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Story Do Fewer Spinoffs Signal a Waning in Ubuntu’s Popularity? srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 10:42pm
Story Interview with Milan Kazarka srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 10:36pm
Story What Are The Best 10 Linux Desktop Apps? srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 8:34pm
Story Black Duck Lists Top Open-Source Projects of 2011 srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 8:29pm
Story How 'Post-PC' could be good for Linux srlinuxx 1 19/01/2012 - 6:09pm
Story Infographic: Linux lovers love big data srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 3:01pm
Story All Hail Debian, King of the Web Server World srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 2:58pm
Story Linux should be like a window srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 2:56pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 4:48am
Story few howtos: srlinuxx 19/01/2012 - 4:39am

Fear and anger erupt over $3 Microsoft Suite

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Microsoft

By now, most people have heard that Microsoft will be selling a $3 version of Windows XP Starters Edition along with Office and some other educational software to students in the third world, but fear and anger have erupted in some circles in the Internet community. The two primary concerns I'm hearing across the forums are:

* Isn't this illegal dumping and unfair to open source solutions?

OLPC and Markets

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OLPC

Alex Singleton, President of the Globalisation Institute, a European think tank, argues against the OLPC and says that computers should be left to the market economy. “The very worst idea in international development circles is the One Laptop Per Child scheme being fronted by academic Nicholas Negroponte. ”

It Ain't All About Ubuntu

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OSS

So many things to talk about this week, I hardly know where to begin. Let's call this a potpourri column this week, with some short comments on a lot of different issues.

By far, the biggest news in the community was the release of Thunderbird 2.0. Except that is got buried under the avalanche of media by that whats-its-name distribution from the Isle of Man.

Ubuntu “Feisty Fawn” upgrade was a breeze

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Ubuntu

I just completed the easiest operating system upgrade I've ever experienced: Ubuntu Edgy Eft to Feisty Fawn. I directed the entire process over VNC, and did not have to leave the GUI at any time. Only a single restart was required, I did not have to edit any config files, and there does not seem to be anything left to clean up.

Upgrading

when netcat act as telnet client, it becomes better

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HowTos

have an experience on using netcat (nc) as telnet client which I would like to share about this discovery. I have heard few of my friends saying, netcat can be a “hacker” tool, it is also known as “Swiss army knife”. It is true, netcat can transform into a server, a various of tcp client, a port scanner, chat medium, file transfering, remote control etc.

Bill Gates blamed for Virginia Tech shooting

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Misc

US morals advocate and publicity hound Jack Thompson has suggested that Bill Gates and Microsoft are responsible for the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.

Free Security Apps for Linux

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Software

Here is a short list of the most popular security applications for linux. I will be updating this with links shortly.

Clam AntiVirus Popular antivirus solution for UNIX based machines. Includes real time virus scanning and a virus definition database updated several times per day.

AVScan Front-end for Clam AntiVirus.

5 reasons not to trust Microsoft near Firefox

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Moz/FF

Microsoft has never made much secret of the fact that keeping rival browsers down is a key part of its business plan.

Fonty Python and the Holy Grail of a font manager

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Software

For designers, a font manager that can activate and deactivate fonts on-the-fly is the Holy Grail of the GNU/Linux desktop. Without such a tool, designers either need to devote an inordinate amount of system memory to their font collections, or else install and uninstall fonts individually, manually keeping track of the fonts needed for each project.

Amarok Weekly News #8 released

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KDE

A new issue of the Amarok newsletter is out. It talks about interesting new developments, Amarok's Summer of Code projects, the current events in the 1.4 stable branch, and continues to provide cool Amarok-related tips.

A quick overview of Desktop BSD 1.3

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Reviews
BSD

Being a huge fan of FreeBSD and a big fan of Linux, I’ve sometimes found myself torn between the two. I love FreeBSD for its simplicity, it’s structure, and how tight and clean it is. Linux is similar to that, but not quite as clean, and definitely not as tight and simple.

Tux Takes His Place on Chastain Motorsports Indy Car

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Linux

Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car.

First thoughts on Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

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Ubuntu

Yesterday I downloaded a copy of Ubuntu's latest release, version 7.04 Feisty Fawn. The download took some hours because of busy servers but I think that it was well worth it.

Linux this year and next

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Linux

Just when you think you understand Linux development, along comes something new. "There are no road d project's camera driver, and editor of the popular Linux site LWN.

"A lot of what's going to be in future kernels is already out there if you know where to look for it," Corbet explained at the Embedded Linux Conference Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Automatically remount filesystems on reboot

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HowTos

Recently, I took a quick look at the Unix concept of mount points. Performing the mount command is a nice easy way to get access to something on a one-off.

A lot of the time, however, you’ll want to set it up so the system permanently mounts said filesystem - so on reboot, you don’t have to run all of the commands again.

Speed Tweaking PCLinuxOS 2007 TR3

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PCLOS
HowTos

Using PCLinuxOS 2007 TR3 for the last few weeks, I’ve noticed VAST improvements over the .93a release. The most noticable of these is boot times. My boot time is absolutely amazing on this Dell E521n...it averages 30-40 seconds. That’s right. 30-40 SECONDS. I was floored the first time I booted after install. I thought I had done something wrong.

SUM-thing new for Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

OK, you love Ubuntu, but after awhile, the same-old, same-old GRUB and boot splash screens become tedious and boring. Could it be your Ubuntu needs a little SUM-thing to spice it up? If you're up for a walk on the wild side, try StartUp Manager (SUM), a utility created by Glenn Van Loon that lets you change bootloader and splash screen settings in Ubuntu.

Ten things you didn't know about open source

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OSS

One of the world's leading advocates of the open source software movement, Brian Bahlendorf gave a talk at the Digital Freedom Expo at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday, entitled "Ten things you may not know about open source".

Behlendorf was a key developer of the Apache Web server, upon which more than half the world's websites run.

OpenSUSE 10.2: AMD/ATI Drivers Installation

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HowTos

I got overwhelming e-mails asking me how to install properly ATI drivers under openSUSE 10.2. I directed them to different sites, including a reference to one of mine that I wrote for SUSE 10.1, but seems like they are still having problems. Instead of explaining to everyone on an individual basis I decided to make a fresh post.

Image processing with ImageMagick, qiv and friends

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HowTos

The linux desktop with the wide choice of Window managers and the ample supply of eye candy is a constant source of envy for Windoze users.

Without images and colors, the linux desktop would not be of much interest to Windows people.

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Leftovers: Software

  • Manuskript is a Promising Open-Source Scrivener Alternative
    Whether you plan to work on a book, a screenplay, or better structure your dissertation, you’ll probably see apps like Scrivener recommended. If you’re running Windows, macOS or even Android then you’re spoilt for choice, with various competing proprietary apps at varying price points readily available. On Linux the choices are somewhat limited.
  • Tor 0.2.9 Is Just Around the Corner As 0.2.8.10 Fixes Memory Leak in OpenSSL 1.1
    The past weekend brought us new stable and development builds of the Tor anonymity network project, versioned 0.2.8.10, as the most advanced version out there, and 0.2.9.6 RC (Release Candidate).
  • Pitivi 0.98 Linux Video Editor Adds Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
    Version 0.98 of the GNOME-aligned GStreamer-powered Pitivi non-linear video editor was tagged today as the newest development milestone. The main feature addition of Pitivi 0.98 is now supporting customizable keyboard supports! Aside from finally supporting customizable keyboard shortcuts for this open-source video editor, a lot of warnings were fixed from GTK 3.22, and there has been a lot of other bug fixing. Bugs around Pitivi's timeline were primarily targeted by this release.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.8-Tana Officially Released
    Phoronix Test Suite 6.8.0 is now available as the latest version of our open-source, fully-automated, reproducible benchmarking software for Linux, BSD, Solaris, macOS, Windows, and other operating systems. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 is the latest stable release now of our GPL-licensed benchmarking software updated on its regular quarterly release cadence. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 development focused on a number of low-level improvements to particularly benefit Phoromatic and the Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) software/hardware library abstraction layer.
  • iPerf As Another Network Benchmark Is Now Available Via The Phoronix Test Suite
  • Chromium-Based Vivaldi 1.6 Browser Enters Development, Brings Tab Stack Renaming
    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard informs us about the availability of a new snapshot for the cross-platform, Chromium-based Vivaldi web browser, which promises to let users name tab stacks. Vivaldi Snapshot 1.6.682.3 marks the beginning of the development of Vivaldi 1.6, the next major version of the popular web browser, and it looks like it has been rebased on Chromium 55.0.2883.64. Besides fixing a bunch of regressions, the new development release implements an option under Settings -> Tabs -> Tab Features -> Tab stacking -> Allow Tab Stack Renaming, which lets you rename or name tab stacks.

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