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Open Season #16

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OSS

theregister.co.uk: We bemoan this Russian and a number of other things during Episode 16 of Open Season, as your reporter and Matt teamed up with Mulesource CEO (The Chief Ass, surely? - Ed) Dave Rosenberg.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Howto Loop Movie, Video, and Display Screensaver as Desktop Wallpaper in Ubuntu

  • Bringing your photos from F-Spot to the Web
  • Setting up samba with password protection
  • Top 5 Linux Tricks

EEE PC Linux distro to target smaller devices

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Linux

desktoplinux.com: Linux desktop distribution vendor Xandros and Web content management firm Viyya Technologies have announced they will jointly market integrated, Linux-based software for "netbook" and Mobile Internet Device (MID) devices. Meanwhile, Xandros has strengthened its collaboration with Microsoft on its mixed-environment BridgeWays management tools.

Active Merge Windows

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "This is starting to get beyond frustrating for me," complained David Miller of the latest merge window, launching what turned into a very lengthy and ongoing discussion about the Linux kernel development process. The concept of a regular "merge window" was first discussed in July of 2005 with the release of the 2.6.24-rc4 kernel, following the 2005 Developers' Summit.

Slackware Release Announcement

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Slack

slackware.com: Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.1! Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware 12.1 has many improvements over our last release and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.

VIA's Open-Source Efforts A Bluff?

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Hardware
OSS

phoronix.com: Last month we reported on VIA's new open-source driver efforts that was announced at the LF Austin Summit. However, not everyone has been satisfied by this announcement and their new Linux website isn't yet exactly useful. We explore the VIA Linux situation in this article as well as sharing what two open-source developers have to say.

gaming headlines

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Gaming
  • Gfire 0.7.0 Released!

  • Vega Strike 0.5.0 released
  • Jack Keane Preorder
  • OpenArena 0.7.6
  • UFO: Alien Invasion 2.2.1 released

some ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu
  • Will OpenSolaris bring a chill to Sun-Ubuntu romance?

  • Ubuntu 8.04 Causes Problems With VMWare Tools, Open Source to the Rescue
  • A Look at Free Flash in Ubuntu 8.04
  • Setup Compiz Fusion with open source ati radeon drivers
  • Add more themes to ubuntu

Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Awards 2008

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: The Readers' Choice Awards take the current pulse of the Linux Community year. Here are the tools you use every day in your work and play.

Rugged PDA available with Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: A value-added reseller of mobile computers and PDAs has ported Linux to a ruggedized, "military-grade" PDA. SDG Systems is offering the "Nomad" from Tripod Data Systems (TDS) pre-installed with Angstrom Linux and Qtopia PDA Edition, and bundled with a toolsuite and build environment based on OpenEmbedded.

Linux Gazette May 2008 (#150) Online

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Linux

Issue #150 of Linux Gazette is online and ready to go. Some highlights include: Databases: Stored Procedures, a review of Knoppix 5.3.1, and Virtualizing without Virtualizing.

PCLinuxOS Magazine May 2008 Released

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PCLOS

PCLinuxOS Magazine, May 2008 (Issue 21) is available to download. Some highlights include: Manage your Ipod with Amarok, PCLinuxOS Based Distros, and Quick Fix for Damaged Xorg.

Highly Addictive Puzzle/Arcade Games for Linux

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Gaming

junauza.com: When I have a few spare time or just want to loosen up a bit, I always indulge myself into playing some computer games. I go for the old-fashioned and graphics card-friendly puzzle and arcade games. Call me boring, but these stuff are really addictive and highly entertaining. So, what are these games?

OOXML expert: ODF standard is broken

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OSS

zdnet.co.uk: The International Organization for Standardization's OpenDocument Format standard is broken and needs to be mended, according to an expert who claims to have carried out tests on the format.

Will open source save Sun?

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OSS
  • Will open source save Sun?

  • Sun Financials: Not Good News for Open Source
  • Will market reject Sun’s open source vision?
  • Sun’s open source strategy overshadowed by legacy businesses
  • Can Sun Rise Again?

Desktop evaluation - Linux, Mac OS and Windows

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OS

blogs.zdnet.com: I’ve been asked by a KG client to run through a specific set of functions on a specific set of desktop environments and report back to them on my experiences. The client chose a short list of operating environnents and hardware platforms that included Apple Mac OS X, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), and Windows XP.

There's Linux Inside

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: Have you ever uncovered Linux hidden in a place you didn't expect or have you implemented it covertly? Here are some interesting stories from readers.

An open palette: Tux Paint's Bill Kendrick

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Interviews

computerworld.com.au: Bill Kendrick is a software machine. He is the lead designer and developer of New Breed Software. But perhaps Kendrick's most significant software achievement is Tux Paint, a highly acclaimed, free and open source illustration program. Computerworld spoke with Bill Kendrick.

Switching to Linux which distro to use, Mandriva?

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MDV

opencomputer.net: First Mandriva’s live CD takes me through a few questions such as my language, location, keyboard layout, and even had me accept their terms and conditions. Then, the next thing I saw was beautiful!

Why the Linux world should embrace the BSD's

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BSD

raiden.net: There are some in this world who believe that Linux is the king of all operating systems. In some ways I agree with them. The BSD's however use the more orderly 'Cathedral' model where FreeBSD is shaped by the high priests (the core developers) with input from the novices.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

Today in Techrights

Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.