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The H Year: 2010's Wins, Fails and Mehs

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h-online.com: Welcome to The H's look back at 2010. We've broken down the events of the year by what The H thinks was full of win, who was getting on the failboat and what made us just say "Meh".

today's leftovers:

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  • Activity Journal getting a new View
  • A New Video Highlighting Unigine's OilRush Game
  • "Put it there and wait for users to break" isn't a valid QA method
  • Bodhi Linux Get Software Page Goes Live
  • [kernel] Linux Kernel with BFS
  • Installing Fedora on the Aspire One (D255)
  • Android trojan collects personal data
  • Android tablet GPL summary
  • Drupal 7.0 RC 4 Released
  • Mozilla Says Its Time To Create Firefox 4 Add-Ons Now
  • Announced: FreeBSD 8.2-RC1 and 7.4-RC1
  • updated: ubuntu and fedora wallpaper pack [official wallpapers]
  • And Then Along Comes Larry….
  • What we should really be working on
  • 2010 Trend Watch Update: Global Internet Censorship
  • Net Neutrality 2011: What Storms May Come
  • mplayer and screen, in a fight to the death
  • Parted Magic 5.8 Screenshots
  • FLOSS Weekly 146: Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware

today's leftovers:

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  • The silent invasion of the gnome desktop
  • Season of KDE 2010
  • Improving Gnome…
  • Dependency-confessions from a Slacker
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #382 12/28/10
  • Kick off for GNOME:Ayatana Project…
  • Salix OS 13.1.2 "LXDE" Introduces Tool To Easily Install From Source

today's leftovers:

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  • Is Linux dead on the desktop?
  • World of Padman 1.5
  • Schools Prefer Not To Scrap Working PCs
  • Can an old PC be saved by Linux? Yes, but
  • Coding styles comparison in the Open Source Software world
  • Ettercap Troubles on SourceForge
  • Red Hat goes after Windows server market share
  • Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.9: urgent update for single-sourceslist users
  • Linux Mint News Update
  • Microsoft: Novell is toast and the patent Juggernaut rolls on

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  • KNOPPIX 6.4.3 Switches to Nouveau, LibreOffice
  • Before You Open-Source Your Code
  • AlwaysOnPC - Office & Firefox
  • The many definitions of a open standard
  • AXE and your shell receives
  • Browser Wars III
  • L.G.C. |B-Reel| — Doom 3 – Quake MOD – Shambler’s Castle
  • New book: Drupal 7 Module Development
  • jn, a journal notebook tool
  • Flaws Spotlighted in Tor Anonymity Network
  • Kubuntu 11.04 alpha1 (dailybuild) with Kde 4.6rc Overview (video)

today's howtos & stuff:

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  • Add items to Nautilus popup menu with Nautilus Actions GUI
  • Firefox 4 Session Restore Not Working? Try This Fix
  • Ubuntu, Ruby, RVM, Rails, and You
  • How To Install & Run Ubuntu Without CD
  • Oxygen rewrite and Dragging tabs around
  • 50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials
  • TRON Legacy console commands
  • Ubuntu Upstart for automatic MySQL start and stop
  • [HOWTO] (Python Plasmoids – Part 1) Write Hello World Plasma Applet in Python
  • How to Draw Arrows in Gimp
  • Install Enlightment On Ubuntu 10.10
  • How To Test Ubuntu 11.04 With Unity In VirtualBox 4.0
  • Sharing internet connection through Wlan
  • Switching From Gentoo Linux to Arch Linux
  • Going Linux: Dec 24: #124 - Gone Linux

today's leftovers:

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  • Saying Merry Christmas in Binary, Klingon, and Elvish
  • Best Youtube videos ever
  • Christmas How-To Using The Command Line
  • When Games Matter
  • Winter Wolves and Tycoon Games are 50% Off
  • Fedora Presents for Everyone
  • winetricks 20101222 released
  • The Drupal Christmas song
  • KMyMoney 4.5.2 stable released
  • Gimp in Mandriva, a glitch than can help you rescue files
  • Undercover UXO: Saving Lives with Educational XO Laptop Games
  • openSUSE Weekly News Team searches for new Contributor
  • Desktop Flickr tool ‘Frogr’ gets updated
  • Minutes for the Document Foundation Steering Committee Meeting from 2010-12-11 Are Available
  • FreeBSD Foundation End-of-Year Newsletter (2010)
  • Open Source Destroys Microsoft’s Oppressive Power Over the Customer
  • Viewsonic GPL update
  • Going Linux: Dec 23: #123 - Computer America #33
  • Linux Outlaws 182 - Special: Gran Turismo 5 Review

today's leftovers:

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  • Tron Legacy Docky theme would surely be Flynn’s choice
  • openSUSE Announces Fifth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch
  • How best to sell a Windows 7 laptop this holiday? w/ Ubuntu Wallpaper
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 21st November
  • Drupal 7.0 RC 3 Released
  • ES: Government support and use are key to adoption of open source
  • EU External Affairs publishes crisis data mining tools as open source
  • Foobnix - Simple and Powerful music player
  • OSS recommended picks for business users
  • FSF Fall 2010 bulletin articles start to appear
  • Is a BSOD on a bus … a BuSOD?
  • Unified Me Menu And Messaging Menu Mockups
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #381 12/22/10
  • TuxRadar: Podcast Season 2 Episode 24

today's leftovers:

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  • Elementary’s new Wingpanel in action
  • Last Week in Amarok
  • Making Ordinary Laptops Into Ubuntu Laptops
  • Strange Interactions and Side Effects
  • Yahoo! Open Source Now and Future
  • Linux Out, FreeBSD In
  • New FreeBSD Foundation Project: Feed-Forward Clock Synchronization
  • FCC launches Open Internet Apps Challenge
  • Mugen Power Extended Battery N900 - Hands on Review
  • Where does Microsoft make its money? (Updated 2010)
  • How to test if a laptop is working with Linux
  • cmus music player
  • Red Hat Dropping After Earnings (RHT)
  • Rumor Red Hat could move HQ to Durham
  • Tunisian LoCo meeting with Mark Shuttleworth
  • new firefox 4 betas for desktop and mobile
  • Linux Outlaws 181 - BeardCash

today's leftovers:

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  • PhotoFilmStrip 1.4.0 (Stable) Released With A New User Interface
  • Laura MacPhee on the Canonical Contributor Agreement
  • 'Do Not Track' Coming to Firefox 4
  • Mozilla unloads Firefox 4 spit and polish beta
  • Muon Suite 1.1 Beta 2
  • Proposal for MariaDB trademark policy
  • On Distro Watch Wait Listing
  • Linux Gamers will Buy
  • Free as in Freedom: Episode 0x05: Inducing Fryers
  • Some Sabayon Stuff
  • The Official Ubuntu Book, 4e: Welcome to the Command Line
  • Microsoft Shuts Down Office Genuine Advantage
  • The Document Foundation joins Open Invention Network
  • gbuild: Meet the new boss (Same as the old boss)
  • Bazaar Overlay news
  • Drupal 7 to be released on January 5th (with one ginormous party)
  • openSUSE Board Meeting Summary 15 December 2010
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  • KDE Creates Plasma Mobile, A KDE Based Operating System For Mobile Phones
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  • GSoC ’15 Post #5: Port Complete – Time for the Real Deal
    With loads of help from people on #kde-devel, we finally managed to complete the KDE Network Filesharing port to KF5. Wasn’t easy, given that this was my first time porting frameworks, but it was real fun. Apart from apol’s blogpost shared in my last post, here’s another post that was immensely helpful to me while porting: Porting a KControl Module to KF5.
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  • Gnome 3.18 Will Include A News Reader App
  • ExLight Distro Brings Enlightenment 0.19.7 and Linux Kernel 4.0 to Ubuntu 15.04
    On July 26, Arne Exton, the creator of numerous distributions of GNU/Linux as well as various Android-x86 Live DVDs, was more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new build for his ExLight Linux distribution.
  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 Will Be An OpenSUSE Flavor For The Users That Need A Stable System
  • Very slow ssh logins on Fedora 22
    I’ve recently set up a Fedora 22 firewall/router at home (more on that later) and I noticed that remote ssh logins were extremely slow. In addition, sudo commands seemed to stall out for the same amount of time (about 25-30 seconds).
  • Debian Dropping SPARC Support
    While Debian supports many CPU architectures, it's working to remove support for the Sun/Oracle SPARC architecture. As of this weekend, Debian has dropped SPARC from their unstable, experimental, and jessie-updates archives.
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update Brings Double Battery Life On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
  • Ubuntu Phone Gets Blasted In Reviews This Week
  • 3.5-inch SBC runs Yocto on Braswell and 6 Watts
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  • Not Learning Unix is a Mistake
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  • Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API
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