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gNewSense 2.0 Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix.com: Less than a week after the release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron", the Free Software Foundation has gone ahead and released version 2.0 (named DeltaH) of gNewSense. For those not familiar with gNewSense, this is one of the few distributions certified by the Free Software Foundation as being a truly free Linux distribution.

Mini Review: Open Source in Harvard Business Review

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OSS

linuxjournal.com: This month's Harvard Business Review features a case study of a company debating whether to open source its software. Here's a mini review of the article.

Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

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Linux
Security

blogs.zdnet.com: Not to defend Microsoft, as kernel exploits that provide privileged access are terrible flaws, but we had an interesting discussion in the talkbacks where several people acted as if Microsoft was the only place that could’ve made such mistakes. Well, this is a common flaw across operating systems that is difficult to catch due to the complexities of kernel code.

Gratis Ubuntu Live 2008 Conference Pass

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Ubuntu

linuxquestions.org: Are you interested in attending the second Ubuntu Live conference? It’s my pleasure to inform you that LQ is able to give away one $895 full conference pass absolutely free of charge.

Linux vs. Windows Metrics -- Nothing Is Quite What It Seems To Be

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OS

Caitlyn Martin: 10 days ago the Linux Loop blog had a post titled “Linux Eee PC Far Faster Than Windows Version”. The author compared the times of three tasks: boot up, loading Firefox, and shutting down. That’s hardly a comprehensive set of tests. I’m going to try and sift through the morass and say what I think the numbers really mean and what they don’t mean.

Mandriva Linux - Great For Newbies

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MDV

itnerd.wordpress: Let’s say that you want to dump Windows, but you don’t want to go to Mac? That leaves Linux as your only option. But you’re scared about moving to Linux as you’re not sure that it’s right for you. No problem, there’s a Linux for you and It’s called Mandriva Linux One. I tried this out a week ago and it is nothing short of amazing!

Also: Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring Xfce edition released

few ubuntu articles

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 8.04 Review

  • Ubuntu Mobile On My Desktop!
  • Ubuntu: A Future Social OS?
  • Wubi: Peaceful Coexistence between Vista and Ubuntu “Hardy Heron”
  • Ubuntu: Christians, Muslims and Computers

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Configuring Linux Terminal to Work as a Transparent Wallpaper

  • GRUB vs. the Inodes: Who Needs a Bootable System, Anyway?
  • RPMs - The HOWTO Short Story
  • Understanding XML in 10 seconds or less
  • Howto: Install GRUB on a Floppy
  • How-to Install Cairo-Dock
  • KDE4: Getting GTK apps to look just right
  • How To Install Elisa Media Center
  • Resize Windows XP Partition with VMWare

OLPC's Open Source Rift Deepens

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OLPC

ostatic.com: The situation at One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the organization behind the "$100 laptop," looks like it's going from bad to worse. At the center of the conflict appears to be the issue of how deep the laptop's open source roots should be.

Things you miss with GNU/Linux

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Recently I’ve noticed an increases in the number of people I know who are migrating from Windows to GNU/Linux. Either my tireless advocacy is grinding them down, word is starting to spread. Perhaps they’ve actually seen Vista in action and decided to jump ship now. Either way there are some things they are going to miss when they make the leap.

GPL: man gets feet in mouth

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OSS

itwire.com: The fact that the General Public Licence, better known as the GPL, is oft misunderstood, even by those who could be expected to know better, came home to me with a vengeance yesterday. What led to this conclusion was an article called "Is Ubuntu selling out or growing up?"

Migrating to ext4

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News

Ext4 is the latest in a long line of Linux® file systems, and it's likely to be as important and popular as its predecessors. As a Linux system administrator, you should be aware of the advantages, disadvantages, and basic steps for migrating to ext4. This article explains when to adopt ext4, how to adapt traditional file system maintenance tool usage to ext4, and how to get the most out of the file system.

Adobe Opens Up Flash Specifications

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Software

phoronix.com: Adobe has this morning announced the Open Screen Project. The Open Screen Project is actually open and is designed to push consistent rich Internet experiences across a plethora of devices and varying screens.

Unix beardies sue BSI over OOXML

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OSS
Legal

theinquirer.net: A BAND OF BRITISH British Unix beardies has issued a High Court challenge over the national approval of Microsoft's OOXML document standard. The UK Unix User Group has demanded a judicial review.

some ubuntu posts

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu & Vista: Searching for a perfect shared file system

  • Solving Some Minor Problems in Ubuntu
  • ubuntu 8.04
  • Ubuntu upgrades and fundamental problems
  • Ubuntu Just Got A LOT better for me
  • Disable the System Beep in Ubuntu
  • Absolute First Impression of Ubuntu 8.04
  • Restricted NVIDIA Driver in Kubuntu Hardy Heron
  • Medibuntu: non-free-codecs for hardy
  • Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, Third Edition

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 20

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SUSE

opensuse.org: newsIssue #20 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue:
openSUSE Google Summer of Code projects announced, KDE 4.1 Alpha1 Live, and First look at SUSE on the HP Mini-Note.

OpenBSD’s De Raadt sings Stallman blues

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BSD

tectonic.co.za: The OpenBSD team traditionally makes available a new song with each new release of its software. The songs, though often of dubious lyrical quality, typically embody the current thinking of the development team, in particular that of team leader Theo de Raadt.

Getting started with Linux virtualization

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HowTos

linux.com: With all the Linux distributions available, trying out more than one can be tempting. By installing a virtual environment, you can run several operating systems on your machine, keeping them completely isolated from each other in their own sandboxes. Here's a look at how get started with three popular virtualization environments: VMware, VirtualBox, and QEMU.

easys GNU/Linux 4.1 (Codename: The Landing) released

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Slack

The Slackware Linux based Distribution easys GNU/Linux has been released in version 4.1. This release is a milestone in the development of the easys distribution.

For the first time the new installation and the administration framework for Linux - ALICE (Advanced Linux Installation and Cofiguration Environment) - is introduced to the public. It has been created in close co-operation with the DARKSTAR and the easys developer team. Due to ALICE now novices and advanced users are able to perform an easy grafical installation of a Slackware Linux system, only a few steps are to be taken.

Linux a pleasant surprise

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Linux

intelligencer.ca: I had the opportunity recently to test Linux, the freeware operating system, as a standalone, bootable CD. The version I tried was SimplyMEPIS 7.0, a configuration of the Linux OS and many popular open source programs, with a good graphic user interface (GUI).

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XFree KWin, Plasma, KDE, and Qt/GTK

  • Announcing the XFree KWin project
    Over the last weeks I concentrated my work on KWin on what I call the XFree KWin project. The idea is to be able to start KWin/Wayland without XWayland support. While most of the changes required for it are already in Plasma 5.11, not everything got ready in time, but now everything is under review on phabricator, so it’s a good point in time to talk about this project.
  • Adapta Theme is Now Available for the #KDE Plasma Desktop
    A new port brings the Adapta GTK theme to the KDE Plasma 5 desktop for the first time, news that will please fans of its famous flat stylings.
  • A New Project To Let You Run Qt Apps With GTK+ Windowing System Integration
    A Norwegian developer has developed a new Qt platform abstraction plug-in to let Qt applications make use of GTK+ for windowing system integration. The Qt apps rely upon GTK+ as a host toolkit to provide GTK menus, GTK for input, and other integration bits.
  • Ant is a Flat GTK Theme with a Bloody Bite
    Between Arc, Adapta and Numix it kind of feels like Linux has the whole flat GTK theme thing covered. But proving their’s always room for one more is Ant.

Android Leftovers

Development: Blockchain for Good Hackathon, ASUS Tinker Board, React License, JavaScript, Pascal, Python

  • Blockchain for Good Hackathon, Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October
    The Blockchain for Good Hackathon takes place Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October. Full agenda can be found here.
  • ASUS Tinker Board Is An Interesting ARM SBC For About $60 USD
    Earlier this year ASUS announced the Tinker Board as their first step into the ARM single board computer world. Earlier this month I finally received a Tinker Board for testing and it has been quite interesting to say the least. The Tinker Board with its Rockchip SoC has been among the most competitive ARM SBCs we have tested to date in its price range and the form factor is compatible with the Raspberry Pi.
  • Configure Thunderbird to send patch friendly
  • Facebook to Relicense React Under MIT [Ed: as we hoped [1, 2]]
    Facebook has decided to change the React license from BSD+Patents to MIT to make it possible for companies to include React in Apache projects, and to avoid uncertain relationship with the open source community. Adam Wolff, an Engineering Director at Facebook, has announced that a number of projects - React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js – will soon start using the more standard MIT License instead of BSD+Patents. The reason provided is "because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don't want to hold back forward progress for nontechnical reasons." While aware that the React’s BSD+Patents license has created "uncertainty" among users of the library, prompting some to select an alternative solution, Facebook does not "expect to win these teams back" but they still hope some will reconsider the issue. The change in license will become effective when React 16 will be released next week. Regarding other projects, Wolff said that "many of our popular projects will keep the BSD + Patents license for now", while they are "evaluating those projects' licenses too, but each project is different and alternative licensing options will depend on a variety of factors." It seems from this clause that Facebook plans to get rid of the BSD+Patents license entirely, but they need to figure out the best option for each project. [...] Facebook’s plan to switch to a standard license MIT, supported by Apache, completely solves this problem with React and several other projects. It remains to see what happens with the license of other Facebook projects, and how much this license issue has affected how React is perceived by the community.
  • To type or not to type: quantifying detectable bugs in JavaScript
  • Plug For PASCAL
  • V. Anton Spraul's Think Like a Programmer, Python Edition

New Manjaro Release

What a week we had. With this update we have removed most of our EOL tagged kernels. Please adopt to newer series of each, when still be used. PulseAudio and Gstreamer got renewed. Also most of our kernels got newer point-releases. Series v4.12 is now marked as EOL. Guillaume worked on Pamac to solve reported issues within our v6 series. The user experience should be much better now. Latest NetworkManager, Python and Haskell updates complete this update-pack. Please report back and give us feedback for given changes made to our repositories. Read more