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The People Behind Mesa 3D

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Software

phoronix.com: Following our article looking at the state of X.Org (along with announcing the release of X Server 1.4.1), we proceeded to share the contributors behind the X Server. What we hadn't looked at in that analysis was the people and companies behind the work on Mesa 3D, or the OpenGL component used by X. In this article, however, we have these statistics to share.

The Groklaw effect hits Becta

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Quite a long time ago (maybe in 2000), people started talking about the Slashdot effect. Being Slashdotted meant (and still means) that a truckload of computers online suddenly decide to access your site. The results on your servers used to be disastrous. I think I ought to attempt something brave: I would like to coin a new word: the Groklaw effect.

Can we advance open source by sacrificing software freedom?

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OSS

arstechnica.com: The relationship of mutual benefit that exists between mobile device makers and the open source development community on which they increasingly depend presents a unique paradox. Specifically, advancing the development of free software sometimes necessitates compromises that limit software freedom, particularly when it comes to providing open-source support for technologies like DRM.

Notes on the Future of GNOME: Problems and Questions

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Software

blogs.gnome.org/lucasr: Ok, now that I’ve already made my point about our great achievements, it’s time to talk about the big questions. People have different expectations and perspectives about GNOME and hence they define the “decadence” and, consequently, the possible solutions, in different ways.

and a few more:

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HowTos
  • LightScribe - Simple Labeler Install in Ubuntu

  • How to SSH to your iphone or ipod in Ubuntu
  • CHKCONFIG on Ubuntu
  • Disable Caps Lock in Linux
  • installing linux open suse on compaq presario v3000
  • How to websnarf 1.04 for Linux Ubuntu Debian
  • Building KPhotoAlbum from SVN

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • How To Install Flock Browser v1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

  • Howto Re-install Grub after windows wipes it out
  • Howto Improve NVidia Laptop Graphics Performance in Ubuntu
  • How-To: Make a Simple Amarok Now Playing Script for XChat in Perl

Banshee: beyond the first looks

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Software

celettu.wordpress: I’ve seen a lot of articles lately about the release of Banshee 1.0, the Gnome music player “written in C# on the Mono platform using GNOME technologies.” I do get curious however when people claim that Banshee will replace Rhythmbox as the default Gnome media player on their system. I’ve used Rhythmbox. It’s pretty good. I was curious what Banshee had to offer.

Crystal Ball Sunday #5: Operating System Interoperability

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OS

daniweb.com/blog: Yes, it's Sunday again and you know what that means--Crystal Ball Sunday and new predictions for Linux and Open Source for the coming months. This week I probe application and operating system interoperability.

Top 4 Browsers for Linux Reviewed

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Software

cooltechzone.com: We all know what each offers, but which one best fits different type of users? In this article, I hope to better answer that particular question. And of course, all platforms will be considered, not just Linux.

Also: The Big Three Review: Firefox, Opera and Konqueror

Free software heroes: from Stallman to Google

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Every field has its own key individuals who donated much of their time to the ideas they believed in. Their work affects large chunks of the world’s population, and bring amazing changes to the way we see and experience the world. The free software world has its own heroes.

Firefox 3 inflames the browser wars, but why should we care?

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Moz/FF

hydrapinion.com: To me, web browsers are like operating systems – the sooner we don’t have to care about them the better. The day they just sit in the background and let us do what we need to do, quickly and efficiently, will be a happy day indeed.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #95

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 95 for the weeks June 8th - June 14th, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover: Intrepid Alpha 1 delayed, more info about Global Bug Jam, future Brainstorm plans, Server Team Intrepid blueprints, new Ubuntu Members, future of Gobuntu, Kubuntu Tutorial Days, Mark Suttleworth’s response to accusations of proprietary codecs in Ubuntu, open source in UK schools, and much, much more!

Installing An Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 LTS DNS Server With BIND

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This tutorial shows how to set up an Ubuntu Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS) based server that offers DNS services using BIND. This article is written for the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, but should apply to the 64-bit version as well.

How Companies Can Make Linux A Success

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Linux

madpenguin.org: Realizing that "What if" articles tend to bring out the best and worst in people, I thought it was worth exploring this mindset again, just for kicks. In this piece, I want to explore what if the power players in the corporate Linux world actually bothered to make their interests in Linux an all or nothing type of game.

Sabayon Linux 3.5 Official Release: here we come :-)

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Linux

sabayonlinux.org: After months and months and months of hard work, I am happy to say that Sabayon Linux 3.5 final will enter the final beta testing stage within 48 hours and will stay there for a couple of weeks.

How Firefox Outran the Hounds

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Moz/FF

linuxinsider.com: Firefox has risen from humble beginnings -- it was assembled from the scraps left over when Netscape was left for dead -- to become a real thorn in the side of Microsoft. Now, as it prepares to go live with its third version, the open source project's leadership promises more innovation.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Ask Linux.com: automounting NTFS, hidden directories, and macro recorders

  • Five Step guide to Run Windows on Linux Machine
  • Killing "Tap to Click"
  • How to list shared library dependencies used by an application
  • Getting a Tablet PC Touchscreen working under Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu tips-use “Ctrl-H” shortcut to show hidden files

Processing RAW files in Linux

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HowTos

polishlinux.org: In this article I’m going to show the benefits of storing the photos in RAW “format”. I’ll be also decribing GNU/Linux tools that can help you with processing such images.

prelink: HOWTO and benchmarks

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Software

quintinriis.com: I’ve used prelink in the past on Ubuntu in an attempt to speed up application loading, but I’ve never actually done any benchmarks to test the results. I decided today to run some simple benchmarks to gauge the performance increase of using prelink.

GIMP 2.5.1 Released

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GIMP

GIMP 2.5.1 is another snapshot from the 2.5 development series. It gives developers and interested users a view into the current development towards GIMP 2.6. Some highlights include further improvements to the status bar, allow the paint velocity to affect brush, and improved the handling of color tool.

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Today in Techrights

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    The project is temporarily put on hold while a study investigates whether it could be derailed by software patents.
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More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released
    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.