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Story Windows 8: A Review From A Linux User’s Perspective srlinuxx 17/03/2013 - 7:27pm
Story The Kernel Column – Linux Kernel 3.8 srlinuxx 17/03/2013 - 7:21pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 17/03/2013 - 8:15am
Story Open source genealogy with Gramps srlinuxx 17/03/2013 - 1:10am
Story Top Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 13.04 srlinuxx 17/03/2013 - 1:09am
Story 9 Google Reader alternatives srlinuxx 17/03/2013 - 1:06am
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 16/03/2013 - 4:58pm
Story Replacing MySQL with MariaDB srlinuxx 16/03/2013 - 4:50am
Story openSUSE 12.3 wallpapers alternativos srlinuxx 16/03/2013 - 4:44am
Story ‘New Unity Stack’ Approved for Ubuntu 13.04 srlinuxx 16/03/2013 - 3:02am

Big business on free software

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OSS

monitor.co.ug: Software costs money. Some people avoid this cost initially by slyly using an unauthorized version, or what is called pirated software. Ugandan businesses don't love Linux. The most efficient way to immediately migrate to Linux is to contact a Linux-friendly company, such as Red Hat or Novell.

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch on Linux

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Gaming
HowTos

kahvipapu.com blogs: The original single player Half-Life 2 runs fine with Wine, even HL2DM runs fine when playing locally. But joining online game always crashed it. Gladly, someone came up with a solution! Wine has lately improved by amazing leaps, even DirectX support is nowadays pretty good.

Vista and Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

BlindConfidential: For the past couple of weeks I’ve also been running VMWare and a Ubuntu distribution of the cap Linux operating environments. I’m enjoying being back in a UNIX environment for the first time in many years.

Automaker Peugeot Converts 20,000 Desktops To Linux

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SUSE

Information Week: Peugeot is planning to give Linux desktops to a wide variety of computer users, including sales force workers and workers on the manufacturing floor.

Running AMD64 Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) on an Asus P5N32-E SLI

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Ubuntu

tracylogan.com: One of the primary needs I have when shopping for a new motherboard is, like all right-thinking people, whether it will work well under Linux. Unfortunately, it's also relatively difficult to find out that information -- the manufacturers don't bother, the review sites rarely mention it, and even the Linux hardware sites are skewed by human nature: Most people only post about problems, not successes. Not so with this post!

Mozilla Aims To Warn Users About Dangerous Sites

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Moz/FF

information week: With the number of malicious Web pages mushrooming over the past several months, the Mozilla Foundation is looking to help users defend themselves. Window Snyder, who is Mozilla's "chief security something-or-other," says the company is taking a two-pronged approach.

Make your windows stay on top, toggle it

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HowTos

linux by example: Do you wish to have a shortcut way to make your window stay on top and toggle it after without needing it anymore ? Any EWMH compatible Windows Manager(WM) may support it, WM such as GNOME (metacity), fluxbox, xfce, compiz, beryl etc.

How to Convert chm files to HTML or PDF files

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HowTos

ubuntu geek: CHM files, known as Microsoft Compressed HTML Help files, are a common format for eBooks and online documentation. It is a proprietary format for online help files, developed by Microsoft and first released in 1997 as a successor to the Microsoft WinHelp format.

The 'spirit' of open source, now invoked

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OSS

beranger: Besides the legal aspects of the GPL, some believe there should be a 'spirit' of it too. When I criticized some other projects or companies for not acting in the spirit of the open source, I was ridiculed. Now, this MySQL developer is definitely right.

Slackware Package Management

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HowTos

tech-articles: Following commands are available in slackware to work with packages.

CompizFusion: ***Updated guide for Ubuntu 7.04***

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HowTos

FOSSwire: This guide is about as “official” as a 3rd party how-to can get. Amaranth is the Compiz Developer and Maintainer for Ubuntu.

Grandmom’s guide to Linux/Ubuntu: Iso and DAA and Duh, oh my

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Ubuntu

bloggernews.net: When last we left our intrepid grandmother, she was watching NBC nightly news via MIRO (aka democracy player). So what is next?

Microsoft loses key U.S. OpenXML vote

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OSS

InfoWorld: Microsoft has lost a key vote in its quest to develop an alternative to the Open Document Format standard, backed by the open-source community.

Also: U.S. org set to vote against Open XML's approval in ISO... this time

Rescued by Linux

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Linux

richardfcrawley: One of the nice things about Linux is one thing that Microsoft Windows can never be — a tool to rescue an old or ailing computer. After Linux began to be offered on live CD, I started using them to rescue ailing systems. People would ask me to rescue their computers running Windows.

NVIDIA Releases New 3D Software for Linux

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Software

Linux Electrons: Rendering is the cornerstone of 3D creativity and the most performance-driven task in the production pipeline. NVIDIA Corporation has taken a major step forward demonstrating its next-generation, near-real-time, high-quality rendering product with performance improvements capable of re-lighting 60 frames of a complex scene in 60 seconds.

Asian Linux 2.0 Review

"AsianLinux is one of the complete Linux Distributions developed in India. It has a lot of additional Entertainment & Development tools as compared with other Linux Distributions. It consists of Mozilla Firefox Browser with Flash Plugins & Java Runtime which makes it fully compatible for Internet Applications"

Mandriva 2008 Beta 1, "Cassini" -- A few thoughts

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Linux

I can recall when a new impending release from Mandrake/Mandriva was great cause for excitement. In the last few years, Mandriva has been on the decline. Could the upcoming 2008 release start to turn things around?

Today's Extras

  • Open source sys man vendors challenge status quo

  • Firms struggle with open source licences
  • The 7th Thailand Open Source Software Festival In Bangkok
  • Linux Geeks Dust Nerds In Golden Penguin Trivia Bowl
  • Motorola ups its Linux commitment
  • Will Google Be Destroyed By Open Source Search Engines?
  • Google caught eating thier own
  • Linux Mint 3.0 and the Single Dell
  • Nouveau Companion 25
  • filter what to backup with rsync
  • Easy plugin management for Firefox 3

Google Hack For Finding ISO Files On Servers

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HowTos

penguinway: They had a neat Google search tip on episode 182 of DL.TV. It allows you to search for file extensions in directories.

Command line progress bar - a progress bar for dd

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HowTos

FOSSwire: If you’re using dd for making backups or shifting around data of an considerable size, a lack of progress bar can be annoying and leave you having to employ annoying hacks to try and get status on your data transfer.

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Events: g2k16 Hackathon, SUSE Hackweek, LinuxFest Northwest 2017

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    I started the hackathon by upgrading a number of packages in Xenocara. The most noteworthy being the XCB (X protocol C-language Bindings) suite updated to the most recent 1.12 version.
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OSS Leftovers

  • How to get started in open source software
    A friend pointed me to the Open Source Guides website, a collection of resources for individuals, communities, and companies who want to learn how to run and contribute to an open source project. I thought it was very interesting for new contributors, so I thought I'd share it here.
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    Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, today announced that it has acquired Pocket, the startup that develops an app for saving articles and other content. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The Pocket code will become a part of the Mozilla open-source project, Mozilla chief business and legal officer Denelle Dixon-Thayer wrote in a blog post.
  • Google Releases E2EMail to Open Source
    The ongoing struggle to provide encrypted email solutions that aren’t on a PGP level of complexity and difficulty is a real challenge. Google’s attempt at it, called E2EMail, was introduced more than a year ago as an effort to give users a Chrome app that allows for the simple exchange of private emails. On Friday, Google cut it loose to open source.
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