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Story Leftovers: FOSS in CMS Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:25pm
Story CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:17pm
Story 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide For Linux PC Hardware Rianne Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:00pm
Story GNU/Linux Chases Monopolists Out of the Server Rooms Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 1:09pm
Story Btrfs hands on: My first experiments with a new Linux file system Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 12:36pm
Poll Where is Linux domination most important? Rianne Schestowitz 1 28/11/2013 - 12:09pm
Story OpenGL Changes In KDE's KWin 5 Window Manager Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 9:42am
Story Distros For Old Computers Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 9:36am
Story Russian bots invade America, absorb Android brains Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 9:31am
Story OPINION: Life after Windows XP – FOSS and BYOD Roy Schestowitz 28/11/2013 - 2:17am

Maybe GPL is the problem, if Greg Kroah-Hartman is RMS-ish

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Some time ago, when Kororaa was accused of violating the GPL, there were a lot of discussions. The respected kernel guru Greg Kroah-Hartman, in a long interview with Linux Format, still believes that binary-only kernel modules are illegal if loaded by a GPL kernel!

Interview: Ron Hovsepian, Novell

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This week's Q&A session is with Ron Hovsepian, the new CEO of Novell.

Adventures in Linux-Laptop-Land

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I recently got a new laptop, and got the next model up in the Inspiron line (630m), since the 600m was not made anymore. The 630m has proven to be *very* Linux and Free-Unix unfriendly.

Complete Ubuntu Computer System for <$40?

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Interesed in Linux? Don't have the time to install it on your primary computer? Worried you might delete your Windows partition? We have a perfect solution! A complete PC with Ubuntu Linux preloaded! Perfect as a 2nd or 3rd computer. Ubuntu linux is a great and easy to use Operating System.

Tyan Tiger i7520SD S5365

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Last month we had reported on the Tyan Tempest i5000XL motherboard as well as the Tyan Tiger i7520SD, both of which had their own unique characteristics to the table. However, today we are bringing the remainder of our Tiger i7520SD S5365 review.

How Xgl Works

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I explain here how Xgl works with NVIDIA's drivers. It works in a similar way with DRI drivers: Mesa libGL and libglx are loaded instead of NVIDIA's ones. This will have a benefict...

Measuring resources for a MySQL server on Linux

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Sometimes my customers ask me about the CPU and memory consumption of a MySQL server process. I started digging into the operating system intricacies to find out as much as I could about the resources used by a single process.


A review of Blag Linux and GNU

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Blag is an ever-growing GNU/Linux operating system distribution developed by a few highly dedicated free software activists in the UK. Blag, which is a recursive acronym for the phrase ‘Blag Linux and GNU’, is one of the six GNU/Linux distributions that is supported by the GNU Project and Richard Stallman.

Understanding RAID

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A company’s greatest asset, besides its employees, is its data. Millions and millions of dollars are spent to backup data, replicate data, etc. all in an attempt to protect against data loss. The only true defense to protect from data loss is to implement a disk solution based on RAID technology.


Why is Firefox So Darn Popular?

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Recently, I have been pondering why is Firefox so darn popular? This is a question that I honestly ask myself sometimes, often while browsing the web from within the browser itself. The real trick is that there are so many different ways to answer this.

From 0 to 1 in 100 years

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Net Neutrality is a snowball. Google currently lists 36.4 million results for "net neutrality" and another 3.13 million for "network neutrality". The top of five "sponsored links" is for, a carrier-funded anti-neutrality PR site.

Planeshift 0.3.015 Released!

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A new version of the MMORPG Planeshift has just been released. The story of Yliakum continues in this new release of the game, which comes up with many improvements.

Novell SLED 10 Desktop Review

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I was quite enthusiastic to see the second generation of this alternative desktop in preliminary release at the end of June. I downloaded the Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop ISO and spent some time with it over the holiday weekend. The fact that I ended up spending very little time wth it is really the story.

Howto: Linux write (burn) data to DVD or DVD/RW

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DVD is another good option for backup, archiving, data exchange etc. In order to write DVD/DVD-RW from shell prompt you need to install a package called dvd+rw-tools. Also note that this package works under *BSD, HP-UX, Solaris and other UNIX like operating systems.

Pay a little now, pay a lot later

Freedom of choice is an ideal. Choosing freedom or bondage isn't very important for a typical home user. Most people only use the software that comes bundled with their computer. This is not the case, though, with business who dedicate significant portions of their income to IT.

Where in the world does open source come from?

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Matt Asay's recent comment that "open source is not a Silicon Valley phenomenon" has sparked a debate about the importance of location, and got me thinking about where open source software comes from.

FBI plans new Net-tapping push

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The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping.

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KDE: Qt, Plasma, QML, Usability & Productivity

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Programming: Python Maths Tools and Java SE

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  • Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month
    Oracle’s put a price on Java SE and support: $25 per processor per month, and $2.50 per user per month on the desktop, or less if you buy lots for a long time. Big Red’s called this a Java SE Subscription and pitched it as “a commonly used model, popular with Linux distributions”. The company also reckons the new deal is better than a perpetual licence, because they involve “an up-front cost plus additional annual support and maintenance fees.”

Linux 4.18 RC2 Released From China

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    Another week, another -rc. I'm still traveling - now in China - but at least I'm doing this rc Sunday _evening_ local time rather than _morning_. And next rc I'll be back home and over rmy jetlag (knock wood) so everything should be back to the traditional schedule. Anyway, it's early in the rc series yet, but things look fairly normal. About a third of the patch is drivers (drm and s390 stand out, but here's networking and block updates too, and misc noise all over). We also had some of the core dma files move from drivers/base/dma-* (and lib/dma-*) to kernel/dma/*. We sometimes do code movement (and other "renaming" things) after the merge window simply because it tends to be less disruptive that way. Another 20% is under "tools" - mainly due to some selftest updates for rseq, but there's some turbostat and perf tooling work too. We also had some noticeable filesystem updates, particularly to cifs. I'm going to point those out, because some of them probably shouldn't have been in rc2. They were "fixes" not in the "regressions" sense, but in the "missing features" sense. So please, people, the "fixes" during the rc series really should be things that are _regressions_. If it used to work, and it no longer does, then fixing that is a good and proper fix. Or if something oopses or has a security implication, then the fix for that is a real fix. But if it's something that has never worked, even if it "fixes" some behavior, then it's new development, and that should come in during the merge window. Just because you think it's a "fix" doesn't mean that it really is one, at least in the "during the rc series" sense. Anyway, with that small rant out of the way, the rest is mostly arch updates (x86, powerpc, arm64, mips), and core networking. Go forth and test. Things look fairly sane, it's not really all that scary. Shortlog appended for people who want to scan through what changed. Linus
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