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LinuxToday: The Persistence of Memory

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OSS

I was wondering last week why Novell had been so quiet regarding Oracle's sucker punch on Red Hat. Now we know, they were preparing a sucker punch of their own. How, in the name of common sense, does Novell expect to survive such a partnership with Microsoft?

Of Macros And Drum Machines

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Software

This week in my random survey of activity on the mail-lists for Linux sound & music software I'll look at two very different software drum machines and a keystroke macro that enters LilyPond music notation into an Open Office text document. And if that isn't enough I've included four thrilling screenshots and links to three entertaining audio files to entice and maintain your interest.

Quicktips - Linux, your Partitions and You

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HowTos

Here’s a few quick ways to determine just what is chewing up all of your disk space.

Linux interoperability takes center stage at TechX World

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Linux

On Tuesday, upwards of 100 IT managers and administrators attended Penton Media's TechX World conference in Dallas -- the third of four such one-day seminars this fall. Server room strategies were the main agenda, with particular emphasis placed on interoperability in a mixed Linux and Windows environment.

Novell speaks on Microsoft deal

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Interviews

WE SPOKE to Novell European president Tom Francese in the wake of the Microsoft pact to get some reaction on the deal. 'This is pressure on Red Hat'

System Administration Toolkit: Swap space management and tricks

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Linux

The typical UNIX administrator has a key range of utilities, tricks, and systems he or she uses regularly to aid in the process of administration. Configure your swap space (including adding space in an emergency) to get the most out of your system. In this article, you'll learn how to monitor your system to determine an effective swap space figure as well as examine methods for using swap space for more than just secondary random access memory (RAM).

Red Hat Respondes to MS/Novell Deal

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Linux

Q: Did Red Hat consider a similar patent deal with Microsoft?

A: An innovation tax is unthinkable. Free and open source software provide the necessary environment for true innovation. Innovation without fear or threat. Activities that isolate communities or limit upstream adoption will inevitably stifle innovation.

Boycotts Begin

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SUSE

I wondered how long before talk of boycotting Novell/openSUSE began. My first inkling came from trying to decide how to handle my routine coverage of openSUSE developmental releases, then this comment appeared here on Tuxmachines. Now openaddict.com has published a call to boycott Novell/SUSE.

SELinux Concepts

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HowTos

The basic concepts and goals of SELinux are fairly simple. This sample chapter examines the security concepts of SELinux and the motivations behind them. It focuses on the primary access control feature of SELinux, type enforcement (TE), and also briefly discusses the optional multilevel security mechanism.

Penguin Profits: Making Money with Linux

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Linux

Linux has become a hot property for more and more solution providers fed up with poor, even nonexistent, margins in the overcrowded world of Microsoft-related reselling. The lure of higher profits and the benefits of dealing with an open-source platform make Linux attractive from a business and technology perspective.

Ballmer Invites Patent Talks with Competing Linux Vendors

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Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company is open to talking to other Linux distributors about reaching mutual patent coverage deals similar to the agreement signed Nov. 2 with Novell. The distributors of other versions of Linux cannot assure their customers that Microsoft won't sue for patent infringement.

The Morning After - Reactions to Novell-MS

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SUSE

I've collected for you a representative sampling of reactions to the unfortunate Novell-MS alliance. It's Microsoft being Microsoft. It isn't waving any white flags.

Premarket Movers: Novell Down After Deal

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Misc

Microsoft Corp.'s support agreement with Novell Inc. dominated the early session, with investors trying to sort out the winners and losers of the industry-shaking deal.

Linux a computer operating system for the people

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Linux

The popular free Linux computer operating system being co-opted by corporate technology titans was born of a Finnish university student and a group devoted to no-cost software.

Amarok adds built-in music store

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Software

Free software and DRM-free music met this week when the Amarok music player added a built-in "iTunes-like" music store in its latest release -- making it the first open source music application to include such a service.

Neverwinter Nights 2 Petition

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Gaming

Neverwinter Nights was one of the most popular games to be on the Mac platform. But unfortunately, the latest edition was built with proprietary standards (C# and DirectX) making it so that it only runs on Windows and not Linux or Mac. So a petition has started to get gamers to boycott the makers until they release the game for th platforms that made it great.

Simple Way to Update Ubuntu Edgy With Slow/No Internet Connection

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HowTos

One of the biggest hurdles for the already popular distribution Ubuntu in gaining still more popularity all across the world, is the limited number of applications shipped as part of the distribution media. This works well only for those users who either don’t require anything more than the installed default applications or those who have a fast Internet connection.

Access Linux filesystems from Windows with Explore2fs

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HowTos

Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.

Greeks bearing gifts

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OSS

Here in the UK, there is a saying that was a quote from Virgil that was often quoted in the original Latin, “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentis”, which is usually mistranslated into the phrase “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”. However, it is that phrase, or both of them in fact, that pass through my mind on seeing recent Microsoft and other corporate closed software companies’ press releases recently. There are three that come to mind that have occurred recently...

Avoiding greedy webclients with mod_bwshare

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HowTos

If you're running a popular website you'll most likely notice that some clients are less well-behaved than others. Greedy clients can do anything from make numerous requests, to attempting to spider your entire site. One simple way of preventing these clients from slowing down your server is with the mod_bwshare module for Apache2.

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GNOME News

  • gnome-boxes: Coder’s log
    So another two weeks have passed and it’s time to sum things up and reflect a little on the struggles and accomplishments that have marked this time period, which was quite a bumpy ride compared to the others, but definitely more exciting.
  • GNOME Keysign 0.6
    It’s been a while since I reported on GNOME Keysign. The last few releases have been exciting, because they introduced nice features which I have been waiting long for getting around to implement them.
  • Testing for Usability
    I recently came across a copy of Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow That Works (book, 2005) by Goto and Cotler. The book includes a chapter on "Testing for Usability" which is brief but informative. The authors comment that many websites are redesigned because customers want to add new feature or want to drive more traffic to the website. But they rarely ask the important questions: "How easy is it to use our website?" "How easily can visitors get to the information they want and need?" and "How easily does the website 'lead' visitors to do what you want them to do?" (That last question is interesting for certain markets, for example.)

SUSE Leftovers

  • Newest Tumbleweed snapshot updates KDE Applications
    The latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot has updated KDE Applications in the repositories to version 16.04.3. Snapshot 20160724 had a considerably large amount of package updates for Tumbleweed KDE users, but other updates in the snapshot included updates to kiwi-config-openSUSE, Libzypp to version 16.1.3, yast2-installation to version 3.1.202 and Kernel-firmware to 2016071
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 22
    openSUSE Conference’16, Hackweek 14 and the various SUSE internal workshops are over. So it’s time for the YaST team to go back to usual three-weeks-long development sprints… and with new sprints come new public reports! With Leap 42.2 in Alpha phase and SLE12-SP2 in Beta phase our focus is on bugs fixing, so we don’t have as much fancy stuff to show in this report. Still, here you are some bits you could find interesting.