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Story Wakeup: An Alarm Clock That Tells You What’s Going On srlinuxx 18/11/2011 - 6:55am
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Story Desura's Public Linux Client Is Here With 65+ Games srlinuxx 17/11/2011 - 9:20pm

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn launches with server focus

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Things are obviously very exciting at Canonical Ltd. this week as the latest version of Ubuntu, the Linux operating system it supports and maintains, goes live on April 19.

Originally codenamed Feisty Fawn, the OS is now version 7.04 and includes a slew of upgrades on the desktop and server fronts, said Canonical director of operations Jane Silber.

Agent-Based Simulation Of Open Source Evolution

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This Tuesday, I have the good fortune to give a presentation on N. Smith, A. Capiluppi, and J. Fernandez-Ramil’s classic journal paper “Agent-Based Simulation Of Open Source Evolution,” from Software Process: Improvement and Practice 2006; 11: 423-43. Well, if anything from 2006 can be a classic, F/OSS is the place.

The Debian 4.0 review and impression post

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Here's an overview of the different reviews and writeups about Debian 4.0 (Etch) - so far stories from Digital Realms, Softpedia, Lunapark6, Linux-magazin (DE), and screenshots at LinuxQuestions and Go2Linux. Blog overview at LinuxWatch.

Digital Realms impressions:


The KDE 3.5 Control Center - Part 3 - Internet & Network

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The KDE Control Center, as I'm sure you're aware of by now, is a versatile and robust control interface for the KDE Window Manager and provides a whole host of configurable options to the end user. While the KDE team did their best to make the interface as user friendly as possible, there are some things that you can do in the Control Center that are not for the beginning user.

Refreshing your filesystem

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Oxygen folders have changed already 3 times since I first started the project back to 2005. That’s because “folders” are really important, and together with “file sheet” and basic actions, they really define the look and feel of the desktop.

GoboLinux 014 RC1 Screenshots

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A new release of GoboLinux is out, which among other things contains glibc 2.5, X.Org 7.2, GCC 4.1.2, KDE 3.5.6, and the Linux kernel. This is the first release candidate for GoboLinux 014 so expect more changes shortly.


The XO in the Real World

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The FISL congress is over and it was great talking to the enormous amount of people who showed interest in the XO learning laptop and the OLPC project. It was nice to see people’s interest turn into large smiles by the time I was done explaining the project and answering their questions.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 198

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Mark Shuttleworth: Taking freedom further

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I’ve long believed there’s a general phenomenon that underlies the free software movement. It’s “volunteer-driven, internet-powered collaboration” and I think it will ultimately touch every industry that has any digital workflow. And lets face it, that’s pretty much every industry.

The phenomenon has three key elements:

1. Freedom-driven licensing.
2. Community.

Ubuntu running on P990i?

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Put your sleuthing caps on dear readers, we've got a new case for you. A blurry video has surfaced of a Sony Ericsson P990i running a mobile version of Ubuntu. With the aid of a soldering gun and "special software," someone by the name of Wizolabo seems to have produced a working copy of the favored Linux distro running on the favored SE superphone.

KDE at CeBIT 2007 Report

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KDE was present at Cebit 2007 in Hannover, the world's largest IT fair. The booth was located inside the LinuxPark in Hall 5, where Linux New Media had given us and other open source projects the opportunity to present their work.

Survey: Open Source Developers Welcome GPLv3 Draft 3

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Open source software provider OpenLogic last week announced the results of a survey focusing on the most recent draft of the GPLv3 (General Public License).

Is the Tux500 racecar advertizing project a scam?

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I don't even post a link to it, because you'd almost have to be dead not to have seen it somewhere already. If you haven't seen it yet, a simple Google of "tux500" will do. This is the project where two bloggers have started a massive campaign to raise $350,000 to put a Tux sticker on the side of a car that will be racing in the Indy 500.

Pardus 2007.1 — Almost Perfect

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I’ve already had the pleasure of testing Pardus once and it made a good impression on me. Recently the new edition, Pardus 2007.1, came out and I’ve decided to try both the LiveCD and the installation versions. This edition is almost fabulous, but “almost” makes a big difference which we are going to elaborate on a bit later.

Thinking Past Platforms: the Next Challenge for Linux

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In my first SuitWatch Newsletter, on September 5, 2002, I wrote this: "A funny thing happened to Linux on the way to World Domination: it succeeded. That's the good news; the bad news is its success has hit a few hitches, and it's unclear how long those hitches will last."

Ubunto takes on XP in OS showdown

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DUAL-BOOTING Ubunto and Windows XP over six weeks gives a great insight into the strength's and weaknesses of the two operating systems.

So far most of the "is Linux ready for the desktop" reviews I have done have focused on the problems of installing the beast. However once it is installed and configured it is easy to see how much ground Ubunto has cut from under XP.

Proftpd Monitoring With phpftpwho

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Proftpd is an excellent FTP server with many features. Wouldn't it be nice to see who is connected to your FTP server and what they are doing all in a convenient web-interface? phpftpwho allows you to see who is accessing your Proftpd FTP server all in a convenient web-interface. It is simple to install and only requires Proftpd, Apache, and PHP.

Hacking Ubuntu to Improve Performance

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This feature includes various hacks to boost Ubuntu's performance, such as viewing running processes, identifying resources, finding process startups, tuning kernel parameters, and speeding up boot time. This is a complete chapter in the ExtremeTech book "Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods And Cusomtizations."

The DistroNator

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On Oct 24,2003 a build server became self-aware and named himself Texstar and began building rpm pacakages and creating iso's called PCLinuxOS. Other servers became self aware ocilent1, sal server, thac, ivan, davecs, the darb and others and the whole thing became known as the devnet. One goal, one mission... to create the best linux desktop in the world.

Users Fawn over Ubuntu's Feisty Linux release

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Always colorful with its names, Canonical has birthed the server, desktop and education versions of its "Feisty Fawn" Ubuntu Linux.

In its blasé form, the new version of Linux ships as Ubuntu 7.04 Server Edition, Desktop Edition and Edubuntu. The OS falls under Canonical's short-term, 18-month maintenance program, as opposed to the "Dapper Drake" 6.04 release, which enjoys five year support.

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    Chromebooks are not for everyone, but for many home users, it is absolute perfection. If you live in the web browser -- as many people do nowadays -- laptops running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are a godsend because they are maintenance free. No need for confusing OS upgrades or anti-virus software. It just works, and it works well. Since they can now run Android apps too, they could become a serious threat to Microsoft and Windows 10. One of the most attractive aspects of Chromebooks is price -- they are often quite affordable. Today, Acer refreshes its 15.6 inch Chromebook 15 with a mind-boggling 12 hours of battery life. Best of all? It starts at $199. Yes, this model will get Android app support in a future update too.
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