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Story The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 12.10 falko 18/11/2012 - 11:23am
Poll My Main Computer srlinuxx 3 17/11/2012 - 11:51pm
Story Why Linus Torvalds would rather code than make money srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 11:47pm
Blog entry The EE Nokia Lumia 920 fieldyweb 17/11/2012 - 11:11pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 6:44pm
Story Long-Term Review: openSUSE 12.2 KDE srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 2:54am
Story The Problem of Menus srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 2:52am
Story A Tour of Linux Gaming srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 2:50am
Story Linux In Enterprises, Market Share And Business Which Use Linux srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 2:47am
Story German city says OpenOffice shortcomings are forcing it back to Microsoft srlinuxx 17/11/2012 - 2:45am

Linux joins the consumer-electronics revolution

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Designers are turning to the Linux operating system to meet the escalating user-interface, networking, and multimedia requirements of today's consumer-electronics products.

OpenSuSE gets OS-X style features

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NOVELL seems to be tailoring its SUSE operating system so that it can take on Microsoft’s Vista. That could mean that Linux will get GUI features before Vista hits the shop.

New KDE Localisation Website

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After 6 months of development, the KDE Localisation (l10n) website web site has been launched replacing the old It uses the default KDE layout, and its admins hope this site will help the KDE translation process work better than ever.

Also: Mandriva Donates Polish Translation of KDE Docs

What causes a Segmentation fault?

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You just saw "Segmentation fault (core dumped)" or a message like "Unexpected Signal 11 ". Why? Short answer: it's most likely hardware unless you wrote the program or just now installed it on your machine.

Neverwinter Nights 1.67 Beta Patch released!

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Neverwinter Nights is a computer game set in a huge medieval fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. A new beta, version 1.67, for Neverwinter Nights has been released by Bioware with various changes.

Also: No Gravity 2.00

Mail with Nail

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I do almost everything in text mode when working with Linux. Some tasks -- such as browsing the Web and reading email -- are harder to do satisfactorily at the console. I use Firefox to browse the Web, but finally I found a good tool to quickly access my mail in text mode.

Linux substitutes for "most wanted" Windows-only software

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Adobe Photoshop, Autocad, and Macromedia Dreamweaver continue to run 1-2-3 in the balloting, according to the online survey currently in progress on Novell's CoolSolutions community website. Free and open-source software (FOSS) already available for Linux that have similar feature sets to Photoshop.

SAP: Open-source rivals won't make the cut

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A wave of consolidation is sweeping the information technology industry, and many open-source business applications will be left behind when customers pare down their suppliers, an SAP executive predicted Wednesday.

Novell's New CTO Says Linux Desktop Is Ripe for Adoption

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Novell's new CTO Jeff Jaffe is very bullish on the outlook for the Linux desktop going forward, saying he believes it is on the cusp of a significant adoption wave.

Should 'halt' call 'shutdown'?

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The purpose of 'shutdown' is to bring the system down cleanly. It should kill off user processes gently (starting with SIGTERM so that processes that trap that can clean up open files, etc.) and it should then have 'init' change run levels so that appropriate scripts can run to do other cleanup. This is all to the good. But should traditional commands be perverted to prevent naive users from damaging systems?

Host websites on your local machine using Apache websever

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What is interesting about Apache is its stability and scalability which makes it possible to serve even very high traffic web sites without any hitch. It also helps that it comes with an unbeatable price (free). Here I will explain how one can set up Apache web server to serve ones web pages from your machine.

Open source writers wary of Oracle’s real intentions

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Larry Ellison has just sent a ripple of excitement and fear through the open source software world. The chief executive of Oracle staked out a position in one of the fastest-growing corners of the tech industry on Tuesday with the acquisition of Sleepycat Software.

Embedded Linux company woos Red Hatter

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Specifix, a company that customizes Linux for embedded computing devices, has hired its new chief operating officer from Red Hat, Specifix said Wednesday.


JasperSoft Launches Global Preferred Partner Program

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JasperSoft Corporation, the leader in open source business intelligence reporting, today announced the JasperSoft Preferred Partner Program, a network of global solution and technology partners and consultants who provide value-added products and services for both JasperReports and JasperDecisions. The program allows ISVs and consultants to capitalize on the growing demand for localized technical expertise and support as JasperSoft’s open source technology continues to gain more market share and widespread adoption with more than one million downloads worldwide to date.

Linus: read-up on your GPL 3.0

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Linus may have it wrong on digital rights management (DRM), but it's the vague wording and confusing concepts - like what is meant by a "derivative work" - that is causing the real headaches over the next General Public License (GPL).

Linux Desktop 10 to offer better MS Office, OpenOffice integration

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Novell plans to release a beta for its Linux Desktop 10 including new features offering better interoperability with Microsoft Office and Open Office, said Ted Haeger, Novell Inc.'s director of user communities, at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE).

Using strace to debug application errors

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Recently I inheritted ownership of an SVN server which was misbehaving. Trying to determine why it wasn't working correctly involved a few hours of testing, careful thought, and caffeine. Eventually I got it working correctly using the often-overlooked tool strace.

PCs for the poor: Which design will win?

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It's easy to list the benefits of bringing inexpensive computers to the billions of people who live in rural villages and urban centers in the developing world. Recently, some new ideas have come to the forefront. Here's a quick rundown of their pros and cons.

Linux, Unix Players Beef Up Security

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As expected, archrivals Sun, Red Hat and Novell unveileed major security improvements for their respective Unix and Linux platforms this week.

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Programming: Python 2.*, Functional Computation, and Plagiarism in CS

  • 1.5 Year Warning: Python2 will be End of Lifed
    The end of upstream Python 2.7 support will be January 1, 2020 (2020-01-01) and the Fedora Project is working out what to do with it. As Fedora 29 would be released in 2019-11 and would get 1.5 years of support, the last release which would be considered supportable would be the upcoming release of Fedora 28. This is why the current Python maintainers are looking to orphan python2. They have made a list of the packages that would be affected by this and have started a discussion on the Fedora development lists, but people who only see notes of this from blogs or LWN posts may not have seen it yet.
  • Why is functional programming seen as the opposite of OOP rather than an addition to it?

    So: both OOP and functional computation can be completely compatible (and should be!). There is no reason to munge state in objects, and there is no reason to invent “monads” in FP. We just have to realize that “computers are simulators” and figure out what to simulate.

  • Why we still can’t stop plagiarism in undergraduate computer science

    The most important goal is to keep the course fair for students who do honest work. Instructors must assign grades that accurately reflect performance. A student who grapples with a problem — becoming a stronger programmer in the process — should never receive a lower grade than one who copies and pastes.


    University administrators should communicate their support. Instructors should know that, not only will they suffer no retaliation, but that the university encourages them to enforce university policies. This might require administrators to acknowledge the inconvenient truth of widespread plagiarism.

Debian: Turris Omnia With Debian, ClojureSYNC, Debconf 2018

  • Using the switch on Turris Omnia with Debian
    After installing Debian on Turris Omnia there are a few more steps needed to make use of the network switch. The Armada 385 CPU provides three network interfaces. Two are connected to the switch (but only one of them is used to "talk" to the switch), and one is routed directly to the WAN port.
  • ClojureSYNC Talk Resources
  • Debconf 2018, MATE 1.2.0, libqalculate transition etc
    First up is news on Debconf 2018 which will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Apparently, the CFP or Call for Proposals was made just a few days ago and I probably forgot to share about it. Registration has also been opened now. The only thing most people have to figure out is how to get a system-generated certificate, make sure to have an expiry date, I usually have a year, make it at least 6 months as you would need to put up your proposal for contention and let the content-team decide it on the proposal merit. This may at some point move from alioth to salsa as the alioth service is going away. The best advice I can give is to put your proposal in and keep reworking/polishing it till the end date for applications is near. At the same time do not over commit yourself. From a very Indian perspective and somebody who has been to one debconf, you can think of the debconf as a kind of ‘khumb‘ Mela or gathering as you will. You can definitely network with all the topics and people you care for, but the most rewarding are those talks which were totally unplanned for. Also it does get crazy sometime so it’s nice if you are able to have some sane time for yourself even if it just a 5-10 minute walk.

Mozilla: Facebook-Mozilla Rift, MDN, No More Notifications (If You Want)

  • Mozilla stops Facebook advertising, demands privacy changes
    It’s probably not top of Mark Zuckerberg’s worry list this week but Mozilla Corporation, developer of the Firefox browser, is officially unhappy with Facebook.
  • Results of the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” SEO experiment
    The next SEO experiment I’d like to discuss results for is the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” experiment. In this experiment, performed through December into early January, involved selecting two of the top search terms that resulted in MDN being included in search results—one of them where MDN is highly-placed but not at #1, and one where MDN is listed far down in the search results despite having good content available. The result is a comparison of the quality of our content and our SEO against other sites that document these technology areas. With that information in hand, we can look at the competition’s content and make decisions as to what changes to make to MDN to help bring us up in the search rankings.
  • No More Notifications (If You Want)
    Online, your attention is priceless. That’s why every site in the universe wants permission to send you notifications about new stuff. It can be distracting at best and annoying at worst. The latest version of Firefox for desktop lets you block those requests and many others.