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Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 4:18pm
Story F2FS File-System Gets Even Better With Linux 3.18 Rianne Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 4:06pm
Story BEST DISTRO 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 2:33pm
Story As patent trolls fade, a group formed to combat them thrives Rianne Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 12:54pm
Story Time to Replace XFCE? Rianne Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 12:47pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 10:33am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 10:32am
Story USB Sees Many Changes For Linux 3.18 Kernel Roy Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 10:26am
Story What Network Function Virtualization means for OpenStack and open source Roy Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 10:17am
Story Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch gets cloned in China, Smartwatch LX36 Roy Schestowitz 08/10/2014 - 9:15am

Linux, user interfaces and copying Apple

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Software

blogs.zdnet.com: Bob Sutor, IBM’s VP of open source and standards, recently declared at the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas that the open source world needs to create new and innovative user interfaces distinctive to Linux desktops if they want to pose a greater challenge in the desktop space. It’s like speaking Japanese in France.

Interview: Qt Comes to Mozilla and Firefox

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Software
Interviews
Moz/FF

dot.kde.org: Developers from Nokia and Mozilla have been working hard to port the Mozilla Platform and Firefox to Qt and there are now some solid results available. The plan is to merge the Qt branch into the central Mozilla branch to make the port official.

The new KDE 4 desktop grid

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KDE

undefinedfire.com: Changes include: Multi-monitor support, Aspect ratio of the screen is kept when zoomed out, and “Soft” highlighting of desktops.

Motorola Linux phone ships in U.S.

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Motorola announced that its LiMo-compliant Moto U9 phone is now available unlocked for GSM networks in the U.S. Available in gray, pink, or purple, the music-oriented U9 has a rounded, contemporary flip-phone form factor, highlighted by a seemingly borderless OLED external display.

Provisioning on Bare Metal the LinMin Way

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Software

practical-tech.com: It’s one thing to install Linux or Windows on a system of your own, it’s an entirely different thing to install Linux or Windows on a couple of dozen to a couple of thousand PCs. That’s where LinMin comes in.

5 Things Linux does better than Mac OS X

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Linux

internetling.com: I’ve been using Mac OS X alongside Debian since 2007 now, and I think I have a fairly good picture of how things work in both operating systems. In the end, the only feeling I got of Mac OS X is as if I were playing with Linux’ retarded little brother. Here are a few reasons why.

Linux Myths: Busted!

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Linux

linuxhaxor.net: One of the main reasons that most people are afraid to try Linux is because they have this preconceived notion about linux being too hard to use and difficult to maintain; or that they have to do something drastically differ ant and there is a steep learning curve to using linux.

Banshee 1.2 - 1.x Series Getting to Maturity

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Software

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: The new Banshee 1.2 includes several new features over the last stable release, like the equaliser or the music recommendations panel. The full list of new or improved features is here. For those who didn't hear about Banshee yet, it's a pretty powerful audio player for GNOME which received more and more attention lately.

7 Best Linux Distributions for Multimedia Enthusiasts

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Linux

junauza.com: Graphic designers, movie editors, music composers, and multimedia addicts have specific needs when it comes to software. That is why there are specialized Linux distributions that cater to them. Here are 7.

15 Examples To Master Linux Command Line History

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HowTos

thegeekstuff.com: When you are using Linux command line frequently, using the history effectively can be a major productivity boost. In fact, once you have mastered the 15 examples that I’ve provided here, you’ll find using command line more enjoyable and fun.

images, pictures, screenshots, & graphs

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Linux
  • 10 Reasons why GUI Doesn’t Matter

  • 5 + 1 beautiful designs for Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex”
  • Make OpenOffice Work For You : Starting Out
  • 1000+ Desktop Wallpapers for your Asus Eee PC
  • Social network popularity around the world
  • Dell Says Ubuntu Comes With “No Security”

Ubuntu netbook

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Linux
Hardware

manilastandardtoday.com: ACER’s Aspire One is a solid netbook, but it can be much more. In the last two weeks, I’ve been using it as a full notebook, running office applications, editing digital photos, surfing the Web and watching videos on a robust, full-featured system.

openSUSE @ Akademy 2008

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SUSE

lizards.opensuse: In Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium currently Akademy, the annual conference of the KDE project takes place. More than 300 people had a nice weekend listening to a whole bunch of very interesting talks of various topics around KDE. Over the week there will be special topics and BOFs and Hacking.

Byebye Ubuntu, Hello Fedora

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Linux

gibbalog.blogspot: My recent experiments with installing Ubuntu on my little home server came to an end this weekend. After finding tons of forum posts and various problems with installing SqueezeCenter on Hardy Heron I decided to try another approach.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linux Myth: Installing “Third Party” Software is “Hard”

  • Red Hat Solutions Provide Reliability and Performance Gains for Munich Airport
  • Debian Bug Count Rising
  • Marble provides basic engine for free Google Earth replacement
  • Did the big boys really kill OLPC?
  • When happened this to GNOME?
  • openSUSE vanilla kernel part 2….
  • Vote on the OpenOffice.org 3.0 splash screen
  • Running Ubuntu on an Asus EEE 4G
  • Hadoop: When grownups do open source
  • Linux rises to top dog in servers
  • Why Ubuntu just might succeed
  • Linus Torvalds & the Woodshed
  • What the heck is Mozilla thinking?
  • KDE-PIM Hackers Present Integration of KDE 4 Frameworks
  • GPL Project Watch List for Week of 08/08
  • 12 great apps for bridging Windows, Linux and Macs
  • Recovering Deleted Files By Inode Number In Linux And Unix
  • There and back again: a narrative of OSCON 2008
  • Open Source Software Gaining Ground
  • Linux Application Checker Brings Distro Help

Hiding Software Versions - A Step Forward to a Secure Server

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HowTos

Howto change the default behavior of showing the software version for some popular packages on Ubuntu 8.04.1 Server, such as Postfix, Apache, PHP, and VSFTPD.

CentOS 5.2 - Send in the Clones

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Linux

techiemoe.com: CentOS, for those unfamiliar, is a clone distribution. The maintainers take the freely-available source code released by Redhat for its commercial Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product and recompile it, stripping out any trademarked artwork, then redistribute it as CentOS.

Dell shipping five Hardy Heron systems

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Ubuntu

desktoplinux.com: Dell is shipping two new laptops with widescreen LCD displays and Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) operating systems with DVD playback. Additionally, the largest U.S. PC maker has started offering Hardy Heron on three models previously available with the earlier Gutsy Gibbon Ubuntu release.

Mandriva 2009 Beta 2 - KDE 4.1 thoughts and comments

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MDV

blog.linuxbox.co.nz: I recently downloaded the Mandriva 2009.0 beta 2 KDE 4.1 live cd. I kept of list of things I found as I had a look around it. I only focused on the desktop.

Top 4 Alternatives to Ubuntu Linux

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Linux

intranetjournal.com: Considering the success of Ubuntu Linux as a distribution of the open source operating system, it has become clear that locating good alternatives to this release is becoming increasingly difficult. With that said, I've decided to round up the best candidates.

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Kernel: Kernelci.org, Tripwire, Linux Foundation, R600 Gallium3D

  • Kernelci.org automated bisection
    The kernelci.org project aims at continuously testing the mainline Linux kernel, from stable branches to linux-next on a variety of platforms. When a revision fails to build or boot, kernel developers get informed via email reports. A summary of all the results can also be found directly on the website.
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  • R600 Gallium3D Gets Some Last Minute Improvements In Mesa 18.0
    These days when Dave Airlie isn't busy managing the DRM subsystem or hacking on the RADV Vulkan driver, he's been spending a fair amount of time on some OpenGL improvements to the aging R600 Gallium3D driver. That's happened again and he's landed some more improvements just ahead of the imminent Mesa 18.0 feature freeze.

OSS Leftovers

  • Reliance Jio and global tech leaders come together to push Open Source in India
    The India Digital Open Summit which will be held tomorrow at the Reliance Corporate Park campus in Navi Mumbai -is a must-attend event for industry leaders, policymakers, technologists, academia, and developer communities working towards India’s digital leadership through Open Source platforms. The summit is hosted by Reliance Jio in partnership with the Linux Foundation and supported by Cisco Systems.
  • Open-source software simulates river and runoff resources
    Freshwater resources are finite, unevenly distributed, and changing through time. The demand—and competition—for water is expected to grow both in the United States and in the developing/developed world. To examine the connection between supply and demand and resulting regional and global water stresses, a team developed Xanthos. The open-source hydrologic model is available for free and helps researchers explore the details and analyze global water availability. Researchers can use Xanthos to examine the implications of different climate, socioeconomic, and/or energy scenarios over the 21st century. They can then assess the effects of the scenarios on regional and global water availability. Xanthos can be used in three different ways. It can operate as an independent hydrologic model, driven, for example, by scenarios. It can serve as the core freshwater supply component of the Global Change Assessment Model, where multiple sectors and natural systems are modeled simultaneously as part of an interconnected, complex system. Further, it can be used by other integrated models and multi-model frameworks that focus on energy-water-land interactions.
  • “The Apache Way” — Open source done well
    I was at an industry conference and was happy to see many people stopping by the Apache booth. I was pleased that they were familiar with the Apache brand, yet puzzled to learn that so many were unfamiliar with The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). For this special issue, “All Eyes On Open Source”, it’s important to recognize not just Apache’s diverse projects and communities, but also the entity behind their success. Gone are the days when software and technology, in general, were developed privately for the benefit of the few. As technology evolves, the challenges we face become more complex, and the only way to effectively move forward to create the technology of the future is to collaborate and work together. Open Source is a perfect framework for that, and organizations like the ASF carry out a decisive role in protecting its spirit and principles.
  • ​Learn how to run Linux on Microsoft's Azure cloud
  • LLVM 6.0-RC1 Makes Its Belated Debut
    While LLVM/Clang 6.0 was branched earlier this month and under a feature freeze with master/trunk moving to LLVM 7.0, two weeks later the first release candidate is now available. Normally the first release candidate comes immediately following the branching / feature freeze, but not this time due to the shifted schedule with a slow start to satisfy an unnamed company seeking to align their internal testing with LLVM 6.0.
  • Hackers can’t dig into latest Xiaomi phone due to GPL violations
     

    Yet another Android OEM is dragging its feet with its GPL compliance. This time, it's Xiaomi with the Mi A1 Android One device, which still hasn't seen a kernel source code release.  

    Android vendors are required to release their kernel sources thanks to the Linux kernel's GPLv2 licensing. The Mi A1 has been out for about three months now, and there's still no source code release on Xiaomi's official github account.

  • 2017 - The Year in Which Copyright Went Beyond Source Code
    2017 was a big year for raising the profile of copyright in protecting computer programs. Two cases in particular helped bring attention to a myth that was addressed and dispelled some time ago but persists in some circles nonetheless. Many lawyers hold on to the notion that copyright protection for software is weak because such protection inheres in the source code of computer programs. Because most companies that generate code take extensive (and often successful) measures to keep source code out of the hands of third parties, the utility of copyright protection for code is often viewed as limited. However, copyright also extends to the “non-literal elements” of computer programs, such as their sequence, structure and organization, as well as to things such as screen displays and certain user interfaces. In other words, copyright infringement can occur when copying certain outputs of the code without there ever having been access to the underlying code itself.
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IBM code grandmaster: what Java does next

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Programming/Development: Git 2.16, Node.js, Testing/Bug Hunting

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