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Story Linux On Macs Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 4:22am
Story Debian init decision further isolates Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 3:12am
Story GNOME’s Web Browser Introduces a New History Window Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 2:40am
Story The legacy of Mandrake Linux: Rosa Linux Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 1:37am
Story Top 10 legal issues for free software of 2013 Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 10:02pm
Story Early Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:53pm
Story Tomahawk 0.7 Released – A Ultimate Social Music Player for Linux Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:43pm
Story Scientific analysis and visualization is better with open source Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:37pm
Story SteamOS beta gets update Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:11pm
Story Updated Debian 7: 7.4 released Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:05pm

Right-Click to Launch Custom Scripts with Nautilus

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You might remember my previous post about how to actually use the Create Document option on your desktops right-click menu. Today I’ll go over how to create custom scripts to launch from that same panel. This can go for any frequently used program, custom scripts that you’ve written, etc. This tutorial is rated E for everyone!

Linux Tackles Old Foes With New Tools

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Linux

Linux users have much to look forward to in 2007, beginning with the end of the SCO saga, which has raged on since 2003. The year will also mark the birth of a new GPL and a new flagship enterprise Linux distribution from the current enterprise Linux leader, Red Hat.

Free software New Year's resolutions

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OSS

As the New Year swiftly approaches, it’s time to write those resolutions. From exercising more, eating fewer snacks, or remembering to call your mother on her birthday, we all think of various ways we can improve our lives, by starting good habits or ending bad ones. I’d like to suggest some resolutions that will assist you in your pursuit of free software.

“Commercial” is not the opposite of Free-Libre / Open Source Software

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When I talk with with other people about Free-Libre / Open Source Software (FLOSS), I still hear a lot of people mistakenly use the term “commercial software” as if it had the opposite meaning of FLOSS (aka open source software, Free-Libre Software, or OSS/FS).

Novell: We're a 'mixed-source' company

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SUSE

Novell's controversial pact with Microsoft reflects the desire of the number two Linux seller to position itself as a mixed-source company. Speaking to ZDNet Asia last week, Maarten Koster, the newly-appointed president of Novell Asia-Pacific, noted that the company positions itself in the market differently from its rivals.

Linux: Chasing Down Data Corruption

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Linux

In a couple of fascinating threads on the lkml, Linus Torvalds has been working with several other kernel developers to try and track down a difficult data corruption bug. Linus posted a test-program that's capable of consistently triggering the data corruption, so it's a matter of time before the bug is found and fixed.

Book Review - GIMP 2 For Photographers

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Reviews

If you are doing digital photography, and these days, who isn’t, then chances are you will be in need of an image editing program. If you have the money, you can spend around $600 for a copy of Photoshop or, for less functionality, you can get Photoshop Elements for about $100. But what if you are just starting out, or on a tight budget, or you work in a Linux environment?

Startup is counting on open source to launch its MMOG

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OSS

Brazil-based Hoplon Infotainment is a startup game developer and an open source shop. Its upcoming first product, Taikodom, is a "massively multiplayer online game (MMOG)" that includes elements of science fiction and magic. Hundreds of thousands of online users can play an MMOG at the same time, but that requires a lot of server power. Hoplon called on open source tools for its software development needs, and IBM to help it provide the bandwidth and CPU strength it requires.

SuperTux 0.3 is cool

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Gaming

I feel it is my happy duty to make all of you code less, by mentioning that the SuperTux people created a new release: 0.3.0. They apparently changed most of their rendering engine and physics code, and lots of other stuff changed with it. It looks much better than the already incredible 0.1.3 version that I played a lot.

Is Linux Ready for the SMB Space?

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Linux

Many small businesses have avoided Linux for a variety of reasons: not enough applications, complexity of installation or that it requires too much technical know-how to run. The technology has matured over many years, which raises the question: How valid are these considerations today?

'Old' Linux Kernels Keep Coming

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For many in the world, it's the time of year for wrapping up the old and moving ahead with the new. That's not necessarily the case for Linux, though. For the Linux kernel, what's old is new again with the new releases of the 2.6.16.37 and 2.4.34 kernels.

Linux group wants software patents made null

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Misc

An open source advocacy group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Microsoft Corp. case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate all software patents.

Two views of the 3D desktop

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Software

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been exploring two available 3D environments: Croquet and Project Looking Glass. The two projects take distinctly different approaches to their 3D environments.

Red Hat's next Linux due before March

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Linux

Red Hat plans to ship the next version of its premium Linux product on February 28, debuting major virtualization technology but missing an earlier deadline by about two months.

New Xen better for desktops

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Software

Programmers have released a new version of Xen with a graphics feature that makes the virtualization software more useful on desktop computers.

A medical open-source legal hell-hole

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Misc

To open-source or not to open-source was never in question as far as Steve Shreeve, founding CEO and largest shareholder of Medsphere Systems Corp., was concerned. So, this summer, Steve, self-proclaimed open-source software leader, and his twin-brother Scott, released the company's matured code on SourceForge under the GPL. Their reward? They were then sued for $50 million by their company.

Building a CDT-base editor, Part 5: Using PDOM

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This article, fifth in a five part “Building a CDT-based editor” series, shows how the C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT” performs code completion. Learn to understand how the CDT performs code completion. This is one of the CDT's most useful capabilities because it reduces the amount of code the user needs to type and remember.

Wardriving Using An Ubuntu Notebook With Garmin Etrex, Kismet, And GPSDrive

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This tutorial is about wardriving using GPS. It explains how to install Garmin Etrex on Ubuntu and how to configure it. It also shows how to use Garmin with GPSDrive and how to convert the data to an xml file which can be imported by Google Earth.

Open Source: Closing the tech gap

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OSS

Penetration of technology has resulted in haves and have-nots of a different kind. One, those who are moving ahead in technology assimilation while others, for whom technology is still a mystical demon. Open source software could indeed act as a tool for faster and ubiquitous adoption of IT, specially for digital have-nots.

Howtos:

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  • SSH your Debian servers without password

  • Dynamic definition of classes with CFEngine modules
  • Install Sun Looking glass Desktop environment in Ubuntu
  • Light Weight Image Viewer
  • Linux Tip: Managing Swap Partitions
  • Xubuntu Remote Desktop with VNC4Server
  • How to setup gnump3d for a streaming media server
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Software: Grafana, Heaptrack, Vim

  • Grafana – An Open Source Software for Analytics and Monitoring
    Grafana is an open source, feature rich, powerful, elegant and highly-extensible analytics and monitoring software that runs on Linux, Windows and MacOS. It is a de facto software for data analytics, being used at Stack Overflow, eBay, PayPal, Uber and Digital Ocean – just to mention but a few. It supports 30+ open source as well as commercial databases/data sources including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Graphite, Elasticsearch, OpenTSDB, Prometheus and InfluxDB. It allows you to dig deeply into large volumes of real-time, operational data; visualize, query, set alerts and get insights from your metrics from differen
  • Heaptrack v1.1.0 release
    Better memory profiling on Linux After more than a year of work, I’m pleased to release another version of heaptrack, the Linux memory profiler! The new version 1.1.0 comes with some new features, significant performance improvements and – most importantly – much improved stability and correctness. If you have tried version v1.0 in the past and encountered problems, update to the new v1.1 and try again!
  • Ten Years of Vim
     

    The philosophy behind Vim takes a while to sink in: While other editors focus on writing as the central part of working with text, Vim thinks it's editing.

     

    You see, most of the time I don't spend writing new text; instead, I edit existing text.

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GNU/Linux: Parrot 4.0, Oregan, Containers and Linux 4.18 Plans

  • Parrot 4.0 is out
    Parrot 4.0 has been released. Parrot is a security-oriented distribution aimed at penetration tests and digital forensics analysis, with additional tools to preserve privacy.
  • Parrot 4.0 release notes
  • Oregan launches SparQ middleware for Linux and Android TV
    Oregan said that the open standards-based offering resolves the differences between the current security and performance requirements of modern-day TV services and the hardware capabilities of STBs that were deployed up to a decade ago.
  • Linux app support coming to older Chrome OS devices
    Linux apps on Chrome OS is one of the biggest developments for the OS since Android apps. Previous reports stated Chromebooks with certain kernel versions would be left in the dust, but the Chrome OS developers have older devices on the roadmap, too. When Google first broke silence on Linux app functionality, it was understood that Linux kernel 4.4 was required to run apps due to dependencies on newer kernel modules. Thanks to an issue found on Chromium’s public bugtracker, we have confirmation that containers won’t be limited to the handful of Chrome OS devices released with kernel 4.4.
  • Looking Ahead To The Linux 4.18 Kernel
    There still are several weeks to go until the Linux 4.17 kernel will be officially released and for that to initiate the Linux 4.18 merge window, but we already know some of the features coming to this next kernel cycle as well as an idea for some other work that may potentially land.

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers