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Dumping Vista - A divorce with a happy ending

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Linux

iTToolbox Blogs: I recently posted my positive experience of installing Kubuntu on an old 1.7GHz machine that was taking 10 minutes to boot up XP. The registry was beyond repair and the various programs like Spybot, Adaware, PitStop, Defrag, and many others did little to improve performance. The desktop was destined for the dumpster. Enter Kubuntu.

Enlightenment - An easy-to-use Linux GUI

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Software

backyardgeek.blogspot: In the 10 years I've been using Linux, I've run the gamut of window managers and desktop environments: FvWM, FvWM95, ICEWM, AfterStep, BlackBox, KDE, GNOME, Beryl, Fluxbox, CDE, XFCE, Windowmaker, Sawfish, Metacity, WM2, as well as Compiz. But it seems that no matter how many times I try another Linux GUI, I always go back to Enlightenment.

GNOME 2.20.1 released

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Software

lwn.net: Version 2.20.1 of the GNOME desktop has been released. "This is the first update to GNOME 2.20.0. The update fixes all known and unknown crashers, even for those modules which haven't released a new version.

Why Bittorrent Matters

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Software

tipotheday.com: Ubuntu Gutsy came out today, which you should know unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the last week. Ubuntu has lots of mirrors. Lots. But it has even more users, most with a big fat broadband pipe. That’s more than enough to bring those mirrors to their knees.

How to create your own Debian/Ubuntu packages

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HowTos

openaddict.com: This really quick and dirty way to create your own Debian or Ubuntu packages can be done by anyone with little previous package creation experience. Even if you've never even compiled an application, I'll show you just how easy it is to download source code, compile the program and bundle everything up in a .deb package you can share with anyone.

Ballmer: Microsoft Will Buy Open-Source Companies

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Microsoft

CRN: Microsoft's detente with the open-source world is growing stronger by the minute. Steve Ballmer said today that he wouldn't consider an open-source-based business model a deterrent to buying a company Microsoft found interesting.

Also: Ballmer: Microsoft Will Buy 20 Companies a Year for 5 Years

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Ubuntu
  • 7.10, Awooga

  • Ubuntu 7.10 arrives, open for business
  • Ubuntu 7.10 - One sweet OS
  • Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition - Review
  • Ubuntu Gutsy Wireless Help
  • Quick Tips for Compiz on Gutsy
  • Dell and Ubuntu, sitting in a tree

Fedora - not that one - provides platform for interoperability

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Software

linux.com: A group of academicians at Cornell University argue that this new wave of applications should be constructed with interoperability in mind. The result of their research, funded by DARPA and NSF, is Fedora, the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture.

IP firm sued, settled with Novell on different patent in August

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Legal

zdnet blogs: The IP firm that filed patent litigation against Red Hat and Novell mounted legal threats against many other U.S. software companies in 2007 including Oracle, SAP, Computer Associates, EMC, Adobe, Autodesk, Apple, SPSS — and Novell.

Ubuntu 7.10 (rc) Gutsy Gibbon: Critical review

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Ubuntu

polishlinux: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon has been released today. I haven’t tested any alpha or beta versions of the new product from Canonical. I have decided to wait for the Release Candidate, since this has proved to work for me in the past. In short: it did not disappoint me.

Also: Tips for the impatient: downloading Ubuntu Gutsy
And: A gutsy new Linux system
&: How to get great custom effects in Ubuntu’s Gutsy Gibbon

Welcome back, user-defined motion paths in OpenOffice Impress 2.3

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OOo

OpenOffice.org Tips: Back in the good old days of 1.x, you could draw a line, then draw an object, and make the object move along whatever line that was. It was great. Then the lovely redesign of Impress came, and that user-defined motion path feature got lost along the way. It's back!

Chris Blizzard Joining Mozilla’s Team

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Moz/FF

thetruthaboutmozilla.wordpress: The infamous Chris Blizzard, who now sits on the board of directors for the Mozilla Corporation and formerly sat on the board for the Mozilla Foundation, will be joining the Mozilla Corporation’s team as a full-time employee.

Smolt now with Hardware Rating Database and Wiki

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Software

liquidat: Smolt, a hardware statistics collecting program, got a major update. It now supports hardware rating and is connected to a Wiki to share solutions for hardware problems.

No Linux Love for New iPods: Why You Shouldn't Care

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Sci/Tech

OSWeekly: Newsflash for those of you who believe that we lost iPod support - we never had it in the first place. It's true, and frankly, the fact that Apple has decided to make themselves even more isolated in their own world is fine by me.

Latest incarnation of Novell bringing Linux to Asia

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SUSE

Bangkok Post: Novell Suse Linux is positioning itself to be the corporate Linux of choice for today's multi-OS corporation thanks to a series of agreements with companies such as SAP and Microsoft. In particular Novell is interested in the government sector in Asia.

These are not the sources we're looking for

Open Source and funky free ethics are no match for a good expensive closed application installed kid. There's a disturbance in the source.

Compiz Fusion Community News, for October 18, 2006

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Software

smspillaz.wordpress.com: Welcome to another edition of Compiz Fusion Community News. Over the past fortnight we have seen numerous fixes in preparation for the 0.6.0 release and some new features along the way. This week is also a big week for Compiz Fusion due to the release of a new ATI Driver (more about that later), and Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.

A cursory look into KDE 4 file management: Dolphin beta

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Software

Rudd-O: Windows has Explorer. Mac OS has Finder. GNOME has Nautilus. And KDE had, up to a number of months ago, Konqueror. Now, together with the up-and-coming KDE 4, a simple file manager named Dolphin takes on file management. So how does Dolphin stack up?

Drupal: from a drop in the ocean to a big fish in the CMS world

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Drupal

pcworld: Drupal started out as a college experiment. The Open Source content management system now powers about 200,000 public facing Web sites and numerous intranet sites around the world. In this interview Dries Buytaert tells us all about the project which manifested from a chain of unexpected events.

Also: Drupal 4.7.8 and 5.3 released: Security updates and bugfixes.
And: Drupal 6.0 beta 2 released

Playing Microsoft patent poker

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Microsoft

linux-watch: It’s become an annual event. Steve Ballmer shoots his yap about how Linux and open source violate Microsoft patents. The open-source community says, “OK, show us your cards, your patents,” and Ballmer shuts up for six months or so.

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.