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Story Free Software Foundation takes potshot at Windows 8 srlinuxx 1 19/04/2013 - 7:35pm
Story Forming a software foundation? Think again srlinuxx 19/04/2013 - 6:08pm
Story Kernel comment: Bad show, NVIDIA srlinuxx 19/04/2013 - 6:07pm
Poll I'ma Linux srlinuxx 1 19/04/2013 - 7:40am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 19/04/2013 - 7:13am
Story Fedora Got Leading Edge Game srlinuxx 19/04/2013 - 3:44am
Story Ubuntu 13.04: GNOME vs Unity User Interface Update srlinuxx 19/04/2013 - 3:40am
Story Debian 7 is Nearly Here srlinuxx 19/04/2013 - 3:39am
Story The Future of Fuduntu srlinuxx 18/04/2013 - 9:20pm
Story Is 'Linux' a Word Better Left Unspoken? srlinuxx 18/04/2013 - 7:42pm

today's leftovers

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News
  • Google grows into a target

  • Sub-$10 processor does HD video, runs Linux
  • Mozilla keeps Eudora alive, releases new version based on Thunderbird
  • GNOME GUI task scheduler install howto
  • Enterprises saving millions of dollars with open source
  • National openSUSE Portuguese Meeting (ENOS) is Over
  • Review of RoadRunner Cable
  • MSOOXML: What Happened in Hungary
  • Back on Ubuntu
  • Jono Bacon Proud of his Dad
  • Fedora Linux add MP3, Java, DVD Playback and multimedia support
  • Using TrueCrypt on Ubuntu for Encryption
  • Paul "Locki" Wedgwood Interviewed + Special ET:QW Competition

Linux market share set to surpass Win 98, OS X still ahead of Vista

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Linux

arstechnica: Recent statistics released by W3Counter reveal that the market share of Windows 98 fell from 1.44 percent to 1.34 percent in August, reducing it to the same level of popularity as the open source Linux operating system, which saw its market share increase from 1.33 to 1.34 in the same period.

Poor Community Advice Is No Substitute For Linux Documentation

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Linux

Matt Hartley: It has long since been my own personal experience that Linux documentation is largely ignored by Linux beginners in exchange for the interactivity of Linux forums. Distro Documentation is Generally Good, But… One distribution that comes to mind when thinking about great documentation is Ubuntu.

Linux Command-Line Cheat Sheet

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Linux

computerworld: This article is reprinted from The Official Ubuntu Book, 2nd Edition, by Benjamin Mako Hill and Jono Bacon, with permission of publisher Prentice Hall Professional. While instructions are specific for Ubuntu Linux, most commands will work with other Linux distributions.

Package Management for Noobs

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Software

astralsin.com: One of the things I love best about Linux is package management. From Debian’s apt to Gentoo’s Portage, I’m gonna take a quick rundown of the most popular package management mechanisms and go over the pros and cons of each.

Forecast: ISO Will Announce on Tuesday that OOXML Approval has Failed

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OSS

consortiuminfo.org: With the polls now closed and the early results in (some public, some not), think it's time to predict with assurance that ISO will announce tomorrow that ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the draft specification based upon Microsoft’s Office Open XML formats, has failed to achieve enough yes votes to gain approval at this time.

another linux convert

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Linux

Aaron Seigo: while at my sister's place a couple weeks back my brother-in-law, mark, asked about linux and if we could install it on his system. at first i thought, "oh man. i'm supposed to be here enjoying myself, i don't know if i want to have to support someone through the process of switching to linux ...." and then i caught myself. i mean, this is 2007 not 1997. if we can't make it now, when can we?

Taking FOSS to the masses

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OSS

iTWire: Since 2005, a small band of volunteers in many countries has been gathering together on one day of the year to give away free and open source software in order to spread awareness about this genre.

Shell, terminal, console — the basics

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Software

polishlinux: In this article we’d like to present the basic concepts needed to navigate the console world. We are going to find out what a shell is all about, what is a terminal, and what the famous console is actually for.

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openSUSE 10.3 and KDE 4.0

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KDE
SUSE

kdedevelopers: Did anyone miss a news splash these days about openSUSE 10.3 not shipping KDE 4.0 as default KDE desktop like some other distro? Or maybe not as we have not been telling everyone the last half year that we would.

Linux: Discussing the Really Fair Scheduler

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Ingo Molnar reviewed Roman Zippel's Really Fair Scheduler code, suggesting that much of the work was similar to that which was being done by Peter Zijlstra, "all in one, we don't disagree, this is an incremental improvement we are thinking about for 2.6.24. We do disagree with this being positioned as something fundamentally different though.

Too many Linux distros?

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Linux

raiden's blogs: One of the things that's been repeated over and over and over again, and mostly by critics of Linux, is that Linux has too many distributions. Honestly, that's not really true.

VirtualBox 1.5 released with seamless Windows integration

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Software

liquidat: The newest version now features seamless integration of Microsoft Windows guests. That means that you can use MS Windows programs outside of the virtual machine window. They appear just as any other window at the screen.

Once again, reality trumps idealism

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OS

jem report: Recently a Linux kernel developer tried to relicense an OpenBSD network driver under the GPL, but was caught early in the process and the error was properly addressed with public rebuke. In an unrelated incident, the vice president of the FreeBSD Foundation reiterated that open source software as originally and traditionally exemplified through BSD operating systems, and free software as presented by the Free Software Foundation, are not the same thing.

Running Linux Applications In An Embedded, Real-Time Environment

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webdotdev.com: This paper starts with a discussion of the architectural features of the Linux kernel, with particular emphasis on showing where there is a good match with the requirements of the embedded market and where problems exist. The paper then goes on the present a comparison of the different approaches that have been used to adapt Linux for real time and embedded systems.

Portable Security for the Practical Paranoid

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Software
Security

opensourcelearning.info: Recently I have been thinking about my online security. It lead me on a brief search for portable applications which at least give me the feeling that I am more secure that I am now.

Open Source Evolutionary

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OSS

redmond developer: Miguel de Icaza's path from programmer to free software evangelist to Novell Inc. vice president has unfolded like the lives of many luminaries -- he fell into it by chance and seized the opportunities.

Productivity enhancers for Thunderbird

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Moz/FF

linux.com: As with Firefox, you can extend Thunderbird's functionality by installing extensions. Mozilla's official extension repository has quite a few nifty tools on offer, and which ones you choose to install depends entirely on your needs. There are, however, a few extensions that you might find indispensable no matter how you use Thunderbird.

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today's leftovers

  • Top Lightweight Linux Distributions To Try In 2017
    Today I am going to discuss the top lightweight Linux distros you can try this year on your computer. Although you got yourself a prettyLinuxle linux already but there is always something new to try in Linux. Remember I recommend to try this distros in virtualbox firstly or with the live boot before messing with your system. All distro that I will mention here will be new and somewhat differ from regular distros.
  • [ANNOUNCE] linux-4.10-ck1 / MuQSS CPU scheduler 0.152
  • MSAA Compression Support For Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver
    Intel developer Jason Ekstrand posted a patch over the weekend for enabling MSAA compression support within the ANV Vulkan driver.
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 31
    As we announced in the previous report, our 31th Scrum sprint was slightly shorter than the usual ones. But you would never say so looking to this blog post. We have a lot of things to talk you about!
  • Comparing Mobile Subscriber Data Across Different Sources - How accurate is the TomiAhonen Almanac every year?
    You’ll see that last spring I felt the world had 7.6 Billion total mobile subscriptions when machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are included. I felt the world had 7.2 Billion total subscriptions when excluding M2M and just counting those in use by humans. And the most relevant number (bottom line) is the ‘unique’ mobile users, which I felt was an even 5.0 Billion humans in 2015. The chart also has the total handsets-in-use statistic which I felt was 5.6 Billion at the end of 2015. Note that I was literally the first person to report on the distinction of the unique user count vs total subscriptions and I have been urging, nearly begging for the big industry giants to also measure that number. They are slowly joining in that count. Similarly to M2M, we also are now starting to see others report M2M counts. I have yet to see a major mobile statistical provider give a global count of devices in use. That will hopefully come also, soon. But lets examine these three numbers that we now do have other sources, a year later, to see did I know what I was doing.