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Dell's next step - SUSE Linux desktops?

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iTWire: Why would the world's second-ranked PC seller make an effort to sell an operating system that it's never sold before on custom hardware - and do it in a half-hearted manner? Why would it do this at a time when it's desperately trying to regain its number 1 ranking?

Also: A word with Michael Dell

Spice up Windows - replace it with Linux; part 3

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HowTos

Blog of Gentoo: In my previous posts I stated that I'd like to help people to spice their system and move from Windows to Linux. But we all know that it cannot be done in an instant. I started to explain the process in last posts. This time I will explain the 3rd step: Spicing up Office/Production applications.

On the Bench: PCLinuxOS 2007, radically simple?

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Reviews

opensourcelearning: PCLinuxOS released it’s most recent incarnation and has even succeeded to surpass Ubuntu in popularity with (if we use the Distrowatch ranking as an indication of that). With it’s roots solidly in Madriva and dedicated to be even more userfriendly it does deserve a closer look.

New York becomes latest state to ponder ODF

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OSS

LinuxWorld: New York has become the latest U.S. state to ponder whether to use open standards for government document formats, though the move is not necessarily good news for proponents of the ISO standard Open Document Format (ODF).

Optimizing Linux System Performance

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HowTos

Linux DevCenter: Performance optimization in Linux doesn't always mean what we might think. It's not just a matter of outright speed; sometimes it's about tuning the system so that it fits into a small memory footprint. You'd be hard-pressed to find a programmer that does not want to make programs run faster, regardless of the platform. Linux programmers are no exception.

Linux: Using Acked-by Tags

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Linux

Andrew Morton submitted some documentation explaining the use of the "Signed-off-by" and "Acked-by" tags added when patches are submitted for conclusion into the Linux kernel. "The Signed-off-by: tag implies that the signer was involved in the development of the patch, or that he/she was in the patch's delivery path."

Also: Anatomy of the Linux kernel

Sabayon makes managing multiple GNOME user profiles simple

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Software

linux.com: If you have multiple users sharing a single computer, you could probably use an easy way to manage their user profiles. Sabayon can help you create and set up GNOME desktop profiles and assign them to different users. It's similar to Kiosktool for KDE, but for the GNOME environment.

Firefox 3 Alpha 5 is out

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Moz/FF

mozilla links: Firefox 3 Alpha 5 About pageA little more than a month after Alpha 4 and a week later that the scheduled May 30 release date, Mozilla has released the fifth alpha of Firefox 3.

Five scripts that make life easier with Vim

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Software

linux.com: The Vim editor allows you to modify its behavior via scripts, and the Vim community has produced hundreds of scripts that may help you be more productive, or add functions to Vim that you've always wished it would have. Here are five that I find particularly useful.

Best Downloads for Hacking Firefox

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Moz/FF

PC World: Want to bend Firefox to your will, keep yourself safer while you surf, and customize how Google works? These great Firefox extensions will let you do it.

SSH with authentication key instead of password

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HowTos

Debian Administration: SSH is a must use tool for system administrators. However, residing access security on a human entered password is not very wise. The good news is that there is a way to leave remote access open and have not to worry about passwords.

Enable Moodbar in Amarok Music Player

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HowTos

Ubuntu Geek: Amarok is a sound system-independent audio-player for *nix systems. Its interface uses a powerful “browser” metaphor that allows you to create playlists that make the most of your music collection. Moodbar in amarok it shows you the “mood” of a track.

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database.

Installing repos on Fedora

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HowTos

Typos: Well Fedora never ships with the third-party repositories, since the mirrors contain some illegal stuff. Basically it’s a lot easier to install things like mp3 support, graphics drivers for you nvidia casrds and ofcourse your trusty mplayer or VLC player.

Canonical refines mobile Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

cnet: Ubuntu backer Canonical has pinned down some broad feature lists for its upcoming version of Linux for smaller mobile devices.

Exploring the /etc directory: The skel directory

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HowTos

ITtoolbox Blogs: After quite a while away from the /etc directory I thought that I would get back to visiting it again. This time I will talk about the /etc/skel directory. The skel directory is short for skeleton which goes to show that absolutely everything has a skeleton hiding around somewhere. Including Linux.

Mozilla disputes Firefox flaws

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Moz/FF

computerworld: Mozilla's security chief Tuesday panned a pair of Firefox bugs revealed Monday as low-level threats but hours later changed her mind and said that when used together, they could pose a greater risk.

Is Debian Etch The Other "Easy Linux"?

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Linux

Wired Blogs: Much ink has been written about Ubuntu lately, how it's the best thing to happen to Linux since The Matrix. For sure, Ubuntu's reputation for user-friendliness is much deserved, but voices are currently rising in support of the recently released Debian 4.0 "Etch" desktop.

A guide to using PDFs on GNU/Linux

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Linux Journal: Although GNU/Linux has long supported postscript format, full support for the related PDF file format has been longer in arriving. Today, whether you are printing, editing, or viewing PDF files, you now have the choice of a variety of applications on both the command line and the desktops. What follows is not an exhaustive list of choices, but a survey of the main tools available. Taken together, they should be enough to fill most of your PDF needs.

Symphony OS 2007.06 Released

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Linux

symphonyos.com: The Symphony OS Project is pleased to announce the release of Symphony OS 2007.06. This is our first release based fully on Ubuntu and we hope to speed up the release schedule over the next couple months to help us settle into our new Ubuntu base system.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets XOrg Server 1.19 & Irssi 1.0, PulseAudio 10 Coming Soon

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today's leftovers

  • Linux use on Pornhub surged 14% in 2016
    Pornhub is one of the preeminent porn sites on the web. Each year Pornhub releases a year in review post with anonymous details about the site’s users. More and more Linux users are visiting Pornhub, Linux saw an impressive 14% increase in traffic share in 2016.
  • Amdocs partners with Linux Foundation to accelerate OpenECOMP adoption in Open Source
  • Calamares 2.4.6 Distribution-Independent Linux Installer Delivers Improvements
    The Calamares team is proud to announce the availability of the sixth maintenance update to the 2.4 stable series of the open-source, distribution-independent system installer Calamares, for Linux-based operating systems. Calamares 2.4.6 comes approximately two months after the release of the previous version, namely Calamares 2.4.5, and, as expected, it's a bugfix release that only delivers various improvements and bug fixes for some of the issues reported by users during all this time.
  • Shotwell Photo Manager 0.25.3 Released
    Photography fans will be pleased to hear that a new bug-fix release of photo management app Shotwell is now available to download.
  • AntiX 16.1 is available for public
    AntiX is Debian based Linux distribution. It uses lightweight desktop environments like Fluxbox, Icewm, Xfce, etc. This distribution is originated in Greece and is typically ideal for old systems. Few hours ago AntiX team released new version named AntiX 16.1. It is based on Debian Jessie.
  • Tumbleweed Preps for PulseAudio 10, Gets Ruby, Python Updates
    Developers using openSUSE Tumbleweed are always getting the newest packages as well as updated languages and past week’s snapshots delivered update versions of Python and Ruby. The most recent snapshot, 20170112, brought Python 2.x users version 2.7.13, which updated cipher lists for openSSL wrapper and supports versions equal to or greater than OpenSSL 1.1.0. Python-unidecode 0.04.20 was also updated in the snapshot. Another update related to OpenSSL 1.1.0 was PulseAudio 9.99.1, which is a release in preparation for PulseAudio 10.0. PulseAudio 10.0 includes compatibility with OpenSSL 1.1.0, a fix for hotplugged USB surround sound cards and and automatic switching of Bluetooth profile when using VoIP applications.
  • Genode OS Framework Planning For Async I/O, App ABI, Qt5 Plans For 2017
    The Genode Operating System Framework has announced their planned roadmap for this year as the involved developers continue working on this original OS initiative. The overall theme of the Genode OS work in 2017 is to focus on stability and scalability, but there is also much more on their road-map for this calendar year.
  • PrestaShop
    Helping people overcome the challenges of building and growing an online business is what the PrestaShop open-source ecommerce platform is all about. The significant PrestaShop 1.7 release provides innovations focused on three themes: sell faster, create easier and code better.
  • This Week in Spring: Reactor 3.0, Open Source CD, and All Kinds of Cloud

Linux on Servers

  • IBM i Open Source Business Architect Lays Out A Plan
    Enterprise level application development is no place for open source languages. Can you believe it? That was once the widely accepted truth. Jiminy Crickets! Things have changed. The number of the stable open source distributions available with comprehensive support and maintenance goes well beyond common knowledge. Industry giants, successful SMB players, and mom and pop businesses are finding good reasons to use open source. Even IBM uses open source for internal business reasons. There are reasons for you to do the same.
  • Lightning Talk - Realizing the Multi-Cloud Promise of Kubernetes by Blake White, The Walt Disney Co.
  • How Disney Is Realizing the Multi-Cloud Promise of Kubernetes
    The Walt Disney Company is famous for “making magic happen,” and their cross-cloud, enterprise level Kubernetes implementation is no different. In a brief but information-packed lightning talk at CloudNativeCon in Seattle in November, Disney senior cloud engineer Blake White laid out a few of the struggles and solutions in making Kubernetes work across clouds.
  • Puppet Launches its Latest State of DevOps Survey
    Folks who are focused on container technology and virtual machines as they are implemented today might want to give a hat tip to some of the early technologies and platforms that arrived in the same arena. Among those, Puppet, which was built on the legacy of the venerable Cfengine system, was an early platform that helped automate lots of virtual machine implementations. We covered it in depth all the way back in 2008. Fast-forward to today, and Puppet is still making news, creating jobs and more.