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Story Canonical denies move towards open core srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 7:32pm
Story Linux Hardware, Past, Present, and Future. srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 7:31pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 5:33pm
Story Slackel KDE-4.10.4 "Live" Released srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 3:48pm
Story A Week With Fedora: End Of The Line srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 4:00am
Story New and amazing features of Linux srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 3:58am
Story Pisi Linux Beta: A Real-life Test srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 3:57am
Story Mir, the Canonical CLA and skewing the playing field srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 2:07am
Story Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail review srlinuxx 21/06/2013 - 2:03am
Blog entry The question is, Which OS is the best? The replies were interesting. fieldyweb 20/06/2013 - 9:33pm

GNOME: 10 years old but did we need it?

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iTWire: This month, the GNOME project - one of two main choices when it comes to desktop environments for Linux - celebrates 10 years of existence. Is this just one more case of duplication in the FOSS arena? Did we need GNOME at all?

Creating a Dropdown List in Calc

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HowTos

openoffice.org tips: I just started using feature this recently, for my LinuxWorld presentation. It's very nice. Anytime you can reference some text, rather than embedding it in the formatting, it's good.

Also: Adding contents automatically in Calc

Can Microsoft’s open source problem be solved?

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Microsoft

Dana Blankenhorn: Instead of selling Windows for, say, $150, through an OEM, sell one year of it for $99. Require registration for updates, and then charge $75/year for maintenance, just like the anti-virals do.

zfs vs xfs vs ext4

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OS

tastic.brillig.org: This is my attempt to cut through the hype and uncertainty to find a storage subsystem that works. I compared XFS and EXT4 under Linux with ZFS under OpenSolaris.

Xubuntu Gutsy Herd 5 -- first impressions

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Ubuntu

CLICK: I downloaded and burned the Xubuntu Gutsy Herd 5 live CD and loaded it up. I realize that this is beta and not all the bugs are worked out, and with that criterion, things are working very well. But I'm left wondering "Why?"

Alpha road test - Gnash 0.8.1

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Software

FOSSwire: Flash is everywhere on the web nowadays. From YouTube (and the myriad of other video sites), to corporate websites, to online portfolios, a web experience without Flash Player installed isn’t really a complete web experience. For some time, the GNU Project has been working to build a free replacement for Flash Player.

Vista SP1's delay is Desktop Linux's good news

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Linux
Microsoft

DesktopLinux: Vista's been something of a flop. I know it. You know it. Even in Bill Gates' secret sanctum hidden underneath his mansion they know it. Businesses, in particular, aren't about to touch Vista for corporate desktops until they get SP1. Guess what? They're not going to be getting it anytime soon.

midday link dump

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  • Tabbed File Browsing

  • Linux (Simply Mepis vs pclinuxos 2007) installation on a PC
  • Multiboot - Solaris and Ubuntu
  • "The Linux Experience" at Dell, a tale of woe and wow.
  • Utah Open Source Conference
  • klik2 Development: A First Screencast with First Results
  • Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth on Productivity and Linux
  • Becoming a part of the Firefox quality assurance process
  • Installing Valve’s STEAM and Counterstrike on Ubuntu
  • BibleTime - Bible study from Linux howto

Can Novell’s Linux business stand on its own?

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SUSE

zdnet blogs: Novell’s partnership with Microsoft to resell SUSE has drawn fire from many quarters, but in the end the deal appears to have delivered the desired effect: Jump start Novell as a Linux player.

Linux: Kexec Hibernation Performance

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Ying Huang continues to work on his kexec-based hibernation patches. Currently only supporting the i386 architecture, Ying notes, "the setup of hibernation/restore is fairly complex. I will continue working on simplifying."

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2007 is Postponed

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linuxworldexpo: It is with regret that we must announce that LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2007 has been postponed until spring 2008. We hope to be in touch shortly with new dates.

OLPC battery life--an update

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OLPC

c|net blogs: After my Monday-morning blog post reporting on some preliminary battery-life testing for the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child project, I was contacted by Jim Gettys, vice president software for OLPC.

Also: Quanta to hit North American market with low-priced laptops

How-To: PCLinuxOS 2007 and MythTV

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linux-blog.org: For those of you who always thought PCLinuxOS and MythTV would go together...you’re quite right, they do fit well together...though there are a few bumps on the road. Hopefully, this how-to will help you along the way.

Custom NimbleX lives up to its name with do-it-yourself install image

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linux.com: Do-it-yourself distributions have made great strides since Linux from Scratch, or even rPath's rBuilder Online. One of the most elegant tools to emerge recently is Custom NimbleX, a PHP program that allows you to construct an ISO image in your browser and then download it.

The applications I can’t live without

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kmandla.wordpress: My sudden defection from the dwindling Graveman fan club (is there anyone left there now?) set me to wondering what other applications I’m clinging to, that might not have any real merit to them. As best I can tell, all these are available in both Arch and Ubuntu.

The ATI R500 On Linux: Then & Now

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Hardware

phoronix: Back in 2006 there was no open-source R500 driver either. Over the past 16 months with R500 support in the fglrx driver, the features have continually improved with an AMD Catalyst Control Center for Linux and support for the newer R500 graphics cards.

No KDE 4 for Fedora 8

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KDE

liquidat: Rex Dieter today announced that there will be no KDE 4 for Fedora 8. That’s sad but understandable. But now I wonder where I will get my KDE 4 from.

Troubleshooting Linux Audio, Part 3b

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Linux Journal: In this final section I'll present some MIDI-specific troubleshooting tips, along with a brief description of the setup here at StudioDave, a few closing remarks, and of course some links to the Linux music-maker du jour.

Ubuntu Linux on a Tablet PC

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itwriting.com: I am currently writing about Ubuntu Linux, and for convenience and interest decided to install it on my Toshiba M400 Tablet. I could have used Virtual PC, but although virtual PC and the like undoubtedly have their place, there is no substitute for a real install if you want to get the full flavour of an operating system.

Get a daily dose of comics

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linux.com: When I first started learning to read, my primary motivation was to gain the ability to read the comics in my local paper. I had no idea at that time that there were so many comics in the world. Now I know that there are comics all over the Web, but who has time to go to each site each day and read the latest strip?

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today's howtos

Minimal Linux Live

Minimal Linux Live is, as the name suggests, a very minimal Linux distribution which can be run live from a CD, DVD or USB thumb drive. One of the things which set Minimal Linux Live (MLL) apart from other distributions is that, while the distribution is available through a 7MB ISO file download, the project is designed to be built from source code using a shell script. The idea is that we can download scripts that will build MLL on an existing Linux distribution. Assuming we have the proper compiler tools on our current distribution, simply running a single shell script and waiting a while will produce a bootable ISO featuring the MLL operating system. Yet another option the MLL project gives us is running the distribution inside a web browser using a JavaScript virtual machine. The browser-based virtual machine running MLL can be found on the project's website, under the Emulator tab. This gives us a chance to try out the operating system in our web browser without installing or building anything. I decided to try the MLL build process to see if it would work and how long it would take if everything went smoothly. I also wanted to find out just how much functionality such a small distribution could offer. The project's documentation mostly covers building MLL on Ubuntu and Linux Mint and so I decided to build MLL on a copy of Ubuntu 16.04 I had running in a virtual machine. The steps to build MLL are fairly straight forward. On Ubuntu, we first install six packages to make sure we have all the required dependencies. Then we download an archive containing MLL's build scripts. Then we unpack the archive and run the build script. We just need to type four commands in Ubuntu's virtual terminal to kick-start the build process. Read more

GCC Compiler Tests At A Variety Of Optimization Levels Using Clear Linux

For those curious about the impact of GCC compiler optimization levels, a variety of benchmarks were carried out using GCC 6.3 on Intel's Clear Linux platform. Read more Also: LLVM 4.0.1 Planning, Aiming For Better Stable Releases