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Wayland, Weston 1.2 Development Statistics

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phoronix.com: With the recent release of Wayland/Weston 1.2, here's a look at some current development statistics. When running GitStats on the current Wayland and Weston Compositor Git code as of today, some interesting figures include:

GNOME Multimedia tools updates

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  • GNOME Multimedia tools updates
  • GNOME Control Center 3.8.4 Fixes Floating Screens
  • Gnome 3.8 requiring Systemd on Gentoo

Khronos Releases OpenGL 4.4 Specification

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khronos.org: The Khronos™ Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® 4.4 specification, bringing the very latest graphics functionality to the most advanced and widely adopted cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API.

Why journalctl is cool and syslog will survive for another decade

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blog.delouw.ch: There was a recent discussion going on if Fedora 20 should drop rsyslog and just using systemd journal. A lot of people are afraid of systemd and its journal, this a pity.

Does the NSA's SE Linux code need a review?

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Security

itwire.com: In the wake of the recent revelations that America's National Security Agency is spying on all and sundry, is it time for the Linux community to take another good, hard look at the NSA-developed Security Enhanced Linux?

On Dancing Chickens

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lcinexile.blogspot.: Imagine I make an app that has a dancing chicken animation and plays a chiptune. If I want people to check it out, I still can't just send it to them and have them run it. Not on Linux + GNU + X + Gtk + GNOME + Alsa + PulseAudio. It is slightly less bad on the non-free desktop OSs like Windows. Please tell my how and why and what I'm not seeing.

Samsung Accidentally Leaked The exFAT Linux Driver

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Microsoft
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phoronix.com: Last month there was news of a native Linux driver for Microsoft's exFAT file-system. It turns out that the driver wasn't developed through any clean-room reverse-engineering but was rather the apparent rebadging of a Samsung exFAT driver for Linux.

Razor-QT Desktop 0.5.2 Review

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unixmen.com: When I planned this review, I never really understood how difficult things would become to reach a point where I could actually run the Razor-QT desktop for some real-world testing. In a nutshell, oh my it was worth every minute of pain.

Apache OpenOffice now comes with a handy sidebar

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  • ASF Announces Apache™ OpenOffice™ 4.0, release notes
  • Apache OpenOffice now comes with a handy sidebar
  • Maintenance of Apache 2.0 discontinued
  • Apache OpenOffice Extensions New Site

Blender 2.68 is smoky!

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worldofgnome.org: The 2.68 version of Blender has arrived and as it happens with every release of the best open source 3D creation and animation tool suite it can’t be overlooked! This release also shows the consistency followed by Blender developers coming 2.5 months after the previous 2.67 version.

Get a Chromebook-like platform on your Ubuntu desktop with Jolicloud

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techrepublic.com: You can bring the simplicity of Chromebooks to your Ubuntu desktop by installing Jolicloud. Jack Wallen tells you why it's good for multi-user environments and how to get it.

Reality Check: OpenStack is Not the Next Linux

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linux.com: OpenStack is wildly successful, free and open source software and represents the future of cloud computing. Therefore, OpenStack is like Linux. There are key differences in the basic origin stories of OpenStack and Linux that make the comparison a little strained.

the next kubuntu graphics stack

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Ubuntu

vizzzion.org: One of the things that we have been discussing at length in the past few months is the graphics stack in Kubuntu, and how we’re working towards having Plasma Workspaces 2 running on top of Kubuntu-next and Kubuntu-next-next(-next). In this article, I will explain the strategy we have laid out for a smooth transition.

Lifehacker's 2013 List of the Best Linux Apps

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lifehacker.com: With so many flavors of Linux and the awesome apps in their repositories, finding the right app for getting things done can be tough. In our fifth annual Lifehacker Pack for Linux, we're highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.

Razor & LXDE-Qt Desktop Projects To Merge

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phoronix.com: Developers behind the lightweight Qt-based Razor-qt and LXDE-Qt desktops met up at KDE's Akademy 2013 conference. During the annual KDE developer conference, the two lightweight desktops decided to merge their efforts around LXDE-Qt.

And: LXDE-Qt May Join The KDE Group

Linux office suite competition

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Software

netrunner-mag.com: Let’s say you want to use an office suite on your favorite Linux distribution. All right, which one? Today, we will evaluate several worthy and less worthy candidates. The only criterion is that they run on Linux.

KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: Battle of Money Management

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makeuseof.com: If you don’t have any other options or don’t trust online third-party financial services after the NSA/PRISM scare, then it’s best to track all of your finances through a desktop application that can store that data on your computer. On Linux systems, the top two choices are KMyMoney and GnuCash.

Pythonic Parsing Programs

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linuxjournal.com: Pythonistas are eager to extol the lovely virtues of our language. But the path to Python enlightenment is often covered in rocky terrain, or thorns hidden under leaves.

Aggregate System Menu arrives for Shell 3.10

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worldofgnome.org: Version 3.9.5 will change all these as it will include some really really cool things that GNOME Devs did. We are talking about the re-designed Aggregate System Menu that will debut in 3.10.

nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared

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makeuseof.com: One of the primary ways to use the Terminal is to configure text files Terminal text editors and control how certain programs or system services behave. For terminal text editing, two of the top choices are nano and vim.

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