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What is Compiz?

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Software

linuxmini.blogspot: Compiz is a window manager, that means it takes care of all the basic needs to interact with the windows on your desktop - like moving, minimizing and resizing.

de Icaza: .NET source code release a non-event for open source world

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Microsoft

zdnet blogs: Microsoft’s release of .NET classes under its shared source license will not benefit the Mono project or any other open source project, maintains Miguel de Icaza, Novell’s vice president of engineering.

Is TransGaming dumping Linux in favor of Apple?

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Software

jem report: Almost two weeks ago, Blizzard Entertainment pushed through a required World of Warcraft patch that made the game unplayable for many Linux users, reducing frame rates to unacceptable levels, causing distorted sound, and making the OpenGL graphics engine more difficult to switch to. Considering TransGaming's history of rapidly addressing WoW patch issues, this is unusual behavior. Couple that with total silence from the company and you have a genuine mystery on your hands. What's going on at TransGaming?

The best Linux system repair distribution gets better

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Linux

desktoplinux: If there's a better system repair kit than the Gentoo-based SystemRescueCD Linux distribution, we haven't seen it yet. The new 0.4 version of SystemRescueCd was released on Oct. 4. This new edition focuses on disk partitioning, Vista support, and data rescue tasks. In the past, we've found SystemRescueCD to be the best of the best when it comes to repairing troubled systems.

Linux for Grandma - Parts I & II

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Linux

technocrat.net: The refrain has been that Linux will be ready for primetime when the mythical "grandmother" can use it without issue. Well, I'm about to put that to the test. My 84 year old grandmother has had enough of hearing she needs a computer and finally asked me to set her up with one.

In Response to Beranger.org

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: Recently, I did a review for CentOS and quickly got a negative feedback from Beranger.org. I respect the opinion of the author from the said site, but I have to clarify a few things:

Compiz Fusion Community News Edition 15 for October 5th, 2007: 3D fixed

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Software

Compiz Fusion News: Welcome to another edition of Compiz Fusion Community News. Over the past two weeks we have seen numerous fixes, and we are nearing a stable release. There have also been a minority of improvements and some new and interesting applications are being developed.

GNU/Linux Vs Windows: Myths and Realities

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OS

raiden's realm: After reading the feedback from our readers here and at various websites around the world in regards to my recently published article "How to Quit Windows & cope with Windows Withdrawal Syndrome", I have identified a few more fears which home users have when they quit Windows and switch to Linux.

Dell Inspiron 530n Ubuntu desktop PC

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Ubuntu

PCAdvisor: In the end we decided that, perhaps, the typical PC user wasn't yet ready to step into the rather fearsome world of Linux. Dell, it would seem, disagrees, and it's now possible to get a Dell Inspiron 530n Ubuntu loaded not with flashy mainstream Windows Vista or XP, but with a Linux operating system.

And the winner is...

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MDV

the distrogue: I might as well just stop blogging right now, because it might be over. I've found the perfect distro for me, and it was right under my nose the whole time. I'm writing this from Mandriva 2008, and so far, I don't see any reason to look beyond it for a main distro.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OOo: Removing a white background, or switching any color to another color

  • How to Connect a Jawbone Headset to a Bluetooth Laptop on Ubuntu Gutsy (And Then Use Skype)
  • Security Tip: Disable Root SSH Login on Linux
  • Secure remote access to your desktop
  • updating multiple windows or tabs within vim with a single command
  • Automate FTP with macros
  • How To Kill Stuff On Linux
  • Updating Your Debian or Ubuntu Desktop Safely

Preview - Unreal Tournament III

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Gaming

computerandvideogames: When our straining ears picked up the first whispered rumours emanating from Epic that Unreal Tournament 3 was coming to PS3, we couldn't sleep at the prospect of getting our mitts on the game. And that's exactly what we did on a recent visit to Epic's North Carolina offices, where lead designer Steve Polge and producer Jeff Morris unveiled the nearly completed version of what could be one of the most thrilling PS3 titles of the year.

Sun opens up OpenOffice

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OOo

matt asay: Jim Parkinson of Sun has been listening to critiques of OpenOffice's governance policies and responds with a post that suggests that Sun plans to address the problems. Specifically, Sun will be using the Sun Contributor Agreement (SCA) for code contributed to OpenOffice.

Wikipedia Censors Ubuntu CE!

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Ubuntu

whatwouldjesusdownload: Unfortunately the Ubuntu CE Wikipedia entry has been removed. The entry is now redirected to a list of Ubuntu based derivatives which, ironically, all still have their own pages on Wikipedia.

Release Day - All Hell Breaks Loose

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SUSE

opensuse news: Yesterday we released openSUSE 10.3, and we are pretty impressed what happened. Some rough numbers:

UK culture holding back open source

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OSS

vnunet.com: Industry experts have identified cultural, as well as technical, factors affecting the take up of open source software in the UK. Many countries in the European Union are showing enthusiastic support for open source, while support in the US is less strong.

Starting from a review of CentOS 5 LiveCD...

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Linux

beranger: I happened to read Is CentOS 5.0 Worth Every Penny? and this made me even grumpier. How smart have you to be to try a LiveCD under VMWare? Why is it live if not for being able to test it "for real", with direct contact with your real hardware?

Novell Open Audio: openSUSE 10.3

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SUSE

opensuse news: As part of a Novell Open Audio series on openSUSE, they will be interviewing various openSUSE developers to find out more about the project, particular involvements and new technologies in the distribution.

Also: OpenSUSE beats Ubuntu to the punch
And: Novell targets Ubuntu, Fedora with OpenSuse 10.3

PC-BSD Day 30: The verdict

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BSD

ruminations: Thirty days with PC-BSD. One month that flew by. In this month I tried to work with PC-BSD every day, sometimes from a more novice viewpoint, sometimes by pushing the limits from the perspective of the more daring user. But, overall, I did what I would normally do on a Linux desktop or at work on a Windows desktop, which -for me- indicates I can make a decent judgment about PC-BSD as a day to day desktop.

Ubuntu - a Speedup guide

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HowTos

my10sen.com: Ubuntu has been main player in Linux distro for a couple of years, and yet some might found it to be a little bit slow in a few aspects. Here i try to show some of guides that might give a boost to your Ubuntu systems. These tweaks will make your system faster and more responsive.

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Linux-on-Sitara embedded computer triplets offer mini-PCIe expansion

VS Vision Systems has launched a trio of embedded systems that run Debian or OpenWrt on a TI AM3352. and offer mini-PCIe wireless options and optional VPN. VS Vision Systems GmbH has tapped the tried-but-true, low-power Texas Instruments Sitara AM3352 SoC for its new line of fanless, Linux-driven Baltos iR embedded computers. The 154 × 104 × 50mm Baltos iR 5221 has two more Fast Ethernet ports than the Baltos iR 3220, and adds a USB 2.0 OTG port and CANBus port, but is otherwise identical. The 115 × 73 × 25mm Baltos iR 2110 is a more stripped down version that lacks the other devices’ mini-PCIe and SIM card slots, among other features. The systems are said to support remote monitoring and control applications, as well as general embedded computing. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Mesa's Shader Cache Will Now Occupy Less Disk Space
    Mesa previously had a hard-coded limit to not take up more than 10% of your HDD/SSD storage, but now that limit has been halved. In a change to Mesa 17.2-dev Git and primed for back-porting to Mesa 17.1, Timothy Arceri has lowered the cache size limit to 5% of the disk space. He noted in the commit, "Modern disks are extremely large and are only going to get bigger. Usage has shown frequent Mesa upgrades can result in the cache growing very fast i.e. wasting a lot of disk space unnecessarily. 5% seems like a more reasonable default."
  • Amazon EC2 Cloud Benchmarks vs. AMD Ryzen, Various AMD/Intel Systems
  • Epiphany 3.25.1 Released, Ported To Meson
    Epiphany 3.25.1 has been released as the latest update for GNOME's Web Browser in what will be part of GNOME 3.26 this September. Epiphany 3.25.1 has continued the trend by other GNOME components in porting to the Meson build system. With Epiphany 3.25.1, Meson is present and its Autotools build system has been removed.
  • Tumbleweed Snapshots Update Fonts, Perl, Python Packages
    openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots this week gave many newer versions of Perl and Python packages, but several other packages were updated in the repositories including some open fonts. Google and Adobe fonts were updated in snapshots 20170424 and 20170420 with google-croscore-fonts and adobe-sourcehansans-fonts being added to the repositories respectively.
  • 3 cool features in Ubuntu 17.04
    April showers bring May flowers, and fresh versions of Ubuntu too. Canonical’s latest official Ubuntu release—17.04—arrived this month after news of the death of Unity 8 and the return to the GNOME desktop in 2018. For now, Ubuntu is still shipping with its Unity desktop. I wrote earlier that most users who need stability and support over new features will probably want to stick with Ubuntu 16.04, which was released last April, until Ubuntu 18.04 arrives a year from now. However, there are a few small things in Ubuntu 17.04 that will appeal to users who are keen to get all the newest updates.
  • Linux Security and Isolation APIs course in Munich (17-19 July 2017)
    I've scheduled the first public instance of my "Linux Security and Isolation APIs" course to take place in Munich, Germany on 17-19 July 2017. (I've already run the course a few times very successfully in non-public settings.) This three-day course provides a deep understanding of the low-level Linux features (set-UID/set-GID programs, capabilities, namespaces, cgroups, and seccomp) used to build container, virtualization, and sandboxing technologies. The course format is a mixture of theory and practical.

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