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Story Week in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 6:03pm
Story Radeon DRM Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 5:42pm
Story Tizen OS 2.3 Samsung Z1 Review Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 5:33pm
Story Plasma 5.2 – The Quintissential Breakdown Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 5:29pm
Story Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 5:22pm
Story Newsrooms see the light of open source Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 3:30pm
Story NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 3:18pm
Story Black Lab Linux Xfce 6.0 SR 1.1 Features a Heavily Modified Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 3:10pm
Story Three Ways for Beginners to Contribute to the Linux Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 2:54pm
Story You Can Now Run Ubuntu from a Mouse Rianne Schestowitz 22/01/2015 - 1:41pm

Linux vs. Binary Blobs, or, Ideology vs. Reality

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workswithu.com: As Bruce Byfield notes in a recent essay, there’s been a bit of discussion lately about the presence of ‘binary blobs‘ in the Linux kernel. But the larger question, perhaps, is whether or not software freedom really matters so much to mainstream Linux users in the first place.

The Macbook Experiment: Fedora 10 for Two Days

tuxgeek.me: After trying Ubuntu 8.10 for two days on my Macbook, which proved to be a success, I now take Fedora 10 for a spin. Read on to see how my two days experience with this Linux distro was like.

today's leftovers

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News
  • An Overview Of Recent KDE 4 Development

  • Implications of startups choosing open source
  • WINE 1.1.10 Brings Improved 64-Bit Support
  • We need solutions to industry 'bugs,' not critics
  • KDE Videocast Episode 4, December 6
  • Command not found
  • Stable kernel 2.6.27.8
  • Second Firefox 3.1 beta under starters order
  • the linux desktop’s change problem
  • Top of the world, ma! (Monitoring software)
  • Ding Dong the Emeralds Back Compiz
  • The Status of PCLinuxOS 2008/2009
  • Richard Stallman supports Creative Commons. Do you?
  • Combined KDE and Gnome developers meeting
  • Is there really a ‘relationship’ between Linux and Windows?
  • Open source and circling the drain
  • Music Studio Software: Buzztard
  • New version 5.2.7 of PHP has improved stability and security
  • Radeon Driver Gets Tear-Free X-Video
  • Teaching Thunderbird to Tango
  • Post 2.0.0 Git Vaults, Amarok Urls and Bookmarks

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • 3 ways to keep safe your files

  • Tar Extract a Single File(s) From a Large Tarball
  • Getting Clock to Display Temp, Weather & Multiple Timezone in Ubuntu
  • Installing Fedora 10 Step by step
  • Dynamic Theming in Drupal 6 - Part 2
  • Keeping an eye on your Web proxy usage with Squid Graph
  • Start using crontab for automation

Reasons to Switch from OS X or Windows to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

chris.pirillo.com: All too often, popular tech-blogs engage in the old and tired debate about why you should switch to OS X or stay with Windows. The other alternative, the one that both Microsoft and Apple are afraid to mention, is GNU/Linux.

Songbird 1.0

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Software

linuxowns.wordpress: After a long period of beta versions, Songbird 1.0 is out. The big question is: is it any good? Let’s find out.

Ilumina TV Runs On Ubuntu

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Hardware
Ubuntu

technology.inquirer.net: The Ilumina's basic component is its 32-inch LCD TV panel. Inside it are computer parts that run a scaled-down version of Ubuntu Linux operating system.

First Look: Fedora 10 OS

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Linux

Redmond Channel Partner: Fedora 10, a Linux-based desktop operating system sponsored by Red Hat, was released late last month by the Fedora Project. This version of the open source OS, code-named "Cambridge," has some new features that I was eager to try. I used the 700-MB live CD for installation and testing.

KDE 4.2 beta 1 on Gentoo

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KDE

kev009.com: KDE 4.2 is set for release on January 27th. Eager to see what is new and improved, I installed beta 1 on my Gentoo box. This is a snapshot of the current development tree that will eventually be released as KDE 4.2.

Also: Review - KDE 4 - Linux GUI interface - SUCKS

Michael Robertson Loses Motion in Dispute over Linspire's Missing Assets

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Linux

kevincarmony.blogspot: I have some good news to report to the 100 some-odd shareholders who remain in the dark about Linspire's missing cash and assets...

Happy metrics on Mandriva community growth

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MDV

Vincent Danen posted some numbers about the decline of posts to Mandriva's mailing lists. However, this is not evidence of a decline in the community - it simply means they all moved elsewhere. Specifically, to the forums.

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 10 (GNOME)

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Fedora 10 desktop (GNOME) that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

Loving KDE 4.2

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KDE

jtechinda.blogspot: Now that KDE 4.2 beta1 packages are finally done we can start using KDE 4.2! I think the changes are absolutely great. Nothing too radical, but the KDE team packed in a lot of features everywhere and it really adds up!

VMGL brings 3-D effects to VMs

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Software

linux.com: VMGL is a little-known application written as part of Google's Summer of Code 2006 program that lets OpenGL apps running inside a virtual machine take advantage of the graphics hardware acceleration on the host.

10 Great Thunderbird Addons You Must-have

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Moz/FF

makeuseof.com: More than a year back, Aibek has written a great list of 35 must-have thunderbird addons. Since then, a lot of great addons have been created and some of the older addons have also evolved to become a better one.

10 Reasons To Choose Linux in a Bad Economy

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Linux

daniweb.com: Whether the ailing economy is real or imagined, you might be looking for ways to shed some pounds off your bloated IT budget. You should seriously consider Linux and Open Source software to put your 2009 financial appetite on a diet. Here are 10 reasons.

Sad metrics on Mandriva community decline

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MDV

linsec.ca/blog: I’ve been saying it for a while, but never really put hard evidence to it. Our community has declined and by the numbers I’ll produce, I’m going to say it declined a lot.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Optimized for XO Laptop

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OLPC
Ubuntu

olpcnews.com: Thanks to the tireless efforts of Teapot, we now have Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid optimized for the XO laptop! Teapot designed this release to be reliable and consistent with these modifications:

Osalt, open source as alternative

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Interviews
OSS
Web

robertogaloppini.net: Around the net there are a number of open source directories, among them the independent Osalt. Osalt is aimed at helping end users to find open source alternatives to well-known proprietary products like Photoshop or Dreamweaver. I asked Anders Ingeman Rasmussen, Osalt Editor, a few questions.

OpenSolaris 2008.05 vs. OpenSolaris 2008.11 Benchmarks

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OS

phoronix.com: Seven months after the release of OpenSolaris 2008.05 (a.k.a. Project Indiana) its successor was finally released earlier this week. To see how this new work has affected the performance of Sun's OpenSolaris operating system, we have benchmarked both releases through some different tests.

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today's howtos

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.