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Story Microsoft’s Android and iOS focus leaves Windows users in the cold Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 6:47pm
Story Ubuntu Developers Still Thinking What To Do About Adobe Flash Support Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 6:32pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 6:31pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 3:25pm
Story Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 3:25pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 3:22pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 3:21pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 3:19pm
Story Top 10 Linux desktops part 1 Rianne Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 3:18pm
Story OpenELEC 5.0 Beta 2 Is a Bleeding Edge Distro That Runs on Almost Any Hardware Roy Schestowitz 13/11/2014 - 2:50pm

Giveaway celebrates open source

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OSS

stuff.co.nz: Free software is being distributed today at Waikato University to mark Software Freedom Day an annual international celebration of open source software.

Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Now Available

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SUSE

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce the first beta release of openSUSE 11.1. openSUSE 11.1 includes quite a few improvements and new features over the 11.0 release, including new versions of KDE, GNOME, the Linux kernel, improved YaST modules, and much more!

Just what is up with PCLinuxOS anyway?

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PCLOS

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: PClinuxOS is a Linux distribution that gets mentioned quite a bit actually. It often is mentioned in the same breath and at the same table when we discuss the "big boy" or commercially supported distributions, like ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse, etc...

NVIDIA 177.76 Display Driver

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Software

phoronix.com: In the fourth NVIDIA Linux driver release in under a month's time, the 177.76 display driver has been released. This too looks like another beta driver with more fixes in store for those with GeForce or Quadro hardware owners.

Linux Foundation opening doors to individual participation

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Linux

linux.com: The nonprofit Linux Foundation (LF), which coordinates an assortment of Linux-oriented standardization efforts and employs key developers such as Linux creator Linus Torvalds, has added to its Web site a gateway toward individual -- as opposed to corporate -- membership.

Asus Eee PC 1000 Plus Ubuntu: Big Power in a Small Package

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Ubuntu

linuxplanet.com: ZaReason provided an Asus Eee PC 1000 loaded with Ubuntu Hardy Heron. Basic specs for this unit include a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of memory, a 40 GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive and a 10-inch screen.

Kernel Log: The second day of Kernel Summit 2008

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Following the release on Tuesday of details about debates and decisions at this year's Kernel Summit, LWN.net has now reported on the second and final day of the conference. Linus Torvalds, Andrew Morton, and some 80 other important and nearly all male kernel developers discussed their approaches to the further development of Linux and exchanged experiences.

Eee PC stuffs opposition at awards bash

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Hardware

theinquirer.net: THE ASUS EEE PC has won the 'Gadget of the Year' gong at the 2008 Stuff Magazine Gadget Awards held at a swanky London hotel earlier this week.

GoblinX Published Xfce 4.5.90 Screenshot Tour

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Linux

GoblinX published a screenshot tour of the Xfce 4.5.90. The tour is a good preview of the next Xfce.

Songbird Rocks!

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Software

junauza.com: I'm not that picky when it comes to desktop audio player. Typically, I just use whatever audio player that comes with my Linux distro. As long as it plays all of my audio files (with the right plugins of course), I'm good. Until most recently...

The ‘pirate’ manpage, Arrrgggghhhhh!

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Software

dustinkirkland.wordpress: Aye mates! man pirate … odds are, ye don’t ‘ave pirate installed… Shimmy on o’er t’ http://manpages.ubuntu.com and type in th’ search box: “pirate“.

Review: gNewSense 2.1

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Linux

raiden.net: gNewSense, a Linux distribution put out by the Free Software Foundation, is designed and intended to provide you with a distro completely free of any and all proprietary drivers, software, or codecs. It strives to also be new-user friendly, reliable, and easy to use. But does it really succeed at fulfilling its desires, or does it become a nuisance (pun intended) instead?

Thank you SGI, for freeing the GNU/Linux 3D desktop!

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OSS

fsf.org: In January of 2008, software code at the heart of GNU/Linux 3D applications was discovered to be non-free—a potential disaster for free software advocates hoping to see advanced graphical acceleration now common on modern operating systems.

distro bloggings

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Linux
  • Making the Switch from Debian to Ubuntu and Back Again

  • Installing OpenSUSE 10.3 onto a HP nc4010
  • 24 hours with t' Intrepid Alpha

Mandriva unveils Linux for netbooks

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MDV

vnunet.com: Linux publisher Mandriva has unveiled a version of its platform designed specifically for the new breed of mini laptops.

Canonical Opens Codec Sales and Potential Can of Worms

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Ubuntu

ostatic.com: It feels the most positive word that can be applied to this announcement is "bittersweet." There are many more colorfully negative words that are applicable, as well.

Ubuntu's BulletProofX Takes Simpler Step Forward

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Introduced in Ubuntu 7.10 was a feature known as BulletProofX, which provides a fail-safe mode that is by default used when the X server fails to properly initialize. In this original implementation, it would default back to using the VESA display driver. This Canonical implementation also had frustrated other users.

Life without walls.

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Microsoft

it.toolbox.com/blogs/locutus: Life without walls is the title of microsoft's new advertising campaign. It is yet another example of microsoft taking someone else's idea and trying to claim it as their own. This has put me in rant mode because for a long time there has been a quote floating around in the Linux camp.

Canonical Store: Worthless

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Ubuntu

meandubuntu.wordpress: Sh*t like this just makes me so mad. The Canonical Store won’t let me place an order, and just ignores any attempts I make to contact them.

Linux.conf.au lineup ready to go

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Linux

computerworld.com.au: The organising committee for Linux.conf.au (LCA) have finalised the program for the conference to be held at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus from January 19-24.

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GNOME and Fedora

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

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Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

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    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
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Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

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