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When should open source projects release?

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OSS

heise-online.co.uk: Over the past few years, scheduled releases of open source projects have become the norm. Projects tend to release new versions according to a regular schedule as opposed to releasing when the developers consider all the work proposed, has been completed.

Goodbye Rhythmbox, Hello Songbird

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Software

jamsubuntu.blogspot: Although I don't like to admit it, I have always liked the iTunes media player. I wasn't too keen on the idea of installing and running it through Wine, I settled for Ryhthmbox in the end.

CA investigates: Open-source software

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Software

whatpc.co.uk: Is there such a thing as a free lunch? Well, that’s what the open source movement would have you believe. It offers programs for any task at no cost beyond getting hold of the installation files (effectively free with broadband), and even complete replacements for Windows or Mac OS X.

Review: CloneZilla 1.2

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Linux

raiden.net: CloneZilla is a live bootable Linux distribution with the intent to make it as easy as possible to clone one drive to another; this can be either on a standalone computer, or across a network to one or more other computers.

The Future of Compiz In Question

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Software

phoronix.com: Rather than announcing a road-map for 2009 or sharing all of the accomplishments this year that were made within the Compiz development community, Kristian Lyngstol has shared some grave concerns for this project.

What linux really needs in 2009

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Linux

aandborc.blogspot: This year, like every, I see many blog posts entitled something along the lines of "[insert year here] will be the year of Linux" and then they list reasons why. But the problem with all these statements is it implies that the target audience is attracted to these technologies.

2008: A year of the Linux Distillery in review

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Linux

itwire.com: As 2008 draws its final breath let's reflect on some of the highlights of the year. There were major new FOSS releases, battles with Microsoft, arguments to further the cause of Linux as a viable server and desktop platform and more.

Thunderbird 2.0.0.19 security and stability release now available

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: As part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Thunderbird 2.0.0.19 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from www.getthunderbird.com.

Ubuntu Year in Review 2008

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Ubuntu

boredandblogging.com: With 2008 coming to an end, I started thinking about the time I’ve spent in the Ubuntu community. Good thing I only remembered the fun part.

Intel opens Netbook Linux centre

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Linux
Hardware

computerworlduk.com: A new centre aimed at speeding the development of mobile computing devices around the Linux-based Moblin OS opened in Taipei.

The Disaster of the Rolling Release

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Linux

ofb.biz: I love poking around operating systems. Lately, one aspect of this has gotten tiring in every Open Source operating system: the rolling release. The phrase refers to the sometimes feverish effort to add new features, long before the old ones even work properly.

some leftovers

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News
  • Quiz: Australia's contribution to Linux and open source

  • Creating executable of Shell Script
  • Adobe Flash Plugin on Fedora 10
  • How to Create Swap Space After a Ubuntu Installation Without Re-Installing Ubuntu
  • How to determine your free disk space in Linux
  • ps - How to check the running processes on Linux
  • PCLinuxOS N1PTT-TR5
  • Will open source be lost in clouds in 2009?
  • A gentle introduction to video encoding, part 3
  • New Year,s Eve News: Unix And Linux Users Beware
  • The Lip: Episode 49 #!Crunchbang
  • Unix And Linux Easter Eggs For The Wrong Holiday
  • SCO to file bankruptcy plan tomorrow
  • Chilean anti-piracy law drafted on pirated software

Is open sourcing Domino a good idea?

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OSS

stormyscorner.com: Ian Tree has written an open letter to IBM asking them to release Domino under an open source license. While I agree with him that open sourcing Domino could have lots of positive effects, he's ignoring the cost and time involved.

Seven Predictions for Open Source in 2009

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OSS

ddj.com: 2008 was an eventful, breakthrough year for many open source companies, and 2009 will be even more so, especially in terms of business purchasing patterns, software business model shifts, and enterprise software stack evolution.

Amazon.com: The Key to Ubuntu Server Edition’s Success?

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: As you may have heard, Ubuntu is leaping from desktop computers all the way to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Although Ubuntu Server Edition 8.10 on Amazon EC2 remains in beta, the Amazon relationship could energize Canonical’s server strategy.

Windows 7: What does ‘feature complete’ mean?

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Microsoft

Mary Jo Foley: Now that Beta 1 — which the Windows team built on December 12, 2008 — has started leaking on torrents and is poised to make its public debut at the Consumer Electronics show, it’s time to revisit that “feature-complete” promise.

A Disconnect from the Real World

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Misc

lovehateubuntu.blogspot: After reading both Jeff Atwood's article and Joel Spolsky's response to a discussion topic, I'm wondering if these guys really live in the real world of programming or not. These two also don't seem to understand that there is a difference between programming and software development.

Lugaru shows why game devs should support OS X and Linux

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Linux

tuaw.com: Jeff Rosen of Wolfire Games has an intriguing post up about why developers of videogames like himself should go out of their way to support the OS X and Linux markets.

Widgets on Ubuntu

linuxloop.com: Windows Vista has gadgets, Mac OS X has widgets, KDE users have plasmoids, but what if your an Ubuntu user?

A Diatribe Against OpenOffice, But What's the Real Agenda?

ostatic.com: Matt Asay weighs in today on whether OpenOffice is "profoundly sick," as Novell employee Michael Meeks claims it is. Meeks argues that OpenOffice is "not getting better with age." I get the strong sense that he has an agenda that may not be apparent at first glance.

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.