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Story Android TV Pegged for June Appearance Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:24pm
Story Learn about 20 Amazing Raspberry Pi projects on our new digital Pi project bookazine Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:20pm
Story KVM Gets Improved For S390, POWER & MIPS Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:12pm
Story Tracking your time and tasks on Fedora Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:08pm
Story Linux Kernel 3.12.21 LTS Officially Released Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 6:02pm
Story New Sandboxing Features Come To Systemd Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 5:49pm
Story Linux 3.16: New Synaptics Driver, Improved Sony DualShock 4 Driver Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 5:02pm
Story Nouveau On Linux 3.16 Will Allow You To Try Re-Clocking Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 3:43pm
Story Pi-based private cloud storage device runs Linux Rianne Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 3:38pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 04/06/2014 - 3:34pm

more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Fancy a XP on Your Ubuntu? (XPde)

  • Quickzi: How To Set Cron to Run Every 5 Minutes
  • Nautilus Tip: Quickly Open Special Locations
  • Recording Skype calls in Linux
  • Using Bash To Access The Network Via File Descriptors

What Happens When You Call Microsoft Support To Remove Linux?

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Microsoft

fsckin.com: For this April Fools’ day, I’ll call Microsoft to help me uninstall Linux. Yes, that’s right. Microsoft would willingly help me uninstall Linux, they even have a Knowledgebase article on it, and all I would need to do is tell them I’m having some problems following the KB article, and they would helpfully guide me through it.

Kernel space: ELF prediction to speed application startup

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Linux

computerworld: A new technique might make it faster to get started with a large application, by giving the kernel advance notice of what are most likely to be the program's commonly used memory pages.

SliTaz 1.0 on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: I’ve been getting a lot of links back to an offhand post I made about three months ago about SliTaz, but I realize now I never really “reviewed” that distro, if you can call these random notes “reviews.”

Wall Street still likes Linux, but for new reasons

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Linux

betanews.com: Of all of the industies deploying Linux and open source software, financial services have been among the earliest adopters. But what do banks and brokerages see in these emerging alternatives besides possibly lower up-front costs?

Hans Reiser Explaining 'Construction Project' and Nina's Blood

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Hans Reiser took the witness stand for the eighth day at his murder trial here Monday and offered innocent explanations over why his wife's blood was discovered at his house, the last place where she was seen alive.

Gentoo 2008.0 Beta LiveCD Screenshots

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Gentoo

phoronix.com: Gentoo 2008.0 Beta 1 has been released. This is no April Fools' Day joke, it's really here. We have some screenshots up of the Gentoo 2008.0 Beta 1 i686 LiveCD.

Marcel Gagné: Moving to Windows

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Linux
Humor

marcelgagne.com: After years of trying to convince others, and myself I might add, I've decided that Windows is in fact the superior operating system. Yes, that's right. I'm moving from Linux to Windows.

Epiphany

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Software
Humor

Over the last few months, the Epiphany development team has been discussing the future of the Gnome web browser. The Epiphany dependency on Gecko creates a number of problems for us.

Important Notice for English Archers

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Linux
Humor

archlinux.org: Over the past two months, great discussion has passed on the private development list, and we have come to the conclusion that keeping Arch as a primarily English distro is a disservice to our largest user-base. As such, we have decided in majority vote to change the official, primary language of Arch Linux to German.

Open source barred from Australian government

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OSS

zdnet.com.au: Government was once the great hope for open source but it will continue to diminish due to a lack of support according to the CIO's of Australia's largest government agencies.

The Asus Eee PC (Part Three): The Alternative Distros

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Getting a full KDE desktop up and running will not give you the unexpurgated GNU/Linux experience because of space constraints and the nature of Unionfs. The solution to this is the one that has been around since Unix hackers were in short trousers. Install a different distro.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OpenSSH SFTP chroot() with ChrootDirectory

  • HowTo: Get Disk, Partition And Folder Space Usage
  • Installing OpenOffice 2.4 on Ubuntu Gutsy
  • How to Install Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera on Ubuntu
  • Home Network Security- Part2 SNORT
  • Linux Networking 3: network bridge and bump in the wire
  • Maximise Linux Memory usage

Linux kernel community grows, but elite group remains

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Linux

linuxworld.com: While Linus Torvalds' name is synonymous with the Linux kernel, Al Viro's may be one day, too. Viro has contributed 1,571 changes to the kernel over the past three years.

Microsoft wasting no time rejoicing in its OOXML win

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Paula Rooney: Like it or not, Microsoft’s OOXML – now known as IS 29500 — has received the proper number of votes to become an ISO standard. And the Redmond, Washington company is wasting no time rejoicing the turnaround win.

Gentoo 2008.0_beta1 unleashed. No joke.

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: When we said "soon," even we didn't realize how soon it would be. 2008.0_beta1 is here. Your support and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated—thank you.

School districts serve up lessons in Linux

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Linux

computerworld.com.au: Windows may boast the lion's share of the desktop education market, but the economic and technical benefits of open source software has seen many schools and education institutions implement various flavours of Linux across their desktops and server back-ends.

Ubuntu Hardy: The latest and greatest or a total mess?

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downloadsquad.com: Ubuntu has become so popular, so quickly, that it is almost synonymous with the word "Linux". Common wisdom holds that it is the easiest to use, simplest, and most stable Linux based OS out there, and that is is the best hope for "Linux on the Desktop". This reputation is a well earned one, but after trying out the latest beta of Ubuntu Hardy, due out this April, I can't help but wonder if they are getting a little careless.

Also: My first impressions of Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) Beta

Hands on: What you need to run Linux

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Linux

whatpc.co.uk: Some people who are new to Linux want to install the operating system on an older, second computer, to try it out and see how they get on. Consequently, the question of the minimum specifications to run Linux frequently comes up. So what type of hardware do you need?

Mono to be renamed as Duo

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Humor

itwire.com: The well-known open-source Microsoft imitation Mono has been renamed Duo to better reflect the project's intentions and purposes.

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Debian/Ubuntu: Q4OS, Ubuntu Dock and LXD Weekly Status Update

  • There's Now a Windows 10 Installer for the Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distribution
    The Q4OS development team is pleased to inform us today about the immediate availability for download of a Windows installer for their Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution, Q4OS, allowing users to create a dual-boot environment on their PCs. For those not familiar to Q4OS, it's an open-source and free Linux distro based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), which resembles the look and feel of the old-school KDE 3.5 desktop environment. Created with an emphasis on Windows users who want to migrate to a free, open-source, and more secure operating system, Q4OS now lets them install the distribution alongside Microsoft Windows in an easy manner, without having to do any modifications to your personal computer or install any other apps.
  • Ubuntu Dock Now Has Dynamic Transparency
    Ubuntu devs have listened to our gripe on the jarring contrast between GNOME 3.26's transparent top bar and the Ubuntu Dock.
  • Ubuntu Dock Features Adaptive Transparency on Ubuntu 17.10, Here's How It Works
    Ubuntu contributor Didier Roche continues his development on the look and feel of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, and today he announced that Ubuntu Dock is getting adaptive transparency. Canonical confirmed that Ubuntu 17.10 would come with the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment by default, though the default session has suffered numerous modifications compared to the vanilla one to make things easier for those using the Unity interface on Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Most probably, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users won't upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10, but we're sure Ubuntu 17.04 users will because it'll reach end of life in about four months from the moment of writing, sometime in January 2018. Therefore, Canonical wants to make their Unity to GNOME transition as painless as possible.
  • LXD: Weekly Status #15
    This week has been pretty quiet as far as upstream changes since half the team was attending the Open Source Summity, the Linux Plumbers Conference and the Linux Security Summit in Los Angeles, California.

Events: KDE/Randa 2017 and Linux Foundation

  • KMyMoney’s Łukasz Wojniłowicz in Randa
    Please read the following guest post from Łukasz who joined me last week in Randa to work on KMyMoney.
  • Randa 2017 – Databases are back to KMyMoney
    On the morning of Day 5 we chased and fixed a problem that was introduced a long time ago but never caused any trouble. The code goes back into the KDE3 version of KMyMoney and was caused by some changes inside Qt5. The fix prevents a crash when saving a transaction which opens an additional dialog to gather more information (e.g. price information). With the help of other devs here in Randa, we were able to drill down the problem and update the code to work on KF5/Qt5 keeping the existing functionality.
  • Randa 2017 – Days 3 and 4
    On Day 3, we started out at 7:02 as usual with the team responsible for breakfast meeting in the kitchen. KMyMoney wise, we worked some more on keyboard navigation and porting to KF5. The dialog to open a database and the logic around it have been rewritten/fixed, so that it is now possible to collect the information from the user and proceed with opening. The database I have on file for testing does not open though due to another problem which I still need to investigate.
  • Watch the Keynote Videos from Open Source Summit in Los Angeles
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