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Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 11/11/2011 - 9:04am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 11/11/2011 - 8:52am
Story Desura client may be open sourced srlinuxx 11/11/2011 - 8:45am
Story Vodafone Ubuntu Webbook srlinuxx 11/11/2011 - 8:42am
Story Everything should be open source, says WordPress founder srlinuxx 11/11/2011 - 7:22am
Story XFCE: Your Lightweight, Speedy, Fully-Fledged Linux Desktop srlinuxx 11/11/2011 - 7:19am
Blog entry KIARA 2.4 My Homemade KDE3 Distro blackbelt_jones 4 11/11/2011 - 4:27am
Story My Fedora 16 fiasco srlinuxx 10/11/2011 - 9:14pm
Story Is Google losing it? srlinuxx 10/11/2011 - 9:12pm
Story A Quick Tour Of Oracle Solaris 11 srlinuxx 10/11/2011 - 9:10pm

Interview with Richard Stallman on GPLv3 and More

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Sean Daly met up with Richard Stallman in Brussels, where Stallman just gave a speech on the GPLv3 draft. Mr. Stallman was kind enough to do an interview for Groklaw right afterward, which we appreciate, especially because Sean tells me rms was so exhausted before his speech that he pushed the chair away and did it standing up, to make sure he stayed awake.

GNOME 2.18 shows incremental improvement

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Like clockwork, the GNOME project released GNOME 2.18 six months after the release of GNOME 2.16. The new version carries a number of improvements over the 2.16 release, but doesn't bring many "must have" features that would compel users to upgrade right away.

A run for their money

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There may be no such thing as a "free lunch", but the web is awash with free software, some of it excellent. Could it be that you need never pay for software again?

<skip long list of free windows software to the good part>

Free Software Magazine Issue 17 Available

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Issue 17 of Free Software Magazine is here and it's a big one!

Being a commercial Linux distribution editor is tough

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Being a commercial Linux distribution editor is tough.

There are a few commercial Linux distribution editors in the world: Red Hat, Novell/Suse, Turbolinux, Mandriva, Ubuntu/Canonical, Linspire, Xandros, Red Flag, CS2C and Sun Wah to name the key ones.

Open Source Trends

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I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Singapore and China. In China, I spoke at the 2007 Software Innovation Summit - Open Source Software and Trends in Internationalization event organized by Stephen Walli and Anne Stevenson-Yang. Stephen blogged about the event and has posted the slides from the talks. You can get mine here.

Access shared folders from a Linux machine

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In the last installment of this series I showed how to quickly mount a shared folder on a Windows Vista machine from a Linux machine (specifically, from one running Ubuntu 6.10). This solution works if you just want to read files on the Vista PC and you don’t mind re-entering the mount command the next time you reboot your Linux PC.

Stretching the Education Dollar With Linux

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As the cost of equipping classrooms with everything from chalk to chairs continues to escalate, many school districts are turning to open source solutions as a viable alternative to expensive software for in-class computers.

Ubuntu gets AppArmor support

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This is bad news. AppArmor is a weak design. IMHO it gives the users a false impression of security, while leaving too much open to bypass security.

FSF plans another new license to close SaaS loophole

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Not content with bringing version three of its GNU General Public License to market, the Free Software Foundation is about to start work on a new license that will make the GPL applicable to software-as-a-service.

Buy! Buy! Buy! - into Openness

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One of the core problems for open source has always been that as a radical force outside the mainstream it is hard for its supporters to influence conventional players there. In part, this was what made Dell's Ideastorm so important: it gave a voice to those hitherto unable to communicate usefully with the company.

Firefox code review update

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ffective immediately, there are a number of changes in the Firefox review process. Most notably, there are a lot more reviewers who can share the load, including Seth Spitzer who is now a module peer.

OpenSuSE 10.2 Review

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When you ask someone to name a couple of GNU/Linux distributions, in most cases, you will hear the names Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu and then, SuSE Linux which is now a days known as OpenSuSE.

Red Hat belittles Oracle's Linux wins

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Red Hat has declared itself unimpressed with Oracle's list of 26 customers for its Red Hat Linux support business.

In a Q&A session with financial analysts on Thursday, Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik said that Oracle's high profile win of Yahoo's business is in fact limited to a few Oracle database servers.

What Freedom That Works Means To Me

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"Freedom That Works" is to me the sort of "Freedom as in what makes me feel cozy", not like "Freedom like in gNewNonsense".

"Free as in free beer" vs. "free as in free speech" are just childish terms no one should use: the beer is never free and it's not something to value that much anyway ("free sex" would be a better choice), and speech is even less free, no matter what your illusions are.

Ubuntu 7.04 - The pace quickens towards final release

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The number and frequency of updates for Ubuntu 7.04 has picked up a bit over the last five days. Two updates I've noticed is the final OpenOffice 2.2 release (which coincided with OpenOffice stand-alone release), and updates to Compiz that finally enable the cube.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin (Debian Etch/Ubuntu)

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This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on Debian Etch and Ubuntu servers. Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core.

The open source attitude

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In the first of a three-part series, we offer a comparative look at how firms in the U.S. and Canada decide which software model works for their enterprises.

Mellon Foundation Awards for Open Source Projects

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The Andrew Mellon Foundation sponsors awards of $50,000 and $100,000 for "not-for-profit organizations for leadership in the collaborative development of open source software tools with particular application to higher education and not-for-profit activities."

Office Software, the Freeware Alternative

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If you want to create a document, spreadsheet, database or an audio-visual presentation then most people turn to the Microsoft Office suite of programs, and why not?

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today's leftovers

  • Why Is The Penguin Tux Official Mascot of Linux? Because Torvalds Had Penguinitis!
    The official mascot of the Linux kernel developed by Linus Torvalds is a penguin named Tux. You might have thought about the probable reasons why a penguin has been used as the face of the Linux kernel. Some people believe that Torvalds was bitten by a penguin that’s why he chose one to represent his kernel.
  • SafeEyes – An Useful Linux Utility That Prevents Eye Strain
    Working in Computer for long hours is pain, and it will definitely affect your eyes. You must take some breaks for your eyes at regular intervals. There are numerous utilities available out there to remind you to take breaks. The one we are going to discuss now is SafeEyes. It is a free and open Source Linux alternative for EyeLeo, a MS Windows-only app. As the name suggests, SafeEyes will protect you from Eye Strain by reminding or forcing you to take breaks after a particular period of time. During the break, it will suggest you some simple exercises like walking for a while, rolling your eyes etc., to relax yourself. If you are a hardcore user who work on computers for long hours, I recommended you to use SafeEyes in your system.
  • Awwh, This Linux Wallpaper Is Adorable
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