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Story Android 4.4 field handheld features 3-inch thermal printer Rianne Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 9:41pm
Story Leftovers: KDE Software Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 8:30pm
Story OpenELEC 5.0.7 released Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 8:25pm
Story Dekko 0.5 Beta (Email Client For Ubuntu Touch) Has Been Released Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 8:20pm
Story Running FreeBSD on the server: a sysadmin speaks Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 7:31pm
Story More tools for creating QR Codes in Linux Fitzcarraldo 29/03/2015 - 4:55pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 4:44pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 4:38pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 4:38pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2015 - 4:37pm

Free software isn't freeware: why Linux and FOSS have a higher standard

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itwire.com: Microsoft's recent survey proclaimed nearly half the population believe it is ok to use pirated software for personal use. This diminishes the argument by Linux advocates that you can use their operating system without any cost. Yet, you can't confuse free as in cost with free as in freedom. Here's what FOSS really means.

The Unthinkable: Moving From Ubuntu to Debian 5 Lenny

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Linux

beginlinux.wordpress: I am thinking the unthinkable…..I am considering changing from Ubuntu 8.10 for my desktop to Debian 5. I have been running the Debian 5 Lenny candidate for awhile and have bee very pleased with the stability and features. It actually functions and acts more like the distribution I need and work on than Ubuntu.

Linux is a mixture, windows is a compound

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: The differences between Linux and windows are chalk and cheese in respect to how the two operating systems are put together. While the end result of putting together these operating systems are pretty much the same functionality. It is the way they are put together.

Ubuntu Codenames

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Ubuntu

pthree.org: With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 about 2 months out, Mark Shuttleworth will be announcing the codename of Ubuntu 9.10 fairly soon. Quit calling the releases after their codenames.

Virtualization With Xen On Debian Lenny (AMD64)

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HowTos

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on a Debian Lenny (5.0) system (AMD64). Xen lets you create guest operating systems (*nix operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD), so called "virtual machines" or domUs, under a host operating system (dom0).

odds & ends

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News
  • What I do for Wesnoth

  • Tweaking Ubuntu
  • Saving is the open source mandate
  • maddog's Brazilian Multimedia Challenge and a YouTube Video
  • A few things to do immediatley after installing Ubuntu 8.10
  • Open source integration tools are 'enterprise ready'
  • Reputation Vs. Technical Merits
  • FLOSS Weekly 55: jQuery
  • Ubuntu Server on Amazon - Beta programme now open
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Linksys WRT54G v5 DD-WRT Firmware Flash
  • Learning Linux Through Humor And Comics

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Securing Apache From Spiders and Flies

  • Change Keymap in Gentoo Linux
  • How to Generate Barcode in OpenOffice.org
  • Conky
  • Set Up a Free Business Server With Ubuntu
  • Speed up your system by avoiding the swap file
  • Digiband - Drumming & Guitar simulator in openSUSE
  • Try out the Metacity compositor
  • floating point exception - gentoo
  • vnstat - a console-based network traffic monitor
  • Flash crashes/hangs Firefox when switching to fullscreen
  • A softer --as-needed
  • How to creat zip files on Linux compatible with Windows
  • How to set wallpaper in Fluxbox with Nitrogen

Updating software in Linux: four strikes and you're out

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Linux

blogs.computerworld.com: A while back I was considering installing Linux on a computer and using the free VMware server to run other operating systems on the machine. But VMware's instructions to install their software were written by Linux techies for Linux techies and I couldn't understand them.

Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" Wallpapers

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Software

junauza.com: First there were Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" mock-up designs, now showing up are tons of user-created wallpapers dedicated to the next major release version of this popular Linux distribution. If you are interested, let me show you some of those wallpapers here.

10 free Linux alternatives to OpenOffice.org

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Software

darrenyates.com.au: OpenOffice.org has a reputation for being the premiere office suit for the Linux platform. But what are the alternatives?

Mac Vs. PC: Who's the More Considerate BitTorrent Software Thief?

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OS

gizmodo.com: TorrentFreak checked some seed and leech numbers of Mac, Windows, and Linux software to see who's got the nicer ratio.

Singing The Praises Of Songbird 1.0

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Software

reddevil62-techhead: THERE'S no shortage of quality music player/jukebox software available on the internet and in the past I've used iTunes, Amarok, Rhythmbox, Exaile, Audacious and several others. But Songbird is something quite different.

From the archives: the best distros of 2000

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Linux

tuxradar.com: Back in May 2000 the first issue of Linux Format magazine hit the newsstands. One of its features was a group test of Linux distributions, reflecting the state of play in Linux flavours at the time.

(GNU) Linux distros: What’s the best?

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cibertito.wordpress: “What is the best Linux distro?”. It’s hard to know it. After all, what are the points we must consider to define something is “the best”?

Science and KDE: rkward

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Software

dennogumi.org: With this post I’d like to start a series (hopefully) of articles that deals with KDE programs used for scientific purposes. In this particular entry, I’ll focus on rkward, a GUI front-end for R.

Top 5 Linux Games for 2009

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Gaming

zmogo.com: I’m going review the top five games in Linux. Once the great downfall to the platform now can only be considered a strength, in the hopes you take up this guilty pleasure and wait for 2010 before you give up on gaming. May I present the premier Linux gaming software with the best from each genre.

Ubuntu, Linux Mint, & gOS Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: gOS and Linux Mint are two of the many Linux distributions based upon Ubuntu, but they provide their own spin of things. We had a question though from a reader asking whether the performance of these Ubuntu derivatives is vastly different from Ubuntu itself. With that inquiry, we have run a couple benchmarks comparing the performance of Ubuntu 8.10, gOS 3.1, and Linux Mint 6.

Katapult Your Programs

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Software

oneclicklinux.com: The thing I love about Linux is the number of really terrific programs it has. There are thousands! And some are really unique and just plain slick! One such program is Katapult!

This. Is. ALPHA!

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Linux

marilyn.frields.org: Yesterday our Fedora 11 Alpha release hit the wires, and they are humming hotly even as we speak with flying bits. I often get questions from people asking, what’s the point of an Alpha anyway?

Take note - small is beautiful

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Linux
Hardware

irishtimes.com: THERE WAS a time when the only way to really be mobile with a computer was with a laptop. Then came what were termed sub-notebooks. But with the rise of the internet, much of the computing power we need has moved to the web, hence the emergence of the netbooks.

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Linux Foundation on Value of GNU/Linux Skills

  • Jobs Report: Rapid Growth in Demand for Open-Source Tech Talent
    The need for open-source technology skills are on the rise and companies and organizations continue to increase their recruitment of open-source technology talent, while offering additional training and certification opportunities for existing staff in order to fill skills gaps, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report, released today by The Linux Foundation and Dice. 87% of hiring managers report difficulty finding open-source talent, and nearly half (48%) report their organizations have begun to support open-source projects with code or other resources for the explicit reason of recruiting individuals with those software skills. After a hiatus, Linux skills are back on top as the most sought after skill with 80% of hiring managers looking for tech professionals with Linux expertise. 55% of employers are now also offering to pay for employee certifications, up from 47% in 2017 and only 34% in 2016.
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GNU/Linux Servers as Buzzwords: "Cloud" and "IaaS"

  • Linux: The new frontier of enterprise in the cloud
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  • Why next-generation IaaS is likely to be open source
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Ubuntu: Snapcraft, Intel, AMD Patches, and Telemetry

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft
    Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was initially created in 2014, but recently underwent rebranding efforts.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Certified on Select Intel NUC Mini PCs and Boards for IoT Development, LibreOffice 6.0.5 Now Available, Git 2.8 Released and More
    Canonical yesterday announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is certified on select Intel NUC Mini PCs and boards for IoT development. According to the Ubuntu blog post, this pairing "provides benefits to device manufacturers at every stage of their development journey and accelerates time to market." You can download the certified image from here. In other Canonical news, yesterday the company released a microcode firmware update for Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the Spectre vulnerability, Softpedia reports. The updated amd64-microcode packages for AMD CPUs are available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), "all AMD users are urged to update their systems."
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Most secure Linux distros in 2018

Think of a Linux distribution as a bundle of software delivered together, based on the Linux kernel - a kernel being the core of a system that connects software to hardware and vice versa – with a GNU operating system and a desktop environment, giving the user a visual way to operate the system via a graphical user interface. Linux has a reputation as being more secure than Windows and Mac OS due to a combination of factors – not all of them about the software. Firstly, although desktop Linux users are on the up, Linux environments are far less common in the grand scheme of things than Windows devices on personal computers. The Linux community also tends to be more technical. There are technical reasons too, including fundamental differences in the way the distribution architecture tends to be structured. Nevertheless over the last decade security-focused distributions started to appear, which will appeal to the privacy-conscious user who wants to avoid the worldwide state-sanctioned internet spying that the west has pioneered and where it continues to innovate. Of course, none of these will guarantee your privacy, but they're a good start. Here we list some of them. It is worth noting that security best practices are often about process rather than the technology, avoiding careless mistakes like missing patches and updates, and using your common sense about which websites you visit, what you download, and what you plug into your computer. Read more