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Mark Shuttleworth: An invitation, not a conspiracy

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Ubuntu

A number of people have commented on my invitation to OpenSuSE developers to join Ubuntu Open Week, some have expressed dismay that I would risk creating discord in the free software universe by inviting developers to leave one project and join another.

How to associate Adobe Reader for .pdf files : Ubuntu (6.06.1 / 6.10)

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HowTos

I recently posted a tutorial on How to install Adobe Reader (PDF) for Firefox and promised to follow it up with a few additional tips. This will explain how to set Adobe Reader as the default program for .pdf files on your Ubuntu system.

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Primed for desktop Linux

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Linux
Interviews

The consultants that rolled out Australia's biggest known Linux desktop project are backing themselves for more.

More patent craziness--McDonalds tries to patent the sandwich

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Misc

McDonald's wants to own the rights to how a sandwich is made. The fast-food chain has applied for a patent relating to the 'method and apparatus' used to prepare the snack.

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Stallman finally comments on Novell/Microsoft patent deal

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SUSE

A transcript of the speech made by Richard Stallman at the 5th International GPLv3 Conference is now online, and includes Stallman’s first comments on the Novell/Microsoft deal.

Learn the power features of zsh

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HowTos

Vincent Danen describes some of the features of the Z shell, such as tab-completion and prompt-handling.

command-line calculations using bc

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HowTos

If like me, you do most of your work from the command-line, using vim to edit files, mutt for e-mails, cd/ls/mv/find/etc instead of a file manager, then you may get annoyed by having to fire up a GUI calculator to make (what may sometimes be) a single calculation.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 179

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: Future of Fedora, Ubuntu vs openSUSE, Debian "etch" update, Freespire 2.0

  • First Looks: Xandros Desktop 4.1
  • Released last week: Vine Linux 4.0, dyne:bolic 2.3
  • Upcoming releases: SabayonLinux 3.2, Yellow Dog Linux 5.0
  • New distributions: DevUbuntu, EduPuppy GioveLUG, mEDUXa
  • Reader comments

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

Linux hot, standards not with China, Taiwan

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Linux
Interviews

Earlier this year, members of Chinese and Taiwanese IT associations announced broad plans to work together to jointly develop and promote Linux as well as home-grown standards for certain IT components. At an IT trade show in Shanghai, IDG News Service (IDGNS) caught up with Roger Liao, deputy director of international affairs at one of Taiwan’s biggest industry groups, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA), to discuss progress on both fronts.

Cook up Web sites fast with CakePHP, Part 1

CakePHP is a stable production-ready, rapid-development aid for building Web sites in PHP. This tutorial will go through the installation process, then get down and dirty by building the online product gallery. And through it all, you'll see how much time you could have saved had you been using CakePHP all along.

UK pays lip service to open source in schools

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OSS

The UK's Open Source Consortium has joined criticism of UK government education policy towards open source software, maintaining that the British Education Communications and Technology Agency 'pays lip service' to open source while effectively excluding it from purchasing frameworks.

Ubuntu open week kicks off

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Open Week kicks off this week, welcoming everyone from all walks of life, distros, skills, opinions and curiosities to come along and get involved. Taking place on IRC, the sessions run from Monday till Saturday between 5pm and 11pm South African time with the aim of growing the Ubuntu community.

Xandros Linux conquers a hostile Sony laptop

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Linux
Reviews

I have an impressive talent for buying laptop computers hostile to Linux. Right now I'm using a Sony Vaio VGN-FS840/W, with more proprietary drivers than you can shake a stick at. It's so bad that even a retail edition of Windows XP won't run on it; you need the OEM Windows (and sure enough, Sony is too cheap to include the CD), or you need to go to the Sony support site, download all of the drivers, and make your own supplement CD.

Encrypted remote backups made easy

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HowTos

This is an easy way to take backups and putting them on a remote site. I invented this script in order to put backups on a reliable remote site where I unfortunately only have a user account.

Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft" review

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Reviews
Ubuntu

While still far from perfect, Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft" is both an improvement over the so-called "long-term support" release and a decent operating system in its own right. It's in a much better place than any other free-of-charge operating system has been before now, but I don't think it'll give any commercial operating systems a run for their money.

Have we raised a generation of technology drones?

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Misc

I received an interesting note today from the school my children attend. In order to save precious dollars, last school year, I suggested that they begin using OpenOffice and only install Microsoft Office where there are licenses. The note I received today listed computer needs, and one of the needs listed as "Because Open Office is a lesser program compared to the Microsoft office programs, it would be helpful to have either tutorials or at least manuals for these programs."

Review: Fluxbuntu nBuild1 Revision2

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Ubuntu is without a doubt one of the fastest growing desktop Linux distributions. It is so popular that it has sprouted many derivatives. One of which is Fluxbuntu.

Closing Open-Source Gaps by Developing a Policy

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OSS

Open-source software is becoming ubiquitous, but companies need to be aware that its use must be carefully managed. Problems can arise because many open-source licenses require that users who incorporate open-source code in their software must make their code available for free (at reproduction cost), permit modifications of the software and permit redistribution without charging a fee.

Shell Scripting, oooh...its easy

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HowTos

Shell scripting is nothing but a group of commands put together and executed one after another in a sequential way. Let's start by mentioning the steps to write and execute a shell script.

Open Source Procurement Turns Out To Be A Dud

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OSS

More than twelve months after the NSW Department of Commerce announced approved suppliers of open source software and services to state government agencies, there hasn't been a single sale prompting a review to evaluate and improve the contract.

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CPod – A Simple, Beautiful And Cross-platform Podcast App

Podcasts have become very popular in the last few years. Podcasts are what’s called “infotainment”, they are generally light-hearted, but they generally give you valuable information. Podcasts have blown up in the last few years, and if you like something, chances are there is a podcast about it. There are a lot of podcast players out there for the Linux desktop, but if you want something that is visually beautiful, has slick animations, and works on every platform, there aren’t a lot of alternatives to CPod. CPod (formerly known as Cumulonimbus) is an open source and slickest podcast app that works on Linux, MacOS and Windows. CPod runs on something called Electron – a tool that allows developers to build cross-platform (E.g Windows, MacOs and Linux) desktop GUI applications. In this brief guide, we will be discussing – how to install and use CPod podcast app in Linux. Read more

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Security: Updates, Anonymity, EFF and Open Source Security Podcast

  • Security updates for Monday
  • For Hackers, Anonymity Was Once Critical. That’s Changing.

    “This is a profession for a lot of people now,” she added. “And you can’t fill out a W-9 with your hacker handle.”

    [...]

    “The thing I worry about today,” he added, taking a more serious tone, “is that people don’t get do-overs.” Young people now have to contend with the real-name policy on Facebook, he said, along with the ever-hovering threats of facial-recognition software and aggregated data. “How are you going to learn to navigate in this world if you never get to make a mistake — and if every mistake you do make follows you forever?”

  • EFF Leader: Security Decisions Are Different When Women Are In The Room
    Women will have their technical credentials doubted throughout their career, said the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Eva Galperin, but being able to participate in important privacy and security decisions makes it worthwhile.
  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 115 - Discussion with Brian Hajost from SteelCloud
    Josh and Kurt talk to Brian Hajost from SteelCloud about public sector compliance. The world of public sector compliance can be confusing and strange, but it's not that bad when it's explained by someone with experience.

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