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Story Dogfooding the Ubuntu Phone srlinuxx 18/05/2013 - 8:12pm
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Zonbu Update

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Linux

Robin's Hood: I have been using my Zonbu for a couple of weeks now so it is time for a report. I love it. It appeals to 'green' me, and 'annoyed by whining fans' me. I am glad I bought it.

InfoWorld bOSSie Awards

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OSS

infoworld blogs: Our parent site InfoWorld has just announced it's 36 winners for this year's Best of Open Source Awards.

Linux: NFS Regression

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Hua Zhong reported an NFS regression in 2.6.23-rc4 as compared to 2.6.22, "[upgrading] causes several autofs mounts to fail silently - they just [do] not appear when they should."

Download 'em with FlashGot extension

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Moz/FF

linux.com: A download manager can save you time if you download a lot of large files from the Internet, but it can be annoying to have to grab a link from your browser and pass it to the download manager manually. With the FlashGot extension for Firefox, you no longer have to.

today's howtos

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HowTos
  • Setup CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) Server and Client in Debian

  • Reclaim Memory under Xen
  • NMap - Linux port scanning
  • Check Disk Space with the Commands du and df
  • OOo: Getting a Picture from a Document Into the Gallery
  • Locate files with the find tool
  • Analyze Network Protocols With Wireshark on Ubuntu
  • Quick tip - recover a failed download using Wget

C'mon, Miguel... tell us this is not true!

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OSS

kdedevelopers.org: Today I experienced two moments of bewilderment, the second one mixed with dismay. At first, when I googled for something unrelated, on one of the returns I saw a forum post where someone said "Icaza himself says that OOXML is superb".

Gutsy Gibbon swinging along

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Ubuntu

iTWire: There's a month to go before the next Ubuntu release, 7.10 aka Gutsy Gibbon, hits the download servers. A September 4 daily build shows a number of improvements over the 7.04 release which was named Feisty Fawn.

Hardware emulator debugs Linux driver

eetimes.com: Implementing electronics design functionality using a combination of hardware blocks and software modules based on advanced, multiprocessor platforms is now commonplace. To illustrate these issues and their resolution, we will describe a relatively simple processor platform and attempt to boot up an operating system on it using an emulation system.

Tip of the Trade: PC-BSD

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BSD

serverwatch: FreeBSD users sometimes gaze quizzically at Linux users and wonder why they do everything the hard way. Although FreeBSD and Linux are close cousins with a considerable number of similarities under the hood, some major differences separate them.

Folding on the Intel V8 - Eight Cores of F@H

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Hardware
Software

legitreviews.com: Many of you probably remember our Intel V8 preview that showed some serious processing power. Instead of just letting a system like this collect dust, we have put this system to good use running Folding @ Home for Team 38296. We set out to see just how many points per day we could get with such a beast using various configurations featuring the Linux SMP client, Windows SMP client, ATI GPU Client, and VMWare.

Government backsliding on open source promises

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OSS

computerworlduk: The Liberal Democrats have hit out at the government’s failure to use more open source software, three years after it pledged to avoid “lock-in” to proprietary systems.

Building your own Linux Ubuntu computer

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Hardware

daveshields.wordpress.com: It’s not that hard to build a computer these days. It is fun and you can usually build one for less cost than buying one from a manufacturer or dealer. It can also be a educational experience. Part of the savings comes from not having to pay the “Windows tax.”

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 219

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: Ubuntu on ThinkPads?

  • News: AMD frees ATI drivers, openSUSE and KDE 4, Puppy Linux and StartCom Multimedia updates
  • Released last week: Sabayon Linux 3.4f, Pioneer Linux 1.1
  • Upcoming releases: OpenBSD 4.2
  • New additions: Kiwi Linux
  • New distributions: FaunOS
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Will Penelope be the death of Thunderbird?

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Moz/FF

daniweb: Qualcomm stopped selling Eudora email client back in May and handed over the codebase to the open source community. The Beta 1.0 release is now available for download under the new name of Penelope. Surprising because just a couple of months ago the Mozilla CEO was talking up Firefox and talking down Thunderbird, the original Mozilla email client.

Spanair Takes Off with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Linux

Red Hat PR: Red Hat today announced that Spanair, one of the largest air carriers in Spain, has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the platform of choice for its recent IT initiatives. With Red Hat solutions, Spanair is experiencing increased performance and cost reduction.

GPLv3 is officially open source

CBR: The Open Source Initiative's chairman, Michael Tiemann, announced Friday that the organization's licensing board have officially approve the version three of the General Public License and Lesser General Public License as OSI-approved.

IBM adds heft to OpenOffice open-source project

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OOo

cnet: IBM said on Monday that it will join the OpenOffice.org project and pledged to further use the open-source software in its own products.

Care to Ubuntu? Part 3

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Ubuntu

mitchelaneous.com: To continue from where I left off previously, my installation of Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn (7.04) has been full of nothing but pleasant surprises. Granted, not all applications/software/games will work on Ubuntu….yet. But thanks to some clever people over at the Wine project, that is soon to be a thing of the past.

Windows, Linux vie for honours

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Linux

australianit.news.com: THE energy efficiency battle between Linux and Windows is intensifying, with each claiming to be better at cutting power consumption and avoiding environmental damage.

AMD: GPU Specifications Without NDAs!

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Hardware

phoronix: This morning at the X Developer Summit in the United Kingdom, Matthew Tippett and John Bridgman of AMD have announced that they will be releasing their ATI GPU specifications without any Non-Disclosure Agreements needed by the developers!

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