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Story The Linux Setup - Sean Cross, Novena Developer Rianne Schestowitz 12/06/2014 - 7:04pm
Story Mesosphere Raises $10.5 Million to Create Massive Linux Clusters Roy Schestowitz 12/06/2014 - 1:14pm
Story Meet Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Roy Schestowitz 12/06/2014 - 12:52pm
Story The Companies That Support Linux: Rackspace Roy Schestowitz 12/06/2014 - 12:48pm
Story Linux hiring frenzy: Why open source devs are being bombarded with offers to jump ship Roy Schestowitz 12/06/2014 - 12:42pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 12/06/2014 - 12:26pm
Story Galaxy S5 vs. Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s Rianne Schestowitz 11/06/2014 - 8:38am
Story Fast-boot, open spec COM includes FPGA Rianne Schestowitz 11/06/2014 - 8:22am
Story Docker libcontainer unities Linux container powers Rianne Schestowitz 11/06/2014 - 7:20am
Story Unity 8 Desktop Preview Image Available For Ubuntu 14.10 Rianne Schestowitz 11/06/2014 - 7:16am

Ubuntu takes early lead in open source census

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OSS

zdnet.com.au: Early results in a study that aims to track open source installations in business has seen Ubuntu and Firefox race to the top of the charts.

OOXML appeal possible, but looks unlikely

Paula Rooney: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has not received a formal appeal of its approval of Office Open XML as a standard, but it looks more unlikely with each day that passes.

Japan KDE Users Group Interview

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KDE
Interviews

dot.kde.org: Despite their prominent position in the world as leaders of technology, we hear from oriental countries quite rarely in the free software world. To find out what happens to KDE in the East, we asked some questions to Daisuke Kameda (亀田 大輔) of the KDE Japan Users Group.

ARMLinux-based diskless notebook costs under $300

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Linux
Hardware

A British Columbia-based startup called InkMedia announced an under-$300 notebook that runs embedded Linux. Based on a Freescale i.MX31 processor, the Ink Mobile Computer (Ink MC) depends entirely on flash-based storage and offers an 8.6-inch SVGA display, four USB slots, Ethernet, and WiFi.

Give Me 3 Synths

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Software

linuxjournal.com: In my next three articles I'll profile three native Linux software synthesizers (a.k.a. softsynths). I'll introduce their basic synthesis architectures and program operations, then I'll guide my readers briefly through the process of creating a new sound for each synth profiled. Our voyage begins with Nick Dowell's Analogue Modeling SYNTHesizer, better known as amSynth.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Power Management on Linux, Part 2

  • Copying Damaged Disks (CD and DVD) in PCLinuxOS
  • Create MySQL User Accounts from the Command Line
  • Listen audio player: webradio, lyrics, podcast and last.fm all at once
  • Fun With Rsync - Part I
  • How to Install Fonts in Ubuntu 8.04
  • Broadcast your music with Icecast
  • Tips & Tricks: Getting the Mplayer Mozilla Plugin Working
  • 10 common mistakes to avoid when you’re installing Linux software

Newsflash: Grannies Need Linux

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: Chances are, Granny's computer hardware is fine. Since Linux will run on anything from a toaster oven to a space station -- unless there's actual physical damage, the upgrade to Linux should cost nothing but some of your time. Here's a quick list of suggestions to make life easier on you both:

Reiser a Victim of 'One of the Great Screw Jobs,' Lawyer Says

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Linux programmer Hans Reiser is the victim of police "shading" and "one of the great screw jobs" perpetrated by his wife, who the open source developer is accused of killing, his attorney, William DuBois, told jurors during his second day of closing arguments here.

Mac Clone Maker Psystar Also Offers Ubuntu, XP, And Vista

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Ubuntu

informationweek.com/blog: A Miami-based system integrator that's selling an unauthorized Mac clone also is offering the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop as an option on the system, as well as Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Win the desktop, and you will win the server

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Linux

Tristan Rhodes: Red Hat has recently announced that they have "No plans for a traditional consumer desktop". Let me explain why I think Red Hat needs to change their business strategy.

Customizing Your Ubuntu Experience

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Ubuntu

foogazi.com: After a Ubuntu install one of the first things that users want to do is customize the look to their liking. Lynucs.org has a great collection of screen shots to provide some inspiration for this process. This article is meant to get you going in the right direction as far as customizing the look and feel of Ubuntu.

Sweeping Changes in New Linux Kernel

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Linux

internetnews.com: The kernel at the center of the burgeoning Linux universe has just received its broadest series of changes in its history. The new 2.6.25 kernel's extensive list of enhancements continues Linux's forward momentum, as it enjoys escalating success both in terms of developers and in customer spending.

New Inkscape 0.46 is good news

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Software

linux.com: Version 0.46 of the open source vector graphics editor Inkscape is out, showcasing new tools, new effects, new filters, and a host of interface and speed improvements.

Open-source Flash rival "Gnashes" out

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Software

linuxdevices.com: A non-profit open source project with high-profile backers has released beta code for an open source Flash media player, with a media server in the wings. Open Media Now's Gnash player runs standalone or as a plugin, and may run better than Flash on constrained devices.

New Debian leader aims for better communication

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Linux

itwire.com: In many ways the Debian GNU/Linux project is unique among all the distributions that dot the Linux landscape. Apart from putting out a high-grade distribution, it has served as the base for a number of others - Ubuntu and Knoppix, to name just two - which have had a big impact on the growth of the Linux ecosystem.

Microsoft Vista vs. Linux desktops: An IT pro sounds off

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OS

blogs.techtarget.com: The thought of moving to Microsoft Vista has put many Windows users into a panic, writes Ubuntu Linux user and IT pro Fred Marsico. In trade mags and blogs, have read about the Vista-versus-Linux issue, and it’s now my turn to say something.

Top 5 Potential YouTube Killers

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Web

junauza.com: YouTube is without doubt the most popular video sharing website on the planet with daily page views of around 100,000,000. At the moment, there are plenty of video sharing sites that are striving to take YouTube down.

Did Sun just make mySQL closed source?

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Software

blogs.zdnet.com: Sun’s happy talk at its mySQL shindig this week masked a grimmer reality. In the future cool new features of mySQL (like online backup) will, when written by Sun, first go only to paying customers.

Alternative web servers compared: Lighttpd, Nginx, LiteSpeed and Zeus

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Software

royal.pingdom.com: In this article we present four popular alternative web servers: Lighttpd, Nginx, LiteSpeed and Zeus. The first two are free and open source while the other two are commercial, closed-source alternatives. What they all have in common is that they focus on high performance.

Compiz Fusion Community News for April 17, 2008

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Software

smspillaz.wordpress: Highlights for this entry are The new and wonderful Cube Cylinder deformation, More and More improvements to Freely Transformable Windows with a good roadmap ahead of us, The beginnings of a Compiz Fusion Live CD and the springy and fun Dodge Window plugin.

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Oracle: New VirtualBox 5.2 Beta, SPARC M8 Processors Launched

  • VirtualBox 5.2 to Let Users Enable or Disable Audio Input and Output On-the-Fly
    Oracle announced new updates for its popular, cross-platform and open-source virtualization software, the third Beta of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major release and VirtualBox 5.1.28 stable maintenance update. We'll start with the stable update, VirtualBox 5.1.28, as it's more important for our readers using Oracle VM VirtualBox for all of their virtualization needs. The VirtualBox 5.1 maintenance release 28 is here to improve audio support by fixing various issues with both the ALSA and OSS backends, as well as an accidental crash with AC'97.
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Wikileaks Releases Spy Files Russia, CCleaner Infected, Equifax Has a Dirty Little Secret

  • Spy Files Russia
    This publication continues WikiLeaks' Spy Files series with releases about surveillance contractors in Russia. While the surveillance of communication traffic is a global phenomena, the legal and technological framework of its operation is different for each country. Russia's laws - especially the new Yarovaya Law - make literally no distinction between Lawful Interception and mass surveillance by state intelligence authorities (SIAs) without court orders. Russian communication providers are required by Russian law to install the so-called SORM ( Система Оперативно-Розыскных Мероприятий) components for surveillance provided by the FSB at their own expense. The SORM infrastructure is developed and deployed in Russia with close cooperation between the FSB, the Interior Ministry of Russia and Russian surveillance contractors.
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    Hackers have managed to embed malware into the installer of CCleaner, a popular Windows system optimization tool with over 2 billion downloads to date. The rogue package was distributed through official channels for almost a month. CCleaner is a utilities program that is used to delete temporary internet files such as cookies, empty the Recycling Bin, correct problems with the Windows Registry, among other tasks. First released in 2003, it has become hugely popular; up to 20 million people download it per month. Users who downloaded and installed CCleaner or CCleaner Cloud between Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 should scan their computers for malware and update their apps. The 32-bit versions of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 were affected.
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    For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice.

Amazon Changes Rental ('Cloud') Model on GNU/Linux

Devices/Hardware: Embedded/Boards, CODESYS, and EPYC Linux Performance

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