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Story Apply To Be Part Of The Valve Linux Beta srlinuxx 27/10/2012 - 3:58pm
Story For a beginner-friendly distro, try Linux Lite 1.0.0 srlinuxx 27/10/2012 - 2:35am
Story What's New in GNOME 3.7.1 srlinuxx 26/10/2012 - 8:23pm
Story 20 Things I did After Installing Ubuntu 12.10 srlinuxx 26/10/2012 - 8:22pm
Story Windows 8: The desktop review srlinuxx 26/10/2012 - 8:19pm
Story some more leftovers: srlinuxx 26/10/2012 - 4:03pm
Story some odds & ends: srlinuxx 26/10/2012 - 5:48am
Story Gentoo Recruitment: How do we perform? srlinuxx 26/10/2012 - 5:41am
Story Raspberry Pi primed for new OS after drivers are fully open sourced srlinuxx 25/10/2012 - 5:06pm
Story Dear Microsoft, Thanks for Windows 8! Love Linux srlinuxx 25/10/2012 - 5:04pm

So You Want to Be a Linux Developer, Part 2

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Linux

Linux Insider: The continuing rise in popularity of Linux applications has become a boon to job opportunities for software programmers. However, the working culture of the open source industry is different from that of proprietary software developers.

Customize your laptop keyboard with X and KDE

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HowTos

linux.com: I am a Linux user, and I recently got an eMachines laptop. Since I'm Uruguayan, my mother tongue is Spanish, and that presented a problem: laptops usually have an American-style keyboard. Here's how you can get international characters on your American keyboard and we'll see how you can enable the special "media" or "Internet" keys.

Decibel: first real world usage with kcall, but what is kopete?

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KDE

liquidat: Decibel was developed to provide a central interface for real time communication in KDE 4. The idea is that on the one hand users will be able to manage everything in one place while on the other hand developers can use the APIs provided by Decibel to integrate their program fully with this central place.

Linux tip: Job scheduling with cron and at

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HowTos

webdotdev.com: You need to run a job at midnight when system usage is low, or you need to run jobs daily or weekly, but you would rather be sleeping, or enjoying life in some other way. Other good reasons for scheduling jobs include letting routine tasks happen automatically, or ensuring tasks are handled the same way every time. This tip helps you use the cron and at capabilities to schedule jobs periodically or at a single future time.

FSF's Chart of Doom

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OSS

Beranger: Tom Callaway had to rant, knowing it's a rant, but he needed to get it off his chest. FSF's own licenses are so trickily compatible-and-less-than-compatible which each other, that the compatibility Chart of Doom is just horrendous:

Researchers Reveal Another Firefox Flaw

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Moz/FF

PCWorld: Mozilla Corp. has produced a patch for yet another critical flaw in Firefox, the latest embarrassment in a lengthening list this month for the open-source browser.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On Fedora 7

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a Fedora 7 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core.

Sourceforge Community Choice Award winners are....

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OSS

Sourceforge has been running a community-driven awards process over the last month, trying to discover the top open source projects. Today, the winners were announced. The ones selected say a lot about those who frequent Sourceforge. But before I get into that, here are the winners:

Interview: The OpenBSD Foundation's Ken Westerback

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Interviews

jem report: Yesterday the OpenBSD Foundation announced its inception as a legal entity in charge of donations of money and equipment for the OpenBSD operating system and its associated projects. Today we have an interview with Ken Westerback, one of the foundation's founding members.

Using Epiphany with WebKit

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Software

arstechnica: GNOME's Epiphany web browser recently gained support for rendering HTML with WebKit. The patch for WebKit support in Epiphany—which was experimentally implemented at the GNOME GUADEC conference—is now available for testing.

Also: Second Life client to use GStreamer for video on Linux

Ubuntu creator claims more Linux-based Dells to emerge

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Ubuntu

engadget: It's not like this one was too difficult to see coming, but it sounds like Dell just may have a few more machines ready to take the Linux dip in the not-too-distant future.

Also: Dell to expand Linux PC offerings, partner says

Advertising the open source way with OpenAds

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Software

Matt Asay: OpenAds is one of the most interesting open source projects/companies on the planet. Period. I caught up today with Scott Switzer, OpenAds' founder and CTO, to learn more about the company and what it does.

Rockin' on without Microsoft

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Interviews

C|Net: Sterling Ball, a jovial, plain-talking businessman, is CEO of Ernie Ball, the world's leading maker of premium guitar strings. Ball's IT crew settled on a potpourri of open-source software--Red Hat's version of Linux, the OpenOffice office suite, Mozilla's Web browser.

Linux companies that didn't deserve to die

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Linux

linux-watch: A recent story entitled, "Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die" didn't cover Linux or open-source companies. That got me to thinking. So here, without further adieu, is my list of five Linux companies that died before their time.

Review: Pardus Linux 2007.2

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Linux
Reviews

the distrogue: Pardus comes in two varieties, "Calisan" and "Kurulan" images. The "Calisan" image is a live CD, while the "Kurulan" disk installs almost 3 gigabytes of software.

Linux Kernel Performance Improvements

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Linux

Caitlyn Martin: On July 22nd a new set of kernel packages was released for Vector Linux, my chosen primary and current favorite distribution. In the past the only reason I’ve recommended upgrading a kernel is to close security vulnerabilities or to add support for new hardware. Recently, though, there is another very good reason.

Linux: The 0.01 Release

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "This is a free minix-like kernel for i386(+) based AT-machines," began the Linux version 0.01 release notes in September of 1991 for the first release of the Linux kernel.

Why (almost) everyone should try Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

MaximumPC: If you've just started using Linux in the last year or two, chances are you're running Ubuntu. And if you're sitting on the fence contemplating trying Linux for the first time, you should definitely be considering Ubuntu. Here's why.

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Hardware With Linux

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, December 2016
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Top Ubuntu Editing Apps: Image, Audio, Video

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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