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Story [Systemd] Formalizing Backports Roy Schestowitz 02/03/2014 - 11:30am
Story Btrfs File-System Mount Option Testing From Linux 3.14 Roy Schestowitz 02/03/2014 - 11:29am
Story NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 750 Is A Great $120 Linux Graphics Card Roy Schestowitz 02/03/2014 - 11:23am
Story Manjaro 0.8.9 Released – A Ultimate Linux OS with Windows Feel, Review and Installation Guide Roy Schestowitz 02/03/2014 - 11:11am
Blog entry First Month on the New Server (Updated) Roy Schestowitz 02/03/2014 - 10:47am
Story Fear and Open Source Intellectual Property in Las Enterprise Rianne Schestowitz 02/03/2014 - 8:24am
Story Ubuntu Developers overhaul ‘Scopes’ feature Rianne Schestowitz 01/03/2014 - 10:58pm
Story Google moves Moto’s modular phone mojo forward Rianne Schestowitz 01/03/2014 - 8:27pm
Story Cantor’s script editor news Rianne Schestowitz 01/03/2014 - 7:33pm
Story Telegram, an open-source competitor of WhatsApp Rianne Schestowitz 01/03/2014 - 5:36pm

GhostWriter: A Linux distro for writers

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One of the things that I love about Linux is that it has tools for everyone, including writers. Linux distributions come with word processors, text editors, spell checkers, typesetting, and publishing tools galore. Normally, you're using these tools with a standard desktop distribution in an environment like KDE or GNOME. Billy-Bob Ming, however, has taken a different tack and rolled his own Linux distro specifically aimed at writers.

CD burning with a 2.6 kernel (IDE)

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HowTos

Under the 2.4 series kernel - to be able to use an IDE CD burner we were forced to use SCSI emulation (via the kernel module ide-scsi). Under the 2.6 series kernel - this is deprecated - we now use ide-cd.

Tux Power! - a compilation of music made with Linux

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Linux

Linuxaudio.org has released its first compilation CD of music by artists
using libre software - Tux Power! Every single part of the CD was made
on Linux, including all the music.

Google censors South African search engine

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Web

South Africa's newest search engine, Jonga, disappeared from Google's index last week without a trace. Jonga's owner, Alistair Carruthers, is wondering why.

Novell pumps $20M into Open Invention Network

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Misc

Novell Inc. has invested $20 million in a New York startup that is acquiring patents covering software developed under open-source principles.

UWIN - Unix for Windows

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Software

There are times when you are forced to use a Windows machine and there is no way of getting your hands on a PC running Linux. And you feel your productivity is severely hampered because certain tasks - which could easily be accomplished using the plethora of command line tools in Linux - do not have an easy solution in Windows.

This is where UWIN comes into the picture.

Fud Alert: Governments should ban Linux

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Linux

The truth is that Linux is one of the biggest threats to human creativity worldwide. Linux is a leprosy; and is having a deleterious effect on the U.S. IT industry because it is steadily depreciating the value of the software industry sector.

DVD Jon sets his sights on AACS

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Sci/Tech

Jon Lech Johansen, better known as "DVD Jon," has thrown down a gauntlet to the entertainment industry. In his blog he has issued a provocative statement about AACS, the next-generation content protection system that will be found both in Blu-ray and HD DVD.

Public debate on GPL 3 draft begins

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OSS

The foundation is revising the GPL for the first time in 15 years, and this time the organisation is accepting suggestions from the broad base of people and organisations now involved in the free software and open-source software movements. Over the last decade and a half, the GPL grew from an academic curiosity created by programmer and FSF founder Richard Stallman into a critical foundation of much of the software realm.

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The Rebirth of X Window?

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Software

At the end of last year, just in time for Christmas, a technological child was quietly reborn. A GUI technology that was largely supplanted by the Web, Web Services, and a whole lot more has experienced its first major version release in more than a decade. What is the Christmas rebirth you ask? The X Window System X11R7.0 and its companion X11R6.9.

Also: Standard terminology for open systems

GPLv3 Draft Published

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OSS

The licenses for most software are designed to take away your
freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public
License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free
software--to make sure the software is free for all its users. We,
the Free Software Foundation, use the GNU General Public License for
most of our software; it applies also to any other program whose
authors commit to using it.

HelpFirefox site goes down

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Web

HelpFirefox, the site launched last week to raise funds for Mozilla's Web browser Firefox, was a victim of its own success on Monday.

What Thunderbird 1.5 should have been

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Software

Somewhere between Evolution and Mozilla Thunderbird is my perfect mail client. So instead of doing a review of the new Thunderbird - if you've seen version 1.0, then you've seen version 1.5 - I'm going to make a wishlist for my ideal mail client.

Doom3 - "In Hell" 1.0 Released

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Gaming

In Hell is a new revolutionary Doom3 singleplayer modification that brings you back the old atmosphere of ultimate doom.

Looking Forward: Fedora Core 5

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Reviews

I usually like to wait for a Linux distribution to officially be released before I review it, but I thought it would be interesting to see where it was at exactly one release later. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

CLI Magic: Learn to talk awk

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HowTos

When it comes to slicing and dicing text, few tools are as powerful, or as underutilized, as awk. In the Linux world, every distribution includes the GNU version, gawk (/bin/awk is usually a symbolic link to /bin/gawk). The GNU version has a few more features than the original. Let's play with some of the core features common among POSIX-compliant awks.

Linux vendors stepping up their focus on security

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Security

Customers should expect to see enhanced, easier-to-use security tools from leading Linux distributors in the coming months as vendors focus on making the platform tough enough to support even the most critical business applications.

Fumbling with Linux - part 1

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Linux

I posted here last month about running Ubuntu under Qemu, but it's very slow. I then tried running live CDs of Linux distributions, loading large applications, like OpenOffice.org, is painfully slow due to the limited RAM. So I decided to install a full distribution on my system, XANDROS 3 Open Cirulation Edition.

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