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Story Mozilla Names Andreas Gal New CTO Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 9:33am
Story Gnome 3.14 Stable Will Be Released In September 2014, Coming With Both Better Wayland Support And Some New Apps Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 9:27am
Story 9-Way April 2014 Linux Distribution Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 9:04am
Story New course to cater to Linux newbies Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 8:28am
Story Ubuntu Trusty Tahr: More Yawns, More Polish Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 8:11am
Story Does Linux Mint exist? Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 6:50am
Story R600 Gallium3D Lands Many OpenGL Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 6:43am
Story Unlocking Chromebooks will soon get simpler Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 6:34am
Story Red Hat, Fedora, & CentOS - and More Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2014 - 6:23am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 24/04/2014 - 10:28pm

Lost children database goes live

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Misc

Children separated from families after the deadly Hurricane Katrina are being helped by the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as their website is also serving as an online album of children who are trying to find their families.

Toyota Computer Makes You Watch the Road

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Sci/Tech

Japanese automaker Toyota has developed a safety technology that it says will keep the driver's eyes on the road.

New free software license takes aim at patents

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OSS

The free software foundation said on Tuesday it would start adapting rules for development and use of free software by including penalties against those who patent software or use anti-piracy technology.

Kat - Desktop Search Environment Updated

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KDE
Software

Kat is a framework designed to allow KDE applications to index and retrieve files. Today marks the release of version 0.6.3 fixing serveral bugs.

In praise of small Linux distros

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Linux

Among the hundreds of Linux distributions, only a handful get much media attention, and only a small segment of those have become household words in the Linux community. Why do so many small distros have such a loyal entourage? The answer lies in the word "community."

Nvidia G70 Ultra cancelled

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Hardware

NVIDIA DECIDED to cancel its upcoming G70 Ultra card, a real shocker. However, there is good business sense behind that hard decision.

Kazaa appeal likely in 2006

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Legal

Any appeal by key players associated with the Kazaa file-sharing software will only be heard in February or March next year.

Unreal Tournament 2007 Previews/Video @ GC

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Gaming

Epic and Midway attended last month's GC 2005, an industry trade show held in Leipzig, Germany, to show Unreal Tournament 2007, the next title in the semi-annual multiplayer FPS series.

blah blah he reviews Linux blah blah

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Reviews

Was reading "Software Development" magazine, September 2005 issue the other day. The cover had a nice headline: REVIEWED: 350 Flavors of Linux P.27. Cool idea! But the whole issue is only 64 pages long - how much depth will there be? hahaha! Well, let me offer a detailed review of their 'review'.

Scientists baffled by changes in Saturn's rings

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Sci/Tech

New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo's time, have dramatically changed over the past 25 years.

Open Source Fragmenting

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OSS

A clear trend is steadily emerging: companies with Open Source offerings are gradually starting to charge for software.

Beyond Beyond Linux from Scratch (lfs - part3)

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Linux
HowTos
-s

In continuing with my Linux From Scratch series with Part 3, I present my adventures in setting up a more productive desktop system. Up until this point I have concentrated on just getting the basic underlying system in place and later installing X and a window manager. Today we strike out on our own some as we venture out of the docbook to go beyond Beyond Linux from Scratch.

British Music Retailers Begin Digital War

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Web

In a clear sign the digital music revolution is here to stay, Britain's major music retailers are going head-to-head for a slice of the burgeoning - and potentially very lucrative - Internet downloading market.

KDE kcheckpass Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

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KDE
Security

A vulnerability has been reported in kcheckpass, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges. Patch available.

Kazaa hit by file-sharing ruling

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Legal

An Australian court has ruled that the popular file-swapping program Kazaa urged its users to breach copyright.

Linux Love Spells Bad News for MS

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Linux

"Unless we resort to open-source operating systems, we might be subjected to the dominance of a certain system like Windows series of Microsoft. That is the reason why we seek Linux."

Screenshots of the GoogleOS?

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OS

It's not often that I see something and instantly dismiss it as balderdash, but that was my reaction this morning when my inbox contained, among other things, links to this Chinese site (caution: not necessarily work safe) claiming to have seen the Google OS. In fact, there's even screenies.

Open source software testing

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OSS

Software testing is a discipline in the quality assurance process of software. To me, the Linux operating system is a test tool in itself with remarkable functionality and the availability of many tools for Linux.

Survivor: Opera

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Software

Ten years ago, Jon von Tetzchner and Geir Ivarsoy were researchers at Norway's largest telecom when management shut down their project.

Local companies continue to ride open source wave

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OSS

A number of local companies have embraced open source for their business-critical applications, much earlier than others, and are now seeing the benefits of their decision.

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Antergos Linux Project Ends

What started as a summertime hobby seven years ago quickly grew into an awesome Linux distribution with an even more awesome community around it. Our goal was to make Arch Linux available to a wider audience of users by providing a streamlined, user friendly experience including a safe place for users to communicate, learn, and help one another. There have been 931,439 unique downloads of Antergos since 2014 (when we began keeping track). We think it’s safe to say we’ve accomplished our goal. Today, we are announcing the end of this project. As many of you probably noticed over the past several months, we no longer have enough free time to properly maintain Antergos. We came to this decision because we believe that continuing to neglect the project would be a huge disservice to the community. Taking this action now, while the project’s code still works, provides an opportunity for interested developers to take what they find useful and start their own projects. For existing Antergos users: there is no need to worry about your installed systems as they will continue to receive updates directly from Arch. Soon, we will release an update that will remove the Antergos repos from your system along with any Antergos-specific packages that no longer serve a purpose due to the project ending. Once that is completed, any packages installed from the Antergos repo that are in the AUR will begin to receive updates from there. Read more Also: Arch-Based Antergos Linux Distribution Calls It Quits

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today's leftovers

  • This Week Twitter Taught Me: Thunderbird is Go, But Windows Text Editors are Not!
    Although it’s proving difficult to stay on (Linux related) topic, this series has proven a great success in only 3 weeks — so much so that I’m planning to launch three separate spin-offs! I mean, I might as well milk the franchise for all I can while the udders drip with goodwill, right? Keep an eye out for “This Week My Spam Folder Taught Me“, “This Fortnight a Disqus Bot Taught Me” (spoiler: bit repetitive that one) and, to serve the overlooked people-who-read-this-site-whilst-diving niche, “This Month Diving Taught Me”. I wouldn’t get your hopes up for the latter, though. I can’t swim, let alone dive…
  • Timetable Scheduler App For Linux
    Timetable is a scheduling app available on flathub repositories. The app is maintained by the Elementary OS team and thus it’s User Interface looks like its own native OS. Might look a bit out of place on GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, etc but still yet the app works like a charm. Read on below to get more done with Timetable.
  • Juan Luis Baptiste : New docker images for upcoming mageia 7
    I have added new docker images for the upcoming mageia 7 release. Thanks to the latest work on our image build tools, the images are available in all architectures mageia 7 supports: x86_64 armv7hl aarch64
  • Manas and Marek: Improving Fedora release process
    Manas Mangaonkar (pac23) is working on the Change Management Tool, a tool for the Fedora Program Managers and contributors to propose, edit, and approve changes per Fedora’s change process. He was selected for Google Summer of Code 2019. We asked Manas a few questions as he prepares for his next three months working with Ben Cotton, his mentor for the summer.
  • Candy Tsai: Outreachy 2019 March-August Internship – The Application Process
    Really excited to be accepted for the project “Debian Continuous Integration: user experience improvements” (referred to as debci in this post) of the 2019 March-August round of the Outreachy internship! A huge thanks to my company and my manager Frank for letting me do this since I mentioned it out of the blue. Thanks to the Women Techmakers community for letting me know this program exists.
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 579
  • Sony's Deal With Microsoft Blindsided Its Own PlayStation Team [iophk: "RIP Playstation"]

    Last week, the companies announced a strategic partnership to co-develop game streaming technology and host some of PlayStation’s online services on the Redmond-based company’s Azure cloud platform. It comes after PlayStation spent seven years developing its own cloud gaming offering, with limited success.

    Negotiations with Microsoft began last year and were handled directly by Sony’s senior management in Tokyo, largely without the involvement of the PlayStation unit, according to people familiar with the matter. Staff at the gaming division were caught off-guard by the news. Managers had to calm workers and assure them that plans for the company’s next-generation console weren’t affected, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing private matters.

Kernel: Guix and Logitech

  • Creating and using a custom Linux kernel on Guix System
    Guix is, at its core, a source based distribution with substitutes, and as such building packages from their source code is an expected part of regular package installations and upgrades. Given this starting point, it makes sense that efforts are made to reduce the amount of time spent compiling packages, and recent changes and upgrades to the building and distribution of substitutes continues to be a topic of discussion within Guix. One of the packages which I prefer to not build myself is the Linux-Libre kernel. The kernel, while not requiring an overabundance of RAM to build, does take a very long time on my build machine (which my children argue is actually their Kodi computer), and I will often delay reconfiguring my laptop while I want for a substitute to be prepared by the official build farm. The official kernel configuration, as is the case with many GNU/Linux distributions, errs on the side of inclusiveness, and this is really what causes the build to take such a long time when I build the package for myself. The Linux kernel, however, can also just be described as a package installed on my machine, and as such can be customized just like any other package. The procedure is a little bit different, although this is primarily due to the nature of how the package definition is written.
  • Improved Logitech wireless device support in kernel 5.2
    The just released 5.2-rc1 kernel includes improved support for Logitech wireless keyboards and mice. Until now we were relying on the generic HID keyboard and mouse emulation for 27 MHz and non-unifying 2.4 GHz wireless receivers. Starting with the 5.2 kernel instead we actually look at the devices behind the receiver. This allows us to provide battery monitoring support and to have per device quirks, like device specific HID-code to evdev-code mappings where necessary. Until now device specific quirks where not possible because the receivers have a generic product-id which is the same independent of the device behind the receiver. The per device key-mapping is especially important for 27MHz wireless devices, these use the same HID-code for Fn + F1 to Fn + F12 for all devices, but the markings on the keys differ per model. Sofar it was impossible for Linux to get the mapping for this right, but now that we have per device product-ids for the devices behind the receiver we can finally fix this. As is the case with other devices with vendor specific mappings, the actual mapping is done in userspace through hwdb.
  • The Better Logitech Wireless Device Support In The Linux 5.2 Kernel
    Red Hat's Hans de Goede who was involved in this latest Logitech support improvement work for the Linux 5.2 kernel has now blogged to share additional background information on the effort.