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Story GNOME Weather App 3.11.4 Fixes RTL Layouts Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 9:16pm
Story Init wars: Debian tech panel may end up deadlocked Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 9:11pm
Story The 3.13 kernel is out Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 9:04pm
Story Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on' Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 8:48pm
Story Fraudulent Microsoft Reportedly Pays OEMs Not to Entertain Linux Roy Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 8:15pm
Story World Domination Versus Freedom Roy Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 7:21pm
Story New Intel Broadwell Backends Land In Mesa Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 12:39am
Story The Linux 3.13 Kernel Is A Must-Have For AMD RadeonSI Users Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 12:20am
Story Unleashing the Best Open Source Social Networking Software Rianne Schestowitz 20/01/2014 - 12:16am
Story Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Implement the Bleeding Edge GRUB 2.02 Beta 2 Boot Loader Roy Schestowitz 19/01/2014 - 5:02pm

Hardware/software kit teaches embedded Linux

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Linux

Intellimetrix, a specialist in real-time and embedded software development and training, has introduced a low-cost embedded Linux learning kit. Aptly named the Embedded Linux Learning Kit (ELLK), the kit comprises an ARM-based SBC (single-board computer), cables, power supply, Linux OS, development tools, and comprehensive documentation.

Locking up Linux: Creating a Cryptobook

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Linux

Cryptographic storage solutions are an essential part of securing confidential information from exposure to the wrong individuals. Crypto systems are designed to safeguard intellectual property, trade secrets or personal information. They can take on many forms, offer varying levels of functionality, and contain any number of features to suit a variety of operating circumstances and environments.

Stable kernel 2.6.17.9 released

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Linux

The 2.6.17.9 stable kernel release is out. It is a single-patch release for a security issue which, being specific to the PowerPC architecture, will not affect most users.

ATI 8.28.8 Display Drivers

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Software

Yet again ATI Technologies has managed to deliver another feature-packed driver release. Amongst the changes in this month's 8.28.8 release, are a combined i386/x86_64 installer, pairmode option, preserve monitor status across restarts, new product support, and various other changes. We at Phoronix have our usual driver examination and review to share today.

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Simply Mepis 6.0 - Simply a solid option for a Linux Distro that works

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Reviews

SimplyMepis 6.0 has been around for a bit now, but in my effort to review the most popular and easiest distros marketed today, there simply is no way to skip over this product. Mepis itself is not too new, recently, Warren Woodford moved his product to be based on Ubuntu which is a really strong distro and extremely popular. Lets check it out, shall we???

Why doesn't Linux need defragmenting?

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HowTos

It's a question that crops up with depressing regularity: Why don't Linux filesystems need to be defragmented?. Here's my attempt at answering once and for all.

AIGLX, XGL, DRI, MesaGL... sort it out

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Software

Seeing SuSE’s new desktop—the one using XGL and Compiz—one may be tempted to try and get it working on his own system... Good luck.

Retailer switches to Suse for 320 stores

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SUSE

US giant chucks out Red Hat Linux to replace it with Suse Linux on store terminals and for its backend point-of-sale management systems.

Free software's secret weapon: FOOGL

It's a long-standing joke in the free software world that this will be the year when we see GNU/Linux make its breakthrough on the desktop - just like last year, and the year before that. What's really funny is that all the key GNU/Linux desktop apps are already being widely deployed, but not in the way that people have long assumed.

Take notes with Tomboy

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HowTos

A few weeks ago, I started looking around for an application that makes it easy to take notes. I do all my writing in Vim, but I wanted something that was good for quick and dirty notetaking and for organizing information without maintaining a collection of text files. After some research, I settled on Tomboy.

PCs for the poor: Ultimate solution or scam of the century?

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OLPC

At the 2005 World Economic Forum in Switzerland a soft-spoken academic made an announcement that sent seismic waves across the computer industry. Nicholas Negroponte, then director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, spoke of making laptops available at US$100 for schoolchildren in developing nations.

Open-Source Licenses Get Categorized, Not Ranked

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OSS

The long-delayed and much-awaited Open Source Initiative report on open-source license proliferation has been released, but the current licenses have been placed into three broad categories and have not been ranked beyond that.

Open source SPARC details emerge

OPEN SOURCE news from Sun continues today, with the release of architectural documents for the OpenSPARC T1 - the open source version of Sun's UltraSPARC T1 processor.

Gartner: Stay rational with open source

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OSS

While Red Hat has outlined more strategic reasons for embracing open source, market researcher Gartner says enterprises should not have a strategy specifically for open source.

The state of the 2006 Linux desktop

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Linux

Were you to walk around LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week, for almost every person you'd see sitting, you'd see a laptop in front of them. And, if you're a snoopy person, like me, you'd also see that about half of those laptops were running Linux.

That doesn't sound like that much? Think again.

LinuxWorld, virtually speaking

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Linux

I'm at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week, and it's as interesting, stimulating, and fun as you might imagine. There's a lot going on here, and much of it relates to security. In fact, it sometimes seems like I'm hearing reactions to, and support for, many of the columns I've written in this very space over the years. In particular, one topic strongly stood out for me, but from a new angle that deserves examination.

Microsoft Office for Linux 'inevitable'

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Microsoft

Microsoft within the "next couple of years" will release a version of its Office productivity to run on Linux, Stuart Cohen, chief executive for the Open Source Development Labs, predicted in an interview with vnunet.com at the Linuxworld conference in San Francisco.

Sharp Zaurus SL-C3200

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Linux

The Zaurus is in a class by itself, being a cross between a PDA and a handheld computer. Rather than running a somewhat limited PDA operating system, it runs Linux which means the CPU and RAM are the only real limit for running Linux applications.

Why is Linux Successful?

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Linux

The success of Linux over the past 15 years boils down to a few key factors, according to a panel of Linux luminaries. Larry Augustin, chairman of VA Software, Eric Raymond, founder of the Open Source Institute, Jon maddog Hall of Linux International, Chris DiBona of Google, and Dirk Hohndel of Intel regaled the capacity crowd with tales of their first experiences with Linux and Linus.

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