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Story GNOME's Tracker 1.1.2 Arrives with Multiple Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 9:07pm
Story Valve Just Released A Big Linux Steam Client Update Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 7:06pm
Story AMD Quietly Releases Catalyst 14.8 Linux Driver Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:45pm
Story Btrfs Changes Rejected For The Linux 3.17 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:36pm
Story HTC is bringing its in-house apps to the rest of Android Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:16pm
Story Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want? Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:09pm
Story 6 Secrets Every Windows User Should Know About Linux Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Story Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 5:52pm
Story Reiser4 Now Available For Linux 3.15 Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:46pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:28pm

Review: Opera 9.5 -- a fine browsing alternative

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Software

computerworld.com: kay, I have to admit I was a bit concerned when I downloaded Version 9.5 of Opera, which shipped June 13. At first glance, this lean, mean browsing machine seemed to be showing signs of middle-age spread.

OpenSUSE 11 a redemptive OS with a Mactastic shine

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SUSE

theregister.co.uk: 2008 is proving to be a banner year for Linux distributions; so far we've seen Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9, both of which go a long way toward making Linux painless for newbies. You can now add OpenSUSE, the community-driven sequel to Novell's SUSE Linux distribution, to the list of significant releases.

Firefox 3 browser downloads strong in first day

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox 3 browser downloads strong in first day

  • Firefox 3.0 released as browser climbs the charts
  • Statistics show Firefox 3 spreading fast
  • My first day with Firefox 3

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 27

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue #27 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: HOT! Upcoming o p e n S U S E 1 1 . 0, People of openSUSE: Rupert Horstkötter, and Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: KDE with Stephan Binner.

Profoss OpenOffice.org event essay

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OOo

robertogaloppini.net: Profoss last week organised an event on OpenOffice.org deployments in professional environments. The event was opened by Roberto Galoppini, who talked about the approach and methodology available for a successful OpenOffice.org migration.

There are way too many Linux distributions.

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Linux

webhop.org: I support Linux and the free software movement. I appreciate all the hard work that the community has put into free software. However, we need a solid base of what Linux is. Every distribution their own package management, file system structure, and set of tools that is different.

Who will release first

Gentoo (2008.x)
23% (47 votes)
PCLinuxOS (2008)
51% (106 votes)
Neither
26% (54 votes)
Total votes: 207

Damn Small Linux 4.4 Review

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Linux

penguinway.net: DSL 4.4 was just released on June 9th, so this past weekend I installed it on my Compaq Deskpro Pentium III 800 Mhz machine. It only has 256 megs of RAM, so a lightweight distribution like DSL is a good choice for it.

Review: Linux Mint 5

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Linux

raiden.net: One of the hallmark Linux distributions for new users that we've been very pleased with has been Linux Mint. As I've said before, it's built on Ubuntu and is essentially "Ubuntu done right". With the introduction of version 5, Linux Mint has upped [the] level.

Bridging the African digital divide - with a ‘toaster’

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OSS

csmonitor.com: In South Africa a “free” download here can end up costing almost $100. This is where the Freedom Toaster comes in. “What if open-source can really be open-source, even here?” he says, scrolling through a menu of possible downloads on the happy orange screen.

PCLinuxOS GNOME Review

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PCLOS

osweekly.com: Everyone is familiar with PCLinuxOS by now. And most of us have preconceived thoughts and opinions on this Linux distribution. And yet, I could not get my head around the attraction of this distro over Ubuntu, Simply Mepis, Linux Mint, Freespire or any other beginner-friendly Linux release.

Things to do after installing openSUSE 11.0

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SUSE
HowTos

benkevan.com/blog: So you’ve downloaded and installed openSUSE 11.0. Are you now wondering what you may have to do post installation, here’s a quick run down:

Hands on: Flock 2 steps up the social browser game

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Software

arstechnica.com: Flock is an intriguing new "social web browser" that is designed not just as a portal to the web, but to your friends' lives and the online communities where we share many of today's experiences.

Canadian Firm Shows Faith In Ubuntu Server

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: While most major server vendors take a “wait and see” approach to Ubuntu, a major Canadian Web host says the server operating system is ready for prime time. Indeed, Cirrus Tech is now offering Ubuntu on its server hosting plans. Here’s a closer look at Cirrus Tech’s announcement, and the state of Ubuntu on the server.

First 'stable' Wine puts Windows apps on Linux

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Software

zdnet.com.au: The makers of Wine, a compatibility tool that allows Windows applications to run on Linux machines without Windows installed, have released a stable version of Wine 1.0.

O'Brien: Mozilla's open-source model represents valley at its best

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Moz/FF

mercurynews.com: After the official demise of the Netscape browser back in 2003, it seemed as if Microsoft's Internet Explorer would dominate the browser market, well, forever. It was hard to imagine how or why anyone would invest time and resources to create a new rival. But they did.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Konqueror 3.5.9 Review - The Great Swiss Knife

  • Linux Development Thriving
  • gPodder's no plodder when it comes to podcasts
  • How to create desktop icons in KDE4
  • New Webcam and Linux
  • If Business Succeeds with GNU/Linux, Why Not OLPC?
  • Sixty-Six OLPC XO Laptops Stolen in Peruvian Town
  • Mail merge in OpenOffice.org
  • Linux Outlaws 43 - The Unbreakable Car
  • The Linux promise
  • Is open source only good for undermining competitors?
  • Meld - a Visual Diff Tool for GNOME
  • Firefox 3 plug-ins are still center stage
  • Google keeps killing penguins for money
  • Linux on a Wii
  • Intel GMA 4-Series Support On Linux

Eee PC proves why Linux blows

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Linux

hydrapinion.com: A week or so ago, one of the online shopping sites I frequent was selling Eee PCs on the cheap. Out of the box, it's easy to use and has almost all the apps one needs to be productive. My plan is to use the Eee PC in meetings, interviews, for the odd Skype call (Skype is included without any need to install extra software) and in my studies. This is where it starts to get annoying.

Also: Asus EEE-PC 900 completely misses the point
And: Mandriva and EEE PC, 2009.0 specs

Ian Lynch's take on the BECTA fiasco

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I have recently read an eye-opening email from Ian Lynch about what happened in the UK with BECTA. I have received his permission to republish here his thoughts. I think his email speaks volumes about what happened.

Is Linux the most secure OS?

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: Linux-based systems get a lot of press in IT trade publications. A lot of that press relates to its security characteristics. While many Linux distributions may outshine both MS Windows and Apple MacOS X by a significant margin, there’s evidence to suggest that most Linux distributions are not up to the standards of FreeBSD.

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today's leftovers

  • [LabPlot] Improved data fitting in 2.5
    Until now, the fit parameters could in principle take any values allowed by the fit model, which would lead to a reasonable description of the data. However, sometimes the realistic regions for the parameters are known in advance and it is desirable to set some mathematical constrains on them. LabPlot provides now the possibility to define lower and/or upper bounds for the fit parameters and to limit the internal fit algorithm to these regions only.
  • [GNOME] Maps Towards 3.28
    Some work has been done since the release of 3.26 in September. On the visual side we have adapted the routing sidebar to use a similar styling as is used in Files (Nautilus) and the GTK+ filechooser.
  • MX 17 Beta 2
  • MiniDebconf in Toulouse
    I attended the MiniDebconf in Toulouse, which was hosted in the larger Capitole du Libre, a free software event with talks, presentation of associations, and a keysigning party. I didn't expect the event to be that big, and I was very impressed by its organization. Cheers to all the volunteers, it has been an amazing week-end!
  • DebConf Videoteam sprint report - day 0
    First day of the videoteam autumn sprint! Well, I say first day, but in reality it's more day 0. Even though most of us have arrived in Cambridge already, we are still missing a few people. Last year we decided to sprint in Paris because most of our video gear is stocked there. This year, we instead chose to sprint a few days before the Cambridge Mini-Debconf to help record the conference afterwards.
  • Libre Computer Board Launches Another Allwinner/Mali ARM SBC
    The Tritium is a new ARM single board computer from the Libre Computer Board project. Earlier this year the first Libre Computer Board launched as the Le Potato for trying to be a libre and free software minded ARM SBC. That board offered better specs than the Raspberry Pi 3 and aimed to be "open" though not fully due to the ARM Mali graphics not being open.
  • FOSDEM 2018 Will Be Hosting A Wayland / Mesa / Mir / X.Org Developer Room
    This year at the FOSDEM open-source/Linux event in Brussels there wasn't the usual "X.Org dev room" as it's long been referred to, but for 2018, Luc Verhaegen is stepping back up to the plate and organizing this mini graphics/X.Org developer event within FOSDEM.
  • The Social Network™ releases its data networking code
    Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing. Open/R, its now-open source routing platform, runs Facebook's backbone and data centre networks. The Social Network™ first promised to release the platform in May 2017. In the post that announced the release, Facebook said it began developing Open/R for its Terragraph wireless system, but since applied it to its global fibre network, adding: “we are even starting to roll it out into our data center fabrics, running inside FBOSS and on our Open Compute Project networking hardware like Wedge 100.”
  • Intel Icelake Support Added To LLVM Clang
    Initial support for Intel's Icelake microarchitecture that's a follow-on to Cannonlake has been added to the LLVM/Clang compiler stack. Last week came the Icelake patch to GCC and now Clang has landed its initial Icelake enablement too.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has a power problem
     

    Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has a power problem. When operating at peak performance, it may draw more power than its stock charger or Surface Dock can handle. What we’ve discovered after talking to Microsoft is that it’s not a bug—it’s a feature.

Kernel: Linux 4.15 and Intel

  • The Big Changes So Far For The Linux 4.15 Kernel - Half Million New Lines Of Code So Far
    We are now through week one of two for the merge window of the Linux 4.15 kernel. If you are behind on your Phoronix reading with the many feature recaps provided this week of the different pull requests, here's a quick recap of the changes so far to be found with Linux 4.15:
  • Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released
    Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has put out their quarterly Linux graphics driver stack upgrade in what they are calling the latest recipe. As is the case with the open-source graphics drivers just being one centralized, universal component to be easily installed everywhere, their graphics stack recipe is just the picked versions of all the source components making up their driver.
  • Intel Ironlake Receives Patches For RC6 Power Savings
    Intel Ironlake "Gen 5" graphics have been around for seven years now since being found in Clarkdale and Arrandale processors while finally now the patches are all worked out for enabling RC6 power-savings support under Linux.

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Security: Google and Morgan Marquis-Boire

  • Google: 25 per cent of black market passwords can access accounts

    The researchers used Google's proprietary data to see whether or not stolen passwords could be used to gain access to user accounts, and found that an estimated 25 per cent of the stolen credentials can successfully be used by cyber crooks to gain access to functioning Google accounts.

  • Data breaches, phishing, or malware? Understanding the risks of stolen credentials

    Drawing upon Google as a case study, we find 7--25\% of exposed passwords match a victim's Google account.

  • Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional affiliations
    A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. On Sunday, The Verge published a report saying that it had spoken with 10 women across North America and Marquis-Boire's home country of New Zealand who say that they were assaulted by him in episodes going back years. A woman that The Verge gave the pseudonym "Lila," provided The Verge with "both a chat log and a PGP signed and encrypted e-mail from Morgan Marquis-Boire. In the e-mail, he apologizes at great length for a terrible but unspecified wrong. And in the chat log, he explicitly confesses to raping and beating her in the hotel room in Toronto, and also confesses to raping multiple women in New Zealand and Australia."