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Story Mesa Now Supports Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension Rianne Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 2:27pm
Story LibreOffice 4.3 (PC) review: A powerful but dated Office clone Rianne Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 2:17pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 11:23am
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Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 9:24am
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Story Kids Are Learning to Code With a Slice of Raspberry Pi Roy Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 9:09am
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Story Raspberry Pi was created to solve talent crisis at Cambridge: Eben Upton [Interview] Rianne Schestowitz 19/08/2014 - 8:53am

Mozilla pitches Firefox 3.1 alpha for July release

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idg.no: Just a week after Mozilla Corp. shipped Firefox 3.0, the open-source developer has proposed ship dates for the next version that, if approved, would produce an alpha release next month and a final no later than early 2009.

today's leftovers

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  • Mobile Linux has real trouble ahead

  • Ubuntu; fix Openoffice frequently crash
  • Open source tour of Europe: Germany
  • Automatically unlock LUKS encrypted drives with a keyfile
  • gnome-screenshot seems hopeless - I’m giving up & going to ksnapshot
  • 10 IRC client for Linux
  • Time for open source to build a Code Recycling Center
  • xf86-video-ati 6.9.0 Released
  • 2.6.26-rc8, "A Pretty Small Set Of Changes"
  • Mozilla Developer News June 26
  • Radeon HD 4870 Open-Source Support
  • Linux Outlaws 44 - Welcome to KDE 5 (openSUSE 11 Special)

Full Circle Magazine Issue 14 Out

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Ubuntu

Full Circle Magazine Issue 14 Out. This month, we’re proud to introduce a new column, Command and Conquer. We’ll be taking a look at the command line and hopefully how to make it a little less scary for you.

Cloudbook Maker Everex Snapped up by Newmarket

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Hardware

pcworld.com (IDG): Low-cost PC maker Everex this week said it had agreed to be acquired by systems integrator Newmarket Technology for an undisclosed sum. Everex is well-known for the Linux-based Cloudbook, an inexpensive ultraportable notebook computer like the Asus Eee PC.

When is an open-source project ready?

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practical-tech.com: I’ve been getting told that my recent review of KDE 4 wasn’t fair because KDE 4 isn’t really ready for prime time. My response: “When is any program, especially an open-source program, ready?”

Linus Torvalds' opinions regarding the GPL

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This video was from 2001 and a lot of time has passed since then. Perhaps Linus is feeling a bit more positive about the GPL than he was at that time. Perhaps not though, because he doesn't seem very inclined to begin the process of moving the Linux Kernel to GPLv3.

Amarok 2: Artwork is Back

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Software

sebruiz.net: My last couple of weeks has been spent focusing on getting cover art back up to scratch in Amarok 2. Cover art really adds a lot of spice and colour into the UI of the application, especially now that we are showing the artwork in the collection browser, context view and playlist.

How Linux can make me have a painful day

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nvalcarcel.aureal.com.pe: Today at work (where i can’t use linux) i was asked to do a really easy and repetitive task: Take screenshots from an e-learning course and paste it with the content text on a text document. It sounds easy (not fun, just easy), well it wasn’t for several reasons:

30+ Must-Have Updated Firefox 3 Extensions

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mashable.com: We’ve put together a list of 30+ must-have Firefox 3 extensions that we know you’ll enjoy, whether you’ve upgraded to Firefox 3 and are looking for something new to add to your browser, or have yet to make the upgrade and are looking for a reason.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Alpha 1: no public release

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MDV

mandrivaclub.com: Those of you who saw the recent announcement of the Mandriva Linux 2009 release schedule may be wondering about the status of Alpha 1, which was scheduled for public release on June 25th. Due to some major problems we have decided not to make a public release of Alpha 1.

Military-grade USB key supports Linux desktops

desktoplinux: IronKey Inc. has announced that its line of encrypted USB storage keys is now available for all major Linux operating systems (OSes). IronKey devices come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models, offer military-grade hardware encryption, and do not require driver installation, says the company.

Linux at 20 percent market share? What crack were they smoking?

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Matt Asay: I'm very grateful to Digg user BrokeBody for reminding me of just how intoxicated we were with the Linux desktop back in 2003. 20 percent market share by 2008. The money quote? "We didn't see Linux on the desktop as a major market, but we were wrong."

PulseAudio Tames the Linux Audio Zoo

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Software

linuxplanet.com: Last week we learned a bit about the chaotic jumble that is audio on Linux, and about the new PulseAudio sound server that just may create bit of order, and perhaps some more user-friendliness. Application support for PulseAudio is not quite complete. Today is going to be Fix *buntu Day.

Fun with openSUSE 11.0

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blogs.zdnet.com: Not a single post I make about Ubuntu goes by without at least one of you making some comment about my distro of choice and suggesting that I try some other distro. Well, never let it be said that I don’t listen to you - so this week I decided to take openSUSE 11.0 for a spin.

The Best Way To Learn Linux

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foogazi.com: Dan Craciun posted a nice article on his blog titled What is the best way to learn linux? that got me thinking just what some of the best ways to learn Linux are. Dan and I agree that reading documentation is one of the best ways to learn Linux in general.

Also: What is the best way to learn Linux?

Firefox and Thunderbird phone home daily

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blogs.zdnet.com: Several of you have emailed me to let me know of a Firefox and Thunderbird feature that you might not be aware of - both applications phone home on a daily basis.

OpenSUSE 11: nice kid, bad custodians

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SUSE

itwire.com: Sometime back, I had a couple of encounters with OpenSUSE, the so-called community distribution which was started by Novell in 2005. Neither of them was exactly salutary. With version 11, there is somewhat better news. Or maybe I should I say mixed news.

Pushing the Glacier

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wearenixed.blogspot: Free and Open Source Software is a wonderful thing. I know that I am saving money, time, and hard disk space by not using the commercial alternatives. For the rest of my college career, I no longer need to pay for expensive software. I am not the only one who has come to this realization. But how can it be spread?

How Can We Harness the Firefox Effect?

linuxjournal.com: Three things are striking about the recent launch of Firefox 3. But the question has to be: what now? How can we harness that amazing spirit, to make the Firefox Effect permanent, not just a media event that comes around once every few years?

ATI Radeon HD 4850 Linux Performance

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phoronix.com: Now that we have had time to complete testing of the Radeon HD 4850, today we are sharing the first Linux results from this brand-new ATI graphics processor. Before you think the Windows and Linux performance is equal for the Radeon HD 4800 series, this isn't the case, at least not yet.

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Security: New Release of HardenedBSD, Windows Leaks Details of Windows Back Doors

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  • Kaspersky blames NSA hack on infected Microsoft software
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OSS Leftovers

  • Open Source Networking Days: Think Globally, Collaborate Locally
    Something that we’ve learned at The Linux Foundation over the years is that there is just no substitute for periodic, in-person, face-to-face collaboration around the open source technologies that are rapidly changing our world. It’s no different for the open networking projects I work with as end users and their ecosystem partners grapple with the challenges and opportunities of unifying various open source components and finding solutions to accelerate network transformation. This fall, we decided to take The Linux Foundation networking projects (OpenDaylight, ONAP, OPNFV, and others) on the road to Europe and Japan by working with local site hosts and network operators to host Open Source Networking Days in Paris, Milan, Stockholm, London, Tel Aviv, and Yokohama.
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    Self-driving cars are set to revolutionize transport systems the world over. If the hype is to be believed, entirely autonomous vehicles are about to hit the open road. The truth is more complex. The most advanced self-driving technologies work only in an extremely limited set of environments and weather conditions. And while most new cars will have some form of driver assistance in the coming years, autonomous cars that drive in all conditions without human oversight are still many years away. One of the main problems is that it is hard to train vehicles to cope in all situations. And the most challenging situations are often the rarest. There is a huge variety of tricky circumstances that drivers rarely come across: a child running into the road, a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the street, an accident immediately ahead, and so on.
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