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Story GNU/Linux Promises for 2014 Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2013 - 11:19am
Story Fedora 20 and Its Historical Significance Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2013 - 10:58am
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Story Life on the Forked Road Roy Schestowitz 10/11/2013 - 12:40pm
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Linux Still Doesn't Make It on the Desktop

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computerworld: Many people now believe that Linux represents a viable alternative. Unfortunately, despite major strides in recent years — notably the Ubuntu release — Linux still isn’t viable for most end users or organizations.

Speaking of Linux and the spirit of open source

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matt asay: It's almost shameful how paltry Justin Steinman's understanding of open source is. I don't say this to denigrate Justin personally, but when I read things like this from Groklaw I just can't understand how Novell manages to say "open source" with a straight face.

Simplified Mandatory Access Control Kernel

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "Smack is the Simplified Mandatory Access Control Kernel," Casey Schaufler said posting the third version of his patchest. He explained, "Smack implements mandatory access control (MAC) using labels attached to tasks and data containers, including files, SVIPC, and other tasks. Smack is a kernel based scheme that requires an absolute minimum of application support and a very small amount of configuration data."

Improving checkpatch

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kernelTRAP: "This version brings a number of new checks, and a number of bug fixes," Andy Whitcroft noted in his announcement for version 0.10 of checkpatch.pl, used by Linux kernel developers to scan their code for common mistakes. Ingo Molnar expressed concern, "your checkpatch patch itself produces 22 warnings."

Main Menue Applet: Preferences and Administration

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Software

The gnome main menu applet was created as another effort for people to try and use awn and get rid of all their gnome bars. Well as another stride in this direction more has been added to this applet.

KDE Commit-Digest for 30th September 2007

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KDE

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Beginnings of a list view, and an applet browser integrated into Plasma. Optimisations in Konqueror. More work, including image practice support in Parley. XMP metadata support in Digikam, with new splashscreens announced.

Jews, Gentiles, and the Open Source Definition

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Matt Asay: On the one hand, you have the free software purists (of which I'm increasingly part) who demand strict adherence to The Law (of open source). On the other, you have a growing "gentile" body of open-source converts, some of which don't want to have to live by old-school "ordinances" of open source.

Did you ever wonder..?

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oneandoneis2: There's an interesting article linked from places like Linux Devices and Linux Watch on the whole GPL v2 / GPL v3 thing. But it reminded my of something I wondered about a while ago: Namely, if software companies had had more faith in copyright in the early days, would GNU or Linux ever have happened?

Linux means community also

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linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: One of the most common conversations when people discuss Linux is the freedom it brings. One thing that doesn't get discussed a lot though, when talking about Linux is community.

Linux distribution

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mintlinux.blogspot: A Linux distribution, often simply distribution or distro, is a member of the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems comprising the Linux kernel, the non-kernel parts of the GNU operating system, and assorted other software. Because most (if not all) of the kernel and software packages are free and open source, Linux distributions have taken a wide variety of forms.

Linux channel support boost

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itp.net: The regional Linux market has received a major boost after open source leader Red Hat committed itself to opening a regional support centre for the Middle East before the end of the year.

Also: Red Hat Changes Marketing Chief

Bluefish - Linux just gets better.

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Ubuntu

webologist.co.uk: I have installed several new applications on my Ubuntu system this weekend, but only now it struck me that it now actually seems easier to install application on Linux than on Windows.

Loop-based Music Composition With Linux, Pt. 2

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Linux Journal: In this second and final part I'll demonstrate some of the loop-specific tools I've found in Ardour, Reaper, and Audacity. Tutorials and links to project demos are included, so warm up your headphones and let's get loopy.

Open Source: TinyMe

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fareast.linuxdiary.com: If you are interested in getting that really old machine up and running again, with as little as ~32MB of ram, then there is a shiny new competitor to PuppyLinux and Damn Small Linux: TinyMe.

Desktop tune-up. Four cool Linux tricks

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tectonic: Kick-start your week with four easy (but still cool) tricks on your Linux desktop. Install the media server you've always wanted but never got around to doing, or fine-tune your hardware to squeeze out a few more hours of battery power ... All this an more in this week's How To Roundup.

Top Ten Side Effects of Switching to Linux

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Linux Online: Studies done by a prestigious think tank in Silicon Valley have identified the most common behavioral changes in people who have switched to Linux. They were nice enough to share their information with us.

Portables to power PC industry

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OLPC

BBC: The XO laptop may have been created to help children in developing nations, but its influence is likely to be felt far beyond the classroom. The PC industry is going to be among the first to feel its impact in November 2007 when, for a week, the gadget goes on sale to almost anyone that wants one.

Windows vs. Ubuntu

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OS

alatinworld.blogspot: I, for one, am a fan of Windows and Microsoft through and through. The other day, however, I was having computer problems when a technician told me that I should back up everything on my computer because it sounded like my copy of Windows had been damaged.

Cuba's Move Toward Freedom, as in Software

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OSS

Linux Insider: The Cuban government proclaimed its intention to exchange its computer operating systems for free software in 2005, but the state agencies that are in charge of the switch have done little to make it happen.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • PyMOTW: copy

  • HeX: Full Screen Terminal
  • Howto make Ubuntu to read feeds for you
  • Fixing the Ubuntu Gutsy boot splash issue
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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."
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  • 3 cool features in Ubuntu 17.04
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  • 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.

more of today's howtos

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing