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The Win, Fail and Meh of Open Source in 2008

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heise-online.co.uk: With 2008 coming to an end, heise online UK picks what was full of win, who was waiting for the failboat, and who just made us go meh. So in no particular order, here are the Wins, the Fails and the Mehs of Open Source from 2008.

Ubuntu Review: One Year In

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encephalosponge.com: After a somewhat belated New Year’s resolution last year, I did manage to complete my goal much more easily than I previously thought possible. In the last 9 months, I can probably count on my two hands then number of times I’ve booted into Vista or XP. I’ve been using Ubuntu.

Sugar Labs is joining the GNOME Foundation

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gnome.org: Sugar Labs, a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy, is joining the GNOME Foundation as part of the GNOME Advisory Board.

KWin visual effects get way better in KDE 4.2

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arstechnica.com: We were impressed with the big improvements in the first KDE 4.2 beta when it was released earlier this month. It fixed a lot of bugs and brought some impressive new features to the Plasma panel system and other areas of the desktop environment. The second beta, which was released last week, builds on that work and adds a lot of important refinements.

24 Hours with openSUSE 11.1

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bear454.blogspot: Back in June I blogged about my first experiences with openSUSE 11.0. Although there were some groundbreaking improvements, the general tenor of my experience was negative. I'm happy to say that both of my major gripes with 11.0 are completely resolved in 11.1, and then some.

GNU, Linux, and the Free Software Movement

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computingtech.blogspot: In 1983, a computer programmer from MIT by the name of Richard M. Stallman grew skeptical of the commercial software packages that were selling for big bucks at computer stores. Since this software was a commercial product, its source code was often protected, and the alteration, or hacking, of the code was prohibited.

Hotrod Your Asus Laptop With 64-bit Kubuntu

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linuxplanet.com: I'm an old-school horsepower junkie. Oddly, I have the same addiction with laptop hardware. My four year old AMD 64-bit HP Pavilion laptop threw a rod (the LCD died) a couple of weeks ago, so this Asus seemed to fit the bill. Now on to the shop...I mean office, for a little 'tweaking' with Kubuntu.

Notifications, indicators and alerts

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Mark Shuttleworth: Let’s talk about notifications! As Ryan Lortie mentioned, there was a lot of discussion across the Ubuntu, Kubuntu, GNOME, KDE and Mozilla communities represented at UDS about the proposals Canonical’s user experience design and desktop experience engineering teams have made for Ubuntu 9.04.

Linux - the OS that keeps on giving

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blogs.the451group: Most Linux users and supporters are well aware of the openness, collaboration and flexibility that mark the OS and its distributions, but we’ve received some more tangible gifts from the Linux community recently as we enjoy the holidays.

Linux Isn't Just Good Ideology -- It's Better Computing

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jdeeth.blogspot: There's no way around it: the longer you run a Windows installation, the slower and less responsive it gets. On my year-old dual-boot laptop, I wait longer and longer for Windows to boot, and longer and longer for programs to do what I ask.

OpenSUSE 11.1: Evolution dependent on Mono

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itwire.com: Any .1 release of a Linux distribution is generally meant to fix bugs which were present in the .0 release, not to introduce new features. In this respect, OpenSUSE 11.1 differs sharply from other distributions. And the news is not all good either.

Also: My first taste of Mono on openSUSE 11.1

Best Linux releases of 2008

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mybroadband.co.za: The second half of 2008 proved to be an exciting time for Linux fans as most of the popular Linux distributions pushed out a pre-Christmas release. We take a look at a few that caught out attention.

Nix fixes dependency hell on all Linux distributions

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linux.com: A next-generation package manager called Nix provides a simple distribution-independent method for deploying a binary or source package on different flavours of Linux, including Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE, Fedora, and Red Hat. Even better, Nix does not interfere with existing package managers.

Linux Lists

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  • 15 Tips to Improve your Linux Experience

  • The Top 11 Reasons To Give Linux For Christmas
  • 7 things making me tear my hair out after installing openSUSE 11.1

Phoronix's 2008 Linux Graphics Survey Results

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phoronix.com: Last week our annual Linux Graphics Survey ended. There were over 14,000 submissions this year to the eleven questions we asked pertaining to X.Org, Linux desktop usage, and graphics hardware. In this article are all of the results from this year's survey.

Linux Magazine's Top 10 Articles of 2008

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linux-mag.com: Wrapping up our year in review, we’ve complied the best of Linux Magazine in 2008. Thanks to the writers, editors, and especially, the readers for making this an outstanding year.

An Easy Way to Introduce Inkscape Drawing Program to Youth and Adults

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washingtonpost.com: Inkscape is a fun, free and very powerful vector drawing program that runs on all major computer platforms: Linux, Macintosh and Windows. This program can give you endless hours of enjoyment, even if you're not an artist.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 283

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Review: First look at openSUSE 11.1

  • News: openSUSE gets new license, Debian votes on firmware in "Lenny", Mandriva sets up community steering committee, Gentoo begins weekly snapshots, interviews with openSUSE and Gentoo developers
  • Released last week: openSUSE 11.1, Linux Mint 6
  • Upcoming releases: VectorLinux 6.0 RC1
  • New additions: ZevenOS
  • New distribution: CacheGuard, Rubuntu
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

All window managers are not equal in screen redraw speed.

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toolbox.com: I have been going through a stage of trying several different window managers and I found something that surprised me. The screen redraw speed of different window managers have a visual difference in screen redraw speed.

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.