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Story LXQt Now Has Full Qt5 Support Rianne Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 4:45pm
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Story 5 Secure Alternatives to WhatsApp Rianne Schestowitz 30/06/2014 - 8:35am
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Unlocking The Future: Open Source Opportunities In Custom Systems

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OSS

crn.com: Custom system builders are among the specialists able to embrace open source as a new prospect for success. Linux's emergence as a completely viable open source operating system has attracted many start-ups on a budget, in addition to a growing recognition by proprietary vendors (and their enterprise and SMB clients) of the benefits of open solutions.

Dragbox bridges command line and desktop

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Software

linux.com: The GNU/Linux command line and desktop are both sophisticated interfaces, but they are mostly separate realities. You can drag text into a virtual terminal from the desktop, or use Edit -> Copy to move text in either direction, but by default moving files and directories between them is impossible. Dragbox is designed to solve this problem.

Whither the Linux Foundation?

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Linux

itwire.com: We live in the age of the spinmeister, the age when language is used more as a means to confuse than to educate, an age when obfuscation is preferred to clarification. I've been wondering what is important - the Foundation itself or the kernel.

Why Microsoft should not lose (and free software will still win)

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OS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: There has always been a section of the free software community which has an anti-Microsoft agenda. It’s almost like their mission statement is “It’s not over until Microsoft is dead”. Certainly there is a lot of feeling that if Microsoft went away, a lot of our problem would be over. But do Microsoft even need to “lose”; is there even a battle to be fought and if so what would constitute winning it?

New Distro Releases on the Horizon

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Linux

ostatic.com: Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing: several popular Linux distributions are getting ready for their next release. Let's take a look at the upcoming versions of Fedora, Ubuntu, and openSUSE to see what's new, what's improved, and what will be worth the wait.

Did Canonical Just Get Punked by Red Hat and Novell?

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Linux

blog.linuxtoday: My first opinion during all of this hooplah was that why should I care about Red Hat and SUSE Linux not having a consumer desktop line? It doesn't detract from the Linux desktop as a whole (since their business desktop products are doing just fine, thank you), plus let's face it: Ubuntu is kicking butt and taking names. Except I think I may have been wrong.

Also: Red Hat, Novell, Canonical and the free software desktop

Microsoft Office 2007 Fails OOXML Conformance Tests

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Microsoft

groklaw.net: This takes the cake. Alex Brown has just admitted on his Griffin Brown blog and further to ZDNET UK's Peter Judge that Microsoft Office 2007 has failed two OOXML conformance tests he ran. Color me surprised.

The Trials and Travails of Linux on a Laptop

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Linux

raiden.net: Over the years I've been slowly working towards getting myself a laptop, but ultimately one thing or another stopped me. But these days you almost can't live without one. So I finally made the plunge. But obviously before I did that I also spent a decent amount of time researching whether or not Linux or Freebsd would work on said laptop before I bought it.

Is it lift off for Linux?

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Interviews
Ubuntu

bbc.co.uk/blogs: I had a very interesting conversation with Mr Ubuntu, aka Mark Shuttleworth, at the end of last week. His main point was that Linux, and use of Ubuntu, was on the rise. He also had lots of interesting things to say about open source more broadly, the Microsoft-Yahoo deal etc, which I thought I'd detail here as a Q&A.

One last, good look at KDE 3

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KDE

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: I initially loved KDE over Gnome. It looked more like Windows, it had more neat options, and great programs. But I left KDE for Gnome for a few reasons. But now I want to look at KDE again because a few things have come together to change some of the reasons why I left KDE.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 249

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Draco GNU/Linux 0.3

  • News: Fedora 9 delay, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS release, openSUSE's OBS update, Red Hat and
  • OpenSolaris desktops, Gobuntu vs gNewSense, sidux-seminarix

  • Released last week: BeleniX 0.7, DragonFly BSD 1.12.2
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • New distributions: Turtle Kevux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Add faceted search to Thunderbird with Seek

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Do you struggle to keep tabs on your Thunderbird inbox? The SIMILE Seek extension might be the answer to your problems. The extension adds faceted browsing to Thunderbird, which allows you to search and manage your email messages in a radically different way than you are used to.

A case study: Video Ezy and Microsoft myths about open source lead to flawed network

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OSS

itwire.com: The Redmond giant’s PR spin has gone into overdrive to warn budding potentials away from the evils of Linux and open source. The messages are consistent: Linux may be free, but there’s a catch; it has a higher total cost of ownership, a lower return on investment, less support and is a less sound platform. I declare bunkum. And here's why.

Linux FUDdy duddy!

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Linux

blogs.ittoolbox.com: This morning I was shocked to see the headline "Seagate Kills Linux Support" in Linux Today. I followed the link to the story on Mad Penguin. In this story, or should I say unsubstantiated rant, the author goes on about how Seagate has foregone support for Linux and how everyone should boycott Seagate and go to Western Digital. This is pure and unadulterated FUD!

Ubuntu 'reaping Linux dividend'

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Ubuntu

news.bbc.co.uk: The public perception of open source software is changing fast, said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads distribution of the Ubuntu operating system (OS). "There has been a sea change in the way people think of Linux, which is very healthy," he said.

Also: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition Released

Novell expands Microsoft alliance with China deal

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SUSE

boston.com: Linux software vendor Novell Inc. of Waltham is expanding its alliance with Microsoft Corp. into China, in a bid to encourage Chinese companies to start paying for the software they use to run their businesses.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Sar, Vmstat, Free Memory And Swap On Linux or Unix

  • Open Solutions Alliance looking for momentum boost
  • Back to the future for MySQL
  • eeePC Video With Compiz-Fusion
  • OTR: Secure Conversations
  • Bradley Kuhn makes a better world through software freedom

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Running SPIN (Promela Model Checking) on linux

  • HOWTO install and run rkhunter
  • Get your fingerprint reader to work in Ubuntu
  • Find File by Modification Time
  • Howto: Printer sharing with CUPS
  • rcdrecord is a command line client of web CDwriter
  • Save Streaming Videos in Mplayer in 4 Easy Steps
  • Automatically compile and install the latest kernel using KernelCheck in Ubuntu

While Everyone Else Is Awaiting The Release Of Hardy Heron, I Am Not

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Ubuntu

linuxcanuck.wordpress: I see counters on websites. Only four more days to the official release. Only three more days. And then what? The wait will be over. The counter will increase to six months until Intrepid Ibex. And what exactly will happen on the 24th anyway? It will be slow going if past releases are any indicator. I have a better plan.

Debian 4 GNU/Linux with KDE

agnustics.blogspot: My distribution of choice is Debian. It's currently at version 4 and named Etch. Debian, in my opinion, is rock-solid stable and does absolutely everything I ask it to. A word of advise before you install Linux.

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OSS Leftovers

  • Canada’s Spy Agency Releases its Cyber-Defense Tool for Public
  • Canadian govt spooks open source anti-malware analytics tool
    The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) said the AssemblyLine tool is designed to analyse large volumes of files, and can automatically rebalance workloads.
  • Microservices served on blockchain, in open source
    Cloud application marketplace company Wireline is working with open source blockchain project developer Qtum The new union is intended to provide a conduit to consuming microservices at [web] scale using blockchain at the core. As we know, microservices offer the ability to create Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) without having to manage the underlying hardware and software infrastructure. [...] The Qtum a blockchain application platform combines the functions of Bitcoin Core, an account abstraction layer allowing for multiple virtual machines and a proof-of-stake consensus protocol aimed at tackling industry-use cases. The Qtum Foundation, headquartered in Singapore, is the decision-making body that drives the project’s development.
  • Rendering HTML5 video in Servo with GStreamer
    At the Web Engines Hackfest in A Coruña at the beginning of October 2017, I was working on adding some proof-of-concept code to Servo to render HTML5 videos with GStreamer. For the impatient, the results can be seen in this video here
  • Working Intel CET Bits Now Land In GCC8
    A few days back I wrote about Intel's work on Control-flow Enforcement Technology beginning to land in GCC. This "CET" work for future Intel CPUs has now landed in full for GCC 8. The bits wiring up this control-flow instrumentation and enforcement support are now all present in mainline GCC SVN/Git for next year's GCC 8.1 release.
  • Using Gitea and/or Github to host blog comments
    After having moved from FSFE’s wordpress instance I thought long about whether I still want to have comments on the new blog. And how I would be able to do it with a statically generated site. I think I have found/created a pretty good solution that I document below.

Security Leftovers

  • Where Did That Software Come From?
    The article explores how cryptography, especially hashing and code signing, can be use to establish the source and integrity. It examines how source code control systems and automated build systems are a key part of the software provenance story. (Provenance means “a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.” It is increasingly being applied to software.)
  • Judge: MalwareTech is no longer under curfew, GPS monitoring [Updated]
    A judge in Milwaukee has modified the pre-trial release conditions of Marcus Hutchins, also known online as "MalwareTech," who was indicted two months ago on federal criminal charges. Under US Magistrate Judge William Duffin’s Thursday order, Hutchins, who is currently living in Los Angeles, will no longer be subject to a curfew or to GPS monitoring.
  • [Older] Leicester teen tries to hack CIA and FBI chiefs' computers
    A teenager attempted to hack senior US government officials' computers from his home. Kane Gamble, 18, from Coalville, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to computer hacking. His targets included the then CIA director John Brennan and former FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano.

Debian: pk4, Freexian and More

Kernel and Graphics: ZenStates, AMDGPU, RADV, Vulkan, NVIDIA

  • ZenStates Allows Adjusting Zen P-States, Other Tweaking Under Linux
    ZenStates is an independent effort to offer P-States-based overclocking from the Linux desktop of AMD Ryzen processors and other tuning. ZenStates-Linux is an open-source Python script inspired by some available Windows programs for offering Ryzen/Zen CPU overclocking from the desktop by manipulating the performance states of the processor.
  • AMDGPU DC Gets A Final Batch Of Changes Before Linux 4.15
    The AMDGPU DC display code has a final batch of feature updates that were sent in this weekend for DRM-Next staging and is the last set besides fixes for the "DC" code for the 4.15 target.
  • Valve Developer Lands VK_EXT_global_priority For RADV Vulkan Driver
  • Vulkan 1.0.64 Adds In Another AMD-Developed Extension
    Vulkan 1.0.64 is out this weekend as the newest specification refinement to this high-performance graphics/compute API. As usual, most of the changes for this minor Vulkan revision are just documentation clarifications and corrections. This week's update brings just under a dozen fixes.
  • NVIDIA TX2 / Tegra186 Display Support Isn't Ready For Linux 4.15
    While the Jetson TX2 has been out since this past March and it's a phenomenal ARM development board, sadly the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver support for it still isn't ready with the mainline Linux kernel. Thierry Reding of NVIDIA sent in the Tegra DRM driver changes for DRM-Next that in turn is staged for Linux 4.15. Reding commented that there is prepatory work for the TX2 (Tegra186) but it's not all ready for upstream yet.