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Story Hands-On with the Raspberry Pi 2 Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 8:21pm
Story The Top 11 Best Linux Distros for 2015 Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 8:15pm
Story Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack 6 Previews TripleO Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 8:11pm
Story Inspired by Linux, Pivotal to open-source bulk of big data suite Rianne Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 8:07pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 7:03pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 7:00pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 6:58pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 6:52pm
Story Open-source software aims to change game for smart facades Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 6:36pm
Story Softpedia's Screenshot Tours Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2015 - 1:55pm

Ubuntu and Mac

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Mac
Ubuntu

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

news.softpedia: We are pleased to announce yet another Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, this time... with "super powers," called Super Ubuntu.

Who Gives a Crap About Open-Source Software?

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OSS

redshtickmagazine.com: Source code is the set of instructions that some programmer wrote for your electronic device. That programmer may very well have been me, and I may have told that device to despise you and to do anything in its power to make your life hell. In truth, I didn’t do that. I’m a mediocre programmer, but if I was more talented, I certainly could. I could because you would let me.

The Google Linux desktop has arrived

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Linux
Google

blogs.computerworld: Google has been slowly, but surely, displacing Microsoft as the number one PC technology company. Google has done it by misdirection. Now founders of the stealth startup Mobile-facts, have found that you can take Google's smartphone operating system, Android, and use it as a desktop operating system.

Whoops! downtime...

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Site News

Whoops, I did it again. Big Grin The approximate 1/2 hour downtime wallago was due to user error this time.

Will OpenOffice.org Go to the Ball this Year?

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OOo

computerworlduk.com: I remain perplexed by the state of OpenOffice.org. Since 2.0, I've had practically no problems - no crashes at all that I can remember. What's not to like? Plenty.

My Distro Is Better Than Your Distro

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Linux

pthree.org: I was hanging out in ##linux on Freenode this morning, willing to help anyone out who needed it, and I came smack into the middle of an argument about why Gentoo is the best distribution in the world, and Debian is the worst.

The way is cleared for Debian 5

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: The Debian developers have decided to release the upcoming Debian 5 (Lenny) with proprietary firmware files to expedite the completion of the Linux distributions next release.

Evolution vs Kontact - Part 1 - Evolution

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Software

fosswire.com: A Personal Information Management (PIM) suite is supposedly a single application that gives you your email, contacts, calendar and other important information. On the Linux and Unix platforms there are two main competitors in this space - Evolution 2.24.2, for the GNOME desktop and KDE’s Kontact 4.1.3.

AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs On Linux

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Linux
Hardware

phoronix.com: Last quarter AMD introduced their "Shanghai" Opteron processors that join the ranks of Intel's Harpertown Xeon CPUs that are 45nm quad-core server/workstation parts. Initial reviews of these new AMD Opteron processors have been very positive, but how do these chips perform with Linux?

Microsoft on FLOSS

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OSS

Over the holiday break, I’ve been working on a small project. I’m trying to collect up quotes from Microsoft on Linux, Free Software, and Open Source.

A rolling distro gathers no moss

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: There are 10 sorts of distributions in the world. Those that have specific releases, where it is better to reformat and reload with each new release and rolling distributions.

Linux Netbooks: What's on the Menu?

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Linux
Hardware

linuxinsider.com: Linux and netbooks seem to be a well-met pair. Lightweight Linux distros sit comfortably on the shoulders of the mini laptops' compact hardware. Plenty of computer makers are offering models with pre-installed Linux. Here's a snapshot of what's out there.

Open source: a different approach to developing software

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OSS

computerweekly.com: It seems like a bit of a mystery how open source software ever sees the light of day. The idea of a large number of people working for glory and the greater good rather than recompense seems too idealistic to be true.

The Inherent Danger in "Just Working"

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: The majority of computer users want their machines to "just work." And though I like seeing how my hardware and software interact, it is preferable to have things "just work." When something doesn't "just work" on a computer, it's frustrating.

Zenwalk Linux 5.2

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Linux

dylserx.wordpress: My Laptop is a Netbook in a Macbook size shell, so I decided to go for Linux as my OS for it as its fast, reliable and stable, most of the time.

Dropbox on Ubuntu 8.10

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Software

itwire.com: In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to use Dropbox on the popular Ubuntu distribution.

few leftovers

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News
  • Xen 3.3 in RHEL/CentOS 5 and more Link Aggregation Fun

  • Revisiting urxvt
  • Attempting to Install Linux, Part 1
  • My Acer Aspire One with Ubuntu 8.10
  • Our One Laptop Per Child Hopes for 2009
  • Acer Laptop Wireless Tips
  • The canonical target
  • Energized by open source: Ditching closed apps spurred growth, utility says

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 52

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SUSE

Happy New Year! Issue #52 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out.

openSUSE defeats Mandriva

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MDV
SUSE

marcfearby.com: About this time last year I decided that Linux simply wasn’t good enough and returned to Windows XP. A week later I discovered that Mandriva was actually up to scratch. Given that Mandriva fired one of their most valuable employees recently, I think the writing is on the wall for that distro, sadly.

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Security: VPNFilter, Encryption in GNU/Linux, Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints

  • [Crackers] infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

    VPNFilter—as the modular, multi-stage malware has been dubbed—works on consumer-grade routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and on network-attached storage devices from QNAP, Cisco researchers said in an advisory. It’s one of the few pieces of Internet-of-things malware that can survive a reboot. Infections in at least 54 countries have been slowly building since at least 2016, and Cisco researchers have been monitoring them for several months. The attacks drastically ramped up during the past three weeks, including two major assaults on devices located in Ukraine. The spike, combined with the advanced capabilities of the malware, prompted Cisco to release Wednesday’s report before the research is completed.

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  • Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints
    I investigated an rr bug report and discovered an annoying Intel CPU bug that affects rr replay using data watchpoints. It doesn't seem to be hit very often in practice, which is good because I don't know any way to work around it. It turns out that the bug is probably covered by an existing Intel erratum for Skylake and Kaby Lake (and probably later generations, but I'm not sure), which I even blogged about previously! However, the erratum does not mention watchpoints and the bug I've found definitely depends on data watchpoints being set. I was able to write a stand-alone testcase to characterize the bug. The issue seems to be that if a rep stos (and probably rep movs) instruction writes between 1 and 64 bytes (inclusive), and you have a read or write watchpoint in the range [64, 128) bytes from the start of the writes (i.e., not triggered by the instruction), then one spurious retired conditional branch is (usually) counted. The alignment of the writes does not matter, and it's not related to speculative execution.

In Memoriam: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Videographer and Free Software Champion

Videographer Robin Roblimo Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller was a clever, friendly, and very amicable individual who everyone I know has plenty of positive things to say about. I had the pleasure of speaking to him for several hours about anything from personal life and professional views. Miller was a very knowledgeable person whose trade as a journalist and video producer I often envied. I have seen him facing his critics in his capacity as a journalist over a decade ago when he arranged a debate about OOXML (on live radio). Miller, to me, will always be remembered as a strong-minded and investigative journalist who "did the right thing" as the cliché goes, irrespective of financial gain -- something which can sometimes be detrimental to one's longterm health. Miller sacrificed many of his later years to a cause worth fighting for. This is what we ought to remember him for. Miller was - and always will be - a FOSS hero.

May everything you fought for be fulfilled, Mr. Miller. I already miss you.

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