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Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 6: Tweaked Theme, Screen Resolution Utility, and relatime

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Ubuntu

tombuntu.com: Ubuntu Hardy Heron Alpha 6 is the final alpha release for Ubuntu 8.04. Let’s look at three of the new features: the new theme, Screen Resolution utility, and relatime.

The first Gnash beta is out

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Software

lwn.net: Gnash 0.8.2 - deemed the first beta release - is available. "Gnash is a GPL'd SWF movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, and Konqueror. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript 2 classes. with growing support for SWF v8 and v9."

Wolvix, My Kind of Wolf

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: Wolvix is probably one of the fastest rising distros today. First released 2 years ago, it has already gained plenty of loyal followers and is steadily going up in the ranks of Linux distributions over at Distrowatch.

Using Open Source to fight porn

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OSS

news.com: A new Red Hat employee queried an internal email list as to methods of protecting their children from accessing pornography, and through the responses I learned a few things I thought I'd share...

Open Source Game Review: Secret Maryo Chronicles

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Gaming

raiden.net: Secret Maryo Chronicles is an open source PC game designed around the original Super Mario World side scroller that takes what was great about that old console game and brings it to the PC, dusts it off and tries to improve on it.

Monitoring Multiple Systems With munin (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

In this article I will describe how you can monitor multiple systems with munin. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration.

Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.2 out

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Software

dev.compiz-fusion.org: Yet another development milestone is released from both the projects. To keep versions in sync Compiz Fusion has skipped the release of version 0.7.0.

Better Linux Sound Managment With ALSA, Part 2

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HowTos

linuxplanet.com: Last week we learned how to configure soundcards for playback with ALSA. It's easy, it works on all Linuxes, it doesn't create conflicts or introduce latency, and it doesn't require the X Window System. Today we're going to use ALSA for recording, and learn how to test our sound system.

Flash playback using Ubuntu on an amd64 computer still painful

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Software

hightechsorcery.com: Once again I tried to come up with a good flash playback option for my desktop which is running Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) amd64. And once again I’ve failed to find an option that I can call good.

Microsoft makes online Office play, but not for Linux

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Microsoft

tectonic.co.za: Microsoft yesterday announced a beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, an online platform were users can store documents and share them with others. Reviews of Microsoft Office Live Workspace have been varied but if you’re running Linux you won’t get to use the Live Workspace at all.

Use Drupal to empower your OSS project community

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Drupal

linux.com: When I started my tenure as marketing lead for the Haiku project in 2006, my highest priority was to renovate the project's Web site. The admins wanted a new site that was easy to add content to and maintain, preferably based on an open source content management system (CMS) with a proven track record. The Web team chose Drupal.

today's leftovers

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News
  • A shared passion for software is what drives the open-source movement

  • Foresight News
  • KDE 4.0.2 and Ubuntu Packages
  • OpenOffice in a more open world
  • Simon Phipps was right
  • The effects of commercialization on open-source communities
  • Second Life Viewer for GNU/Linux Goes Beta
  • Thunderbird 3.0 to begin ascent next month: what to expect
  • Distros that did not make the cut
  • Close the open-source legal gap
  • Watching Amarok Grow
  • More About Open Source Music
  • Nero fires up Blu-ray burning for Linux
  • Loading times
  • Linux-based Ripserver wants your CDs
  • Sun: Economic slowdown favors open source
  • Open Source Without Tears
  • Screenlets
  • X Server 1.4.99.901 Released

Australia stalls OOXML vote as NZ scratches head

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OSS

zdnet.com.au: With the countdown on to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ballot on OOXML, Australia and New Zealand's representatives are keeping their cards close to their chests on which way they will vote.

Also: OOXML: Why the debate?
And: The Edited Notes and the Resolutions from the BRM

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha 6 Screenshots

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: The final alpha release for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron is now available. Among the features that are available to Ubuntu 8.04 users are Firefox 3 Beta 3, the Vinagre VNC client, PolicyKit, PulseAudio, improved Virtualization capabilities, and even improved memory protection.

A £99 GNU/Linux laptop: is it just too cheap?

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Linux
Hardware

freesoftwaremagazine.com: On 28 February 2008, Elonex launched the Elonex ONE—the first sub-£100 laptop in the UK. Clearly competing against the much in-demand Asus EeePC [2], Elonex say they are aiming at the school-student market. The thing is, I just can’t stop asking: isn’t £99 too cheap for a laptop?

Firefox to Internet Explorer: Bring it on!

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Moz/FF

junauza.blogspot: Yesterday, the Beta 1 version of Internet Explorer 8 was released for download. Meanwhile, Mozilla Firefox Beta 3 was released last February with great new features of its own. And the browser wars continue...

Hardly Any Hardware Works on Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: Imagine, I’m starting my day and reviewing messages and posts over a cup of tea, when I read this rather desperate plea for help because “… apparently Ubuntu, and all of Linux is worthless, there is no hardware support for these crappy #$@*!+? OS’s!

Why falling Flash prices threaten Microsoft

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OSS

guardian.co.uk: It seems that the £200 ultraportable Asus Eee PC can do no wrong. Until now, there has been no obvious advantage for the average user in choosing GNU/Linux over Windows. The Asus Eee PC changes all that.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Protecting filesystems and swap space with Cryptmount

  • OOo: borders around pieces of text without frames
  • chrt command: Real Time Attributes of a Linux Process
  • HowTo: Automatically Change your Fedora Desktop Wallpaper
  • Share a Dial Up Internet Connection
  • Multiboot a mixture of Linux and Microsoft
  • Gentoo and Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180E - part 1: Sound
  • Gentoo and Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180E - part 2: Video
  • Easily Use Cron to Backup Thunderbird eMail in Ubuntu Linux
  • Lighttpd Webserver setup with php5 and Mysql support
  • How to Split lighttpd Logs With vlogger in Debian Etch
  • How To Install Gnome-Do Plugins
  • Photoshop in Ubuntu
  • Put Your Best Chat Buddies on Your Panel
  • Remap Caps Lock key for virtual console windows
  • SSH Tunnel
  • Test Hardy Heron using Virtual Box
  • HOWTO: Optimize Your Eee PC Screen Real Estate

Alien Arena 2008 released!

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Gaming

Alien Arean 2008 has been released featuring nearly all new game media, gameplay improvements, and a client that has been signifigantly upgraded for improved visual effects as well as major optimizations that greatly improve the fluidity and performance.

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More in Tux Machines

Devices: BeagleBoard, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), internet of things (IoT), and eCosPro

  • New PocketBeagle Open Source Developer Board Unveiled (video)
    Anyone looking for a tiny development board may be interested in the new hardware unveiled by BeagleBoard the form of their open source PocketBeagle which is now available to purchase priced at just $25. The Raspberry Pi Zero sized PocketBeagle can be used in robotic applications, drones and 3D printers and is based on the Octavo Systems OSD3358 system-in-package (SiP), the same SiP that powers the credit card-sized BeagleBone Black Wireless, but is half the size.
  • Driving Manufacturing Productivity through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
    Samsung is a major manufacturer of electronic components for clients such as Apple, Sony, HTC, and Nokia. It is also the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile devices and happens to be the world’s largest memory chip manufacturer. In July 2017, Samsung Electronics overtook Intel as the largest semiconductor chip maker in the world.
  • What is edge computing and how it’s changing the network
    Edge computing allows data produced by internet of things (IoT) devices to be processed closer to where it is created instead of sending it across long routes to data centers or clouds. Doing this computing closer to the edge of the network lets organizations analyze important data in near real-time – a need of organizations across many industries, including manufacturing, health care, telecommunications and finance.
  • eCosCentric Limited's eCosPro
    The developer of eCos, eCosCentric Limited, recently announced the latest 4.1 release of eCosPro, the stable, fully tested and supported version of the operating system and RedBoot bootstrap firmware. The new 4.1 release of the eCosPro Developer's Kit includes the latest Eclipse Neon IDE, provides improvements to the eCosPro Eclipse plugin and development tools and integrates a variety of runtime enhancements.

OSS and Sharing Leftovers

  • American International University, West Africa Extends Curriculum as Open Source Initiative Member
    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), the global non-profit formed to educate about, and advocate for, the benefits of open source software and build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community, announced today that The American International University, West Africa's (AIUWA) has joined the organization as an Affiliate Member. AIUWA is a unique educational instituion of higher education, combining degree-seeking programs, along with professional development and certification. The program's mandatory academic and professional courses enable students to graduate with both academic credentials and professional qualifications. AIUWA also serves as a center for health, management, and information technology research and development in Africa.
  • Adding More Policy Firepower to the Mozilla Network
    In June, Mozilla launched a new fellowship that brings together policy experts from around the world to advance crucial tech policy efforts. Today, we are excited to announce the appointment of seven advisors to help steer this fellowship into the future. We are also announcing one new fellow, bringing the cohort to 11 fellows from four countries who are already up to great work. Over the past three months, Mozilla’s Tech Policy Fellows have been digging into their projects to keep the Internet open and freely accessible to all. With most fellows joining directly out of government service, they’re continuing to move forward some of the urgent policy efforts they had been leading, and working to avoid any backsliding that might come with government transitions. The fellows’ work is focused on protecting net neutrality, advancing policies around artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, promoting affordable broadband service for vulnerable communities, and more. Amba Kak is our most recent addition, starting this month to work on promoting net neutrality in India. To advance this work, the fellows are meeting with policymakers inside and outside of government; they’re keynoting major events and giving press interviews about the importance of these topics; and in the coming weeks, they’ll share more about their work with the Mozilla network on our network blog.
  • MongoDB’s Mongo Moment [Ed: Ridiculous. The "journalist" writing about MongoDB here has received many paychecks from the company.]
  • OpenSSH 7.6 Is Ready For Testing & Finishes Gutting SSHv1
    OpenSSH 7.6 will be hitting the streets soon.
  • New FreeBSD Committer
    So in a sense I have been part-time part of the FreeBSD Community for nearly 15 years as well. FreeBSD has reached Tier-1 status within KDE now, with the KDE FreeBSD CI, which much stronger upstreaming happening, and with Tobias and Raphael following new releases pretty closely. I’ve been pushing and prodding at our ports tree a lot, and chasing CMake releases (and reporting bugs), and trying to get some KDE KF5-based applications into the official ports tree. So I’m happy to now receive a FreeBSD ports commit bit, with Tobias and Raphael acting as mentors. I won’t pretend this will immediately lead to Qt 5.9 and KDE Applications 17.latest in the official FreeBSD ports tree, but it increases the (direct) effort we can expend on it.
  • Free the Seed: An Open Source Approach to Food Crop Seed
    We Americans value the freedom to do what we want with our property. These days, our freedom of action in regard to what we own is increasingly being eroded and constrained by the expansion of corporate power and the evolving legal dimensions of ownership. Nowhere has this tendency to limit freedom to operate come into sharper focus than in farming. A farmer may buy a John Deere tractor, but ownership of the copyrighted software—without which the tractor cannot run and cannot be repaired—is retained by the company. According to Deere, the farmer has “an implied lease” to operate the tractor but is prohibited from making any repair or change involving use of the copyrighted code.
  • Synthace raises a £7.3m Series A to bring open source to biotech
    Synthace, a UK startup using open source technology to make process in biotechnology move faster, has raises a £7.3m Series A round. New investors White Cloud Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and Eleven Two Capital participated alongside existing investors that included Sofinnova Partners, SOSV and Bioeconomy Capital. The Company’s Antha operating system replaces processes which are currently done, almost, by hand. CEO Tim Fell says the company came out of the desire to better engineer biology: “Our need to heal, feed, fuel and manufacture for a growing population can be met by unlocking the near infinite power of biology but only by bringing software abstraction and more automation to biological R&D and manufacturing, and by enabling biologists to build atop their collective work. That is what the Antha platform does.”
  • Runway to Open Source Machine Learning Research
  • Accelerate Application Modernization with Node.js
    Node.js is much more than an application platform. In a 2016 Forrester report, the research firm talked with several Node.js users and developers to better understand the growth of Node within global enterprises across all a range of industries.
  • GitLab v10 Integrates with Kubernetes
    It’s been six months and two million downloads since GitLab released version 9.0 of its developer-centric integrated application development platform. The company kept busy in the time since, polling nearly 1,000 users at client companies like VMWare, Sony and Ticketmaster to find out what capabilities their developers needed to power up the most enterprise-worthy GitLab release yet.

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