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Story [Mesa-announce] Mesa 10.4.0 release candidate 3 Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2014 - 10:35pm
Story Mokotów real estate dept.: ‘Open source encourages innovation’ Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2014 - 10:30pm
Story Wine Announcement Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2014 - 10:26pm
Story New UN-backed open-source tool will support community resilience-building Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2014 - 8:43am
Story How Google Employs Open Source Solutions For Cross-Platform App Development Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2014 - 8:39am
Story ClearOS Community 6.6.0 Beta 2 Released Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2014 - 7:20am
Story Kernel 3.18 development – the kernel column Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2014 - 10:45pm
Story Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Available Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2014 - 10:38pm
Story Weston's IVI Shell Sees New Version Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2014 - 10:30pm
Story Python 3 Support Added To The GNOME Shell Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2014 - 10:17pm

Extending Linux for Multi-Level Security

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Here's a paper originally presented at the SELinux Symposium that explores the evolution, rationale, and development of features to meet the Labeled Security Protection Profile.

Linpus Linux Lite Review

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Linux A few weeks ago I became the proud owner of an Acer Aspire One Linux edition (reviewed here). Out of the box, this little wonder comes with the relatively unknown Linux distribution Linpus Linux Lite, which has been customized somewhat by Acer to make the most of the hardware in the Aspire One.

Top 20 Linux websites

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alinuxblog.wordpress: I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux. They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:

OpenSUSE 10.3 > Kubuntu Hardy -> Fedora 9 -> Mandriva 2008.1 -> OpenSUSE 11

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Linux I got bored with my Ubuntu Hardy install last week and decided to have a look at what some of the other guys are up to these days. It was an interesting trek across the newest distros.

VLC gets a new look on Windows and Linux

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Software After two years in development, VLC, the universal media player, has moved from the 0.8.x versions to version 0.9.2. The most visible new feature in the Windows and Linux versions is a new user interface.

Twelve Myths about Free and Open Source Software

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itmanagement.earthweb: By now, you'd think that anyone who owns a computer knows about free and open source software (FOSS). However, once you move beyond techie circles, you'll find that, for many people, the concept is unknown. Even worse, when people have heard of it, they have alarming -- and rather discouraging -- misconceptions of what it involves.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 270

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Editorial: On Ubuntu, its derivatives and trademark enforcements

  • News: Ubuntu "Jaunty Jackalope", Ubuntu for Eee PC, openSUSE and KDE,
  • Fedora updates, Red Hat security controversy

  • Released last week: Linux Mint 5 "Xfce", CentOS 4.7, OpenGEU 8.04.1
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1, Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6
  • New additions: Linguas OS
  • New distributions: Igelle OS
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Frugalware 0.9 'Solaria': The Sweetie Shop Spoiled

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: CHOICE is good. Choice is healthy. But too much choice can be overwhelming. Frugalware's latest distribution, codenamed 'Solaria' is like a Linux sweetshop and, like that small boy who does not know what to spend his pennies on, it left me feeling overwhelmed.

Comparing Apples to Jackalopes

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Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth, the man at the helm of Canonical and Ubuntu, went into greater detail last week about his thoughts on making future Ubuntu releases more user-focused. In the past, Shuttleworth has made no pretense that he feels Apple has, historically, offered a superior user experience.

Foresight rolls out mobile Linux edition

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Linux With competition in the netbook sector increasing rapidly, Foresight Linux has released a mobile edition of its distribution built for the new generation of ultra portables.

Linux feels the need for speed

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Linux I've been musing on the question of speed and the end of a relationship. Since this is IT we are talking about, let's ask a simple question but on that is difficult to answer: "How do you get folk who are perfectly happy with Windows XP to change to something else?"

ASUS Eee PC 901 / Intel Atom: Linux Distribution Comparison

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Linux Late last month we published our preview of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and we shared our plans for a number of benchmarks using this netbook with Intel's Atom processor. Following our Linux desktop encryption benchmarks of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and Intel Atom N270 CPU we have a performance comparison of Xandros, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva on this low-cost netbook PC.

odds & ends

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  • gnuProload : Or how I stopped asking for the sources and wrote my own software.

  • No Apple Emulation in Linux
  • Linux Scalability in a NUMA World
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 4 - MP3 - Fixed
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #108

on software

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  • Tilda — transparent terminal on your desktop

  • Launchy : Application Launcher for Linux
  • Gufw - Simple GUI for ufw (Uncomplicated Firewall)
  • UT3 Linux Release To Include Editor
  • How Dropbox ended my search for seamless sync on Linux
  • Password Management with KeePassX
  • Mesa 7.2 Release Candidate 1

some howtos:

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  • Easy command line solution to the docx problem in Linux

  • Developing with libyui/libzypp & python - part1
  • How to Install Emulators on Ubuntu (NES Edition)
  • Reworking Shell Scripts - Part 2
  • Linux Mass Rename Recursively using a Bash Script
  • Dropbox: Backs Up and Syncs Files From Your Desktop
  • HOWTO: decoupling the dashboard from the KDE 4.1.x desktop
  • Mount Samba share using fstab
  • Fix for E: Cannot find filename or size tag error in AptOnCD
  • Remotely Control your Torrents in Linux
  • Adding a signing key to RPM
  • SELinux on Ubuntu (part 1)
  • How to know what version of linux is installed on the machine
  • Monitor you computer’s network connection in Linux
  • Configuring sudo for Fedora 9
  • Condensing Perl Scripts In Linux and Unix

Battle for the window manager…

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Software The Linux community has come up with a bunch of new technologies to bring the UI eye candy on Linux to the next level. But as it may happen way too often in the Linux desktop community the emphasis is on the technical aspects , not at all on the ease of use and usability improvements.

root ain't what it used to be

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Linux My own groundhog day is a debate with customers about what constitutes "typical" Linux security precautions. If you’re a Linux administrator of any experience, you might find some of the following statements rather familiar:

two teehees & a quote

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  • Linux flavors you might not have heard of

  • How to know you’re dating a free software guy?
  • Quote of the week

Getting notified when Debian repository updates

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As a real Debian unstable addict, for a long time, I wanted to have real time notifications when upstream repository updates. So I can immediately check what's new and, time permitted, do the upgrade right away. Fortunately, I had some spare time few weeks ago that I invested in developing a neat script that you can find attached. updates

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Linux Some updates have been done to the project: Mastering environment for base of version 0.9.4 is available, Game packages for version 0.9.4 are available, and a Bunch of minor changes.

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Programming: Python 2.*, Functional Computation, and Plagiarism in CS

  • 1.5 Year Warning: Python2 will be End of Lifed
    The end of upstream Python 2.7 support will be January 1, 2020 (2020-01-01) and the Fedora Project is working out what to do with it. As Fedora 29 would be released in 2019-11 and would get 1.5 years of support, the last release which would be considered supportable would be the upcoming release of Fedora 28. This is why the current Python maintainers are looking to orphan python2. They have made a list of the packages that would be affected by this and have started a discussion on the Fedora development lists, but people who only see notes of this from blogs or LWN posts may not have seen it yet.
  • Why is functional programming seen as the opposite of OOP rather than an addition to it?

    So: both OOP and functional computation can be completely compatible (and should be!). There is no reason to munge state in objects, and there is no reason to invent “monads” in FP. We just have to realize that “computers are simulators” and figure out what to simulate.

  • Why we still can’t stop plagiarism in undergraduate computer science

    The most important goal is to keep the course fair for students who do honest work. Instructors must assign grades that accurately reflect performance. A student who grapples with a problem — becoming a stronger programmer in the process — should never receive a lower grade than one who copies and pastes.


    University administrators should communicate their support. Instructors should know that, not only will they suffer no retaliation, but that the university encourages them to enforce university policies. This might require administrators to acknowledge the inconvenient truth of widespread plagiarism.

Debian: Turris Omnia With Debian, ClojureSYNC, Debconf 2018

  • Using the switch on Turris Omnia with Debian
    After installing Debian on Turris Omnia there are a few more steps needed to make use of the network switch. The Armada 385 CPU provides three network interfaces. Two are connected to the switch (but only one of them is used to "talk" to the switch), and one is routed directly to the WAN port.
  • ClojureSYNC Talk Resources
  • Debconf 2018, MATE 1.2.0, libqalculate transition etc
    First up is news on Debconf 2018 which will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Apparently, the CFP or Call for Proposals was made just a few days ago and I probably forgot to share about it. Registration has also been opened now. The only thing most people have to figure out is how to get a system-generated certificate, make sure to have an expiry date, I usually have a year, make it at least 6 months as you would need to put up your proposal for contention and let the content-team decide it on the proposal merit. This may at some point move from alioth to salsa as the alioth service is going away. The best advice I can give is to put your proposal in and keep reworking/polishing it till the end date for applications is near. At the same time do not over commit yourself. From a very Indian perspective and somebody who has been to one debconf, you can think of the debconf as a kind of ‘khumb‘ Mela or gathering as you will. You can definitely network with all the topics and people you care for, but the most rewarding are those talks which were totally unplanned for. Also it does get crazy sometime so it’s nice if you are able to have some sane time for yourself even if it just a 5-10 minute walk.

Mozilla: Facebook-Mozilla Rift, MDN, No More Notifications (If You Want)

  • Mozilla stops Facebook advertising, demands privacy changes
    It’s probably not top of Mark Zuckerberg’s worry list this week but Mozilla Corporation, developer of the Firefox browser, is officially unhappy with Facebook.
  • Results of the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” SEO experiment
    The next SEO experiment I’d like to discuss results for is the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” experiment. In this experiment, performed through December into early January, involved selecting two of the top search terms that resulted in MDN being included in search results—one of them where MDN is highly-placed but not at #1, and one where MDN is listed far down in the search results despite having good content available. The result is a comparison of the quality of our content and our SEO against other sites that document these technology areas. With that information in hand, we can look at the competition’s content and make decisions as to what changes to make to MDN to help bring us up in the search rankings.
  • No More Notifications (If You Want)
    Online, your attention is priceless. That’s why every site in the universe wants permission to send you notifications about new stuff. It can be distracting at best and annoying at worst. The latest version of Firefox for desktop lets you block those requests and many others.

EUPL planned actions

A revised set of guidelines and recommendations on the use of the open source licence EUPL v1.2 published by the Commission on 19 May 2017 will be developed, involving the DIGIT unit B.3 (Reusable Solutions) and the JRC 1.4 (Joint Research Centre – Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer). The existing licence wizard will be updated. New ways of promoting public administrations' use of open source will be investigated and planned (such as hackathons or app challenges on open source software). The target date for the release of this set of guidelines on the use of the European Public Licence EUPL v1.2, including a modified Licence Wizard, is planned Q2 2018. Read more