noticed, says Ken "helios" Starks, one of the men working to raise enough money to enter a Linux-sponsored car in the 2007 Indianapolis 500 race.

You may have been using Linux too much when...

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Here are a few basic signs that it might be time to go outside for some fresh air.

* You become very, very confused when pressing the "tab" key does not fill in the rest of what you were typing.

* The phrase "man mount" does not strike you as particularly odd.

* When on your Windows partition you want to play a game, so you open up a command prompt and start typing "wine C:\Pro..."

Search and Indent in Vim

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I want to discuss a couple handy tricks that I learned today, while coding. If you’re a Vim user, you will probably find these helpful as well.

FON Abandons Microsoft, Adopts Ubuntu

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FON founder and CEO, Martin Varsavsky (my boss) sent the memo below to all employees.

Dear All:

As of today Fon will disengage from Microsoft and adopt Linux in the Ubuntu form as our operating system of choice.

Has Ubuntu gained "the" momentum?

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A whole time ago I switched from IE to Firefox. I don’t know exactly when it happened but somehow it did and nowadays I almost never click that little blue E.

How Self-Imposed Limits Will Fail Linux

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I woke up this morning and a terrible thought occurred to me. What if this whole Dell/Ubuntu deal doesn't work out?

Another $100 PC is here, but what is inside?

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Novatium, a Chennai-based company, which was co-founded by US-based Analog Devices chairman Ray Stata, Netcore Solutions managing director Rajesh Jain and professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras, is hawking an up-and-running $100 (Rs 4,500) PC, based on a thin-client model.

ArchLinux — smooth and cuddly

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ArchLinux or Arch for short is one of the uprising new distributions. Well, at least compared to old folks like Debian or Slackware it’s still fresh and shining Smile . Arch is gaining new users and good reviews every day. Let’s find out why this is happening.

State of KPilot

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OpenSync is a syncing framework. It syncs data. The scope of OpenSync doesn't encompass application management, retrieving doodles (what would they sync with?), keeping accurate device backups, etc. These fall squarely in the device-specific handling category -- I'm not going to claim that KPilot does any of these well, though, except for retrieving doodles because Joerg wrote that code.

New Mandriva rpm query tool

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Just spent most of the day and quite a bit of yesterday porting a program Stew wrote for the secteam (called srpm) that builds a database of src.rpm files so you can do queries on source files (this is extremely useful for us in determining whether or not a vulnerable source file exists in any supported distros).

Dell's Linux Plans Shine Light On Free Potential

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The small steps that Dell has taken toward offering desktop and notebook PCs preloaded with Ubuntu 7.04 could mean a giant leap forward for the viability of desktop Linux.

Another Novell employee leaves

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This marks my 261st blog entry as a Novell employee. It shall also mark my last. An operose decision, I resigned as Chief Architect of our Linux Desktop endeavor, effective today.

Ubuntu: Too Good to be True?

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I decided a few months ago, when I set up a new Dell desktop machine, that Microsoft and I were about to part company. That happened when I was "invited" to "authenticate" my copy of Microsoft XP to be sure it was "genuine."

64 Studio 1.3.0 'Let Me Take You to the Beach' Released

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64 Studio is a GNU/Linux distribution tailor-made for digital content creation, including audio, video, graphics and publishing tools. A remix of Debian testing, it comes in both AMD64/Intel64 and 32-bit flavours, to run on nearly all PC hardware.

Dell explains Linux delays

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It emerged early on Thursday that UK customers would not be offered pre-installed Ubuntu for the time being. Later in the day, Dell's EMEA director of client marketing, Eric Greffier, elaborated further. Speaking to ZDNet UK he suggested that the greatest volume of responses to its Linux survey had come from the US, but he also pointed to wider considerations.

Firefox and Linux redux (and OpenBSD)

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Part of the behind-the-scenes stuff that people don’t see is the coordination that goes on as part of our trademark approval process. Red Hat and Novell have been working closely with us for quite some time, but other distros have not been as involved. I was very fortunate to work with Alexander Sack of Ubuntu and Martynas Venckus of OpenBSD to get their distros in the same loop.

What’s new in SELinux for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5?

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Dan Walsh will be presenting an overview of “What’s new with SELinux in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5″ at the Red Hat Summit on Wednesday May 9th at 3:00 PM in the “What’s New” Track. This article presents some of the material from that talk, and was written with frequent magazine contributor Len DiMaggio.

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Leftovers: KDE


  • 4 Useful Cinnamon Desktop Applets
    The Cinnamon desktop environment is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Out of the box it offers a clean, fast and well configured desktop experience. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a little better with a few nifty extras. And that’s where Cinnamon Applets come in. Like Unity’s Indicator Applets and GNOME Extensions, Cinnamon Applets let you add additional functionality to your desktop quickly and easily.
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest
    The hackfest is aimed to raise the standard of the overall core experience in GNOME, this includes the core apps like Documents, Files, Music, Photos and Videos, etc. In particular, we want to identify missing features and sore points that needs to be addressed and the interaction between apps and the desktop. Making the core apps push beyond the limits of the framework and making them excellent will not only be helpful for the GNOME desktop experience, but also for 3rd party apps, where we will implement what they are missing and also serve as an example of what an app could be.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 21
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 335 commits, with 13631 lines added and 37699 lines removed.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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    Puppet released a number of announcements today including the availability of Puppet Docker Image Build and a new version of Puppet Enterprise, which features phased deployments and situational awareness. In April, Puppet began helping people deploy and manage things like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and CoreOS. Now the shift is helping people manage the services that are running on top of those environments.
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    At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin I gave a talk about Kubernetes titled "Why I love Kubernetes? Top 10 reasons." The response was great, and several folks asked me to write a blog about it. So here it is, with the first five reasons in this article and the others to follow. As a quick introduction, Kubernetes is "an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications" often referred to as a container orchestrator.
  • Website-blocking attack used open-source software
    Mirai gained notoriety after the Krebs attack because of the bandwidth it was able to generate — a record at well over 600 gigabits a second, enough to send the English text of Wikipedia three times in two seconds. Two weeks later, the source code for Mirai was posted online for free.
  • Alibaba’s Blockchain Email Repository Gains Technology from Chinese Open Source Startup
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  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
    If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use DRM for HTML5 media should now just work, such as Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, the Netflix crew haven't 'flicked a switch' yet behind the scenes for Firefox on Linux, meaning if you run Netflix in the Mozilla browser at the moment, you'll likely just come across the old Silverlight error page. But there is a workaround. For some reason, Netflix still expects Silverlight when it detects the user is running Firefox, despite the fact that the latest Firefox builds for Linux now support the HTML5 DRM plugin.
  • IBM Power Systems solution for EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server
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  • How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
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    One source of data about programmers' skills is HackerRank, a company that poses programming challenges to a community of more than a million coders and also offers recruitment services to businesses. Using information about how successful coders from different countries are at solving problems across a wide range of domains (such as "algorithms" or "data structures" or specific languages such as C++ or Java), HackerRank's data suggests that, overall, the best developers come from China, followed closely by Russia. Alarmingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the United States comes in at 28th place.

OSS in the Back End

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