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How to set up your own local Ubuntu repositories with apt-mirror

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HowTos

If you’ve got a little bit of bandwidth and a bunch of Ubuntu machines to update, it’s almost a no brainer to set up your own local ubuntu repositories.

GoboLinux's recipe for delicious package management

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Linux

GoboLinux is a unique distribution in many ways. GoboLinux is perhaps best known for its alternate filesystem hierarchy. But how does one install applications under such a radical directory structure?

How To Search For Missing Packages With apt-file On Debian and Ubuntu

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This short article describes how you can search for missing packages with apt-file on Debian and Ubuntu systems. apt-file allows you to search for a file name, and it gives back the name(s) of the package(s) containing that file so that you can install the appropriate package.

My Favorite FF2 Tip

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Moz/FF

The first time I needed a tip for Firefox 2.0 was to make its tabs have the close button "like before" I was pointed to kb.mozillazine.org. What I welcomed warmly was another collection of FF2 tips and tricks: Random Firefox Tweaks.

Asian Countries Making the Switch to Open Source

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OSS

Asian countries have started switching from proprietary software such as Microsoft's to open source, it was reported Tuesday at the eighth annual Asia Open Source Software Symposium (AOSSS) in Denpasar, Indonesia.

Filesystem encryption in mixed environments with TrueCrypt

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Security

If you want to encrypt your sensitive files so that no one can access them without your personal password or decryption key, you have several options. But if you want a free, cross-platform, open source encryption application, try TrueCrypt.

Future of Debian Weekly News

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Linux

After I learned that the Debian project is indirectly paying some of its developers $ 6,000 my motivation to work on Debian issues in favour of other things dropped. Suddenly other duties and tasks became more important and hence weren't neglected anymore in favour of Debian work.

The Road to KDE 4: Okular and Ligature Document Viewers

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KDE

Focusing again on applications this week, specifically I'll look at two of the promising document viewers for KDE 4, Okular and Ligature. They are two of the rising stars of KDE 4, but they both have their roots as KDE 3 applications that have grown up.

Xubuntu offers appealing desktop alternative

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Sometime earlier this year my notebook, a low-end IBM R50e, got slow. It used to be reasonably zippy and Ubuntu worked extremely well on it. Then it just became downright sluggish and applications would often take ages to open. But having gone through the pain, and failure, of trying to install Ubuntu Edgy, I decided to look for an alternative.

New open source advocacy group announced

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OS

Ten well-known companies within the open source community have pooled their resources to form an advocacy group designed for companies to adopt open source solutions for their business needs.

Is the OS really going away?

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OS

When it comes to operating systems, the prevailing wind -- to paraphrase Claude Rains in the movie Casablanca -- hails from somewhere other than Redmond. Or at least, that's what we're led to believe.

LightZone for Linux delivers commercial quality photo conversion for free

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Software

Like many companies, Light Crafts releases its flagship application -- the RAW photo converter LightZone -- for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But although the Windows and OS X versions of LightZone cost hundreds of dollars, the Linux version is absolutely free. It is a lucky break, too, because LightZone is a powerful tool that bests many of its expensive competitors on both quality and ease of use.

Mark Shuttleworth: Clarification on Feisty’s proprietary drivers

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Ubuntu

Jonathan, I’m afraid you’ve misread the announcement that proprietary video drivers will not be switched on by default in Feisty. This was the result of a long telephone call including the entire TB and CC. During the discussion, we re-affirmed the Ubuntu policy of including proprietary drivers were these are required to enable essential hardware functionality.

PCLinuxOS stars in Heroes

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Linux

Seems our beloved PCLOS is now the preferred operating system of superheros as well. As seen in this screenshot, PCLOS is finding its way onto desktops and laptops everywhere - even Hollywood.

Ubuntu says no to non-free video drivers for Feisty

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Linux

Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman has announced two Ubuntu Technical Board decisions that will affect the upcoming Feisty Fawn release, due out in April of this year. For the Feisty release, proprietary video drivers are out of the default install, and the PowerPC port of Ubuntu is being downgraded to an unofficial release.

The Mozilla Manifesto

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla project is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet. We have distilled a set of principles that we believe are critical for the Internet to continue to benefit the public good as well as commercial aspects of life. We set out these principles in the Mozilla Manifesto.

Analyst reverses stance on Red Hat threat

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Linux

Jeffries & Co's Katherine Egbert has re-installed Red Hat as Wall Street's Linux wunderkind by saying the dire threat to Red Hat of rival support from Oracle, and a Linux sales tie-up between Microsoft and Novell, have failed to materialize. She is raising her target price for Red Hat's stock a whoppping 43 per cent to $30.

Windows Vista, The best thing that ever happened to Linux?

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OS

Microsoft Windows Vista has hit town in a big way, with worldwide release parties, massive media attention and plenty of controversy. It has been five years since Microsoft released Windows XP and a lot has changed, Microsoft needs a big win with Vista and they are pulling out all the stops. Microsoft however have taken many risks and the next six months could be very telling.

SCO vs Groklaw's Pamela Jones

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Legal

For three and a half years, a blogger named Pamela Jones has led a relentless online crusade against software maker SCO Group. Now the Lindon, Utah, software company is fighting back by seeking to take a deposition from Jones.

Graphical Redesign of PCLinuxOS for 2007

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PCLOS

PCLinuxOS has been steadily improving since its initial release. It is always great to watch the progress a distrobution can make with a dedicated and professional team behind the scenes. PCLinuxOS is no exception and its next big release, currently in beta, promises to deliver a powerful new OS.

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.