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webOS: The latest open source, Linux distribution

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The source or cause of the joy is none other than the announcement from HP that webOS will be, in their own words, a “pure open source project.” Awesome! Did I see this coming? Yes, sir! Did I influence HP’s decision? Perhaps.

Tomboy and Dropbox, the Dynamic Duo

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I just saw an article headline about Tomboy and it's strengths. It made me think about all the reasons I use Tomboy and perhaps my favorite reason for using it.

I use Dropbox because I like having access to files regardless of what computer I'm using or where I'm at. It is extremely helpful to me.

Unity Phone Interface

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If Ubuntu is getting into the mobile platform then it needs to understand a few things, the first and most important is the message are sending out to the world with their world wide litigation against samsung over look and feel. The interface looking like IOS5 will cause you problems, this is Apple territory and as such must stay so.

In a recent post Ubuntu Mobile Phone Concepts on the OMGUbuntu site. concept art for a new Unity style touch interface and this design is very good.

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10 of the Best Free(ish) Alternative Business Applications

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It is no mistake that setting up a business is expensive, the IT side of it especially so. This expense is even worse during the current financial climate where you could really be investing the money in other areas of the business.

Traditionally the path to go down would be a Windows server, Windows Applications recurring licence costs etc. I'd like to introduce some alternatives for businesses which provide well supported systems at a fraction (if any) of the cost of the commercial alternatives. All of which run on Linux keeping the server costs down.

This isn't a technical guide, its not going to explain how to set any of the suggestions up, i've put this together to show there are cheaper more cost effective long term solutions than the usual business fare.

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Gnome 3 works if done right.

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Any change to something which has been done the same way for years is going to cause an uproar, before Gnome 3 as far back as IT history goes major changes to GUI's have caused friction. The earliest i remember is the change from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 which was a huge change in an OS, the Windows 7 used today is not really that different in concept from Windows 95. When OSX was released same thing and most recently the KDE 3.5 to 4.0 change is still causing friction years after the update.

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This is the desktop Ubuntu needs to run with..

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While Unity may not be best interface ever, the Ubuntu project is not short of great desktops, and one of the best and most intuitive is the KDE Netbook Interface, its based on the KDE Plasma system, and while it is by far the best netbook interface by far, it also works REALLY well on desktops.

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Is Mark Shuttleworth the new Steve Jobs?

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While the world is out there looking in retrospective at the life and times of Steve Jobs, the question is also being asked will we ever see another Steve Jobs in out lifetime? or Who will the next Steve Jobs be?

With the IT industry still really in its infancy, the founders of the computer industry are all getting on, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Larry Ellison and other such illuminati are our gods the founders. while they no longer have a day to day effect on the industry they founded directly there is no doubt they still hold sway and have valid opinion.

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Forget about the iCloud setup an Ubuntu myCloud..

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The internet is moving to the cloud, and its going to cost you, once you've chose the service, you're pretty much locked in because the time its going to take to upload your files, you'll be fed up waiting and won't want to move servers. There is an alternative however because rather than invest in someone else's infrastructure and paying them your cold hard cash you can build your own cloud. Your own little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow..

What will we be doing?

What we are going to build here, is our own cloud server, so the PC you build it on must be able to be on all the time and attached to a fairly decent broadband connection. The server will supply media over the internet streaming video, music from your own collection over the internet (3G or Wifi) to an iPad or Android device, or a Laptop . You will also be able to host your own email address and web server which will allow you to show your photos to the world should you wish. Finally we will supply a secure system for accessing your files remotely. These are all services which you could purchase over the web however you will be hosting yourself.

During the install process i'll be drawing from many websites and these will be listed at the end of the tutorial if you want to read more. I've set this up myself so know it works well.

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Should "There is more to Linux than Ubuntu.." be "Is there more to Linux than Ubuntu.."

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I've been blogging a lot more about Linux recently, and there is a reason for that. I have a strong belief that the rise of Ubuntu has killed the Linux desktop. There appears to be a severe lack of innovation out there in Linux desktop land with Ubuntu Spin Offs being all over the place. Ubuntu in a shiny new jacket is still Debian..

Who is going to step up to the mark from one of the other Distros and give ubuntu a run for its money? Or am i right, and Ubuntu has the desktop pwnd now.. And Unity will become the Desktop wars Winner?

Is this what the Linux Desktop market has boiled down to a commercial distro link Canonicals Ubuntu has triumphed over years of community blood sweat and toil?

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Sabayon 7 on Acer Aspire One D255

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The Acer Aspire one is a a 1Gb, Intel Atom Netbook PC, and while you may think the netbook is dead, having a low powered throw in the bag computer is never a bad thing. However even in these heady days when Microsoft are willing to convince you that Windows 7 will happily run on devices such as this, and then effectively killed the market a customers just couldn't figure out why their £200 netbook ran like a dog there is still hope with the Gnome 3 based Distro..

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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

There's an old adage in the open source world – if you don't like it, fork it. This advice, often given in a flippant manner, makes it seem like forking a piece of software is not a big deal. Indeed, forking a small project you find on GitHub is not a big deal. There's even a handy button to make it easy to fork it. Unlike many things in programming though, that interaction model, that simplicity of forking, does not scale. There is no button next to Debian that says Fork it! Thinking that all you need to do to make a project yours is to fork it is a fundamental misunderstanding of what large free/open source projects are – at their hearts, they are communities. One does not simply walk into Debian and fork it. One can, on the other hand, walk out of a project, bring all the other core developers along, and essentially leave the original an empty husk. This is what happened when LibreOffice forked away from the once-mighty OpenOffice; it's what happened when MariaDB split from MySQL; and it's what happened more recently when the core developers behind ownCloud left the company and forked the code to start their own project, Nextcloud. They also, thankfully, dropped the silly lowercase first letter thing. Nextcloud consists of the core developers who built ownCloud, but who were not, and, judging by the very public way this happened, had not been, in control of the direction of the product for some time. Read more

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Pithos 1.2

  • New Version of Linux Pandora Client ‘Pithos’ Released
    A new release of open-source Linux Pandora client Pithos is now available for download.
  • Pithos 1.2 Improves The Open-Source/Linux Pandora Desktop Experience
    Chances are if you've ever dealt with Pandora music streaming from the Linux desktop you've encountered Pithos as the main open-source solution that works out quite well. Released today was Pithos 1.2 and it ships with numerous enhancements for this GPLv3-licensed Pandora desktop client. Pithos 1.2 adds a number of new keyboard shortcuts for the main window, initial support for translations, an explicit content filter option, reduced CPU usage with Ubuntu's default theme, redesigned dialogs and other UI elements, and more.

OPNsense 16.7

  • OPNsense 16.7 released
  • pfSense/m0n0wall-Forked OPNsense 16.7 Released
    The latest major release is out of OPNsense, a BSD open-source firewall OS project derived from pfSense and m0n0wall. OPNsense 16.7 brings NetFlow-based reporting and export, trafic shaping support, two-factor authentication, HTTPS and ICAP support in the proxy server, and UEFI boot and installation modes.